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Tim Hortons can’t cut more than 20 per cent of HQ staff: Ottawa

TheStar.com (Lisa Wright - Business Reporter) — Ottawa has restricted Burger King from axing more than 20 per cent of corporate staff at Tim Hortons’ longtime headquarters or regional offices, an Industry Canada spokesman confirms. The...
  • New: 30 min ago

Terminal sale helps Porter Airlines’ balance sheet

TheStar.com (Vanessa Lu - Business reporter) — Porter Airlines CEO Robert Deluce says the sale of the passenger terminal at Toronto’s island airport sets the airline up for the next phase of development that includes possibly flying...
  • New: 51 min ago

Pass sport-betting bill, Charles Sousa tells Senate

TheStar.com (Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief) — Talk about pass interference. Finance Minister Charles Sousa says he’s fed up with the Senate’s delay-of-game tactics penalizing Ontario taxpayers to the tune of millions of dollars...
  • New: 1 hr 16 min ago

Quebec corruption inquiry struggling for relevance: Hébert

TheStar.com (Chantal Hébert - National Affairs) — MONTREAL — There were high hopes at the time of its creation that a public inquiry into collusion and corruption in the province’s construction industry would provide Quebecers...
  • New: 1 hr 19 min ago

As election looms, Tom Mulcair’s NDP walks a fine line: Walkom

TheStar.com (Thomas Walkom - National Affairs) — Tom Mulcair is walking a careful line. The New Democratic Party leader wants to continue the work that his predecessor, Jack Layton, did in attracting new voters. But he’s also trying to...
  • New: 1 hr 20 min ago

Former Scout leader arrested for sexual assault

TheStar.com (Sean Wetselaar - Staff Reporter) — A former Scout leader has been charged with sexual assault involving children. Police say the alleged assaults took place between 1992 and 2003 in the area of Queen St. E. and Jones Ave. A man...
  • New: 1 hr 24 min ago

Toronto's income gap continues to widen, finds U of T expert

TheStar.com (David Rider - City Hall Bureau Chief) — Toronto is transforming from a mostly middle-income city into an island of wealth surrounded by increasingly poor pockets of suburb, 42 years of data reveals. University of Toronto professor ...
  • New: 1 hr 38 min ago

A Rocket for your pocket: North York dad’s design lets you 3D-print your own subway car

TheStar.com (Daniel Otis - News Reporter) — Want a little rocket for your pocket? Using one of the Toronto Public Library’s publicly accessible 3D printers , a North York father has created a scaled TTC subway car that can ride on...
  • New: 1 hr 48 min ago

Woman charged in connection with $11M fraud case

TheStar.com (Jackie Hong - Staff Reporter) — The ex-spouse of Jason Robert Laramee , a man accused of defrauding investors of more than $11 million, is now facing fraud charges of her own, Halton police said. Renata Dawn Schumaker, 43, of...
  • New: 2 hr 2 min ago

Brookfield in consortium set to take over Canary Wharf

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — A consortium including Brookfield Property Partners appears set to win control of London’s Canary Wharf real estate development with a bid that values majority owner Songbird Estates at $5...
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Canadian man arrested before alleged tryst with U.S. teen

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — A Niagara Region man has been charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted rape after travelling to the U.S. allegedly to pursue a sexual relationship with an underage girl. Tyler Beavis was...
  • New: 4 hr 3 min ago

Man accused of cyberbullying Amanda Todd says he’s innocent

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — The man accused in the cyberbullying case of British Columbia teen Amanda Todd has denied the allegations against him in a letter released by his lawyer. Aydin Coban was arrested in the...
  • New: 4 hr 13 min ago

Suspect in fatal 2011 gas-and-dash arrested in Alberta

TheStar.com (Jackie Hong - Staff Reporter) — The RCMP in Fort McMurray, Alta., have arrested a man wanted in a 2011 Mississauga gas-and-dash that killed a gas station attendant, Peel police say. On May 19, 2011, a driver pumped about $75...
  • New: 4 hr 26 min ago

Why borrowing to invest makes sense: Mayers

TheStar.com (Adam Mayers - Personal Finance Editor) — Borrowing to invest is always a risky strategy, especially so in a climate like this. The bull market is six years old, and nothing lasts forever. Between March 2009, when Toronto share prices...
  • New: 5 hr 11 min ago

Ex-Los Alamos scientist to be sentenced in nuclear weapon sting

TheStar.com (Russell Contreras - The Associated Press) — ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon is set to be sentenced. Pedro Leonardo...
  • New: 5 hr 22 min ago

City needs 60 more streetcars to keep pace with transit growth

TheStar.com (Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall reporter) — The head of the TTC says the city needs to order 60 more streetcars just to keep up with the number of future riders over the next decade. But in order to secure the new vehicles as part of the ...
  • New: 5 hr 51 min ago

Helmut Oberlander plans to fight after losing appeal of deportation order

TheStar.com (Debra Black - Immigration Reporter) — An elderly Kitchener-Waterloo developer facing deportation over his connection to a Nazi killing unit will appeal a recent Federal Court decision dismissing his application for a judicial review,...
  • New: 5 hr 54 min ago

Mayor John Tory ‘misspoke,’ Toronto hasn’t won right to host 2016 Grey Cup

TheStar.com (Curtis Rush - Sports reporter, Jennifer Pagliario - Staff Reporters) — Toronto is being considered as the site for the 2016 Grey Cup game, the CFL says. But a decision hasn’t been made, despite what Mayor John Tory thought. Speaking with host Jeff Blair on...
  • New: 6 hr 34 min ago

Conservatives agree to allow shipments of prohibited weapons to Israel, Kuwait

TheStar.com (Tonda MacCharles - Ottawa Bureau reporter) — OTTAWA — The federal government has quietly amended the export law to permit Canadian shipments to Israel and Kuwait of prohibited weapons such as banned handguns or automatic weapons. ...
  • New: 6 hr 37 min ago

Ajax family allowed to keep front yard ice rink... for now

TheStar.com (Daniel Otis - News Reporter) — The Town of Ajax has reversed an order to dismantle a tiny front yard skating rink after threatening its owner last week with a fine of up to $25,000. tKaren Callery had been ordered to...
  • New: 6 hr 43 min ago
Blog Articles

Baseball Prospectus PECOTA Blue Jays projections

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Baseball Prospectus has their PECOTA projections out. For all you fans of the middle road, Jays are right there. PECOTA has us finishing 3rd in the division, with 83 wins, trailing the Red Sox ...
  • New: 3 hr 59 min ago

Keith Law ranks Blue Jays farm system 19th in MLB

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Keith Law has his annual ranking of MLB farms systems up this morning. The Blue Jays rank 19th: The Jays have been very aggressive in using their prospects to upgrade the major league roster,...
  • New: 6 hr 37 min ago

Casey Janssen signs with the Nationals

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — My favourite Blue Jays player from the past several years is now a Washington National. According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, reliever Casey Janssen signed a one-year deal with the ...
  • New: 8 hr 5 min ago

MLB Rumors: Blue Jays Interested in Jonathan Papelbon?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (K931) — The Blue Jays and Phillies continue to talk about a potential Jonathan Papelbon trade,  reports MLB.com beat writer Todd Zolecki. With Casey Janssen no longer under contract, Papelbon...
  • 23 hr 17 min ago

Tuesday Bantering: Paul Beeston links

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I'm very happy that the Beeston/Duquette saga is over, at least for the moment. And I'm hoping that we don't have to talk about it again for a long time. Since the Jays sent out the press release...
  • 1 day 5 hr ago

The Case Against Marco Estrada, Reliever

SBN: Bluebird Banter (MjwW) — Where does Marco Estrada fit on the 2015 Blue Jays? It shouldn't be in the bullpen. Way back on November 1, the Blue Jays began the offseason by sending Adam Lind to the Brewers in exchange for...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Paul Beeston signs one year extension with Blue Jays, plans to retire after 2015

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Paul Beeston will be the Blue Jays ' president and CEO through 2015 after signing a contract extension with the club, according to Edward Rogers, who announced it via a media release on Bob...
  • 2 days ago

Poll Time: Do you approve of the job Alex Anthopoulos is doing?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Let us know what you think of the job Alex is doing. We did one of these back in September, Alex had 29% approve, 31% neutral and 40% do not approve. I figured it was time we did another. Alex...
  • 2 days ago

Ways Rob Manfred could eliminate the shift

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — With Rob Manfred taking over the dusty throne of Bud Selig yesterday, he decided his first course of action would be to bewilder everyone and announce that he would be open to eliminating the...
  • 2 days ago

New Commissioner Rob Manfred could eliminate defensive shifts

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Today's entry in silly ideas. New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a ESPN interview that he 'would be open to eliminating the defensive shift'. I really don't understand what he thinks...
  • 3 days ago

Jays Musings: Duquette, Shields, Strasburg & More

SBN: Bluebird Banter (K931) — Anyone else getting bored of the offseason? Other than the odd waiver claim or minor league signing, it has been quite some time since the Jays have made a significant move. Let's jazz things up a...
  • 4 days ago
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Friday Bantering: Jays in Calgary and more on Duquette

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Thanks for all the birthday wishes. It was a good day. The Jays luncheon was ok....not much of a chance to talk to anyone. I said hi to PR person Jay Stenhouse, though I'm pretty sure he didn't...
  • 5 days ago

Jeff Hoffman for Dan Duquette?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — In case you were not on Twitter last night. So, I took a trip through LinkedIn last night, perhaps after a few drinks (no,  I don't have a drinking PROBLEM, whit79 )... Jeff Hoffman for Dan...
  • 5 days ago
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Happy Birthday Tom Dakers!

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — Today is the special day where the man, the myth, the legend Tom Dakers grows another year older. No one is quite sure how old Tom is, but we know he's been running the show at Bluebird Banter...
  • 6 days ago
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Building the Ultimate Pitcher from the current Blue Jays staff

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — Due to the lack of real news out of Blue Jays land for quite some time, it's the perfect opportunity to start using our imaginations to make our own fun. Something that I don't think has ever...
  • 6 days ago
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Generic Late January Thread

Batter's Box (Eephus) — It's January, it's probably cold out, let's talk some baseball... Super Scherzer The Washington Nationals winning the Max Scherzer Sweepstakes earlier this week is rather interesting, for a...
  • 6 days ago
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Thursday Morning Sporcle: Canadian Blue Jays

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — With the news that Torontonians may get to see Blue Jays minor leaguers  represent Team Canada in the upcoming Pan Am Games , let's think back and recall all the Canadian-born players who have...
  • 6 days ago
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Minor leaguers will be allowed to play in Toronto Pan Am Games

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Players who are not on a major league club's 40-man roster will be allowed to  play men's baseball in the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games ,  according to a report from FOX Sports' Jon Morosi ....
  • 6 days ago
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Paul Beeston to stay for 2015 season, probably

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The whole sad saga is over, for the moment, maybe. This morning, the lovely Mr. Shi Davidi told us that MLB has suggested to the Blue Jays and the Orioles that they resolve this whole Dan...
  • 7 days ago
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Today in Blue Jays History: The Vernon Wells Trade

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Four years ago today, Alex Anthopoulos managed to trade Vernon Wells , something that I figured was pretty much impossible. We were: shocked. and then giddy. It took a couple of days...
  • 7 days ago
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