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Canadian indicted in one of largest data breaches in U.S. history

TheStar.com (Katherine DeClerq - Staff Reporter) — Three people, including a Canadian from Montreal, have been indicted for their alleged roles in hacking email service providers throughout the United States and for conspiracy to launder money,...
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Han Solo couldn’t have flown that plane any better: Menon

TheStar.com (Vinay Menon - Columnist) — Harrison Ford is a hero. If you said this to his face, of course, he’d scowl. He’d tap his Breitling Aerospace watch and give you 30 seconds to explain. Then you’d back up...
  • New: 1 hr 20 min ago

NWT won’t recognize infant’s aboriginal name

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — YELLOWKNIFE—A northern woman is fighting with the government of the Northwest Territories to register her infant daughter under her aboriginal name. “It’s important to me...
  • New: 1 hr 21 min ago

Video pretty thin on providing policy rationale for the Tories: Hébert

TheStar.com (Chantal Hébert - National Affairs) — MONTREAL—Exhibit A in Stephen Harper’s case for the most comprehensive national security overhaul since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is a recording so short that it is almost a...
  • New: 1 hr 33 min ago

Federal authorities say hackers stole 1 billion email addresses

TheStar.com (Russ Bynum) — ATLANTA—Computer hackers stole a whopping 1 billion email addresses from U.S. marketing companies in what federal authorities Friday described as a massive spam scheme that has resulted in...
  • New: 2 hr 8 min ago

Why property tax revenues don’t rise with inflation: Keenan

TheStar.com (Edward Keenan - Columnist) — City of Toronto property tax revenues do not rise with inflation. I noted that simple fact in passing in a column this week , thinking it was uncontroversial. The response I got from readers...
  • New: 2 hr 43 min ago

Thalidomide victims each get $125K compensation from Ottawa

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — EDMONTON—The federal government is offering a $125,000 lump-sum payment to each of Canada’s thalidomide victims. Health Minister Rona Ambrose says the money is tax free and intended...
  • New: 2 hr 44 min ago

Toronto judge tells jury to consider all evidence at Via terror trial

TheStar.com (Diana Mehta - The Canadian Press) — The jury that will determine the fate of two men accused of plotting to derail a passenger train between Canada and the U.S. was warned Friday that it must carefully consider all evidence in the...
  • New: 2 hr 51 min ago

Mississauga family still awaiting an explanation for ruined Disney vacation

TheStar.com (Peter Edwards - Star Reporter) — Dr. Firas Al-Rawi of Mississauga said he still can’t tell his children when he’ll be able to take them to Disney World, because he still hasn’t been told why his family was...
  • New: 4 hr 35 min ago

Oliver ups ante in conflict with environmental movement

TheStar.com (Les Whittington - Ottawa Bureau reporter) — OTTAWA—Finance Minister Joe Oliver suggested Friday that environmentalists and others opposed to pipelines or similar natural resource projects shouldn’t be using the concept of...
  • New: 4 hr 48 min ago

Police seek suspect in alleged sexual assault of TTC employee

TheStar.com (Katherine DeClerq - Staff Reporter) — A TTC employee was sexually assaulted in late February by a man using a wheelchair and Toronto police are asking the public for help in identifying the man. At about noon on Feb. 27, a man using...
  • New: 5 hr 14 min ago

Kathleen Wynne chides TTC for cost overruns on Spadina subway extension

TheStar.com (Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief) — Premier Kathleen Wynne is chiding the TTC for not building the Spadina subway extension as a private-public partnership. In the wake of the revelations in the Star that the troubled line is...
  • New: 5 hr 34 min ago

Quebec feminists denounce pervasive online threats

TheStar.com (Jillian Kestler-D’Amours - Staff Reporter) — Dozens of Quebec feminist activists and writers have published an open letter denouncing what they say is a barrage of “routine online misogyny” directed at them for raising the...
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Canadians torn between idealism, pragmatism: Delacourt

TheStar.com (Susan Delacourt - Parliament Hill) — Canadians are looking for saints to run for office, but in the meantime, they’ll take some tax savings. That pretty much sums up the mood of the Canadian electorate in the latest...
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Phil Kessel’s outburst symptom of new hockey culture: Coyle

TheStar.com (Jim Coyle - News, Insight) — What an unlikely thing it is that Phil Kessel, of all people, should have inspired in Leaf Nation and beyond rumination on matters of scripture, neuroscience, the evolution and ethics of...
  • New: 7 hr 6 min ago

Salvation Army turns what-colour-is-the-dress debate into something else entirely

TheStar.com (Sadiya Ansari - Staff Reporter) — Black and blue or gold and white? The Salvation Army South Africa has taken the Internet phenomenon of guessing the colour of a dress to ask a serious question about domestic violence:...
  • New: 7 hr 17 min ago

Parliament Hill shooter calm in video shot minutes before attack

TheStar.com (Michelle Shephard - National Security Reporter, Tonda MacCharles - Ottawa Bureau report) — Just minutes before Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl Nathan Cirillo and terrorized Parliament Hill in October, he hastily recorded a cellphone video from his car. In the video — released...
  • New: 7 hr 18 min ago

York Region Police charge Toronto man with 44 offences including human trafficking

TheStar.com (Katherine DeClerq - Staff Reporter) — The York Regional Police drugs and vice unit has laid 44 charges against a Toronto man in connection to human trafficking. Rory Thomas Mitchell, 29, was arrested in December after a woman...
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Funeral home wants $35,000 from Ernie Banks’s estate

TheStar.com (The Associated Press) — CHICAGO — A Chicago funeral home that handled the funeral for Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks has filed a claim against his estate for $35,000. The claim filed Wednesday by the Donnellan...
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Conservation Authority does ‘not want to be punitive’ about tunnel

TheStar.com (Manisha Krishnan - Staff Reporter) — The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority said it hopes not to be punitive in its response to the recently discovered tunnel illicitly built on municipal land near York University. At a...
  • New: 8 hr 2 min ago
Blog Articles

Game Thread for Orioles @ Blue Jays

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Today's game isn't on TV or MLB.tv, which is too bad because I'd like to watch Russell catch R.A. It is on MLB Audio. And there are a few former Jays in in the Orioles lineup. Dalton Pompey ...
  • New: 6 hr 31 min ago

Michael Saunders hoping to be ready for Opening Day

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — Time to stop all the talk about who will spell Michael Saunders in left field until he's ready to return to the Blue Jays lineup. The former Mariner seems to have surprised just about everyone...
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Quick Recap: Jays lose to Orioles

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Blue Jays 0 Orioles 5 A loss in Sarasota Florida. The full part of this game was getting to watch Daniel Norris pitch. I thought he looked very good. He threw 36 pitches, 22 strikes, showed...
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Blue Jays @ Orioles - Spring Training Game 3 - 7 pm - GameThread

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — The Blue Jays and their division avian rivals Orioles will battle in the first night game of spring training at the beautifully renovated Ed Smith Stadium down in Sarasota. A night road game...
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Thursday Bantering: Closer thoughts

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Gregor Chisholm writes that the Blue Jays might  go with either a shared closer role (with Brett Cecil and Aaron Sanchez sharing the job) or full out bullpen by committee. I do get...
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Toronto's Left Field Brewery "spring training" open to the public this weekend

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Left Field Brewery , the baseball-themed craft brewery, will be opening up the doors to their brand new facility in Toronto this weekend to sell their freshly-brewed beer on tap and in bottles....
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Thursday Morning Sporcle: Departed Blue Jays

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — The 2015 Blue Jays are very different from the 2014 Blue Jays. A total of 25 players that played for Toronto last season is not back with the team this year. A few departed during the season (...
  • 1 day 10 hr ago

Quick Recap of Blue Jays win over Pirates

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Blue Jays 4 Pirates 1 Quick recap. Pitchers: Marcus Stroman went 1.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 strikeout, allowing an unearned run. Munenori Kawasaki made a throwing error from third that...
  • 2 days ago
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GameThread for Spring Game 2

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Baseball on radio, what could be better? Well, yeah, being able to see it. Or better yet, sitting in the stands, in Florida. Today's game isn't on TV, but it is on MLB Audio, for those of you...
  • 2 days ago
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More on the Blue Jays first spring game

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — It is important not to read too much into one game, especially the first game of spring training, but let's do it anyway. Just a few quick takeaways from yesterday's game: The second base...
  • 2 days ago
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Reviewing the 2014 Bluebird Banter Top Prospect List

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I thought it would be interesting to look at what happened to the guys that were on last year's Bluebird Banter 40-man prospect list. Well, likely it is only interesting to me, but since I'm doing...
  • 2 days ago
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Jays lose first spring game

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I'm just happy to have baseball back, don't care who wins today. Pirates 8 Blue Jays 7 Not what we hoped to see from Aaron Sanchez . A strike not called and an error, set up a three run...
  • 3 days ago
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GameThread for Blue Jays first spring game of 2015

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Yay! Baseball! It may be a frosty -15 in Calgary this morning, but we have the first sign of spring. Baseball. And it is on Sportsnet. Also, with the first game of the season becomes a reminder...
  • 3 days ago
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2015 Bluebird Banter Top Prospects: MjwW's Just Missed Out List

SBN: Bluebird Banter (MjwW) — Belatedly (just before the first official game of 2015), it is now my turn to present my list of Blue Jays prospects who didn't make the main list but worthy of keeping an eye on, at least to me....
  • 3 days ago
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Opening Day (of Spring)

Batter's Box (John Northey) — Woohoo!  Games! Starting today.- Click here to see Gameday - live coverage of the game via MLB.com .  Jays vs Pirates to start off spring.  1:07 PM on RSN.  Pirates tomorrow...
  • 3 days ago
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Monday Bantering: Blue Jays links

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Here are some links for your Monday. Mike Petriello, at FanGraphs, notes that the Blue Jays could do something that has never been done before:  Go through a season without a starting...
  • 4 days ago
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Poll Time: What was John Gibbon's worst move of 2014?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — John Lott has an article up with John Gibbons talking about  his 'worst move' of 2014 : Viciedo, just signed to a minor-league deal, was playing for the White Sox last June 28 when...
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Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to minor league contract

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — /The Blue Jays have signed Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract. Dayan will fight for the 25th man on the roster spot. Minor Leaguer shared some of Dayan's  better moments with the...
  • 5 days ago
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Saturday Bantering: Saunders, starting pitchers

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Blue Jays have announced who will be starting pitchers in their first 5 spring games. Tuesday: Aaron Sanchez Wednesday: Marcus Stroman Thursday: Daniel Norris Friday: R.A. Dickey...
  • 6 days ago
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