Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
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THE Q&A BY KATE MALLOY
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.’


  
‘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.


  
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.


  
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.


  
Former Ottawa hired gun serves up insider look at 'most vicious federal-provincial battle in Newfoundland and Labrador's history'

Bill Rowe, author of The War With Ottawa: The Inside Story By a Hired Gun, takes a 'warts-and-all' look at former Newfoundland premier Danny Williams' fight with prime minister Paul Martin for $2-billion, what was called the Atlantic Accord Crisis in 2004


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary shindig in Ottawa: Oct. 15, 2014 Oct. 20, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The crowd at Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary party on Oct. 15 at its Chambers Building office in Ottawa. About 250 people came out to the party.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Dan Rogers and Craig Robinson.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Jim Patrick and Bernard Lord.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Hugh Winsor and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
William Stairs.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Former prime minister Joe Clark.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Hugh Segal, Harry Near, and Michael Robinson.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Hugh Segal and Harry Near regaled the crowd with some colourful speeches.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The crowd.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and Earnscliffe's Robin Sears chat inside Mr. Sears' office.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
It was a standing-room-only kind of an affair, with some guests standing in the stairway to hear the speeches upstairs.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Pollster Bruce Anderson who used to work at Earnscliffe at one time.
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Earnscliffe's Peter Harris, left, Hill & Knowlton's Elizabeth Roscoe, centre.
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Bruce Young, head of Earnscliffe's B.C. office, talks about how the West Coast office of the firm came to be.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Kaveri Braid leads the Saskatchewan office.
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Earnscliffe's principal in Ottawa, Daniel Bernier.
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Bill Fox, one of the founders of Earnscliffe along with Harry Near and Hugh Segal, chats up the crowd.
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The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vieira.
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CIBC's director of government relations Michel Liboiron.
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NDP national director Anne McGrath.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Earnscliffe's Michael Robinson and his children, Katie Robinson and Craig Robinson.
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Tom Clark, host of Global TV's The West Block.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Earnscliffe principal Velma McColl shares memories from her more than 10 years with Earnscliffe.

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