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‘Must have’ items for back to school season

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 10th, 2016

The countdown is underway for back to school time. Lifestyle expert Karen Firsel gives us a glimpse into her “must haves” to get everyone (including parents) ready for a new school year. Below are some of the season’s hottest items to look out for.


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Parents dread going from store to store to try to find cool accessories for their kids. This includes backpacks, where different styles, sizes, and prices can easily overwhelm even the most prepared parent. Well.ca is one stop shop for the newest products and trendiest brands of bags like Fluf and Parkland. The design are fun and funky, and also include many selections that are eco friendly too.

Customized footwear

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Traditional “kicks” are so 2015. This upcoming school year is going to be the year of personalized sneakers! Lo + Co is run by a Mom in Chicago who paints and personalizes various styles of shoes to meet your child’s personality, and gives them the “foot up” on being cool. Orders require filling out a style profile online. In a matter of days, your shoes arrive directly to your door. Each pair is 100% unique.


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Mothers, put away the beach bag! A more functional and stylish bag is out there! Mezzi creates luxury handbags that are also functional. These stylish bags have an internal battery so that you can plug in your phone, so a cell phone never runs out of a charge. The bag also “rings” when a call comes in or a text message, which also allows the bag to serve as a speaker to play your favourite tunes.

Karen Firsel shares more of the hottest items for back to school on Breakfast Television.

Tragically Hip perform first of three Toronto shows on Wednesday

News staff and The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Aug 10th, 2016

The Tragically Hip will perform the first of three shows in Toronto on Wednesday night, part of the band’s farewell tour.

The concerts will be held at the Air Canada Centre, with the next two on Friday and Sunday.

The ‘Man Machine Poem’ tour began on July 22 in Victoria, two months after the band revealed that lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.

The Hip’s 15-date tour will end with a concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ont., on Aug. 20 which will be broadcast live by CBC.

Since their formation in high school in 1984, the Hip – Downie, guitarist Rob Baker, drummer Johnny Fay, bassist Gord Sinclair and latecomer guitarist Paul Langlois, who joined in 1986 – have released 16 albums and won 14 Juno awards along with a legion of devoted fans.

Related stories:

A list of the music played at the start of the Tragically Hip concert tour

Tragically Hip kicks off farewell tour in B.C.

Five things to know about Gord Downie’s brain cancer glioblastoma

Heat wave set to blanket the GTA

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Aug 10th, 2016

The GTA could be in store for a record-breaking day on Wednesday as temperatures soar to the mid 30s, on day one of a potential heat wave.

Environment Canada issued a heat warning for much of southern Ontario, including Toronto and the GTA, on Monday.

On Tuesday, Toronto’s acting medical officer of health issued a heat warning for the city. During heat and extended heat warnings, the city opens its cooling centres.

The national weather agency said a hot and humid air mass is expected to continue until Friday with daytime temperatures between 31-34 C on each day.

“Afternoon humidex values are expected to peak in the high thirties to low forties,” Environment Canada said in a statement.

Earlier this week, the national weather agency said this may be the “longest and most significant heat wave of the summer so far.” A heat wave is three consecutive days when the maximum temperature is 32 C or higher.

In Toronto, the forecast for Thursday calls for a mix of sun and cloud and high of 35 C with a humidex near 43, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said. There is a slight chance of a shower or an isolated thunderstorm.

The record high on this date was 35.6 C set in 1944. Taylor said she doesn’t think the city will break the record but it could be close. However, it will likely be the hottest day for August so far this year.

The heat and humidity will continue into Thusrday and Friday with highs in the low 30s and humidex values in the low 40s.

Environment Canada said “slightly cooler temperatures” are in store for this weekend. Taylor said a high of 30 C is expected on Saturday under mainly cloudy skies accompanied with showers or thunderstorms. Sunday will be more comfortable with a high near 27 C.

Olympic roundup: Diving duo earns Canada yet another medal

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Aug 10th, 2016

Divers Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito kept Canada’s medal streak going at the Rio Summer Games with another bronze medal.

Filion, of Laval, Que., and Benfeito, of Montreal, were third in the women’s 10-metre synchronized diving event Tuesday. They were fifth heading into the final round, but a botched dive by the North Koreans gave Filion and Benfeito an opening for a podium finish.

And they nailed it on their final dive – an inward 3 1/2 somersault – for a score of 80.64 points to finish with 336.18 overall behind two Chinese teams. Filion and Benfeito, who were bronze medallists four years ago in London, gave Canada its fourth bronze medal and fifth overall.

“It was crazy. We knew we needed a really a good dive on the last one to have a chance at the podium,” Filion said. “We went up there really calm, looked at each other and told each other, ‘We got this’, and we ended up with a great last dive.”

Canada’s only non-bronze medal also came in the pool, a silver captured by 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak in the women’s 100-metre butterfly final on Sunday. Canadian athletes have won at least one medal on each day of competition so far.

Filion and Benfeito make up half of the “Fab IV” on Canada’s diving team. Filion, Benfeito, Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware all have medal potential in Rio as Abel and Ware missed the podium in the three-metre synchro by less than a point.

“Fab” is an acronym – F for Filion, A for Abel, B for Benfeito, and the Roman numeral IV is a stylized W for Ware. All four women will now shift their focus to the individual events.

The competition was held outdoors for the first time since the 1992 Barcelona Games. But the colour of the water in the pool Tuesday was a putrid green and there was no immediate word on what caused the colour change.


Meanwhile in Brasilia, the Canadian women’s soccer team exorcised some demons with a 2-1 win over Germany to conclude the preliminary round. Melissa Tancredi had both goals as Canada withstood a late barrage from the second-ranked Germans to improve to 3-0-0 to finish atop Group F. More importantly, Canada earned its first win in 13 games against Germany.

“I am just proud of this team,” Tancredi said. “To be able to put two goals past a tier-one opponent and really state our spot in this tournament is really huge for us.”

Both teams had already clinched quarter-final berths. The Canadians will play the runner-up in Group G on Friday in Sao Paulo.


Canadian judo competitor Antoine Valois-Fortier came up short in his bid for a second straight Olympic bronze medal. A third-place finisher four years ago in London, the 26-year-old from Quebec City lost his repechage match to Japan’s Takanori Nagase in the men’s 81-kilogram event.

A win would’ve put Valois-Fortier into a bronze medal showdown against Italian Matteo Marconcini.

“I can’t believe I made all those sacrifices just to finish seventh,” said a distraught Valois-Fortier. “I put everything aside – my family, my girlfriend, my studies.”

After having a first-round bye, Valois-Fortier began the competition with wins over France’s Loic Pietri and Argentina’s Emmanuel Lucenti. But he lost his third-round match to Russian Khasan Khalmurzaev to drop to the repechage.


In tennis, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor will have a chance at another podium finish 16 years after winning Canada’s only Olympic tennis medal to date.

Nestor teamed with Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil to cruise past the Italian duo of Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-1 in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.

Nestor teamed with Sebastien Lareau to upset the favoured Australian duo of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in the men’s doubles final of the 2000 Sydney Games.

“We played a great match, very crisp.” Nestor said. “We’re hitting the ball great, both of us. We were all over them and we didn’t let the foot off the pedal.”

Nestor and Pospisil will face Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez in the semifinal on Wednesday. The Spanish duo beat Austria’s Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya in straight sets in another quarter-final.

The women’s doubles team wasn’t as lucky, as Eugenie Bouchard and Gaby Dabrowski were eliminated after a 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 loss to Czechs Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova. The match was a see-saw battle, most notably in the eighth game of the third set.

Bouchard and Dabrowski had several opportunities to break serve down 4-3, but ultimately could not overcome Safarova and Strycova who held on to win the match.

Safarova and Strycova opened the tournament with a huge upset win over defending Olympic champions Serena and Venus Williams of the U.S.


Canada’s swimmers missed the podium for the first time at the Games, with Sydney Pickrem finishing sixth in the women’s 200-metre individual medley. But they’ll get another chance after Santo Condorelli of Kenora, Ont., finished second in his men’s 100 freestyle semifinal, qualifying fourth for the final.


The Canadian men’s field hockey team suffered a 7-0 setback to the Netherlands. The Dutch (2-0-1) moved into second in Pool B behind Germany (3-0) while Canada (0-3) is tied for last with Ireland (0-3).

It marked the first time in the tournament that Canada has been shut out after suffering losses of 6-2 to Germany and 3-1 to Argentina.

The Canadians resume action Thursday facing Ireland, which lost 3-2 to Germany on Tuesday.

After missing the London Olympics four years ago, Canada qualified for the Rio Games with a fourth-place finish at the International Hockey Federation’s World League semifinal in Argentina last June.


Canada’s Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk earned a three-set win over Brazilians Evandro Goncalves Oliveira Junior and Pedro Solberg in men’s beach volleyball. After losing their opener Sunday, the Canadians will conclude pool play Wednesday against Cubans Nivaldo Nadhir Diaz Gomez and Sergio Reynaldo Gonzalez Bayard.

Later, Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., and Heather Bansley of Waterdown, Ont., improved to 2-0 with a straight-sets win over Switzerland’s Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich. The Canadians can advance to the quarter-finals with a win over Germany’s Karla Borger and Britta Buthe on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Canadian men’s volleyball team stole a set against top-ranked Brazil before losing 3-1. Canada, which opened with an upset of the United States, faces France on Thursday.

“I think we kind of lost our rhythm,” said Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon. “They are the No. 1 team in the world for a reason, and if you want to beat them you have to play a lot better than we did tonight.”

4 money saving tips for university students

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016

University or college is a great time for one to to expand their mind and to meet new people. However, this might be the first time that young adults are responsible for keeping their finances in check. Many students struggle with staying financially responsible during their first few years of independence, however financial expert Bruce Sellery says students can take several tips to avoid heading into debt.

Make a budget. Many students are not aware of how much money they have coming in, and how much money they are spending. A budget creates much needed financial awareness for students.

Students need to pull out a piece of paper and budget their incoming revenue and outgoing expenses. A budget should include incoming revenue such as RESP money, personal savings, mom and dad, scholarships. Budgets should also include monthly expenses such as school costs  such as tuition & books, transportation, rent, phone bills, food, and entertainment. Bruce Sellery stresses that students should be conservative with their spending during the first few years of school, and to place extra money directly into savings.

Address the gap. Most likely, a student budget won’t balance the first time. Never panic! Students have many resources to address the financial gap so they can stay financially stable.

Students can do small things to address a budget gap. Instead of buying brand new textbooks, buying used textbooks will save students up to 50% on course costs. Instead of eating out, students can cook more meals at home. Bruce also recommends looking into financial aid that low-income students can qualify for through their university’s financial aid department.

Don’t be rash with your cash. Keep spending accounts and savings accounts separate. Many students blow through their entire savings when spending is within reach. By having a separate savings account or a tax-free savings account, a student’s entire income is not readily available for spending.

Bruce also says students should not keep a credit card in their wallet. Students can have a credit card, but should pay it off in full, and not carry it with them.

Be wary of marketers. Students are experiencing independence for the first time while attending college or university. Marketers know this! Many credit card companies are directly marketing young students who are financially inexperienced.

Bruce advises students to watch out for offers that seem too good to be true. Understand the risk that credit cards and monthly expenses can have on a student’s budget.


Markham woman dies penniless after son steals life savings

CiCi Fan | posted Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016

A 60-year-old man will be sentenced next month for defrauding his 90-year-old mother out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, leaving her penniless and heartbroken before her death.

David Klimitz was convicted on June 30 of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000. Over three years, he depleted the life savings of his mother, Markham resident Royale Klimitz, forcing her to leave her retirement home.

“I will be forever haunted by the memory of the look of horror on my mother’s face when she saw the balance on her TD account was $14.54,” Royale’s other son Ron Klimitz said in a victim impact statement he prepared for the sentencing.

“Not only had her worst nightmare and fear come true, [but also] it was done by someone she trusted and loved—her son.”

According to the judge, Royale Klimitz and her husband Solomon were “decent, hardworking people who worked their entire lives.”

“Sol worked as a pharmacist and Royale was a stay-at-home mom who raised her three children… they led a frugal life. They seldom spent any money on themselves. They did everything they could, however, to help their children and help them financially.”

Solomon Klimitz died in July 2007 of health issues. At that time, Royale Klimitz become the sole owner of all the couple’s accounts, worth $557,000. She trusted and relied on her son David, who had power of attorney, to look after her finances.

Between August 2007 and December 2010, David Klimitz stole the funds in his mother’s TD account for his own investment purposes. He redirected monthly statements that were previously sent to his mother to another address so she would not find out.

It wasn’t until June 2010, five months after the cash ran out, that Royale Klimitz’s other two children realized their mother’s accounts were emptied and she was five months behind on payments to the retirement home.

She left the residence, moved in with her daughter, and decided to use some of her small pension income to pay back the retirement home, saying it was the right thing to do.

An investigation was launched and Royale Klimitz gave two video statements before passing away in 2014.

“Throughout this process, I was witness to my mother’s rapid decline in health and in spirit,” Ron Klimitz said.

“Her will to live was lost and replaced with one of fear and anxiety. I truly believe that she died of fear and a broken heart and would have lived a lot longer had David’s actions never taken place. I’ll never understand why my brother did this to my mother, a woman who was there for him and supported him during all his problems. Her reward for this was his betrayal, something she would go to her grave wondering why.

“I do not get any pleasure at the thought of my brother in jail. I never wished to be in this position. However I do feel that it’s important he is removed from society and spend time in a jail so he can truly understand what his actions have done. And to send a message to the community that elder abuse will not be tolerated in our society.

“Throughout this trial the real victim has been my mom to whom David has shown no remorse at all. And yet her final words to David via video statement are, ‘I still love David.’”

David Klimitz’s sentencing is set for Sept. 30.

Nine-year-old girl found alone on TTC bus

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016

Toronto police are trying to track down the parents of a nine-year-old girl who was found alone on a TTC bus.

Police were called to the Yonge Street and Adelaide Street East area just before 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Officers are looking into why the girl was on a bus by herself and where she lives. She was able to tell police her name but wasn’t able to tell them her address.

The girl is now in the care of the Children’s Aid Society.

Vigil Tuesday for Hamilton boy found dead

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016

A vigil will be held Tuesday for a Hamilton-area boy who was found dead on Sunday.

Police said Finnigan Danne, 11, drowned. His body was found in a culvert not far from his home in the west Hamilton community of Dundas.

The vigil will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the corner of Ann Street and Sullivans Lane. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help the family.

Danne suffered from a neuromuscular disorder and had limited mobility. He had gone missing on Saturday morning. An Amber Alert was issued the next day, but was cancelled about an hour later, once his body was found.

Officers and neighbourhood volunteers had searched the area of the culvert, but did not initially spot the body because it was under water.

Police said foul play is not suspected and called the boy’s death a “tragedy.”

Related stories:

Live coverage: Police say Finnigan Danne drowned, no foul play suspected

Autopsy set to be conducted on Hamilton boy found dead after going missing

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