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Toronto breaks 1984 record for highest temperature

TheStar.com Balmy temperatures Thursday surpassed a 33-year-old record high of 14.9C on Feb. 23 that was set back in 1984. By 11 a.m., the temperature at Toronto Pearson Airport reached 15.1C, and is...
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Anti-Islamophobia motion at Queen’s Park is expected to pass and send a ‘strong statement against all forms of hatred’

TheStar.com (Kristin Rushowy - Queen's Park Bureau) — The wide support for a motion before Ontario’s legislature denouncing Islamophobia stands in stark contrast to what’s happening federally — though MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers...
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18 arrested in cross-border criminal operation involving fentanyl, guns: OPP

TheStar.com (Liam Casey - The Canadian Press) — VAUGHAN, ONT.—Ontario Provincial Police say 18 people have been charged in a cross-border investigation into illegal guns and drugs, including the deadly opioid fentanyl. The...
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Toronto police investigate alleged anti-Muslim protest held outside mosque

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — Toronto police say they’re investigating a complaint about a small anti-Muslim protest held outside a city mosque last week. Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu says police received a...
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Homeless advocates ‘disgusted’ by Toronto clothing brand with ‘change please’ tagline

TheStar.com (Sammy Hudes - Staff Reporter) — A new Toronto clothing brand is under fire, accused of making light of homelessness, but its owner says his products are actually meant to raise awareness of those suffering from poverty. The...
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Average of 48 Canadian kids held in immigration detention each year, study finds

TheStar.com (Nicholas Keung - Immigration reporter) — Canada has placed more than 200 Canadian children in immigration detention with their non-status parents since 2011, alongside hundreds of formally detained non-Canadian children, says...
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SUV blocks streetcar tunnel at Queen’s Quay

TheStar.com (Sophie van Bastelaer - Staff Reporter) — The 509 and 510 streetcars are turning back at Spadina Ave. and Queen’s Quay this morning after an SUV blocked the tunnel leading into the Queen’s Quay station. Photos tweeted...
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United Way Toronto and York Region announces $87 million investment

TheStar.com (Peter Goffin - Staff Reporter) — The United Way, already one of Canada’s largest charitable organizations, is opening its arms even wider. The group’s Toronto and York Region chapter has announced an investment...
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Living wage for Durham region pegged at $17 an hour

TheStar.com (Laurie Monsebraaten - Social justice reporter) — Teacher Ryan Kelly belongs to a union where every member earns a living wage. But the women who run the cafeteria at the Whitby high school where Kelly taught math and computer science last...
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Canadian athletes, athletic organizations targeted by Russian hackers

TheStar.com (Declan Hill - Special to the Star) — As the world fixates on Russian spying and cyber-attacks in U.S. politics, the field of sports has been struck by similar intrusions and Canadian athletes and organizations are among the...
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How ‘Islamic terrorism’ trumped Islamophobia: Cohn

TheStar.com (Martin Regg Cohn - Ontario Politics Columnist) — It used to be the only thing we had to fear was fear itself. Now, it’s fear of phobias. Islamophobia to be precise. If you are a young Muslim woman wearing the Islamic veil, you face...
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From shorts to toques, Toronto temps will rise and fall through Monday

TheStar.com Slip on shorts this Thursday — and maybe a toque by Sunday. Toronto’s forecast this week will swing between temperature averages for late winter and early summer — sometimes just a day apart. ...
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Disciplinary panel considers whether doctor should lose licence for dating former patient

TheStar.com (Jacques Gallant - Legal Affairs Reporter) — Should a psychiatrist who began dating his patient shortly after they stopped seeing each other professionally be allowed to keep his licence? That’s the question before a discipline...
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Pot dispensary workers question what legal rights they have

TheStar.com (Peter Goffin - Staff Reporter) — Sarah has no illusions about the pot dispensary that employs her. She knows it’s illegal. She knows it’s not a licensed medical service. She knows that, by working there, she...
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Toronto police pulled over distracted drivers in a hearse

TheStar.com (Evelyn Kwong - Staff Reporter, Brennan Doherty - Staff Reporter) — A hearse pulled over three drivers in Toronto on Tuesday for allegedly using a hand-held cell phone behind the wheel. The hearse rolled through the streets around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning as...
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Bombardier opens the doors to the factory building the Eglinton Crosstown LRT for Metrolinx

TheStar.com (Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter) — In the midst of a high stakes and very public legal feud with Metrolinx, Bombardier opened the doors of its Millhaven, Ont. plant to the media on Wednesday in an attempt to showcase its...
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Toronto realtors warned on handling of pre-emptive offers in red-hot market

TheStar.com (Tess Kalinowski - Real Estate Reporter) — It’s not enough that Toronto area home-buyers are facing competition so fierce that list prices have become virtually meaningless and bully or pre-emptive offers are increasingly the...
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Peel Region MPP Jagmeet Singh testing the waters to replace NDP leader Thomas Mulcair

TheStar.com (Alex Boutilier - Ottawa Bureau Reporter, Alex Ballingall - Ottawa BureauRobert Benzie Q) — Jagmeet Singh has a team quietly organizing his potential federal NDP leadership bid, as the provincial MPP continues to consider his political future. More than a half dozen New Democrat...
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Dakota Access protesters set camp on fire as U.S. army moves in

TheStar.com (Lynda V. Mapes - The Seattle Times) — Surrounded on all sides by roadblocks and under threat of arrest, demonstrators against the Dakota Access Pipeline have invoked an old ally: fire. Used by Native Americans ceremonially since...
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Ontario teacher found guilty of misconduct for pushing anti-vaccination views

TheStar.com (Ellen Brait - Staff Reporter) — An Ontario high school teacher, who disrupted a vaccine clinic and told students vaccinations could lead to death, stormed out of a disciplinary hearing after being found guilty of...
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Blog Articles

Five key spring Blue Jays story lines

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I was asked what the top 5 key story lines that the Blue Jays are facing this spring. I thought it would be a good question for us all. Here is my answer: Who plays left field? ...
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Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Jason Grilli

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Our first pre-season game is Saturday. Can’t wait. It isn’t on TV, but will be on the radio. I can’t wait to have some real fake baseball again. Until then, let’s continue running down the...
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Wednesday Bantering: Former Jays Sign, MLB Rule Changes, Facebook Live Stream

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — Your morning update for everything Blue Jays. Just three days. Three days until the first baseball game of 2017. Here’s the latest: Two former Blue Jays signed in the Mexican League...
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Stadia Mania

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — It will take you a little bit longer for you to get inside Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo from now on. The team recently announced it will have metal detectors at the ballpark entrances in place...
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Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Juan Graterol

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Juan Graterol is a 28, right-handed hitting catcher. Juan has been a member of more teams in the last three months than many players get to in a career. Juan’s winter: Claimed by the Reds ...
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Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Ryan Goins

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Ryan Goins had an interesting 2016 season. He started off in a platoon at second base, along with Darwin Barney , filling in for the injured Devon Travis . When Travis came back, Troy...
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Comparing Kendrys Morales and Adam Lind

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — Morales’s deal with the Blue Jays was worth more than 20x that of Lind’s with the Nationals. But are they really that different? Kendrys Morales has become a scapegoat for what some consider...
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2017 Blue Jay Spring Training Guide

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — New to spring training? Here’s the basics. Spring training is a fun time of year. Fans, normally fully invested in the outcome and performance of their favourite team, can take a break and...
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Small(er) Stories Of Spring

Batter's Box (Eephus) — This is where we sweat the little things... Yeah there are the big stories floating around right now. Josh Donaldson's wonky calf ("The Calf Muscle That Decided A Season", coming to theaters this...
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A Look Back to the Josh Donaldson Trade

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Cole Shelton) — With Josh Donaldson entering his 3rd season as Blue Jay, we look back to the trade that got him here After calls, and calls and calls from Anthopolous to Beane trying to get Donaldson, with no...
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Why Dalton Pompey has almost no chance to make the the Blue Jays Opening Day roster

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt Gross (RhodeIslandRoxfan)) — There’s a long list of players who have to make the Opening Day roster if the Blue Jays want to keep them in the organization, and Dalton Pompey isn’t on it. I’m going to share three personal...
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Blue Jays Looking For A Breakout Season From Dalton Pompey

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Kevin Papetti) — Toronto's front office did not acquire an everyday left-fielder this offseason, and Dalton Pompey's potential is a major reason why. At times, it feels like Dalton Pompey has been a part of...
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Reviewing Our 2016 Top 40 Prospect List

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — A look back at last year’s list. Since we have finished posting our 2017 Top 40 Prospects List, I thought we might take a look at the players who were on last year’s list. Of the 40 players...
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Josh Donaldson to miss a ‘couple of weeks’

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Our first casualty of spring training, Josh Donaldson , is saying he is hoping he’ll only be out for a couple of weeks , with a right calf strain. Since it is so early in spring there is no rush...
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Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-Man: Marco Estrada

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Marco Estrada has had an interesting couple of years with the Blue Jays. We traded Adam Lind for him, and many of us weren’t pleased with the trade. But then he had a terrific season. Last...
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Beyond the Top 40: Tom's 2017 Just Missed List

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Matt put up his ‘ just missed list ’ on Friday, so it is my turn. Just for the record, I had Osman Gutierrez at the bottom of my list too. He seems to be the right kind of player for the bottom of...
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Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Josh Donaldson

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We’ve had Josh Donaldson on our side for two seasons now. In his first season with the Blue Jays, he won the AL MVP award. His second season was, pretty much, as good as his first and he finished...
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FanPost Friday: Share your favorite Spring Training memory

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — This week, for FanPost Friday, since Spring Training is just starting I thought I’d ask you all for your favorite Spring Training memory. This can be a ‘live, in person’ memory, or it could be...
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Beyond the Top 40: Matt's 2017 Just Missed List

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Sticking with the theme of going beyond the BB Top 40 list, having covered some interesting players in the organization who missed the age cutoff, it's time to take the annual look at some who...
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Jays sign Catcher Rafael Lopez

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Blue Jays dumped one minor league catch and now have signed another. The Blue Jays signed Rafael Lopez to a minor league contract. Raffy is a 29 year old, left-handed hitting catchers. He...
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