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5 ways to beat back-to-school anxiety

Today's Parent | posted Tuesday, Sep 8th, 2015

Police focusing on distracted drivers, school zone safety

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Sep 8th, 2015

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The lunches are packed, pencil cases are labelled, and new outfits are ready to go as thousands of students across the GTA mark the the first day of school.

But along with the return to class comes the return to heavier traffic. Motorists are reminded to slow down to 40 km/h in school zones and be on the lookout for children.

Toronto police, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), will be launching a back-to-school campaign focusing on traffic safety.

The week-long “Are you focused on school?” campaign starts on Tuesday and ends on Friday. It will kick off at Forest Manor Public School, near Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue East, at 7 a.m.

Officers will be focusing on “road-users who jeopardize the safety of the public through their poor decisions and behaviours.”

Police will be targeting distracted and aggressive drivers, those making prohibited turns, and not adhering to “No Stopping” and “No Parking” restrictions within school zones.

During the campaign, police will also be paying close attention to drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians in school zones, pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks, intersections and high-risk mid-block crossing.

Last week, heftier fines for distracted driving and rules to help protect cyclists and students went into effect, as part of the province’s new rules of the road.

Penalties for distracted driving include an increased set fine of $490 and three demerit points upon conviction. However, a judge could further increase the amount up to $1,000, if the case goes to court. Drivers without a full license will receive a 30-day suspension for the first conviction for distracted driving.

Drivers also face a steep fine for not stopping for a school bus that has stopped and activated its flashing red lights. Vehicles behind or approaching the bus must come to a full stop before reaching the bus. Failure to do so will result in a minimum $400 fine and six demerit points for a first offence.

Similar campaigns are also being held in York and Peel Regions with a focus on distracted driving and pedestrian safety in school zones.

Coun. Norm Kelly is also asking pedestrians to extend their arms and point in the direction they want to walk when using crosswalks.

“Three per cent of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Toronto occur at marked crosswalks,” Kelly said. “Getting the attention of motorists before crossing the street eliminates the possibility of a collision.”

Parents are also being asked to review the pedestrian safety rules with their children. Click here for some back-to-school safety tips.

Week of Sep. 8, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 4th, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tuesday on BT, we’re getting you back to school and back in your routine.  Give us 90 seconds and we’ll tell you what you need to know with your #1 source for breaking news, weather, and traffic every morning.

On Thursday, Frankie Flowers returns talking about lawn care.

We’re live at the Ritz-Carlton Friday chatting all things Toronto International Film Festival and what to expect this year.

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!

 

Labour Day long weekend roundup: what’s open/closed; road closures

CityNews | posted Friday, Sep 4th, 2015

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It had to come at some point: The last hurrah of the summer.

As you make your plans for the Labour Day long weekend, keep in mind there are some road closures on Sunday and most things are closed on Monday, with a few exceptions.


Below is a list of what’s open and closed on Monday:

General need-to-know

Closed

  • Beer Store locations
  • LCBO stores
  • Banks and government offices
  • No mail delivery
  • Toronto Public Library branches

Transit

The TTC runs on a holiday schedule with service to start at 6 a.m.

GO Transit will run on a weekend schedule. Also, special trains will be operating on the Milton, Kitchener and Stouffville lines, to and from Exhibition GO, to help people get to the CNE.

Food and drink

Closed

  • Beer Store and LCBO retail locations
  • Most grocery stores will be closed, but call your local supermarket before you head out

Open

  • Steam Whistle (255 Bremner Blvd.) – retail store and tours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mill St. retail store (21 Tankhouse Lane) – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Amsterdam Brewhouse (245 Queens Quay W.) – retail store 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Bellwoods Brewery Bottle Shop (124 Ossington Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Malls

Open

  • Bramalea City Centre (25 Peel Centre Dr.) – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Eaton Centre (220 Yonge St.) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Pacific Mall (4300 Steeles Ave. East) – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Square One Shopping Centre (100 City Centre Dr.) – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Toronto Premium Outlets – 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Vaughan Mills (1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., Vaughan) – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closed

  • Dufferin Mall
  • Yorkdale
  • Sherway Gardens
  • Fairview Mall
  • Scarborough Town Centre

Attractions

Open

  • Canadian National Exhibition – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Canada’s Wonderland (9580 Jane St.) – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Rd.) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park) – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (288 Bremner Blvd.) – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Toronto Zoo (2000 Meadowvale Rd.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Toronto-run pools, golf courses, parks, historic sites – click here for more information
  • Movie theatres

Closed

  • The Art Gallery of Ontario

Below is a road closure to make note of:

Event

Open Streets Toronto returns on Sunday, closing off portions of Bloor and Yonge streets for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bloor between Christie/Grace streets and Parliament Street, and Yonge between Bloor and Queen Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

5 things to do this weekend: Aerobatic aircrafts and merengue moves

Diana Pereira and Patricia D’Cunha | posted Friday, Sep 4th, 2015

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As our regular series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

Sept. 4-7, 2015

Air show: Get your earplugs ready. The aerobatic aircraft at this annual air show will be noisy and, as always, will feature several jets including the CF-18 belonging to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Exhibition grounds, 210 Princes’ Blvd. Saturday – Monday, noon to 3 p.m. CNE price of admission for adults is $18. cias.org

Hispanic Fiesta: Bailamos! You’ll definitely feel like dancing after Spanish Flamenco and tango dancers take to the stage at Mel Lastman Square. And you cannot help but move to the rhythm of salsa and merengue music. More than 300 dancers and musicians from 20 different countries will showcase their heritage. And of course, after all that impromptu dancing, you will need to sample some culinary treats from the various countries. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. Friday – Monday. Free.hispanicfiesta.com

Artfest at the Distillery: There’s something about walking on cobblestones that just takes your worries away. You can do just that at the art and craft show at the Distillery this long weekend. Now in its ninth year, the summertime event features paintings, sculpture, live music and more. Click here for an exhibitor and program list. Friday – Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Historic Distillery District, 55 Mill St. Free admission. artfestontario.com

Hot & Spicy Food Festival: You may want to keep a mickey of milk on you if you go this annual culinary festival. Spicy food from around the world will be on hand. And if the food sweats aren’t enough for you, you can sweat as you dance off the curry with The Arsenals taking stage with their Jamaican ska and reggae classics at 9:30 p.m. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Friday – Monday. Free admission. harbourfrontcentre.com

Open Streets Toronto: Let’s get physical. This festival focuses on any activity that gets you off your couch. Participants are encouraged to bring their feet, bikes and/or yoga mats. Olivia Newton John would be proud. Bloor between Christie Street and Parliament Street, Yonge between Queen and Bloor. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Free. openstreetsto.org

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.

20 easy nut-free snack recipes your kids will love

Cityline | posted Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015

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Need some new snack ideas for the school year? We’ve rounded up our favourite recipes that fit perfectly into lunch boxes, and best of all, they’re all school-safe and nut-free!

Pina-Colada-MuffinsMuffins and banana bread are a perfect afternoon snack, or an on-the-go breakfast! We love these tropical pina colada muffins, these hearty raspberry oat bran muffins, and these yummy blueberry-lemon streusel crunch muffins which are a delicious twist on a classic. If you’re a banana bread fan, try this super healthy (and easy!) spelt and chocolate banana bread.

Want to sneak a few more fruits & veggies into your kids’ lunch? We love these risotto, spinach and kale cakes and these three fresh fruit salsas.

Granola bars are easy to pick up at the grocery store, but if you make them at home they’ll be cheaper, healthier, and even more delicious! You can also personalize the ingredients to match your child’s favourite flavours. For a sweet and salty mix, try these chocolate-pretzel granola bars! For something more traditional, we love these cranberry granola balls. And if you need a boost of energy, these power crisp treats will do the trick.

mar4-chickpeasLooking for a bit of crunch, without all the fat and salt of potato chips? Try these sweet and spicy maple-cinnamon roasted chickpeas or apple chips!

Cookies are always a popular snack choice for kids of any age (and adults, too)! If you don’t have any dietary concerns to consider, try our ultimate chocolate chip cookie or our classic oatmeal raisin cookie. Can’t eat gluten? Try our gluten-free crispy and chewy chocolate chip cookies!

Dips are a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies! Cut up their favourite crudités (or try our easy buttery edamame!) and pair them with our creamy roasted sweet potato & white bean dip, our Mexican-inspired black bean and sweet corn guacamole dip, or our homemade hummus with roasted red peppers.

What’s your go-to school snack? Let us know if you whip up one of our recipes by posting a photo on your social media accounts with the hashtag #mycityline!

McDonald’s doesn’t plan on serving all-day breakfast in Canada

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015

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Spokeswoman Lisa Hutniak said the company has no plans to launch all-day breakfast, despite the brand’s announcement that its American restaurants will introduce the option on Oct. 6.

Hutniak said they are keeping a close eye on the nationwide experiment by the Americans and are always looking to meet the needs and wants of their customers.

McDonald’s ran a pilot program of all-day breakfast in select American markets earlier this year.

New CEO Steve Easterbrook is looking to make his mark at the fast-food giant, where sales have faltered as consumers seek out fast food beyond the burger.

How to budget for post-secondary school

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015

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Do you know someone who is heading off to post-secondary for the first time? Or maybe they’ve gone before and just need a little help with their spending. Either way, finance expert Bruce Sellery has some great tips that will help students keep on track as they enter the next chapter of their lives! Check out the video below for more tips from Bruce.

Make a budget
Start by making a budget that is tangible by writing it out on paper or on your computer. Next, show it to an adult! This will help you to get feedback, to become accountable for it, and if you need to ask for some financial help at a later date, it’ll prove you’re being responsible by having a plan. Your budget should be broken down like so:

  • Expenses: this includes school costs (tuition, books, transportation, rent) and life costs (smartphone, meals)
  • Revenue: this can include RESP, scholarships, student loans, summer job savings, and/or money from mom and dad

Make sure you pay attention to what costs are monthly vs. a one-time annual cost (textbooks) and only include guaranteed revenue, as opposed to money that you hope might come in.

Address the gap
It isn’t likely that your budget will balance out the first time, and that’s okay. To address the gap between expenses and revenue, look at your budget early on and figure out a solution that works for you whether it be buying used textbooks, taking out a loan, or checking out the financial aid department to see if there are grants available.

Be wary of marketers
As a student, you’re an easy target for marketers on campus. Whether they’re tying to sell you a credit card or school spirit wear, just be smart with your spending and look at what you do and don’t need.

Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses
Post-secondary schools have a wide variety of students that come from different backgrounds with different budgets. Make sure you are prioritizing your needs with your budget rather than trying to keep up with your peers.

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