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Tory enlists subway users in relief-line feud with province

TheStar.com (Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter) — With Queen’s Park so far failing to heed the mayor’s demand to commit funding to build a relief line for Toronto’s subway, John Tory took his case directly to transit...
  • New: 2 hr 51 min ago

Taiwan becomes first Asian government to recognize same-sex marriage

TheStar.com (Johnson Lai And Christopher Bodeen - The Associated Press) — TAIPEI, TAIWAN—In a first for Asia, Taiwan’s constitutional Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights...
  • New: 2 hr 57 min ago

Daesh-linked militants besiege Philippine city, behead police chief

TheStar.com (Jim Gomez And Teresa Cerojano - The Associated Press) — ILIGAN CITY, PHILIPPINES—Militants linked to Daesh, also known as ISIS, swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest...
  • New: 4 hr 14 min ago

Hydro rate cut will ultimately cost $21B, watchdog warns

TheStar.com (Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief) — It’s a short-term hydro bill gain in exchange for longer term fiscal pain. The Liberal government’s “Fair Hydro Plan,” which lowers electricity bills by 25 per...
  • New: 4 hr 36 min ago

Crash closes westbound QEW at Hwy 427

TheStar.com (Fakiha Baig - Staff Reporter) — All westbound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Way are blocked at Hwy. 427 following a collision between a transport truck and several cars this morning. Police responded to a call for the...
  • New: 5 hr 28 min ago

Pope Francis unsmiling when he meets Trump

TheStar.com (Jonathan Lemire Nicole Winfield And Julie Pace - Associated Press) — VATICAN CITY—President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing world views, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous...
  • New: 6 hr 40 min ago

Police in Manchester arrest 3 men in connection with concert bombing

TheStar.com (Jill Lawless - Associated Press) — MANCHESTER, ENGLAND—Police in Manchester say they have arrested three more men in connection with the suicide bombing at a pop concert that killed 22 people. They said Wednesday the...
  • New: 7 hr 14 min ago

WSIB cutting costs at expense of workers’ health, report says

TheStar.com (Sara Mojtehedzadeh - Work and Wealth reporter) — Ontario’s worker compensation board is saving money by reducing spending on drug benefits for workplace accident victims and by providing financial incentives to their health-care...
  • New: 7 hr 39 min ago

There’s no measuring the loss of family and friends: DiManno

TheStar.com (Rosie DiManno - Columnist) — They leave small footprints and big aching holes. Even on the vast panorama of social media, there would have been so little to say beyond the everyday minutiae of lives that had stretched...
  • New: 7 hr 39 min ago

Chris Spence launches fight to get teaching licence back

TheStar.com (Jackie Hong - Staff Reporter) — Disgraced former Toronto District School Board education director Chris Spence said he’s “ready to fight” against what he said is the “disproportionate”...
  • 15 hr 53 min ago

Broken Social Scene first band to play Manchester after attack

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — MANCHESTER, ENGLAND—The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert has shaken the music world , with some artists cancelling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as...
  • 16 hr 6 min ago

Vaughan deputy mayor entitled to payout after resigning amid sexual harassment scandal

TheStar.com (Noor Javed - News reporter) — Despite the scandal surrounding Vaughan city hall, there was muted reaction and little condemnation from many of the councillors Tuesday as the city’s ethics commissioner presented them...
  • 17 hr 30 min ago

Let’s delete Islamic/Islamist labels for terrorists: Paradkar

TheStar.com (Shree Paradkar - Columnist) — Another terrorist attack in Europe, another round of wondering: “Was it a Muslim?” The answer was implicitly confirmed Tuesday morning, when officials said the attack that...
  • 17 hr 45 min ago

Thunder Bay police chief charged with breach of trust

TheStar.com (Jackie Hong - Staff Reporter) — The Ontario Provincial Police have charged Thunder Bay Police Service Chief J.P. Levesque with breach of trust and obstructing justice. The charges come following a five-month long...
  • 18 hr 26 min ago

Pressure builds on city hall to fund climate plan

TheStar.com (David Rider - City Hall Bureau Chief) — More than three dozen non-profits, unions, businesses and others are urging Mayor John Tory to fully adopt and implement city staff’s ambitious plan to slash Toronto’s...
  • 18 hr 40 min ago

Complaints of foreign influence on third-party advertising in 2015 federal campaign soar

TheStar.com (Tonda MacCharles - Ottawa Bureau reporter, Alex Ballingall - Ottawa Bureau) — OTTAWA—Canada’s top elections investigation office has received 105 complaints about the influential role played by third parties in the 2015 federal election campaign. ...
  • 18 hr 45 min ago

TTC agrees to arrange third-party study of subway air quality

TheStar.com (Alanna Rizza - Staff Reporter) — The TTC has agreed to arrange a third-party study of the subway system’s air quality after researchers discovered high levels of pollution. TTC CEO Andy Byford and union...
  • 18 hr 56 min ago

Vintage TTC streetcars are back every Sunday this summer

TheStar.com (Peter Goffin - Staff Reporter) — There’s a hulking heap of nostalgia rumbling along Toronto’s waterfront this summer. The TTC is reviving its vintage maroon-and-cream streetcars on Queen’s Quay W. every...
  • 19 hr 8 min ago

Trump, Pope Francis to meet face-to-face for first time after clashing

TheStar.com (John Follain, Margaret Talev - Bloomberg) — ROME—Pope Francis believes climate change is one of the greatest threats to humanity. U.S. President Donald Trump thinks it might be a Chinese hoax. Francis wants the world’s...
  • 20 hr 15 min ago

Honest Ed’s famous sign gives its final farewell: Keenan

TheStar.com (Edward Keenan - Columnist) — Way back when I was a journalism student, I thought up an idea for a story on whomever it was who had to change the light bulbs in the Honest Ed’s sign. All those little bulbs, blinking...
  • 20 hr 25 min ago
Blog Articles

Anthony Alford placed on DL

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Dwight Smith called up The season that keeps on giving. Anthony Alford is going on the DL with a hamate fracture. That’s a bone in the wrist. Not good news because it is hard to swing a bat...
  • New: 2 hr 11 min ago

Wednesday Bantering: John Farrell on hot seat in Boston

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — Your morning update for everything Blue Jays. There’s trouble brewing in Boston. Sitting with a record of 23-21, Red Sox manager John Farrell is on the hot seat after multiple reports of...
  • New: 5 hr 1 min ago

Dwight And Power

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — A winning night on the farm saw a doubleheader sweep account for half of the win total. A one-run loss prevented a perfect night. Buffalo Bisons Dwight Smith Jr. is pushing for another call up...
  • 12 hr 57 min ago

Blue Jays hold on to early lead, beat Brewers 4-3

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — Kendrys Morales homered in the fifth for two RBIs. Victory. Battling the Milwaukee Brewers for the first of two games, the Blue Jays scored and led early, and, despite allowing three...
  • 14 hr 49 min ago

Blue Jays @ Brewers - May 23-24

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — The Blue Jays hope to be worthy in the good land of Wisconsin. Series Schedule/Probable Starters Tuesday at 7:30 pm ET - Joe Biagini (1-2, 3.41 ERA) vs. Jimmy Nelson (2-2, 3.86)...
  • 19 hr 7 min ago

Jose Bautista to play third base tonight

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — So here is something I never thought I’d see again in my life. Jose Bautista is starting at third base tonight (unless the Jays beat reporters are having a little fun with us). He hasn’t had a...
  • 21 hr 44 min ago

2017 MLB Draft Preview: Blue Jays tendencies

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — For previous entries of BBB's 2017 draft preview, see the 2017 Draft Storystream Having reviewed the last five Blue Jays drafts ( 2012-13 /  2014-15 /  2016 ), let's step back...
  • 1 day ago

Who’s Up, Who’s Down: Jays Pitchers

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Looking at our pitchers over the past two weeks The Blue Jays were 7-6 over the past two weeks. Our pitchers had 4.28 ERA. Batters hit .261/.336/.401 against us. UP Marco Estrada : 3...
  • 1 day 3 hr ago

Tuesday Bantering: Anthony Gose continues conversion to pitcher

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — Your morning update for everything Blue Jays. Former Blue Jay outfielder Anthony Gose is set to make his professional pitching debut with the Detroit Tigers ’ single-A affiliate, taking the...
  • 1 day 6 hr ago

Rated PG (Pentecost, Guerrero)

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — The affiliates split their two games on Monday. One of them featured the rehabbing left side of the Toronto infield. New Hampshire was rained out. Buffalo had no baseball game on the docket....
  • 1 day 12 hr ago

May 19-21 minor league report: Danny and Vladdy mashing

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — In all honesty, not much happened down on the farm this weekend, as least as it pertains to significant prospects. So we'll shake things up a little bit, start by highlighting a position players...
  • 1 day 22 hr ago

Who’s Up, Who’s Down: Blue Jays Batters

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Looking at our hitters over the last two weeks. The Blue Jays are 7-6 over the past two weeks. There has been some good moments and some bad. Our batters hit .257/.324/.445 over those 13...
  • 2 days ago

2017 MLB Draft Preview: reviewing the 2016 Blue Jays draft

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — For previous entries of BBB's 2017 draft preview, see the 2017 Draft Storystream The 2016 draft was the first under the Mark Shapiro / Ross Atkins regime, albeit with a holdover scouting...
  • 2 days ago

Vladdy Heats Up, Again

Batter's Box (Gerry) — Its your long weekend abbreviated minor league update. Over the weekend Vlad Guerrero Jr. picked up seven hits. Danny Jansen also had a good weekend. Richard Urena's bat is starting to look...
  • 2 days ago

Travis homers, Estrada shines: Jays beat Orioles

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Blue Jays 3 Orioles 1 We got an amazing start from Marco Estrada. He went 7.2. Allowed 5 hits, 1 walk with 12 strikeouts. He gave up an Adam Jones solo homer, in the fourth inning, other...
  • 2 days ago

Today’s Lineup: Martin playing third

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — And some injury notes. There are a couple of injury notes today: Francisco Liriano threw today, will throw again Tuesday and will, all going well go for a rehab start next weekend. J.A....
  • 3 days ago

Another frustrating loss: Jays lose to Orioles 7-5

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Blue Jays 5 Orioles 7 For the second night in a row, we lose because of a Welington Castillo home run. It is hard to believe. Man, that was a frustrating game. We should have scored many...
  • 3 days ago

Blue Jays Roster Moves: Aaron Sanchez to DL and more

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — And more... There are lots of little bits of Blue Jays news: Aaron Sanchez is going back on the DL with a 'middle finger laceration (fancy word for a cut). I'm hating this season. The...
  • 3 days ago

Blue Jays activate Russell Martin from the Disabled List

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt Gross (RhodeIslandRoxfan)) — The first of many important pieces for Toronto is coming off the DL The Blue Jays have activated Russell Martin from the Disabled List and he will be playing in tonight’s game against the ...
  • 3 days ago

2017 Draft Preview: reviewing the 2012-13 Blue Jays drafts

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — For previous entries of BBB's 2017 draft preview, see the 2017 Draft Storystream Next up is reviewing the recent draft history of the Blue Jays. For each draft year, I'll list the total...
  • 4 days ago