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Police in Quebec say a fire at a seniors' residence in Quebec has left eight dead and 24 missing.

Whatever happened to... Pierre Trudeau

Way Back: in 1968, a new Prime Minister of Canada is elected. A man who drives fast cars, courts faster women, is witty, elegant and has been expensively over-educated. Not your typical Canadian, then (apart from the latter). He declaims against the extreme conservatism of the previous regime, the Union Nationale and advocates a more liberal society.

Letter: Quebec moved on after 1759

Sir: The summary of history given on your Letters page by Pierre-Louis Mallen of the Institut de France (" `Foreign occupation' drove Quebeckers into the arms of Petain", 7 December) - with English Canadians as occupants of Quebec ever since the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham - is inadequate.

Letter: `Foreign occupation' drove Quebeckers into the arms of Petain

Sir: If it is pointed out that Quebec people were "Vichyists", or more precisely "Petainists" in the Forties, (report, 7 November; letter, 12 November) it may be interesting to mention that they gave De Gaulle a particularly warm welcome in 1967, leading him to respond with his famous call, "Vive le Quebec libre!"

Letter: Ozone hole will be slow to heal

Sir: In his article on the ozone hole (14 November) your environment correspondent failed to mention the most worrying aspect of the matter. The important "ozone eaters" remain in the atmosphere for over 100 years. So an immediate total ban will have little effect on the increasing ozone holes until the middle of the next century.

Letter: Vichy in Quebec

Vichy in Quebec

Quebec official regrets swastika incident

Toronto - Jean-Louis Roux, who resigned as the Queen's representative in Quebec after admitting he wore a swastika while he was a student during the Second World War, apologised yesterday for flirting with Nazism.

Obituary: Robert Bourassa

Robert Bourassa played a leading role in modernising the economy and social structure of Quebec. But his indecisiveness and ambiguity about Quebec's role in the Canadian federation were major factors in the revival of the separatist movement and the crisis it currently poses to Canadian unity.

Letter: English rights in Quebec

Sir: According to your leading article of 12 September, "The fears of English-speaking Quebeckers for their rights under an independent, French-speaking government have proved a significant obstacle to Quebec's secession from Canada."

Property: Houses you can put your trust in

It would be a rare visitor to a National Trust property who did not at some point imagine themselves living there. A moment's idle daydream for most, but for others the prospect of living in an historic house is tempting enough for them to change their lives within a matter of weeks. The Trust has no shortage of people who want to take on a tenancy. Since last week, when the search began for new tenants of Lamb House in Rye, East Sussex , the Trust has received well over a hundred applicants, with more arriving each day.

Canada learns a new language of protest

English-speakers in Quebec are taking on the separatists at their own game. Hugh Winsor reports

Canada draws line over cracks

An old answer to Quebec's separatism is to build a new railway, writes David Usborne

Letter: Flying the flag for Quebec democracy

Sir: Hugh Winsor, writes (report, l June) that a Canadian might be sent to jail for "waving a flag for Canadian unity". That is inaccurate and misleading.

Canadian flag-waver faces prison threat

Quebec moves to prosecute unity protester. Hugh Winsor reports

Quebec wrangle prompts a new Jewish exodus

Montreal - Festooned with paintings of tulips and cut-outs of planes with El-Al on their sides, the classroom beneath a suburban Montreal synagogue is usually reserved for kindergarten children.

Canada's PM faces trial for assault

Ottawa (Reuter) - Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, who grabbed a labour protester by the jaw during a public event in February, was charged yesterday with assault, a court official said.
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