TARA WALTON - Ottawa's Helene Campbell poses for photos in her Toronto apartment Monday May 28, 2012 where she is recovering from a double lung transplant. In April Campbell underwent a double lung transplant at Toronto General Hospital. During her time on the waiting list Helene became Canada's greatest advocate for organ donation, sparking hundreds to sign up through the power of twitter.
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.
Carlos Osorio - Staff Photographer @carlososorio
Richard Lautens - Staff Photohrapher
Rachel Heap-Lalonde looks on as Alice Heap sleeps and Dan Heap gets ready to get into bed. The sad housing situation of former Spadina MP Dan Heap and his wife, Alice who have no secure residence and are sick. They rely on family to camp out in their room at night to help them. October 12, 2011.
Steve Russell -Staff Photographer @RussellPhotos
A laneway off of Yonge is transformed into a movie quality rain scape in Curtis Grahauer's "I just Know Something Good is going to happen, 2011" during the 2011 edition of Nuit Blanche where the city core is transformed by the work of hundreds of artists in the sixth installment of the sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art in Toronto. October 1, 2011.
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Rene Johnston - Staff Photographer
This was a sad year for this photographer.
Jack Layton's passing was especially bad because he had been one of the constant stories at The Star since I started.
He was a city councillor riding his bike and I was a young hack learning how to run cameras.
Then he ran federally for the NDP lead I was there with Linda Diebel.
When he tried to take down the government with Dion and Duceppe I went to Ottawa.
But. most of all, when he walked out on the day he admitted to big time cancer at a downtown hotel just months ago I knew a friend was leaving us.
Rest in Peace Jack,
Tara Walton - Staff Photographer
Danae Chambers, 71, lays in her bed at Castleview Wychwood Towers, a Toronto long-term care home during a visit with long time friend and now her power of attorney Anna Schrofer. Chambers a former artist has advanced Alzheimer's disabling her from speaking and moving on her own. In April Chambers was sexually assaulted by a male practical nurse who is now facing charges. Tuesday November 8, 2011.