Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
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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.

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.

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.

House Speaker Scheer celebrates one-year anniversary in ‘best seat’ in Commons

Andrew Scheer, 33, is inspired by Margaret Thatcher, still seeks advice from former House Speaker Peter Milliken, and says he’s doing his best to improve the tone in the Commons, despite what the critics say.

Bonner shows people how to say what they mean and stay on message

SOCKO system to stay on message when speaking or writing is a good one.


Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.