Monday, March 2, 2015
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CIVIL CIRCLES
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.


  
Cappe agrees with Harper: scientists should not be free to talk to media

But former Chrétien-era PCO clerk Mel Cappe says the relationship between the Harper government and senior bureaucrats is not ‘robust’ and needs to be improved quickly.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, March 2, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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