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World’s oceans becoming more acidic

In fact, scientists are now telling us that they’re more acidic than any time in the last 55 million years. And worryingly, some parts of our oceans have already become corrosive.


  
Cutting-edge digital infrastructure essential for innovation

We need to recognize that access to cutting-edge digital infrastructure is essential in enabling Canadians to innovate and be leaders on the world stage.


  
Innovation is Canada’s best hope for future prosperity, good jobs

But Canada is still falling short, confirmed, once again, in the latest OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook. We have to do better.


  
Sona sentenced, but election fraud ringleaders still at large

Justice Gary Hearn made it clear in his verdict and sentence that he believes it is likely the main perpetrators are still out there. If the people who orchestrated the widespread 2011 election fraud remain at large, what’s to prevent the ringleaders from striking again in the next election?


  
Laurier on John A. ‘a devotion to Canada’s welfare, Canada’s advancement, and Canada’s glory’

Nov. 20 was Sir Wilfrid Laurier Day across Canada thanks to an act of Parliament. It is the annual opportunity Canadians have to reflect upon the life and legacy of Laurier, Canada’s first French Canadian prime minister. Shortly after the 1891 election, which saw Sir John A. Macdonald defeat his most worthy opponent, the first prime minister died. The young Dominion was plunged into mourning when her citizens learned that John A. had passed away at Earnscliffe on the evening of June 6, 1891. When the House of Commons met in the sad aftermath, Laurier rose and delivered the greatest tribute in Canadian history. On Sir Wilfrid Laurier Day 2014, falling as it does just short weeks before Macdonald of Kingston’s bicentennial day in January, an edited version of Laurier’s eulogy of the Father of Confederation from the new book, Canada Transformed: The Speeches of Sir John A. Macdonald, A Bicentennial Celebration, is found below.


  
AFN chooses a new national chief: a critical decision for First Nations and Canada

Since the sudden resignation of national chief Shawn Atleo in May, the AFN has not been a relevant force in national politics.


  
Mulcair letter calls for political parties to work together, draft formal code of conduct

On Nov. 13, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and NDP Whip Nycole Turmel sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau with suggestions on how to address recent allegations of harassment on Parliament Hill. The other party leaders, whips and House leaders were also copied. Below is a transcript of the letter.


  
Why I picked Reich to speak at this year’s Progress Gala

Robert Reich is one of the most eloquent, knowledgeable, and persuasive thinkers in North America about why widening inequality of income, wealth, and power is not just one issue, but the issue of our time.


  
Segal to interview former Clinton labor secretary at Broadbent gala

Hugh Segal, a lifelong Tory who served as chief of staff to Ontario premier Bill Davis and prime minister Brian Mulroney, said Robert Reich’s ‘perspective and principles are attractive to a Red Tory like myself.’


  
Canada’s defence budget dilemma

Canada’s military priorities have shifted from the mountains of Afghanistan to the disputed waters of the Arctic, which has made the procurement of military hardware an increasingly complex logistical task.


  
Shoebox Project on the Hill: giving back to our community

Parliamentarians, staffers, media and the Ottawa business community unite, 500+ boxes needed for the holidays.


  
Conservatives’ economic update solely a political move

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s latest bundle of baby bonus spending hikes and tax cuts will use up $5-billion of the $6.4-billion surplus that had been projected for next year.


  
The 2014 Government of Canada Charitable Campaign, give to build a better Canada

Year after year, thousands of Canadian federal employees and retirees donate money through the Government of Canada Charitable Campaign to United Way, HealthPartners, and more than 86,000 registered charities. Last year, they raised more than $37-million. Of that amount, over $20.7-million was raised in the National Capital Region alone. On average, thousands of Canadian federal employees and retirees each donated $364 to recipients of the Charitable Campaign last year.


  
Dialogue of the deaf: pipelines, oil prices, election promises and climate change

The IPCC report is an urgent call to arms, which governments will ignore at their peril. The federal leader who understands these challenges will be that much closer to victory in 2015.


  
The long-form census survey: oh, how we miss you

Without the granular data on jobs and wages across the country that was among the survey’s most valuable components, it has become all but impossible to draw intelligent—or even accurate—conclusions about these and other critical aspects of economic policy.


  
Climate change mitigation is achievable and urgent

All political parties should seriously consider the IPCC report as they formulate their election-year platforms.


  
Prospects to fight climate change just turned worse with Republican control of U.S. Senate

The expected chair of the all-important Environment and Public Works Committee is one James Inhofe, perhaps the most strident climate change denier in the Senate. His goal will be to block any significant action on climate change and reverse existing Obama policies.


  
Four prime questions about Harper’s response to Ottawa shooting

What freedoms must we now erode and why? What is producing Canada’s homegrown jihadists? What is the most effective response to Islamists? Can we learn from how we got here?


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, December 1, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill, Oct. 22, 2014: in photographs Oct. 27, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

At 9:52 a.m., the first calls came in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. Five people tried to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life who was standing guard at the National War Memorial. He later died of gunshot wounds.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

The people who tried save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life were later identified as Margaret Lerhe, a nurse on her way to work at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital; another corporal, a soldier, National Defence employee and former Naval officer Martin Magnan; and lawyer Barbara Winters who told Cpl. Cirillo that his family loved him while he lay dying.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

People running from Parliament Hill shortly after the gunfight in Centre Block where gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was shot dead by House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, House security officers, and the RCMP.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

The Parliament Buildings from Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Police pictured at the corner of Metcalfe and Slater streets in Ottawa later in the day on Oct. 22.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

Liberal Sen. Jim Munson in a lockdown in Room 257 East Block doing a media interview.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

NDP MPs, staffers, and others locked down in Room 257 East Block, watching the events unfold on one small laptop.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

NDP MP Wayne Marston, pictured shortly after running from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

More police officers on Metcalfe Street, just down the street from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott does a media interview on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

A tourist who witnessed the shooting talks to police shortly after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

More police officers on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on Sparks Street outside The Hill Times' office.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on the Hill shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdiere, and NDP MP Charlie Angus, pictured shortly after the shooting on the Hill and the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Journalists and others leaving Parliament Hill, shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters on Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

The media on Sparks at Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

CTV Hill reporter Richard Madan and CBC Radio reporter Susan Lunn.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus does an interview on Metcalfe Street later in the afternoon.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured that evening, addressing the nation about the shocking killing of a soldier killed at the National War Memorial and later the killing of the man in a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The next day in the Hot Room, the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Gallery clerks Collin Lafrance and Normand Gagnon.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Flowers the next morning, Oct. 23, at the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People bring flowers to the War Memorial the day after, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A woman bringing flowers is escorted by police to the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People pay their respects at the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MPs Mark Warawa and Scott Reid return to the Hill the day after the shootings.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence, is interviewed the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

An RCMP officer stands guard on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Police pictured outside the Chateau Laurier Hotel the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Justice Minister Peter MacKay, pictured in the Commons foyer on Oct. 23, taking questions from reporters.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier, being scrummed on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Parliamentary Press Gallery clerk Normand Gagnon, pictured on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, pictured on Oct. 23 in the Speaker's Parade. Mr. Vickers is being credited as the one whose bullets killed gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau who stormed the Centre Block with a hunting rifle.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

NDP MP Paul Dewar, pictured, and many other MPs, visited the National War Memorial the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Just outside the Library of Parliament, where Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was finally shot and killed after a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Broken glass inside the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

More broken glass in the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning was on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23, the day after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The Wire Report reporter Peter Henderson, pictured on Oct. 23, doing an interview with CNN. He had been locking up his bike on Sparks Street on the morning of the shooting at the National War Memorial and was one of the first reporters on the scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

An Ottawa Police officer gives the thumb's up standing near the National War Memorial, the day after the shootings on Oct. 23.

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