Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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CIVIL CIRCLES
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.


  
Canadians should be concerned with PM Harper’s ‘war on science’

Chris Turner says Canadians are being deprived of vital information.


  
New generation of DMs top-notch managers, but lack policy development expertise: Mitchell

But Donald Savoie disputes David Mitchell’s opinion that the newer generation of deputy ministers lack sufficient policy development expertise.


  
Feds to eliminate paper cheques by 2016

  
Feds to eliminate landline phones, saving more than $25-million switching to mobile, VoIP

Federal government currently pays $31 per person per month to have a landline. In contrast, cell phones are $5 per month and voice over internet protocol phones cost $15 per month, says Shared Services Canada president Liseanne Forand.


  
Wouters asks federal public servants to help on his vision thing

Blueprint 2020 offers a new vision of Canada’s public service and PCO Clerk Wayne Wouters asks all public servants to weigh in.


  
Public Sector Pension Plan has $4.4-billion deficit, feds contributing extra half-billion a year to fix it

The government expects it will take as long as 13 years of $435-million annual payments to get the deficit off its books. The first payment was made this March, and payments are scheduled to continue until 2026.


  
Senate to table report on RCMP harassment this month, House to release its in the fall

But the House and Senate committees wrapping up their studies on harassment in RCMP and public service, have heard from few actual victims.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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