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Parliamentary Calendar


Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Ontario’s Energy Future

The Economic Club of Canada presents Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault. 7:45-9 a.m. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa. Breakfast will be served. $110 +HST for individual seat (members $89 +HST). Tickets and info: economicclub.ca.

Parliamentary Press Gallery AGM

The Parliamentary Press Gallery AGM will be held on Feb. 24 at the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St., Ottawa, at 12:30 p.m. Gallery members will discuss the president’s report; treasurer’s report; results of officers elected; nomination of directors and voting; life and honorary memberships; new business; and results of directors elected.

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

House Not Sitting

The House rises for the week, returning to work on March 6 for one week before another week-long break, returning to work again March 20. The Senate sits this week and next, and is off the week of March 13 for two weeks before returning March 27.

Join Senator André Pratte and Jonathan Kay to celebrate their book, Legacy: How French Canadians Shaped North America

Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing. Massey College at the University of Toronto, 4 Devonshire Place, RSVP to emockler@masseycollege.ca.

Who Needs Canada?: Canada’s Role in the World

Catch the official launch of Simon Fraser University’s Public Square’s 2017 Community Summit, bringing together prominent foreign policy experts Roland Paris (University of Ottawa, former senior adviser on global affairs and defence to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canadian Inuit activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee), Senator Yuen Pau Woo, and former senior policy adviser to the Harper government Shuvaloy Majumdar. Panel will be moderated by CBC correspondent Laura Lynch. Feb. 27. 7-9 p.m. Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St., Vancouver. Summit events continue until March 8. Details: http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare.html.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Fourth Conservative Leadership Debate

The fourth party-sanctioned debate will be held on Feb. 28 at Maclab Theatre in Edmonton, and will be the second bilingual debate. Tickets on sale from Jan. 24. Debates will be streamed live online for all party members and all Canadians to see. All debates are open to Conservative Party members to attend. Debate moderator: Conservative candidate for Calgary Midnapore Stephanie Kusie. Themes include: crime and safety, and the Conservative Party of Canada, its membership, its governance, and its future. The Conservative Party leadership election will be on May 27, 2017.

National Access Cannabis and PhytoSciences Joint Panel Discussion

National Access Cannabis with PhytoSciences Consultants and the Peace Naturals Project invite you on Tuesday, Feb. 28 for a discussion about their recently launched harm reduction study on the potential use of cannabis as a substitute for prescription opiates. Guest speakers include Dr. Pritesh Kumar, Ph.D. and Dr. Shelley Turner. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Macdonald Room, Mezzanine Level, 6 p.m. All Parliamentarians and departmental officials are invited. Industry representatives and physicians will also be in attendance. Please RSVP to angelo.muscari@nationalaccesscannabis.com.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Senate Social: Where Politics and Media Meet and Tweet

The Senate of Canada in partnership with Twitter Canada presents a Senate Social. Parliamentary Press Gallery members are invited on March 1 to the Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St. for this “meet and tweet.” Featuring a panel discussion on Politics via Social Media with journalists Bob Fife, Marie Vastel, and Waubgeshig Rice. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. RSVP required: sencom@sen.parl.gc.ca.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ottawa Italian Women’s Filo

During International Women’s Week, the Ottawa Italian Women’s Filò will be holding its 15th annual awards gala to pay homage to the outstanding contribution that Italian-Canadian women have made to the social, cultural, and economic life of Ottawa. The dinner is taking place on March 2 at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre. For tickets, you can contact FiloOttawa@yahoo.com.

Visions for Canada, 2042: Imagining the Canada of the Future

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the ways innovative collaboration among researchers and the community may be the most effective response to Canada’s future challenges. Civil servants, non-governmental organization reps, university faculty, graduate students, and alumni from across the ‘civic’ disciplines are all invited to participate in this three night, two-day conference in which they will discuss research and ideas that help imagine Canada’s future in 2042. The conference is free to attend with the exception of two ticketed opening and closing events. Highlights include a closing dinner gala at the Shaw Centre featuring Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Purchase tickets via carleton.ca/fpa/visions for the March 2 film screening and March 4 closing gala dinner. Conference runs March 2-4. All on-campus events will take place on the second floor of Richcraft Hall (formerly the River Building), Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa.

Friday, March 3, 2017

FOI Friday with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Join the Canadian Association of Journalists' Ottawa chapter to learn how to improve your use of the federal Access to Information Act. Ahead of budget day, Jeff Bowes, research director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, will explain how to use ATIP to follow the money and test the effectiveness of federal programs. This session is free and open to anyone interested in ATIP (no parliamentary pass needed). March 3, 12 to 1 p.m., National Press Building (150 Wellington St.), sixth floor. Bring your lunch.

Monday, March 6, 2017

House Sitting

The House returns to work for one week before a week-long break, returning to work again March 20. The Senate sits this week and then rises for two weeks before returning March 27.

Inclusion and Diversity: Building a Modern and Innovative Public Service for All

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada hosts a discussion on the tangible steps that organizations and leaders should take to realize a truly inclusive federal public service. March 6, 5-7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend but online registration is required at IPACinclusion.eventbrite.ca. Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., 15th floor.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Book Launch: The Unbroken Machine

Dale Smith will host the launch of his book, The Unbroken Machine: Canada’s Democracy in Action, Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m., Le Moulin de Provence, 30 Metcalfe St., Ottawa. Light refreshments wil be served. Book will be available for sale. Published by Dundurn Press.

Canadian Home Builders’ Association

Join the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and leading home builders, renovators, and developers from communities across Canada at a reception and culinary tour of Canada to mark the CHBA’s Forum For Growth 2017. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drawing Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa, Ont. RSVP: Samuel Lafontaine (Earnscliffe Strategy Group), forum@chba.ca, 613-563-4455.

Forum for Young Canadians MP Receptions

The Forum For Young Canadians will be celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary by welcoming 350 secondary students from across Canada to Ottawa in 2017. It will be holding a reception on Tuesday, March 7 at the Marriott hotel at 100 Kent St., Ottawa, in the rotating restaurant, 6-8:30 p.m. RSVP by email to ssawers@forum.ca or by phone at 613-233-4086. The Forum for Young Canadians will hold another reception Wednesday, March 22, 6-8:30 p.m. also at the Marriott.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bloc Québécois Caucus Meeting

The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet from 9:30 a.m. in the Francophonie room (263-S) in Centre Bock, on Wednesday. For more information, call press attaché Julie Groleau, 514-792-2529.

Conservative Caucus Meeting

The Conservatives will meet for their national caucus meeting. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada at coryhann@conservative.ca.

Constitution 150 Charter Conference

This conference is subtitled: The Charter and Emerging Issues in Constitutional Rights and Freedoms: from 1982 to 2032. Speakers line-up includes Supreme Court of Canada Justice Richard Wagner. Sponsored by the University of Ottawa’s Public Law Group as part of Constitution 150. Until March 10. For more info and to register visit Constitution150.ca.

Liberal Caucus Meeting

The Liberals will meet in Room 237-C Centre Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please call Liberal Party media relations at media@liberal.ca or 613-627-2384.

NDP Caucus Meeting

The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15 a.m.-11 a.m. in Room 112-N Centre Block, on Wednesday. Please call the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or ndpcom@parl.gc.ca.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bacon and Eggheads Breakfast

The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering presents a talk, ‘Can I Help You? The Future of Socially Assistive Robots in Healthcare’ with Goldie Nejat, University of Toronto. Thursday, March 9, 7:30 a.m. Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block. No charge to MPs, Senators, and media. All others, $25. Pre-registration required by Monday, March 6 by contacting Donna Boag: pagse@rsc-src.ca or call 613-991-6369.

Engineers Canada 2017 Hill Day

Engineers Canada is hosting a reception to celebrate the work of professionally licensed engineers, students, and volunteers from across Canada. March 9. 238S Centre Block, Parliament Hill. 3:15-5 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Feb. 10 to emily.rowan@engineerscanada.ca. 613-232-2474 ext. 215.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

NDP Leadership Debate

The first of the NDP leadership debates begins in Ottawa. It will be bilingual. A new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 29, 2017.

Monday, March 13, 2017

House Break

The House breaks March 13-17. It resumes sitting March 20-24, breaks again March 27-31 and then sits again April 3-13. It breaks again April 14-28 and resumes sitting May 1-19. The Senate does not sit this week or next. It resumes sitting March 27-April 13 and is then off until May 1, at which point it will sit until May 19.

Monday, March 20, 2017

House Sitting

The House is sitting March 20-24, it breaks March 27-31 and then sits again April 3-13. It breaks again April 14-28 and resumes sitting May 1-19. The Senate does not sit this week. It resumes sitting March 27-April 13 and is then off until May 1, at which point it will sit until May 19.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs: Parliamentary Reception

Fire Chiefs from across the country will descend on Parliament Hill for their advocacy week. House Speaker Geoff Regan and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs invite MPs to the Speaker’s Salon where they will be hosting a cocktail reception. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Speaker's Salon, Room 216-N, Centre Block, Parliament Hill. March 21.

OEA/CABE 2017 Spring Policy Conference

The Ottawa Economics Association and the Canadian Association for Business Economics invite you to their annual spring policy conference, titled Pardon the Disruption: Embracing the Headwinds of Economic Change. Speakers include: Craig Alexander, senior VP and chief economist, Conference Board of Canada; Robert Hardt, president and CEO, Siemens Canada; and many more. Members: $350 early bird until Feb. 17/$450 regular after Feb. 17; non-members: $450/$550; student/retiree rate: $195 (all rates exclusive of HST). Tue., Mar. 21, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Chateau Laurier Hotel. Program details and registration via cabe.ca.

Transparency for the 21st Century

More than 200 Canadian and international experts and advocates in access to information, open government, and government transparency will meet in Ottawa March 21-23 at the Library and Archives Canada for a two-day conference. With participation from the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada, the Department of Justice, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and Library of Archives Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Library of Parliament, and with a Canadian leading expert in open government. The conference themes will look at key issues and how they affect a wide range of Canadians including aboriginal peoples, journalists, historians, librarians, youth, and national security experts. http://transparencyconferencetransparence.ca.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bloc Québécois Caucus Meeting

The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet from 9:30 a.m. in the Francophonie room (263-S) in Centre Bock, on Wednesday. For more information, call press attaché Julie Groleau, 514-792-2529.

Conservative Caucus Meeting

The Conservatives will meet for their national caucus meeting. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada at coryhann@conservative.ca.

Liberal Caucus Meeting

The Liberals will meet in Room 237-C Centre Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please call Liberal Party media relations at media@liberal.ca or 613-627-2384.

NDP Caucus Meeting

The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15 a.m.-11 a.m. in Room 112-N Centre Block, on Wednesday. Please call the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or ndpcom@parl.gc.ca.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

NDP Leadership Debate

The second bilingual NDP leadership debate will take place in Montreal, focused on youth issues. A new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 29, 2017.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Great Debate

Should Canadians be ashamed of their country’s history? Jack Granatstein and Noah Richler will hash out that question as part of another Great Canadian Debate, 7 p.m. March 28, at the Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. in Ottawa. To buy tickets, visit macdonaldlaurier.ca.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Relationship Between Parliament and the Agents of Parliament

Agents of Parliament are meant to be independent from the government, but it is the government that gives and sometimes diminishes their power, their independence, and their funding. Some say that we have too many agents of Parliament, and others say that we need more. This seminar will bring together current and former agents of Parliament, Parliamentarians, and academics who will share their views on that mysterious relationship between Parliament and agents of Parliament. This half-day seminar is presented by the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St., room 100. Buffet lunch included. $150 for members, $200 non-members. For more information, visit studyparliament.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or info@studyparliament.ca.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference

The annual Canadian Federation of Humane Societies National Animal Welfare Conference features speakers and dozens of different animal welfare topics, helping to further professionalize the sector, build knowledge and set the agenda for Canada’s humane movement for the year to come. April 8-11, 2017. The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr. conference.cfhs.ca.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Life and Health Insurance Industry Advocacy Day

CEOs representing Canada’s life and health insurance industry will be in Ottawa to meet with Parliamentarians about issues of importance to Canadians, such as access to affordable prescription drugs, investing in Canada’s infrastructure and international trade. For more information, contact Susan Murray (smurray@clhia.ca).

Michael Healey’s 1979

Canada’s Shaw Festival is set to co-produce a new production of 1979 by Michael Healey with Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company. The play takes us back to the eve of prime minister Joe Clark’s minority government’s defeat in a non-confidence motion. It’s a fast-paced satire incorporating political heavyweights and influencers of the era. The production will rehearse at Shaw Festival, premiere in Ottawa at GCTC and tour back to Shaw as part of its 2017 season. The Ottawa component will run from April 11 to 30, 2017. Tickets for Ottawa’s production on sale: 613-236-5196 or gctc.ca.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Conservative Party Leadership Convention

The Conservatives will elect their next leader on May 27, 2017. The party is urging Conservative Party members to buy memberships or renew them in order to vote. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada, at 613-697-5614.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CANSEC 2017

This is an annual showcase of technology, products, and services for land-based, naval, aerospace, and joint forces military units. Organizers say this two-day event is the largest and most important defence industry event in Canada. Until June 1. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, Ont. defenceandsecurity.ca/CANSEC2016/cansec/Overview.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

The NDP Leadership

The race officially begins on July 2, 2016, and a new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 29, 2017.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Liberal Party National Convention

The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Conservative Party National Convention

To be held in Halifax, N.S. Until Aug. 25, 2018.