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A minimum target of three medals has been set - with as many as seven a possibility

Ice Hockey: Vancouver fans riot after cup defeat

Vancouver was living up to its historic nickname "The Big Smoke" yesterday after it woke up to discover that ice hockey fans dismayed at their team's defeat in the final of the sport's biggest competition had turned the streets of the city centre into a riot zone.

Travel Challenge: Canada's west coast

Every week we invite three competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a family trip to Canada's west coast, departing early August. Prices are for four people. All hotels are room only...

Last Night's TV: Long Lost Family/ITV1<br />Secrets of the Arabian Nights/BBC4

The biggest surprise in Long Lost Family is that it's not been made before. Ancestry, investigation, lost relatives: it is, surely, a match made in wall-to-wall heaven. After all, these are the people who brought us Who Do You Think You Are?. This was but a moodboard away.

Johann Hari: Thatcherite chicken soup for the soul

There are many symbols of a cold, cruel streak running through Britain today – but for me, the most galling is the ascent of Paul McKenna. Yes, I know that set against David Cameron's assault on our social fabric, it seems trivial to complain that we have turned a glowering stage hypnotist into our best-selling self-help guru. But the two are symptoms of the same disease. The "advice" doled out by McKenna is pure Thatcherite chicken soup for the soul – and a recipe for more pain.

Sled dogs culled 'cruelly' when tour bookings fell

About 100 sled dogs were killed inhumanely and dumped in a mass grave when a tour operator's bookings dropped sharply after the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Canada: Welcome to 'slackcountry'

Leslie Woit reveals that in Canada it's easy to get your off-piste adrenalin fix &ndash; If you know where to look

Williams struggles on return to the ice

The Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams returned to the ice for the first time since her famous triumph in Vancouver today with a 12th-place finish in the Skeleton World Cup race in Igls, Austria.

What's new on the slopes: 20 top tips

Welcome to the new snow sports season with our inside track to Winter 2010/11. Your guide is the IoS resident expert Patrick Thorne – aka 'The Snow Hunter'. A skiing enthusiast for the past 30 years, Patrick has been reporting on winter sports for more than a quarter of a century.

Business News in Brief: 07/11/2010

Tesco joins international phone call market

Supermarket giant Tesco moved into the international calls market today with the launch of low-cost Tesco International Calling Cards.

Vancouver: Coast, mountain and warm rain make for a confusing climate

Predicting the weather in Vancouver can be a meteorologist's nightmare. The variations between the coast and the mountainous terrains, the influence of sea breezes, and the "Pineapple Express" (a phenomenon that brings warm rain in the winter and which produced the distinct lack of snow during this year's Winter Olympics) all add to the challenge.

Canadian spy chief stands by claim of 'foreign interference'

Canada's spy chief appeared yesterday to have saved his job even after stirring up a firestorm of protest for suggesting that Canadian politicians in at least two provinces and in several cities in British Columbia had fallen under the unfriendly influence of unnamed foreign governments.

Travel By Numbers: Canada

The second-largest country in the world is set to celebrate its birthday. Ben Ross adds it all up

Last Night's TV - A Century of Fatherhood, BBC4; Being Erica, E4

Daddy cool and daddy cruel

Vancouver Olympics death report released

Gravitational force overpowered out-of-control Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili and left him unable to avoid the crash that claimed his life hours before the opening ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics, the International Luge Federation concluded in a report Monday.

What's in a name? Aintree back stories

*Vic Venturi

Victory would be appropriate during Masters weekend: he is named in honour of Ken Venturi, the 1964 US Open champion. And the son of Old Vic was bred by the Brabazon family.

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