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09/02/2009

Chefs and Cyclists

Pawel Dwulit - Contract Staff Photographer

This past week as usual I worked on a variety of assignments. One of which, a story on Ramadan - the Holy month for all Muslims of fasting. I teamed up with reporter Noor Javed for this one, who just happens to be Muslim.

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August 26, 2009 - Kara Mia restaurant chef Mohammed Benabdelmalek checks orders at his restaurant in Vaughn Ontario. Benabdelmalek is a muslim chef who is fasting throughout the day as part of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. The restaurant is all hallal food and a place where muslims from the GTA are coming to break their fast in the evenings. Toronto Star/Pawel Dwulit

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August 26, 2009 - Kara Mia restaurant chef Mohammed Benabdelmalek shows his iPhone app called iPray which alerts him for prayer in his restaurant in Vaughn Ontario before breaking his Ramadan fast for the day with dates and milk. 

Toronto Star/Pawel Dwulit

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August 26, 2009 - Kara Mia restaurant chef Mohammed Benabdelmalek cooks during the evening fast-breaking rush at his restaurant in Vaughn Ontario. Toronto Star/Pawel Dwulit

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August 26, 2009 - Kara Mia restaurant chef Mohammed Benabdelmalek prays in a office room at the back of his restaurant in Vaughn Ontario. T

oronto Star/Pawel Dwulit

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Here was a situation that I thought would make for a great photo. Dennis Hingsberg created a website for gun aficionados called gunaddicts.com. The site is setup in an Ebay way where people can trade/sell guns as well as for people who enjoy discussing guns and things relevant to shooting for sport. I came into Dennis's home in the GTA and was excited to make a picture with him and some of his guns. Unfortunately for me Dennis felt that he shouldn't handle his guns in his home no matter what the situation was. I then tried to be creative and came up with the above picture. It was taken in his living room with a target taped to the wall and shot through one of his rifle scopes. I think it added just enough to the picture to make it work for the story...without any actual guns.

August 26, 2009 - Dennis Hingsberg poses for a portrait at his home in Mississauga Ontario. Hingsberg has created a website called Gunaddicts.com - an eBay type of website for guns. Hingsberg himself  owns well over 12 guns after getting his license within the year. Toronto Star/Pawel Dwulit


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Funny how fast the summer has gone by as the hockey season is about to start up with trainning camps and exhibition games coming up in the next few weeks.

February 15, 2009 -Toronto Maple Leaf John Mitchell gets sprayed with water by team mates as he passes the players bench during the Fastest Skater Competition in the 17th Annual Toronto Maple Leafs Skills Competition. Mitchell completed the fastest lap with a time of 13.848 seconds at the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto Ontario. Toronto Star/Pawel Dwulit

Finally some images from the bicyclist protest last night where Toronto bike courier Darcy Allan Sheppard was fatally injured on monday night. 

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September 1, 2009 - Longtime friend of Darcy Allan Sheppard, Brian Harris is seen holding up his bike during the start of a protest held by Toronto cyclists who blocked traffic on Bloor St. and University Ave. in downtown Toronto Ontario. Bicycle courier Darcy Allan Sheppard was fatally injured last night when he was involved with an altercation with former Attorney General of Ontario Michael Bryant and his vehicle. Toronto Star/Pawel Dwulit

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September 1, 2009 - A cyclist is seen placing flowers at the site where bicycle courier Darcy Allan Sheppard was fatally injured last night when he was involved with an altercation with former Attorney General of Ontario Michael Bryant and his vehicle. Toronto cyclists and bicycle couriers blocked traffic on Bloor St. near University Ave for close to an hour in protest of Darcy Allan Sheppards death. Toronto Star/Pawel Dwulit

This protest was one that will stay with me for a long time. It was driven by passion and anger over the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard. About two dozen of his friends and co-workers along with regular cyclists came and blocked traffic. It was a very powerful gesture that caused a few hundred people to stop along the sidewalk to watch and listen to the cyclists.


Pawel Dwulit

pdwulit@thestar.ca

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