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FEATURE
The Hill Times’ list of the best 100 books in 2014

  
Party of One author Harris calls his book an ‘indictment’ of PM Harper

Michael Harris says he gets criticized as someone who doesn’t like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but he says he doesn’t know Mr. Harper or dislike him. He just doesn’t like what Mr. Harper has done to the country.


  
Mulcair voted most valuable politician in 2014, Trudeau and May ranked second, third

Justin Trudeau’s high ranking for both Most Valuable Politician and Least Valuable suggests ‘we’re in for a really brutal partisan election coming up,’ says Lorne Bozinoff.


  
Thumper devoid of usual self-praise, partisan claims

Donald S. Macdonald: friend to all, including John Diefenbaker, enemy to almost none, this is the tall, devoted man we meet in this revealing book.


  
Author offers a personal narrative to help explain complexities of the West’s role in Iraq

Leilah Nadir says Canada should have restricted its involvement to humanitarian assistance in Iraq.


  
THE HILL TIMES’ LIST OF THE BEST BOOKS IN 2014

  
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.


  

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE