Downtown Sinkhole

A sinkhole opened up at the intersection of Laurier Avenue E and Waller Street, near the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa February 21, 2014. The sinkhole is about eight meters wide and twelve meters deep.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

A sinkhole at Laurier Ave E and Waller Street in Ottawa

Here is a photo of your truly, right at the edge of a rooftop overlooking the sinkhole, shot by a student who helped me track down the best view of the scene.

A sinkhole at Laurier Ave E and Waller Street in Ottawa

Manning Networking Conference for Macleans Magazine

I recently photographed the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa for Macleans Magazine. I love shooting these sprawling, multi-day conferences because the allow me to hunt down  interesting moments and stake-out scenes that I think will yield creative results when given enough time. Here are some photos of the main-stage talent including Treasury Board President Tony Clement, Saskatchewan Premiere Brad Wall, Wild Rose leader Danielle Smith, Employment Minister Jason Kenney, and CIBC Vice President Jim Prentice.

Manning Networking Conference Ottawa

Manning Networking Conference Ottawa

Manning Networking Conference Ottawa

Manning Networking Conference Ottawa
Manning Networking Conference Ottawa

Manning Networking Conference Ottawa

Manning Networking Conference Ottawa

2013 Award Winning Photos

Every year the News Photographers Association of Canada (of which I am a member) holds a monthly ‘clip contest’ for it’s members. Each month winning photos are awarded points in six categories and at the end of the year the points are added up – the photographer with the most points at the end of the year is the NPAC Photographer of the Year. The 2013 results are in and I placed a respectable 8th overall. Congratulations to my friends Mark Blinch and Steve Russell for placing first a second (separated by only 30 points! Here are my winning images.


Former Speaker Peter Milliken

Former Speaker of the House of Commons Peter Milliken at the Delta City Centre in Ottawa November 13, 2013. Photo/ Video by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine

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Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean Denis Frechette in Ottawa September 23, 2013. Photo by Blair Gable for Macleans Magazine

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Emergency workers gather at the scene of an accident involving a bus and a train in Ottawa September 18, 2013.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson in Ottawa June 17, 2013. Photo by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine

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Law student James Lowry at University of Ottawa in Ottawa March 8, 2013. Photo by Blair Gable for The Toronto Star

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Ottawa Senators’ Kyle Turris (C) celebrates his goal against Pittsburgh Penguins’ goalie Tomas Vokoun during the first period in game 4 of their NHL Eastern Conference semi-final playoff hockey series in Ottawa May 22, 2013.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

Soldiers return home from Afghanistan

The final Canadian soldiers have returned home from the combat and training mission in Afghanistan. They were met by a crowd of very eager family members and friends, as well as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson, and Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson.

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Master Corporal Anthony Alliot kisses Sarah Tooth after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

The last Canadian soldiers from Afghanistan are greeted by dignitaries as they deplane in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Major Carl Gravel (R) embraces his wife Genevieve after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Warrant Officer Josie Swyer hugs her brother Roy Swyer after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Leading Seaman Brett Price (R) is reunited with his wife Brittany and daughter Brynlee after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Corporal Patrick Cayer (R) hugs his girlfriend Kymberly Merrell after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Corporal Mike Bosica holds his son Jaxyn during a ceremony after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Master Corporal Anthony Alliot (C) embraces Sarah Tooth during a ceremony after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty – retired

Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

Canada’s former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, 2009. Flaherty stepped down from cabinet on March 18, 2014.
Photo by Blair Gable

Minister of Finance Flaherty speaks following the delivery of the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

This was my first time photographing Canadian Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty as he held a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill after being sworn in for his second consecutive term Ottawa October 30, 2008.     REUTERS/Blair Gable       (CANADA)

Canada's Finance Minster Flaherty speaks about Canada's economic recovery at a conference in Gatineau

Canada’s Finance Minster Jim Flaherty speaks about Canada’s economic recovery at a conference in Gatineau, Quebec September 21, 2009.   REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

Canada's PM Harper and Finance Minister Flaherty walk to the House of Commons to deliver the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty walk to the House of Commons to deliver the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 4, 2010.     REUTERS/Blair Gable       (CANADA)

Minister of Finance Flaherty speaks following the delivery of the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in his office in Ottawa December 16, 2010. Photo by Blair Gable for The Toronto Star

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty takes part in a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 16, 2010. Photo by Blair Gable for The Toronto Star

Canada's Finance Minister Flaherty holds up his 'budget' shoes after having them resoled in Ottawa

Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty holds up his ‘budget’ shoes after having them resoled in Ottawa March 21, 2011. Flaherty will present the federal budget on March 22.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

Canada's Finance Minister Flaherty leaves news conference during a financial policy retreat in Wakefield, Quebec near Ottawa

Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty leaves news conference during a financial policy retreat in Wakefield, Quebec near Ottawa August 10, 2011.    REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

Canada's Finance Minister Flaherty speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 7, 2012.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

Canada's PM Harper and Finance Minister Flaherty walk to the House of Commons to deliver the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty walk to the House of Commons to deliver the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 11, 2014.     REUTERS/Blair Gable       (CANADA)

Minister of Finance Flaherty speaks following the delivery of the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty speaks following the delivery of the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 11, 2014.     REUTERS/Blair Gable       (CANADA)

Canada's Finance Minister Flaherty wears the Economic Action Plan logo on his shoes during an interview after delivering the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty wears the Economic Action Plan logo on his shoes during an interview after delivering the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 21, 2013.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 

 

Irwin Cotler Retires

Liberal MP Irwin Cotler

On February 5, 2014 Liberal Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler announced his retirement. Here is an image from a shoot with him for Macleans Magazine back in April 2012. Cotler was first elected in 1999 and won five subsequent elections. The soon-to-be former MP is also a former law professor, former consul to Nelson Mandela, and former Attorney General of Canada.

 

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (12)

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan took part in and placed first in mens senior program at the World Figure Skating Championships held in Ottawa securing his place on the Canadian Olympic team heading to Russia. I spent four days shooting both the action on ice and some behind the scenes. Despite the screaming fans (young and old) Chan seemed unfazed by the expectations placed on him by his Country who expect nothing less than a golf medal performance at the upcoming 2014 Olympic Games in Sochii.

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (11)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (13)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (16)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (15)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (10)

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Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (1)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (18)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (8)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (14)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (7)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (6)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (5)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (4)

Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (17)

Patrick Chan even took time after the competition to surprise Chan-fan Emilie Dagenais with a backstage tour. Dagenais, a young figure skater who is battling cancer for the fourth time, was very emotional during their time together.

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Olympic Figure Skater Patrick Chan (19)

Parliamentarians of the Year for Macleans Magazine

For the past seven years, Macleans Magazine has surveyed all of the Members of Parliament on Parliament Hill to find out who which MP’s are the best of the best in the eyes of their colleagues. I had the pleasure to photograph more than a few of the winners before they knew they were winners. In some cases I only had a few moments to interrupt their busy days to make these portraits. Enjoy!

Parliamentarian of the Year: NDP MP Peter Stoffer

NDP MP Peter Stoffer

Lifetime Achievement Award: Former House Speaker Peter Milliken

Former Speaker Peter Milliken

Most Knowledgable: Minister Jason Kenney

Minister Jason Kenney

Rising Star: Minister Chris Alexander

Minister Chris Alexander

Most Collegial: Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner

Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner

See an entire list of this year’s winners here: Macleans Magazine: 2013 Parliamentarians of the Year

Bus vs. Train

Emergency workers gather at the scene of a fatal accident involving a City of Ottawa bus and a VIA Rail train in Ottawa September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Blair Gable (CANADA)

Fatal accident involving a City of Ottawa Bus and a Via Rail train in Ottawa

Fatal accident involving a City of Ottawa Bus and a Via Rail train in Ottawa

Fatal accident involving a City of Ottawa Bus and a Via Rail train in Ottawa

Fatal accident involving a City of Ottawa Bus and a Via Rail train in Ottawa