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Blast of winter weather comes to GTA Saturday

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 13th, 2013

Winter has arrived in the Greater Toronto Area.

The season doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21. But up to 25 centimetres of snow are expected on Saturday in parts of the region and temperatures will hover below – 20 with the wind chill.

A winter storm warning was issued for Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton. Environment Canada also issued a snowfall warning for Toronto, Mississauga and the Niagara area.

CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said by the evening the downtown core had already seen between 10 to 20 centimetres of snow, with as much as 10 more centimetres possible by the morning.

“The snow is continuing right through the evening hours. It’s going to be heavy at times,” she explained. “We’re not going to start to see the snow taper to flurries until the wee hours of the morning…About the time we wake up on Sunday this snowstorm will be over.”

Toronto’s director of transportation services Peter Noehammer told 680News about 200 salt trucks have been deployed and 600 plows started moving at 2:30 p.m. on expressways and arterial roads.

Noehammer says once the main roads have been cleared plows will begin work on residential streets.

“We’ll hit the local streets after the snow’s done in the overnight and we’ll be plowing the local and residential streets,” he explained.

While crews work around the clock, Noehammer reminds residents to do their part to help keep the streets safe and clear.

“If you are shovelling your driveway, probably tomorrow, don’t put the snow back out onto the roadway,” he said. “That just causes it to be unsafe again and does carry a fine so our bylaw officers are instructed to look out for those things – especially from commercial parking lots.”

Meanwhile, dozens of flights through Toronto Pearson and Montreal-Trudeau airports have been delayed or cancelled.

Ontario Provincial Police are cautioning motorists to take care on highways, posting on Twitter — “IF YOU SEE SNOW, GO SLOW!”

Police also say there have been numerous accidents including a 20-car pileup on the Queen Elizabeth Highway in Mississauga.

Drivers should prepare for poor road conditions tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Take a look at your photo submissions below, sent in on Twitter via #CityStorm:


Snow totals forecast and timeline:

With files from CityNews.ca and The Canadian Press

Skating & food trucks on offer at City’s New Year’s Eve party

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Dec 12th, 2013


City will once again be hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party at Nathan Phillips Square, with a slight twist on years past.

The party will run from 8 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, the 29th year City has celebrated in the square.

There will be skating, food trucks, musical performances from KiSS 92.5 DJ Clymaxxx, R&B band Fathead and funk band God Made Me Funky, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show to ring in 2014.

New this year is a curling demonstration.

Hosts from City and Sportsnet will emcee live events and host coverage from the square, while on City, viewers can watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014.

CityNews Tonight will carry live coverage of festivities from the square at 11 p.m. in a special national news edition.

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is a six-hour television marathon beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 and running until 2 a.m. on City and Citytv.com. The show will begin with a two-hour countdown looking at the 30 greatest female artists in music, and continues with performances from Los Angeles and Times Square in New York City.

Rogers Media is the parent company of City, Breakfast Television, and this website.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments.


With files from Erin Crigers, CityNews.ca

Week of Dec. 9, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Dec 8th, 2013


It’s a stylish lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

Design duo Colin and Justin McAllister drop by to give tips on allergy-friendly and stylish décor for the holidays.

Jenn’s clothing sponsor — Want Boutique — will be by with glittery holiday party looks!

Plus, we reveal the winner of our BT YouTube Week with digital media correspondent Winston Sih.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca/live, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!


Week of Dec. 2, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Dec 1st, 2013


It’s a star-studded lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

He’s our prime minister and hockey historian; Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be live on Breakfast Television Monday with his new book–A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey.  Plus, Toronto Maple Leaf Nazem Kadri will be on the show working up an appetite in the kitchen.

Click to buy the book at Amazon.ca

Click to buy the book at Amazon.ca.


Actress and singer Hilary Duff stops by on Wednesday to talk about her latest charity initiative.

And, Evangeline Lilly will be in studio with the scoop on her latest role in The Hobbit to round out the week on Friday!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca/live, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!


Snow expected in Toronto on Tuesday

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 26th, 2013

Some snow is expected in Toronto on Tuesday but the biggest dump will be east of the city and into New York State.

CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai is calling for anywhere from 2 cm to 5 cm of snow at Pearson airport and downtown, there could be 2-4 cm, due to the melting and mixing of rain.

That number jumps east of Toronto, with more than 15 cm in the forecast east of Oshawa and 15-30 cm in the Cobourg and Peterborough area.

St. Catharines and the Niagara region could see 10-20 cm of snow, Ramsahai said.

A low pressure system just southeast of New Orleans is beginning to track northeast and is expected to intensify into a winter storm as it moves up along the eastern seaboard of the United States on Tuesday night, Environment Canada said.

The storm will move into New England on Wednesday.

Travel into eastern Ontario and New York State is not recommended, as there will be more snow there, Environment Canada said.

What’s it like where you are? Let us know in the comments and send us your photos @BTtoronto.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

Week of Nov. 25, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 22nd, 2013


It’s a jam-packed lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

We get truly inspired by those who have given back, and you’ll meet some amazing people on Monday’s show.

On Thursday, Jenn will be live at Great Wolf Lodge with 10 lucky families!

Plus, we end the week by keeping you in the loop on all the door-crashing Black Friday deals.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca/live, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app!


Kevin Frankish leads the way for #BTMovember

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 22nd, 2013


Kevin Frankish is proud to lead the Breakfast Television team with our Movember initiative.  A special thanks to Gillette Canada for kicking off our challenge with a whopping $25,000 donation!

Here’s how you can be involved:

Check out Kevin’s progress here:

City Brews: November 2013

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Nov 20th, 2013


CityNews meteorologist Adam Stiles, a fine connoisseur of beer, has compiled his top six Ontario beers that you should try this winter.  They are all featured in his City Brews six-pack picks for CityNews The 5!

1. Vanilla Porter, Mill Street Brewery
Highlight: Nitrogen charged
Flavours: Chocolate, hints of coffee, roasted malts & vanilla
Body: Full
Colour: Dark Amber, Thick frothy light mocha head
Texture: Creamy & Smooth
LCBO, retail shop at the distillery or many bars – $2.90/can

2. Vintage Winter Beard-D. Choc. Cran. Stout, Muskoka Brewery
Highlight: Cellared for one year. 2012 Vintage, could cellar for a two more years
Flavours: Chocolate & cranberry, roasted malts
Body: Full to thick
Colour: Deep chocolate colour…with a dark tan head to it
Texture: Velvety with mild carbination
ABV: 8% (can’t really taste it)
Pairs well with more chocolate or rich desserts like cheesecake or good company
LCBO or retail shop in Muskoka – $13.95

3. Tempest Imperial Stout, Amsterdam Brewery
Highlight: Could cellar for three years, if you can keep it cool and away from light
Flavours: More bitterness, bitter coffee flavours, burnt malts/smokiness, cocoa
Body: Heavy
Colour: Black, thin head, doesn’t stick around long
Texture: Thick, mild carbination, warming
ABV: 9%
LCBO or retail shop – $6.25/bottle
Note: Just released the Double Tempest Stout – 14% ABV

4. Lake Effect IPA, Great Lakes Brewery
Highlight: Weather and beer meet
Tank ten series – Brewers Choice
IPA: Hoppy beer
Flavours: Hops upfront carrying citrus notes like grapefruit, tangerine
Hints of pine and herbs
Body: Unfiltered – So medium to full
Colour: Hazy Orange with a white foam head…Laces the glass as you drink
Texture: medium carbination, Slightly oily, with bite
ABV: 7%
Pairs well with spicy foods and rich cheeses
LCBO or retail shop in Etobicoke – $5.95

5. Kissmeyer: Nordic Pale Ale, Beau’s B-Side BrewingLabel
Highlight: Takes international beers and recipes and makes them local. Kissmeyer is from Denmark but the beer is made here.
Flavours: Herbal & floral, rose hips, slight evergreen, slight syrup on finish
Body: Thinner/lighter
Colour: Golden to hazy orange
Texture: Light/higher carbonation, crisp
Hops, but not as hoppy as lake effect IPA
ABV: 5.2%
LCBO: $4.85/bottle

6. Conductor’s Craft Ale, Junction Craft Brewing
Sessionable: Can drink multiple in one sitting
Flavours: Hopped backed beer…plenty of malt and balance
Slightly bitter with tons of aroma
Body: Medium
Colour: Amber
Texture: Balanced
ABV: 5.2%
Pairs well with sharp cheese, BBQ and spicy food
LCBO or retail shop – $2.85/can

Watch the full segment below.

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