NOW shows its commitment to nature
On April 20, NOW publishes its first ever Green Issue to coincide with Earth Day and to reaffirm our commitment to environmental issues. NOW plants an enviro-friendly green roof atop its office building at 189 Church and also becomes the first newspaper in Canada to adopt an Ancient Forest Friendly paper policy that sees NOW Magazine printed on paper that doesn't destroy endangered woodlands. See this issue's centre spread for more information on this exciting initiative.
NOW knows Toronto
Calling upon its 25 years of experience covering T.O., NOW Magazine publishes Toronto: The Essential Guide To The Best Of The City, an indispensible reference filled with info on everything from film festivals, comedy clubs and concerts to second-hand stores, sex boutiques and head shops.
Having Americans as neighbours must be like living above a bad crack party. - Robin Williams
Relative to what is actually necessary to prevent climate change and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from dropping dead from pollution, we're woefully lacking in action. - World Wildlife Fund's Keith Stewart on how the city is falling behind
Imagine the uproar if there were only enough parking to accommodate 15 per cent of cars. - Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists' Darren Stehr on the city's disappearing bike lock rings
We've got a new one about R. Kelly. This one's called R. Kelly In Cambodia: R. Kelly in Cambodia, you're twisted and you're sick. R. Kelly in Cambodia, somebody shoulda shot off your dick! - Clarence Reid, aka Blowfly
"Ex-Libertine reject Pete Doherty is a total junkie fuck-up who couldn't walk the line if he tried. Incredibly, though, through the haze of heroin and incarcerations comes a shockingly good batch of rock, pop and punk tunes that reaffirm that, sometimes, creativity simply can't be stifled." - about Doherty's Babyshambles disc Down In Albion
"Almost every time I look at band profiles on MySpace or some hot new group's website, I find a bio so full of self-importance and hyperbole that it's laughable. Not Toronto's Hostage Life's site. Their MySpace bio section ends with, 'Stop reading and just listen to the fucking song'." - about an interesting MySpace page
"I do honestly believe that there's an untapped reservoir of possibilities in alternative medicine, but I'm not one of those people who think that just because something is natural it's good for you. Digitalis is natural. So is dog shit.' - about alt medicine
"Considering the compositional weakness of his declining output and his reliance on cheap ploys like name-dropping Alicia Keys to appear current, the dead-boring results seem more due to natural creative atrophy or just laziness." - about Bob Dylan's almost universally lauded Modern Times album
"Check this out. It says, 'Are you fit to strip?' Hell, yeah! I'm an alcoholic and a drug addict with a history of sexual abuse. Strip bars are home to me. I was custom-made to strip." - from our Love & Sex column
in this year
Stephen Harper wins a fragile minority; Bush is one of the first to congratulate him.
Two thousand more troops are deployed to Afghanistan.
Premier Dalton McGuinty says Toronto will get a gas-fired power plant on our waterfront whether we like it or not.
Former premier Mike Harris tells the Ipperwash inquiry that he may have dodged questions in the legislature about meeting with police prior to the 1995 death of native activist Dudley George.
The 1-billionth song is purchased from iTunes.
U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney shoots his hunting buddy.
City announces that downtown will be a wireless Internet hot spot by the fall.
Harper orders that all government communications be cleared by his office.
Residents on Queen East decide that "the Beaches" is, well, just not gentrified enough and go with "the Beach."
RIP: urban planning icon Jane Jacobs.
Harper announces plan to hold a free vote in the fall on the divisive equal marriage debate.
Clayton Ruby launches a legal challenge to the pit bull ban.
MP Joe Volpe admits that his sugar daddies have been making campaign donations under their kids' names to get around ban on corporate donations.
Seventeen men are arrested in the GTA for alleged ties to a terrorist plot to blow up government targets and behead Stephen Harper.
Toronto's repertory cinemas start dropping like flies.
Stephen Harper skips 16th International Aids Conference in Toronto because he's too busy asserting our sovereignty in the north.
Judge re-orders the eviction of native protestors in Caledonia.
Twenty-one people are arrested in London after another U.S.-bound airplane attack is foiled. A ban is placed on all liquids and gels on aircraft, including deodorant, cologne, toothpaste and anything else that prevents people from stinking up the cabin.
After five months and change, the epic musical adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings closes up shop and heads to London, proving that even Gandalf's magic is no match for poor attendance.
Toronto takes a cue from Paris and hosts its first official Nuit Blanche all-night arts festival.
Hiphop artist k-os calls NOW writer Jason Richards a "sambo" beholden to his "white indie rock nerd bosses" when Richards gives his Atlantis: Hymns For Disco disc a lukewarm review. K-os would continue to milk the incident in the media for weeks.
A report shows 655,000 Iraqis have died since the U.S. invasion in March 2003.