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Summer toy ideas for kids

BT Calgary | posted Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014

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We asked 12-year old Chief Play Officer for Toys “R” Us Canada, Alex Thorne, for summer toy ideas and he did not disappoint!

Nerf – Super Soaker – Tri Strike Crossbow Soaker
By HasbrO
Soak like a champ with this incredibly versatile Tri Strike Crossbow soaker! It’s shaped like a crossbow and its arms deploy for two different modes of soakage. When the arms are in, you can fire a single stream of water at targets up to 38 feet away! But if you’re going for a bigger soaking at closer range, deploy the arms for a triple stream of water! This large-capacity soaker holds up to 40 ounces of water, so you’ll be the top drencher with the Tri Strike Crossbow!

  • Price: $32.99
  • Ages: 6 – 14 years

Rebelle Dolphina Bow Soaker
By Hasbro
Step up with strength and style and bow-blasting soakage with the Dolphina Bow Blaster! It’s easy to load this stylish soaker with up to 25 ounces of water. Pull the handle back and push it forward to fire a blast of water at your target.

  • Price: $24.99
  • Ages: 6 – 14 years

Fisher-Price – Double Bubble Mower XLT
By Fisher-Price
The Bubble Mower XLT is the first bubble mower ready for an outdoor adventure. Updated styling allows for improved ground clearance, all-terrain traction on the tires, and a deeper well for the bubble solution so there’s less spillage.
It even includes play features kids love including a realistic electric start key and lever to control your speed. Filling it up is a breeze now too thanks to a special cap for the solution bottle. The cap includes a valve which allows just the right amount of solution to be dispensed into the well. When the solution needs to be “re-charged,” kids just push down on the bottle again.

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 4 – 5 years

Phlat Ball V3
by Goliath Toys
Throw a disc, catch a ball! Phlat Ball is a unique toy that transforms from a 9″ flying disc to a 6″ diameter ball when thrown. Its soft plastic, flexible material provides a comfortable grip for active play.

  • Price: $12.99
  • Ages: 5 years and up

Rawlings – 8 Piece Badminton Set
By Gillyboo
This Rawlings 8-Piece Badminton Set includes a 20 foot net, 4 Badminton Rackets, 2 Birdies and a Rawlings Carry Bag. It’s perfect for backyard use or on the go at the park or beach.

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 5 years and up

Digital LCD Metal Detector
By Edu-Science
Find coins, lost items and hidden treasures with this fantastic digital metal detector that detects most metals.
· Digital LCD display
· 15cm diameter sensor coil provides excellent coverage
· Adjustable sensitivity for various soil conditions
· Audio alert features with volume control

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 6 – 10 years

Glitter Sidewalk Chalk
By Crayola
Add a little sparkle to your big outdoor art with Crayola Glitter Sidewalk Chalk! These colorful sidewalk chalk sticks create bold lines with cool, glittery effects that catch the sunlight.
Includes 6 sticks of Glitter Sidewalk Chalk.

  • Price: $3.99
  • Ages: 3 – 11 years

Doodlezz – Lockerboard – Monster High
By Stoneridge Cycle
Fun and creative Doodlezz lockerboard skateboard! You can erase and change your colour design. Personalize your own board so that no one will have the same as you!
You can draw, spray, erase and start all over – it won’t smudge!

  • Price: $27.99
  • Ages: 5 – 8 years

Raskullz – Hulk Helmet
By Stoneridge Cycle
Wow – what a cool helmet! Not only can kids channel their inner hulk, but they’ll look pretty awesome doing it!
This Raskullz helmet has a unique design, adjustable straps and is a protective helmet which features a molded and shock absorbing inner shell that includes aerodynamic cooling vents.

  • Price: $34.99
  • Ages: 5 – 8 years

Lil Miss Matched – 3 Wheel Scooter Combo
By Stoneridge Cycle
This combo set comes with everything your little one needs to get on a scooter, be safe and have fun at the same time. The scooter features 3 PVC wheels, a wide platform deck, colourful streamers, a front plate and a durable steel frame.

  • Price: $69.99
  • Ages: 3 – 6 years

Disney Fairies: Flutterby Tinkerbell
By Spinmaster
A world of enchantment is in your hands with the Disney Fairies Flutterbye Tinkerbell.
Simply press the button on the stand to set the fairy’s wings in motion. Watch her dance through the air as you guide her flight using only your hand. Place your hand beneath her and raise or lower it to make her fly higher or lower. There’s never been a more magical experience!

  • Price: $42.99
  • Ages: 5 years and up

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Zipline Playset – Fire Escape
By Spinmaster
Ninja Turtles are in the zone, zig-zagging their way down their high flying zip lines as they coordinate their Zen-like attacks to unleash the final foot free fall! Easily stick the Fire Escape Free Fall Play Set on your wall and connect the zip lines for instant Turtle action. Use the incoming and escape Zip Lines to send the Foot Clan flying. Collect all Z-line Play Sets to create an interconnected world of Zip Line action.

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 6 – 9 years

LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Mutation Chamber Unleashed
By LEGO
Uh-oh, it’s Turtle trouble! Raphael has infiltrated Kraang’s lab and
discovered the Mutation Chamber which can turn humans into mutant creatures. Climb the ladder with Victor, spin the electrodes and knock him into the mutation tank. Turn the knob to activate the mutation. When the transformation is complete, open the doors and unleash the fearsome Spider Bytez. Help Raphael to outwit the giant creature and escape before it grabs him with the huge claws on its head.
Includes 2 minifigures with weapons and accessories: Victor and Raphael, and a Spider Bytez figure,

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 6 – 12 years

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Mega Blaster Web Shooter with Glove
By Hasbro
Imagine Spider-Man adventures at a whole new level with this incredible Mega Blaster Web Shooter set! This realistic-looking glove looks like it came from Spider-Man’s costume, and when you pull it on you’ll feel just like your web-slinging hero. But you’ll feel even more like him when you attach the Mega Blaster Web Shooter to it! Load the shooter with the water cartridge or the can of Spidey Shot Web Fluid. Then you can blast a web or water at the bad guys, using your 2 middle fingers, just like your favorite web-crawling hero.
Evil doesn’t stand a chance when you’ve got your Mega Blaster Web Shooter and Glove!

  • Price: $24.99
  • Ages: 5 – 11 years old

Favourite Toronto spots to watch World Cup matches

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014

The World Cup soccer tournament, which begins Thursday, is the most watched sporting event on Earth.

In the last World Cup four years ago, 3.2-billion people tuned in, including 909.6 million for the final match, according to the sport’s governing body FIFA. That is compared with the 111.5-million people who tuned into the Super Bowl this year, according to The Associated Press.

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This year 32 national teams will be in the host country of Brazil when the month-long tournament begins Thursday.

CityNews has compiled a list of favourite Toronto cafes, restaurants and watering holes where fans go to watch their favourite teams.

Where do you go? Share your favourite locations and teams in the comments below.

With files from CityNews.ca

Week of June 9, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jun 8th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, Michael Bublé’s sister Brandee stops by to chat about her new children’s book.

Actress Shenae Grimes stops by Wednesday.

And to round things off Friday, we have fashions from Jenn’s clothing sponsor, Want Boutique!

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!

Weekend road, TTC closures: June 7-8

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Jun 7th, 2014

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Below is a list of subway and road closures on June 7-8.

TTC

No subway service south of Bloor

All southbound trains on Line 1 (Yonge-University) will turn back at Bloor and St. George stations.

Shuttle buses are scheduled to run from St. George south on University Avenue, east on King Street West, north on Yonge Street returning south on Yonge, west on Wellington Street West and north on University.

Events

Ride to Conquer Cancer

Saturday, 6 a.m.-10 a.m.
Lake Shore Boulevard from Strachan Avenue to Windermere Avenue
Windermere from Lake Shore Boulevard to The Queensway

Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. (some delays)
Eastbound curb lane of Lake Shore Boulevard West from 40th Street to Remembrance Drive

Remembrance Drive, from Lake Shore to Ontario Place

Dundas West Fest

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Dundas Street West, from Lansdowne Avenue to Roxton Road

Portugal Day

Sunday
Lansdowne, from Bloor Street West to College Street, full roadway, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dundas, from Lansdowne to Gore Vale Avenue, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Riverside Eats and Beats

Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Broadview Avenue south of Queen Street East to the north side of the public lane

Pape Village Summerfest

Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pape Avenue from Floyd Avenue to Cosburn Avenue

Malvern Bicycle Race

Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Brenyon Way from Sheppard Avenue East to Sewells Road

Toronto Challenge

Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Wellington Street, from John Street to University
University, from Wellington to Queens Park Crescent East
Queens Park, from University to Grosvenor Street
Grosvenor, from Queens Park to Bay Street
Bay, from Grosvenor to Wellington
Wellington, from Bay to University

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada

Sunday, 10:45 a.m. until the three-kilometre walk ends
Queen Street West (north sidewalks and westbound curb lane), from Nathan Phillips Square to University
University, from Queen to College Street
Armoury Street, University to Nathan Phillips Square

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Drivers can stay up-to-date on construction details and updates by visiting the City of Toronto website.

Upcoming construction can also be viewed on the T.O. INview map.

City unveils 2014/15 fall TV lineup

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

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A comedy starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne is among four new primetime series headed to City this fall, while weekend nights will be packed with hockey.

Black-ish features Anderson as a father who starts to worry his family has forgotten their black heritage while living in the suburbs.

City’s weekends will be filled with Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey after Rogers secured the exclusive rights to NHL broadcasts last November. There will be two NHL games each week – Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays and Hometown Hockey on Sundays.

“I’m excited for City to join in a time-honoured Canadian tradition this year with the addition of Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey,” Hayden Mindell, Vice President of Television Programming & Content, Rogers Media, said.

“Hockey is the most coveted content in Canada, and we have PVR-proofed Saturday and Sunday nights on City to become must-see TV for all Canadians.”

The two new dramas include a Homeland-esque show Scorpion and Backstorm.

City will also air a new reality show called Utopia, where 15 contestants will get one year to build an entirely new society on a secluded piece of land.

Returning shows include the hits New Girl and Modern Family.

Other shows returning are The Bachelor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hell’s Kitchen, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Parks and Recreation, Revenge, and Scandal.

The Grammys will also return to the network and it’s also picked up NBC’s live musical Peter Pan!

Fall premiere dates will be announced in the coming months.

The fall schedule is:

All times ET/PT; s = simulcast

Monday
8 p.m.              2 Broke Girls (s)
8:30 p.m.         Mom (s)
9 p.m.              Scorpion (s) *NEW*

Tuesday
8 p.m.              Utopia (s) *NEW*
9 p.m.              New Girl (s)
9:30 p.m.         The Mindy Project (s)

Wednesday
8 p.m.              Hell’s Kitchen (s)
9 p.m.              Modern Family (s)
9:30 p.m.         Black-ish (s) *NEW*

Thursday
8 p.m.              The Bachelor Canada
9 p.m.              Scandal (s)

Friday
8 p.m.              Package Deal
8:30 p.m.         The Middle
9 p.m.              Utopia (s) *NEW*

Saturday
7-10 p.m.         NHL: Hockey Night in Canada *NEW to City*

Sunday
7-10 p.m.         NHL: Hometown Hockey *NEW to City*
10 p.m.            Revenge (s)

The air dates and times for the Grammys, Country Music Awards, and Peter Pan Live! will be announced at a later time.

Rogers is the parent owner of this website.

With files from The Canadian Press

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