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Book review: 'Once We Had A Country' by Robert McGill

In the 1960s and 1970s tens of thousands of Americans slipped across the Canadian border to avoid serving in the Vietnam War. They were often the college-educated sons of middle-class families who could no longer defer being sucked into the draft, and their presence – many settled permanently – had a profound effect on shaping the little-brother nation to the north.

Villas-Boas has promised that Jermain Defoe will not be sold in January

Transfer news: Despite splitting opinion at Tottenham for an unsettled career, Jermain Defoe will rightfully join the Spurs Hall of Fame

Following the confirmation of his move to MLS side Toronto FC, Defoe brings to an end a somewhat unfulfilled partnership with Spurs that often saw him - rightly or wrongly - overlooked

New York Rangers player Wayne Gretzky in his final career game

Sporting Heroes- The first and last 99, the great Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey’s greatest player,  was born in 1961 in Ontario, Canada, where the sport is more a religion than a hobby. He first skated at the age of two on a rink that his dad Walter had made in the garden of their family home. At six, Gretzky was playing in an under-10s team. His jersey was too big for him, so he started to tuck in the right side of it, a superstition that stuck with him throughout his career.

105,591 ice hockey fans see Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings in 2014 NHL Winter Classic

The open air Michigan Stadium was packed for the New Year's Day game, despite the conditions

USA Hockey accidentally tells 67-year-old Canadian he could make Sochi Winter Olympics team

Man says ‘I’d be happy to play for you’

Joe Hart should return between the sticks for tonight's game

Champions League: Bayern Munich v Manchester City match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture at the Allianz Arena

Michael Clarke and the Ashes: The shocking thing about sledging is not the damage it causes but how witless it is

England and Australia might just as well indulge in a spot of ice hockey-style brawling

Rob Ford has been in the public eye recently after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine

Mayors accused of corruption and drug taking... it's all in a day's work at City Hall

What is it about the role that attracts people who are prone to corruption once they reach office?

Manuel Pellegrini has made City a relentless attacking force

Manchester City 5 CSKA Moscow 2 analysis: Sergio Aguero is up with the best, David Silva is the golden boy and City are now more attacking

Five things we learnt from the Champions League victory at the Emirates

Alvaro Negredo tucks home City’s third

Manchester City 5 CSKA Moscow 2 match report: Alvaro Negredo hat-trick and Sergio Aguero double sends City through and Russian fans packing

Ever since Malcolm Allison declared that his club would now hurl themselves on “the cowards of Europe” and promptly got himself knocked out in the first round by Fenerbahce, the European Cup has cast its shadow over Manchester City.

Sports journalism is mourning the loss of one of its great characters with the death of Norman de Mesquita

Cricket and ice hockey mourn loss of Norman de Mesquita

Sports journalism is mourning the loss of one of its great characters with the death, announced on Monday, of Norman de Mesquita at the age of 81.

Fernando Torres put Chelsea in front inside five minutes with a fine lob to put Chelsea on course
Zumba dance teacher Alexis Wright admits prostitution charge

Zumba dance teacher admits prostitution charge - meaning her clients will not be called as witnesses

A zumba instructor has admitted using her dance studio as a front for a prostitution ring that involved scores of men. The plea means that Alexis Wright will avoid a trial, as will her clients who might have been called as witnesses.

Ice Hockey: Owners face a cold war with fans after NHL lockout

The star players are back from their moonlighting in European winter leagues. The action, finally, is about to shift from the negotiating chamber back to the ice where it belongs. The crucial question is, how many people any longer care?

Rafa Benitez, the Chelsea interim manager, was excused of blame

Rafael Benitez wants Europa League consolation prize for Chelsea

Champions League holders fail to progress from group

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
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Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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