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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


Week of August 24, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 21st, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Be sure to tune in Monday as Rose Reisman gives us tips on how to avoid the Freshman 15.

On Wednesday, Frankie Flowers gives us the 411 on tomatoes.

And to end off the week Friday, Pay Chen is helping us get ready for back to school. 

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!

Let’s go to the Ex: Five must-see CNE attractions

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 21st, 2015

1. Food Truck Frenzy

From Friday, Aug. 28 to Sunday, Aug. 30, the Ex will host a fleet of four-wheeled gourmets, including Caplanksy’s Delicatessen, Gorilla Cheese, I Love Churros, and a mouth-watering array of burger, BBQ and bacon options. Also on tap at the Food Truck Frenzy is a craft beer fest, where 11 brewhouses including Steamwhistle, Creemore Springs and Mill Street will offer up samples of their suds.

The Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest takes place just inside the Princes’ Gates at the east end of the grounds.

Friday, Aug. 28: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.


2. Free music!

There are too many performances scheduled over the 18 days of the Ex to just choose one, so here are three acts you might want to check out:

Foghat: Friday, Aug. 28

Tokyo Police Club: Thursday, Sept. 3

Monster Truck: Saturday, Sept. 5

All performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

3. Bon Voyage! Aerial Acrobatic & Ice Skating Show

You can cool down after a hot day on the midway with the Bon Voyage! ice skating and aerial acrobatics show, featuring Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. Joining the championship pair are acrobat and aerialist team Karen Goudreault and Dominic Lacasse. With two performances every day of the Exhibition, Bon Voyage! is a great chance to see some amazing on-ice and in-air feats.

Ricoh Coliseum
Sept. 5 to Sept. 7
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


4. HorsePower Live!

This display of trick riding, roping and barrel racing is far from an old-fashioned rodeo. HorsePower Live!is an admission-free performance of equestrian skill set to music, including a “hip hop freestyle” routine. And the four-legged stars will be available for a meet-and-greet after the show. Warning: HorsePower Live! may result in demands that you buy your kids a horse – or at least get them riding lessons.

CNE Horse Palace
Aug. 2 – Aug. 20
11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.


5. The Canadian International Air Show

It’s been a CNE staple for 65 years, but the Air Show never disappoints. This year, in addition to the aerobatic Snowbirds and trick flying by teams from around the world, the Air Show will honour the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, with an appearance by a World War Two’s Spitfire. You can buy tickets for the VIP Guest Enclosure, or enjoy the show for free anywhere on the CNE grounds. Word is the best views are from the southwest waterfront area.

Sept. 5 – Sept. 7
Noon – 3 p.m.


Ready for the weekend? Don’t forget about road, TTC closures

CityNews | posted Friday, Aug 21st, 2015

As summer slowly winds down, Torontonians are making the most of their weekends. But remember, with street festivals come road closures in the city.

There is also a partial subway closure this weekend.

Road closures

Big on Bloor
Bloor Street, from Dufferin Street to Lansdowne Avenue, will be closed from Saturday at 9 a.m. to Sunday at 9 p.m.

Taste of Manila
Bathurst Street will be closed from Wilson Avenue to Laurelcrest Avenue from Saturday at 12:01 a.m. to Sunday at 11 p.m.

Chinatown Festival
The southbound lanes of Spadina Avenue will be closed from St. Andrew to Sullivan streets from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Also, keep in mind if you are heading to The Ex this weekend: the Gardiner Expressway will be reduced to two lanes in each direction from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street to replace the deck on the elevated portion of the Gardiner.

TTC closure

Subways won’t be running on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between Kipling and Jane stations on Saturday and Sunday due to track replacement and maintenance work.

Replacement buses will be running.

5 things to do this weekend: Outdoor movie night, Chinatown Festival, and Big on Bloor

Erin Criger | posted Friday, Aug 21st, 2015

As our regular series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

August 21-23, 2015

Big on Bloor festival: One week after Yonge Street was shut down for pedestrians, Bloor Street gets the same treatment for two days of festivities. Local performers including musicians and buskers will take over the stage, while local Bloordale businesses will set up shop along the street. There’s also games, poetry and theatre, plus a parkette for kids. Up to 80,000 people are expected to attend the festival, now in its eighth year. Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne avenues. Saturday, 1 p.m to 10 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Free. bigonbloorfestival.com

Chinatown Festival: The 15th-annual Chinatown Festival takes over Spadina Avenue, with two stages for performers and dozens of vendors offering street food and special dishes. There will also be lion dances, murals depicting the Forbidden City, and a Kung Fu Village. West side of Spadina between Sullivan and St. Andrew streets. Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free.chinatowntcf.com

Outdoor movies: There are at least three different options for outdoor movie fans this weekend, running the gamut from kid-friendly to adults-only and from beachfront to park side. Sail-in Cinema, at Sugar Beach, has a salute to the ’80s, with GhostbustersET and The Goonies playing this weekend.Ghostbusters fans in the city’s north end, meanwhile, can watch the film at Shoreham Walkway. The screening is co-hosted by the Toronto International Film Festival and the Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre. Finally, Mean Girls will be shown at Christie Pits Park. Times and locations vary. Click event link for more details.

Canadian National Exhibition: The surest sign that summer is unofficially over: The Ex opens this weekend. Take in the midway, sample ridiculous food, try out the new rides (maybe not in that order). There’s also concerts at the band shell, an ice-skating and an acrobat show, and of course, the air show. Exhibition Place grounds, north of Lake Shore Boulevard West between Strachan and Dufferin streets. Aug. 21 – Sept. 7. Hours vary. $15-$18 for admission, plus the cost of rides. TheEx.com

Port Credit Buskerfest: Looking to get outside the city this weekend? Check out the Port Credit Buskerfest, where amateur street performers show off their stunts for the crowd. Acts range from comedians and contortionists to sword-swallowers and human statures. The three-day event will take place all across Port Credit, with over 40 performers expected. The Sunday finale, where dozens of buskers will take the stage together, will take over Memorial Park. Port Credit. Friday-Sunday. Times vary. Admission is free but donations to buskers are expected. portcreditbuskerfest.com

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.

Public high school teachers reach tentative agreement with province

CityNews | posted Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015

After months of negotiations, there is hope for Ontario’s public high school students.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has reached a tentative agreement with the province and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), the union said Thursday.

The news was posted on the OSSTF Facebook page.

The deal must be endorsed by the union’s local leaders before it is presented to all members for ratification. The union said that meeting will take place later this week, but the exact day has not been revealed.

The province’s 60,000 public high school teachers were in talks with the province on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The OSSTF is not the only union in negotiations with the province. Ontario is also negotiating with its public elementary teachers’ union and the union representing Catholic elementary and high school teachers. The contracts for all Ontario teachers expired last August and there has been no resolution, with classes set to start on Sept. 8.

Province should brace for ‘fight of your lives,’ teachers’ union warns

The head of the province’s public elementary teachers’ union is expected to reveal the next steps in its work-to-rule campaign on Thursday morning.

Sam Hammond is scheduled to address more than 800 delegates during the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s (ETFO) annual meeting in Toronto.

ETFO, which represents 76,000 teachers, is set to return to the bargaining table on Sept. 1. By that time, union members will have been without a contract for a year.

The union has been in a legal strike position since May 10.

Earlier this week, Hammond warned that the province and schools boards should prepare for the fight of their lives when negotiations resume.

If serious bargaining “doesn’t happen, then I say to the government and OPSBA, ‘you are in for the fight of your lives,’” Hammond said.

Last week, Education Minister Liz Sandals warned the four big teachers’ unions that they can’t unilaterally decide what job actions they’ll take if there are no deals when school resumes and call it a work-to-rule campaign.

Meanwhile, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), which was in a legal strike position as of Monday, is expected to resume bargaining on Thursday, and continue into Friday, and Monday and Tuesday of next week.

OECTA officials said work-to-rule action will begin on the teachers’ first paid date back to work, which is this week for teachers in some northern regions. There’s no word yet on what that action will be or if it will take place despite the negotiations.

Members of OECTA, which represents 50,000 teachers, have been without a contract for more than a year.

With files from The Canadian Press

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