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Easy ways to manage your finances online

Winston Sih | posted Monday, Mar 31st, 2014

Struggling to keep your finances organized and file your taxes easily? I introduce you to a few websites and apps to help you keep your taxes and receipts organized year-round.

Turbo Tax online is a cloud-based system, meaning you put all of your information onto the internet. Turbo Tax is encrypted, making it extremely secure to store your information without the worry of somebody hacking into your personal information. You file all of your tax information through the internet directly, so you get your return much quicker. Many services also offer direct deposit so it goes right to your bank account — this helps with getting rid of a lot of the paper that needs to be reviewed during tax season.

Snap Tax is an app you can download to your phone that allows you to file all of your information, such as your T4 slips and your expenses, all through a photo. Once you’ve taken a photo of all of your statements, you add information such as your social insurance number, and then you can file everything in as fast as 10 minutes and it goes straight to the government. Managing your finances throughout the year makes tax time a lot easier.

Mint.com allows you to track all of your financial accounts in one place. You can even set up budgets so that you can easily track how much money you’re spending in different areas. Mint will keep an eye on all of your accounts for you, and it’ll even send you a message letting you know when you’ve gone over your budget.

Shoeboxed.com allows you to keep a digital record of all your receipts; all you have to do is take a picture of it with your cellphone! You can then mark whether or not it is a reimbursable or deductible, or if you aren’t sure. Then, at the end of the year, all of your receipts are in one place and you can easily organize them.

For more on how to manage your finances online, watch the clip below:

With files from Cityline.ca

TTC tweaks bus and streetcar service

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 31st, 2014

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Starting Sunday, the TTC is adjusting service on dozens of bus routes, adding later trips, more stops, and more buses in some places while reducing service on other lines.

Among the major changes, the 35E Jane express bus will be replaced with a new 195 Jane Rocket.

More service will be added to 504 King streetcar route for morning and evening rush hour.

The 73 Royal York will run less often on Sundays and holidays.

And the 129 McCowan and 191 Highway 27 Rocket will run more often.

Details

  • 11 Bayview: Another trip will be added at 7:04 a.m. on weekdays.
  • 37 Islington: Service will be cut back during weekdays.
  • 7 Bathurst: New articulated buses will be added to this route and weekday schedule times change to accommodate. Also, Saturday service will be increased.
  • 23 Dawes: Service will be reduced during weekdays.
  • 35 Jane: The 35E express bus to York University is cancelled and replaced with a new 195 Jane Rocket. Local service will run every five minutes in rush hour, and six to 12 in off-peak times.
  • 36 Finch: the A and C lines are cancelled, and there will be more service added west of Kipling on a renamed Finch Station-Humberwood branch.
  • 43 Kennedy: More buses will run during morning rush hour and later trips will be added to the route to meet the last subway.
  • 44 Kipling: A new bus will be added to connect with the last subway arrival of the evening.
  • 47 Lansdowne: More buses will be added to the route for Sunday and holiday afternoons.
  • 51 Leslie: Fewer buses will be running during morning rush hour.
  • 52 Lawrence West: The 52 will take over the 58 Malton route, and run from Pearson airport to Lawrence station.
  • 54 Lawrence East: Sunday and holiday schedule times are changing to reflect travel times more accurately, but the change does not affect the amount of buses running on the route.
  • 58 Malton: The bus route will be cancelled in name, and covered by the 52 Lawrence bus.
  • 68 Warden: There will be more padding in the schedule times during the week, but no change to number of buses.
  • 73 Royal York: Fewer buses will run on Sundays and holidays.
  • 75 Sherbourne: More buses will be added at all times of day every day of the week.
  • 79 Scarlett Rd: A new service will be running from Runnymede Station to Lawrence and Jane via St Clair.
  • 82 Rosedale: Service will be increased on Sundays.
  • 84 Sheppard West: The last trip will run later every day.
  • 89 Weston: There will be more weekday service from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • 90 Vaughan: More buses will run on Saturday evenings, arriving every 10 minutes instead of 20. Also later last trips will run during the week.
  • 91 Woodbine: Another trip will be added on week nights, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • 108 Downsview: Weekday afternoon and weekend service will be increased.
  • 111 East Mall: More buses will run Sundays and holidays.
  • 116 Morningside: A new stop will be added to the 116 E, at Ellesmere Road and Militry Trail.
  • 129 McCowan North: Afternoon rush hour service will be increased on weekdays, while early evening service is decreased.
  • 131 Nugget: More buses will run early evening weekdays.
  • 165 Weston Rd North: The trip will end at Ashberry Boulevard and Weston Road, instead of at Canada Drive and Cityview Boulevard.
  • 168 Symington: A new later trip to meet the subway is being added to every day.
  • Highway 191 Rocket: More buses will run midday and early evening during the week.
  • 199 Finch Rocket: More service will run throughout the week days.
  • 504 King: More streetcar service will run during morning and evening rush hours.

For more information on the changes, click here.

Week of March 31, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 30th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Tuesday, Canadian Paralympian and a philanthropist Rick Hansen stops by.

You know her and love her: Nia Vardalos joins us in the co-host seat on Wednesday’s BT.

Plus, on Friday, we get a visit from John Catucci, well known from his hit show You Gotta Eat Here!

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

Mayor Ford ‘ready’ for war in Wednesday’s CityNews debate

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Mar 24th, 2014

Mayor Rob Ford says he’s been plotting his strategy inside a “war room” ahead of the first mayoral candidate debate at CityNews on Wednesday, and he’s prepared for whatever his political rivals throw his way.

“They can get personal. I’m ready for it, no problem.” Ford said Monday from the CityNews newsroom.

“People are sick and tired of all the personal attacks. They want someone who can watch their money, who has done it for 14 years down here (city hall).”

“We’ve got our war room and I’m ready to go so we’ll see you on Wednesday night…Let’s get it on,” he added with the flair of a prizefighter.

Ford, Olivia Chow, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory will all take part in the 5 p.m. debate Wednesday.

All but Soknacki arrived at CityNews headquarters at 33 Dundas St. E. on Monday to draw positions (see below) for the debate. Soknacki sent a representative.

Former TTC chair Stintz said she was excited about the impending clash of political ideas.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she said. “It is the first time that we’ll have an opportunity to talk about our ideas and start offering Torontonians solutions to the challenges they face.”

“After 11 years on council I have good ideas about how we can move our city forward and I want to make sure those come through.”

Chow said moving the people of Toronto, through improved transit, would be one of the cornerstones of her campaign.

She’s been preparing for the debate by riding the TTC, talking to riders and “getting a first-hand feel of traffic gridlock in the city.”

Chow said if she’s elected she would look to reverse Mayor Ford’s Scarborough subway extension and revert to the original LRT plan.

“I have the courage to stand up against Rob Ford’s wrong decision,” she said. She also wants to increase bus service by 10 per cent during rush hour to alleviate crowding.

Tory said he’s been getting ready for Wednesday by staging mock debates with members of his team.

“You have to be prepared for the different postures they are going to take, in terms of your comments on what they have to say, and your response to criticisms they might render of you.”

“The best way to prepare is by simulating what’s going to happen.”

And while Ford wouldn’t divulge what goes on behind the closed doors of his war room, he didn’t appear to be too worried about his opponents.

“They’re pretenders,” he said. “I’m the only real candidate out there that has a proven track record of success.”

Here are the results from the draws Monday:

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Podium Positions

  1. Stintz
  2. Tory
  3. Chow
  4. Soknacki
  5. Ford

Transit answer:

  1. Soknacki
  2. Chow
  3. Stintz
  4. Tory
  5. Ford

Finance answer:

  1. Ford
  2. Soknacki
  3. Stintz
  4. Tory
  5. Chow

Leadership answer:

  1. Soknacki
  2. Stintz
  3. Tory
  4. Ford
  5. Chow

Candidate question:

  1. Chow
  2. Soknacki
  3. Tory
  4. Ford
  5. Stintz

Closing statements:

  1. Ford
  2. Chow
  3. Tory
  4. Stintz
  5. Soknacki

With files from Michael Talbot, CityNews.ca

Week of March 24, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 23rd, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Kathy Smart stops by Monday with a look at healthy and tasty lunch ideas–yes, it’s possible, kids!

We have a special performance from Taylor Dayne on Thursday!

And on Friday, you know her and love her: Mairlyn Smith will have all you need to know about spring spices.

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

Freezing rain warning for areas outside of Toronto

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Mar 19th, 2014

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It could be a slippery drive to work on Wednesday depending on where you’re going and when you plan to leave.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for parts of southern Ontario, including northern York and Durham regions, Newmarket, Uxbridge, Dufferin, Caledon, Barrie and Orillia.

According to the weather agency, the freezing rain is expected to begin early Wednesday morning.

“Northern York and Durham regions, areas like Newmarket and Uxbridge, [there is] some freezing rain that could be prolonged. Of course, this is all temperature-dependent, so the closer you stay to freezing or below, you’ll be dealing with the freezing rain,” 680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said.

In Dufferin County, Ontario provincial police are warning drivers to be extremely cautious, saying that several hours of freezing rain are possible.

Meantime, a special weather statement is in effect for much of the region, including Toronto and the GTA, warning of wintery weather.

Environment Canada said the precipitation may start as patchy freezing rain and then turn to rain for areas within southwestern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe.

Parts of north and central Ontario may receive snow at first, followed by freezing rain, which will then change to rain this afternoon. Between five to 10 centimetres of snow could fall in some northern areas.

For Toronto and the GTA, patchy freezing rain or showers will begin at around 7 a.m., Taylor said, with steady rain beginning at around 10 a.m. and lasting through the day. There’s a high of 6 C and a gusty southeast wind.

She also said rain will continue Wednesday evening with a few flurries late night and a low near 2 C.

There is some good news: spring arrives at 12:57 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

Click here for the full weather forecast.

With files from Patricia D’Cunha and Jaime Pulfer, CityNews.ca

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