Monday, March 30, 2015
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Politics: no other forum can so fundamentally change society

But the theme of politics lost is not new. Naysayers have abounded since the birth of democracy more than 1,000 years ago.

Starbucks launches long overdue national conversation on race relations in U.S.

This election won’t be pretty

Last week’s heated temperature was not the result of an isolated political mistake. It was a well-planned portent of things to come.

Hamilton lost a hero last week

Don Drury was well known in the Golden Horseshoe, but he was not a national name.

Election 2015 shaping up to be a two-party race

Most of the analysis has been focused on putative frontrunners. But the slow slide of the New Democratic Party in the same polls is also very relevant.

Harper hoovers through eight communication directors in nine years: what’s up with that?

Voters will decide in next election who breached bond of loyalty between Adams and Harper

Meanwhile, Eve Adams’ decision to cross the floor has meant that she will live to fight another day in a game she obviously loves.

All in all, Baird was the only real winner last week

Even though Harper must have been disappointed with John Baird’s early leave-taking, the Prime Minister should have been smart enough to personally offer the warmest of public endorsements on the floor of the House of Commons.

Dynamics of Sudbury politics will never be quite the same

The Feb. 5 byelection to fill the provincial seat vacated by the resignation of New Democrat Joe Cimino has all the elements of intrigue one would expect to find in a fictive political thriller.

White is still might

The massacre of staff at Paris’ Charlie Hebdo was only five days before the wholesale slaughter of more than 2,000 Nigerians by Islamic radical terrorists Boko Haram. One tragedy was mourned around the world; the other was barely a blip on the international radar.

Precipitous drop in oil prices, Alberta’s economy spell trouble for the status quo

The Conservative forecasts were workable as long as the price of a barrel of oil remained robust. But the further it falls; the more trouble will befall all politicians who promise more than they can deliver.

Feds’ publicity for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 more about cementing hold on power

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is banking on the fact that the focus on war, white men, and sport reinforces a constituency he needs to secure a majority government.

Everybody loved Beliveau, the best governor general we never had

Perhaps hockey great Jean Beliveau understood better than most that the enduring legacy of sport outweighs all politics.

Almost a month into the mess, still not any closer to the truth

And Parliament has been unable to establish a process that provides a confidential forum to protect both the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator.

Péladeau was right: Bloc Québécois justified federalism

If his early mistakes are any example, Pierre-Karl Péladeau may want to keep his stock options open.

Violence against women was never simply a political construct for me

Perhaps I am cowardly in not wanting to reveal the identity of the Member of Provincial Parliament who assaulted me those many years ago. But I don’t see what my outing would accomplish.

‘I was sexually assaulted when I was an MPP, and I’ve been raped’: Copps

Mulcair’s right: Zehaf-Bibeau not a terrorist

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau appears to have been a deeply disturbed individual whose own request for help was somehow lost in the system.

This is a wakeup call to our Parliament of Canada

What went so wrong last Wednesday when a single individual, already identified as a potential homegrown terror threat, was able to get that close to the seat of power?


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, March 30, 2015
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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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.