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Parliamentary Calendar


Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Ending the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Join Dr. Frank Plummer and Dr. Anthony Fauci for an engaging discussion about global efforts to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic, presented by the International Development Research Centre. These two 2016 Gairdner Award-winning experts share their experience in the decades-long fight against HIV/AIDS. Fri., Dec. 2. 1:30-3 p.m. IDRC, 150 Kent St., 8th floor, W. David Hopper Room, Ottawa. Attendance is free but space is limited so please register for the event at idrc.ca/hiv-aids.

European Union Film Festival

The 2016 edition of this annual festival takes place each weekend from Nov. 11 to Dec. 4 at Carleton University's River Building (Richcraft Hall) theatre (third floor). This weekend, catch films from Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, and more. Carleton students and staff: free. Members, seniors, students: $9. Non-members, general admission: $13. Details: cfi-icf.ca.

FOI Friday with Alex Boutilier

Join the Canadian Association of Journalists' Ottawa chapter to learn how to improve your use of the federal Access to Information Act. Alex Boutilier, a reporter in The Toronto Star's parliamentary bureau, will talk about covering national security issues through ATIP requests. This session is free and open to anyone interested in ATIP (no parliamentary pass needed). Dec. 2, 12 to 1 p.m., National Press Building (150 Wellington St.), sixth floor. Bring your lunch.

Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

House Sitting

The House is sitting weekdays until to Dec. 16, but it could adjourn earlier. It’s scheduled for a six-week break from Ottawa and the House will resume sitting on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly

The Assembly of First Nations convenes its annual December Assembly, one of two major national gatherings the AFN holds each year, in Gatineau, Que. Hilton Lac Leamy, 3, boulevard du Casino, Gatineau. Until Dec. 8. First Nations chiefs and delegates from across the country will gather to discuss key priorities and set strategy for the coming year. Several federal cabinet ministers are expected to address the assembly. Parliamentary reception for Parliamentarians, Tues., Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Annual AFN Winter Celebration Gala Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. More information at afn.ca/en/2016sca

Peter O’Neil’s Book Launch

Vancouver Sun Parliament Hill reporter Peter O’Neil will launch his book, I Am A Métis, The Story of Gerry St. Germain, published by Harbour Publishing, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at the Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr., Ottawa.

Second Conservative Leadership Debate

The second debate will be held on Dec. 6 in Moncton, N.B., and will be a bilingual debate. 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. The Conservative Party leadership election will be on May 27, 2017.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Bank of Canada Release

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

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.

Rona Ambrose’s Christmas Reception

Interim Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose will be holding a Christmas reception for the Parliamentary Press Gallery on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Stornoway, 541 Acacia Ave. Please RSVP by Dec. 2 at cpcleaderrsvp@parl.gc.ca Ms. Ambrose is asking members of the press gallery to bring one or two of the following at the reception: mitts, scarf, toque (for a woman), specialty teas, nut-free chocolate and candy (not alcohol-filled), body or hand lotions, soaps, toothbrush, brush or comb, nail polish, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, purse-sized Kleenex, small cosmetic bag, bus tickets or gifts cards (for Tim Hortons or Shoppers Drug Mart for under $15).

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Canada’s Airports: Key Gateways in Today's Global Economy

The Economic Club of Canada presents this discussion featuring: Adam Legge, Calgary Chamber of Commerce; Howard Eng, Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Michel Leblanc, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal; Sam Samaddar, Kelowna International Airport; and Perrin Beatty, Canadian Chamber of Commerce. 7:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa.

Have the Lessons of the Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster Been Learned?

A conference exploring the impact of the disaster and the future of energy transportation in Canada. Dec. 8, 9 .m.-5 p.m. University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building (55 Laurier Ave. East), Room 12102, $25 per person (students may register for free). Organized by the University of Ottawa, the uOttawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section and Civil Law Section), the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, York University, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Law Foundation of Ontario, and the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

9th Annual European Union Christmas Concert

The European Union Delegation to Canada and the diplomatic missions of EU member states are hosting an evening of European Christmas carols, featuring performances by the Ottawa Children’s Choir, Chorale Lyrica, Nepean High School choirs, and Incognito Choir. The concert will also feature mezzo-soprano Terri-Ann Wint and organist Timothy Piper. European music will be performed in original languages. Fri., Dec. 9. Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, 385 Sussex Dr., Ottawa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m. Free. For more info, call EU Delegation to Canada: 613-238-6464, @EUinCanada, facebook.com/EUinCanada.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

75th Anniversary of the Battle for Hong Kong Commemorative Service

Sat., Dec. 10. 11 a.m. Hong Kong Memorial Wall, corner of King Edward Avenue and Sussex Drive.

Parliamentary Press Gallery Children's Christmas Party

This annual party for members’ children will be held in the Reading Room (237-C) of Centre Block on Parliament Hill, Sat., Dec.10. Email the name, age, and sex of each child to marc.fortier@parl.gc.ca or you can register your child in Room 350-N, Centre-Block or in Room 607, 150 Wellington St. Registration deadline: Nov. 25. Hot dogs, pizza, etc. will be served starting at noon.

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

House Sitting

The House is sitting weekdays until to Dec. 16, but it could adjourn earlier. It’s scheduled for a six-week break from Ottawa and the House will resume sitting on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

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.

Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance hosts first Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Symposium in Ottawa

This one-day event will give government policy-makers, association leaders, and Parliamentarians an occasion to learn more about opportunities to reduce emissions and reduce transportation costs by using natural gas as fuel for vehicles. Discussions will include transportation and environmental policy; provincial programs; municipal and public sector opportunities; use of renewable natural gas; emerging opportunities for marine, rail, and off-road vehicles; and an industry virtual trade show. Dec. 13. 350 Albert St., Conference Centre Level 2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, light lunch to be provided. Participants must RSVP by Dec. 6 at cngva@cngva.org.

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.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

Diplomatic Hospitality Group Christmas Holiday Luncheon

The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event. Fri., Dec. 16. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Ottawa Golf and Hunt Club, 1 Hunt Club Rd. A nominal fee will be charged to help cover costs.

The House is Scheduled to Rise

Though it could rise earlier for the holidays, this is the last scheduled sitting day until Jan. 30.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

Third Conservative Leadership Debate

The third party-sanctioned debate will be held on Jan. 17 in Quebec City, and will be a French debate. 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. The Conservative Party leadership election will be on May 27, 2017.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 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.

Diplomatic Hospitality Group: Learn to Curl

The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event. Wed., Jan. 18. 10 a.m. to noon. Navy Curling Club, 41 Navy Pvt.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

International, Political, and Policy Studies Students Association

Model Parliament, begins on Wed., Jan. 25 and runs to Jan. 27, University of Ottawa, Ottawa. en.aeeippssa.ca

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence

The Conference of Defence Associations and CDA Institute present this annual conference. Until Feb. 17.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Manning Conference

The 2017 Manning Centre Conference will take place from February 23-25 in Ottawa.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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

This conference will discuss research and ideas that help imagine Canada’s future in 2042. March 2-4, 2017, Carleton University, Ottawa. More information: carleton.ca/fpa/visions.

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

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, 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, Aug. 23, 2018

Conservative Party National Convention

To be held in Halifax, N.S. Until Aug. 25, 2018. The Parliamentary Calendar is a free listing. Send in your political, cultural, diplomatic, or governmental event in a paragraph with all the relevant details under the subject line ‘Parliamentary Calendar’ to news@hilltimes.com by Wednesday at noon before the Monday paper or by Friday at noon for the Wednesday paper. We can’t guarantee inclusion of every event, but we will definitely do our best.