Thursday, May 28, 2015
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THE Q&A BY KATE MALLOY
Harper transforming Canada from democratic state into market state, argues Gutstein in Harperism

Donald Gutstein investigates how some leading think tanks have influenced Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government.


  
Cities have power to influence human well-being, says Happy City author

Charles Montgomery’s Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.


  
Smith’s grisly look at Afghanistan nominated for best political book of 2013

Graeme Smith says Western leaders do not have clean hands in Afghanistan.


  
Wells puts Harper into context, and then some

In The Longer I’m Prime Minister, Maclean’s magazine columnist Paul Wells writes a calm book about ‘a guy who makes people angry.’


  
Delacourt probes the ‘Mad Menization’ of federal politics

Susan Delacourt talks about her book Shopping For Votes: How Politicians Choose Us And We Choose Them and why it’s a bad thing when political parties treat voters like they’re morons.


  
‘Once a reporter, always a reporter’

For more than 40 years, Don Newman was a reporter and one of the best-known on the Hill. He talks about his life and career in his new book, Welcome To The Broadcast and offers his take on the media today.


  
Bestselling author of The Inconvenient Indian says feds mounting ‘all-out offensive’ on native lands

Thomas King talks about his book, The Inconvenient Indian, a remarkable narrative of native culture, policy, and history in North America. It’s also a powerful reality check.


  
Canada ‘played long, dirty, and hard’ to get Newfoundland into Confederation, says Malone

Greg Malone uncovers a radically different version of the history of Newfoundland’s entry into Confederation in his new book, Don’t Tell The Newfoundlanders.


  
Petrou on his new book, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and war reporting

Maclean’s magazine journalist Michael Petrou talks about his new book, Is This Your First War?


  
Former Canadian soldier Semrau grateful he wasn’t sent to prison for 20 years and to be alive

Robert Semrau was charged with second degree murder of a grievously wounded Taliban soldier in Afghanistan in 2008. He was later found not guilty of murder, but guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and discharged from the Canadian Forces in 2010. Today, he talks about his experience with The Hill Times.


  
Stewart’s on a new mission: to help save humanity

Toronto native Rob Stewart talks about his documentary films Sharkwater, Revolution, and his new book, Saving Humanity.


  
‘Culture gives meaning to life and makes it pleasant and creative, it’s supremely important,’ says Meisel

John Meisel, the man Peter C. Newman calls a ‘national treasure with a Morovian accent,’ talks about his illustrious career and his life.


  
‘The Prime Minister is far more powerful than he should be,’ says Donner Prize-winning co-author Turnbull

Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government co-author Lori Turnbull argues for more written checks and constraints on the Prime Minister of Canada, for the sake of the House of Commons.


  
Canadian government and politics at a crossroads, it’s time to get with it

Don Lenihan argues for much greater citizen engagement in an increasingly complex world.


  
Liberals dying but not dead, says Newman

Peter C. Newman says the Liberal Party is isolated, has no leader, no power base, no money, no natural allies, no leverage as a third party, and no policies. Liberals say they have problems, but they will return.


  
The world according to Bill

Former NDP MP Bill Blaikie, a United Church minister, talks about managing religious belief in the public square and says not everyone who has religious faith in politics is on the right.


  
‘I don’t miss going at the daily barrage and all the BS’ on the Hill

Allan Fotheringham says he was inspired by Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe. That explains it.


  
Competition among religious ideologies will continue with ‘an enduring intensity,’ says Gruending

Former NDP MP Dennis Gruending looks at political ideologies and tactics of religious conservatives and progressives in his new book


  
Bourrie takes fresh look at how Canadian news was manipulated in WW II, says war reporting today ‘an expensive frill’

Author and Hill journalist Mark Bourrie talks about his new book The Fog of War: Censorship of Canada’s Media in World War Two, and why the number of Canadian journalists today who can actually understand and analyse military affairs ‘could fit around a kitchen table.’


  
'In the snap of a finger' we were taken hostage in Baghdad

Canadian peace activist James Loney talks about his new book, Captivity: 118 Days in Iraq and The Struggle For a World Without War.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, May 28, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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