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How to survive the airport ordeal?

TheStar.com (Vanessa Lu - Business reporter) — After rushing to pack, fighting traffic to the airport, and finally getting through the check-in lines, travellers will be faced with yet another hurdle today — airport screening. The Star...
  • New: 39 min ago

Top baby names of the year influenced by Netflix, popular TV series

TheStar.com (Kristin Rushowy - Education Reporter) — Tradition tops Ontario’s most popular baby names — but further down the list a new trend is taking over. Dubbed the “Netflix Effect,” the names of characters from...
  • New: 39 min ago

Kathleen Wynne warns ‘change’ looms for The Beer Store

TheStar.com (Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief) — ‎Premier Kathleen Wynne says Ontarians can “expect some change” in the new year on the way booze is sold in the province, including a rethink of the government’s deal...
  • New: 1 hr 39 min ago

TTC riders ask: Where are Toronto's new streetcars?

TheStar.com (Tess Kalinowski - Transportation reporter) — Where are Toronto’s new supersized streetcars ? The 204 fully accessible, low-floor vehicles were ordered in June 2009 for $1.25 billion. But so far, only three are running on the 510...
  • New: 1 hr 39 min ago

Up to three in 10 women may have been raped, poll shows

TheStar.com (Katrina Clarke - Staff Reporter) — A new survey shows as many as three in 10 women in Canada have been raped — but legal experts call it a “lowball” estimate. “Those kinds of surveys, I don’t...
  • New: 1 hr 39 min ago

Welfare computer woes cost Ontario millions in overtime

TheStar.com (Donovan Vincent - News reporter) — Ontario is paying $5 million to cover unexpected costs caused by its troubled new welfare computer system, including thousands of overtime hours logged by workers dealing with improper payments...
  • New: 1 hr 39 min ago

Leafs too passive against lowly Hurricanes: Feschuk

TheStar.com (Dave Feschuk - Sports Columnist) — RALEIGH, N.C.—It’s Hockey Defence 101: When attempting to defend a 2-on-1 break, the elementary option is to take away the pass and let the goaltender handle the shot. It’s...
  • New: 7 hr 35 min ago

#SantaBomb storm being tracked by Environment Canada

TheStar.com Environment Canada has been tracking a large system that will bring some form of precipitation to the Toronto area on Christmas Eve, but they do not know for sure if it will be snow, freezing rain...
  • New: 7 hr 48 min ago

8 children in Australia dead after stabbing: report

TheStar.com As many as eight children have been stabbed to death in the northern Queensland city of Cairns, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported, citing police. The stabbings took place in the suburb...
  • New: 8 hr 19 min ago

Many potential organ donors not identified, report finds

TheStar.com (Sheryl Ubelacker - The Canadian Press) — While thousands of Canadians wait for transplants that could alter or save their lives, many potentially willing organ donors are never identified or don’t make it through the complex...
  • New: 8 hr 36 min ago

Critics challenge John Tory's views on Waterfront Toronto

TheStar.com (Betsy Powell - City Hall Bureau) — A residents association, a business improvement organization, and a city councillor are challenging Mayor John Tory’s suggestion that Waterfront Toronto has kept the public in the dark...
  • New: 9 hr 14 min ago

Latest gas plant revelations zero in on three key players

TheStar.com (Richard J. Brennan - Provincial Politics) — The latest revelations in the Ontario Provincial Police investigation of deleted documents in the gas plants scandal centre on three key players. David Livingston: Lean, bespectacled and...
  • New: 9 hr 54 min ago

Tiny gene fragments linked to altered brain development in autism, U of T scientists say

TheStar.com (Kate Allen - Science and Technology reporter) — Tiny, poorly understood gene fragments are linked to altered brain development in autism, according to new research from scientists at the University of Toronto. Their study, published in the...
  • New: 10 hr 23 min ago

Mystery of the Billy Harris donations solved: Proudfoot Corner

TheStar.com (Eric Andrew-Gee - Staff Reporter) — Three years ago, Doug Harris began noticing something odd in the Toronto Star: someone he didn’t know was donating to the paper’s Proudfoot Corner in his brother’s name. ...
  • New: 10 hr 24 min ago

Fighting a tidal wave of sexist advertisements: Porter

TheStar.com (Catherine Porter - Columnist) — I’ve been on a fool’s mission these past five weeks. I’ve been complaining about advertising that is degrading to women. Not just in my head, which is my usual racecourse...
  • New: 10 hr 56 min ago

Police release video of suspects in strip club shooting

TheStar.com (Sean Wetselaar - Staff Reporter) — Peel Regional Police have released surveillance video showing four suspects in the shooting of a man outside a Mississauga strip club Saturday morning. The man, a 28-year-old Mississauga...
  • New: 11 hr 5 min ago

Lawrence West riders get a lift with new elevator, eight years later

TheStar.com (Tess Kalinowski - Transportation reporter) — It was the year Stephen Harper became prime minister, the first time; Italy won the World Cup; police arrested 18 Toronto-area men in an anti-terrorism sting; and actor Daniel Craig debuted as...
  • New: 11 hr 38 min ago

Senior pushed out of retirement home the week before Christmas

TheStar.com (Marco Chown Oved - Staff Reporter) — It’s a sad byproduct of longevity. Like many who have made it to her age, 94-year-old Marie Sparrow has outlived her entire family: first her husband, then her sons, and finally her...
  • New: 11 hr 47 min ago

Husbands jury used common sense in rejecting PTSD defence: DiManno

TheStar.com (Rosie DiManno - Columnist) — A criminal lawyer’s job is to do the best by his client. Guilt or innocence never comes into it. That question is hardly ever put to an accused, before or after the contract is signed. ...
  • 12 hr 13 min ago

North Korea’s counterstrike in the culture wars: Salutin

TheStar.com (Rick Salutin - Columnist) — Sony and the big U.S. theatre chains have The Interview pulled The Interview — about James Franco and Seth Rogen being tasked by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong-Un — from release....
  • 12 hr 18 min ago
Blog Articles

Happy Birthday Jim Clancy and Roy Howell

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We have a pair of Blue Jays birthdays today. Jim Clancy turns 59 and Roy Howell turns 61. Clancy was an original Jay, picked up in the expansion draft in 1976. He was called up to the Jays in...
  • New: 10 hr 34 min ago

What one question would you like to ask John Gibbons?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Since we seem to hit a slump for Blue Jays news, or even rumors. I figured we'd have word on Takashi Toritani by now. I'm sure as soon as I leave the house, there will be news. It seems to be the...
  • 16 hr 42 min ago

Blue Jays sign OF Ryan Kalish to minor-league deal

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — The Blue Jays have continued their spree of minor-league signings this week by inking outfielder Ryan Kalish to a similar deal. The 26-year-old was drafted by the Red Sox in the ninth round...
  • 1 day 13 hr ago

Last minute Christmas ideas for the baseball fan

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — What are you getting the Blue Jays fan in your life? I figured that with about a week of shopping days left until Christmas, we should have a thread giving our best baseball related Christmas...
  • 1 day 16 hr ago

Alex Anthopoulos talks

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Alex Anthopoulos talked on the Jeff Blair show this morning. There wasn't anything real exciting news coming out of their chat. What they did talk about: On Melky Cabrera: 'Once we traded for ...
  • 1 day 20 hr ago

Would anyone make up a rumour about the Blue Jays signing Andrew Albers?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Minutes after shooting back an ounce of prescription-grade cold medication (this one gives me vivid dreams!) I saw reactions to a report that the Blue Jays are set to sign North Battleford,...
  • 2 days ago

Blue Jays finally sign Daric Barton

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — One long-time reader of Bluebird Banter is especially happy today. For almost as long as I have known long-time Bluebird Banter reader PIkachu, he has wanted the Blue Jays to sign Daric Barton...
  • 2 days ago

Goodbye Brandon Morrow

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Brandon Morrow signed a 1-year contract with the San Diego Padres . He gets $2.5 million guaranteed, with different incentive deals, if he starts he can earn an extra $5 million and if he...
  • 2 days ago

Brett Cecil's Hook Makes Him Closer Material

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Nick Ashbourne) — While Blue Jays fans hold out hope for the team bringing in a relief ace from outside the organization, Brett Cecil is the most likely Opening Day closer at this point. That's not necessarily a...
  • 2 days ago
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Munenori Kawasaki second in "close and late" situations

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — According to ESPN  blogger David Schoenfield , Blue Jays utility guy Munenori Kawasaki finished second in baseball for hitting in "close and late" situations, averaging .346, just three...
  • 2 days ago
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Monday Blue Jays rumors: Takashi Toritani

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The back half of December is pretty devoid of news or even rumors. There is the chance that Takashi Toritani is deciding between offers from the Padres and Blue Jays and will come to a...
  • 3 days ago
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Does Working Quickly Benefit Pitchers Defensively?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (MjwW) — Does "keeping defenders on their toes" lead to better defensive results, or is it just another baseball myth? There are few things that inhibit enjoying a baseball game more than a pitcher who...
  • 3 days ago
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Report: White Sox sign Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays get draft pick

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — Some late night Blue Jays news as the Chicago White Sox have signed free agent Melky Cabrera . The switch-hitting outfielder was of course a Blue Jay in 2014 and declined a qualifying offer...
  • 5 days ago

Jays looking at Mike Rizzo for CEO

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Jerry Crasnick, of ESPN.com, reports that Mike Rizzo who is the Washington Nationals GM, is another person the Blue Jays are looking at to fill Paul Beeston's job. He gets added to the list...
  • 5 days ago
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Hall of Fame Poll: Larry Walker

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Larry Walker into the Baseball Hall of Fame? Last name on the ballot., but not last in my mind. Canadian, played for the Expos, how could I don't like him. He had a 17 year career,...
  • 5 days ago
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Hall of Fame Poll: Alan Trammell

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Alan Trammell into the Baseball Hall of Fame? We are getting to the end of the list, one more after this. Alan Trammell was a terrific shortstop. There were some good ones in the...
  • 5 days ago

After Winter Meetings Thread

Batter's Box (John Northey) — The winter meetings are over.  The Jays did a few minor moves, the Red Sox some major ones.  An AL East summary of winter meeting moves, plus anything done on the 12th. Jay moves.... ...
  • 5 days ago
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Are the Jays still trying to replace Beeston?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Rogers Corporation,  apparently very awkwardly , are trying to replace Paul Beeston. It seemed like the rumors were dying out, but, this morning,  Buster Olney gets us talking about it again ....
  • 6 days ago

Michael Saunders is a carnivore

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Nick Ashbourne) — While very little is known about Toronto's new left fielder's dietary preferences it is clear that he feasts on meatballs. When the Blue Jays acquired Michael Saunders , they got a player who...
  • 6 days ago

Hall of Fame Poll: Sammy Sosa

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Sammy Sosa into the Baseball Hall of Fame? You know the Sammy Sosa story. Early in his career, he wasn't a great player, he chased too many pitchers, didn't take walks. Then...
  • 7 days ago
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