As anchor of CTV News Channel afternoons and evenings, Todd van der Heyden brings Canadians breaking news as it happens across the country and around the world on the daily afternoon program airing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT.
A member of the CTV News family, van der Heyden moved to CTV News Channel to anchor nationally in January 2012.
His move to the national news channel, based in Toronto, came after a 12-year-career at CTV News Montreal, where he co-anchored the flagship weekday 6 p.m. and noontime newscasts.
Van der Heyden first joined CTV Montreal in January 2000 as a daily reporter. In 2003, Todd was given the investigative segment, ON YOUR SIDE, which he hosted for five years until his promotion to full-time anchor. During his career in Montreal, van der Heyden won several industry awards for his reporting including three RTNDA awards and one CAB award.
Career highlights with CTV News over the past 16 years include: covering the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on assignment in New York City; covering the election of Pope Francis in March 2013; and a month-long assignment covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
In addition to television, van der Heyden hosts a weekly syndicated talk radio show (“VIEWPOINTS WITH TODD VAN DER HEYDEN”) every weekend in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia on different Bell Radio stations. Currently, the show can be heard on Saturdays and Sundays on CJAD in Montreal, CJBK in London, CKTB in Saint Catharines/Niagara Falls and CFAX in Victoria with more markets to follow.
A Montreal native, van der Heyden has a bachelor in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa and a graduate degree in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal.
Just when I think I’m going to struggle to find that new great story one shows up that inspires me. In this case, it’s a gangster turned successful fitness man-beast that reminds us it’s never too late. His name is Mark Cleary. Reformed gangster.
He spent much of his youth wondering where he would sleep at night. In jail or in his own comfy bed. Though he admits there were elements of excitement that encouraged this dark lifestyle, Mark rose from the ashes to become one of Ontario’s hottest fitness coaches.
With a new dedication to boxing, health, and fitness, Mark utilized his mental strength and outstanding physical prowess to create “Mark Cleary Fitness”. He celebrated five years sober these past months and enjoys a colorful relationship with his equally fit and beautiful partner.
As one of the hottest and in-demand coaches in the industry, his Instagram boasts over 62,000 followers. Mark Cleary’s training focuses on diet, pad work, speed drills, boxing and conditioning.
He’s trained with some of the great including Bobby Roode of WWE fame. I plan to train with Mark and I can’t wait. When asked about his own boxing career Mark says “It was an awesome feeling getting the opportunity to fight against the best of boxers around. Boxing helped change my life and helped me build a successful personal training business ” He’s badass, sexy AF and a beast among men.
It reminds us all that it’s never too late. At a time in the world when there is so much negatively and gloom its incredible to see this amazing man and inspiration to thousands of fans around the world. Congrats on your incredible rise to physical superiority in your personal and professional life.
The year is flying by and there are only four beards left for you to vote on. Here is your bead of September. Vote for this sexy bearded fellow @bruceinthecity on my official instagram account. Meet Nik @dom.of.pigland
I’m a recovering lawyer. I’m a huge beer enthusiast, single malts fan and wine connoisseur. I’ve got a rather eclectic taste in music, ranging from Metallica to Italian opera with Dropkick Murphys, Mumford & Sons, John Grant and ABBA in between. I’ve got a passion for cooking and food photography. I’ve got a developmental prosopagnosia, which in essence means I’m face blind.
Please enjoy my special guest Erik Fleming and his awesome wine review!
I’ve been reviewing a lot of whites and rosés recently so I thought I’d change it up and bring a red for you. This Malbec can also be enjoyed chilled slightly so it’s still good for summer drinking! Coming from Argentina, this wine is made from a world-famous varietal. Malbec were originally from France and were one of the five grapes used in a classic Bordeaux blend. Now France rarely plants this varietal, but it has thrived in the mountains of Argentina. Argentinian Malbecs tend to be medium bodied with dark fruits and softer tannins than the French grown Malbecs.
Kaiken is a very large and famous winery. The head winemaker is renowned around the world for his Chilean Purple Angel, which is highly sought-after and sells for $100+ in Canada. (One day I’ll do a review on that but not today, sorry). He shows his skills in wine making and Argentinian terroirs with his Kaiken series.
Canada started planting Malbecs recently in Niagara and I first tried one a couple years ago and I was so surprised about how well how Malbecy it tasted haha. I talked to one of the wine makers and he said that Malbec grows like crazy in Niagara, almost like a weed, but it’s keeping it alive during our winters that is the tricky part since it doesn’t live in cold temperatures. I would love to see more Malbecs from Canada but maybe I’m a bit biased 😇.
Okay so let’s talk about the wine now, sorry!
On the nose this wine has juicy aromas of blueberry, blackberry, plum and mocha. The wine has a medium body with smooth, soft tannins and gentle acidity, balancing the wine out beautifully. The flavours consist of blueberry, mocha, vanilla, black cherry, cassis and blackberry. Very easy drinking, enjoy on it’s own or with burgers, pizza, or grilled lamb. Drink now -2021. Great value at $15.95.
Brucesters Today’s blog will be short and delicious!! I have been really into Mexican food lately. It’s a lot more difficult in a smaller city like Peterborough to find authentic Mexican food. Let’s forget the massive food chain we all know so well. Their bastardized version of Mexican food has caused the general public to think that’s what Mexican food is. But it’s not. I found a fabulous Mexican restaurant on Hunter Street in Peterborough called La Hacienda.
The food is just incredible and worth checking out. I have been to this hotspot several times, and each time I am just so satisfied with everything I’ve tried. Recently I have enjoyed the chicken nachos and I’m telling you, incredible. I had a Lime Margaretta that also blew my mind. The décor is authentic and so is their music selections. Which I always appreciate. You can find it at 190 Hunter Street in Peterborough. Stop by today, it’s amazing! 5 kisses out of 5!!!
It was a hot summer afternoon when I decided to visit a local bookshop to see if anything would jump out at me. I have been watching so much T.V. since this pandemic ravaged the country that I needed something to wake my sleepy mind up.
I’ve always been drawn to the scent of a bookshop. Yes, the scent. Especially an old bookshop – one that’s seen the years and is rustic and maybe even a bit foreboding. I was thinking of maybe getting another book by Jodi Picoult, one of my favourite authors.
My cousin Mary Ellen introduced me to her work and I have read several over the years. While looking around the aisles and shelves of great works of literature I couldn’t help but notice a sexy young man glancing over at me as I took books from the shelves to investigate. He must have been in his thirty’s. It was a guess. He looked like a news boy from days of old. I would have to guess Italian and maybe even a mix of something else like Spanish. My attention was on a book called Thirteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. A book I had read before when this stranger whispered “Have you ever tried H.P. Lovecraft?”
I hadn’t, and was a bit startled by his presence. He handed me a book called “The Thing on the Doorstep” by Lovecraft. “Try this,” he said. He handed me the book and caressed my hand unknowingly. For some reason I couldn’t refuse and I thanked him for the suggestion. I walked away excited to have had that encounter and had a premonition that I would be seeing this gentle fellow again. When I got to the check out the old lady behind the desk smiled and gave me a wink as she asked was this my first Lovecraft read. I said yes and wondered how she could possibly know this. Did I look curious? As I handed her the book, I noticed a note sticking out from the pages of this strangely illustrated book. She pulled the note out and handed it back to me. Her black shall flowing in the breeze from a large fan in the corner. I looked at the note. It was the gentle fellows number. With a sentence. “Call me and tell me what you think.” I wasn’t completely sure calling a stranger was a best practice but time would tell.
Now off to my apartment to begin reading this eerie thick book. I would start with The Tomb. The first short story in the compilation of writings. I lit some incense, put on some appropriate music and began what I felt was going to be the beginning of a great literary adventure. I’ll have to get back to you on that.
Congratulations on your first book of erotic stories! How does it feel?
Thanks so much, Bruce! It feels nice to finally get my stories out there after working on them for so long. I think I wrote the first story eight years ago, so this project has been following me around for a few years. I’m thrilled people get a copy of this collection of hot and sometimes hardcore (in the gay porn sense) stories and hopefully discover or rediscover the joy of reading erotic short stories (and wanking with one hand as your other holds the book).
What were you like growing up and where are you from originally?
I was born in Drummondville, which is about an hour outside of Montreal in Canada. We moved a lot but then we settled on the south shore of Montreal, in a small town called Greenfield Park. I was quite a shy boy, but was always interested in “girly stuff”, as they used to say, which was code for art and culture. I was an amateur child actor, I did over thirty plays and musicals, but then ended up studying communications and Fine Arts. I now have a master’s degree in film history, and Daddy Obsession is my first compilation of erotic short stories.
What inspired you to begin writing?
I’ve always written a lot when I was younger, whether it was poems (I was bad at it), or short stories. But a few years ago, I met someone on Facebook who introduced me to the world of erotic short stories writing; he told me about a lot of some of the authors and it’s then I decided to explore that new means of expression.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
That’s a difficult question. I love Bret Easton Ellis, but not all of his work. I adore Amélie Nothomb, she’s amazing. Of course, I’m a fan of Armistead Maupin and Truman Capote. Oh, and Kim Thuy, she’s the best. I think she was translated into English too, go check her out.
Tell me about your new book.
Daddy Obsession is a collection of nine erotic short stories (or 14 stories in the Deluxe version—with a NSFW cover) that all have one thing in common (besides hot steamy sex): daddies. After discovering early on that I had a daddy obsession, I decided to channel that (not only in sex) but in different stories that have all been inspired in some way by actual encounters. It’s a good book to have on hand for rainy days or when none of your sex partners are available and you need to cum.
Which story in your collection is your favorite?
My favorite story is the first one of the book but only because it’s the story that started it all. And I think the one that’s closest to a real evening I had way back when. I wrote the characters based on real people (names have been changed) and so I have a soft spot for it. That being said, and I don’t want to be corny, but I love all of them in some way. A lot of them are postcards or love letters to great people and hot moments.
Do any of these stories mirror your own personal life?
Is this an autobiographical book? Not really. But are all these hot stories based on real people that I have met? Yes. In writing this book, as with every art project that I create, I based myself on faces, shapes, situations and orgasms that I have experienced. So, every story has at least 15% of truth, but some are closer to things that I have lived and felt.
Where can we get a copy of your book?
The best way is to go to my website www.jonathanlemieux.com, and on the first page, there are two buttons you can push: the first is for the book and the second is for the deluxe version. I’d get the deluxe if I were you; first, it has a hot man showing off his penis on the cover, second, there are more stories (14!!!) and third, all the proceeds go to 3 amazing LGBTQ associations in Montréal, so the more you spend, the more they get.
When do you plan to have physical copies?
I only have physical copies. I want people to read a real book and cum on real book pages.
Where can your fans check you out?
They can check me out of Instagram @johnnimagni. Thanks Bruce!