Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
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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
Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
2014 in photos Dec. 19, 2014

Mark Burgess
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, NDP MP Mathieu Ravignat, and Patrick Brown at the Canadian Tire Canal Classic, a charity shinny game between parliamentarians and the press on the Rideau Canal in January. The MPs prevailed.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, Chris Frogatt of National Public Relations and Blue Sky’s Sandra Buckler at the Manning Centre party in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Peter Stoffer in his Parliament Hill office in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre prepares to testify before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the party’s policy convention in Montreal in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner and Conservative MP James Rajotte at the Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer showing off his stickhandling skills at the February Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal MP Wayne Easter and Conservative MP John Duncan at the Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Minister of Sport Bal Gosal at a Nature Canada event on the Hill on Feb. 3 alongside an owl.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The late Jim Flaherty pictured on Feb. 11 2014, the day he delivered his last federal budget.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The post-budget day party at Hy’s Steakhouse.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper heading out to greet Shi Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader Aga Khan on Feb. 27.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Laureen Harper, the Governor General’s wife Sharon Johnston, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper pictured Canadian as soldiers came home from Afghanistan on March 18, 2014. Also pictured, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, and Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Andrew Cash and Canadian songstress Serena Ryder at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards in March, in Toronto.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MPs Pierre Nantel, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Peggy Nash and Laurin Liu on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Gabrielle star Alexandre Landry at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Actor Viggo Mortensen shows his true colours with Heritage Minister Shelly Glover at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Michael Chong, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth attend the launch of the iVote-jeVote campaign at the University of Ottawa in March to encourage young voters to engage in the political process.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Michael Chong and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair talk democratic engagement at the University of Ottawa in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and NDP MP Megan Leslie, pictured on April 2, 2014, at the Politics & the Pen gala, which raised $350,000 for the Writers Trust. The two hosted the evening, cracked a lot of jokes and sang Gloria Gaynor's song, I Will Survive.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivering remarks to his caucus upon hearing of Jim Flaherty’s passing on April 10, while an emotion Laureen Harper looks on.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Susan Truppe comforts Labour Minister Kellie Leitch upon hearing of Jim Flaherty’s passing on April 10.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP John Weston comes up for air while swimming laps at the Chateau Laurier’s pool in May. Mr. Weston is one of “The Chief Fun and Fitness Officers,” a group of MPs that take part in physical activities together.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
A pro-choice protestor holds a sign reading “my body, my choice” during the annual National March for Life demonstration on the Hill, on May 8.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MPs John Williamson and Rob Moore.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Megan Leslie.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Another lawn summer night at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
First Nations protesters on Parliament Hill as part of the Peoples’ Social Forum gathering in Ottawa in August.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
Peoples’ social forum in August.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada’s board members took on the Ice Bucket Challenge outside of the Chambers building on Aug. 29.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch interviewing NDP MP Pierre Nantel, his party's culture critic at the September edition of Movie Night on the Hill, the Canadian premier of Elephant Song.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Postmedia’s Stephen Maher dressed in his cowboy best, with Camille Labchuk, for the Jaimie Anderson Fundraiser at the Black Sheep Inn, in Wakefield on Sept. 26.
The Hill Times photo by Mark Burgess
At 9:52 a.m. Oct. 22, the first calls come in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. People try to save Cpl. Nathan Cirilo’s life.
The Hill Times photo by Mark Burgess
Mid-afternoon on Oct. 22, police head down Metcalfe Street to secure buildings that had been on lockdown for fear of a gunman on the loose. Reports later confirmed the lone gunman had been killed inside Centre Block.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, NDP MP, had come to the Hill on Oct. 22 with her baby and was breastfeeding in the lobby when the gunman entered. She hid in a phone booth until Hill security brought them to a safer place
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers carries the mace during the first Speakers Parade into the House of Commons following the shooting, on Oct. 23.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Flowers at the National War Memorial to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
A soldier stands guard at the National War Memorial on Nov. 11.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Canadian rock icon Burton Cummings backstage with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire at the Hope Live gala at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on Oct. 27.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Competing culinary team from the Lowertown Brewery at the 10th annual Gold Medal Plates on Nov. 17 at the Shaw Centre.

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