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Mickey Rooney dies at 93

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Apr 7th, 2014

Actor Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized screen dynamo of the 1930s and 1940s best known for his boy-next-door role in the Andy Hardy movies, died on Sunday at 93, Hollywood industry trade papers Variety and Hollywood Reporter reported.

Rooney, who was one of the biggest box office stars of the movies’ studio era, had been ill for some time, TMZ said. It did not give a cause of death and a spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Rooney, who spent almost his entire life in show business, teamed up with Judy Garland in the 1939 movie musical Babes in Arms. He also starred with Elizabeth Taylor in 1944′s National Velvet, which launched Taylor’s career.

Rooney was best known for his role as Andy Hardy, the popular all-American teenager, which he portrayed in about 20 movies.

Rooney was married eight times, the first time to screen beauty Ava Gardner. Asked once if he would marry all his eight wives again, he said, “Absolutely. I loved every one of them.”

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Celebrate spring with these 12 brunch recipes

Cityline | posted Saturday, Apr 5th, 2014

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Hosting a brunch this spring? Whether you’re having a few friends over on the weekend or the whole extended family is coming by for Easter, we’ve gathered together some of our fave brunch recipes that’ll have everyone asking for seconds.

Yummy twists on family favourites:

We’re regularly craving classic brunch dishes, from eggs and bacon, to fluffy pancakes. If your guests love the standards, too, try some of our creative twists on traditional recipes! These egg & toast tartlets from Claire Tansey are a fun way to eat your omega-3s, and they pair perfectly with her maple-fennel bacon.

For the pancake lovers, why not try adding cocoa powder to make thesechocolate pancakes with strawberry sauce? Mairlyn Smith sure knows how to make a dish that appeals to the chocoholics in the house (and it uses whole wheat flour to boost up the nutritional value, too!).

If you want to sneak some vitamin-rich veggies into a super easy brunch dish, this sweet potato French toast from Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh is exactly what you’re looking for. Cut it into easily-dippable strips and your kids will gobble this up instantly!

Fancy dishes to impress your guests:

Want to really wow your guests? Whether you’re looking for a savoury dish or a sweet one, brunch is one of our favourite times to experiment with more intricate recipes — or recipes that seem really impressive, but aren’t actually too complex to put together! This goat cheese soufflé with smoked salmon from Claire Tansey is a perfect example of a dish that looks way more difficult than it actually is. You don’t have to be a trained chef to make your own soufflé!

Think you can only poach your eggs in water? Think again! Our chefs have two elegant alternatives for you. Adults will love these Chardonnay-poached eggs from Jason Parsons, while the whole family will drool over Randy Feltis’ maple syrup-poached eggs served over stuffed French toast!

Not much of an egg fanatic? Switch out your eggs for seafood in this scallops Benedict from Jason Parsons!

If you’re looking for something sweet, look no further than this homemade crepe recipe with macerated berries. These crepes are easy to personalize with your fave ingredients, and we especially love them with fresh, mixed berries.

Make-ahead meals:

If you want to get some extra zzz’s before your guests arrive, why not make your entrée the night before? This asparagus and cheese strata from Mairlyn Smith needs to rest in the fridge for at least 8 hours before you serve it, so that the bread can soak up all of the delicious egg mixture.

Tarts are a great make-ahead option and we love the seasonal flavours in this spring onion & goat cheese tart. You can also make this recipe even easier by using pre-baked pie shells instead of puff pastry.

We love a good quiche, and this crustless mushroom and broccoli quiche from Dr. Joey Shulman is a yummy, healthier option! Serve this with a side salad or fresh fruit for a lighter meal.

What’s your go-to brunch recipe? Share your faves in the comments!

With files from Suzanne Gardner, Cityline.ca

Photo credit: Roberto Caruso

5 things to do this weekend: silent films, book & paper show, storytelling festival

CityNews | posted Saturday, Apr 5th, 2014

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As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in the city for all ages and interests.

April 4-6, 2014

Toronto Silent Film Festival: The festival showcases films from the early 20th Century, such as 1928’s The Circus starring Charlie Chaplin, and The Wind with Lillian Gish. The movies are paired with live music. Various venues across the city, April 3-8. Single ticket: $15, passes: $80. torontosilentfilmfestival.com

Click here for the film schedule.

The Old Book & Paper Show: Don’t you just love the smell of old books? The book show features vintage rare and antiquarian books, posters, historical documents, postcards, theatre programs, comic books, and more. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults and seniors: $8, children 12 and under: free.antiqueshowscanada.com/the-old-book-paper-show/

Toronto Storytelling Festival: Partake in North America’s largest urban storytelling festival, which also includes Village of Storytellers: Regent Park project. Saturday’s programs will be held at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. E.) and Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas St. E.), while Sunday’s readings take place at Daniels Spectrum and the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W.).  April 5 (all-day events), April 6 (11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Adult, youth, students and seniors: $10-25, children: free. torontostorytellingfestival.ca

Click here for the schedule.

Toronto Cat Rescue Adopt-a-thon: Rescued felines and kittens are looking for a place to call home. Kittens are usually adopted quickly but older cats are still in foster care. Wag on the Danforth, 1918 Danforth Ave. April 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. According to the website, adoption fees are $175 for single kittens, $80 for cats eight months or older, and “an adoption fee of your choice” for cats eight years or older. torontocatrescue.ca

Good Food and Drink Festival: The event, which is a celebration of local and international food and drink, also features home cooking, celebrity guests, and tons of other exhibitors. BreakfastTelevision’s Frank Ferragine will be at the event at 11 a.m. on Saturday discussing how to grow health-boosting plants in your garden. Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place), 100 Princes’ Blvd. April 4-6. Adults: $14, seniors: $11, children 12 and under: free.goodfoodfestival.com

Click here for a list of exhibitors.

With files from Patricia D’Cunha, CityNews.ca

Week of April 7, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Apr 5th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tony Little, noted fitness infomercial guru and pup culture figure joins us Monday.

On Wednesday, we have the latest spring fashion for men from the Sharp Book for Men.

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!

 

 

Internship opportunity at BreakfastTelevision.ca

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Apr 3rd, 2014

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Passionate about breaking news, lifestyle content, social media, and producing creative and engaging stories for online?

Breakfast Television is a three-and-a-half hour LIVE television news and lifestyle production and is looking for a full-time digital intern for its May through August 2014 term. The successful applicant must be studying Radio and Television, Media, Journalism, Film Production or Broadcasting, and the internship must be part of their post-secondary school curriculum.

We’re looking for an individual who’s bright, creative, and energetic, with a passion for news- and lifestyle-themed content, plus the ability to hunt down the latest trends before they go viral! Knowledge of video production and editing would be considered a strong asset.

The unpaid internship position is available, and is a full-time, five-day-a-week program, running from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in our downtown Toronto studios.

Should you fulfill the requirements and wish to apply for the position, please forward your resume and cover letter, along with your placement officer’s name and contact info, to:

comments@bttoronto.ca
Please include ‘Digital Internship‘ in the subject line.

Alternately, send a hard copy to:

City – Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
Breakfast Television Internship Program
33 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1B8

If we are interested in following up with you, we will be in touch to set up an interview.

Kimmel slams Ford after mistaken council vote

CityNews | posted Thursday, Apr 3rd, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel returned to his favourite punching bag, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, after Ford made an error voting on Wednesday.

Ford mistakenly voted against honouring Nelson Mandela and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes who had competed in Sochi.

“Finally, a leader who’s not afraid to take a stand against athletic excellence and Nelson Mandela,” Kimmel joked during his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“Come on Toronto, how can you not re-elect this guy? He’s the best! And by the way, it’s Wednesday. This is the first mistake he’s made all week.”

Kimmel also cited 680News in his monologue, pulling up their tweets from the council vote onscreen. Follow @680News here.

Later in the show, Kimmel welcomed U.S. President Bill Clinton and he asked Clinton if he hadbeen following the Ford scandal.

“Well I will say this: He has absolutely destroyed every stereotype people have about Canadians,” Clinton said, to applause and laughter.

“Rob Ford has proved that stereotypes are not good, positive or negative.”

Is it time for Kimmel to move on? Or is the attention good for Ford? Let us know in the comments.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

Best 2014 April Fool’s Day pranks

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Apr 1st, 2014

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The day is young but some of the world’s biggest companies have already got a head start on their 2014 April Fool’s Day pranks.

As the clock hit midnight in Australia and Japan, Google unveiled its latest job requirement: catch them all.

“Dozens of wild Pokémon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests and atop mountains throughout Google Maps,” software engineer and “advanced Pokémon trainer” Tatsuo Nomura wrote in a blog post Monday. It’s your job to find and catch them all.”

The winner would claim the title of ultimate Pokémon Master and gain a job at Google.

Though the job opportunity might not be legit, Google has launched a real mini-game inside of its Maps apps to help you hone your inner Pokémon Master. If you’re ready for the challenge, grab the latest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android, then tap the search bar and “press start” to begin your quest. The app features 150 hidden Pokémon and you have until April 2 to find them all.

Watch Google’s video below:

WestJet, meanwhile, unveiled a YouTube video explaining they are switching how they show their flight schedules from a.m. and p.m. to metric time.

Of course, there is no such thing as metric time.

The airline also released a new promo code that it swears is not a joke — type in “LOL12″ at the website.

Watch the video below:

The TTC announced a new funding proposal: closing existing subway stations like Bessarion and Chester. The TTC will then turn the platforms into condos.

Watch the TTC video below:

One newspaper in England has a headline proclaiming the British government will ban selfies, while a British radio station announced that giraffe milk was about to go on sale.

Boston Pizza said that instead of delivering pizza, it would be delivering customers – picking them up and bringing them to their restaurants. The so-called ‘reverse delivery,’ Boston Pizza joked, was just in time for the NHL playoffs.

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