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Vote expected late Monday on Canada’s military mission in Iraq, Syria

TheStar.com (Stephanie Levitz - The Canadian Press) — OTTAWA—The House of Commons is expected to vote tonight on the Conservative government’s proposal to extend its military campaign in Iraq for up to one year and authorize airstrikes...
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Ernest Hemingway’s final triumph in Cuba

TheStar.com (Oakland Ross - Feature Writer) — SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA, CUBA—The secret to improved U.S.-Cuban relations overlooks Havana from a proud bluff about 20 kilometres west of the Cuban capital. Built in the 1880s, the beige...
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Air Canada crash: Pilots make final call on whether to land in bad weather, aviation experts say

TheStar.com (Morgan Lowrie - The Canadian Press) — HALIFAX—Pilots make the final call on whether it’s safe to land a plane in bad weather, such as the conditions that prevailed early Sunday when an Air Canada passenger jet crashed at...
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Former couple battle in court over $30-million Toronto condo

TheStar.com (Jacques Gallant - Staff Reporter) — In Sarah Pursglove’s own words, she lived a “luxurious and privileged lifestyle” during her marriage to Robert Oesterlund. That would not be an exaggeration. The European...
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Ontario’s sole health privacy prosecution quietly dismissed

TheStar.com (Olivia Carville - Staff Reporter) — The first person ever prosecuted under Ontario’s health privacy law for allegedly prying into almost 6,000 patient records no longer faces charges because of the “curious” way...
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List of protests tracked by government includes vigil, ‘peace demonstration’

TheStar.com (Alex Boutilier - Staff Reporter) — OTTAWA—What do Canadian veterans, advocates for the disabled and the country’s largest union have in common? Their activities were monitored and reported on by police and government...
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Canadian egg farmers help nourish children of Swaziland

TheStar.com (Andrea Gordon - Feature Writer) — The humble egg is an ancient symbol of new life, springtime and renewal. But even more important to Janine and Ian Maxwell, it can be hard boiled. The couple, who once owned a successful Toronto...
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Can Canada's army return to peacekeeping?

TheStar.com (Mitch Potter - Foreign Affairs Writer) — When the most senior military brass from more than 100 countries gather for a historic summit you might expect Canada’s top soldier to join them. Especially when the entire point of the...
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Serena Williams advances, Rafael Nadal doesn't at Miami Open

TheStar.com (Steven Wine - The Associated Press) — KEY BISCAYNE, FLA.—When the ball whizzed past Serena Williams for an ace late in Sunday’s match, the subdued crowd suddenly erupted with a roar. Williams said she was tempted to...
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Homeless fear Toronto plan to open suburban shelters

TheStar.com (Laurie Monsebraaten - Social justice reporter) — Toronto needs up to 15 new homeless shelters, including some in the city’s inner suburbs, to address overcrowding, disrepair and displacement, as downtown buildings are sold for...
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Pope Francis offers Palm Sunday prayer for Germanwings plane dead

TheStar.com (Associated Press) — VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis opened solemn Holy Week services with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square, stressing humility and remembering the dead in the Germanwings crash. At the...
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Islamic State fighters behead 8 Shiite Muslims, threaten Syrian president

TheStar.com (The Associated Press) — BEIRUT—A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the...
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Casey House expansion a boon to people living with HIV/AIDS

TheStar.com (Manisha Krishnan - Staff Reporter) — Todd Kaighin is all smiles — laughs, really — when discussing his 23-year-old HIV diagnosis. “For a guy who was supposed to be dead 18 years ago, I think I’m doing...
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Nigerian elections continue amid Boko Haram attacks

TheStar.com (Michelle Faul And Shehu Saulawa - The Associated Press) — ABUJA, NIGERIA—Boko Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be cancelled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as the count started for a...
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New Union Pearson Express uniforms reflect rail and air heritage

TheStar.com (Andrea Gordon - Feature Writer) — When it finally opens this year, the new express rail service linking Union Station and Pearson International Airport will signal a new era for Toronto travellers. But when it comes to the...
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Progressives united, but who gets their vote?: Tim Harper

TheStar.com (Tim Harper - National Affairs) — OTTAWA The good news for the body politic in this country is that it is now flying on two wings. The left side of the political brain has caught up to the right of the political brain and it...
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Searching for a coin caller: Does anybody use payphones anymore?

TheStar.com (Daniel Otis - News Reporter) — At the southeast corner of Queen St. W. and Augusta Ave, three payphones stand exposed to the elements like a dystopian triptych of dirt-caked plastic, scratched and dented metal, peeling paint,...
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Metrolinx to build 22-train facility in Whitby

TheStar.com (Tess Kalinowski - Transportation reporter) — In preparation for its regional express rail expansion, the province has awarded an $859.2-million contract to build, design and maintain a new GO train maintenance and storage shed in Whitby. ...
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Germanwings co-pilot urged captain to leave cockpit

TheStar.com (John Bacon, Jane Onyanga-Omara - USA Today) — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight repeatedly suggested that the captain leave the cockpit, then locked him out and stymied his desperate efforts to return, according to media reports...
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What the Leafs have left to play for in the final six games

TheStar.com (Mark Zwolinski - Sports reporter) — There appears to be two guiding philosophies for the Maple Leafs as they wind down the final six games of their season. One — don’t worry about losses. In fact, lose them all if it...
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Blog Articles

Josh Donaldson homers but Jays lose to Orioles

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Orioles 4 Blue Jays 2 A pretty good, or pretty typical, start for Mark Buehrle , depending on how you look at things. Mark went 5 innings allowed 7 hits, but no walks, 4 strikeouts and just 1...
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Blue Jays claim Andy Wilkins off waivers from the White Sox

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Blue Jays have claimed left-handed hitting first baseman Andy Wilkins from the White Sox . Wilkins hit .333/.400/.476 in 14 spring games this year. He played 14 games for the Sox last...
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GameThread: Orioles @ Jays

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We are getting closer to real baseball and the Lineups are showing it. There was a tweet from Barry Davis saying the Dioner Navarro was taking ground balls at first base and that he played...
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The Best Case Scenario For Miguel Castro And Roberto Osuna

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Jared Book) — The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to name two 20 year olds to their Opening Day bullpen. There is concern that this starts their clock and a lack of experience in the minor leagues. However, the...
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Jays lose to both Braves and Pirates

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Braves 5 Blue Jays 3 In the televised game, Marco Estrada had an ok start. 3 innings, 5 hits (4 singles and a double), 1 earned, no walks and 3 strikeouts. Some hard hit balls but he looked...
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GameThread: Braves @ Blue Jays and Blue Jays @ Pirates

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — So it is a split squad day. The A team is playing the Braves and is on TV, the B squad travels to play the Pirates, with no cameras or microphones anywhere near them. Marco Estrado gets the start...
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Marcus Stroman to take summer courses at Duke University to complete his sociology degree

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Injured for the entirety of 2015, Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will be working hard in rehab and in the classrooms of Duke University as the pitcher has announced his intentions to return...
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Steve Delabar is angry and he should be

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — Being a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays , you kind of learn to expect the unexpected. Sometimes the team forgets how option rules work, sometimes they start service time clocks indiscriminately...
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Kyle Drabek claimed by White Sox, Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna meet with John Gibbons

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Rain ended the Blue Jays - Tigers game prematurely today, but that only led to more action off the field in the Blue Jays clubhouse. Mike Wilner started it off with a tweet that Kyle Drabek ...
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GameThread: Tigers @ Blue Jays

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Today's game is on TV. And, of course, today is the day that I've got other things going on and I won't be able to watch much. The season is getting closer. A week from now I'll be in Montreal,...
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Aaron Sanchez: Strikethrower?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (MjwW) — A week ago,  I wrote about some concerns I had digging through Sanchez's 2014 bullpen stats. Chief among those was a propensity to fall behind in the count significantly more than league...
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Nice start from Aaron Sanchez, Jays beat Phillies

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Philles 1 Blue Jays 4 Our young starting pitchers are having a great spring. Today was Aaron Sanchez ' turn. He went 5.1, allowed just 2 hits, 1 earned 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. He kept the...
  • 3 days ago
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GameThread: Phillies @ Blue Jays

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Blue Jays host their spring neighbors the Phillies today. The Jays are running out what might be pretty close to their opening day lineup. Edwin is back, yay. And Aaron Sanchez get the...
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Steve Delabar optioned, blindsided

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — In a move that surprised everyone--including the player at the centre of the move--the Blue Jays optioned reliever Steve Delabar early Thursday morning. He was scheduled to pitch in today's...
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Thursday Morning Sporcle: Blue Jays' Fastest Fastballers

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Guest Sporcler this week: MjwW In honour of today's starter, who has some heat behind his fastballs, this week's Thursday Morning Sporcle is all about Blue Jays pitchers that have heat. The...
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Great start for Daniel Norris, Jays beat Orioles

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Blue Jays 5 Orioles 2 Another very good appearance for Daniel Norris . He went 6 innings, allowed just 3 hits, 1 earned, no walks, hit a batter and struck out 7. He looked very good. He might...
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Final days of Spring

Batter's Box (John Northey) — 9 games in Florida left plus 2 in Montreal vs the Reds.  So what do we know at this point?  Rotation is probably set with Sanchez & Norris earning the final 2 slots.  Dickey...
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GameThread: Jays @ Orioles

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Jays bus to Sarasota to play the Orioles . Well, the Jays that couldn't talk their way out of busing to Sarasota are playing the Orioles. The good news? Kevin Pillar is back in the lineup....
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Know Your Enemy: The Blue Jays Fans' Guide to the American League East

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Here we have an annual look at the other teams in the Blue Jays' division. In 2014, the Yankees managed the magic trick of finishing with a winning record (84-78, 2nd place in the AL East, 1...
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Wednesday Bantering: Roster News

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Lot's of little bits of roster news this morning: The Jays cast out Chad Jenkins and Bo Schultz to the minors. Chad's had a tough spring. Bo, on the other hand, has allowed just 1 hit in 8...
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