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Bernard Weil's 2011 Favourites

Bernard Weil, Chief Photographer/Multimedia




Viewed from beneath the wing over the West Arrm of Lake Nipissing, Harley Lang, 77, a 30 year retired veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, flies his 1961 deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, one of 1692 that were built.



Hundreds of double crested cormorants desecrate island H7 in Louden Township, Nipissing District. In recent years, the birds have been blamed for the negative impact on fish stocks. The Ministry of Natural Resources states there are five nesting colonies located on various islands on the lake and they continue to monitor the population.



Sign of the times. Friends Alyssa and Sydney concentrate on their social media apps while the fire roars on Pigeon Lake, north of Peterborough Ontario. My flashlight made the white streak during the 15 second camera exposure while walking onto the deck to admire the evening sky and Big Dipper constellation at the upper right of the photo. Just above the horizon, looking over Big Island, the towns of Lindsay and Bobcaygeon emit enough light pollution to blur out most of the stars. 



Toronto Mayor Rob Ford conveys his thoughts to the media outside Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's office after a brief meeting with him.



Sulaman, a refugee since 2008 at the Hal-Far Tent Village in Malta.  About 1000 refugees live in tents containing up to 30 beds each, or in the metal containers.



Hibo Shirfi Abukar, 28, combs his hair at the Hal-Far Tent Village in Malta. Hibo, 28, came to the refugee centre in 2008. Under stifling heat, about 1000 refugees live in tents containing up to 30 beds each, or in the metal containers. 



Framed by large remodelled prefabricated metal containers used as housing, a female refugee hides their faces from the camera at the Hal-Far Tent Village, Malta.



Surrounded by large remodelled prefabricated metal containers, a male refugee emerges from a tent at the Hal-Far Tent Village, Malta.



Framed against the apartments and hotels in St. Paul's Bay, Malta, Omar Benhmuda, 10, flies in the air as his brother Adam Benhmuda, 8, attempts the same, during a short walk from their home to the shore with their parents Adel Benhmuda and Aisha Benmatung. The boys were both born in Canada. The family arrived in Toronto from Libya July 5, 2000. Their refugee status claim was rejected Jan. 14, 2003 and they were deported to Libya Aug. 2008. Malta.



Police Chief salutes the hearse and vehicles following the funeral services at Metro Toronto Convention Centre for Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell.



Pedestrians are silhouetted against the morning sun on the Humber River Pedestrian Bridge at the Lake Ontario waterfront, March 1, 2011. The bridge, also known as the Humber River Pedestrian Arch Bridge or the Gateway Bridge, forms part of the Martin Goodman Trail and is a popular pedestrian and cycling route.



Nella Brown, 16, and her sister Anna, 18, get an upside down bird's eye view of the CNE grounds during opening day on the Banzai.



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, offers encouragement, during a community dog swim at the Scadding Court Community Centre Pool. Afterwards, the pool was be emptied for routine maintenance.



The big man with a small bbq! Toronto Maple Leaf hockey legend Borje Salming demonstrated his BBQ'ing skills, preparing a salmon steak at Star reporter Jennifer Bain's house. Also on the menu was BBQ'd pineapple strips with gelato. It's now become a signature recipe in my home.



Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion holds a copy of the executive summary of the City of Mississauga Judicial Inquest and gets some advice from her legal council, Elizabeth McIntyre, while answering reporters question in the Mississauga City Hall council chambers. Earlier, Commissioner Douglas Cunningham released his findings. 



Cydelic by Choryin presented its 2011 fall/winter collection, March 31, during the Toronto Fashion Week.



I took some time between assignments to experiment with my iPhone, using the Hipstamatic app during the Tosca Delfino swimwear show. The iPhone camera uses a slower shutter speed in low light so I had to carefully pan with the models. 



Models and mannequins pose as Marie Saint Pierre presented its spring 2012 collection, October 19, during Toronto Fashion Week. 



Backstage, a model gets makeup applied prior to the Denis Gagnon show.



Long after the end of the last show, photographers still have equipment to pack up.



Here are some videos I produced during the year.


Harley Lang, 77, a 30 year retired veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, flies his 1961 deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, one of 1692 that were built, over Lake Nipissing. The time lapse video was created from 1858 images from a GoPro Hero camera mounted under the wing.


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Tenor Tim McCallum overcame a tragic accident that left him paralyzed and now sings on stages around the world.


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Knitter Kate Atherley uses the sites of Queen Street as her inspiration for her knitting creations.



Star reporter Morgan Campbell takes us through the exhausting conditiong program of an MMA fighter.


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Putting love into words can be tough at any age. I asked a group of Grade 1 kids at Guildwood Junior Public School what love means to them. 


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The men in charge of the rink at Evergreen Brickworks had never stepped on ice until this winter. Ivan, from Trinidad and Godfrey, from Uganda, are now maintaining the rink and driving the Zamboni.


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Toronto's iconic Flatiron building, one of the most photographed buildings in the city, is up for sale.




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Hi Bernie: Have not seen you for a while. Always full of imagination, the pix are great as usual. Best to you and the family.
Regards, PeteR

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