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Best of BT Weekend: May 29, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Barenaked Ladies celebrates ‘Silverball’

Barenaked Ladies celebrate their 14th studio album ‘Silverball’

Everything you need to know about strawberries

 Food specialist Heather Trim gave us tips on everything we need to know about strawberries.

Shai Deluca-Tamasi shows us tips to revamp our home

Cityline’s Shai Deluca-Tamasi showed us his tips and tricks on how we can revamp our home.

Week of June 1, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

All this week, tune into BT as Rose Reisman has a new ‘Choose it and Lose it’ barbeque edition.

Frankie Flowers will be joining us.

And to end off the week Friday, we will be live at Georgian College for their 30th annual auto-show.

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: Toronto Rock, murder mystery and psychics

Alanna Kelly | posted Saturday, May 30th, 2015

May 28 – May 30, 2015

Artless – Paint & Wine # 8: Grab a bottle of wine and head down to Artless to enjoy music, snacks and paint the night away. There will be a featured painting to recreate or you can spend the time working on your own masterpiece. Space is limited. Friday, $30, 477 Richmond Street, Unit 709

Midnight MRKT: Spring Edition: You can spend the evening shopping at this pop-up market from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. that pairs music, drinks, street-style food and vendors all while listening to a DJ. Friday, $5, 461 King St West

Murder at the ROM: A Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: An art curator has been murdered and it’s up to you to can solve the mystery through tricky and humorous trivia questions. The historical, cultural and culinary scavenger hunt allows you to put on your detective hat in some of Toronto’s fascinating corners. Saturday, 1:30 until 3:30 p.m., $34.99, 100 Queen’s Park

Toronto Rock Playoffs: Game 1 of 3: One of Toronto’s sports teams is still fighting for a championship. The best of three all-Canadian NLL final kicks-off at 7 p.m. at home between the Edmonton Rush and our Toronto Rock. Saturday, $20-$90, 40 Bay St.

Psychic Brunch
Have a psychic read to you for an insightful 15 minutes while mowing down on brunch. The $29 fee includes a $5 meal voucher. Reservations are not needed to have your future uncovered. Sunday, $29, 488 Parliament St.

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca or submit it online at CityNews.ca, 680News.com and via our iPhone and iPad apps.

Vaughan family gets massive response to liver transplant appeal for baby

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 29th, 2015

There’s been an overwhelming response so far to a Vaughan family’s public appeal for a live liver donor for their eight-month-old baby.

Delfina Budziak has a rare congenital liver disease called Biliary Atresia and this week, her parents launched a social media campaign to find a living donor.

More than 200 potential liver donors have stepped forward to help.

As 680 NEWS first brought you the story on Wednesday, Delfina has been at the Hospital for Sick Children for a month, after suffering cholangitis — liver infection — the day after her baptism in April.

Her father, Peter, said Delfina won’t be able to leave hospital until she gets a liver donation.

She requires an O-positive blood match from a healthy person between 18 to 50 years old. Those interested in trying to help should contact Toronto General Hospital.

Click here to read more about her family’s campaign, or e-mail HelpDelfina@gmail.com on how you can help.

Click here to read more information about the living donor program at the University Health Network.

With files from CityNews.ca

Walk Off the Earth singer Sarah Blackwood booted from plane due to fussy toddler

Victorial Ahearn, The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, May 28th, 2015

TORONTO – Walk Off the Earth singer Sarah Blackwood says she wants compensation and an apology after being kicked off a United Airlines flight because her young child was being fussy.

The Burlington, Ont.-based musician, who is seven months pregnant, said it happened while she and her nearly two-year-old son were on a United plane operated by regional carrier SkyWest Airlines on Wednesday.

They were on the tarmac to fly from San Francisco to Vancouver. Her son is still considered an infant by the airline’s standards and therefore was able to sit in her lap free of charge.

Before leaving the gate, her son was tired and was “crying really loud and squirming,” said Blackwood.

That’s when a flight attendant told her: “You have to control your child.”

“The only thing I can do to stop him from moving around is hold him with my arms, which was what I was doing,” Blackwood said in a telephone interview on Thursday.

“I said, ‘OK, yeah, absolutely.’ … I would never refuse to do anything on an airplane,” she added, noting she’s on tour with the band and frequently flies to perform.

“I don’t want to cause a scene, ever, it just makes my life harder.”

Blackwood said she was in a window seat and apologized to the man sitting beside her.

“The flight attendant came back up to me again and told me that if I couldn’t control my child, they would ask me to leave the plane,” she said.

“I didn’t really know what she meant by ‘control my child.’ I mean, he’s not an animal, you can’t sedate children.

“I had him in my lap and he was screaming, he was loud, but I had him in my lap and I was holding on to him.”

Blackwood said her son cried for about seven minutes and fell asleep as they were taxiing on the runway. But before takeoff, the plane returned to the gate.

Blackwood said the pilot claimed they needed to get more fuel but when they got to the gate, an airline representative asked her to leave the flight.

“At this point I was in tears but I just said, ‘OK,’” she said.

“I woke up my son up and as I was leaving there were a few passengers that stood up and said, ‘This is ridiculous, I can’t believe you’re doing this to her.’

“I actually had one lady on the flight gather some emails for me of the other passengers, and while she was doing that they also threatened to kick her off the plane.”

SkyWest said the airline made the decision to remove Blackwood and her child from the flight “based solely on safety concerns.”

“Despite numerous requests, the child was not seated, as required by federal regulation to ensure passenger safety, and was repeatedly in the aisle of the aircraft before departure and during taxi,” SkyWest said in a statement.

“While our crews work to make travelling safe and comfortable for all travellers, particularly families, the crew made the appropriate decision to return to the gate in the interest of safety.”

But Blackwood said her son was not in the aisles and was “fully asleep” by the time they had returned to the gate.

“I had a window seat, there was a gentleman beside me, there’s no way he could’ve been running around in an aisle, because it was impossible,” she said.

Blackwood said a United representative arranged for her and her son to get on a later flight, but she would “love compensation of some kind.”

“It turned out to be a 12-and-a-half, 13-hour travel day that should’ve been a five-hour travel day and it was totally unnecessary and ridiculous.”

Man parachutes from CN Tower for Pan Am Games

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A shocking sight Tuesday morning as a man parachuted off the CN Tower.

Pan Am Games spokesperson Teddy Katz told 680 NEWS the spectacle was related to this summer’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

“We were doing some filming for some promotional videos for the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games,” he explained.

Katz wouldn’t go into further detail on the stunt but said “you have to stay tuned.”

Those who saw the incident took to Twitter to express their shock.

Some 6,600 athletes from 41 countries will compete in 36 Pan Am sports plus 15 Parapan Am sports.

The Pan Am Games run from July 10 to 26, with the Parapan Am Games to follow Aug. 7-15.

Travel deals for all seasons

MoneySense | posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Fancy half-price hotels and attractions far from the maddening crowd? Savvy vacationers save a packet by taking advantage of shoulder season travel—that wee sweet spot between top-price high season and bone-chilling low season. But playing the shoulder game means finding destinations that combine lower airfares and accommodations plus pleasant weather and things to do. Choose wisely and you’ll wonder why it took so long to discover the easiest route to discount travel. Here’s our guide to the world’s greatest shoulder destinations.


Europe’s summer is a sweltering mess of jam-packed cities where air-con is a foreign concept. But golden days from late-September through October can be a breath of fresh air. Enjoy the balmy coastlines of Italy, Greece or Spain, or explore some capitals before the autumnal dark days arrive. Europe-bound flights drop to half their summer peak, and if you like driving tours in France or beyond, you’ll find the roads far less thronged.

Late-September is also a smart time for springtime South Africa’s safaris and winery regions. Or consider going tropical in Costa Rica. Around late November, the rainy season recedes and you can ogle the toucans just before the tour groups arrive.

Hot spots include…

Sardinia: Explore sandy coves and foodie-loving villages off Italy’s western coastline. Why now? The Autunno in Barbagia artisanal festival starts in September.

London: Crawl blockbuster museums on a self-guided culture tour. Why now? The Victoria and Albert Museum’s sumptuous Fabric of India exhibition starts October 3.

Cape Town: Weave the delightful Cape Winelands. Why now? Late-September’s Cape Town Fringe Festival.

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Our southern neighbour is stuffed with tan-tastic winter destinations. But while Florida and Arizona welcome snowbirds, it’s shoulder time in Texas. California-wise, wait for February if you’re craving better-value hotel rates and airfares for San Diego or San Francisco. Both are mild until later. Also consider Hong Kong or Thailand just before the end of March—the start of the rainy season.

Hot spots include…

Austin: Feast on America’s tastiest food trucks. Why now? January’s Free Week Austin music festival.

San Diego: Explore museum-packed Balboa Park. Why now? February’s Winter Brew Fest.

Hong Kong: Dine in a world-class foodie city. Why now? Hong Kong Arts Festival starts late February.

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This is Europe’s other—rainier—shoulder. Airfares rise dramatically after a few weeks, so book in April. Fancy a side-trip? Reykjavik isn’t too cold in May as it readies for summer’s visitor peak. It’s similar in Canada. May-to-mid-June is a chance to visit popular destinations like Victoria, the Rockies and Quebec City before the masses arrive: hotels are discounted and the weather is balmy.

Further afield, the post-cherry-blossom-pre-rainy season May window in Japan means Tokyo hotels are keen to bargain. You’ll find similar pre-rain deals in Malaysia and South Korea, and you can also cash in on summer’s end in Australia and New Zealand, with flight deals and sleepover discounts beginning to emerge.

Hot spots include…

Victoria: One of Canada’s earliest springs starts here. Why now? Whale-watching begins.

Napier: Time travel in New Zealand’s finest art deco city. Why now? Tour Hawke’s Bay wineries sans crowds.

Melbourne: Dive into Australia’s artsiest city. Why now? May’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

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Summer offers key ways to avoid credit-card immolation. Labour Day to late September is great for Canada trips. The islands of Aruba and Bonaire are outside the hurricane belt—yet their summer room rates are still the year’s lowest. Or, shimmy south. February’s carnival season is a crowd-puller, but coastal Brazil in July is a quiet zone. Check hotels vying for business in Rio—and expect warm weather with rain.

Hot spots include…

Jasper: September’s sun lights up the mountains. Why now? The VIA train from here to Prince Rupert is a late-summer gem.

Aruba: August is hot. Why now? Restaurant Week in late August.

Rio: Hit the beaches without the crowds. Why now? Late July’s giant Anima Mundi animation festival.

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Best of BT Weekend: May 22, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Matthew MacCaull on his role in the film ‘Tomorrowland’

Matthew MacCaull chats about his role in the upcoming film ‘Tomorrowland’

How to prevent lyme disease

We share tips and stories on how to prevent lyme disease.

Maestro Fresh Wes previews his new EP

We catch up with Toronto’s Maestro Fresh Wes. Compositions: Vol 1is available on Tuesday.

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