So I have been back in Ottawa for three weeks now, and doing some freelance work with the Ottawa Citizen and Metroland community newspapers in the city.
I got the opportunity to shoot the celebrations at Dalton McGuinty's headquarters at the Chateau Laurier on elections night.
Dalton Mcguinty takes the stage at the Chateau Laurier to address a room full of media and supporters, after winning another Liberal government as Premier of Ontario, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Photo by Hadas Parush / Metroland Media
Ottawa Fire Fighters for McGuinty clap and cheer watching the screens as the Libral numbers rise while waiting for the Premier's victory speech at the Chateau Laurier, Thursday night. Dalton McGuinty won a historic third Liberal government in Ontario on Thursday's provincial elections. Photo by Hadas Parush / Metroland Media
Chief of the Somali Community, Abdillahi Abdi, (left) watches the screens for the rising numbers of Liberal candidates while waiting for the Premier's victory speech at the Chateau Laurier, Thursday night. Photo by Hadas Parush / Metroland Media
Volunteer in the Ottawa South Liberal Premier's riding, Andrew Romain, sits in the hallway outside the event room at the Chateau Laurier while waiting for the Premier's victory speech at the Chateau Laurier, Thursday. Photo by Hadas Parush / Metroland Media
August 31, 2011 - From left, Jean and Gerry Roch, their daughter, Olivia, and her boyfriend, Patrick Piche, couldn't get their hands on season tickets for the Winnipeg Jets. Instead, they prepared for the season with a new 60-inch plasma TV in the basement of the Roch family home. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
September 2, 2011 - Manitoba Liberal Party leader, Jon Gerrard, met with media on Friday at the FoodFare grocery store, on the corner of Corydon and Lilac, to make an announcement pledging to allow retail operators to set their own hours, as part of his campaign for the provincial elections on October 3. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A collection of records and old radios surround Val Wagner, who was born without sight. Wagner, who has been a musician since he was a young boy, had his piano tuning tools stolen from him while paying at the cash of a Tim Horton's on Thursday.
A day out on the boat with Bartley Kives, who is not only a fantastic reporter, but also very good at digging boats out of very deep and muddy swamps.
There is a lot of water here that just doesn't seem to go away, and I am so glad I was smart enough to buy those rubber boots on my epic drive over to Manitoba.
To the Netley-Libau wetland we went to hear the story of brothers Dennis and Jim Anderson.
Jim Anderson points to a location on a map of the Netley-Libau wetlands where he and his brother, Dennis grew up, before going out on their boat to explore the changes to the marsh and the beaches due to rising water levels of Lake Winnipeg. August 22, 2011. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Jim Anderson looks at the marsh where he grew up in Libau, Manitoba. The marsh has been flooded over the last few months by water flowing in from Lake Winnipeg.
Dennis Anderson trudges through deep mud in the Netley-Libau wetlands
Brothers Dennis (left) and Jim Anderson tour the forests and what's left of the disappearing beaches they grew up on near the Netley-Libau wetlands.
Dennis Anderson is seen on his boat overlooking driftwood that has piled up on a shore along Lake Winnipeg from overflowing and rising water levels.
On August 13, 2011, towards the end of a long Saturday shift in the city, I decided to take my chances and check out the Elvis Festival in Gimli, Manitoba, about an hour and a half drive outside of Winnipeg. I ended up extending my shift by several hours when I found the opportunity to follow Marnie Lee Gudz, the only female Elvis impersonator in the Elvis Festival of Manitoba.
Bill Acheson, of Somerset, Manitoba, takes part in a rally outside the Canadian Wheat Board Forum which was having a directors meeting in Oak Bluff, Wednesday, August 10, 2011, to discuss the wheat board's future. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)