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HOH goes to Madonna; and Simpson, Adams, and Brown all release books

Photograph by Jean-Marc Carisse
HOH goes to Madonna: The tickets were expensive ($165 for nosebleeds), the opening act took too long, and she didn't do an encore, but the Madonna concert at the Scotiabank Place on Sept. 10 was amazing, and HOH was there. It was by far the best show HOH has seen, even if the Material Girl did not sing some of her older hits. With 12 studio albums and a more than 30-year career, Madonna could be forgiven. After waiting for more than two and a half hours, the MDNA tour opened with a theatrical rendition of Girl Gone Wild, to which the sold out crowd of 15,000 fans danced. The hour and 45 minute show featured favourites such as Vogue, Express Yourself and Papa Don't Preach to newer hits Give Me All Your Luvin, Turn on the Radio and Human Nature. The show wrapped up with a lively Like a Prayer and Celebration. It was over. As the Ottawa fans began streaming out, less than a minute later the house lights came on and HOH was left cheering by herself for an encore. Despite the lack of energy Ottawa is known for at concerts (and hockey games!), there is no denying that at 53, Madonna's still got it.

Canada’s health-care system is a Chevrolet, not a Cadillac, as most Canadians think, says Globe and Mail national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson in his new book, Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged Into the 21st Century.

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HOH goes to Madonna; and Simpson, Adams, and Brown all release books

Photograph by Jean-Marc Carisse
HOH goes to Madonna: The tickets were expensive ($165 for nosebleeds), the opening act took too long, and she didn't do an encore, but the Madonna concert at the Scotiabank Place on Sept. 10 was amazing, and HOH was there. It was by far the best show HOH has seen, even if the Material Girl did not sing some of her older hits. With 12 studio albums and a more than 30-year career, Madonna could be forgiven. After waiting for more than two and a half hours, the MDNA tour opened with a theatrical rendition of Girl Gone Wild, to which the sold out crowd of 15,000 fans danced. The hour and 45 minute show featured favourites such as Vogue, Express Yourself and Papa Don't Preach to newer hits Give Me All Your Luvin, Turn on the Radio and Human Nature. The show wrapped up with a lively Like a Prayer and Celebration. It was over. As the Ottawa fans began streaming out, less than a minute later the house lights came on and HOH was left cheering by herself for an encore. Despite the lack of energy Ottawa is known for at concerts (and hockey games!), there is no denying that at 53, Madonna's still got it.

Canada’s health-care system is a Chevrolet, not a Cadillac, as most Canadians think, says Globe and Mail national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson in his new book, Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged Into the 21st Century.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, July 25, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

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U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

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Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

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Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

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Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

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Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

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House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

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McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

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The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

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Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

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Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

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Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

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The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

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The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

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Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

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Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

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CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

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Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

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CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

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That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

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Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

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Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

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The lineup.

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The scene.

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Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

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CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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