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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!

Click here for more tips

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.

Public elementary school teachers start work-to-rule action

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 11th, 2015


Students in Ontario public elementary schools won’t be taking standardized tests or getting comments on their report cards as their teachers launch phase one of a work-to-rule strike.

The teachers will continue to take attendance and provide extra help to students. All extracurricular activities will still go ahead as scheduled.

The union representing teachers said the job action will continue until unacceptable demands made by the province are taken off the table.

“ETFO teachers are not prepared to allow increases in class sizes, have their preparation time directed by others, or be micromanaged and have their ability to support student learning compromised,” said Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) President Sam Hammond in a release.

The teachers also won’t attend staff meetings or participate in ministry activities such as professional development workshops.

ETFO represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals.

The job action is phase one of an incremental strike plan. The union has not said what the second phase would entail.

Ontario public elementary school teachers have been without a contract since August.

Meanwhile, Halton District School Board is continuing to negotiate contracts for secondary school teachers.

Three local table talks are scheduled for this week. They are currently in a strike position along with Waterloo, Lakehead and Ottawa-Carleton.

This comes as hundreds of thousands of secondary school students in Peel, Durham and Sudbury are still out of the classroom as teachers walk the picket lines.

The school boards and the union representing high school teachers are blaming each other for the stalled talks.

Central bargaining talks between the union and the province also at a standstill.

With files from CityNews.ca

Week of May 11, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, May 10th, 2015


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

We get fit on Monday with the latest trend–primal fitness.

On Wednesday, Dr. Stacy Irvine stops by.

And to end off the week Friday, Canadian singer and songwriter Dru is in to perform on the BT stage.

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!

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