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Jays sign Josh Donaldson to two-year deal

TheStar.com (Richard Griffin - Baseball Columnist) — The Blue Jays steered clear of a potentially ugly confrontation with star third baseman Josh Donaldson , inking him to a two-year deal Monday night worth about $29-million and avoiding an...
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Young refugees offered pop-up classes while awaiting homes

TheStar.com (Louise Brown - GTA, Education, Schools) — A string of pop-up classrooms arranged to give young refugees a taste of school while they wait for new homes delighted Syrian families Monday at the west-end Toronto Plaza Hotel. “A-B-C!...
  • New: 6 hr 14 min ago

Raptors put pedal down to pull away from Pistons

TheStar.com AUBURN HILLS, MICH.—Dwane Casey knew it was coming because he had seen it eight days ago, the Detroit Pistons and their toughness and grit coming to the fore in late stages of a game. The...
  • New: 6 hr 29 min ago

Disappointing GO-TTC co-fare program has lessons for SmartTrack

TheStar.com (Tess Kalinowski - Transportation reporter) — Price matters. That's the inescapable conclusion at the end of a year-long test of a combined TTC-GO fare that attracted a disappointing 882 riders, says Councillor Mike Layton. The fare...
  • New: 6 hr 46 min ago

Peel officer denies referring to South Asian cops as ‘a bad bunch’

TheStar.com (San Grewal - Urban Affairs Reporter) — A recently retired senior police officer denied he ever referred to a South Asian officer as “the best of a bad bunch” during testimony at a hearing on Friday into alleged...
  • New: 7 hr 42 min ago

Finally, signs that UPX pricing may get another look: Keenan

TheStar.com (Edward Keenan - Columnist) — Well, it’s about time. The premier of Ontario said Monday that Metrolinx “has to look at” the possibility of pricing the Union-Pearson Express (UPX) train to serve local...
  • New: 8 hr 9 min ago

Votes up for grabs in byelection as Elliott-Flaherty era ends

TheStar.com (Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau) — There’s some soul-searching going on as voters in Whitby-Oshawa head to the polls in Thursday’s provincial byelection — with high stakes for new Progressive Conservative...
  • New: 8 hr 48 min ago

How Jays finish games will determine how Jays finish 2016: Griffin

TheStar.com (Richard Griffin - Baseball Columnist) — It’s a given that, with their returning bats in 2016, the Blue Jays will remaim one of the top-scoring lineups in baseball, putting opponents away early and often. And the obvious gaps in...
  • New: 9 hr 10 min ago

Toronto budget falls short of anti-poverty pledge, activists say

TheStar.com (Laurie Monsebraaten - Social justice reporter) — Anti-poverty activists are holding a bake sale at Nathan Phillips Square Tuesday to protest what they say are “crumbs” to fight poverty in Toronto this year. “We’re...
  • New: 9 hr 27 min ago

Concussion raises long-term suicide risk, study finds

TheStar.com (Sheryl Ubelacker - The Canadian Press) — Adults who experience a concussion appear to have a long-term suicide risk three times higher than that of the general population — and that risk rises to four times higher if the traumatic...
  • New: 9 hr 41 min ago

Marco Rubio abandons soaring words for warnings of doom ahead of the N.H. primary

TheStar.com (Daniel Dale - Washington Bureau) — BEDFORD, N.H. — The 2015 version of Marco Rubio shows up for the first two minutes of his 2016 stump speech. Speaking at a school cafeteria Sunday, Rubio flashed a beatific smile. He...
  • New: 9 hr 54 min ago

The decline and fall of Danier Leather

TheStar.com (Francine Kopun - Business reporter) — As many as 1,293 people stand to lose their jobs if Danier Leather can’t find a buyer and proceeds with liquidation, according to court documents. That number includes 1,065 store...
  • New: 11 hr 4 min ago

Zika prompts urgent abortion debates in Latin America

TheStar.com (Dom Phillips, Nick Miroff, Julia Symmes Cobb - The Washington Post) — RIO DE JANEIRO — Across Latin America, in countries with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, thousands of pregnant women have been infected with the Zika virus,...
  • New: 11 hr 22 min ago

CUPE says city is proposing contract cuts that are destructive and unprecedented

TheStar.com (Betsy Powell - City Hall Bureau) — With only days to go until a possible city staff lockout or strike, the union representing outside workers is blasting the city over its proposed contract offer. “The city has tabled the...
  • New: 11 hr 28 min ago

Wynne denies ad campaign promoting Ontario Pension Plan was stealth electioneering

TheStar.com (Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau) — Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending almost $600,000 spent on Ontario Retirement Pension Plan ads during last year’s federal election as a coincidence. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation...
  • New: 11 hr 56 min ago

Goodwill Toronto files for bankruptcy, loses Goodwill name

TheStar.com (Oliver Sachgau - Staff Reporter) — Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario has filed for bankruptcy, three weeks after abruptly closing its doors. In a press release posted on the charity’s...
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This cockroach-inspired robot could save lives

TheStar.com (Raveena Aulakh - Environment) — The little cockroach, among nature’s most gross and reviled creatures, could soon be saving lives. Well, a cockroach-inspired robot, that is. A study published Monday in the journal...
  • 13 hr 46 min ago

President of local charity murdered in Richmond Hill

TheStar.com (Peter Goffin - Staff Reporter) — The president of a charity that helps families of people with serious mental illness was found murdered in a Richmond Hill home Sunday. On Monday afternoon, York regional police arrested his...
  • 13 hr 53 min ago

Peyton Manning’s free Budweiser mentions worth refreshing $14M to the brewer

TheStar.com (Bloomberg) — Companies paid $5 million (U.S.) for 30 second ads during Super Bowl 50. It took Peyton Manning about two seconds to accomplish the game’s biggest plug. Immediately after leading the...
  • 13 hr 59 min ago

Union Pearson train as a commuter line?

TheStar.com (Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau, Tess Kalinowski - Transportation reporter) — Metrolinx needs to move quickly to get more people riding the Union Pearson Express (UPX), by making the $456 million airport train financially feasible for downtown ‎commuters, says...
  • 14 hr 31 min ago
Blog Articles

Five Remaining Free Agent Targets For The Toronto Blue Jays

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Kevin Papetti) — As the offseason unwinds, general managers across baseball will be looking to put the finishing touches on their rosters. Big names such as Dexter Fowler , Ian Desmond , and Yovani Gallardo ...
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The 2016 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 21-25

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The fourth installment of this year's climb up our prospect list 2016:  26-30 |  31-35 |  36-40 | 2015:  1-5 |  6-10 |  11-15 |  16-20 |  21-25 ...
  • 14 hr 52 min ago

Off Topic Thread: Give us your Superbowl Predictions

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I have the worst cold/flu. Having troubles focusing enough to make a moderately coherent sentence. There is a football game on today. Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. I've decided I'm...
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Saturday Bantering: Floyd signed, Jenkins DFA, Wedge hired

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Little bits of Blue Jays news: They have officially announced the Gavin Floyd signing, he is getting a major league deal, worth $1 million for the year. And the press release tells us...
  • 2 days ago

Who Leads Off?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Jake Sinclair) — When the Jays traded Ben Revere for Drew Storen last month it helped add a veteran arm to the back end of the Jays bullpen. While this trade will ultimately be a benefit for the Jays it did leave...
  • 3 days ago

Happy Birthday Robbie Alomar

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Robbie Alomar turns 48 today. You all know the the story. Before the 1991 season, Pat Gillick made the biggest trade in Blue Jays history (though the Donaldson trade looks pretty good too)....
  • 3 days ago

Transaction Friday: Jays sign David Aardsma

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — It is Friday, so there is a Blue Jays transaction. Unfortunately, I was out all morning, so I'm slow getting to it. Jays signed David Aardsma, a right-handed reliever, to a minor league contract....
  • 3 days ago

The 2016 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 26-30

SBN: Bluebird Banter (MjwW) — The third installment of BBB's Top 40 features five newcomers to the rankings, despite only one being a newcomer to the system. The third installment of BBB's Top 40 features five newcomers to...
  • 3 days ago

Blue Jays Sign Gavin Floyd

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Kevin Papetti) — According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Blue Jays have  agreed to terms with Gavin Floyd , pending a physical. The 33-year old is a right-handed pitcher who will likely provide...
  • 4 days ago

Open Thread for the Leadoff

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — If you are watching the Jays thing with the incredibly silly name....join us in the thread. We can complain about Buck and, well, everything else together. You know, I really figured they would...
  • 4 days ago

What question would you ask Mark Shapiro?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Tonight is the State of the Franchise The Leadoff, that fun time when season ticket holders, get to ask questions of the powers that be in the Blue Jays front office (very carefully vetted and...
  • 4 days ago

The Leadoff, aka State of the Franchise

Batter's Box (Gerry) — Tonight season ticket holders and other invitees will be at the Rogers Centre for the annual state of the franchise event which has been re-branded as "The Leadoff". Expect Mark Shapiro, Ross...
  • 4 days ago

The 2016 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 31-35

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — A catcher with question marks, a toolsy outfielder, an aging southpaw reliever, a young pitcher with something to prove, and a tiny infielder with a possible late-2016 ETA. Join us for the next 5...
  • 4 days ago

Why Taking Josh Donaldson to Arbitration Might Be a Good Idea

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Jake Sinclair) — When we heard that the Blue Jays were taking the reigning MVP, Josh Donaldson , to arbitration many were less than happy about it. When we heard that the difference between the two sides was...
  • 5 days ago

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Darwin Barney

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — With just a couple of months until the 2016 Blue Jays season starts, I thought we'd take a look at the Blue Jays 40-man roster,one at a time. Try to figure out where they fit with the team and...
  • 5 days ago

Blue Jays acquire Darrell Ceciliani from the Mets

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — It's that time of year when teams look at their depth charts and say 'hey, we are short an outfielder/infielder/pitcher/bat boy' for one of the minor league teams, so they look to grab someone...
  • 6 days ago
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Pat Hentgen, Howard Starkman, and Tony Kubek inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — The Blue Jays will be sending two alumni to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this June, with this morning's announcement of the inductions of former pitcher and coach Pat Hentgen and former...
  • 6 days ago

The 2016 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 36-40

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — It's time for our annual look at the Blue Jays top prospects. It's the time of year where we unveil our prospect list. I always enjoy picking through the Blue Jays system, trying to figure...
  • 6 days ago

Canada's Teams To Stay Together For Two More Years

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — The Vancouver Canadians and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to extend their Player Development Contract for two more seasons. The Vancouver Canadians flag will continue to fly under the...
  • 7 days ago
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Marco Estrada undeniably dominant, but is it real?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (eelliott29) — Marco Estrada broke onto the Jays scene in 2015, becoming a dominant everyday starter in the rotation. Given his underlying numbers trending negatively, could he possible repeat? Marco Estrada...
  • 8 days ago
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