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5 things you should do this St. Patrick’s Day

Lucy Robert | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we have compiled a list of fun activities family’s can do to get into the spirit!

  1. Make it green!
    Revamp your breakfast for St. Patrick’s day by making green everything! Add a few drops of green food colouring to your pancake batter to make it St. Patty’s day inspired, or take a more organic route and make some green foods such as guacamole or green veggies and dip.
  2. DIY shamrock streamers!
    Decorate the house with these St. Patrick’s day inspired streamers! Easy and fun to make, this is a craft perfect for kids age 7-12!
  3. Learn the history of St. Patrick’s Day!
    Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day anyways? Teach your kids the history of the event and why it is celebrated each year on this interactive website.
  4. Try out some Irish Food!
    Take a trip into town for some delicious Irish food! What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with some traditional Irish cuisine. Check out a list of different Irish restaurants in Toronto here.
  5. Make a Shamrock Shake!
    End off St. Patrick’s Day with a delicious milkshake! The Shamrock Shake is famous in fast food joints, but why not make one in the comfort of your own home?

The ultimate staycation destinations in Toronto

Lucy Robert | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

Staying home for March Break?  We have compiled a list of things to do in the city whether that be with family, friends, or your significant other!

Kids & family staycations


  • Outdoor swimming at the Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel Pool
  • Tired of the same old indoor swimming pools? Don’t worry, the pool at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel has you covered! A full day event, families can use the Sheraton hotel pool as an easy city-escape.
  • What makes this pool special? Well it’s outside and a fun alternative from the same old indoor pools where families can swim and be in the beauty of nature!  The Sheraton Hotel Pool also offers family day prices and packages.

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Why not be a tourist for the day in your own city? With the Toronto City Pass, families can check out tons of attractions across the city at a discounted price.

The CityPass which can be easily purchased online allows you to check attractions such as The CN Tower, The Toronto Zoo, Casa Loma, and many more.


Sky Zone indoor trampoline park
Located in Mississauga, Sky Zone is one of the world’s first trampoline parks!

Sky Zone prides themselves on “fun fitness” a perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family and get some exercise while your at it! The park has different activities everyday including open jump times, ‘the foam zone’, and toddler time.

Staycations for you and your significant other:


Stay in the newest hotel the Delta Toronto
Brand new and one of the nicest hotels in the city, stay at the new-and-improved Delta Hotel. Located in the downtown core, this hotel has everything from a beautiful skyline view in your room to quick access to all the cities best attractions, such as the Ripley’s Aquarium and the CN Tower.

The hotel is also offering special offers including restaurant deals, weekend deals, and museum packages.


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What not a better way to spend the a day but to spend it at the spa.

With the huge selection to choose from, many spas offer couples retreat packages where you and your loved one can spend a whole day relaxing.

With hot stone massages, manicure, pedicures, pools, and facials, this day will surely be a soothing one!

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Discover a new part of town
Why not discover a whole other part of the city that you live in!

The Riverside District located on the historic Queen Street East is an authentic Toronto neighbourhood with tons of shops and restaurants to explore.

Or, take a stroll through Riverside and see apart of Toronto you may have never experienced before. Easily accessible by streetcar, this charming area will steal your heart by the end of your visit.

Are you planing a staycation anytime soon? Tell us what you are deciding to do in the comments below!

Dog alerts owner to 2-alarm fire at Ulster and Bathurst

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

A dog is being credited for waking its owner when a two-alarm fire broke out on Ulster Street, just east of Bathurst Street, on Monday morning.

Lee said she heard her dog whimpering as he does when it’s raining, but the sound Lee and her dog were hearing wasn’t rain.

“I opened my eyes and my whole apartment was glowing yellow. And then I looked out the sliding door and the flames were licking the deck,” Lee said.

“I grabbed my dog, put my coat on, and ran out the house.”ulster-fire-dog

The fire broke out just before 5:30 a.m. in a two-car garage and spread to a nearby house. It was knocked down by 6:30 a.m., Toronto Fire platoon chief Colin Reid said.

The exact cause of the fire is not yet known. The garage appeared to be empty at the time the blaze broke out.

Bathurst was closed in both directions.

St. Clair streetcars were unable to start regular service. Shuttle buses are running. Also, the 511 Bathurst streetcar is diverting both ways via Dundas.

All the occupants of the house were able to escape without any help from fire crews, Reid said.

Three people were treated on scene by paramedics.

Week of Mar. 16, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 15th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, we will be trying out some delicious recipes using sweet potatoes with the Sweet Potato Chronicles.

We will be talking to some super kids that have been doing amazing things in their local communities.

And to end off the week on Friday, we take look at a preview of Toronto Fashion Week!

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 and next week: March break edition

Patricia D'Cunha | posted Friday, Mar 13th, 2015

March 13-20, 2015

Memorable Munsch: Parents, re-live the magic of Robert Munsch, and let your child see how imagination and creativity can create classic stories like Alligator Baby and Put Me in a Book. Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, 4950 Yonge St. On now until March 29 with special times March 16-20. Admission: $16 per person.

Futurology at the ROM: Step into the future by exploring 21st-century technology and science adventures. Children can help museum staff create future exhibits, build a city of the future, learn how the ROM salvaged an endangered Blue Whale that washed ashore in Newfoundland, and more. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. March 14-22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities included with admission. rom.on.ca

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival: Although there is snow in the forecast next week, don’t let that dampen your spring mood! Tap into some fun with maple syrup demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, pancake meals, taffy making, and more. Kortright Centre for Conservation and Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Terra Cotta Conservation Area (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). On now until April 6. Admission: ticket prices vary.maplesyrupfest.com

Sherlock Holmes mystery: Something is amiss in the village. A “tricky thief” is on the loose. Put on your detective hat and help Sherlock and Watson search for clues and investigate them to solve this mystery. Black Creek Pioneer Village. March 16-22. Included with regular admission. blackcreek.ca

Nature camps: Before the invention of the smartphone, remember how much fun it was to go outside and be at one with nature? Now, your child can experience some of that magic too at various day camps: track and identify animal footprints, go on a scavenger hunt, check out a meat-eating plant, get the scoop on rock formation, and dabble in some nature experiments. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. March 16-20. Prices available per day or the week. torontobotanicalgarden.ca

Click here for a list of more March break events.

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca or submit it online at CityNews.ca680News.com and via our iPhone and iPad apps.

Six tips to help you stay on top of your email

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Mar 12th, 2015

1. Separate business and pleasure
I have three different email accounts: Work, personal Gmail for friends and a third I share with my husband (it’s where we keep our family calendar to manage appointments and travel plans). Without having different inboxes I’d find it hard to keep track of who I’ve responded to and who I haven’t.

2. Try face time
If an email thread becomes too long, includes too many people or is delivering bad news, it’s probably not the right medium. This is the moment to get up from your desk or pick up the phone and actually have a conversation.

3. Weed out the clutter
I get over 100 emails a day so I have to have a system. When my inbox is full of unread messages, the first thing I do is delete or archive the ones I don’t need to read — I can usually tell from the subject line. The second step is to prioritize (star or label) the most important ones, then deal with them.

4. Email etiquette
Emails should be short and punchy, not essays. I often use bullets, or I bold key messages to make it clear what the purpose of the email is. Also, I don’t care how short it is — that’s no excuse for sloppy grammar, spelling, salutations or language.

5. Stop the deluge!
I regularly take a few moments to unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Simple, I know, but it really makes a difference. I’ve also found that the less email I send the less I receive.

6. Schedule screen time
Every Friday I sit down with my assistant to look at the week ahead and prioritize my time. Then we slot in blocks of work time. I use it to catch up on my emails. When I’m with my family I make sure I spend real time with my children instead of being distracted by my phone. The same goes for my team. We’ve developed a culture of not sending work-related emails on weekends unless it’s incredibly urgent.

Top travel destinations: Where you should travel this March Break

Lucy Robert | posted Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015

March Break is just around the corner! To celebrate we have compiled a list of the perfect travel plans for you and the whole family whether you plan to leave or stay in the city.

Disney World

Amusement Park: Walt Disney World

Popular for ages: Any age

The most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World, is located in Orlando, Fla. offers an experience for the kid in everyone. With four different amusement parks and two water parks, Disney World is where dreams come true.

Must see: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Tinker Bell’s Flight: Watch Tinker Bell take to the sky in a magical array of fireworks that takes place in front of the Magic Kingdom Castle every night.

Popular Attractions: Rock ‘n’ Roll Rollercoaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studio, Soarin’ at Epcot, Dumbo the flying elephant ride in Magic Kingdom

Landscape incl lodgingSki Vacation: Blue Mountain Resort

Popular for ages: 10-17

Only a two hour drive from Toronto, Blue Mountain Resort offers fun for the whole family! From skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, and snowmobiling, Blue Mountain is a great getaway for March Break. The resort is also offering special family events throughout the week including fireworks in the evenings, kids movie nights, and so much more.

Must See:  Check out the live music performances happening at the Village Stage every day at 3-5 p.m. during March Break!

Popular Attractions: Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Plunge! Aquatic Centre, and the Mill Pond Skating Rink


The Beach: Varadero, Cuba

Popular for ages: 7-17

One of the most popular Caribbean destinations, Cuba is the place to be to get rid of those winter blues. With countless Cuba city destinations to choose from Cuba is filled with sandy beaches, blue waters, and friendly locals.

Must See:  The Beaches, some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

Popular Attractions: Catamaran Tour: hop on a catamaran and see the beaches from another angle! Or take a Jeep Safari tour through the local towns, or snorkel or scuba dive in the gorgeous waters.


Cityscapes: Montreal

Popular for Ages: Tweens & teenagers 12-17

Only a five and a half hour drive away, Montreal is the perfect city for families to visit this March Break. With its extensive culture and delicious French-inspired cuisine, Montreal has is all.

Must see: Stroll through the streets of Old Montreal, and grab a Montreal-style bagel at one of the many popular bakeries.

Popular Attractions: Visiting a Sugar Shack, A Cirque du Soleil show, and The Montreal Biodome


Staycation: Toronto

There is no other place better to look for things to do during March Break but then in your own city! Toronto is full of family-oriented outings and is even offering some awesome March Break-specific ideas for families.

What to do in the city:Ripleys-Aquarium-BestofToronto-2013-022

Limited time Attractions:

Other Attractions:

According to Travelocity, these are the top five destinations traveled by Canadians this March Break:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Orlando
  3. Cancun
  4. Phoenix
  5. Los Angeles

What are your plans for this March Break? Let us know in the comments below!

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