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‘Room’ among the Golden Globe Award nominees

The Associated Press | posted Thursday, Dec 10th, 2015

Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue was among the nominees as the 73rd annual Golden Globes nominations were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California.

Actors Angela Bassett, America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz and Dennis Quaid announced the awards, which are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

A Globes nomination can give a show, film or actor not only a bump in audience, but an edge in Hollywood’s crowded awards season.

Overshadowing the announcements was the fact that the live stream kept cutting out with many people tweeting about the technical glitch.

Donoghue adapted her novel Room into a screenplay. The movie starred Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, and won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Room is nominated for best screenplay, best big-screen drama and best film actress in a drama for Larson.

On Wednesday, Tremblay, a nine-year-old Vancouver native, picked up a Screen Actors Guild Awards best supporting actor nomination

Click here for a full list of Golden Globe nominations.

Ricky Gervais will return as host for the Globes when it airs on NBC on Jan. 10.

EXCLUSIVE: Canadians concerned Syrian refugees getting preferential treatment

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Dec 10th, 2015

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Canadians are concerned that Syrian refugees are getting preferential treatment in the immigration process, according to an exclusive poll conducted for CityNews by Forum Research.

“Canadians are compassionate, but also strictly fair, and hate queue jumpers,” said Lorne Bozinoff, the president and founder of Forum Research.

“There is a sense that these refugees are getting into Canada ahead of some other groups who may have been waiting as long, and that has an effect.”

In a random sampling of 1,369 Canadian voters, 54 per cent are concerned Syrian refugees invited to Canada will get preferential treatment in the immigration queue, and one third (34 per cent) are “very” concerned.

A higher level of concern is characteristic of those 45 to 54 year old (60 per cent), the least wealthy (63 per cent), in Alberta (69 per cent) and among Conservative voters (80 per cent) and among the least educated (66 per cent).

Those with the highest education had the least concerns, at 37 per cent, the poll found.

Meanwhile, Canadians are evenly split when it comes to the impact thousands of Syrian refugees will have on the country, the same poll found.

The random sampling showed that 34 per cent believe the refugees will have a positive impact on the country, with an equal 34 per cent also believing they will not have a positive impact.

Thirty-two per cent had no opinion.

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Young, wealthy Canadians from Atlantic Canada were the most optimistic that refugees would have a positive impact.

The poll also found refugees were most welcome among Liberals and New Democrats.

Conservatives scored lowest when it came to their feelings about the refugees, with just 11 per cent believing they will have a positive impact, according to the poll.

“It appears that constant controversy over, not the refugees themselves, but the mechanics of getting them here, has eroded some of the traditional welcome Canadians extend to newcomers,” said Forum Research president Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Results are based on the total sample of 1,369 and are considered accurate plus-or-minus three per cent, 19 times out of 20.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Canadians are nearly split on their support of the government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees, with 48 per cent supporting the plan and 44 per cent opposing it.

And of those opposing the plan, the majority say the government should be focusing on problems within Canada, like homelessness.

Our hosts share their favourite viral videos on YouTube

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2015

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EXCLUSIVE POLL: Canadian support divided for Syrian refugee plan

News staff | posted Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2015

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Canadian opinion on the Trudeau government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees over the next few months is nearly split down the middle.

In an exclusive poll conducted by Forum Research for CityNews, almost 50 per cent of Canadians polled say they support the government’s plan to bring 25,000 refugees to Canada by the end of February.

Of the 1,369 Canadian voters asked, 48 per cent were in favour of the plan.

The number of those opposing the plan was 44 per cent. Less than one tenth have no opinion.

The numbers are almost the same in Ontario: 47 per cent support the plan, 45 per cent are opposed and two per cent don’t know.

Overall support is highest among the youngest (ages 18 to 34) at 55 per cent, mid-income groups at 57 per cent and in Atlantic Canada at 57 per cent.

Support is lower in the Prairies at 31 per cent, while 35 per cent of Albertans support it.

Only 19 per cent of Conservatives support the plan. Support is highest among Liberals at 68 per cent and New Democrats at 59 per cent. Sixty per cent of the people with post-graduate degrees support the plan.

Results are based on the total sample of 1,369 and are considered accurate plus-or-minus three per cent, 19 times out of 20.

According to the Toronto Star, the first mass arrival of 150 Syrian refugees will be coming to Pearson Airport on Thursday tomorrow. They’ll be arriving in a Royal Canadian Air Force jet, from a flight out of an airfield in Jordan.

The Yonge Street Mission is accepting winter outerwear donations for the refugees arriving in Toronto. See the tweet below for details.

https://twitter.com/YSM_TO/status/670613245758148608

Women in their 40s happier now than a decade ago: Chatelaine

News staff | posted Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2015

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Women hitting their 40s find their confidence and are 44 per cent happier than they were 10 years ago, a new poll conducted for Chatelaine magazine finds.

“Overall, people say they’re happier than they were 10 years ago,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief Lianne George said.

“As you get older, there is a sense of ownership of your life and the choices you’ve made and I think with that, comes a lot more confidence and a sense of not being as vulnerable to what other people think. There’s power in that.”

Chatelaine asked 1,000 women between the ages of 35 and 45 about their relationships, body image, kids and overall happiness.

Some other highlights of the “This is 40-ish” survey are:

  • 31 per cent of the women surveyed have sex less than once a month
  • 73 per cent don’t think they look good naked
  • 92 per cent do not lie about their age
  • 54 per cent say they make less money than they deserve for their work
  • 61 per cent say they’ve experienced depression or anxiety
  • 68 per cent of them do not consider themselves a feminist

Chatelaine asks people to discuss the survey on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #40ish.

The “This is 40-ish” survey is available in the January issue of Chatelaine, on store shelves now and available digitally via Texture by Next Issue.

https://twitter.com/liannegeorge/status/672167713402437632

Disclaimer: Rogers Media is the parent company of Chatelaine and this website.

Justin Bieber to play acoustic show at Danforth Music Hall Monday

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015

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 Stratford-native Justin Bieber will play an acoustic show at the Danforth Music Hall on Monday with the money going to a community support facility in his hometown.

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Bieber tweeted that tickets would go on sale today at 4 p.m.

Tune into Breakfast Television and Entertainment City to find out how you can enter to WIN tickets!

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Proceeds from the performance will go the House of Blessing in Stratford.

Listen to Bieber’s Purpose album here.

The event will also be live streamed on his website.

On its Instagram page, the Danforth Music Hall posted a photo of its marquee with Bieber’s Dec. 7 date.

With files from CityNews.ca

Amy Schumer nude photo a powerful statement about body image

News staff | posted Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015

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Amy Schumer’s latest nude photo has taken the Internet by storm, and has become the latest statement in embracing a beautifully imperfect body image.

Schumer, who previously appeared nude in a controversial GQ spread that featured Star Wars characters, tweeted out a photo from the upcoming Pirelli calendar in which she wears only underwear and a pair of heels, slouching slightly on a stool.

“Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman,” Schumer captioned the image.

It has been retweeted almost 6,000 times, and favourite 19,000 times since being posted Monday morning.

The caption encapsulates the tension women persistently feel about their body image, a topic Schumer has tackled before, notably her parody of 12 Angry Men in which a jury of men debated whether Schumer was “hot enough to be on TV.”

In a video about the making of the calendar, Schumer said “I felt I looked more beautiful than I’ve ever felt in my life. And I felt like it looked like me.”

Photographer Annie Leibovitz shot all photos for the calendar, which features a number of other women in their raw, unretouched best, including Selena Williams, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono and Fran Lebowitz.

“The goal was to be very straightforward,” Leibovitz said at a press conference. “I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense.”

Schumer’s statement urges women to embrace their bodies, to be honest about their insecurities and to be confident and proud of who they are.

And in so doing, she is championing those who can embrace who they are, flaws and all, in a realistic, emotionally healthy way.

Markham man proposes 35,000 feet in the air on Air Canada flight

News staff | posted Thursday, Nov 26th, 2015

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Allen Froese reached out to the president of Air Canada to help him perform a song on a flight from Toronto to Brazil.

Once everyone was on board and settled into their seats, Froese walked hand and hand with a guitar through the plane.

The flight attendant announced over the speaker, “may I have your attention for a few moments we have a special presentation that is going to happen right now.”

And the entire proposal was captured on video:

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