Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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LOBBYING
International PR firm Edelman acquires Devon Group, expands national public affairs practice in Canada

Edelman says it has acquired the Devon Group, an expansion that will help Edelman build a national public affairs offering, particularly in government relations, digital public affairs and digital campaigns.


  
Lobbyists to make final pitches on bills before summer months

  
Lobbyists looking to give back with new pro bono advocacy organization

A group of young Ottawa lobbyists is launching a pro bono service offering their unique skills on a volunteer basis to organizations that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them.


  
Changes in consulting business: fewer retainers, more competition

Consultant lobbyists are adjusting to a business environment involving more competition, new technologies, and shorter contracts.


  
Conflict-of-interest report doesn’t address calls for post-employment rule changes

House Ethics Committee doesn’t recommend including ‘apparent’ conflicts in the act.


  
What do the hired guns make, anyway?

Salaries range wildly, but an in-house corporation lobbyist, especially at the executive level, would usually make more than other lobbyists, exceeding $200,000 with stock options, bonuses and other benefits, and in some cases exceeding it a few times over.


  
Ritz, Moore most-lobbied ministers last year

Trade deals, telecom lobbying lead to busy year, communications with environment minister drop.


  
Spectrum auction underway, lobbying fallout continues

Chill prevails in relations between telcos and feds.


  
Big Three fail to win feds’ support on wireless auction, switch focus to anticipated new regulations, Throne Speech

Rogers, Telus, and BCE registered 86 communications with public office holders in August. The Big Three have 15 registered lobbyists.


  
Blurred lines on lobbying, strategic advice after leaving public office, say critics

Designated public officer holders are not allowed to lobby for five years after leaving public office. But critics say there are loopholes in the law.


  
Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba hire Brock to lobby feds to clarify import duties on TVs

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s Dan Brock lobbying the federal government to clarify Customs Act tariff 9948.


  
Oil, banking, mining top three lobbying issues in 2012: lobbying registry

Canada’s natural resources is expected to be worth $600-billion over the next decade.


  
Opposition MPs say relationship between feds, First Nations at a ‘tipping point’

But despite the protests, Tom Flanagan says that aboriginal issues remain where they started before the Idle No More movement.


  
Cabinet Ministers' Meetings with Lobbyists, 2012

  
Ritz most lobbied Cabinet minister in 2012: lobbying registry

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Energy Minister Joe Oliver, and Environment Minister Peter Kent top lobbied Cabinet ministers. Expect the same in 2013.


  
‘One hell of a battle coming’ on agriculture issues, warn MPs and stakeholders

Fuelled by international trade issues, federal legislative initiatives, and the current beef crisis in Canada, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is the top-lobbied minister in Cabinet.


  
MPs need to address ‘black hole’ in sponsored travel, says NDP MP Angus

But MPs should also not be burdened with rules that force them to look over their shoulders every minute, say MPs.


  
Feds respond to Lobbying Act review, but don’t scrap controversial 20 per cent rule

‘That’s where the big backroom deals are,’ says NDP MP Charlie Angus.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

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.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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