Jose Bautista agrees to deal with Blue Jays: Reports

They couldn’t keep Edwin Encarnacion, but the Toronto Blue Jays have managed to keep Jose Bautista around. According to several reports, the free agent slugger has agreed to a one-year contract with the Jays, with options which could keep him around for a second and even third year. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the contract will pay Bautista $18 million for the 2017 season, with the options bringing the total deal up to a potential $60 million over three seasons. LOL,” tweeted Jays starter Marcus Stroman, adding a picture of himself with Bautista. In November, Bautista and Encarnacion both turned down one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offers from Toronto.

January 17, 2017 20:12 UTC

Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays reportedly agree to deal

The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with Jose Bautista that would bring the star slugger back to Toronto for at least one more year, according to multiple reports. The deal, pending a physical, reportedly includes options that could stretch the deal to three years. SOURCE: #BlueJays and Jose Bautista in agreement on deal pending physical. — BP Toronto (@BProToronto) January 17, 2017Sources: #BlueJays, Bautista have deal: One year, mutual option, pending physical. The news comes a day after Michael Saunders, the former Toronto left-fielder who was also a free agent, reportedly signed with Philadelphia.

January 17, 2017 20:11 UTC

Trudeau says he may not wish a political career on his children

Justin Trudeau says his eight-year-old daughter's career aspirations vary, and include being a teacher and a princess. The prime minister was asked at a town hall Tuesday what Ella-Grace wants to be when she grows up. FREDERICTON—The prime minister says he may not encourage his young daughter to carry on the family tradition of political leadership. But Trudeau joked that his father — former prime minister Pierre Trudeau — often said the “family already gave” in terms of public service before the younger Trudeau entered politics. Trudeau added he didn’t know if he’d “wish it on a third generation,” saying he tells his daughter and sons that she can be “absolutely anything she wants to be when she grows up.”

January 17, 2017 19:38 UTC

Has Lindsay Lohan converted to Islam? A National Post investigation

“I’m a very spiritual person and I’m really open to learning,” the Catholic-born actress said to The Sun at the time. It takes so long.”Perhaps we can assume Lohan has since completed the Quran, and found her inner calling once and for all. If this (Islam) is something that I want to learn, this is my own will.”So much so, that Lohan even learned a spot of Arabic – maybe. While at the opening of a Greek nightclub last fall – which she apparently owns – Lohan was seen speaking with an unintelligible accent. I’m really in touch, whether it’s prayer or meditation… there are so many powers greater than me in the world.

January 17, 2017 19:31 UTC

Concerts announced: Idina Menzel, Aimee Mann and the Welcome to Night Vale podcast

Star of Broadway (and voice of Elsa from Frozen) Idina Menzel leads the list of performers revealed Tuesday to be coming to Toronto. Having released her fifth solo album Idina, the 45-year-old Tony Award-winning singer will take the stage July 14 at the Sony Centre as part of a world tour. Tickets ($66-$132) go on sale for American Express ticket holders on Jan. 18. and to the broader public on Jan. 27 via Other announcements from Tuesday:Aimee Mann, whose new album Mental Illness comes out March 31, plays the Danforth Music Hall on April 26, with musical satirist Jonathan Coulton opening. Tickets ($30-$40) go on sale on Jan. 20 via

January 17, 2017 19:18 UTC

Auston Matthews, meet Jack Eichel: Acclaimed youngsters prepare for first head-to-head clash in Toronto

The resumption of the Toronto-Buffalo rivalry now has an enticing headline act on the marquee: Auston Matthews vs. Jack Eichel. But there are various sub-plots afoot Tuesday, dating from Matthews’ rave reviews at the World Cup, where his profile eclipsed Eichel’s. Eichel missed the first meeting of the geo-rivals this season, when Toronto had a rare win in Buffalo, 2-1. “We played a good game (Monday) and we have to carry that over today,” Eichel said. We play a game such as yesterday with a lot of good things and go on through streaks of three or four good games, then drop a few.

January 17, 2017 19:17 UTC

Trump tries to calm tensions over squabble with civil rights icon John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis said late last week he didn’t consider U.S. president-elect Donald Trump a “legitimate president,” blaming Russian interference in the election. ( MANDEL NGAN / AFP/GETTY IMAGES )NEW YORK—Donald Trump spoke of national unity to a son of Martin Luther King Jr., seeking to ease friction over the president-elect’s squabble with Rep. John Lewis, a protege of the slain civil rights leader. He said that over and over again,” Martin Luther King III told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower Monday after a nearly hour-long meeting. Lewis and the elder King were among the Big Six civil rights leaders of the 1960s. Article Continued Below▶ President-elect Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King III, the son of civil rights champion Martin Luther King Jr. at Trump Tower on Monday.

January 17, 2017 19:17 UTC

18 million Americans would lose insurance in first year if Obamacare is repealed with no replacement, report says

WASHINGTON—At least 18 million people would lose health insurance in the first year if Republicans re-create previous plans to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. The number of people without insurance would grow to about 32 million within the first decade if Congressional Republicans follow a 2015 plan to repeal the health-care law without a replacement, the new report says. It also estimates that health insurance premiums for people buying individual nongroup coverage would go up by about 50 per cent in a decade, further complicating GOP promises that people will not lose coverage under their plan. Last weekend, president-elect Donald Trump said that he was nearing completion of a plan to provide “insurance for everybody.” Trump did not provide any details of what that plan would include. The new report sparked bickering among lawmakers Tuesday as Republicans dismissed the report, arguing that the forthcoming GOP repeal plan will also include some elements of replacement.

January 17, 2017 19:04 UTC

‘I have amateurs before me’: Judge loses patience with all lawyers involved in former cop’s bookmaking trial

Boro could not be present for Monday’s hearing because he is involved in a lengthy trial at the Montreal courthouse. “I have amateurs before me,” David said at one point while expressing his frustration at not being able to set the trial date. David set May 1 as a tentative date for a trial before a jury. But that doesn’t include you,” David told Thibodeau. “I might be the judge in your case,” David explained.

January 17, 2017 19:01 UTC

‘It’s been hell’: Windsor man walks free after first-degree murder charge for his estranged wife’s death withdrawn

It was a “kick in the gut” for the Galbraith family when Scott Quick walked free from a Windsor courtroom Monday, his first-degree murder charge withdrawn in the 2006 death of estranged wife Nancy Galbraith-Quick. Pale and gaunt after almost two years in jail, Quick appeared overcome with relief, barely able to get his words out. In December, following an exhaustive preliminary hearing involving 96 witnesses, a judge had ruled there was enough evidence against Quick to go to trial. Other witness descriptions of a pickup truck waiting outside the school didn’t match Quick’s truck. “The pain now is second only to the pain of Nancy’s death.”Jerry Jr. said he understands that the evidence against Quick was circumstantial.

January 17, 2017 19:00 UTC

The important questions: What is proper pedestrian etiquette?

The path is clear, your surroundings in harmony; the world seems to part for you like a stream around a rock. But as a pedestrian, you are not free to act simply as you please. You must first of all observe some semblance of proper etiquette. If, at any point, you have the opportunity to make another’s travels easier or allow someone else to pass, do not. As a pedestrian – never forget this – it is your privilege to enjoy your walk on the purest and least forgiving terms.

January 17, 2017 18:46 UTC

Hit man from Hamilton travelled to B.C. after contract taken out on full-patch member of Hells Angels

B.C.’s anti-gang agency announced late Friday that two Ontario men had been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder in separate plots that targeted two Metro Vancouver men in the spring of 2015. Ryan, who’s from Metro Vancouver, is now living in Greece and remains a full-patch member of the notorious biker gang. Houghton said police don’t have details about who allegedly hired the Hamilton men or whether they have gang affiliations. Up until last fall, he was a member of the Ottawa-based Ontario Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels. Last year, Ryan was arrested in Vancouver for breaching bail conditions related to charges he was facing in Ontario.

January 17, 2017 18:34 UTC

3 arrested near Standing Rock pipeline site

Three people were arrested on Monday for trespassing along the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, police said, where a fierce months-long demonstration has unfolded against the building of a multibillion-dollar pipeline. The site of the $3.8-billion project in southern North Dakota had been the scene of demonstrations by Indigenous people and environmentalists, who say the pipeline would damage sacred lands and could pollute the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. A teepee is seen in the Oceti Sakowin camp during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Nov. 30, 2016. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters )North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, who took office last month at the height of tensions surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, said last week he believed the line would eventually be built and asked opponents to clean their camp before spring floodwaters create a potential ecological disaster. Law enforcement has made a total of 589 arrests since Aug. 10, the sheriff said.

January 17, 2017 18:20 UTC

Amid work as Uber driver and countless rounds of golf, ex-NHLer Mike Commodore ponders post-hockey career

Mike Commodore is just a few putts away from embarking on his next career. A poster boy of sorts for the retired NHLers of the modern era, he doesn’t ever have to work again. And so, he lives the life many dream of, living in Scottsdale, Az., playing more rounds of golf than he can count. From a pure mental part of it, the only thing you’ve really done – and were the top 700 in the world at – is gone, like that“I’m watching more now. “But from a pure mental part of it, the only thing you’ve really done – and were the top 700 in the world at – is gone, like that.

January 17, 2017 18:15 UTC

Over $55K raised for family of Hamilton man shot in Mexico

Over $55,000 has been raised in under 24 hours for the family of a Hamilton man who was killed in a shooting at a Mexican music festival on Monday. Kirk Wilson, 49, died after gunfire erupted at one of the venues hosting the BPM electronic music festival. "Kirk Wilson was one of the kindest and gentlest souls you would ever encounter. Officials say the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. at the nightclub, one of the festival's venues in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun. Local residents gather to place candles and banners calling for peace and unity outside the Blue Parrot club where several people were killed in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

January 17, 2017 18:12 UTC

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