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Peterborough teen gets a birthday to remember

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015

This has been an especially memorable birthday for 13-year-old Odin Camus of Peterborough, with wishes coming in from across the country.

Submit your wishes for the birthday boy in the BT Extra live chat below, and we’ll pass them onto Odin Monday morning!

For more information on living with autism, visit the Autism Canada website here.

Week of Mar. 23, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 22nd, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons and wife Diane check in with us.

Workout trainer to the celebrities, Harley Pasternak will be on the show Wednesday to show us some of his training secrets. 

And to end off the week on Friday, American Idol alum Frenchie Davis will perform on the BT stage.

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!

Best of BT Weekend: March 20, 2015

Winston Sih | posted Friday, Mar 20th, 2015

BT Super Kids: Charlotte Carter-Osburn

Almost 7-year-old, Charlotte Carter-Osburn chats about turning her birthday presents into food for those in need.

Jenn live in Ireland on Grafton Street

Philip Sayce performs

Guitarist Philip Sayce performs a new song off of his new album ‘Influence.’

5 things to do this weekend: Comicon, Curryfest and Quad City Chaos

CityNews | posted Friday, Mar 20th, 2015

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March 20-22, 2015

Toronto ComiCon: The ultimate comic book, gaming, and pop culture fan convention is back. You can snap photos with your favourite superheroes and villains and shop at over 100 unique retailers. Celebrity guests include The Walking Dead’s Chad Coleman, Star Trek’s Terry Farrell and Charmed star, Shannen Doherty, to name a few. Sat & Sun. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. 222 Bremner Boulevard. http://www.comicontoronto.com/

Curryfest: Winter may be winding down, but there’s still a chill in the air. So why not spice things up at Toronto’s first Curryfest? You’ll dine on traditional Southern and South East Asian dishes, as well as modern local recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. Sunday. 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. West. $10.https://www.universe.com/

Quad City Chaos: Roller derby fans will have plenty of action to absorb with six WFTDA-sanctioned games from four top-40 teams, plus three B team games. The headlining double-header on Saturday features Boston vs. Steel City at 5 p.m. followed by Rideau Valley vs Toronto at 7 p.m. Sat & Sun. The Bunker 40 Carl Hall Road, Studio 3. Day passes are $20 at the door or $30 for a weekend pass. http://torontorollerderby.com/

Motorcycle Spring Show: You can cruise down memory lane at the Bikes of the Century display, ogle one of Canada’s largest custom bike showcases or meet Kim “Tig” Coates from Sons of Anarchy at this two-day event focused on any and everything to do with motorcycle culture. Sat.& Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Toronto International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd. http://motorcyclespringshow.com/

Canada Blooms: What better way to ring in spring than with a dash of colour and fragrance? Canada Blooms celebrates all aspects of horticulture and connects people to the joys of nature. March 13-22. Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd.http://canadablooms.com/

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca or submit it online at CityNews.ca or via our mobile apps.

Indoor science experiments your kids will love

Cityline | posted Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015

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DIY edible snow (aka vanilla ice cream)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup half and half milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 large one gallon Ziploc bag
  • 1 medium Ziploc bag
  • 4 cups of ice
  • 1 cup of salt
  • a kitchen glass

Method:

Place the opened medium Ziploc bag inside the kitchen glass to make it easy to pour the ingredients inside.

Pour in the cup of half and half and add the vanilla extract and sugar.

Seal the medium Ziploc bag, and remove as much air as possible.

Scoop 4 cups of ice into the large Ziploc bag and then add the salt. The salt will help to lower the temperature of the ice faster.

Place the medium Ziploc full of ingredients inside the large bag with ice, remove any excess air and seal tightly.

Shake the large bag for 5 to 10 minutes until the ice cream thickens. Wear gloves as this can get cold on your hands.

Remove the medium bag with the ice cream and rinse with cold water to remove any of the salt from the outside.

Scoop into a bowl and enjoy!

DIY lava lamp

Materials:

  • a medium glass vase or cylinder
  • vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • food colouring
  • Alka Seltzer tablets

Method:

Fill the glass vase with vegetable oil, leaving approximately 3-4 inches at the top.

Pour in the half cup of water.

Add 15-20 drops of food colouring.

Break the Alka Seltzer tablets into quarters and drop them in one at a time.

Voila! You have your very own lava lamp!

DIY volcano

Materials:

  • A deep kitchen casserole dish
  • 2 glass cups
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • Food colouring (optional)

Method for volcano:

Place one glass cup inside the casserole dish to catch the mess.

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda inside the glass.

In the second cup,  add 1/2 a cup of vinegar, and add a few drops of red food colouring to create the colour of lava.

Pour the vinegar into the glass with baking soda.

Watch it erupt!

Magical inflating balloon

Materials:

  • An empty plastic water bottle
  • A 12″ latex balloon
  • A funnel
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

Method:

Using the funnel, add the vinegar into the plastic water bottle.

Rinse the funnel with water and pat dry, then place the funnel into the end of the balloon.

Pour the baking soda into the uninflated balloon and remove the funnel.

Carefully place the opening of the balloon over the opening of the water bottle without letting any of the baking soda fall out of the balloon.

When ready, hold the balloon upright allowing all the baking soda to fall into the water bottle and watch the magic begin.

The reaction will cause the balloon to inflate, but not break!

Rainbow flower bouquet

Materials:

  • A bunch of white flowers (6 carnations work well)
  • Red, blue and yellow food colouring
  • 6 glass cups

Method:

Fill each glass cup with water.

Add a few drops of each food colouring bottle into 3 of the cups. Mix the primary colours to make secondary colours for the remaining cups.

Trim the carnation stems on an angle making them short enough to sit well in each cup.

Place a flower in each coloured water cup, and within 24 hours, the food colouring will have transferred into the petals making for a colourful bouquet!

BT Super Kids: Jake Moores

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Mar 18th, 2015

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Only 14 years old, Jake Moores has created his own charity called Dimes for Time. The charity helps underprivileged kids play sports, Jake was inspired to do this when his best friend couldn’t afford to play hockey. 

8 things to get rid of at home (you’ll never know they’re gone!)

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015

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1. Old Newspapers
That old pile you’ve been hanging on to for keepsake has lost all significance, and would be much more useful as an added source of flames in the fireplace. Want to read an old article? Look it up online – – it’s probably there.

2. Fridge Pin-ups
Last week’s grocery list, a printed recipe you tried last month, and an interesting article you found last year can all be taken down now. If you haven’t given it second thought in over 6 months, it’s time to clean up that fridge décor.

3. Ancient Electronics
Remote controls, flip-phone chargers, cords, monitors, and more. You’ve since upgraded and might think you’re being organized by leaving them in a box in the basement. You’re really just inviting extra, unwanted clutter. Electronics don’t need to be dumped in the trash…they can be recycled! Take 20 minutes of research to find an organization that works for you. Here’s one to get you started.

4. Outdated office supplies
Since moving over to laptop work, you’ve significantly cut down on traditional office supplies. That hasn’t changed the fact that pens, markers, highlighters and old (used) notebooks are still sprawled all over your house, dusting away. In fact, you could probably find at least 25 dried up pens lying around the house right now if you tried.

5. Old Mugs
Past jobs, gifts, and flash sales have left you with an over abundance of coffee and tea mugs that are now being crammed into every drawer, shelf, and crevice of your kitchen. Which ones are our go-to’s? Keep those. Toss the rest.

6. Bedding and beyond
If your linens are still comprised of old duvets from sleepover camp, college dorms, twin bedding that no longer has a twin bed, or some version of all of these…you know the drill.

7. Tupperware Plastic
Tupperware tends to build up in the kitchen like it’s nobody’s business. Rule of thumb: invest in a fresh supply every couple of years. As for the old ones? No need to be hanging out in a drawer for fun. Image:

8. Expired Food
Need we expand? Get rid of it!

This March on Chatelaine.com we’re launching the Clutter Cure Challenge. Sign up to the Chatelaine newsletter for updates. 

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