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Dashcam captures TTC bus running red; nearly striking pedestrian

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014

The TTC is investigating after a dashcam captured a bus running a red light and nearly striking a pedestrian in Scarborough Monday morning.

A CityNews viewer submitted the video, which shows the bus driving along Eglinton Avenue at around 9:15 a.m.

The light at Eglinton and Ionview Road turns red, and another car stops — but the bus begins to accelerate. At the same time, a pedestrian starts crossing the street directly into the path of the oncoming bus, which is forced to swerve to avoid hitting her.

A person in the car with the dashcam can be heard cursing in shock before saying, “I thought she was going to die there.”

The TTC’s Brad Ross says buses often can’t stop on a dime like smaller cars and would potentially cause more injury by doing so. But he doesn’t think that was case this time.

Ross, who viewed the video Tuesday, said it appears there was plenty of time for the bus to slow down and come to a full, safe stop at the red light.

“Clearly, based on the viewing of this video, there was an opportunity for that bus to stop,” he said.

“Given that the pedestrian stepped off the curb and the bus had to swerve to avoid that pedestrian, that is concerning and that is why we need to review this.”

Ross said the TTC will take steps to identify the bus and bring the driver in to be interviewed about the incident before deciding if disciplinary measures will be taken.

“This could have been much worse and we are grateful of course that it wasn’t,” he said.

“Safety is number one for the TTC, somebody clearly looks to have dropped the ball (in this case), and we need to understand why.”

Another bus can be seen in the video a few seconds earlier going through a yellow light at the same intersection. The TTC is not believed to be reviewing that incident.

How I tackled Tough Mudder: Part 1

Alexandra Davies | posted Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014

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I wouldn’t consider myself to be a superstar athlete. Though I competed eight years competitively in synchronized swimming (and no, synchro is not anything like what you saw in Austin Powers), I was a strong swimmer, but pretty much a weakling in everything else. I was able to eat all the bread/pasta/pastries I wanted without gaining any weight—in fact, I didn’t even know what refined carbs were, or that they don’t do any favours for your waistline. My practice would burn it all off anyways, so I was set. But then the worst thing that can happen to an aspiring Olympic athlete happened: I was forced out of my hopeful synchro career thanks to a wonky lunge-twist that resulted in a herniated disc. Major buzzkill.

With being pretty well immobile for a couple weeks, and forbidden from practising with my team, the carbs moved in and decided to stay. With university just around the corner, I did what I could to keep myself in decent shape (and mainly to avoid gaining 300 pounds). I got a GoodLife membership, bought all the Jillian Michaels’ fitness videos, and even took up running. I was determined as ever, and there was no way I was gaining any more weight.

But alas, I did exactly that once I hit university. First year proved to be where my fitness regime died a slow painful death. From the alcohol to the copious amounts of tater tots conveniently placed inside my residence’s cafeteria, I was on a one-way trip to Fatville with the dreaded freshman 15 (okay, 30…) to keep me company.

THE PLAN

Something had to be done. In what physically and mentally felt like a slump, I started jotting down things I knew would make me happy. This resulted in the creation of my very own bucket list. The first thing on the list was to compete in aTough Mudder race. I figured that a healthy body and Tough Mudder went hand in hand, so it would be a two-bird-one-stone type of deal. On November 12, 2013 I took the plunge and signed myself up to compete in the Toronto Tough Mudder on August 16, 2014.

Now, if you do not know what Tough Mudder is, I’ll sum it up in a few words: omg, mud, dirt, fire, pain, ice cold water. Sounds dreamy, right? You’re probably questioning my sanity at this point, but there was something about this specific race that lured me in—I needed that rush, I needed that Tough Mudder headband, and I needed to feel the accomplishment of fulfilling my dream.

Before I began training, I knew two things had to change: my eating habits and my workouts. A Tough Mudder course incorporates more than just running for countless kilometres on end. All together, the course runs for 18-20 km with various types of obstacles you and your team must conquer. And I’m not talking ‘run through these tires’ type of obstacles—I’m talking trudging through trenches caged by barbed-wire, jumping through flames, and crawling through muddy water dodging electric wires that feel as though you are getting a jump start. CLEARLY I had to up my exercise game so my body could endure all of this madness, but first I needed to clear up my diet.

Stay tuned for Part 2 on Cityline.ca where I cover my training and diet plan!

Katy Perry visits Pioneer Village between Toronto shows

Christine Chubb | posted Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014

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Superstar Katy Perry used her day off between shows at the Air Canada Centre to explore Toronto’s past with a visit to Black Creek Pioneer Village.

The pop singer, who is currently on her Prismatic World Tour, posted a photo of herself on Instagram from the heritage museum with the caption ‘Took my time machine to a 19th century village and still got in trouble.’

Located in the Steeles Avenue West and Jane Street area, Black Creek Pioneer Village is a living tribute to the Toronto area’s pioneering roots.

Perry will play the third of three shows at the ACC on Monday before heading to Pittsburgh.

Week of July 21, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

American country music singer-songwriter Kip Moore stops by Monday to chat and perform one of his latest hits.

On Wednesday, Cityline‘s Dr. Karyn Gordon stops by with all things ‘Generation Z.’

Plus, to end the week, our friends at Dempsters will be in with some fresh and tasty lunch ideas.

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!

5 things to do this weekend: Beaches jazz festival, Junior Carnival & salsa festival

Showwei Chu | posted Friday, Jul 18th, 2014

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As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

July 18-20, 2014

Beaches International Jazz Festival: This 10-day music festival is a perennial summer highlight for locals and tourists. The big draw is the jazz, blues and funk, as well as big band, reggae and Latin music performed by local and international artists. Must-see performers on the main stage at Woodbine Park on opening weekend include KC Roberts on Friday; Andria Simone, Amoy Levy and Dumpstaphunk on Saturday; and Toronto’s own rhythm and blues ensemble Soul Stew and China’s first-ever reggae band Long Shen Dao on Sunday. Woodbine Park. Until July 27. Free. beachesjazz.com

Junior Carnival: More than 2,500 children dance and play mas to the sound of steel bands in a parade through the Malvern community with someone getting a prize for best costume. Neilson Park, 1555 Neilson Rd. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. See the parade route here.torontocaribbeancarnival.com

Honda Indy Toronto: Bring earplugs to this noisy but thrilling event and follow the racers as they vie to be the dominant performer on the 85-lap, 2.82-km street course at Exhibition Place this weekend. Fan Friday is back thanks to Ontario Honda Dealers, so spectators can get in free and taken in the qualifiers underway at 2 p.m. Exhibition Place. 100 Princes Blvd. Friday to Sunday. $60-85 for single day. $80-175 for two days. hondaindytoronto.com

Salsa on St. Clair: Bring your dancing shoes to this street festival in Hillcrest Village now in its 10th year as there will be mucho dancing. The giant salsa party celebrates Latino culture with dance lessons, live music and tasty fare. St. Clair Avenue West between Winona Drive and Christie Street. Saturday and Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Free. salsaintoronto.com

Live Green Toronto Festival: Check out Toronto’s biggest outdoor festival celebrating all things green at Yonge-Dundas Square. Yonge Street from Dundas to Queen streets goes car free for this event that features vendors specializing in green products and services. There will also be free concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square, featuring 10 main stage acts including rapper Maestro Fresh West and The Wheat Kings. 1 Dundas St. E. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. toronto.ca

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca, submit it to CityNews.ca or 680News.com or via our iPhone & iPad apps.

Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people shot down over Ukraine: official

CityNews | posted Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014

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A Malaysian airplane has crashed in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, killing all 295 people aboard. According to an official from Ukraine, the jet was shot down.

It was reportedly shot down by pro-Russian rebels. Intercepted phone calls reportedly confirm this.

At least one Canadian was on board, the CEO of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam confirmed in a news conference. The name or hometown of the Canadian victim isn’t known.

An emergency services rescue worker said at least 100 bodies had so far been found at the scene, near the village of Grabovo, and that debris from the wreckage was spread across an area up to about 15 kilometres in diameter.

A Canadian aviation expert says the plane had no chance if it were fired upon by a missile.

The Boeing 777 came down near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

Flight MH17 was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Air Canada has not used the airspace where the jet was shot down for some time — over safety fears.

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tweeted announcing an investigation.

It’s the worst aviation disaster since 9-11.

The crash comes about four months after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared on March 8.

With files from Reuters

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