Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: A photographic year in review

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Remember when the biggest news story was the PM keeping his holiday beard? Ah, simpler times, eh?
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PM Trudeau leaves his office after being updated regarding flight PS752. The clenched fist really stands out to me. Ottawa. 2020/01/08
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Ottawa. 2020/01/08
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Waiting for a call with President Trump, Chief of Staff Katie Telford checks her phone. 2020/01/08
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One of the many Incident Response Group (IRG) meetings. Ottawa. 2020/01/09
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Ottawa. 2020/01/09
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Ottawa. 2020/01/09
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Ottawa. 2020/01/09
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Ottawa. 2020/01/09
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A meeting room at a hotel in Richmond Hill, Ontario. PM Trudeau met with families of the victims of PS752 throughout the day. 2020/01/10
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Richmond Hill. 2020/01/10
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Ottawa. 2020/01/11
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PM Trudeau speaks with former PM Jean Chrétien. Ottawa. 2020/01/17
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PM Trudeau catches up with Members of Parliament and staff following their return to Ottawa. 2020/01/22
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Ottawa. 2020/01/22.
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IRG meeting. Ottawa. 2020/01/27
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The House of Commons pauses for a moment of silence in memory of the victims of PS752. 2020/01/27
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Minister of Health Patty Hajdu updates the PM. Ottawa. 2020/01/28
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One series I always look forward to working on is documenting the places where we manage to squeeze in a run. Barcelona fuel stop. 2020/02/07
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2020/02/08
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President of the European Council Charles Michel compliments the PM on the beard. A surreal photo to look back on before COVID-19 loomed over all human interaction. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2020/02/09
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PM Trudeau helps out advisor Patrick Travers by tying his shoelace. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2020/02/10
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Too many bilateral meetings to count. I try to keep myself busy by finding different ways to photograph the same room. We are all exhausted after a day like this. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2020/02/10
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The PM’s Executive Assistant, Phil Proulx, in many of the different waiting areas on our trip to Ethiopia, Kuwait, Senegal and Germany.
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PM Trudeau is briefed aboard RCAF01, flying from Ethiopia to Kuwait. 2020/02/10
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Kuwait. 2020/02/10
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Kuwait. 2020/02/10
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Sometimes we don’t have a lot of time at a photo op and get pushed out before we can get a clear image — these are always more fun than the photo we are expected to take. Kuwait. 2020/02/10
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Kuwait. 2020/02/11
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Dakar, Senegal. 2020/02/12
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Dakar, Senegal. 2020/02/12
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Dakar, Senegal. 2020/02/12
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Speechwriter Gabrielle Cesvet was always fun to watch as the PM delivered a speech she had written. Dakar, Senegal. 2020/02/13
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Kéri, Senegal. 2020/02/13
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PM Trudeau takes a phone call on RCAF01. 2020/02/14
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Munich, Germany. 2020/02/14
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No matter how many speech revisions you do, there are always more changes. Blessing and a curse for those who write for a teacher. Munich, Germany. 2020/02/14
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My first day back in the office (minus a week-long trip to Africa) after my daughter was born. Here she is checking out the place. Ottawa. 2020/03/02
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Handshakes, remember those? Halifax. 2020/03/03
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If you have never been to a citizenship ceremony, go. We are lucky to be Canadian. Here, PM Trudeau makes a surprise appearance at one in Wolfville, NS. 2020/03/03
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Montreal. 2020/03/04
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Old photos can take on new meaning. It was recently revealed that Rogers is considering tearing down the iconic Skydome. Toronto. 2020/03/09
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Dad jokes never fail. Ottawa. 2020/03/09
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Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Doctor Theresa Tam. Ottawa. 2020/03/11
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Ottawa. 2020/03/11
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Lunch meetings. Ottawa. 2020/03/11
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One of my last photos from a packed House of Commons. Ottawa. 2020/03/11
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Last photo of the PM in the office before he enters self isolation. Ottawa. 2020/03/11
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Katie Telford reacts to news that the prime minister’s wife, Sophie, tested positive for COVID-19. Ottawa. 2020/03/12
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PM Trudeau walks back into his house, Rideau Cottage, and isolation following a press conference. Ottawa. 2020/03/13
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Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez puts forward a motion to suspend the House of Commons due to concerns about COVID-19. Ottawa. 2020/03/13
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Ottawa at rush hour following a province-wide lockdown. 2020/03/16
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Ottawa. 2020/03/16
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With the PM in isolation, staff listen in on a G7 leaders call. Ottawa. 2020/03/16
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Ottawa. 2020/03/16
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Speechwriter Gabrielle Cesvet prepares for the long haul. Ottawa. 2020/03/17
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Ottawa. 2020/03/17
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Doctor Tam before a Cabinet meeting in West Block. Ottawa. 2020/03/17
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Ottawa. 2020/03/17
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Ottawa. 2020/03/17
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Ottawa. 2020/03/17
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What would normally be packed locations during St. Patrick’s Day in Ottawa. 2020/03/17
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Ottawa. 2020/03/23
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Laps around Rideau Cottage during isolation. Ottawa. 2020/04/06
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First day back in the office means he had a lot of paperwork to bring back with him. Ottawa. 2020/04/08
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A socially distant House of Commons. Ottawa. 2020/04/11
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Waiting to go out for another press conference outside of Rideau Cottage. Ottawa. 2020/04/16
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Lunch at Rideau Cottage. Ottawa. 2020/04/16
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A G7 meeting without the travel. Ottawa. 2020/04/16
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PM Trudeau speaks with RCMP officer Chad Morrison who was injured during the manhunt in Nova Scotia. Ottawa. 2020/04/20
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Ottawa. 2020/04/22
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Prime Minister Trudeau calls families of the victims in Nova Scotia from his home office at Rideau Cottage. Ottawa. 2020/04/22
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Sometimes photos line up just right. Ottawa. 2020/04/22
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Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance informs PM Trudeau about a Canadian Forces helicopter crash as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan looks on. Ottawa. 2020/04/30
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Ottawa. 2020/04/30
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TV recording took on a new look with distanced tech support and no audience members. Montreal. 2020/05/03
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Repatriation of fallen Canadian Armed Forces members. Trenton. 2020/05/06
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Ottawa. 2020/05/08
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A rare outing outside of the office to meet with public health staff and contact tracers in Ottawa. 2020/05/14
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Ottawa. 2020/05/15
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We all needed a haircut by now. Ottawa. 2020/05/20
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Tech support. Ottawa. 2020/05/28
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Ottawa. 2020/05/29
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Black Lives Matter. Ottawa. 2020/06/05
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A graduation like no other for the class of 2020. Ottawa. 2020/06/05
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Between photographing and editing, glimpses of a television is the only news I get from outside of my immediate surroundings. Ottawa. 2020/06/11
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I maxed out my creativity for the week and turned to “zoomers” for a different take. Ottawa.
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Workplace essentials. Ottawa. 2020/06/18
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Gatineau. 2020/06/24
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Once a teacher, always a teacher. I know better than to ask him to edit my captions. Ottawa. 2020/06/25
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Ottawa. 2020/06/26
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Ottawa. 2020/07/29
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PM Trudeau knocks before entering Governor General Julie Payette’s office at Rideau Hall. Ottawa. 2020/08/18
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Ottawa. 2020/08/18
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The Tent Room at Rideau Hall. Ottawa. 2020/08/18
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Ottawa. 2020/08/18
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Podium prep. Brockville. 2020/08/21
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A visit to the National Research Council of Canada’s facility in Montreal ahead of announcing COVID-19 vaccine procurement and production plans. 2020/08/31
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Ottawa. 2020/09/03
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Ottawa. 2020/09/10
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With more than 100 flights in a normal year, you stop looking out the window because you are working or trying to catch up on sleep. Suddenly I found myself enjoying every minute of what few flights we had this year. Watershed 144. 2020/09/11
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Ottawa. 2020/09/14
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The PM often paces on phone calls and it only took me five years to figure out a way to capture it properly. Ottawa. 2020/09/14
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Wear. A. Mask. Members of Cabinet show off their masks. Ottawa. 2020/09/15
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Deputy Prime Minister Freeland often sports running shoes between events. Ottawa. 2020/09/15
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Never ending days in a never ending year. Ottawa. 2020/09/15
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You see an artsy photo, I see a photographer tired of running ahead. Ottawa. 2020/09/21
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Speech from the Throne 2019 vs 2020. Ottawa. 2020/09/23
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The ongoing reality in the House of Commons. Ottawa. 2020/09/23
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PM Trudeau takes a few minutes to reflect prior to addressing the nation on the state of COVID-19 in Canada. Ottawa. 2020/09/23
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Ottawa. 2020/09/23
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Ottawa. 2020/09/25
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My daughter as she tries to sneak up on the boss. Ottawa. 2020/09/28
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Ottawa. 2020/09/28
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The various floors of West Block. Ottawa. 2020/09/30
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Balance, right? Ottawa. 2020/09/30
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Communion in the time of COVID. Toronto. 2020/10/06
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Former Prime Minister John Turner, June 7, 1929 — September 19, 2020. Toronto. 2020/10/06
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I still try to find a new photo each day, even five years in. Ottawa. 2020/10/13
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I don’t know why I am so entertained by people calling into press conferences, but I love it. Ottawa. 2020/10/13
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A double exposure image as I continued to try out new ideas. Ottawa. 2020/10/20
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And then I got out the monopod, stood on a chair and prayed my camera wouldn’t fall. Ottawa. 2020/10/29
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Ottawa. 2020/11/02
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Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains goes into his regeneration alcove. A Scotti cannot pass up the chance for a Star Trek reference. Ottawa. 2020/11/02
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Ottawa. 2020/11/06
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Ottawa. 2020/11/09
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PM Trudeau speaks with President Elect Joe Biden. Ottawa. 2020/11/09
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Sometimes the light is just right. Ottawa. 2020/11/09
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Ottawa. 2020/11/09
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Ottawa. 2020/11/10
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A very different Remembrance Day ceremony as access was limited and crowds were discouraged from gathering. Ottawa. 2020/11/11
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Ottawa. 2020/11/11
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Ottawa. 2020/11/11
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Event appearances and “backstage” look like this now. Ottawa. 2020/11/16
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Ottawa. 2020/11/17
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Ottawa. 2020/11/17
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Ottawa. 2020/11/18
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Question period prep. Ottawa. 2020/11/18
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Walking to the National Press Theatre. Ottawa. October-November 2020.
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To file under weird things we are given — the PM tries on a face mask and an eye mask with his likeness on them. Ottawa. 2020/11/19
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PM Trudeau returned to working from Rideau Cottage as COVID-19 numbers across Canada began to rise again. Ottawa. 2020/11/24
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You don’t see many photos from cabinet due to cabinet confidentiality rules. Here is an image I captured between sessions. Ottawa. 2020/12/03
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Intergovernmental meeting with provincial and territorial leaders. Ottawa. 2020/12/10
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It is really nice to leave the office / the media tent at Rideau Cottage. Ottawa. 2020/12/11
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You’d think year-end interview season would be easier without the travel. Ha! Let’s do the interviews outside in -15C! Ottawa. 2020/12/14
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Ministers and officials check their phones on a break from a marathon cabinet meeting. Ottawa. 2020/12/14
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PM Trudeau visits Ottawa’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic. 2020/12/15
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One of Ottawa’s first vials of the COVID-19 vaccine. Ottawa. 2020/12/15
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Ottawa. 2020/12/16
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Sometimes I think I am clever. Ottawa. 2020/12/17
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Happy holiday video conferencing to all. 2020/12/17

For the photo geeks and the curious:

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Photo by Patrick Woodbury (thanks Pat!)

Storage and archiving

Gear

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The rolling shutter of the mirrorless EOS R means you get this banding when in silent mode depending on your light source. Unfortunately you do not realize this until after you have taken the photos — and in our line of work, there is never a “redo”.

More Archiving!

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Some recent scans from a not so distant past.

Team and thank yous

fin.

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