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Doors open in Toronto this weekend but Line 1 partially closed

CityNews | posted Friday, May 27th, 2016

Ever walked by a historic or modern building in Toronto and wondered what it’s like inside? Well, this is your weekend because the doors to several buildings will be open for you to explore at no cost, as part of the annual (you guessed it) Doors Open event. The city will be a hub of activity this weekend not just with Doors Open, but also Pedestrian Sunday, Woofstock, and at least two charity walks. The only downside is that a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will be closed for TTC work. Shuttle buses will be running.


Doors Open Toronto The gateway to the Toronto’s past and present is at your doorstep this weekend; all you have to do is open the door. Explore more than 130 buildings that detail the city’s history, culture, architecture and social progress. While some of the city’s history has been lost over the years, other buildings or parts of them have been incorporated into the present. As this year’s theme (Re-used, Re-visited and Revised) explains, the focus will be on the “adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto’s architectural history.” Click here for a list of those buildings.

Side view of the Cathedral Church of St. James on Church Street, at King Street East, in Toronto. 680 NEWS/Patricia D'Cunha.
Side view of the Cathedral Church of St. James on Church Street, at King Street East, in Toronto. 680 NEWS/Patricia D’Cunha
The Mackenzie House on Bond Street in Toronto. CREATIVE COMMONS/SimonP.
The Mackenzie House on Bond Street in Toronto. CREATIVE COMMONS/SimonP

There are 40 new buildings this year, including Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and Glendon Hall at York University. And again this year, get a behind-the-scenes look at the City building at 33 Dundas St. E., and meet some of your favourite personalities from CityNews, 680 NEWS, Cityline, Breakfast Television and OMNI. Apart from visiting the various buildings, you can also take part in walking tours that showcase the history and architecture of several neighbourshoods, special programs like the Honest Ed’s Tour, and a speaker series. Most buildings will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but click here to check the specific hours for each building. Want to view the buildings on a map? Click here to do so. Pedestrian Sundays You can literally dance in the street at Kensington Market on Sunday – the start of Pedestrian Sundays, which is car-free the last Sunday of every month from May 29 until mid-October. The street party, held from noon to 7 p.m., features an outdoor art fair, live music, and food vendors.

A scene from Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market.  FACEBOOK.
A scene from Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. FACEBOOK

Woofstock It’s a huge party for dogs and their owners this weekend at Woodbine Park. The annual Woofstock festival is the largest outdoor event for dogs in North America. You’re encouraged to bring your dog for some pampering and partying along with other events like fashion shows. Organizers say there isn’t a toy, fashion line, accessory, treat or exclusive service for dogs that you can’t find this weekend. Admission is free, just bring your pup!

A dog and his owner playing tug-of-war. GETTY IMAGES/Hero Images
A dog and his owner playing tug-of-war. GETTY IMAGES/Hero Images

Carassauga It’s a festival of cultures and a walk through the world of food in Mississauga. This weekend’s Carassauga features 28 different food pavilions serving the cuisines of many cultures around the world including Italy, the Caribbean, Romania and Malta. The pavilions are set up at various locations around the city including the Hershey Centre. Those with a passport can ride free on MiWay or the Carassauga shuttle buses during festival hours from Square One. Get your passports here. Walk of Life Any day is a great day for a walk, especially one that’s for a good cause. Participants will be lacing up on Saturday for the 32nd annual Walk for Life at the Ontario Science Centre. The event, which consists of 1K, 3K, 5K, and 10K walks, raises money for heart disease facilities and health-related organizations such as Cardiac Kids.   Push for Your Tush A charity run and walk for a good cause takes place Sunday. Colon Cancer Canada, the country’s largest colon cancer-focused event series, is hosting the annual Push For Your Tush, with participants doing either a 1K or 5K walk, or a 10K run. Organizers say it’s a fun atmosphere where survivors are honoured and the community gathers to raise money for both local support and national research to one day find a cure. It starts at 9 a.m. at the East Don Parkland and you can register here.

TTC and road closures

Line 1 closure Subways won’t be running this weekend on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between St. Clair West and Downsview stations due to signal upgrades. Shuttle buses will be running. Regular subway service resumes at 6 a.m. on Monday. The next scheduled subway closure is on June 4, which shuts down service on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) from Pape to St. George stations for track work. Road work Queen Street West between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street is being reduced to one lane in either direction for watermain replacement and and reconstruction work. The construction is expected to last until Oct. 8.

Toronto capybaras still on the loose as search continues

CityNews | posted Friday, May 27th, 2016

Toronto’s capybaras, recently nicknamed Bonnie and Clyde, are still on the lam.

The city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department has been scouring High Park looking for the daring duo, using a bait of corn, fruit and low clicking sounds familiar to capybaras.

The two Texas natives, estimated to be about six months old, have been on the loose since Tuesday, when they escaped from their pen at the High Park Zoo.

Zoo staff recommend not approaching the animals if spotted, because they are shy and skittish. Instead, they recommend spotters call 311.

capybara wanted poster

“We received many reports today of sightings to 311 as far north as Finch and east to Scarborough,”the zoo wrote on their Facebook page. “These we believe were groundhogs. The difference is when a capybara walks you can see their legs.”

Lynn Goldman believes she may have seen the large rodents on Blue Forest Drive near Dufferin and Finch.

“We said, ‘What is that? A beaver or a cross? We watched the news and that was it, looks like a beaver with its tail cut off.”

She says the animals were near a ravine and water. “Everyone’s looking for it in High Park and I said, ‘Not uh, somehow it’s made it way north to the ravine.’”

One Toronto game developer has figured out a way to capitalize on the capybara craziness, bycreating a game called “Caperbaras!” that can be played online.

Girl, 12, was biking when she was hit by a bus in Mississauga

CityNews | posted Friday, May 27th, 2016

A 12-year-old girl is in critical condition in hospital she was struck by a bus near Meadowvale Town Centre on Thursday night.

She was on her bike at the time.

Peel Region Police say she was hit near the intersection of Meadowvale Town Centre Circle and Aquitaine Avenue just before 9 p.m.

At the time, paramedics said she was taken to a trauma centre with serious but non-life threatening injuries. However, police later updated her condition to critical.

There is no word on the extent of her injuries.

No other pedestrians or passengers were hurt.

Police raid Toronto pot dispensaries for non-medical marijuana traffickers

CityNews | posted Friday, May 27th, 2016

Toronto police raided several marijuana dispensaries across the city on Thursday, charging people for trafficking non-medical marijuana.

The drug squad worked with several police divisions and the city’s Licencing and Standards division in conducting the raids.

Among the dispensaries which were raided:

  • 600 Church St.
  • Eden Medicinal Society (Queen Street location)
  • Cannabis Connoisseur
  • The Green Room (Spadina and Nassau)
  • Weed, Glass and Gifts
  • Cannawide in Kensington Market

Toronto Police said this was a criminal investigation. The drug squad officers were enforcing the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Police said they handed out cautions on May 18 and if the dispensaries were still operating illegally, they would be fined.

Police are scheduled to release the details about the raids, dubbed Project Claudia, including locations, charges and products seized at a press conference Friday morning.

Aaron Salz, an investment analyst at Interward Asset Management, says it’s likely that licensed producers pushed for today’s crackdown.

“If you’re a licensed producer with tens of millions of dollars of shareholder money invested into your facility and there’s an illegal business that’s disrupting you and isn’t operating legally, you have a vested interest to make sure that’s not happening,” he said. “In my view, there’s definitely some effort on the licensed producers that brought this about to some degree.”

The Municipal Licensing and Standards division said that as of Wednesday, it had issued notices to 78 property owners out of a known 83 dispensaries. The notices advised the property owners that the dispensaries are operating against the city’s zoning bylaw and that the owner may face charges. On Thursday, bylaw officers are charging business owners for “zoning by-law contraventions along with other municipal by-law charges.”

Important food safety tips for summer

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Summer is approaching, which means grilling season is in full effect. Many will be heading out the patio and grilling chicken, steak or fish for family and friends. However, there are some precautions to take as handling raw meats increases the risk of foodborne illness.

Health Canada states that between 11 and 13 million people experience foodborne illness every year. Ensuring the safety of raw meats can be challenging, especially in the summer as warmer temperatures increase the chance of bacteria forming. Luckily, Rose Reisman has simple tips to keep in mind to lower your risk of foodborne illness this summer.


1) Have two different coolers on hand.
Keep raw meats and perishable foods like salads and vegetables separate by using two coolers.

2) Fill each cooler with ice packs.
The temperature inside the cooler should be at or below 4°C (40°F).  Remember food should be kept out of the temperature danger zone of 4°C to 60°C (40°F to 140°F) as harmful bacteria can grow in as little as two hours within this range.

3) Keep food stored in lock up containers.
Be wary of re-sealable freezer bags as they can leak and contaminate an entire cooler.


1) Check the temperature of cooked meats.
Bacteria that causes strands of food poisoning (E. coli, salmonella, campylobacterare killed by heat. To avoid foodborne illness, meat must be cooked to a safe internal temperature as colour alone is not a reliable indicator.

Ground meat: 165°F (74°C)
Fish: 145°F (63°C)
Poultry: 165F (74°C)
Pork: 145°F (63°C)

2) Marinate meats to reduce carcinogens from flames.
A marinated steak can cut carcinogens by up to 88 per cent. When meat has been marinated, it creates barrier from harmful chemicals produced by heat.


1) Wash your hands thoroughly.
Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling food. Be careful if using hand sanitizer or alcohol based wipes, as these contain flammable ingredients.

2) Use a clean plate when taking food off the grill.
Never put ready-to-eat or cooked food on a plate that was used for raw meat, poultry or seafood as this will cause cross contamination.

3) Keep several sets of clean utensils, cutting boards, and plates on hand.
Prevent cross-contamination by using utensils, cutting boards, and plates that are visually different.

Worst foods to leave out

– Ice cream or ice cream sandwiches
– Potato salad or egg salad
– Coleslaw
– Chocolate

Best foods to leave out

– Pasta salad or bean salad (that don’t contain  mayonnaise)
– Cheese and crackers
– Chips and dip
– Veggies and hummus

Cavaliers torch the Raptors 116-78 in Game 5

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The Toronto Raptors rode a wave of momentum into Cleveland on Wednesday.

But by the merciful end of an atrocious Game 5 effort, it was tough to believe the Raptors had ever beaten the Cavaliers at all.

Cleveland’s trio of Kevin Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 71 points as the Cavaliers thoroughly trounced the Raptors 116-78 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

DeMar DeRozan had 14 points, while Kyle Lowry had 13, but no other Raptor scored in double digits in Toronto’s worst performance of these playoffs. Jonas Valanciunas returned from his ankle injury to score nine points in 19 minutes.

The Raptors were coming off back-to-back victories at the Air Canada Centre, infusing fans with a glimmer of hope for an historic NBA finals appearance. But the Cavaliers’ homecourt had proven deadly to Toronto in Games 1 and 2: a 50-point deficit combined.

Coach Dwane Casey has predicted a different game on their return trip to Cleveland, but it was evident virtually from the opening whistle that they were in for a long night.

In a noisy Quicken Loans Arena awash in wine and gold, they looked completely discombobulated. They were terrible in virtually every category, a dog’s breakfast of poor decisions, terrible shooting, and head-slapping turnovers. Their defensive effort, against a Cavs team that opened the post-season 10-0, was half-hearted.

They’d dug themselves an 18-point deficit by late in the first quarter, and when Love drained a three-pointer late in the second, the Cavs were up by a whopping 34 points. Cleveland’s 65-34 lead at the break was the biggest halftime gap in conference finals history.

When it seemingly couldn’t get worse, it did. Frustration mounted. The Raptors looked like they wanted to be anywhere else. By the end of the third, the score was a shocking 100-60.

Both teams subbed out their starters for a fourth quarter played after hundreds of fans had already departed the building.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue had blamed the two losses in Toronto on poor shooting, and his team proved him right. The Cavs shot 57 per cent on the night. Love, who’d shot 5-for-23 in Games 3 and 4, topped Cleveland with 25 points on 8-for-10 shooting.

The Cavs grabbed 48 rebounds to Toronto’s 27 – just one more than Bismack Biyombo had, on his own, in Game 3. The Raptors coughed up 30 points on 19 turnovers.

The series returns to the Air Canada Centre for Game 6 on Friday. A victory, however, would send them back into Cleveland for a do-or-die Game 7, where the noise reached ear-splitting levels Wednesday night in a crowd that included Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban and Browns defensive back Joe Haden.

Shots of Canadians Drake, Justin Bieber and Nickelback flashed on the Jumbotron, encouraging fans to boo. Late in the game, the camera focused on a downcast Raptors fan folding his “We The North” flag.

DeRozan’s four points were the most by a Raptor in a first quarter that saw Toronto trail by just four points before the Cavs closed the quarter on a 17-3 run to end the frame up 37-19.

Lowry’s six points topped Toronto in the second quarter, but they were barely noticeable in a quarter the Cavaliers outscored their visitors 28-15.

The Weeknd cancels Jimmy Kimmel performance over Donald Trump appearance

News staff and The Associated Press | posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Toronto singer The Weeknd cancelled Wednesday night’s performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” because of Donald Trump.

He was supposed to perform a song with Canadian rapper Belly, who said he didn’t want to share the same stage with the republican presidential nominee because of his views on immigrants, Muslims and women.

“I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world — from religion to race,” Belly said in a statement. “I just didn’t want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that majority of us don’t agree with.”

Trump has been criticized by some political rivals and voters for his comments, such as when he said some Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally are “rapists” and when he called for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.

A Trump spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on The Weeknd and Belly.

The Jimmy Kimmel show had no comment, a representative said. Representatives for The Weeknd didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The Weeknd won two Grammy Awards earlier this year, including best urban contemporary album for “Beauty Behind the Madness.” Belly has co-written many of The Weeknd’s hits, including “Earned It,” ”The Hills,” ”Into the Night” and “Often.”

The Weeknd appears on Belly’s song “Might Not,” which they were set to perform on Kimmel’s show.

CAA to reveal Ontario’s worst roads

CityNews | posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) will reveal Ontario’s worst roads on Thursday morning.

One month ago, the CAA put out its annual poll, asking for drivers across the province to nominate and then vote for the worst roads.

Last year, Dufferin was the worst road in Toronto, but the top Ontario ‘honours’ went to Algonquin Boulevard West (No. 1) and Algonquin Boulevard East (No. 2) in Timmins.

Last year’s results can be seen below.

Ontario’s top 10 worst roads for 2015:

  1. Algonquin Boulevard West, Timmins
  2. Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins
  3. Dufferin Street, Toronto
  4. Highway 144, Greater Sudbury
  5. Carling Avenue, Ottawa
  6. Radical Road, Port Dover
  7. Burlington Street East, Hamilton
  8. Riverside Drive, Timmins
  9. Dominion Road, Fort Erie
  10. Bayview Avenue, Toronto

More to come

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