Rick Madonik, Staff Photographer
Traditionally, even in the newspaper business, January tends to be a slower month. It didn't begin that way with a number of things that got our attention - beginning with a massive 6 alarm fire near Ryerson University.
The death, and funeral, of Sgt Ryan Russell dominated news coverage for a solid week, culminating with the largest police funeral ever held in Toronto. Estimates are between 10,000 and 13,000 participants.
Here is small sample of what staff photographers produced during the month.
An Estonian team practices their routine during warmups at the Koop Cup. The Koop cup is celebrating 60 years of Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition. The event take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. (Carlos Osorio)
Sou Ping Tsoi suffers from dementia and is 90 years old. She has been given 3 hours a week home care which hardly gives any break to Maggie Wu, her daughter-in-law who is currently out of work but looks after Sou Ping full time. (Richard Lautens)
Having a smoke at Dundas Square, Erik Tamman doesn't think that the new package requirements will have an impact on him as the government introduced new cigarette labelling that requires 75% of the package, up from 50% in Toronto. (Steve Russell)
The team from John M. James School carries their cardboard boat to the pool. Skills Canada - Ontario hosts a cardboard Boat Race at Swansea Community Recreation Centre where kids from area schools construct "seaworthy" boats from paper products. (Nicki Thomas)
Gen McCurdie, Hockey Canada addresses a town hall meeting in the Town of Shelburne. The town hosted a town hall meeting between Hockey Canada and Shelburne Minor Hockey Association and the Greater Metro Hockey League. (Steve Russell)
A motor vehicle crash involving 10 vehicles, including two trucks, has shut down all lanes of the southbound Don Valley Parkway south of the Bayview Ave./Bloor St. exit on January 27, 2011 (Tannis Toohey)
A large knife splits the meat of the tuna as John Lee cuts into the side to divide it. Minsoo Kim of Wabora Fusion Japanese Restaurant at the Thomson Hotel, picks the tuna he wants to serve in his two restauarants after the fish arrived packed in ice, via Air Canada Cargo, from the Philliphines . (Rick Madonik)
Things were heating up in the Roger's Centre in spite of the cold outside Sunday afternoon. Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction beat both Grave Digger and Grave Digger the Legend to take the head to head elimination heats around the face track in Toronto at Rogers Centre. (DAVID COOPER)
Thousands of Police from as far as Vancouver Island line the streets as the hearse carrying the body of Sgt Ryan Russell heads south on Simcoe headed to the Metro Toronto Convention Center (Rene Johnston)
Construction workers on University Avenue paused as the funeral procession for Sgt. Ryan Russell made its way to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Tuesday, January 18, 2011. (Lucas Oleniuk)
Police sort signs demarcating where each group of officers will be, prior to the march to the funeral services at Metro Toronto Convention Centre to pay tribute to fallen Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell. (Bernard Weil)