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Our best of July: Toronto floods, dying bees, Lac Megantic, Canadian Open, hot hot Honda Indy and more




RICK MADONIK - Kim McGinnin of Brantford takes in the Blue Jays game and sports her Canada Day shades and hat at Rogers Centre on Canada Day. July 1, 2013.


RENE JOHNSTON - Sammy Yatim's mother Sahar Bahadi (comforted by family member Eiad Y., no last name given) and his sister Sarah Yatim led a rally through the  streets of Toronto to the site where he was shot by a Toronto Police officer. July 29, 2013.



STEVE RUSSELL - After six months of self-imposed exile, disgraced former Toronto District School Board director of education Chris Spence talks. July 25, 2013.



RANDY RISLING - Dane Lewis, 38, multi-tasks as he checks his email during a screening of a documentary, The Abominable Crime, which explores the experiences of gay Jamaicans. Lewis is the executive director of J-Flag, Jamaica's first human rights organization for gay people. He has only recently decided to speak openly about being gay, and his work. July 16, 2013.




TARA WALTON - Jose Dias, his wife Sofia, both in their 40s, their adult son Carlos and daughter Antonia pose for a photo in their family home. They have two cars, owned a $650,000 home by the lake and run a successful landscaping company.  By any account, they are model hardworking and law-abiding immigrants that Canada wants. But they are non-existent in Canada - they are among Canada's growing ranks of undocumented migrants, estimated at more than 200,000. May 26, 2013.




VINCE TALOTTA - Mayor Rob Ford steps over the curb on University Avenue that he and fellow city councillors painted red to launch a pilot project to alert motorists to no-parking zones. July 23, 2013.



STEVE RUSSELL - Chinese Traditional Bun owner Gao Liang Ma makes the noodles as he guides Corey Mintz through the recipe for his Dan Dan Noodles in the kitchen of the restaurant on 536 Dundas Street West. July 16, 2013.



COLIN MCCONNELL - Montreal celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, who has a new book out called Chuck's Day Off, is photographed at Yonge and Bloor. July 4, 2013.



STEVE RUSSELL - Maddie Blenkinsop, 14, giggles as her hair gets tangled in the corsage of a Toronto FC player at the annual Prom Night at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The hospital puts on an annual prom for current patients and outpatients. July 5, 2013.



CARLOS OSORIO - Caleb, the son of David Schuit who owns Saugeen Country Honey, is seen using a smoker in a bee yard in Elmwood, Ont. David owns Saugeen Country Honey and has noticed the deaths of many of his bees. He believes it is because the Neonicotinoid type of insecticides that is used on corn all around his bee yards. July 2, 2013.




CHRIS SO - If facial expression helped cool things down, Milly, a two-year-old collie-Aussie shepherd mix owned by Leeanne Popadiuk, would be one chilled dog. Popadiuk and her son were throwing sticks for Milly along the Sunnyside Boardwalk. July 15, 2013.



RANDY RISLING - Three cars were swamped on the Don Valley Parkway and many more motorists were stuck on the highway during a massive rainstorm and flooding. July 8, 2013.



TARA WALTON - A pedestrian makes his way along The East Mall near Dundas Street West, which saw much flooding. July 8, 2013.



CHRIS SO - Rahniyah Joseph, 7,  reacts to the spray of water after she tried to stem the flow with her hand at the Sunnyside Boardwalk splash pad. July 15, 2013.



RICK MADONIK - Tahmeed Ahmed, 9, throws some stones into the air while playing in Lake Ontario at Sunnyside Park during a heat wave. July 17, 2013.



LUCAS OLENIUK - Domenica Bianchi listens to music from the 1930s on her iPod outside of the Harold and Grace Baker Centre in Toronto. The Alzheimer's Society of Toronto plans to distribute 10,000 iPods to people living with dementia in an effort to calm the effects of the condition. July 4, 2013.



RICHARD LAUTENS - Mike Gimbert shows off some horse bones he found while biking in a river near his Richmond Hill home. He found the first a year ago and more in recent days. He thinks they may be the prehistoric bones of a Yukon horse from 12,000 years ago due to the fangs in the jaw bones — but he just found a couple of horseshoes in the same area, that may refute the date. He is looking to have the bones dated by a professional. July 23, 2013.



RICHARD LAUTENS - Nira Yakoni is all smiles as she plants a Lemon Verbena herb into the 'Growing to Give' community garden in Thornhill. She visits the garden, a small plot behind a fire station near Bathurst and Clark, nearly every day. The produce from the garden will be donated to local food banks. July 4, 2013.



RANDY RISLING - Rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins sits with his dogs in the living room of his estate on Stoney Lake, Ont. Hawkins is looking to downsize by selling his 165-acre estate that has over 1100m of water frontage. July 8, 2013.



LUCAS OLENIUK - The "Heaven can't wait for these little angels" dance troupe readies themselves before performing before judges and hundreds of spectators at the 2013 Junior Carnival in Downsview Park. July 20, 2013.



LUCAS OLENIUK - Firemen looked at the smouldering remains of a derailed train in Lac-Megantic, Que. The train carrying crude oil derailed Saturday in the middle of the town, triggering a series of explosions and fire that killed 47 people and obliterated the city centre. July 7, 2013.



LUCAS OLENIUK - Elizabeth Fillion (left, 16) and her cousin Sarah Maude Fillion, 14, broke down in tears at the sight of the derailed train at the end of Laval Street. The girls believe that one of their teachers perished in the Lac Megantic explosion. July 7, 2013.



RICHARD LAUTENS - A woman has a quiet moment alone in front of the funeral home during a visitation for 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, who was shot and killed by Toronto Police on a streetcar. July 31, 2013.



TARA WALTON - Nicole Mallette, 47 (centre), celebrates with teammates Colleen Shields, 61, Samantha Whiteside, 23, Rebekah Boscariol, 18, and Mona Sharari, 18, after finishing their relay swim in Whitby after leaving from Kingston, Ont. Their 305.2-km swim was scheduled to last five days and end in Burlington, Ont., but was cut short due to cold water temperatures. July 27, 2013.



CARLOS OSORIO - A member of the RCMP stands guard in the rain at the Queen's Plate at Woodbine racetrack. July 7, 2013.



CARLOS OSORIO - Midnight Aria, with jockey Jesse Campbell, crossed the finish line to win the Queen's Plate at Woodbine racetrack. July 7, 2013.



CARLOS OSORIO - Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion is brought down to his knees on an inside pitch by Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney in the 9th inning. July 21, 2013.



STEVE RUSSELL - Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier slides into home as Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia shows umpire Mike Everitt the ball. July 23, 2013.



STEVE RUSSELL - A foul ball from Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion sends fans looking for cover during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros. July 25, 2013.



STEVE RUSSELL - Jose Bautista hangs his head in right field after Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers knocked a homer in in the 10th inning. July 24, 2013.



RICK MADONIK - Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista probably could have made an out on the play if it wasn't for the fan with a glove who snagged the ball at the Detroit Tigers game. July 3, 2013.



DAVID COOPER - Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista celebrates his home run after driving in shortstop Jose Reyes, right, on a two-run dinger in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. July 19, 2013.



RICHARD LAUTENS - Toronto Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus wears some celebratory shaving cream courtesy of his teammates after his game-winning single in the 9th won the game against the Houston Astros. July 28, 2013.



RICK MADONIK - Rockstar Alice Cooper throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Toronto Blue Jays played the Detroit Tigers. July 3, 2013.



LUCAS OLENIUK - Toronto FC's Jeremy Hall tries to contain Montreal Impact forward Andres Romero in second half action at BMO field. The FC gave up 2 goals in the second half and had to settle for a 3-3 draw. July 3, 2013.



LUCAS OLENIUK - James Hinchcliffe headed into turn 1 during morning IndyCar warm-up in Toronto, at the Honda Indy. July 14, 2013.



RICK MADONIK - People use the mist station to keep cool during a very hot Toronto Honda Indy weekend. July 14, 2013.



RICK MADONIK - Confetti rains down on the three Honda Indy podium finishers, who hold their trophies. Scott Dixon won for the second race in a row. July 14, 2013.



RENE JOHNSTON - American golfer Matt Kuchar flips the ball out of his hand while walking to the tee at 14 at the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Oakville. July 25, 2013.



DAVID COOPER - Brandt Snedeker just misses an eagle putt on eighteen and went on to make the birdie to go into the weekend at -5 tied for 16th after the 2nd round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course. July 26, 2013.



RENE JOHNSTON - Fans on tubes rafted down the river in the valley at Glen Abbey during the Canadian Open, until the police arrived. July 28, 2013.



RENE JOHNSTON - Canadian Mike Weir hits his approach from the fairway at the Canadian Open. July 26, 2013.



TARA WALTON - Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons argues a call in the ninth inning with home plate umpire Alan Porter during a game against the Detroit Tigers. Gibbons was ejected from the game and the Jays lost 7-6. July 2, 2013.



RENE JOHNSTON - Jim Furyk has a divot fall from his clubface on 16 at the Canadian Open. July 26, 2013.


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