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Rob Ford gets celebrity treatment in Los Angeles

CityNews | posted Sunday, Mar 2nd, 2014

Toronto’s controversial mayor is getting the celebrity treatment on a surprise trip to Los Angeles.

Rob Ford touched down in Tinseltown on Saturday and was greeted by late-night talk show jokester Jimmy Kimmel, who wore a chauffeur’s cap and held a sign reading “FORD.”

The mayor told reporters he’d “love to” to attend the Oscars on Sunday, and will also appear on Kimmel’s show — which has repeatedly ribbed the headline-grabbing Ford — Monday night.

When asked if he was taking Ford as his Oscar guest, a chuckling Kimmel replied “absolutely, wherever he wants to go.”

Ford says that after many requests he finally agreed to be a guest on Kimmel’s show because the host personally asked him.

Passersby snapped photos while Ford and Kimmel bantered as they made their way through the airport.

“I’m happy to have you here,” Kimmel told Ford.

“Thank you, thank you. We’re going to have a good time,” replied the mayor.

An upbeat Ford played along with Kimmel’s gag, slipping him a tip before hopping in a waiting vehicle.

Ford, who is running for re-election, rocketed to the attention of the international media after his bombshell revelation last year that he smoked crack while in office — an admission seized upon by wise-cracking late-night hosts in the U.S.

And in yet another sign he’s become the rare Canadian politician with name recognition stateside, a larger-than-life replica of Ford smoking a crack pipe was featured front and centre Friday in a Mardi Gras parade float sending up Canadian celebrities.

Twitter lit up on news of Ford’s L.A. trip.

“@TOMayorFord pls stay there,” one user quipped.

“THEY’RE ALL GONNA LAUGH AT YOU,” another posted.

With files from The Canadian Press

Wind chill, extreme cold warnings end for Toronto

CityNews | posted Friday, Feb 28th, 2014

The wind chill warning for Toronto and the GTA from Environment Canada has ended. And Toronto cancelled its extreme cold weather alert on Friday afternoon after issuing it on Monday.

There’s a high of -11 C in the forecast for the last day of February. The average high this time of year is 2 C (yes, above zero), 680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said.

Friday will be sunny and cold, with a low near -12 C.

Temperatures will rise overnight, with scattered flurries and a brief break from the bitter cold on Saturday. Saturday’s high is near 0 C and the low is near -13 C.

“If you’ve got any ice or snow around your house, you’ve got to chip it off and get rid of it. Maybe even throw some salt on there on Saturday,” CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said, as the warming weather could cause it to melt.

“Two to five centimetres of snow are on the way from Saturday night into Sunday morning,” she said.

On Sunday, the colder weather will return, with a high near -7 C and a low near -18 C.

Click here for the full forecast.

Internship opportunity at Breakfast Television – Summer 2015

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Feb 24th, 2014

Passionate about breaking news, lifestyle content, social media, and producing creative and engaging stories for television and online?

Breakfast Television is a three-and-a-half hour LIVE television news and lifestyle production and is looking for full-time production and digital interns for its Summer 2015 term. The successful applicant must be studying a relevant program, and the internship must be part of their school curriculum.

We’re looking for an individual who’s bright, creative, and energetic, with a passion for news- and lifestyle-themed content, plus the ability to hunt down the latest trends before they go viral! Knowledge of video production and editing would be considered a strong asset.

The position runs eight weeks, May through August 2015, and is a full-time, five-day-a-week program, running from 6 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in our downtown Toronto studios.

Should you fulfill the requirements and wish to apply for the position, please forward your resume and cover letter, along with your placement officer’s name and contact info, to:

Please include ‘Internship‘ in the subject line.

Alternately, send a hard copy to:

City – Rogers Media Inc.
Breakfast Television Internship Program
33 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1B8

If we are interested in following up with you, we will be in touch to set up an interview.

Week of Feb. 24, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Feb 23rd, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

They’re climbing the charts with their hit single Best Day of My Life, American Authors is set to perform on BT Tuesday.

On Wednesday, we’ll meet the director of the upcoming animated adventure Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

And on Thursday, it’s Satisfaction Guaranteed as Canadian singing sensation Alyssa Reid stops by to chat about her sophomore release. You can’t miss that!

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!

Google Street View can help locate snow-covered catch basins

CityNews | posted Thursday, Feb 20th, 2014

With lots of rain in store for Toronto and the potential for flooding, city officials are urging residents to help clear catch basins on their streets.

The city says it is deploying extra crews to clear catch basins to help prevent flooding. The focus is on known problem areas, as well as spots around bus stops, crosswalks and key intersections.

Residents are being asked to help clear ice and snow from catch basins in front of their homes so water can get to the storm sewer.

But if the sewers are covered with snow, you can find them using Google Street View.

Here’s how:
•    Go to maps.google.ca.
•    Enter your address in the search engine.
•    Drag the yellow male icon to the street on the map.
•    Look for the square grates on the road in the image.

Residents are also asked to call 311 to report any flooding.

During extreme weather, the city says it may be inundated with calls and they will be answered by the first available agent. The service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

With files from Showwei Chu, CityNews.ca

Counting down to Cityline’s 30th anniversary!

Winston Sih | posted Monday, Feb 10th, 2014

It’s been a Canadian household staple for many years, but can you believe Cityline is turning 30? The show is looking pretty fab for 30!

Tracy Moore, alongside the show’s roster of guest experts, will be celebrating the milestone with a look back at some of the program’s best moments, and what lead Cityline to be one of the most-watched, longest-running daytime television shows in Canadian TV history.

The primetime special to air on City Thursday, Feb 20 at 8 p.m. ET (9 p.m. MT/7 p.m. CT) will not only feature some of Tracy and the experts’ favourite moments, but will be fully interactive, featuring your viewer memories on-air through social media. They will be tweeting throughout the program @CitylineCA and #Cityline30, as well as posting photos on their Facebook and Instagram feeds.

In a special 30th-anniversary section online at Cityline.ca/30, you can find a ‘Vintage Cityline‘ page where each weekday leading up to the special, a vintage clip will be posted featuring one of their guest experts–talk about a throwback!

Take a stroll down Memory Lane by clicking here. Plus, send your favourite memories of the show from years gone by. Share a tip that you learned from one of their guest experts, a particularly fond or funny memory that stands out in your mind, or a project that inspired you to attempt your own version at home.

Email your memories and/or photos to submissions@cityline.ca, with the subject line: Cityline 30th Anniversary. Be sure to include your name and contact info, including where you’re from.

Congratulations, Cityline!

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