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News Rob Ford was stripped of most of his remaining powers

The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre, alleges that the politician was behind an assault in a Toronto jail in March 2012

Travel: Walk on the world side

Not so much a melting pot, more a salad bowl. The multi-ethnic nature of Toronto means you can girdle the globe in a single stroll. By Simon Calder

Canada extends alimony to gays

A HETEROSEXUAL definition of the term "spouse" has been struck out by the Supreme Court of Canada, in one of the world's most far-reaching homosexual rights rulings.

Books: Slow-burning Miss Smilla with tissues up her sleeves

The Electrical Field

Health check: Innumeracy breeds fear

IF YOU held a lunch party and 24 people turned up what would you reckon the chances were that two of them shared the same birthday? A hundred to one? No. Fifty to one? Nope. The answer, according to my Sixties edition of Ripley's Believe It or Not, is 50-50. In other words, at roughly half of all events attended by 24 people, two of those present will celebrate the anniversary of their birth on the same day.

Around the World's Markets: Toronto

THE TSE 300 index eased higher after the Bank of Canada followed Tuesday's move by the US Fed and cut its bank rate by 0.25 percentage points. The Bank said: "With the support that this move by the Federal Reserve provides, and given low and stable inflation in Canada, a 0.25 percentage point decline in short-term interest rates was appropriate."

Travel Long Haul: There ain't nothing like a dam

... as Adrian Chiles found out in Canada's Algonquin Park. Beavers, bears, wolves - it has all the animals, woods and lakes you could hope to see

Letter: The Diana myth

Sir: It is amazing that people who did not even know Diana, Princess of Wales, continue to mourn her. It is true that Diana left behind two sons, but people with children die every day, without ever experiencing a meal at the Ritz in Paris, and their children are left without the benefit of an estate of millions.

Travel: Green and secret haunts of Ontario

Get off the tourist trail in southern Ontario, and find a wealth of interest in the landscape and history of Georgian Bay. By Margaret Campbell

Sun Life official 'lied over funds'

THE HEAD of Sun Life of Canada was personally responsible for company funds which were last week found to hide a pounds 284m black hole after a senior colleague lied about funds to a court, The Independent has learnt.
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