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Rick Madonik, Staff Photographer
After filtering through my year of pictures the one thing which surprised me most was the number of sports pictures which made my list of personal favorites. In years past, my "yearenders" usually have a balance between news, sports and features, but this year is dominated by Sports. Some of that, obviously, has to do with the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, but I was surprised to find when I picked what I liked best from the year, there was little outside of sports I felt made the grade.
Over the next week or so, this blog, as well as photo galleries featured on the main web site (thestar.com) will feature a variety of "year's best" as selected by the photo staff. I invite you to take a look at various selections.
What it looks like when you win Gold at Olympics
Canada's Sydney Crosby (left), Joe Thornton (centre) and team captain Scott Neidermayer celebrate winning Gold in overtime against USA in Men's Hockey at Canada Hockey Place.
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A look at some of the Staff's favourites from November!
LUCAS OLENIUK - Dutchman Ronald Stok makes the trip from Amsterdam to Toronto every Remembrance Day to pay tribute to the heroic actions of those that came before us. He was photographed at a bus stop on King Street west in Toronto.
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Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
I'm not sure that the Buffalo Bills consider the Rogers Centre home field. It seemed a lot more Bear friendly.
A busy month and a lot of pictures to show for it!
BERNARD WEIL - James George, 92-year-old former high commissioner to India and former ambassador to Iran, relaxes in his Toronto apartment. In the 1960s, the Dalai Lama asked Canada to resettle Tibetan refugees. Canada refused. George convinced Trudeau (an old friend of his) to do it. In 1971, 228 Tibetan refugees came - in small groups and at different times - to Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.
DAVID COOPER - Competitor's are chosen when their names fall out of a burst balloon at the start of theround. Art Battle 8, a painting competition involving rookie artists plucked out of the crowd, which then becomes the jury. Artists paint in the middle of the hall under bright lights, with house music pulsing.
COLIN McCONNELL - Look Mom the slipper fits, little princess 5-year-old Hailey Chopik tries it on. A lot of little princesses got to hang out in Casa Loma for the launch of the Disney Princess Collection.
RICHARD LAUTENS - Leah Pinsent and Peter Keleghan's (right) pied a terre/condo, which they share with Gordon Pinsent. The three actors keep the 700 square foot downtown condo to use almost as a hotel room when convenient.
RICK MADONIK - Lawyer James Lockyer departs from Osgoode Hall and the Ontario Court of Appeal where he was successful in having the convictions of two young mothers overturned and sent back to the lower court based on the flawed evidence of former coroner, Dr. James Smith.
STEVE RUSSELL - Lifted by the rest of the final 22, Denys Drozdyuk wins $100,000 and a car as the Best Dance in Canada at the finale of "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" at the Showline Studios in Toronto.
VINNIE TALOTTA - A Guiness World Record attempt in Support of Windfall was successfully made beating a standing record of 250 brides in one room. A total of 273 brides were present at the Sheration Hotel.
TANNIS TOOHEY - Irene Moore, 99, voted in this past election, but doesn't remember who she voted for. A voting station was set up in her old age home, Extendicare Guildwood, but her family is curious as to how much 'help' she recieved from scrutineers.
RICK MADONIK - Chante Clarke scoops up a loose ball as Nicole Stewart, right, tries to wrestle control for a jump ball. Northview Heights Secondary School plays host to the visitors from Downsview Secondary School in a league match up.
STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Colton Orr growls at the Rangers in the pre-game warm-up with pink skates on, Orr and Mike Komisarek will wear the skates in the game as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the New York Rangers at the Air Canada Centre.
TANNIS TOOHEY - Toronto Argonauts #3 Cory Boyd, gets an impromptu lesson on being photogenic from teammate #61 Cedric Gagne-Marcoux during their walk-through practice at the Rogers Centre before shooting their team photo.
STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto defenders Amir Johnson (15) and Jarrett Jack (1) force Cleveland Cavaliers guard Manny Harris (6) to pass in the second half as the Chris Bosh-less Toronto Raptors thump the the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers 101-81.
October was Lovely,
LUCAS OLENIUK - Mango farmer Durosier Arnaud arranged his mangoes in a storage room outside of Gros Morne, a mango rich area in north-central Haiti. Mangoes need to sit upright to allow for the sweet milk to settle before shipment.
LUCAS OLENIUK - A group of Christian pilgrims climbed Mt. Canaan high above the ressettlement camps of Canaan and Jerusalem to pray before breaking a fast. Twenty kilometres outside of Port-au-Prince a massive resettlement camp is sprawling across the Haitian countryside into the mountains. The large camp is divided in two towns, Canaan and Jerusalem. After the capital was crippled by the January earthquake thousands of people started to arrive at this mountainside field in search of a life free of fear, disease and hopelessness.
LUCAS OLENIUK - Children practice acrobatics on the shore of the Massacre River outside of Ouanaminthe, Haiti across from the Codevi garment manufacturing plant that lies on the border of the Dominican Republic.
October was for Elections,
RENE JOHNSTON - Mohamed Dhanani gives a dry run of a celebration at the banquet hall. Dhanani was poised to be Toronto's first Muslim councillor, but, the number of councillors on the ballot broke up the vote and incumbent,Parker was able to hold his seat at City Hall.
DAVID COOPER - Apartment fire at 200 Wellesley still burning. Woman stands on her balcony several stories above the flames trapped by the smoke in her apartment. The fire was has left everyone in the building homeless.
DAVID COOPER - Apartment fire on the 24th floor at St. James Town 200 Wellesley Street east Friday evening has put close to 1200 people out of their homes. Demetre Papadopoulos and his 14 year old dog Pluto, live on the 11th floor.
STEVE RUSSELL - Energy minister Brad Duguid tours Hydro One control centre in Barrie. The control centre divides the province into four sectors where controlers keep an eye out for problems and run through senarios in case of power shortages or other problems.
LUCAS OLENIUK - Top NHL draft pick, Taylor Hall, took to the ice in Etobicoke as part of the 2010 NHLPA Rookie Showcase. The event provided Upper Deck and Panini trading cards with an opportunity to photograph the top prospects for the upcoming season. Unfortunately, useasonably warm conditions outside and a ventilation problem inside the arena, a fog took over the ice and the shoot had to move to an adjacent rink.
STEVE RUSSELL - Giuseppe Piterna and his son Mauro have finished packing almost everything in their home. The elderly and quite ill couple (his wife Francesca is in the hospital) fell behind on their mortgage and are were evicted.
STEVE RUSSELL - Anthony Russo, flanked by Kassie Brown in yellow and Robyn Baltzer in grey leap as they rehearse a number for Cirque du Soleil on Queen Street West for the show "Banana Shpeel" which will run until October 10 at the Canon Theatre.
RICK MADONIK - Rafi Karim, 3, drinks a juice box as he waits with his family on chairs in the recepiton area of the centre, Access Point on Danforth, a centre which brings together a number of services from health care to youth programs, and greatly serves newcomers to Canada.
DAVID COOPER - Terence Houle, a Blackfoot artist who plays - with pleasant comic effect - with his ethnic identity and how it fits into the modern world in his new show Givn'R, at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU). The piece he is standing beside is titled "Trail's End / End Trail's" playing on the noble savage on horseback.
DAVID COOPER - Katie Riley, tosses cake into the air after winning a $35,000 wedding at the Boiler House. Two Brides-to-be, Riley and Hayley-Shea Charuk dove into a 500lb wedding cake to find a key to win a $35,000 wedding at the Boiler House in the Distillery District.
LUCAS OLENIUK - Aboard the Number 7 Snowbird plane piloted by Marco Rusconi during the Snowbird media flight. The team toured Ontario's cottage country through sun and rain before returning to Pearson Airport for debriefing.
DAVID COOPER - The Canadian International Air Show went ahead on the last day of the CNE down at the waterfront. Gray skies and some light rain didn't affect the show. A Westjet 737 aircraft passes in the background as The Canadian Forces Snowbirds finished of the show is spectacular fashion.
RENE JOHNSTON - Canadian National soccer team goalie Lars Hirschfeld tries to keep the ball out of the net with help from Kevin McKenna as Jefferson Farfan (17) of the the Peru National Team in second half action in a friendly. Canada lost 2-0.
CARLOS OSORIO - Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista waits in the dugout with his jersey off after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2. Some of the Jays players gave the jersey's they wore in the game to some fans.
RICHARD LAUTENS - The crowd jeers as Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez throws after catching a foul ball from Adam Lind. In their last home stand of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-5 at the Rogers Centre.
Toronto Star photojournalist Rene Johnston covered the annual Labour Day Classic between the Toronto Argonauts and their bitter rivals the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Ti-Cats got the better of the Argos, 28-13.
The Toronto Argos Chad Lucas (r) gets hammered and loses the ball from the hit by Hamilton Ti-Cat Dylan Barker at Ivor Wynne in Hamilton on Labour Day in the first half. (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star)
Published, unpublished, some of our April favorites in what will become a monthly feature!
DAVID COOPER - Trevor Rogers balances rocks by the boardwalk to the delight and amazement of kids and adults alike. With summer like weather in the 20's today the Beaches looked like a summer weekend with wall to wall people on the beach and on Queen st. East.
RENE JOHNSTON - Football players line up arm in arm as the casket of teammate and friend Mike McDonald, or Biggie passes into the hearse at his funeral at Westminster United Church in Whitby. The 16-year-old student was stabbed to death at a bus stop near his school.
RICHARD LAUTENS - Harmeed Kaurhundal, 10, spins a Chakra-a representation of a traditional Sikh weapon. The Khalsa day parade brought thousands of colourfully dressed Sihks to parade from Canadian National Exhibition to Queen's Park.
RICK MADONIK - Richard Bansu, of Chaminade College School, runs the first leg of the Junior Boys 4 x 100 during the competition as St. Michael's College School played host to the SnowBall Relays track and field event.
TARA WALTON - Mohamed Kajouji (right), the father of Nadia, an 18-year-old Carleton University student who became depressed after leaving her Brampton home and later drowned herself in the Rideau River in March 2008.
LUCAS OLENIUK - The cast and crew of "Unnamed Superheroes", a parody of the film "Kick-Ass", shot in Toronto's port area Tuesday afternoon. The film is a school project for director and York University student Vas Saranga. Saranga's films can be watched at www.3shadeproductions.com.
MICHELLE SHEPHARD - GUANTANAMO BAY - A detainee runs the track inside Camp 4, where "highly compliant" detainees, including Canadian Omar Khadr, are imprisoned. Khadr was 15 when detained in Afghanistan and is charged with five war crimes including murder for the death of Delta Force soldier Christopher Speer. Now 23, his case is the first to go to trial under under the Obama administration this week.
COLIN McCONNELL - The 60th aniversary jubilee mass at St. Casimir's parish on Roncessvales honoured the death of the Polish president, the First Lady and nearly 100 others in the plane crash in Poland.
RICK MADONIK - Lyba Spring, sexual health promoter with Toronto Public Health, in her downtown office, with two puberty felt aids which have interchangeable parts to demonstrate to kids the changes that will occur in their bodies.