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IN PHOTOS: The Chevrolet City New Year’s Celebration 2014

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Jan 1st, 2014


Tens of thousands packed into Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square to ring in the new year with Cityline‘s Tracy Moore and Entertainment City‘s Brad Smith.

Take a look at some fun shots of the celebrations below:

Thousands remain without power after ice storm

Winston Sih | posted Sunday, Dec 22nd, 2013


Hydro crews continue to work around the clock to restore power in the Toronto area after the weekend’s ice storm left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark.

Toronto Hydro said 115,000 customers were without power as of early Tuesday morning, which is down from the 300,000 who were in the dark at the height of the storm.

The utility said now that critical customers have been addressed, it is working to fix feeder lines to restore power to “large numbers of customers.”

Click here for Toronto Hydro’s power outage map.

Click here for real-time updates.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and hydro officials provided an update on Tuesday morning.

Ford emphasized that the power outage will not be fully resolved by Christmas Day.

“That’s not going to happen, folks,” he said, explaining that the last 50,000 homes without power will take the most time to restore, since in most cases it’s just one house per street without power.

Scarborough is the hardest-hit area.

Meanwhile, Emergency Medical Services has attended to 3,100 calls in the last 24 hours, four times more than average, Ford said.

The Sheppard TTC subway line, which has been out of service due to a power outage since the storm, should be back up and running by noon, according to the mayor. Shuttle buses are being used in the meantime.

At a news conference on Monday, officials said the situation was still dicey as the temperature was expected to drop to the -10 C range on Tuesday without the wind chill. There is concern that frozen trees limbs could fall as winds pick up and break more power lines.

Ford said repair crews will stay on the job as long as it takes, even through Christmas. Crews from Windsor and Ottawa are arriving on Tuesday to help out and crews from Manitoba and Michigan are arriving on Wednesday.

He also said declaring a state of emergency is not necessary because he said conditions are improving.

Utilities in the Toronto area are warning that some residents may not get their power back until Boxing Day or later.

The city opened nine community centres on Sunday where people can get food and warmth. More warming centres were opened on Monday including 13 police buildings and another four community centres. Click here for a list of warming centres. Ford said that 750 people using the warming centres.

Power outages outside of Toronto
Meanwhile, outside of the GTA, Hydro One said around 56,000 customers are still waiting for their electricity to be restored.

In York Region, Powerstream said 6,400 customers are still without power in Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan. Veridian Connections reports 13,000 customers in the Durham area are still affected.

In Mississauga, Enersource said 275 customers don’t have power, while in Brampton, Hydro One Brampton said 1,600 customers are still in the dark.

With files from The Canadian Press

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City’s Spirit of the Season holiday party to be held Friday

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Dec 19th, 2013


The Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel is offering Breakfast Television viewers a great rate for a stay, while helping raise funds for Daily Bread Food Bank, too.  The Sheraton Centre’s ‘Elevator’ rate of $139 per night includes a $10 donation to Daily Bread.

Fans and families are invited to celebrated with giveaways, live performances and donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Donations of a new, unwrapped toy for the Annual Toronto Auxiliary Police Toy Drive are also welcome.

The day-long yuletide extravaganza begins at 5:30 a.m. with a live broadcast on Breakfast Television, with coverage continuing on The 5, CityNews at Six and all day coverage on-site on 680News.

For those heading into town on Thursday night, the Sheraton Centre’s ‘Elevator’ rate of $139 per night includes a $10 donation to Daily Bread.

The Daily Bread said Thursday it has received $1.4 million and almost 200,000 pounds of food in its holiday drive. The food bank’s goal is to raise $2.5 million and one million pounds of food by Dec. 31.

The food bank’s executive director Gail Nyberg said in a statement that donations have been slow, but she expects more donations to come in next week closer to Christmas.

Stay on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 19 before BT’s Spirit of the Season show, broadcasting live from the hotel’s lobby.

To book, visit www.sheraton.com/tospecials, or you can call 1 (866) 716-8101 and ask for the ‘Elevator’ Breakfast Television special  rate at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

Click below to book now:


With files from CityNews.ca

BT Christmas tree sale raises $13.8K for Daily Bread Food Bank

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Dec 11th, 2013

The fifth annual BT/Home Depot Christmas tree sale has raised $13,800 for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Hundreds of people lined up Wednesday morning for the fifth annual BT/Home Depot Christmas tree sale at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

City’s Breakfast Television co-host Kevin Frankish, weather specialist Frank Ferragine, other show regulars and 680News’ Rudy Blair were at the square beginning at 5:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, the square was being packed with balsam firs, courtesy of Home Depot. Viewers will be able to buy a tree for a minimum donation of $10 to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

The donations will help the food bank. Last month, the Daily Bread launched its holiday food drive with the goal of trying to raise $2.5 million and a million pounds of food. Click here to make a donation.

“I am amazed every year that people will get up at 5 o’clock in the morning, come out in the cold to buy their Christmas tree and donate to Daily Bread. It’s a fantastic event,” Gail Nyberg, executive director of Daily Bread told Blair.

In 2012, more than a million people used food banks in the Greater Toronto Area. It was the fifth straight year of similar numbers, according to an annual report by the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Breakfast Television will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the annual Toronto Auxiliary Police Toy Drive, which was struggling for donations when it kicked off late November.

Five locations are accepting toy donations to help approximately 3,000 children and youth in need from the Scarborough area. Click here for locations.

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With files from Showwei Chu, CityNews.ca

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