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Raptors taking another route up the mountain: Arthur

TheStar.com (Bruce Arthur - Sports Columnist) — It would have been nice to start the season against an NBA team, but you work with what you have. The Toronto Raptors opened their season against the Chicago Bulls, or some reasonable facsimile,...
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Sarnia-area First Nation resident asks province to investigate flames at Chemical Valley plant

TheStar.com (Emma McIntosh - Staff Reporter) — A resident of a First Nations community in Sarnia filed an application Thursday asking the province to investigate an incident in which large flames billowed from an industrial plant for five...
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'Illegal' payments for prescription opioids under review, says health minister

TheStar.com (Jesse McLean - Investigative Reporter) — The Ontario government is investigating allegations that a drug company offered pharmacies “illegal” payments to stock its opioid medications fentanyl and oxycodone. Reacting to the...
  • New: 7 hr 11 min ago

Firefighter in critical condition after five-alarm condo fire in Humber Bay

TheStar.com (Scott Colby - Parenting,and Emma McIntosh - Staff Reporters) — Toronto fire crews brought the blaze at 80 Marine Parade Dr. under control Thursday night, but a firefighter was taken to hospital after collapsing at the scene.
  • New: 7 hr 24 min ago

Retired Senator Michael Pitfield, influential Trudeau confidant, dead at 80

TheStar.com (Tonda MacCharles - Ottawa Bureau reporter,Emma McIntosh - Staff Reporter) — Retired senator Michael Pitfield, a longtime confidant of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and a man who wielded enormous political influence, died Thursday after a decades-long struggle with...
  • New: 8 hr 11 min ago

Far too many hospital beds occupied by patients who don’t need to be there: report

TheStar.com (Theresa Boyle - Health Reporter) — The number of hospital beds occupied by patients who don’t need to be there and are waiting to receive health care elsewhere could fill 10 large hospitals, according to an annual report by...
  • New: 8 hr 16 min ago

New data show 69% of illegal border-crossers are being granted asylum

TheStar.com (Nicholas Keung - Immigration reporter) — The acceptance rate for the border-crossers is even higher than the 63-per-cent overall rate for asylum-seekers in 2016.
  • New: 8 hr 41 min ago

Toronto’s tech talent being used to woo Amazon

TheStar.com (David Rider - City Hall Bureau Chief) — More than 100 bids, most of them from U.S. cities and regions, are expected to flood Amazon’s inbox in response to the company’s Sept. 7 call for “Amazon HQ2” proposals. Amazon says the host could...
  • New: 10 hr 5 min ago

TDSB trustees want marijuana sales kept away from schools

TheStar.com (Andrea Gordon - Education Reporter) — Toronto board seeks a say on locations of retail sites and dispensaries as schools grapple with impact of pending pot legalization.
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North Korea months away from perfecting nuclear weapons capabilities, CIA director says

TheStar.com (Deb Riechmann - The Associated Press) — WASHINGTON—CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities. “They are close enough now in their capabilities...
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Downie was one of us, part of us, with us, even for those of us who were never really fans: Keenan

TheStar.com (Edward Keenan - Columnist) — Name a Hip song, there’s probably a memory to go with it. This is our life, and Downie was there for it, helping define it.
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Toronto police continue search for two men

TheStar.com (Alanna Rizza - Staff Reporter) — A Toronto police task force investigation into missing men Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen has been extended after police received over 150 leads and interviewed over two dozen people—but they...
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Bill Morneau does the right thing two years too late: Tim Harper

TheStar.com (Tim Harper - National Affairs Columnist) — “I don’t think I’ve been down here before,” Bill Morneau said as he strode to the podium Thursday afternoon, He was talking about a subterranean news conference room on...
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Toronto given the go-ahead to shut down Canna Clinic pot dispensaries

TheStar.com (Betsy Powell - City Hall Bureau) — An Ontario Superior Court has issued an interim injunction allowing the city of Toronto to close down Canna Clinic pot dispensaries for contravening zoning bylaws. “Not only did it grant...
  • 12 hr 47 min ago

Brampton man hit with six charges in alleged online rental scam

TheStar.com (Bryann Aguilar - Staff Reporter) — A Brampton man is charged with six counts of fraud after he allegedly scammed a woman looking for an apartment online. Toronto police say a 27-year-old woman responded to an online advertisement...
  • 13 hr 7 min ago

Parkdale tenants protest eviction, landlord says repairs, renovation needed

TheStar.com (Tamar Harris Staff Reporter) — In Parkdale’s red-hot rental market, four units in a seven-unit residential building at King Street West and Cowan Avenue sit empty. And they’ve been vacant for months —...
  • 13 hr 13 min ago

Gord Downie’s moving images were made with words: Howell

TheStar.com (Peter Howell - Movie Critic) — Gord Downie was best known for his plaintive yet assertive singing, a voice that addressed matters of the heart as well as urgent social concerns like the environment and Indigenous rights. But...
  • 13 hr 33 min ago

Former U.S. president George W. Bush slams Trump’s ‘America first’ policy in scathing speech

TheStar.com (John T. Bennett - Tribune Content Agency) — WASHINGTON — Former president George W. Bush on Thursday delivered a scathing warning about Donald Trump, saying his “America first” philosophy portends a dangerous inward turn...
  • 14 hr 27 min ago

Shopify to add up to 500 jobs in Waterloo

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — WATERLOO, ONT.—Shopify Inc. plans to add up to 500 jobs in Waterloo, Ont., which would triple its workforce there over the next couple of years. The Ottawa-based technology company says it...
  • 14 hr 31 min ago

Ontario MPPs denounce Quebec law targeting Muslim women

TheStar.com (Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief) — In a rare show of unity, all three major Ontario political parties have denounced Quebec’s controversial new law that targets Muslim women. One day after Quebec’s Liberal government...
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Blog Articles

Open Thread for Thursday Dodgers @ Cubs

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I’m slow with this, sorry. Spent the day doing things for parents. It’s going to be a busy few days.
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Open Thread for Wedesday Playoff Games

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I’m likely going to be missing in action for the next couple of days. My mom’s had a fall up in Edmonton and I’m heading up to see what’s going on. Don’t know if there is any injury yet, but they...
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Open Thread for Tuesday’s Playoff Games

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We have two games today. We don’t have many two game days left this year. Astros play the Yankees at 5:00 Eastern. Astros are up 2-1. Sonny Gray gets the start for the Yankees. He hasn’t...
  • 2 days ago

The season that was: Justin Smoak

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — A look at Smoak's 2017 season. I think it is fair to say that Justin Smoak was not one of our favorite Blue Jays players before this season. Last year I said: If I was a MLB player, I’d...
  • 2 days ago

Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman, J.P. Arencibia engage in Gregg Zaun roast on Twitter

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — “Can’t wait to have a home broadcast that defends its home players.” While the MLB postseason continues and the New York Yankees attempt to make a comeback in the American League Championship...
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Open Thread: Monday Playoff Game

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — One game today. Astros at Yankees . Astros are up 2-0. CC Sabathia starts for the Yankees. Charlie Morton for the Astros. Today's Lineups HOUSTON ASTROS NEW YORK YANKEES ...
  • 3 days ago

Poll Time: Best DH in Blue Jays History

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Jose easily won the right fielder vote. I’ll always have a fondness for Jesse Barfield, but Jose was the right choice. The Blue Jays have had many DHes. In the early years, it was a spot for...
  • 3 days ago

Blue Jays Report Card

Batter's Box (Magpie) — That wasn't much fun.The 2017 Blue Jays had exactly one good month ,  the merry month of May when the team went 18-10 and crawled back to the brink of .500... and we know how that turned...
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Open Thread for Sunday Playoff Game

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Tonight we have the Cubs at the Dodgers. Dodger are up 1-0. I think I could grow to like Yasiel Puig. He looks like he has fun. Today's Lineups CHICAGO CUBS LOS ANGELES DODGERS Jon...
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Poll Time: Best Right Fielder in Blue Jays History

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Devon White won our center field poll. To me, he or Moesby or Wells all could have been the right choice. We’ve had some very good right fielders. Bob Bailor played 4 seasons with the Jays....
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Open Thread for Saturday’s Playoff Games

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We have two games today. 2:00 Eastern: Yankees at Astros Today's Lineups NEW YORK YANKEES HOUSTON ASTROS Brett Gardner - LF George Springer - CF Aaron Judge - RF Josh Reddick...
  • 5 days ago
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Saturday Bantering: Thoughts on firings, replay and other bits

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — In our LDS Prediction Contest, 2 of us got 3 of 4 series right. Dexfarkin and I both picked Astros , Cubs and Dodgers (missing on our Cleveland pick). But Dex picked the right number of games...
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Two years ago today: The Bat Flip

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Mark Colley) — The world — or at least Blue Jay history — changed on October 14th, 2015. Disaster. The Toronto Blue Jays had reached the postseason for the first time in over 20 years, and it was a...
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MLB replay could be vastly improved with one small rule change

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt Gross (RhodeIslandRoxfan)) — The Washington Nationals may have lost their season on a play that was never intended to be part of the game. In the eighth inning of last night’s winner take all circus game between the Cubs ...
  • 6 days ago
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Open Thread for ALCS Game One

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Yankees visit Houston. Today's Lineups NEW YORK YANKEES HOUSTON ASTROS Brett Gardner - LF George Springer - CF Aaron Judge - RF Josh Reddick - RF Gary Sanchez - C Jose...
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Bluebird Banter LCS Prediction Contest

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — I haven’t had a chance to go look to see who won the LDS prediction contest....I’ve picked up a cold and haven’t been able to focus on anything. Let’s pick the winner, the number games and total...
  • 6 days ago
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The season that was: Jose Bautista

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — A look at Jose’s 2017 season. In 2016, Jose Bautista had his worst season since his first season as a member of the Blue Jays . After a great 2015 season, and a clutch, bat flip, home run in...
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J.A. Happ, then and now

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — The other day I was thinking about Joe Biagini and his role going forward. While he showed flashes and the raw stuff to be a solid rotation stalwart in the future, the obvious need was for much...
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Open Thread for Cubs/Nationals Game 5

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Nothing better than a deciding game. I’m kind of cheering for the Cubs , mostly because the Nationals stole my Expos away. But, I wouldn’t mind seeing Adam Lind hit a game winner. It is ...
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The Season That Was: J.A. Happ

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Taking a look at Happ’s 2017 season In 2016, J.A. Happ had the best season of his career, at age 33. He set career highs in wins (getting 20 wins, when his previous career high was 12),...
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