A look at some of the Staff's favourites from November!
LUCAS OLENIUK - Dutchman Ronald Stok makes the trip from Amsterdam to Toronto every Remembrance Day to pay tribute to the heroic actions of those that came before us. He was photographed at a bus stop on King Street west in Toronto.
RENE JOHNSTON - Tracy pins a poppy on Bill in their hotel room. They move into their new home in a week which will be a new start for the couple. Kerr, Sudbury resident an Afghanistan vet, triple amputee attended his first Remembrance Day functions in his home town with his own Second Battalion Irish Regiment.
RENE JOHNSTON - Dallas White shows his injured leg. White was injured in the blast that killed Private Kevin McKay who stepped on an IED while on a night foot patrol in the Panjawyi district. White sustained multiple fractures to his left leg, a broken thumb and superficial burns on his body, including his eyes. The flash when the IED exploded is similar to a welding arc, and caused burns to Dallas' eyes.
BERNARD WEIL - Thomas Quinet, 13, from Ottawa, sits on his bed reading a book. Thomas wrote the inscription "This is The Best room" on the windows of his bedroom facing the balcony. Thomas clings to the hope that he will get a second lung transplant. His family now has a temporary apartment in Toronto so Thomas can attend daily physio and school class at the hospital.
ANDREW WALLACE - Richard Houston, Wainwright, AB, during his second attempt at the Bronc Riding event at The Royal Winter Fair Rodeo at the Ricoh Colliseum. Houston, who is originally from Australia, made three attempts to find a horse willing to kick for the 8 sec scoring processes.
RICK MADONIK - Francesca Mulligan puts 8-year-old Small Pony, Little Miss Sunshine, through some training in a temporary practice area between Ricoh Colisseum and the horse paddock area for the annual Royal Winter Agricultural Fair.
STEVE RUSSELL - A spectator watches as a flight of Elite men ride by at the Canadian Cyclo Cross Championships in Toronto. The cyclo cross, which mixes road racing with mountain biking, championships were held at Cedarvale Park near Vaughn and Oakwood Roads. The cyclists race over a three kilometre course for about 40 minutes for elite women and 60 minutes for elite men.
RICK EGLINTON - Actress Emily Schooley talks to the Star about her involvement with artist James Donman alias Head Redmen. Schooley is one of a number of young women who claim Donman signed up for various performance based contracts. He later turns around and sues them for breach of contract.
STEVE RUSSELL - Gerard, in bed, plays Bill D's recovery in the second act with Julian Nicholson as Dr Bob and Colin Lapsley as Bill Wilson. Renascent, one of Toronto's leading addiction treatment centres, is putting on a theatre production about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous "Bill W. and Dr. Bob," an off-Broadway play that has never before been produced in Canada.
RICHARD LAUTENS - Lorraine Symmes (left) is a Director on the board of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens and Penny Richardson is president of the Coalition. They are on the Symmes' property which is directly across the road from the proposed open pit quarry site. A citizens coalition fought a 13-year battle against the proposed Rockfort Quarry in Caledon in the Base Line road and Winston Churchill area scored a victory. The Ontario Municipal board agreed that the risks associated with the quarry would have a catastrophic impact on the local environment.
STEVE RUSSELL - Close to 15,000 pray at Exhibition Place in Toronto to celebrate Eid Al-Adha, which commemorates the end of the annual Hajj (the pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia). This Eid, known as the "Festival of Sacrifice", commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael, as an act of obedience to God. The Eid Al-Adha celebrations had Eid Prayers in the Queen Elizabeth Building and followed with a festival in the Better Living Centre in Toronto.
STEVE RUSSELL - Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner (20) denies Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) the end zone in second half action as the Buffalo Bills lose to the Chicago Bears 22-19 in NFL action at the Rogers Centre.
STEVE RUSSELL - Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens (18) rolls to the back of the net after the ball bounced off the top of it as the Colorado Rapids beat Dallas FC 2-1 in overtime in the MLS Cup at BMO Field.
LUCAS OLENIUK - Haitian Ministry of Public Health body collectors hurled a the body of a cholera victim into a mass grave in Titanyen. The body was delivered from Cabaret to the grave that lays north of Port-au-Prince. A highly contagious cholera outbreak in Haiti has killed nearly two-thousand people in the country. Cholera can lead to violent diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration and if not treated properly, death.
LUCAS OLENIUK - Nine-year-old Richard Berette recovers from cholera at the Samaritan's Purse cholera clinic in Cabaret, Haiti. A cholera outbreak in Haiti has killed nearly 2000 people throughout the country.
LUCAS OLENIUK - One of the few signs of unrest in Port-au-Prince were burning tires in the volatile neighborhood of Bel-Air Monday, November 29, 2010. The capital city remained relatively calm and quiet the day after the Haitian national election.
STEVE RUSSELL - Ray Doobie and volunteers begin to unload trucks at a distribution centre in North York, the space was donated to the Santa Fund. Warehouse staff and volunteers begin to move a portion of the 45,000 Santa Claus Fund Christmas Boxes destined for needy children across the city. Two 54' trucks were filled with Santa Claus Fund boxes and delivered to a few depots across the city. The Toronto Star Santa Claus fund was established in 1906, 100% of all money donated is spent on purchasing the items contained in the gift boxes. The Toronto Star pays for all administrative costs to the Fund, so every dollar donates goes into creating an age specific gift box that includes a warm sweater, socks, mittens, hat, book, toy, candy and dental hygiene kit. The 2010 Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund goal for 2010 is $1.6 million.All donors will receive a tax receipt for income tax purposes after the campaign in January 2011. Children's names are submitted to the Star by Ontario Works and more than 90 other social service agencies in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Ajax and Pickering. To DONATE to the SANTA FUND
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