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B.C. to spend additional $10 million in fight against opioid overdose crisis

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — VICTORIA—British Columbia will create a centre to research drug addiction and provide education and guidance to health-care providers but more must be done to battle an illicit-drug...
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Expect a shock at the pump as OPEC cuts oil output

TheStar.com (Laura Beeston, - Staff Reporter) — Expect a shock at the pump as OPEC cuts oil output Canadian consumers should brace themselves for gas prices to rise come Friday. Experts warned that prices would jump as the Organization...
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Sale of Toronto Hydro is up to mayor and council, Kathleen Wynne says

TheStar.com (Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief, David Rider - City Hall Bureau Chief) — Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals will not stand in the way of any push by Mayor John Tory to privatize Toronto Hydro. Under fire from the New Democrats, who also oppose her sell-off...
  • New: 2 hr 7 min ago

Toronto library finds savings, misses council's target

TheStar.com (David Rider - City Hall Bureau Chief) — Toronto’s bustling library system is the latest agency to say it can’t make city council’s directive to cut 2.6 per cent of its spending without hurting services to...
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Toronto student to talk mental health with Will and Kate

TheStar.com (Peter Goffin - Staff Reporter) — Two years ago, Shayan Yazdanpanah was backing away from social interaction and neglecting his friends. He felt down but didn’t understand why. But a stronger awareness of his own mental...
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Bay St. closed both ways after reports of falling glass

TheStar.com (Evelyn Kwong - Staff Reporter) — All roads are closed northbound and southbound on Bay St. just south of Gerrard St. W. after reports of falling glass from a high-rise building, Wednesday evening. At 5:37 p.m., Toronto Police...
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Ottawa’s approval of massive B.C. energy project sets bar for future

TheStar.com (Bruce Campion-Smith - Ottawa Bureau) — OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau’s government says its approval of a massive natural gas project on the West Coast with “extraordinary” measures to safeguard the environment...
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That Goodyear Blimp? It floats like a boat

TheStar.com (Ellen Brait - Staff Reporter) — Boarding the Goodyear blimp takes some coordination. Mostly because it’s a moving target. While parked at the Oshawa Executive Airport, the front of the 246.4 foot-long balloon is held...
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Canada’s population now more than 36 million after refugee influx last year

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says a record number of immigrants arriving in the last year helped push the country’s population to an estimated 36,286,425 as of July 1. The agency...
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Toronto police chief's SUV seen parked illegally next to hydrant

TheStar.com (Evelyn Kwong - Staff Reporter) — Police Chief Mark Saunders’ vehicle was spotted parked illegally on Wednesday afternoon, next to a fire hydrant at a busy intersection, while he attended an event in downtown Toronto. ...
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Virtually no change in getting woman on boards in Canada, stats show

TheStar.com (Vanessa Lu - Business reporter) — The number of Canadian women serving on corporate boards has inched up a mere one percentage point in the year since securities regulators first began ordering companies to track and disclose...
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Metrolinx to consider Bombardier competitors for Finch West LRT

TheStar.com (Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter) — With Bombardier struggling to deliver vehicles for Ontario light rail projects on time, the province has decided to give the company some competition. A provincial source confirmed that...
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Metrolinx to compensate passengers for three-hour train delay

TheStar.com (Jackie Hong - Staff Reporter) — Metrolinx will offer additional compensation to hundreds of passengers who were stuck on a Lakeshore East GO train for more than three hours over mechanical issues Tuesday evening, says...
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Ex-speaker Andrew Scheer announces Conservative leadership bid

TheStar.com (Tonda MacCharles - Ottawa Bureau reporter) — OTTAWA –Former Commons speaker Andrew Scheer, a dimpled 37-year-old father of five, launched his candidacy Wednesday for the Conservative Party leadership promising not to reopen...
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Garth Drabinsky returns to theatre world with musical Sousatzka

TheStar.com (Mark Kennedy - Associated Press) — Disgraced theatre mogul Garth Drabinsky will present the world premiere of his new musical Sousatzka in Toronto in February. Drabinsky is producing the Broadway-bound show, which has a book...
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BlackBerrys we loved — and hated

TheStar.com (Raju Mudhar - Tech Reporter) — There was a time when BlackBerry made a cutting-edge sidekick where you could BBM all your friends. You probably still have a friend or family member who is still hanging on — or been...
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Passenger ‘air rage’ incidents during flights on the rise

TheStar.com (Joan Lowy - The Associated Press) — WASHINGTON—A global airline trade group says the number of incidents of unruly passengers on planes is increasing, and it’s calling for more effective deterrents. The ...
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Canada’s outdated electoral system at tipping point, elections watchdog says

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — OTTAWA—Chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand says Canada’s outdated voting process has reached a tipping point and must be modernized to meet the needs and expectations of voters....
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Driver who ran red light and killed cyclist sentenced to 2 years in jail

TheStar.com (Alyshah Hasham - Staff Reporter) — Adrian Dudzicki, 23, was cycling to squash practice on the morning he was killed by a driver who recklessly sped through a red light at an intersection in North York. The now 23-year-old...
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Blue Jays-Orioles pregame tip sheet for Wednesday

TheStar.com (Brendan Kennedy - Sports reporter) — The Blue Jays will try to move another step closer to clinching a wild-card berth Wednesday night as Francisco Liriano takes the mound against the Baltimore Orioles, who are fighting for...
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Blog Articles

More Wednesday Bantering

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I thought Aaron Sanchez could be a good starting pitcher, I didn’t think he’d be this good this soon. League best ERA, league best home run rate. He was terrific last night, and it looks like...
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Wednesday Bantering: Finding Humor in Baseball’s Unwritten Rules

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Sean Herman) — Maybe it is too soon for this since we just found out yesterday that we’ve lost two players to injury following our dust-up with the Yankees on Monday. However, after looking around for...
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Ezequiel Carrera (and Josh Donaldson) power Jays to 5-1 Win over Baltimore

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mike Hannah) — HR’s by Carrera and Donaldson give the Jays the win and much needed breathing room in the Wild Card standings. Coming off a disappointing loss on Monday night, the Toronto Blue Jays (86-70)...
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September 27-29: What's New In Baltimore?

Batter's Box (Eephus) — ... The final home games of the regular season, maybe of 2016 (hopefully not!). And they're big ones. The Orioles come in just a game back of Toronto for the first wildcard spot. So you know,...
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Blue Jays to call up Chris Smith

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Update: Brady Dragmire DFA'd to make room on the 40-man roster for Chris Smith. #BlueJays — Alykhan K. Ravjiani (@AlykhanKR) September 27, 2016 Update: Joaquin Benoit is out with...
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Grading the upgrades: the big moves at the MLB trade deadline

SBN: Bluebird Banter (eelliott29) — After a massive trade deadline in 2015, followed by several low key moves at the 2016, deadline it's time to make some grades. The 2016 trade deadline was interesting in that the Blue Jays ...
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Tuesday Bantering: What Does the Future Hold for Jose Bautista?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Sean Herman) — Before getting into my intended article, a quick word about last night. Whether you like or dislike "old school baseball" (and for the record I don't especially under these circumstances) the...
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The Blue Jays' focus diverted from baseball to "the game within the game" and it could be costly

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — It's all fun and games until someone injures their calf. The Blue Jays should have been focusing on one mission right now: to win baseball games so they can enter postseason play, then win...
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Jason Grilli Blows 9th Inning Lead, Blue Jays Comeback Attempt Comes Up Short

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Kevin Papetti) — Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5 Jason Grilli blew a ninth inning save opportunity, and Toronto's late comeback attempt came up short in a game filled with a couple of bench clearing incidents. ...
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Monday Bantering: What a difference a week makes

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — What a difference a week makes. Last Monday morning, we had lost our previous two games to the rather dreadful Angels , and the season’s over folks were out in force. Since then, 5 wins, 1 loss...
  • 2 days ago

Walk-off single for Edwin Encarnacion: Jays beat Yankees

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — What a great baseball game. Yankees 3 Blue Jays 4 Wasn’t that one amazing 9th inning. Roberto Osuna has a rare blown save, then we come back and win it in the bottom of the inning. . ...
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Bautista homers in the 8th, Jays beat Yankees

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Jays get a little breathing space in the wild card race Yankees 0 Blue Jays 3 Jose Bautista is having one hell of a week. Big time home runs, and he’s gotten on base in 31 straight games....
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More on last night’s game: To bunt or not to bunt

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — In last night’s game, in the second inning, with the good guys already up 2-0, our number 8 ( Kevin Pillar ) and number 9 ( Ezequiel Carrera ) started off the inning with back-to-back singles, and...
  • 4 days ago
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Blue Jays slam Yankees 9-0 in series opener

SBN: Bluebird Banter (eelliott29) — The Blue Jays returned home in a big way with a 9-0 victory over their AL East rival New York Yankees. After a mediocre road trip that saw the Blue Jays win four of seven games, the club...
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September 23-26: Trying Your Luck

Batter's Box (Eephus) — No harm, he's armed Setting off all your alarms When I find out I hope it's you who set this trap Only ten games left. In a small sample like that, superior talent can give way to simple...
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Brett Cecil heating up at the right time

SBN: Bluebird Banter (eelliott29) — Brett Cecil seems to be coming back to life. How on earth is he doing this? After struggling throughout the season to find his pre-2016 form, Brett Cecil is starting to rediscover the...
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Friday Bantering: Jays/Yankees series preview

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We start a four game series with the Yankees today. The Wild Card race is pretty complicated at the moment: The long and the short of it is, we need to win. If we win it doesn’t...
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Thursday Bantering: Gibbons and bullpen usage

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The series against the Mariners was great fun. Seeing all the Jays fans in Seattle made it so much better. A sweep would have been nice. Felix Hernandez didn’t seem to take the same joy in...
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Bluefield pitching, August 2016

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — This post is somewhat belated, with Bluefield's season having wrapped up three weeks ago today, and the minor league season not exactly top of mind. But since I didn't include the rookie levels in...
  • 6 days ago

Jays lose in extras

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Crappy defense costs us Blue Jays 1 Angels 2 (13 innings) Two out of three ain’t bad. Especially since we came in playing terrible baseball, and the Mariners had won 9 of their last 11...
  • 7 days ago
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