Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
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POLITICAL REPORTING
Finances at CBC spelled h-o-c-k-e-y

The network will not divulge losses from this season’s NHL lockout, but the outlook is dark. CBC president Hubert Lacroix last week characterized the loss as ‘a cash flow challenge.’


  
Is poverty a subject for storytelling?

Storytelling is the artful manufacturing of myths geared to emotional impact. Reporting is the plain assembly of facts that depict reality.


  
TV attack ads are toxic, indispensable: really?

Canadians are assured electronic punches ‘work’ and are therefore justifiable. What if the claim was false? What if the Mother Of All Attack Ads that inspired the whole business was proven not only vicious but ineffectual?


  
Parliamentary press gallery should expel Chinese news agency Xinhua

The last thing Canadian journalism needs is ‘reporters’ who freelance as intelligence agents for Beijing.


  
Do Tories still ‘stand up for ordinary Canadians who work hard, pay their taxes and play by the rules’?

  
Four years later, media realize Obama’s just human

It’s an election year in the U.S. Reflecting on the 2008 campaign raises questions about the media’s integrity and coherent journalism.


  
Obama casts a spell over many opinionated Canadians, remains a strange phenomenon: Korski

  
Senate reform just around corner, Tories say, but Brown’s been at this for 30 years or so

Today ‘reform’ is narrowly redefined to mere term limits, meaning Conservative appointees would retire after nine years so more Conservatives could be recycled in their place.


  
Liddell, Olympian, is dead but not forgotten

Eric Liddell, who had a little-known Canadian connection, was the true-life 1924 Olympic medalist depicted in the Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire.


  
In this summer of observances, is there no acclaim for Canada’s worst poet?

For James Gay, Canada’s worst poet, there is no plaque, no government distinction, no internet immortality. It is an oversight that should be corrected.


  
Anything can happen any time with this government

  
Senate security guards have a run-in with a Hill visitor

  
With whitewash in hand, we now commemorate 1812

  
Budget bill should be called the Lobbyists’ Bill, it’s a gift for oil and gas lobbyists

Drafted in secret, frog-marched on closure, its provisions hidden from voters in the last campaign, the bill reads like it was ghostwritten at the Calgary Petroleum Club. It puts Canada dead last among G8 countries in environmental protection.


  
Don’t forget old what’s-his-name

The Library of Parliament erased Charles Tupper, a Father of Confederation, from an online reference guide on prime ministers.


  
Odd but true story: when misfortune strikes two towns

  
Does no one see a problem in Elections Canada looking into Elections Canada?

Police must be relentless, fearless, and meticulous in pursuit of truth. Yet the nation’s vote police, Elections Canada, are short on all counts.


  
Toews makes it harder for prisoners to buy puzzles and prayer mats

  
Lougheed gets lionized as greatest premier of the era

So it is that 27 years after he left office, Alberta’s Peter Lougheed is praised lavishly by media.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Parliament Buildings' multi-billion-dollar renovation and construction: in photographs, by Liban Mohamed Sept. 23, 2014

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Third year civil engineering student, Liban Mohamed, a co-op student with Public Works this summer, tweeted this photo from the West Block. This is the excavation work to construct the West Block's portion of the new underground Visitors' Welcome Centre.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Workers loading a fixture onto a construction elevator destined to top a chimney on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

The secret staircase inside the Mackenzie Tower is named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister. Mackenzie, whose office was in West Block, was apparently leery of lobbyists and used the secret staircase as an escape route.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Copper roofing and metal vents near the top of the West Block's Mackenzie Tower, named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister and first Liberal prime minister. Mackenzie, who was in office from 1873 to 1878, had his office in West Block. The Mackenzie Tower, the building's tallest tower, also to be completely dismantled and rebuilt as part of the restoration work.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Small copper-rimmed windows set to be installed on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower. The West Block is one of four Parliament Buildings under construction as part of the Public Works' multi-billion-dollar rehabilitation project. It's expected to cost $2.64-billion by 2018. West Block's renovation is expected to cost $863-million and is expected to be completed in 2018.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A worker wearing rubber gloves for protection is pictured cleaning West Block masonry with a toothbrush.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A rooftop view of the West Block's courtyard, which is currently being excavated for construction of the $115-million glass-domed infill that will be the temporary home to the House Chamber beginning in 2018.

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