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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

Niagara Falls barrel traveller in deep water

St Catharines, Ontario (AP) - An American who went over the Niagara Falls in a barrel has been fined and is being held pending an immigration hearing.

Canadian Tories come back the Gingrich way

ONLY TWO years ago the Canadian Conservatives suffered one of the worst electoral thrashings ever seen, collapsing from a ruling majority of 156 seats in the national parliament to a rump of only two. Under Brian Mulroney they had been in power for nine years and they switched leaders just before the elections, installing the sparky lawyer Kim Campbell in the hope of reversing a slump in popularity. Such was the calamity at the polls that it seemed it would take many years before they could claw their way back to political credibility.

Ontario hails 'Gingrich of the North'

HUGH WINSOR

Hamilton tries next generation

Bryan Hamilton, the Northern Ireland manager, is poised to give his "young pretenders" the nod for tonight's European Championship Group Six qualifier against Latvia at Windsor Park, Belfast.

Judging a book by its jacket

In the last of his reports from the Hay-on-Wye festival of literature, Michael Glover considers the lure of the celebrity writer

Spiritual medicine

THE CUNNING MAN by Robertson Davies, Hutchinson £14.99

BOOK REVIEW / Chasubles and orphreys

THE CUNNING MAN Robertson Davies Viking £15.50

OBITUARY: Nicholas Pennell

Most often cast as a likeable and respectable gentleman, Nicholas Pennell achieved his greatest fame on television, as the gentle Michael Mont in the Forsyte Saga series, first screened in 1967. Five years later, he left Britain for Canada and made his mark on stage at Stratford, Ontario, for 23 consecutive seasons, becoming recognised as one of the leading classical actors performing in North America.

Letter:Accept gifts of the Spirit quietly

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Rugby Union: Hamilton on the spot

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BOOK REVIEW / Death-defying dances to the music of time: Evangelista's fan and other stories by Rose Tremain: Hamish Hamilton pounds 14.99

IF Rose Tremain ever puts a foot wrong in one of these stories, it comes as quite a shock, such are her spoilingly high standards and the dependability of her finely tuned prose. A small snatch of dubious Nashville dialogue and one twee ending - otherwise you can scarcely fault this collection.

BOOK REVIEW / Vittorio goes sour among the tomatoes: 'In a Glass House' - Nino Ricci: Sinclair Stevenson, 14.99 pounds

THIS is the second part in Nino Ricci's trilogy of Italian immigrant life in Canada. The narrator and central character, Vittorio Innocente, traces his life onwards from the age of seven; his mother has just died in childbirth, and he arrives to join his morbid father on a tomato farm in Ontario. Inside the farm's glass houses the crop ripens year by year, but for Vittorio, exposed as he is both before his violent family, and by them, each tiny step in growing up is an agony. One might expect Ricci to imbue this novel with the force of a peasant ballad, but In A Glass House is a tale of spiritual dispossession so complete that nothing like a song emerges from it.

Archer drama more than a match for best-sellers

LORD Archer's love-hate relationship with the press took another twist yesterday as his private life was again revealed to be more dramatic than his best-selling novels, writes Graham Moorby.

Letter: Why three minutes would be the ultimate mile

Sir: Remembering well Roger Bannister's running of the first four-minute mile, I was interested in the opinions in Mike Rowbottom's article ('Day that turned out fine for Bannister', 5 May) on the ultimate record mile time.

Women's worth

Unpaid household work mainly performed by women equals almost half of Canada's total economic output in value, Reuter reports from Ottawa. Official statistics show women accounted for two-thirds of all the hours devoted to household work in the country in 1992.
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