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Best of BT Weekend: July 31, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 31st, 2015

What Pet Should I Get

We took a look at the new Dr. Seuss book, ‘What Pet Should I Get.’

Jenn was live at Fenelon Falls

Juicing vs. smoothies

We chatted about what is better for our body--juicing or smoothies.

Week of August 4, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 31st, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Be sure to tune in Tuesday as Christian Pritchard shows us how to create the ultimate smores.

On Thursday, Macleans’ Paul Walls will be chatting about the federal leader’s debate airing on City Thursday evening.

And to end off the week Friday, delicious dishes with peaches.

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!

August long weekend 2015: What’s open and closed in Toronto

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 31st, 2015

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The August long weekend – Simcoe Day in Toronto – is a civic holiday and a long weekend for many people in the Greater Toronto area.

The holiday goes by many names across the province, and it goes by different names and is often celebrated with different traditions across the country. In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island the day is known as Natal Day, while it is Regatta Day in Newfoundland. In Ottawa the Civic Holiday is often referred to as Colonel By Day.

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

Below is a list of what’s open and closed in the GTA:

Open

  • Tourist attractions (ROM, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium)
  • Major malls (Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, Fairview, Sherway Gardens, Square One, Vaughan Mills)
  • Select Beer Store locations (Click here for a full list)
  • LCBO (378 stores across the province will be open. Click here to find your store)
  • Movie theaters
  • City-run facilities like pools, splash pads and golf courses. (Click here for details)
  • Riverdale Farm
  • High Park Zoo
  • Toronto Islands and ferries

Closed

  • AGO
  • Banks
  • Government offices
  • Post offices and mail delivery
  • All Toronto Public Library branches

Weekend Events

Click here for what you need to know for the Caribbean Carnival, including road closures and a parade route map.

Five things to do this weekend: Caribbean Carnival, food trucks and Kurt Russell, oh my!

CityNews | posted Friday, Jul 31st, 2015

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July 31 – Aug. 3, 2015

We have a variety of happenings for the August long weekend, ranging from the Caribbean Carnival to a food truck festival. Check out our selection of events below.

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival: Grand Parade

The 46th edition of the popular cultural festival culminates with the colourful grand parade, set for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. starting at Exhibition Place and continuing down Lake Shore Boulevard West.

For route information of this event, head over to caribbeancarnival.com.

Click here for what you need to know for the Caribbean Carnival, including road closures and a parade route map.

Indie Friday at Yonge and Dundas Square

The free concert series put on by Virgin Mobile continues Friday night at 8:30 p.m., with Toronto’s Tre Mission – nominated for Juno Rap Recording of the Year in 2015 – and Mississauga-based Keita Juma taking the stage.

Below is a sample of Keita Juma’s latest album, Chaos Theory, or click here for a mobile-friendly version.

Toronto Food Truck Festival

Sample the most delicious food on four wheels at Woodbine Park on Saturday and Sunday. Also on tap, the ever-entertaining eating challenges. Admission is free to the event, which runs from noon until 9 p.m. on both days.

For food truck bios and directions, go to torontofoodtruckfestival.com.

Pan American Food Festival

And if food trucks aren’t your cup of tea, you could always check out the Pan American Food Festival at Daniels Spectrum at 585 Dundas St. E. The festival showcases restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of cuisines of the Western Hemisphere, and spotlights Mexican cuisine this year. The event also features entertainment that runs until midnight each night.

For details, visit panamfoodfest.com.

Russell Mania!

A summer-long series celebrating Kurt Russell’s best films continues at the TIFF Lightbox on Saturday. This weekend’s selection is the classic 90s Western Tombstone, starring the man himself, plus Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, and Bill Paxton. “Wyatt Earp, huh? I heard of you.”

Showing begins at 9:30 p.m. Click here for ticket information.

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca or submit it online at CityNews.ca,680News.com and via our iPhone and iPad apps.

Iconic Kraft Dinner rebrands, is now officially called KD

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015

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It’s been a staple at Canadian dinner tables for decades and now the company will be calling it what you’ve been lovingly calling it for years.

Kraft Canada announced on Thursday that Kraft Dinner has been rebranded to simply ‘KD.”

“You may recognize our new name from what you’ve always called us. #KDisnowKD” the company Tweeted.

Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishal stopped by Breakfast Television on Thursday to promote the rebranding.

“Everybody, everywhere, we’ve all grown up on Kraft Dinner,” Kardi said. “And for decades Canadians have called it KD.”

He then announced that in solidarity he would be changing his name for one day.

“Because of their love and appreciation for the fans, they officially changed the name to KD so in solidarity with them I am also changing my name to Kardinal D’Offishal, so I’m KD with KD.”

How to tackle neglected chores

Cityline | posted Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015

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Tip 1: Check your smoke detectors, flashlights and CO detectors the first day of every quarter.

Although this task is done rarely, it is one that’s incredibly important. Make sure to flick flashlights on and off to check their batteries, and press the test buttons on carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Tip 2: Every PA day, wash your kids’ lunch bags.
Lunch bags can start to build up grime and stains fairly quickly! To keep them clean and odour-free, throw them in the washing machine every PA day. If the tag says they are not machine-washable, use a toothbrush with dish soap and water to clean any messy spots.

Tip 3: Change furnace filters when you take out and put away your patio furniture, and when you put out and take down holiday decorations.
Taking this extra step when the seasons change will help keep your furnace working like a charm. It’s especially important if you have kids or pets in the house.

Tip 4: Get your ducts cleaned each time you renew your mortgage.
It’s recommended you get your ducts cleaned every five years or after any major renovation. It sometimes can slip your mind, but by attaching it to the day you have to renew your mortgage, it’ll help to keep your house less dusty!

Tip 5: Clean your overhead exhaust the day of your favourite TV show’s season premiere and finale.
This is something that is pretty simple to do and can actually be done while you’re watching your show! You can either buy a new filter that can be installed during the commercial break or you can soak your existing one in a bucket with boiling hot water and a scoop of dishwashing detergent. Let soak for 15 minutes and then scrub with a bristle brush if needed. Let dry and put back in when the show is done.

Tip 6: On the first day of every season, clean your washing machine
This is a task that is often forgotten and neglected. But to keep our clothes fresh and clean, it is important to keep our washing machines clean too. Try using a washing machine cleaning tablet to get rid of any grime. It’s simple and effective.

5 free summer events you will not want to miss

Kristen Gomes | posted Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015

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When summer arrives so do the events and anything will ever beat a FREE event. With over hundreds of events happening in Toronto here are five free events you will not want to miss.

Panamania Live at Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. West | July 10 – August 12
2015 Pan Am Games kick off this summer and ‘Panamania Live’ is for all the music lovers out there. With over 20 free concerts and 100 bands there is something for everyone to enjoy. Headliners include The Roots, Janelle Monae, The Flaming Lips and Death from Above 1979. Each night there will be a free concert, fireworks and winner celebrations.

TIFF in Your Park  
Various parks in the GTA | July 11 — September 25
TIFF in your Park will be celebrating 40 years of screening films across the GTA in a park near you. This year, there will be 14 parks you can go to that will be screening family favourites like Ghostbusters, Hugo and more.

Open Streets TO
Downtown Toronto | August 16 and September 6
Open Streets TO is making a comeback this summer. It is Toronto’s largest free recreation program that focuses on promoting physical activity and exploring the city. The closure will be on two Sundays August 16 and September 6. Click here to see the closures that might effect your commute during the weekend.

Dancing on the Pier
235 Queens Quay West | July 2 — September 3
The Harbourfront Centre presents Dancing on the Pier every Thursday evening. The waterfront turns into a vibrant dance floor  with participatory dance for all ages. It will be a great way to show off your dance moves this summer.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit
100 Queen St. West| September 18–20
The event is one of Toronto’s first, longest and largest outdoor art fair. The exhibit showcases over 250 artists and attract more than 100,000 people. There will be something out there that everyone to admire and enjoy.

5 family-friendly water parks in Toronto and the GTA

Today's Parent | posted Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015

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1. Splash Works – Canada’s Wonderland

Located in one of the country’s best-known amusement parks, Splash Works will have you feeling as awestruck as Alice in (Canada’s) Wonderland. The thrills and rides are enough to keep families busy all day, but the water park is a great place to cool off in the afternoon. New in 2015 is the Typhoon, where sliders will get twirled and swirled until they drop through the gaping 18-foot funnel. The younger kids can float down the Lazy River with mom or dad. Or get a two-person tube and go for a gentle slide on the Splash Island Waterways. Tiny tots can splash around under the mushroom waterfall, located in the shallow kiddie pool. Or for some real splish-splashing fun, there’s the Splash Island Sprayground and the Pump House—complete with waterfalls, water jets and a gigantic bucket ready to drench swimmers. For the thrill seekers, check out the Black Hole (prepare for complete darkness) or pair up on the Barracuda Blaster. Super Soaker is great for daring groups wanting to get wet—you go through a dark, winding tunnel before getting soaked. If you just want to ride the waves, head over to White Water Bay, one of Canada’s largest wave pools. Splash Works has it all, including cabana rentals, great food and shopping.

Dive in:
9580 Jane Street, Vaughan
905-832-8131
canadaswonderland.com  

Waterpark22. Kidstown

This hidden gem in Scarborough is the perfect place to take the kiddies on a scorching-hot summer day. There are no crazy water slides here, but it’s still a barrel of fun for younger kids. Get ready to yell “Timber” as your little ones stand under the tipping bucket, waiting for it to fill with cool, refreshing water before tipping over. Kids can clamber up the jungle gym, which is full of spray shooters waiting to get them wet. Around the park you’ll also find a splash pad, squirting animals, a wading pool and spray rings. There’s also a water slide for your tots to swoosh down into shallow water. If you don’t want to join in on the wet fun, there are lots of benches around the park that serve as a good perch from which to watch your kids. When it’s time for lunch, lay out a blanket in the grassy picnic area and enjoy a nice sandwich and juice box. You can even host a birthday party at Kidstown. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?

Dive in:
3159 Birchmount Rd., Toronto
416-396-8325
toronto.ca

Waterpark33. Great Wolf Lodge

Who hasn’t heard of this amazing indoor/outdoor water park in Niagara Falls? About an hour-and-a-half drive from Toronto, this lodge is definitely worth the drive because your kids will be all tuckered out (and quiet!) on the way home. Now, where to begin in this fun zone? Start at Fort MacKenzie, a multi-level treehouse, where your little monkey can climb over the suspension bridges while trying not to get wet. At the end, kids can whoosh down the Beaver and Squirrel Falls slides, where a big bucket of water drops on them at the bottom. Toddlers will love Chipmunk Cove, a forest full of mini water slides. Your preschooler can practice balancing on the Frog Pond—an agility course where your little frog has to jump from lily pad to lily pad. But don’t worry—if she falls off, you’ll be right beside her in the water. This gigantic amusement centre is also home to the Canada Vortex, a slide with a huge drop, where you and a family member get shot into a cannon bowl and either drop forwards or backwards—it’s a surprise! Niagara Rapids Run is a water rollercoaster that features a 52-foot drop and will scare the screams right out of anyone. And if you’re looking for a raft ride, check out the Woolly Mammoth or the Grizzly Falls, Eagle Falls and Bobcat Falls. If the temperature drops, you can take a dip in the heated outdoor pool, Loon Lagoon. Great Wolf Lodge has your family covered for a splashing good time, no matter the weather.

Dive in:
3950 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls
1-800-605-9653 (reservations) OR direct line 905-354-4888
greatwolf.com

More on family-friendly parks here.

What do you know about renters’ rights? Take our quiz

Erin Criger | posted Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015

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In Ontario, renters are protected under the Landlord and Tenant Act, but many tenants are unsure of their rights.

For example, a landlord can’t dramatically increase the rent at the end of a year-long lease. The cost of the unit can only go up by a small percent, typically about 3%, without written permission from the Landlord and Tenant Board. (However, landlords can charge new tenants whatever they want.)

Take our quiz to find out what you do and what you don’t know about renting in Ontario.

Here are a few more tidbits:

1) Landlords cannot discriminate on marital or family status, and must follow the Ontario Human Rights Code. However, landlords can choose the number of people that can live in a unit. For example, landlords can rent to one tenant instead of two, or two tenants instead of four.

2) You do not have to renew your lease when it expires. You automatically become a month-to-month tenant, and the terms of your original lease still apply.

3) The only money a landlord can demand up front is first and last months’ rent. They cannot demand a damage deposit. They can charge a key replacement fee, but it must be the cost of replacing a key.

4) The landlord can only raise the rent once per year and the amount is a percentage of the total rent (currently 1.6% in Ontario.) However, if the apartment is vacant for three months, the landlord can set a new rate.

Click here for more on 2015 rent increases.

5) Landlords must give tenants 24 hours written notice before entering a unit to fix a problem. You do not have to be home. However, if there is an emergency, like a fire or a flood, a landlord can enter your apartment without permission.

Hottest day of the year in Toronto?

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015

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The GTA is riding a heat wave and Wednesday is shaping up to be the hottest day of the year, with temperatures pegged in the mid-thirties and the humidex near 40.

The city is under an extreme heat alert – the first one of the year – and an Environment Canada warning remains in effect for Toronto for a third straight day.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for mainly sunny skies with a high of 34 C, but it will feel like 39 C with the humidity, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said. CityNews weather specialist Frank Ferragine agreed.

Although this could be the hottest day of the year, the temperature may not be record-breaking at this point, Taylor said on Monday. A record high of 35.6 C was set in Toronto on July 29, 1949.

The warmest day of the year so far was on Tuesday, with a temperature of 32.6 C recorded at Pearson International Airport.

The air conditioning is on overdrive due to the sweltering heat and Toronto Hydro is asking people to limit the strain on the utility’s equipment.

The utility said there has been a surge in demand and with more sizzling temperatures on the way, customers are being asked to ease up on their electricity use.

Environment Canada issued a heat warning for Toronto and the GTA on Monday. Environment Canada issues a heat warning in Ontario when the temperature is expected to reach 30 C or more with a humidex of 40 or more.

The hot weather also prompted the city’s medical officer of health to issue an extreme heat alert for Toronto.

During a heat alert, the public is encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids.

In Toronto, when the forecast calls for a high greater than 31 C and the humidex more than 40 – over a two-day span – with a low that is greater than 20 C, the city will issue a heat alert. If the same conditions are in store for three days in a row, an extreme heat alert will be issued.

So far this year, the city has issued four heat alerts.

So how can you keep your cool in the intense summer heat? Here’s what the city advises:

  • Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty
  • Go to an air conditioned place such as a shopping mall
  • Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and when outdoors wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day

The following cooling centres are open during the extreme heat alert:

  • Metro Hall – 55 John St. (This cooling centre opens at 11 a.m. on the day the alert is issued and remains open 24 hours a day for the duration of the Extreme Heat Alert.)
  • East York Civic Centre – 850 Coxwell Ave. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • North York Civic Centre – 5100 Yonge St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Driftwood Community Centre – 4401 Jane St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre – 399 The West Mall (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • McGregor Community Centre – 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Centennial Park Community Centre – 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

The city has also extended its hours at the following eight pools until 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, weather permitting, to help people cool off:

  • Alex Duff Memorial Pool, 779 Crawford Ave.
  • Alexandra Park Pool, 275 Bathurst St.
  • Cummer Park Community Centre Pool, 6000 Leslie St.
  • Giovanni Caboto Outdoor Pool, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.
  • McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Monarch Park Pool, 115 Felstead Ave.
  • Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  • Smithfield Outdoor Pool, 175 Mount Olive Dr.

Click here for more tips on how to beat the heat.

People are also reminded, once again, to not leave a person or pet inside a parked car or in direct sunlight.

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