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Forget camping, go glamping!

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014

Does the thought of camping send shivers down your spine? Sure, we all love the great outdoors, but living out there for days (or even weeks!) could sound like a total nightmare. No phones, no electricity, pesky mosquitoes, and sleeping on a rocky surface — no, thank you! As it turns out, there is an alternative to camping (and no, it doesn’t mean a 5-star hotel).

Let us introduce you to “glamping.” Glamping means luxurious camping. What does that even mean, and how is that even possible? Well, let Shoana Jensen tell you herself! She has provided the essentials to have the perfect glamping trip! Check out her 6 must-haves and get packing!

For more great glamping tips, click here and check out Shoana’s video below:

Week of July 28, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jul 27th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Kevin Frankish is back from vacation and we’ve got a huge lineup of guests!

He’s one of our faves, Habs superstar PK Subban is coming back and he’s bringing his Dad.

She plays the ruthless–yet loveable–Sue Sylvester on the TV phenomenon Glee. Jane Lynch is in the house for a BT First!

Plus, on Friday, you’ve been nominating hundreds of them–we reveal the first of our favourite Can-Doers.

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!

Connected City: How Facebook’s new ‘save’ feature works

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014

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Connected City

City digital media correspondent Winston Sih takes a look at Facebook’s new save tool which allows users to save things to view later.

Catch Connected City with Winston Sih on his weekly segment airing on CityNews: The 5.  View all previous segments by clicking here.

A behind-the-scenes look at the The Trews soundcheck

Kevin Frankish | posted Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014

Watch as The Trews prepare for their live performance on Breakfast Television.

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.

Shark slices through Rob Ford’s chest in ‘Sharknado 2′

CityNews | posted Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014

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A shark attacks Rob Ford, flying right into the mayor’s chest, in Sharknado 2: The Second One.

You read that right.

The clip, released by Space on Thursday, shows an actor portraying Ford at a news conference talking about relief to another shark disaster in New York City.

The TV movie is scheduled for July 30 at 9 p.m. ET on Space.

Canada’s Richest Neighbourhoods 2014: The Top 25 Wealthiest Neighbourhoods in Canada

Canadian Business | posted Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014

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Canadian Business magazine partnered with market research firm Environics Analytics to map out out exactly where Canada’s wealthiest people live. Unsurprisingly, they flock together, choosing leafy enclaves where they can spread out to make room for wine cellars, art collections, luxury cars and more.

Click or tap through the gallery to see where Canada’s wealthiest people call home »

Dashcam captures TTC bus running red; nearly striking pedestrian

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014

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The TTC is investigating after a dashcam captured a bus running a red light and nearly striking a pedestrian in Scarborough Monday morning.

A CityNews viewer submitted the video, which shows the bus driving along Eglinton Avenue at around 9:15 a.m.

The light at Eglinton and Ionview Road turns red, and another car stops — but the bus begins to accelerate. At the same time, a pedestrian starts crossing the street directly into the path of the oncoming bus, which is forced to swerve to avoid hitting her.

A person in the car with the dashcam can be heard cursing in shock before saying, “I thought she was going to die there.”

The TTC’s Brad Ross says buses often can’t stop on a dime like smaller cars and would potentially cause more injury by doing so. But he doesn’t think that was case this time.

Ross, who viewed the video Tuesday, said it appears there was plenty of time for the bus to slow down and come to a full, safe stop at the red light.

“Clearly, based on the viewing of this video, there was an opportunity for that bus to stop,” he said.

“Given that the pedestrian stepped off the curb and the bus had to swerve to avoid that pedestrian, that is concerning and that is why we need to review this.”

Ross said the TTC will take steps to identify the bus and bring the driver in to be interviewed about the incident before deciding if disciplinary measures will be taken.

“This could have been much worse and we are grateful of course that it wasn’t,” he said.

“Safety is number one for the TTC, somebody clearly looks to have dropped the ball (in this case), and we need to understand why.”

Another bus can be seen in the video a few seconds earlier going through a yellow light at the same intersection. The TTC is not believed to be reviewing that incident.

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