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Wind chill, extreme cold warnings end for Toronto

CityNews | posted Friday, Feb 28th, 2014

The wind chill warning for Toronto and the GTA from Environment Canada has ended. And Toronto cancelled its extreme cold weather alert on Friday afternoon after issuing it on Monday.

There’s a high of -11 C in the forecast for the last day of February. The average high this time of year is 2 C (yes, above zero), 680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said.

Friday will be sunny and cold, with a low near -12 C.

Temperatures will rise overnight, with scattered flurries and a brief break from the bitter cold on Saturday. Saturday’s high is near 0 C and the low is near -13 C.

“If you’ve got any ice or snow around your house, you’ve got to chip it off and get rid of it. Maybe even throw some salt on there on Saturday,” CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said, as the warming weather could cause it to melt.

“Two to five centimetres of snow are on the way from Saturday night into Sunday morning,” she said.

On Sunday, the colder weather will return, with a high near -7 C and a low near -18 C.

Click here for the full forecast.

Internship opportunity at Breakfast Television – Summer 2015

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Feb 24th, 2014

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 Summer 2015 term. The successful applicant must be studying a relevant program, and the internship must be part of their 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 position runs eight weeks, May through August 2015, and is a full-time, five-day-a-week program, running from 6 a.m. to noon 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:

Please include ‘Internship‘ in the subject line.

Alternately, send a hard copy to:

City – Rogers Media Inc.
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 Feb. 24, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Feb 23rd, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

They’re climbing the charts with their hit single Best Day of My Life, American Authors is set to perform on BT Tuesday.

On Wednesday, we’ll meet the director of the upcoming animated adventure Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

And on Thursday, it’s Satisfaction Guaranteed as Canadian singing sensation Alyssa Reid stops by to chat about her sophomore release. You can’t miss that!

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!

Google Street View can help locate snow-covered catch basins

CityNews | posted Thursday, Feb 20th, 2014

With lots of rain in store for Toronto and the potential for flooding, city officials are urging residents to help clear catch basins on their streets.

The city says it is deploying extra crews to clear catch basins to help prevent flooding. The focus is on known problem areas, as well as spots around bus stops, crosswalks and key intersections.

Residents are being asked to help clear ice and snow from catch basins in front of their homes so water can get to the storm sewer.

But if the sewers are covered with snow, you can find them using Google Street View.

Here’s how:
•    Go to maps.google.ca.
•    Enter your address in the search engine.
•    Drag the yellow male icon to the street on the map.
•    Look for the square grates on the road in the image.

Residents are also asked to call 311 to report any flooding.

During extreme weather, the city says it may be inundated with calls and they will be answered by the first available agent. The service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

With files from Showwei Chu, CityNews.ca

Counting down to Cityline’s 30th anniversary!

Winston Sih | posted Monday, Feb 10th, 2014

It’s been a Canadian household staple for many years, but can you believe Cityline is turning 30? The show is looking pretty fab for 30!

Tracy Moore, alongside the show’s roster of guest experts, will be celebrating the milestone with a look back at some of the program’s best moments, and what lead Cityline to be one of the most-watched, longest-running daytime television shows in Canadian TV history.

The primetime special to air on City Thursday, Feb 20 at 8 p.m. ET (9 p.m. MT/7 p.m. CT) will not only feature some of Tracy and the experts’ favourite moments, but will be fully interactive, featuring your viewer memories on-air through social media. They will be tweeting throughout the program @CitylineCA and #Cityline30, as well as posting photos on their Facebook and Instagram feeds.

In a special 30th-anniversary section online at Cityline.ca/30, you can find a ‘Vintage Cityline‘ page where each weekday leading up to the special, a vintage clip will be posted featuring one of their guest experts–talk about a throwback!

Take a stroll down Memory Lane by clicking here. Plus, send your favourite memories of the show from years gone by. Share a tip that you learned from one of their guest experts, a particularly fond or funny memory that stands out in your mind, or a project that inspired you to attempt your own version at home.

Email your memories and/or photos to submissions@cityline.ca, with the subject line: Cityline 30th Anniversary. Be sure to include your name and contact info, including where you’re from.

Congratulations, Cityline!

Canadian Twitter sensation pokes fun at Sochi Games

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Feb 10th, 2014

Athletes trapped in bathrooms. Hotel rooms still under construction. Clowns wandering the streets.

Alexander Broad is doing his best to document everything wrong and weird at the Winter Games with Twitter’s latest satire-of-the-moment account, @SochiProblems.

The Internet sensation, which began Tuesday, had already amassed over 331,000 followers by Sunday.

Broad hoped for at most 30 followers. By Wednesday morning he had 11,000 and a spotlight he wasn’t expecting.

“Never in a million years. I made it as a joke. The entire idea of this came as a joke, something to laugh at,” says the Pickering, Ont., native.

The idea came to Broad on Tuesday morning as he sat in a journalism class at Toronto’s Centennial College while looking for breaking news. By then Canadian and international journalists were arriving in Sochi, Russia to find facilities still under construction, and pictures of the debacle were trending on Twitter.

Broad had his idea. Now he needed a moniker.

Before the class, Broad spilt Tim Hortons coffee on a plaid jacket, which seemed like a uniquely Canadian problem to the 20-year-old. Now he was searching for what there was to worry about in Sochi.

“From there on it just kind of grew. It’s sprouted into this giant thing,” he says.

The word giant doesn’t do Broad’s popularity justice — @SochiProblems has more followers than either the official Sochi Games profile or the Canadian Olympic team’s account.

Satirical accounts are the norm on Twitter. Fake feeds for celebrities, politicians and fictional characters proliferate on the social media website, even if many only last as long as the zeitgeist they’ve captured allows them to remain relevant.

That’s got Broad under pressure to watch the Olympics all the time for material.

“I think the biggest thing, I feel like it’s just like I’ve got to stay alert to everything a lot more,” he says, adding he draws the line at staying up through the night.

Broad’s favourite Olympic mishap so far was a series of tweets from a Canadian journalist who arrived at his hotel room late at night only to find the locks had been changed.

“I was just sitting on my couch reading them and absolutely, I had tears flowing from my eyes,” he said. “I was laughing quite hard. I don’t know why it triggered that but I thought it was quite funny.”

Broad was quickly outed as the mind behind @SochiProblems. All the popularity means he is taking Twitter more seriously than his readers might know.

After realizing one of the pictures he posted wasn’t taken at Sochi, Broad tweeted a correction and now does his best to verify all his material is real.

Now he’s wondering if a Twitter account started as a joke should become about something more.

“The whole idea of this entire account was a satire,” he said. “I think that’s what a lot of people are calling it. I made the entire thing out of a joke, and I have tweeted things that have … some political-ish type things.

“But a lot of the things I’ve tweeted there’s a lot of humour in it as well. So I’m still not entirely sure.”

With files from The Canadian Press

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