Suzanne Larochelle, a nursing faculty teacher at Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec October 14, 2015. Larochelle has written a teaching lexicon to help english-speaking nurses work in french. Photo by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
Speaker of the House of Commons Geoff Regan in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 9, 2015. This is the same office that legendary photographer Yousuf Karsh took the portrait of a very grumpy Sir Winston Churchill. Regan has promised to return proper decorum to the House of Commons during Question Period. Photo by Ottawa photographer Blair Gable for Toronto Star / Star Touch
Portrait of Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna after speaking at a Canada 20/20 conference in Ottawa November 20, 2015. Photo by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
I was on my way to Kingston for another assignment when I came across this accident on highway 401. It isn’t every day that you see a helicopter landed on the highway. It happened right after an off-ramp, so I ditched the truck on the side of the road and ran to cover the scene. The truck was turning onto the the highway when the straps holding its load broke sending the cargo across the highway and causing the truck to flip over.
Accident involving a transport truck on highway 401 eastbound in Prescott November 3, 2015. A section of the 401 east was shut down and one person was taken to hospital by helicopter. Photo by Blair Gable
During the 2011 Canadian Federal Election, the NDP won many ridings across Canada in the “Orange Crush” and many of those MPs were quite young. Before the 2015 election, I photographed six of them, including the McGill Four, for the Toronto Star. Of the six, only Ruth Ellen Brosseau, Pierre-Luc Dusseault and Matthew Dube retained their seats.
NDP Members of Parliament Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Laurin Liu, Charmaine Borg, Mylene Freeman, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Matthew Dube on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 22, 2015. Photo by Blair Gable for The Toronto Star
Paul Ralph (R) and Levi Ayer walk through a row of self-sit trees at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm in Pakenham November 24, 2015. Photo by Blair Gable for The Toronto Star
Kevin Page in Ottawa April 3, 2015. Page is a former Parliamentary Budget Officer and current Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. Photo by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
Canada’s Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet Ministers were sworn in at Rideau Hall in Ottawa November 4, 2015. REUTERS / Blair Gable
I’m sure we all remember where we were when the news that Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot came out. He was killed by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau while on sentry duty at the Canadian National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in downtown Ottawa. I was at home when the email arrived from an editor telling me to get my ass out the door. The six people below were unenviably close when it happened and attempted to save Cirillo’s life. Within weeks of the event, the six heroes were back together at my studio to give their only group interview for Macleans Magazine. It was the beginning of one of the biggest documentary/multimedia projects that I have been a part of.
You can read the full story, or hear their story in their own words, here: http://site.macleans.ca/longform/heroes/index.html
Almost one year ago, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau while on sentry duty at the Canadian National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in downtown Ottawa. Cpl Kyle Button, Barbara Winters, Margaret Lerhe, Col. Conrad Mialkowski, Martin Magnan, and Cpl. Anthony Wiseman attempted to save his life. I have spent the last year working on a huge project with Macleans Magazine to document the aftermath of their lives. They have been promoted, changed jobs, received awards, left the country, and had their lives irrevocably changed. Many aspects of this story will be revealed in the next few weeks, but their story starts in this weeks issue of Macleans Magazine. All photos are property of Blair Gable and Maclean’s Magazine.