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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...
  • New: 3 hr 16 min ago

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

Raptors Power Ranking Poll Week 18: And now for a brief pause

SBN: Raptors HQ (Daniel Reynolds) — Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports The Raptors’ win streak came to an end, they sent two players and their coaching staff to All-Star weekend, and are now gearing up for a serious playoff run. First,...
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The Rap-Up: Toronto prepares for the fourth act of their season

SBN: Raptors HQ (JayRosales) — Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images The Raptors first season as defending champs has been an epic play, with Shakespearean plot twists keeping us on the edge of our seats! Welcome to Act 4 of...
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Canadian Roundup: Storylines for Week of Feb 9 to Feb 15

Raptors Republic (Jonathan Chen) — Ed’s Note: With the NBA week cut short due to the All Star break, there will be no power rankings for this week’s Roundup. NBA Player power rankings will be back in next week’s...
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Morning Coffee – Tue, Feb 18

Raptors Republic (Sam Holako) — The business of defending the championship is back on now that the all-star festivities are done with Morning Coffee – Tue, Feb 18 originated on Raptors Republic .
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Five Storylines for the Week of February 17th

Raptors Republic (Oren Weisfeld) — All-Star weekend is finished and what a weekend it was! Saturday night saw Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. go at it for six rounds in the dunk contest. Gordon finished the night by dunking over...
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How will Pascal Siakam’s game translate to the playoffs?

Raptors Republic (Louis Zatzman) — A deep dive into Pascal Siakam's playoff-ready game How will Pascal Siakam’s game translate to the playoffs? originated on Raptors Republic .
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Raptors make an impact as Team LeBron wins All-Star Game over Team Giannis, 157-155

SBN: Raptors HQ (John Gaudes) — Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports In what may go down as the best quarter of basketball in All-Star Game history, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, and Nick Nurse all had their moments but were ultimately...
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Lowry shines as Team Giannis falls to Team LeBron in All-Star Game

Raptors Republic (Louis Zatzman) — Wow that was exciting Lowry shines as Team Giannis falls to Team LeBron in All-Star Game originated on Raptors Republic .
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Lowry, Siakam ready with Team Giannis for All-Star Game: Preview

SBN: Raptors HQ (Daniel Reynolds) — John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports We arrive now at All-Star Weekend’s main event: the All-Star Game! Join the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam as they take the floor with the NBA’s...
  • 2 days ago

Morning Coffee – Sun, Feb 16

Raptors Republic (Arsenalist) — Pascal Siakam is on the stage. Morning Coffee – Sun, Feb 16 originated on Raptors Republic .
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Pascal Siakam out in second round of All-Star Skills Challenge

SBN: Raptors HQ (Daniel Reynolds) — Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Despite a good effort, the Raptors’ Siakam found himself on the losing end of his showdown with eventual Skills Challenge champ Bam Adebayo. Despite having...
  • 3 days ago

Pascal Siakam + The Skills Competition

Raptors Republic (Samson Folk) — In a field that featured a great group of multi-faceted bigs, and some underrated guards – Pascal Siakam finished 3rd place (I think). Siakam was slated to open up his competition against...
  • 3 days ago

NBA All-Star 2020 Saturday Night: Preview, start time, and more

SBN: Raptors HQ (Sully Akbari) — Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports The NBA All-Star Weekend festivities continue tonight as the skills challenge (featuring the Raptors’ Pascal Siakam!) three-point shootout, and dunk contest...
  • 3 days ago

Team USA defeats the World, 151-131, despite the help from Canada Basketball

SBN: Raptors HQ (JD Quirante) — Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Luka and the Canadians fell short to the Americans, as the Charlotte Hornets destroyed the World’s bench rotation and grabbed the game by the...
  • 3 days ago

Morning Coffee – Sat, Feb 15

Raptors Republic (Arsenalist) — Raptors’ Nurse, Bjorkgren celebrating friendship with All-Star Game roles In an 82-game season, there are big goals and mini goals. One of the Raptors’ goals as their 15-game winning streak began...
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Malevolent Fire Hydrant Kyle Lowry w/ Dan Devine – Raptors Weekly Extra Podcast

Raptors Republic (Samson Folk) — Host Samson Folk brings on the fantastic writer (truly one of the best) Dan Devine of the Ringer, to talk about the terrific Toronto Raptors. – Malevolent Fire Hydrant Kyle Lowry’s...
  • 4 days ago

Three lessons from the past week of Raptors basketball

SBN: Raptors HQ (Jackson Rakoczy) — Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports Despite Toronto’s winning streak finally coming to an end, we did learn some important lessons about the Raptors. Let’s review what we were taught. Every NBA...
  • 4 days ago

Team World vs. Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge: Preview, start time, and more

SBN: Raptors HQ (Zakaria Abdulle) — Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports Luka Doncic and Trae Young headline this year’s Rising Stars Challenge, but we all come to see one man, and one man only. The Rising Stars challenge is the...
  • 4 days ago

The meaning of the NBA All-Star game

Raptors Republic (Louis Zatzman) — This game is bigger than basketball. The meaning of the NBA All-Star game originated on Raptors Republic .
  • 4 days ago

Morning Coffee – Fri, Feb 14

Raptors Republic (Sam Holako) — Nick Nurse in the spotlight heading into the all-star game Morning Coffee – Fri, Feb 14 originated on Raptors Republic .
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