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5 things to do this weekend: LunarFest, blues guitar and free films

Marcia Chen | posted Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015

Feb. 27-March 1, 2015

LunarFest: A celebration of the lunar year of the sheep with fortune-telling, dumpling-tasting and a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance by a talented team from Taiwan. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.harbourfrontcentre.com

Mini MOCCA: Kids use magazines like Maclean’s and Canadian Living, as well as other arts-and-crafts supplies, to paste together portraits of our nation for the Canada in Collage workshop. MOCCA, 952 Queen St. W. Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Free; $5 suggested donation. mocca.ca

Toronto Tabla Ensemble: The first concert in a three-part series featuring the North Indian drum; maestro Ritesh Das hopes it will feel as intimate as being in a living room. Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Toronto Public Library, Fairview Branch. $15-$20. torontotabla.com

Blues guitar workshop: A practical jamboree for guitar players and blues enthusiasts hosted by Emily Burgess, formerly of the 24th Street Wailers. Sunday, 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. $10-$12. torontobluessociety.com

Free films: Free screenings of Xavier Dolan’s Mommy and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, both up for best picture and director at the Canadian Screen Awards this weekend. Saturday, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Free. tiff.net

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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Feb. 28

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015

Adjust your schedules.

This week, the hockey action begins at 3 p.m. (Eastern time) with the Red Wings and Predators facing off in Nashville before a four-game set of nationally televised games that includes four Canadian teams.

As we do in the Cheat Sheet every week, here’s everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

The 3 p.m. game:

Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk has 71 career points against the Predators, the most by any player in NHL history…Predators forward Filip Forsberg could become the first rookie since the NHL’s first season to lead a first-place overall team in points. He has 52 points entering Friday night.

The 7 p.m. game:

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier has lost six of seven career starts against Montreal…Canadiens goalie leads all qualified goalies in save percentage (.935) and goals-against average (1.92)…The Leafs are on their first two-game winning streak since Dec. 16.

The 8 p.m. game:

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Flyers forward Jakub Voracek leads the NHL with 59 points scored on Saturdays since 2012-13….Entering Friday, the Rangers haven’t recorded a loss in their past 10 games.

The 10 p.m. games:

St. Louis Blues vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Cassie Campbell-Pascall
Game notes: Edmonton has lost 10 of its past 11 games against St. Louis, getting outscored 42-19…Blues forward T.J. Oshie is averaging a point per game against the Oilers over his career (six goals, 16 assists in 22 games).

Ottawa Senators vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: John Bartlett, Greg Millen, Christine Simpson
Game notes: Senators goalie Andrew Hammond has posted back-to-back shutouts…His shutout streak sits at 172:22…San Jose has won seven of their past eight games against the Senators.

The (blue and black) dress that is tearing the Internet apart

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Feb 27th, 2015

A simple dress has done what Kim Kardashian never could: broken the Internet.

A debate is raging on the Internet and in the living rooms of the first world over what colour this dress, first seen on Tumblr, truly is.

According to a poll on BuzzFeed 72 per cent of people see the dress as white and gold, while 28 per cent think it’s black and blue.

The debate over #TheDress has even spread to Hollywood where celebrities from Taylor Swift to Jimmy Fallon are weighing in.

Now, Black and Blue might be a minor Backstreet Boys album but it is majorly the correct colour of the dress.

Dedicated team #blueandblack members have brought forward some rather convincing proof for their side.

Despite a valiant effort from team #whiteandgold, the original poster sent out a photo of the dress in a different light and confirmed it was the same one up for sale at Roman Originals.

Tumblr user, swiked, who posted the original photo added this damning piece of evidence: the same dress in a different light. Photo source: swiked.tumblr.com

UPDATE: The retailer has confirmed the dress is blue and black.

Note from Diana Pereira, editor: I want to edit the headline to say gold and white but the writer, Sarah-Joyce Battersby, sees blue and black. I wish I was kidding.

With files from Sarah-Joyce Battersby, CityNews.ca

Organize your home in under an hour

Talia Hart | posted Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015

Sometimes, all you have is that small window of time on the weekend to get your place into shape for the week ahead. Here’s our take on how to bring order to your home in under an hour.

1. Five-minute mail hunt

Chances are, you’ve got a lot of closed and opened mail scattered around your home. Take a peak into every room and start collecting those envelopes. Once you’ve finished your hunt, place your findings in a file or tray designated to mail.

2. Hunt and gather loose paper

Next, start gathering loose paper. It might sound random but there is probably tons of it around your home. From receipts to printouts, brochures and more they’re everywhere. While you won’t have enough time in the hour to review each one, place them in a secure spot (like a home office) to look at later.

3. Designate a spot for the small stuff

Keys, loose change, wallets and cellphones tend to also take up a lot of surfaces around the home. Put a small catch-all bowl or tray in the foyer or above the mantel and put it all there.

4. Go on shoe and jacket patrol

Once the week gets started, shoes from the weekend can easily be forgotten and never put away. Put all of the shoes you’re not wearing on a daily basis into a closet or shelf that’s away from incoming traffic. As for jackets that have been strewn on chairs and banisters, you know the drill.

5. Give surfaces their function again

If your various tables are clad with miscellaneous items you have yet to put away, take the time to return them to their respective homes. Nothing looks more polished than a smooth dining room table with nothing but a fresh vase of flowers.

6. Polish off the main hubs

Take one look at the kitchen or family room and you might find it’s completely out of order. Put dishes in the dishwasher, fold blankets on a sofa and put remote controls on the coffee table. These are all small ways to bring some order back into your dwellings.

7. Gather cups and mugs around the house

Many people take a cup of water to their bedside at night, but rarely do they put it back in the kitchen come morning. Now’s the time to gather those cups and late-night snack plates.

8. Target towels and toilet paper

This one’s simple: place fresh towels and toilet paper rolls in all of your washrooms and powder rooms.

9. Tackle the washroom mayhem

Take five minutes to get your washroom in tact again: put away hair brushes, products and empty bottles of shampoo.

10. Start a return policy

While you wished everyone could return their belongings to their rooms like you asked, it’s not happening this week. Do a quick walk around the house picking up misplaced items (clothes, toys, etc). Bringing a basket or bin along for the ride will ensure you don’t need to make several trips up and down the stairs.

Shop once and eat for a week

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015

Our March issue is all about organizing – your closet, your gym bag, and now even your meals! We want to show you how easy it is to plan your dinners for the week with just one trip to the supermarket. Our grocery list makes six weeknight meals, one dessert and one make-ahead freezer recipe (for those busy nights.)

Tag us in your social media #ShopOnce and cook along with us! See our grocery list below or grab our printable grocery list.

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Ontario’s new sex ed curriculum will teach Grade 4 students risks of sexting

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015

The first update to Ontario’s sex education curriculum since 1998 will see primary grade students learn about both the benefits and potential harms of online activity, including “sexting.”

The new curriculum will be released on Monday, but according to a report from The Canadian Press, which obtained a copy of a “quick facts” guide for parents, students in grades 1 through 3 will learn strategies for safe Internet use.

That includes, “How to get help for themselves or others if harassment or abuse happens either face-to-face or online.”

Starting in Grade 4, students will learn the dangers of online bullying as well as the risks of sexting and protecting their privacy online.

The implications of sending sexually-explicit digital images will also be taught.

Government and education sources have confirmed to The Canadian Press that Ontario’s Education Minister Liz Sandals will release details of the new sex ed curriculum on Monday at Queen’s Park.

The new curriculum is facing opposition from some, including the president of Toronto’s Canada Christian College, Charles McVety.

McVety told CityNews that while he had been anticipating a change in sexual education curriculum for quite some time, the change coming is not much different than what was proposed and withdrawn by the Liberals in 2010.

“It’s very sad for children to have to face such contrary sex at such young ages,” McVety said. “Yes, Premier Wynne won the election, but it did not make her the queen. She cannot decree whatever she wants, she has to take into account what the people want.”

“This curriculum has already been tried and found wanting, and we think she needs to engage the parents before she goes ahead with anything like this.”

McVety said parents were saddened to see the government was putting forward material that was so different than what they would teach their children and that the “explicit nature” of sex education was being taught at inappropriate grade levels.

“Now Kathleen Wynne is going to force her sexuality on all the children of Ontario,” McVety said.

Week of Feb. 23, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Feb 22nd, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, we check out the latest Today’s Parent-Approved products.

Is everything really better in the Bahamas? Kevin Frankish is live from the Bahamas on Wednesday!

And we end of the week off with American Broadway performer, pop singer, and American Idol alum  Frenchie Davis.

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!

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Feb. 21

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015

Get ready for a busy Saturday night of hockey.

The action begins at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern time) with an intriguing bout between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders before a five-game nationally televised lineup that includes five Canadian teams and an outdoor game in Santa Clara, California.

As we do in the Cheat Sheet every week, here’s everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 12:30 P.M. GAME:

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has scored six goals in his last six games…In 20 career games against Washington, Islanders centre John Tavares has 10 goals and eight assists…Since Dec. 1, Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak has a .900 save percentage.


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Jason York, David Amber
Game notes: The Blue Jackets have not won three games in a row on the road in regulation since Feb 8-18, 2011…The last three meetings between the two clubs have been decided by a 3-2 score.

Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Arash Madani
Game notes: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo has allowed two goals or less in seven straight starts…Entering Friday, Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman is tied with Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg for most goals among rookies (20).

Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Entering Friday, the Leafs are the only team in the NHL without a road win in 2015…Toronto has lost five straight versus Jets. The Leafs have been outscored 23-13 in those games, not including shootout goals…Jets forward Bryan Little has a 12-game point streak versus the Leafs, during which he has recorded four goals and 14 assists.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: Sportsnet ONE
Broadcast crew: Kevin Quinn, Garry Galley, Gene Principe
Game notes: Ducks are 11-2-1 in their last 14 games vs. Oilers…Ducks forward Ryan Kesler has 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 53 career games versus Edmonton.


Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: Sportsnet ONE
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Kelly Hrudey
Game notes: The 2015 Coors Light Stadium Series game will take place at Levi’s Stadium — the home of the San Francisco 49ers…Kings are 13-0-0 this season when Jeff Carter records at least two points in a game…Sharks centre Joe Thornton has 63 points (13 goals, 50 assists) in 68 career games vs. Kings.

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