Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
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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.

‘We lost the war in Afghanistan and it broke my heart’: Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith takes a grisly look at Afghanistan in his bestselling book, The Dog Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan.

Canada Council needs stronger public presence, has role to play to nurture a national conversation

And Simon Brault, outgoing Canada Council vice-chair, considers social media’s impact on the arts.

MacMillan says Great War a warning in our own times

Margaret MacMillan’s The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 shortlisted for this year’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Broadbent Institute schedule

The Top 100 Lobbyists 2014

The popular idea of lobbying, of well-connected hired guns working their contacts in the backrooms, hasn’t kept up with reality. While the old idea is still true in some cases, lobbying, like every industry, is changing.

The Top 100 Lobbyists List 2014


Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, October 24, 2014
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.