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Meet the reporters who broke robocalls story: one’s a source guy, the other a data-geek

Stephen Maher and Glen McGregor say they are a little surprised at how big their robocalls story got.

Photograph by Laura Ryckewaert, The Hill Times
Hot tickets: Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher.

The Ottawa Citizen calls them “McMaher.”  That’s the cute nickname for Postmedia News reporter Stephen Maher and Ottawa Citizen reporter Glen McGregor, who landed one of the biggest scoops of the year about two weeks ago when they broke the not-so-cute story that Elections Canada, aided by the RCMP, was investigating fraudulent phone calls, or “robocalls,” made during that last election that misled voters. The story also reported that the Conservatives were conducting an internal probe. It has since exploded onto the front pages of newspapers, political talk shows, and newscasts across the country. It's dominated Question Period every day since and has knocked the federal government slightly off course. 

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Meet the reporters who broke robocalls story: one’s a source guy, the other a data-geek

Stephen Maher and Glen McGregor say they are a little surprised at how big their robocalls story got.

Photograph by Laura Ryckewaert, The Hill Times
Hot tickets: Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher.

The Ottawa Citizen calls them “McMaher.”  That’s the cute nickname for Postmedia News reporter Stephen Maher and Ottawa Citizen reporter Glen McGregor, who landed one of the biggest scoops of the year about two weeks ago when they broke the not-so-cute story that Elections Canada, aided by the RCMP, was investigating fraudulent phone calls, or “robocalls,” made during that last election that misled voters. The story also reported that the Conservatives were conducting an internal probe. It has since exploded onto the front pages of newspapers, political talk shows, and newscasts across the country. It's dominated Question Period every day since and has knocked the federal government slightly off course. 

  

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
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.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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