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Week of Sep. 15, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Sep 14th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

From signed jerseys to street signs, and Stanley Cup replicas, we’re launching the Shopping Channel’s highly anticipated NHL merchandise on Monday!

Former professional wrestler and fitness guru Trish Stratus is in on Wednesday.

Plus, on Friday, Canadian rock band Simple Plan stops by the BT studios.

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!

Rob Ford running for Toronto council; brother Doug running for mayor

CityNews | posted Friday, Sep 12th, 2014

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Rob Ford’s brother Doug Ford has jumped into the Toronto mayoral race after the ailing mayor dropped out just an hour before the nomination deadline closed on Friday afternoon.

Rob Ford, 45, is now running for a council seat in Ward 2, Etobicoke North, one that he held for a decade before he became mayor in 2010. His older brother filed his nomination papers to run for mayor shortly after at city hall and had only this to say: “I’m good. I’m signed in and 100 per cent running for mayor.”.

Their nephew, Michael Ford, who was running for councillor in Ward 2, withdrew his nomination and filed to run as a Toronto District School Board trustee in Ward 1.

The mayor, who remains in hospital with an abdominal tumour, withdrew from the Toronto mayoral race shortly before 1 p.m.

In a statement, he said, “My heart is heavy when I tell you that I’m unable to continue my campaign for re-election as your Mayor.

“Now I could be facing a battle of my lifetime, and I want the people of Toronto to know that I intend to face this challenge head on, and win.”

But he said that while he was unable to commit to the heavy schedule required of a mayoral candidate he would still run for councillor in Ward 2 while focusing on getting better.

Doug Ford said he’d speak about his mayoral bid at 7 p.m. from his mother Diane’s home in Etobicoke. Mayoral rivals Olivia Chow and John Tory weren’t immediately available for comment. But they both planned to speak later in the afternoon.

On Wednesday, doctors discovered the mayor had a “fair size” abdominal tumour after he went to Humber River Hospital for unbearable abdominal pain, an issue he faced for about three months.

It remains unclear whether the tumour, which was biopsied on Thursday, is cancerous. Results wouldn’t be available for about a week, his Mount Sinai Hospital Dr. Zane Cohen said after he was transferred there for further tests.

Dr. Cohen, an internationally recognized colorectal surgeon, said Ford was resting comfortably and had some pain, for which he was receiving medication. Ford had abdominal surgery in 2009 to remove a tumour on his appendix. His father, Doug Ford Sr., died of colon cancer in 2006.

Ford has faced a series of drug, alcohol and other scandals over the past 18 months but had been a viable contender for mayor.

He was trailing rival candidate Tory in the most recent polls by Forum Research and Nanos Research.

Voters head to the polls on Oct. 27.

Click here for CityNews’ special on mayoral candidates and here for the official candidates list.

With files from The Canadian Press

Statement

As many of you know I’ve been dealing with a serious medical issue, the details of which are unknown. But I know that with the love and support of my family, I will get through this.

I want to thank the residents of Toronto for your wishes and prayers and I also want to thank the amazing staff at Humber River Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital for the care and compassion you have shown, not just me, but all the people who come here to get better.

People know me as a guy who faces things head on and never gives up, and as your Mayor I have done just that. I derailed the gravy train, cut unnecessary spending and made government more accountable. I did this by facing these challenges head on.

Now I could be facing a battle of my lifetime, and I want the people of Toronto to know that I intend to face this challenge head on, and win.

With the advice of my family and doctors I know I need to focus on getting better. There is much work to be done and I can’t give it my all at this point in time.

My heart is heavy when I tell you that I’m unable to continue my campaign for re-election as your Mayor.

While I’m unable to commit to the heavy schedule required for a Mayoral candidate I will not turn my back on Ward 2. I will be running as Councillor of Ward 2, to represent the fine folks that have become my neighbours and friends over these past 14 years.

Four years ago we made history. With your help we started a movement that would take back our city.

I was not alone in this, my big brother Doug was by my side, sharing my vision, fighting for the great people of Toronto. I never could have accomplished what we did without him.

Doug loves our city as much as I do. He believes that standing up for the average person and watching the bottom line are what matters most at City Hall.

Doug also believes in standing up for his family no matter what. His loyalty and willingness to be there for anyone, anytime is just who he is.

I’ve asked Doug to finish what we started together, so that all we’ve accomplished isn’t washed away.

I have asked Doug to run to become the next Mayor of Toronto, because we need him. We cannot go backwards.

I love our city and I love being your Mayor. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve you.

For the past four years I have gotten up everyday thinking about our great city and how to make life just a little bit better for each of you.

To anyone facing a serious health challenge, I wish you strength and courage on your journey, you are not alone.

Hope is a powerful thing. With hope, support and determination I know I will beat this, not just for my family, but for YOU, Toronto.

My family and I thank you for your continued support and prayers. God bless.

–Rob Ford

Road & TTC closures in Toronto for events & construction: Sept. 12-14

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 12th, 2014

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Below is a list of road and TTC closures in Toronto for events and construction Sept. 12-14, as well as upcoming and ongoing closures due to road work.

Events

TIFF 2014
King Street will be partially closed in each direction between John and Duncan streets Sept. 8-11, and will reopen on Sept. 12. Streetcars will be on diversion in the area.

Click here for full coverage of TIFF.

Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival
Bloor Street, from Jane Street to Glendonwynne Road, will be closed from Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m. to Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m. Some road closures will take place on local roads.

Polish Festival
Roncesvalles Avenue, from Grafton to Boustead avenues, will be closed in both directions from Sept. 13 at 6 a.m. to Sept. 14 at 11 p.m.

Toronto 5K Race
Road closures will be in effect in the area bounded by St. Clair Avenue, Christie Street, Davenport Road, and Russell Hill Road/Macpherson Avenue Sept. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Ukrainian Festival and Parade
Bloor Street West, from Jane Street and Glendonwynne Road, will be closed from Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m. to Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m.

Construction projects

York Street watermain work
York Street, between Queens Quay and Harbour Street, will be closed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 3 for watermain construction work.

Parkside Drive road & sidewalk repairs
Only one lane of Parkside Drive, between Bloor Street to Lake Shore Boulevard, will be closed for around eight weeks for road resurfacing and sidewalk repairs.

Adelaide Street West road, watermain & TTC work
Adelaide Street West, from Simcoe to York streets, will be partially closed starting on Sept. 15 for watermain work, TTC track removal and road reconstruction. The work is expected to be completed by mid-November.

Don Mills Road closure for watermain work
The southbound curb lane of Don Mills Road, from York Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue, will be closed from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 for watermain relining.

An additional southbound lane on Don Mills will be closed from Mallard Avenue to Bond Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day.

Bridge repair on York Mills Road
One eastbound lane and one westbound lane on York Mills Road, from Lesmill to Scarsdale roads, will be closed for bridge repair.

The work started on Aug. 11 and will continue for around 11 weeks.

Watermain projects on Richmond Street
Richmond Street will be reduced to two lanes between Church and York streets for watermain work. The work started on Aug. 11 and will run through to October.

Utility cut repairs on Yonge Street
One lane on Yonge Street from The Esplanade to Bloor Street will be closed in each direction during non-rush hours for utility repairs. The work began on Aug. 13 and will run until mid-September.

TTC work

Weekend subway closure
Subways won’t be running between St. Andrew and Union stations on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) on Sept. 13-14 for platform construction.

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Drivers can stay up-to-date on construction details and updates by visiting the City of Toronto website.

Upcoming construction can also be viewed on the T.O. INview map.

Entertainment City: TIFF 2014

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014

Follow along with our TIFF correspondents below:

See below for an interactive map of the red carpets, theatres, venues, and hottest locations to spot the stars!

Click here to watch a live stream from the Toronto International Film Festival red carpets. For a full list and schedule, see the list below.

Date Time Movie Red carpet host
Sept. 4 5 pm – 6:15 pm The Humbling Susie Wall
Sept. 4 7 pm – 8:15 pm The Judge Tracy Moore
Sept. 5 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Boychoir Melanie Ng
Sept. 5 8 pm – 9:15 pm Nightcrawler Colin & Justin
Sept. 5 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Ruth and Alex Susie Wall
Sept. 6 2 pm – 3:15 pm Black & White Brad Smith
Sept. 6 3:45 pm – 5 pm Manglehorn Kevin Frankish
Sept. 6 5 pm – 6:15 pm Men, Women & Children Tracy Moore
Sept. 6 6 pm – 7:15 pm While We’re Young Melanie Ng
Sept. 7 2 pm – 3:15 pm The Good Lie Brad Smith
Sept. 7 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Time Out of Mind Melanie Ng
Sept. 7 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm This is Where I Leave You Melanie Ng
Sept. 7 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm The Equalizer Tracy Moore
Sept. 8 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Cake Brad Smith
Sept. 8 4 pm – 5:15 pm Still Alice Susie Wall
Sept. 8 5 pm – 6:15 pm Fox Catcher Melanie Ng
Sept. 8 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Rosewater Tracy Moore
Sept. 8 8 pm – 9:15 pm Wild Melanie Ng
Sept. 8 9 pm – 10:15 pm 99 Homes Colin & Justin
Sept. 9 5 pm – 6:15 pm Imitation Game Melanie Ng
Sept. 9 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm Maps to the Stars Colin & Justin
Sept. 10 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Polar Bear Susie Wall
Sept. 10 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm Laggies Susie Wall
Sept. 11 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Pawn Sacrifices Melanie Ng
Sept. 11 8 pm – 9:15 pm The Cobbler Brad Smith
Sept. 11 8 pm – 9:15 pm The Voices Melanie Ng
Sept. 12 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm The Forger Brad Smith
Sept. 13 7 pm – 8:15 pm A Little Chaos Brad Smith

Fall fashions from The Style Mogul: Modern Day Blair Waldorf

Christina Cravero | posted Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014

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Frugal fashionista Christina Cravero, The Style Mogul, has the freshest fall fashion trends to rock right now.

"This look completely reminds me of Gossip Girls' Blair Waldorf," Cravero says. "It's such a great pre-fall outfit when pairing it with booties, but in these warmer temps, get away with a cute pair of flats!"

Click the pinpoints below to read more about the look.

Modern Day Blair Waldorf

UberX launches in Toronto & Mississauga

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014

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A new ride-sharing program has landed in Toronto but the city could try to slam the brakes on it before it even picks up speed.

With the swipe of a finger, anyone can be taken for ride thanks to a new service launched this week in Toronto and Mississauga called UberX.

The ride-share program allows people to use their personal vehicles to provide rides to folks who request it through the Uber app.

The ride reportedly costs about 40 per cent less than a typical taxi fare.

Bill Vrebosch signed up as a driver for the service so one day he can put down an offer on a house.

“I’ve been looking at the housing pricing and I’ve been noticing that I will probably need a little extra cash to get out to that housing market,” he told CityNews.

Vrebosch said he pulled in about $150 in a single day with the program.

However, some are warning the service could pose a public safety risk.

One of the big differences between UberX and a taxi is that drivers do not have commercial insurance, which leaves some wondering – if something were to happen would passengers be covered under insurance?

“The likelihood is that their claim would be denied,” Peter Karageorgos with the Insurance Bureau of Canada explained. “When you turn your vehicle into a commercial venture, your insurance requirements definitely change.”

UberX also has many in the taxi industry angry because UberX drivers don’t have to pay sky-high licensing fees and insurance rates like the city requires of licensed taxi drivers.

“It’s taxi drivers, professional licensed taxi drivers, who are charging the regulated rates, protecting the people who are using it, getting people where they need to go,” Beck Taxi’s Kristine Hubbard said. “They’ve built this industry and it’s a slap in the face. It’s an insult, from a regulator that has done nothing to protect them.”

However, the city is also not hopping on board with UberX, citing safety concerns.

“The City has significant concerns that UBER has launched a service, identified as UBERX, which may be in contravention of the City’s bylaws, including those governing private transportation providers,” city officials said in a statement released Tuesday. “We have engaged the expertise of the City’s Legal department, and are reviewing every legal option available to us to address any potential breaches of law, with the objective of ensuring the protection of the public.”

Uber says the public and its drivers are protected through $5 million of insurance on every UberX ride.

That’s two and a half times the insurance that Toronto taxi and limousine rides have.

The city has already handed UberX 35 bylaw infractions but those won’t be heard in court until October.

Uber says it is confident it will work out a deal with the city between now and then.

With files from CityNews.ca

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