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Alleged gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had long list of run-ins with the law

TheStar.com (David Bruser in Ottawa, Allan Woods in Montreal - Staff Reporters) — Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the 32-year-old Canadian identified as the shooter by Canadian security source, has had run-ins with the law from B.C. to Quebec dating back to 2001, according to court...
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Tough questions will come after the Ottawa shooting: Editorial

TheStar.com The heart of Canada’s democracy has been invaded and violated. Political violence is hardly unknown to Canada, but even in the dark days of the War Measures Act during another October 44...
  • New: 4 hr 54 min ago

Second hospital admits breach of Mayor Rob Ford’s privacy

TheStar.com (Diana Hall - Staff Reporter) — A spokesperson for Humber River Hospital has confirmed individuals gained “inappropriate access” to Mayor Rob Ford (open Rob Ford's policard)’s medical records. Gerard...
  • New: 5 hr 27 min ago

Soldier slain at War Memorial remembered as ‘compassionate’

TheStar.com (Olivia Carville - Staff Reporter, Kenyon Wallace - News reporter) — In a photo snapped just four days ago, two soldiers stand tall and proud, left arms at their sides, right hands grasping the barrels of their rifles. Against the backdrop of Parliament, Cpl....
  • New: 5 hr 54 min ago

Terrorism rocks Ottawa

TheStar.com (Alex Boutilier - Staff Reporter, Bruce Campion-Smith,, Tonda MacCharles, Les Whittingto) — OTTAWA — The heart of Canada’s democracy came under attack Wednesday in a brazen shooting that left a soldier dead, a parliamentary security guard wounded, and Canadians reeling at...
  • New: 6 hr 15 min ago

Doug Ford calls Toronto Star reporter a 'little bitch'

TheStar.com (Daniel Dale - City Hall) — Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard) called a Toronto Star reporter a “little bitch” as he left a mayoral debate on Wednesday night. Ford made the remark after expressing...
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Toronto man holds vigil honouring soldiers after deadly Ottawa attack

TheStar.com (Lauren Pelley - Staff Reporter) — Mark Dewdney stood alone in the brisk fall air holding a flickering candle in front of the 48th Highlanders Memorial near Queen’s Park. It was a hastily-organized vigil Wednesday night,...
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Islamic State’s call for domestic attacks has troubled security officials

TheStar.com (Michelle Shephard - National Security Reporter) — OTTAWA—How do you stop someone with a weapon and a mission? That has been the fear among security and intelligence officials in recent weeks as the so-called Islamic State called for...
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GTA police and OPP launch highway awareness campaign

TheStar.com (Jackie Hong - Staff Reporter) — GTA and provincial police forces kicked off a four-day long public awareness campaign Wednesday about the leading causes of death and injuries on highways. Operation Shield is a joint initiative...
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Man jumps White House fence a month after last breach.

TheStar.com (Star wire services) — WASHINGTON—A man was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service after jumping over the White House fence Wednesday as authorities were on heightened alert after shootings at the Canadian...
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Giants fan Bryan Stow shows progress in latest interview

TheStar.com (The Associated Press) — CAPITOLA, CALIF.—Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2011 beating by two Los Angeles Dodgers fans , is cracking jokes, fist-bumping and...
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Stephen Harper vows to tighten security measures

TheStar.com (Les Whittington - Ottawa Bureau reporter) — OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada will not be intimidated by the “despicable” attacks that have taken the lives of two soldiers this week. In a nationally...
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7 of the ombudsman’s recommendations for unlicensed daycares

TheStar.com (Marco Chown Oved - Staff Reporter) — Many of the Ombudsman’s 113 recommendations target issues surrounding unlicensed home daycares were flagged by the Star in an investigation last year. Most have already been addressed by...
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World leaders offer condolences, support

TheStar.com (Alexander Panetta - The Canadian Press) — WASHINGTON—Countless world leaders have walked that hallway before. On Wednesday, they reacted to news of an attack that saw gunfire sprayed through the hall of honour in Canada’s...
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Ricky Ray’s numbers can’t indicate how Argos will fare

TheStar.com (Curtis Rush - Sports reporter) — Ricky Ray’s TD passes-to-interception ratio over the final three games of each of his previous CFL seasons is not as great as you might think. With three games left in his 12th regular...
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What Canada can do about Ebola

TheStar.com (Jane Philpott) — Viruses have a way of revealing our weaknesses — individually and collectively. Peter Piot, who co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, once said that another virus, HIV, had exposed the...
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Olivia Chow's failure to connect with women: Hepburn

TheStar.com (Bob Hepburn - Politics) — One of the best days for Olivia Chow during this nine-month civic election marathon occurred two weeks ago when more than 60 prominent women released a joint statement endorsing Chow as...
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Ottawa attack threatens to panic Canadians: Walkom

TheStar.com (Thomas Walkom - National Affairs) — What do we know about what has been called the unprecedented attack on Parliament that took place Wednesday? First, the attack was not unprecedented. In 1966, a Toronto man blew himself up in...
  • New: 11 hr 46 min ago

Soldier fatally shot on Parliament Hill identified as Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton

TheStar.com (Olivia Carville - Staff Reporter) — The soldier shot dead while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday is Corp. Nathan Frank Cirillo. The Hamilton Spectator has confirmed Cirillo’s identity through friends...
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Kings defenceman Slava Voynov never struck girlfriend, lawyer says

TheStar.com (Greg Beacham - The Associated Press) — LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—Slava Voynov’s attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenceman never hit his girlfriend and he blames Voynov’s arrest on a misunderstanding partly caused by...
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Blog Articles

Open Thread for World Series Game 2

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — What a long terrible day. Good news is that it seems like a lone gunman today. Hopefully the game will be good, and help get our mind off it. Tonight's lineups: Today's Lineups SAN...
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Wednesday Bantering: On Lind, Cabrera and more

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Baseball seems incredibly trivial at the moment. I wish the best for the the police and military in Ottawa, and everyone one in Ottawa. Here are a few links, if you want to take your eyes off...
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Blue Jays Year in Review: June

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Nick Ashbourne) — Unfortunately the season insisted on continuing past May. After  an amazing May the Blue Jays returned to earth in June. It seems that as Jays fans we just never get to have nice things, at...
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World Series, Giants or Royals?

Batter's Box (Gerry) — The world Series started yesterday and the game did not live up to the standards of the previous rounds. In recent years the World Series has been less enthralling than the previous rounds, two...
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Drew Hutchison needs a new plan against left-handed hitters

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Nick Ashbourne) — The conventional wisdom for RHP is to throw a lot of changeups against opposite-handed hitters. That's not working for Drew Hutchison. Entering the 2014 season Drew Hutchison had an absolutely...
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Open Thread for World Series Game 1

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We are nearing the end of baseball for this year, game 1 of the World Series goes tonight. Madison Bumgarner is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA in 4 starts over the playoffs. James Shields is 1-0 with a...
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World Series Prediction Contest

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — In our Championship Series prediction thread there were only 2 that got the winning teams right: And On the tie-breaks erik.t was off by 2 games in the Royals series and 2 games...
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The Season that Was: Edwin Encarnacion

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — A look at Edwin Encarnacion's 2014 season. Edwin Encarnacion came into the 2014 season having established himself as one of the best power hitters in the game over the past couple of season. In...
  • 1 day 17 hr ago

The Jays Playoff Drought: A Rendezvous with History?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (MjwW) — Tonight, the Royals will attempt to continue their improbable run through the playoffs, as the World Series gets underway. But, just be in position to do that, the Royals had to end an even more...
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An Interview with Dane Johnson - October 2014

Batter's Box (Gerry) — Dane Johnson is the Blue Jays minor league pitching coordinator and a frequent guest here at Da Box. Dane talks to us about instructional league and how some of the younger prospects are doing. ...
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Melky Cabrera finishes 5th in AL Comeback Player of the Year voting

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I thought Melky Cabrera had a shot at the  Sporting News AL Comeback Player of the Year award . He came back from a terrible 2013 season, where he hit .279/.322/.360 in 88 games, and played the...
  • 2 days ago
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You Got a List of Rules that Makes Things Disappear: Were the Blue Jays Relief Pitchers All That Bad?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (jessef) — This post breaks down the Jays struggles this season into pieces based on the rotation, the relief pitching staff, and the position players. In a recent interview with Jeff Blair, Blue Jays GM...
  • 2 days ago

Game of the Month -- September

Batter's Box (Eephus) — http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-former-yankees-guide-to-the-al-east-1410741932
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An Interview with Doug Davis - October 2014

Batter's Box (Gerry) — Doug Davis is the Blue Jays minor league field coordinator. He talked to us last week from Dunedin where he was supervising the Blue Jays instructional league. BB: Instructional league is...
  • 2 days ago
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A pair of Blue Jays birthdays!

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — There's some excitement in Blue Jays land today as two players are celebrating birthdays on this fine Sunday October 19th. Superstar Jose Bautista turns 34, which means he's getting up there...
  • 3 days ago
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Timeline of Blue Jays Managers & Coaches added to Bluebird Banter Library

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Just over a year ago, right after the retirement of Dwayne Murphy and the firing of Chad Mottola, I  posted a timeline of all the coaches and managers in Blue Jays history. Since  Shi Davidi's...
  • 3 days ago
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Bullpen coach Bob Stanley let go by the Jays

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Shi Davidi tells us that bullpen coach Bob Stanley won't be returning to the Blue Jays next year, but the rest of the staff will, unless DeMarlo Hale gets the Twins manager job, for which he...
  • 5 days ago
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What can the Blue Jays learn from the Royals?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Words you think you'll never type: the Kansas City Royals , led by Dayton Moore and Ned Yost are Amercian League Champions. Dayton Moore, the man that has spent the last several years being the...
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Delgado and Fernandez: A study in opposites

SBN: Bluebird Banter (MjwW) — The top position players in the history of the Blue Jays were distinctly as opposite as two great players could be. Towards the end of the 2014 season, it was brought to my attention a few times...
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Open thread for Thursay's playoff game

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We have just one game tonight,  Cardinals at Giants.  Giants are up 3 games to 1. Cards need to figure how to beat Madison Bumgarner. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cards. He'll have a very...
  • 6 days ago
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