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Blue Jays denied approval to play in Toronto

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AP is saying that the Blue Jays have been denied approval to play in Toronto by the Canadian Government.

An official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press Saturday the federal government has denied the request. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak ahead of the announcement.

These anonymous sources have been wrong before but AP is usually smart enough to know if someone is credible.

It looks like there will be a mad dash to get Buffalo’s park up to MLB standards. I’m wondering if that is possible.

CBC is saying the same now:

“Based on the best available public health advice, we have concluded the cross-border travel required for MLB regular season play would not adequately protect Canadians’ health and safety,” Marco Mendicino, minister of immingration, refugees and citizenship, said in a statement. “As a result, Canada will not be issuing a National Interest Exemption for the MLB’s regular season at this time.”

Likely the right choice for the country, if not the right choice for the Jays.

Update:

Here is the government’s statement:

Update:

Just a reminder that we aren’t debating whether Covid is real or not here. This is not the place for that.