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An esports battle erupts in Toronto over the use of the city in a team name

TheStar.com (Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter) — A Toronto-based esports team is calling foul after being asked to stop using “Toronto” in its name. As Toronto Defiant — the newest team of competitive videogamers in town...
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St. Mike’s confirms it took a day before contacting police over alleged sex assault video, releases timeline of scandal

TheStar.com (May Warren - Staff Reporter,Isabel Teotonio - Education Reporter) — This article contains graphic content. Officials at St. Michael’s College School took a full day to report a video showing an alleged graphic sexual assault on a student to police,...
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Royson James: You can’t help but trash our recycling strategy

TheStar.com (Royson James - Star Columnist) — One of the strategies Toronto bureaucrats are dreaming up to get you to sort your waste correctly is to slap offenders with a fine, charging and punishing them as if they are random scofflaws. ...
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Jennifer Wells: Horrific California wildfire a cautionary tale about deregulating utilities

TheStar.com (Jennifer Wells - Business Columnist) — It’s a corporate story now, which is a tough thought to lay down among the incinerated bones and wrecked metal and numbed landscape. But that was the narrative turn taken early this week in...
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Ontario Tories open back door to union and corporate donations to political parties

TheStar.com (Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief) — The Progressive Conservatives have flung open a back door way for unions and corporation to bankroll political parties with a loosening of campaign finance laws. In the government’s fall...
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Etobicoke Councillors Grimes and Di Ciano charged with Elections Act offences over 2014 campaign expenses

TheStar.com (Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall Bureau) — Etobicoke Councillors Mark Grimes and Justin Di Ciano have been charged by police with filing false campaign expenses following the 2014 election. The charges for both were announced at the same...
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25 years of the Giller Prize, the gala that changed Canadian literature

TheStar.com (Deborah Dundas - Books Editor) — It has handed out more than $1 million in prize money, imbued Canadian books with glitz and glam, acted as a catalyst to bestseller glory, and started a prize culture that has changed the face of...
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B.C.’s rollout of charging stations for electric cars has cost about $2.5 million more than projected

TheStar.com (Michael Mui - StarMetro Vancouver) — VANCOUVER—A nearly $9 million effort by British Columbia’s publicly owned power company to install “fast chargers” for electric vehicles around the province has been...
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Expect a slushy commute into work Friday, winter travel advisory ends

TheStar.com (Marjan Asadullah - Staff Reporter) — Friday’s morning commute will be slushy and wet, but the winter travel advisory for Toronto has ended. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt is advising drivers to be cautious on their commute this...
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Man suing TTC claims violent assault a case of ‘racial profiling’

TheStar.com (Jennifer Yang - Identity and Inequality Reporter) — In early May, Reece Maxwell-Crawford jumped out of his mother’s car and climbed onto the railing of the Scarlett Road bridge. Through a blur of tears, the distraught 19-year-old stared at...
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Bruce Arthur: Leafs’ Rielly turns the corner in comfort zone

TheStar.com (Bruce Arthur - Sports Columnist) — SAN JOSE—Ask Morgan Rielly why he doesn’t like talking about how good he’s been and he tells you, “because it’s stupid,” but he doesn’t mean that, not...
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Edward Keenan: El Mocambo sign lights up the night as snow tumbles down

TheStar.com (Edward Keenan - Star Columnist) — You can keep your jokes about politicians who will show up to the opening of an envelope. In this town, the mayor will show up to the flipping of a light switch. If it’s the right switch,...
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Police investigate graphic video of alleged sexual assault filmed at St. Mike’s school

TheStar.com (May Warren - Staff Reporter,Isabel Teotonio - Education Reporter,Wendy Gillis - Crime Reporter,Peter) — This article contains graphic content. Toronto police said Thursday they were not aware of the extent of an alleged sexual assault, which was filmed at a prestigious all-boys private school and...
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Darren McKim died after a fire in Rosedale. Police ruled it an accident. His family says it wasn’t

TheStar.com (Mary Ormsby - Feature Writer,Kenyon Wallace - Investigative Reporter) — The fire roared amid the long shadows beneath the Mt. Pleasant Rd. bridge. A jogger changed his path and ran toward the blaze. A woman driving on Rosedale Valley Rd. pulled over; her female...
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Removing rent control on new units won’t ease Toronto’s housing crisis, tenant and housing experts say

TheStar.com (Tess Kalinowski - Real Estate Reporter) — The Ontario government’s removal of rent controls on new, previously unoccupied rental units will mean higher housing costs in the future but won’t do much to relieve Toronto’s...
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Mississauga’s Granville Mayers might be the greatest athlete you’ve never heard of — until now

TheStar.com (Morgan Campbell - Sports Reporter) — With 617 pounds on the bar and another deadlift record at stake, a legend strode to the stage at the Canadian Powerlifting Federation national championships in June. Mississauga’s Granville...
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Rosie DiManno: Humiliation videos expose the disease of our modern age

TheStar.com (Rosie DiManno - Star Columnist) — Brett Corbett is a sweet teenage boy with forgiveness in his heart. If only such kindness had been shown to him when classmates goaded the 14-year-old — he has cerebral palsy — into...
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Unions and Democrats raise concerns about USMCA

TheStar.com (Daniel Dale - Washington Bureau Chief) — WASHINGTON—Yes, the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have a deal on a new trade agreement. No, that does not mean the negotiations are definitely over. The legislatures of all...
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Emma Teitel: From Fiddler on the Roof to the Women's March, we need to denounce anti-Semitism whenever it appears

TheStar.com (Emma Teitel - National Columnist) — You know you’re a truly committed anti-Semite when you purchase a ticket to Fiddler on the Roof and actually sit through half the show in order to disparage the Jewish people. This...
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Thomas Walkom: Take note, Justin Trudeau — Economic integration is a one-way street

TheStar.com (Thomas Walkom - National Affairs Columnist) — As Justin Trudeau travels Asia seeking new free-trade deals, he may want to spare a thought for embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May. May is perhaps the unluckiest politician in the...
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Blog Articles

FanPost Friday: Offseason Plan

SBN: Bluebird Banter (erik.t) — Tell us how you think the Jays’ offseason should go We’re inching closer and closer to actual offseason moves, so before that happens, we would like to find out what you think SHOULD happen. ...
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Jays name Guillermo Martinez hitting coach

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Shi Davidi tells us that the Blue Jays have promoted their minor league hitting coordinator Guillermo Martinez to be there hitting coach, replacing Brook Jacoby. Martinez was a hitting coach...
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Rule 5 overview: breaking down the infield and catching mix

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — After working our way through the more complicated outfield and pitching mix , we finish with the areas that are less interesting from a Rule 5 perspective. Starting with the infield: ...
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Thursday Bantering: Happy Birthday Pedro Borbon

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — There really isn’t all that much for Blue Jays news. And there isn’t much in “Jays History” today. There is a birthday, Pedro Borbon turns 51 today. I don’t have much to say about Borbon,...
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Blue Jays tenure rankings: 2018 update

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — In the wake of Jose Bautista ’s formal departure as a free agent last year, I looked at the updated ranking of tenure on the Blue Jays roster. That in turn was an update to what I had ...
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Wednesday Bantering: Jays stuff and other stuff

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Stan Lee was such a big part of my life growing up. I was a massive comic book fan. Massive Marvel fan. I came into comics around the time Stan was leaving the everyday role of writing every comic...
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The season that was: Lourdes Gurriel

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — A look at Lourdes’s 2018 season The Blue Jays signed Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to a 7-year, $22 million contract before the 2017 season. Lourdes played all the infield spots and left field in...
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Rule 5 overview: breaking down the pitching mix

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Continuing from where we left off in the outfield on Monday , we’ll look at the pitching side in terms of how the 40-man roster and beyond break down in Rule 5 terms: Established MLB starters :...
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The Joys of the Arizona Fall League

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Kate Stanwick) — I missed baseball too much so I drove six hours east and found some I managed to get away this past weekend and take a little road trip to Phoenix to catch a couple of Arizona Fall League games...
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Tuesday news

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Martin Barratt) — Vlad leaves the AFL, awards, trades and other snippets Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s time in the AFL is coming to an early end as he is leaving Arizona prior to Tuesday’s game to tend to a family...
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Today in Blue Jay History: Trade with the Marlins

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Plus Burnett opts out, Estrada signs Today in Blue Jays history. Ten Years Ago: A.J. Burnett opted out of his Blue Jays contract. Back in 2006, the Jays signed Burnett to a...
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Facebook Watch Reportedly a Success

SBN: Bluebird Banter (erik.t) — Which means we get it again next year! The numbers are in from Facebook’s foray into broadcasting MLB games. The Sporting News is reporting that across the 25 games in which Facebook had the...
  • 4 days ago

Rule 5 Overview: breaking down the outfield mix

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Last week we took a look at the Rule 5 eligible players in the Blue Jays organization in advance of next Tuesday’s deadline to add players to the 40-man. Beyond a few slam dunk additions, there...
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Today in Blue Jays History: Travis/Gose Trade, Edwin claimed by Oakland

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Today in Blue Jays history: One Year Ago: Former Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was hired for the GM job of the Braves . I said at the time that I might have a new favorite NL team but I...
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Poll Time: Pick the winner in the 2018 Bluebird Banter Haiku Contest

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I meant to put this up yesterday, but there was more than enough happening yesterday. As you remember we had the thread to submit your Haiku on the Blue Jays 2018 season back here . I’ll...
  • 4 days ago

Season that was: Ryan Tepera

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — A look at Tepera’s 2018 season. After a couple of seasons spent shuttling back and forth between Toronto and Buffalo, Ryan Tepera finally spent a full season in the majors in 2017, becoming...
  • 5 days ago

Remembrance Day

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I have always felt very lucky to be born at one of the few times in history there were no wars to get sent away to. I can’t imagine being a soldier. I’m very thankful that I’ve never been in the...
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Saturday Bantering: Jays best trade chip?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Happy weekend to everyone. I get an email from MLB.com with a bunch of links most mornings and today’s had a link to a story ‘Each team’s top trade pick.’ Cool, I wonder who they picked for...
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Blue Jays Rule 5 Decisions Overview

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Examining the candidates to be added to the 40-man roster Hot stove season is officially underway, with the GM meetings setting the table for the apex with next month’s Winter Meetings in Las...
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Friday bantering

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Martin Barratt) — Just a few snippets and links today for your perusal. Blue Jays news MLB Trade Rumours has your full offseason outlook for the Jays . Steve Buffery of the Sun says the Jays have some...
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