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Rain, rain go away – and I’ll tell you which woman is here to stay

| posted Friday, Sep 26th, 2014

In pure Canadian fashion, and as only west-coasters can appreciate, Vancouver in the rain makes the perfect setting for any first date, and for the first one-on-one outing on Bachelor Canada Kaylynn is chosen to “Come get high”?­­­­­

I’m sure getting picked up in a helicopter was on her list of dream dates, but I’m not sure that a tour around her hometown and dinner atop Grouse Mountain – a mountain she’s probably hiked twenty-four times this year – were also on that list. But you’ve got to love her, Kaylynn is just so intoTim that nothing phases her.

The date quickly shifts to Tim giving Kaylynn the rose… and the first kiss of the season. And no, unlike past Bachelor and Bachelorette series, neither looked to be the recipient of CPR!

Read more: See Brad’s first impression of the Bachelor Canada contestants

Come on Vancouver, just for five minutes… stop raining! But the rain couldn’t stop ten women from competing, with the winning five securing a special group date with Tim. Cue the dragon boat racing!

The teams seem pretty fairly matched until we realize that poor Alison, who didn’t even have to paddle, couldn’t keep the boat straight enough. On the bright side, that means April Borgnetta gets more camera time, which is never a bad thing! And on their group date she doesn’t disappoint. I mean you gotta love a girl who is described as ”the most interesting human being ever.” Please Tim, keep her around!


Unprovoked, we find out that Rileigh believes Tim is putting on an act – which we haven’t heard from any of the other women, and I give her credit for saying it to Tim’s face. But, standup guy that he is, Tim confronts the question head on, ultimately winning her over. And in the short time that any contestant has to form a connection and spend time with Tim, she’s left wondering if Tim now has the wrong impression about her. Rileigh, it’s great to be headstrong and have an opinion but use your time wisely!

Trisha once again impresses our boy Tim, so much so that she receives the group date rose, which leads me to wonder: where is Jenny’s camera time? How have we not seen more of her? I know a lot of my season’s conversations were cut because I have what producers like to refer to as “a sewer mouth,” and I’m thinking Jenny might have the same 4-letter love that I do!

If the rain couldn’t stop for the dragon boat date, it’s gotta stop for the Flare fashion shoot with April Brockman, Christine, Sonia and Natalie, right? Nope! Time for bathing suits. In trueBachelor style, you just have to roll with it. When in Rome… or rainy Van City! The prize for the girl with the most chemistry with Tim? A special one-on-one date.

Natalie had been talking about falling for Tim since 2:35 into the very first episode – and she doesn’t disappoint when the time finally comes to seize the moment! She and Tim put on a little kissing demonstration for, not only Canada, but the three other women standing in the very same room! Good on you for taking charge, Natalie. And a gutsy move for Tim!

This display made the 42-year-old lingerie model, Sonia, insecure about her status with Tim. It ultimately led to a very uncomfortable photo shoot for someone who does this for a living. Tim felt it, and as sad as it is to see someone leave, it’s better to see them go with their dignity intact and a clear understanding of why.

April Brockman

April Brockman and Tim light up the screen with their chemistry. She doesn’t jump into kissing him or play with him. In the way that all ladies win a guy, she gives him just enough to drive him crazy and leave him wanting more!

So, April Brockman gets the solo date. And this is the first time that I see “it.” I knew April Brockman would be a front-runner, but Tim’s eyes throughout this date are different than we’ve ever seen before. I’m calling it now…Tim is a smitten kitten! After sneaking a kiss hidden from the cameras, my favourite line of the night was, “I wouldn’t have given him a kiss if he hadn’t done it that way.”April might just be the standout in this group!

Read more: Behind the scenes at our exclusive shoot with Tim Warmels

The cocktail party produces the night’s drama. Kaylynn has been confiding her feelings to Martha all week and, given that Kaylynn is insecure despite having the security of a rose, Martha is over it! Kaylynn claims she was being bullied. It isn’t for me to deny what one person sees as bullying, but it would seem to me that Martha was just trying to reassure Kaylynn, not lash out. But, as the drama increases, I’m thinking that this might have resulted from a terrible mix of emotion and alcohol as kaylynn ends up having a full-blown meltdown.


I hope Kaylynn is OK and can learn to deal with the situation. Because girl, come on! You’re on a show with 24 other women vying for one man and you have to be prepared to understand that there are other relationships and be confident in yourself. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on Kaylynn, just tweet me @bradcsmith.

After the dramatic rose ceremony, we say goodbye to Alison and Renee. And we’re clearly left wondering….

It’s an early call, almost as big of a toss up as saying the Montreal Canadiens are going to win the Stanley Cup during the pre-season, but after seeing their one-on-one date, Tim will choose April Brockman… mark my words!

Catch up with me every weekday morning on Breakfast Television on City from 5:30 to 9 AM, and every Friday morning following Thursday night’s show, when Dina Pugliese and I discuss all things #BachCan at 8:10 AM on BT! Check out blogs by Tim Warmels and his ladies to get their personal insights, and follow me on Twitter @bradcsmith!

Until next week,

Bradley Charles

The 5 best ab exercises. And the ones that are wasting your time

Alex Savva, B.P.H.E | posted Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014

A flatter stomach is one of the most common fitness goals, so it’s no surprise that there are more abdominal exercises and contraptions for achieving a tighter stomach than there are excuses to skip your workout. But not all ab exercises are created equal. In fact, many are simply a waste of workout time. A study conducted at the San Diego State University Biomechanics Lab examined the electromyography (EMG) activity results garnered by popular core exercises. Here’s how they stacked up:

Don’t waste your time with:

1. The basic crunch
Why: The basic crunch is just that – basic. Don’t waste countless hours on a less-than-stellar exercise that does little to fully engage your abdominal muscles and core.

2. The ab rocker
Why: The ab rocker was proven to be no more effective than the traditional crunch. Actually, it was shown to be up to 80 percent less effective! Yes, it’s super easy to do, and that’s why it doesn’t work. By supporting your head, this tool actually deactivates the muscles in the neck that would normally support it. This can lead to neck pain as your supporting muscles weaken. There’s a reason these machines are collecting dust in the corner of your gym.

3. The straight-leg sit-up
Why: This old-school exercise is responsible for many back issues. It puts a huge strain on the lower back by provoking you to hurl your upper body forward in an attempt to touch your toes. No thanks.

4. The standing dumbbell side bend
Why: Isolating the obliques in this way is not natural and can add unnecessary strain to your back. (How often do you bend straight to the side to pick something up?) Also, many people use the momentum that the dumbbells create and rock side-to-side instead of properly engaging their muscles. Avoid these unless you want to look you’re rocking to the oldies.

5. The seated twist
Why: Seated twisting machines are a waste of money and space in fitness facilities. They don’t train your muscles in a functional way and the path of motion is fixed and unnatural. They can also lead to injury if you don’t know what weight to use and how to control the movement. I’ve seen many people snap from right to left with some wicked momentum – ouch!

Opt for these five exercises to maximize your workout time instead:

1. The plank
Why: It stimulates more abdominal activity than a regular crunch and works the muscles in your back as well.
How: Supporting yourself on your forearms and the balls of your feet, bridge up and position your body in one straight line. Pull your abs in tight and hold for 30-60 seconds.
Kick it up a notch: From the plank position, reach forward with your right hand, hold for a count and slowly return to the starting position. Do the same with your left hand and repeat.

2. The bicycle crunch
Why: In the San Diego study, this exercise was the second highest in terms of EMG activity in participants. It also stimulates more abdominal activity than the traditional crunch including your lower stomach and obliques.
How: Lying on your back, bring your knees up to form a 90 degree angle and keep your hands by your temples. Crunch up and twist across the body while simultaneously performing a bicycle motion with your legs. For example, if you crunch up and to the right you should draw your right knee in and vice versa. Repeat for 20-30 reps total.

3. Side plank
Why: Side planks not only torch your obliques, they also stimulate and tone your glutes, quads, hamstrings, inner/outer thighs and your upper body.
How: Lie on your side with your forearm perpendicular to your body and one foot stacked over the other. Bridge your hip up and hold for 30-60 seconds while maintaining a straight line with your body.
Kick it up a notch: Raise your top leg so that it’s parallel to the ground (this full version of this is called Vasisthasana in yoga).

4. Vertical chair knee raise
Why: It stimulated 210 percent more abdominal activity in the study’s participants than the traditional crunch.
How: Use your upper body to hold yourself up tall while drawing your knees up and past your waist. Squeeze at the top and slowly lower your legs back down. Repeat for a total of 12-15 reps.
Kick it up a notch: Do a straight-leg raise.

5. Reverse crunch
Why: Engage your lower abdomen and obliques with this move.
How: Lie on your back with your hands tucked under your bum and your knees bent. Bring your legs up until they form a 90 degree angle from your torso. Do a pelvic tilt and pull your knees in towards your chest, squeeze and slowly lower to starting position. Aim for 15-20 reps.
Kick it up a notch: Hold a weight over your head.

Ripped abs plan:
One of the best ways to work the abs is to perform a series of core moves in one continuous circuit. Circuits are efficient and effective, allowing you to get the most out of your efforts. For optimum results, perform this core circuit at the end of your intense training sessions. You want your core strong and ready to back you up when you’re in the thick of a tough workout.

Plank tri-set (regular and sides): 30-60 seconds
Reverse crunch: 15-20 reps
Bicycle crunch: 10-15 reps per side
Vertical chair knee raise: 12-15 reps
Notes: Perform 2-4 total sets or circuits with now rest between exercises and a 1 minute rest between circuits.

Alex Savva is a sought-after strength and conditioning expert whose founded two supplement brands and the Toronto fitness studio CircuitFIT. Alex has a degree in physical and health education and is a professional member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association. He has more than 10 years experience in the fitness and nutrition industry, working with clients ranging from elderly beginners to professional athletes to transform their lifestyles, not just their bodies.

Week of Sep. 22, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Sep 21st, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, nutrition expert Rose Reisman stops by to help us choose it and lose it!

Breakfast Television and Rogers Media brands across the country are taking part in Canada’s Ultimate Twitter Party on Wednesday–tune in for your chance to win some fun prizes and feed your curiosity.

And to round off the week Friday, Frankie Flowers is back with the latest from the world of gardening.

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!

Road & TTC closures in Toronto for events & construction: Sept. 20-21

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014

Below is a list of road and TTC closures in Toronto for events and construction Sept. 20-21, as well as upcoming and ongoing closures due to road work.


Tour de Black Creek Bike Race for Kids
Road closures will be in effect in the Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue area on Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Word on The Street
Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Crescent will be closed in both directions from Bloor to College streets from Sept. 20 at 4 a.m. to Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m.

The Junction Music Festival
Dundas Street West, from Keele Street to Indian Grove, will be closed from Sept. 20 at 6 a.m. to Sept. 21 at 4 a.m.

Sunnybrook Foundation – RBC Run for the Kids 5K, 15K and 25K
The following roads will be closed on Sept. 20 from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

  • Beecroft Road from Sheppard Avenue to Finch Avenue
  • Two southbound lanes on Yonge Street between Finch Avenue and Harlandale Avenue
  • Westbound curb lane of Finch Avenue from Leslie Street to Dufferin Street

Construction projects

York Street watermain work
York Street, between Queens Quay and Harbour Street, is closed until Oct. 3 for watermain construction work.

Parkside Drive road & sidewalk repairs
Only one lane of Parkside Drive, between Bloor Street to Lake Shore Boulevard, will be closed until early November for road resurfacing and sidewalk repairs.

Adelaide Street West road, watermain & TTC work
Adelaide Street West, from Simcoe to York streets, will be partially closed until mid-November for watermain work, TTC track removal and road reconstruction.

Don Mills Road closure for watermain work
The southbound curb lane of Don Mills Road, from York Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue, will be closed until Nov. 30 for watermain relining.

An additional southbound lane on Don Mills will be closed from Mallard Avenue to Bond Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day.

Bridge repair on York Mills Road
One eastbound lane and one westbound lane on York Mills Road, from Lesmill to Scarsdale roads, will be closed for bridge repair.

The work started on Aug. 11 and will continue for around 11 weeks.

Watermain projects on Richmond Street
Richmond Street will be reduced to two lanes between Church and York streets for watermain work. The work started on Aug. 11 and will run through to October.

TTC work

Weekend subway closure
Subways won’t be running between St. Andrew and Union stations on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) on Sept. 20-21 for TTC work.


Drivers can stay up-to-date on construction details and updates by visiting the City of Toronto website.

Upcoming construction can also be viewed on the T.O. INview map.

Hundreds line up at Eaton Centre Apple store for new iPhones

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 19th, 2014

Hundreds of people lined up outside the Eaton Centre in Toronto overnight and on Friday morning to get their hands on the new iPhones.

Friday is the day many Apple fans have had circled on their calendars, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus went on sale in Canada and the U.S. at 8 a.m.

680News reporter Carl Hanstke said it’s the longest lineup he’s seen for an iPhone launch at the Eaton Centre. He estimates around 500 people have lined up outside the store.

One Apple enthusiast named Bianca said she’s been waiting since Wednesday afternoon.

“There’s a really big ritual to this, and it’s really nice to be a part of it,” she said.

However, she is not the first in line. Others have been waiting since Monday night.

A man named Reshan was the last person in line; however, he told Breakfast Television’s Winston Sih he wouldn’t camp out for a product overnight.

There are reports a lot of people are buying them to sell online for between $3,000 to $6,000. Others are reportedly also selling their spots in line.

CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney said the iPhones are the largest ever released. Watch a video of his review here.They are sleek with curved glass edges, and are thin and light. The devices also feature a HD retina display, which is more crisp, and an improved camera.

However, the most highly-anticipated feature will not be available to Canadians at launch. The NFC technology that Apple embedded in the phone for its Apple Pay Service, where a user taps a phone at the store to pay, will only launch in the U.S. for now.

Apple is allowing people to buy two iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, with the base models selling for $749 and $859, respectively.

The cost for an iPhone 6 starts at $264.99 (16GB) under select two-year plans at Rogers, while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $374.99.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, around 1,000 people gathered outside Apple’s flagship store in Tokyo as sales kicked off in Japan. In Hong Kong, hundreds lined up to score their pre-ordered iPhones.

The launch has been delayed in mainland China, which has sparked scalpers in Hong Kong to make a pretty profit.

Rogers is the parent company of this website.

With files from CityNews.ca and Carl Hanstke/680News.

Are you been waiting in line to buy the latest iPhone?

I know Tim Warmels because I used to be him!

| posted Friday, Sep 19th, 2014

If you woke up this morning with vivid memories of helicopters and dream dates with Canada’s most eligible bachelor… you’re not alone! For the next ten weeks, Friday mornings bring a steamy hangover as most of us recover from our own group dates watching the newest season of The Bachelor Canada.

It seems we’ve been waiting forever for Season 2 to begin – watching the promos, the big Bachelor reveal in Hello! Canada and checking out the new crop of female suitors from across Canada. I’ve personally been on the edge of my seat waiting for the new season of Bachelor Canada or, as I like to call it, The Bachelor Canada: Bigger, Better, Stronger, Faster, and More Handsome! Because I can confidently say that Tim Warmels is all of those things. How? I’ve met Tim and interviewed Tim but, more importantly: I used to be Tim.

Not in a weird way, this isn’t a stalker case brewing. I, Brad Smith, was the first Bachelor Canada. So the lovely people at HELLO! Online have asked me to chime in each week with my thoughts on the show and give my perspective, based on solid background in the field of all things #BachCan.

So, the second season kicked off last night the way all seasons should! Women at home were surely fawning over the semi-clothed new Bachelor, a small-town Canadian boy who went from the farm to business school, worked on Bay Street, runs a contracting business and drives motorcycles.

As he stands in waiting, the limos pull down the perfectly hosed, glistening driveway, and viewers immediately hear the visceral reaction the ladies have to Tim. Having been in Tim’s shoes, I can safely assure you that his nerves were through the roof, mouth completely dry and his heart was beating out of his chest!

The limo exits and first impressions are awesome to watch, but you and I know we’re all waiting for the cocktail party for things to get interesting (and alcohol-fuelled!). Night one is always the most complicated night. Twenty-five different backstories merged into one blur of a conversation… and then you’re asked to eliminate ten. Oh, and one woman could be your fiancée in a few weeks! It’s beyond overwhelming.

So for all you readers, here’s my take on the ladies:

1. Kaylynn (Vancouver, BC): Kaylynn is stunning and oozed confidence coming out of the limo in her blue dress. You could easily tell it was Tim’s first “yowza” moment! She became a little insecure despite sharing a great moment with Tim where he admitted he’d like to kiss her. But I say she’ll be around for a while.

2. April Brockman (Wasaga Beach, ON): With a dress straight off of Jessica in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, she definitely made an impression on Tim (and Canada!) Beautiful and slightly standoffish, it remains to be seen whether he’ll win her over.

3. Trisha (Edmonton, AB): Usually the pageant-queen routine is a bit much, but Trisha was too cute and bubbly to think anything besides. Way to own it! And you can’t forget her name… it’s on her sash!

4. Christine (Vancouver, BC): When the words “I’m a vocalist” come out, I usually cover my ears. I’m sorry, but I had to cover my eyes as well – this one was painful! But Tim saw something I didn’t and gave her a first impression rose! Maybe he’s tone deaf?

5. April Borgnetta (Victoria, BC): Job description: vagitian. Need I say more?

6. Lisa (Calgary, AB): After 5 minutes, we already have our Villain – and I’m sorry for all women of Calgary because that’s two years in a row that Cowtown has gotten a bad rap. After my season with Whitney (who is actually a great person), I know what Lisa’s brooding looks, drink tossing and statements like “I don’t care about any of these girls” mean…

7. Jenny (Hong Kong/ Vancouver, BC): A personal trainer from Hong Kong and Vancouver with what appears to be a South African accent. I dig it! She seems down-to-earth, unafraid and she can really wear a drink – that is, after Lisa spills one all over her! I hope she stays around a while.

8. Natalie (Cambridge, ON):  This French teacher drives a Camaro. As a kid from Quebec, who needs more? Tim didn’t, and gave her a first impression rose. She seems sweet and innocent, but she clearly fell in love with Tim within a few moments of night one. Could spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e.

This leads us into the Rose Ceremony, were Tim’s varied selection left everyone wondering about his taste – and what type of girl will get the guy.

Way to keep them guessing, Big Guy!

And now, there are only fifteen left! Tim eased Kaylynn’s worries with the opening rose and kept personal favourites April Brockman, Trisha, Sonia (a 42-year-old lingerie model), Jenny and the early crowd favourite and resident villain: Lisa.

I was surprised to see him say goodbye to Sarah, whom we didn’t see much of throughout the night. Same with Rebecca – it would have been nice to see a sweet girl from Calgary, and she even made him an apple pie. My guess: she’s no Betty Crocker!

Well it’s going to be a long and interesting season. And if the trailer for the season is any indication, we now know that Tim enjoys standing thoughtfully on bridges, making out and looking muscular by the waterside. And a woman from Calgary causes quite the stir among the ladies. Seems like I’ve lived this one before… minus the muscular part!

My first prediction for the Final Three:

Kaylynn, April Brockman and Lisa (have to keep some spice in there!)

Until next time, catch me every weekday morning on Breakfast Television (City, 5:30 AM to 9 AM). Each Friday at 8:10 AM, Dina Pugliese and I will be discussing all things #BachCan on BT. And follow me on Twitter: @bradcsmith!

Bye for now,

Bachelor 1.0

25 hopefuls vie for Tim’s love on City’s The Bachelor Canada

Cityline | posted Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014

Tim Warmels looks for love on the second season of The Bachelor Canada, premiering Thursday night on City.

Warmels has 25 bachelorettes competing for his attention, among them a lingerie model, an ER doctor and a personal trainer.

Born and raised in Campbellville, ON, Warmels attended business school at the University of Western Ontario before moving to Toronto and becoming an investment banker on Bay Street. He’s now exploring a number of tech ventures, and enjoys travelling and modelling in his spare time.

The best way to follow along with the show this season is on the brand new responsive site, as well as the Bachelor Canada appDownload it on your iPad to access video and photos from the show, bios of Tim and the contestants, the always-popular live chat, the Virtual Rose game (select your favourite ladies each week and see if they align with Tim’s picks), and the Fantasy Pool! Make your selections before the show airs weekly for your chance to win prizes from The Shopping Channel!

The Bachelor Canada, Season 2 premieres Thursday, September 18 at 8pmET (9MT/7CT) on City.

@bachelorCA (Twitter)
@BachCanTim (Twitter) / @timbo0505 (Instagram)

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