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01/03/2011

Men of the Lens and Pens 2010

In sports, valued players are those that can take on different positions and situations seamlessly.

At the Toronto Star our Two-ways are our utility players, using the pen and their eye with great skill, here are their favourite images from 2010.

 

Jim Wilkes 

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March 29, 2010 - A man and woman take their dog for a walk along the beach at Ashbridges Bay as an orange moon rises over Lake Ontario. 

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April 19, 2010 - French children hoping to get flight home play with video games at Pearson airport while parents try to figure out a way home. Dozens of other French nationals have been stranded in Toronto after flights to Europe were cancelled because of ash from an Icelandic volcano.

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 July 5, 2010 - Mississauga poet and artist Meena Chopra writes in three languages -- English, Hindi and Urdu. She says the sunsets she sees from the windows of her Mississauga home remind her of her childhood in northern India. Her abstract painting Fireball is in background.

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 July 27, 2010 -  Seven-year-old Nicolas Vasquez of Mississauga finds relief from the heat in a splash pad beside Lake Aquitaine at Meadowvale Community Centre. Temperatures were to hit 30C in Mississauga on Tuesday. 

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July 30, 2010 - Jack, a redneck ostrich, stands guard at White Rock Farm northwest of Milton while one of his female friends looks on. He's a breeder at the farm, which has had the feathered creatures for a dozen years. Ostriches are native to Africa. The farm sells ostrich burgers, steaks and other meat products.

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November 12, 2010 -  A golfer swings for the green on fog-shrouded Oakville Exective Golf Course. The heavy mist made for tough play and lost balls, but didn't deter die-hard duffers from their appointed rounds.

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March 9, 2010 - Pipe band leads the funeral procession of Const. James Ochakovsky through a sea of thousands of police officers from across North America from Mississauga's Hershey Centre, where service was held.

Jim Rankin

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May 31, 2010 - Nina Arsenault at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Arsenault, who has had 60 surgeries in her transformation from male to female, is a guest speaker at the upcoming IdeaCity conference. Arsenault's critically acclaimed autobiographical play, The Silicone Diaries, will have another run in the fall.

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June 26, 2010 -  A U.S. government helicopter arrives in downtown Toronto. Protesters took to the streets of Toronto in a mostly peaceful march that later turned violent when a much smaller number of protesters smashed windows along Queen St. and forced police to abandon two cruisers on Queen St. W, east of Spadina Ave. The cars were bashed and spray painted and some posed for pictures with the cruisers.

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June 27, 2010 - Pro and anti Israel groups held side-by-side information protests behind Queen's Park. Very few people attended, leaving these two men to document themselves. A day after mostly peaceful protests turned violent, police were stopping, questioning and searching people in the downtown core and around Queen's Park. Some were handcuffed while police verified their identities. Most of the people stopped were young men, particularly ones wearing black clothing.

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A protester, Kirk Warrington,  spray painted himself red on Queen St. W. Protesters took to the streets of Toronto in a mostly peaceful march that later turned violent when a much smaller number of protesters smashed windows along Queen St. and forced police to abandon two cruisers on Queen St. W, east of Spadina Ave. The cars were bashed and spray painted and some posed for pictures with the cruisers.

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August 5, 2010 - Eric Cromwell, 32, stops to tie his girlfriend Sarah's shoelace. Eric was recently released from jail and with no where to go, ended up downtown at a shelter. He has been through the cycle of going from jail to being homeless several times. He has an apartment now, but conditions imposed on him make it impossible to live there. He and Sarah, 20, spend their days walking the streets, where drugs are never far away. Eric tries to stay away from the drugs.

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August 10, 2010 - Miguel Vadillo enters the water at 9 p.m. in Niagara-on-the-Lake, beginning his successful attempt to cross Lake Ontario. swim.  Vadillo, 40, arrived at Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto 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 provides swimming and water safety lessons for kids.

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August 11, 2010 - Miguel Vadillo, 40, swims at sunrise, nine hours into his attempt to cross Lake Ontario. The Toronto Star designer would be the 44rd person to do so.

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August 11, 2010, Miguel Vadillo, 40, reacts after touching the shore at Marilyn Bell Park, ending a successful crossing of Lake Ontario. Along as part of his 21 member crew were his Partner Katie White, and son, Santiago Vadillo, 12.

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August 11, 2010 - Miguel Vadillo, 40, is embraced by partner Katie White and son Santiago Vadillo, 12, after touching shore at Marilyn Bell Park, just over 18 hours after he began his successful swim across Lake Ontario. 

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August 30, 2010 - Swans dunk for lunch as cormorants line the break wall at the Western Beaches. Temperatures at the waterfront reached 27 C, a cool reprieve from the inner city, where temperatures approached the mid 30s.

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September 14, 2010 - Walter Boeswald, a life-long hunter and employee at Ramakko's outdoor store chats with a customer in the store's gun room. Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner's private member's bill to scrap the long-gun component of the federal firearms registry is the subject of a Sept. 22 vote that is too close to call.

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September 14, 2010 - Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner's private member's bill to scrap the long-gun component of the federal firearms registry is the subject of a Sept. 22 vote that is too close to call. The issue is a hot topic in the Sudbury area, where many hunters in this mining community known as the Nickel Belt oppose the registry.

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October 25, 2010 - Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti cruises his way to re-election. Supporters watch results roll in at Le Parc Conference and Banquet Centre.

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October 25, 2010 - Dennet Oregon, a US Army sergeant, and Chiquita, his 4-year-old terrier-chihuahua mix. Oregon, 29, had both legs amputated below the knee in 2006, some 18 months after he was badly injured in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device. He works at the Pentagon and at the prosthetics lab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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 Dennet Oregon, a US Army sergeant, has taught himself how to make and adjust prosthetic legs. Here, he shows plastic replicas of the bones in his legs below the knee, made from a scan. Oregon, 29, had both legs amputated below the knee in 2006, some 18 months after he was badly injured in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device. He works at the Pentagon and at the prosthetics lab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dale Brazao

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Sam falls, Dale Brazao's image of an 82-year-old man, in diapers and suffering advanced dementia, who slid off his chair and crashed to the floor of the Toronto retirement home, was shot with a balckberry while he was undercover as a patient in the nursing home. No staffer came to help. Brazao helped Sam up and waited. Five minutes. Ten minutes. Fifteen minutes. At twenty minutes a tired, overworked staffer appeared. Brazao was part of an investigative team that brought provincial attention to nursing homes and affected change.

 

 

 

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What, no women? Is this 1962? Hello?

Awesome work Jim. Loved every one of your photos.

Excellent shooting by two-way guys. And all this time I thought a two-way guy was restricted by don't ask, don't tell.

Very nice and emotion worth picssss.....

Heartly liked the swimming photo.

Thanks for sharing.

Nice blog. I really like the pics also.Thanks for sharing this.

What a nice blog & pics. Are all pics real? I never seen pics like this. they are really very expressive. thanks for sharing these awesome pics with us.

Wow ,I am speechless .Each picture is telling a different story with different emotion. Thanks for sharing .I'm going to make a slide of these pictures.

The pictures have been albummed in an artful manner. They speak for themselves. Wonderful work! Thanks for sharing.

every picture is quite nice and photos are taken beautifully, i appreciate the photographer. nice blog you have. thanks

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