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4 firefighters hurt in Mississauga industrial fire

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014

Four firefighters were hurt in a massive industrial fire in Mississauga on Wednesday morning.

An explosion caused a wall to collapse, injuring three firefighters. One of them was rushed to a downtown Toronto hospital, where he remains with non-life-threatening injuries, and two other firefighters were taken to a local hospital.

The fourth firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation, Mississauga fire deputy chief Greg Laing said.

The fire began on Thamesgate Drive near Airport Road around 4:30 a.m.

The building, an imported goods plant, contained butane lighters and bug spray, which exploded during the fire. The smoke is not toxic, Peel police said, but officers are wearing masks as a precaution.

Those who live in the area have been asked to close their windows and Peel police are asking people to stay out of the area bounded by Derry Road, Torbram Road, Steeles Avenue and Goreway Drive.

Mississauga fire chief John McDougall said the cause of the fire has not been determined, but the fire is under control.

“Our thoughts are with the firefighters who were injured,” he said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters and their families. We are grateful for all emergency services personnel who are on site,” Mayor Hazel McCallion said.

She added that the Ontario fire marshal’s office is investigating and that the fire chief will provide a detailed report to her and councillors soon.

View her YouTube statement below.

Peel police have also closed the CN rail tracks north of the area and GO Transit service is affected. Click here for details. GO Transit users can show their Presto Card to get free access to TTC service at five stations: Dundas West, Finch, Yorkdale, York Mills and Lawrence West.

While schools are not closed, buses in the area are affected and will be delayed by road closures, the Peel District School Board said. Click here to see the full list of schools.

Amateur video of the fire was posted on YouTube. Watch it below. We’re always looking for your photos and video – send them to us @BTtoronto when safe to do so.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

Our favourite Mother’s Day gift ideas

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014


Looking for a special gift to give to your one-and-only mom this Mother’s Day?

We’ve assembled our favourite ideas that won’t break the bank and that your mom is certain to love!

Frame a favourite family photo. In the digital age, it seems we rarely take the time to process photos anymore. But there’s something lovely about a framed photo, and if it’s a well-composed photo of the family — perhaps professionally done, or one taken on vacation — we guarantee your mom will love it. Or, take it a step further and make an album for your mom — photos from a recent trip or a week at the cottage. She’ll love flipping through it and remembering what a great time you had.

A hobby-inspired gift. Does your mom love to garden? Buy her a new pair of gardening gloves, a gardening tool or two, and some seed packets or seedlings. If your mom is active, head to the sporting goods store and pick up an accessory or two based on the sport of her choice. If she loves yoga, buy her a few drop-in classes. If your mom loves to cook, pair a new cookbook with a few fun kitchen accessories. A gift based on something you know she loves to do is thoughtful and will be appreciated.

Give your mom a spa day at home. I’m sure we’d all love to treat our moms to a luxurious spa retreat, but those can be expensive. It’s easy to give your mom a spa day at home – buy some scented bubble bath or bath salts, an individually-packed facial masque, some moisturizer, and a new nail colour for her fingers and/or toes. Bump up the experience with her favourite magazines, herbal tea, and a healthy spa-inspired lunch.

A book or magazine subscription. Reading can be a luxury for the busy mom. So give her a good book or magazine, and, perhaps more importantly, make sure she has some down time that day to turn a few pages. Looking for a good read for Mom? Head on over to our Cityline Book Club for a few suggestions!

A summery tote. Buying a new bag for Mom can be expensive, but with a tote it doesn’t have to be. Totes are endlessly practical, and because they’re often less expensive, you can find one in a bright, summery shade. We love bright oranges, crisp apple greens, and rosy pinks – but you know your mom best. Pick a shade and style you think would appeal to her.

Make your mom breakfast in bed. It’s true that homemade gifts are the best – especially when that homemade gift is breakfast in bed. We’ve got great ideas on how to do breakfast in bed for your mom, including recipe suggestions,right here!

What are you doing for your mom this Mother’s Day! Share your ideas in the comments below!

For more great Mother’s Day content, visit Cityline’s Mother’s Day feature section here.

Week of April 21, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Apr 20th, 2014


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, we have Paul Bernard Rodgers–an English rock singer-songwriter, best known for his success in the 1970s as vocalist of Free and Bad Company.

Plus, CHEESEWERKS stops by with some delicious grilled cheese inspirations on Wednesday.

And on Friday, WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler stops by to talk wrestling and his side gig as a stand-up comic.

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 to find new information on Google

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014


Connected City

City digital media correspondent Winston Sih gives you three tips to help you find new information easier on Google.

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

At the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity wine tasting

Jennifer Valentyne | posted Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014

Check out as I host from the fourth-annual ProFormance wine tasting at the Drake Hotel in support of the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity!

More info can be found on their website: http://www.jenash.org/

Meet Canada’s new Bachelor, Tim Warmels!

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014


Get ready ladies, there’s a new Bachelor in town.

Tim Warmels, a Toronto-based entrepreneur, is ready to begin his search for love as the star of Season 2 of The Bachelor Canada, premiering this fall on City.

Fans across the country were introduced to the 28-year-old Thursday on Breakfast Television.

“Season 1 paved the way for Canadian bachelors to come forward and embrace this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find love and I’m honoured to have been chosen,” he says. “My parents have shown me what unconditional love truly means and I am ready to find the one person with whom I can share that. I have so much respect for the 25 amazing women who are putting it all on the line to go on this journey with me and I can’t wait to meet them.”

Born and raised in the small town of Campbellville, ON, Warmels attended business school at the University of Western Ontario before moving to Toronto and becoming an investment banker on Bay Street. He now has a number of tech ventures, and enjoys travelling, modeling and building custom furniture in his spare time.

Among the 25 women vying for Tim’s love, ‘Canada’s Choice’ bachelorette Raelee. The 24 remaining bachelorettes will be announced in the coming months.

Fans can also learn more about Tim by connecting with him via Twitter at @BachCanTim and Instagram at @Timbo0505. There’s also an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his HELLO! Canada photo shoot at HelloMagazine.ca.

Wondering what advice Season One Bachelor Brad Smith has for Tim? Watch the clip below to find out!

Q&A session with FLARE:

Prior to being cast as the next Bachelor Canada, had you watched any of the past seasons of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette?
I had never watched it, but I was familiar with the concept. After I found out I was going to be the new Bachelor, I watched the first two episodes of The Bachelor Canada with Brad Smith. I wanted to get a sense of what the show looks like and what happens, but other than that I didn’t want to bias myself.

Have you had a chance to speak with Brad? 
Yeah, he was really helpful. He said that you forget about the cameras almost right away and it feels really natural. He also said to be prepared to feel really insecure. It can be a weird experience with a lot going on around you, and you just have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the night and remind yourself why you’re there.

What type of woman are you hoping to meet?
Everything stems from one quality for me—they need to be happy with who they are. They don’t have to be perfect by any means, but happy with the path that they’re on or who they are as a person or where they’re going in life.

How important is a sense of style in a potential partner?
I had this conversation with a couple of my friends a while ago, and something that really struck me was the difference between being fashionable and being stylish. Anyone can walk into a store and buy the latest thing, but it takes someone who is truly stylish to wear something, whether it’s old or new, and pull it off in her own way. That’s what really attracts me.

What type of dater are you? A serial monogamist, a casual dater, a lone wolf or…?
I’m the type of guy that quits when he knows there’s nothing there. So sometimes you can figure that out quite quickly, and other times it takes a while.

What’s the worst date you’ve ever had?
On a second date, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to go down to the waterfront after the Santa Claus Parade. While we were sitting on a bench, a bird pooped in my date’s hair. It took 20 minutes to clean up! But we ended up dating for two years.

And the best date?
The ones that come to mind are when we’ve really hit it off, right from the start and we’re just making fun of each other within five seconds of sitting down.

How important is it to find somebody who shares your interests? 
Although that might give you something to talk about at the start, I think being open to trying new things is something that can help people come together more easily. Also, I want somebody who brings something new to the table. For example, my dad loves camping and my mom would never have set food in the wilderness before she met him. But now that’s a big part of our family.

Does your parent’s marriage inform the type of relationship you are looking for?
It has an enormous amount of influence on what I see as being the ideal relationship. Mainly because they haven’t always been happy. There have definitely been tough times, but seeing them go through it together and amass 35 years of marriage is something that’s really inspiring to me.

You own a home in Toronto and are pretty established here. Depending on who you meet, would you be open to relocating?
There’s a quote that I live my life by: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” If you want to try and plan everything in advance, then go nuts, but it’s going to be hilarious to see what actually gets thrown your way.

When you reach the end of the show, do you think you’re going to feel comfortable proposing?
That definitely is a weird thing to think about, but once I know that I want something, I’m really not afraid of jumping right in.

Social media:

Like The Bachelor Canada Facebook.com/TheBachelorCanada
Follow The Bachelor Canada on Twitter @BachelorCA

With files from Suzanne Ellis, Cityline.ca

Bidding farewell to floor director Mark Domitric

Kevin Frankish | posted Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014

Kevin blogs as we say goodbye to Mark!

Week of April 14, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Apr 13th, 2014


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

You know him and love him, singer Austin Mahone stops by the BT studios on Monday!

Join City at the Loblaws located at 380 The East Mall on April 16 and support Daily Bread Food Bank’s Spring Drive on Wednesday morning!

And to close out the short work week on Thursday, we have Paul Jones from the Toronto Raptors.

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!

Heartbleed bug: What you need to know

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014

heartbleed-featuredSecurity researchers have uncovered a fatal flaw in a key safety feature for surfing the Web — the one that keeps your email, banking, shopping, passwords and communications private.

Here’s what you need to know.

What is it?

It’s called the Heartbleed bug, and it is essentially an information leak.

It starts with a hole in the software that the vast majority of websites on the Internet use to turn your personal information into strings of random numbers and letters. If you see a padlock image in the address bar, there’s a good chance that site is using the encryption software that was impacted by the Heartbleed bug.

What sites have been affected?

Click here to refer to a comprehensive list of patched sites from CNET.

Users can easily check if a site is secure by going to this website: http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

What does it do?

Heartbleed allows outsiders to peek into the personal information that was supposed to be protected from snoopers.

The bug allows potential hackers to take advantage of a feature that computers use to see if they’re still online, known as a “heartbeat extension.” But a malicious heartbeat signal could force a computer to divulge secret information stored in its memory, including keys to an encryption tool that turns your credit card information and passwords into indecipherable code.

Once a hacker has the keys to the encryption software, it’s game over — usernames, passwords, bank information and all the other data that you thought were safe are potentially up for grabs. Making matters worse, the Heartbleed bug leaves no traces — you may never know when or if you’ve been hacked.

“You could watch traffic go back and forth,” said Wayne Jackson III, CEO of open source software company Sonatype. “This is a big deal. When you think about the consequences of having visibility into Amazon and Yahoo, that’s pretty scary.”

Who does this affect?

Most major websites are targets, because they rely on this program. A survey conducted by W3Techs show that 81% of sites run on web server programs Apache and Nginx, and both are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

Many popular sites, including Amazon, Yahoo and OKCupid, use those encryption tools. Yahoo, Amazon and OKCupid have updated their websites with a fix for the bug, but many others have not patched their sites yet.

What can I do?

Not much, unfortunately — the websites themselves need to update to a new version of the encryption software to fix the bug. That’s why changing all your passwords right away isn’t a good idea. Websites are all racing to fix the issue, and if you act too quickly, you might change your password on a site that is still vulnerable.

Italian cryptographer Filippo Valsorda launched the “Heartbleed Test,” which purports to tell you if websites are still compromised.

With files from CNN

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