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Dufferin Street named worst road in Toronto: CAA

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Dufferin Street may not be the worst road in Ontario this time around, but it holds the top spot in Toronto.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) revealed its top 10 worst roads in Ontario and in regional areas, such as Toronto, on Thursday.

This year, Dufferin came in third spot provincially behind Algonquin Boulevard West and Algonquin Boulevard East in Timmins.

In 2014, Dufferin was voted the worst road in Ontario for the third year in a row.

During the four-week campaign, Ontarians were able to vote online for the roads in need for repair or redesign.

The CAA uses the information to press all levels of government for more infrastructure funding.

Ontario’s top 10 worst roads for 2015:

  1. Algonquin Boulevard West, Timmins
  2. Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins
  3. Dufferin Street, Toronto
  4. Highway 144, Greater Sudbury
  5. Carling Avenue, Ottawa
  6. Radical Road, Port Dover
  7. Burlington Street East, Hamilton
  8. Riverside Drive, Timmins
  9. Dominion Road, Fort Erie
  10. Bayview Avenue, Toronto

Toronto’s top 5 worst roads for 2015:

  1. Dufferin Street
  2. Bayview Avenue
  3. Markham Road
  4. Kipling Avenue
  5. Lawrence Avenue East

The antioxidant-rich foods you should be eating now

HELLO! Canada | posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Antioxidant-rich foods are easily found in the produce section of your local grocery store, and adding these brightly coloured foods to your diet is a secret weapon for banishing wrinkles and preventing chronic disease. Juicy red tomatoes, crisp orange carrots and more are rich in antioxidants, but it’s important to know which foods are best when it comes to vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional therapist Gabriela Peacock reveals the top vitamins to include in your diet, and which foods are packed with them…

Food-feature

Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are often packed with antioxidants

Vitamin A

This vitamin helps the immune system, as well as the intestinal, respiratory and urinary tracts. For a boost of Vitamin A, include foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and kale in your diet.

Vitamin C

This helps protect your cells from damage, and improves the absorption of iron which is great for your energy levels. It also helps the immune system to work properly, and can be found in citrus fruits, strawberries and kiwis.

Vitamin E

This vitamin supports the immune system so it can fight infections, prevent blood clots and protect your cells from free radicals. Make sure to get your fix by introducing wholegrains, broccoli, nuts and seeds into your healthy diet.

Antioxidants play a key role in keeping us healthy and banishing wrinkles

Selenium

This essential mineral, when partnered with Vitamin E, provides oxidative protection and helps regulate thyroid function. Usually found in foods including fish and red meat, but if you’re vegetarian you can also get your quota by eating brazil nuts.

Lycopene

This naturally occurring ‘phytonutrient’ gives fruit and vegetables their red colour. Studies show Lycopene reduces the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. The best lycopene foods include tomatoes, papaya and apricots.

Lutein

This mineral is usually found in green, leafy vegetables. It can reduce the risk of chronic eye disease, lowers the risk of developing cataracts and protects healthy cells. Lutein can be found in kiwi, broccoli, kale and spinach.

Top 5 fitness tips: 5 ways to maximize your workout

LOULOU | posted Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

If you’re going to do it, do it right. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your workout. A big thank you to Nicolas Clanet, personal trainer and kinesiologist at Nautilus Plus, and Sophie Rochon, in-store activities coordinator for MEC Quebec, for the great tips.

Switch up your activities

If you always do the same activity, you’re always using the same muscles. To avoid hitting a major plateau (or risking injury), try to switch up your activities on the regular. This way you can hit all the major fitness zones: cardio, strength training and flexibility. So ditch the running shoes and pick up a yoga mat now and then.

Work in intervals

By working out in intervals of high and low intensity, you can really push yourself at certain points, knowing you’ll have time to recuperate immediately afterwards. You’ll burn more energy for a longer period of time – even after your workout is done (bonus!).

Change the playing field

When you work out on an uneven surface (like an outdoor field), you automatically work more on balance. Psst! The fresh air’s not so bad either!

Seek help

Finding a personal trainer, a kinesiologist or even a community that enjoys the same activity as you do will help you to develop a workout plan that’s tailored to your needs. Sharing info is the best way to learn how to achieve your goals pronto.

Take notes

Keeping a fitness journal helps you track your progress. Take note of all the deets: how much weight you’re lifting, how far you’re running, how many calories you’re burning… Everything counts!

Click here for more tips

Best of BT Weekend: May 15, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 15th, 2015

The latest trend in fitness

Brad Smith’s personal trainer Greg Hetherington showed us how to get fit with the latest trend Primal Fitness.

Francesco Yates performed on BT stage

Up and coming Canadian singer Francesco Yates performed ‘Better To Be Loved’

Victoria Day long weekend

We kicked off the Victoria Day long weekend outdoors with our brand new patio from Canadian Tire.

5 things to do this weekend: Circus festival, Pan Am Path & potluck wedding

Christine Chubb | posted Friday, May 15th, 2015

In our weekly series, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests. This week, we have a variety of events ranging from taking in some acrobatics, craft beer celebrations and a public wedding.

May 15 – 18

Toronto International Circus Festival

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up this long weekend and be dazzled by a showcase of acrobats, daredevils and much, much more at the Toronto International Circus Festival! And it’ll be all PG because this annual, free event at Harbourfront Centre is aimed at kids under 12. From Saturday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tocircusfestival.com.

Pan Am Path Art Relay Launch Event

Bring your bike and cycle with three-time Olympic medalist Curt Harnett on Saturday at the launch of the Pan Am Path Art Relay Launch. Get to know nature by learning about birds, bugs and reptiles with folks from the ROM or take part in outdoor arts and crafts event. Bring your boots cause it could get mucky. The Pan Am Path is a multi-use trail that will give you a picturesque view of our great city through 84 kilometres of trails. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Panampath.org.

Queen Victoria’s Secret

Queen Victoria would approve if you celebrated her day by enjoying tasty craft beer and cider at the Evergreen Brick Works. The annual Queen Victoria’s Secret event is an all-ages, family friendly event and admission is free! Monday, noon to 5 p.m. at the Holcim Gallery and Koerner Gardens areas of the Evergreen Brick Works. Brewersbackyard.com.

Big Ideas

Take in some culture this long weekend at the Alumnae Theatre for Big Ideas. The event will host staged readings of works-in-progress from the award-winning writers of the New Play Development group on topics such as losing one’s virginity, the sometimes dysfunctional relationship between therapist and patients and the road to self acceptance. Tuesday to Sunday. No reservations, PWYC.Alumnaetheatre.com.

Marczyk + Marichka’s potluck Wedding

Celebrate the love of two Marczyk + Marichka — two people you probably don’t know — at their folking, potluck, park wedding. “We’re getting married in the heart of a city we call home… the place we fell in love, the place we planned our future,” the couple posted on their Facebook page. And everyone’s invited! There will be music, there will be dancing and it’ll probably let you one-up most of your co-workers’ long weekend stories. Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dufferin Grove Park. More information can be found on their Facebook Page.

Victoria Day 2015: Fireworks, what’s open & closed in Toronto

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 15th, 2015

The Canadian statutory holiday to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday is on Monday.

It falls on the Monday preceding May 25 and is also known as May 2-4 or the May long weekend.

Here’s a list of what is open and closed whether you are heading up to the cottage or spending the day in the city.

Closed:

  • LCBO and Beer Stores
  • Government offices
  • City hall
  • Libraries & schools
  • Banks
  • Canadian Post and UPS

Open:

  • TTC will run on a holiday schedule
  • GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule
  • Movie theatres
  • Eaton Centre from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Square One from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Vaughan Mills from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Cookstown Outlet Mall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
  • Pacific Centre Mall from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Toronto Zoo
  • ROM
  • CN Tower
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Casa Loma
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Canada’s Wonderland

Fireworks:
Ashbridges Bay Park
Mon. May 18, 9:45 p.m.

Canada’s Wonderland
Sunday, May 17, 10 p.m.

The best tips for planting in pots

Cityline | posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Spring has sprung and garden season is finally here, however, it isn’t always easy to know which pots, soils, or plants are right for you. Frank Ferragine came by with his best tips to make the start of gardening season a little easier.

Picking the right pot:

Although using multiple smaller pots may look more aesthetically pleasing, they may not always be the best choice for your plants. Using one larger pot for multiple plants can allow for better moisture retention due to the fact that there is a greater amount of soil in the pot to hold on to the water. Because the larger pots hold water for a longer period of time, they can be great for the busy gardener who may miss a day or two of watering. It’s also important to make sure to check the bottom of your pots for holes or a space for drainage. In order for plants to thrive, pots need to have a place where water can drain from the soil to ensure that your plants aren’t sitting in water.

Choosing the right soil:

The pot is just as important as the soil that goes in it! By buying soils that are specific to pots, you can ensure that your plants are getting the proper nutrients as well as the proper amount of space for water and root growth. Potting soil is great because it acts like a sponge to help hold in water. However, it’s important to check your plants soon after you water them. Due to this sponge-like texture, the first watering might let too much water drain to the bottom of the pot. Make sure to check back five minutes later and add more water to the soil if necessary.

Deciding on the right plants:

Certain plants thrive better depending on temperature and location. When buying plants, it is important to look at whether the plant is best in sun or shade, when they can be planted, and how long they will last. In some cases, plants may only be in bloom for a few weeks at a time, while others can last through the hot summer heat. Paying attention to all of these details when purchasing plants can make your gardening experience a lot easier by saving you both time and money.

Check out the video below for more tips from Frank:

Hydro One to fire employee for hurling vulgarities at CityNews reporter

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

A Hydro One employee will be fired after he was identified as one of the men who hurled obscenities at CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt during Sunday’s Toronto FC game.

Hydro One tells CityNews the employee violated the company’s code of conduct.

“Hydro one is taking steps to terminate the employee for violating our code of conduct,” said Hydro One’s Daffyd Roderick.

“Respect for all people is engrained in the code and in our values. We are committed to a work environment where discrimination or harassment of any type is met with zero tolerance.”

More to come

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