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Weekend winter storm to wallop GTA with snow, rain and freezing rain

CityNews | posted Saturday, Feb 1st, 2014

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of southern Ontario as a low pressure system moves through the area Saturday into Sunday morning.

The GTA could see five to 10 centimetres of snow before the snow turns to rain later in the day and then potentially turns back to snow Saturday night.

Periods of freezing rain are possible during the changeovers but are expected to be brief, said Environment Canada.

Roads in the city will be slick this afternoon according to 680News meteorologist Harold Hosein.

“This will be fairly heavy, wet snow, so it will make for slippery walking conditions, and very slippery driving conditions. And visibility will be severely reduced during the afternoon hours,” said Hosein.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for parts of York and Durham regions, including Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Markham.

Fifteen to 20 centimetres could fall in these areas throughout Saturday and into Sunday night.

Snowfall warnings continue for other areas in the region including Newmarket, Uxbridge, and Northern York Region.

The OPP is asking drivers to stay off municipal roads in Dufferin County as snow and high winds continue to cause visibility problems and road crews struggle to clear snow drifts that reach 12 feet in some places.

Six of the eight municipalities in the county are under a state of emergency, which was called to unlock extra resources to help those areas dig out.

Some flights from Pearson and Billy Bishop airports have been cancelled. Click here or here to check your flight status before leaving for the airport.

Week of Feb. 3, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jan 31st, 2014


It’s an exciting lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

On Monday, it’s poutine madness! It’s the Canadian eat we all love, and we’ll be making some in studio.

Whether you’re a brand new or an expectant parent, we’ll have the top money-saving tips for you Wednesday.

And on Friday, Daniel Carman has five new denim trends for 2014, plus a special performance from Cassadee Pope!

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!

Social Stream: BT at the GRAMMYs

Winston Sih | posted Tuesday, Jan 21st, 2014


Breakfast TelevisionEntertainment CityCityline, and CityNews are live from the GRAMMY Awards with coverage from the red carpet in Los Angeles all week long.

City will be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of music’s biggest night, and BT will have wall-to-wall coverage of the show with correspondents reporting on location.

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine postings using the hashtags #CityGRAMMYs and #GRAMMYs, as well as in the social stream below.

Go to GRAMMYs.ca for the latest news, interviews, and interactive content. Plus, we have a full recap of the night’s highs and lows here.

For a mobile-friendly version, click here.

Video blogs:

GRAMMYs.ca: How to interact with us on music’s biggest night!

In this web-exclusive clip, City digital media correspondent Winston Sih goes through the various ways you can stay in touch with us during the 56th-annual GRAMMY Awards on City.

Strong winds and low temps blow through GTA

CityNews | posted Sunday, Jan 19th, 2014


Winds along the shores of Lake Ontario could kick up to 70 km/h as a sharp cold front sweeps south across southern Ontario Sunday, reaching the 401 corridor overnight.

Following the front, an arctic air mass will settle over the area, sending the mercury down with wind chill values between -25 C and -35 Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of southern Ontario, including the City of Toronto, Halton, Peel, York, Durham and Hamilton.

The front could bring two to four centimetres of snow in some places, with areas north east of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay potentially seeing up to 10 centimetres.

Strong winds are developing ahead of the front, and gusts along the shores of the Great Lakes could be as high as 50 to 70 km/h.

The northeast shore of Lake Erie and Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton could see winds as fast as 90 km/h.

Intense flurries and blowing snow could result in zero visibility at times.

Beyoncé endorses Toronto girls’ cover of ‘Pretty Hurts’

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Jan 18th, 2014


Two Toronto girls got the Beyoncé bump when the superstar posted their cover of Pretty Hurts to her official Facebook page.

On Jan. 5, cousins Haley and Mckenzie Small posted a video to YouTube of themselves performing the song. Eleven days later the video was posted on Beyoncé’s Facebook page with the comment “Love it Haley and Mckenzie!”

And the views started rolling in.

“Our video just hit 100,000 views thanks to Beyoncé and all of our lovely supporters! So exciting!!,” said Haley on her YouTube page Jan. 16.

By Saturday the count was more than 200,000 views and climbing.

“I thought this song was perfect for us being that we are both young females dealing with the pressures of social media and the expectations of society as most are! Hope you enjoy!” said Haley when she posted the video.

Earlier this month Beyoncé promoted another fan cover of the song by sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey.

Week of Jan. 20, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jan 17th, 2014


It’s a star-studded lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

I, Frankenstein star Aaron Eckhart joins us live in studio to chat about the latest take on the classic monster.

We’ve got your red carpet wrap up from the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards.

Joannie Rochette stops by on Thursday to chat about what she’s up to.

Plus, we kick off our GRAMMYs coverage on Friday from Los Angeles! Go to GRAMMYs.ca for the latest news, interviews, and interactive content.

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!


Hamilton mom wants school to ban dairy products

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Jan 15th, 2014


A Hamilton mother has pulled her 6-year-old daughter out of school and filed a human rights complaint because she says the school hasn’t accommodated her child’s life-threatening allergy to dairy products.

She wants the school to ban dairy so her daughter can enjoy her experience at school without the threat of severe allergic reactions.

The story has opened up a storm of controversy and CityNews reporter Tammie Sutherland has a full report in the below video.

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