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

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015

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in sexual education curriculum for quite some time, the change coming is not much different than what was proposed and withdrawn by the Liberals in 2010.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.

    Happy Halloween from Gotham City!!

    A photo posted by Neil Patrick Harris (@instagranph) on

  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.

Online campaign set up to raise money for Elijah’s funeral

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Feb 20th, 2015

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An online fundraiser has been set up to raise money for the funeral of a three-year-old boy who died after being found without vital signs in the bitter cold.

Elijah Marsh wandered from an apartment building near Allen Road and Highway 401 around 4 a.m. on Thursday.

He was found tucked in a corner behind a house around 10 a.m., about six hours after he was captured on the building’s surveillance footage, leaving on his own.

The fundraiser, which is set up through Tilt.com, is looking to raise $20,000 for his funeral. It’s currently at $14,232.

Justin Kozuch, the creator of the fundraiser, told 680News he is trying to get in contact with Elijah’s family.

“I am working with a few individuals to make contact with them, and figure out how we can provide them or give them the money that we’ve raised in a way that is respectful,” Kozuch said. Tilt.com has waived credit card fees for all contributors.

The campaign hasn’t been sanctioned by Elijah’s family.

With files from Patrick Luciani

Week of Feb. 16, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, catch a round-up of the host’s favourite moments on Best of BT: Family Day edition.

We kick-start the week with the 8-year-old author of the book, ‘Duck and the Puck.’

On Thursday, the lovely Miss Fruits and Vegetables (aka Mairlyn Smith!) returns.

And we end of the week off by previewing Mirvish’s newest musical to hit Toronto, Once.

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!

Family Day: what’s open and closed

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Feb 13th, 2015

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Below is a list of what’s open and closed around Toronto on Monday, Family Day.

What’s open:

  • Some supermarkets (call ahead to be sure).
  • Most tourist attractions and museums, including Art Gallery of Ontario (Gallery hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Royal Ontario Museum (10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), CN Tower (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and Casa Loma (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
  • Some ice rinks and arenas.
  • TTC operates on the holiday schedule and GO Transit operates on the Saturday schedule.
  • Eaton Centre (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (contact the specific store for holiday hours), Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Pacific Mall (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and Upper Canada Mall (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
  • Since it is provincial holiday, federal government offices will be open and mail will be delivered.

What’s closed:

  • LCBO and beer stores
  • Municipal buildings, including Toronto City Hall
  • Banks
  • Schools
  • Public libraries
  • Post offices located in closed retail outlets

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 10 touching treats for $30 or less

HELLO! Canada | posted Thursday, Feb 12th, 2015

BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE: If you’re shopping for an animal lover, Target has just the answer! These adorable ceramic cookie jars – one in the shape of a cat and the other shaped like a dog – are sure to steal her heart. Plus, you can probably expect more cookies in your future. Sweet! (Valentine’s Ceramic Dog/Cat Cookie Jar, $22, target.ca)

Unless you’ve got a high-maintenance gal, most ladies are simply looking for a small token of your love on Valentine’s Day.

Some want you to scrap the cheesy roses and chocolates for more creative fare (heart-shaped pizza, anyone?), while others are happy being showered with scaled-down versions of the usual goodies.

We’ve rounded up 10 thoughtful gifts – ringing in at $30 or less – that your love (and your wallet) are sure to adore.

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