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Ban Ki-moon condemns shelling of UN-run school in Gaza

TheStar.com (Olivia Ward - Foreign Affairs Reporter) — It was a scene of panic, bloodshed and death that sent shock waves through the international community. On Thursday at least 15 people who were seeking safety in a UN-run schoolhouse died in an...
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Iacobucci use of force report recommends Taser study

TheStar.com (Patty Winsa - News reporter) — There are 17 recommendations surrounding conducted energy weapons in former justice Frank Iacobucci’s use of force report, “Police Encounters with People in Crisis.” One...
  • New: 5 hr 7 min ago

MPPs in commuter towns spending thousands on Toronto accommodations

TheStar.com (Richard J. Brennan - Provincial Politics) — MPPs living within relatively easy driving distance of Queen’s Park are spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars a year to live in Toronto. Annual members’ expenses for travel...
  • New: 6 hr 7 min ago

Judge deeply affected by meeting shooting victims’ families — and cops who pulled the trigger

TheStar.com (Wendy Gillis - News reporter) — When the call came last August, retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci knew the task that lay ahead was challenging, highly complex, and laden with controversy. He knew examining...
  • New: 6 hr 48 min ago

Three responses to Gaza: despair, cynicism, (maybe) hope: Salutin

TheStar.com (Rick Salutin - Columnist) — Writing in these pages, Dr. Gabor Maté expressed the sense of despair around Gaza exquisitely. That’s exquisite as in painful. Speaking as a writer who’s written on this for...
  • New: 7 hr 18 min ago

Peacemaking through film and pastrami: Caplansky's signs on to sponsor Toronto Palestine Film Festival

TheStar.com (Rachel Mendleson - News reporter) — As public opinion on the war in Gaza becomes increasingly polarized, Zane Caplansky, the owner of Toronto’s consummate Jewish deli, is trying to carve out some space in the middle. The...
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Does Bill Blair want to remain police chief?

TheStar.com (Betsy Powell - City Hall Bureau) — Chief Bill Blair is supposed to tell the Toronto Police Services Board on Friday whether he wants to continue to run Canada’s largest municipal police force. The seven-member civilian...
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Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman nearly unhittable in win over Red Sox

TheStar.com (Brendan Kennedy - Sports reporter) — Cocky and assured despite his diminutive stature, Marcus Stroman has never seemed to want for extra motivation. But you have to wonder if watching his pal Aaron Sanchez throw two perfect innings...
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Canadians quite happy with their jobs, report says

TheStar.com (Lisa Wright - Business Reporter) — Most Canadian workers really like their jobs, and they’re proud to say so. According to a new Capital One survey, Canadians are very satisfied employees indeed — so much so that 69...
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Liberals urged to ensure key witnesses testify at gas plants probe

TheStar.com (Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau) — Refusing to let go of the $1.1 billion power plant scandal, Progressive Conservatives are pressing for a former Dalton McGuinty staffer and her computer-savvy boyfriend to testify before a...
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IMF sees continued weakness in Canada, and around the globe

TheStar.com (Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press) — OTTAWA—The International Monetary Fund says Canada’s economy will be a little weaker this year than previously projected, although it will continue to lead all nations in the Group...
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Sea let’s go of its Lego, reluctantly

TheStar.com (Peter Edwards - Star Reporter) — As nautical disasters go, the trouble of the Tokio Express off the coast of Cornwall is a teensy, tiny affair. Severe gales hit the Halifax-bound ship on Feb. 13, 1997, rocking it 60 degrees in...
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Toronto police to keep sharing non-conviction records

TheStar.com (Robert Cribb - Foreign, Investigations) — Toronto Police Service will continue to share non-conviction records with employers and volunteer organizations while it reviews new recommendations calling for the practice to stop, deputy chief...
  • 12 hr 34 min ago
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Identities of bad tenants should be made public, housing critic says

TheStar.com (Emily Mathieu - Investigative News reporter) — The identities of tenants in Ontario who habitually lie, cheat and exploit the current rental system to stay in properties without paying should be available to the public, says the Progressive...
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Liberals pass budget as Ontario legislature rises until October

TheStar.com (Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief) — Summer has finally come to Queen’s Park after the provincial budget passed allowing the legislature to rise until after Thanksgiving. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals got their...
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A Most Wanted Man is a fitting finale for Philip Seymour Hoffman: review

TheStar.com (Peter Howell - Movie Critic) — A Most Wanted Man 3 stars Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin and Robin Wright. Directed by Anton Corbijn. Opens Friday at Cineplex Varsity,...
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Mohamed Hersi jailed 10 years on terror charges

TheStar.com (Michelle Shephard - National Security Reporter) — Mohamed Hersi, the first Canadian convicted of attempting to fight with a terrorist group abroad, was given the maximum sentence of 10 years Thursday morning in a Brampton courtroom. Superior...
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‘Botched’ execution of Arizona prisoner reignites death penalty debate in United States

TheStar.com (Los Angeles Times and Associated Press) — The “gruesome,” lengthy execution of convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood III in Arizona has reinvigorated the debate over the death penalty in the United States. Wood, 55,...
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Give Toronto police body cameras and Tasers, use of force report recommends

TheStar.com (Wendy Gillis - News reporter) — The much-anticipated review by retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci examining Toronto police use-of-force makes 84 broad-ranging recommendations to improve how the force acts in...
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Fifty Shades of Grey: here's the trailer

TheStar.com (Malene Arpe - Entertainment, Pop Culture, Celebrity) — If you are one of the people who have made me feel uncomfortable by reading your dog-eared copy of Fifty Shades of Grey on the subway for the past couple of years, this is the morning...
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Blog Articles

Amazing start from Marcus Stroman, Jays beat Red Sox

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I still love saying 'Jays beat Red Sox. Red Sox 0 Blue Jays 7 8 The Jays win the 4 game series against the Red Sox 3-1. Can I say it again: Jays beat Red Sox. That was just a super start...
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Thursday Game Thread 2: Marcus Stroman Appreciation Society

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Another fun game. Blue Jays up 7-0.
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Strong Starts wasted in Dunedin & Bluefield

Batter's Box (tercet) — On Wednesday the affiliates were 1-5, with 2 PPD games. The only win came from Lansing in a walkoff victory in extra innings. Syracuse 5 - Buffalo 0 Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed up 4 earned runs...
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An Interview with Vince Horsman

Batter's Box (Gerry) — Vince Horsman is the pitching coach for your Lansing Lugnuts. I asked him about a few pitchers when I was in Lansing last weekend. BB: Let's start with a couple of guys who aren't here, Alberto...
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Game #103 Preview: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — The Blue Jays look to take 3 out of 4 from the Red Sox at 12:37pm this afternoon as Marcus Stroman goes up against Rubby De La Rosa. The Dominican right-hander has pitched well for Boston...
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The debut of Aaron Sanchez couldn't have gone better, Jays beat Red Sox

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Jays Beat Red Sox! Red Sox 4 Blue Jays 6 The important part: Aaron Sanchez looked great. His first MLB inning and he faces Dustin Pedroia , David Ortiz and Mike Napoli and he gets all...
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Wednesday GameThread #2: Sanchez Appreciation Society

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Jays winning. Aaron looked very good.
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Wednesday Bantering: No rehab for Lind and Encarnacion?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Tiny bits of Blue Jays news this afternoon: Gibby has said that Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind will, likely, not be sent out on rehab assignments. The will, most likely, go straight into...
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Thinking about Blue Jays roster moves? Here are some resources that could help

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — On Monday, Sergio Santos was designated for assignment and placed on outright waivers and today, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reported that the reliever had been successfully  outrighted to...
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An Interview with Clayton McCullough

Batter's Box (Gerry) — Clayton McCullough is the Blue Jays co-ordinator of instruction. This is a new position for the Jays. Previously McCullough has managed at several spots in the Jays system and he also spent the...
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Copeland Bangs The Yankees Drum

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — In a best-of-seven, the affiliates came up short Tuesday with a 3-4 record. Lansing had the night off. Buffalo 7 Lehigh Valley 6 Allentown, PA - The Herd nearly coughed up a six-run lead...
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Blue Jays Trade Rumors: Pitching is Top Priority

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — With the Blue Jays seemingly being a team that currently has holes all over the field, Ken Rosenthal reiterated today that the front office is mainly focused on acquiring more arms ahead of next...
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Poll Time: Do you approve of the job Alex Anthopoulos is doing?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We did this back in May, when things were going well, though we had just lost 3 games in a row, but all-in-all, the team was playing good ball. Back then the results were 29% approve, 41% neutral,...
  • 1 day 14 hr ago
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Jays Care Foundation a Finalist for Prestigious Award

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Jays Care Foundation earns a spot among the best charitable organizations in sports. The Blue Jays might not be at the top of the MLB for win-loss record, but there is a way that we are tops....
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Great start for J.A. Happ, Jays beat Red Sox

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — My favorite words in the world: Jays beat Red Sox. Red Sox 3  Blue Jays 7 That feels so much better. We got a terrific start out of J.A. Happ . Who thought he could be this good? He gave...
  • 2 days ago
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Tuesday GameThread #2

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Baseball is fun tonight.
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Happy Birthday Dave Stieb, Cliff Johnson

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Dave Stieb turns 57 today. Stieb is our franchise leader in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, games started, complete games, and many other pitching categories. No one will ever come close to...
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The day's roster moves: Sanchez, Rogers, Goins up. Mastroianni, Kratz down. Mills DFA.

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Blue Jays made it official. They have purchased the contracts of Esmil Rogers and Aaron Sanchez , adding them to the 40-man roster, as well as the active roster. In the case of Rogers,...
  • 2 days ago
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The Last Decade In Blue Jays Top Prospect Promotions

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — With the news that top prospect Aaron Sanchez is on his way to Toronto today, it seems like a good time to take a look back at how promoting the top organizational prospect has worked out in...
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Blue Jays Trade Rumors: Are the Jays interested in Alex Rios?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We have just a bit more than a week of this stuff still ahead of us. Jon Heyman gives us our latest rumor. In an interesting twist, the Blue Jays are showing interest in their former player ...
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