Thursday, March 5, 2015
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The campaign people behind the Liberal leadership candidates

Stephen Carter: ‘You don’t start big. You start small and you grow.’

Grit MP Karygiannis on life on the Hill

Veteran Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis says it’s not as collegial as it used to be on the Hill, and technology and social media haven’t helped.

‘You can’t argue credibly that Muslims are going to become a majority in the West’: Saunders

Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders talks about his latest book, The Myth of the Muslim Tide, and how Canada gets it right, and wrong on immigration.

Baldwin founder of ‘the basics of modern Canada,’ says author Cross

Author Michael Cross says Robert Baldwin was the first political leader to see that Canada had to be a bi-cultural society and laid out the country’s future, way ahead of John A. Macdonald.

Spouses, siblings, family working on the Hill

‘Canada has almost lost its capacity to make good policy’: Nikiforuk

Bitumen-raking journalist Andrew Nikiforuk talks about his new book. He tells The Hill Times that fossil fuels are undermining democracy and enslaving consumers.

Sometimes called ‘a walking Irish bar fight,’ scrappy Kinsella says it’s time to fight the right

Grit pundit Warren Kinsella talks about his new book, Fight The Right: A Manual For Surviving The Coming Conservative Apocalypse.

Federal government quiet on health care, an opportunity for opposition parties, says Simpson in new book and Q&A

Globe and Mail national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson on his new book and how he says it’s time to shake up the delivery of medical services in Canada.

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.

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.


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Thursday, March 5, 2015
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.