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5 tips for landing the perfect summer job

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jun 8th, 2016

With summer approaching, many students are searching for summer jobs, but landing that perfect opportunity can be tough. To help the job search, Dr. Karyn Gordon shares five tips that will ‘wow’ potential employers, and help students land a fantastic summer job.

1. Be punctual

Dr. Karyn Gordon says younger generations often show up just on time or even late for interviews, which is one of the greatest irritants for HR managers. This may be due to a generational difference, as the older generation will interpret being late as “a sign of disrespect”. For a better chance of getting hired, show up reasonably early for the interview.

2. Do your research

Whatever the job is, research the company before the interview. Dr. Karyn says many HR managers are shocked that many applicants do not properly research their company, haven’t visited their website, and don’t really understand their business before the interview. Spend some time researching the company, its history, and its values.

Ask questions like, who are they? What do they do? Who is their audience? What are the different areas within their business? How do you think you can add some value?

3. Wow them with your resume

Gone are the days of dull single page resumes on white paper. Applicants need to stand out among the large stack of other resumes – try adding some colour, a picture, and even graphs and charts to make a resume ‘pop’. Dr. Karyn recommends even performing a quick Google search for ‘creative resumes’ to gather ideas.

4. Be prepared

Learning to rehearse is a great habit. Be sure to practice out-loud what to say and how to say it, while also paying attention to body language, tone of voice and facial expressions. According to Dr. Karyn, the entire body needs to fully rehearse out-loud so that when its “show-time” muscle memory takes over in a stressful “no-time-to-think” situation.

5. Leave your parents in the car

Dr. Karyn says many HR managers experience parents getting involved in the hiring process either by calling or handing in resumes for a job on behalf of their children. HR managers want to see independence and confidence and to know the applicant is ready for the job and can handle the full responsibility. Parents should stay in the car and provide support only before and after the interview.

Understanding eating disorders for World Eating Disorders Action Day

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jun 2nd, 2016


Organizations and activists representing 30 countries are uniting today for the inaugural World Eating Disorders Action Day. The goal of this day is to increase awareness, eradicate myths, and to advocate for more resources and policy changes to help those affected by eating disorders. 

Eating disorder statistics

Each year, nearly 500,000 people across Canada struggle with an eating disorder. Research suggests that as many as 600,000 to 900,000 Canadians meet diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder at any given time.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, with over 1,500 people per year affected. Although eating disorders affect both genders, approximately 80 per cent of individuals with eating disorders are girls or women.

Types of eating disorders

Anorexia nervosa – Distorted body image, restricting calories and starving.

Bulimia nervosa – Bingeing and purging, misuse of laxatives with related electrolyte imbalance and numerous other serious problems.

Binge eating disorder– Compulsive eating without purging. Accompanied by feelings of disgust, loss of control and distress.

Deborah Berlin-Romalis advises not to jump to conclusions while diagnosing an eating disorder, and to consult a resource such as Sheena’s Place. There are very few medical professionals that can properly diagnose, as the study of eating disorders is extremely underfunded.

DISCLAIMER: Always seek medical advise before diagnosing an eating disorder.

Possible signs to look out for

  1. Dramatic weight loss.
  2. Wearing big or baggy clothes, lots of layers hide body shape or weight loss.
  3. Obsession with nutrition facts, calories and fat content of foods.
  4. Obsession with continuous exercise.
  5. Continuous trips to the bathroom immediately following meals.
  6. Visible food restriction and self-starvation.
  7. Visible bingeing or purging.
  8. Use of diet pills, laxatives, ipecac syrup or enemas.
  9. Eating in isolation, or fear of eating around and with others.
  10. Unusual food rituals such as shifting food around on the plate, cutting food into tiny pieces, making sure the fork avoids contact with the lips, chewing food and spitting it out, but not swallowing.
  11. Visiting websites that promote unhealthy ways to lose weight.
  12. Hair loss.
  13. Pale or “grey” appearance to the skin.

Important food safety tips for summer

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016


Summer is approaching, which means grilling season is in full effect. Many will be heading out the patio and grilling chicken, steak or fish for family and friends. However, there are some precautions to take as handling raw meats increases the risk of foodborne illness.

Health Canada states that between 11 and 13 million people experience foodborne illness every year. Ensuring the safety of raw meats can be challenging, especially in the summer as warmer temperatures increase the chance of bacteria forming. Luckily, Rose Reisman has simple tips to keep in mind to lower your risk of foodborne illness this summer.


1) Have two different coolers on hand.
Keep raw meats and perishable foods like salads and vegetables separate by using two coolers.

2) Fill each cooler with ice packs.
The temperature inside the cooler should be at or below 4°C (40°F).  Remember food should be kept out of the temperature danger zone of 4°C to 60°C (40°F to 140°F) as harmful bacteria can grow in as little as two hours within this range.

3) Keep food stored in lock up containers.
Be wary of re-sealable freezer bags as they can leak and contaminate an entire cooler.


1) Check the temperature of cooked meats.
Bacteria that causes strands of food poisoning (E. coli, salmonella, campylobacterare killed by heat. To avoid foodborne illness, meat must be cooked to a safe internal temperature as colour alone is not a reliable indicator.

Ground meat: 165°F (74°C)
Fish: 145°F (63°C)
Poultry: 165F (74°C)
Pork: 145°F (63°C)

2) Marinate meats to reduce carcinogens from flames.
A marinated steak can cut carcinogens by up to 88 per cent. When meat has been marinated, it creates barrier from harmful chemicals produced by heat.


1) Wash your hands thoroughly.
Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling food. Be careful if using hand sanitizer or alcohol based wipes, as these contain flammable ingredients.

2) Use a clean plate when taking food off the grill.
Never put ready-to-eat or cooked food on a plate that was used for raw meat, poultry or seafood as this will cause cross contamination.

3) Keep several sets of clean utensils, cutting boards, and plates on hand.
Prevent cross-contamination by using utensils, cutting boards, and plates that are visually different.

Worst foods to leave out

– Ice cream or ice cream sandwiches
– Potato salad or egg salad
– Coleslaw
– Chocolate

Best foods to leave out

– Pasta salad or bean salad (that don’t contain  mayonnaise)
– Cheese and crackers
– Chips and dip
– Veggies and hummus

5 DIY first aid hacks every parent needs to know for summer

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2016


Summer is finally around the corner and this means it’s time to prepare first aid kits to be ready for that inevitable fall or accident. Nutritionist Andrea Donsky shares five homemade first aid options that will do the job while being gentle on kids’ skin.

Cuts and scrapes

When it comes to cuts and scrapes, the first instinct is to disinfect the wound using hydrogen peroxide or another antibacterial product. However, new research shows that minor wounds don’t always require disinfectant but rather a simple wash with a saline solution or lukewarm water. Once the wound has been cleaned and all the dirt is removed, you can apply:

· Honey: honey has natural antibacterial and anti-viral properties that help to decrease the likelihood of infection. Research shows that wounds kept moist heal faster than those that are dry. Cover the wound with gauze or leave it uncovered.

· Thyme: you can also steep some thyme to make thyme tea. Steep for five minutes and then soak a towel or cloth in the “tea” and apply it to the affected area to clean and soothe irritation. 

If you have severe wounds of cuts, always seek medical help.


Bruises amd inflammation

If you have bruises and/or inflammation, fruit might be your best bet.

Pineapple: this fruit contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds and an enzyme called “bromelain” which helps to reduce inflammation. Rub the fruit directly on your skin to break down the blood that has clotted to form a bruise. Bromelain will help fade the bruise quickly and prevent further blood clots from forming.

Bee Stings

Bee and wasp stings

The first thing to do when you get bitten by a bee or wasp is to remove the stinger.

Bee sting: make a paste of baking soda and water and leave it in the bite area for 15 minutes to neutralize the acidic venom and reduce the pain and swelling.

Wasp sting: soak cotton balls or a cloth in vinegar and apply it to the bite for 15 minutes to eliminate the discomfort. Andrea’s personal preference is to use apple cider vinegar because it works a little bit faster. 

Bug Repellents

Bug repellent 

With the Zika virus in the news and on our minds, we want to keep mosquitoes as far away as possible!

· Basil leaves are great for repelling insects especially for mosquitoes (they don’t like the scent of basil). You can use them two ways: 

  1. Steep basil leaves in boiling water for 2-3 hours and strain the steeped water into a spray bottle and use it on your body, windows, picnic tables, doorways, and anywhere else you often see bugs. You can add vodka to make it more potent.
  2. You can also rub basil leaves directly onto your skin for a quick repellent.

· Store bought bug repellent: for everyday use, I prefer to use bug spray without diethyltoluamide, also known as DEET. It has been linked to rashes, nausea and skin irritation. Look for a bug repellent that doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, and instead use essential oils to repel the bugs. 

· In the event you do get bitten, try the following:

  • Rub a banana peel over the bite. The sugars in the peel will help draw the fluid out of the bite.
  • Apply a cut up onion or onion poultice to the bite. Wash the area afterwards (avoid using onion if the skin is broken).
  • Apply a slice of raw potato.
  • Peppermint or neem toothpaste work to relieve the pain and swelling.



When it comes to the summer sun, it is important to apply sunscreen often to protect the skin. When it comes to sunscreen, to look for brands that are free of harsh chemicals like oxybenzone and parabens.

· In the event you do get a sunburn, try the following:

Grab some fun shaped ice cube trays and freeze some aloe vera in it. This creates ready-to-go “boo boo cubes” when you need them. Aloe vera is packed with vitamins and minerals that help to relieve pain, fight inflammation and repair damaged skin cells. It also stops the burning sensation you experience with a sunburn.

4 up-and-coming Toronto neighbourhoods to watch

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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May 17th is National Real Estate Day. This is a day for Canadians to come together and celebrate home ownership. Owning a home is important to Canadians, with 101,299 homes sold last year alone, a 9.2% increase over 2014.

In Toronto specifically, there are various options for potential homeowners, with different communities designed to for different lifestyles. However, buyers are looking to confirm that their home ownership is also an investment for the future. Mark McLean from the Toronto Real Estate Board confirms that real estate is a good investment. Getting into the market sooner than later will work to your favour.

Mark McLean has picked out four neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area that deliver the biggest return on investment.

1. The Canary District

This is a brand new neighbourhood with most residential buildings having opened up in the past year. Condos in this neighbourhood are noted for their clean, modern architecture. The Canary District is also within walking distance of the historic Distillery District, which includes many of Toronto’s best dining and entertainment options.

2. Danforth and Main

This once gritty intersection is now booming! Danforth and Main is an up and coming East end neighborhood with a more residential feel. Many of the side streets are lined with bungalows and homes with backyards, making this a great option for homebuyers looking for extra space.

3. Landsdowne and DuPont

Three years ago, there was not much development in this area of Toronto, however, much has changed in recent years due to what Mark McLean calls the “Brooklyn-effect”. Many Torontonians are choosing this neighbourhood as a more affordable alternative to nearby High Park or Roncesvalles. New condos are being constructed, century homes are being renovated, and tons of restaurants are opening up.

4. West Queensway and Islington

This neighbourhood is sometimes forgotten, due to its lack of proximity to the downtown core. However, many large condos and stacked town-homes are being built. The selling point? This neighbourhood is right off the Gardiner Expressway, which makes buying in this area great for car owners.

4 preventive measures to lower risk of vision loss

Devon Johnson | posted Monday, May 9th, 2016

Eye exam

An eye exam is an important part of looking after your eyes, but did you know it’s more than a simple test of your sight? City health expert Bryce Wylde explains how your eyes can be an indicator of your overall health, and shares tips on how one can lower their risk of vision loss.

Eye management 101

Vision loss can happen at any time, at any age. As of 2015, 4.25 million Canadians live with a serious eye disease. Out of every seven Canadians, at least one is developing one of the four most common eye diseases in their lifetime. These eye diseases include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is important to manage your eyesight with a healthcare professional.

Preventive eye care tips

  1. Perform eye health exercises daily. With the prevalence of vision loss expected to increase 30 per cent in the next decade, these exercises are very important. Canadians spend on average 376 minutes a day looking at screens on their computer, tablet, or smartphone.

    One popular eye health exercise is the 20-20-20 computer rule. Take your eyes away from the screen every 20 minutes, and look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to take a much-needed break from the computer screen, and allows your eyes a chance to refocus.

  2. Wear only UV sunglasses and UV contacts. Be wary of sunglasses or contacts that are not UV protected. Although the price might be cheaper, non-UV protected eyewear can dilate your pupils and increase the amount of radiation your eyes are exposed to.
  3. Make smart diet choices. Consume dark and leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, broccoli, sweet potato, carrots, squash, and red peppers. These vegetables gives your eyes much-needed antioxidants that can prevent vision loss. Seven cups of  vegetables or fruit each day. A large intake of Omega-3 fatty acids are also important to prevent eye problems. These acids can be found in fresh fish, nuts and seeds.
  4. Supplement your diet. Many Canadians are not getting enough essential vitamins and minerals in their diet plan. There are various products that will help benefit your eye health. These include eye healthy vitamins, lutein, beta carotene, and omega-3 supplements.

6 tips for dealing with student debt

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Student debt

With thousands of students earning their degrees in the coming weeks, repaying student debt is top of mind. Bruce Sellery shares his top six tips for dealing with the pressure, managing your loans and repaying them in a timely manner.

1) Live like a student

It’s hard to control your income, but Bruce recommends that you try and control your spending. Start by avoiding “lifestyle inflation” and live within your financial means—instead of living on your own, live with roommates.

2) Write it all down

Keep track of your financial obligations, (e.g. student debt, credit card debt, loans to parents), and be aware of the terms of the loans, including the interest rate and the minimum payments you need for each.

Keep in mind that new Canadian regulations state that you don’t have to start repaying your student debt until you make $25,000 a year.

3) Look at your cash flow

Take a hard look at your cash flow to see how much money is coming in and what your fixed expenses are (rent, internet, transit etc.) to set achievable goals. How much can you realistically put towards debt? Look at the big picture: how much are you making on an annual basis to determine a financial plan to pay off debt.

4) Set it and forget it

Set up auto-transfers to various debts on your payday. Make a plan to meet the minimums every month, no matter what.

Avoid not paying your debt as this will affect your credit rating. If your payment goes to collections, it will be a hit to your rating that can take years to fix.

5) Build a buffer

In other words, save extra money that acts as a safeguard. This is also known as an emergency fund, rainy day fund, or back-up savings.

6) Put 10% of income towards debt

Take a percentage of your income to put towards debt. If you do not receive a yearly salary and are working cheque to cheque (e.g. freelancers, contract), take out 10% of each cheque and put it towards debt.

How to donate to Fort McMurray fire relief efforts

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Alberta Strong

You can donate $10 dollars to help the people in Fort McMurray when you text the word FIRES to 45678.

Other ways to donate:

  • Text the word REDCROSS to 30333 and a $5 donation will be added to your wireless bill
  • Text the word REDCROSS to 45678 and a $10 donation will be added to your wireless bill

Additionally, Rogers is partnering with Red Cross to support those affected by the Fort McMurray fires by waiving the cost of calls and texts to/from Fort McMurray to help our customers stay safe and in touch with loved ones. Rogers will also be donating $100,000 to Red Cross to help those affected by the Fort McMurray fires.

Rogers is the parent company of City and this website.

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