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10 fire hydrants that make Toronto the most money in parking tickets

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Aug 11th, 2014

Toronto’s parking-ticket data shows that since 2008, the city has collected more than $24 million by fining people who parked too close to fire hydrants. Here’s a list of Toronto’s most lucrative hydrants:

  1. 393 University Ave., $289,620
  2. 112 Merton St., $212,300
  3. 33 Elmhurst Ave., $207,030
  4. 56 The Esplanade, $191,110
  5. 5519 Yonge St., $173,330
  6. 99 Atlantic Ave., $163,760
  7. 361 University Ave., $152,530
  8. 43 Elm St., $152,220
  9. 5100 Yonge St., $145,310
  10. 6 Spring Garden Ave., $131,110

Source: City of Toronto

Week of August 11, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

We’re checking in with the Argos as the Boatmen get set to unveil their new third jersey.

Later in the week, you’ll be able to join us in studio on Thursday for BT’s Back to School Bonanza!

Plus, Jenn’s going to the Ex on Wednesday– yes, it’s that time of year already.

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!

How I tackled Tough Mudder: Part 2

Alexandra Davies | posted Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014

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Missed part 1 of Ali’s Tough Mudder journey? Click here to catch up!

With Tough Mudder in the back of my mind, I was determined as ever to be as prepared as possible. In order to feel and look my best, it was time to clean up my diet and hit the gym.

I’ll admit I didn’t take the smartest route at the beginning. I was so set on making HUGE changes, that I got a little (a lot) carried away. I went to the gym multiple times a day and drank green smoothies for almost every meal. I do not suggest this method. Ever. I was so focused on achieving immediate results in a short period of time that I didn’t take my body’s health into consideration. Sure I lost some weight, but I was so tired, moody, and even felt super weak despite my countless hours hammering it out at the gym.

THE (“LIFESTYLE CHANGE”) DIET

Clearly, I was doing something wrong. For the amount of work I was putting in at the gym, I wasn’t getting enough fuel to compensate. I cut back the multiple classes and threw back in solid foods, but I kind of went overkill. PB&J sammies would accompany my green smoothie breakfasts, bruschetta sometimes made appearances on my dinner plate, and the midday snacks were increasing quickly. Here I go again…I had to put the brakes on a repeat of first year university.

This is when a close friend talked to me about a diet she was doing and loved, something she called “Paleo.” I was intrigued by the idea and inspired by her raving reviews, so I decided to commit the month of June to being strictly paleo. This eating plan meant no dairy (farewell, cheese), no grains (sayonara, sourdough bread) and no sugar (so long, my beloved chocolate almonds).

The first week was the hardest. Conveniently, National Donut Day fell on the third day of my new diet and, of course, the office celebrated. All I wanted to do was bite into that sugary, doughy goodness —but I refused to give in. After only eating salads and pieces of chicken day after day, I started researching ways to make this diet not suck. From there, everything started getting a little easier. I found dozens of paleo food blogs that provided hundreds of fun recipe ideas. I ended up making paleo meals that you wouldn’t even believe were paleo. I made Pad Thai, vanilla-chai pancakes, and spiced pumpkin muffins, people! How cool is that!? It’s all about the ingredients you use.

The hardest part of paleo was the inconvenience of meals. I had to make everything from scratch using natural, organic ingredients — making it hard to whip up anything in a hurry after a long day at work. Though my meals take their sweet time to be made, the best part of paleo was how it made me feel — I have never felt so content inside. Generally, it made me happier, which was really my goal in the end.

THE WORKOUT PLAN

I have never been someone to loathe working out; in fact, I thrive off it. Whenever I’m upset or just need a pick me up, you can find me at the gym or running around my neighbourhood. The issue was the intensity — a light jog here and there wasn’t going to cut it. I knew if I wanted to keep up with the rest of the Mudders, I’d have to up my workout game. I needed to focus on cardio and major muscle building. I wasn’t looking to become a body builder, but I wanted to be able to do an actual push-up. I created my own personal “Summer Workout Schedule” made up of early AM fitness classes, running intervals, and even some hot yoga thrown in there. My absolute favourite is the Body Combat class at GoodLife. My good golly, this is an amazing class to release any pent up stress or worry. Every Tuesday morning I was able to beat up the air and feel like a real-time karate kid without looking insane (well, I probably looked insane, but the class was always packed so I blended in…hopefully).

I even took it a step further and signed myself up for a TRX bootcamp class. Though I’m still unsure of what it stands for, this was the hardest workout I’ve ever endured. A TRX workout simply uses your own body weight to do a zillion different exercises, all while suspended by two straps. After 12 gruesomely hard sessions, I felt a huge difference in my core and strength — and heck yes, I can do real push-ups now!

But what would be a good story without a little hiccup, am I right? TRAGEDY STRIKES! (Dun dun dunnn!)

Remember that pesky herniated disc of mine from way back when? Well, it just had to make an appearance a month away from Tough Mudder. Major buzzkill x100. How did I do it, you ask? I went to bed. I innocently went to sleep and woke up with a very sore back. I still have no idea what dream I had, but it must have involved some kick-ass parkour.

My workout plan was halted, along with my motivation. I was beyond upset, and very worried I wouldn’t be ready/capable of doing Tough Mudder (you can probably hear my heart breaking into a million pieces from wherever you are reading this). I went straight to my physiotherapist who has dealt with all my past injuries, including my year-long recovery of the herniation. After about a week of appointments, taking a forced break from my intense workout schedule, and resorting to only a couple of back exercises and stretches, I finally felt better. The constant pain was gone, but I was very wary on stepping foot in the gym. Making sure I took it easy, I slowly started introducing  more exercises to my days. At this point, I wasn’t focused on muscle building and running X number of miles as fast as possible — it was about doing simple exercises with perfect form, ultimately protecting my back from any further injury. Though it was extremely discouraging to take my workouts down a bunch of notches, I knew it was for the best if I wanted to be able to endure the craziness of the Tough Mudder course.

From this day, Tough Mudder is in exactly 17 days. And yes, I am totally freaking out.

I’ll be back with part 3 after I compete on Saturday, August 16th! Wish me luck!

More health coverage at Cityline.ca

Toronto-bound QEW at Burlington Skyway reopens

CityNews | posted Monday, Aug 4th, 2014

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All lanes of the Toronto-bound QEW at the top of the Burlington Skyway have reopened, the OPP has confirmed.

The closure had been in effect since 3:30 p.m. on Thursday after a dump truck crashed into scaffolding on the bridge in a construction zone.

“As a result of the collision, the bridge structure sustained significant damage,” the OPP said in a release. “Three other vehicles, a transport truck and two cars were also damaged subsequent to the initial collision.”

Ministry spokesperson Astrid Poei said the cleanup included removal of vehicles, steel debris, and included a thorough structural inspection. Additional repairs will be made over the next two months.

The OPP says a 34-year-old Sukhvinder Singh Rai, from Brampton, faces charges of impaired driving and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content. He is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton court on Aug. 22.

Rai received minor injuries in the crash.

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

 

Week of August 4, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 4th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend! We’re back live on Tuesday with a preview of Sportsnet magazine’s annual Beauty of Sport issue, featuring 18 of Canada’s top athletes.

Mariel Hemingway stops by Wednesday to talk about healthy living from the inside out.

And on Friday, a performance by Aussie pop sensations Justice Crew.

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!

Toronto-bound QEW at Burlington Skyway closed until Monday due to crash

CityNews | posted Friday, Aug 1st, 2014

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The OPP says a 34-year-old man is facing an impaired driving charge after a crash that’s closed all lanes of the Toronto-bound QEW at the top of the Burlington Skyway at least until Monday morning.

Witnesses said they watched in disbelief as a dump truck crashed into scaffolding on the bridge in a construction zone around 3:30 p.m., creating a traffic nightmare that could extend well into the weekend.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and then I heard other truckers honking but the guy kept going, he actually was going faster. It was so surreal,” said Robert Grimme. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And the next thing you know, ‘Bang!’ ”

In a tweet, Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca says that the Toronto-bound lanes would remain closed over the weekend, and into the holiday Monday:

Sukhvinder Singh Rai, from Brampton, faces charges of impaired driving and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content. He is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton court on Aug. 22.

Rai received minor injuries in the crash.

“As a result of the collision, the bridge structure sustained significant damage,” the OPP said in a release. “Three other vehicles, a transport truck and two cars were also damaged subsequent to the initial collision.”

A heavy tow truck was at the scene and the Ministry of Transportation and engineers have been called in to gauge the amount of damage.

View alternate Toronto-bound routes 

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Engineers assess the structural damage of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Engineers assess the structural damage of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

 

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