Sewage and storm-water pollution leak into the Great Lakes every year, unleashing bacteria into the waters that people swim in regularly. Contaminated beaches wreak havoc on human health and create environmental concerns such as degradation to fish habitats and aquatic-gene alteration, which threatens the food chain. To monitor water quality, workers record beach statuses with the Swim Guide to inform the public about their local strips, report what beaches have ongoing pollution problems, and provide solution plans to restore pure water and reclaim beaches.
Private lessons and group classes get participants speaking, reading, and writing in a second language: Spanish, Portuguese, or English. Many classes cover general knowledge over the course of six levels, but others are tailored to businesses, kids, or those who just want to brag about their pet hamster in a classier-sounding way. Private participants might choose to commission a curriculum that meets their specific needs.
DJ Depot equips disc jockeys with all the headphones, turntables, mixers, and amps necessary to create thrilling electronic soundtracks for house parties and nights on the town. Musicians amplify their mixes with powered and non-powered speakers and subwoofers, and spice up their sound with samplers, multi-track recorders, and monitors. Students can gain the basic skills necessary for a successful spinning career, or sign up for intensive 10-week courses to master the advanced techniques of mixing, scratching, or turning into a cyborg.
Working with one of the country's most famous artists might cause some to rest on their laurels, but for Patricia Corsini, the years she spent as a personal assistant and photographer to renowned artist Robert Bateman only pushed her to keep exploring. Robert's sweet tooth led Patricia to culinary school at George Brown College, after which she became executive chef of Cook Gourmet Inc., where culinary experts show aspiring cooks how to craft elegant dishes.
In one of the company's many cooking classes, Sunshine en Provence courses lead students through each step of creating a bistro-style meal, and Some Like It Haute! sessions focus on stylish summertime meals. Classes are taught in a gourmet kitchen with a wide assembly of tools at students' disposal.
Cook Gourmet Inc.'s crew also caters events small and large, even providing personal-chef services for clients' dinner parties.
Calisto plates up authentic, elegant Italian classics with creative tweaks, serenading taste buds alongside an extensive wine list. Ravenous diners will find crowd favourites on the menu, such as ravioli and individual stone-baked pizzas nestled next to fresh seafood, beef, and adventuresome pastas. Nab a domiziano pizza, with mozzarella, tomatoes, grilled zucchini, eggplant, and fire-roasted red peppers ($15.50), or dig into the popular osso bucco—veal shank cut across the bone, braised, then simmered in a spiced wine reduction ($18.75). A full bar slakes thirsts with such lip-smacking selections as the mango caipirissma, a strong, sweet concoction of gold rum and fresh mango juice ($10). Chic, modern seating and romantic lighting offer a new chance to propose—this time, without the Jumbotron.
During all four seasons, The team at Toronto Adventures Inc. smuggle urbanites out of their condos and A-frames and into the area's nearby-yet-faraway outdoor streams, trails, and forests. In winter, the guides lead groups snowshoeing in the Humber Valley, and in warmer months, they glide teams over two rivers for kayaking and canoeing adventures. Paddlers cast gentle ripples over waters that harbour salmon and turtles while admiring shores that shelter deer, foxes, and blue heron.
Summer enthusiasts can also bask in the warm weather by sailing on Lake Ontario in keelboats, staring directly into the sun, or standing astride a paddleboard at Sunnyside Beach. For land lovers, guided hikes explore the Humber and Rouge valleys as well as the Bruce Trail.