Posted in Canada, Community, Toronto, urbandaddyblog

Winter has come to Toronto! Do you know what the snow rules are and what can cause the City to fine you?

Do you know what the snow rules in the city are? You should pay attention since the City of Toronto needs extra revenue and many of these infractions are clear as freshly fallen snow.

Do NOT shovel snow on to the street!

Instead, keep it on your property because it is illegal to push it on the road, and if you do, you could be handed a $360 fine, which goes up to $1,000 for repeat offenders.

What happens if you don’t shovel?

You could face a $125 fine.

Shovel the sidewalk in front of your house!

The city will clear snow from sidewalks after 8cm of snow has fallen – 5cm in January and February – but only if you live in the suburbs.  If you live in downtown or central Toronto you have 12 hours after the snowfall ends to have that sidewalk cleaned off. Failing to do so could result in a fine of $125.00 as per Municipal Code Chapter 719.

What do you do if your neighbours never shovel the sidewalk?

Call 311 and complain.

Most fines are doled out after people complain to the city about their neighbour. Any subsequent complaints or follow-up investigations may result in fines being imposed for non-compliance.

Caught driving with snow on your car?

Section 74 of the Highway Traffic Act says you have to be able to see clearly out of your front, front side and rear windows and while there is an exception for rear windows if you can see with your mirrors, if it is determined that you cannot see clearly, the fine $110.


Posted in family, Food, Recommends, urbandaddyblog

National Caramel Day. Yum! Celebrate with Theo + Jacobsen.

Did you know that Saturday April 5th is National Caramel Day?

Neither did I, until I received an email regarding – what else – Caramel, from the fine folks at Theo + Jacobsen Salt Co.

Theo Chocolate has salty, sweet and full-bodied caramel treats to snack on and they ship throughout the US and their treats are available here in Canada at fine retailers such as Whole Foods.

As the first Organic, IMO Fair Trade Fair for Life and NON-GMO certified bean-to-bar chocolate maker in North America, Theo Chocolate make great chocolate and make our world a better place.

Based in Seattle, with a whole lot of social responsibility, these chocolates are delicious and responsible and I know that because I’ve eaten them before (nothing has been provided to me in compensation for writing this post) and I am just learning of the different way they make their chocolates – not at the expense of anyone else.

In their words; “From the cacao farmer in the Congo, to the truck driver in Seattle, to the chocolate lover in Philadelphia—there is a thread that runs through us all. Theo believes in celebrating those connections, in strengthening them and in finding inspiration within them—inspiration to change the world. We know that every action has a result. That the choices we make here in Seattle, Washington touch lives across the planet in real and lasting ways. That knowledge, and that responsibility, is what drives us to do things differently, to help make the world a better place. We think about every choice we make, every action we take and how it will impact our interconnected world.”

Next time I am in Seattle, I am taking The Urban Daddy family on a Factory Tour!

In the meantime, to celebrate National Caramel Day, here are some treats to order / run out and buy;

· Theo + Jacobsen Salt Co. Sea Salt 4 Piece Caramel Collection

o This truly unique combination of buttery Theo Caramel, rich Chocolate, and crisp Jacobsen Salt Co. sea salts – harvested from the Oregon Coast – lets you wet your feet with four revitalizing fillings: Citrus, Verjus, Lemongrass Curry, Mesquite. ($12)

· Café Vita Caramel Collection

o Café Vita Coffee + Theo Dark and Milk Chocolate + Luscious Carmel = Happiness. Enough said. ($8.80)

· Artisan Sampler Caramel Collection

o Still not taking any sides? This SOFI Gold Winning sampler contains four of our most popular Caramel-infused flavors: Ghost Chili, Grey Salted Vanilla, The Café Vita Caramel and Pink Salted Caramel. ($8.80)

In addition, at the dinner table it[‘s time to have this conversation with the children: Is it Car-mel or Car-a-mel?

I say Car-a-mel. What do you say? Find them also on Facebook and on Twitter.

Posted in health, news

Go ahead… Pick your Poison: McRib, Double Down or …Baconator

Well folks, I’m not sure if your heard (or care) but the McRib is back!

Yes, that is correct. McDonald’s McRib sandwich is back. The McRib “phenomenon” really is something special in the world of fast (fat) food. For those of you who have not seen this baby, or don’t eat meat, the McRib is an incredibly popular pork sandwich which is cut to look like a short stack of ribs, but only appears once every so often in McDonald’s restaurants.

I think in order to keep interst in this sandwich – like the McShamrock shake which shows up around St. Patrick’s Day – the McRib appears just once a year, and only at select restaurants.

Thank goodness for technology (id there an app for this?) because this has caused much grief to the devoted / addicted followers of this sandwich who drive hundreds of miles out of their way to acquire this “beast of a meal”. I wonder if it’s the taste or the thrill of the chase?!?

Did you know that web searches on “mcrib mcdonald’s” are up over 1000% and related lookups on “mcrib locator” are also through the roof.

Here is the McRib locator:

No sightings in Canada yet…

With that, I thought about how unhealthy this sandwich is – I have tried one before and am not inclined to try one again – and some of the other more obvious, or less obvious (poor) choices.

Which would YOU rather eat?


The McRib contains 26 grams of fat. 450 Calories
216 Calories from Fat
8g Saturated Fat
75mg Cholesterol
890mg Sodium

KFC’s Double Down:
Ingredients: Two boneless Chicken Filets, two strips of bacon, two slices of monterey jack and pepperjack cheese, Colonel’s Sauce.
540 Calories
32g Fat
1380mg Sodium

A large Quiznos Tuna Melt:
1760 calories
133g fat
2120mg sodium.

Wendy’s Baconator:
1350 calories
90g fat
40g saturated fat
3.5g trans fat
320mg cholesterol
2780mg sodium

Chicken wings:
1 chicken wing (without any goopy souuces or dipping sauces)
103 calories
1g fat


What would I rather have?!?

Well, I’d like to try the baconator, and a double down, except I hear the double down is REALLY salty! Don’t like salty food. I can taste the salt in President’s Choice decadent chocolate chip cookies. Ruins the taste.