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Maclean’s: What it feels like to be Canadian

Maclean's | posted Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015

To celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday, Maclean’s has produced 148 short videos that showcase the vibrancy and breadth of Canadian experiences from coast-to-coast. “What it feels like to be Canadian” bring audiences closer to the action.

From joining the Sourtoe Cocktail Club in Dawson City and climbing an ice-covered Niagara Falls to an intimate concert with the Barenaked Ladies, the diversity of content reflects the lives of Canadians from across our nation.

Categories include sports, outdoors, heritage, experience, adventure, and arts.

Click here to watch the series of 148 videos.

Canada Day in Toronto: Fireworks, what’s open/closed

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015

The maple leaf is forever, and so is Canadian pride as the country marks its 148th birthday on Wednesday.

There are plenty of events taking place in Toronto to show off and celebrate your patriotism, with fireworks being the main highlight. Below is a list of fireworks displays in Toronto.

But, since Canada Day is also a statutory holiday, there will be closures in effect, which are posted below.

And, with all these events come road closures across the city, so pack your patience and the nice character Canadians are known for around the world. Click here for a list.

Fireworks in the Toronto area

Please note, the fireworks are dependent on the weather. The city is also reminding residents setting off their own fireworks in public parks is illegal.

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W., Toronto

As part of the its Canada Day Extravaganza, which runs now until July 1, the Canada Eve Fireworks on Tuesday will light up the sky along the waterfront in a 20-minute, two-barge free show choreographed to music from 10:40 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge St., Toronto

Celebrate Canada Day with live music, including Juno-award-nominated reggae artist Jay Douglas and the Allstars, dance, aerial acrobats, family fun, and of course, fireworks set to music. The free event runs from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with the light show at 10:15 p.m.

Downsview Park
35 Carl Hall Rd., Toronto

The free fireworks show, which has the best views from The Meadow or the Festival Terrace, takes place around 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Ashbridges Bay Park
1675 Lake Shore Blvd E., Toronto

The annual fireworks display in the Beach starts at 10 p.m., and can also be viewed along the boardwalk from Coxwell to Victoria Park avenues.

With around 30,000 people expected to attend, drivers can expect traffic congestion in the area. Police will also be issuing tickets to drivers who illegally park their vehicles, and warn they will be towed away.

Scarborough celebrations
Partake in a free pancake breakfast, revel in buskers, enjoy a craft sale and more in Thomson Memorial Park (1005 Brimley Rd.), being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From 4 p.m. to around 5:30 p.m., a Canada Day parade will make its way from Brimley Road, west of the Scarborough Civic Centre, and end at Lawrence Avenue East.

The day will cap off with a free fireworks show at Milliken Park (4325 McCowan Rd.) at dusk.

Centennial Park
256 Centennial Park Rd., Etobicoke

What better way to spend Canada Day than by devouring barbecue ribs while listening to live music, and then relaxing with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

East York celebrations
A Canada Day parade with marching bands will make its way at 10 a.m. from Dieppe Park (455 Cosburn Ave.) to Stan Wadlow Park (373 Cedarvale Ave.), where revellers can check out live entertainment and other activities from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A fireworks show will top off the night at 10:15 p.m.

Weston Lions Park
2125 Lawrence Ave. W., North York

The Canada Day party featuring live entertainment, food and family fun, runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and ends with fireworks.

Amesbury Park
1507 Lawrence Ave. W., North York

Barbecue goodies, live entertainment, a marketplace and a strongman competition await funmeisters at the annual event, plus a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

Canada’s Wonderland
9580 Jane St., Vaughan

Spend the day enjoying the thrilling rides and then catch the music-filled fireworks show over Wonder Mountain at 10 p.m. New this year, fire divers will create a starry sky as they jump off the mountain and into the Royal Fountain.

What’s open and closed in Toronto

Closed on Canada Day

    • LCBO locations but some agency stores will be open on July 1
    • Beer stores
    • Libraries
    • Government offices
    • No mail delivery

Most grocery stores are closed, but some are open. Please call the store nearest you.

  • Banks

Open on Canada Day

  • TTC will run on a holiday schedule
  • GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule
  • Garbage collection
  • Most malls, including Eaton Centre (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Square One Shopping Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), but Yorkdale mall is closed
  • Tourist sites and attractions, including historic sites
  • Toronto-run golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads

Canada Day in Toronto: Road closures for events

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015

Celebrating our nation’s most patriotic holiday comes at a price — road closures.

From parades to lavish fireworks displays, several special events are happening across Toronto on July 1. And, below is a list of events and the road closures that go with them:

Canada Day celebration at Queen’s Park
Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Circle from College Street to Bloor Street will be closed on Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Canada Day celebration at Mel Lastman Square
The southbound lanes of Yonge Street between North York Boulevard and Park Home Avenue will be closed on Wednesday from noon to 11 p.m. The full closure of Yonge Street in that block will be in effect from 7 to 11 p.m.

East York’s Canada Day

The following road closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday:

  • Cosburn Avenue from Cedarvale Avenue to Oak Park Road
  • Virginia Avenue from Cedarvale Avenue to Cosburn Avenue
  • Gledhill Avenue from Holborne Avenue to Cosburn Avenue

Canada Day parade in Scarborough

Brimley Road will be closed from Progress Avenue to Ellesmere Road from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and from Ellesmere Road to Lawrence Avenue from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ellesmere Road will be closed from Midland Avenue to McCowan Road from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.


In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. Officials are encouraging people to take public transit if they’re heading out on Canada Day.

A more complete list of events and road work is available attoronto.ca/torontostreets and more information about the City’s planned capital construction work is available at toronto.ca/inview.

10 Canadian movies to watch this Canada Day

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015

Ok, we’re not suggesting you sit and watch 10 movies back-to-back this Canada Day — particularly if it’s sunny outside! But once you’re home from that Canada Day party and ready to kick back for a few, toss on one of these Canadian flicks for a little entertainment.

We’ve selected some older movies, some newer, and a few from our favourite Canadian directors. We think it’s a good mix of light-hearted, and more dramatic fare. Hope you agree!

Goon (2011): We admit, we weren’t the biggest Seann William Scott fans until we saw him in this surprisingly sweet comedy about a bar bouncer with a heart of gold who’s hired to be the resident goon on his town’s minor-league hockey team, despite the fact that he can’t skate. Doug Glatt (Scott) soon finds himself at odds with both his team’s star player (Marc-Andre Grondin) and the league’s top goon (Liev Schreiber). Will this unlikely hero lead his team to victory? You’ll certainly be rooting for him to!

Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006): When the body of a hockey league executive is discovered on the Ontario-Quebec border, the police forces from both provinces are forced to work together on the case. Enter strait-laced Martin Ward (the always excellent Colm Feore) representing the Ontario Provincial Police, and wildcard David Bouchard (Patrick Huard) of the Surete de Quebec, and you have the makings of a classic buddy cop film.

Canadian Bacon (1995): *Family-friendly!* Michael Moore directed this satirical John Candy vehicle about a low-in-the-polls U.S. President (Alan Alda) who tries to up his approval rating by starting a cold war against Canada. While this hilarious film is rife with talented comedy actors, among them Alda, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollak and Wallace Shawn, this film belongs to the late Candy, playing a sheriff who takes the U.S.’s new stance very seriously.

Les triplettes de Belleville/The Triplets of Belleville (2003): *Family-friendly!*Nominated for two Oscars, this animated film is as beautiful to watch as it is to listen to. The story revolves around Madame Souza and her dog Bruno, who team up with the Belleville Sisters to find her missing grandson Champion, who disappears during the Tour de France.

One Week (2008): Michael McGowan’s film about a young man (Joshua Jackson) who takes a motorcycle trip from Toronto to Tofino following a devastating medical diagnosis is a true love letter to Canada and all its beauty and eccentricity. Given its at-times heartbreaking subject matter, this is a wonderfully uplifting and funny film. We also adore Campbell Scott’s narration.

Goin’ Down The Road (1970): Doug McGrath and Paul Bradley star as two friends who move from Nova Scotia to the big city, Toronto, in the hopes of finding jobs and a better life. This classic Canadian film was subsequently parodied on SCTV. It’s interesting to see how much Yonge St. has changed since the film was made.

Juno (2007): Starring Canadians Ellen Page and Michael Cera, and directed by Canadian Jason Reitman, we’re claiming this film as one of our own! Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, 16-year-old Juno MacGuff (Page) makes the controversial decision to carry her child to term so that she can place it with an adoptive couple. Diablo Cody won an Oscar for her smart script.

Away From Her (2006): Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie turn in wonderful performances as an aging couple dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Sarah Polley proves she’s as talented behind the director’s chair as she is in front of the camera in this heart-rending film.

Eastern Promises (2007): David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen follow up the excellent A History of Violence with this equally powerful and disturbing film about a midwife (Naomi Watts) who becomes entangled with the Russian mafia while investigating the death of a pregnant teenager. Mortensen is fantastic as mafia driver Nikolai, but it’s Armin Mueller-Stahl who steals the show as the outwardly warm, but secretly brutal and cold-hearted, restaurant owner/mob boss Semyon. Not for the faint at heart, this film has scenes of brutal violence.

Barney’s Version (2010): Based on the acclaimed Mordecai Richler novel, Paul Giamatti is perfectly cast as the irascible Barney Panofsky, who falls in love with a woman (Rosamund Pike) at his second wedding. This touching drama also stars Dustin Hoffman as Izzy, Barney’s father, and Minnie Driver as Barney’s second wife. A film that proves how important good writing is to good moviemaking.

Happy Canada Day! Share your favourite Canadian films (or films directed by Canadians) in the comments below!

Week of June 29, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jun 28th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tune into BT Monday as Autumn Hill will perform on BT Stage.

On Thursday, Frankie Flowers will be joining us.

And to end off the week Friday, Mairilyn Smith teaches us how to get invited back to the cottage.

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!

9 little steps that can improve your health fast!

Dr. Joey Shulman | posted Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015

Feeling overwhelmed about how to improve your health? If so, this article is for you! All you have to do is start small with the simple steps outlined below.

1. Eat more salads – With the summer approaching, our palate tends towards fresh, raw foods. To boost your mineral, vitamin and anti-oxidant intake, get creative with your salads! Examples to include:

  • Leafy greens: spinach, romaine, watercress, kale, butter lettuce and arugula
  • Colourful vegetables: cherry tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, peas, artichokes
  • Fruits: sliced apples or pears, dried cranberries, blueberries or strawberries
  • Healthy fats: walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, pecans, avocados and/or oil-based dressings
  • Protein: grilled chicken, tuna, salmon or goat cheese

2. Include probiotic foods into your diet – Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that are beneficial for optimal digestive health, are beneficial for weight loss and for overall immune system function. Probiotic foods and beverages include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and kombucha tea.

3. Breathe deeply – It is very hard to feel tense and stressed while belly breathing. Breathing deeply through the nose switches your nervous system into a parasympathetic response that calms your nerves and is overall good for your immune system.

4. Go nuts – Eating a handful of nuts (approximately 15) has been shown to help prevent heart disease and be very beneficial for weight loss. In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine recently published findings that eating a handful of nuts per day could possibly extend your life. Unsalted and raw walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios are all great options.

5. Get outside – Studies show the best way to lower the release of your stress hormone cortisol is to get into the great outdoors! Spending time in nature will do wonders for your overall health and your sense of wellness.

6. Love thy raw – Fruits and vegetables in raw form contain an abundant amount of phytochemicals (plant nutrients that fight disease), minerals and vitamins. Try to eat a minimum of 2-3 raw food options per day. Eating raw can be as easy as having blueberries at breakfast, an apple for snack and a big salad at dinner.

7. Strengthen your core musculature – Core strengthening exercises will tone back muscles, abdominal muscles and muscles around the pelvis. This will result in better posture and a flatter looking tummy. If inclined, a few private pilates classes can teach you how to isolate and strengthen your deep core muscles. Alternatively, the simple plank pose done at home can also isolate your core effectively.

8. Listen to music – Whether you prefer rock, country, R&B or classical music, having your own personal dance party can be good for your health! Listening to music can elicit an endorphin release which helps to lower blood pressure and improve mood.

9. Chew your food carefully – When it comes to your health, you are only as healthy as your pipes. In other words, you are only as healthy as you are absorbing and digesting. Instead of rushing through your meals or snacks, be mindful of slowing down and chewing your food carefully. This one simple step is very effective in reducing signs of bloating and to get you to eat a little bit less.


Week of June 22, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jun 21st, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tune into BT Monday as Adam Scott chats about ‘Overnight.’

On Thursday, it’s all things Pride as we gear up for the big weekend. Tune into our big special.

And to end off the week Friday, Leon’s will help us find our zen.

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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