Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Northern Gateway approval raises greater urgency of catastrophic climate change

The IMF has highlighted climate change as one of the biggest challenges facing the global economy.


  
Wynne’s win, and agony of right-wing pundits: Dobbin

While the right’s hard liners may be lighting their hair on fire, citizens on, the other hand, may actually get to see what governments used to be like.


  
Should Canadian courts dictate what the rest of the world can see online?

The overreach of the B.C. court could lead to legal conflicts online and potential suppression of freedom of speech on the internet.


  
There’s a failure of leadership in the public service

Wayne Wouters’ use of Blueprint 2020 to bolster his claims of leadership and solid morale ring loudly hollow.


  
Innovation part of solution to prescription drug abuse

  
Educating refugees: a Canadian model of successful integration

  
Time for Canada to step up on Syrian refugee crisis, now

To stay true to its word, and its math, Canada should commit to welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees.


  
Hatfield's response to Emerson, Wouters: public service not irrelevant

Much of David Emerson’s critique and Wayne Wouters’ testimony rests on a number of unsupported premises, which hide important weaknesses in their arguments.


  
The road to renewables ain’t rosy

While green power is increasingly cost-competitive, the International Energy Agency says Canada’s adoption rate will remain well below both the U.S. and the world average to 2018.


  
‘Godfather’ of mental health in Canada, Kirby wins prestigious award

For the hope and the glimpse of light he has brought to those affected by mental illness in Canada, he’s the recipient of this year’s Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians Distinguished Service Award.


  
Why has Canada still not signed the Copyright Treaty to Support the Blind?

Failure to become part of the initial group of signatories would raise troubling questions about why the government was unwilling to take a strong stand in favour of the rights of the blind and visually impaired in Canada.


  
Ontario pays high price for Western Canada’s resource boom

And the resulting surge in the value of the Canadian dollar since the early 2000s hit Canada’s manufacturing heartland especially hard. We now have what former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge calls ‘a two-speed economy.’


  
Canada needs a national energy strategy

The IEA estimates the world would need to invest $53-trillion in non-carbon forms of energy and energy efficiency, as well as much cleaner uses of fossil fuels and increased overall energy supply, between now and 2035 if the climate change target is to be met.


  
Flawed joint review panel doesn’t reflect science-based policy

If the government is committed to an independent, rigorous scientific assessment then it cannot base a decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline on this flawed report. To do so will simply serve to further undermine both public confidence and government credibility.


  
We’re starving ourselves through tax cuts

For those who think their share of tax cuts contribute to their quality to life it might be instructive to see what the lost revenue could provide.


  
MPs don’t know their Canadian citizenship law

  
Fast-tracked Digital Privacy Bill leaves too many Canadians in the dark

The reality is that the new data breach disclosure is likely to lead to under-reporting of breaches, while an expansion of voluntary warrantless disclosure rules may mean that the information on thousands of Canadians is disclosed without any court oversight.


  
Don’t change much to feel better, live healthier

We have to get the message through that health is gained or lost because of small daily decisions that add up over time.


  
Get to know your officers of Parliament

With public policy becoming more complex and the need for nuance more pronounced, effective officers of Parliament and other senior officials are essential, which includes improved efforts to provide Canadians different and perhaps more developed viewpoints.


  

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary shindig in Ottawa: Oct. 15, 2014 Oct. 20, 2014

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The crowd at Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary party on Oct. 15 at its Chambers Building office in Ottawa. About 250 people came out to the party.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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Dan Rogers and Craig Robinson.
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Jim Patrick and Bernard Lord.
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Hugh Winsor and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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William Stairs.
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Former prime minister Joe Clark.
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Hugh Segal, Harry Near, and Michael Robinson.
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Hugh Segal and Harry Near regaled the crowd with some colourful speeches.
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The crowd.
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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and Earnscliffe's Robin Sears chat inside Mr. Sears' office.
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It was a standing-room-only kind of an affair, with some guests standing in the stairway to hear the speeches upstairs.
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Pollster Bruce Anderson who used to work at Earnscliffe at one time.
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Earnscliffe's Peter Harris, left, Hill & Knowlton's Elizabeth Roscoe, centre.
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Bruce Young, head of Earnscliffe's B.C. office, talks about how the West Coast office of the firm came to be.
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Kaveri Braid leads the Saskatchewan office.
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Earnscliffe's principal in Ottawa, Daniel Bernier.
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Bill Fox, one of the founders of Earnscliffe along with Harry Near and Hugh Segal, chats up the crowd.
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The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vieira.
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CIBC's director of government relations Michel Liboiron.
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NDP national director Anne McGrath.
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Earnscliffe's Michael Robinson and his children, Katie Robinson and Craig Robinson.
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Tom Clark, host of Global TV's The West Block.
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Earnscliffe principal Velma McColl shares memories from her more than 10 years with Earnscliffe.

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