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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Federal election 2015: bringing Quebec back in

  
Canada 2020 policy meeting: time well spent

At the Canada 2020 policy conference, panellists talked about how the new normal will be a world populated by sophisticated terrorist organizations creating havoc militarily, but also wreaking a humanitarian toll with increased numbers of refugees looking for safety.


  
Why new Euro-Canada treaty is a gift to oil firms

CETA’s domestic regulation chapter would be more aptly called, ‘Gifts for the Oil and Gas Industry.’


  
Fashion flip-flop as government fur-bids RCMP to wear toques

The unusual step of a government overriding the RCMP’s fashion faux pas has nothing to do with protecting the fur industry and everything to do with capitalizing on the current trend of bashing so-called animal rights activists.


  
Uncharted waters: future holds new frontiers for Canada’s manufacturers and exporters

Now is the time for Canada’s manufacturers and governments to partner on a national manufacturing strategy that supports new frontiers for Canadian manufacturers.


  
Are Canadians racist? Yes, let’s stop denying it

We must continue to advocate for change within the federal public service—and within corporate Canada. This change is crucial. Canada’s demographic profile is becoming increasingly diverse. Its workforce is aging. Meanwhile, the competition for workers is escalating with the growing global shortage of talent.


  
Working in the age of anxiety

Expose the secret. Get rid of the cop in your head. Phone your friends. Re-occupy.


  
Julian Fantino: 2014 annus horribilis

Veterans have become less amused as Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino’s tenure unfolded. The contrasts with his predecessor, Steven Blaney, are stark.


  
Ukraine therefore needs overt military help

History will not forgive, if Western leaders fail to stand up to terror. Our values, rather than those of a bully must prevail.


  
Site ‘C’ proposal puts treaty commitments to test

Recent court cases are a wake-up call for politicians. When it comes to decisions that could irrevocably affect them, the days of running roughshod over First Nations are over.


  
Canada’s new legislation cannot look like Bill C-36

Canada’s new legislation must guarantee sex workers’ human rights to safe working conditions, to barrier-free access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and information, and to live without fear of violence, stigma, or discrimination.


  
New Brunswick election: lessons for federal parties

For the Liberals, what happened in New Brunswick shows that campaigns matter.


  
Let’s build on Canada’s mental health leadership: PTSD affects us all

A renewed commitment in the 2015 budget to all Canadians suffering from PTSD and their families, as well as a new mandate for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) would build on this leadership and help ensure the training, support and treatment is there to help our loved ones get better.


  
It’s time for comprehensive House reforms, can’t be half-hearted

  
Criminalizing marijuana has no benefit to our society

Marijuana criminalization doesn’t impact rates of use, doesn’t make our communities safer and encourages a black market and organized crime.


  
Global economic opportunity important for Canada’s biotech sector

Industry and governments need to continue identifying gaps and working together to ensure Canada’s policy environment is as strategic and comprehensive as it needs to be.


  
International alignment needed to facilitate smooth trade of agricultural products

It’s important that the Government of Canada continue to advocate for aligned risk evaluations and decisions around the world, particularly with our key trading partners, to minimize unnecessary and costly trade disruptions.


  
Lack of fairness with overseas tax evasion: we pay the price

Our federal government must recognize that without a determined and effective effort to find and prosecute overseas tax cheats, there is no meaningful deterrent against this behaviour. The Australians have learned this lesson, and reaped the rewards. It is time for Canada to follow their lead.


  
Bob Carty, a voice impossible to silence

Bob Carty and I had a 40-year friendship forged around solidarity with Latin America, love for music, and a yearning for a faith that does justice.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, November 5, 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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