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.
The producers at Comedy Bar populate their main stage and cabaret space with local and nationally touring acts that have helped earn accolades such as Best Comedy Club from the readers of NowToronto. On February 4, Toronto native Noam "Moe" Rosen does a whistle stop on the main stage to spin an absurdist yarn about how his nickname became his real name, and CBC veterans Dave Shumka and Graham Clark grace the cabaret stage on March 3 to silently fence with TV antennas. The club also lassos laughs with an assortment of comedic collectives, with Theatresports improv battles on Saturday nights in the cabaret space, and mock-soap-opera sketch The Soaps on Thursday evenings on the main stage.
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.
Six days a week, the restaurant rustles up hearty lunch and dinner entrees and desserts. Its taste-procuring chefs make every meal from scratch, except for the eatery's microbrews and other bottled and on-tap beers, which require a brewery. Reward eggs for their tasty dependability at breakfast by letting them cavort with toast, home fries, and your choice of meat in the Deluxe breakfast ($5.95). Quesadillas ($7.95–$9.95) and wraps ($7.25–$9.50) are among lunchtime’s hearty morsels, as is the bacon-and-cheesy Banquet burger ($6.75), which inspires spontaneous adulation from nearby diners. To cleanse the palate, turn mild-mannered chicken wings ($0.50–$0.85 each) feisty by tossing in third-degree hot sauce. Mini-mes stay satiated with the children’s menu, in which spaghetti and tomato sauce ($4.95) share the spotlight with chicken fingers and fries ($4.95) and children's cancan lines.
The setting sun paints streaks of warm colours across the sky and the CN Tower looms over the harbour as a group of kayakers paddle toward a secluded island. This juxtaposition of city and nature sets the tone for Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre's expeditions into Lake Ontario. During tours, their guides transport groups from the urban jungle of Canada's largest city to the natural environs of 13 Toronto Islands. Whether by kayak or stand up paddleboard, the tour leaders blaze a watery path toward lagoons and sanctuaries teeming with wildlife, such as egrets, turtles, and turtles doing egret impressions. Tours also pass by historic man-made sights such as The Gibraltar Lighthouse built in 1808.
In addition to guided excursions, Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre's experts schedule both private and group lessons for each of their watercraft types. They can help students obtain certification, or learn invaluable skills such as kayak rescue. The instructors also lead sessions at a pool, which lets students hone their skills regardless of weather conditions.
Paul Stewart's passion for pottery is genetic. And, as The Pottery's resident potter, he spins more than 25 years of experience between his steady hands. It was 1985 when Paul decided to follow his father's footsteps and enter the profession. For some time after, Paul bounced around Toronto-area studios until landing in Bloor West Village, where he's remained for more than a decade.
Over that time, Paul has created award-winning works that have appeared in magazines, on TV, and in films, and many of his pieces can be bought and added to private collections or worn as part of all-ceramic wardrobes. More than just the birthplace of porcelain decor, Paul also utilizes The Pottery's space to lead lessons and workshops–something he's done for a dozen years. He instructs all ages of students during introductory sessions, as well as during themed workshops and curriculum-based courses.