Toronto 2010 in review via photos
2010 was a tumultuous year in Toronto. Not only did the G20 alter the way many of us think about the place we call home, but the mayoral election -- and Rob Ford's subsequent win -- offered a reminder that there remains a significant ideological divide between the downtown and suburban areas of the city. Over and above these polarizing stories, this was also a year in which hockey fans finally had a real reason to flood onto Toronto streets, the TTC took quite the beating for its customer service failings, the Pride parade was mired in political controversy and one of Toronto's worst traffic obstacles -- or jogs -- was finally fixed.
So, to change things up a bit, instead of just talking about what went on this year, I thought it might be nice to do some showing as well. Here is Toronto 2010 in photos. Lead image by Todd Metcalfe.
Although the whole thing seems blown out of proportion in the wake of George Robitaille's death, when he was caught sleeping on the job, the situation became emblematic of the customer service issues plaguing the TTC. Photo by Jason Wieler.
Hoping to shake up his flagging team,Brian Burke acquires Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames in a blockbuster deal. He hasn't necessarily made the difference fans hoped for, so the jury is still out. Photo by Derek Flack at the team's recent outdoor practice.
Adam Giambrone is embroiled in a pretty minor scandal, but he nevertheless drops out of the mayoral race. Photo by Roger Cullman.
Earth Hour 2010 just didn't seem to have the same visual impact as in years past, which led to debate as to the effectiveness of the tradition/strategy. Photo by Denis Marciniak.
By mid May, the mayoral race was already going strong. Seen above are the original six candidates at the Habitat for Humanity debate. Notice who's laughing the most? Photo Tomasz Bugajski,
The G20 dominated the month of June, and not in a good way. Although the violence was contained to limited number of protesters and police, it had a profound effect on this city. Along with the over-the-top security measures and black bloc tactics, we had our very own temporary detention centre where hundreds were detained under dubious charges. Photos by Tomasz Bujagski, MCXL5, Jen Takes Pictures, and Tim Shore.
Pride 2010 took place later in the year than usual on account of the G20, and it wasn't without a little controversy of its own when Queers Against Israeli Apartheid were initially banned from the parade, but then allowed to participate at the last minute. Photo by Tomasz Bugajski.
Despite being criticized for comments regarding immigrants to Toronto, Rob Ford was still smiling big by mid-August. By that time he had already taken a lead in the polls, and he wouldn't let it go. Photo by Tomasz Bugajski (originally taken in May).
Just a few days later, the 24th floor of 200 Wellesley was consumed in flames, leaving significant damage to the building and stranding residents for months. Photo by Tomasz Bugajski.
Nuit Blanche 2010 was alternately a hit or a bust, depending on who you talked to, but the photos still dazzled. Photos by Derek Flack (via the City of Toronto) and The CJM.
A first look at the TTC's new Rocket Subway trains. Photo by Derek Flack.
The municipal election wasn't far from people's minds at the 2010 Zombie Walk. Photo by Roger Cullman.
By mid November, we got the scoop on the opening of the Dufferin Over/Underpass, and delighted in the end of the traffic calamity. Photo by Rick McGinnis.
Rob Ford is sworn-in as mayor, and Don Cherry brings the circus to City Hall. Photo by Tim Shore.
First a Super Harvest Moon and then a full Lunar eclipse. Pretty good for one year. Photo by Oscar Strawczynski
We begin to wrap 2010 with the usual look at outlandish Christmas and Holiday lights around the city.
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