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Raptors outlast Nets to even the series

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Apr 28th, 2014

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DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 87-79 on Sunday night to even their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece.

Amir Johnson had 17 points for the Raptors, who started fast, gave up all of a 17-point lead, then shut the Nets down over the final 5 minutes to snap a 13-game road losing streak in the playoffs that went back 13 years.

About 2,000 fans filled Maple Leaf Square, which has been renamed Jurassic Park during the playoff series, to cheer on their Raptors. The crowd erupted as the clock counted down to the final seconds of the game.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Toronto, with the series now guaranteed a return to Brooklyn on Friday for Game 6.

Paul Pierce scored 22 points for the Nets, who were 3 for 17 in the fourth quarter and didn’t have a field goal after Pierce’s basket with 6:13 left gave them a 77-73 lead.

With files from The Associated Press

Week of April 28, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Apr 27th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, Chatelaine’s west coast fashionista Susie Wall visits!

We have Kathy Buckworth, parenting expert and Rogers TV host, on Wednesday.

And to round out the week, it’s celebrity chef Corbin Tomaszeski with a healthy burger recipe!

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!

Kevin Frankish, The Iron Sheik duke it out on social media

Winston Sih | posted Friday, Apr 25th, 2014

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Take a look at the hilarious social media back-and-forth that ensued when The Iron Sheik couldn’t make his appearance on Breakfast Television Thursday.

Then, The Iron Sheik watches and responds!

The social media buzz continues, and the man himself sends us an Instagram video message.

Upon more discussion of the back-and-forth on the air, The Iron Sheik sends us some choice words on Twitter and Instagram.

And with the help of wrestler Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Frankish shoots a message in return on the BT Instagram account!

Connected City: How Cold Turkey program works

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014

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A program called Cold Turkey can help you get your productivity back on track by blocking access to websites. City digital media correspondent Winston Sih takes a look at how it works.

Catch Connected City with Winston Sih on his weekly segment airing on CityNews: The 5.  View all previous segments by clicking here.

4 firefighters hurt in Mississauga industrial fire

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014

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Four firefighters were hurt in a massive industrial fire in Mississauga on Wednesday morning.

An explosion caused a wall to collapse, injuring three firefighters. One of them was rushed to a downtown Toronto hospital in critical condition, and two other firefighters were taken to a local hospital. The fourth firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

Mississauga fire deputy chief Greg Laing three of the firefighters are now in serious but stable condition.

“The nature of their injuries are quite significant” said Laing. “We are all thinking and praying for our firefighters.”

The fire began on Thamesgate Drive near Airport Road around 4:30 a.m.

The building, an imported goods plant, contained butane lighters and bug spray, which exploded during the fire. The smoke is not toxic, Peel police said, but officers are wearing masks as a precaution.

An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the blaze but Laing noted that the business had not yet been inspected to determine it met with proper building and fire codes.

“From what we understand the owner had moved in and started his business however he had not gone through the process where our fire inspection division goes in, looks at what the business is going to do, examines the structure against the various codes that are in effect – the building code, the fire code – to ensure they are compliant,” said Laing. “I am unsure of where the owner was in that process. That will certainly be a large part of the investigation.”

Those who live in the area were asked to close their windows and Peel police asked people to stay out of the area bounded by Derry Road, Torbram Road, Steeles Avenue and Goreway Drive.

Businesses surrounding the fire were evacuated for several hours until it could be determined that the area was safe.

“Hazardous material on fire has values that are immediately dangerous to life and health and the risk of letting people in could not be justified so we kept (the area) closed,” said Laing.

The ministry of the environment was called in to assist the Hazmat unit to determine the safety of the area surrounding the building.

“There is definitely no danger right now and we’ve been able to shrink the isolation zone,” Laing explained.

Both Mississauga fire chief John McDougall and Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion expressed their concern for the injured firefighters.

“Our thoughts are with the firefighters who were injured,” Mississauga fire chief John McDougall said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters and their families. We are grateful for all emergency services personnel who are on site,” Mayor Hazel McCallion said.

She added that the Ontario fire marshal’s office is investigating and that the fire chief will provide a detailed report to her and councillors soon.

View her YouTube statement below.

Peel police have also closed the CN rail tracks north of the area and GO Transit service is affected. Click here for details. GO Transit users can show their Presto Card to get free access to TTC service at five stations: Dundas West, Finch, Yorkdale, York Mills and Lawrence West.

While schools are not closed, buses in the area are affected and will be delayed by road closures, the Peel District School Board said. Click here to see the full list of schools.

Amateur video of the fire was posted on YouTube. Watch it below. We’re always looking for your photos and video – send them to us @BTtoronto when safe to do so.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

Our favourite Mother’s Day gift ideas

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014

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Looking for a special gift to give to your one-and-only mom this Mother’s Day?

We’ve assembled our favourite ideas that won’t break the bank and that your mom is certain to love!

Frame a favourite family photo. In the digital age, it seems we rarely take the time to process photos anymore. But there’s something lovely about a framed photo, and if it’s a well-composed photo of the family — perhaps professionally done, or one taken on vacation — we guarantee your mom will love it. Or, take it a step further and make an album for your mom — photos from a recent trip or a week at the cottage. She’ll love flipping through it and remembering what a great time you had.

A hobby-inspired gift. Does your mom love to garden? Buy her a new pair of gardening gloves, a gardening tool or two, and some seed packets or seedlings. If your mom is active, head to the sporting goods store and pick up an accessory or two based on the sport of her choice. If she loves yoga, buy her a few drop-in classes. If your mom loves to cook, pair a new cookbook with a few fun kitchen accessories. A gift based on something you know she loves to do is thoughtful and will be appreciated.

Give your mom a spa day at home. I’m sure we’d all love to treat our moms to a luxurious spa retreat, but those can be expensive. It’s easy to give your mom a spa day at home – buy some scented bubble bath or bath salts, an individually-packed facial masque, some moisturizer, and a new nail colour for her fingers and/or toes. Bump up the experience with her favourite magazines, herbal tea, and a healthy spa-inspired lunch.

A book or magazine subscription. Reading can be a luxury for the busy mom. So give her a good book or magazine, and, perhaps more importantly, make sure she has some down time that day to turn a few pages. Looking for a good read for Mom? Head on over to our Cityline Book Club for a few suggestions!

A summery tote. Buying a new bag for Mom can be expensive, but with a tote it doesn’t have to be. Totes are endlessly practical, and because they’re often less expensive, you can find one in a bright, summery shade. We love bright oranges, crisp apple greens, and rosy pinks – but you know your mom best. Pick a shade and style you think would appeal to her.

Make your mom breakfast in bed. It’s true that homemade gifts are the best – especially when that homemade gift is breakfast in bed. We’ve got great ideas on how to do breakfast in bed for your mom, including recipe suggestions,right here!

What are you doing for your mom this Mother’s Day! Share your ideas in the comments below!

For more great Mother’s Day content, visit Cityline’s Mother’s Day feature section here.

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