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Week of August 31, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 28th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Be sure to tune in Monday as we will be live at Ryerson University checking out orientation as students head back to school.

On Wednesday, Alan Thicke stops by the BT studios.

And to end off the week Friday, Jenn will be live at The CNE air-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!


Best of BT Weekend: August 28, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 28th, 2015

How to avoid the Freshman 15

Rose Reisman chats about how you can avoid gaining weight at post-secondary school.

411 on tomatoes

Frankie Flowers gives us the 411 on tomatoes–how to pick, maintain, and eat them!

Dorm room ideas

Pay Chen shows us dorm room ideas for food-loving frosh.

Backpack hacks: your list of essentials

Cityline | posted Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015

Apart from the notebooks and binders, what else does your child need to have packed when walking through the classroom door? These backpack essentials are items you might not think of at first, but can be incredibly useful for your child throughout the year. Keep in mind that you don’t want to overload the backpack to the point where it gets too heavy! Look for the following items in travel-sized packages, and bring your kids with you when you shop so they can pick out their favourite colours.

Tissues: Not only are tissues great for cold season, they can also be used for cleaning up spills or when your child’s allergies act up. Look for travel packs at your local drugstore or grocery store.

Hand sanitizer: Everyone knows that germs spread quick, especially at school. Apart from making sure your kids are washing their hands, give them a travel-sized hand sanitizer for the bus or for field trips.

Pencil case: This one is inevitable for school! Make sure you aren’t forgetting a pencil sharpener or extra lead if need be.

Emergency change: It might be a good idea to pack an emergency change pouch, in case your child runs out of bus tickets or forgets their lunch at home.

Hair elastics: Extra hair elastics are useful for pulling your hair back for gym class, keeping together loose Tupperware, or as a makeshift key chain in case your child’s breaks.

EpiPen: If your children have allergies, make sure they have an EpiPen on hand, or any other medications they may need to take at school.

Water bottle: Drinking water is important for your daily health! Pack a water bottle for your child to help promote drinking water regularly (plus, a reusable bottle is the best choice for the environment!).

Do you have a backpack essential not listed here? Post it in the comments below!

We warned you: ‘Weekend’ road closures start Thursday

CityNews | posted Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. A large portion of Yonge Street in the city’s downtown core will be off-limits to drivers starting Thursday morning and over the weekend for Buskerfest.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will also be road closures for a Tamil festival in Scarborough, and an intersection closure until Monday morning in East York due to construction.

Add to that a partial subway shutdown for TTC work, and you’ve got yourself a busy weekend in the city.


Yonge Street, from Queen to College streets, will be closed from 9:30 a.m. on Thursday to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Some lane closures will take place on Yonge between Richmond and College from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

From Thursday to Sunday, some local streets will be closed including Dundas Square Street, and Walton, Gould, Edward and Elm streets.

Toronto Tamil Festival
Morningside Avenue will be closed from Finch Avenue East to Neilson Road from 6 a.m. on Saturday to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Road work

East York construction
The intersection of Don Mills Road and O’Connor Drive will be closed in all directions from Friday at 7 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m. for road resurfacing and sidewalk.

Two ramps from the Don Valley Parkway to southbound Don Mills Road will also be closed.

TTC buses will be diverted in the area.

TTC closure

Line 1 partial shutdown
Subways won’t be running on a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between St Clair West and Downsview stations due to track and signal upgrades.

The TTC will be running replacement buses along the affected route. Regular subway service resumes at 6 a.m. on Monday.

Reporter, cameraman shot to death on live television in Virginia; gunman dies at hospital

The Associated Press | posted Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015

A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene.

Authorities identified the suspect as a journalist who had been fired from the station earlier this year. Hours later and hundreds of miles away, he crashed a vehicle and troopers found him suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He died at a hospital later Wednesday, authorities said.

The shots rang out on-air as reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were presenting a local tourism story at an outdoor shopping mall. Viewers saw her scream and run, and she could be heard saying “Oh my God,” as she fell. Ward fell, too, and the camera he had been holding on his shoulder captured a fleeting image of the suspect holding a handgun.

Warning: The video below depicts the shooting that happened live on air.

WDBJ quickly switched back to the anchor at the station, her eyes large and jaw dropping as she said, “OK, not sure what happened there.” The station later went live again, reporting on their own station and staff as the story developed.

Parker and Ward were killed as the gunman fired about 15 shots. Their interview subject, Vicki Gardner, was in stable condition later Wednesday after surgery for her wounds.

The suspect is Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. The station said Flanagan appeared on air as Bryce Williams.

Jeffrey Marks, WDBJ’s president and general manager, said Flanagan had to be escorted by police out of the station when he was fired. Marks described him as “an unhappy man” and “difficult to work with,” always “looking out for people to say things he could take offence to.”

“Eventually after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him. He did not take that well,” Marks explained.


Video of the shooting was later posted on the suspect’s Twitter account and Facebook page. It showed an outstretched arm holding the handgun and firing repeatedly at Parker as she tried to run away.

The shooter appeared to walk up to the victims and stand nearby from them while holding the weapon. They were in the midst of a live TV interview, and didn’t seem to notice the gunman, who didn’t start shooting until Ward points the camera at Parker and the interviewee.

Posts on Flanagan’s Twitter account indicated that he filmed the shooting and posted it on Facebook. The tweets were also about both Parker and Ward. See the tweets below.

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Parker is heard screaming and is seen running away as shots are fired. Roughly 15 shots can be heard, including several that were fired after the video goes dark.

ABC News reported on its website that the network received a 23-page fax from someone claiming to be Flanagan. The network says the fax was turned over to authorities and did not elaborate on its contents.

Federal law enforcement was assisting, and federal officials said there was no indication of a connection to terrorism.

The shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza in Franklin County, as Parker interviewed Vicki Gardner about the upcoming 50th anniversary festivities for Smith Mountain Lake, a local tourism destination. Gardner also was shot and hospitalized.

Loved ones and station in shock

Both the victims were romantically involved with other employees at the station, according to Parker’s boyfriend, WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst.

Parker had just turned 24. She had just completed a special report on child abuse for the station, where she had worked as an intern. She attended James Madison University, where she was the editor of the school’s newspaper, The Breeze. According to her Facebook page, Parker spent most of her life outside Martinsville, Va. She was an avid kayaker and attended community theatre events in her spare time.

Hurst said they hadn’t shared their relationship publicly but “were very much in love.” He said they had just moved in together and wanted to get married. “I am numb,” he said.

Ward, 27, graduated from Virginia Tech University and was engaged to a producer at the station, Melissa Ott, said WDBJ spokesman Mike Morgan.

“Adam was our go-to guy. He pretty much was available to do anything that we asked,” Morgan said. “He did live shots during our morning show for several years.”

“I cannot tell you how much they were loved. Alison and Adam,” Marks said on-air. “Our hearts are broken.”

The station is based in Roanoke and serves the southwest and central part of the state. The shopping mall where the incident happened is just off Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, about 40 kilometres southeast of Roanoke.

Police have told employees of the station to stay inside the building as long as the suspect is on the loose. About 50 people work there, Marks said.

“We have police protection,” Marks said.

With files from News Staff

One Direction to take indefinite break in March: report

Associated Press | posted Monday, Aug 24th, 2015

A spokesman for One Direction is declining to comment on a report that the chart-topping boy band will take an indefinite break starting next March.

Publicist Simon Jones says he won’t comment on “speculation.”

The Sun newspaper reported Monday that band members would go separate ways after finishing a tour this autumn and promoting their fifth album.

One Direction formed in 2010 after five teenagers – Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik – auditioned individually for the British TV talent show The X Factor. Simon Cowell had the idea of putting them together as a boy band.

Speculation about a split grew after Malik quit the group earlier this year.

Blue Jays back in 1st with 12-5 win over Angels

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Aug 24th, 2015

Edwin Encarnacion went 4 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a thunderous three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday with a 12-5 victory that vaulted them back into first place in the AL East.

The Jays’ 16th victory in 19 games, coupled with the Yankees’ 4-3 loss to Cleveland, put Toronto atop the division for the first time since Aug. 13.

The Blue Jays, who lead the majors by far with 670 runs, set a franchise record for a three-game series with 36. They totalled 48 hits against a vanquished Angels pitching staff that has surrendered 44 runs, 60 hits and 15 walks over their last four games following Jered Weaver’s 1-0 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.

R.A. Dickey (8-10) won his fifth straight decision over seven starts, despite allowing five runs and 11 hits in six innings. The knuckleballing right-hander overcame a 39-pitch first inning in which he gave up all five runs.

In Friday night’s series opener, Angels lefty Hector Santiago made 48 pitches in the first inning and gave up three runs en route to a 9-2 loss.

Dickey’s catcher was Josh Thole, who was recalled Sunday from Triple-A Buffalo to catch his knuckleball. They were batterymates numerous times the past two seasons with the Blue Jays, and during the previous three years with the New York Mets.

Garrett Richards (12-10) was charged with nine runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings.

Toronto closed to 5-3 in the second inning when a hard grounder to third base by Troy Tulowitzki with one out and the bases loaded got past rookie Kaleb Cowart for an error that allowed two runs to score.

Richards minimized the damage by getting major league RBI leader Josh Donaldson to ground into a double play on the next pitch, but the Blue Jays grabbed a 6-5 lead in the third.

Encarnacion hit an RBI single that extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, Ben Revere had a run-scoring infield hit, and Kevin Pillar scored the go-ahead run when shortstop Erick Aybar misplayed Ryan Goins’ grounder toward the middle for the Angels’ fifth error of the series.

Toronto increased its lead to 8-5 in the fourth with back-to-back homers by Jose Bautista (his 29th) and Encarnacion (his 24th). The Blue Jays have homered in 14 straight road games.


Angels manager Mike Scioscia said there were no plans to promote C Taylor Ward, their No.1 pick in the June draft, from Triple-A when the rosters are expanded on Sept. 1. Only two players in franchise history made their big league debuts the same summer they were selected in the opening round — 1B Danny Goodwin in 1975 (first overall pick) and LHP Brian Anderson in 1993 (third overall).


Blue Jays: C Russell Martin sat out his second straight game because of a sore left hamstring.


Blue Jays: LHP Mark Buehrle (13-6) gets the assignment Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Texas.

Angels: Weaver (5-9) will try for his first road win in over three months when he faces Detroit on Tuesday night in the opener of a nine-game trip. He is 0-4 with a 6.12 ERA in his last four starts away from the “Big A” since beating the Blue Jays 4-3 on May 20.

Best of BT Weekend: August 21, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 21st, 2015

Jay Manuel’s new beauty line

Canadian fashion icon Jay Manuel showcases his new beauty line available on The Shopping Channel.

Icona Pop on their rise to fame

The Swedish duo chats about their rise to fame and their newest single.

We were live at The Ex for the TTC subway auditions


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