Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
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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 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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