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Top 4 most ticketed spots in Toronto

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Apr 6th, 2016

Parking in the the city is never easy. Plus, now that fines have increased tremendously in the past few weeks, you really won’t want to get stuck with a ticket.

 Find out where NOT to park in Toronto:



In case it might have been years since you took your driving test, here are some parking signs and their significance:


NO PARKING - Short term stopping ONLY

NO PARKING – Short term stopping ONLY

NO STANDING - Only allowed to let people in and out of your car quickly

NO STANDING – Only allowed to let people in and out of your car quickly

NO STOPPING - Don't even think about stopping!

NO STOPPING – Don’t even think about stopping!



Must-know April Fools prank etiquette

Carina Kresic | posted Friday, Apr 1st, 2016

It’s April 1st, which means it’s the one day of the year where playing pranks and jokes on our friends are acceptable. However, how far is too far when it comes to April Fools pranks?

Here are some prank etiquette tips you should follow:

  1.  Nobody gets hurt: We all know the saying, “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurts.” April Fools should be no exception.
    noone gets hurt
  2. Don’t embarrass anyone you don’t know well enough: April Fools is all about having fun and keeping it playful. Just be careful when you involve people you may not know that well.
  3. No serious lies: Try not to make up a huge lie that would likely give your friends and family a heart attack. Like, “We are moving across the country!”
    trust no one
  4.  Be cautious with your little kids:  Kids are kids, and they believe pretty much anything you tell them. So be careful with what you do.
  5. Always own up to being the culprit: Have all the fun you want while it’s happening, but once the joke is over, it’s time to reveal yourself.
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  6. Check back: Hopefully you have successfully completed your prank, and you followed the above steps. Now it’s time you check back with those affected. Who knows how they would have taken it. Make sure no one got hurt and that will eventually forgive you.

Tweet us @BTtoronto and let us know what kind of pranks you’re pulling for April Fools!

Internship opportunity at Breakfast Television – Summer 2016

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Mar 29th, 2016

Passionate about breaking news, lifestyle content, social media, and producing creative and engaging stories for television and online?

Breakfast Television is a three-and-a-half hour LIVE television news and lifestyle production and is looking for a full-time digital intern for its Summer 2016 term (May through August). The successful applicant must be studying a relevant program, and the internship must be part of their school curriculum.

We’re looking for an individual who’s bright, creative, and energetic, with a passion for news- and lifestyle-themed content, plus the ability to hunt down the latest trends before they go viral! Knowledge of video production and editing would be considered a strong asset.

The position is a full-time, five-day-a-week program, running from 6 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in our downtown Toronto studios.

Should you fulfill the requirements and wish to apply for the position, please forward your resume and cover letter, along with your placement officer’s name and contact info, to:

Please include ‘Internship‘ in the subject line.

Alternately, send a hard copy to:

City – Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
Breakfast Television Internship Program
33 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1B8

If we are interested in following up with you, we will be in touch to set up an interview.

10 natural solutions to the body’s biomarkers

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Mar 28th, 2016

Our bodies offer an array of physical changes (also known as biomarkers) that can signal our health is at risk. While these signs don’t necessarily require a trip to the doctor or a lab test, they can be observed as physical signs of stress that may mean you’re at risk of potential illness. Hair, skin and nails play a particularly telltale roll because they are affected over time by your state of health and can tell a larger story of your health. Bryce Wylde, shares his ten natural solutions to body’s biomarkers.

1. Allergy shiners

Allergy shiners are the dark circles that appear under the eyes along with puffiness and often red sclera. These are indicative of food and environmental sensitivities or allergies.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Food IgE and IgG blood test

Recommended action:

Determine whether your allergy shiners are caused by seasonal allergies or an allergy-food interaction and opt for a diet high in Plant Sterols.

2. Beau’s lines

Beau’s lines are deep grooved lines that run from side to side along the fingernail. These often look like indentations or ridges in the nail plate. Beau’s lines can be caused by malnutrition or malabsorption, illness and chemotherapy.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Comprehensive Nutrient Profile

Recommended action:

Focus on nutrient absorption, digestive enzymes and Betaine HCL.

3. Leg length

Short leg length is associated with a risk for liver dysfunction. Studies have shown people with legs that are less than 29 inches long (femur and tibia), have a tendency to have higher levels of enzymes that indicate liver disease. Epidemiological factors such as childhood nutrition will impact not only growth patterns but liver development into adulthood.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Toxins

– Liver enzymes & Detoxification Genomics

Recommended action:

Eat a diet high in detoxifying greens, garlic, ginger, sulfur based foods, NAC, Selenium, and other micronutrients that support phase I and phase II liver detox pathways.

4. Dry skin

Dry skin is one of the most common biomarkers. If you have an itchy, flaking rash on the inner surface of elbows and knees, the backs of the upper arms, wrists, cheeks, scalp, or eyelids, or if you have eczema or psoriasis, it could be correlated to an imbalanced immune system.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Omega 3 index

Recommended action:

Try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet rich in omega-3 and soluble fibre. Include many Asian mushrooms, fish oils and pre/probiotics.

5. Jaw line acne

Jaw line acne is a tell-tale sign of hormonal imbalance. Typically symptoms include deep, inflamed lesions that erupt along your jaw line, chin and around your mouth. This a persistent acne that is often late-onset and doesn’t clear up by the time you reach 25 years old.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Comprehensive Female Hormone panel all estrogens, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, testosterone, DHT, DHEA, Insulin, lipid profile (if excessive hair growth on body, hair loss on crown, and unexplained weight gain possible = PCOS).

Recommended action:

Follow a hormone balancing diet rich in good fats, fibre and low in sugar. Opt to supplement CIM, I3C, Vitex and False Unicorn Root.

6. Skin tags

Skin tags are often a marker of blood sugar imbalances that could be associated with Metabolic Syndrome.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Metabolic Syndrome: cholesterol, triglycerides, HbA1c, insulin, fat%, blood pressure

Recommended action:

Follow the Glycemic Index diet and incorporate sugar balancing spices like cinnamon. You can also consider supplements with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Grape Seed Extract.

7. Fingernail spots

White spots on the fingernails that are not caused by trauma could signal a deficiency in Zinc or Calcium.

Recommended follow-up testing:

–  Hair Tissue Minerals

– RBC calcium and Serum vit-D

Recommended action:

Ensure you are doing weight bearing exercise, following a diet rich in Calcium, Magnesium, Vit-D, Vit-K, and essential micronutrients such as boron, molybdenum, and strontium and consider supplementing with Olive Leaf extract.

8. Mouth cracks

Cracks in the corner of your mouth, called Angular Chelitis, could mean you are lacking B vitamins in particular vitamin B2 (riboflavin) that can be attributed to a poor diet and high levels of stress.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Urine B vitamin complex assessment

Recommended action:

Follow a diet rich in vitamin B, brewers yeast, and consider a B complex supplementation

9. Pale Conjunctiva

Pale conjunctiva and poor capillary reflex in your fingers could be a sign of iron deficiency anemia-approximately 80% of premenopausal females have low iron.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– CBC along with Ferritin, TIBC, Iron, and vit B12

Recommended action:

Maintain a diet rich in iron. Supplement with the triad: B12, Vit-C, Chlorophyll to help iron uptake.

10. The earlobe crease

Is an earlobe crease a sign of heart disease? University of Chicago followed 108 patients for up to 10 years and found that those who had creases had higher rates of heart disease and higher rates of death from heart-related problems (with an exception of Native Americans and Asians).

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Cardiovascular Genetics

– Inflammatory markers like CRP-hs

Recommended action:

Consider a Paleo diet rich in omega-3 and high in heart healthy berries. Consider supplementing with CoQ10 (ubiquinol), pterostilbene, grape seed extract, niagen, etc.

Emergency kit to prepare at home if power goes out

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Mar 24th, 2016

Here’s what you should be preparing at home if power goes out in your area. According to Emergency Preparedness Canada, here’s what should be in your emergency kit:

  • 72-hours of food that won’t spoil
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Extra medications
  • Cash

 And if you’re out on the messy roads, here’s what you should have in your car:

  • Food that won’t spoil
  • Bottled Water
  • A blanket and extra clothing
  • A first aid kit
  • A flashlight
  • Candles and matches
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares

For your pets, you should have these in a kit at home, according to the Ontario SPCA:72 hour food supply, including bowls and a can opener

  • 72 hour water supply
  • Blankets/towels
  • Toys
  • Leash, muzzle, harness
  • Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scooper
  • Pet carrier to allow for easy transport
  • Medical records, Veterinarian’s name and contact number
  • Medications and a pet first aid kit
  • Current photo of your pet along with their name, address and brief description
  • Information on your pets feeding schedule, temperament/behavior, medical concerns
  • ID tags and Micro chip number
  • Flashlight
  • List of boarding facilities, hotels that can accommodate pets

Spike Lee calls Donald Trump’s beliefs “un-American”

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Mar 18th, 2016

Spike Lee calls Donald Trump’s beliefs “un-American”

Renowned director, Spike Lee, calls on Americans to register to vote and believes it will be a step backward if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. “I don’t know how we say we’re going forward, in my opinion, if Donald Trump is going to be the nominee for The Republican Party, I don’t think that’s going forward.” Lee said.

Lee, a supporter of Bernie Sanders, called Sanders ‘”very progressive” and appreciates that he has “no ties to Wall Street”. Despite Sanders’ results from Super Tuesday 3, Lee said ‘I will not be voting for Donald Trump, that’s for sure.” He calls Donald Trump’s hate and beliefs about women, Muslims and Mexicans “un-American” and says Americans should come together and vote.

Watch Lee’s interview with Dina Pugliese.

Slang words teens of 2016 use

Carina Kresic | posted Thursday, Mar 10th, 2016

We all want to be hip and know the cool lingo of Gen Z, but sometimes some of the words just don’t make sense. Here is a list of our top 5 slang words and how you can use them:

major key

Major Key

Example: “Almond milk. Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Major key to success”

Definition: Used by music producer DJ Khaled, when he started the ‘major key’ trend in his Snapchat videos.



Example: I’m feeling so #blessed today.

Definition:  Feeling good or feeling grateful about something.


Squad Goals

Example: Did you see Taylor Swift and her friends? Such squad goals.

Definition:  When you aspire for your group of friends to be as cool as an other group.



Example: She’s my bae. I don’t know what I would do without her.

Definition: Someone really special to you. Aka, before anyone else.


I can’t even

Example: OMG, that’s so funny. I can’t even!

Definition: Expression used when you have many emotions and you can’t comprehend or put them into words.



Example: Did you see what just happened? Lol. *dead*

Definition: When you think something is hilariously funny and you have no other words to use.

We want to hear some of the slang words that you use or used to use! Tweet us @BTtoronto!

5 tips for a bloomin’ garden

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Mar 3rd, 2016

March is here and spring is in the air but before you jump out into the garden our own Frankie Flowers has 5 things you should consider when starting to garden in March!


March is the perfect time to take a look at your outdoor living space and plan how to maximize use of the space and create impactful colour thru designing great gardens including plotting out places to grow your own food:  Frankie says “for larger projects consider hiring a landscape designer or landscape architect, the investment will be worth it and you will have a focused plan to implement over years to come.”



Sharpen lawn mower blades, tune up garden tools by cleaning off dirt and sterilizing blades of pruning shears.  Do some research and find out the best plants or foods to grow for you!Prepare1


Prune off any broken branches or stems and clean up debris around the garden.



A little early to plant but you can plant seeds indoors.  Early March is the time to sow tomatoes indoors.



Take time to enjoy early spring and do not walk on lawns or gardens until they are firm underfoot.  Walking on wet soil increases compaction.  Stay off until the ground is firm underfoot.



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