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Blast of winter weather comes to GTA Saturday

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 13th, 2013

Winter has arrived in the Greater Toronto Area.

The season doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21. But up to 25 centimetres of snow are expected on Saturday in parts of the region and temperatures will hover below – 20 with the wind chill.

A winter storm warning was issued for Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton. Environment Canada also issued a snowfall warning for Toronto, Mississauga and the Niagara area.

CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said by the evening the downtown core had already seen between 10 to 20 centimetres of snow, with as much as 10 more centimetres possible by the morning.

“The snow is continuing right through the evening hours. It’s going to be heavy at times,” she explained. “We’re not going to start to see the snow taper to flurries until the wee hours of the morning…About the time we wake up on Sunday this snowstorm will be over.”

Toronto’s director of transportation services Peter Noehammer told 680News about 200 salt trucks have been deployed and 600 plows started moving at 2:30 p.m. on expressways and arterial roads.

Noehammer says once the main roads have been cleared plows will begin work on residential streets.

“We’ll hit the local streets after the snow’s done in the overnight and we’ll be plowing the local and residential streets,” he explained.

While crews work around the clock, Noehammer reminds residents to do their part to help keep the streets safe and clear.

“If you are shovelling your driveway, probably tomorrow, don’t put the snow back out onto the roadway,” he said. “That just causes it to be unsafe again and does carry a fine so our bylaw officers are instructed to look out for those things – especially from commercial parking lots.”

Meanwhile, dozens of flights through Toronto Pearson and Montreal-Trudeau airports have been delayed or cancelled.

Ontario Provincial Police are cautioning motorists to take care on highways, posting on Twitter — “IF YOU SEE SNOW, GO SLOW!”

Police also say there have been numerous accidents including a 20-car pileup on the Queen Elizabeth Highway in Mississauga.

Drivers should prepare for poor road conditions tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Take a look at your photo submissions below, sent in on Twitter via #CityStorm:

 

Snow totals forecast and timeline:

With files from CityNews.ca and The Canadian Press

Skating & food trucks on offer at City’s New Year’s Eve party

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Dec 12th, 2013

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City will once again be hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party at Nathan Phillips Square, with a slight twist on years past.

The party will run from 8 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, the 29th year City has celebrated in the square.

There will be skating, food trucks, musical performances from KiSS 92.5 DJ Clymaxxx, R&B band Fathead and funk band God Made Me Funky, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show to ring in 2014.

New this year is a curling demonstration.

Hosts from City and Sportsnet will emcee live events and host coverage from the square, while on City, viewers can watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014.

CityNews Tonight will carry live coverage of festivities from the square at 11 p.m. in a special national news edition.

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is a six-hour television marathon beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 and running until 2 a.m. on City and Citytv.com. The show will begin with a two-hour countdown looking at the 30 greatest female artists in music, and continues with performances from Los Angeles and Times Square in New York City.

Rogers Media is the parent company of City, Breakfast Television, and this website.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments.

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With files from Erin Crigers, CityNews.ca

BT Christmas tree sale raises $13.8K for Daily Bread Food Bank

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Dec 11th, 2013

The fifth annual BT/Home Depot Christmas tree sale has raised $13,800 for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Hundreds of people lined up Wednesday morning for the fifth annual BT/Home Depot Christmas tree sale at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

City’s Breakfast Television co-host Kevin Frankish, weather specialist Frank Ferragine, other show regulars and 680News’ Rudy Blair were at the square beginning at 5:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, the square was being packed with balsam firs, courtesy of Home Depot. Viewers will be able to buy a tree for a minimum donation of $10 to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

The donations will help the food bank. Last month, the Daily Bread launched its holiday food drive with the goal of trying to raise $2.5 million and a million pounds of food. Click here to make a donation.

“I am amazed every year that people will get up at 5 o’clock in the morning, come out in the cold to buy their Christmas tree and donate to Daily Bread. It’s a fantastic event,” Gail Nyberg, executive director of Daily Bread told Blair.

In 2012, more than a million people used food banks in the Greater Toronto Area. It was the fifth straight year of similar numbers, according to an annual report by the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Breakfast Television will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the annual Toronto Auxiliary Police Toy Drive, which was struggling for donations when it kicked off late November.

Five locations are accepting toy donations to help approximately 3,000 children and youth in need from the Scarborough area. Click here for locations.

Will you be lining up for a tree? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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With files from Showwei Chu, CityNews.ca

Week of Dec. 9, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Dec 8th, 2013

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It’s a stylish lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

Design duo Colin and Justin McAllister drop by to give tips on allergy-friendly and stylish décor for the holidays.

Jenn’s clothing sponsor — Want Boutique — will be by with glittery holiday party looks!

Plus, we reveal the winner of our BT YouTube Week with digital media correspondent Winston Sih.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca/live, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

 

Former South African leader Nelson Mandela dies at 95

CityNews | posted Thursday, Dec 5th, 2013

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Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically-elected president after decades of apartheid rule, has died, South African president Jacob Zuma says. He was 95.

“He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20:50 on the fifth of December 2013,” Zuma said on national TV. “He is now resting. He’s now at peace. Our nation has lost his greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”

The health of Mandela, who was freed from prison in 1990 and became president in 1994, had deteriorated in recent months after being hospitalized a fourth time since last December.

Reaction to his death from world leaders was swift. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted, “All of Canada mourns with the family of Nelson Mandela and the citizens of South Africa. The world has lost one of its great moral leaders.”

“A precious light has gone out in the world,” former prime minister Brian Mulroney said in a statement. “Mila and I join with Graca Machel, his devoted family, and the millions who loved him in every corner of our world, in mourning this giant of our times.

“It is hard to imagine how much poorer the world would be, were we not to have been blessed by the power of the life of Mandela — the teacher of his people, a model for leadership everywhere.”

Mulroney hosted Mandela’s first visit to Canada in June 1990 and set up a $5-million fund to help relocate South African exiles.

In the United States, President Barack Obama said, “He achieved more than can be expected of any man. Today he’s gone home. We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings…He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”

Obama said he was among millions who drew inspiration from Mandela’s life and said his first political action was to protest against apartheid.

“The day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they’re guided by their hopes and not by their fears,” Obama said.

Overseas, British Prime Minister David Cameron posted on Twitter, “A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I’ve asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast.”

Born in 1912 to the Thembu royal family, Mandela studied law and moved to Johannesburg where he became a part of the anti-colonial movement.

In 1961 he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe and led a bombing campaign against government targets. The next year Mandela was arrested and convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.

He served 27 years in prison before an international campaign lobbying for his release was successful in February 1990.

His release was broadcast live around the world and would become a quintessential moment in the end of apartheid.

Mandela was married three times, had six children and 17 grandchildren.

Click here to view the comments of world leaders as they react to the death of Nelson Mandela.

CityNews’ Gord Martineau takes a look back at Mandela’s life in the report below.

EXCLUSIVE: Hockey comes alive when Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits BT

Winston Sih | posted Sunday, Dec 1st, 2013

Breakfast Television got up close and personal as we played host to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in studio to discuss his new book, A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey, in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 5.

In his first Canadian morning television interview for the book tour, Prime Minister Harper sat down with co-host Kevin Frankish to chat about this labour of love that looks at the early days of Canada’s pastime sport.

Released in November of this year, A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey explores the fascinating early years of ice hockey. A passionate hockey fan, Prime Minister Harper presents a thrilling depiction of hockey heroes, business leaders who built the game, and the rise and fall of teams pursuing the coveted Stanley Cup.

Watch the full interview above.

See the behind-the-scenes photos in the gallery below.

Click to buy the book at Amazon.ca.

Click to buy the book at Amazon.ca.

Week of Dec. 2, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Dec 1st, 2013

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It’s a star-studded lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

He’s our prime minister and hockey historian; Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be live on Breakfast Television Monday with his new book–A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey.  Plus, Toronto Maple Leaf Nazem Kadri will be on the show working up an appetite in the kitchen.

Click to buy the book at Amazon.ca

Click to buy the book at Amazon.ca.

 

Actress and singer Hilary Duff stops by on Wednesday to talk about her latest charity initiative.

And, Evangeline Lilly will be in studio with the scoop on her latest role in The Hobbit to round out the week on Friday!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca/live, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

 

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