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City has built fewer than 6 per cent of bike lanes more than two years into 10-year plan

TheStar.com (Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter) — More than two years after council approved an ambitious 10-year cycling plan, the city has built less than 6 per cent of the bike lanes the blueprint calls for, and has underspent by millions of...
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Martin Regg Cohn: The Top Ten Reasons — no, 115 — Doug Ford is our best premier ever!

TheStar.com (Martin Regg Cohn - Ontario Politics Columnist) — After half a year as your premier, Doug Ford wants you to know one thing: He has done 115 great things for you so far. Which works out to about one good deed a day (not counting weekends and...
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Video from Toronto shelters shows ‘inhumane’ conditions, indicates shelter system is broken, advocate says

TheStar.com (Gilbert Ngabo - Staff Reporter) — Inside one of Toronto’s warming centres, dozens of small beds are placed alongside the walls, with homeless people covering themselves in Red Cross-issued blankets. At a 24-hour respite...
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Former ambassadors and academics urge China’s president to release Canadian men

TheStar.com (Tonda MacCharles - Ottawa Bureau) — OTTAWA—More than 100 former ambassadors and prominent academics specializing in China and Asian affairs are appealing directly to Chinese President Xi Jinping for the release of two Canadian...
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Ford warns that Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan could cause a recession

TheStar.com (Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau) — Premier Doug Ford is warning of a recession if the federal government forces a carbon tax of Ontario. In remarks prepared for a luncheon speech to the Economic Club, the premier said Monday the...
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Toronto’s Sony Centre will be renamed Meridian Hall as of September

TheStar.com (Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter) — Civic Theatres Toronto has secured a $30.75 million strategic partnership and naming rights agreement with Meridian Credit Union, which will see the Sony Centre become Meridian Hall, while the...
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Extreme cold warning for Toronto starts off chilly week, school buses cancelled

TheStar.com (Premila D’Sa - Staff Reporter) — Time to brave the cold, Toronto. Coming out of an icy spell this weekend, Torontonians are in for more frigid temperatures with Environment Canada issuing an extreme cold warning on the first day...
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Experts call Scarborough subway funding proposal ‘far-fetched’

TheStar.com (Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall Bureau) — The province’s new pitch to have developers pay for a large part of the Scarborough subway by offering them land is being described by four industry experts as unworkable and...
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Hamilton senior in unbearable pain wants assisted dying to save her from nursing home

TheStar.com (Carmela Fragomeni - The Hamilton Spectator) — At 75, Arleen Reinsborough’s fear of nursing homes has her more determined than ever to seek assisted suicide. Of course, fear of long-term care doesn’t qualify her for medical...
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Rosie DiManno: In case of drug-addicted nurse, arbitrator got it wrong

TheStar.com (Rosie DiManno - Star Columnist) — Sometimes saner minds can right a wrong. But other times they can wrong a right too, incomprehensibly. Whose rights? Not the patients at a long-term care home in Kitchener, surely among the most...
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Students call Tories’ funding changes ‘frustrating,’ ‘terrifying’ and ‘devastating’

TheStar.com (May Warren - Staff Reporter) — Amy Mather doesn’t know what she’ll do now that the province has ended her free tuition. “It’s terrifying to be honest,” says the 21-year-old, who’s studying...
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This B.C. woman’s recipe is one of the most popular of all time — and the story behind it is bananas

TheStar.com (Megan Ogilvie - Data Reporter) — It’s been nearly 20 years, but Shelley Albeluhn remembers the day in 2000 when she decided to mash an additional three very ripe bananas into the batter of her very first banana bread. At...
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Jam-packed Dufferin St. is speeding toward rapid densification

TheStar.com (Donovan Vincent - Housing Reporter,Donovan Vincent Housing Reporter) — It only takes a few minutes for the TTC stops at Dufferin and Bloor to become jammed with people waiting in line for a bus — so what’s going to happen when thousands of new residents...
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Judge tosses Brampton drug case, slams Crown ‘negligence’ for disclosing ‘mountain’ of evidence on eve of trial

TheStar.com (Jacques Gallant - Legal Affairs Reporter) — Another drug case tossed due to delay at the Brampton courthouse , another judge calling out the federal prosecution service for failing to provide timely disclosure of evidence to the defence. ...
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Homeless aid group makes a difference but demands change

TheStar.com (Peter Howell - Movie Critic) — It was a bittersweet anniversary Saturday, as volunteers for the Project Winter Survival homeless relief effort packed emergency kits and sleeping bags to prevent further Toronto street deaths...
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Two Ivory Coast men arrested in Clement sexting scandal: report

TheStar.com (Alex Boutilier - Ottawa Bureau) — OTTAWA—Two Ivory Coast men have been reportedly been arrested in relation to the sexting and extortion attempts that brought down former Conservative MP Tony Clement . An Ivory Coast...
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This former taxi driver fled Honduras after gangs tried to take his life. Now in Canada, he says the ‘migrant caravan’ is misunderstood

TheStar.com (Cherise Seucharan - StarMetro Vancouver) — VANCOUVER—Standing with a slouched posture, dressed in a black hoodie and jeans, he looks no different from anyone else in Surrey, B.C. — but nearly five years ago, this husband and...
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Amid provincial review, Simcoe County leaders and residents want to chart their own course

TheStar.com (Jason Miller - Staff Reporter) — Nadine Woods, a business owner in the Georgian Bay town of Port McNicoll, doesn’t mince words when discussing the notion that a provincial review encompassing 82 municipalities and millions...
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Martin Regg Cohn: Ontario’s buck-a-beer playbook is coming to a campus near you — with tuition discounts too good to be true

TheStar.com (Martin Regg Cohn - Ontario Politics Columnist) — You don’t need a college education to know there’s no such thing as a free lunch. And you don’t need a university degree to know that discounted tuition comes at a cost. The...
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The TTC needs $33.5 billion to keep the system functional — roughly two-thirds of which are unfunded, report says

TheStar.com (Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter) — A new TTC report is sounding the alarm about what the agency says is billions of dollars worth of unfunded work required to keep Toronto’s transit system functional over the next 15 years, a...
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Blog Articles

Hall of Fame Polls Wrap: Vernon, Youkilis, Young

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We are finally at the end of the Hall of Fame ballot, and also the polls. It is entirely fitting that among the last three are two whose futures were joined together on June 2, 1997 upon selected...
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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? Larry Walker was a favorite of mine. He is Canadian and played for the Expos, how could I not like him. He had a 17 year career,...
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What ever happened to selling the Blue Jays?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — We haven’t heard much for more than a year. What happened? Some people saw it as a glimmer of hope; others, as a cliff edge swiftly approaching. No matter how you viewed it, you probably don’t...
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Hall of Fame Poll: Billy Wagner

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Billy Wagner into the Baseball Hall of Fame? Billy Wagner’ s on the Hall of Fame ballot for the fourth time. He was on 11.1% of the ballots last year. He’s been around that...
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Saturday Bantering: Winter Fest news

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Kate Stanwick) — Today is the first day of Winter Fest weekend, which means we should be blessed with a trickle of fun and random stories all day long. If you see something you want to share ( like Bo Bichette not...
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Hall of Fame Poll: Omar Vizquel

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Omar Vizquel into the Baseball Hall of Fame? So we come to a former Blue Jays player again, Omar Viszquel. It is his second time on the ballot. He was on 37.0% of ballots last...
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Happy Birthday Brett Lawrie

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Brett Lawrie turns 29 today. It seems like he should be much older, it seems like so long ago that we were talking about his potential. We picked him up from the Brewers in trade for Shaun...
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Hall of Fame Poll: Miguel Tejada

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Miguel Tejada into the Baseball Hall of Fame? I was going to skip Miguel Tejada , but he had a pretty decent career. He played 16 seasons, for 6 different teams. He hit...
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Russell Martin’s place in Blue Jays history

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Where he stacks up among other franchise stalwarts It’s been just under a week since the page was further turned on the ALCS years of 2015-16 with the trade of Russell Martin. We’ve looked at...
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Today in Blue Jays History: Brad Fullmer Traded

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — 17 years ago today, the Jays traded Brad Fullmer to the Angels for someone named Brian Cooper . Cooper was a RHP, he was 27 at the time. He had pitched in portions of 3 seasons for the...
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Hall of Fame Poll: Sammy Sosa

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Sammy Sosa into the Baseball Hall of Fame? Sammy Sosa is still on the ballot. This is his 7th time on the ballot. Last year he received 7.8% of the vote (you need to get 5%...
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Wednesday Bantering: Jays top prospects go curling

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Kate Stanwick) — Plus Atkins on Harper, Stroman’s new ink and Pompey’s fresh perspective Players have started to trickle into town for this weekend’s second annual Winter Fest at the Rogers Center, and they are...
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Hall of Fame Polls: Gary Sheffield

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Gary Sheffield into the Baseball Hall of Fame? This is Gary Sheffield’s fifth time on the ballot. He was on 11.1% of the writer’s ballots last year. Looking at his stats,...
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Tuesday Bantering: Travis Snider signs with the Diamondbacks

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — That, and some absurdly priced premium tickets. Travis Snider , that Toronto Blue Jays outfielder from 2008 to 2011, is still going strong, signing a one-year minor-league deal with the ...
  • 6 days ago
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2017 Blue Jays: Where are they now?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Kate Stanwick) — A check in on old friends One of the ways the Blue Jays were looking to improve their roster in the 2017/2018 off season was in addition by subtraction. By cutting those who were deemed to be...
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Today in Blue Jays History: Trade David Wells for Mike Sirotka

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — January 14, 2001, the Blue Jays traded a 37 year old David Wells and Matt DeWitt to the White Sox for Mike Sirotka, Mike Williams, Kevin Beirne and Brian Simmons. The only two that...
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Hall of Fame Poll: Curt Schilling

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Schilling into the Baseball Hall of Fame? This is Curt Schillings’ 7th time on the ballot, last year he was on 51.2% of the voters’ ballots. That’s right around where he’s been...
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Arbitration wrap: Jays settle with all but Tepera

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — And a little bit of looking ahead Late Thursday into Friday made for an exciting 24 hours, as the Blue Jays first reached agreement with David Phelps and then created a roster spot by moving...
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Today in Blue Jays history: Rolen/Glaus trade

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — It was ten years ago today that the Jays traded for Scott Rolen. Ten years ago today (time flies), January 12, 2008 in the middle of what had been very slow January for Blue Jay news, the Jays...
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Hall of Fame Poll: Scott Rolen

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Would you vote Scott Rolen into the Baseball Hall of Fame? Next on our list is former Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen . It is Scott’s second time on the ballot. He only got 10.2% of...
  • 9 days ago
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