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Cleveland Indians can use team name and logo in Toronto, Canadian judge says

The mascot has been deemed offensive by some activists. (Source: AP Images) The mascot has been deemed offensive by some activists. (Source: AP Images)
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The Cleveland Indians will still be the Cleveland Indians when they play the Toronto Blue Jays today in Ontario in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. 

Ontario Superior Court Justice Tom McEwen dismissed the application and said he would give reasons at a later date.

A Canadian indigenous activist filed an injunction earlier aimed at stopping the Cleveland Indians from displaying their name or logo while playing Games 3, 4 and 5 of the ALCS in Toronto this week.

The application, filed by Douglas Cardinal, an architect and officer of the Order of Canada, looked to stop the Indians, Major League Baseball and ALCS broadcaster Rogers Communications from using the team’s name and logo. 

"I am deeply disappointed in the court’s ruling, however, today was a victory in that we have elevated awareness of this serious issue at a national -- and even international -- level," said Cardinal. "We had hoped the court would recognize the immediate harm that the Cleveland baseball team racist’s name and logo would cause, especially since the team has already demonstrated its ability to wear a jersey without an offensive name and mascot. That this kind of discrimination is not a violation of human rights underscores the challenge Indigenous Persons of North America continue to face."  

The application would have only ban players from wearing the logo, and would not have affected fans.

"I hope that, one day, the Cleveland team’s ownership will realize that its racist name and logo has got to go – entirely. Until then, we will continue to argue our case before the appropriate legal authorities, and call upon everyone who supports our cause for equality to stand with us and express their support for the Indigenous Persons of North America," Cardinal said.

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