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Best of BT Weekend: July 16, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015

Weddings: Where to save and splurge

Alison McGill from Wedding Bells Magazine showed us where we should save and splurge on the wedding.


Grilling the perfect steak

Chef Natalie Cuda showed us how to choose and grill the perfect steak.


Ultra marathon runner Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes shares his tips on how prepare for a run.


Pan Am roundup: Canada picks up 14 medals on Day 6

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015


Team Canada earned itself some serious hardware on Day 6 of the Pan Am games, adding 14 medals – five gold, six silver, and three bronze – to their total.

Canadians grabbed gold in women’s wrestling, women’s doubles tennis, women’s badminton, and men’s and women’s team cycling.

Canada’s swimmers won three bronze and three silver medals, while its badminton players nabbed three silvers to go with their gold.

At the end of Day 6, Canada led the Pan Am pack with 97 medals in all, including 38 gold, 36 silver, and 23 bronze.

Below is a full look at Team Canada’s gold medalists from Thursday:

Pan Am Games roundup: Canada going for gold on Day 5

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015


What a day, eh! Team Canada continues to dominate the gold medal table holding strong to the top podium spot with a total of 33 medals, at the end of day five.

Team Canada collected 18 medals in just one day.

The women’s quadruple sculls won gold, the men’s lightweight four won gold, the men’s eight won gold and Robert Gibson won a silver in the men’s single sculls.

Ellie Black is cleaning house in gymnastics with a total of five medals: three gold, one silver and one bronze.

There was also a plethora of medals won in the pool.

Team Canada lost its number one spot on the total medal tally to Team US by just three medals.

Canada has a total of 82 medals, the United States holds the largest amount of medals with 85.

Below is a full look at Canada’s gold medallists from Wednesday:

Pan Am roundup: Gold rush for Canada on Day 4

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015


It didn’t matter if it was in water or on the water — Canada continued to dominate at the Pan Am Games on Tuesday.

Day 4 featured 23 medals for the hosts, including eight gold medal performances — three in the pool, and five from rowing, canoeing and kayaking.

Canada also added eight silver and seven bronze to see their Pan Am-leading medal total rise to 64 — with 25 gold, 22 silver and 17 bronze to their credit after four days of competition.


Below is a full look at Canada’s gold medallists from Tuesday:









Carpoolers could face five-figure fines in Toronto

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015


Uber, the controversial ride-sharing company, has launched a carpooling service for the next two weeks but a Toronto city councillor is warning users could face steep fines.

In a statement on Monday, Uber said it was launching a two-week carpooling pilot project that would last until July 26, until the end of the Pan Am Games.

It coincides with the new temporary HOV lanes all across the Greater Toronto Area. For the duration of the Games, certain lanes of the Gardiner Expressway, Don Valley Parkway, and Highway 401 are only accessible to vehicles with three or more people inside, and Uber is looking to exploit that loophole.

“We really see this as something that can help this city. HOV lanes have been nearly empty in this city, and we see this as an opportunity to help increase use of these HOV lanes,” Uber GM Ian Black said.

“Already we’ve had hundreds of requests.”

UberX connects private drivers, who use their own vehicles, with passengers. For the next two weeks, passengers can be matched up with other riders sharing a similar route.

But the legality of the service is under fire.

Toronto Coun. Jim Karygiannis said a section of the Highway Traffic Act prohibits drivers from picking up passengers for a profit without a license, permit, or authorization.

If caught, riders could face fines up to $20,000.

The new plan could add to Uber’s legal woes. In Toronto, Uber is already under fire from both the taxi industry and city hall.

The taxi industry argues that UberX is unregulated and its drivers don’t have commercial licences, putting passenger safety in jeopardy while simultaneously driving traditional cabbies out of business.

Meanwhile, the city had launched a legal challenge against Uber, arguing the company operated as a taxi broker and breached city bylaw. The legal challenge was dismissed and the city will be reviewing its taxi bylaws in September.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

Pan Am roundup: Canadians lead the pack after golden Day 3

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jul 13th, 2015


Canada remains atop the medal standings after a third day of competition at the Pan Am Games, thanks to 17 medal-winning performances — including seven gold medals.

Canada now has a total of 41 medals — 17 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze.

Here’s a rundown of Canadian athletes that climbed the podium on Day 3:

Gold & 3 silver in synchro diving

Double gold, double bronze in rowing

Judoka toss their way to gold, silver

Canadians paddle to a medal of every colour

Canadian speedster captures bronze

Pan Am roundup: Canada dominates mountain biking, diving, rugby

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jul 13th, 2015


Canada sits atop the medal standings after a flurry of gold medal performances on Day 2 of the Pan Am Games.

That was helped along by one-two finishes for Canadian women in both mountain biking and diving, as well as a golden sweep of rugby sevens on Sunday.

With Sunday’s haul, Canada has a total of 24 medals — 10 gold, eight silver and five bronze.


Here’s a full rundown of Canadian athletes that climbed the podium on Day 2:

Emily Batty won the gold and Catharine Pendrel took the silver at Hardwood Mountain Bike Park in Oro-Medonte.

Batty finished in an unofficial time of one hour, 27 minutes and 13 seconds — seven seconds ahead of Pendrel, who won gold at the 2007 Rio Games.

Later in the day, Quebec City’s Raphaël Gagné took the top spot on the podium in the men’s cross-country mountain biking event.

Medals in the pool

Canadian divers also finished one-two in the women’s 3m springboard final.

Jennifer Abel, of Laval, Que., won gold, while teammate Pamela Ware, of Montreal, took silver.



Gold for Canadian ruggers

In the gold medal finals of the rugby sevens event, the Canadian women trounced the United States 55-7 while the men beat Argentina 22-19.

Kiejko shoots for gold

Calgary’s Lynda Kiejko added to Canada’s gold medal haul on Day 2 in the women’s 10m air pistol event.


Dressage team takes silver

Gymnastics team captures silver

Judoka double silver

Luna-Grenier lifts his way to bronze

Double bronze in squash

Montreal’s Shawn Delierre also took home bronze in the men’s 66kg division.

Best of BT Weekend: July 10, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 10th, 2015


Miguel chats about ‘Wildheart’

Miguel returned to BT to chat about his new album ‘Wildheart.’


Arlene Dickinson helps get our finances in order

Arlene Dickinson answered your questions and gives us helpful tips to make the best use of our money.


We kicked off the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games!

We celebrated the kick off of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games at the Ontario Celebration Zone.



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