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Week of Sept. 30, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Sep 29th, 2013

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

On Monday, we have five ways to make your home happier, Suzanne Somers is here, and Randall Edwards from Package Deal joins the fun!

Plus, actress Lisa Ray stops by on Wednesday.

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

Week of Sept. 23, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Sep 22nd, 2013

It’s an exciting lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

On Monday, we have hits and misses from the Emmy red carpet, fall fashions for men, plus how to lose seven pounds in seven days.

And make sure your dial is locked to City on Friday as Alex Borstein–the voice of Lois Griffin on Family Guy–stops by for a few laughs!

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

Raw food pantry essentials

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Sep 18th, 2013

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It can be quite intimidating to keep a raw food pantry stocked–especially when you’re first starting out.  Meghan Pearson stopped by to share her favourite raw food pantry essentials.

  • Apple cider vinegar: It is raw and unpasteurized, and packs a punch of health benefits.  Pearson recommends taking it with water first thing in the morning, similar to lemon water, and it is alkalizing and soft on the body.
  • Organic hemp protein: This is a non-gritty product that can be added to protein shakes and smoothies–an easy way to get the required amount of daily protein.
  • Chia seeds: You can get them in whole and sliced varieties, and is perfect for incorporating into raw puddings.  Pearson says the sliced variety makes it more bio-available and is an excellent superfood.
  • Raw cacao nibs: You can use these interchangeably with chocolate chips, Pearson says.  Simply add them to your favourite raw snacks and desserts.
  • Coconut oil: You can use it virtually anywhere from hair to skin to food!
  • Lucuma powder: This all-natural ingredient is a Peruvian fruit that’s ground up into a powder.  It acts as a natural sweetener, but is low on the glycemic index.
  • Almonds: A versatile ingredient in the kitchen, and high in vitamin E.  Pearson warns to make sure they come in their rawest form.
  • Nutritional yeast: A perfect item to have on hand for flavouring.  It is a raw yeast that acts similarly to cheese.

Take a look at the segment below:

Have you tried any of the above ingredients in your recipes? Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

Justin takes a tumble while interviewing Emma Thompson

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 13th, 2013

In their Entertainment City red carpet interview with Emma Thompson from The Love Punch, things go south–literally–when Justin takes a tumble.  Take a look at the original clip here, and see the hilarious GIF of the BT team reenacting the infamous #TIFFtumble on their way out to commercial break!

Plus, see the full TIFF recap from Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, and Melanie Ng and Brad Smith.

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Week of Sept. 2, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Sep 2nd, 2013

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

Plus, tune into our Best of BT show on Labour Day Monday as we recap some of our funniest moments.

Join us starting at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, as we bring you extensive back-to-school coverage!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, on our City Video iOS and Android apps, or right here at BTtoronto.ca!

 

Week of August 26, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Aug 25th, 2013

Check out our star-studded guest lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, on our City Video iOS and Android apps, or right here at BTtoronto.ca!

Your chance to see Robin Thicke live in studio

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 8th, 2013

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Known for his hit “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke will be stopping by next week to take part in an intimate Entertainment City special with some of his biggest fans.

Thicke will be giving a live interview and performance at the City headquarters with our Dina Pugliese and KiSS 92.5‘s Adam Wylde Tuesday morning after BT.

We are giving you at home a chance to be part of our live studio audience on Tuesday, August 13 at 11 a.m. All you need to do is email us at contests@bttoronto.ca and tell us the name of his new album. Be sure to include your full name and daytime telephone number.

Good luck!

Frankie Flowers: How to take care of grubs!

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

What are grubs?

Grubs are the larvae stage of a beetle and or chafer. In Ontario most likely a June or Japanese beetle!!

Are they harmful?

Grubs are not harmful to humans but they do destroy our lawns by eating the fibrous roots of grass type plants during the growing season. Damage is more noticeable later on during summer months during dry periods when lawns slow and growth and struggle to survive. At this time you may notice brown patches.

The adult stage of grubs…beetles and chafers are harmful to gardens as they eat almost everything in sight including trees, flowering shrubs, annuals, perennials and vegetables.

Skunks, Raccoons, Moles tearing up your lawn?

The most common way people discover they have grubs is in early spring when rodents, and fuzz friends tear up lawns in search of them. Grubs are a rich source of protein for or furry friends including skunks, raccoons, moles and feathered friends too! In fact these guys are taking care of your grub population but the problem is they are destroying your lawn at the same time!

How do you stop the digging and tunneling??

You need to discourage them! By smell…apply bloodmeal (Garden Care) to areas …skunks, raccoons, and moles hate the smell. Bloodmeal needs to be reapplied after rain. For permanent control you need to get rid of the grubs!!

Controlling Grubs:

Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticide limits options for grub control. Previous to the ban a chemical product called Merit was used but now Nematodes are one of the only options. Nematodes are microscopic organisms that are naturally occurring and present in the soil. They are harmless to wildlife, pets and humans so you may use your lawn immediately after applying. Nematodes die off when the grub population in your soil is reduced.

Nematodes are best used as a preventative application to control newly hatched larvae so the best time to apply them is in late August to early October. They infect grubs within 2 days of application and kill them within 14 days. Nematodes will not kill the entire grub population in your lawn, but will reduce it drastically.

NOTE: NEMATODES NEED TO BE REFRIDGEATED

Nematode application

It is ideal to apply Nematodes from the end of August to October.grubbusters

Nematodes should be applied to very moist soil (the will die if applied to dry soil). It is recommended that you water your lawn well BEFORE applying nematodes. This also drives the grubs closer to the surface which makes it easier for the nematodes to reach them.
Nematodes should not be applied on bright sunny days, as UV light will kill them. It is recommended that you apply them early or late in the day, or on an overcast day. Ideally, apply the Nematodes on a rainy day, as it will aid in the watering in of the Nematodes.
Nematodes should be sprayed into the lawn using a sprayer designed specifically for nematode application. For the nematodes to work effectively, it is essential to water the soil as soon as possible as the water helps them to penetrate further into the soil, where the grubs live.

Note: Having your lawn aerated before applying nematodes will aid in the movement of the grubs into the root zone of your lawn.

YOUR CHECKLIST:

EARLY SPRING:

Monitor for grub damage
Repair damaged areas
Aerate
Level, top-dress with soil and over seed areas damaged by raccoons, skunks or moles.
Keep Moist.

SUMMER:

Apply Nematodes

EARLY FALL:

Apply Nematodes
Overseed

NOTE: I also recommend Early Spring, Summer and Fall Fertilizing of lawn for optimal health. My Fav is CIL GOLFGREEN!!

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