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Toronto-bound QEW at Burlington Skyway reopens

CityNews | posted Monday, Aug 4th, 2014

All lanes of the Toronto-bound QEW at the top of the Burlington Skyway have reopened, the OPP has confirmed.

The closure had been in effect since 3:30 p.m. on Thursday after a dump truck crashed into scaffolding on the bridge in a construction zone.

“As a result of the collision, the bridge structure sustained significant damage,” the OPP said in a release. “Three other vehicles, a transport truck and two cars were also damaged subsequent to the initial collision.”

Ministry spokesperson Astrid Poei said the cleanup included removal of vehicles, steel debris, and included a thorough structural inspection. Additional repairs will be made over the next two months.

The OPP says a 34-year-old Sukhvinder Singh Rai, from Brampton, faces charges of impaired driving and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content. He is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton court on Aug. 22.

Rai received minor injuries in the crash.

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

 

Week of August 4, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 4th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend! We’re back live on Tuesday with a preview of Sportsnet magazine’s annual Beauty of Sport issue, featuring 18 of Canada’s top athletes.

Mariel Hemingway stops by Wednesday to talk about healthy living from the inside out.

And on Friday, a performance by Aussie pop sensations Justice Crew.

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!

Toronto-bound QEW at Burlington Skyway closed until Monday due to crash

CityNews | posted Friday, Aug 1st, 2014

The OPP says a 34-year-old man is facing an impaired driving charge after a crash that’s closed all lanes of the Toronto-bound QEW at the top of the Burlington Skyway at least until Monday morning.

Witnesses said they watched in disbelief as a dump truck crashed into scaffolding on the bridge in a construction zone around 3:30 p.m., creating a traffic nightmare that could extend well into the weekend.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and then I heard other truckers honking but the guy kept going, he actually was going faster. It was so surreal,” said Robert Grimme. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And the next thing you know, ‘Bang!’ ”

In a tweet, Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca says that the Toronto-bound lanes would remain closed over the weekend, and into the holiday Monday:

Sukhvinder Singh Rai, from Brampton, faces charges of impaired driving and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content. He is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton court on Aug. 22.

Rai received minor injuries in the crash.

“As a result of the collision, the bridge structure sustained significant damage,” the OPP said in a release. “Three other vehicles, a transport truck and two cars were also damaged subsequent to the initial collision.”

A heavy tow truck was at the scene and the Ministry of Transportation and engineers have been called in to gauge the amount of damage.

View alternate Toronto-bound routes 

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Engineers assess the structural damage of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Engineers assess the structural damage of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

 

What’s open & closed in Toronto for the August long weekend

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Friday, Aug 1st, 2014

Properly called Simcoe Day, commonly called the August civic holiday, most people in the Greater Toronto Area can call Monday a day off.

Businesses are not required to close Monday under the provincial Retail Business Holidays Act, so they may open at the discretion of the municipality.

The holiday is also observed in most other provinces and territories, although it goes by different names and is often celebrated with different traditions: In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island the day is known as as Natal Day, while it is Regatta Day in Newfoundland. Even in Ottawa the Civic Holiday goes by a different name, often referred to as Colonel By Day.

Open

  • Tourist attractions (ROM, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium)
  • Major malls (Eaton Centre, Yorkville, Fairview, Sherway Gardens, Square One, Vaughan Mills)
  • Select Beer Store locations (Click here for a full list)
  • LCBO (About 370 corporate stores will be open. Click here to check the hours for your location. Authorized LCBO vendors in small towns may open at their own discretion.)
  • Movie theaters

Closed

  • Tourist attractions (AGO, TIFF Bell Lightbox)
  • Banks
  • Government offices
  • Post offices and mail delivery
  • All Toronto Public Library branches

Weekend Events

  • Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
  • OVO Fest
  • Rogers Cup
  • TD Irie Music Festival

Click here for a full list of road closures over the long weekend.

Your fave cold drinks for a HOT day

Cityline | posted Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014

A hot cup of tea or coffee keeps you warm on cold days, but in the summer it’s a whole different story. What if we told you that you could make your own favourite beverage to keep you cool and refreshed even on the hottest summer days? Here are Pay Chen’s tips and ideas for making delicious cold drinks at home without all the fuss!

ICED TEA
This is super easy to make, cheaper than buying in the store, plus you are able to control the sugar content by adding only natural fruits and flavours!

Pay’s tips:

  • Brew your tea stronger than you would drink it hot. Use more tea instead of letting it brew longer (letting it brew longer can make it bitter).
  • Add sugar to the tea when it’s hot so that it dissolves – it will be grainy if you try to add sugar when the tea is cold. Or make a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar) to sweeten your cold tea.
  • Use your favourite loose leaf tea or tea bags and enjoy!

TEA SMOOTHIE
Smoothies are a quick go-to breakfast or refreshing drink that are great for kids, too!

Pay’s tips:

  • Mix it up by using your favourite green tea or fruity tea.
  • Use seasonal fresh fruits, or frozen berries for a quick, frothy drink.

COLD COFFEE
No need to spend $5 on your favourite iced coffee! Save yourself the dough by simply making your own! There are tons of ways to mix it up just the way you like.

Pay’s tips:

  • Pour coffee into ice cubes and add that to milk or iced coffee for added flavour.
  • Remember to keep your coffee strong because ice will water it down (or use coffee ice cubes!).

For more of Pay’s great tips, check out her video demonstration below!

Click here for more great summer entertaining ideas from Cityline!

Forget camping, go glamping!

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014

Does the thought of camping send shivers down your spine? Sure, we all love the great outdoors, but living out there for days (or even weeks!) could sound like a total nightmare. No phones, no electricity, pesky mosquitoes, and sleeping on a rocky surface — no, thank you! As it turns out, there is an alternative to camping (and no, it doesn’t mean a 5-star hotel).

Let us introduce you to “glamping.” Glamping means luxurious camping. What does that even mean, and how is that even possible? Well, let Shoana Jensen tell you herself! She has provided the essentials to have the perfect glamping trip! Check out her 6 must-haves and get packing!

For more great glamping tips, click here and check out Shoana’s video below:

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