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National Press Club celebrates 75 years

Despite financial struggles, Press Club is still kicking

In January, 1928, two Ottawa newspaper journalists thought it would be a good idea to start a club for Parliament Hill reporters. So the now-defunct Ottawa Journal's Francis Rowse and Ottawa Citizen reporter Guy Rhoades started the Ottawa Press Club. For several years, the hacks and flacks didn't have a location, but met at the Ottawa House Hotel in Hull for beers and political discussions. Then in 1953, the reporters were given use of a facility above the then-Snow's Sparks Street jewelry shop. Later on, the club then moved to a spot above the Connaught Restaurant on Elgin Street and then finally moved into the National Press Building on 150 Wellington St.

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National Press Club celebrates 75 years

Despite financial struggles, Press Club is still kicking

In January, 1928, two Ottawa newspaper journalists thought it would be a good idea to start a club for Parliament Hill reporters. So the now-defunct Ottawa Journal's Francis Rowse and Ottawa Citizen reporter Guy Rhoades started the Ottawa Press Club. For several years, the hacks and flacks didn't have a location, but met at the Ottawa House Hotel in Hull for beers and political discussions. Then in 1953, the reporters were given use of a facility above the then-Snow's Sparks Street jewelry shop. Later on, the club then moved to a spot above the Connaught Restaurant on Elgin Street and then finally moved into the National Press Building on 150 Wellington St.

  

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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.
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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.
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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