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5 things to do this weekend: Bridal show, Seussical & exploring Michelangelo

Christine Chubb | posted Saturday, Jan 10th, 2015

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

Jan. 9-11, 2015

The Canadian Bridal Show: Drape yourself in snow white… fabric that is, at the Great Canadian Bridal Show. With hundreds of exhibitors you’re sure to find everything you’ll need to make your special day complete. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd. Jan. 9-11. $20. canadasbridalshow.com

Disney Live! Mickey Mouse Music Festival: Celebrate the weekend with 25 of your favourite Disney characters at Disney Live! Mickey Mouse Music Festival. You’ll be dancing in the aisles to your favourite Disney hits remixed to hop, pop, rock, country. Plus Tiny Toms Donuts will have a food truck outside to grab a warm and tasty treat. The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. Jan. 9-11. sonycentre.ca

Michelangelo: Quest for Genius: You know the Sistine Chapel but explore the other great works that made Michelangelo Buonarroti a Renaissance master through a selection of rare drawings. The exhibit also looks at the influence he had on French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Catch it before it closes this weekend. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. Until Jan. 11. Adult $25, Senior $21.50, Student & Youth $16.50. ago.net

Holidazed and Confused: You’ve lived the stress, now it’s time to laugh about it at Second City’s Holidazed & Confused. With fresh new seasonal sketches and songs, you’ll laugh your winter worries away. The Second City, 51 Mercer St. Starting at $25. Friday, 10:30 p.m.secondcity.com

Seussical The Musical: Whos and yous and cats in hats will come together for rhyming chats. Forgo freezing for fabulous fun. Seussical The Musical’s at Lower Ossington. 100A Ossington Ave. Saturday 11 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $29.99-$49.99.lowerossingtontheatre.com

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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan. 10

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 10th, 2015

Get ready for a busy Saturday of hockey.

The action begins at 1 p.m. with a game in Philadelphia followed by an action-packed lineup — including six games and five Canadian teams — shown across the country.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

The 1 p.m. game:

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew:
Game notes: Boston hasn’t lost a game to the Flyers since Apr. 23, 2013. They’re 4-0 in those games, having outscored the Flyers 17-7. Jakub Voracek still leads the league in scoring with 16 goals, 33 assists, and 49 points through 41 games. The last time a Flyer led the league in scoring at the end of the season was 1994-95 when Eric Lindros tied Jaromir Jagr with 70 points. Lindros had 29 goals and 41 assists, and tied for the league lead despite playing two fewer games than Jagr.

The 7 p.m. games:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: This is the last matchup between these clubs this season. The series is tied 1-1, with the Penguins outscoring the Canadiens 5-4. Montreal won the 2013-14 season series vs Pittsburgh by winning the rubber match 6-5 in a shootout on Feb. 27, 2014. David Desharnais had the winning shootout goal in that game…. Despite going 5 for 7 in shootouts last year Desharnais is just 1 for 6 this season…. The Penguins’ special teams are among the best in the league. They rank seventh on the power play with a 21.5 per cent success rate, and have the second ranked penalty kill with a 87.9 per cent success rate.

Ottawa Senators vs. Arizona Coyotes 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen
Game notes: This is the first matchup between these clubs this year. Last season they split their season series with each team winning a 4-3 game in overtime…. Despite playing in 1,355 games Shane Doan has played in just 20 against the Senators in his career. He has six goals and five assists with a -4 plus/minus rating against Ottawa.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew:
Game notes: Despite being a notoriously strong team, the Red Wings haven’t been much of a match for Alexander Ovechkin in his career. He has nine goals and 16 points in 12 games against Detroit…. Ovechkin has a goal in each of his past five games coming into Saturday’s game…. Since the 2010-11 season, Henrik Zetterberg has been the Red Wings’ leading forward in ice time. This season is no different, averaging 19:29 of ice time per game.

The 10 p.m. games:

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Vancouver hasn’t lost a game to Calgary since Feb. 11, 2012… Despite this the Canucks are 101-118-33-5 all-time vs the Flames…. Calgary’s leading scoring, Jiri Hudler, is well on pace to set career high’s in just about every category. Hudler has 13 goals and 38 points in 39 games this season setting him on pace for 27 goals and 78 points. His career high is 25 goals in 2011-12, and 57 points in 2008-09.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Los Angeles Kings 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Just 20 games into his career and Michael Hutchinson is already ninth in wins in the Jets’ franchise history with 12. This is in large part due to the Atlanta Thrashers lineage and not the former Jets/Coyotes franchise marks. Ondrej Pavelec leads the franchise with 123, nearly 30 above the second place goaltender…. In comparison Jonathan Quick also leads the Kings’ franchise with 192 wins. However, he also has the franchise mark for save percentage (.915), goals-against average (2.29), shutouts (34), and sits second in minutes played (21,620).

New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: FX Canada
Broadcast crew:
Game notes: The Rangers are hot right now. They are 12-1 in their last 13 games…. New York has scored four or more goals in eight of those contests, including each of their last four games…. The Sharks are 3-2 in their last five games, but have been outscored 21-14 in those games. This is because of a pair of 7-2 beatings by the St. Louis Blues…. After a disappointing season last year, Rick Nash is putting all of that behind him in 2014-15. Nash has already surpassed last season’s point totals with an assist on Thursday. He now has 25 goals, and 40 points in 39 games this season.

An easy detox to cleanse your body for the new year

Marni Wasserman | posted Thursday, Jan 8th, 2015

Cleansing isn’t about depriving your body of food or nutrients — instead, it is a chance to retrain your palate to acquire a taste for whole foods in their natural state. I strongly believe that eating wholesome, cleansing foods in order to bring your body to an alkaline state will balance your body in a way that will be beneficial for your entire life.

Approaching a cleanse in a healthy way can help you to re-establish a baseline and allow your cells and organs to function at their optimum potential. Cleansing also helps you introduce healthy, organic, and fresh foods to your diet, giving your digestive system a break while purifying your blood.

It is safe to do a one or two day juice fast, if you feel up to it, but it is not necessary. Cleansing is about eating fresh whole foods as the basis of all your meals: eating more salads, drinking more smoothies, and drinking lots of fresh water throughout the day. At the very least, start your day with a glass of warm water with lemon juice to get the process going — this is the easiest and best thing you can do to start your cleanse today!

Why you need to cleanse and detox

1. Detoxification is a normal process, where your body neutralizes and eliminates toxins through its major organs such as the colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin — our bodies do this every day! But our self-cleansing system can get overloaded by our unhealthy lifestyles and exposure to environmental toxins, and sometimes it can use a little help.

2. There are many factors that contribute to toxicity in the body: processed, packaged foods; outdoor pollution and smog; pollution and harmful chemicals in the home, including in some shampoo, makeup, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, detergents, etc. Most of us come into contact with many of these factors every day.

3. We have limited control over the environment that we are exposed to; however, we have total control over the food we eat and the products we use on our body and in our homes.

4. We are exposed to too many harmful chemicals, through our diet (animal protein, saturated fat, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar) and through the environment. Even if your diet is good, a cleanse can restore your immune system and protect against environmental toxins that pave the way for disease-bearing bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Signs and symptoms of toxicity
Here are some of the signs that a cleanse may be beneficial to your health:

  • Cravings for sugar, salt, starches, bread
  • Bloating and a gaseous, distended stomach or lower abdomen
  • Acne
  • Headaches, stomach aches
  • Lethargy, fatigue
  • Dry skin and hair, eczema
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Constipation, diarrhea (overall irregularity)
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of concentration
  • Weakened immunity
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing weight

How to detox your body with a cleanse
You can detox for as little as three days or up to a week. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Eliminate stored waste (you may even lose weight!)
  • Improved vitality and energy levels right away
  • Improved circulation through purifying the liver, kidney, blood
  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • A more regular heartbeat and immune functioning

What needs to be eliminated for maximum results:

  • Bleached and refined flours
  • Refined sugars (high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Table salt
  • Trans fats and refined oils (processed corn, canola, sunflower)
  • Meats treated with hormones or antibiotics, farmed fish
  • Foods sprayed with pesticides and herbicides
  • Genetically modified foods and oils
  • Dairy products
  • Additives and preservatives (nitrates, sulfites, flavourings, and colourings)
  • Fast foods, fried foods
  • Sodas, juices with added sugar
  • Tap water
  • Coffee, cigarettes, and alcohol

I hope this gave you some tips on how you can get ready to start the new year on a healthier, cleaner foot. Here is a simple recipe to get you started!

Raw soup

1 cup purified water
1 cup spinach or arugula
½ clove garlic
½ cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup sprouts (sunflower)
½ large avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
¼ cup fresh herbs
2 pinches of Himalayan or sea salt
fresh lemon juice
cayenne pepper

1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 30 seconds. Be careful not to over blend.

Marni Wasserman is a culinary nutritionist in Toronto whose philosophy is stemmed around whole foods. She is dedicated to providing balanced lifestyle choices through natural foods. Using passion and experience, she strives to educate individuals on how everyday eating can be simple and delicious.

Canadian political leaders & citizens condemn deadly Paris attack

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 8th, 2015

Canadian political leaders and citizens reacted with horror and anger Wednesday to the attack on a Paris newspaper, with the prime minister touching on Canada’s own recent tragedies involving jihadist sympathizers.

In a statement, Stephen Harper offered condolences to the families and friends of the 12 people killed in the assault and said Canada stands with France. The Canadian embassy in Paris is flying its flag at half mast.

Masked gunmen stormed the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing a dozen people — including police officers and journalists — before making their escape.

Hundreds gathered in Toronto’s downtown core at Yonge and Bloor streets Wednesday night for an emotional vigil.

French President Francois Hollande called the attack on the weekly paper, whose caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad have frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims, “a terrorist attack without a doubt.”

“This barbaric act — along with recent attacks in Sydney, (Australia), Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Ottawa — is a grim reminder that no country is immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world,” Harper said.

“Canada and its allies will not be intimidated and will continue to stand firmly together against terrorists who would threaten the peace, freedom and democracy our countries so dearly value. Canadians stand with France on this dark day.”

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said he was shocked and disgusted by the mass shooting, calling it senseless violence.

“Freedom of speech is a fundamental, universal value,” Mulcair told a news conference on Parliament Hill. “We cannot allow ourselves to be silenced by cowardly acts such as these.”

On Twitter, Canadian politicians delivered an outpouring of condemnation and fury. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau tweeted his support for the people of France, the victims and their families.

Added Employment Minister Jason Kenney: “Outraged by the brutal terrorist attack against free speech in Paris today. This cult of violence must be stopped.”

Former governor general Michaelle Jean, now the secretary general of the Francophonie, called the killings a “frontal attack” on freedom of expression.

“This goes against the fundamental values of tolerance, diversity and democracy upheld by the Francophonie,” Jean said in a statement. “The fight against terrorism is also that of the francophone community.”

With files from The Associated Press, The Canadian Press, CityNews.ca

Wind chill expected to drop to near -30 C on Wednesday

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jan 7th, 2015

An extreme cold warning remains in effect for much of Ontario, including Toronto and the GTA, as the wind chill is expected to drop to near -30 on Wednesday.

The warning from Environment Canada, which advises anyone who isn’t dressed warmly is at risk of frostbite and hypothermia, was issued on Tuesday on Day 2 of the deep freeze in the GTA and continues into Wednesday.

680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said the mercury will drop to -17 C later on Wednesday with wind chill values near -30. It will be mainly cloudy and windy with a chance of flurries.

The City of Toronto is also expected to issue an extreme cold weather alert.

“The current forecast indicates that the criteria for a City of Toronto extreme cold weather alert will be in place tomorrow, Jan. 7,” Toronto Public Health said in a release.

“Low temperatures are expected very early tomorrow morning, reaching -15 C by 9 a.m. City of Toronto and community services which respond to extreme cold weather alerts will initiate services in time to support vulnerable individuals.”

Some have questioned why the city didn’t issue an extreme cold weather alert earlier this week. Dr. Howard Shapiro, Toronto Public Health, said one wasn’t warranted.

“Based on our criteria it’s quite clear that it shouldn’t have (been issued). I’m pretty confident that we made the right call,” Shapiro said.

The alerts are issued when temperatures plunge to -15 C.

In Toronto, extra services have already been made available for the homeless and emergency and outreach workers are also on alert.

The city opened two 24-hour, extreme weather drop-in centres on Tuesday night, and shelters have been directed to relax any service restrictions.

The moves came hours after the deaths of two men who were found outside in the cold sparked protests and calls for action from Mayor John Tory.

Additional shelter spaces have been opened for men and women, and street outreach and transportation services are being increased.

If you see someone on the street who needs help, you can call 311. Or, if you know anyone who needs emergency shelter, call 311 or 1-877-338-3398.

Click here for more information on how to help the vulnerable during cold weather.

Click here for more information on extreme cold weather alerts and the services they trigger.

The Toronto District School Board also the bitter cold temperatures may affect students, saying children are kept indoors whenever the temperature and wind chill hit -28 degrees or lower. The board also said recess and lunch may be shortened or cancelled if the temperature and windchill measure between -20 and -28 degrees.

Week of Jan. 5, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jan 4th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

MoneySense expert Bruce Sellery will tell you how to get your finances in order for 2015.

Also next week, Mary-Anne herself, Gilligan’s Island star Dawn Wells is stopping by!

Plus, Hailey Duff and a performance by Kardinal Offishall.

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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