The Winnipeg Free Press laid out my pictures of Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Paul Calandra in a triptych over the weekend. I’m not sure if people were expecting Calandra to respond to some of the bizarre and off topic comments he’d made in the House of Commons earlier in the week… I certainly was not. I was glad to have stayed till the end of QP to catch his odd but seemingly emotional apology. 

The Winnipeg Free Press laid out my pictures of Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Paul Calandra in a triptych over the weekend. I’m not sure if people were expecting Calandra to respond to some of the bizarre and off topic comments he’d made in the House of Commons earlier in the week… I certainly was not. I was glad to have stayed till the end of QP to catch his odd but seemingly emotional apology. 

Roger Hadfield, father of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, waves from the bombardier’s seat after “Sentimental Journey”, a second World War B-17 Flying Fortress, lands at Gatineau Executive Airport in Gatineau, Que. on Monday, July 7, 2014. The Royal Canadian Air Force flew the B-17 out of RCAF Station Rockcliffe in Ottawa, delivering mail to Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen overseas. Hadfield flew the B-17 in the 1960s to conduct aerial mapping. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

There are times when you really remember how special a job being a news photographer is. This assignment was one of these times. I was sent to shoot stills and video of a B-17 Flying Fortress that was arriving at Gatineau Airport, with special guest Roger Hadfield, astronaut Chris Hadfield’s father. 

I wasn’t a plane enthusiast, but the B-17 was a plane I knew about as a kid. 8-year-old me never would have thought that I’d ever get to see one of these planes, let alone explore the inside of one of them, in my life. 

It was special for Roger as well, who had flown on the plane as a younger man. He was extremely gracious with the few media folk who were clamouring for his attention and to try and make a nice picture with him and the plane he once flew.

People wave the Palestinian flag as they march along Elgin Street in Ottawa during the “Rally Against Israeli Brutality” protest in response to the crisis in Gaza on Saturday, July 12, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

People wave the Palestinian flag as they march along Elgin Street in Ottawa during the “Rally Against Israeli Brutality” protest in response to the crisis in Gaza on Saturday, July 12, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Images from the funeral of Brandon Volpi at St. Anthony’s Church in Ottawa on Friday, June 13, 2014. Volpi, a student at St. Patrick’s High School was killed in a stabbing during his prom night in downtown Ottawa. Justin Tang/Ottawa Citizen

Maryam. June 19, 2014. (Justin Tang)

I met Maryam while on assignment for Carleton University where she is studying international relations. Maryam worked as an interpreter for the Canadian Forces in her home of Kandahar before coming to Canada. 
Maryam wanted some portraits for herself, as well as to send back home to her family. We went out and made some pictures in the Arboretum and on campus at Carleton.

Maryam. June 19, 2014. (Justin Tang)

I met Maryam while on assignment for Carleton University where she is studying international relations. Maryam worked as an interpreter for the Canadian Forces in her home of Kandahar before coming to Canada. 

Maryam wanted some portraits for herself, as well as to send back home to her family. We went out and made some pictures in the Arboretum and on campus at Carleton.

My grandma. May 25, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. (Justin Tang)

I travelled to Vancouver for the NPAC conference, and to see some friends and family that I don’t get to see nearly enough. I really miss the city—I still consider it home—and the people there.

My grandma. May 25, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. (Justin Tang)

I travelled to Vancouver for the NPAC conference, and to see some friends and family that I don’t get to see nearly enough. I really miss the city—I still consider it home—and the people there.

OTTAWA, ON: FEBRUARY 28, 2014— Conservative pundit Tom Flanagan is photographed at the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa on Friday, February 28, 2014. Flanagan, a former advisor to Stephen Harper and professor at the University of Calgary, has made a return to political commentary after making controversial statements regarding child pornography last  year that nearly ended his career. Flanagan, who was uninvited from the conference in 2013, will address attendees on Saturday. (Justin Tang for National Post)

This photo was for a National Post story on Conservative  pundit Tom Flanagan, who was speaking at the Manning Conference. The story didn’t end up running until April, so I’m only getting around to posting this now. 

The story, by National Post’s Jonathan Kay, can be found here.

Master Gelato Chef and owner Tammy Giuliani of Stella Luna Gelato Cafe in Ottawa is one of 16 gelato artisans who will be competing for the North American title in the Gelato World Tour in Austin, Texas. (Justin Tang for The Globe and Mail)

This was my first assignment for the Globe and Mail, for a story was on artisanal gelato makers. I was a little nervous when I got into the cafe. It was Sunday at 3 p.m. and pouring rain outside, but the place was absolutely buzzing. Not to mention, it was warm inside. Things would be getting melty. 

All was well, though. Tammy Guiliani, the owner of Stella Luna was incredibly accommodating, risking the thawing of her creations for photography’s sake. I got to check out how gelato is made and how much people really love it! Check out her cafe if you are in Old Ottawa South, and best wishes to Tammy as she heads to the World Gelato Tour this week.