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Week of April 28, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Apr 27th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, Chatelaine’s west coast fashionista Susie Wall visits!

We have Kathy Buckworth, parenting expert and Rogers TV host, on Wednesday.

And to round out the week, it’s celebrity chef Corbin Tomaszeski with a healthy burger recipe!

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!

Kevin Frankish, The Iron Sheik duke it out on social media

Winston Sih | posted Friday, Apr 25th, 2014

Take a look at the hilarious social media back-and-forth that ensued when The Iron Sheik couldn’t make his appearance on Breakfast Television Thursday.

Then, The Iron Sheik watches and responds!

The social media buzz continues, and the man himself sends us an Instagram video message.

Upon more discussion of the back-and-forth on the air, The Iron Sheik sends us some choice words on Twitter and Instagram.

And with the help of wrestler Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Frankish shoots a message in return on the BT Instagram account!

Connected City: How Cold Turkey program works

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014

Connected City

A program called Cold Turkey can help you get your productivity back on track by blocking access to websites. City digital media correspondent Winston Sih takes a look at how it works.

Catch Connected City with Winston Sih on his weekly segment airing on CityNews: The 5.  View all previous segments by clicking here.

4 firefighters hurt in Mississauga industrial fire

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014

Four firefighters were hurt in a massive industrial fire in Mississauga on Wednesday morning.

An explosion caused a wall to collapse, injuring three firefighters. One of them was rushed to a downtown Toronto hospital in critical condition, and two other firefighters were taken to a local hospital. The fourth firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

Mississauga fire deputy chief Greg Laing three of the firefighters are now in serious but stable condition.

“The nature of their injuries are quite significant” said Laing. “We are all thinking and praying for our firefighters.”

The fire began on Thamesgate Drive near Airport Road around 4:30 a.m.

The building, an imported goods plant, contained butane lighters and bug spray, which exploded during the fire. The smoke is not toxic, Peel police said, but officers are wearing masks as a precaution.

An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the blaze but Laing noted that the business had not yet been inspected to determine it met with proper building and fire codes.

“From what we understand the owner had moved in and started his business however he had not gone through the process where our fire inspection division goes in, looks at what the business is going to do, examines the structure against the various codes that are in effect – the building code, the fire code – to ensure they are compliant,” said Laing. “I am unsure of where the owner was in that process. That will certainly be a large part of the investigation.”

Those who live in the area were asked to close their windows and Peel police asked people to stay out of the area bounded by Derry Road, Torbram Road, Steeles Avenue and Goreway Drive.

Businesses surrounding the fire were evacuated for several hours until it could be determined that the area was safe.

“Hazardous material on fire has values that are immediately dangerous to life and health and the risk of letting people in could not be justified so we kept (the area) closed,” said Laing.

The ministry of the environment was called in to assist the Hazmat unit to determine the safety of the area surrounding the building.

“There is definitely no danger right now and we’ve been able to shrink the isolation zone,” Laing explained.

Both Mississauga fire chief John McDougall and Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion expressed their concern for the injured firefighters.

“Our thoughts are with the firefighters who were injured,” Mississauga fire chief John McDougall said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters and their families. We are grateful for all emergency services personnel who are on site,” Mayor Hazel McCallion said.

She added that the Ontario fire marshal’s office is investigating and that the fire chief will provide a detailed report to her and councillors soon.

View her YouTube statement below.

Peel police have also closed the CN rail tracks north of the area and GO Transit service is affected. Click here for details. GO Transit users can show their Presto Card to get free access to TTC service at five stations: Dundas West, Finch, Yorkdale, York Mills and Lawrence West.

While schools are not closed, buses in the area are affected and will be delayed by road closures, the Peel District School Board said. Click here to see the full list of schools.

Amateur video of the fire was posted on YouTube. Watch it below. We’re always looking for your photos and video – send them to us @BTtoronto when safe to do so.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

Our favourite Mother’s Day gift ideas

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014

Looking for a special gift to give to your one-and-only mom this Mother’s Day?

We’ve assembled our favourite ideas that won’t break the bank and that your mom is certain to love!

Frame a favourite family photo. In the digital age, it seems we rarely take the time to process photos anymore. But there’s something lovely about a framed photo, and if it’s a well-composed photo of the family — perhaps professionally done, or one taken on vacation — we guarantee your mom will love it. Or, take it a step further and make an album for your mom — photos from a recent trip or a week at the cottage. She’ll love flipping through it and remembering what a great time you had.

A hobby-inspired gift. Does your mom love to garden? Buy her a new pair of gardening gloves, a gardening tool or two, and some seed packets or seedlings. If your mom is active, head to the sporting goods store and pick up an accessory or two based on the sport of her choice. If she loves yoga, buy her a few drop-in classes. If your mom loves to cook, pair a new cookbook with a few fun kitchen accessories. A gift based on something you know she loves to do is thoughtful and will be appreciated.

Give your mom a spa day at home. I’m sure we’d all love to treat our moms to a luxurious spa retreat, but those can be expensive. It’s easy to give your mom a spa day at home – buy some scented bubble bath or bath salts, an individually-packed facial masque, some moisturizer, and a new nail colour for her fingers and/or toes. Bump up the experience with her favourite magazines, herbal tea, and a healthy spa-inspired lunch.

A book or magazine subscription. Reading can be a luxury for the busy mom. So give her a good book or magazine, and, perhaps more importantly, make sure she has some down time that day to turn a few pages. Looking for a good read for Mom? Head on over to our Cityline Book Club for a few suggestions!

A summery tote. Buying a new bag for Mom can be expensive, but with a tote it doesn’t have to be. Totes are endlessly practical, and because they’re often less expensive, you can find one in a bright, summery shade. We love bright oranges, crisp apple greens, and rosy pinks – but you know your mom best. Pick a shade and style you think would appeal to her.

Make your mom breakfast in bed. It’s true that homemade gifts are the best – especially when that homemade gift is breakfast in bed. We’ve got great ideas on how to do breakfast in bed for your mom, including recipe suggestions,right here!

What are you doing for your mom this Mother’s Day! Share your ideas in the comments below!

For more great Mother’s Day content, visit Cityline’s Mother’s Day feature section here.

Week of April 21, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Apr 20th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, we have Paul Bernard Rodgers–an English rock singer-songwriter, best known for his success in the 1970s as vocalist of Free and Bad Company.

Plus, CHEESEWERKS stops by with some delicious grilled cheese inspirations on Wednesday.

And on Friday, WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler stops by to talk wrestling and his side gig as a stand-up comic.

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!

Meet Canada’s new Bachelor, Tim Warmels!

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014

Get ready ladies, there’s a new Bachelor in town.

Tim Warmels, a Toronto-based entrepreneur, is ready to begin his search for love as the star of Season 2 of The Bachelor Canada, premiering this fall on City.

Fans across the country were introduced to the 28-year-old Thursday on Breakfast Television.

“Season 1 paved the way for Canadian bachelors to come forward and embrace this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find love and I’m honoured to have been chosen,” he says. “My parents have shown me what unconditional love truly means and I am ready to find the one person with whom I can share that. I have so much respect for the 25 amazing women who are putting it all on the line to go on this journey with me and I can’t wait to meet them.”

Born and raised in the small town of 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 now has a number of tech ventures, and enjoys travelling, modeling and building custom furniture in his spare time.

Among the 25 women vying for Tim’s love, ‘Canada’s Choice’ bachelorette Raelee. The 24 remaining bachelorettes will be announced in the coming months.

Fans can also learn more about Tim by connecting with him via Twitter at @BachCanTim and Instagram at @Timbo0505. There’s also an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his HELLO! Canada photo shoot at HelloMagazine.ca.

Wondering what advice Season One Bachelor Brad Smith has for Tim? Watch the clip below to find out!

Q&A session with FLARE:

Prior to being cast as the next Bachelor Canada, had you watched any of the past seasons of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette?
I had never watched it, but I was familiar with the concept. After I found out I was going to be the new Bachelor, I watched the first two episodes of The Bachelor Canada with Brad Smith. I wanted to get a sense of what the show looks like and what happens, but other than that I didn’t want to bias myself.

Have you had a chance to speak with Brad? 
Yeah, he was really helpful. He said that you forget about the cameras almost right away and it feels really natural. He also said to be prepared to feel really insecure. It can be a weird experience with a lot going on around you, and you just have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the night and remind yourself why you’re there.

What type of woman are you hoping to meet?
Everything stems from one quality for me—they need to be happy with who they are. They don’t have to be perfect by any means, but happy with the path that they’re on or who they are as a person or where they’re going in life.

How important is a sense of style in a potential partner?
I had this conversation with a couple of my friends a while ago, and something that really struck me was the difference between being fashionable and being stylish. Anyone can walk into a store and buy the latest thing, but it takes someone who is truly stylish to wear something, whether it’s old or new, and pull it off in her own way. That’s what really attracts me.

What type of dater are you? A serial monogamist, a casual dater, a lone wolf or…?
I’m the type of guy that quits when he knows there’s nothing there. So sometimes you can figure that out quite quickly, and other times it takes a while.

What’s the worst date you’ve ever had?
On a second date, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to go down to the waterfront after the Santa Claus Parade. While we were sitting on a bench, a bird pooped in my date’s hair. It took 20 minutes to clean up! But we ended up dating for two years.

And the best date?
The ones that come to mind are when we’ve really hit it off, right from the start and we’re just making fun of each other within five seconds of sitting down.

How important is it to find somebody who shares your interests? 
Although that might give you something to talk about at the start, I think being open to trying new things is something that can help people come together more easily. Also, I want somebody who brings something new to the table. For example, my dad loves camping and my mom would never have set food in the wilderness before she met him. But now that’s a big part of our family.

Does your parent’s marriage inform the type of relationship you are looking for?
It has an enormous amount of influence on what I see as being the ideal relationship. Mainly because they haven’t always been happy. There have definitely been tough times, but seeing them go through it together and amass 35 years of marriage is something that’s really inspiring to me.

You own a home in Toronto and are pretty established here. Depending on who you meet, would you be open to relocating?
There’s a quote that I live my life by: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” If you want to try and plan everything in advance, then go nuts, but it’s going to be hilarious to see what actually gets thrown your way.

When you reach the end of the show, do you think you’re going to feel comfortable proposing?
That definitely is a weird thing to think about, but once I know that I want something, I’m really not afraid of jumping right in.

Social media:

Like The Bachelor Canada Facebook.com/TheBachelorCanada
Follow The Bachelor Canada on Twitter @BachelorCA

With files from Suzanne Ellis, Cityline.ca

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