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And to end off the week Friday, we are gearing up for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
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If you didn’t know summer arrived in Toronto, you would know it by the road closures in effect every weekend for events.
This weekend, a Pan Am Games torch relay celebration and street festivals will take over the city. Below is a list of road closures.
Also, keep in mind, there are some subway closures this weekend.
Road closures for events
Pan Am Games Torch Relay Community Celebration
The torch makes its way from Trenton to Toronto on Saturday, on day 35 of the relay. Citytv’s Tracy Moore is expected to arrive carrying the torch at the Bloor viaduct (Prince Edward viaduct) around 7 p.m. and will light the cauldron.
Bloor Street including the viaduct from Parliament Street to Broadview Avenue will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Sunday.
Motorists won’t be able to access to Castle Frank Road from the Don Valley Parkway and the Bayview extension ramps from 4 p.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Sunday.
Salsa on St. Clair
The street party celebrating Latin culture takes place along St. Clair Avenue this weekend, featuring live music, dance, food, and other events.
St. Clair Avenue will be closed from Winona Drive to Christie Street from 8 a.m. on Saturday to 11 p.m. on Sunday.
The free event on Sunday will allow young people to showcase their music, fashion, film, photography, and other artistic ventures in front of the masses at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Yonge Street, from Dundas to Queen streets, will be closed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Taste of Lawrence
The three-day food and culture festival takes place in Scarborough from Friday to Sunday.
Lawrence Avenue, from Warden Avenue to Birchmount Road, will be closed from 10 a.m. on Friday to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
Trains won’t be running on Line 3 (SRT) this weekend for TTC track and maintenance work. Regular service will resume at 6 a.m. on Monday.
Shuttle buses will run between McCowan and Kennedy stations. Kennedy, Lawrence East and Scarborough Centre stations will be open for fare purchases.
Also, service on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between St. George and Pape stations starts running at noon instead of 9 a.m. on Sunday due to beam and track work on the Bloor viaduct. Shuttle buses will run along Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue.
July 3-5, 2015
Summerlicious: The kick-off of Summerlicious this weekend means summer is truly here. The culinary celebration of Summerlicious has arrived to show off the delicious cuisines Toronto has to offer. This year things are going to be a little different with a Pan Am and Parapan Am Games theme. There will be five events inspired by the 41 nations participating in the Games including tapas in Parkdale and a dinner in Peru. For more information and ticket prices click here.
Salsa on St. Clair: Head down to St. Clair West this weekend for a free event celebrating Latin culture that promises to have everyone dancing in the streets. Pulsing drums and fiesta flavored food starts at noon and runs into the night. For more information visit salsaintoronto.com.
Taste of Toronto: This weekend Torontonians will flock to Fort York where chefs from across Toronto will gather to blow your taste buds away. It is literally foodie heaven in Toronto with close to 50 dishes to savor. A few items already revealed on the menu include crispy BBQ pork tacos, true Northern Atlantic salmon, fresh oysters and cheesy slow-cooked lobster. Tickets can be bought at the door or online.
Brickfete: A world made of Lego? It’s a real thing and it is happening this weekend in Toronto. Lego hobbyists have created unique city layouts, trains, historical buildings, castles, pirates and more for you come take part in all weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don’t worry, it’s not just for children. For more information and ticket prices visit Toronto.brickfete.com
Christie Pits Film Festival: Grab a blanket and sit under the stars while watching a movie at Christie Pits Park. Sunday marks the first movie of the summer and the film starts rolling at sunset. Pay what you can or give the suggested donation of $10. Don’t get spooked but the opening night is a Toronto symphony of horror. For a list of all the movies being played visit christiepitsff.com/films, and don’t forget that its “BYOBlanket.”
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Your kids can’t wait to start splashing. They’ve got sunscreen, water toys and goggles—but what about a proper life jacket? Not just reserved for boating, life jackets are crucial around pools and open water, especially for your littlest fish. The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that all infants and toddlers weighing at least nine kilograms should wear a life jacket (or personal floatation device, PFD) when playing in or around water. (There are no life jackets or PFDs approved for use in Canada for infants less than nine kilograms; they should be held by an adult). Kids can drown in as little as one inch of water, and children between one and four years old are considered most at risk. In fact, drowning is the second most common cause of death for children under five years old.
To keep your little ones safe, it’s important that life jackets or PFDs fit properly and include the right features. Keep these tips in mind when choosing a life jacket:
1. Make sure it meets safety standards
The life jacket or PFD you use should meet Canadian safety regulations (check for a label from Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, or Fisheries and Oceans Canada). Life jackets and PFDs are similar in that they both strap around the torso; however, life jackets are designed to flip a person from face-down to face-up in the water, while PFDs do not have this feature. Remember that pool and swim toys (noodles, inflatable rings, water wings or bathing suits with floats in them) are not considered standard water safety gear and should not replace a life jacket.
2. Choose the size based on your kid’s current weight
Kids’ life jackets are sized by weight, starting at nine kilograms or more—in Canada, there are no safety approved life jackets or PFDs for infants who weigh less than nine kilograms. Do not purchase a bigger life jacket for your child to “grow into”—make sure your child is the correct weight for the life jacket you buy. It should be snug, but not so tight that you can’t do up the zipper and buckles. You should not be able to lift the life jacket up to your child’s ears or over their head.
3. Go bright
The brighter, the better. Vivid colours like orange and yellow ensure that your child is clearly visible in and around the water.
4. Get all the right features
The Canadian Red Cross recommends the following features in kids’ life jackets and PFDs:
- A large collar to support your child’s head
- A looped grab strap on the collar for easy grabbing
- Durable, functioning, rust-proof (plastic) buckles and zippers, waist-ties with snug-fitting drawstrings or elastic in front and back, and a safety strap that fastens between your child’s legs to keep the jacket in place.
- Add reflective tape to increase visibility and a plastic whistle for emergencies. (And teach him how to blow it—your kid likely won’t mind practicing).
5. Put life jackets on, not just near your child
Life jackets and PFDs are meant to be worn, not just near a child or in a boat with a child.
6. Don’t let life jackets replace adult supervision
Toddlers should always be supervised and within arms reach when in or near water, and infants less than 9 kilograms should be held by an adult (as there are no safety-approved infant life jackets). Transport Canada recommends that infants and toddlers should be at least nine kilograms and able to wear a life jacket before boarding a boat.
7. Don’t use life jackets as cushions or toys
Sitting on a life jacket or using it for another purpose can squish the inner material, making it less effective and no longer up to safety standards. Store life jackets in a dry area to ensure they stay in good working condition.
8. Test it out
Every time you zip your kid into it, check the life jacket over for wear and tear, such as broken fasteners, buckles, straps or zippers, and make sure all are in good condition. Replace the life jacket if you find rips. Every summer, ensure your child’s life jacket fits properly and that he can freely move his arms and easily breathe, move, bend over and sit in it. Also make sure he can walk and see the ground without tripping.
In the water, test the life jacket by wading in with your child until he’s at chest level. Assist him as he brings his knees up and floats on his back. Make sure the life jacket keeps your child’s head safely above water and that he can breathe. While beside your child, have him practice swimming in the life jacket on his back and tummy.
To celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday, Maclean’s has produced 148 short videos that showcase the vibrancy and breadth of Canadian experiences from coast-to-coast. “What it feels like to be Canadian” bring audiences closer to the action.
From joining the Sourtoe Cocktail Club in Dawson City and climbing an ice-covered Niagara Falls to an intimate concert with the Barenaked Ladies, the diversity of content reflects the lives of Canadians from across our nation.
Categories include sports, outdoors, heritage, experience, adventure, and arts.
Click here to watch the series of 148 videos.
The maple leaf is forever, and so is Canadian pride as the country marks its 148th birthday on Wednesday.
There are plenty of events taking place in Toronto to show off and celebrate your patriotism, with fireworks being the main highlight. Below is a list of fireworks displays in Toronto.
But, since Canada Day is also a statutory holiday, there will be closures in effect, which are posted below.
And, with all these events come road closures across the city, so pack your patience and the nice character Canadians are known for around the world. Click here for a list.
Fireworks in the Toronto area
Please note, the fireworks are dependent on the weather. The city is also reminding residents setting off their own fireworks in public parks is illegal.
235 Queens Quay W., Toronto
As part of the its Canada Day Extravaganza, which runs now until July 1, the Canada Eve Fireworks on Tuesday will light up the sky along the waterfront in a 20-minute, two-barge free show choreographed to music from 10:40 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge St., Toronto
Celebrate Canada Day with live music, including Juno-award-nominated reggae artist Jay Douglas and the Allstars, dance, aerial acrobats, family fun, and of course, fireworks set to music. The free event runs from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with the light show at 10:15 p.m.
35 Carl Hall Rd., Toronto
The free fireworks show, which has the best views from The Meadow or the Festival Terrace, takes place around 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Ashbridges Bay Park
1675 Lake Shore Blvd E., Toronto
The annual fireworks display in the Beach starts at 10 p.m., and can also be viewed along the boardwalk from Coxwell to Victoria Park avenues.
With around 30,000 people expected to attend, drivers can expect traffic congestion in the area. Police will also be issuing tickets to drivers who illegally park their vehicles, and warn they will be towed away.
Partake in a free pancake breakfast, revel in buskers, enjoy a craft sale and more in Thomson Memorial Park (1005 Brimley Rd.), being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From 4 p.m. to around 5:30 p.m., a Canada Day parade will make its way from Brimley Road, west of the Scarborough Civic Centre, and end at Lawrence Avenue East.
The day will cap off with a free fireworks show at Milliken Park (4325 McCowan Rd.) at dusk.
256 Centennial Park Rd., Etobicoke
What better way to spend Canada Day than by devouring barbecue ribs while listening to live music, and then relaxing with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
East York celebrations
A Canada Day parade with marching bands will make its way at 10 a.m. from Dieppe Park (455 Cosburn Ave.) to Stan Wadlow Park (373 Cedarvale Ave.), where revellers can check out live entertainment and other activities from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A fireworks show will top off the night at 10:15 p.m.
Weston Lions Park
2125 Lawrence Ave. W., North York
The Canada Day party featuring live entertainment, food and family fun, runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and ends with fireworks.
1507 Lawrence Ave. W., North York
Barbecue goodies, live entertainment, a marketplace and a strongman competition await funmeisters at the annual event, plus a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
9580 Jane St., Vaughan
Spend the day enjoying the thrilling rides and then catch the music-filled fireworks show over Wonder Mountain at 10 p.m. New this year, fire divers will create a starry sky as they jump off the mountain and into the Royal Fountain.
What’s open and closed in Toronto
Closed on Canada Day
- LCBO locations but some agency stores will be open on July 1
- Beer stores
- Government offices
- No mail delivery
Most grocery stores are closed, but some are open. Please call the store nearest you.
Open on Canada Day
- TTC will run on a holiday schedule
- GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule
- Garbage collection
- Most malls, including Eaton Centre (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Square One Shopping Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), but Yorkdale mall is closed
- Tourist sites and attractions, including historic sites
- Toronto-run golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads
Celebrating our nation’s most patriotic holiday comes at a price — road closures.
From parades to lavish fireworks displays, several special events are happening across Toronto on July 1. And, below is a list of events and the road closures that go with them:
Canada Day celebration at Queen’s Park
Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Circle from College Street to Bloor Street will be closed on Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Canada Day celebration at Mel Lastman Square
The southbound lanes of Yonge Street between North York Boulevard and Park Home Avenue will be closed on Wednesday from noon to 11 p.m. The full closure of Yonge Street in that block will be in effect from 7 to 11 p.m.
East York’s Canada Day
The following road closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday:
- Cosburn Avenue from Cedarvale Avenue to Oak Park Road
- Virginia Avenue from Cedarvale Avenue to Cosburn Avenue
- Gledhill Avenue from Holborne Avenue to Cosburn Avenue
Canada Day parade in Scarborough
Brimley Road will be closed from Progress Avenue to Ellesmere Road from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and from Ellesmere Road to Lawrence Avenue from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Ellesmere Road will be closed from Midland Avenue to McCowan Road from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. Officials are encouraging people to take public transit if they’re heading out on Canada Day.
A more complete list of events and road work is available attoronto.ca/torontostreets and more information about the City’s planned capital construction work is available at toronto.ca/inview.
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