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City Brews: November 2013

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Nov 20th, 2013

CityNews meteorologist Adam Stiles, a fine connoisseur of beer, has compiled his top six Ontario beers that you should try this winter.  They are all featured in his City Brews six-pack picks for CityNews The 5!

1. Vanilla Porter, Mill Street Brewery
Highlight: Nitrogen charged
Flavours: Chocolate, hints of coffee, roasted malts & vanilla
Body: Full
Colour: Dark Amber, Thick frothy light mocha head
Texture: Creamy & Smooth
LCBO, retail shop at the distillery or many bars – $2.90/can

2. Vintage Winter Beard-D. Choc. Cran. Stout, Muskoka Brewery
Highlight: Cellared for one year. 2012 Vintage, could cellar for a two more years
Flavours: Chocolate & cranberry, roasted malts
Body: Full to thick
Colour: Deep chocolate colour…with a dark tan head to it
Texture: Velvety with mild carbination
ABV: 8% (can’t really taste it)
Pairs well with more chocolate or rich desserts like cheesecake or good company
LCBO or retail shop in Muskoka – $13.95

3. Tempest Imperial Stout, Amsterdam Brewery
Highlight: Could cellar for three years, if you can keep it cool and away from light
Flavours: More bitterness, bitter coffee flavours, burnt malts/smokiness, cocoa
Body: Heavy
Colour: Black, thin head, doesn’t stick around long
Texture: Thick, mild carbination, warming
ABV: 9%
LCBO or retail shop – $6.25/bottle
Note: Just released the Double Tempest Stout – 14% ABV

4. Lake Effect IPA, Great Lakes Brewery
Highlight: Weather and beer meet
Tank ten series – Brewers Choice
IPA: Hoppy beer
Flavours: Hops upfront carrying citrus notes like grapefruit, tangerine
Hints of pine and herbs
Body: Unfiltered – So medium to full
Colour: Hazy Orange with a white foam head…Laces the glass as you drink
Texture: medium carbination, Slightly oily, with bite
ABV: 7%
Pairs well with spicy foods and rich cheeses
LCBO or retail shop in Etobicoke – $5.95

5. Kissmeyer: Nordic Pale Ale, Beau’s B-Side BrewingLabel
Highlight: Takes international beers and recipes and makes them local. Kissmeyer is from Denmark but the beer is made here.
Flavours: Herbal & floral, rose hips, slight evergreen, slight syrup on finish
Body: Thinner/lighter
Colour: Golden to hazy orange
Texture: Light/higher carbonation, crisp
Hops, but not as hoppy as lake effect IPA
ABV: 5.2%
LCBO: $4.85/bottle

6. Conductor’s Craft Ale, Junction Craft Brewing
Sessionable: Can drink multiple in one sitting
Flavours: Hopped backed beer…plenty of malt and balance
Slightly bitter with tons of aroma
Body: Medium
Colour: Amber
Texture: Balanced
ABV: 5.2%
Pairs well with sharp cheese, BBQ and spicy food
LCBO or retail shop – $2.85/can

Watch the full segment below.

Lady Gaga talks price of fame, new album in Toronto

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 19th, 2013

Lady Gaga was in Toronto on Monday to promote her third studio album ARTPOP and while she noted fame has its costs, they’re worth it.

“There are days where it’s more challenging to go out and be alone and have just sort of a quiet night with my family or my friends, but those are the sacrifices you make when you’re a performer,” Gaga told City.

“I just roll with the punches. It’s life.”

The first album single called Applause, focuses on the attention she has received in the five years since her debut album was released. In the song, Lady Gaga sings that she lives for the applause and attention.

ARTPOP is really a celebration of…surviving for the past five years. I never changed who I was or when people wanted me to change, I just kept being me. And here we are,” she said.

Lady Gaga signed autographs and met with fans at a private event on Monday night and was later presented with a plaque celebrating ARTPOP’s success. The album was certified platinum in Canada after selling 80,000.

With files from CityNews.ca

IN PHOTOS: Santa in town for annual parade

Winston Sih | posted Sunday, Nov 17th, 2013

The 109th edition of the Santa Claus parade was held on Sunday.

The parade — which got underway at 12:30 p.m. — featured more than 30 floats and 25 bands.

In photos

Take a look at some of our favourite viewer photos sent in to us through Twitter using hashtag #BTsanta!


Parade route

  • Starts at Bloor St. W. and Christie St.
  • Eastbound to Bloor St. W.
  • Southbound to Queen’s Park Crescent E.
  • Southbound to University Ave.
  • Eastbound to Wellington St. W.
  • Eastbound to Front St. E.
  • Ends at Front St. E. and Jarvis St.

Road closures

  • 8 a.m.: Bloor St. W., from Ossington Ave. to Christie St.
  • 10 a.m.: Bloor St. W., from Christie to Bathurst streets
  • 10:45 a.m.: Bloor St. W., from Bathurst to Bay streets
  • 10:45 a.m.: Avenue Rd./Queen’s Park, from Davenport Rd. to College St.
  • 11 a.m.: University Ave., from College to Dundas streets
  • 11:15 p.m.: University Ave., from Dundas to Front streets
  • 11:30 p.m.: Wellington St., from University Ave. to Jarvis St.
  • 11:45 p.m.: Front St., from Bay to Jarvis streets


Sunday’s forecast calls for windy and cloudy conditions with showers for the morning and steadier rain developing around 12 p.m. It is expected to be milder with a high near 13 C.

Related links

With files from 680News.com

Week of Nov. 18, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 15th, 2013

It’s a loaded lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

The Tenors perform and reveal an exclusive announcement.

We have our BT Bills Day where one ultimate Bills fan will walk away with 2014 Season Tickets!

Plus, Jenn will be live in Buffalo with the Bills!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca/live, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app!

Councillors to hold 2 special meetings to limit Ford’s powers

CityNews | posted Friday, Nov 15th, 2013

Toronto city council has passed two motions that will limit Mayor Rob Ford’s powers.

In the first of two special sessions on Friday, councillors voted 39-3 in favour of a motion that limits Ford’s power on committees.

He can no longer remove the deputy mayor or take councillors off committees, including members of the executive committee.

Ford said Friday he will challenge the ruling in court.

Responding to questions about a legal challenge that arose during the city hall debate, the city solicitor said that, while “one never knows what a judge will do…we feel confident in our ability to defend council’s decision in this circumstance.”

While council has had this power, it is first time it has taken such an action, Anna Kinastowski said.

Ford, his brother Coun. Doug Ford, and Coun. David Shiner were the only three who voted against the motion.

The motion was proposed by councillors John Filion and Paul Ainslie.

The second motion, to strip Ford of emergency powers, passed 41-2. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will now assume responsibility in the face of an emergency.

The mayor and his brother voted against the motion.

During the debate, Doug Ford fought back against the proposal, saying that “folks here don’t have the moral authority to be doing…what they’re doing here today.”

He later added that there will be two courts that will be looking at Friday’s decisions: The legal court and the court of public opinion.

In contrast to his brother, Rob Ford said he had to defend himself, but understood why councillors were taking action to strip him of powers during an emergency.

“I’m not mad at anybody,” adding if another mayor did what he did, he would support councillors.

The second motion was also proposed by Filion.

Both motions will remain in effect for the rest of Ford’s term.

The proposals come a day after Ford used graphic language on live TV and admitted he may have driven drunk. In the past weeks, he has admitted to smoking crack cocaine, refused to speak to Toronto police about an ongoing investigation, and a swarm of media – both international and local – descended on city hall.

Ford’s locker room vulgarity also drew wide condemnation from fellow councillors, who literally turned their backs when he spoke during the day’s various debates.

And Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she could intervene if council made it clear it could not function as a result of the Ford scandal, but would consult opposition parties before doing so.

The crush of media clamouring for news of Ford prompted city staff to declare city hall unsafe for children on Thursday.

School tours next Monday and Tuesday will be going to the Toronto Archives instead, a spokeswoman said.

A third motion to be debated on Monday would see Ford’s office essentially moved to the control of the deputy mayor.

With files from The Canadian Press

Remembrance Day events in the GTA

Winston Sih | posted Sunday, Nov 10th, 2013

Every year on Nov. 11, Canadians pay tribute to those who served the country during times of war and peace. Below is a list of Remembrance Day ceremonies in the GTA.

Breakfast Television will have extensive coverage of events happening during the morning, including a live stream of the sunrise service at  Prospect Cemetery from 7 to 9 a.m.  Follow along with us using the hashtag #BTremembers.


Scarborough Civic Centre
Address: 150 Borough Drive, McCowan and Ellesmere
Time: 2:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

Fort York
Address: 250 Fort York Boulevard
Time: 10:45 a.m.

Swansea Town Hall Community Centre
Address: 95 Lavinia Avenue, Windermere and Bloor
Time: 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Address: 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant Road
Time: 10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.

East York Civic Centre
Address: 850 Coxwell Avenue, Coxwell and Mortimer
Time: 10:45 a.m to 11:45 a.m.

North York – Toronto Centre for the Arts
Address: 5040 Yonge Street, Yonge and North York Blvd.
Time: 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Old City Hall
Address: 60 Queen Street West, Bay and Queen
Time: 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

York Civic Centre – York Memorial Collegiate Auditorium
Address: 2690 Eglinton Avenue, Eglinton Ave. W and Keele St.
Time: 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.


City of Mississauga Remembrance Day Ceremony
Address: 300 City Centre Drive, Confederation Parkway and Burnhamthorpe Road West
Time: 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.


Memorial Square Cenotaph, City Hall
Address: 2 Wellington St. W.
Time: 10: 45 a.m.

DMG Chinguacousy Park
Address: Queen St. E. and Central Park Dr.
Time: 10:45 a.m.


Woodbridge Cenotaph
Address: on Wallace Street, south of Woodbridge Avenue
Time: 10:15 a.m.


Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph, City Hall
Address: 426 Brant St., Brant St. and James St.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Oakville Legion
Address: 136 Church St. at Navy
Time: 9:00 a.m.

With files from 680News.com

EXCLUSIVE: Broker of Rob Ford crack video breaks silence in CityNews interview

CityNews | posted Saturday, Nov 9th, 2013

The man who says he attempted to broker the sale of the Rob Ford crack video ended up fearing for his life and lying low for months when the scandal exploded in the media.

In an interview with CityNews reporter Avery Haines, Mohamed Farah, 33, said he was approached by a friend in the Somali community who asked him to help sell the video — hoping initially to garner $1 million for the damning footage.

Farah said the friend wanted to use the money to move out of Toronto and start a new life with his girlfriend.

“It’s not personal (against Mayor Ford),” he said. “It was a video that had monetary value.”

Farah agreed to help, but says he personally didn’t stand to make any money off the potential sale.

“Originally he thought he was gonna get a million dollars,” Farah said.

“I told him, ‘Look, you won’t even get $10,000 for the video.’ But I said, ‘Look, I’ll try my best.’”

Farah said The Toronto Star offered him $40,000 and later contemplated going as high as $80,000. Gawker offered $15,000 before eventually raising $200,000 through crowd-funding efforts.

By the time the money was raised, however, the story was making international headlines, and the source went underground.

Farah followed suit, realizing that Ford’s political career wasn’t the only thing on the line — so was his life.

“There was a lot of threats related to the (video) and I didn’t know who to trust,” he said.

Farah said he’s seen the video and it contained what was described in the media. He also adds that multiple copies were made.

“The mayor is kind of leaning back, smoking crack from a crack pipe,” he said.

Farah said the video also shows Ford talking about the conflict-of-interest case involving his football charity and making “derogatory” comments about Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with broker of alleged Rob Ford crack video

CityNews | posted Friday, Nov 8th, 2013

In a CityNews exclusive, the man who says he attempted to broker the sale of the alleged Rob Ford crack video breaks his silence.

In a sit-down interview with Avery Haines, Mohamed Farah, 33, reveals what he has seen, why he got involved in the proposed sale, and the potentially dangerous repercussions it has had.

Watch the extended interview on City at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Catch the live stream at www.citynews.ca/live or on the CityNews app for iPhone and iPad.

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