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Cybernaut Y2K



Although it’s impossible to adequately summarize all the ground-breaking events that took place over the past 366 days, that’s never stopped the media from printing list after list of "Best Of’s", "Worst Of’s", and "Biggests" of 2000.

It’s not surprising when you consider that every politician, businessman, intellectual, athlete and activist in the free world took some time off to enjoy the holidays with friends and family. From a journalist’s perspective that means lean pickings; no news is not necessarily good news when you have column inches or airtime to fill.

Hence the endless barrage of lists, summaries, recaps, reviews, digests, introspectives, and contemplations for the previous year.

While it may seem like so much foam packing, for a society that suffers collectively from short-term memory loss it’s not a bad idea to take a look back and remember the year that you probably already forgot.


Find a link to the "A Look Back At 2000" review, and prepare yourself for a Canadian news flashback. Jean Chretien and the Liberals coast their way to a third majority government. Two Vancouver businessmen are charged with first-degree murder for the 1985 Air India bombing, which killed 329 people. The Toronto Stock Exchange stumbled when heavyweight Nortel Networks issued a lukewarm quarterly report. Charges were laid against former B.C. premier Glen Clark in connection with a casino license a friend received. Former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau died – a nation mourned, and PM Chretien came under fire after he tried to rename Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, after the legendary Liberal. Air Canada and Canadian Airlines merged, and national and regional air travel will never be the same. This is just the tip of the iceberg.


This is similar to the MyBC list, although it covers more national and international events, and in greater detail. Some of the notable stories include the federal government’s two-day flip-flop over bailouts for Canada’s struggling NHL franchises, the war in Chechnya, Premier’s Ujjal Dosanjh’s rise to power, the famous "McSorely Incident", the $12.3 billion federal surplus, the MP3 fracas, Walkerton’s dirty water and the grand opening of the International Space Station.


A rough draft of the human genome, all three billion units of DNA, is coded through a massive international effort, creating a foundation for the discovery of new drugs and medical treatments. A Black Hole is discovered at the centre of our galaxy. Strong surface evidence is discovered to support the theory that there is water on or in Mars. Pond scum could conceivably generate a valuable and limitless supply of hydrogen for hydrogen fuel cells. These are just a sample of Popular Science magazine’s Top-10 Science Stories of 2000.