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FEATURE
Common Ground: what it tells us about Justin Trudeau

Those inside the Ottawa bubble may think it’s Trudeau-light, but it’s not. It’s a forthright self-analysis of the many strands of influence that make up the man who would be our Prime Minister.


  
Late 1980s were ‘very exciting times’ on the Hill, say former, current MPs

A pool table in the Confederation Building, a beer machine in the Hot Room: a look back at the good old days of 1989.


  
Why Ross Dickson and I started The Hill Times

After a few years of sharing rides, we came to the unstated conclusion that we also shared a vision of newspapering.


  
Newspapers have never been about the paper they were printed on

People working in and around Parliament, government, and federal politics make up one big community, and The Hill Times helps bring them together.


  
We’ve still got soul, 25 years later

It’s a 24-hour news environment now on the Hill, and we’ve adapted by adding daily reporting to our mix, but our focus remains on our beats and on respecting our sophisticated readers.


  
MPs, staffers reflect on ‘off the record’ party days

Party Central explores how political events on and off the Hill have changed over the last 25 years.


  
Pissing people off works

Most marketers aim, at all costs, to avoid the conflict between tribes. The political strategist relishes it and uses it to gain advantage. In fact, pissing off the opposing team is not only a sport in the political world, it’s a vital strategic tool.


  
Tide turning, marketers look to political strategists for inspiration

Clive Veroni’s book Spin explains why marketers are now looking to savvy political strategists to learn how to move products.


  
Construction continues on Hill as major projects plug along

An inside look at West Block renovations


  
‘Whistleblowing is like riding a tiger: the moment you do this, you’re marked’

Health Canada scientist Shiv Chopra, who spoke out about drug approvals, is still fighting for his job 10 years later.


  
Novak voted top staffer in The Hill Times’ Terrific 25 Staffer Survey

  
Former chief actuary of Canada says he’s no whistleblower

For a time after his firing, former chief actuary of Canada Bernard Dussault said he was unable to find work in a federally- regulated industry reluctant to hire him.


  
‘I know people in the federal system who were fired because they blew the whistle’: Allan Cutler

Allan Cutler helped blow the whistle on the Liberal Sponsorship Scandal in 2004. Today, he says whistleblowers still aren’t protected.


  
If MPs don’t get out there on Canada Day, they won’t be ‘a politician for very much longer’

Across the country, MPs will be going to multiple events on Canada Day. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s events last two days and she has to get to them by boat.


  
‘I couldn’t just sit by and watch things happen’: whistleblower Ian Bron

Chief of Transport Canada’s marine transportation security’s regulatory affairs in 2005, Ian Bron said his life was turned upside down after speaking out against what he alleged were corrupt policy and regulation-making practices.


  
‘I can’t remember very many stories I’ve broken sitting at my desk’: Greg Weston

  
‘Jim never forgot his working-class roots’

MPs recall former finance minister Jim Flaherty, whose sense of humour connected him to people.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, December 1, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill, Oct. 22, 2014: in photographs Oct. 27, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

At 9:52 a.m., the first calls came in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. Five people tried to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life who was standing guard at the National War Memorial. He later died of gunshot wounds.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

The people who tried save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life were later identified as Margaret Lerhe, a nurse on her way to work at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital; another corporal, a soldier, National Defence employee and former Naval officer Martin Magnan; and lawyer Barbara Winters who told Cpl. Cirillo that his family loved him while he lay dying.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

People running from Parliament Hill shortly after the gunfight in Centre Block where gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was shot dead by House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, House security officers, and the RCMP.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

The Parliament Buildings from Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Police pictured at the corner of Metcalfe and Slater streets in Ottawa later in the day on Oct. 22.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

Liberal Sen. Jim Munson in a lockdown in Room 257 East Block doing a media interview.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

NDP MPs, staffers, and others locked down in Room 257 East Block, watching the events unfold on one small laptop.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

NDP MP Wayne Marston, pictured shortly after running from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

More police officers on Metcalfe Street, just down the street from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott does a media interview on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

A tourist who witnessed the shooting talks to police shortly after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

More police officers on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on Sparks Street outside The Hill Times' office.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on the Hill shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdiere, and NDP MP Charlie Angus, pictured shortly after the shooting on the Hill and the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Journalists and others leaving Parliament Hill, shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters on Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

The media on Sparks at Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

CTV Hill reporter Richard Madan and CBC Radio reporter Susan Lunn.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus does an interview on Metcalfe Street later in the afternoon.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured that evening, addressing the nation about the shocking killing of a soldier killed at the National War Memorial and later the killing of the man in a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The next day in the Hot Room, the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Gallery clerks Collin Lafrance and Normand Gagnon.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Flowers the next morning, Oct. 23, at the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People bring flowers to the War Memorial the day after, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A woman bringing flowers is escorted by police to the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People pay their respects at the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MPs Mark Warawa and Scott Reid return to the Hill the day after the shootings.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence, is interviewed the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

An RCMP officer stands guard on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Police pictured outside the Chateau Laurier Hotel the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Justice Minister Peter MacKay, pictured in the Commons foyer on Oct. 23, taking questions from reporters.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier, being scrummed on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Parliamentary Press Gallery clerk Normand Gagnon, pictured on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, pictured on Oct. 23 in the Speaker's Parade. Mr. Vickers is being credited as the one whose bullets killed gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau who stormed the Centre Block with a hunting rifle.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

NDP MP Paul Dewar, pictured, and many other MPs, visited the National War Memorial the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Just outside the Library of Parliament, where Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was finally shot and killed after a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Broken glass inside the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

More broken glass in the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning was on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23, the day after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The Wire Report reporter Peter Henderson, pictured on Oct. 23, doing an interview with CNN. He had been locking up his bike on Sparks Street on the morning of the shooting at the National War Memorial and was one of the first reporters on the scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

An Ottawa Police officer gives the thumb's up standing near the National War Memorial, the day after the shootings on Oct. 23.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE