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The top 3 elements you need in fertilizer – Frankie Flowers

Frank Ferragine | posted Friday, Apr 29th, 2016

After watering your plants properly, the next step to a garden filled with thriving plants is to use the right fertilizer. With so many varieties of fertilizer available, knowing what to look for can be confusing. In this latest need-to-know gardening tip, Frankie Flowers breaks it down and shares the top three elements you should look for in fertilizer for green plants.

Keep your indoor and outdoor plants healthy by choosing a fertilizer with the perfect balance. Watch the video for more information and stay tuned for more quick gardening tips from Frankie.

Drake Drops New Album ‘VIEWS’!

KiSS 92.5 | posted Friday, Apr 29th, 2016

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After months of anticipation, Drake has finally released his new album Views (listen HERE)!

The album feature collaborations with Rihanna, Future, PartyNextDoor, Jay Z, Kanye and more!

Drake took to Instagram to reveal the collaborations ahead of the release…

 

He also revealed the full producer list for Views.

Views features 19 tracks, with the smash hit ‘Hotline Bling‘ being offered as a bonus song (see tracklist below).

Drake revealed the cover art on Sunday which features him sitting on top of the CN Tower, of course a tribute to his hometown of Toronto.

Drake has already released a few songs from the album, ‘Pop Style’ featuring Kanye West and Jay Z and ‘One Dance’ (which earned him his first ever solo #1 in the UK).

Drake is set to embark on his ‘Summer Sixteen Tour’ (with rapper Future) which will kick off July 20th in Austin, Texas and wrap up September 18th in Vancouver (full dates below).

https://twitter.com/Drake/status/725308585471823872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Views is available on iTunes HERE.

 

 

Ford name set to return to Toronto City Hall: report

CityNews | posted Friday, Apr 29th, 2016

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It appears the Ford name will not quickly fade from the political landscape in Ward 2.

According to the Toronto Star, Doug Ford or Michael Ford are expected to vie for the seat left vacant following the death of Rob Ford back in March.

Toronto council is set to meet on May 3, at which time they will consider either appointing a replacement or holding a by-election. The newspaper says Mayor John Tory favours a city staff report, which recommends a July 25th by-election.

“I would expect that we will have a by-election,” said Tory on Thursday. “Council has to approve this, but I’ll be strongly supportive of a by-election… as opposed to an appointment.”

Michael Ford, who is Rob Ford’s newphew, is currenlty a Toronto District School Board trustee. Doug Ford served as Ward 2 councillor when his brother was mayor from 2010 to 2014.

Councillor wants buskers, street performers banned from Yonge and Dundas

MICHAEL TALBOT | posted Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016

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A street performer in front of the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. Photo/Michael Talbot.

The heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge and Dundas is a whirling hub of urban activity filled with a motley crew of characters that, depending on your view, add a splash of colour or a dose of aggravation to daily life in the city.

But at least two city councillors want the growing army of buskers, preachers, and performers that frequent the area to surrender the high-traffic street corners they’ve staked claim to.

Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam has put forward a motion, backed by Coun. Pam McConnell, to ban all busking and related activities in front of the Eaton Centre and 10 Dundas Street East.

The motion says the ban would seek “to ensure physical access and public safety until a longer term policy or strategy can be developed.”

In short, Wong-Tam believes the wild-west atmosphere must be tamed, and she says complaints from the public add weight to the motion.

“It’s 100 per cent about safety, public safety and public access,” she told CityNews. “It’s also about ensuring we have a downtown that’s going to work for everyone.”

“People have expressed, in droves now, that they can’t get through. And sometimes people are so rushed they’ll just jump off the sidewalk onto the roadway…and they don’t see oncoming traffic.

“The problem has gotten worse and not gotten better.”

Wong-Tam’s motion asks for new bylaws in 2017, saying the city should work with “permitted buskers on identifying locations within the downtown core that can support street performance without creating sidewalk access impediments…”

The area features an eclectic mix of regulars that range from apocalyptic street preachers, todrummers, chalk artists, superheroes and living statues.

 

Online, many derided Wong-Tam for trying to transform the colourful mecca of big city madness into a zone of bylaw-enforced banality. “A city isn’t a city without a few nutters and buskers,” said swampswing on Reddit. “Lets leave em be, or better yet, turn them into a tourist attraction like Speaker’s Corner in London.”

“It’s part of the character of the area,” added Redditer urbnplnto. “Wong-Tam needs to back off on this. The city has enough sterile spaces.”

Others feel a sweeping bylaw is misdirected.

“High pedestrian volumes sounds more like a reason to ban cars from the intersection, not certain types of people,” another Redditer added.

In a lengthy series of tweets, Toronto resident Sean Marshall admitted that he finds some of the buskers annoying, most notably evangelists, but concluded: “We wanted our own Times Square in the 1990s, we got one.”

On Twitter, @Thrakkorzog has already come up with a solution to the dilemma of where the buskers, many who have permits, can take their acts.

Read Tweet HERE

 

Run towards the good life: Toronto Marathon, Hot Docs this weekend

Patricia D'Cunha and Amber LeBlanc | posted Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016

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Drivers will be cranky but others will be running for joy as the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon takes over the city on Sunday.

The good news is that the subway opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, and the night work on a portion of Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) should be done by then.

If you are not taking part or cheering for someone in the marathon events, check out some of the other fun things taking place this weekend, including Hot Docs and an antiques show.

There are only 52 weekends in a year, so make the most of this one.


GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon

Thousands of runners will be lacing up for the annual GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon on Sunday, which features the full marathon, half marathon, 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk.

Although there will be road closures, just remember that the event raises money for several charities, including the Hospital for Sick Children and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. This year, the event hopes to surpass $1.2 million.

Runners taking part in the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Photo via Twitter/@torontomarathon.
Runners taking part in the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Photo via Twitter/@torontomarathon.

Race details and route maps

The day kicks off with the full marathon at 7:30 a.m., the relay at 7:50 a.m., and then the half marathonat 8:30 a.m. Runners will start at Mel Lastman Square and proceed down Yonge Street, making their way into the downtown core before finishing off near Ontario Place.

Route map for the full marathon at the 2016 GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Photo via torontomarathon.com.
Route map for the full marathon at the 2016 GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Photo via torontomarathon.com.

Route map for the half marathon at the 2016 GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Photo via torontomarathon.com.
Route map for the half marathon at the 2016 GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Photo via torontomarathon.com.

The 10K run, and the 5K run and walk, take places at 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m. and noon, respectively. The 10K starts at Aylmer and Park roads, near Rosedale Station, and ends at Ontario Place. The 5K run and walk starts on Remembrance Drive on Ontario Place, heads along Lake Boulevard, and then routes back to the starting point.

Click here for more information on the specific routes.

Road closures

The main segment of the race takes place on Yonge Street from Finch Avenue to Davenport Road, and road closures will be in effect as of 6 a.m.

A stretch of Yonge will be closed for the full and half marathons, as well as some highway ramps to accommodate the runners.

There will also be full and partial closures as the runners make their way from North York to Ontario Place. Some lane restrictions will take place in the area bounded by Bayview Avenue, South Kingsway, Lake Shore Boulevard and Finch Avenue.

The following Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway ramps will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Gardiner eastbound ramp to Jarvis Street: access to Jarvis will be closed but access to Lake Shore Boulevard will remain open
  • Gardiner ramp to northbound Spadina: access to westbound Lake Shore will be closed
  • Spadina ramp to the westbound Gardiner Expressway: access to westbound Lake Shore will be closed
  • Don Valley Parkway to Bayview/Bloor ramp: access to southbound Bayview Avenue will be closed

Click here for a full list of road closures.

Other events

Toronto Mandarin MS Walk
You can be a part of the MS Society’s largest fundraising event. The Toronto Mandarin MS Walkcombines food, prizes and community spirit.

It takes place at Downsview Park at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and this year’s fundraising goal is $555,000. The society says Canada has the highest rate of Multiple Sclerosis in the world, and all funds raised go towards programs and services for affected Canadians.

Hot Docs
Be entertained and educated at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Over 200 films from around the world will be screened in Toronto starting on Thursday and running until May 8. Click here for a complete list of films.

Poster for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. FACEBOOK.
Poster for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. FACEBOOK.

Digifest 2016
The digital wave continues to grow, and a weekend gathering will showcase the latest creations and trends in digital media, art, design and technology.

The three-day event starts Thursday through Saturday, and brings together speakers from academia and industry to talk about how the digital realm will shape our future. Tickets are available here.

Midtown Antiques Show
It’s a real life antiques road show in Toronto on Saturday. You’re invited to bring your family treasures and heirlooms to the Midtown Antiques Show, with experts on hand to let you know if you’re sitting on a treasure.

It takes place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Yorkminster Baptist Church on Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue.

A vintage kettle and tea cups on a wooden table. GETTY IMAGES/AnjelikaGretskaia.
A vintage kettle and tea cups on a wooden table. GETTY IMAGES/AnjelikaGretskaia.

TTC/road closures

Early Line 2 closure
If you are heading out on Saturday night, keep in mind that subway service will end at 11 p.m. on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between Pape and St. George stations. The early closure is due to bridge work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. Shuttle buses will stop at all stations.

Next weekend, there is a scheduled subway closure on Line 2 between Bathurst and Jane stations due to track work.

Road work
On top of the road closures for the Toronto Marathon, there are other closures in the city due to construction.

Gerrard Street, from Yonge to Church streets, will be closed until the end of July for watermain replacement, road resurfacing and bike lane and sidewalk upgrades.

Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard, from York Street to Rees Street, will be reduced to one lane except from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays when two lanes will be open. The closure, which is for Toronto Hydro work, will be around the clock, seven days a week, with a completion date of July 27.

Richmond Street, from Yonge to Bay streets, will be also reduced to two lanes until July 1 for road and sidewalk repairs. One lane will be used for cyclists and pedestrians.

Crash involving MTO truck closes eastbound QEW near Cawthra

CityNews | posted Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016

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Emergency crews at the scene after a crash on the QEW near Cawthra Road on April 28, 2016. MTO.

A crash on the Queen Elizabeth Way is going to make coming into Toronto more difficult on Thursday morning.

It happened in the eastbound lanes approaching the Cawthra Road ramp around 3:15 a.m.

Construction crew were doing patchwork repairs on the QEW when a tractor-trailer rear-ended an MTO pickup truck, causing fuel to leak in the area.

Only minor injuries were reported.

The eastbound lanes of the QEW are closed from Hurontario Street to Cawthra. Ontario provincial police said two lanes are expected to reopen soon.

TTC, Metrolinx discuss fare integration at joint meeting Wednesday

CityNews | posted Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016

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The new Yonge line platform at Union station is much larger than the old one, which is narrowest on the entire system. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira.

For the first time, TTC and Metrolinx officials sat down in the same room for a historic meeting many hope will lead to integrated transit fares.

Currently, commuters who take public transit into or out of the city from neighbouring municipalities – such as Vaughan or Markham – have to pay two full fares.

According to Metrolinx, early estimates suggest that a discounted or free cross-boundary fare may result in three to six million new cross-boundary transit trips yearly.

The issue of pay double fares also exists for GO Transit users who, often times, have to jump on the TTC to get to work. Changing to a discounted or free transfer could generate an estimated 700,000 to two million new transit trips annually.

The implementation of fare integration is essential to the success of Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack plan, according to a city staff report from last month.

“The viability of SmartTrack as an urban transit service is highly dependent on the integration of fares between GO transit and TTC, and fares being priced competitively,” the report reads.

There are many issues both the TTC and Metrolinx will consider before implementing a new fare structure including customer impact, the practicality of implementing this system and the financial sustainability of fare integration.

A public consultation on fare integration is expected to take place in May and June.

The joint meeting will take place 6 p.m. at 97 Front Street West and will be live streamed.

PRESTO Implementation and LRT updates, including the Eglinton Crosstown and Finch West projects, were also on the meeting’s agenda.

Last year, TTC and GO transit started a fare integration pilot project where TTC Metropass holders coule purchase a GO monthly sticker for $60 that would allow unlimited travel on Lakeshore trains between Exhibition, Union and Danforth GO stations as well as the Stouffville train between Union and Danforth. The fare integration proposal being discussed Wednesday would expand to stations outside the GTA.

Uber to deliver puppies to raise awareness for adoptions

CityNews | posted Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016

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Uber will have some special passengers along for the ride on Thursday.

The ride-sharing service says it is teaming up with animal shelters and rescues across Toronto to delivery puppy playdates to your workplace.

It’s part of a plan to help raise awareness of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30.

Companies can order the service by pressing the “puppies” tab on the Uber moblie app between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm.

Uber stresses the puppies will only be delivered to offices – not to homes – so make sure your boss and the building is okay with it, that you have a dedicated room for playtime and that no other animals will be present in the space.

Once the puppies arrive, you will have 15 minutes of canine cuteness. Uber points out that the puppies will be in very high demand and availability will be limited.

The service costs $30 and all puppies featured are available for adoption. All proceeds will be donated to seven shelters and rescue centres: TEAM Dog Rescue, Snookie’s Little Rescue, Dog Tales, Rescue Dog Match, Dire Woofs, Finding Them Homes and Humane Society of Durham Region.

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