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5 places to visit at 2015 Doors Open Toronto

Kristen Gomes | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The long weekend has ended but the fun never ends. 2015 Doors Open Toronto is celebrating their 16th year of opening their doors to the public. This weekend tourists and residents will have access to more than 155 buildings, free walking tours, architectures and more.  

Here are 5 places to visit:

Rogers Studios — City and OMNI Television
33 Dundas Street East | Saturday: 10:00 a.m.  —  5:00 p.m.
Rogers Studios is the home of City and OMNI Television in the heart of downtown Toronto. Visitors will get a special behind-the-scenes look into the broadcast facility’s newsrooms, control rooms, studio spaces, and the CityNews weather and traffic centre.

Toronto Police Marine
259 Queens Quay West | Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Take a look at the Toronto Police Marine Unit’s history and their responsibility for Lake Ontario. Tours will be held throughout the day where they will showcase the variety of Police Vessels and vehicles.

Design Exchange
234 Bay Street | 
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Design Exchange is the home of excellence and preservation of design heritage. DX is known for their exhibitions, competitions and educational programs that happen throughout the year.

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West | 
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Bata Shoe Museum celebrates 20 years of showcasing the style and function of footwear. with over 4,500 years of history and collection.

Toronto Track and Field Centre
231 Ian MacDonald Boulevard | Saturday: 10:00 a.m.  —  5:00 p.m.
Take a peek where athletes break a sweat at Toronto Track and Field Centre.  This facility its the go-to place that provides training from grassroots to Olympic level Athletes. This summer Toronto Track and Field Centre will be the training facility for athletes during the 2015 Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

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Dufferin Street named worst road in Toronto: CAA

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015


Dufferin Street may not be the worst road in Ontario this time around, but it holds the top spot in Toronto.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) revealed its top 10 worst roads in Ontario and in regional areas, such as Toronto, on Thursday.

This year, Dufferin came in third spot provincially behind Algonquin Boulevard West and Algonquin Boulevard East in Timmins.

In 2014, Dufferin was voted the worst road in Ontario for the third year in a row.

During the four-week campaign, Ontarians were able to vote online for the roads in need for repair or redesign.

The CAA uses the information to press all levels of government for more infrastructure funding.

Ontario’s top 10 worst roads for 2015:

  1. Algonquin Boulevard West, Timmins
  2. Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins
  3. Dufferin Street, Toronto
  4. Highway 144, Greater Sudbury
  5. Carling Avenue, Ottawa
  6. Radical Road, Port Dover
  7. Burlington Street East, Hamilton
  8. Riverside Drive, Timmins
  9. Dominion Road, Fort Erie
  10. Bayview Avenue, Toronto

Toronto’s top 5 worst roads for 2015:

  1. Dufferin Street
  2. Bayview Avenue
  3. Markham Road
  4. Kipling Avenue
  5. Lawrence Avenue East

The antioxidant-rich foods you should be eating now

HELLO! Canada | posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


Antioxidant-rich foods are easily found in the produce section of your local grocery store, and adding these brightly coloured foods to your diet is a secret weapon for banishing wrinkles and preventing chronic disease. Juicy red tomatoes, crisp orange carrots and more are rich in antioxidants, but it’s important to know which foods are best when it comes to vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional therapist Gabriela Peacock reveals the top vitamins to include in your diet, and which foods are packed with them…


Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are often packed with antioxidants

Vitamin A

This vitamin helps the immune system, as well as the intestinal, respiratory and urinary tracts. For a boost of Vitamin A, include foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and kale in your diet.

Vitamin C

This helps protect your cells from damage, and improves the absorption of iron which is great for your energy levels. It also helps the immune system to work properly, and can be found in citrus fruits, strawberries and kiwis.

Vitamin E

This vitamin supports the immune system so it can fight infections, prevent blood clots and protect your cells from free radicals. Make sure to get your fix by introducing wholegrains, broccoli, nuts and seeds into your healthy diet.

Antioxidants play a key role in keeping us healthy and banishing wrinkles


This essential mineral, when partnered with Vitamin E, provides oxidative protection and helps regulate thyroid function. Usually found in foods including fish and red meat, but if you’re vegetarian you can also get your quota by eating brazil nuts.


This naturally occurring ‘phytonutrient’ gives fruit and vegetables their red colour. Studies show Lycopene reduces the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. The best lycopene foods include tomatoes, papaya and apricots.


This mineral is usually found in green, leafy vegetables. It can reduce the risk of chronic eye disease, lowers the risk of developing cataracts and protects healthy cells. Lutein can be found in kiwi, broccoli, kale and spinach.

Top 5 fitness tips: 5 ways to maximize your workout

LOULOU | posted Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


If you’re going to do it, do it right. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your workout. A big thank you to Nicolas Clanet, personal trainer and kinesiologist at Nautilus Plus, and Sophie Rochon, in-store activities coordinator for MEC Quebec, for the great tips.

Switch up your activities

If you always do the same activity, you’re always using the same muscles. To avoid hitting a major plateau (or risking injury), try to switch up your activities on the regular. This way you can hit all the major fitness zones: cardio, strength training and flexibility. So ditch the running shoes and pick up a yoga mat now and then.

Work in intervals

By working out in intervals of high and low intensity, you can really push yourself at certain points, knowing you’ll have time to recuperate immediately afterwards. You’ll burn more energy for a longer period of time – even after your workout is done (bonus!).

Change the playing field

When you work out on an uneven surface (like an outdoor field), you automatically work more on balance. Psst! The fresh air’s not so bad either!

Seek help

Finding a personal trainer, a kinesiologist or even a community that enjoys the same activity as you do will help you to develop a workout plan that’s tailored to your needs. Sharing info is the best way to learn how to achieve your goals pronto.

Take notes

Keeping a fitness journal helps you track your progress. Take note of all the deets: how much weight you’re lifting, how far you’re running, how many calories you’re burning… Everything counts!

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Best of BT Weekend: May 15, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 15th, 2015

The latest trend in fitness

Brad Smith’s personal trainer Greg Hetherington showed us how to get fit with the latest trend Primal Fitness.

Francesco Yates performed on BT stage

Up and coming Canadian singer Francesco Yates performed ‘Better To Be Loved’

Victoria Day long weekend

We kicked off the Victoria Day long weekend outdoors with our brand new patio from Canadian Tire.

Victoria Day 2015: Fireworks, what’s open & closed in Toronto

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 15th, 2015


The Canadian statutory holiday to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday is on Monday.

It falls on the Monday preceding May 25 and is also known as May 2-4 or the May long weekend.

Here’s a list of what is open and closed whether you are heading up to the cottage or spending the day in the city.


  • LCBO and Beer Stores
  • Government offices
  • City hall
  • Libraries & schools
  • Banks
  • Canadian Post and UPS


  • TTC will run on a holiday schedule
  • GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule
  • Movie theatres
  • Eaton Centre from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Square One from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Vaughan Mills from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Cookstown Outlet Mall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
  • Pacific Centre Mall from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Toronto Zoo
  • ROM
  • CN Tower
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Casa Loma
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Canada’s Wonderland

Ashbridges Bay Park
Mon. May 18, 9:45 p.m.

Canada’s Wonderland
Sunday, May 17, 10 p.m.

CityNews’ Shauna Hunt confronts men hurling vulgarities at her while reporting

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt confronted several young men who hurled vulgarities at her while covering a Toronto FC soccer game on Sunday.

The crude trend, which started in the United States, involves people bombarding live reporters and yelling “f**k her right in the p***y” into their microphones.

Hunt patiently endured several instances of the degrading phrase before confronting some of the perpetrators.

“Can I ask why you would want to do say something like that?” she asked one man.

“I feel like it’s quite substantial,” he responds.

Later she noticed several other men lurking behind her and asked if they were waiting to bombard her as well.

They admitted that they were.

“You know I’m sick of this,” Hunt said. “I get this every single day, ten times a day…It’s disrespectful and degrading.”

“And If your mom had saw you talk like this?” she asked, ironically, on Mother’s Day.

“Oh my mom would die laughing, eventually,” he responded.

Hunt isn’t the only one who’s “sick” of the vulgarity.

Calgary police are prepared to press charges, sending a letter to broadcasters in the city that reads: “…We had a legal opinion obtained and have concluded this activity constitutes grounds for a charge and arrest.”

“Please report it to us as soon as possible so that we can follow up on it. I think if we collectively address this early, it may mitigate similar occurrences in the future.”

Calgary police say it violates section 175(1)(A) of the Criminal Code: Everyone commits an offence who “not being in a dwelling-house, causes a disturbance in or near a public place, (1) by fighting, screaming, shouting, swearing, singing or using insulting or obscene language.”

Several CityNews reporters have been on the receiving end of the so-called prank.

“What is it that makes them think that this is OK?” asked political specialist Cynthia Mulligan. “Because it’s a verbal assault. It just is.”

Breakfast Television’s Melanie Ng said it’s not only men who are guilty.

“We’re now starting to see not just guys, but women doing it and again of all ages. You’re seeing little girls and women in their 40s and 50s yelling in the background.”

And female reporters aren’t the only targets. Recently, CityNews’ Adrian Ghobrial got blindsided.

“For my female colleagues and female reporters and journalists across North America, it’s sexual harassment and it’s disgusting and needs to stop,” he said.

Toronto police say charges can indeed by laid, depending on the circumstances.

“I think there are a number of charges that could be laid,” said Meaghan Gray, Toronto police. “You could be looking at breach of the peace, or harassment, sexual harassment, mischief…”

With files from CityNews.ca

Broadcaster Erin Davis’ daughter passes away at 24

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 11th, 2015


Lauren Davis, the daughter of popular Toronto radio host Erin Davis, has died at the age of 24.

Erin is a morning show host of our affiliate station CHFI.

Lauren was a new mom and a broadcaster with CFRA, a radio station in Ottawa.

Erin and her co-host Mike Cooper and the CHFI team were in Jamaica for a special broadcast of CHFI. The broadcast from Jamaica has been cancelled and the team is back in Toronto.

Erin and her husband Rob have issued the following statement: “Thank you to my extended CHFI family for the outpouring of love and support. I am overwhelmed by your heartfelt letters and messages to my family and me at this very difficult time in our lives.”

Click here for the story on CHFI.com.

Note: This website and CHFI are both owned by Rogers.

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