I went on vacation.

Mexico is such a beautiful place. Here are some vacation snaps from the state of Oaxaca.

Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Ciudad de Mexico
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Coyoacan
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Oaxaca – Day of the Dead
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Oaxaca – Panteon General
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Oaxaca – Panteon General
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Cleaning the graves on Day of the Dead in Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Oaxaca – Panteon General
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Oaxaca – Panteon General
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Oaxaca – Panteon General
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Clown in Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Road to Hierve El Agua
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Hierve El Agua
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Flowers in Mitla
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
2000 year old tree  – Santa Maria del Tule
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Stin – Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Road to Puerto Escondido
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Road to Puerto Escondido
Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, DF
Thunderstorm –  Puerto Escondido

Some recent work from the summer

CFL Argos and Ticats
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 23 – Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray warms up prior to the game. The Toronto Argonauts play their season opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL at BMO field on June 23, 2016.
Baseball at Christie Pits
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 25 – A man throws a pitch during a game of baseball at Christie Pits Park in Toronto on June 25, 2016.
Dr. Robert Sutton
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 1 – Dr. Robert Sutton is retiring after more than 50 years. He was the first black doctor hired at the Hospital for Sick Children. He also served as the pediatrician for reporter Catherine Porter’s children. June 1, 2016.
Drug User memorial
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 27 – Akia Munga and Sofia Hunter cry while remember Sofia’s girlfriend Brooklyn who died of an overdose. A drug users’ memorial in South Riverale holds a service to remember the lives lost due to overdoses and other unsafe practices. The copper memorial is located at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre June 27, 2016.
Gatsby Garden Party
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 25 – Gatsby Garden Party is a revival event at the Spadina Museum based on Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby with music, food and drinks from the roaring 1920s. Over the soft, sweet tones of cool jazz, guests participate in a costume contest, or play a game of croquet.June 25, 2016.
Blue Jays vs Diamondbacks
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 22 – Blue Jays Josh Donaldson swings at a pitch in the dirt in the 6th inning of the MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Rogers Centre in Toronto on June 22, 2016.
Blue Jays vs Diamondbacks
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 22 – Bluejays catcher Russell Martin (left) embraces Roberto Osuna after the last out of the MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Rogers Centre in Toronto on June 22, 2016. The Blue Jays defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2.
Michael McCreary
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 2 – Profile of comedian Michael McCreary, a standup comic with aspergers. June 2, 2016.
Ray LoVerde
TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 29 – Ray LoVerde, 37, lives at the Maxwell Meighen Salvation Army men’s shelter near Queen St. W. and Sherbourne St. On Saturday, he took portraits of fellow shelter residents and passersby around Moss Park as part of a neighbourhood consultation project between the city and The 519, a city agency in the Village, before a proposed redevelopment of the park and its environs. August 29, 2016.
Mohamad Saer Alashmooty
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 28 – Before the ceremony the students waited in the library. For the most part Mohammad stood alone and looked on as other kids joked and laughed. Just months after landing in a new world, Syrian Grade 8 student Mohammad Saeer Al Ashmooty, a refugee, graduated from Military Trail PS in Scarborough. June 28, 2016.
Hot Weather
TORONTO, ON – MAY 27 – A man waters his yard on Westmoreland Ave N, in Toronto during a hot and muggy day. May 27, 2016.
The 39 Steps
TORONTO, ON – JULY 7 – Karen Fricker interviews Ravi Jain (left) and Kawa Ada, two artists who won praise for their collaboration on Salt-Water Moon, on their work together in Soulpepper’s The 39 Steps, which begins July 21. July 7, 2016.
Pokemon Go
TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 7 – People play Pokemon Go at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal in Toronto on August 7, 2016.

My time covering Rob Ford

I have photographed Rob Ford for a number of years during my time at the Star. Here are some of those images.

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Harmony Dinner fundraiser being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on January 27, 2011.
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Posing for a photograph with some of the actors playing Roman soldiers and Fabio Gesufatto who played Jesus at the annual Good Friday procession from St. Francis of Assisi church on Grace Street on April 22, 2011.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford during the executive committee meeting on July 28, 2011 at city hall.
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On a scale outside his office during the weigh in as part of the Cut the Waist challenge that he was taking part in with his brother, Councillor Doug Ford on January 16, 2012.
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During a press conference regarding the Eglinton – Scarborough Crosstown LRT at Eglinton and Victoria Park on February 1, 2012
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Lifting the trophy after his Don Bosco Eagles defeated the Senator O’Connor Blues 26-14 in the city’s senior football game at Esther Shiner Stadium on November 8, 2012
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Posing for photos during the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee that was held at City Hall on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
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Arriving at his office on the morning that a Toronto Star article said that Mayor Rob Ford was asked to leave a gala event celebrating the Canadian armed forces last month, because organizers were concerned he was impaired. March 26, 2013
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George Chuvalo jokes with Mayor Rob Ford after receiving the key to the city on March 26, 2013.
Returning to his office after a press conference onvMarch 26, 2013.
Returning to his office after a press conference on March 26, 2013.
Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the press.
Leaving City Hall after holding a press conference where he denied using crack cocaine on May 24, 2013.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tours Dufferin Street bridge.
Touring the Dufferin Street bridge just south of Springhurst Avenue on June 5, 2013.
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With his brother Doug Ford during a city hall meeting November 15, 2013. 
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Leaving his office on November 15, 2013.
Mayor Rob Ford barbecue.
Speaking with a resident at 400 McCowan Rd near Eglinton Ave E in Scarborough because the building had been without power for over a week. December 26, 2013
Mayors Debate
In his car before a debate at Presteign Woodbine United Church on July 28, 2014.
Ford Fest
Rob Ford gives the thumbs up while he stands with his wife and kids at Ford Fest in Etobicoke on September 27, 2014.
Rob Ford has died.
Rob Ford’s children, Stephanie and Doug, look out from the family home as their mother Renata and neighbour Zdravko Gagro arrange flowers left in their yard. Rob Ford died after battling cancer on March 22, 2016.

 

 

 

 

Papal Blessing

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, bestowed the rare honour of a papal blessing to Toronto Rabbi Erwin and Laura Schild to mark their 70th wedding anniversary, at a synagogue on Sunday.

 

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Rabbi Schild and his wife Laura
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 Cardinal Collins greets the couple 
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 Rabbi Schild and his wife Laura on their wedding day December 31, 1944. 
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Rabbi Schild and his wife Laura pose for photos surround by members of the congregation. 

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A reception was held for the couple after the ceremony
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The congregation during the ceremony. 

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The British Home Children

The British Home Children
Bob Wilson recently discovered that his grandmother’s sister died and was buried in a virtually unmarked mass grave in Toronto in 1917, without the knowledge of her sister who lived just across Lake Simcoe. Wilson’s grandmother, Francis, and his great-aunt, Nellie Newman, were among 110,000 children shipped across the Atlantic Ocean. The British Home Children were destitute in the U.K. and subjected to farm and domestic labour, often harsh, in a new land.  February 23, 2016.

NIXXON

Jesse Dempster used to perform with The Weeknd as a rap duo. Now 25 and going by the name Nixxon, Dempster plans to soon release the new album For No Good Reason alongside a re-release of his first album, 1990.

Jesse Dempster - Nixxon

Jesse Dempster - Nixxon