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Internet campaigning: the new normal

The PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the 'new normal' in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning.

TORONTO–As MPs, ministers, and their staff return to the Hill members of the press gallery are scrambling to find fresh clues and signs that point to an inevitable election campaign. Parliament Hill watchers have pointed to the appearance of campaign buses, surplus announcements, and increasing numbers of nomination meetings in local ridings. But the PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the "new normal" in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning. In other words, the more predicable change in political seasons has given way to a permanent electioneering of sorts. It's a bit like global warming, where Ottawa's political climate has come to resemble Aruba, rather than say Moose Jaw. In Aruba, it's sunny and hot 365 days a year (with a steady blowing wind).

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Internet campaigning: the new normal

The PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the 'new normal' in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning.

TORONTO–As MPs, ministers, and their staff return to the Hill members of the press gallery are scrambling to find fresh clues and signs that point to an inevitable election campaign. Parliament Hill watchers have pointed to the appearance of campaign buses, surplus announcements, and increasing numbers of nomination meetings in local ridings. But the PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the "new normal" in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning. In other words, the more predicable change in political seasons has given way to a permanent electioneering of sorts. It's a bit like global warming, where Ottawa's political climate has come to resemble Aruba, rather than say Moose Jaw. In Aruba, it's sunny and hot 365 days a year (with a steady blowing wind).

  

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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