Noelle Munaretto for Metro Canada

Schools focus on sustainability

In the midst of tough economic times, more companies strive for efficiency and productivity.Individuals employed in Canada’s developing sustainability sector are becoming key players in helping businesses balance those goals with the eco-friendly demands of their clients. “There is a heightened...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 11:57 PM

Adventure in the air

Look up in the sky. Look past the birds, around the clouds and you might just see it. Forsome, that jumbo jet soaring high above the ground symbolizes travel,excitement and adventure. But for others it signals the start of anequally thrilling career as a commercial pilot. “There’s tonsof...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 11:51 PM

Sex, relationships, and writing all day

Josey Vogels is one of the country’s most famous sex and relationship writers, but don’t expect her to be a leather-clad vixen doling out saucy advice whenever possible. Instead expect her to give off a down-to-earth vibe, more reminiscent of a close friend with whom you would share dinner and...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 10:50 AM

Chocolatey goodness

It may not be as outlandish as Willy Wonka’s factory, but David Castellan’s boutique, Soma Chocolate, is chock full of treats that would no doubt tempt anyone with a persistent sweet tooth.Castellan is one of the few chocolate makers in Toronto who produces his chocolate in-house straight from the...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 10:52 AM

Be florally creative

Ordinarily, roses are red and violets are blue, but if you’re getting an arrangement from Laura Tarbat’s flower shop, be prepared to expect anything but the ordinary.Tarbat’s Queen West floral boutique, Poppies (1094 Queen St. W.), has become famous across the Greater Toronto Area for offering...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 10:55 AM

Green burials the wave of the future?

Imagine a traditional North American burial and you’re likely to think of everything from a thick, lacquered casket to a heavy tombstone. In reality, however, this form of interment is a relatively new concept considering our ancestors once buried the dead in an incredibly natural fashion.Following...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 11:21 AM

Just another day in the morgue

Dr. Jim Edwards is standing beside a block of metal morgue refrigerators watching an assistant slide a white body bag out of the chilly unit.For Edwards, the regional supervising coroner for Toronto East, being this close to a shrouded corpse is just another day at the office.“It’s really...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 11:19 AM

‘Grief … touches all of us’

Death is an inevitable part of being blessed with life. But when someone you love dies, coping with the emotional whirlwind of loss can often make living your own life more difficult.As the director of The Canadian Centre for Bereavement Education and Grief Counselling, trauma and grief therapist...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:51 AM