Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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CIVIL CIRCLES
MPs get first look at top mandarins as national security dominates House

  
Take a chance on me: new PCO hub to let bureaucrats take risks

  
Public service unions bracing for more restraint

  
DM shuffle likely to mean slow progress on DND procurement

  
Harper shuffles senior ranks of public service

Richard Fadden becomes PM's national security adviser, among other moves in bureaucratic shuffle


  
New PCO Clerk Charette takes on ‘battered’ PS, reform issues in federal election year

With a background on both sides of the often thorny relationship between bureaucrats and political staff, new Privy Council Clerk Janice Charette 'is particularly suited to manage that tension,' an eminent public administration expert says, as she takes on a federal public service reeling from cuts, low morale, a battered public perception and a lack of trust with elected officials.


  
Swelling of feds’ communications staff reflects growing ‘public relations state’: experts

  
PS thinking more about the digital revolution: Emerson

  
New top bureaucrat brings ‘level head’ to transition at Finance

  
Attacks on Elections Canada damaging to democratic institutions, says former AG Fraser

NDP claims PMO is behind personal attacks against Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand to ‘prop up angry Conservative base.’


  
Feds should start exchange program between senior public servants and senior private sector executives, says Gwyn Morgan

  
Treasury Board to start first round of collective bargaining next month

Treasury Board President Clement and PS labour unions acknowledge the negotiations are going to be ‘difficult.’


  
Conservatives’ spending $14.8-million annually to advertise Economic Action Plan ‘disgusting’: veterans

Pollster Nik Nanos says the closure of nine vets’ service offices could be problematic for the Conservatives because it impacts veterans and seniors who tend to vote regularly in elections.


  
Bill C-11 aims to help veterans find PS jobs, but critics doubt it will help

But Michael Blais says Bill C-11 is ‘more like a headline without substance’ and unlikely to yield favourable results.


  
Regular AG audits of MPs’ expenses would prevent spending scandals, says former budget watchdog

Former PBO Kevin Page says it’s time Parliamentarians allowed AG Michael Ferguson to conduct regular audits of their expenses.


  
PSAC considering taking feds to court on Bill C-4

  
Some city councils pass resolutions against closing Veterans Affairs offices

Two Conservative mayors, Thunder Bay and the Regional Municipality of Cape Breton, also oppose the closing of VA offices in their regions.


  
Clement to use Tory policy convention PS resolutions as guidelines, not government policy

Treasury Board President Tony Clement says the Conservative Party policy convention resolutions related to the federal public service are not government policies but he will use them as guidelines in his conduct of government business with public service unions.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

Photograph courtesy of Public Works
An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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