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TORONTO NOW PUBLICLY LOOKING FOR ANOTHER CITY
Published January 23, 1995
Blue Jays GM Gord Ash said last Thursday that it is a possibility the team could play regular season games in Dunedin, FL, if replacements are used. Ontario law does not allow companies or organizations to hire replacement workers for striking workers (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/20). But Ash said over the weekend: "I don't know how viable Dunedin is, but it certainly is not ideal. Maybe some other city will invite us" (USA TODAY, 1/23). Blue Jays spokesperson Howard Starkman said that Buffalo, Syracuse, as well as Dunedin, have been mentioned as a possible home away from home (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 1/21). MLB General Counsel Chuck O'Connor has asked the Canadian government for an exemption that would allow the Expos to use players from the U.S. as replacements at Olympic Stadium. The Canadian government said Friday that it will not issue work visas to foreign replacements (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/21). In Toronto, Tim Harper writes the Expos "appear to have been caught off guard" by the regulation (TORONTO STAR, 1/21).