President Obama in Ottawa

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Last year Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted US President Barak Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa. I was one of the official photographers for the summit.

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This was the second time I had photographed Barak Obama; the first being his first official state visit. The next time the POTUS rolls through town, he will probably be on a book tour or a high paying speaking engagement.

Highway 401 Truck Accident

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.

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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

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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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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

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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Day of Honour for Reuters

Canada's National Day of Honour

Canada’s first Day of Honour ceremony was held on Parliament Hill. The event was held in honour of the 40,000 members of the Canadian Forces who fought and the 158 who died during the 12 year conflict in Afghanistan.

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A procession, including Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston, arrives in the Hall of Honour to view a military display prior to the National Day of Honour ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 9, 2014. The event marks the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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Canada’s Governor General David Johnston touches a name on a military display in the Hall of Honour prior to the National Day of Honour ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 9, 2014. The event marks the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper exhales deeply while looking at a military display in the Hall of Honour prior to the National Day of Honour ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 9, 2014. The event marks the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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Attendees rise during the National Day of Honour ceremony in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 9, 2014. The event marks the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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Soldiers on a light armoured vehicle (LAV) roll onto Parliament Hill for the National Day of Honour ceremony in Ottawa May 9, 2014. The event marks the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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Soldiers on a light armoured vehicle (LAV) roll onto Parliament Hill for the National Day of Honour ceremony in Ottawa May 9, 2014. The event marks the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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A girl waves a Canadian flag in the crowd during the National Day of Honour ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 9, 2014. The event marks the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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A large crowd gathered at Parliament Hill during the National Day of Honour ceremony on in Ottawa May 9, 2014. The event marks the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 

 

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)

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)