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Best of January

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.



Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen in a mirror reflection arriving at the Harmony Dinner fundraiser being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on January 27, 2011. (Carlos Osorio)



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)


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 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)


Christian Cadieux (R), owner of Bed Bugs Bite , and employee Jeff Lake fumigates a matress as part of their process to get rid of bedbugs. (Andrew Wallace)

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Twobirds is a shop known for bridesmaid dresses that can be worn multiple ways  Store manager, Danielle Gulic. (Keith Beaty)


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Smoke fills the air around Ryerson University as a firefigher braves the top of the ladder over the building on fire. (Rene Johnston)


RPJ Dec3YongeFire 05.JPGIce covers in a thick layer as the water from hoses freezes on a Toronto firefighter. (Rene Johnston)


 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)


Andrew Linder shovels his home driveway on Ridge Point Cres. in the Keele and Lawrence area Saturday January 15, 2010 after Toronto received five to seven cm of snow fall. (Tara Walton)


A man and his dog walk along the waterfront on Lakeshore near Windermere bearing the frigid temperatures in Toronto January 23 2011. (Vince Talotta)


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)


The boat from Calderstone Middle School suffers in the weight competition. (Rick Madonik)



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)


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 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)


Sp-worldjuniorhockeyJan5Team Canada captain Ryan Ellis leads his team in congratulating Team Russia in their 5-3 win in the gold medal game at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.  (Andrew Wallace)


Toronto Rock Sandy Chapman takes some heat from Bandits # 65 Clay Hill behind the Bandits net. (Rick Eglinton)


 Toronto Raptors Julian Wright gets in an arm jam by the Philadelphia 76ers in first half NBA action in Toronto on January 26, 2011.  (Rene Johnston)


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)


 Washington Capitals Matt Hendricks has the upper hand in a fight  against the Toronto Maple Leafs Mike Brown at the ACC in Toronto January 22 2011.(Vince Talotta)


Funeral004A Toronto police officer carries the uniform cap of Sgt Ryan Russell as the procession proceeds to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Tuesday, January 18, 2011.(Lucas Oleniuk)



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)


The RCMP red surge arrives at the Metro Toronto Convention Center for the day's activities surrounding the funeral for Sgt Ryan Russell. (Rene Johnston)


Funeral005Police filed in behind the funeral procession for Sgt. Ryan Russell on Simcoe Avenue Tuesday, January 18, 2011. (Lucas Oleniuk)


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)


 Funeral001Police 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)



Sharon Graham, who works across the street from the scene, stops to survey the memorial where Sgt. Ryan Russell died last week in the snowplough incident. (Rick Madonik)



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