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TTC video offers preview of new state-of-the-art streetcars

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014

Transit users are getting their first look at the new bigger, safer, more accessible streetcars, which are set to debut later this month on the Spadina route.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has rolled out a new video to help riders get familiar with the state-of-the-art fleet.

In the video, the TTC outlines many of the features that come with the new cars, including more doors for boarding, wheelchair ramps, air conditioning, and bike racks.

The new streetcars also have twice the capacity of the current ones and four doors for boarding and exiting.

The video shows passengers how to open the doors themselves at less busy stops.

In the video, TTC CEO Andy Byford said the news streetcars will get riders where they want to go faster.

“These vehicles feature four sets of doors, so customers will be able to board and exit the streetcar at any of those doors,” Byford said.

“That’s good news because quicker boarding and exiting means less time spent at stops and that means better, quicker service.”

The first of the new streetcars will debut on the 510 Spadina route on Aug. 31, Then, over the next five years, more than 200 of them will completely replace the older fleet.

Currently, around 250,000 riders take streetcars on a daily basis.

Earlier this month, the TTC proposed implementing the proof-of-payment (POP) system on all 11 streetcar routes as early as Jan. 1, 2015, in an effort to speed up commuting time for riders.

Originally, the TTC had planned to phase in POP gradually over the next five years with the rollout of the new fleet of streetcars, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

A city staff report concluded the top reason for delays on the busy King streetcar line is passengers taking their time getting on and off the vehicles.

The TTC board approved a new transit plan at their meeting Tuesday. It includes nine major recommendations for improving TTC service, including time-based transfers and adding more express bus routes.

With files from Jaime Pulfer, 680News.com

Maple Leafs’ broadcast schedule released

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014

Fifty-one days and counting until the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice for the 2014-15 season, and Sportsnet and Rogers are giving fans more games and access to their beloved team with 56 games on television and 41 games on radio on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The action gets underway on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 8 – opening night of the NHL regular season – with the Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens.

Sportsnet’s regional television broadcast schedule kicks off on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet Ontario as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings.

All 16 regional Maple Leafs television broadcasts will air on Sportsnet Ontario. Veteran broadcaster Paul Romanuk makes his Sportsnet debut, calling play-by-play for all of the Toronto regional broadcasts alongside analyst Greg Millen.

Highlights from Sportsnet’s regional Maple Leafs broadcast schedule include two games against the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, two showdowns with Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning and an all-Canadian matchup with the Edmonton Oilers.

Rogers will also deliver 40 national Maple Leafs broadcasts this season. Highlights from the Leafs national package include 24 Hockey Night in Canada Saturday matchups, 12 appearances on Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey and four Rogers Hometown Hockey Sunday night matchups, the newest national night on the NHL schedule.

Sportsnet 590 The FAN will broadcast 41 Toronto Maple Leafs games this season, including the NHL season opener against Montreal. Fan favourite Joe Bowen will be the exclusive voice of the station’s Maple Leafs broadcasts, calling play-by-play alongside analyst and former goalie Jim Ralph.

For all 41 games on radio, former Leafs GM Gord Stellick will host the two-hour Leafs Nation Post-Game to wrap up each broadcast. Plus, every Saturday night – beginning Saturday, Oct. 4 – Stellick will host Hockey Central Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. ET.

In addition to Sportsnet’s Toronto Maple Leaf regional broadcasts, Rogers will deliver 350 national regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Rogers has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN), Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks.

Rogers Communications secured a 12-year deal with the NHL in November 2013 for exclusive national broadcast and multimedia rights in Canada, beginning with the 2014-15 season.

Toronto Maple Leafs 2014-15 TV Broadcast Schedule:

*Channel allocations for Hockey Night in Canada to be announced on a weekly basis

October

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, Montreal @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Oct. 11, Pittsburgh @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Sunday, Oct. 12, Toronto @ New York Rangers, 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT (National – City)
  • Friday, Oct. 17, Detroit @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Oct. 18, Toronto @ Detroit, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, Toronto @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, Boston @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Friday, Oct. 31, Toronto @ Columbus, 7 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)

November

  • Saturday, Nov. 1, Chicago @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, Toronto @ Arizona, 9 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Nov. 8, New York Rangers @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, Boston @ Toronto, 8 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Nov. 15, Toronto @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Saturday, Nov. 22, Detroit @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26, Toronto @ Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Nov. 29, Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

December

  • Saturday, Dec. 6, Vancouver @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10, Toronto @ Detroit, 8 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, Detroit @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Sunday, Dec. 14, Los Angeles @ Toronto, 5 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Dec. 20, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Sunday, Dec. 21, Toronto @ Chicago, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (City – National)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23, Toronto @ Dallas, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Sunday, Dec. 28, Toronto @ Florida, 5 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Monday, Dec. 29, Toronto @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31, Toronto @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)

January

  • Friday, Jan. 2, Toronto @ Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Jan. 3, Toronto @ Winnipeg, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 7, Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Monday, Jan. 12, Toronto @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14, Toronto @ Anaheim, 10 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Jan. 17, Toronto @ St. Louis, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21, Toronto @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, Toronto @ New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Jan. 31, Toronto @ Philadelphia @ 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

February

  • Friday, Feb. 6, Toronto @ New Jersey, 7 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Feb. 7, Edmonton @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Saturday, Feb. 14, Toronto @ Montreal, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, Florida @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Friday, Feb. 20, Toronto @ Carolina, 7 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, Feb. 21, Winnipeg @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, Toronto @ Montreal, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

March

  • Sunday, March 1, Toronto @ Washington, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (City – National)
  • Thursday, March 5, Toronto @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, March 7, St. Louis @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Monday, March 9, NY Islanders @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Wednesday, March 11, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, March 14, Toronto @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Monday, March 16, Toronto @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Saturday, March 21, Toronto @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Saturday, March 28, Ottawa @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

April

  • Wednesday, April 1, Toronto @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, April 4, Toronto @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Sunday, April 5, Ottawa @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (City – National)
  • Wednesday, April 8, Toronto @ Columbus, 7:30 p.m. ET (National – Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, April 11, Montreal @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Hockey Night in Canada)

Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs Broadcast Schedule:

October

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, Montreal @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Oct. 12, Toronto @ New York Rangers, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, Colorado @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Oct. 18, Toronto @ Detroit, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, Toronto @ New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

November

  • Saturday, Nov. 1, Chicago @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, Toronto @ Colorado, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, Boston @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Nov. 15, Toronto @ Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, Tampa Bay @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26, Toronto @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. ET

December

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, Dallas @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Dec. 6, Vancouver @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10, Toronto @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16, Anaheim @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Dec. 20, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Dec. 21, Toronto @ Chicago, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23, Toronto @ Dallas, 7 p.m. ET
  • Monday, Dec. 29, Toronto @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31, Toronto @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET

January

  • Friday, Jan. 2, Toronto @ Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 7, Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Monday, Jan. 12, Toronto @ Los Angeles, 10 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Jan. 15, Toronto @ San Jose, 10 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Jan. 17, Toronto @ St. Louis, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21, Toronto @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, Toronto @ New Jersey, 7 p.m. ET

February

  • Tuesday, Feb. 3, Toronto @ Nashville, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Feb. 7, Edmonton @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, Toronto @ New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, Florida @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, Toronto @ Montreal, 6:30 p.m. ET

March

  • Tuesday, March 3, Toronto @ Florida, 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, March 7, St. Louis @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Monday, March 9, New York Islanders @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
  • Friday, March 13, Toronto @ Calgary, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Monday, March 16, Toronto @ Edmonton, 9 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, March 21, Toronto @ Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, March 26, Florida @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

April

  • Sunday, April 5, Ottawa @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

Internship opportunities at Breakfast Television – Fall 2014

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 18th, 2014

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 full-time production and digital interns for its September 2014 through January 2015 term. The successful applicant must be studying Radio and Television, Media Production, Journalism, Film, Digital Media, or Broadcasting, and the internship must be part of their post-secondary 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 unpaid internship position is available, and is a full-time, five-day-a-week program, running from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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:

comments@bttoronto.ca
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.

Week of August 18, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

It’s a star-studded week as Neverest kicks off the week on Monday.

On Wednesday, singer Joseph Neale stops by the BT studios.

Plus, to round off the week, Janette Ewen is in to help you prep for your next family bash!

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!

Screen legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014

Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall has passed away. She was 89.

The Humphrey Bogart Estate announced her death on its verified Facebook and Twitter pages.

“With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”

A fashion model and bit-part New York actress before moving to Hollywood at 19, Bacall starred in her first film To Have and Have Not with Bogart in 1944.

She achieved immediate fame with one scene when, while leaving Bogart’s hotel room, she murmured:

“You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

The two married a year later. They were together until Bogart’s death in 1957.

Some of her other most notable films include The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) andKey Largo (1948).

Her sly glance, with chin down and eyes raised, added to her fame; she was nicknamed “The Look.”

She was nominated for an Academy Award, won two Tony Awards and received an honorary Oscar in 2009.

TMZ reports that Bacall suffered a massive stroke at her home in New York.

With files from The Associated Press

Actor Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide at 63

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 11th, 2014

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Actor Robin Williams has been found dead of a suspected suicide inside his California residence, Marin County police said in a release.

He was 63.

According to CNN, Williams’ wife and press representative both released statements Monday confirming the death, saying the actor had been suffering from “severe depression.”

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” said Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider.

“On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

The Marin County sheriff’s department says Williams’ death appears to be suicide due to asphyxia, but a full investigation is underway and an official cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday and toxicology tests will also be performed.

Earlier in the summer Williams announced he was entering rehab to deal with addictions.

Williams shot to fame in the late ’70s as the alien in TV’s Mork and Mindy. He conquered the big screen in comic films such as Good Morning, Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire. But he won his Academy Award in a serious role – as the therapist in Good Will Hunting.

His performing style was at its purest in his standup act, as he impersonated a Russian immigrant or parodied anyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards.

Friends of the Oscar winning actor took to Twitter to express their condolences.

Marin County Sheriff’s Office announces death of Robin Williams

With files from the Associated Press

Week of August 11, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

We’re checking in with the Argos as the Boatmen get set to unveil their new third jersey.

Later in the week, you’ll be able to join us in studio on Thursday for BT’s Back to School Bonanza!

Plus, Jenn’s going to the Ex on Wednesday– yes, it’s that time of year already.

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!

Week of August 4, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 4th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend! We’re back live on Tuesday with a preview of Sportsnet magazine’s annual Beauty of Sport issue, featuring 18 of Canada’s top athletes.

Mariel Hemingway stops by Wednesday to talk about healthy living from the inside out.

And on Friday, a performance by Aussie pop sensations Justice Crew.

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!

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