Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Canada risks falling behind as world demands antibiotic-free meat

It is fundamentally important we take action to prepare the structure of our livestock industries and the regulation of emerging antibiotic alternatives, says Avivagen president.


  
Canada has a critical opportunity to protect healthy Arctic homeland

With Lancaster Sound, Canada has an opportunity to protect a homeland. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to this region, and to the people and nature who have thrived there in harmony for thousands of years. 


  
Political parties need to have positions on future of health care in Canada, says Romanow

'We need a national pharmacare plan, an active and truly independent Health Council of Canada, comprehensive programs for health and wellness, and a determined enforcement of the Canada Health Act,' says former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow.


  
Conservatives need to take leadership role on temporary foreign workers

Changes to the TFW program put on the table have been driven by a need to hastily resolve a political crisis rather than a willingness to make effective and lasting reforms.


  
Canada helping to strengthen public infrastructure

The Harper government’s commitment to infrastructure represents $75-billion over the next decade. No other federal government has made these levels of investment.


  
Will our generation of leaders renew the vision and promise of a great nation?

  
Nation building in the 21st Century: the promise of Canadian cities

  
It’s time to invest in infrastructure

Last year, the Conservatives slashed infrastructure funding by nearly 90 per cent. This political decision, made by the Conservatives in an attempt to balance the budget for the next election, will do nothing to generate economic growth or help middle-class families.


  
Pension fund investments in infrastructure: important questions remain

  
Broadbent Institute has come a long way in such a short time

More than 700 participants will be descending on Ontario this week for our sold-out event in what has already become the largest annual progressive politics conference in Canada.


  
Bill C-51 undemocratic, violates rights and won’t make us safer

When we protect our lands and waters we are not being ‘unlawful.’


  
Political leaders pursuing crucial Ontario seats must spell out ideas now

  
Canada warblers’ decline prompts action from scientists, conservationists and resource managers

We also expect that by helping the Canada warbler, we will be able to help many other species that share the same habitats.


  
Canada’s forest products industry: an environmental leader

For an industry that was admittedly once an environmental offender, the past few decades have been a remarkable journey.


  
In domestic discourse and foreign policy considerations, is our government forgetting Canada’s uniqueness? 

It matters what attitudes Canada mobilizes when approaching other nations.


  
Unprecedented effort to search for viable, Canadian-made, solutions to climate change

To successfully manage climate change, we propose to follow the polluters-pay principle and put a national price on carbon as a key enabling policy.


  
Time to bring health care back to the table

Governments, health-care providers and organizations, and even our communities, need to make changes that keep the really important end goal in mind—the health of Canadians. There is a better way.


  
Income inequality a growing problem in Canada that needs to be addressed, say experts

  
Sizing up the pork-barrel scoresheet

Turns out, the busiest ridings are often those where the Liberals have a good chance to upset the incumbent. 


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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