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Thunderstorms pound Toronto, GTA

CityNews | posted Monday, Jul 28th, 2014

Rain continues to fall Monday morning after heavy thunderstorms pounded Toronto and the GTA overnight.

Pools of water disrupted the morning commute with crews dispatched to clear roads.

A month’s worth of rain fell in Markham by 1 a.m., with 77.6 mm falling, according to unofficial reports.

Windsor had 46.8 mm while only 10 mm had fallen on Toronto Island.

A section of Highway 404 and Steeles Avenue was flooded Sunday night.

There are unconfirmed reports of tornados touching down Sunday evening in Grand Bend and Millbank, north of Kitchener.

Pictures were posted to social media of a funnel cloud near Millbank, and reports are coming in of heavy damage in Grand Bend, with damage to hydro polls and large trees being knocked over.

Environment Canada is expected to send investigators to the sites later Monday.

Environment Canada lifted a severe thunderstorm warning for the area around 11 p.m.

During the height of the warning, hail battered Brampton, Markham and Unionville.

Week of July 28, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jul 27th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Kevin Frankish is back from vacation and we’ve got a huge lineup of guests!

He’s one of our faves, Habs superstar PK Subban is coming back and he’s bringing his Dad.

She plays the ruthless–yet loveable–Sue Sylvester on the TV phenomenon Glee. Jane Lynch is in the house for a BT First!

Plus, on Friday, you’ve been nominating hundreds of them–we reveal the first of our favourite Can-Doers.

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!

Shark slices through Rob Ford’s chest in ‘Sharknado 2′

CityNews | posted Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014

A shark attacks Rob Ford, flying right into the mayor’s chest, in Sharknado 2: The Second One.

You read that right.

The clip, released by Space on Thursday, shows an actor portraying Ford at a news conference talking about relief to another shark disaster in New York City.

The TV movie is scheduled for July 30 at 9 p.m. ET on Space.

Canada’s Richest Neighbourhoods 2014: The Top 25 Wealthiest Neighbourhoods in Canada

Canadian Business | posted Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014

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Canadian Business magazine partnered with market research firm Environics Analytics to map out out exactly where Canada’s wealthiest people live. Unsurprisingly, they flock together, choosing leafy enclaves where they can spread out to make room for wine cellars, art collections, luxury cars and more.

Click or tap through the gallery to see where Canada’s wealthiest people call home »

Dashcam captures TTC bus running red; nearly striking pedestrian

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014

The TTC is investigating after a dashcam captured a bus running a red light and nearly striking a pedestrian in Scarborough Monday morning.

A CityNews viewer submitted the video, which shows the bus driving along Eglinton Avenue at around 9:15 a.m.

The light at Eglinton and Ionview Road turns red, and another car stops — but the bus begins to accelerate. At the same time, a pedestrian starts crossing the street directly into the path of the oncoming bus, which is forced to swerve to avoid hitting her.

A person in the car with the dashcam can be heard cursing in shock before saying, “I thought she was going to die there.”

The TTC’s Brad Ross says buses often can’t stop on a dime like smaller cars and would potentially cause more injury by doing so. But he doesn’t think that was case this time.

Ross, who viewed the video Tuesday, said it appears there was plenty of time for the bus to slow down and come to a full, safe stop at the red light.

“Clearly, based on the viewing of this video, there was an opportunity for that bus to stop,” he said.

“Given that the pedestrian stepped off the curb and the bus had to swerve to avoid that pedestrian, that is concerning and that is why we need to review this.”

Ross said the TTC will take steps to identify the bus and bring the driver in to be interviewed about the incident before deciding if disciplinary measures will be taken.

“This could have been much worse and we are grateful of course that it wasn’t,” he said.

“Safety is number one for the TTC, somebody clearly looks to have dropped the ball (in this case), and we need to understand why.”

Another bus can be seen in the video a few seconds earlier going through a yellow light at the same intersection. The TTC is not believed to be reviewing that incident.

How I tackled Tough Mudder: Part 1

Alexandra Davies | posted Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a superstar athlete. Though I competed eight years competitively in synchronized swimming (and no, synchro is not anything like what you saw in Austin Powers), I was a strong swimmer, but pretty much a weakling in everything else. I was able to eat all the bread/pasta/pastries I wanted without gaining any weight—in fact, I didn’t even know what refined carbs were, or that they don’t do any favours for your waistline. My practice would burn it all off anyways, so I was set. But then the worst thing that can happen to an aspiring Olympic athlete happened: I was forced out of my hopeful synchro career thanks to a wonky lunge-twist that resulted in a herniated disc. Major buzzkill.

With being pretty well immobile for a couple weeks, and forbidden from practising with my team, the carbs moved in and decided to stay. With university just around the corner, I did what I could to keep myself in decent shape (and mainly to avoid gaining 300 pounds). I got a GoodLife membership, bought all the Jillian Michaels’ fitness videos, and even took up running. I was determined as ever, and there was no way I was gaining any more weight.

But alas, I did exactly that once I hit university. First year proved to be where my fitness regime died a slow painful death. From the alcohol to the copious amounts of tater tots conveniently placed inside my residence’s cafeteria, I was on a one-way trip to Fatville with the dreaded freshman 15 (okay, 30…) to keep me company.

THE PLAN

Something had to be done. In what physically and mentally felt like a slump, I started jotting down things I knew would make me happy. This resulted in the creation of my very own bucket list. The first thing on the list was to compete in aTough Mudder race. I figured that a healthy body and Tough Mudder went hand in hand, so it would be a two-bird-one-stone type of deal. On November 12, 2013 I took the plunge and signed myself up to compete in the Toronto Tough Mudder on August 16, 2014.

Now, if you do not know what Tough Mudder is, I’ll sum it up in a few words: omg, mud, dirt, fire, pain, ice cold water. Sounds dreamy, right? You’re probably questioning my sanity at this point, but there was something about this specific race that lured me in—I needed that rush, I needed that Tough Mudder headband, and I needed to feel the accomplishment of fulfilling my dream.

Before I began training, I knew two things had to change: my eating habits and my workouts. A Tough Mudder course incorporates more than just running for countless kilometres on end. All together, the course runs for 18-20 km with various types of obstacles you and your team must conquer. And I’m not talking ‘run through these tires’ type of obstacles—I’m talking trudging through trenches caged by barbed-wire, jumping through flames, and crawling through muddy water dodging electric wires that feel as though you are getting a jump start. CLEARLY I had to up my exercise game so my body could endure all of this madness, but first I needed to clear up my diet.

Stay tuned for Part 2 on Cityline.ca where I cover my training and diet plan!

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