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Six tips to help you stay on top of your email

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Sabrina Geremia is manager, integrated solutions, for Google and heads up its initiative to bring talented girls from around the globe into the tech industry.

1. Separate business and pleasure

I have three different email accounts: Work, personal Gmail for friends and a third I share with my husband (it’s where we keep our family calendar to manage appointments and travel plans). Without having different inboxes I’d find it hard to keep track of who I’ve responded to and who I haven’t.

2. Try face time

If an email thread becomes too long, includes too many people or is delivering bad news, it’s probably not the right medium. This is the moment to get up from your desk or pick up the phone and actually have a conversation.

3. Weed out the clutter

I get over 100 emails a day so I have to have a system. When my inbox is full of unread messages, the first thing I do is delete or archive the ones I don’t need to read — I can usually tell from the subject line. The second step is to prioritize (star or label) the most important ones, then deal with them.

4. Email etiquette

Emails should be short and punchy, not essays. I often use bullets, or I bold key messages to make it clear what the purpose of the email is. Also, I don’t care how short it is — that’s no excuse for sloppy grammar, spelling, salutations or language.

5. Stop the deluge!

I regularly take a few moments to unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Simple, I know, but it really makes a difference. I’ve also found that the less email I send the less I receive.

6. Schedule screen time

Every Friday I sit down with my assistant to look at the week ahead and prioritize my time. Then we slot in blocks of work time. I use it to catch up on my emails. When I’m with my family I make sure I spend real time with my children instead of being distracted by my phone. The same goes for my team. We’ve developed a culture of not sending work-related emails on weekends unless it’s incredibly urgent.

The latest and greatest gear for your workout

Cityline | posted Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

For most, spring is the time to ditch the winter sweaters and squeeze in some time to work out — because bikini season is among us, after all. Now if that sends shivers down your spine, you are not alone!

We’re sure we can all agree that the first “outside run” of the New Year is a rough one indeed. But fear not, as we have just the motivation you need. From a trendy bracelet that doubles as a safe sun exposure app, the latest sports bra technology, and all the way to brightly coloured runners, Karine Ewart has everything you’ll need to look great and feel great while working out.

Air Canada shows off Dreamliner jet at Pearson airport

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Air Canada is showing off the first of its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners at Pearson International Airport on Tuesday.

The state-of-the-art jet can seat 251 passengers. It’s quieter, lighter and 20 per cent more fuel efficient than similar-sized planes, the airline says.

Air Canada has ordered 37 Dreamliners at a cost of $6 billion, and they’ll start going into service in September.

According to analysts, Air Canada will now be able to offer more options for travellers, but fares aren’t expected to fall.

The Dreamliners will be deployed on routes currently serviced by the older and smaller 767s, including Vancouver to Tokyo and Vancouver to Shanghai, as well as new routes to fast-expanding markets in China and India.

According to a report in the Globe and Mail, Air Canada plans to expand its Asian schedule with an expected surge in demand over the next decade. The carrier’s first Dreamliner is slated to be in service between Toronto and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport starting in July.

The entire $6-billion order is expected to be completed by 2019.

The Dreamliner completed its first flight on Sunday landing at Pearson airport. The flight was carrying 100 of the airline’s employees and was given a water cannon salute as it taxied to the terminal.

Boeing has had to sort out some teething troubles with the 787. A fire on one of the jets parked in Boston last year forced a redesign of the 787′s batteries.

Also in February, an Air India Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing due to a software malfunction.

A joint report from Boeing and the U.S. government concluded the 787 was soundly designed and met its intended safety level.

With files from The Canadian Press

Week of May 19, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 19th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

He’s one of Canada’s most adventurous chefs–Bob Blumer will be firing up some pizza on the barbecue Wednesday.

On Thursday, Bruce Sellery joins us to chat personal finance.

And to round off the short work week on Friday, Simple Plan stops by the Breakfast Television studio.

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!

Victoria Day 2014: Fireworks, what’s open/closed & Toronto events

CityNews | posted Saturday, May 17th, 2014

The Victoria Day long weekend is upon us and there’s plenty to do in the city to celebrate the unofficial kickoff to summer. The weather forecast is sunny but on the cool side.

What’s open & closed

Although LCBO and Beer stores are closed on Monday, many cottage-area LCBO stores that normally close at 6 p.m. on Friday may remain open later into the evening and also on Saturday evening. Customers should check for individual store hours online at lcbo.com or by calling (800) ONT-LCBO (668-5226).

Some Beer Stores will have extended hours on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here to view the list of stores.

Closed on Victoria Day (Monday):

  • LCBO and Beer stores
  • Libraries and schools
  • Banks
  • Government offices
  • No garbage pickup
  • No mail delivery


  • TTC will run on a holiday schedule on Monday
  • GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule on Monday
  • Most malls are open on Monday: Eaton Centre (10 a.m – 6 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Cookstown Outlet Mall (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Pacific Mall (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Tourist sites and city-run golf courses

Firework displays

Thinking of planning your own display? Toronto bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in any city park.

Ashbridges Bay Park
The fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. on Monday at the park, located at Coxwell Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard, featuring about 2,000 fireworks.

A special viewing area will available for people with disabilities and their families. Seating in that area is limited.

Ashbridges Bay Spit will be closed for fireworks setup starting at 10 a.m.

Admission is free. Click here for more information.

Canada’s Wonderland
After spending your day at the amusement park, located at 9580 Jane St. in Vaughan, you can take in a fireworks display over Wonder Mountain.

The show starts at 10 p.m. on Sunday (weather permitting), and it’s included with park admission.

Click here for more information.

Other Victoria Day events in Toronto & across GTA

Riverdale Farm

See traditional farm animals such as cows and horses at Riverdale Farm, and while you are there, you can visit the farm residence and the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum.

The farm, which is located at 201 Winchester St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, and admission is free.

Click here for more information.

High Park Zoo
If you love baby animals, head on over to the High Park Zoo to see the adorable spring babies.

The park is located at Parkside Drive and Bloor Street West, and the zoo will be open from 7 a.m. to dusk.

Admission is free.Click here for more information.

Toronto gardens
For those who love to garden, check out the Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.).

The conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

Click here for more information.

Fort York
Travel back in time as you check out English country dancing, a soldiers’ drill and a walking tour.

Click here for admission and other information.

Click here for other events at the city’s historic sites.

SuperFan ComicCon
If comics are your thing, the SuperFan ComicCon will be taking place for the first time in Toronto.

The event features anime vendors, memorabilia and collectibles, cosplay costume contests and more.

The event will be held from Saturday to Monday at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place.

Click here for admission and other information.

Artfest at the Distillery
Artfest Toronto kicks off its summer season at the historic Distillery District.

The three-day event features exhibits from top artists and artisans showcasing their arts and crafts. There will also be gourmet foods and live music on hand.

Click here for more information.

Black Creek Pioneer Village
Ever dreamed about being rescued by your Prince Charming? Well, you don’t have to be child to fall in love with fairy tales.

Listen to the classic tales of Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and Cinderella, and also participate in prince and princess lessons, treasure hunts, a pirate workshop, Cinderella’s Ball and more.

The event runs from Saturday to Monday. Click here for admission and other information.

Harbourfront Centre
The circus comes to town this long weekend! The HarbourKIDS Toronto International Circus Festival features acrobats, jugglers, comedians and clowns.

It runs from Saturday to Monday. Click here for admission and other information.

Toronto Zoo
Giant pandas Er Shun and Da Mao, polar bear Humphrey, gorilla silverback Charles, and other cute animals are awaiting you at the zoo.

Visitors can all check out World Turtle Week and the Long Weekend Zoo Challenge from Saturday to Monday.

Click here for admission and other information.

Golf and tennis
All city-operated golf courses and public tennis courts will be open on Victoria Day.

Splash pads
Most city-run splash pads are open on Saturday.

Chinguacousy Park (9050 Bramalea Rd.) in Brampton will feature amusements rides, a petting zoo, paddle boats, mini golf and more from Friday to Monday.

Admission is free. Click here for more information.

Belt out your rendition of When the Saints Go Marching In as you take dance in a Mardi Gras-style pep rally at Celebration Square (300 City Centre Dr.) on Monday.

You can also move to the New Orleans’ brass beats of the Stooges Brass Band.

The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and admission is free. Food trucks will be on site from noon to 8 p.m.

Click here for more information.

The Milton Fair Grounds (136 Robert St.) will host a Family Fun Fair & Fireworks Show from Friday to Monday (10 a.m. to dusk)

The event features food trucks, a midway, other family fun, and fireworks.

Click here for more information.

Got a suggestion to add to this list? Comment below.

With files from Patricia D’Cunha, CityNews.ca

5 things to do this weekend: Sports movies, circus acts and fireworks

CityNews | posted Friday, May 16th, 2014

May 16-19, 2014

Canadian Sport Film Festival: If you’re in the mood for some slow-motion training montages on the silver screen this is probably the film festival for you. Twenty-two films about sports from rugby to ballroom dancing. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West. Friday-Sunday, various times. $12 regular, $7 for students and seniors. sportfilmfestival.ca

3D Printing for Total Beginners: Learn the basics of designing for digital fabrications and print 3D models of your own creations. Hot Pop Factory, 215 Spadina Ave. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. $49 plus tax. hotpopfactory.com

Urban Capers: Murder at the ROM: Working in teams, solve the mystery by following clues that lead you through the museum’s collections. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. $29.99 (includes museum admission). urbancapers.com

Toronto International Circus Festival: Watch trapeze artists, jugglers, and acrobatics before trying out some circus tricks for yourself. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Saturday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. tocircusfestival.com

Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay: Nothing says long weekend like a brilliant fireworks display. The show at Ashbridges Bay is one of the city’s most spectacular. Ashbridges Bay Park, Lake Shore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue. Monday, 10 p.m. Free. toronto.ca

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca, submit it through the Your Stories tool on the right side of CityNews.ca or via our mobile apps.

With files from Sarah-Joyce Battersby, CityNews.ca

Social Stream: #BTontheroad at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Join us as Breakfast Television heads to the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa to kick off the May long weekend!

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram postings using the hashtag #BTontheroad, as well as in the social stream below.

Latest video blog:

Click here to watch our previous #BTontheroad Live Eye segments.

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