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5 things to do this weekend: Circus festival, Pan Am Path & potluck wedding

Christine Chubb | posted Friday, May 15th, 2015

In our weekly series, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests. This week, we have a variety of events ranging from taking in some acrobatics, craft beer celebrations and a public wedding.

May 15 – 18

Toronto International Circus Festival

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up this long weekend and be dazzled by a showcase of acrobats, daredevils and much, much more at the Toronto International Circus Festival! And it’ll be all PG because this annual, free event at Harbourfront Centre is aimed at kids under 12. From Saturday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tocircusfestival.com.

Pan Am Path Art Relay Launch Event

Bring your bike and cycle with three-time Olympic medalist Curt Harnett on Saturday at the launch of the Pan Am Path Art Relay Launch. Get to know nature by learning about birds, bugs and reptiles with folks from the ROM or take part in outdoor arts and crafts event. Bring your boots cause it could get mucky. The Pan Am Path is a multi-use trail that will give you a picturesque view of our great city through 84 kilometres of trails. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Panampath.org.

Queen Victoria’s Secret

Queen Victoria would approve if you celebrated her day by enjoying tasty craft beer and cider at the Evergreen Brick Works. The annual Queen Victoria’s Secret event is an all-ages, family friendly event and admission is free! Monday, noon to 5 p.m. at the Holcim Gallery and Koerner Gardens areas of the Evergreen Brick Works. Brewersbackyard.com.

Big Ideas

Take in some culture this long weekend at the Alumnae Theatre for Big Ideas. The event will host staged readings of works-in-progress from the award-winning writers of the New Play Development group on topics such as losing one’s virginity, the sometimes dysfunctional relationship between therapist and patients and the road to self acceptance. Tuesday to Sunday. No reservations, PWYC.Alumnaetheatre.com.

Marczyk + Marichka’s potluck Wedding

Celebrate the love of two Marczyk + Marichka — two people you probably don’t know — at their folking, potluck, park wedding. “We’re getting married in the heart of a city we call home… the place we fell in love, the place we planned our future,” the couple posted on their Facebook page. And everyone’s invited! There will be music, there will be dancing and it’ll probably let you one-up most of your co-workers’ long weekend stories. Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dufferin Grove Park. More information can be found on their Facebook Page.

Victoria Day 2015: Fireworks, what’s open & closed in Toronto

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 15th, 2015

The Canadian statutory holiday to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday is on Monday.

It falls on the Monday preceding May 25 and is also known as May 2-4 or the May long weekend.

Here’s a list of what is open and closed whether you are heading up to the cottage or spending the day in the city.


  • LCBO and Beer Stores
  • Government offices
  • City hall
  • Libraries & schools
  • Banks
  • Canadian Post and UPS


  • TTC will run on a holiday schedule
  • GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule
  • Movie theatres
  • Eaton Centre from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Square One from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Vaughan Mills from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Cookstown Outlet Mall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
  • Pacific Centre Mall from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Toronto Zoo
  • ROM
  • CN Tower
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Casa Loma
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Canada’s Wonderland

Ashbridges Bay Park
Mon. May 18, 9:45 p.m.

Canada’s Wonderland
Sunday, May 17, 10 p.m.

The best tips for planting in pots

Cityline | posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Spring has sprung and garden season is finally here, however, it isn’t always easy to know which pots, soils, or plants are right for you. Frank Ferragine came by with his best tips to make the start of gardening season a little easier.

Picking the right pot:

Although using multiple smaller pots may look more aesthetically pleasing, they may not always be the best choice for your plants. Using one larger pot for multiple plants can allow for better moisture retention due to the fact that there is a greater amount of soil in the pot to hold on to the water. Because the larger pots hold water for a longer period of time, they can be great for the busy gardener who may miss a day or two of watering. It’s also important to make sure to check the bottom of your pots for holes or a space for drainage. In order for plants to thrive, pots need to have a place where water can drain from the soil to ensure that your plants aren’t sitting in water.

Choosing the right soil:

The pot is just as important as the soil that goes in it! By buying soils that are specific to pots, you can ensure that your plants are getting the proper nutrients as well as the proper amount of space for water and root growth. Potting soil is great because it acts like a sponge to help hold in water. However, it’s important to check your plants soon after you water them. Due to this sponge-like texture, the first watering might let too much water drain to the bottom of the pot. Make sure to check back five minutes later and add more water to the soil if necessary.

Deciding on the right plants:

Certain plants thrive better depending on temperature and location. When buying plants, it is important to look at whether the plant is best in sun or shade, when they can be planted, and how long they will last. In some cases, plants may only be in bloom for a few weeks at a time, while others can last through the hot summer heat. Paying attention to all of these details when purchasing plants can make your gardening experience a lot easier by saving you both time and money.

Check out the video below for more tips from Frank:

Hydro One to fire employee for hurling vulgarities at CityNews reporter

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

A Hydro One employee will be fired after he was identified as one of the men who hurled obscenities at CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt during Sunday’s Toronto FC game.

Hydro One tells CityNews the employee violated the company’s code of conduct.

“Hydro one is taking steps to terminate the employee for violating our code of conduct,” said Hydro One’s Daffyd Roderick.

“Respect for all people is engrained in the code and in our values. We are committed to a work environment where discrimination or harassment of any type is met with zero tolerance.”

More to come

MLSE plans to ban fans who yell obscenties to reporters

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the Toronto police are taking action following incidents of people yelling “f— her right in the p—-” vulgarities to reporters on the street.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment tells CityNews fans who yell out vulgarities to reporters will be banned from all venues.

MLSE also says it is instituting extra security measures at big games as a result of ongoing vulgar incidents.

Toronto police tells CityNews it is consulting with the crown attorney’s office to consider charges.

This comes after CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt confronted several young men who hurled vulgarities at her while covering a Toronto FC soccer game on Sunday.

The crude trend, which started in the United States, involves people bombarding live reporters and yelling “f**k her right in the p***y” into their microphones.

MLSE released the following statement on Tuesday:

“We’re appalled that this trend of disrespectful behaviour would make its way to our city, let alone anywhere near our stadium. ‎We are working to identify the individuals, and when we do they will be banned from all of our facilities. Moving forward, we will also work with our local television outlets to provide extra security support to female reporters doing live hits at any of our games. Our organization is committed to an environment where everyone can feel safe and included and discrimination or intolerance of any kind will be met with a swift and serious response. We’re thankful to our vast majority of fans for standing up against such sexist behaviour and working with us to help prevent it in the future.”

More to come

CityNews’ Shauna Hunt confronts men hurling vulgarities at her while reporting

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt confronted several young men who hurled vulgarities at her while covering a Toronto FC soccer game on Sunday.

The crude trend, which started in the United States, involves people bombarding live reporters and yelling “f**k her right in the p***y” into their microphones.

Hunt patiently endured several instances of the degrading phrase before confronting some of the perpetrators.

“Can I ask why you would want to do say something like that?” she asked one man.

“I feel like it’s quite substantial,” he responds.

Later she noticed several other men lurking behind her and asked if they were waiting to bombard her as well.

They admitted that they were.

“You know I’m sick of this,” Hunt said. “I get this every single day, ten times a day…It’s disrespectful and degrading.”

“And If your mom had saw you talk like this?” she asked, ironically, on Mother’s Day.

“Oh my mom would die laughing, eventually,” he responded.

Hunt isn’t the only one who’s “sick” of the vulgarity.

Calgary police are prepared to press charges, sending a letter to broadcasters in the city that reads: “…We had a legal opinion obtained and have concluded this activity constitutes grounds for a charge and arrest.”

“Please report it to us as soon as possible so that we can follow up on it. I think if we collectively address this early, it may mitigate similar occurrences in the future.”

Calgary police say it violates section 175(1)(A) of the Criminal Code: Everyone commits an offence who “not being in a dwelling-house, causes a disturbance in or near a public place, (1) by fighting, screaming, shouting, swearing, singing or using insulting or obscene language.”

Several CityNews reporters have been on the receiving end of the so-called prank.

“What is it that makes them think that this is OK?” asked political specialist Cynthia Mulligan. “Because it’s a verbal assault. It just is.”

Breakfast Television’s Melanie Ng said it’s not only men who are guilty.

“We’re now starting to see not just guys, but women doing it and again of all ages. You’re seeing little girls and women in their 40s and 50s yelling in the background.”

And female reporters aren’t the only targets. Recently, CityNews’ Adrian Ghobrial got blindsided.

“For my female colleagues and female reporters and journalists across North America, it’s sexual harassment and it’s disgusting and needs to stop,” he said.

Toronto police say charges can indeed by laid, depending on the circumstances.

“I think there are a number of charges that could be laid,” said Meaghan Gray, Toronto police. “You could be looking at breach of the peace, or harassment, sexual harassment, mischief…”

With files from CityNews.ca

How to be a better grocery shopper

Diana Duong | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Learn how to pick the freshest produce and the most fibre-rich grains  —  not to mention the best deals and the shortest lines.

Pick perfect produce

Choose fruit that feels plump and heavy for its size. The skin should be firm and smooth with no tears, soft spots or bruises. Store fruit away from veggies (some fruit produces a gas that can make vegetables spoil).

Know your grains

Whole-grain products give you the benefits of both bran and germ, which are packed with vitamins and minerals. Whole wheat products, on the other hand, have had some of the bran and germ removed, although you still get more fibre from whole wheat than you do from white bread.

Get smarter about calcium

Keep an eye on milk fat (MF) in the dairy aisle. Angela Dufour, a registered dietitian in Bedford, N.S., recommends milk or yogurt with no more than 2 percent MF and cheese with less than 20 per cent. “You’ll save calories and still get the same amount of calcium.” When baking, buy buttermilk — it contains less fat than 2 per cent milk and provides the same texture.

Buy better beans

Dried beans should be uniform, smooth and shiny (when rinsing, pick out any that are discoloured, shrivelled or broken). Canned and dried are equally nutritious, but canned beans contain extra sodium. Rinsing canned chickpeas, lentils and beans for 30 seconds has been shown to reduce the sodium by 40 percent.

Shop strategically

Check flyers to see when the sale week begins and shop closer to the start date, when stock is plentiful. The best time to shop to avoid long lines is weeknights after 8 p.m., when the after-work rush is over and some meats, baked goods and produce with a short shelf life are marked down.

Be adventurous

Shop by the season and live by the flyer, says Dufour. “Instead of stocking up on bananas, why not try the pomegranates on sale? Try a new fruit or veggie each month to add different staples to your diet.”

Broadcaster Erin Davis’ daughter passes away at 24

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 11th, 2015

Lauren Davis, the daughter of popular Toronto radio host Erin Davis, has died at the age of 24.

Erin is a morning show host of our affiliate station CHFI.

Lauren was a new mom and a broadcaster with CFRA, a radio station in Ottawa.

Erin and her co-host Mike Cooper and the CHFI team were in Jamaica for a special broadcast of CHFI. The broadcast from Jamaica has been cancelled and the team is back in Toronto.

Erin and her husband Rob have issued the following statement: “Thank you to my extended CHFI family for the outpouring of love and support. I am overwhelmed by your heartfelt letters and messages to my family and me at this very difficult time in our lives.”

Click here for the story on CHFI.com.

Note: This website and CHFI are both owned by Rogers.

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