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Celebrating Kevin’s mom’s 85th birthday on the CN Tower EdgeWalk!

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 6th, 2014

In the spirit of celebrating Kevin Frankish’s mom’s 85th birthday in style, we wanted to make her wish of conquering the CN Tower EdgeWalk come true.

Kevin Frankish, mom Vivianne Frankish, Winston Sih, and segment producer Derek Dotto took the opportunity to kick off the week on top of the world!

See the point-of-view camera from EdgeWalk ‘Walkmaster’ Margo below, as well as some of our favourite pictures from the adventure.

Re-watch our After BT live stream of the gang getting suited up and ready for the walk:

Week of Oct. 6, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Oct 5th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

The puck drops on a new hockey season!

We’re in Yonge-Dundas Square on Wednesday for Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off!  It’s a free outdoor celebration where we’ll be joined by hall-of-famers Joe Nieuwendyk and Mark Messier.

And on Friday, join Breakfast Television in London for the kick-off of Rogers Hometown Hockey.

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!

5 things to do this weekend: Nuit Blanche, Oktoberfest and Parkdale Flea

Michael Talbot | posted Saturday, Oct 4th, 2014

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Oct. 3-5, 2014

Nuit Blanche: For the 9th straight year Toronto will be transformed into a thrilling dusk-to-dawn art fest full of awe-inspiring, interactive installations. This year’s event features more than 120 projects, with 80 produced by Toronto’s talented art community. Various locations. Click here for an interactive map. Saturday, 6:53 p.m. to sunrise. Free. scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

Oktoberfest at the Mill Street Brew Pub: Twenty tasty beers will be on tap alongside special Bavarian food stations to help soak up the suds. There will also be live entertainment to keep the party going. Mill St. Brewery. 21 Tank House Ln. Saturday, 6 p.m. $25 per ticket. $200/table for 10.toronto.millstreetbrewpub.ca

Toronto’s Bridal Show: Over 150 vendors will be on hand to help prepare you for the big day.  There will also be daily fashion shows and a slew of prizes, including wedding dresses, cakes, and a 7-day vacation. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Fri-Sun. $20. 12 and under free. torontosbridalshow.com

High Park Harvest Festival: Spend a charming fall afternoon in Toronto’s most sprawling green space. The celebration of autumn includes horse and wagon rides, pumpkin decorating and chest-warming apple ciders. There will also be live music and dance workshops. Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr. Sunday. 12 to 4:30 p.m. Free. toronto.ca

Parkdale Flea: Whether you’re looking for an antique piece of furniture, a forgotten work of art, or some vintage threads, this is the place to peruse. Plenty of food and drink vendors will be on hand so pack an appetite. 1266 Queen St. W. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.parkdaleflea.com

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When did school lunches become a political statement?

Jennifer Pinarski | posted Friday, Oct 3rd, 2014

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“Why can’t I have a juice box or cookies in my lunch like all the other kids?” my daughter, Gillian, whined.

Since starting full-day kindergarten this month, Gillian has eaten everything I’ve packed in her lunch—but it hasn’t been without complaints. Typically, her comments are related to what’s missingfrom her lunch—i.e. sweet treats and packaged snacks.

My son, Isaac, now in the third grade, is used to my no-nonsense, nutrient-dense lunches and rarely complains anymore. On that particular day, he backed me up on the lunch debate, albeit with a surprising rebuttal. ”You can’t have a juice box because they’re bad for your brain, because it’s just sugar and water. Mr. L. said so,” Isaac said, a little too haughtily for my liking.

Read more: Fear mongering and the anti-sugar obsession>

“Wait a minute…sugar isn’t bad for your brain,” I responded. “Your brain and your body need sugar to work. My problem with juice boxes is that I know you’ll drink them all and not have room for food.”  I try to hide the my frustration at the fact that the school is trying to teach my kids (inaccurate) nutrition lessons.

Forget stroller wars…lunches are the new battleground. And it makes me wonder if packing a child’s lunch for school was this difficult before the days of Pinterest?

Reminiscing recently with a friend, we realized we ate the same brown-bagged lunch growing up—a frozen juice box, a mac and cheese loaf (or PB&J) on white bread, a Wagon Wheel and a red apple. Invariably, the juice box thawed and tore the paper bag, the sandwich was crushed and soggy and the apple bruised and inedible. The only item in our lunches that survived was the Wagon Wheel.

Read more: Bento box lunch ideas your kids will love>

There were no bento boxes in my day: Lunches from my childhood were utilitarian and definitely not Instagram-worthy. I remember hating school lunches, but I also remember not having a choice in what was in them since our family lived on a very limited budget. It’s clear to me that there’s been a major shift in the last 30 years as to how we feed our kids, and while awareness of the benefits of healthier and less processed food is positive, the shaming and the guilt parents seem to pile on themselves for packing a less-than-perfect lunch isn’t healthy at all.

For example:

  • The Lunchbox Dad recently declared that he was going to stop making fun lunches for his kids, because he was fed up with people making fun of him for making his kids’ lunches so fun.
  • Peanut butter has been long banned by schools (and justifiably so). But when schools started bringing in rules banning nut-free spreads, parents of picky eaters were outraged. Schools defended the decision by saying that nut-free products look too much like real peanut butter, which stresses out children who have life-threatening allergies.
  • Taking lunch policies one step further, some schools dictate what parents can and cannot pack in their kids’ lunches. Banning treats or processed snacks put teachers in the role of nutritional authorities—something I strongly disagree with.
  • Litterless lunches are a great idea—if your child remembers to rinse out their containers and close the lids. A friend of mine showed me what her son’s lunch looks like at the end of the day and it’s like a bento-box bomb went off. And while the idea of a litterless lunch is noble, the upfront expense of buying reusable containers only seems to pay for itself after the containers have been in use for a year—those lunch kits are expensive!

Read more: School bans eggs, dairy and nuts due to one student’s allergies>

Follow along as Jennifer Pinarski shares her experiences about giving up her big city job and lifestyle to live in rural Ontario with her husband, while staying home to raise their two young children. Read more Run-at-home mom posts or follow her @JenPinarski.

Tragically Hip to headline NHL launch event

Sportsnet | posted Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

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TORONTO/NEW YORK – Canadian rock legends The Tragically Hip will get the party started ahead of the NHL season opener next Wednesday.

The Tragically Hip will perform a 45-minute set as part of the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off event at Yonge-Dundas Square prior to puck drop between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens game on Oct. 8.

“For hockey fans, the first day of the NHL season is incredibly exciting. It’s a fresh start for all 30 teams and the anticipation, possibilities, and intense rivalries begin the moment the puck drops,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. “The 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off is a great way for the NHL and our partners to be a part of this excitement, celebrating with our fans in the heart of Toronto and all over the world.”

“Like fans from coast to coast, our team has spent the summer eager for the puck to drop on the new season,” said Stewart Glendinning, President & CEO of Molson Coors Canada. “With the NHL and Molson Canadian teaming up once again, fans in downtown Toronto are sure to score a memorable moment before the Maple Leafs and Canadiens renew Canada’s oldest rivalry.”

The celebration begins at 12:00 p.m. ET at Yonge-Dundas Square, rain or shine, with live musical performances, prizes and giveaways, NHL Alumni and special guest appearances, merchandise available for purchase and sponsored hockey activities. The day’s festivities will continue into the evening when fans are invited to watch the Montreal Canadiens renew their Original Six rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs on giant outdoor video screens. The 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off will be produced by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Across the League, the opening night’s four-game slate will feature teams from coast-to-coast. In Canada, fans can tune in to Sportsnet’s doubleheader featuring the Canadiens at Maple Leafs (7:00 p.m. ET) followed by Canucks at Flames (10:00 p.m. ET). Games also will be available on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.

In Quebec, TVA Sports’ NHL coverage will debut with their French-language broadcast of Canadiens at Maple Leafs followed by a French-language broadcast of Canucks at Flames. In the U.S., NBCSN will also feature a doubleheader starting with Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET) for the network’s inaugural 2014-15 season Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (10:00 p.m. ET).

The evening will be highlighted by the raising of the Kings’ second championship banner in the past three seasons before facing their division rivals the Sharks.

Sportsnet unveils new Hockey Central studio

Sportsnet | posted Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

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TORONTO — It’s big and it’s spectacular.

At 11,000 square feet with nine separate sets and 52 monitors, Sportsnet today introduced the largest, most innovative sports studio in the country, providing fans with a sports entertainment playground that places them in the heart of the action and brings the NHL experience to life.

The Hockey Central Studio, which debuts October 8 – opening night of the NHL season – features a rotating main anchor desk with a 360° open environment allowing cameras to shoot from any angle, an 11x38ft. ultra-high-resolution monitor – the largest ever in a Canadian television studio, and an LED floor that displays videos and graphics and leads into a giant video monitor wall. The studio also features up to 14 cameras that can shoot up to three live broadcasts for three different networks at any one time.

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Sportsnet unveils its new state-of-the-art Hockey Central Studio, which debuts Wednesday, Oct. 8 and features nine separate sets and 52 monitors, including the largest in a Canadian television studio.”Our hosts and commentators gasped when they saw the studio in action for the first time, and we’re confident fans will as well,” said Gord Cutler, Senior Vice President of NHL Production, Rogers. “It’s cutting edge and allows us to showcase the game in ways never seen before that will keep fans on the edge of their seats.”

Designed by Jack Morton PDG, the company that designed the sets for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium at Vancouver 2010 & London 2012, the set was eight months in the making, beginning with the design phase and coming full circle with the construction in mid-June and finishing in late September.

The studio is complemented by a new graphics and animation package, designed in-house by the Rogers Creative Group. It includes 10 different custom opening animations, 250 player animations, and more than 1,000 support animations that enhance storytelling and game analysis for viewers.

Hockey fans will hear fresh musical packages during NHL on Sportsnet broadcasts, with renowned Canadian composer Stephan Moccio’s enhanced version of the current Hockey Night in Canada song and Sportsnet theme music – both of which are performed by an all-Canadian 50-piece orchestra.

This season, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver more than 550 national and regional regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Sportsnet has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards.

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will deliver more than 1,000 regular season games on tablet and smartphones for the upcoming season. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

By The Numbers Sportsnet’s New Hockey Central Studio

40,000 Feet of electrical cable

15,000 Feet of pipe used for lighting grids

11,000 Square feet of space in Hockey Central studio

554 Number of games NHL on Sportsnet will broadcast this season

500 Studio lights

360 Degree shooting area in studio

170 Individual panels that make up Goliath, the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever used in a Canadian television studio

80 Inch touch screen monitor equipped with live, interactive states in the Rogers Tech Zone

70 Per cent of the lighting in the studio that is low energy LED lighting

52 Total screens

38 Feet long by 11 feet high – the dimensions of Goliath, the new Hockey Central studio monitor, the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever used in a Canadian television studio

(4 times the resolution of a high definition monitor)

24 Wireless microphones

14 Cameras capturing the latest breaking NHL news and analysis

9 Distinct sets:

– Main rotating anchor desk

– 3 different regional sets, 2 of which are stacked on top of each other. The 3rd regional set will also be used for Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada

– George Stroumboulopoulos’s interview corner, with his signature red chairs

– Puck Wall, featuring a vertical monitor & accompanying wall containing 30 pucks for all 30 NHL teams. When a puck is placed into the cradle at the bottom of the monitor, associated imagery for that respective team pops up on the screen

– Rogers Tech Zone including a 90-inch touch screen monitor & live, interactive stats

– Demo area featuring LED video floor and monitor wall

– Cat walk bridge in front of Goliath

8 Date in October when Hockey Central studio is unveiled in 1st national NHL broadcast

7 Kilometres of LED light tape in the new studio

3 Live broadcasts that can be shot in the studio simultaneously for 3 or more networks at any 1 time

1 Only studio of its kind in Canada

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