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Clocks spring forward on Sunday, spring 2 weeks away

Jaime Pulfer | posted Friday, Mar 6th, 2015

The clocks spring forward to Daylight Saving Time this weekend, while the thermometer jumps to more spring-like temperatures.

Clocks move ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

For many people, the time change means that they feel tired, but there are things you can do to help ease the transition:

  • Before going to bed try to avoid spending time on electronic devices
  • Don’t have a big meal or caffeine and avoid alcohol
  • Don’t take a nap during the day
  • Do some exercise
  • Keep to your usual nighttime ritual

And one other thing to remember: this is also the time of year when you should change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said spring is creeping in and pulling the GTA out of the deep freeze.

“It could hit 2 C by the time we get to Sunday, and early next week, looking at temperatures near 4 C or even 5 C,” Taylor said.

However, Taylor said the region could see some snow this weekend.

On Friday, Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for Dufferin, York, Durham, Innisfil, Barrie, Orillia, Peterborough, and Kawartha Lakes.

But, think warm thoughts as spring officially arrives in exactly two weeks, on March 20 at 6:45 p.m.

And, the Toronto Blue Jays season opener is exactly a month away. The team takes on the Yankees in New York on April 6.

5 things you didn’t know about Shania Twain

Lucy Robert | posted Friday, Mar 6th, 2015

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  1. Born Eileen Edwards, Shania Twain changed her name to Shania meaning ‘On My Way’ in Ojibwa.
  2. Shania wrote her first song at the young age of 10-years-old. The song was titled “Mama Won’t you Come Out to Play” and was written about Shania’s relationship with her mother.
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  3. Though Shania has not been to space, her songs sure have! Shania’s song UP! was used as a wake up call in space for Canadian astronaut Dave Williams in 2007.
  4. Shania’s album, Come on Over has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
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  5. Though Shania hasn’t been touring, she sure has been busy this past year with daily shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
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Week of Mar. 2, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

What better way to start the week than with comfort food?  On Monday, Matt Basile from Fidel Gastro shows us how to make some good food.

On Wednesday, Life is a Highway singer Tom Cochrane is on the show.

We end the week of on a high note with the one and only Shania Twain! Yes, the Shania Twain.

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!

The (blue and black) dress that is tearing the Internet apart

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Feb 27th, 2015

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A simple dress has done what Kim Kardashian never could: broken the Internet.

A debate is raging on the Internet and in the living rooms of the first world over what colour this dress, first seen on Tumblr, truly is.

According to a poll on BuzzFeed 72 per cent of people see the dress as white and gold, while 28 per cent think it’s black and blue.

The debate over #TheDress has even spread to Hollywood where celebrities from Taylor Swift to Jimmy Fallon are weighing in.

Now, Black and Blue might be a minor Backstreet Boys album but it is majorly the correct colour of the dress.

Dedicated team #blueandblack members have brought forward some rather convincing proof for their side.

Despite a valiant effort from team #whiteandgold, the original poster sent out a photo of the dress in a different light and confirmed it was the same one up for sale at Roman Originals.

Tumblr user, swiked, who posted the original photo added this damning piece of evidence: the same dress in a different light. Photo source: swiked.tumblr.com

UPDATE: The retailer has confirmed the dress is blue and black.

Note from Diana Pereira, editor: I want to edit the headline to say gold and white but the writer, Sarah-Joyce Battersby, sees blue and black. I wish I was kidding.

With files from Sarah-Joyce Battersby, CityNews.ca

Ontario’s new sex ed curriculum will teach Grade 4 students risks of sexting

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015

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The first update to Ontario’s sex education curriculum since 1998 will see primary grade students learn about both the benefits and potential harms of online activity, including “sexting.”

The new curriculum will be released on Monday, but according to a report from The Canadian Press, which obtained a copy of a “quick facts” guide for parents, students in grades 1 through 3 will learn strategies for safe Internet use.

That includes, “How to get help for themselves or others if harassment or abuse happens either face-to-face or online.”

Starting in Grade 4, students will learn the dangers of online bullying as well as the risks of sexting and protecting their privacy online.

The implications of sending sexually-explicit digital images will also be taught.

Government and education sources have confirmed to The Canadian Press that Ontario’s Education Minister Liz Sandals will release details of the new sex ed curriculum on Monday at Queen’s Park.

The new curriculum is facing opposition from some, including the president of Toronto’s Canada Christian College, Charles McVety.

McVety told CityNews that while he had been anticipating a change in sexual education curriculum for quite some time, the change coming is not much different than what was proposed and withdrawn by the Liberals in 2010.

“It’s very sad for children to have to face such contrary sex at such young ages,” McVety said. “Yes, Premier Wynne won the election, but it did not make her the queen. She cannot decree whatever she wants, she has to take into account what the people want.”

“This curriculum has already been tried and found wanting, and we think she needs to engage the parents before she goes ahead with anything like this.”

McVety said parents were saddened to see the government was putting forward material that was so different than what they would teach their children and that the “explicit nature” of sex education was being taught at inappropriate grade levels.

“Now Kathleen Wynne is going to force her sexuality on all the children of Ontario,” McVety said.

Week of Feb. 23, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Feb 22nd, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, we check out the latest Today’s Parent-Approved products.

Is everything really better in the Bahamas? Kevin Frankish is live from the Bahamas on Wednesday!

And we end of the week off with American Broadway performer, pop singer, and American Idol alum  Frenchie Davis.

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!

5 things to do this weekend: Golf dreams, IceFest & a science sleepover

Christine Chubb | posted Friday, Feb 20th, 2015

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

Feb. 20-22, 2015

The Artist Project: The next generation of art stars are coming together this weekend at a contemporary art showcase. The Artist Project will showcase original works from over 200 artists from different back grounds across the globe. You’ll also get the chance to meet the artists and learn about their inspirations. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. From $10 to $48. The Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place. Theartistproject.com

Toronto Golf and Travel Show: If you’re counting down the days until you can get back on the greens make sure to check out the Toronto Golf and Travel Show this weekend. From some of the top equipment, onsite lessons, the show has everything you need to start your journey to becoming the next Tiger Woods. Can’t wait until spring? The show has travel options as well as ways to create a golf themed vacation. Friday to Sunday. The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. General: $15.00; Seniors: $12.00; Kids: Free. Torontogolfshow.com

Icefest: Don’t hate the winter, celebrate its beauty at the 10th annual Bloor-Yorkville IceFest. Take in some of the dazzling ice sculptures on display. This year the theme is “Frozen in Time.” And make sure to check out the street performers before sneaking into one of the area’s many restaurants to warm up with a hot chocolate. Free. Saturday and Sunday. Noon – 5 p.m., the Village of Yorkville Park and Cumberland Street. Bloor-yorkville.com

Physics in Action Sleepover: Future scientists and young nature lovers can spend the night at one of the city’s most fascinating museums – the Ontario Science Centre. Kids will learn about physics before taking in the IMAX film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. They’ll end the night dancing their excitement out with a DJ session. It’s a night the family won’t forget. Saturday. 770 Don Mills Road. General: $64; Member: $59.Ontariosciencecentre.ca/Sleepovers

Yum Cha Dim Sum Fest: Ring in the Chinese lunar new year with a Toronto take on traditional dim sum. From dumplings and buns to sweet and savoury small plates, ten separate vendors will be set up to tantalize your taste buds. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daniels Spectrum (formerly known as: Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre). $10.Spotlighttoronto.com

6 Things you probably didn’t know about Neil Patrick Harris

Christina Balram | posted Friday, Feb 20th, 2015

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The Oscars are on Sunday and How I Met You Mother star Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the show.

Here are a few things you may have not known about the  legen…wait for it…dary actor:

  1. NPH got his start on a show called Doogie Howser which is about a teenage physician who faces the problems of being a teenager.
  2. Every year, Harris and his husband, David Burtka, dress up for Halloween with their children Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, who are fraternal twins via a surrogate mother.

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  3. Harris is no stranger to Broadway. His most recent project was Hedwig and the Angry Inch where he played the lead role. One thing you probably didn’t know was that he’s not only a veteran of Rent, but he also directed a production the musical at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
  4. Abracadabra! NPH is a magician!
  5. For all of you gamers, NPH was the voice of Spiderman/Peter Parker in the video game, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
  6. He has won 19 awards and was nominated for a whopping 32 awards.

What’s next for the comedian/actor/magician/father extraordinaire? Follow his twitter to find out: @ActuallyNPH.

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