Favourties from June 2011
Some the staff's favourites from the month of June.
LUCAS OLENIUK - Thirty-year-old cresseur Jacques Preston rests inside the opening of a post-and-beam supported mine shaft at the infamous Bisie cassiterite deposit in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Cresseur's mine tunnels, some deep as 100m, in 24-hour shifts. Miners are paid 1,300 Congolese francs, $1.40, for 1Kg of cassiterite.
JIM RANKIN - Terri-Jean Bedford has written a memoir on her life as Canada's most famous dominatrix and her numerous court battles, including one that is challenging Canada's prostitution laws. The book, titled "Dominatrix on Trial: Befford vs Canada", is to be self-published.
RICHARD LAUTENS - Volunteers help to assemble the piece.Canadian architect Philip Beesley deals with the most imposing of spaces, Brookfield Place, with "Sargasso," the one and only large-scale public installation in Luminato.
STEVE RUSSELL - Yeabsra rides the 1907 Antique Carousel with Esteban Lasso, the executive director of Transforming Faces Worldwide as she visits the rides on Centreville on Centre Island on her last weekend in Toronto before returning to Ethiopia. Yeabsra had a facial bipartition surgery April to repair a deformity that ran up her face. The surgery moved her eyes to 13 mm apart from the 47mm, doctors had to finish her surgery without repairing her nose because of swelling. She will return in six months for the surgery to repair her nose.
RICHARD LAUTENS - Larry Li (9) in hat, works at bringing in a fish.The Scadding Court Community Centre (at Bathurst and Dundas) have transformed their indoor swimming pool into a trout pond for a week.
STEVE RUSSELL - Inspired by Movember - where men grow moustaches to raise money for prostate cancer - a group of 20-something Toronto women Jessie Behan and Vanessa Willson are encouraging females everywhere to design their under-there-hair to raise money for cervical cancer and raise awareness about the sexually transmitted infection that causes it. Their website has host of different styles including the David Suzuki, left and the Side Part.
STEVE RUSSELL - Locked out postal workers listen to speakers and applaud at a rally in front of One Dundas West after they could not get a permit to rally at Yonge-Dundas square, Toronto Hydro already had the square booked for an event.
JIM WILKES - Al and Frances Briggs look at two male wild turkeys that wander fromnthe woods behind their south end Barrie home and occasionally interfere with traffic along Cox Mill Rd. City council has gotten involved and has asked the Ministry of Natural Resources what it can do.
ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford during ceremonial bowl at the seventh annual CIMA Mayor's Trophy held at the Sunnybrook Park in Toronto. Over the last three years, the Mayor's Trophy event has helped provide young Toronto cricketers with cricket scholarships under the Cricket Across The Pond (CAP) program. CAP provided young Torontonians with leadership and communications skills and an opportunity to learn life skills as ambassadors of Toronto in England.
LUCAS OLENIUK - Kyle Drabek, Blue Jays' starting pitcher had a rough outing Sunday including a five run fifth inning. The Toronto Blue Jays lost to the visiting Boston Red Sox 14-1 Sunday afternoon in Toronto.
LUCAS OLENIUK - Outrider Rob Love chased down the 13 horse Guest Appearing after the jockey was bucked off before entering the gate at the start of the 9 race at the Woodbine racetrack. Jockey Tyler Pizarro was able to recover, get back on his horse and win the race.
JUNE WAS FOR THE DOGS?
STEVE RUSSELL - Sugar, part pitbull and half shih tzu or as her owner jokes " a bull shih" as hundreds of dogs, with their owners on leashes came to see the Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan, at Canadian Tire at Leslie and Lake Shore for the launch of his line of dog accessories.
BERNARD WEIL - Buddy, a 7-year-old golden retriever, isn't much of a fan of the water as Chester, a two-year-old beagle coon hound whispers in his ear, during a community dog swim at the Scadding Court Community Centre Pool. First time ever in the city of Toronto, the swim follows on the heels of the gone Fishing project last week, where 1500 trout were put into the pool to be fished out by students and disabled youth from the GTA. After the dogs, the pool will be emptied for maintenance.