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60 pharmacies across Ontario to offer COVID-19 testing as of Friday

Kyle Mack | posted Thursday, Sep 24th, 2020

The province of Ontario will begin offering COVID-19 testing at up to 60 pharmacies as of this Friday.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the testing is for asymptomatic people and will be by appointment only. People will have to undergo pre-test screening to ensure they have no symptoms before being tested. There will be no charge for the test.

Here is the list of pharmacies that will make COVID-19 testing available to asymptomatic people:

Rexall, Unit A01 – 545 Steeles Avenue West
Shoppers Drug Mart, 160 Main Street South
Shoppers Drug Mart, 10665 Bramalea Road
Shoppers Drug Mart, 34 A Avondale Boulevard
Shoppers Drug Mart, 366 Main Street North
Shoppers Drug Mart, 10048 McLaughlin Road
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1 Kennedy Road South
Shoppers Drug Mart, 3938 Cottrelle Boulevard
Shoppers Drug Mart, 11965 Hurontario Street, Brampton

Shoppers Drug Mart, 51 King William Street

Rexall, 90 Copper Creek Drive

Shoppers Drug Mart, 6975 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle
Shoppers Drug Mart, 101 – 5602 Tenth Line West
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1 – 5425 Creditview Road
Shoppers Drug Mart, 7070 Mclaughlin Road
Shoppers Drug Mart, 579 Lakeshore Road East
Shoppers Drug Mart, 3980 Grand Park Drive
Shoppers Drug Mart, 2470 Hurontario Street
Shoppers Drug Mart, 700 Burnhamthorpe Road East

Cedarview Pharmacy, 12 – 4100 Strandherd Drive, Nepean
Medicine Shoppe 143, 19 – 5303 Canotek Road
Rexall, 1615 Orleans Boulevard, Orleans
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1180 Walkley Road
Shoppers Drug Mart, 647 Earl Armstrong Road
Shoppers Drug Mart, 455 Bank Street
Shoppers Drug Mart, 541 Montreal Road
Shoppers Drug Mart, 3940 Innes Road, Orleans
Shoppers Drug Mart, 2954 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans
Shoppers Drug Mart. 1937 Portobello Boulevard, Orleans
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1 – 2148 Carling Avenue
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1309 Carling Avenue
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1102 Klondike Road, Kanata

Medicine Shoppe 134, 2600 Eglinton Avenue West
Rexall, 4459 Kingston Road, Scarborough
Rexall, 250 Wincott Drive
Rexall, 901 Eglinton Avenue West
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1630 Danforth Avenue
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1601 Bayview Avenue, East York
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1027 Yonge Street
Shoppers Drug Mart, 3446 Dundas Street West
Shoppers Drug Mart, 1400 Dupont Street
Shoppers Drug Mart, 360A Bloor Street West
Shoppers Drug Mart, 123 Rexdale Boulevard, Etobicoke
Shoppers Drug Mart, 900 Albion Road, Etobicoke
Shoppers Drug Mart, 4841 Yonge Street, North York
Shoppers Drug Mart, 5095 Yonge Street
Shoppers Drug Mart, 3874 Bathurst Street, North York
Shoppers Drug Mart, 2550 Finch Avenue West, North York
Shoppers Drug Mart, 2751 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough
Shoppers Drug Mart, 629 Markham Road, Scarborough
Shoppers Drug Mart, 2301 Kingston Road, Scarborough
Shoppers Drug Mart, Unit A -1780 Markham Road, Scarborough
Village Square Pharmacy, 2942 Finch Avenue East

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report

Goodbye summer and hello back-to-school

Melanie Ng | posted Tuesday, Sep 15th, 2020

Like clockwork.  Labour Day weekend wraps up.  It’s goodbye summer and hello back-to-school.

Being in the news business, that means gearing up for wall-to-wall coverage.  Speaking with parents, teachers, kids, officials… it’s all hands on deck.  Many of our viewers are looking to get back into a routine and BT is honoured to be part of that.  We want to give you everything you need to feel prepared, especially this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Except this year is different for me – and not just because of coronavirus.

Of all the years that my son could start his schooling journey, this is the one he’ll need to navigate: 2020, the year of uncertainty.  For me, on top of the typical “my baby is all grown up and going to Junior Kindergarten” feelings, my anxiety is through the roof…and I know I’m not alone in feeling this way.  Every parent I speak to is second-guessing their decisions when it comes to schooling.   My professional obligations (being there for my news team) and my personal feelings (being there for my 4-year-old, who will be attending in-person classes) were having an epic battle.  In my 10 years at Citytv, I’ve never had the first day of school off.  I’ve never needed it.  To be honest, no one really asks for it because typically you can take your kids to school and then head to work.  But with my early hours, it’s impossible – and I knew that for my son’s very first day, I NEEDED to be at home.

I wrote a long e-mail to the bosses making my case for the day off.  The worst they could say was NO.  But instead, I got a YES.  More importantly, on top of that yes, I got support.  Here’s the thing that not everyone gets to see behind the cameras.  Our BT team is like a family.  Just like how I worried about being there for my family, they worried about me.   When you cover the news, it’s easy to put on a tough face and ask the difficult questions.   But at the end of the day, I’ll always be that mom, trying to balance it all while serving up Kraft Dinner because it’s easy in a pinch (and let’s face it, it’s delicious).

As I sift through the multiple masks, hand sanitizers and menu inspirations for litterless lunches, I know there’s only so much I can personally do to prepare him (and me).  Let’s face it, kids are more resilient and adaptable than we give them credit for.  But, here’s one thing I know for sure:  I’ll never stop asking the questions – for him, for me and for YOU.

School boards announce school opening dates

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, Sep 4th, 2020

With schools preparing to go back into session, students, educators, and parents prep for the unknown.

To help with the transition, we compiled a list of key dates for school boards across Ontario.


  • HWDSB (staggered start)
  • PEEL
  • Durham (staggered until the 18th)
  • YORK CATHOLIC – staggered








  • TDSB – staggered
Have something to say about school re-opening? Email us at feedback@breakfasttelevision.ca for the chance to have your message broadcasted LIVE on Breakfast Television Toronto.

No decision yet on Raptors’ playoff series opener against Celtics

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Aug 27th, 2020

A decision on the status of the Toronto Raptors’ playoff game Thursday has not been made following the NBA’s postponement of three games Wednesday in the wake of a weekend police shooting in Wisconsin.

Raptors and Boston Celtics players said they were considering boycotting the series opener hours before the Milwaukee Bucks took that action Wednesday prior to their contest against the Orlando Magic. The NBA eventually postponed all three games Wednesday at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The NBA’s board of governors have called a meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss the situation — the same time players across the league are expected to meet.

The moves comes after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, about 65 kilometres miles south of Milwaukee.

Meanwhile, Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo says there will be discussions about whether to play Thursday’s game against the Boston Red Sox in Buffalo, N.Y.

The NHL went ahead with three playoff games in Toronto and Edmonton on Wednesday. Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and the WNBA all postponed some or all games Wednesday and the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in New York says it will not hold play on Thursday.

St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation – Urban Angel Golf Classic Auction

Kyle Mack | posted Thursday, Aug 6th, 2020

St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto is globally renowned for its research and treatment in some of the world’s toughest health challenges and for its work with the most marginalized members of our community.

Now, to raise crucial COVID-19 funding for the hospital, they are taking the golf tournament virtual and launching an online auction offering one-of-a-kind prizes and experiences that all Ontarians can bid on!

St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation is introducing its first-ever Urban Angel Golf Classic Auction: a virtual auction of one-of-a-kind prizes and experiences that all Ontarians can bid on.

When COVID-19 struck, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation cancelled its annual Urban Angel Golf Classic tournament, Canada’s premier golf tournament, and one of its highest-grossing fundraisers.

The auction will be running online from August 5th-August 19th, and is open to all residents of Ontario. Click the link below for more info! www.urbanangelauction.ca

Funds raised with the UAGC auction will go towards the hospital’s highest COVID-19 priorities – such as ensuring their frontline health-care workers have what they need to battle the crisis, making sure no member of society is left behind, and powering cutting-edge research to end the pandemic.

The fundraiser was made possible by the support of Middlefield Funds, MasterCard, BMO Capital Markets, and ISCA.






What’s Open and Closed on Victoria Day in Toronto

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

Here’s what’s open and closed this Victoria Day Monday in Toronto.

  • Municipal buildings
  • Libraries
  • Banks
  • Post offices
  • The TTC will operate on a holiday service schedule


  • Al Premium (1970 Eglinton Ave. East) – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Al Premium (250 Alton Towers Cir.) – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cosmos Agora (2008 Lawrence Ave. East) – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fresh & Wild (2294 Bloor St. West) – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Fresh & Wild (69 Spadina Ave.) – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Galleria Supermarket (7040 Yonge St.) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Galleria Supermarket (865 York Mills Rd.) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Galleria Supermarket (558 Yonge St.) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Galleria Supermarket (351 Bloor St. West) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Khorak Supermarket (6125 Yonge St.) – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Loblaws (60 Carlton St.) – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Nations Experience (1980 St. Clair Ave. West) – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Popbox MicroMrkt (725 Dovercourt Rd.) – 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Pusateri’s (1539 Avenue Rd.) – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Pusateri’s (2901 Bayview Ave.) – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Pusateri’s (57 Yorkville Ave.) – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Rabba (various locations) – 24 hours
  • Summerhill Market (446 Summerhill Ave.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Summerhill Market (1014 Bathurst St.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Summerhill Market (1054 Mt. Pleasant Rd.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • T&T (1 Promenade Cir.) – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • T&T (7070 Warden Ave.) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • T&T (9625 Yonge St.) – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • T&T (9255 Woodbine Ave.) – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • T&T (8339 Kennedy Rd.) – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Food Depot (155 Dupont St.) – 7 a.m. to midnight
  • The Kitchen Table (10 Queens Quay West) – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Kitchen Table (389 Spadina Rd.) – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Kitchen Table (705 King St. West) – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Whole Foods (87 Avenue Rd.) – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Beer Store
  • LCBO
  •  All Toronto attractions are closed.
Major Retailers
  • Costco
  • Dollarama
  • Home Hardware
  • RONA
  • Canadian Tire
  • Rexall
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • The Home Depot
  • Walmart

Detailed List of Stage 1 Openings

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

This list is effective May 19, 2020, and may be updated when the corresponding emergency
orders are amended.

• All construction to resume and essential workplace limits lifted
• Includes land surveyors

• In addition to retail operating online, or with curbside pickup and delivery, all retail can
open under the following restrictions and guidelines:
• No indoor malls.
• Must have a street-front entrance (i.e., stores with dedicated street access/storefront).
• Open in-store by appointment and/or by limiting the number of people in the store at
any one time. Retailers would need to restrict the number of customers per square
metre — for example, one customer per 4 square metres (43 square feet) — to ensure
physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
• Only fitting rooms with doors would be used, not curtains, to facilitate disinfecting.
Retailers would restrict use to every second fitting room at any one time to allow for
cleaning after use and ensure physical distancing.
• For further guidance on this sector, please refer to resources to prevent COVID-19 in
the workplace.

Vehicle dealerships and retailers
• Vehicle dealerships and retailers, including:
• New and used car, truck, and motorcycle dealers
• Recreational vehicle (RV) dealers (e.g., campers, motor homes, trailers, travel trailers)
• Boat, watercraft and marine supply dealers
• Other vehicle dealers of motorized bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles, ATVs,
utility trailers, etc.
• Prior to Stage 1, motor vehicles dealerships were restricted to appointments only.

Media operations
• Office-based media operations involving equipment that does not allow for remote
working. For example:
• Sound recording, such as production, distribution, publishing, studios.
• Film and television post-production, film and television animation studios.
• Publishing: periodical, book, directory, software, video games.
• Interactive digital media, such as computer systems design and related services (e.g.,
programming, video game design and development).
• Media activities that can be completed while working remotely have been encouraged to
continue during the Restart phase.
• Filming or other on-site activities, especially those that require the gathering of workers,
performers or others are not permitted to resume in Stage 1.

Scheduled surgeries (public and private facilities)
• Non-emergency diagnostic imaging and surgeries in public hospitals, private hospitals
and independent health facilities, clinics, and private practices to resume based on ability
to meet specified pre-conditions including the MOH framework: A Measured Approach to
Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, contains clear
criteria that must be met before hospitals can resume scheduled surgeries.
• Scheduled surgical and procedural work to resume once “Directive #2 for Health Care
Providers (Regulated Health Professionals or Persons who operate a Group Practice of
Regulated Health Professionals)” is amended or revoked, which relies on hospitals
meeting criteria outlined in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures
During the COVID-19.

Health services
• Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling
and scheduled surgeries based on the ability to meet pre-specified conditions as outlined
in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19
Pandemic, as well as resuming professional services such as shifting Children’s Treatment
Centres from virtual to in-person.
• In-person counselling to resume including psychotherapy and other mental health and
support services. Some of these services were available in-person for urgent needs.
For example:
• Addiction counselling
• Crisis intervention
• Family counselling
• Offender rehabilitation
• Palliative care counselling
• Parenting services
• Rape crisis centres
• Refugee services

Community services
Outdoor recreational amenities
• Marinas can resume recreational services
• Pools will remain closed

Individual recreational sports
• Outdoor recreational sports centres for sports not played in teams will open with limited
access to facilities (e.g., no clubhouse, no change rooms, washrooms and emergency aid
only). Examples of sports centres include:
• Tennis courts
• Rod and gun clubs
• Cycling tracks (including BMX)
• Horse riding facilities
• Indoor rod and gun clubs and indoor golf driving ranges

Individual sports competitions without spectators
• Professional and amateur sport activity for individual/single competitors, including
training and competition conducted by a recognized Provincial Sport Organization,
National Sport Organization, or recognized national Provincial training centres (e.g.,
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario) with return to play protocols in place and no spectators,
except for an accompanying guardian for a person under the age of 18 years.
• This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played under
physical distancing measures. This includes:
• Water sports on lakes and outdoor bodies of water
• Racquet sports such as tennis, ping pong, badminton
• Animal-related sports such as dog racing, agility, horse racing
• Other sports such as: track and field, car and motorcycle racing, figure skating,
fencing, rock climbing, gymnastics, etc.
• Swimming pools will remain closed. As a result, water-based sports competitions are
excluded if not conducted on lakes or outdoor bodies of water.
• High-contact sports are not allowed even if they are non-team. These include sports
where physical distancing cannot be practiced such as:
• Racquetball, squash, boxing, wrestling sports, martial arts, etc

Professional services related to research and development
• Professional services related to conducting research and experimental development in
physical, engineering and life sciences including electronics, computers, chemistry,
oceanography, geology, mathematics, physics, environmental, medicine, health, biology,
botany, biotechnology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, pharmacy, veterinary and other
allied subjects. For example:
• Agriculture, food research, horticulture or botany, entomological, forestry, livestock,
veterinary research and development laboratories.
• Bacteriological, biotechnology, chemical, nanobiotechnology, pharmacy, genetics,
genomics, computational biology, research and development laboratories.
• Computer and related hardware, electronic, telecommunication research and
development services.
• Geology, oceanographic, pollution research and development, and astronomical
• Mathematics research and development.
• Industrial research and development laboratories.
• These examples are listed for clarity. Most if not all these services are already permitted
under the “Research” section of the List of Essential Workplaces.

Emissions inspection facilities
• All emissions inspection facilities for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles, including
mobile inspection facilities.

Veterinary services
• Veterinary services can resume all services by appointment.
Animal services
• Pet grooming services
• Pet sitting services
• Dog walking services
• Pet training services
• Training and provision of service animals
• Effective May 16, 2020, businesses that board animals (e.g., stables) may allow boarders
to visit, care for, or ride their animal

Emissions inspection facilities
• All emissions inspection facilities for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles, including
mobile inspection facilities.
Veterinary services
• Veterinary services can resume all services by appointment.

Animal services
• Pet grooming services
• Pet sitting services
• Dog walking services
• Pet training services
• Training and provision of service animals
• Effective May 16, 2020, businesses that board animals (e.g., stables) may allow boarders
to visit, care for, or ride their animal.

Chef Romain Avril’s Mother’s Day Pancakes!

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, May 8th, 2020

Mother’s Day ready with the perfect brunch pick me up!

Caramel crown

  • Sugar 200 gr
  • Water 50 gr
  • Bring the sugar mix into the caramel and using 2 forks shake the caramel really fast over a greased bowl
  • Collect the caramel string and create a crown


Pancake batter

  • Ingredients
  • Butter 75 gr
  • Flour 255 gr
  • Sugar 22.5 gr
  • Baking powder 3.5 gr
  • Salt 2 gr
  • Buttermilk 375 ml
  • Eggs 1.5 pc
  • Milk 62.5 ml
  • Vanilla pod 1 pc
  • Total yield: 3 full portions or 9 individual pancake


1. In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

2. Create a well and add the eggs in it.

3. Mix the milk together with the vanilla

4. Start beating the eggs with some of the milk and mix while incorporating some of the flour.

5. Repeat the process until all the flour and milk is incorporated and smooth.

6. If you have flour lumps, pass it through a fine sieve.

7. Melt the butter and add it to the mix.

8. Put it in the fridge to rest

9. Put in a covered container, label and date


Blueberry Pancake stack and maple butter


  • Maple Butter 1.5 oz / 1 rosette
  • Pancake mix 9 oz (3 pancakes)
  • Icing sugar 5 gr
  • Poached blueberries 2 oz
  • Maple syrup 1 oz
  • Total yield: 3 full portions or 9 individual pancakes


1. Spray oil on the grill/large frying pan

2. Lay 3 ladles of pancake mix

3. When the mix is 2/3 cooked add 5 blueberries and flip each pancake

4. Cook for another 30 seconds, and stack them on a medium-size round plate

5. Add the maple butter, blueberries on top of the pancakes

6. Dust with icing sugar and add the caramel crown.

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