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5 things to do this weekend: Beaches jazz festival, Junior Carnival & salsa festival

Showwei Chu | posted Friday, Jul 18th, 2014

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

July 18-20, 2014

Beaches International Jazz Festival: This 10-day music festival is a perennial summer highlight for locals and tourists. The big draw is the jazz, blues and funk, as well as big band, reggae and Latin music performed by local and international artists. Must-see performers on the main stage at Woodbine Park on opening weekend include KC Roberts on Friday; Andria Simone, Amoy Levy and Dumpstaphunk on Saturday; and Toronto’s own rhythm and blues ensemble Soul Stew and China’s first-ever reggae band Long Shen Dao on Sunday. Woodbine Park. Until July 27. Free. beachesjazz.com

Junior Carnival: More than 2,500 children dance and play mas to the sound of steel bands in a parade through the Malvern community with someone getting a prize for best costume. Neilson Park, 1555 Neilson Rd. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. See the parade route here.torontocaribbeancarnival.com

Honda Indy Toronto: Bring earplugs to this noisy but thrilling event and follow the racers as they vie to be the dominant performer on the 85-lap, 2.82-km street course at Exhibition Place this weekend. Fan Friday is back thanks to Ontario Honda Dealers, so spectators can get in free and taken in the qualifiers underway at 2 p.m. Exhibition Place. 100 Princes Blvd. Friday to Sunday. $60-85 for single day. $80-175 for two days. hondaindytoronto.com

Salsa on St. Clair: Bring your dancing shoes to this street festival in Hillcrest Village now in its 10th year as there will be mucho dancing. The giant salsa party celebrates Latino culture with dance lessons, live music and tasty fare. St. Clair Avenue West between Winona Drive and Christie Street. Saturday and Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Free. salsaintoronto.com

Live Green Toronto Festival: Check out Toronto’s biggest outdoor festival celebrating all things green at Yonge-Dundas Square. Yonge Street from Dundas to Queen streets goes car free for this event that features vendors specializing in green products and services. There will also be free concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square, featuring 10 main stage acts including rapper Maestro Fresh West and The Wheat Kings. 1 Dundas St. E. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. toronto.ca

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Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people shot down over Ukraine: official

CityNews | posted Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014


A Malaysian airplane has crashed in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, killing all 295 people aboard. According to an official from Ukraine, the jet was shot down.

It was reportedly shot down by pro-Russian rebels. Intercepted phone calls reportedly confirm this.

At least one Canadian was on board, the CEO of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam confirmed in a news conference. The name or hometown of the Canadian victim isn’t known.

An emergency services rescue worker said at least 100 bodies had so far been found at the scene, near the village of Grabovo, and that debris from the wreckage was spread across an area up to about 15 kilometres in diameter.

A Canadian aviation expert says the plane had no chance if it were fired upon by a missile.

The Boeing 777 came down near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

Flight MH17 was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Air Canada has not used the airspace where the jet was shot down for some time — over safety fears.

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tweeted announcing an investigation.

It’s the worst aviation disaster since 9-11.

The crash comes about four months after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared on March 8.

With files from Reuters

Week of July 14, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jul 13th, 2014


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

From triumphs to heartbreaking defeats, plus that now-infamous shoulder bite, we look back at World Cup 2014.

Foodies need to tune in Thursday as we cook up some delicious summer vegan recipes!

Plus, not quite Beach Body ready? Celebrity Fitness trainer Autumn Calabrese shows us her favourite ab exercises to sculpt your tummy on Friday.

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!

So you’re moving out — now what?

Cityline | posted Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014


The weather is heating up and so is the real estate market which means moving season starts bustling from coast to coast. The great thing about moving is that you have the chance for a fresh start, but that doesn’t mean you need to buy everything new. Depending on the stage of your life you are in – and we often move because our needs and stage of life is changing – you will need to refocus your décor to reflect those changes.

Two major moves in your life are First Digs and Coupling Up. We’ve gathered a few tips and tricks to help movers of all stages get settled into their new homes, plus some essential packing tips for that first night!

First New Digs

Moving out of a family home and into your very own place brings with it many firsts – like being responsible for cleaning and cooking! While decorating a new apartment is important, so are the basics:


  • When shopping for the kitchen, don’t overspend on complete dinnerware sets; one or two plates, bowls, cups and mugs will meet your everyday needs.
  • Look for pieces with colour and pattern that reflect your style, because even a tiny food prep area can be chic. You’re only one person, so if it’s a funky mug, it’s just one funky mug, etc.
  • This is also the time to buy a few versatile kitchen utensils such as wooden spoons (stash them in a cute canister) and even a small French press will meet your coffee needs without taking up the amount of counter space that a full-size coffee machine takes up.
  • You may not even have your “own” cleaning products yet. Create a cleaning kit or caddy with all of your supplies in one bucket or metal caddy.


  • A lack of storage space is no excuse for disorder! Look for items that serve double duty like a garment rack and hamper that provides a place for both clean and dirty laundry.
  • Especially if you are in a bachelor suite, the bedroom sometimes is your living room. Consider using a twin bed as a daybed, and choose bedding that will also look great with cushions on it functioning as your living room sofa. The other thing with bedding is that it’s a great way to add colour and pattern to a space, on a budget. And it’s also something you can take with you if you move to a new apartment.
  • Storage pieces, boxes, baskets are also always key for tucking away items that would otherwise have nowhere to go when space is limited.


  • People assume that small spaces require small furniture, but that’s not always the best approach. If you have space for a regular sofa, you won’t regret it. Plus it won’t be something temporary that you will only use for a few years, you can grow with it.
  • Sometimes landlords restrict painting in a rental unit, so artwork becomes more important than ever and doesn’t have to cost a lot. There are tons of options and this will really make your new home away from home feel more personal. If you’re not allowed to hammer in nails, adhesive hooks are great in a pinch.
  • Scatter rugs or a sophisticated cowhide are a great way to cover up unsightly broadloom.

Coupling Up


  • When two spaces merge into one, creating cohesion is key. Edit and purge mismatched duplicates and upgrade items like cookware and dinnerware to complete sets that will have you ready to host your first dinner party as a couple.
  • Perhaps your style is evolving and you want dishware that is a bit more grown-up. There is a lot of casual dinnerware that will feel chic and mature even though it doesn’t need to be fine china.
  • Similarly, you may not yet be in the gravy boat stage of entertaining, but could use a few great platters and or salad servers.


  • Sharing a home with your partner also means sharing precious closet space! Avoid a war over the wardrobe by switching out wooden hangers for super-thin felted ones to maximize closet capacity when combining clothing.
  • He may have had man bedding (Star Wars?) and you may have had something frilly. Now is the time to create a soothing couples retreat with gender neutral bedding that will appeal to both of you.


  • It’s all about balancing masculine and feminine details as you merge your belongings. He may have had a mod, navy blue sofa, but you can soften it up with more feminine accent pillows. The same theory could apply to a creamy tufted sofa and you add more masculine cushions.
  • Now that you are flat-mates, celebrate your shared life together by displaying photographs of places you’ve been as a couple. This may also be the time in your life, pre-mortgage and kids, when you have disposable income to spare for travel.

Packing a First-Night Box

  1. Bed linens for each bed that needs to be used that night
  2. Cleaning supplies
  3. Paper plates and cutlery
  4. Flashlight
  5. Paper napkins
  6. Non-perishable snacks
  7. Toiletries (including hand soap)
  8. Towels
  9. Toys for children and pets

A few other things that you would want: trash bags, tools, one change of clothes for each family member, light bulbs, and don’t forget your cellphone and charger!


Courtesy Tamara Robbins Griffith


Shirtless protesters disrupt Mayor Ford on Eglinton

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was met by vocal, and shirtless, opponents at a press conference on Eglinton Avenue Tuesday morning.

Ford was addressing a proposal to turn a 19-kilometre stretch of Eglinton into a Grand Boulevard, once the Crosstown LRT is complete, ahead of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

But he was drowned out by protestors hurling questions and shouting “Resign!” repeatedly.

Ford’s staff attempted to quiet the protest, but to little avail.

The mayor plowed on and delivered his message, a strong opposition to the proposal.

“They can protest all they want. All I’m doing is saving taxpayers money and keeping the traffic moving,” Ford said.

Councillors will consider amendments to the official plan, put forth by the Planning and Growth Management Committee, at the council meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m.

Click here to view the full agenda. You can also watch it live beginning at 9:30 a.m. on CityNews.ca and 680News.com.

The idea is to take space — once used by transit and HOV lanes — and use it to widen sidewalks, create dedicated bike lanes and add more trees and street furniture.

On Monday, the Toronto Sun reported parking spaces would be lost and the transformation would reduce Eglinton to one lane in each direction. However, the city’s chief planner has defended the project, saying that is not the case.

Click here to read the agenda item.

A twitter page with the handle @shirtlesshorde, inspired by the ‘Shirtless Jogger,’ encouraged people to show up.

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