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Our hosts share their favourite viral videos on YouTube

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2015

Take a look at our list below.

Kevin Frankish

My parents perfect reaction to our baby announcement! By Alexa Goolsby

Dina Pugliese

“No Weakness” Jamaican Kids Are Serious About Their Workout! By Hip Hop Vids

Frank Ferragine

Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke by The Late Late Show with James Corden

Melanie Ng

Hotline Bling by Drake

Adam Wylde

What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber

Winston Sih

Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) Father and Daughter by AUSTYNNsamarco

Russ Holden

Silent Hallelujah by Sally Mathes

Taxi protest underway, expected to tie up downtown Toronto streets

News staff | posted Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2015

Beware of more than the usual traffic woes during Wednesday’s morning rush hour.

Hundreds of taxi drivers are participating in a protest against Uber, driving to downtown Toronto from various locations.

The drivers met at four locations: the Woodbine Centre at Rexdale Boulevard and Highway 27, Centrepoint Mall at Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue, Food Basics at Victoria Park and Sheppard avenues, and at the intersection of Queens Quay and Yonge.

The taxis are expected to travel along Queen Street, University Avenue, Queen’s Park Crescent, Bay Street, and then back to Queen.

The routes planned are:

  • From Woodbine Centre: South on Highway 27, east on the Gardiner Expressway, north on University
  • From Centrepoint Mall: South on Yonge, west on King Street, north on University
  • From Food Basics: South on Victoria Park, onto Highway 401, south on the DVP to the Gardiner, through Jarvis Street and Richmond Street to University.
  • From Queens Quay and Yonge: West on Queens Quay, north on York Street or west on Queens Quay, north on Yonge, west on LakeShore Boulevard West, around Bathurst Street to the Billy Bishop airport, then back up to Adelaide Street to University.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Toronto Taxi Alliance (TTA) said they are not an organizer of the planned demonstration.

“While the TTA supports the aim of the demonstration, which is to encourage the City of Toronto to enforce the law with Uber’s illegal operations, it does not support any tactic which will disrupt traffic or transportation for Toronto drivers and residents.”

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Canadian support divided for Syrian refugee plan

News staff | posted Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2015

Canadian opinion on the Trudeau government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees over the next few months is nearly split down the middle.

In an exclusive poll conducted by Forum Research for CityNews, almost 50 per cent of Canadians polled say they support the government’s plan to bring 25,000 refugees to Canada by the end of February.

Of the 1,369 Canadian voters asked, 48 per cent were in favour of the plan.

The number of those opposing the plan was 44 per cent. Less than one tenth have no opinion.

The numbers are almost the same in Ontario: 47 per cent support the plan, 45 per cent are opposed and two per cent don’t know.

Overall support is highest among the youngest (ages 18 to 34) at 55 per cent, mid-income groups at 57 per cent and in Atlantic Canada at 57 per cent.

Support is lower in the Prairies at 31 per cent, while 35 per cent of Albertans support it.

Only 19 per cent of Conservatives support the plan. Support is highest among Liberals at 68 per cent and New Democrats at 59 per cent. Sixty per cent of the people with post-graduate degrees support the plan.

Results are based on the total sample of 1,369 and are considered accurate plus-or-minus three per cent, 19 times out of 20.

According to the Toronto Star, the first mass arrival of 150 Syrian refugees will be coming to Pearson Airport on Thursday tomorrow. They’ll be arriving in a Royal Canadian Air Force jet, from a flight out of an airfield in Jordan.

The Yonge Street Mission is accepting winter outerwear donations for the refugees arriving in Toronto. See the tweet below for details.

Councillor Matlow to request Trump name be removed from downtown tower

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2015

Donald Trump is an “infamous bigot” and his name should be removed from downtown Toronto’s Trump Tower, city councillor Josh Matlow argued on Tuesday.

Matlow said he will write a letter to the owners of the tower, urging them to remove the Republican presidential candidate’s name because of his “fascist public policy proposals.”

On Monday, Trump suggested a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Matlow says it’s time for Toronto to “dissociate” itself from the Trump brand.

“One way we can do that in Toronto is to see that the Trump Tower be renamed to virtually any other than a brand that is associated with somebody who has a history making comments targeting Mexicans in the past, calling them criminals and rapists, and most recently he’s targeted all Muslims in the world,” Matlow said.

“Donald Trump is no longer simply a silly clown who’s getting into fights with Rosie O’Donnell,” he added.

“He’s no longer The Apprentice. He’s one of the leading candidates for the presidency of the United States. And I believe that all decent people of the world are going to find ways to push back to make their voice known. and this is one way that we as Torontonians can say we don’t want Trump associated with our city any more.”

The high-rise at Bay and Adelaide streets is owned by Talon International Development Inc.

In an email to CityNews the PR company representing Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto said:

“The Trump Organization is the operator of the Hotel, not the owner. Donald Trump’s opinions as a private citizen in no way reflect the position of the company’s views or those of its other investors and owners.”

“At one point it was actually a very attractive brand,” Matlow said of the Trump name. “But it is now associated with an infamous bigot and I’m going to be presenting a case to them to do the right thing and I hope they hear me.”

Matlow added that he wouldn’t bring the issue up in city council.

Trump’s name did provide some comical relief on Monday night after one of the letters that adorns the high-rise burnt out, leaving RUMP.

Join us at our annual BT Christmas Tree Sale

Winston Sih | posted Tuesday, Dec 8th, 2015

Get your tinsel ready… It’s time for the annual Breakfast Television Christmas Tree Sale!

Join the festive fun at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Friday, Dec. 11 from 6-9 a.m.

Yorkdale shopping centre

A minimum ten dollar donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank and you walk away with a Christmas tree, plus it puts food on the tables of families in need.

Give a little, get a lot.

Tips for selecting, maintaining your real Christmas tree

The BT Christmas Tree Sale is in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Trees provided by the Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario.

Join us at the 10th-annual BT Christmas Party!

Winston Sih | posted Tuesday, Dec 8th, 2015

It’s been a tradition for the past decade… the BT Christmas Party is back for its 10th anniversary, and you’re invited!

The morning of Friday, Dec. 18 is the BT Christmas Party and we will be broadcasting live from the lobby of the Sheraton Centre (across from Nathan Phillips Square). The morning is in support of Daily Bread Food Bank.

Plus, now confirmed to perform at the BT Christmas Party is country singer Tim Hicks!

SPECIAL ROOM RATE FOR BT VIEWERS:

There’s a special rate from Dec. 10th through Dec. 30th – you will want to book a stay for the night of Dec. 17 and make your way to the hotel lobby in the morning!

  • Festively priced and starting from $139 per night
  • Book by calling 1 (866) 716–8101 and mentioning code “BTXMAS” or online
  • Click for more details: bit.ly/Sheraton-BT

Stay at the hotel with $20 from every guest room going to Daily Bread . It’s a great rate and giving back to Daily Bread – perfect for holiday shopping – hotel connected via PATH to The Eaton Centre, so leave your boots and coats in your guest room.  It’s also a great rate for festive events, boxing day bargains. And of course, stay overnight on Thursday, Dec. 17 so you can join us for the BT Christmas Party!

Donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank:

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Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale:

For 20% off tickets until Jan. 3, use the promo code: DIAMONDBT

Toronto homes with extra-large garbage bins may soon have to downsize: report

Erin Criger | posted Tuesday, Dec 8th, 2015

Toronto homeowners who use extra-large garbage bins may soon have to downsize, according to a published report.

Mayor John Tory told the Toronto Sun the bins could be phased out in the next few years, but not immediately. Residents and the city would both need time to adjust, he said.

The matter will be debated starting on Wednesday at city council’s regular monthly meeting. Councillors are considering a rate hike for all bins as part of the Solid Waste Management budget.

The executive committee is recommending a three per cent increase. With the increase, an extra-large bin costs $468.08 for a single-family home.

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