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

Falklands plagued by `40,000' landmines

LANDMINES left over from the Falklands war may prevent Britain from fulfilling its obligations under an international treaty banning the weapons.

Music: They sing his praises, but does anyone listen?

Everyone from Elvis Costello to Sir Elton thinks Ron Sexsmith is the best thing to come out of Canada since Joni Mitchell, so why then does James MacNair find him ekeing out his European tour staying in a Paris fleapit?

Sporting digest: Ice skating

Sporting digest: Ice skating

Wyatt leads romp for Wales

Ontario 10 Wales 54

Toronto: Canada's true cultural melting pot?

A New musical opened in Toronto this month. Called I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Its title could be a motto for how Torontonians feel about their city. It is a city in flux, a new city that preserves little of its past, with only a scattering of 19th-century buildings amongst the elegant skyscrapers of its down-town.

Race-hate ads add a nasty new flavour to Canada poll

A series of attack television advertisements from the west Canada based Reform Party, claiming that Quebec-born political leaders such as the Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, cannot be trusted to deal with national unity, has injected a nasty note of ethnic prejudice into Canada's election campaign.

Canada reels over Quebec revelation

A new book has rewritten the agenda for the election campaign, reports David Usborne

Bre-X bosses netted millions on shares

Directors of Bre-X Minerals, the troubled Canadian mining firm, made millions of dollars from share-dealings last year when the stock price was riding high, it emerged yesterday.

Falling for Bruce's charms

A cold May morning, with a pearly haze hanging over the wide Ontario grasslands as I drove north from Toronto. The single-street townships along the highway looked slow and sleepy; spring was arriving late in Canada, with the ice only now in retreat across the Great Lakes. The announcer on the car radio was chirpy enough, however, "K106.5 - the Mix that Kicks!" he warbled over the opening bars of a groaning cowboy ballad. "We'll put the spring in ya!"

Ready to wear: Dear annie

The only jeans that I have ever been comfortable in are Levi 901s. Now, goodness knows why, they have been discontinued and replaced with some awful design with no waist and legs that don't taper (541 or something). I have been into as many shops as possible searching for any remaining pairs, and have tried to find out why they have disappeared - I presume I must have been the only person who bought them. Yesterday my last blue pair developed a hole, so now I am desperate. What shall I do?

Unions flex muscles as strikes hit Toronto

Hugh Winsor in Ottawa reports on the mass protest against public sector cuts

No monkeying around as Jones' nap is streets ahead

Richard Edmondson sees a 50-year-old former teen idol roll back the years on the Lingfield sand


They came from a single egg; they were quintuplets; they were unique; uniquely abused, too - both by the world, which turned the Dionne Quints into a freak show; and, they now claim, by their father. Sixty years on, they have yet to recover. Two are dead, and the three who remain are still struggling to come to terms with the traumas of their exploitation

Split would break Canada's heart faces for broken heart

A Quebec vote to secede will wreak damage on both sides of the divide. Hugh Winsor in Ottawa tots up likely costs

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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