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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urges patience as cabinet ministers seek negotiated end to rail blockades

TheStar.com (Bruce Campion-Smith - Ottawa Bureau) — OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau issued a public appeal for patience Tuesday, warning that Canada faces a “critical moment” as behind the scenes, cabinet ministers held...
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Ontario’s rape crisis centres worry additional funding won’t continue beyond March

TheStar.com (Kristin Rushowy - Queen's Park Bureau) — Ontario’s 42 sexual assault centres are urging the Ford government to continue providing an additional $1 million in annual funding, saying the money is needed to meet demand and address...
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Locked out of his office by his own people, one grand chief calls for end to the Wet’suwet’en blockades

TheStar.com (Alex Ballingall - Ottawa Bureau) — OTTAWA—Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon came to Parliament Hill Tuesday with a plea for his people. The rail blockades that have strangled commerce and passenger traffic should come down, he...
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Changes to mortgage stress test to make it easier for some homebuyers to qualify

TheStar.com (Tess Kalinowski - Real Estate Reporter) — Just as the Toronto housing market is gaining steam, the federal government is adjusting the stress-test rate for insured mortgages. The move is expected to make it easier for some people to...
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CN layoffs hit 450 amid Wet’suwet’en protests, rail blockades

TheStar.com (Joanna Chiu - Vancouver Bureau) — VANCOUVER—Approximately 450 rail workers have received temporary layoff notices as a result of ongoing rail blockades in support of those fighting the construction of Coastal GasLink’s...
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Tim Hortons moves toward a digital Roll Up the Rim contest

TheStar.com (Josh Rubin - Business Reporter) — After 35 years, it’s probably time to freshen up your coffee. When Tim Hortons relaunches its iconic Roll up the Rim to Win contest next month, it will be include a digital component for...
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Andrew Scheer ramps up calls to use police to end the Wet’suwet’en protests

TheStar.com (Alex Boutilier - Ottawa Bureau) — OTTAWA—Andrew Scheer is ratcheting up pressure on the federal Liberals to stop the Wet’suwet’en solidarity protests — disrupting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s...
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From prison labour to provincial politics, a look at Ontario licence plates over the years

TheStar.com (Miriam Lafontaine - Staff Reporter) — The new Ontario licence plates debuted this month, featuring the first major redesign since the province started adding slogans to them in 1973. The blue plates — which are stirring up a...
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Contractors’ association behind offer to donate armoured vehicle to Toronto police

TheStar.com (Wendy Gillis - Crime Reporter) — The organization offering to make a donation to purchase new armoured vehicle for the Toronto police is the Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario, according to newly released...
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Ford government stands by its licence plates despite claims they are hard to read at night

TheStar.com (Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau) — The cabinet minister in charge of Ontario’s new double-blue licence plates says the government stands by them despite widening criticisms — including from police — that they give...
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Sidewalk Labs project has ‘sufficient merit’ to move to the next phase, evaluation committee says

TheStar.com (Donovan Vincent - Housing Reporter) — An evaluation team struck by Waterfront Toronto to assess Sidewalk Labs’ proposal has concluded the Manhattan firm’s project has “sufficient merit” to proceed to the next...
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Teacher strikes ‘should not continue to happen,’ student trustee says

TheStar.com (Tess Kalinowski - Real Estate Reporter) — With the potential threat of a full shutdown of Ontario schools Friday still looming, it’s time for teacher unions and the province to put student needs ahead of costs and settle their...
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Is Toronto’s housing market headed for a repeat of 2017? A supply shortfall is pushing house prices north, again

TheStar.com (Tess Kalinowski - Real Estate Reporter) — Never mind that the calendar says it’s 2020. A current of concern is coursing through Toronto real estate circles about whether the region’s housing market is heading straight back to...
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Toronto police board to mull donation to purchase new armoured vehicle

TheStar.com (Wendy Gillis - Crime Reporter) — The Toronto police board is set to debate whether to accept a private donation for the purchase of a new armoured vehicle, the Star has learned — controversial machinery typically used by...
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Ontario massage therapist sexually assaulted women two years after receiving closed-door caution

TheStar.com (Jacques Gallant - Legal Affairs Reporter) — In 2014, an undercover female investigator told the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario that Fernando Vigon-Campuzano had touched her “inappropriately” during a massage. The...
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Eglinton Crosstown faces another setback, delayed until 2022

TheStar.com (Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter) — The Eglinton Crosstown LRT won’t open until some time in 2022, months later than the province’s September 2021 deadline, Metrolinx has confirmed. A statement from the president of...
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Number of Canadians on Diamond Princess testing positive for COVID-19 virus rises to 32

TheStar.com (Ted Fraser - Staff Reporter) — Global Affairs Canada has confirmed to the Star that 32 Canadians on-board the Diamond Princess cruise ship have now tested positive for the COVID-19 virus . There are 256 Canadians on the ship. ...
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Are Ontario’s new blue licence plates hard to read at night? Province looks into complaints

TheStar.com (David Venn - Staff Reporter) — The Ontario government said they are looking into complaints that the new blue licence plates are unreadable in certain conditions. A Twitter account that appears to belong to Kingston police...
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Abigail Bond was hired to help solve Toronto’s housing problems. Here’s why she’s hopeful for the future

TheStar.com (Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall Bureau) — In week two as the executive director of the city’s housing secretariat, Abigail Bond has already been through her first round of budget questioning and answering to council members on key...
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Nine-year-old ‘hero’ swept into Lake Erie was trying to save friend, family says

TheStar.com (David Venn - Staff Reporter) — A family member of the young boy who fell into Lake Erie and has been presumed dead by police has identified him as Alexander Ottley. In a message to The Hamilton Spectator , Stephen Ottley,...
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Blog Articles

Today in Blue Jays history: Jays trade Roger Clemens

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Optional clown makeup went with that jersey. | Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images Today in Blue Jays history, back in 1999, the Blue Jays traded Roger Clemens to the Yankees for David...
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2020 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 13-16

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Two pitchers, two position players, and a bonus As the Top 40 countdown moves closer to the top, we start getting into players with significant carrying tools and thus more upside — though also...
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Happy Birthday John Mayberry and Alex Rios

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images It is John Mayberry’s 71st birthday Mayberry was drafted in the 1st round (6th pick overall) in the 1967 amateur draft. The number 1 pick that year was...
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Monday Bantering: Bit of Jays stuff

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports There is a bit of old friend news: Alex Anthopoulos got a promotion from the Braves , he’s now president of baseball operations. And he hired John Gibbons as...
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2020 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 17-20

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Three players close to or at the big leagues, and one very far away Moving into the top half of the list, a couple of position players whose stock is down, a recently acquired who may have...
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Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Derek Fisher

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images The Blue Jays got Derek Fisher in trade from the Astros . A trade that received instant hatred from Jays fans (a feeling that got worse when Sanchez and...
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Tony Fernandez’s place in Blue Jays history

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images Octavio Antonio Fernandez was a franchise icon both on- and off-the field, as evidenced the outpouring of grief over his passing yesterday. In terms of...
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Reaction to the Passing of Tony Fernandez

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images I’ve been enjoying reading the outpouring of affection for Tony Fernandez. I remember being very sad when he was traded. He was one...
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RIP Tony Fernandez

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) —
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Tony Fernandez Passes Away, We Remember Him

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Tony Fernandez passed away this evening from a stroke. He was 57. I’ve long said that Fernandez was the smoothest shortstop I ever watched play. I loved the sidearm throws. He’s the best...
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Beyond the Top 40: Notable Newcomers

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — The top half of the Top 40 will continue and conclude next week, but in the interim I wanted to do a little detour. A significant part of this exercise is not just making a list, but to provide...
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Saturday Bantering: Bits of Jays stuff

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports There isn’t much out there for Blue Jays news this morning. Kevin Pillar signed with the Red Sox , one-year, $4.25 million. I can’t see him playing...
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2020 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 21-24

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Three position players at different levels and a promising RHP After a run of 40-man pitchers, today reverts back to the position player side, which a set of three very different profiles and...
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Ryan Borucki shut down by Blue Jays due to “tightness” in elbow

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Borucki (56) delivers a pitch | Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports It looks like the young lefty will not be joining the Blue Jays’ rotation out of the gate ...
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2020 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 25-28

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Three RHPs on the 40-man with a 2019 draftee mixed in The next section of the Top 40 is dominated by pitchers who occupy spots on the 40-man and thus could be in a position to contribute sooner...
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Thursday Bantering: More on McGuire and other Jays stuff

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images So the Reese McGuire thing turned out to be much what I thought it would be. TMZ has the news if you really want to read it. My...
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Happy Birthday Ryan Goins

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images Ryan Goins turns 32 today. Ryan with the Blue Jays for 5 seasons. He played 448 games for us, hitting .228/.275/.335. But, he wasn’t a Jay for his...
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Wednesday Bantering: Jays Spring News

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images There is a little bit of Blue Jays news coming out of spring training already: Reese McGuire was arrested for ‘exposing’ himself. Apparently he was...
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2020 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 29-32

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Two outfielders and two RHP, but both sets with very different profiles After four position players in the previous batch from the lower levels, none of whom had reached Double-A, today is...
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Spring Training Begins

Batter's Box (Magpie) — New thread is needed. And there's news! Reese McGuire has been arrested and Eric Pardinho needs Tommy John surgery. Off to a roaring start, I must say.
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