Thursday, April 2, 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
Saturday, April 4, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
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.

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