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Best of March

Once again, The Star photo department (as edited by Steve Russell) offers up the Best Pictures of the Month. From city politics to news to features to sports, Star photogs cover a variety of assignments bringing their unique eye to the photograph.

TARA WALTON - A Toronto Police Officer stands watch over a taped off area on the edge of Toronto's Don Valley Golf Course Thursday March 1, 2012 near the 401 and Yonge Street .  Human remains were found in the area on Tuesday and are rumoured to be those of missing girl Mariam Makhniashvili, who disappeared Monday September 14, 2009 before school.  

Over 4,000 images were shot from the airfield at Pearson International Airport. With special access granted to remain for over 2 hours near the end of Runway 24R, 65 planes were photographed during takeoff and landing. "My intention was to create a collage that documented the high level of air traffic during the busy spring break travel season." LUCAS OLENIUK

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tugs his shirt collar during council debates and speeches in the chamber. Transit commission will be dissolved and reformed, new members to be voted in. Mar. 5, 2011 BERNARD WEIL

Mayor Rob Ford shows reaction to something said at the meeting  to vote on a street-level LRT instead of a subway along Sheppard Ave. E. at City Hall on Mar 21 2012. VINCE TALOTTA

The city of Toronto Parks and Forestry and recreation division undertook the annual prescribed and controlled burn in High Park.It is done to protect, and sustain, Torontos rare black oak woodlands and savannahs in the park. COLIN MCCONNELL

A endangered Puerto Rican Crested Toad is seen at the Toronto Zoo in Toronto on Thursday, March 8, 2012. PAWEL DWULIT

A morning stroll along the waterfromnt at Sugar Beach. A thick morning fog blanketed the shore of Lake Ontario and more fog is in the forecast this unseasonably warm week.  JIM RANKIN

Morning fog along Queens Quay is replaced by dust as a concrete sewer culvert is cut during a construction project at the foot of Jarvis Street in  Toronto.   March 20, 2012.  STEVE RUSSELL

A woman walks along a path connecting Nathan Phillips Square on the left and Queen Street West on March 28, 2012 CARLOS OSORIO

Actor Ryan Everett Wood pops out of his dressing room in Shrek costume undergarments, 15 minutes to showtime backstage at Shrek the Musical, Thursday March 22, 2012 at the Toronto Centre for Performing Arts.  TARA WALTON

Canadian National Ballet guest artist Evan McKie stretches in his dressing room backstage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts at 1:50, ten minutes prior to the prologue of The Sleeping Beauty.  It will be over an hour before McKie will take to the stage. LUCAS OLENIUK

Author Linden MacIntyre of Toronto talks about his new book "Why Men Lie". RICK EGLINTON

During Shawn Atleo's speech, a feather is held high in honour of Jack Layton. A 90 minute tribute to late NDP leader Jack Layton on Friday, March 23, 2012, during the NDP leadership convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. RICK MADONIK

Sara Tarakji gives brother Robbie a kiss on the cheek during the demonstration. Syrians gathered at Old City Hall, then marched along Queen Street, Univeristy Ave, Dundas Street and Yonge Street, then back to the starting point, to demonstrate against the Syrian regime of Bashar al Asad. It was part of the larger day of protest for Syrians in numerous cities. RICK MADONIK

Zander sleeps before the start of the proceedure at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. March 2012. RENE JOHNSTON

Zander spends time with his older brother Taten who is visiting from Halifax. TARA WALTON

Kymora Benjamin 6 paddles a canoe through the hallways as councillor Ken Aldridge supplies the power and also pulls the medical tree behind. RICHARD LAUTENS

Purina National Dog Show at the International Centre  on Mar 10 2012. VINCE TALOTTA

Liza Fromer has her hair done at the Heart Truth Fashion Show 2012 where celebrities model red dresses by Canadian designers to raise awareness of heart disease in women at the Carlu in Toronto.  The red dress is the symbol of the Heart Truth campaign March 8, 2012.  STEVE RUSSELL

Gene Simmons wears Indochino Shannon Tweed-Simmons wears Arthur Mendonca at the Heart Truth Fashion Show 2012 where celebrities model red dresses by Canadian designers to raise awareness of heart disease in women at the Carlu in Toronto.  The red dress is the symbol of the Heart Truth campaign March 8, 2012.  STEVE RUSSELL

A woman takes a photo before the Ezra Constantine show during Toronto Fashion week on March 15, 2012. CARLOS OSORIO

A model wears a creation form Pavoni during Toronto Fashion week on March 12, 2012. CARLOS OSORIO

The colourblock trend has hit footwear as shoes sport several colours in a single pair. March 20, 2012.  DAVID COOPER

Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) playfully sticks his tongue out at photographers during photo day at spring training in Dunedin March 2, 2012.  DAVID COOPER

Ricky Romero on the mound at Spring Training  , Dunedin Florida March 2012. RENE JOHNSTON

Washington's Lewis Ratcliff tries a wrap around shot, which just misses. Rock's Sandy Chapman uses his stick to try to obstruct Ratcliff's vision as netminder Pat Campbell covers the near corner during NLL action between Toronto Rock and Washington Stealth at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Rock lost 14-9. RICK MADONIK

Approximately 500 truckloads of dirt are brought into Rogers Centre to build the course for the Monster Energy Supercross happening this weekend in Toronto. March 21, 2012. RANDY RISLING

Supercross lite riders go into a tight corner in the finals Saturday for the AMA Supercross race day. RENE JOHNSTON

Leafs Cody Franson nets the 1st goal off a great pass from Phil Kessel leaving netminder Henrik Lundqvist with little chance during NHL action between Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers, 1st period, at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, March 24, 2012. RICK MADONIK

Tim Connolly takes down Patrice Bergeron in second period action as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.  March 6, 2012.  STEVE RUSSELL

Toronto Maple Leafs newest goalie  Jussi Rynnas in his first game  gets  a puck off the mask against the  Carolina Hurricanes  at the Air Canada Centre on Mar 27 2012. VINCE TALOTTA

Flyers Wayne Simmonds and Leafs Joey Crabb tangle during NHL action between Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, 2nd period action, on Saturday, March 10 2012, at Air Canada Centre. RICK MADONIK

Raptors Ed Davis gets a hand on  the ball of JJ Redick during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic at Air Canada Centre on Monday, March 5, 2012. Raptors lost 92-88. RICK MADONIK

Raptor DeMar DeRozan returns to court through the crowd after chasing down a ball in 1st half play during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Air Canada Centre. RICK MADONIK

LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham takes the corner kick in first half action as Toronto FC draw the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-2 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions league quarter-final at Rogers Centre in Toronto.   March 7, 2012.  STEVE RUSSELL

Wind and some rain were the order of the afternoon as some fans took to covering up during MLS season home opener between Toronto FC and San Jose Earthquake at BMO Field on Saturday, March 24, 2012. RICK MADONIK

TFC's Ryan Johnson directs a corner kick toward the goal during MLS season home opener between Toronto FC and San Jose Earthquake at BMO Field on Saturday, March 24, 2012. TFC lost 3-0. RICK MADONIK

Toronto FC Reggie Lambe goes for the ball against Club Santos Laguna Ivan Estrada during the CONCACAF Champion League Semi Final at the BMO Field  on Mar 28 2012. VINCE TALOTTA



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I was wondering, what king of dog it is ?

Really enjoyed this 'best of' series of images!! Great work by all the photographers!

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