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Driverless TTC bus crashes into vehicle at Bathurst Station

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015

The TTC is investigating after an unmanned bus was spotted driving around the Bathurst station bus bay on Tuesday night.

The driver had left the bus unattended when he or she went to the washroom, a TTC spokesperson said.

The vehicle started moving, eventually bumping into another TTC-fleet vehicle. No one was injured, the spokesperson confirmed.

The bus and the vehicle received minor damage. The TTC could not say the dollar amount of the damage. There is no word yet from the transit authority on possible disciplinary action.

More to come

The morning blues: 13 ways to help you get through it

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015


I guess it was Garfield who most famously hated Mondays (and loved lasagna), but the sentiment is pretty familiar. Much as a Friday afternoon brings feelings of elation, a Monday morning can bring on a sense of unhappy resignation: a whole five days of work, early mornings or late nights, and most of it spent indoors. Laura Schwecherl (via Greatist) has taken on the topic of the “Monday blues”, most notably how they affect the body. She references one study that’s shown people experience physical stress when they’re forced to think about the impending workweek. Another showed that the Monday blues could be linked to cardiovascular troubles. And yet another found that suicide rates in Japan are highest on Mondays.

But Schwecherl’s findings aren’t all bad news. She makes some wise suggestions for making Monday mornings more tolerable:

1. Don’t live for the weekends. Find something you love to do and do it on a weeknight. If you can feel joy on the weekend you can feel it during the week. It may just take a little more planning.

2. Relax. Don’t overload your weekends, or you might find yourself even more groggy and miserable during the week.

3. Don’t sleep in. The same sleep schedule all week will help you feel rested come Monday morning. Studies have shown people who sleep in late on weekends could be suffering from social jet lag.

4. Plan ahead Sunday night. Figure out lunch and your outfit the night before and you won’t be scrambling Monday morning. If you’ve got children get them organized as well to start the week off on a good foot.

5. Hit the hay early on Sunday. Being tired will only add to the stress of a hectic Monday.

6. Don’t skip breakfast. This is true everyday but especially on Mondays when you’ve been out of your routine for a few days. It’s a great way to set the pace for the rest of the day for both your mind and body.

7. Get pumped with some tunes. I’m not a morning noise kind of person, but listening to a favourite song can help boost your Monday morning mood.

8. Hit the gym. In the morning. Before work. This is a great strategy that Schwecherl says will boost your endorphins, making you happier throughout the day.

9. Look snazzy. If you need a pick-me-up, wear something you absolutely love. If you already feel groggy, dressing sloppy will only make you feel worse.

10. Smile. Even if it’s forced, it can make you feel better.

11. Treat yourself. Create a little ritualized treat to look forward to on Monday mornings. Maybe you splurge on a fancy latte or buy a new magazine for your morning commute. Having something to look forward to on Monday’s will make it feel less daunting.

12. Take small breaks throughout the day. Getting some fresh air and eating a proper lunch can do wonders for both your attitude and productivity.

13. Figure out why Mondays are blue. Is it time to switch careers?

The last point is a good one. There’s something to be said for having a job that doesn’t fill you with dread at the end of every weekend, and sometimes even taking a pay cut to be happy is worth it. It is possible to like, or even love, your work.

Schwecherl’s tips are a great place to start if you’re looking to quell the anxiety often associated with Mondays.

Do you feel stressed when you think about returning to work on Mondays?

Week of Mar. 2, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

What better way to start the week than with comfort food?  On Monday, Matt Basile from Fidel Gastro shows us how to make some good food.

On Wednesday, Life is a Highway singer Tom Cochrane is on the show.

We end the week of on a high note with the one and only Shania Twain! Yes, the Shania Twain.

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!

5 things to do this weekend: LunarFest, blues guitar and free films

Marcia Chen | posted Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015


Feb. 27-March 1, 2015

LunarFest: A celebration of the lunar year of the sheep with fortune-telling, dumpling-tasting and a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance by a talented team from Taiwan. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.harbourfrontcentre.com

Mini MOCCA: Kids use magazines like Maclean’s and Canadian Living, as well as other arts-and-crafts supplies, to paste together portraits of our nation for the Canada in Collage workshop. MOCCA, 952 Queen St. W. Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Free; $5 suggested donation. mocca.ca

Toronto Tabla Ensemble: The first concert in a three-part series featuring the North Indian drum; maestro Ritesh Das hopes it will feel as intimate as being in a living room. Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Toronto Public Library, Fairview Branch. $15-$20. torontotabla.com

Blues guitar workshop: A practical jamboree for guitar players and blues enthusiasts hosted by Emily Burgess, formerly of the 24th Street Wailers. Sunday, 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. $10-$12. torontobluessociety.com

Free films: Free screenings of Xavier Dolan’s Mommy and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, both up for best picture and director at the Canadian Screen Awards this weekend. Saturday, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Free. tiff.net

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca or submit it online atCityNews.ca680News.com and via our iPhone and iPad apps.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Feb. 28

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015


Adjust your schedules.

This week, the hockey action begins at 3 p.m. (Eastern time) with the Red Wings and Predators facing off in Nashville before a four-game set of nationally televised games that includes four Canadian teams.

As we do in the Cheat Sheet every week, here’s everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

The 3 p.m. game:

Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk has 71 career points against the Predators, the most by any player in NHL history…Predators forward Filip Forsberg could become the first rookie since the NHL’s first season to lead a first-place overall team in points. He has 52 points entering Friday night.

The 7 p.m. game:

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier has lost six of seven career starts against Montreal…Canadiens goalie leads all qualified goalies in save percentage (.935) and goals-against average (1.92)…The Leafs are on their first two-game winning streak since Dec. 16.

The 8 p.m. game:

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Flyers forward Jakub Voracek leads the NHL with 59 points scored on Saturdays since 2012-13….Entering Friday, the Rangers haven’t recorded a loss in their past 10 games.

The 10 p.m. games:

St. Louis Blues vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Cassie Campbell-Pascall
Game notes: Edmonton has lost 10 of its past 11 games against St. Louis, getting outscored 42-19…Blues forward T.J. Oshie is averaging a point per game against the Oilers over his career (six goals, 16 assists in 22 games).

Ottawa Senators vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: John Bartlett, Greg Millen, Christine Simpson
Game notes: Senators goalie Andrew Hammond has posted back-to-back shutouts…His shutout streak sits at 172:22…San Jose has won seven of their past eight games against the Senators.

The (blue and black) dress that is tearing the Internet apart

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Feb 27th, 2015


A simple dress has done what Kim Kardashian never could: broken the Internet.

A debate is raging on the Internet and in the living rooms of the first world over what colour this dress, first seen on Tumblr, truly is.

According to a poll on BuzzFeed 72 per cent of people see the dress as white and gold, while 28 per cent think it’s black and blue.

The debate over #TheDress has even spread to Hollywood where celebrities from Taylor Swift to Jimmy Fallon are weighing in.

Now, Black and Blue might be a minor Backstreet Boys album but it is majorly the correct colour of the dress.

Dedicated team #blueandblack members have brought forward some rather convincing proof for their side.

Despite a valiant effort from team #whiteandgold, the original poster sent out a photo of the dress in a different light and confirmed it was the same one up for sale at Roman Originals.

Tumblr user, swiked, who posted the original photo added this damning piece of evidence: the same dress in a different light. Photo source: swiked.tumblr.com

UPDATE: The retailer has confirmed the dress is blue and black.

Note from Diana Pereira, editor: I want to edit the headline to say gold and white but the writer, Sarah-Joyce Battersby, sees blue and black. I wish I was kidding.

With files from Sarah-Joyce Battersby, CityNews.ca

Organize your home in under an hour

Talia Hart | posted Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015


Sometimes, all you have is that small window of time on the weekend to get your place into shape for the week ahead. Here’s our take on how to bring order to your home in under an hour.

1. Five-minute mail hunt

Chances are, you’ve got a lot of closed and opened mail scattered around your home. Take a peak into every room and start collecting those envelopes. Once you’ve finished your hunt, place your findings in a file or tray designated to mail.

2. Hunt and gather loose paper

Next, start gathering loose paper. It might sound random but there is probably tons of it around your home. From receipts to printouts, brochures and more they’re everywhere. While you won’t have enough time in the hour to review each one, place them in a secure spot (like a home office) to look at later.

3. Designate a spot for the small stuff

Keys, loose change, wallets and cellphones tend to also take up a lot of surfaces around the home. Put a small catch-all bowl or tray in the foyer or above the mantel and put it all there.

4. Go on shoe and jacket patrol

Once the week gets started, shoes from the weekend can easily be forgotten and never put away. Put all of the shoes you’re not wearing on a daily basis into a closet or shelf that’s away from incoming traffic. As for jackets that have been strewn on chairs and banisters, you know the drill.

5. Give surfaces their function again

If your various tables are clad with miscellaneous items you have yet to put away, take the time to return them to their respective homes. Nothing looks more polished than a smooth dining room table with nothing but a fresh vase of flowers.

6. Polish off the main hubs

Take one look at the kitchen or family room and you might find it’s completely out of order. Put dishes in the dishwasher, fold blankets on a sofa and put remote controls on the coffee table. These are all small ways to bring some order back into your dwellings.

7. Gather cups and mugs around the house

Many people take a cup of water to their bedside at night, but rarely do they put it back in the kitchen come morning. Now’s the time to gather those cups and late-night snack plates.

8. Target towels and toilet paper

This one’s simple: place fresh towels and toilet paper rolls in all of your washrooms and powder rooms.

9. Tackle the washroom mayhem

Take five minutes to get your washroom in tact again: put away hair brushes, products and empty bottles of shampoo.

10. Start a return policy

While you wished everyone could return their belongings to their rooms like you asked, it’s not happening this week. Do a quick walk around the house picking up misplaced items (clothes, toys, etc). Bringing a basket or bin along for the ride will ensure you don’t need to make several trips up and down the stairs.

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