Rafael Brusilow for Metro Canada

Update garage with a new door, floor

Your garage is an integral part of your home, so why shouldn’t you renovate it to look just as good and be just as practical?With the new Home Renovation Tax Credit available across Canada this year and offering up to $1,350 back from the government for renovations up to $10,000, the time is right...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 8:21 AM

Backyard beauties

If you’re hoping to put your Home Renovation Tax Credit money to work in your backyard, your deck and fence are a perfect place to start.A well-built deck instantly spruces up the looks of your backyard, increases your home’s value and offers plenty of practical enjoyment for daytime barbecues or...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 8:13 AM

40 years of problem pups

Training reckless dogs to be obedient sounds like a harsh job but it’s a labour of love for champion dog trainer Wolfram Klose.Nicknamed “Wolf” by his friends and family, the 68-year-older owner of Havelberg Dog Academy has trained dogs for Hollywood movies and CBC television productions and has...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 11:13 AM

Making your home eco-friendly

From solar-powered garden lights to patio furniture made from recycled plastics, living green at home is easier, and cheaper, than you may think.“Living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and it can actually save you money while saving the environment,” said Kate Dobrucki...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 3:31 AM

The runway shuffle

Last night’s Project Runway Canada episode was a double-shocker as two previously eliminated designers came back and two more got sent home. The contestants were dragged out to a camping ground where designers Jason Meyers and Genevieve Graham, who had already been cut in previous episodes, crawled...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 5:25 AM

Kick-start your riding skills

If pocket rockets rev your engine, you’ve probably been bitten by the motorcycle bug.Of course, you need to learn how to tame the beast before you can hop on — and it might help if you know how to fix the darn thing.Linda Neil, chair of the school of Continuing Education at Centennial College, says...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 11:15 PM

Employees turning to education

In uncertain economic times, continuing education programs can be a pillar of career-building strength, but only if people take the initiative themselves, experts say.Andrew Cochrane, president of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) and dean of the College of...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 11:11 PM

Iman visits Toronto to support Canadian talent

Iman says she believes Canadians have just as much fashion sense — and talent — as anyone around the world.The ever-alluring supermodel and host of Project Runway Canada is in Toronto for LG Fashion Week to support Canadian alumni from last season’s cycle of the show and kick off a showing of full...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 3:47 AM

George Brown shines spotlight on health

No matter what state the economy is in, people need to stay healthy. Making a career in health care always a viable choice.Lori Cranson, an associate dean at George Brown College in Toronto, says the focus of modern health care has shifted from solely caring for the sick to a much more holistic...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 1:47 AM

Outspoken designer silenced

One draped skirt too many got Vancouver designer Genevieve Graham sent home from Project Runway Canada last night.Designers had to create a dress for top Canadian model Coco Rocha to wear to a red carpet event during New York fashion week.The judges thought Graham’s silky, gold and crème coloured...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 1:07 AM

From beautiful to grotesque

Movie monsters and beautiful people share an important thing — they both need talented makeup artists to help them look their best.With many people leaving their old careers in the struggling economy, some people are realizing they can turn their lipstick dreams and artistic imaginations into a...

Monday, March 16, 2009, 1:06 AM

Training important in poor economy

Losing your job doesn’t mean losing your skills — it might just mean it’s time to put those skills to work in a new way.With more people becoming unemployed in the economic crunch every month, prospects for finding work in the same industry you just left are looking dim. Luckily, retraining is...

Monday, March 16, 2009, 1:04 AM

Dining at its most romantic

Food has always been a crucial part of romance and restaurants like Toronto’s La Maquette prove that a perfect meal can be the most romantic detail of all.La Maquette owner Ange Kanavas, 49, says it’s her mission to provide not only great food but an unforgettable dining experience as well.“I...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 11:12 AM

A customer service dynamo

Whether it’s for the wedding chapel or the boardroom, the perfect suit is Harry Rosen’s specialty.The 77-year-old Canadian icon has forged a name as one of Canada’s most respected and revered men’s fashion brands famous for tailored suits of exceptional quality, with 40 per cent of the market share...

Monday, March 9, 2009, 10:40 AM

Yorkville candle shop business burns brightly

Good candles are delightfully aromatic and for one married entrepreneurial couple, the scent is good business indeed.Theresa and Brian Kim have owned and run Candle Emporium, a store specializing in high-end candles on Toronto’s Yorkville Avenue, for the past 19 years — no small feat for any small...

Monday, March 9, 2009, 10:37 AM

A Mob, Mob world

If Italian director Matteo Garrone is running from the Mob, he’s not showing it.His new film, Gomorrah, has already seen the original writer go into police protection in Italy. The lack of bulletproof glass in the windows of the hotel room Garrone is sitting in can’t be considered encouraging...

Friday, March 6, 2009, 6:57 AM

Counselling children through parental splits

When parents split it’s often the children who suffer the most.Jancy King is a psychological associate at Toronto Psychological Services who provides counselling and other psychological services to children and their families. She frequently provides therapy to children who go through a parental...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 11:23 AM

Tread lightly if indulging in a workplace romance

Dating in the workplace might be the last remaining romantic taboo, but that hasn’t stopped plenty of people from letting cupid reign in the cubicle.A 2008 Vault.com survey found almost half (46 per cent) of employees said they have been involved in an office romance and 13 per cent more said they...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 11:19 AM

Group dating, the next singles phenomenon

If regular dating isn’t working for you, why not bring your friends along for the ride?The phenomenon of group dating, where one posse of single friends collectively goes on a date with another group of eligible singles, is gaining in popularity as daters realize the value of strength in numbers....

Monday, February 16, 2009, 10:46 AM

The power of purple

The Color Purple proves that while sometimes hope might be the only thing you have left, it might also be the only thing you need.The critically acclaimed musical, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize- winning book about life, love and enduring pain, came to Toronto this week with rousing music...

Saturday, February 14, 2009, 4:30 AM