Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
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FEATURE
Page won’t rule out legal action in fight with feds over details on $37-billion cuts

PBO Kevin Page also says the feds have changed Parliament’s spending authorities. And he’s fighting for Parliament.


  
CPAC celebrates 20 years on air

CPAC’s Colette Watson says the industry challenge is trying to maintain long-form programming relevance in the 140-character Twitterverse.


  
National media face ‘enormous’ challenges in 24-hour news cycle, says Waddell in exclusive Q&A

Christopher Waddell says today’s national media should rethink how they cover federal politics and elections.


  
Sure, Mr. Smith went to Washington, but he was never elected

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is closing in on its 75th birthday and still entertains. Maybe that’s because it’s the best-filmed example of a powerful myth: that all politicians are crooks, and that things would be so much better if we could just send honest, plain-talking folk to our elected assemblies.


  
Vibrant democracy depends on informed citizenry, but journalism needs a ‘profound’ re-examination to survive, say media experts

There’s no one silver bullet to saving newspapers in Canada. But in the end people will have to be willing to pay for reliable news.


  
Dysfunctional Canadian political system ‘crying out for change’

  
Xinhua reporters didn’t find it wrong to collect information for government, says Bourrie

‘They saw themselves as in the information collecting business and sometimes it went to the media stuff and sometimes it went to the government. But that’s just not how Western reporters operate,’ says freelance journalist Mark Bourrie.


  
Sir John Willison was a political insider, but he was no political puppet, says Clippingdale

Former Globe editor John Willison ‘came from virtually nothing, with a grade school education—basically self-taught—and made himself into a knight and a man who was considered a leading journalist in English-speaking Canada.’


  
Governments conveniently ‘portray wars as glorious’ but ignore human costs

‘You don’t see photographs of refugees streaming through desolate country sides or being strafed by airplanes. You don’t see images of burned up cities and this kind of thing. War is presented to us as this glorious enterprise. To me that is a very disturbing tendency,’ says Warrior Nation co-author Jamie Swift.


  
‘I think you’re seeing younger and younger reporters on the Hill and more and more women’

CTV National News reporter Daniele Hamamdjian, 30, one of the youngest national TV network reporters on the Hill, has lots to say about covering the beat. And more.


  
‘Political parties are a fundamental element of the democratic system,’ says outgoing Tory Senator Angus

Retiring Tory Sen. David Angus talks about money and politics and modernizing the Senate.


  
Meet Canada’s first female Parliamentary librarian: Sonia L’Heureux

Parliamentary Librarian Sonia L’Heureux wants the Library of Parliament be more relevant to MPs.


  
12th Annual Terrific 25 Staffers Survey

PM’s chief of staff Wright voted best Hill staffer in Terrific 25 Staffer Survey


  
A rousing stump speaker, riveting in Parliament; Sir John A. was our greatest Prime Minister, says former PM Turner

Sir John A. had much of the force of a Cromwell, some of the compacting and conciliating tact of a Pitt, the sagacity of a Gladstone, and some of the shrewdness of a Disraeli. In an era of political giants and legends, Canada’s Macdonald was frontbench material on the world stage.


  
‘I get to travel all over North America and don’t have to go into an office’: Rockburn

Award-winning Ken Rockburn set to begin his third season of Rockburn Presents on CPAC on July 8, interviewing authors, actors, musicians, and newsmakers.


  
Tories cursed May, but House marathon vote drew out some old-fashioned Commons camaraderie too

  
‘We need to take the foot off the accelerator pedal,’ says economist Rubin

End of Growth author and former CIBC chief economist Jeff Rubin tells The Hill Times that Canada’s Dutch Disease is going to make Rae Days seem like a good idea.


  
Editor wants us to see through ‘fog of 9/11’

Janice Williamson says Omar Khadr, Oh Canada tries to ‘unearth a better truth’ about the Omar Khadr story.


  
Children on the Hill turns 30

Children on the Hill offers 34 childcare spots for children aged 18 months to five years old. And it’s been doing so since 1981.


  
Canada a country of city states on regulatory enforcement, says Livesey

Thieves of Bay Street author Bruce Livesey tells The Hill Times about the dark side of Canada’s financial system.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Chantal Hébert's Morning After book launch at Métropolitain Brasserie in Ottawa: Sept. 24 Sept. 30, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser, a former Toronto Star Hill journalist, and Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, a former Conservative and Reform Party staffer.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Chantal Hébert, national affairs columnist for The Toronto Star and author of The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was. Ms. Hébert launched her book on Sept. 24 in Ottawa at the Métropolitain Brasserie where plenty of political players turned up from the Hill.
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Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Canada's former chief electoral officer, and Quebec Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.
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Bruce Anderson, a partner at i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising, who hosted the book launch. Mr. Anderson is a panellist on CBC's At Issue along with Ms. Hébert and Andrew Coyne.
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Kate Purchase, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
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Quebec Liberal Sen. Dennis Dawson, Jim Patrick of Shaw Communications, and Global TV's Tom Clark.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser and Bruce Anderson of i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising.
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Patrick Kennedy, director of government relations for CF Industries, flips through a copy of Chantal Hébert's book, The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was.
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Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, is the happy new owner of The Morning After.
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Chantal Hébert and former Conservative MP Ted Menzies.
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Journalist Daniel L'Heureux, Mylène Dupere, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, and Jean Lapierre, who helped Ms. Hébert write the book. Mr. Lapierre is also a former Bloc Québécois MP who later joined Paul Martin's Liberals and was a federal Cabinet minister. Today, he's a pundit.
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Leslie Swartman, director of public affairs at MDA Information Systems, and former Liberal Cabinet minister Jean Lapierre. Ms. Swartman used to work for Mr. Lapierre when he was in the Paul Martin Cabinet.
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Anne Marie Creskey, publisher of The Hill Times, and Hill Times reporter Rachel Aiello.
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Former Conservative MP Ted Menzies and Global TV's Tom Clark.
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Bruce Anderson and Chantal Hébert.
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Michel Liboiron, director of government relations at CIBC, and Postmedia News reporter and columnist Stephen Maher.

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