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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.

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RICK MADONIK - Lake affect fog enshrouds downtown Toronto, seen from a parking lot on Queen's Quay.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - Tania Hofweller, a product consultant with the LCBO, samples a Henry of Pelham rosÈ

 RENE JOHNSTON - The Chief's cap. At the one year anniversary of the G20 Summit The Star had a sit-down interview with William Blair at police headquarters in the Chief's office. 

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BERNARD WEIL - Caroline MacFarlane transformed an abandoned bike in front of OCAD's student gallery into a piece of public art.

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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.

STEVE RUSSELL - Rain spills out from collection basins on the Gardner onto Lakeshore Blvd below as severe thunder storms roll through Toronto.

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KEITH BEATY - Memorial service for Shakeil Boothe,10, who died after a severe beating.

STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Hippo Tour splashes into water by Ontario Place.

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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.

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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 - The floor of the Great Hall at Union Station is heritage protected as is the wall with the ghosts of porters past. 

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VINCE TALOTTA - Carol O'Dwyer, environmental  services employee at Ontario Place gets down and dirty working with vermicomposter.

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.

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RICK MADONIK - Genleia D'Souza works the photographers during the IIFA celebrations.

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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. 

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ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE - Hetro-sexual housewife Erin Fildy poses oustide City Hall dressed as Mayor Rob Ford at the Pride flag raising.



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BERNARD WEIL - Runningback Gerald Riggs bobbles the ball during a catch at Toronto Argonaut practice at University of Toronto Mississauga campus.

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RICK MADONIK - A technician takes a fat caliper reading on Jonathan Huderbeau at the NHL Combine.

COLIN McCONNELL - A fan tries on some equipment in the Leafs dressing room during a equipment sale.

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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.

CARLOS OSORIO - Adam Lind is lifted in the air by his team after hitting a walk off home run in the 11th inning as the  Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5.

CARLOS OSORIO - Vancouver fans minutes before the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup over the Vancouver Canucks. The game was being shown on a giant screen outside the Air Canada Centre.

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DAVID COOPER - Orioles Nolan Reimold scores the go ahead run as J.P.Arencibia tries to tag him in the top of the 9th inning.

TARA WALTON - Toronto FC midfielder Mikael Yourassowsky slides through the field after a collision with Seattle Sounders FC defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.

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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.

STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei makes a save in extra time as Toronto FC beats the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 in MLS action.

CARLOS OSORIO - Portrait of Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero.  


TARA WALTON - A dogs shakes off in Berczy Park fountain during Woofstock 2011, in Toronto's St. Lawrence Market, Saturday June 11, 2011.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - Kaytee Baxter blows bubbles at the rally that her dog, Ozric enjoyed chasing. Hundreds came out to Queen's Park today to rally on the one year anniversary of the G20.

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.

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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. 



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