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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.

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!

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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

David Price to sign with Red Sox for seven years, $217 million: report

Ben Nicholson-Smith, Sportsnet | posted Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015

The Boston Red Sox are reportedly in agreement with David Price on a seven-year deal worth $217 million, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

Price will earn a reported $31 million per season over the life of the contract, the largest in history for a free agent pitcher.

Price, 30, led the American League with a 2.45 ERA in 2015 while pitching for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays. The left-hander pitched 220.1 innings, striking out 225 while walking 47 on his way to a second-place Cy Young finish.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays will move on with a rotation including Marcus Stroman, R.A. Dickey, Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ. Jesse Chavez, Drew Hutchison and Aaron Sanchez are among the candidates for Toronto’s final rotation spot, though interim GM Tony LaCava says the team continues searching for pitching.

‘My whole family won’ great-grandfather says after $24 million lottery win

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015

A great-grandfather plans to spread the wealth around after winning a $24-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot.

“I purchased the ticket but my whole family won,” Winston Parks said at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.

He purchased his ticket for the Nov. 7 draw at a Petro Canada on Bayview Avenue. He actually won $24,518,434.50 and plans to share his prize.

“It makes me happy to make others happy,” the Toronto man said.

“I have lived a full life so this big win will give the people I love the opportunity to live full lives of their own.”

Winston added that he had a hard time believing he held the winning ticket: “I checked on my laptop and I checked on my desktop too. I also asked family members to come and see for themselves.”

Lotto 6/49 said that since the game was launched in June 1982, Ontario players haveg won more than $10.9 billion in prizes, including 1,316 jackpot wins.

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