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The Bay mortgages Saks to pay for $250m reno

TheStar.com Francine Kopun Business Reporter Hudson’s Bay Company on Monday announced plans for a $1.25 billion, 20-year mortgage on the ground portion of its flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store in New...
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Ontario falling behind its own poverty reduction goals

TheStar.com (Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall reporter) — One in five Ontario children still faces life in poverty, according to a new study. This remains true despite a pledge in Ottawa, made exactly 25 years ago today , to eliminate child poverty by...
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The straight-talking judge behind the aboriginal medicine ruling

TheStar.com (Tim Alamenciak - News reporter) — The man at the heart of a controversial aboriginal rights decision came to the case by chance: he was one of two on-call judges at the busy Brantford courthouse when McMaster Children’s...
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Workplace safety board still rewards dangerous employers

TheStar.com (Moira Welsh - Investigative News reporter, David Bruser - News Reporter) — A flawed workplace insurance program exposed in 2008 for giving rebates to dangerous employers is still handing out the cash rewards, a new report by the Ontario Federation of Labour has found. ...
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Toronto Zoo revenues down $8.3 million despite pandas’ arrival

TheStar.com (Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall reporter) — Despite the much-anticipated arrival of pandas from China, the opening of Ripley’s Aquarium and a brutal winter saw the Toronto Zoo’s revenues drop $8.3 million from last year. As...
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New Brunswick man attempts 100 curling matches at 100 clubs across Canada

TheStar.com (Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall reporter) — The first words out of Rob Swan’s mouth are: “I’m tired.” For good reason — in less than six days, the New Brunswick native has curled in 17 matches across the...
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Meet the Ferguson Rage Whisperer

TheStar.com (Mitch Potter - Washington Bureau) — FERGUSON, MO.—You hear him before you see him, blowing in the dark, in the rain, even. A solitary trumpeter, caressing the ears of the angry with cool, melancholy jazz and soul. Eugene...
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Kyle Sinclair was ‘protector’ of his family, his mom recalls

TheStar.com (Sam Colbert, Nick Westoll - Staff reporters) — It was the call no mother wants to hear. Anna Loveman received word Friday afternoon that her 27-year-old son, Kyle Sinclair, who was serving in the Canadian army at CFB Petawawa, had been taken...
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WSIB says no to U.S. program that inspired double amputee to walk

TheStar.com (Patty Winsa - News reporter) — Giuseppe Chessari taps his toe against the stair riser and his computerized prosthetic limb bends at the knee so he can haul himself up to the next step, a process he will repeat with his other...
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NDP accused of trying to stifle conflicts as two more staffers file lawsuits

TheStar.com (Melanie Marquis - The Canadian Press) — OTTAWA—Two more former NDP staffers who say they were unfairly dismissed have accused the party of trying to convince them not to file a complaint against the elected members who employed...
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Blue Jays still in Melky Cabrera hunt: Griffin

TheStar.com (Richard Griffin - Baseball Columnist) — The Blue Jays should not yet be discounted in the chase for free-agent Melky Cabrera. He might be back in blue. The fact is, GM Alex Anthopoulos has put a price tag — both years and...
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Dozens killed in suspected Boko Haram attack on Nigerian village

TheStar.com (Haruna Umar And Chika Oduah - The Associated Press) — MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA—An attack by Islamic extremists killed dozens in the northeastern Nigerian village of Doron Baga, a major fishing centre on the shores of Lake Chad, witnesses said. ...
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Israel’s cabinet approves Jewish ‘homeland’ legislation

TheStar.com Batsheva Sobelman and Laura King Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM—Israel’s cabinet approved legislation Sunday that defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people...
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Snowy Raptors road trip full of twists and turns

TheStar.com (Doug Smith - Sports Reporter) — This was going to be so easy. Cover a Raptors game in Toronto on Wednesday, get up Thursday and make the easy four-hour drive to Cleveland, catch LeBron James at Cavaliers practice, talk to...
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Rare jade collection to be auctioned at A.H. Wilkens in Toronto

TheStar.com (Victoria Ahearn - The Canadian Press) — A rare collection of ancient Chinese jade pieces, some dating back 6,000 years, will be up for grabs in Toronto on Tuesday and are expected to “well exceed” their collective presale...
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Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj to take American Music Awards stage

TheStar.com (Mesfin Fekadu - The Associated Press) — Is this the American Music Awards or the Australian Music Awards? Iggy Azalea, who was born Down Under, is the lead nominee at Sunday’s show. She will compete for top awards such as...
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Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of Stephen Harper government: Tim Harper

TheStar.com (Tim Harper - National Affairs) — At the age of 77, Stephen Lewis describes himself as being “happily in his dotage,” a man free to bare his soul and dispense with diplomatic niceties. He did just that in...
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Hamilton Tiger-Cats earn Grey Cup berth

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — HAMILTON—The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are going to the Grey Cup. Hamilton defeated the Montreal Alouettes 40-24 in Sunday’s CFL East Division final at Tim Hortons Field. Kick returner...
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Pacquiao closer to Mayweather megafight after punishing Algieri

TheStar.com (Tim Dahlberg - The Associated Press) — MACAU—Manny Pacquiao is done taking the high road, tired of pretending he doesn’t care. At long last he has Floyd Mayweather Jr. right where he wants him, and this time he’s...
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Feds to spend $200M more on military mental health programs

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — OTTAWA—The federal government has announced $200 million over six years to support mental health needs of military members, veterans, and their families. The Department of National Defence...
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Blog Articles

What's New

Batter's Box (Magpie) — Tired of scrolling past a week's worth of comments? I'm here to help. Meet the New Thread, very much like the Old Thread. Dioner Navarro is still a Blue Jay, but Adam LaRoche is a White Sock and...
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Posting and Commenting Guidelines

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — It seems like time to put up the rules here. The fun of BBB is that with the comment areas, FanPosts, FanShots and Game Threads, everyone gets to share their opinions. We love to read everyone's...
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Question Time

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Question Time: Which Blue Jay player turned out to be much better than you ever expected? The rumor mill is still grinding slowly, and likely will continue to for the  week leading up the...
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Report: Blue Jays out of Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — Over at Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith has poured water on the fire about the reports that the Blue Jays were getting close to signing third baseman Pablo Sandoval . Although it sure seems...
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Question time

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Since the rumor mill has died down some, I thought we could just ask a question: Which player in Blue Jays history did you have the highest hopes for, but didn't live up to your expectations? ...
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Luke Gregerson and the Blue Jays: BBB Staff Free Agent Picks

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Noah Sherman) — He can come as long as he brings his silly little moustache. It's funny how much things can change in a year. For example, the pizza place down the street changed the price of a pepperoni slice...
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John Gibbons dispels rumours about R.A. Dickey's negative clubhouse prescence

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — With the Russell Martin signing, some news that hasn't been talked about too much (thankfully) is that R.A. Dickey has been rumoured as a slight problem in the clubhouse. First Blue Jays ...
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Open Thread for Russell Martin press conference

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Unfortunately, I'm running around this afternoon and will miss it, but I thought some of you would be watching the Jays presser with Russell Martin so here is a place to discuss it. The drinking...
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Blue Jays add Ryan Tepera to 40-man roster

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I expected it to be Andy Burns, but Ryan Tepera is the one that was added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Ryan turned 27 at the start of November. He pitched out of the...
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Thursday Bantering: Blue Jays Rumors

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — There are Blue Jays rumors a plenty today. First, not a rumor, there will be a press conference at 2:00 Eastern introducing new Blue Jay Russell Martin. It will be on Sportsnet 1 and...
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Which Blue Jays pitchers will benefit most from Russell Martin?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Nick Ashbourne) — Pitch framing is foremost among Russell Martin's many skills. Which Jays hurlers might get the most out of his strike stealing wizardry? When the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin it could be...
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Blue Jays 'in the mix' on Pablo Sandoval

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Ken Rosenthal tweeted this: Source: #BlueJays "in the mix" for Sandoval, as first reported by @nickcafardo . See my earlier tweets, which outlined obstacles Jays face. — Ken Rosenthal...
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Today in Bluebird Banter History

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Lots happened on this day in BBB history. Two Years Ago Today , we had a pretty busy day on the site. First :  The big trade with the Marlins was finally official and we finally knew all the...
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Juan Francisco claimed by Red Sox

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Juan Francisco was placed on waivers by the Blue Jays and claimed by the Red Sox . I don't really know what to think about it.  As MjwW wrote in today's post on the Rule 5 Draft, there are: ...
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Nick Swisher has the Blue Jays on his no-trade list and Jo-Jo Reyes gets in trouble in Korea

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — You can take a player to Toronto but you can't make him play Late Tuesday night, SB Nation's wunderkind reporter Chris Cotillo reported that Nick Swisher has the Blue Jays on his no-trade...
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Do the Jays have an unlimited payroll?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Is it possible that the Blue Jays have a potentially unlimited payroll this season? Bob McCown seems to think so. Yesterday, on Prime Time Sports, Bob McCown said this (well not exactly this,...
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Prospects the Blue Jays may need to protect from Rule 5 Draft

SBN: Bluebird Banter (MjwW) — In three weeks, from December 8-11, front office personnel from the 30 major league teams will converge on San Diego for the 2014 Winter Meetings for the annual flurry of activity. On the last day...
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Blue Jays backload Russell Martin's contract

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Blue Jays finally made the Russell Martin signing official, sending out a press release that included both official languages, something that I haven't seen in a Jays press release before....
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SB Nation MLB Awards: Bluebird Banter's official nominees

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We've had polls for  the best pitching performance ,  the most important hit ,  the best defensive play , the most regrettable moment and  the funniest moment and it is time to post the...
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More Rumors: Blue Jays in on Andrew Miller and Jon Lester

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — This is becoming an interesting off-season, which is nice, considering how boring last year was. When the Jays spend a ton of money in an off-season, I get worried because the next year they tend...
  • 6 days ago