Singer notes Black history content in songs of the 1960s and ’70s

Rich Pearson learns more and more about the music he performs, especially this time of year.

When he recently sang Paul McCartney’s lyrics, “Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these sunken eyes and learn to see; all your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free,” he realized the song wasn’t about birds at all.

“(McCartney) was thinking about the civil rights movement at that time he wrote it; he wrote it at the 68,” Pearson said.

Carmen and Suzanne Kirschling

Washington women’s march also a personal statement

Eva James may well have needed the march in Washington to prove that her mother Carmen Kirschling was right.

“I always believed women were the strength of a nation,” Kirschling said. “That’s how I was raised, and how I tried to raise my daughter.”

James, 34, said she was devastated when she learned that Donald Trump was elected U.S. president.

“I started hearing what Donald Trump was saying about women and then I heard that other people were starting to accept what he said as the truth,” James said. “I didn’t want that for women, especially the younger girls who don’t know who they are just yet.”

Cadets carry on air force traditions at Danforth Tech

From the parade square at Danforth Tech, Alina Farrukh can see the loftiest of goals.

“You get to learn about clouds and stuff that I would not learn at home or with any other program,” Farrukh said.

Farrukh, 14, says her ultimate goal is to get her pilot licence through the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and to pursue her dream to fly air force aircraft.

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Toronto is Becoming a Market for Luxury Products

Approximately 25 high-end fashion brands have opened stores in Toronto in the past six months. This includes European brands like Reiss and Links of London. Saks is not the only high-end retailer that has opened in Toronto. Nordstorm opened two locations in 2016. A third location will open in Sherway Gardens in September 2017.

Pregnant woman chooses doula to guide her

Karen Mcwilliam sat on the floor in front of her client, Shalina Khanna, as she and her husband, Jonathan Hunt, sat cozily on their couch. Hunt handed his wife a tissue to wipe the tears from her eyes, as she explained to Mcwilliam why her mother wouldn’t be able to attend the birth of their first child.

“She primarily takes care of my dad who is not well,” Khanna said.

Resident faces ‘revitalization’ of community housing

Tanisha Pessoa is anxious and frustrated. For a year, she’s wondered if she will soon be forced to move out of her social housing unit in Allenbury Gardens.

“What will I do when I can’t afford the cost of living in my new home?” she asked. “The thought of being displaced because they’re building condos that cost more than my rent, worries me.”

Weight-loss boot camp tough, but rewarding

It was Stephany Bruno’s first day at the Project O boot camp. But at her first workout session Bruno got frustrated.

“Right away, when I got there we started doing 10 pushups and then 10 jumping jacks,” Bruno said. “I was tired and in so much pain after five pushups, that I had to stop while everyone else kept on going.”