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Could new relationship with China mean freedom for Ontario’s Huseyin Celil?

TheStar.com (Alex Neve) — A Burlington family is watching closely as Justin Trudeau arrives in China for his first visit as prime minister, hopeful he will push for freedom for Huseyin Celil, who has been locked up for...
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Faith-healing preacher banned from U.K. preaching in Hamilton

TheStar.com (Jesse Winter - Staff Reporter) — Nineteen-year-old Joel Garcia shuffles across the stage, stooped and in pain. Todd Bentley approaches. He presses his hand on Garcia’s chest and begins to pray. “Bam!”...
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Pilot project aims to protect vulnerable restaurant workers

TheStar.com (Sara Mojtehedzadeh - Work and Wealth reporter) — Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is launching a new initiative to prevent abuse in the restaurant industry, after sustained criticism for failing to hold law-breaking bosses to account, the...
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Cloning gives man’s best friend a second chance

TheStar.com (Laura Beeston - Staff Reporter) — Cats might have nine lives, but Matthew Johnson is hoping to give his dog two. Johnson, 37, is cloning his 20-year-old dog Woofie, with the assistance of a U.S. lab. The Cedar Valley, Ont....
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Sperm donor admits he ‘falsified’ information, say Georgia police

TheStar.com (Theresa Boyle - Health, Ontario) — A man with serious mental illnesses who donated sperm used to create at least 36 children has confessed to police that he provided false information to a sperm bank. Chris Aggeles went to a...
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Marco Estrada bounces back as Blue Jays defeat Orioles

TheStar.com (Brendan Kennedy - Sports reporter) — BALTIMORE—Before Monday’s game against the Orioles, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons offered — only half-jokingly — that Marco Estrada’s performance would help...
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Japan braces for powerful Typhoon Lionrock

TheStar.com (Shin Shoji, Gearoid Reidy - Bloomberg) — Typhoon Lionrock is projected to make landfall in Japan Tuesday and is likely to strike the northern Tohoku region, the area devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It would be...
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Mayor John Tory turns up heat on the TTC over subway AC

TheStar.com (Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter) — Mayor John Tory is urging the TTC to speed up repairs to sweltering subway cars that have made commutes miserable for thousands of riders this summer, and he is sticking to his request that...
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Senator's tweets on Bloor bike lanes called 'out of touch'

TheStar.com (Sammy Hudes - Staff Reporter) — A cycling advocate called Senator Nicole Eaton out of touch after she took to Twitter to criticize Toronto’s newest cycling infrastructure. Eaton called Bloor Street “a...
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Mother shocked after headdresses handed out at Montreal school

TheStar.com (Sidhartha Banerjee - The Canadian Press) — MONTREAL—A Quebec mother says she was shocked that two Grade 3 teachers were wearing aboriginal headdresses and handing them out to students on the first day of classes Monday. ...
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Liberals want all MPPs banned from political fundraisers

TheStar.com (Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief) — All MPPs would be banned from attending provincial political fundraisers under a surprise Liberal proposal to bolster campaign finance legislation. Government House leader Yasir Naqvi stunned...
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Philadelphia’s black voters outraged by Donald Trump’s ‘outreach’

TheStar.com (Daniel Dale - Washington Bureau) — PHILADELPHIA—Donald Trump says “inner-city” African-Americans will vote for him because of how miserable their lives and neighbourhoods are. The African-Americans of...
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TTC raises concerns as film festival forces streetcar detour

TheStar.com (Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter) — Despite TTC concerns that closing King St. during the Toronto International Film Festival will seriously disrupt the transit agency’s busiest streetcar route, the city has decided to...
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Toronto increases access to emergency dental care for low-income adults

TheStar.com (Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall reporter) — A change in practice has meant 300 more adults with low incomes received emergency dental care this year, the mayor announced Monday. As part of the council-approved poverty reduction...
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Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and Mel Brooks classics, dies at 83

TheStar.com (Associated Press) — Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles , has died. He was 83. Wilder’s nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died earlier...
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Alberta town to kids under 15 years old: Get off our streets at night

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — BRUDERHEIM, ALTA.—It’s meant to cut down on teenage mischief after dark, but some residents and young people in an Edmonton-area town question whether a new kid curfew will make...
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Woman killed, child with life-threatening injuries following Markham crash

TheStar.com (Vjosa Isai - Staff Reporter) — A woman is dead and a child seriously injured following a Monday morning collision in Markham. Emergency crews rushed to the area of 16th and Bur Oak Aves. at 9:45 a.m., responding to reports...
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Police to update crossbow attack case

TheStar.com (Wendy Gillis - News reporter) — Toronto police Det. Sgt. Mike Carbone will be providing an update on last week’s crossbow deaths in Scarborough at 2:30 p.m. today. Brett Ryan is charged with three counts of...
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Toronto FC calls sexually explicit fan sign a ‘disgraceful act’

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — Toronto FC says a sexual explicit sign posted by fans at BMO Field during the team’s 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact on Saturday is “an embarrassment” to the club and...
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Pearson airport officer’s security clearance unreasonably revoked, court says

TheStar.com (Peter Goffin - The Canadian Press) — A woman who lost her job at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport because of her family’s alleged links to organized crime could have her security clearance restored after a...
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Blog Articles

August 29-31: Wife And Kids In Baltimore, Jack

Batter's Box (Eephus) — Insert reference from 'The Wire' here... A sweepend at the expense of the Twins has the Bluebirds alone in first place, two games up on the second place Red Sox. The third place team, Baltimore,...
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Four Two Run Home Runs Are Enough

Batter's Box (Gerry) — Two affiliates won and both were outhit. Vancouver won because they hit four two run home runs. Bluefield won thanks to errors and walks by their opponent. Buffalo,New Hampshire and Lansing...
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Now that’s more like it, Jays thump Twins

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Good Ol' Twin Killing Twins 8 Blue Jays 15 Now that was the brand of Blue Jays baseball I’ve been missing. The good guys had 15 hits, 5 walks, just 4 strikeouts and 4 home runs. Some of...
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Blue Jays trade for Dioner Navarro

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — This news came out of no where. I had to check 3 times to make sure the email wasn't from a few years ago. The Blue Jays traded for Dioner Navarro . They sent left-handed minor league pitcher...
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August 26-28: From That Little Minnesota Town

Batter's Box (Eephus) — I'm seein' double here! Four Krustys! The Bluebirds, coming off a pair of lost series against the Clevelands and the Angels, continue their homestand by welcoming the Minnesota Twins to town....
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Around the Nest Blue Jays Minor League Podcast - Week 21: The Great Outdoors

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Blue Jays minor league podcast hosted by Jesse Goldberg-Strassler and featuring the voices of the Jays’ farm system Brad Jones had a day. The Bluefield first baseman went 4-for-4 with three...
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Jones' bops!

Batter's Box (Gerry) — Some notables on the farm. Bradley Jones had three homers down in Bluefield. John Stilson worked 98-100mph, and Angel Perdomo registered a nice start in Lansing. Written by sam, posted by...
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Friday Bantering - August 26

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Sean Herman) — Despite a pretty uninspiring series against Anaheim, happy Friday everyone. Going into the week I thought this would be a prime chance to make some hay in the division. Tampa did their part for...
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Jays lose to Angels

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Angels 6 Blue Jays 3 That was all going well, until the top of the 6th inning. We scored a couple of runs, we should have scored more but it looked like we'd be adding more. And J.A. Happ ...
  • 4 days ago
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Jose Bautista is back

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Jays have activated Jose Bautista , Ryan Goins is on his way back to Buffalo. He can come back September 4th. Bautista is DHing and batting leadoff tonight, but still no Devon Travis ,...
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Toronto Blue Jays Prospects (Honorable Mentions & 10-6)

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Cole Shelton) — Welcome to BlueBird Banter and a look at the future Blue Jays . BlueBird Banter will look at the Blue Jays top 10 prospects according to MLB.com. After the past couple seasons the Blue Jays...
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Is Josh Donaldson on a Hall of Fame trajectory?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Matt W) — Since the start of the 2013 season, a look at the  leaderboard of position player WAR will show Josh Donaldson in second place of all of baseball, trailing only the second coming of Mickey...
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From Bad to Worse

Batter's Box (Gerry) — There were some bad losses on the farm on Wednesday. Then there were some worse losses. There were no wins. New Hampshire had a 6-1 lead but Shane Dawson was left in too long and the bullpen...
  • 5 days ago
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That was less than fun, Jays lose to Angels

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Angels 8 Blue Jays 2 That was a bad game. Bad games happen. Even against bad teams. But that’s not going to stop my Twitter feed from being dumpster fire. Yesterday I thought the offense was...
  • 5 days ago
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Jose Bautista due back, but to where?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (eelliott29) — After Kevin Pillar made his return to the Blue Jays lineup on Tuesday evening in the opening game of a three-game trifecta against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the spotlight shifted...
  • 5 days ago
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On taking advantage of weak schedules

SBN: Bluebird Banter (eelliott29) — As the Blue Jays head into the final month of the season, the importance of winning games against weaker teams multiplies. There's something majestic and self-fulfilling about beating one of...
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Santos & McBroom Clean Up Against Yankees

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — The affiliates had a 3-5 record on Tuesday with a walk-off loss and an extra-innings setback tipping the scales the wrong. Gwinnett 8 Buffalo 4 Lawrenceville, GA - Mike Bolsinger (1-3, 8.22)...
  • 6 days ago
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The offense returns, Jays beat Angels

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Angels 2 Blue Jays 7 Well hello offense. It seems like it has been a long time since we’ve seen you. I hope you had a nice holiday and have come back ready to work every day. And we got a...
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Jays activate Kevin Pillar, send out Ryan Tepera

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Update: Devon Travis is out of the lineup today, he has a sore hand: Gibbons says Travis has an injured knuckle on his right hand. He received an injection and will get the night off. ...
  • 6 days ago
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Edwin Encarnacion and uncomfortable subjects

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — There are subjects I’d much rather avoid at all costs. This is one of them. We have been pretty lucky, in my time on the site, we really haven't had a story of this type. I knew it couldn't last...
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