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Week of Mar. 16, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 15th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, we will be trying out some delicious recipes using sweet potatoes with the Sweet Potato Chronicles.

We will be talking to some super kids that have been doing amazing things in their local communities.

And to end off the week on Friday, we take look at a preview of Toronto Fashion Week!

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!

5 things to do this weekend and next week: March break edition

Patricia D'Cunha | posted Friday, Mar 13th, 2015

March 13-20, 2015

Memorable Munsch: Parents, re-live the magic of Robert Munsch, and let your child see how imagination and creativity can create classic stories like Alligator Baby and Put Me in a Book. Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, 4950 Yonge St. On now until March 29 with special times March 16-20. Admission: $16 per person.
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Futurology at the ROM: Step into the future by exploring 21st-century technology and science adventures. Children can help museum staff create future exhibits, build a city of the future, learn how the ROM salvaged an endangered Blue Whale that washed ashore in Newfoundland, and more. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. March 14-22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities included with admission. rom.on.ca

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival: Although there is snow in the forecast next week, don’t let that dampen your spring mood! Tap into some fun with maple syrup demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, pancake meals, taffy making, and more. Kortright Centre for Conservation and Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Terra Cotta Conservation Area (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). On now until April 6. Admission: ticket prices vary.maplesyrupfest.com

Sherlock Holmes mystery: Something is amiss in the village. A “tricky thief” is on the loose. Put on your detective hat and help Sherlock and Watson search for clues and investigate them to solve this mystery. Black Creek Pioneer Village. March 16-22. Included with regular admission. blackcreek.ca

Nature camps: Before the invention of the smartphone, remember how much fun it was to go outside and be at one with nature? Now, your child can experience some of that magic too at various day camps: track and identify animal footprints, go on a scavenger hunt, check out a meat-eating plant, get the scoop on rock formation, and dabble in some nature experiments. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. March 16-20. Prices available per day or the week. torontobotanicalgarden.ca

Click here for a list of more March break events.

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca or submit it online at CityNews.ca680News.com and via our iPhone and iPad apps.

Six tips to help you stay on top of your email

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Mar 12th, 2015

1. Separate business and pleasure
I have three different email accounts: Work, personal Gmail for friends and a third I share with my husband (it’s where we keep our family calendar to manage appointments and travel plans). Without having different inboxes I’d find it hard to keep track of who I’ve responded to and who I haven’t.

2. Try face time
If an email thread becomes too long, includes too many people or is delivering bad news, it’s probably not the right medium. This is the moment to get up from your desk or pick up the phone and actually have a conversation.

3. Weed out the clutter
I get over 100 emails a day so I have to have a system. When my inbox is full of unread messages, the first thing I do is delete or archive the ones I don’t need to read — I can usually tell from the subject line. The second step is to prioritize (star or label) the most important ones, then deal with them.

4. Email etiquette
Emails should be short and punchy, not essays. I often use bullets, or I bold key messages to make it clear what the purpose of the email is. Also, I don’t care how short it is — that’s no excuse for sloppy grammar, spelling, salutations or language.

5. Stop the deluge!
I regularly take a few moments to unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Simple, I know, but it really makes a difference. I’ve also found that the less email I send the less I receive.

6. Schedule screen time
Every Friday I sit down with my assistant to look at the week ahead and prioritize my time. Then we slot in blocks of work time. I use it to catch up on my emails. When I’m with my family I make sure I spend real time with my children instead of being distracted by my phone. The same goes for my team. We’ve developed a culture of not sending work-related emails on weekends unless it’s incredibly urgent.

Top travel destinations: Where you should travel this March Break

Lucy Robert | posted Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015

March Break is just around the corner! To celebrate we have compiled a list of the perfect travel plans for you and the whole family whether you plan to leave or stay in the city.

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Amusement Park: Walt Disney World

Popular for ages: Any age

The most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World, is located in Orlando, Fla. offers an experience for the kid in everyone. With four different amusement parks and two water parks, Disney World is where dreams come true.

Must see: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Tinker Bell’s Flight: Watch Tinker Bell take to the sky in a magical array of fireworks that takes place in front of the Magic Kingdom Castle every night.

Popular Attractions: Rock ‘n’ Roll Rollercoaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studio, Soarin’ at Epcot, Dumbo the flying elephant ride in Magic Kingdom

Landscape incl lodgingSki Vacation: Blue Mountain Resort

Popular for ages: 10-17

Only a two hour drive from Toronto, Blue Mountain Resort offers fun for the whole family! From skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, and snowmobiling, Blue Mountain is a great getaway for March Break. The resort is also offering special family events throughout the week including fireworks in the evenings, kids movie nights, and so much more.

Must See:  Check out the live music performances happening at the Village Stage every day at 3-5 p.m. during March Break!

Popular Attractions: Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Plunge! Aquatic Centre, and the Mill Pond Skating Rink

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The Beach: Varadero, Cuba

Popular for ages: 7-17

One of the most popular Caribbean destinations, Cuba is the place to be to get rid of those winter blues. With countless Cuba city destinations to choose from Cuba is filled with sandy beaches, blue waters, and friendly locals.

Must See:  The Beaches, some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

Popular Attractions: Catamaran Tour: hop on a catamaran and see the beaches from another angle! Or take a Jeep Safari tour through the local towns, or snorkel or scuba dive in the gorgeous waters.

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Cityscapes: Montreal

Popular for Ages: Tweens & teenagers 12-17

Only a five and a half hour drive away, Montreal is the perfect city for families to visit this March Break. With its extensive culture and delicious French-inspired cuisine, Montreal has is all.

Must see: Stroll through the streets of Old Montreal, and grab a Montreal-style bagel at one of the many popular bakeries.

Popular Attractions: Visiting a Sugar Shack, A Cirque du Soleil show, and The Montreal Biodome

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Staycation: Toronto

There is no other place better to look for things to do during March Break but then in your own city! Toronto is full of family-oriented outings and is even offering some awesome March Break-specific ideas for families.

What to do in the city:Ripleys-Aquarium-BestofToronto-2013-022

Limited time Attractions:

Other Attractions:

According to Travelocity, these are the top five destinations traveled by Canadians this March Break:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Orlando
  3. Cancun
  4. Phoenix
  5. Los Angeles

What are your plans for this March Break? Let us know in the comments below!

Spring clean and organize your home in 31 days

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015

Are you ready? We are! We’re excited to kick off our second Clutter Cure challenge this Sunday. We hope you follow along as we clean and organize our way through the month of March. Spring is the perfect time to get your home in order, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and how to stay motivated — but don’t worry, we’re here to help make the task a lot easier.

Each week, we’ll tackle a room with a couple of easy-to-do tasks and one big assignment. It’s up to you when you tackle each project. For some, it might be easier to do it on the day assigned, but for others, doing it all on the weekend might make more sense. Either way, by the end of the month your home will be clean and inviting and you’ll be ready to take on the new season!

The first assignment starts Tuesday, March 3, but this Sunday is all about planning the month ahead. Here are some tips to help get you started:

1. Before you start any project take some before and after photos so you can see your progress. Feel free to share them with us on Pinterest and Twitter with #cluttercure so we can keep each other motivated!

2. Don’t try to do it all at once! The idea behind the Clutter Cure is to tackle one space at a time. Make sure you complete each task before moving on to the next challenge.

3. Make a list of all the specific areas of your home that drive you crazy. Start at the front door and walk through your home noting any trouble spots; Maybe it’s overflowing shoes at the front door, a burnt-out bulb in the kitchen or a piece of artwork that has never made it onto a wall. Do not attempt to fix these problems. Sunday is just about taking stock. Assessing your home is the first step in getting organized!

4. Next, choose the five projects that will make the biggest difference in your home. Block off some time each Sunday to tackle one of these projects. They can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be. And if we happen to address one of your trouble spots during the week, bonus for you!

5. Remember to do work at your own pace. Take a break when you need to, or if you’re feeling ambitious, move an extra task onto your list.

Week by week we’re here to help you. In just 31 days, your home will be like new — just in time to get your hands dirty with spring gardening!

LIVE COVERAGE: Apple Watch expected to be unveiled

Mike Yawney | posted Monday, Mar 9th, 2015

Could it be? Is the Apple Watch finally here?

The technology company is holding a media event on Monday in San Francisco.

CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney is in San Francisco for the announcement. Follow his live coverage below starting at noon Eastern.

Apple will offer a live video stream of the keynote address.

The company is expected to reveal new details about the much-anticipated device.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Available in three models, including one encased in 18-karat gold
  • Comes with multiple wristband options
  • Needs an an iPhone to connect to the Internet
  • Cost at least US$349

Apple has not yet announced the exact price or release date.

This is the company’s first new product category since its 2010 iPad.

Week of Mar. 9, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 8th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Now on tour with Ariana Grande, band Rixton will be here on Monday to perform!

On Thursday, style icon Jeanne Beker is here to promote her new show on The Shopping Channel, Style Matters.

To end off the week on Friday we will chat about March Break travel tips.

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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