October 22 shooting – first anniversary

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.

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You can read the full story, or hear their story in their own words, here: http://site.macleans.ca/longform/heroes/index.html

 

Heroes of October 22

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.

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Flora MacDonald: 1926-2015

On November 18, 2014 I photographed Flora MacDonald receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award, with former Prime Minster Joe Clark at her side. Before that I shot a series of portraits and a retrospective video on her career and legacy from her Ottawa apartment for Macleans Magazine. Flora was external affairs minister in Joe Clark’s government during the Iran hostage crisis and later was appointed the minister of employment and immigration and minister of communications in Brian Mulroney’s government. Flora died on July 26, 2015 at age 89.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper went to Rideau Hall to ask Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament, beginning the longest federal election campaign in recent history, in Ottawa August 2, 2015. REUTERS/Blair Gable

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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

Bill Gates for Macleans Magazine

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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

Baird giving a press conference at DFAIT.

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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