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Broadcaster Erin Davis’ daughter passes away at 24

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 11th, 2015

Lauren Davis, the daughter of popular Toronto radio host Erin Davis, has died at the age of 24.

Erin is a morning show host of our affiliate station CHFI.

Lauren was a new mom and a broadcaster with CFRA, a radio station in Ottawa.

Erin and her co-host Mike Cooper and the CHFI team were in Jamaica for a special broadcast of CHFI. The broadcast from Jamaica has been cancelled and the team is back in Toronto.

Erin and her husband Rob have issued the following statement: “Thank you to my extended CHFI family for the outpouring of love and support. I am overwhelmed by your heartfelt letters and messages to my family and me at this very difficult time in our lives.”

Click here for the story on CHFI.com.

Note: This website and CHFI are both owned by Rogers.

Public elementary school teachers start work-to-rule action

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 11th, 2015

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Students in Ontario public elementary schools won’t be taking standardized tests or getting comments on their report cards as their teachers launch phase one of a work-to-rule strike.

The teachers will continue to take attendance and provide extra help to students. All extracurricular activities will still go ahead as scheduled.

The union representing teachers said the job action will continue until unacceptable demands made by the province are taken off the table.

“ETFO teachers are not prepared to allow increases in class sizes, have their preparation time directed by others, or be micromanaged and have their ability to support student learning compromised,” said Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) President Sam Hammond in a release.

The teachers also won’t attend staff meetings or participate in ministry activities such as professional development workshops.

ETFO represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals.

The job action is phase one of an incremental strike plan. The union has not said what the second phase would entail.

Ontario public elementary school teachers have been without a contract since August.

Meanwhile, Halton District School Board is continuing to negotiate contracts for secondary school teachers.

Three local table talks are scheduled for this week. They are currently in a strike position along with Waterloo, Lakehead and Ottawa-Carleton.

This comes as hundreds of thousands of secondary school students in Peel, Durham and Sudbury are still out of the classroom as teachers walk the picket lines.

The school boards and the union representing high school teachers are blaming each other for the stalled talks.

Central bargaining talks between the union and the province also at a standstill.

With files from CityNews.ca

Week of May 11, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, May 10th, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

We get fit on Monday with the latest trend–primal fitness.

On Wednesday, Dr. Stacy Irvine stops by.

And to end off the week Friday, Canadian singer and songwriter Dru is in to 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!

5 things to do this weekend: Pro wrestling, Digifest & Canadian Music Week

Justin Piercy | posted Friday, May 8th, 2015

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We look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests. This week, we have a variety of events ranging from improv pro wrestling, to figure skating to a Simpsons-themed play.

May 8-10, 2015

Canadian Music Week

Now in it’s 33rd year, the event spans 10 nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in the city. With so much to choose from, might we recommend the Rich Aucoin show on Saturday at the Great Hall?

 

Ticket prices and venues vary. Click here for the full CMW schedule.

Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play

This interactive play combines the apocalypse with The Simpsons, and is staged entirely without the use of electricity. Audience members sitting in the front row will get to “kick back and watch the end of the world from the comfort of interactive couch seating.”

Big Picture Cinema (redubbed ‘Toronto’s Historic Aztec Theatre’ for this event) at 1035 Gerrard St. E. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday with tickets starting at $29.95.

SLEEPERHOLD: Pro Wrestling, Improvised

A fan of improv comedy? A fan of professional wrestling? Well, you have to check out the totally improvised story of Northern Ontario Wrestling’s decline as the WWF starts edging such regional promotions. Especially when there are “SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS.”

There’s a performance on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults.

Digifest

This event is a look at how new technology and digital tools will shape our future, as well as the future of Toronto. The public is invited to get a first-hand look at “groundbreaking creations and trending content in digital media, art, design and technology.”

Admission is free on Saturday at the Corus Quay building at 25 Dockside Drive. Click here for a full program list.

Victory Commonwealth Wrestling ‘Mother’s Day Madness’

Yes, more professional wrestling. But this one promises to be “a MOTHER of a show”  as the Mother’s Day card features the usual title matches, but also a “Vegan Showdown” match. The Local Favorite Jimmy Gaffe and The Hip Starr Zack Atticus will go toe-to-toe with the loser forced to eat a fast-food hamburger.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West). Tickets are $20 at the door.

Best of BT Weekend: May 8, 2015

Winston Sih | posted Friday, May 8th, 2015

Mother’s Day gift ideas

Learn how to make your own DIY Mother’s Day gifts with Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault.

Reboot your diet

On Wednesday, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead creator Joe Cross gave us tips on how to reboot your diet.

Medicine mistakes

And to end off the week on Friday, Dr. Joelene Huber showed us common medicine mistakes made by parents.

 

Our favourite Mother’s Day gift ideas

Suzanne Ellis | posted Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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Looking for a special gift to give to your one-and-only mom this Mother’s Day?

We’ve assembled our favourite ideas that won’t break the bank and that your mom is certain to love!

Frame a favourite family photo. In the digital age, it seems we rarely take the time to process photos anymore. But there’s something lovely about a framed photo, and if it’s a well-composed photo of the family — perhaps professionally done, or one taken on vacation — we guarantee your mom will love it. Or, take it a step further and make an album for your mom — photos from a recent trip or a week at the cottage. She’ll love flipping through it and remembering what a great time you had.

A hobby-inspired gift. Does your mom love to garden? Buy her a new pair of gardening gloves, a gardening tool or two, and some seed packets or seedlings. If your mom is active, head to the sporting goods store and pick up an accessory or two based on the sport of her choice. If she loves yoga, buy her a few drop-in classes. If your mom loves to cook, pair a new cookbook with a few fun kitchen accessories. A gift based on something you know she loves to do is thoughtful and will be appreciated.

Give your mom a spa day at home. I’m sure we’d all love to treat our moms to a luxurious spa retreat, but those can be expensive. It’s easy to give your mom a spa day at home – buy some scented bubble bath or bath salts, an individually-packed facial masque, some moisturizer, and a new nail colour for her fingers and/or toes. Bump up the experience with her favourite magazines, herbal tea, and a healthy spa-inspired lunch.

A book or magazine subscription. Reading can be a luxury for the busy mom. So give her a good book or magazine, and, perhaps more importantly, make sure she has some down time that day to turn a few pages. Looking for a good read for Mom? Head on over to our Cityline Book Club for a few suggestions!

A summery tote. Buying a new bag for Mom can be expensive, but with a tote it doesn’t have to be. Totes are endlessly practical, and because they’re often less expensive, you can find one in a bright, summery shade. We love bright oranges, crisp apple greens, and rosy pinks – but you know your mom best. Pick a shade and style you think would appeal to her.

Make your mom breakfast in bed. It’s true that homemade gifts are the best – especially when that homemade gift is breakfast in bed. We’ve got great ideas on how to do breakfast in bed for your mom, including recipe suggestions, right here!

What are you doing for your mom this Mother’s Day! Share your ideas in the comments below!

How to budget for a family vacation

Cityline | posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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Family vacations are a terrific way to bond with your loved ones — tons of quality time together, and no housework to do! — but  they can be prohibitively expensive.

We asked Bruce Sellery for his advice on how to plan a family vacation that won’t break the bank.

Where do you start?

Bruce likens the family vacation to a home renovation in that everything costs more than you think. Write down all the costs — flights, hotels, rental cars, gas, meals, entertainment, and souvenirs. Once you reach your total, add a buffer of 10% to account for any surprise costs that may arise.

How can you find deals?

Think about what’s important to you and your family — are you keen to try a particular restaurant that you know will be pricey? Look to save in other areas such as the hotel. Hotels and flights cost a lot, so look for package deals online. Consider travelling at off-peak days (Tuesday, Wednesday) and times. Book your flights well in advance for your best chance to score a deal.

Spend on moments/experiences, rather than things.

What are you and your kids going to remember: a vivid fireworks display, or the stuffed animal bought from the gift shop? Moments/experiences tend to outweigh material items in our memories, so make the goal of your family vacation to create memorable experiences that your kids will remember for a lifetime.

How are you going to pay for it?

Don’t wait until the end of your vacation to think about how you’re going to pay for it. Loading up the credit card is not the way to go. As Bruce advises, this needs to be part of the planning process, and ideally the vacation is saved up for and even paid for before you go. Think about trade-offs and discuss them with your family — for example, tell your kids that in exchange for the amazing vacation you’re going to take, you’re not going to have any restaurant meals for a couple of months.

How do you stick to the budget?

It’s challenging, there’s no doubt, to stick to a budget when you’re away and having a great time. Try to succumb giving in to temptation when you’re faced with it, and set realistic expectations with your family in advance. For instance, tell your kids that they’ll each be allowed one souvenir to bring back from the trip. If you have a good sense of your budget going in to the trip, you won’t have to stress about expenses every waking moment. This is supposed to be a vacation for you, too!

Britain’s new princess has been named

Christine Chubb | posted Monday, May 4th, 2015

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced the name of their daughter.

The princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace announced on Monday.

The newest member of the royal family made her debut on the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital in London on Saturday.

Her name is an ode to both of Prince William’s parents – Charlotte is a nod to Prince Charles and Diana after his late mother – as well as in honour of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is fourth in line to the throne after her grandfather, her father and her older brother George.

With files from The Associated Press

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