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Best of BT Weekend: May 22, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Matthew MacCaull on his role in the film ‘Tomorrowland’

Matthew MacCaull chats about his role in the upcoming film ‘Tomorrowland’

How to prevent lyme disease

We share tips and stories on how to prevent lyme disease.

Maestro Fresh Wes previews his new EP

We catch up with Toronto’s Maestro Fresh Wes. Compositions: Vol 1is available on Tuesday.

Week of May 25, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

All this week, tune into BT as Barenaked Ladies appear every day to celebrate their new album, Silverball!

Foodland Ontario will be giving us the 101 on organic foods Wednesday.

And to end off the week Friday, Cityline’s interior design expert Shai DeLuca-Tamasi will be sharing his tips ton how to revamp your home.

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 places to visit at 2015 Doors Open Toronto

Kristen Gomes | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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The long weekend has ended but the fun never ends. 2015 Doors Open Toronto is celebrating their 16th year of opening their doors to the public. This weekend tourists and residents will have access to more than 155 buildings, free walking tours, architectures and more.  

Here are 5 places to visit:

Rogers Studios — City and OMNI Television
33 Dundas Street East | Saturday: 10:00 a.m.  —  5:00 p.m.
Rogers Studios is the home of City and OMNI Television in the heart of downtown Toronto. Visitors will get a special behind-the-scenes look into the broadcast facility’s newsrooms, control rooms, studio spaces, and the CityNews weather and traffic centre.

Toronto Police Marine
259 Queens Quay West | Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Take a look at the Toronto Police Marine Unit’s history and their responsibility for Lake Ontario. Tours will be held throughout the day where they will showcase the variety of Police Vessels and vehicles.

Design Exchange
234 Bay Street | 
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Design Exchange is the home of excellence and preservation of design heritage. DX is known for their exhibitions, competitions and educational programs that happen throughout the year.

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West | 
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Bata Shoe Museum celebrates 20 years of showcasing the style and function of footwear. with over 4,500 years of history and collection.

Toronto Track and Field Centre
231 Ian MacDonald Boulevard | Saturday: 10:00 a.m.  —  5:00 p.m.
Take a peek where athletes break a sweat at Toronto Track and Field Centre.  This facility its the go-to place that provides training from grassroots to Olympic level Athletes. This summer Toronto Track and Field Centre will be the training facility for athletes during the 2015 Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

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5 things to do this weekend: Dance, Doors Open and art in the park

Marcia Chen | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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May 22-24, 2015

Doors Open Toronto: More than 155 buildings — including museums, breweries and the City television studios at Yonge-Dundas Square — are open for a peek inside. Various venues. Saturday-Sunday. Free.toronto.ca

Salon 21: Ahead of their concert at Koerner Hall, Toronto’s Alejandro Céspedes, Jamie Drake and Sarah Thawer explore the role of the Cajon and other percussion instruments in Latin American music. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. Friday, 7 p.m. Free. soundstreams.ca

Painting in the Park: Paint, sketch, play music or just join the al fresco art party at Saint Andrew’s Playground. Canvasses and acrylic paint for sale and easels for rent — or bring your own supplies. Artless Hub, 477 Richmond St. W., unit 709. Saturday, 2 p.m. Free. artlesshub.com

Sharing Dance Day: Free ballet, street and Bollywood dance classes, as well as performances by Samba Squad, Gadfly and students from Canada’s National Ballet School. Sunday. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Yonge-Dundas Square. Free. sharingdance.ca

Junction Farmers Market: The market kicks off its 2015 season with food that supports local food growers and producers. Junction Train Platform, 2960 Dundas St. W. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.junctionmarket.ca

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

Missing girl, 10, found safe Friday morning

CityNews | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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A 10-year-old girl who had been missing since Thursday night has been found in good health, police say.

Saquanna Duncan was last seen on Thursday evening in the Keele Street and Trethewey Drive area in Toronto.

Officers conducted a foot patrol overnight to search for the missing girl and a command post was set up near her school.

Police said she was located Friday morning.

No further details have been released.

Dufferin Street named worst road in Toronto: CAA

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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Dufferin Street may not be the worst road in Ontario this time around, but it holds the top spot in Toronto.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) revealed its top 10 worst roads in Ontario and in regional areas, such as Toronto, on Thursday.

This year, Dufferin came in third spot provincially behind Algonquin Boulevard West and Algonquin Boulevard East in Timmins.

In 2014, Dufferin was voted the worst road in Ontario for the third year in a row.

During the four-week campaign, Ontarians were able to vote online for the roads in need for repair or redesign.

The CAA uses the information to press all levels of government for more infrastructure funding.

Ontario’s top 10 worst roads for 2015:

  1. Algonquin Boulevard West, Timmins
  2. Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins
  3. Dufferin Street, Toronto
  4. Highway 144, Greater Sudbury
  5. Carling Avenue, Ottawa
  6. Radical Road, Port Dover
  7. Burlington Street East, Hamilton
  8. Riverside Drive, Timmins
  9. Dominion Road, Fort Erie
  10. Bayview Avenue, Toronto

Toronto’s top 5 worst roads for 2015:

  1. Dufferin Street
  2. Bayview Avenue
  3. Markham Road
  4. Kipling Avenue
  5. Lawrence Avenue East

The antioxidant-rich foods you should be eating now

HELLO! Canada | posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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Antioxidant-rich foods are easily found in the produce section of your local grocery store, and adding these brightly coloured foods to your diet is a secret weapon for banishing wrinkles and preventing chronic disease. Juicy red tomatoes, crisp orange carrots and more are rich in antioxidants, but it’s important to know which foods are best when it comes to vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional therapist Gabriela Peacock reveals the top vitamins to include in your diet, and which foods are packed with them…

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Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are often packed with antioxidants

Vitamin A

This vitamin helps the immune system, as well as the intestinal, respiratory and urinary tracts. For a boost of Vitamin A, include foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and kale in your diet.

Vitamin C

This helps protect your cells from damage, and improves the absorption of iron which is great for your energy levels. It also helps the immune system to work properly, and can be found in citrus fruits, strawberries and kiwis.

Vitamin E

This vitamin supports the immune system so it can fight infections, prevent blood clots and protect your cells from free radicals. Make sure to get your fix by introducing wholegrains, broccoli, nuts and seeds into your healthy diet.

Antioxidants play a key role in keeping us healthy and banishing wrinkles

Selenium

This essential mineral, when partnered with Vitamin E, provides oxidative protection and helps regulate thyroid function. Usually found in foods including fish and red meat, but if you’re vegetarian you can also get your quota by eating brazil nuts.

Lycopene

This naturally occurring ‘phytonutrient’ gives fruit and vegetables their red colour. Studies show Lycopene reduces the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. The best lycopene foods include tomatoes, papaya and apricots.

Lutein

This mineral is usually found in green, leafy vegetables. It can reduce the risk of chronic eye disease, lowers the risk of developing cataracts and protects healthy cells. Lutein can be found in kiwi, broccoli, kale and spinach.

Top 5 fitness tips: 5 ways to maximize your workout

LOULOU | posted Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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If you’re going to do it, do it right. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your workout. A big thank you to Nicolas Clanet, personal trainer and kinesiologist at Nautilus Plus, and Sophie Rochon, in-store activities coordinator for MEC Quebec, for the great tips.

Switch up your activities

If you always do the same activity, you’re always using the same muscles. To avoid hitting a major plateau (or risking injury), try to switch up your activities on the regular. This way you can hit all the major fitness zones: cardio, strength training and flexibility. So ditch the running shoes and pick up a yoga mat now and then.

Work in intervals

By working out in intervals of high and low intensity, you can really push yourself at certain points, knowing you’ll have time to recuperate immediately afterwards. You’ll burn more energy for a longer period of time – even after your workout is done (bonus!).

Change the playing field

When you work out on an uneven surface (like an outdoor field), you automatically work more on balance. Psst! The fresh air’s not so bad either!

Seek help

Finding a personal trainer, a kinesiologist or even a community that enjoys the same activity as you do will help you to develop a workout plan that’s tailored to your needs. Sharing info is the best way to learn how to achieve your goals pronto.

Take notes

Keeping a fitness journal helps you track your progress. Take note of all the deets: how much weight you’re lifting, how far you’re running, how many calories you’re burning… Everything counts!

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