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How to diagnose and treat summertime rashes

Cityline | posted Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015

Heat rash:

  • Heat rash usually results in small dots on the skin and feels sandpaper-like. It can be found under the breasts or in skin folds.
  • Why does heat rash happen? If you’re wearing tight clothing or have skin folds, your blocked sweat glands can lead to heat rash during the sweaty summer months.
  • To treat heat rash, use an over-the-counter cortisone cream or powder.

Athlete’s foot:

  • Athlete’s foot is detected by a scaly, flaky foot, possibly between the toes.
  • You can contract athlete’s foot by walking barefoot at places like the gym, by sharing socks, or getting a pedicure with tools that have come in contact with athlete’s foot.
  • To treat athlete’s foot, use an anti-fungal cream and be sure to wear shoes at the gym.

Poison ivy:

  • Poison ivy is usually in clusters of 3 leaves, and the leaves can be either serrated or clear-edged.
  • The plant is typically found in low-lying areas, such as along borders of roads or stony patches.
  • Treat poison ivy with cool water and soap. Be sure not to burn poison ivy to get rid of it as it can get in your lungs.

For more tips from Dr. Marjorie Dixon, watch the video below:

8 common sunscreen mistakes you’re probably making

Kate Gertner | posted Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015


1. Using expired goods: Yes, sunscreen does expire! Over time the active ingredients that work to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays deteriorate and become less effective.

2. Improper storage: Where you store your sunscreen is almost as important as how often you apply it. The glove compartment, windowsill and even your beach bag may seem like convenient places but exposure to extremely hot or cold temperatures will hider the formula’s effectiveness.

3. Light-handed application: Repeat after us, you can never apply too much sunscreen. NEVER. Slather it on often (abide by bottle’s recommended re-apply times) and liberally from head-to-toe.

4. Lingo confusion: Many foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturizers list an SPF (sun protection factor), which is a measure only of the sunscreen’s effectiveness at blocking out sunburn-causing UVB rays (but not the potentially more dangerous UVA rays). For complete and effective broad-spectrum coverage (protection against both UVB and UVA rays) you need to look for products with the circle. This year, Health Canada has introduced guidelines on the amount of UVA protection required for effectiveness. Now, if a sunscreen meets these standards, the UVA symbol will be circled on the package.

5. Playing the numbers game: Don’t be fooled There is very little difference between SPF 50 and SPF 100. Soon, high SPF numbers will be a thing of the past: 50+ will be the highest sunscreen SPF on store shelves.

6. Using only on sunny days: You might be surprised to know that some of the worst sunburns occur on the cloudiest days. UV rays are invisible and can penetrate though clouds, haze and fog — they’ll get you when you least expect it.

7. Applying protection when you are already exposed to the sun: There is a reason you’re supposed to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Creams and sprays need time to absorb into the skin in order to be effective.

8. Missing the lips, ears and top of the feet: The little bits are just as sun sensitive as the rest of your face and bod. Be sure to spritz on the sun protection to keep these sensitive areas burn free too.

Hackers threaten cheating website Ashley Madison

Erin Criger | posted Monday, Jul 20th, 2015


Hackers are threatening to expose millions of Ashley Madison users in a massive data breach at the cheating website.

The company’s slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” The website explicitly promises discretion for ‘extramarital affairs.’

A person or group calling itself The Impact Team claims to have user databases, financial records and other proprietary information

In a manifesto, the group says they’re making the information public because of Ashley Madison’s own policies.

The Impact Team is taking issue with the profile-removal option, which is known as the ‘full delete’ and costs $19. They claim the profile is never fully removed, with names and addresses remaining on the site.

Avid Life Media, the Toronto company that owns Ashley Madison, confirmed the hack on Sunday night.

According to Krebs on Security, which broke the news, The Impact Team has hit two other dating sites belonging to Avid Life, Cougar Life and Established Men.

The hackers want the websites taken offline.

Don’t leave home without this Toronto road closures list

CityNews | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015


Ah, yes, it’s the weekend once again, but wait … it once again comes with road closures in Toronto.

Among the closures are sporting events at the Pan Am Games, a Pan Am Pride street festival and a Caribbean Carnival community parade.

Road closures

PrideHouse TO Celebrates Street Festival
Church Street from Alexander to Dundonald streets is off-limits to drivers from 6 p.m. on Friday to 2 a.m. on Monday for the street festival that starts on Friday evening.

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival junior parade
The parade on Saturday starts at 11 a.m. on Sewells Road, heads west on McLevin Avenue to Neilson Road, north on Neilson to Neilson Park Drive, and east to the entrance of Neilson Park.

McLevin from Sewells to Neilson will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while Neilson from McLevin to Finch will be closed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pan Am women’s marathon
Portions of Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed on Saturday for the Pan Am Games marathon, which runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Drivers won’t be able to access Lake Shore from Parkside Drive to Strachan Avenue from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Parkside from Lake Shore to High Park Boulevard from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One eastbound lane of Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside and Net drives will be open for business and resident access.

In the High Park area, Colborne Lodge, Centre, West and Spring roads, along with High Park Boulevard, is off-limits from midnight to 2 p.m.

For cyclists, parts of Martin Goodman Trail will also be closed.

Pan Am 20-kilometre race walks
The men’s and women’s 20-kilometre walking races are being held from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

To accommodate the event, Lake Shore will be closed in both directions from British Columbia Drive to Strachan Avenue from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. with only local access to Strachan Avenue.

Some sections of Martin Goodman Trail will also be closed to cyclists.

5 things to do this weekend: Burlington beer festival & free yoga

CityNews | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015


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

July 17-19, 2015

Yoga Meltdown: Part of the Festival of India, this free outdoor yoga class will have devotees saying ‘om’ on Centre Island. There’s also meditation, kirtan (call and response chanting), and vegan cooking demonstrations. Centre Island. Sunday. Free. yogameltdown.com

Sherway Farmer’s Market: For the Friday morning crowd, get first pick of Ontario-grown fruit and vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, lamb, cheese and other goodies right outside Sherway Gardens. The market is open throughout mall construction. 25 The West Mall. Friday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free admission.farmfreshmarkets.ca

Shakespeare in the Park: Head out to Scarborough to see the Bard’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers in the open air. It’s the fifth year of performances at Guild Park’s Greek Theatre and this summer, actors are taking on Romeo and Juliet. 201 Guildwood Parkway. Performances run until August 9. Wednesday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. $25, $20 for seniors and students, children under 12 free. guildfestivaltheatre.ca

Burlington Beer Festival: Step off the beaten path and take the one-hour drive to Burlington for this second-annual beer festival. Join 15,000 of your closest friends — and Batman! — to sample beer, wine, and cider on the shores of Lake Ontario. At least 30 breweries will be represented as well as dozens of local restaurants. Country music singer Beverly Mahood will perform. Spencer Smith Park, Burlington. Friday-Sunday. Tickets $35-75. burlingtonbeerfest.com

Panamania: Can’t wait for Kanye? Before the superstar closes out the Pan Am Games, check out homegrown talent all across the city. Colin James (Friday), Kiesza (Saturday), and Dragonette (Sunday) are playing free shows at CIBC Pan Am Park, while Eva Avila rocks the Distillery District on Friday. Various venues. Free. Click here for a full list of performers.

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca or submit it online at CityNews.ca,680News.com and via our iPhone and iPad apps.

Week of July 20, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tune in Monday as it’s all about the meatless BBQ–you read that right!

On Wednesday, we learn how to avoid eating unhealthy snacks at work.

And to end off the week Friday, Jenn will be live at Camp Ooch in Muskoka.

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!

Best of BT Weekend: July 16, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015


Weddings: Where to save and splurge

Alison McGill from Wedding Bells Magazine showed us where we should save and splurge on the wedding.


Grilling the perfect steak

Chef Natalie Cuda showed us how to choose and grill the perfect steak.


Ultra marathon runner Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes shares his tips on how prepare for a run.


Pan Am roundup: Canada picks up 14 medals on Day 6

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015


Team Canada earned itself some serious hardware on Day 6 of the Pan Am games, adding 14 medals – five gold, six silver, and three bronze – to their total.

Canadians grabbed gold in women’s wrestling, women’s doubles tennis, women’s badminton, and men’s and women’s team cycling.

Canada’s swimmers won three bronze and three silver medals, while its badminton players nabbed three silvers to go with their gold.

At the end of Day 6, Canada led the Pan Am pack with 97 medals in all, including 38 gold, 36 silver, and 23 bronze.

Below is a full look at Team Canada’s gold medalists from Thursday:

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