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How to remove corn from the cob quickly and easily

Irene Ngo | posted Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014

We love our fresh Ontario sweet corn! While it’s delicious grilled and eaten straight from the cob, the sweet kernels also make a great addition to summer salads and sides. Removing corn from the cob can be a messy job, so I’ll show you an easy way to keep those kernels under control.

Sweet corn season only lasts until early fall, so make sure to pick up a bushel on your next farmers’ market trip to use in these recipes!

Harvest corn pancakes
Easy chicken tostadas
Sausage and corn salad
Herbed miso corn
Summer corn-pasta salad

TTC video offers preview of new state-of-the-art streetcars

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014

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Transit users are getting their first look at the new bigger, safer, more accessible streetcars, which are set to debut later this month on the Spadina route.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has rolled out a new video to help riders get familiar with the state-of-the-art fleet.

In the video, the TTC outlines many of the features that come with the new cars, including more doors for boarding, wheelchair ramps, air conditioning, and bike racks.

The new streetcars also have twice the capacity of the current ones and four doors for boarding and exiting.

The video shows passengers how to open the doors themselves at less busy stops.

In the video, TTC CEO Andy Byford said the news streetcars will get riders where they want to go faster.

“These vehicles feature four sets of doors, so customers will be able to board and exit the streetcar at any of those doors,” Byford said.

“That’s good news because quicker boarding and exiting means less time spent at stops and that means better, quicker service.”

The first of the new streetcars will debut on the 510 Spadina route on Aug. 31, Then, over the next five years, more than 200 of them will completely replace the older fleet.

Currently, around 250,000 riders take streetcars on a daily basis.

Earlier this month, the TTC proposed implementing the proof-of-payment (POP) system on all 11 streetcar routes as early as Jan. 1, 2015, in an effort to speed up commuting time for riders.

Originally, the TTC had planned to phase in POP gradually over the next five years with the rollout of the new fleet of streetcars, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

A city staff report concluded the top reason for delays on the busy King streetcar line is passengers taking their time getting on and off the vehicles.

The TTC board approved a new transit plan at their meeting Tuesday. It includes nine major recommendations for improving TTC service, including time-based transfers and adding more express bus routes.

With files from Jaime Pulfer, 680News.com

Mairlyn Smith’s tips for food safety in the home

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014

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We love that Cityline viewers like to prepare and cook so many meals at home, but it’s important to do so safely! Protect yourself and your family from food poisoning (something over 4 million Canadians suffer from every year!) with these basic food safety rules from Mairlyn Smith.

CLEANING:

  • Make sure your hands and the counters are clean before and after touching food.
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, sing a chorus of “Happy Birthday” to yourself, or pretend you are in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy just before a surgical procedure.
  • Designate a cutting board for fruits and vegetables and a separate one for meat, fish, and poultry.
  • Never transfer cooked meat, fish, or poultry onto a plate that was used for raw meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Avoid kitchen sponges — they are a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Wipe counters with paper towels OR change your dishcloth daily. Wash the dishcloth in hot soapy water and air dry.
  • To sanitize counters use Health Canada’s recommendation of 5 mL/1 tsp bleach to 750/2.5 L water.
  • Wash your reusable grocery bags often.
  • Wash out your cooler bags often.
  • Wash out lunch bags every day.
  • Rinse all produce under cold running water just before use including hard-peeled vegetables and fruits, i.e. watermelon, squash, etc.
  • Use a vegetable brush on skinned produce like potatoes, apples, pears, etc.

CHILLING:

  • Let the food safety rule “keep hot foods hot and cold food cold” become your food safety mantra. The temperature danger zone for food is between 4 °C (40 °F) to 60 °C (140 °F). Keep foods above or below these temperatures.
  • Keep your refrigerator at 40°F/4°C or lower and your freezer at -18 °C (0 °F) or lower.
  • Bring raw meat, fish, or poultry home from the grocery store and refrigerate as soon as possible or within two hours in the cooler months. If it’s in the summer, put it in ASAP.
  • Store raw meat, fish, and poultry away from other foods in separate containers to prevent any raw juices dripping on other foods. Best place to store them is on the bottom shelf.
  • Store raw meat, fish, or poultry no longer than two to three days in the refrigerator. If it’s any longer than that, freeze and thaw as needed.
  • When freezing foods, place in a freezer bag or container to avoid freezer burn and label with the date.
  • Don’t overcrowd your fridge as you need proper cold air circulation.
  • Thawing: even though your mom may have thawed frozen meat, fish, and poultry on the kitchen counter, doesn’t mean it gets the green light. NEVER thaw anything on the kitchen counter. Thaw in the fridge, in the microwave, or in a sink full of cold water changing the water every 30 minutes.

COOKING:

  • The only way to tell that meat, fish, and poultry is cooked is with a food thermometer. Investing in one is the most important tool in food safety you will have.
  • Have a pot of chili on the stove for a crowd? Keep hot foods at or above 60ºC (140°F).
  • Cooked meat, fish, and poultry should be stored in separate containers within one – two hours after being cooked and should be eaten within two to four days. Remember you can’t smell bacteria until it’s so far gone that food poisoning is sure to occur. When in doubt, throw it out.

For more of Mairlyn’s great tips, check out the videos here at Cityline.ca

Maple Leafs’ broadcast schedule released

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014

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Fifty-one days and counting until the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice for the 2014-15 season, and Sportsnet and Rogers are giving fans more games and access to their beloved team with 56 games on television and 41 games on radio on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The action gets underway on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 8 – opening night of the NHL regular season – with the Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens.

Sportsnet’s regional television broadcast schedule kicks off on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet Ontario as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings.

All 16 regional Maple Leafs television broadcasts will air on Sportsnet Ontario. Veteran broadcaster Paul Romanuk makes his Sportsnet debut, calling play-by-play for all of the Toronto regional broadcasts alongside analyst Greg Millen.

Highlights from Sportsnet’s regional Maple Leafs broadcast schedule include two games against the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, two showdowns with Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning and an all-Canadian matchup with the Edmonton Oilers.

Rogers will also deliver 40 national Maple Leafs broadcasts this season. Highlights from the Leafs national package include 24 Hockey Night in Canada Saturday matchups, 12 appearances on Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey and four Rogers Hometown Hockey Sunday night matchups, the newest national night on the NHL schedule.

Sportsnet 590 The FAN will broadcast 41 Toronto Maple Leafs games this season, including the NHL season opener against Montreal. Fan favourite Joe Bowen will be the exclusive voice of the station’s Maple Leafs broadcasts, calling play-by-play alongside analyst and former goalie Jim Ralph.

For all 41 games on radio, former Leafs GM Gord Stellick will host the two-hour Leafs Nation Post-Game to wrap up each broadcast. Plus, every Saturday night – beginning Saturday, Oct. 4 – Stellick will host Hockey Central Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. ET.

In addition to Sportsnet’s Toronto Maple Leaf regional broadcasts, Rogers will deliver 350 national regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Rogers 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. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN), Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks.

Rogers Communications secured a 12-year deal with the NHL in November 2013 for exclusive national broadcast and multimedia rights in Canada, beginning with the 2014-15 season.

Toronto Maple Leafs 2014-15 TV Broadcast Schedule:

*Channel allocations for Hockey Night in Canada to be announced on a weekly basis

October

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, Montreal @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Oct. 11, Pittsburgh @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Sunday, Oct. 12, Toronto @ New York Rangers, 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT (National – City)
  • Friday, Oct. 17, Detroit @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Oct. 18, Toronto @ Detroit, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, Toronto @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, Boston @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Friday, Oct. 31, Toronto @ Columbus, 7 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)

November

  • Saturday, Nov. 1, Chicago @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, Toronto @ Arizona, 9 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Nov. 8, New York Rangers @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, Boston @ Toronto, 8 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Nov. 15, Toronto @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Saturday, Nov. 22, Detroit @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26, Toronto @ Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Nov. 29, Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

December

  • Saturday, Dec. 6, Vancouver @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10, Toronto @ Detroit, 8 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, Detroit @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Sunday, Dec. 14, Los Angeles @ Toronto, 5 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Dec. 20, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Sunday, Dec. 21, Toronto @ Chicago, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (City – National)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23, Toronto @ Dallas, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Sunday, Dec. 28, Toronto @ Florida, 5 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Monday, Dec. 29, Toronto @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31, Toronto @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)

January

  • Friday, Jan. 2, Toronto @ Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Jan. 3, Toronto @ Winnipeg, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 7, Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Monday, Jan. 12, Toronto @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14, Toronto @ Anaheim, 10 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Jan. 17, Toronto @ St. Louis, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21, Toronto @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, Toronto @ New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Jan. 31, Toronto @ Philadelphia @ 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

February

  • Friday, Feb. 6, Toronto @ New Jersey, 7 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Feb. 7, Edmonton @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Saturday, Feb. 14, Toronto @ Montreal, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, Florida @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Friday, Feb. 20, Toronto @ Carolina, 7 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Feb. 21, Winnipeg @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, Toronto @ Montreal, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

March

  • Sunday, March 1, Toronto @ Washington, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (City – National)
  • Thursday, March 5, Toronto @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, March 7, St. Louis @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Monday, March 9, NY Islanders @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Wednesday, March 11, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, March 14, Toronto @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Monday, March 16, Toronto @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, March 21, Toronto @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Saturday, March 28, Ottawa @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

April

  • Wednesday, April 1, Toronto @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, April 4, Toronto @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Sunday, April 5, Ottawa @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (City – National)
  • Wednesday, April 8, Toronto @ Columbus, 7:30 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, April 11, Montreal @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs Broadcast Schedule:

October

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, Montreal @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Oct. 12, Toronto @ New York Rangers, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, Colorado @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Oct. 18, Toronto @ Detroit, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, Toronto @ New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

November

  • Saturday, Nov. 1, Chicago @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, Toronto @ Colorado, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, Boston @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Nov. 15, Toronto @ Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, Tampa Bay @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26, Toronto @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. ET

December

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, Dallas @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Dec. 6, Vancouver @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10, Toronto @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16, Anaheim @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Dec. 20, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Dec. 21, Toronto @ Chicago, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23, Toronto @ Dallas, 7 p.m. ET
  • Monday, Dec. 29, Toronto @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31, Toronto @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET

January

  • Friday, Jan. 2, Toronto @ Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 7, Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Monday, Jan. 12, Toronto @ Los Angeles, 10 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Jan. 15, Toronto @ San Jose, 10 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Jan. 17, Toronto @ St. Louis, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21, Toronto @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, Toronto @ New Jersey, 7 p.m. ET

February

  • Tuesday, Feb. 3, Toronto @ Nashville, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Feb. 7, Edmonton @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, Toronto @ New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, Florida @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, Toronto @ Montreal, 6:30 p.m. ET

March

  • Tuesday, March 3, Toronto @ Florida, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, March 7, St. Louis @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Monday, March 9, New York Islanders @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Friday, March 13, Toronto @ Calgary, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Monday, March 16, Toronto @ Edmonton, 9 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, March 21, Toronto @ Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, March 26, Florida @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

April

  • Sunday, April 5, Ottawa @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

Internship opportunities at Breakfast Television – Fall 2014

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 18th, 2014

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Passionate about breaking news, lifestyle content, social media, and producing creative and engaging stories for television and online?

Breakfast Television is a three-and-a-half hour LIVE television news and lifestyle production and is looking for full-time production and digital interns for its September 2014 through January 2015 term. The successful applicant must be studying Radio and Television, Media Production, Journalism, Film, Digital Media, or Broadcasting, and the internship must be part of their post-secondary school curriculum.

We’re looking for an individual who’s bright, creative, and energetic, with a passion for news- and lifestyle-themed content, plus the ability to hunt down the latest trends before they go viral! Knowledge of video production and editing would be considered a strong asset.

The unpaid internship position is available, and is a full-time, five-day-a-week program, running from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in our downtown Toronto studios.

Should you fulfill the requirements and wish to apply for the position, please forward your resume and cover letter, along with your placement officer’s name and contact info, to:

comments@bttoronto.ca
Please include ‘Internship‘ in the subject line.

Alternately, send a hard copy to:

City – Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
Breakfast Television Internship Program
33 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1B8

If we are interested in following up with you, we will be in touch to set up an interview.

Week of August 18, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

It’s a star-studded week as Neverest kicks off the week on Monday.

On Wednesday, singer Joseph Neale stops by the BT studios.

Plus, to round off the week, Janette Ewen is in to help you prep for your next family bash!

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!

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