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Apple replacing faulty batteries in some iPhone 5 units

CityNews | posted Monday, Aug 25th, 2014

Apple is acknowledging a problem with a small number of iPhone 5 units.

Some of the phones have faulty batteries that have very short battery life and need to be charged more frequently.

The affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013.

The tech giant is replacing batteries for free in Canada on Aug. 29. It’s already available in the United States and China.

If you have an iPhone 5, click here to input your phone’s serial number to see if you are eligible for a battery replacement.

Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons

CityNews | posted Monday, Aug 25th, 2014

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It could be a whopper of a deal.

Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Hortons Inc. and form a new publicly listed company that would be based in Canada.

They said in a statement Sunday night that Canada would be the largest market of the combined company.

The statement said 3G Capital, the majority owner of Burger King, would continue to own the majority of the shares of the new company on a pro forma basis, with the remainder held by existing shareholders of Tim Hortons and Burger King.

The companies say Oakville-based Tim Hortons and Miami-based Burger King would operate as standalone brands while benefiting from shared corporate services, practices as well as global scale.

“A key driver of these discussions is the potential to leverage Burger King’s worldwide footprint and experience in global development to accelerate Tim Hortons growth in international markets,” the statement reads.

The statement adds that the new corporation would be the world’s third-largest quick service restaurant company, with approximately $22 billion in system sales and over 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries worldwide.

The companies say they will not comment further unless there is a deal.

Tim Horton’s is well known for its coffee which is a high margin area where U.S. fast food giants have raced to grab market share.

Recently Burger King has been adding more coffee items to its menus in order to catch up with its rival McDonald’s.

This is not the first time Tim Horton’s has been owned by an American burger chain. For nearly 15 years the company was owned by Wendy’s after a deal was struck with founder Dave Thomas in 1995.

With files from The Canadian Press

5 things to do this weekend: BuskerFest, Walk for the Children and Taiwanfest

Michael Talbot | posted Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014

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Aug. 22-24

BuskerFest: This long-running festival in support of Epilepsy Toronto brings an eclectic mix of street performers to Toronto’s downtown core. From puppets and musicians to contortionists and magicians, this three-day event promises a full slate of jaw-dropping talent. Yonge Street, from Queen to College. Friday to Sunday. Free. torontobuskerfest.com

Walk for the Children: In support of the Herbie Fund at the Hospital for Sick Children, this family-friendly walking tour of the Toronto Zoo raises money to support lifesaving surgeries for kids from around the world. There will also be a BBQ, games, and live entertainment. CityNews anchor Gord Martineau, a longtime Herbie Fund supporter, will also be on hand. Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd. Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20-$35. Children under three are free. herbiefund.com

Taiwanfest: Immerse yourself in Taiwan’s unique music, dance, art and food over this three-day event. Some festival highlights include the Symphony of Movies — a celebration of Taiwanese filmmakers and the Pili Puppetry fashion show. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Friday to Sunday. Free.harbourfrontcentre.com

Waterfront Beach Festival: This fully licenced party on the beach will feature a slew of talented DJs from around the world. You must be 19 to attend. No dress code is in effect, so bring your beach attire. HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay W. Saturday. 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. www.wantickets.com

Rastafest: Drawing from the rich history of Rastafarian culture, the highlight of this event is a live concert featuring reggae stars from Canada and the Caribbean. The festival has a strong focus on education, with information booths where attendees can learn more about the Rastafarian culture. Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd. Saturday. 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. $10 at the gate; $7 in advance. rastafest.com

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10 fire hydrants that make Toronto the most money in parking tickets

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Aug 11th, 2014

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Toronto’s parking-ticket data shows that since 2008, the city has collected more than $24 million by fining people who parked too close to fire hydrants. Here’s a list of Toronto’s most lucrative hydrants:

  1. 393 University Ave., $289,620
  2. 112 Merton St., $212,300
  3. 33 Elmhurst Ave., $207,030
  4. 56 The Esplanade, $191,110
  5. 5519 Yonge St., $173,330
  6. 99 Atlantic Ave., $163,760
  7. 361 University Ave., $152,530
  8. 43 Elm St., $152,220
  9. 5100 Yonge St., $145,310
  10. 6 Spring Garden Ave., $131,110

Source: City of Toronto

Toronto-bound QEW at Burlington Skyway reopens

CityNews | posted Monday, Aug 4th, 2014

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All lanes of the Toronto-bound QEW at the top of the Burlington Skyway have reopened, the OPP has confirmed.

The closure had been in effect since 3:30 p.m. on Thursday after a dump truck crashed into scaffolding on the bridge in a construction zone.

“As a result of the collision, the bridge structure sustained significant damage,” the OPP said in a release. “Three other vehicles, a transport truck and two cars were also damaged subsequent to the initial collision.”

Ministry spokesperson Astrid Poei said the cleanup included removal of vehicles, steel debris, and included a thorough structural inspection. Additional repairs will be made over the next two months.

The OPP says a 34-year-old Sukhvinder Singh Rai, from Brampton, faces charges of impaired driving and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content. He is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton court on Aug. 22.

Rai received minor injuries in the crash.

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

 

Toronto-bound QEW at Burlington Skyway closed until Monday due to crash

CityNews | posted Friday, Aug 1st, 2014

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The OPP says a 34-year-old man is facing an impaired driving charge after a crash that’s closed all lanes of the Toronto-bound QEW at the top of the Burlington Skyway at least until Monday morning.

Witnesses said they watched in disbelief as a dump truck crashed into scaffolding on the bridge in a construction zone around 3:30 p.m., creating a traffic nightmare that could extend well into the weekend.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and then I heard other truckers honking but the guy kept going, he actually was going faster. It was so surreal,” said Robert Grimme. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And the next thing you know, ‘Bang!’ ”

In a tweet, Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca says that the Toronto-bound lanes would remain closed over the weekend, and into the holiday Monday:

Sukhvinder Singh Rai, from Brampton, faces charges of impaired driving and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content. He is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton court on Aug. 22.

Rai received minor injuries in the crash.

“As a result of the collision, the bridge structure sustained significant damage,” the OPP said in a release. “Three other vehicles, a transport truck and two cars were also damaged subsequent to the initial collision.”

A heavy tow truck was at the scene and the Ministry of Transportation and engineers have been called in to gauge the amount of damage.

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Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Engineers assess the structural damage of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Engineers assess the structural damage of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

 

What’s open & closed in Toronto for the August long weekend

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Friday, Aug 1st, 2014

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Properly called Simcoe Day, commonly called the August civic holiday, most people in the Greater Toronto Area can call Monday a day off.

Businesses are not required to close Monday under the provincial Retail Business Holidays Act, so they may open at the discretion of the municipality.

The holiday is also observed in most other provinces and territories, although it goes by different names and is often celebrated with different traditions: In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island the day is known as as Natal Day, while it is Regatta Day in Newfoundland. Even in Ottawa the Civic Holiday goes by a different name, often referred to as Colonel By Day.

Open

  • Tourist attractions (ROM, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium)
  • Major malls (Eaton Centre, Yorkville, Fairview, Sherway Gardens, Square One, Vaughan Mills)
  • Select Beer Store locations (Click here for a full list)
  • LCBO (About 370 corporate stores will be open. Click here to check the hours for your location. Authorized LCBO vendors in small towns may open at their own discretion.)
  • Movie theaters

Closed

  • Tourist attractions (AGO, TIFF Bell Lightbox)
  • Banks
  • Government offices
  • Post offices and mail delivery
  • All Toronto Public Library branches

Weekend Events

  • Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
  • OVO Fest
  • Rogers Cup
  • TD Irie Music Festival

Click here for a full list of road closures over the long weekend.

Thunderstorms pound Toronto, GTA

CityNews | posted Monday, Jul 28th, 2014

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Rain continues to fall Monday morning after heavy thunderstorms pounded Toronto and the GTA overnight.

Pools of water disrupted the morning commute with crews dispatched to clear roads.

A month’s worth of rain fell in Markham by 1 a.m., with 77.6 mm falling, according to unofficial reports.

Windsor had 46.8 mm while only 10 mm had fallen on Toronto Island.

A section of Highway 404 and Steeles Avenue was flooded Sunday night.

There are unconfirmed reports of tornados touching down Sunday evening in Grand Bend and Millbank, north of Kitchener.

Pictures were posted to social media of a funnel cloud near Millbank, and reports are coming in of heavy damage in Grand Bend, with damage to hydro polls and large trees being knocked over.

Environment Canada is expected to send investigators to the sites later Monday.

Environment Canada lifted a severe thunderstorm warning for the area around 11 p.m.

During the height of the warning, hail battered Brampton, Markham and Unionville.

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