De-pot-ation of the Cannabis Crown Prince
Acting on an extradition request from the ball busters at the U.S. DEA, Canadian cops arrest Marc Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture and mail-order weed seed dealer. Emery is charged with conspiracy to launder money and distribution of marijuana seeds and marijuana. The incident has Canuck weed advocates fearful that U.S. narcs, who act like they've just nailed Al Capone, will soon go hunting for them. A year later, Emery's still in Canada fighting extradition.
Now, Tim, honey, think about it. I'm alone with Elvis in his bedroom.... Do you really think I was paying any attention at all to those records? - Wanda Jackson's response to Tim Perlich's question about what records were on when she danced with Elvis
When David Mirvish asked why they should take the play, I pointed out that half their subscription audience would be dead in 20 years and they had to start exciting younger people. - trey anthony on how she convinced the Mirvishes to remount 'Da Kink In My Hair
Fake jewellery is okay. If you're going to a club, it's dark, so chicks can't see if the shit is real or not. Just don't set off no metal detectors. - J-Zone on "ballin' on a budget"
I'd like to think this record is proof that I'm more established as a songwriter and a singer. I certainly don't think I'm fucking Elvis, but I also don't think I'm, y'know, just some chick singer/songwriter. - Kathleen Edwards on her sophomore disc release
It's a bit of a perverse compliment, a sign that we must be doing something right. I think we must threaten his own sense of masculinity. Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos on being slagged by Liam Gallagher
"Try to imagine, in our post-tsunami world, if Beatles-jacking producer Danger Mouse were a Sri Lankan refugee who looked like a fashion model and could rhyme sexy about the Middle East conflict and you'll get some idea of what all the fuss about MIA is about."
"At one point in the disappointing Revenge Of The Sith, Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi asks, 'How did this happen? We're smarter than this.' Apparently not."
"Batman Begins should satisfy most comic book fanatics and serious, pimply boys who don't get enough sun. But it's going to lose millions of dollars at the box office."
"Google Earth isn't quite the real-time interactive globe described in William Gibson's Neuromancer or the sunglasses his character McGuffin wore in Virtual Light, but it's definitely another instance of a technologist's science fiction moving one solid step closer to reality."
"There are two schools of thought on the Tragically Hip. Either you think they're, like, the best fuckin' band ever, or they're just an overrated bar band with a few decent songs that got huge cuz people think they represent some kind of weird, abstract notion of the Canadian identity."
"Fuck the buzz, just revel in Wolf Parade's midway sideshow of wheezing keyboards, roller-coaster percussion and spastic bumper-car guitars."
Top 10 albums
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sleater-Kinney The Woods
Final Fantasy Has A Good Home
Wolf Parade Apologies To The Queen Mary
Mary Gauthier Mercy Now
Fembots The City
Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright
Bettye LaVette I've Got My Own Hell To Raise
Neil Young Prairie Wind
Cadence Weapon Breaking Kayfabe
Top 10 movies
The Squid And The Whale
Hustle & Flow
Me And You And Everyone We Know
A History Of Violence
Resistance is futile
After deciding that killing Iraqi civilians for Bush and Cheney wasn't something he could live with, U.S. soldier Jeremy Hinzman brings his wife and son to Toronto and becomes one of the war's most outspoken opponents. Other soldiers follow his lead and unite under the War Resisters Support Campaign. The Canadian government refuses to deal with questions of the war's legality in considering the soldiers' arguments for refugee status. Regardless, resisters keep trying to convince the feds to make Canada the "refuge from militarism" Pierre Trudeau declared it to be during the Vietnam War.
In this year
In the wake of the tsunami, NOW points out that Toronto is a flood plain, as vulnerable as ever.
Mayor bans the homeless from sleeping in Nathan Phillips Square.
Dufferin Grove is the scene of big flap over a woman breast-feeding at the rink. Did she show too much breast?
Five York U students are arrested out of a group of 20 protesting the Bush inauguration in Vari Hall. A day later, 1,000 people fill the hall to condemn the action.
The city says it has no cash to celebrate Car-Free Day.
Toronto commits to reducing greenhouse gases by 20 percent of 1990 levels.
The Greenbelt bill to preserve green spaces and farmland in southern Ontario passes. NOW warns it won't protect zones around cities.
Mayor Miller and council inject cash into the Clean And Beautiful City initiative, hoping it will boost city morale more than Mel's fibreglass moose.
RIP: Ben Kerr, quirky country and western busker and perennial mayoralty candidate.
Bob Geldof's Live 8 scrounges up some old Canadians for an African aid concert.
Terrorists bomb the London Underground.
Air France flight 358 rolls off the end of a runway at Pearson. Miraculously, no one is killed.
Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans.
OCAP campaign to sign up welfare recipients for $250 special diet supplement sets up tent in Queen's Park.
Canadian James Loney, along with three other members of the Christian Peacemakers, is kidnapped in Iraq. He is set free in March 2006.
Teenager Jane Creba is shot on Yonge Street. She is the 52nd and final Toronto murder victim of 2005.