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Liberal Senators frustrated by Tories’ heavy crime agenda, proposed changes to PMB rules

Liberal Senators frustrated by Tories’ heavy crime agenda, proposed changes to PMB rules
Liberal Senators are concerned that the long list of justice-themed private members’ bills aren’t given the proper consideration before becoming law as the government seeks new powers to allow for time allocation in the Senate on private members’ business.

Feds’ consumer-friendly policy contributes to CRTC predicament

Feds’ consumer-friendly policy contributes to CRTC predicament
The federal government’s pursuit of a consumer-driven broadcasting policy instead of a more comprehensive digital strategy has left the CRTC in a difficult position when it comes to regulating internet video services, experts say, and there’s little chance a more thoughtful policy will emerge in an election year.

Organizations lobbying on climate adaptation get government’s ear

Organizations lobbying on climate adaptation get government’s ear
Total insurance claims related to catastrophic weather events in Canada have surpassed $1-billion in every year since 2009, the IBC reports.

Every Monday morning, some 300 NDP staffers meet on the Hill

They say the weekly meetings boost the team’s effectiveness and morale.

Opposition MPs say Chong’s reform bill evidence of government backbenchers’ frustration

Opposition MPs say Chong’s reform bill evidence of government backbenchers’ frustration
Opposition MPs who plan to vote for a bill Conservative MP Michael Chong has proposed as a start to reigning in the power wielded by prime ministers and party leaders are citing the bill as evidence of the depth of government backbench frustration with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s control over his caucus.

FEATURE

Tide turning, marketers look to political strategists for inspiration

Tide turning, marketers look to political strategists for inspiration
Clive Veroni’s book Spin explains why marketers are now looking to savvy political strategists to learn how to move products.

Construction continues on Hill as major projects plug along

Construction continues on Hill as major projects plug along
An inside look at West Block renovations

Biotechnology

Biotechnology

September 22, 2014
LIST/CHART/SURVEYS
  • Organizations that Have Lobbied on 'Climate' in 2014
  • MPs Not Running For Re-Election 2015
  • 50 vulnerable ridings
THIS WEEK'S HILL TIMES
Opposition MPs raise concerns over ‘highly political’ ministers’ regional offices
BOIE-NDP court battle puts Speaker in ‘awkward’ spot while making House rulings, MPs say
Quebec court injunction raises questions if feds muzzled top scientist on Energy East
Feds’ anti-prostitution legislation ‘destined’ for a legal challenge, could take years
Some 50 MPs running in vulnerable ridings next time
Some 50 MPs running in vulnerable ridings next time
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
EDITORIAL
The Lobby Monitor team accepts the nomination from Canada's Lobbying Commissioner's Office to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sept. 11, 2014
Canda's Lobbying Commissioner's Office accepts GRIC nomination to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, then challenged The Lobby Monitor to do it.

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Parliament Buildings' multi-billion-dollar renovation and construction: in photographs, by Liban Mohamed Sept. 23, 2014

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Third year civil engineering student, Liban Mohamed, a co-op student with Public Works this summer, tweeted this photo from the West Block. This is the excavation work to construct the West Block's portion of the new underground Visitors' Welcome Centre.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Workers loading a fixture onto a construction elevator destined to top a chimney on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

The secret staircase inside the Mackenzie Tower is named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister. Mackenzie, whose office was in West Block, was apparently leery of lobbyists and used the secret staircase as an escape route.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Copper roofing and metal vents near the top of the West Block's Mackenzie Tower, named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister and first Liberal prime minister. Mackenzie, who was in office from 1873 to 1878, had his office in West Block. The Mackenzie Tower, the building's tallest tower, also to be completely dismantled and rebuilt as part of the restoration work.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Small copper-rimmed windows set to be installed on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower. The West Block is one of four Parliament Buildings under construction as part of the Public Works' multi-billion-dollar rehabilitation project. It's expected to cost $2.64-billion by 2018. West Block's renovation is expected to cost $863-million and is expected to be completed in 2018.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A worker wearing rubber gloves for protection is pictured cleaning West Block masonry with a toothbrush.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A rooftop view of the West Block's courtyard, which is currently being excavated for construction of the $115-million glass-domed infill that will be the temporary home to the House Chamber beginning in 2018.

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