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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Voting is a right, not a privilege

Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre is ramming through Parliament a bill called the ‘Fair Elections Act’ that seems to be anything but fair and could disenfranchise 520,000 voters.


  
Veterans bang heads against Parliamentary, bureaucratic wall

The government is clearly not holding up its end of the bargain on veterans.


  
Opportunities for youth abroad: bolstering Canada’s global economic position

By following Brazil’s example and supporting Canadians to study abroad and to gain hands-on international experience in a research or in an industry setting related to their field of study, we can address two major priorities for Canada: better preparing our young people for careers in a global economy, and enhancing our linkages with key trade partners.


  
A rare breed: A tribute to Jim Flaherty

  
No one will be untouched by climate change

Scientists, world leaders, business people speak with one voice.


  
Training helps to prevent fire disaster on the seas

  
Young people need your support: don’t give up on us

The employment programs that the federal, provincial and territorial governments have put into place for youth are much needed and should continue, especially for those of us who live in low-income communities and who face a lot of barriers.


  
Government takes decisive measures to address grain backlog

The federal government is doing this while ensuring we maintain the strong rail-based supply chain system that shippers need to compete in domestic, continental and offshore markets.


  
Safeguarding a nation’s rail safety—and its trust

  
Deregulation: when policy failures lead to Lac-Mégantic tragedy

  
Passenger rail in Canada is in crisis

We need to overhaul the system for rail travel in Canada. We need to stop sabotaging VIA by the historical mistake of giving freight the ownership of tracks built through public investment.


  
Cheaper and cleaner, Canada needs higher ethanol blends

The federal and provincial governments should encourage pump turnover by using tax measures to aggressively depreciate the capital outlay required to update today’s fuel pumps for these modern blends.


  
The worst way to select candidates?

As much as we praise the ideal of local democracy, and resent the intrusion of party officials in what should be a local democratic process, there are times when the intervention of senior party officials is not only desirable, but also mandatory.


  
Parties with big ideas make history

But big ideas on the left seem few and far between these days, despite arguments to the contrary made recently by NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie.


  
Underwater noise harming marine animals

Underwater noise can can drown out the calls marine animals use to communicate, the echolocation sounds they use to navigate and locate food, and the sound of predators.


  
Exxon Valdez 25th anniversary: the North deserves a better future

Rather than striving to avoid repeating history, the Arctic Council, with its passive leadership and pro-business agenda, is paving the way for similar tragedies on our Arctic coastlines.


  
It’s time to reconsider service delivery at Veterans Affairs Canada

Too often, structural changes are proposed to deal with problems that are actually the symptoms of a much larger issue.


  
Time to leverage education-industry connection

These connections from our post-secondary institutions to the external communities they serve are of enormous direct benefit to all Canadians.


  
Canada needs action to stop trade in endangered species

The government should implement legal means to prevent future shipments of fin whale meat from transiting through the country.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, July 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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