March 27-29, 2015
We begin with a pair of worthwhile weekend events for movie buffs.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema will be showing Canadian films focusing on the Rockies region. Each screening is made up of five to eight short films, all between five and 50 minutes long. Click here for a full list of films being shown. Tickets are $25. Showings from Friday night through Sunday afternoon.TorontoBanffFilmFest.org
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival: The TIFF Bell Lightbox will play host to eight films that highlight human rights crises in Canada and abroad. All screenings include introductory remarks by specialists on the themes at hand. Click here for a full list of films being shown. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $10.50 for students and seniors, and $9 for children. ff.hrw.org/toronto
Faulty Towers, The Dining Experience: Looking for dinner and a show? Why not both at once? In an homage to the John Cleese and Connie Booth classic British comedy Fawlty Towers, the audience at the Sony Centre is treated to a three-course meal by the actors … who only have one-third of the show scripted. That leads to plenty of madcap improv and hopefully, there will be a clever Canadian moose in attendance. Click here for showtimes and the menu. Tickets range from $77.20 to $151.19. sonycentre.ca
Easter egg hunts: For those looking for some of the best games of seasonal hide-and-seek, on Saturday you can head to the Sanderson branch of the Toronto Public Library at 10:30 a.m. for its annual hunt. While the event is free, families are asked to provide their own baskets or bags for the eggs. torontopubliclibrary.ca
On Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., head to Colborne Lodge at High Park for their annual Easter egg hunt. The cost is $3 for the hunt and $1 for egg dyeing. toronto.ca
Toronto Downtown Record Show: A different type of hunt, but no less rewarding … albeit for a slightly older crowd. For an entry fee of $5 you can peruse the stacks upon stacks of vinyl albums and CDs for rare and sought-after musical artifacts. The Record Guys will also be in attendance to offer free appraisals of anything you might have and are curious of the (non-sentimental) value. The show is at Estonian House at 958 Danforth Ave. on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Warning: You might end up buying a copy of the Three EPs by The Beta Band. therecordguys.com
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He took over social media when no one RSVP-d to his 13th birthday party, Peterborough teen Odin visited the studio and gave inspiring words for kids also living with Aspergers.
Fitness trainer to the stars Harley Pasternak talked about his new book and gave tips on how to lose those last 5 pounds.
Frenchie Davis performs
Idol-alum Frenchie Davis performed "Home" on the BT stage.
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The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight “activated the descent” of the plane when he was alone in the cockpit, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday.
That can only be done deliberately, he said.
The co-pilot was alive until impact, Robin said, citing the sound of breathing in the cockpit.
There was a “deliberate attempt to destroy the aircraft,” Robin said.
The most plausible explanation of the crash is that the co-pilot, “through deliberate abstention, refused to open the cabin door … to the chief pilot, and used the button” to cause the plane to lose altitude, Robin said.
The co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, 28, was a German national, and not on any kind of terror list, Robin said emphatically.
When a reporter asked Robin whether he knew Lubitz’s religion, Robin said that he did not know.
Families of Germanwings crash relatives have been told all the same information about the co-pilot that reporters were told at the press conference, Robin said.
Lubitz was “fully qualified to pilot the aircraft on his own,” Robin said.
He had only about 100 hours of experience on the type of aircraft he was flying, but he had all the necessary certifications and qualifications to pilot the aircraft alone, the prosecutor said.
Although it seems the co-pilot wanted to destroy the aircraft, as of now, there’s “nothing to allow us to say that it was a terrorist attack,” Robin said.
There was screaming on the doomed Germanwings flight only in the last few minutes, and death was instantaneous when the plane crashed.
Robin said he was not thinking of the crash as a suicide, explaining: “When you are responsible for 150 people, I don’t call it a suicide.”
More to come
Looking for new places in the city to explore? Check out our list of hidden city gems that are a must to check out this spring or summer!
Corktown Common: Located in the West Don Lands neighbourhood, the Corktown Common opened in 2013. Entirely designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the park is a perfect space for families to enjoy spring. The park has features such as themed playgrounds, including one that looks like a giant sandbox, multiple splash pads, and more. The pavilion located on top of the hill is fully equipped for family fun with picnic tables, outdoor fireplaces, and indoor kitchenettes. The park is also eco-friendly where all the water used in the park is recycled.
First Canadian Place: As Canada’s tallest business landmark, First Canadian Place stands 72 stories in the air in the middle of downtown Toronto. What some may not know is that First Canadian Place houses many art related events including cultural events, exhibitions, and performances. From April 17 through 19, the Love Art fair will be taking place. This art fair is a chance to explore new artists and artworks. There will also be a preview of the exhibition happening until March 27 with artist-residencies taking place as a sneak peek of the Love Art fair.
Toronto Harbourfront: Toronto’s Harbourfront is a home for culture and creative spirit. This public spaces has tons of different activities to check out, including places to shop, eat, relax, and in the summer even water activities. Exhibition Common is one of the new outdoor spaces that hosts different art exhibitions and recreational activities such as yoga. Whether it be to check out a scheduled activity or to just sit by the lake to relax, make sure to take a stroll through the Harbourfront area this spring and summer!
The Don Valley Ravine: Looking to walk, hike, or bike and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Escape with a trip to the Don Valley Ravines. This is a perfect place to leave the city and spend a day in nature. Take a day to explore the ravines and its multiple paths, and leave the urban city behind to discover a world in itself.
Do you have any favourite hidden gems in Toronto? Let us know in the comments below.
Bruce advises everyone to begin with something sweet: a reward. Whether it’s a glass of wine, chocolates or looking at the new pair of shoes you want, start with that because no one loves doing their taxes but keeping a reward in mind (the tax return and what you can put it toward) may help you reach your end goal.
If you have a little bit of lead time, start with the paperwork. Find and divide your forms and receipts such as T4 slips, investment income slips, receipts for your kids’ activities and charitable contributions, your RRSP contribution receipt, etc.
Bruce suggests keeping on top of these receipts throughout the year as they come in. Keep them in a file or even a shoebox; this will definitely pay off when you are tackling your taxes. For example, if you qualify for the maximum deduction for physical activity, it could be worth $1000 — you don’t want to lose out on that!
Should you pay someone to do your taxes for you, or should you do it yourself?
If you are unsure whether or not you can handle your taxes on your own, there are three variables you need to consider, Bruce says:
- Complexity: Can you handle the work by yourself? Is it too complex?
- Competency: Do you have the basic skills to do it?
- Enthusiasm: Do you not hate it?
If any of the above is an issue, consider hiring an accountant or using an online tax filing service such as TurboTax. The online services are fairly inexpensive, they prompt you to ask questions, and remind you of the papers you need.
What happens if you don’t do your taxes?
If you’re owed money by the government, you won’t get it. If you have a salaried job and they have been withholding tax at source, you may be eligible for a refund but you won’t receive it. And don’t forget about the credits you may qualify for – if you’re unemployed, on maternity leave, or have kids, you may be in line for a refund. Don’t leave that money on the table!
If you owe money and don’t file, the consequences are significant. If you miss the deadline, April 30, by a day, the government immediately levies a 5% penalty on what you owe, plus an additional 1% every month you are late.
The one exception from the penalty is if you have had a significant life event, for example, if you are diagnosed with a serious illness. If so, you must call the CRA, prove it, and see if you can work something out to avoid the penalty.
What if you haven’t filed your taxes for years?
This is the time to say, “I need help,” and call a professional. They will walk you through exactly what’s required so that you can make a payment.
Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:
On Monday, Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons and wife Diane check in with us.
Workout trainer to the celebrities, Harley Pasternak will be on the show Wednesday to show us some of his training secrets.
And to end off the week on Friday, American Idol alum Frenchie Davis will perform on the BT stage.
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!
This has been an especially memorable birthday for 13-year-old Odin Camus of Peterborough, with wishes coming in from across the country.
Submit your wishes for the birthday boy in the BT Extra live chat below, and we’ll pass them onto Odin Monday morning!
For more information on living with autism, visit the Autism Canada website here.
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