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Week of June 22, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jun 21st, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tune into BT Monday as Adam Scott chats about ‘Overnight.’

On Thursday, it’s all things Pride as we gear up for the big weekend. Tune into our big special.

And to end off the week Friday, Leon’s will help us find our zen.

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!

10 mistakes to avoid when decorating a small bedroom

Alexandra Gater | posted Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015

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Mistake 1: Ignoring the corners.

Use the corners of your bedroom to create more storage. A corner hanging bar such as the one below can be used for sweaters or blankets.

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Mistake 2: Buying furniture that doesn’t have a dual purpose.

Invest in a bed that has storage underneath or a desk that folds against the wall to maximize space effectively. This simple and practical storage bed frame is from West Elm.

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See more common mistakes here

Tips on packing for long weekend travel

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015

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The trick with long weekend travel is to get out of the office as quickly as possible, and pack as much as you can into a carry-on.

That means that every item that you bring needs to do more than one thing. Theresa Quick has her top tips for long weekend travel:

Wear several versatile pieces to work—you will be able to get the most of weekend travel by being dressed and ready to jump in the car or cab. Layer your heaviest pieces if you are travelling by plane—your flats, jeans and put your purse inside your beach bag. Take a look at each item’s fabric and consider the following factors: quality, thickness, weight, wrinkles, transparency, and texture. Jersey and cotton blends will be the best for breathability—you can crumble in a ball into your bag and it will be ready to wear when you hit your destination.

TIP: Patterns won’t show stains or sweat- so work them in! Wear layers to work that can do double duty over the weekend.

Items that can do double duty:reversible bikinis, two sided scarves and a reversible bag. You shouldn’t be bringing more than two pairs of shoes—think of getting metallic beach sandals they work really well at night with a maxi dress- just make sure they have a rubber bottom for hte pool (show examples)

Your cosmetic bag should be doing double duty—instead of bringing the classic toiletry bag, look for one that can double as a clutch for the evenings (or pack your cosmetics in one of your existing evening bags. ANOTHER TIP- if you get a clear window, you can usually get through security without having to fumble with those little plastic bags

Instead of searching for a beach cover-ups (which don’t have a huge selection typically), look in the scarves. They can be worn on the plane, out at night if it gets chilly or as a cover-up by the beach or pool. TIP- scarves with large widths can look bulky around the neck, so hold it on a diagonal when you are wearing it as a scarf (I will demonstrate).

Passport wallets are a great way to keep all your travel documents in one place and if you get it in a bright colour, you are less likely to forget it or lose it in the bottom of your bag.

Think about a snack you can bring with you that won’t melt or spoil. I always bring a little sachet of nuts- they can be a lifesaver while you are travelling and tide you over until you can find something decent to eat at your destination.

Dry shampoo is a lifesaver—and get you through the weekend with one good blow-dry- even a great way to refresh after a flight or long car ride. Blotting papers are also light and refresh your make-up easily (particularly when its hot).

Put everything on the bed before you pack it – don’t just start putting things right into your bag—you have a huge risk of forgetting something. Then organize things in different packages (or cubes) when you have a small carry-on. It will make it easier to find things and won’t wrinkle everything else when you are rummaging for something.

Hot weather warnings: What to remember

Claire Gagne | posted Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015

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The UV Index is a measure of the intensity of the sun’s rays. Environment Canada (weather.gc.ca) forecasts the highest level of UV for the day, which you can expect around midday. If the UV Index is between three and five, simply slather on the sunscreen and head outdoors. But if the forecasted UV Index for the day is six or higher, plan your outdoor activities for before 11 a.m. or after 4 p.m., as the sun will be less intense. Check The Weather Network (theweathernetwork.com or download the app) for current readings, and be especially careful when the UV Index is eight or higher, as skin can burn very quickly. (Though rare in Canada, a UV Index of 11 or higher can cause skin to burn within minutes!) “Young kids can get bad sunburns before you even realize there’s a problem,” says Michael Dickinson, a paediatrician in Miramichi, NB.

Bad Air

The Air Quality Health Index tells us how much pollution is outside on a scale of one to 10, and is more likely to affect people in large cities, near industry or close to areas prone to forest fires. When pollution is high—at seven or above—young kids and people with asthma or heart conditions should limit strenuous outdoor activity, according to Health Canada. That doesn’t mean you can’t go outside at all—just use Environment Canada’s hourly air quality readings and next-day forecasts to plan. Keep activities low-key and monitor children closely. “If your child is getting tired more easily than normal, or if she’s coughing, wheezing or seems to be working harder to breathe, those are signs of respiratory trouble because of the pollution, and you should bring her indoors,” says Dickinson. 

Heat Waves

The definition of extreme heat varies by where you live, but generally, a heat warning is issued when it’s deemed the temperature increases the potential for health problems such as heatstroke and dehydration, which can be fatal. All children can be affected by heat, but it’s most dangerous for infants, young children and people with asthma or heart disease, says Dickinson. It’s best to plan a movie day or hit an indoor playground when a heat alert is issued.

Pollen

In warmer months, trees, grasses and weeds procreate by releasing tiny grains of pollen, which are carried by the wind. The Weather Network tells us how much and what kind of pollen is floating around. Pollen is high on dry, windy days, is released in the morning and typically peaks in urban areas midday. “Pollen counts are particularly important if you’re prone to allergies and asthma,” says Dickinson, so monitor the pollen forecast and plan your outdoor time for when counts are low. If your allergic child will be outdoors when pollen is high, speak to your doctor about giving him an antihistamine before he goes out.

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A version of this article appeared in our June 2015 issue with the headline “Weather warnings,” p. 24.

TTC promises 10-minute-or-better service on 52 routes starting this fall

Michael Talbot | posted Monday, Jun 15th, 2015

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The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is vowing that the days of staring at your watch and cursing a tardy subway, streetcar or bus will soon be a thing of the past.

TTC chair Coun. Josh Colle announced on Monday a new 10-minute-or-better service network starting this fall.

The promise of service in 10 minutes or less will apply to 52 routes across the city and is part of $100 million in service improvements for 2015.

“We are committing to this standard, it’s a standard we can be held to, and one that we are investing the dollars,” Colle said.

The network applies to subway service, as well as 12 streetcar and 37 bus routes.

“TTC riders will have shorter wait times at transit stops,” Colle promised. “It will help reduce crowding on vehicles and provide a more comfortable, convenient, but most importantly, reliable service for our users.

“Great cities provide mobility options for citizens across a city-wide network and there will be frequent and reliable TTC service.

“Our very patient and loyal TTC riders have demanded this […],” he said.

5 things to do this weekend: Honda Indy, craft beer week and Annex family fest

CityNews | posted Friday, Jun 12th, 2015

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June 12-14, 2015

Honda Indy: The need for speed will once again be satiated when the Indy revs into town, transforming one of Toronto’s main roadways into a roaring race track. The 2.84-kilometre, 11-turn street circuit stretches across a large portion of Lake Shore Boulevard before twisting through Exhibition Place. The fun starts Friday with practice runs and fan-friendly events before culminating with the big race on Sunday. Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Blvd. hondaindytoronto.com

Toronto Craft beer week: There’s a lot more to beer than Budweiser, and this 10-day event will provide an eclectic array of suds to satisfy any palate. The province-wide celebration of Ontario craft beer will feature more than 50 craft brewers at hundreds of events, with several in Toronto. June 12-21. Various venues. www.ocbweek.ca

Beaches arts and crafts show: The works of over 150 artists, artisans and designers will be on display at this long-standing event. Whether you’re seeking a work of art, gourmet food, or something practical for the house, you’ll be sure to find something to your liking. Here’s something more to like — admission is free. Kew Gardens park, 2075 Queen St. E. Saturday, 10 a.m – 6 p.m. beachesshow.ca

Annex Family Festival: For the 19th year this festival will celebrate the heritage and diversity of one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods. The one-day festival attracts over 20,000 visitors with its variety of live musical acts and a children’s village with interactive activities and amusement rides. Bloor Street West between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. Sunday. annexfamilyfestival.org

Bike Tour at Tommy Thompson Park: This casual pedal through the park will provide some healthy exercise, and knowledge about the habitat restoration projects that have made the park of one of Toronto’s most coveted examples of urban wilderness. Sunday. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Register atBikeTourTTP.Eventbrite.ca. Pay what you can, $5 suggested.

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.

Weekend road closures include Honda Indy & other events

CityNews | posted Friday, Jun 12th, 2015

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Several roads will be closed in Toronto this weekend for events including the Honda Indy.

Below is a complete list:

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Closures started on Wednesday, resulting in Southbound Strachan Avenue being shut down from Fleet Street to Lake Shore Boulevard West, and Lake Shore Boulevard West closed between Strachan and British Columbia Drive.

The closures will remain in effect until 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Ride to Conquer Cancer
On Saturday, several lane closures will occur in the area bounded by Evans Avenue, The West Mall, Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Highland Creek Heritage Festival and Parade
Old Kingston Road, from Watson Road to Kingston Road, and Morrish Road, from Kingston Road to the south side of 226 Morrish Rd., will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Lawson Road will be closed from the west side of Meadowvale Road to Old Kingston Road/Kingston Road from 10 a.m. to noon.

Watson Road between Old Kingston Road and Thomas Avenue will be closed until noon.

Festival on Bloor
Bloor Street will be closed from Spadina Avenue to Bathurst Street on Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Portugal Day
Lansdowne Avenue, from Bloor Street to College Street, will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Lansdowne, from College to Dundas Street West, and Dundas, from Sorauren Avenue to Bathurst Street, will be closed from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

Toronto Challenge Run
Wellington Street will be closed from Simcoe Street to John Street on Sunday, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Road closures will also take place in the area bounded by Wellington Street, Spadina Avenue, Wellesley Street and Bay Street.

Below is the route map for the run, or click here for a mobile-friendly version.

Week of June 15, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jun 12th, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tune into BT Monday as Sherry Torkos shares her tips on ageing au natural.

On Wednesday, Jenn will be live at Casa Loma.

And to end off the week Friday, Janette Ewen will be chatting all about summer trends.

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!

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