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Healthy oils and their benefits

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

 

These days it seems there are about a million cooking oils to choose from at the grocery store: Olive vs. avocado, unrefined vs. refined, and extra virgin are just a few things found on labels today. These details can make a simple selection very confusing! Andrea Donsky, label detective and founder of NaturallySavvy.com, breaks down each oil.

AVOCADO OIL

What is it made from: Avocado oil is one of Andrea’s favourite oils. It’s made from avocados (the fleshy part that surrounds the pit). This oil is now being used in many products including mayonnaise and potato chips and is one of the few oils we can eat that doesn’t come from a seed.

Smoke Point: 500F (highest smoke point of all oils).

How to use: You can use avocado oil for everything from frying eggs, to baking cookies and roasting veggies. It can also be used on salads.

Health Benefits: Avocado oil is high in “good fats” such as oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat. Avocado oil is good for our heart, our eyes, is a good source of vitamin E, it also helps our body absorb nutrients (certain nutrients like carotenoids need fat to help with absorption).

CAMELINA OIL

What is it made from: “Camelina” oil comes from the “camelina sativa” seed—an ancient oilseed grown in Saskatchewan. The seed is part of the brassica family (which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, and kale).

Smoke Point: 475F It has a high smoke point so it’s this oil is a good choice for roasting vegetables, searing fish and topping pasta. It’s a cold pressed oil which means the oil isn’t heated when it’s produced.

How to use: You can use it to roast vegetables, in soups, and drizzled on pizza.

Health benefits: Camelina oil is high in omega 3’s and vitamin E. It contains a unique type of vitamin E called “Gamma Tocopherol” that allows the oil to stay stable when cooking with it. It comes in three different flavors: original, roasted onion and basil and garlic & chilli.

CANOLA OIL

What is it made from: Canola is a popular vegetable oil that is made from the rapeseed plant. It was developed in Canada and is used in many packaged products as well as restaurants.

Smoke Point: 400F (refined canola oil, unrefined is 225F)

How to use: Canola is a good choice for cooking and baking with. It can also be a good substitute for olive oil if you want to cook with higher heat. Canola oil comes unrefined and refined. Opt for unrefined because refined may contain chemicals such as bleach and hexane.

Health benefits: Canola contains omega 3’s and oleic acid and is mostly made up of monounsaturated fats. Keep in mind that many Canadian canola crops can be GMO, so looking for an organic brand can be critical if using this oil.

COCONUT OIL

What is it made from: Coconut oil is known for its numerous health benefits and is made from coconuts.

Look for cold pressed and virgin on the label. Some companies are making flavourless coconut oil by removing the “coconut” taste and smell so people can still enjoy its health benefits, be weary of chemicals used to deodorize the oils.

Smoke point: 350-375F

How to use it: Eat coconut oil straight from the jar with a spoon and add it to your shakes and morning coffee or use in baking or on popcorn.

Health benefits: Coconut oil is a good type of saturated fat that contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). It is being studied for brain health (Alzheimer’s), it increases our metabolism (so it’s great for weight loss), and it lowers bad cholesterol.

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 

What is it made from: Olive oil, also called “liquid gold,” is made from olives and comes from different parts of the world (Greece, Tunisia, Morocco, Spain and Portugal and Italy).

Smoke point: 320- 425F

Here is what you need to know about olive oil:

  • There are different types of olive oil available at the grocery store: Extra virgin, virgin light and pure. Andrea warns to stay away from olive oils that says “pure” on the label as these are often the lowest quality.
  • Extra virgin is the gold standard. It means there are no defects* in the olives used to produce the oil. It is the least processed and contains the most nutrients (antioxidants, polyphenols, tocopherols, etc. *Defect examples: muddy, fusty, vinegary.)
  • First cold-pressed is a must! Cold pressed, or expelled pressed means the oil is extracted without heat and refers to the first pressing of the oils, meaning it is the least processed type.
  • There is a big sensory component to olive oil. If it smells like crayons or smells rancid don’t eat it.

This is a great example of you get what you pay for. Less expensive olive oils can be “cut” with cheaper oils. To avoid buying a fraud, buy organic and make sure there is a production date and a 2-year expiry date.

How to use it: Use expensive olive oil for dipping bread, dressings, dips and cold dishes. Use less expensive olive oil for cooking, but still make sure it is extra virgin or virgin (i.e. to make kale chips).

Health benefits: Olive oil contains antioxidants that help to reduce oxidative stress (free radicals). It has a compound called “oleocanthal” that mimics ibuprofen and can help reduce inflammation and pain (so it can be a great choice for people who suffer from painful conditions like arthritis), it’s good for your heart (it reduces cholesterol).

SUNFLOWER OIL

What is it made from: Sunflower oil is made from sunflower seeds.

Smoke point: 220-325F Sunflower oil has a smoke point of 225-320F so it is not a great option for cooking.

How to use it: It’s great in dips, topping your cold pasta, or on a bean salad.

Health benefits: Sunflower oil can be high in linoleic oil (a polyunsaturated fat) or oleic oil (monounsaturated fat). PUFAs can be pro-inflammatory so look for a sunflower oil that is high oleic, which means it contains higher amounts of monounsaturated fats. This means that the oil would be similar to olive oil in that it is good for your heart, is anti-inflammatory and is high in vitamin E.

 

Freezing rain to change over to rain in the GTA on Tuesday

CityNews | posted Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto and the GTA, calling for the potential of freezing rain on Tuesday.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor says the freezing rain will start in the GTA around 1 a.m. on Tuesday and then change to rain by 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. as the temperature rises.

CityNews weather specialist Frank Ferragine said the risk of freezing drizzle will start after 9 p.m. on Monday.

The national weather agency says the switch over to rain may happen later in other areas of southern Ontario, with rain arriving in the afternoon or evening.

Taylor said around 15 millimetres of rain could fall in the GTA on Tuesday accompanied by a gusty wind.

Warmer than usual temperatures are in store for most of the week. Monday’s high is a mild 4 C, and temperatures are expected to be between 3-5 C for the rest of the week.

TTC proposing 35 weekend subway closures in 2017

CityNews | posted Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

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The TTC has unveiled its list of closures for the coming year and if there’s any good news it’s that there are slightly fewer of them than last year.

Twenty of the 35 planned closures will affect Line 1, Yonge-University, with the first of the year coming next weekend when a large portion of the system will be closed from Downsview to St. George stations.

Portions of Line 2, Bloor-Danforth, will be closed 10 times while three closures will affect the Scarborough RT. The Sheppard Line will see just one closure in 2017.

The bulk of the closures will be in April, May and June with some part of the system closed every weekend during those three months.

Sports fans in Toronto will bear the brunt of the frustration as 22 Blue Jays games will be affected by the closures including the weekend of June 3 and 4 when division rival New York Yankees are in town. That is also the weekend for one of the 11 full closures of the Yonge-University line from Downsview to St. George.

Other sporting and cultural events affected by the closures:

– 5 Toronto Maple Leafs games including the February 25 match against the Montreal Canadiens
– 4 Toronto Raptors games
– Honda Indy Toronto weekend July 15 & 16
– Ariana Grande concert at ACC on March 5
– Tim McGraw / Faith Hill concert at ACC on June 24
– Bruno Mars concerts at ACC on August 26 & 27

The TTC says the closures are necessary and that shutting down portions of the system over a single weekend allows crews to do the equivalent of five weeks of overnight work.

Most of the closures are to implement ATC – automatic train control, which the TTC says will allow them to run more trains at higher speeds, thus providing more reliable travel times.

The closures are expected to be approved at a meeting of the TTC Board on Wednesday.

GTA construction worker goes viral busting a move to Ariana Grande

Faiza Amin | posted Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

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It was a video of a Toronto man dancing while on a construction job, shared among family and friends on Facebook, that instead quickly spread like wildfire to reach tens of millions people worldwide… and even got Hollywood’s attention.

The man at the centre of it all is Tony Restivo. He can be seen in uniform, doing some pelvic thrusts and high kicks to Ariana Grande’s ‘Into You.’

“The first 15 to 20 seconds, I didn’t know,” Tony told CityNews. “Then from the corner of my eyes, I saw Anthony taping me, and he always tapes me at work when I’m doing something funny.”

It was like any other day for Tony, who started busting out in some dancing, as a way to lighten the mood among his co-workers, something he says he does daily when they work long hours.

“The guys were really quiet that day, and not in good spirits and I just started cranking my music and dancing like I always do,” he explains. “It’s actually a normal thing, I dance all the time at work, to make the guys laugh and have a good time because our job is hard enough as it is.”

The father of two doesn’t even have Facebook, and only found out about the viral video, after his wife Sandy Restivo, told him about the millions of hits.

“I didn’t know it was going to reach this,” said Tony. “I thought only the family was going to see it, and if I knew, I probably would have told Sandy not to put it on.”

Sandy found the video on his phone and put it up online, and to her surprise, it instantly went viral.

“The most common comments I get are, you made my day, thank you for the laughs,” she explained. “I’m glad construction workers have a good time, they’re hard workers.”

Tony’s videos have been also made their way to other social media sites, like Twitter and Instagram. That’s also where Grande herself, gave him two thumbs up for his choreography, posting the video with the caption “hell yeah dude.”

“If she got a kick out of it, that’s great and I hope everybody else got a kick out of it,” Tony said. “In my normal life, this is what I do, have fun with work and life, and go on from there.”

The dancing moves, now watched by 16 million people on Facebook by Sunday evening, have left some asking the inspiration behind that talent.

“Watching Michael Jackson, John Travolta, Elvis Presley, I grew up watching those guys,” he explained. “It just comes naturally, it didn’t come from any particular place.”

If Tony danced his way into your heart, you might also be interested to know that he’s got a voice to go along with those moves. His wife is happy to share him with the world.

“I think it’s great, as long as they smile, maybe they look at their husband’s a little differently at night, I’m happy,” Sandy said.

Ontarians with unpaid speeding tickets to be denied licence plates

Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

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Speeding scofflaws in Ontario will soon be feeling extra pressure to pay outstanding fines, as the province gives municipalities the power to deny them licence plates.

Under changes the Liberal government is set to enact in May, people who have not paid fines for driving-based offences, such as speeding and careless driving, won’t be able to get or renew their plates.

The current plate denial regime only applies to vehicle-based offences, such as parking tickets and red-light camera fines.

Municipalities in the province are owed a collective $1.4 billion in unpaid fines for provincial offences, including those under the Highway Traffic Act. The Association of Municipalities of Ontario has been asking the government for more than a decade for more tools to collect that money.

Some of those fines date back 50 years and couldn’t be feasibly collected, so the government is making the policy retroactive seven years.

About one-third of the defaulted fines are from the past seven years. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca acknowledged that even with the changes, municipalities won’t be able to collect all of the approximately $500 million, but it sends a strong message to people with outstanding fines.

“If they’ve managed to navigate the system to their benefit up until this point in time, it’s that much harder now for them to do it,” he said. “With any system that government puts in place there will always be those who will find creative ways to avoid playing by the rules, I suppose, but this is another opportunity for us to be able to get those fines collected and make sure people get a clear message that they can’t continue to act in this way.”

Municipalities had been hoping the change would apply farther back than seven years, but are now just anxious to collect more of the outstanding fines, said Lynn Dollin, president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

“If those fines aren’t paid, it’s you and I covering those administration costs out of our property taxes, so we want to make sure that we’re getting the full bang for the buck and everything that we’re entitled to is coming to us,” she said.

People with unpaid speeding tickets are already subject to licence suspension, but plate denial will be an added motivator to pay those fines, said Del Duca.

“A person might be theoretically out there driving with an expired or suspended licence, therefore they’re not going forward to get it renewed, but you have the visual sticker on your licence plate, you have all that stuff that is easier for law enforcement to recognize at a glance,” he said.

The change is one of the last to be enacted under the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act that passed in 2015. The legislation also increased fines for distracted driving and “dooring” cyclists and introduced new penalties for drug-impaired driving.

The regulation – which would not apply to jointly owned vehicles or those registered to a company – is posted for a mandatory public comment period, which ends Monday.

Dominant third quarter lifts Toronto Raptors to 116-101 win over Knicks

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

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Late in the third quarter Sunday afternoon, Kyle Lowry threw his arms in the air gesturing the Air Canada Centre crowd to stand up cheer.

The fans needed little prodding.

DeMar DeRozan had just scored on a driving dunk as part of a thoroughly dominant third-quarter performance by the Toronto Raptors, en route to a 116-101 victory over a horrible New York Knicks team.

DeRozan finished with 23 points, while Lowry had 16 to go with nine assists, in just 28 minutes of action apiece from the two all-stars. Jonas Valanciunas recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors (27-13), who are 8-0 against Atlantic Division opponents.

Norman Powell contributed 21 points, while DeMarre Carroll had 20, and Terrence Ross chipped in 12.

Carmelo Anthony had 18 points to top the Knicks (18-23), while Derrick Rose, who landed in hot water earlier in the week after missing a game without notice to return to Chicago for a family emergency, added 16.

The Raptors were coming off a 132-113 thumping of Brooklyn on Friday that set a franchise-high for points in a non-overtime game, and saw them score 42 points in the fourth quarter.

No late-game heroics were needed Sunday. The Raptors broke the game open with a 25-2 run to start the third quarter against a Knicks team that all but disappeared on the defensive end.

Toronto would lead by as many as 38 points twice in the third quarter, and took a 96-62 advantage into a fourth quarter that saw coach Dwane Casey sit all of his starters.
The Knicks would pull to within 13 points with just a minute to play, but the game was all but over.

With their 27th victory coming one game before the midway point of the NBA season, the Raptors are guaranteed of at least tying their best first half in franchise history. They won a franchise-best 27 games at the midway point of the 2014-15 season, and had 26 wins at the midway point last season en route to their franchise-best 49-win regular season.

Toronto’s Patrick Patterson sat out the game with a strained left knee, while the Knicks were without Kristaps Porzingis (sore Achilles).

The Knicks put up a decent fight through a first quarter that saw the Raptors hold a brief eight-point lead. Toronto took a 27-26 advantage into the second.

The Raptors opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run, to open an 11-point lead on their visitors. A DeRozan finger roll had Toronto up by 16 points with 3:11 left to play, and the Raptors took a 69-54 lead into the halftime break.

The Raptors play their next three on the road, opening Tuesday in Brooklyn. They play in Philadelphia on Wednesday, then Charlotte on Friday before returning home to host the Phoenix Suns next Sunday.

Mississauga teen allegedly abducted by two men found

CityNews | posted Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

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A Mississauga teen who was allegedly abducted by two men on Sunday afternoon in Mississauga has been found.

Alyssa Langille, 15, was last seen on Saturday in the Silver Spear Road area and was reported missing by her family on Sunday evening.

Just before 11 a.m. on Monday, her father Bob Langille told reporters she had been found.

More to come

Uxbridge teen saves enough pennies to build a house for charity

Amanda Ferguson | posted Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

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It’s enough pennies that if stacked up would stand the height of 31 CN Towers or weigh as much as five fully-grown African elephants.

An Uxbridge teen has amassed just that – 10 million pennies – or $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

“When I started out, I was 11 years old, so I really didn’t know how much money that was,” Josh Morrison said.

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The 15-year-old says he was inspired after he walked into a Habitat for Humanity ReStore with his dad who was looking to buy a sink. Josh says a blue display toilet with pennies inside the bowl grabbed his attention. It was part of the non-profit organization’s campaign to collect 10 million pennies to help pay for one of their homes. Josh decided to make it his own personal mission.

“I came into ReStore and I saw they were collecting the money — $100,000, 10-million pennies — and I just felt I was supposed to help out with that.”

Habitat for Humanity Durham CEO Mary Bone said she is blown away by the teen’s drive and dedication. Josh lives by the saying, “Hard is not a synonym for impossible.”

“Yeah, I would tell you it might be impossible, but he tricked me,” Bone laughs.

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Some of the funds raised were not all in coin form. Eventually corporations came forward with cheques to help the teen reach his goal.

“It is overwhelming,” Josh’s father Greg Morrison said. “His mother and I are very proud of him … Obviously, the goal was amazing, but the determination and not quitting is something we’re very proud of for sure.”

The money raised by Josh will go towards one of a number of townhomes currently being built in Oshawa. The organization is planning to break ground on Josh’s penny house this summer and hopes to hand over the keys to a deserving family by Christmas 2017.

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