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City Hall news conference calls for tougher regulations on carding

CityNews | posted Monday, Dec 7th, 2015

A group of community leaders will be at Toronto’s city hall on Monday, calling for tougher carding regulations.

Members of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Concerned Citizens Against Carding as well as activist Desmond Cole are expected.

The news conference is expected to take place at 11 a.m.

Although the coalition says it’s in agreement with the province’s decision to end the practice of stopping people to question them without a warrant, it’s worried the wording isn’t strong enough to stop police from doing so.

They are especially concerned police will continue to target “young and black” men. For example, if police are searching for a suspect who is described as “young and black,” any young black man could be stopped and have their information entered into a database.

The group is also concerned about the length of time the information is stored, especially for people who have not committed a crime.

Last week, the Police Record Checks Reform Act passed through the Ontario Legislature. The law now makes it illegal for mental health records and records from police street checks to be disclosed in police record checks in Ontario, with some exceptions.

Non-conviction records – such as withdrawn or dismissed charges, acquittals and findings of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder – can only be disclosed through some vulnerable sector checks for people working or volunteering with children or seniors.

Christmas, Hanukkah, and video games: This weekend has something for everyone

Amber LeBlanc, Diana Pereira | posted Friday, Dec 4th, 2015

There are a host of events to get you in the spirit of the season this weekend, no matter what you’re celebrating. Santa is in town, there’s a menorah-lighting party, and the Canadian Videogame Awards will take over part of Ryerson.

As always, however, there are a host of road closures and TTC projects to contend with.


Alto's Adventures is up for best iOs game at the Canadian VideoGame Awards Photo via cvawards.ca
Alto’s Adventures is up for best iOs game at the Canadian VideoGame Awards Photo via cvawards.ca

The Canadian Videogame Awards
Organizers are getting set to power up the 6th annual Canadian Video Game Awards. The CVAS will be handed out Sunday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in the former Maple Leaf Gardens. Among the categories are Best Console Game, Game of the Year, Best Game Design and Best iOS Game. There is also a weekend fan fest taking place Saturday and Sunday where gamers can check out current and upcoming games. Tickets are available here.

Have you been good? Photo via georgina.ca
Have you been good? Photo via georgina.ca

Santa Claus parades
Santa Claus visits two more GTA communities on Saturday. The first parade starts in Whitchurch-Stouffville at 2 p.m. on the Tenth Line. Then at 5 p.m., Santa makes his way to Sutton for the paradewhich starts at 5 p.m. in Jackson’s Point, rolling down Dalton Road to High Street and ending at the Sutton Fairgrounds.

Chabad Markham Menorah lighting event for Hannukah
There will be a surprise guest from the NBA at the lighting ceremony. Photo via chabadmarkham.org

Menorah lighting ceremony in Markham
Hannukkah starts Sunday evening and Chabad Markham will be lighting up a huge Menorah as part of the celebration. The ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m. with food, drinks and danching at the Thornhill Community Centre and organizers say there will be a surprise guest from the NBA. Hanukkah lasts until December 14.

Under the Stairs Paper Co. will have handmade cards for sale at Fort York's annual Christmas market, Frost Fair. Photo via facebook.com/fortyork
Under the Stairs Paper Co. will have handmade cards for sale at Fort York’s annual Christmas market, Frost Fair. Photo via facebook.com/fortyork

Christmas fair at Fort York
To get your hands on history, Fort York is hosting a weekend-long holiday festival named Frost Fair, offering heritage-inspired products and activities. Old-world cuisine will be on the menu, with volunteers preparing recipes from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. After lunch, families can wander around the historic 1812 buildings and even try on costumes and check out military demonstrations and drills. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

City Dance Corps presents The Nutcracker on Sat. Nov. 5, 2015. Photo via citydancecorps.com
City Dance Corps presents The Nutcracker on Sat. Nov. 5, 2015. Photo via citydancecorps.com

City Dance Corps does The Nutcracker
If you lose interest in practising your pirouette, this dance company and studio offers a variety of classes where you could learn hip hop, tango or even breakdancing. Or you could leave it to the pros and watch them pull off holiday classic The NutcrackerThe show, in its eighth year running, will feature several dance genres. Sounds like the dancers are tired of practising their pirouettes too. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The items photographed here are just a snapshot of some of the things that will be available Richmond 401's Frolic and Artisans Marketplace. Photo via facebook.com/401artisansmarketplace
The items photographed here are just a snapshot of some of the things that will be available Richmond 401’s Frolic and Artisans Marketplace. Photo via facebook.com/401artisansmarketplace

Artisans marketplace at 401 Richmond
If you want to avoid the mall crowds and parking mêlées, this event may be a more peaceful option.401 Richmond offers a four-day holiday open house, named Frolic and Artisans Marketplace, where you’ll have the chance to find a unique, locally-made gift and meet artists right in their studios. If you don’t know already, 401 Richmond is a restored factory building that houses a “community of artists, designers, festivals, musicians, galleries, shops and publishers.” Also, you can spend a few hours strolling through the building without getting famished because the building features a café on site. Hours: Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TTC closure

big portion of the Bloor-Danforth line will be shut down this weekend. Shuttle buses will be running on Line 2 between St. George and Keele stations because of TTC maintenance work to replace track switches near Ossington and Christie stations. The good news? This is the final planned closure on the line until March of next year.

Road closures

The following closures on major highways will be in effect at the dates and times listed:

Don Valley Parkway
The northbound offramp of the Don Valley Parkway to northbound Don Mills Road, Friday 11 p.m. – Saturday 3 a.m.

Gardiner Expressway
The eastbound on-ramp of the Gardiner Expressway from southbound Islington, Thursday 9 p.m. – Friday 9 p.m.

Allen Road

  • Alternating northbound and southbound lanes of Allen Road from Yorkdale Road to Sheppard Avenue East will be blocked, Thursday, 1 a.m. – Saturday 5 a.m.
  • The southbound curb lane of Allen from Yorkdale to Lawrence Avenue West will be occupied, Friday 11 p.m. – Saturday 5 a.m.

Lake Shore Boulevard

  • The westbound left lane of Lake Shore Boulevard West at York Street will be occupied until Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.
  • The east and westbound south lanes of Lake Shore at York Street will be closed due to work happening between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, until Dec. 28, ending at 3:30 p.m.
  • The eastbound curb lane of Lake Shore at Humber Bay Park Road West will be occupied until Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
  • The westbound curb lane of Lake Shore at Palace Pier Court will be blocked until Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
  • The eastbound on-ramp of Lake Shore at Rees Street to the eastbound Gardiner will be closed until Saturday at 10 a.m.

City Carol Sing set for Dec. 5 at Yorkminster Baptist Church

CityNews | posted Friday, Dec 4th, 2015

The annual City Carol Sing for charity will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5 and we’d love for you to join us for an afternoon of music.

The concert, hosted by CityNews anchor Gord Martineau, begins at 2 p.m. at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. The church can hold 1,700 people, and admission is free. A collection (cash, cheque or credit card) will be taken for the Churches on the Hill Food Bank.

The church is located at 1585 Yonge St., north of St. Clair Avenue. The concert will be recorded for a one-hour special that will air on CityTV on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 at 11 p.m.

Tenor John McDermott, best known for his rendition of the song “Danny Boy” will be a special guest, as will Canadian writer and actress Susan Coyne.

The concert will feature traditional Christmas carols performed by the True North Brass. The Bach Children’s Chorus, That Choir, The Hedgerow Singers and the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir will be among the performers.

The concert is in collaboration with CityTV, and all donations will go to the Churches on the Hill Food Bank.

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

News staff | posted Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2015

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.

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

Holiday calendar: 31 festive activities

Laura Grande | posted Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2015

December 1: Bring out your advent calendars and deck the halls of your house!

December 2: Have a “crafternoon” making our winter wreath and holiday garland.

December 3: Mail letters to Santa nice and early to ensure he has enough time to respond!

December 4: Start making (and freezing) those early batches of holiday cookies.

December 5: Find a local toy drive and make a holiday donation!

December 6: Today marks the start of Hanukkah. Make our easy DIY menorah.

December 7: Decorate the outside of your house and warm up afterwards with hot chocolate.

December 8: Bake (and decorate!) a gingerbread house!

December 9: Choose the perfect Christmas tree and decorate it!

December 10: Watch a holiday flick with the family.

December 11: Stay on budget! Make sure you’re tracking all your holiday purchases.

December 12: After dinner, bundle up the family and go for a mini-hike.

December 13: Get your Christmas cards written and stamped.

December 14: Hop in the car or go for a walk and take a Christmas-light tour with your family. Hanukkah ends.

December 15: Get your kids feeling festive by making your own holiday wrapping paper.

December 16: Schedule a date night with your partner before the holiday madness kicks in.

December 17: Today is the cut-off for out-of-province holiday mail delivery.

December 18: Go skating!

December 19: Take some “me time” today, even if just for an hour.

December 20: Have a screen-free evening. Read your family’s favourite holiday books.

December 21: Today is the cut-off for local holiday mail delivery.

December 22: Schedule a date night with your partner before the holiday madness kicks in.

December 23: Take a deep breath (and avoid the mall!). The Christmas madness is about to begin!

December 24: Put on a holiday playlist, hang up those stockings and listen for Santa’s sleigh.

December 25: Merry Christmas!

December 26: Boxing Day. Kwanzaa begins.

December 27: Play your favourite board game!

December 28: Declare today National Pajama Day. Play games, watch movies and stay cozy in your PJs!

December 29: For those eager to get their house back to normal, set some time aside to start taking down Christmas decor.

December 30: Make your New Year’s resolution and stock up on anything you need, the stores will be crazy tomorrow.

December 31: Prepare to ring in the new year! Host a family-style NYE bash.

Read more:
10 tips for baking with kids
Craft: No-sew Advent calendar
3 tips to getting a great picture with Santa

Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder

Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press | posted Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2015

A South African appeals court on Thursday convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder, overturning a lower court’s conviction of the double-amputee Olympian on the lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to death in 2013.

Justice Lorimer Eric Leach of the Supreme Court of Appeal delivered the ruling by the five-judge appeals court in Bloemfontein and directed the trial court, the North Gauteng High Court, to impose sentence.

“The accused ought to have been found guilty of murder,” Leach said to the courtroom, in which Steenkamp’s mother sat.

A 15-year prison sentence is the minimum punishment for murder in South Africa. However, the law allows for a lesser sentence to be imposed in exceptional circumstances.

Pistorius was placed under house arrest in October after serving one year in prison. He had been sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter. His lawyers can also argue that he should be shown leniency because he is disabled.

Pistorius, 29, killed Steenkamp in the early morning of Valentine’s Day. He insisted he thought she was an intruder behind the door of a toilet cubicle in his home. The prosecution said Pistorius shot Steenkamp during an argument.

Leach said regardless of who might have been behind the door, Pistorius should have known someone could be killed if he fired.

“The identity of his victim is irrelevant to his guilt,” the judge said.

Under the concept of “dolus eventualis” in South African law, a person can be convicted of murder if they foresaw the possibility of someone dying through their actions and went ahead anyway.

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, sat quietly in the courtroom during the announcement, which was carried on TV. Pistorius was not there.

Pistorius, a multiple Paralympic champion, became one of the world’s most famous athletes and the first amputee to run at the Olympics and the able-bodied world championships. He was known as “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fiber running blades

Associated Press writer Lynsey Chutel contributed to this report.

Josh Donaldson’s new hairstyle gets mixed reviews on Twitter

Justin Piercy | posted Wednesday, Dec 2nd, 2015

Goodbye manbun, hello…french braid? Dutch braid?

Perhaps Blue Jays star slugger Josh Donaldson thought that with all the reports of David Price signing with the rival Red Sox, no one would notice his new hairstyle.

But they did. They totally did.

Some were nice to the reigning American League MVP:

But others were not so nice:

…including one teammate:

So, what do you think of @BringerofRain20‘s new ‘do?

Justin Bieber to play acoustic show at Danforth Music Hall Monday

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015

 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!

JB Danforth

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

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