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Labelling GMOs about transparency, not health say advocates

Labelling GMOs about transparency, not health say advocates
NDP MP Murray Rankin’s motion M-480 wants genetically modified food to be labeled because Canadians have the ‘right to know,’ but industry says information is already readily available.

Biotech’s life sciences sector sees good news in CETA, but advocacy groups concerned about pharmaceutical R&D investments

Everything you need to know about pharmaceutical intellectual property protection ahead of CETA and a look ahead at what’s to be expected with the TPP.

Doctors, researchers consider Orphan Drug Act ‘mission critical’

Dr. Alex MacKenzie said the Orphan Drug Act will provide a harmonized regulatory system, rather than a ‘patchwork quilt’ of policies in place now on the provincial levels.

Farmers’ seeds at centre of a debate over Agricultural Growth Act

Proponents say this will align Canada with its international trade partners and allow for more private innovation in food biotechnology, while opponents say it will restrict farmers’ rights to save their seeds and place ownership in the hands of the corporations that they are bought from.

FEATURE

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

‘Whistleblowing is like riding a tiger: the moment you do this, you’re marked’

Health Canada scientist Shiv Chopra, who spoke out about drug approvals, is still fighting for his job 10 years later.

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

August 11, 2014
LIST/CHART/SURVEYS
  • Federal department spending changes: 2006-2007 to 2012-2013
  • Federal spending under PM Harper's Conservative government
  • Cabinet’s Directors of Communications and Chiefs of Staff List 2014
THIS WEEK'S HILL TIMES
Cabinet committees in midst of ‘intense’ time, reviewing all decisions on road to 2015
House Finance pre-budget hearings busier, but experts say budget already being written
Federal budget surplus ‘exciting,’ but also a double-edged sword, say Conservatives
MPs say their workload doubling as they campaign in current and new ridings
Quebec crucial to next election’s outcome, two-way race between NDP and Libs, say political players
Quebec crucial to next election’s outcome, two-way race between NDP and Libs, say political players
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 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE