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Toronto election voting guide: who, when, where & how

Betty Harrison | posted Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014

After 10 months of campaigning in the Toronto municipal election, it’s now time to have your say.

Advance voting starts Tuesday, and polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Oct. 19.

There will be one voting place in each of the 44 wards. Click here for a list.

Voters can also cast their ballots at Toronto City Hall until Oct. 17.

City officials said voting cards were mailed out last week. The cards provide information about when and where to vote during either the advance vote or on election day Oct. 27.

People are encouraged to bring their voting cards with them when casting a ballot. But it is possible to vote without a card.

Eligible voters can vote with a valid piece of identification and proof of address.

Click here for a list of acceptable identification.

Toronto residents, or those who own or rent property, or have a spouse who owns or rents or property in Toronto are eligible to vote.

Click here to see if you are eligible to vote.

Voters who haven’t received their cards by the middle of the month can use the MyVote tool to find out when and where to vote.

There are more than 350 candidates vying for one of the 44 council seats in the Toronto election.

Thirty-eight councillors are seeking re-election, including Rob Ford. Six councillors, including Gloria Lindsay Luby, Karen Stintz and Mike Del Grande, are leaving office at the end of this term. Click on the below wards to view a video profile by Rogers TV of each ward. Mobile viewers, click here.

With files from Toronto staff

NHL hockey dads: Parenting lessons from the ice

Haley Overland | posted Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014


Wayne Gretzky

“I always tell my kids, ‘You know what? The biggest thing you can have in life is passion,’” he has said. “If you have a passion for going to school and becoming a doctor or if you have a passion for being a good hockey player, or a good baseball player. What happens with passion is that you take that extra step, you put in that extra work, you put in the extra time because you have a dedication and a love for it. People come up to me and say, ‘Could you tell my son how many hours you used to practise?’ I say, ‘No, I can’t tell them because I didn’t think I was practising.'”

Read on for more great parenting quotes from hockey greats>>>>>

The Habs are Canada’s team: exclusive CityNews poll

Christine Chubb | posted Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014


It’ll be a crosscheck into the boards for Leafs Nation but a new Forum Research poll conducted exclusively for CityNews has found that when it comes to the NHL, Canada’s team is the Canadiens.

With support coming from every province across the country, Montreal is cheered on by 23 per cent of Canadian hockey fans, almost doubling those who root for the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs combined.

Support for the blue and white was highest in their home province with 33 per cent of Ontarians saying the Leafs were the team they cheered for the most.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, captained by Halifax’s Sidney Crosby, are the highest-ranking American team, as the fifth most-supported team in Canada. Support for the Penguins also ranked highest in the Atlantic provinces.

And there is still no question that hockey is Canada’s game. More than 8-in-10 Canadian adults said they think hockey is important to our cultural and social fabric — including those who aren’t fans of the sport.

“Even among those who claim not to be fans, hockey is seen to be an important cultural signifier in this country, and when two thirds of the adult population watches a single game, you know that’s true,” Forum Research president Dr. Lorne Bozinoff said in a statement. “I don’t know if this could be said for baseball, basketball or NFL football in the US, or cricket or Premier League football in the UK.”

Just over half of Canadians, 53 per cent, said they were NHL fans, with the majority support coming from younger males, the wealthy and those who vote conservative.

Most of those asked considered themselves regular fans with only a tenth classifying themselves as “extreme fans.”

The highest number of NHL fans live in Alberta with 61 per cent.

The Forum poll was conducted between Oct. 3 and 5 and has a margin of error of 2.5 per cent from random sampling of 1,504 Canadians 18 years of age and older.

Forum Research probes Canada's Hockey Fandom

Rogers’ GamePlus puts hockey fans on ice during NHL games

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014


Imagine having the capability to replay key moments of NHL games at your fingertips, or being able to get exclusive camera angles of a game.

Rogers Communications Inc. announced Monday the launch of GamePlus, part of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE, which will let mobile users watch a hockey game in a revolutionary way.

GamePlus features various camera feeds and multiple-angle replays, allowing fans to feel like they are on the ice, in the centre of the action. It will also include exclusive video of interviews, analysis, and original video-on-demand content.

The mobile service’s “second-screen hockey experience” provides users to watch the game live on television while they engage the unique camera angles and other features on their mobile devices.

“GamePlus is a game changer. It combines the latest in broadcast technology together with mobile app technology and we’ve invested more than $10 million to create this outstanding experience,” Keith Pelley, president of Rogers Media said in a release.

Fans will have access to different camera angles that they can use in various ways at games. They include:

  • Follow the puck from one end to another at six metres per second via a Sky Cam, which sits at the 200 level in the Air Canada Centre
  • Referee’s helmet features a Ref Cam that lets fans see the face-offs, breakaways and goals
  • Goal Line Cam gives a overhead view of the ice, right above the offensive rush
  • Get an inside view of the players’ benches, and catch the action from inside the blue line, which is what separates one team’s defensive end from the another
  • Follow any player during the game via a Star Cam

NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier, who is Rogers’ NHL Ambassador, said the “view from the ref’s helmet makes me feel like I’m back on the ice.”

“The new camera angles really bring you inside the game, and give you a feel for the speed and intensity the players experience. Each camera gives the fan a different and unique perspective,” he said in the release.

One of the star features of GamePlus, with its multiple camera angle capability, allows fans to act like a referee and decipher tough calls, and also get different views of goals, power plays, and penalty kills.

“It puts customers in control and gives them access to angles they’ve never had before on any screen. Fans who disagree with a ref’s call can now see the game exactly as the ref sees it. They can also watch multiple replay angles of the main plays in the game,” Pelley said.

Pelley said a crew tested Game Plus last week. They were able to “create up to eight camera replay angles of major plays and have them available on mobiles and tablets in less than three minutes after the action happened.”

The service will be available on select NHL games each week, as well as the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL All Star Game, and the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Customers who subscribe to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will be able to access GamePlus on their mobile devices and tablets. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE is already available for download on Google Play and the App Store.

The beta version will launch on Oct. 8, in time for the NHL season opener and the puck drop between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.

Rogers GameCentre LIVE

Rogers GameCentre LIVE will live-stream more than 1,000 NHL games throughout the 2014-2015 hockey season, live including all playoff games. It can be accessed through a new mobile app as well as NHL.com, and is also available on desktops, smartphones and tablets.

Rogers wireless data and Hi-Speed Internet customers will get a free subscription until Dec. 31, 2014. For non-Rogers customers, NHL GameCentre LIVE will cost $199.99 for the full season. A French-only package that includes les Canadiens (60 games) and les Sénateurs (54 games) regional games for $59.99 will also be available.

Click here for more information on Rogers GameCentre LIVE

Rogers is the parent company of this station and website.

NHL Face-Off transforms Yonge-Dundas Square into opening day hockey hub

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014


Yonge-Dundas Square will be an all-day hub of hockey action on Wednesday when the puck drops on the 2014-15 NHL season.

Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off offers fans a full day of entertainment complete with a Tragically Hip concert, appearances by NHL legends, and a live broadcast of an Original Six clash between the rival Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The event is free and open to the public.

“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,” said Brian Jennings, NHL executive vice-president & chief marketing officer.

The celebration begins at noon, rain or shine.

Below is a complete rundown:

  • 12 p.m. – Event begins with free interactive activities, prizes and giveaways
  • 12:45 p.m. – Photo Session with Joe Nieuwendyk
  • 2:15 p.m. – Photo Session with Wendel Clark
  • 2:30 p.m. – Q&A with Joe Nieuwendyk
  • 3:15 p.m. – Photo Session with Darryl Sittler
  • 3:30 p.m. – Q&A Session with Wendel Clark
  • 4:15 p.m. – Photo Session with Wendel Clark
  • 4:30 p.m. – Photo Session with Darryl Sittler
  • 5:00 p.m. – Q&A with Clark, Nieuwendyk and Sittler
  • 6:30 -7:15 p.m. – The Tragically Hip live performance
  • 7:15 p.m. – Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre – Live broadcast carried on all video screens at Yonge-Dundas Square
  • First intermission – Tim Hicks live performance
  • 10:00 p.m. – Official 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off After Party (open to those 19 years and older). The EFS Nightclub, located at 647 King Street West

Yonge Street will be closed from Dundas to Queen streets from 10 a.m. on Tuesday to 4 a.m. on Thursday. The TTC’s Yonge buses will divert via Victoria Street.

Rogers is the parent company of this station and website.

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


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


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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