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.
In oases of wellness scattered across Canada, GoodLife Fitness strives to improve people's lives with exercise classes for all ages and skill levels. For cardio, there's RPM, a high-energy spinning class, or Jillian Michaels's metabolism-boosting BodyShred. For mental serenity as well as healthy flexibility, there's hot yoga and Pilates. And for strength training, there's BodyPump, a barbell class; BodyFlow, a mix of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates; and BodyVive, a low-impact workout using Vive balls and tubes. GoodLife also offers corporate and business partnerships to ensure wellness in the workplace.
Since its Toronto location opened in 1976, Yuk Yuk's has been a collective launching pad for such comedy heavyweights as Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, and Russell Peters. All of Yuk Yuk's laugh-establishments invite seasoned jokesters and up-and-coming comedians to their stages every weekend for up to three days of high hilarity and three nights of cozy lodging atop their cocktail tables. Many Yuk Yuk's locations offer drinks, dinner, or bar fare during the show, but those interested in dining should contact their club of choice to find out about reservations.
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.