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September's favourites


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DAVID COOPER - Olivia Chow, sits beside the Koi pond in the backyard of the home she shared with her husband Jack Layton.

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DAVID COOPER - Canadian pilot Pete McLeod flies his Red Bull Edge 540 aircraft in formation with Lucas Oil Air Show Pilot Michael Wiskus in the The Lucas Oil Pitts  (centre) and Rick Volker in his Russian built Sukhoi SU-26M over the Toronto skyline for The Canadian International Air Show.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Ten-year-old from Brampton would not let the rain cut his night short.  The boy surveyed the midway with his family on the last night of the CNE in Toronto on Saturday.

STEVE RUSSELL - Jacquelyn Cyr is CEO of Espresso, a PR firm talks about a new book called "Erotic Capital", about how women should use their sex appeal at work to get ahead. 

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LUCAS OLENIUK - A group of about 900 longboarders descended on Toronto City Hall on Saturday afternoon in a planned event called a board meeting.  Many of the participants wore black ties and white shirts in keeping with the theme.  The group met at David A. Balfour Park in order to take advantage of the incline of the hill at Yonge and St. Clair before making their way downtown.

TARA WALTON - Toronto chef Lauren Wilton poses for a photoinside of her Toronto apartment.  Wilton has decorated her body with food tattoos, including a whisk, fork and spoon, two garlic heads, dandelion greens and a boar head.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - Journalist and author Steve Paikin was the guest of honour at the Star's Corey Mintz' home for dinner.  Mintz made popcorn soup and a beef roast.

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VINCE TALOTTA - Thrush Holmes, a rural kid from Welland, made a splash in the art world a few years back when he took up residence in a double-sized retail space on Queen West and declared it to be the centre of his "empire." Five years and much derision later, Holmes enters the more world of Toronto galleries with his first-ever show in a conventional space.

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DAVID COOPER - An Inukshuk marks a submerged rock on Brush Lake in Parry Sound / Muskoka area so boater can avoid it. 

JIM WILKES - IT'S NOT A TUMOUR, REALLY!   Rebecca MacTavish looks askance at a Galeuse d'Eysines, a French heirloom pumpkin grown at her folks' Hutchinson Farm in rural Burlington. Its salmon-pink skin is covered with bumps which resemble peanut shells. Its name means 'embroidered with warts'.

STEVE RUSSELL - Lancaster bomber veteran and author Philip Gray looks on as Canadian Air and Space Museum served eviction notice and the locks were changed. 

STEVE RUSSELL - Margaret Ong and Steven Stojackovick leave the Canadian Air and Space Museum after securing their personal tools. The couple are part of a group that works on restoring a Lancaster Bomber two days a week. The Museum was served eviction notice and the locks were changed.

RICK WESTHEAD - A patient at Srinagar's mental hospital. After two decades of insurgency, Kashmir has seen a spike in mental illnesses.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - 18-month old Liam Gibson is at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 1987, his father, Ross Gibson was diagnosed with cancer when he was 11. Twenty three years later, Liam, has been diagnosed with a very rare, very deadly form of the disease. The same doctors who treated his father are now treating him. Liam goes to sleep clutching the same "lucky pillowcase" that his father used for comfort in 1987. 

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KEITH BEATY - Toronto's first Street Art Festival at Toronto Pecaut Square (Metro Hall).  Artist Joseph Muscat put a large canvas on the ground and invited passerby to "paint" the canvas by walking on it in paint-soaked shoes. (He provided the shoes). Here nine-year-old Alice Irving makes an artistic statement.

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RICK MADONIK -  Aabid Patel, of Cambridge, concentrates as he goes on to win the Amateur contest by consuming 2.5 pounds of poutine. Two contests for competitive eating, one for amateurs and one for professionals, took place outside Rogers Centre. The contest, hosted by Major League Eating, involved a poutine eating contest with Smoke Poutinerie supplying the fries and curd and gravy dishes for the competition.

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RICK MADONIK - A group moves along Courtney Park Blvd toward Mississauga Secondary School. About 50 people gathered for a candlelight march and vigil for Akash Wadhwa, a Mississauga teen alleged in a murder-suicide. The group gathered on the overpass of Mavis Road, over the 401, lit candles and walked to Mississauga Secondary School.

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RENE JOHNSTON - Mayor Rob Ford laughs and leans way back in a chair in chambers as the debate rages in City Hall over the Core Service Review.

CARLOS OSORIO - The campaign bus for Premiere Dalton McGuinty sits parked outside of the Toronto Star on September 23, 2011. 

CARLOS OSORIO - Emily McInnes (former organizer of the Contact photography festival in Toronto) came up with the idea of making framed art works an option for travel rewards and took it to Aeroplan earlier this year. She figured people who travel likely also like art but may not have the time to visit galleries. Also good exposure for emerging artists too. She has already plumbed this market with her online gallery. Aeroplan loved it and launched it last month.

CARLOS OSORIO - Four hundred white-clad diners converge Tuesday in downtown Toronto for Toronto's first Diner en Blanc, a flash-mob, invite-only picnic at the Distillery District.



CARLOS OSORIO - B.C. Lions' Akeem Foster after making a catch as the Toronto Argonauts lost to the B.C. Lions in a CFL game at Rogers Centre on September 2, 2011. The final score was 29-16.

ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE - Sailboats race on Lake Ontario as part of the 2011 Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship.

RICHARD LAUTENS - Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson (2) steals home on a bad pitch in the 9th by former Jays pitcher, Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Kevin Gregg (63) who can't apply the tag.  This run tied the game. 

RICHARD LAUTENS - Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (13) (left) and Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia (9) celebrate Arencibia's walk off single to win the game in the 9th.

ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE - Runners break from the starters gate while taking part in the United Way Turf Races at Woodbine Racetrack.

ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE - Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn keeps his eye on a loose puck while on the bench.

BERNARD WEIL - Monica Bonczak, 23, of Toronto, eyes the ball during a light workout of the Toronto Triumph of the Lingerie Football League.

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VINCE TALOTTA - Toronto FC striker Danny Koevermans celebrates after scoring his second goal against the  Colorado Rapids.

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DAVID COOPER - Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero wears a taped on black beak as he pokes fun at former teammate Vernon Wells while he was at the plate during the game between the Toronto Blue Jays vs LA Angels.

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RANDY RISLING - Olympic and world champion Adam Van Koeverden in his natural habitat, kayaking on a pristine lake in Algonquin Park.


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RICHARD LAUTENS - eTalk host Cheryl Hickey walks the red carpet into the CBC building. The Gemini Awards, for excellence in TV production, were handed out at the CBC headquarters in Toronto.

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RICK MADONIK - Stacy Keibler, rumored to be the new girlfriend of George Clooney, attends the premierof his movie Ides of March.

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RICK MADONIK - Antonio Banderas, talks about his movie The Skin I Live In, at the Intercontinental Hotel.

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RICK MADONIK - Bruce DeMara interviews Antonio Banderas, for his movie The Skin I Live In, at the Intercontinental Hotel.

STEVE RUSSELL - Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino, here at TIFF with new film, Union Square.

Click on their names to see more of Rick Madonik and Steve Russell's work at TIFF. 


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Brilliant and beautiful pics with lots of variation.

Like the pose here.

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