The Toronto Star Photo Department looks back some of the favourite pictures from August.
RICK MADONIK - Ontario Minister of Revenue John Wilkinson held a presser at the home of Paula and Jermaine Kirksey to further sell the HST. The Kirksey's received a direct deposit cheque to help offset the new costs to Ontarians when the HST kicks in. Son Shaine, 2, (left) was fidgety the entire time while brother Markus, 4, (right) eventually joined his little brother under the family's glass table to play with toys while the Minister continued to speak to the media.
STEVE RUSSELL - Rev Canon Andrew Asbil gives his sermon amidst the renovations at the Church of the Redeemer. The church at the corner of Bloor and Avenue once had masses attended by 900 parishioners before they dropped to about 40 in the late 70s. The church is busier and now reclaining pew space that was walled off and used for programs.
STEVE RUSSELL - The summer of 2010 is quickly becoming the summer of the wasp, as August begins Torontonians are noticing an increase in the insects that has been attributed to everything from a mild winter to last summer's garbage strike in Toronto.
STEVE RUSSELL - Ted Holland holds his grade 13 picture from St. Charles College. Ted Holland was allegedly molested by Fr. William "Hodgson" Marshall in his grade nine year at St. Charles College in Sudbury.
JIM RANKIN - Jason, 28, has been on and off the streets since he was 14. The Star handed out five Master Card and Visa gift cards in $50 and $75 denominations to people on the streets who asked for money, and then tracked what was bought. Jason bought a cheeseburger and root beer.
RICK MADONIK - Sudesh Muthu shows off his Guiness World hair (male) which measures in at 1.91 metres and was recorded on Aug 6, 2010, in England. Sudesh holds Vehaan, 2, while Thedavi, 5, and Nesta, 8, help show just how long their dad's hair is.
STEVE RUSSELL - Guisseppi Gigliotti downs some water to wash down the pizza pie and the front of his shirt. He ate 11 slices (almost four pizzas). He finished 29 slices behind the winner, super eater, Takeru Kobayashi, at PIE, Wood Fired Pizza Joint in Barrie. Competitors had to ate a Queen Pie, tomato, fresh basil and mozarella.
TANNIS TOOHEY - James Byrne, 22, holds a petri dish with a countable amount of bacteria grown from a dog dish at a local Starbucks cafe, and Gabriel Wolfaardt, 22, holds a petri dish of a sample taken from a water cooler on the 2nd floor at the Queen's Park Legislative Assembly.
RENE JOHNSTON - Corey Mandell has been in the event entertainment industry for more than 20 years. He started out as a DJ for bar and bat mitzvahs at 17. At 21, he founded his own company, which provided DJ services. He also played piano during cocktails. Over the years, Mandell's company has branched out into producing the entertainment for major corporate events, owning unique event spaces and running a nightclub. Recently, the company has come full circle by providing entertainment for bar and bat mizvahs once again.
CARLOS OSORIO - Mirella Amato, founder of Beerology, a consulting firm related to all things beer. Its founder runs beer tastings, judges beer competitions, writes for beer publications, has a regular feature on CBC radio about the world of beer and runs training sessions for bar staff about beer.
RICK MADONIK - Stanislas Wawrinka lays on the ground after winning a tiebreak point. However, Rafael Nadal of Spain went on to win the match on Centre Court at the Rogers Cup at Rexall Centre at York University.
DAVID COOPER - Sweat flies off of the arms of Travis Snider as he swings in the bottom of the 9th. After Dave Stieb threw out the first pitch things went downhill from there as the Toronto Blue Jays lost 10-4 to the Detroit Tigers.
JIM RANKIN - Miguel Vadillo enters the water at 9 p.m., beginning his swim. Vadillo, 40, arrived at Marilyn Bell Park just after 3 pm Tuesday, Aug 11, crossing the lake in 18 hours, and three minutes. It was the eleventh fastest time on record. The Toronto Star designer swam for Jumpstart, a charity that provide swimming and water safety lessons for kids.
JIM RANKIN - Miguel Vadillo, 40, arrives at Marilynn Bell Park after crosing Lake Ontario and is embraced by his partner Katie White, and son, Santiago Vadillo, 12. The Toronto Star designer swam for Jumpstart, a charity that provide swimming and water safety lessons for kids.
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