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FedDev Ontario supports job creation, economic prosperity

  
Canada’s success depends on a strong, competitive, innovative aerospace industry

Canadian exports of aircraft, aircraft engines and aircraft parts reached a near-record high of $10.8-billion in 2013, a 5.4 per cent increase from the year before.


  
When science and social science collide

Scientists alone cannot answer all of the questions raised by their own research. They will be ably served by the scholarship and engagement of ethicists, legal scholars and social scientists to help find answers and direction.


  
Provinces lead on environment and energy: where is the federal government?

Not since he won office in 2006 has leadership now been important for the Prime Minister on Canada’s energy resources and the environment.


  
Power, promise of synthetic biology: time is now to invent our future

Canada cannot be left behind when it comes to tapping into the infinite promise of synthetic biology. It is up to us to invent our future now.


  
Canada faces huge challenges to a prosperous, sustainable economy

  
Feds playing fast and loose with veterans’ mental health

  
Focus on human dimension of innovation

Given that diversity and creativity have been recognized as key attributes to fostering innovation, Canada is well-positioned to embrace and benefit from those differences.


  
Canada could be a world leader in innovation

If and when we encourage value-added production in all sectors, including resource development.


  
Canada can be a global innovation leader

Connecting people across international borders is an important component of a strategy to bring this about.


  
Why Canada needs a Parliamentary science officer

  
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.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 1, 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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