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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.

  
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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