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What’s open & closed: New Year’s in Toronto 2015

Patricia D'Cunha | posted Wednesday, Dec 31st, 2014

Holiday revellers: are you ready for your New Year’s Eve party? As you make your plans for the annual celebration, consult our list for information on mall hours, LCBO and Beer Store hours and transit options.

If you are heading out on Jan. 1, we have you covered there as well.

Shopping

Bramalea City Centre
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dufferin Mall
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Eaton Centre
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fairview Mall
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Pacific Mall
The mall is open 365 days a year.

The Promenade
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Scarborough Town Centre
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Sherway Gardens
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Shops at Don Mills
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Square One
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vaughan Mills
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Yorkdale Mall
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Most grocery stores are closed on Jan. 1, but select stores will be open. Check with your local store.

LCBO/Beer Stores

LCBO
Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

The Beer Store
Dec. 31: Open until 6 p.m. Click here for a list of individual store open times.
Jan. 1: Closed

Municipal & federal services

Government/bank offices
Dec. 31: Most banks and other government offices open until the early afternoon
Jan. 1: Closed, plus no mail delivery

Libraries
Dec. 31: Open until 1 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Toronto garbage collection
There is no curbside recycling, organics and garbage collection on Jan. 1. Click here for more information on local pickup schedules.

Transit

TTC
Dec. 31: Ride for free on New Year’s Eve, with extended service on most routes from 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 7 a.m. on Jan. 1. Subways will run until around 4 a.m., and then resume service at 9 a.m.

Jan. 1: Sunday service schedule

Click here for more information.

GO Transit

Dec. 31: GO is offering early homebound and late-night service, and also free service after 8 p.m.
Jan. 1: Sunday service schedule

Click here for more information.

Other GTA transit

Some GTA transit services are also offering free rides starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. Click on the links below for more information:

Internship opportunity at Breakfast Television – Winter 2014

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Dec 29th, 2014

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

Breakfast Television is a three-and-a-half hour LIVE television news and lifestyle production and is looking for full-time production and digital interns for its Winter 2015 term. The successful applicant must be studying a relevant program, and the internship must be part of their 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 position runs eight weeks from March 2 through April 30, and is a full-time, five-day-a-week program, running from 6 a.m. to noon 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 ‘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.

What’s open & closed Christmas and Boxing Day in Toronto 2014

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Tuesday, Dec 23rd, 2014

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year but it can also be the busiest on the roads and at the malls. Here’s a look at all of the information you need to know about what’s open and closed during the Christmas.

Government offices:
Dec. 24: Most banks and other government offices open until the early afternoon
Dec. 25: Closed (no mail delivery)
Dec. 26: Closed (no mail delivery)

Toronto Public Library:
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed

Toronto garbage collection:
Dec. 24: Early pick-up starting at 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: No collection (All collections pushed forward one day. Click here for more information.)

Transit:

TTC:
Dec. 24: Regular weekday service
Dec. 25: Sunday service schedule (most routes start at 9 a.m.)
Dec. 26: Holiday service schedule (most routes start at 6 a.m.)

GO Transit:
Dec. 24: Early homebound service (Check the GO website for more details)
Dec. 25: Sunday service schedule
Dec. 26: Saturday service schedule

Shopping:

Bramalea City Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Eaton Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dufferin Mall
Dec. 24: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fairview Mall
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Pacific Mall
The mall is open 365 days a year.

The Promenade
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Scarborough Town Centre
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sherway Gardens
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Shops at Don Mills
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Square One
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Vaughan Mills
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Yorkdale Mall
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

LCBO/Beer Stores

LCBO:
Dec. 24: Click here to see hours for your local LCBO
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed. Some LCBO agency stores may choose to open on Boxing Day.

The Beer Store:
Dec. 24: Click here to see hours for your local store.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed

Christmas snow not likely as mild temperatures, rain move into GTA

Patricia D'Cunha | posted Monday, Dec 22nd, 2014

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of southern Ontario, including Toronto and the GTA, calling for “some un-Christmas-like weather for the first few days of winter.”

The statement extends to parts of eastern Ontario as well, including Kingston and Ottawa.

Winter officially arrived at 6:03 p.m. on Sunday, but milder weather is expected to move into the region over the next couple of days.

A low pressure system over the U.S. Midwest will track towards the Great Lakes, bringing some rain on Tuesday, the weather agency says.

680News meteorologist Jill Taylor says it will be mainly cloudy on Monday and a high of 3 C. On Tuesday, the forecast calls for rain in the late afternoon or evening and a gusty wind, with a high of 5 C.

Parts of Eastern Ontario could encounter freezing rain before warmer temperatures arrive later on Tuesday, the weather agency says.

White Christmas not likely

According to Environment Canada, rain is expected to continue into Christmas, with the temperature forecasted to hit the single digits and potentially the low teens in many areas.

Taylor says rain will be heavy at times on Christmas Eve, with around 15-20 millimetres in accumulation, a gusty wind to 50 km/h and a high near 10 C. Rain is expected to change to snow overnight and the temperature drops to 2 C.

As for Christmas Day, some areas could see some light flurries accompanied by a strong wind. Although the temperatures will be cooler, the weather agency says “don’t expect much if any accumulation for a white Christmas.”

Taylor says the GTA will deal with windy conditions and wet snow on Christmas Day. The high will be near 2 C but will feel like -8 C with the wind.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Dec. 20

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Dec 20th, 2014

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his week, Hockey Night Canada has a great lineup in store for you.

There are four games being shown across the country, which include five Canadian teams.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Garry Galley
Game notes: Montreal has won its last three games against Ottawa…Habs defenceman P.K. Subban has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 19 career games vs. Senators…Senators goalie Craig Anderson is 2-1-0 with a .931 save percentage in his last three starts.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Toronto is 2-5-1 in their last eight home games against Philadelphia…Claude Giroux has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 20 career games vs. Toronto…The Leafs are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games.

Also on Rogers: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders (FX)

THE 10 P.M. GAME:

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Vancouver has won their last seven home games against the Flames…Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller has lost in each of his last five starts…Ryan Miller has a career .901 save percentage in five games against Calgary.

5 things to do this weekend: Hallelujah time, winter solstice celebration

Patricia D'Cunha | posted Saturday, Dec 20th, 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.

Dec. 19-21, 2014

Handel’s Messiah: Get swept up in the annual Toronto holiday tradition, featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. The pinnacle moment of the concert, the well-known Hallelujah chorus, will make you leap for joy and warm even Scrooge’s heart. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. Friday (8 p.m.), Saturday (8 p.m.), Sunday (3 p.m.). Prices: $38 to $105. tso.ca

Breakfast with Santa: With Christmas less than a week away, Santa and his crew are very busy, but they always have time for their fans. First up, fill your belly with Mrs. Claus’ scrumptious breakfast buffet that includes pancakes with maple syrup, scrambled eggs, shortbread cookies, and croissants. Then, enjoy story time with the elves, taffy rolling, decorating sweets with Mrs. Claus, and of course, a visit with Jolly Old St. Nick. Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Children 12 and under: $15; adults: $20. Free parking. palaisroyale.ca

Holiday movie classics: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings,” one of George Bailey’s children says in the classic Frank Capra movie It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Select Cineplex Odeon locations. Saturday, various showtimes.cineplex.com

Home Alone returns to this big screen in karaoke-style holiday quote-a-long, so feel free to yell out some of Kevin McCallister’s (a.k.a. Macaulay Culkin) memorable phrases like, “you guys give up yet? Or are you thirsty for more?” Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Friday, 9:30 p.m. $11, and get some goodies with a donation to their food drive in support of the Stop Community Food Centre. hotdocs.ca

Toronto Christmas Market: This is the last weekend for you to check out the Toronto Christmas Market, now in its fifth year. The market has a European flare with its cobbled walkways and a beer garden, but also embraces Canadiana with mouth-watering poutine and homemade fudge. Children can marvel at the life-sized gingerbread house, sing along with Santa’s elves, say hello to Santa, and catch performances next to the twinkling tree. Adults can sample some mulled wine or hot rum while warming up next to the fire. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St. Friday (noon to 9 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Free admission. torontochristmasmarket.com

Kensington Market Winter Solstice: Usher in the winter solstice — the longest night of the year — with light as the season officially arrives at 6:03 p.m. ET on Sunday. Stroll through Kensington Market with handmade illuminated lanterns as you encounter giant puppets, watch shadow play theatrics, dance to eclectic music, and take in the dramatic fire finale in Alexandra Park at Bathurst and Dundas streets. The 25th annual event is hosting by the non-profit community group Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. Kensington Market, starts at Oxford and August streets. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free admission.redpepperspectacle.wordpress.com

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

10 ways to make holiday baking easier

Kristen Eppich | posted Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014

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Holiday baking is wonderful. The nostalgia, the aroma, the sugar – it brings back memories and allows us to indulge in some of our favourite recipes. But who’s kidding who, the best thing about holiday baking is having it done – so we can enjoy the wares minus the mess and time.

Here are 10 quick tips to make your holiday baking a little friendlier, and relieve you of at least one sticky measuring spoon this season. Happy baking.

  1. Keep two sets of measuring spoons on hand. One for wet ingredients, one for dry.
  2. Measuring something sticky like molasses or honey? Lightly spray your measuring cup or spoon with cooking spray and it will slide right out.
  3. Eggs to cold? If your recipe calls for room temperature eggs, drop them (in their shell) into very warm water and let them sit for 5 minutes. Use immediately (do not return these to the fridge).
  4. Leave your butter out the night before. Defrosting butter in the microwave changes the composition of the butter and it won’t react the same way as naturally room temperature butter.
  5. Always bake on parchment paper. It saves cookies from sticking and time on clean-up.
  6. Making icebox cookies that need to be rolled and chilled? Cut the inner tube of a roll of paper towels in half lengthwise and rest the wrapped cylinders of dough inside. It will help them keep their round shape while the firm up in the fridge.
  7. If you want to shape cookies in advance, but bake off later in batches, freeze first on a tray. Once frozen, stack in an airtight container and keep frozen. Bake cookies from frozen.
  8. Buy disposable piping bags to make life easier for you and your kids when it comes to decorating sugar cookies. This allows you to have multiple colours on the go, and they can be rinsed out and reused.
  9. Use gel food colourings to tint icing. Gel colourings have less liquid so they don’t dilute your icing and they also have a more intense colour (so add sparingly).
  10. Know some basic substitutions such as these to save time running to and from the grocery store:
  • 1 cup cake flour = 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour + 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Rice flour, potato flour and cornstarch can all be used interchangeably.
  • Buttermilk can be made by adding 1 tbsp lemon juice to 1 cup milk. Let sit for a few minutes until it curdles, then proceed.
  • Spelt flour can replace all-purpose flour 1:1
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