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Best of BT Weekend: March 20, 2015

Winston Sih | posted Friday, Mar 20th, 2015

BT Super Kids: Charlotte Carter-Osburn

Almost 7-year-old, Charlotte Carter-Osburn chats about turning her birthday presents into food for those in need.

Jenn live in Ireland on Grafton Street

Philip Sayce performs

Guitarist Philip Sayce performs a new song off of his new album ‘Influence.’

Social Stream: Entertainment City at the GRAMMYs

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015

Breakfast TelevisionEntertainment CityCityline, and CityNews are live from the GRAMMY Awards with coverage from the red carpet in Los Angeles all week long.

City will be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of music’s biggest night, and BT will have wall-to-wall coverage of the show with correspondents reporting on location.

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine postings using the hashtags #CityGRAMMYs and #GRAMMYs, as well as in the social stream below.

Go to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs for the latest news, interviews, and interactive content. Plus, we have a full recap of the night’s highs and lows.

Ontario reportedly considering lowering default speed limits to below 50 km/h

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015

In a bid to improve road safety and cut down on deaths on Ontario streets, the province is reportedly considering reducing speed limits.

The change could reduce the default speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h.

The Toronto Star reports Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca will consult with municipalities to determine an action plan.

Sources tell the paper the province is changing their tune on the issue in response to concerns from municipalities.

In 2012, then-mayor Rob Ford dismissed a similar recommendation from the Board of Health as “nuts, nuts, nuts.”

The Liberal government have four options:

  • keep the default limit at 50 km/h
  • change the provincial law to make the default speed limit 40 km/h
  • let municipalities choose between a 50 km/h or 40 km/h standard
  • let municipalities set different default limits within their boundaries, or within specific neighbourhoods

The World Health Organization has found that a pedestrian hit at 45 km/h has 50 per cent chance of being killed. When a person is struck by a vehicle travelling 30 km/h, the chance of surviving is 90 per cent.

The organization also found that a car travelling 50 km/h needs 13 metres to stop, but can stop in 8.5 metres or less if it is going 40 km/h. And an increase in speed by one km/h results in three per cent higher risk of crash involving injury, and a four to five per cent increase for crashes that kill.”

With files from CityNews.ca

Connected City: Dinesafe app for Toronto

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015

Connected City

City digital media correspondent Winston Sih takes a closer look at an app that allows you to view the health inspection levels of all Toronto restaurants.

Catch Connected City with Winston Sih on his weekly segment airing on CityNews: The 5.  View all previous segments by clicking here.

Easy things you can do to help the homeless

Winston Sih | posted Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015

Below is a list of the charitable organizations you can partake in and around Toronto to aid the homeless. We want to start a conversation–comment below with your organization picks, and we’ll add them to the list.

Thank You Toronto

Sells hats for a good cause.

Click here for more info.

Raising the Roof

Buy a toque and help those experiencing homelessness move towards a better future. It’s an investment that makes sound economic and social sense.

Click here for more info.

Tokens 4 Change

Raising funds for Youth Without Shelter, a shelter in Etobicoke that gives a home to 1,000 homeless youth a year.

Click here for more info.

More viewer-submitted organizations:

Miss Universe Canada scores big buzz online with outlandish hockey costume

Winston Sih | posted Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015

Chanel Beckenlehner is hoping to take home the crown at the Miss Universe pageant, but win or lose, she’s scored big buzz around the world for an outlandish hockey-themed costume.

Beckenlehner, who is representing Canada at the competition, said she didn’t have access to her phone during rehearsals on Thursday and was unaware of the online chatter related to her outfit, which featured a locker’s worth of hockey gear including sticks, padding and netting.

Images of Beckenlehner’s costume blanketed Twitter, generating a mix of praise and pans for the outfit, which she wore during a preliminary Miss Universe competition.

Beckenlehner said there was an audible reaction when she stepped on stage.

“There was a really big gasp… which was kind of cool,” Beckenlehner said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

“It was just a surreal moment when I got on stage, and I felt like I was representing my country well; and no matter what happened, I knew that I loved it. I’m just hoping that the concept was clear and I think it was.”

The Caledon, Ont., native said she met last August with Alex Kavanagh, a Toronto-based film and TV costume designer, to discuss preliminary ideas of what Canada’s national costume should be.

From 30 different concepts, Kavanagh sketched six and Beckenlehner was tasked with selecting the final design. Outfits inspired by the Canadarm and Hudson’s Bay were among those in the running before she settled on Canada’s pastime as the theme.

“Hockey is basically the heartbeat of Canada. It’s Canada’s pulse, really,” said the Toronto resident, who supports the hometown Maple Leafs.

“So I wanted to present that and showcase that we can make it glamorous and pageant-friendly and beautiful at the same time, showing how dedicated we are to that sport.”

Beckenlehner said the costume took Kavanagh and her team about five months to produce.

It includes a corseted bustier emblazoned with a black and white Maple Leaf. The back of her voluminous skirt features blue lines and faceoff circles representing a hockey arena.

The 26-year-old also wore custom-made knee-high, lace-up boots with heels meant to mimic a skate blade, and wore a replica of the Stanley Cup as a head piece.

Beckenlehner capped off the towering ensemble with a functional electronic scoreboard created by Toronto special effects company Acme FX.

“It was done to be lightweight and flashy,” said Beckenlehner.

“The whole costume weighs about 20 pounds, and what’s really neat and what people didn’t get to see — because it’s underneath and I’m corseted in — is that I had a custom moulding made of my back in order to support the scoreboard.”

Beckenlehner could be a double winner in this year’s Miss Universe competition.

Her outfit was selected among the top five national costumes alongside contestants representing Argentina, Germany, India and Indonesia. The public can vote for their favourite costume by tweeting using the hashtag #MissUniverse along with the contestant’s home country.

With files from The Canadian Press

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