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Rick Madonik - 2012 year ender

Rick Madonik - Staff Photographer - @Rmadonik


Its that time of year again, when we each search out the pictures of the last year and revisit what we liked best, or had the most impact, from stories we've been involved with throughout the year.

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 NIAGRA FALLS, ONTARIO -  Nik Wallenda, of the famous Willenda family, attempts to cross Niagra Falls on a tight rope (cable) from Goat Island, New York, to Niagra Falls, Ontario as seen from atop the Skylon Tower, on June 15, 2012.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Four of the famed Canadian Snowbirds pass each other in opposing directions, two headed east, two headed west. The 63rd annual Canadian International Air Show, a featured act of the annual CNE, took off Saturday, September 1, 2012 with three solid hours of air demonstrations. The show featured the Royal Canadian Air Forces Snowbird demonstration team.




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MONTREAL, QUEBEC - Marc Parenteau, of Toronto Argos, celebrates after the defeat of the Montreal Alouettes 27-20, at Olympic Stadium, on Sunday, November 18, 2012, to capture the Eastern Final sending the Argos to next weeks Grey Cup game.

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC - Argo QB Ricky Ray (left) and WR Chad Owens, check out the size of Olympic stadium, on Saturday, November 17, 2012. The two teams will play in the Eastern Conference Final tomorrow in Montreal, with the winner headed to next week's Grey Cup in Toronto.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - After a sack, Argo QB Ricky Ray reaches for the ball to retain control during CFL season matchup between Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Magic's Jameer Nelson commits a foul on Jamaal Magloire in the Raptors offensive zone during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic at Air Canada Centre on Monday, March 5, 2012. Raptors lost 92-88.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Cav's Samardo Samuels seems to have sprung 4 arms on his way to the hoop during 1st half NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers at Air Canada Centre, on Friday, April 6,2012.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Samardo Samuels plays defense against Ed Davis during 1st half NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers at Air Canada Centre, on Friday, April 6,2012.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey watches as Jerryd Bayless brings the ball up court in 2nd half play during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Air Canada Centre. Raptors lose 105-99.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Flyers Wayne Simmonds and Leafs Joey Crabb tangle during NHL action between Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, 2nd period action, on Saturday, March 10 2012, at Air Canada Centre.


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SIMCOE, ONTARIO - Dr. Mark Miller has his measurements recorded prior to a charity boxing event raising funds for Norfolk General Hospital. The featured bout, along with a number of undercard events, was held at Greens of Renton Golf Course.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Washington's Lewis Ratcliff tries a wrap around shot, which just misses. Rock's Sandy Chapman uses his stick to try to obstruct Ratcliff's vision as netminder Pat Campbell covers the near corner during NLL action between Toronto Rock and Washington Stealth at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Rock lose 14-9.


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ORONTO, ONTARIO - Court crews begin to prepare Centre Court for the revised schedule. Organizers were hoping to get play underway at 16:30 on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Rexall Centre.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Richard Gasquet (FRA), who defeated John Isner (USA), 7-6, 6-3, tosses his service ball in Semi-final action on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Rexall Centre during Rogers Cup Tennis at York University.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Blue Jay starter Henderson Alvarez as seen in a 5 image, multiple exposure, as he pitches in game betweenToronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox at Roger's Centre for the 2012 MLB Home Opener.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - SS Yunel Escobar throws to 1st for a double play as Michael Morse ducks out of the way during MLB nterleague matchup between Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Yunel Escobar breaks his bat as he hits a grounder to end the inning during MLB nterleague matchup between Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - As the groom kisses Strait of Dover, with Justin Stein aboard, the celebration of winning the 153rd running of the Queen's Plate at Woodbine Race Track goes on.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Jack Layton's widow Olivia Chow addresses the NDP crowd. A 90 minute tribute to late NDP leader Jack Layton on Friday, March 23, 2012, during the NDP leadership convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Travis Edwards, 13, is seen on the edge of a construction zone in Regent Park, part of the revitalization taking place. The daycare and kids play area use to stand just behind where he is standing.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Anthony Keidis. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers play the Air Canada Centre, Friday, April 27, 2012.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Chelsea Teel hangs upside down, secured by partner B.J. Erdmann, as they work on their act in the warm up tent. Cavalia Odysseo show starts next week and the horses and performers are now on site preparing for the Toronto run. The show features 51 horses from 12 different breeds and includes a group of 69 equine performers.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Make-up artist Jessica Manzo puts the finishing touches on rider Orane Caujolle-Gazet. Cavalia, Odysseo, is in final preparations for Tuesday's opening performance.


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 TORONTO, ONTARIO - A young buck deer bolts from the brush near The Argonaut Rowing Club on Lakeshore Blvd after it was darted by zoo staff. The deer had been spotted in the area around 1030 am and finally tranquilized then relocated to a safer place.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - All types of groups were represented along the route, and all were supported by the crowd. The 2012 edition of the Pride Parade winds its way from the Village and down Yonge Street to Gerrard and ending at the Village. The parade, this year, coincided with Canada Day.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair (left), marched along with tens of thousands of union supporters who participated in this year's Labor Day Parade which began downtown and ended at the Dufferin Gates of the CNE.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Doug Ford using some unorthodox defence against Dejhon Marlin, 9. Toronto City Councillor, and brother of Mayor Rob Ford, Doug Ford helps out by supervising kids at an after school program at an Etobicoke gymnasium. Ford has decided to launch the Rexdale Raiders basektball team.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO -Toronto Police Services Chief Bill Blair at Police Services Board at City Hall.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - The annual "Take Back the Night" march winds its way through Parkdale neighbourhood after leaving a park on Cowan Avenue where participants gathered for a rally prior to the march.


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BRANTFORD, ONTARIO - David Knevel, a high school student from Pauline Johnson High School in Brantford, Ontario, is headed to Division 1 football in the US, but hasn't said where yet. The 6'8", 305 lb, offensive tackle had 12 solid offers to chose from.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Police, EMS and Firefighters rush the 13 year old male to an ambulance as they exit the Eaton Centre. Two victims were transported to hospital following a late afternoon shooting at the Eaton Centre.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - An adult male, with what appears to be more than one gunshot to his upper left chest, is moved to an ambulance for transport to hospital. Two victims were transported to hospital following a late afternoon shooting at the Eaton Centre.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Sara Tarakji gives brother Robbie a kiss on the cheek during the demonstration. Syrians gathered at Old City Hall, then marched along Queen Street, Univeristy Ave, Dundas Street and Yonge Street, then back to the starting point, to demonstrate against the Syrian regime of Bashar al Asad. It was part of the larger day of protest for Syrians in numerous cities.


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TORONTO, ONTARIO - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty holds a media availability following his earlier announcment he's stepping down as Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. McGuinty spoke at Queens Park on Monday, October 15, 2012.


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Hard to choose one but after scrolling up and down, i settled on fist fight of Flyers Wayne Simmonds and Leafs Joey Crabb during NHL action.
Flying helmet with punch and solid fist in return to Simmond.
Well captured!

Getting any usable photo at an air show is a huge challenge. Capturing 4 Snowbirds in one frame... even harder. But crossing in different directions, that's brilliant. Nice catch!

Hard to pick but I think my favourite would be the one of Nik Wallenda walking across the falls. Such a momentous event!

The first in the series of Niagara Falls and the Nik W.
No explanation needed. Stunning!

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