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Drew Barrymore shares her secret to positivity

Dominique Lamberton | posted Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014

There’s such a fixation in Hollywood on looking young forever. What are your views on aging?

You’ve just gotta let it happen, and not fight it. I feel bad for people who are struggling with it because there’s just no winning that battle. I think laugh lines are the sexiest thing on the planet — and freckles and gap teeth and wrinkles. Heavy coverage, foundation, Botox — it’s like putting layers on top of this amazing experience, which is so much prettier to me.

You’ve been in the spotlight your whole life. Do you ever get tired of always having to be “on”?

I’ve had a very bizarre life in that way. I feel like Norm from Cheers — everyone recognizes me wherever I go. The only time it sucks is when you’re having a fight with someone, or you’re having a stressed-out moment, or your kids are acting out and you’re going, “Oh my God, everybody’s staring at me, this is awful.” I feel a little raw sometimes, but it’s all worth it.

When are you happiest?

When everything is in balance in my life. If it’s a good morning and I’ve gotten to really spend time with the kids [daughters Olive, 2, and Frankie, 6 months] so they’re happy, and my husband is feeling good, and I’m balancing it all in my house — that’s when I don’t have that worried frown on my face.

I heard you’re learning to cook. What are your go-to dishes?

Pastas and soups. One-pot, one-bowl things. I’ve learned to bake some really great fish dishes — I don’t know how to use a grill, though. But who the hell is grilling at night? It’s nine at night, I’m exhausted, the kids finally went to bed — there’s no grilling tonight. Throw it in a glass dish with some simple seasoning and dinner’s ready. Or better yet, this takeout menu looks amazing, and it will be here in 30 minutes.

What’s your favourite way to stay fit?

A good yoga class will give you a frickin’ glow like nothing else in the world — you need a quarter of the makeup after one. I’m not Miss Exercise Queen; I’m an eat-what-you-want-and-enjoy-life kind of girl, but there’s something to sweating and stretching a little bit.

When you have only 30 seconds to put your face on, what do you prioritize?

That’s me every day! For me, concealer is everything. I feel like I could find berries on a bush to give me some colour, and I could light a wine cork on fire, turn it into charcoal and create a smoky eye, but concealer I cannot find out in the world or nature. Getting that coverage, and a nicer, cleaner canvas, always puts me in a less self-conscious mood. I can do it all with concealer and lipstick.

What prompted you to create your makeup line, Flower?

I’m a girl who dances in my closet — it’s mostly sweatpants in my life, but I think we all need to remember that we’re women and do it up every once in a while. We all want this wonderful glamour, but it should be an attainable glamour. It’s not fantasy scenarios, it’s you. It’s just the best version of you, the happiest version of you, the most empowered version of you — and makeup can do that. It makes us feel good about ourselves.

You’ve been criticized for saying women can’t have it all. What’s your take on work-life balance?

I appreciate why people get so mad when I say that, but I think it’s actually that you can’t do it all. You can have it all, but you can’t do it all. I constantly feel torn up inside. Every time I feel like I’m doing something well at work, it’s time away from my kids. And all the time I spend with my kids — and I’m really giving them most of my time now — I feel like my work is suffering. I’ve definitely had to stop doing certain things in my career. If I did everything, I wouldn’t be with my family enough. You start to prioritize and eliminate. It feels like you’re making sacrifices, and it’s hard, but ultimately being with the people you love has to be the highest priority because it’s going to be the most fulfilling.

You have so many things on the go — from the makeup line to your production company — how do you keep up with it all?

I’m an overachiever in every area, and I expect so much from myself. Most important are my kids, but then I demand so much of myself from my work. I have an ethic where I don’t think that things just come out of hoping or expecting, especially expecting.

You always come across as such a positive, upbeat person. What’s your secret?

It’s other people. I can’t believe how much power there is in people’s exchanges. Everyone is so fast-paced and curt and they’ve got to get to their stuff, but when you just stop and you’re courteous and friendly and your energy shifts from one person to another, you walk away going, “Okay, great! Thank you! Da da da!” Those are my highs throughout the day — positive exchanges with other human beings.

Have you travelled much in Canada?

Yes! I love Toronto; what a constantly evolving place. And Montreal is such a chic, amazing city. I’ve worked in Saskatchewan. I’ve spent a lot of time in Vancouver. I’ve always wanted to be dropped off in Banff and left to my own devices. I really want to go to Nova Scotia. You guys have the best nature; I would love to go explore it all.

See Drew’s favourite Flower products.

Photo, Sara Jaye Weiss.

Help your kids be street-smart this Halloween

Donna Sevilla | posted Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014


“Trick or treat, smell my feet! Give me something good to eat!”

I remember what it was like to be able to go trick-or-treating. Every year at my school, police would come to help remind us about the importance of safety on the streets. It’s the one time of the year where kids filled the streets and rang doorbells for sweet or sour treats, with the occasional trick.

Safety is just important today, and if you’re a parent sending your little ones out trick-or-treating, there are a number of issues you should keep in mind.

Dressing safely

Make sure your child’s costume is visible to motorists. One of the many ways is by adhering reflective tape to the costume, or ensuring they’re wearing bright colours (not head-to-toe black). The Rogers Pumpkin Patrol (now in its 30th year) recommends using face make-up — preferably bright make-up — or cutting larger holes for the eyes on a mask so your child can see clearly in all directions. If your child does wear a mask, make sure to tell them to push it up on their head while walking and especially when crossing the street.

Front-door safety

It’s all about the treats and it’s understandable that the kids want what that person at the door has to offer. But make sure your youngster knows to only visit well-lit homes that are clearly open for trick-or-treating business, and to never go inside. Also: it’s essential that kids travel in groups. Ensure your kids plan a route that keeps them close to home, with a designated time for them to return home. Parents should always accompany younger children.

Hitting the streets

The Rogers Pumpkin Patrol will be out in force once again to help keep all trick-or-treaters safe on October 31st. Employee volunteers will be riding around in red Rogers vans and will be available in case your children need assistance.

A special reminder to all motorists to be on the lookout this Halloween. The children might have their noses in their bags in excitement and might not be paying attention to the roads. Keep your eyes out for pint-sized ghouls and goblins, stick to the speed limit, and slow down at intersections to make sure that children crossing can do so safely.

Have a safe and spook-tastic Halloween!

For more Halloween content, check out Cityline.ca’s feature section here.

Door-to-door mail delivery being phased out starting Monday

CityNews | posted Monday, Oct 20th, 2014


Canada Post begins phasing out door-to-door mail delivery in a number of communities starting on Monday in a bid to save money.

Winnipeg, Fort McMurray, Calgary and Ottawa will begin losing home delivery service starting Monday, Canada Post spokesperson John Hamilton said.

In the GTA, Oakville will be among the first 11 cities to be switched to community mailboxes, starting next month, Hamilton said.

The exact date is not yet known.

In that city, over 26,000 homes and businesses are losing their personal mailbox service; however, 60 per cent of Oakville never had door-to-door delivery to begin with.

The decision to eliminate door-to-door delivery was announced last December and is expected to be complete by 2019.

About five-million homes are affected, but rural routes and delivery to apartment and condominiums will remain unchanged.

“The changes being made are necessary to secure the future of postal service in Canada and avoid becoming a burden on the taxpayers,” Canada Post said in a statement last week.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has launched a constitutional challenge to the move on the rounds it violates the rights of seniors and those with disabilities.

Getting pampered at the Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton

Jennifer Valentyne | posted Monday, Oct 20th, 2014


Check out the wonderful pampering we’re treated to at the Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ont.


Two-night stay at Ste. Anne’s Spa:

  • Deluxe accommodation for 2
  • 4 a-la-carte hot breakfasts
  • 4  3-course lunches
  • 4 Afternoon tea
  • 4  4-course dinners
  • 1 hour Couple’s Massage each
  • 1 hour Ste. Anne’s Signature Facial each
  • 2 group wellness classes each
  • In room gift on arrival each

Approximate retail value - $2000 per couple

Enter here for your chance to win!

Week of Oct. 20, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

It’s all about style and art!

Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha stops by Monday to help us strike a pose.

Plus, on Tuesday, American country music duo Florida Georgia Line performs in studio–country music fans can’t miss that!

And Chatelaine style contributor Susie Wall is in with some helpful winter beauty tips on Thursday.

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!

Connected City: iOS 8 health dashboard

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014


Connected City

City digital media correspondent Winston Sih takes a look at some of the features from the iOS 8 health dashboard.

Catch Connected City with Winston Sih on his weekly segment airing on CityNews: The 5.  View all previous segments by clicking here.

5 things to do this weekend: CN Tower climb, Rocky Horror & delicious food

Christine Chubb | posted Saturday, Oct 18th, 2014


As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

Oct. 17-19, 2014

CN Tower Climb: Put on your climbing shoes and head up Toronto’s tallest building for a good cause at the annual CN Tower climb for the United Way. There are 1,776 to the top. If you can’t make it, go and cheer on those who dared to take the challenge. Haven’t registered? Walk-in registration takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – a $75 fee is required. unitedwaytoronto.com/climb

Toronto After Dark Film Festival: We hope you’re not afraid of the dark because the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is on this weekend. It’s nine days of horror, science fiction, action and cult films for your spooky viewing pleasure as well as some cinematic themed nights including Zombie Night, Werewolf Night, Sci-fi Night, and Post-Apocalyptic Night! Oct. 16 – 21 at the Scotiabank Theatre. For tickets and a complete schedule of films go to torontoafterdark.com/2014/

Delicious Food Show: It’s delicious food … need we say more? This three-day show consists of  200 exhibitors, more than 50 live cooking demonstrations and classes, plus your favourite celebrity chefs. And you thought you indulged at Thanksgiving. Friday – Sunday. The Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Adults $22 at the door, Youth $10, Seniors $15. deliciousfoodshow.com/

Rocky Horror Cabaret Show: Halloween may be a few weeks away but it’s already time to do the ‘Time Warp’ again as the Rocky Horror Cabaret Show comes to the Lower Ossington Theatre. A themed dance party will take place after the evening performance on Friday and Saturday. I see you shiver with antici…….. pation. Tickets are going fast. Oct. 16 – 31. Two shows nightly. Tickets $20. lowerossingtontheatre.com/

Willowdale Group of Artists Fall Show & Sale: One of Toronto’s oldest art groups will be showcasing its best works at the Willowdale Group of Artists Fall Show & Sale. Paintings will vary in genres from botanical and landscape to abstract, impressionism. Support local artists by picking up a one-of-a kind piece. North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street. Oct. 18 -31. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. willowdaleartists.com/

Getting sized up for my fall wardrobe

Kevin Frankish | posted Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014

Watch as I get sized up for my fall wardrobe at Aquarius Mensware.

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