Sting operation nets prolific Toronto bike thief

Among residents of the trendy art and design district in Toronto, it was hardly a secret that the bearded man who owned the Bike Clinic on Queen Street was a bit of a renegade. The police had an idea he might be up to no good too. But the day they finally raided his shop brought more than a few surprises. 2,865 of them in fact.

How do I look?: Alice Glass, Singer, age 20

My look is more grandmother's leftovers than heroin chic. Besides, I don't talk about drugs. This skirt was my grandma's. It's kind of too big on me. She didn't leave me any of her cool clothes from the Forties, just her cheap polyester stuff.

Preview: Crime Writing Festival, Crown Hotel. Harrogate

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Benitez says title would be pinnacle of his career

Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, knows that winning the Premier League title would represent the greatest achievement of his career. The Anfield side have not won England's top division since 1990 as their arch-rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have dominated in the subsequent 18 years.

Banahan helps Saxons into final

England Saxons will play Scotland A in this weekend's Churchill Cup final. The English second string beat Ireland A 34-12 in Toronto on Saturday.

Consolation, By Michael Redhill

So many deaths, and so much earth over them, and how much we forget: this is the chant beneath Michael Redhill's novel of archaeology and loss.

Jeff Healey: Electric guitar virtuoso

Nobody played guitar like Jeff Healey. A big man with cascading blond hair who was as laid-back and funny off-stage as he was demonic on it, he'd sit at the front of the stage with a Fender Stratocaster perched on his lap and unleash the blisteringly intense blues rock that made him a major international star in the late 1980s. Adored by fans for the uncompromising emotional power of his band, his distinctive playing and bruising voice, he was also revered by his peers, who acknowledged him as a highly individual electric guitar virtuoso.

Talivaldis Kenins: Profilic composer exiled from Latvia in the Second World War who found a home in Canada

Talivaldis Kenins was one of an entire generation of Baltic composers whose promising careers were nipped in the bud when their countries were crushed between the imperialist ambitions of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Kenins found exile in North America, becoming a valued feature of Canadian musical life. He was one of the few to live long enough to see freedom restored to his home country, and to return to enjoy the acclaim of his compatriots.

How Feist became first among equals

The Canadian singer-songwriter has transcended Broken Social Scene to become a solo star. James Mcnair talks to her

Food of the Week: Eating on the move

Dine in transit and you can sate your appetite and see the sights at the same time.

Dom Joly: Taming my inner political animal

Oh Jesus, someone had clearly spiked my tea. I was starting to hallucinate. I was in a tiny television studio and a hairy Scot in braces was asking me a question. I answered, I know not what, and then it got really weird. Opposite me, sat on a really small sofa, were Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott, squashed together like some weird Siamese twin experiment. Portillo was looking right at me. All I could see was this pair of enormous, fleshy lips.

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