Monday, March 30, 2015
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FEATURE
That’s one gussied up goat! Meet Batisse the Royal 22e Regiment’s mascot

  
Page leaves job as Canada’s first PBO

Criticized by the government for providing good, solid analysis ever since he started the job five years ago, Kevin Page talks about his job as Canada’s first Parliamentary budget officer. His last day was Friday.


  
McLean learned a lot inside the NDP’s war room

James McLean talks about his book, The NDP War Room: Competing for Credibility in a Federal Election.


  
Veteran CTV Hill reporter Smith packs it in

After more than 35 years as a reporter, including 29 years as a foreign correspondent and senior Hill reporter for CTV, Roger Smith is retiring.


  
LaRocque’s diverse background makes her unique lobbyist

  
Inside the world of hired guns in Ottawa: 100 Top Lobbyists 2013

Registered lobbying in Canada has grown 58.7 per cent since 2005, and lobbyists say that’s a good thing because it means people are influencing government in the public light.


  
Energy, natural resources, mining big lobbying issues in 2013

  
Top 100 Lobbyists, 2013

  
Lobbying fundamental part of decision-making, goes back to the Magna Carta, says GRIC president

GRIC President Jim Patrick says most lobbyists are ethical and the number of outliers has been very small.


  
Angus busiest consultant lobbyist in town, followed by Samson, Desmarais

Of the Top 100 Lobbyists, The Capital Hill group’s David Angus is perhaps the busiest consultant lobbyist in the city.


  
What it takes to be a hired gun in Ottawa

Geoff Norquay is a veteran, Mike Van Soelen a rookie, and Jacquie LaRocque is a veteran-in-the-making, but they all have advice on how to make it in Ottawa’s busy and competitive GR world.


  
Newcomer Van Soelen growing new company, ‘exciting experience’

  
Maclean’s gossip columnist cut, leaves ‘best job in the world’

Mitchel Raphael has been writing and taking pictures for his popular Capital Diary column 2006. But the column was cut on Feb. 13.


  
‘Cars undo cities in a lot of ways,’ and make worse urban spaces, says Grescoe

Taras Grescoe travelled to 14 cities around the world to study how transportation systems affected urban life. The result is Straphanger, a finalist for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.


  
‘There’s no question in my mind the creation of the mega-city helped corruption’ in Montreal

After fighting the PQ over forced Quebec mergers, Westmount mayor Peter Trent says political parties are way ‘too powerful’ at all levels of government.


  
Three Hill journalists nominated for Newsperson of the Year Award

The winner will be announced on Feb. 28 as part of the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s J-Talk to be held at the Exchange Tower in downtown Toronto.


  
‘We’re supposed to be living in a wall-less world’

Shaughnessy Cohen-nominated author Marcello Di Cintio talks about his book, Walls, and the people and places divided by them.


  
BODY ART: MPs on why they got tattoos

  
The Château Laurier: Parliament’s third chamber

The Château has been Ottawa’s extra-Parliamentary hub, welcoming some of the great political figures of our time and serving as the stage for momentous political events over its storied 100-year history.


  
‘I felt like the whole world was surrounded by stars. It was just unbelievable.’

Sandra Leduc: mountain climber, adventure seeker, world traveller and public servant.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, March 30, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Women of Parliament flock to Women for Nature Hill reception March 30, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Executive Director of Nature Canada, Eleanor Fast giving opening remarks to the full room in 256-S Centre Block, on Tuesday, March 24.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Laureen Harper sharing hiking tales. The two were honoured as the newest members of Women for Nature at the event.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Liberal MP and Women for Nature member Carolyn Bennett spoke about Canadian's connection to the land and the role First Nations play in nature conservation.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May told attendees she was so impressed by Ms. Ambrose and Ms. Harper's hiking adventures that she'd be willing to cut ice from glaciers to make a mean martini if that meant she got to join them.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Earnscliffe's Velma McColl, Conservative MPs Nina Grewal and Joy Smith, and Rona Ambrose's husband Bruce.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
CBC environment reporter Margo McDiarmid chatting with Ms. Harper.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
TransCanada's VP of Community and Sustainability, Andrea Jalbert.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Sustainable Forestry Initiative's Andrew de Vries.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Photographer Michelle Valberg, Greenbridge's Patrick Dion, and 99.7 FM radio host and photographer Sandy Sharkey.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Laureen Harper and Apollo the hawk. Ms. Harper had on her hiking boots for the occasion.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Women for Nature Carolyn Chisholm and Sandra Schwartz.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
iPolitics' Elizabeth Thompson and The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Liberal staffers Vanessa Hage, Kate Van Gerven, Laura LeBel, Elanore Catencero, and Alex Howell.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Laureen Harper, Eleanor Fast, and Rona Ambrose having a laugh.

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