Leader of Canada's opposition party dies

Jack Layton, the feisty leader of Canada's opposition party who was at the height of his political career, died today after a battle with cancer. He was 61.

'Fat and fit live as long as slim'

People who are fat and fit live just as long as their slim counterparts and are less likely to die from heart disease, according to a new study.

Woman swept over Niagara Falls

Authorities say a woman is presumed to have drowned after being swept over Niagara Falls when she fell from a railing along the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

Album: Azari & III, Azari & III (Loose Lips)

Set to induce Proustian rushes of amyl nitrate is the debut of this Toronto quartet and its loving homage to early house music. All diva froideur and drum machine snap, it nevertheless transcends pastiche via a pervasive air of murky ambiguity: throughout, euphoria is freighted with anxiety, while straight-arrowed floor-fillers give way to burrowing, curlicuing phantasms. "Tunnel Vision", in particular, is a hypnotic exercise in clubland claustrophobia.

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Maple turns hostile in bid for Toronto exchange

The consortium of Canadian financial firms bidding for the Toronto Stock Exchange has called on investors to reject the rival merger plan with the London Stock Exchange in a crunch vote at the end of this month.

Warsaw Stock Exchange looks stateside to boost regional role

Chief executive aims to extend NYSE-Euronext links to ease cross-market trading

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TMX to push on with LSE vote

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has issued an interim order that TMX yesterday said allowed it to proceed with a shareholder meeting and vote on its proposed tie-up with the London Stock Exchange at the end of June.

Rival bidder may scupper LSE merger

A rival bidder was today poised to scupper a £4 billion merger deal between the London Stock Exchange and its Toronto counterpart.

Harriet Walker: March yes, but that word you use is helping no one

The word holds nothing for us but humiliation and subordination

Women mobilise for first British 'SlutWalk' rally

Thousands of provocatively-dressed women are expected to march through London next month when the growing "SlutWalk" phenomenon reaches these shores.

Harper 'wins majority' in Canadian elections

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has won his coveted majority government in elections which changed Canada's political landscape with the opposition Liberals and Quebec separatists suffering a shattering defeat.

Taylor Wimpey sells American arm

Taylor Wimpey is selling its North American business to an investment partnership for $955m (£594m).

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A wall of dirty synths and intense strobe lights descends upon the crowd as vocalist Alice Glass hobbles onto the stage. It seems that a broken ankle – sustained in Tokyo in January's segment of the tour to promote the Toronto duo's second eponymous album, Crystal Castles (II) – is not enough to hold her back.

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