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Man parachutes from CN Tower for Pan Am Games

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A shocking sight Tuesday morning as a man parachuted off the CN Tower.

Pan Am Games spokesperson Teddy Katz told 680 NEWS the spectacle was related to this summer’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

“We were doing some filming for some promotional videos for the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games,” he explained.

Katz wouldn’t go into further detail on the stunt but said “you have to stay tuned.”

Those who saw the incident took to Twitter to express their shock.

Some 6,600 athletes from 41 countries will compete in 36 Pan Am sports plus 15 Parapan Am sports.

The Pan Am Games run from July 10 to 26, with the Parapan Am Games to follow Aug. 7-15.

Travel deals for all seasons

MoneySense | posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Fancy half-price hotels and attractions far from the maddening crowd? Savvy vacationers save a packet by taking advantage of shoulder season travel—that wee sweet spot between top-price high season and bone-chilling low season. But playing the shoulder game means finding destinations that combine lower airfares and accommodations plus pleasant weather and things to do. Choose wisely and you’ll wonder why it took so long to discover the easiest route to discount travel. Here’s our guide to the world’s greatest shoulder destinations.

Fall

Europe’s summer is a sweltering mess of jam-packed cities where air-con is a foreign concept. But golden days from late-September through October can be a breath of fresh air. Enjoy the balmy coastlines of Italy, Greece or Spain, or explore some capitals before the autumnal dark days arrive. Europe-bound flights drop to half their summer peak, and if you like driving tours in France or beyond, you’ll find the roads far less thronged.

Late-September is also a smart time for springtime South Africa’s safaris and winery regions. Or consider going tropical in Costa Rica. Around late November, the rainy season recedes and you can ogle the toucans just before the tour groups arrive.

Hot spots include…

Sardinia: Explore sandy coves and foodie-loving villages off Italy’s western coastline. Why now? The Autunno in Barbagia artisanal festival starts in September.

London: Crawl blockbuster museums on a self-guided culture tour. Why now? The Victoria and Albert Museum’s sumptuous Fabric of India exhibition starts October 3.

Cape Town: Weave the delightful Cape Winelands. Why now? Late-September’s Cape Town Fringe Festival.

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Winter

Our southern neighbour is stuffed with tan-tastic winter destinations. But while Florida and Arizona welcome snowbirds, it’s shoulder time in Texas. California-wise, wait for February if you’re craving better-value hotel rates and airfares for San Diego or San Francisco. Both are mild until later. Also consider Hong Kong or Thailand just before the end of March—the start of the rainy season.

Hot spots include…

Austin: Feast on America’s tastiest food trucks. Why now? January’s Free Week Austin music festival.

San Diego: Explore museum-packed Balboa Park. Why now? February’s Winter Brew Fest.

Hong Kong: Dine in a world-class foodie city. Why now? Hong Kong Arts Festival starts late February.

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Spring

This is Europe’s other—rainier—shoulder. Airfares rise dramatically after a few weeks, so book in April. Fancy a side-trip? Reykjavik isn’t too cold in May as it readies for summer’s visitor peak. It’s similar in Canada. May-to-mid-June is a chance to visit popular destinations like Victoria, the Rockies and Quebec City before the masses arrive: hotels are discounted and the weather is balmy.

Further afield, the post-cherry-blossom-pre-rainy season May window in Japan means Tokyo hotels are keen to bargain. You’ll find similar pre-rain deals in Malaysia and South Korea, and you can also cash in on summer’s end in Australia and New Zealand, with flight deals and sleepover discounts beginning to emerge.

Hot spots include…

Victoria: One of Canada’s earliest springs starts here. Why now? Whale-watching begins.

Napier: Time travel in New Zealand’s finest art deco city. Why now? Tour Hawke’s Bay wineries sans crowds.

Melbourne: Dive into Australia’s artsiest city. Why now? May’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

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Summer

Summer offers key ways to avoid credit-card immolation. Labour Day to late September is great for Canada trips. The islands of Aruba and Bonaire are outside the hurricane belt—yet their summer room rates are still the year’s lowest. Or, shimmy south. February’s carnival season is a crowd-puller, but coastal Brazil in July is a quiet zone. Check hotels vying for business in Rio—and expect warm weather with rain.

Hot spots include…

Jasper: September’s sun lights up the mountains. Why now? The VIA train from here to Prince Rupert is a late-summer gem.

Aruba: August is hot. Why now? Restaurant Week in late August.

Rio: Hit the beaches without the crowds. Why now? Late July’s giant Anima Mundi animation festival.

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Best of BT Weekend: May 22, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Matthew MacCaull on his role in the film ‘Tomorrowland’

Matthew MacCaull chats about his role in the upcoming film ‘Tomorrowland’

How to prevent lyme disease

We share tips and stories on how to prevent lyme disease.

Maestro Fresh Wes previews his new EP

We catch up with Toronto’s Maestro Fresh Wes. Compositions: Vol 1is available on Tuesday.

Week of May 25, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

All this week, tune into BT as Barenaked Ladies appear every day to celebrate their new album, Silverball!

Foodland Ontario will be giving us the 101 on organic foods Wednesday.

And to end off the week Friday, Cityline’s interior design expert Shai DeLuca-Tamasi will be sharing his tips ton how to revamp your home.

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 places to visit at 2015 Doors Open Toronto

Kristen Gomes | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The long weekend has ended but the fun never ends. 2015 Doors Open Toronto is celebrating their 16th year of opening their doors to the public. This weekend tourists and residents will have access to more than 155 buildings, free walking tours, architectures and more.  

Here are 5 places to visit:

Rogers Studios — City and OMNI Television
33 Dundas Street East | Saturday: 10:00 a.m.  —  5:00 p.m.
Rogers Studios is the home of City and OMNI Television in the heart of downtown Toronto. Visitors will get a special behind-the-scenes look into the broadcast facility’s newsrooms, control rooms, studio spaces, and the CityNews weather and traffic centre.

Toronto Police Marine
259 Queens Quay West | Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Take a look at the Toronto Police Marine Unit’s history and their responsibility for Lake Ontario. Tours will be held throughout the day where they will showcase the variety of Police Vessels and vehicles.

Design Exchange
234 Bay Street | 
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Design Exchange is the home of excellence and preservation of design heritage. DX is known for their exhibitions, competitions and educational programs that happen throughout the year.

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West | 
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Bata Shoe Museum celebrates 20 years of showcasing the style and function of footwear. with over 4,500 years of history and collection.

Toronto Track and Field Centre
231 Ian MacDonald Boulevard | Saturday: 10:00 a.m.  —  5:00 p.m.
Take a peek where athletes break a sweat at Toronto Track and Field Centre.  This facility its the go-to place that provides training from grassroots to Olympic level Athletes. This summer Toronto Track and Field Centre will be the training facility for athletes during the 2015 Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Click here for more places to visit

5 things to do this weekend: Dance, Doors Open and art in the park

Marcia Chen | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

May 22-24, 2015

Doors Open Toronto: More than 155 buildings — including museums, breweries and the City television studios at Yonge-Dundas Square — are open for a peek inside. Various venues. Saturday-Sunday. Free.toronto.ca

Salon 21: Ahead of their concert at Koerner Hall, Toronto’s Alejandro Céspedes, Jamie Drake and Sarah Thawer explore the role of the Cajon and other percussion instruments in Latin American music. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. Friday, 7 p.m. Free. soundstreams.ca

Painting in the Park: Paint, sketch, play music or just join the al fresco art party at Saint Andrew’s Playground. Canvasses and acrylic paint for sale and easels for rent — or bring your own supplies. Artless Hub, 477 Richmond St. W., unit 709. Saturday, 2 p.m. Free. artlesshub.com

Sharing Dance Day: Free ballet, street and Bollywood dance classes, as well as performances by Samba Squad, Gadfly and students from Canada’s National Ballet School. Sunday. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Yonge-Dundas Square. Free. sharingdance.ca

Junction Farmers Market: The market kicks off its 2015 season with food that supports local food growers and producers. Junction Train Platform, 2960 Dundas St. W. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.junctionmarket.ca

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca or submit it online at CityNews.ca,680News.com and via our iPhone and iPad apps.

Missing girl, 10, found safe Friday morning

CityNews | posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015

A 10-year-old girl who had been missing since Thursday night has been found in good health, police say.

Saquanna Duncan was last seen on Thursday evening in the Keele Street and Trethewey Drive area in Toronto.

Officers conducted a foot patrol overnight to search for the missing girl and a command post was set up near her school.

Police said she was located Friday morning.

No further details have been released.

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
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