India’s PM Modi for Reuters

Last week India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to Parliament Hill to see and be seen by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This is the first time a sitting Prime Minister from India has visited Canada since 1973.

Canada's PM Harper sits with India's PM Modi on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) sits with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 15, 2015. Modi is making stops in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver during his visit to Canada.     REUTERS/Blair Gable

India's PM Modi inspects the Honour Guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the Honour Guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 15, 2015. Modi is making stops in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver during his visit to Canada.     REUTERS/Blair Gable

India's PM Modi and Canada's PM Harper walk to a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper walk to a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 15, 2015. Modi is making stops in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver during his visit to Canada.     REUTERS/Blair Gable

Canada's PM Harper presents India's PM Modi with a recovered Indian statue on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) presents India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a recovered Indian statue on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 15, 2015. Modi is making stops in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver during his visit to Canada.     REUTERS/Blair Gable

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I had the opportunity to photograph Microsoft founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates at the Ismaili Imamat when he came to Ottawa to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss global efforts to improve the health of mothers and children in low-income countries.

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Cheers, Blair

John Baird, Canadian politician resigns

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After 20 years in provincial and federal politics, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has announced his retirement from Canadian Politics. The Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean has held many portfolios over his career, including Government House Leader, President of the Treasury Board, Environment Minster, Energy Minister, and Minister of Transport.

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Baird in a tractor with Chuck Strahl.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Baird after laying a wreath at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

Baird with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Baird speaks about the failed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas during a press conference in Ottawa

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Baird and former Speaker of the House of Commons Peter Miliken with their Parliamentarian of the Year awards.

Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird greets families during the Canadian Fallen Firefighters memorial in Ottawa

Baird greets families of fallen fire fighters.

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Baird with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Members of Parliament applaud to remarks made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Baird during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

During Question Period in the House of Commons.

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Chris Phillips arrest for Reuters

On January 21, around 8:30 am Ottawa Police arrested Nova Scotia resident Christopher Phillips at the Chemo Hotel in Ottawa. Phillips was wanted by Nova Scotia RCMP after the discovery of a suspicious package in a garage in the Halifax suburb of Cole Harbour and “hazardous and volatile chemicals” in a cottage in Grand Desert, east of Dartmouth. Here is what I shot during an early and cold morning of work.

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Cheers, Blair

Daniel Alfredsson for Sweden!

Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson announced his retirement from the NHL yesterday. After playing for the Detroit Redwings for a year, Alfredsson signed a one-day contract with the Senators so he could retire in Ottawa. Some of my photos were used by Newspapers in Sweden. This was my first time shooting for the Swedish photo service Bildbyran.

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It was also my first time shooting NHL hockey since 2012, after covering the team for six years.

Remembrance Day in Ottawa for Reuters

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This Remembrance Day ceremony was especially significant since Corporal Nathan Cirillo was fatally shot by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau at National War Memorial only a few weeks before. I believe this was the first Remembrance Day where I was free to roam and take photos – usually I am in the photo pool shooting the dignitaries. I expected to have more freedom, but ended up getting stuck in the crowd with tens-of-thousands of on-lookers for much of the ceremony. There was also a very heavy security presence – you always see lots of security when the Prime Minister is around, but the guns were much bigger this year.

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War Memorial Shooting for Reuters

Scenes from downtown Ottawa following a shooting at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was on ceremonial sentry duty at the Canadian National War Memorial, was fatally shot and died on scene. Zehaf-Bibeau then launched an attack in the nearby Centre Block Parliament Building and was killed by Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers outside the Parliamentary Library.

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I was downtown shortly after the shooting took place and spent the rest of the day roaming downtown and sneaking out of lock-downs.

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Danish Royalty for Reuters

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (L) greets admirers following a reception at Rideau Hall in Ottawa September 17, 2014. The Princess was visiting Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon at Rideau Hall Canada with her husband the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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Above: See the guy in the top left taking a photo? Bellow: I was in the background photo he was taking (crouching down). Worlds collide!

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Above photo courtesy Jonathan Fortier.

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The Governor General was sorry to see them go. They became BFFs!