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CIVIL CIRCLES
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.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, September 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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