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Year 2000 arrives on the West Coast

The CBC rang in the new millennium across all six Canadian time zones with star-studded performances, fantastic fireworks and multiple renditions of Auld Lang Syne. CBC Television's marathon 26-hour New Year's worldwide special, 2000 Today, was the most ambitious live project in the corporation's history. CBC Radio ushered in the 21st century with its 20-hour live broadcast, "Champagne, Moose and Maple Syrup."

All of Canada is poised to enter the 21st century. Standing next to Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, CBC's Charmaine Crooks reports that everyone is having a great time. "I don't know what's gonna happen," says Rebagliati, "everyone's looking forward to it... we're just freaking out." With CBC broadcasting the final countdown in Ucluelet, Kelowna and Vancouver, Canada's last province, British Columbia, and last territory, the Yukon, have joined the rest of Canada in welcoming the new millennium. 
• British Columbia's The Paperboys and The Grapes of Wrath entertained New Year's revellers in their home province.
• International millennium celebration highlights included a performance by French musician Jean Michel Jarre at the Great Pyramids, a papal mass in Rome and a huge party in New York's Time Square complete with a 1,000-pound crystal ball drop.

• Ross Rebagliati is the gold medal snowboarder who was temporarily stripped of his 1998 Olympic medal after testing positive for marijuana. Rebagliati kept his medal after the decision was overturned.
2000 Today host Peter Mansbridge signed off on Saturday Jan. 1, 2000, around 3:05 a.m. PST.

• Some 1.6 million Canadians tuned into CBC's 2000 Today broadcast according to Nielsen Media Research. (CBC News Release Jan. 21, 2000)
2000 Today won a Gemini Award, honouring the best in Canadian television, for best live special event.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News Special
Broadcast Date: Dec. 31, 1999
Guest(s): Ross Rebagliati
Host: Laurie Brown, Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Charmaine Crooks
Duration: 4:33

Last updated: March 16, 2012

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