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Capturing the capital city: an architectural historian pens a keepsake collection

By Shruti Shekar      

Andrew Waldron walks readers through a journey of more than 300 architectural structures that define the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

National Gallery of Canada 380 Sussex Drive Moshe Safdie, Parkin/Safdie Architects, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander 1983–88 Canada’s National Gallery began as a modest collection of artwork for Parliament, but after passage of the National Gallery Act (1913), its first director, Eric Brown, began to collect works by a substantial number of emerging Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven. Once housed in the Victoria Building (C13), now the Canadian Museum of Nature, the collection never had a proper gallery. Competitions held in the 1950s and 1970s had no tangible results, except moving the gallery into the Lorne Building (Green, Blankstein, Russell & Associates 1958–60; demolished 2011). Searching for a new home, the National Gallery finally built a place to showcase its impressive art. Photograph courtesy of Peter Coffman

Whether you’re walking through the Byward Market, or crossing the bridge to Gatineau, Que., Andrew Waldron takes you on a journey exploring some of Ottawa’s romantic-styled architecture for readers to discover unnoticed gems of this government town.

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Dip in RCMP watchdog’s budget shakes faith in its ability to exercise oversight, says NDP MP Harris

News|By Beatrice Paez
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the legislation it introduced in January, which died on the Order Paper in the summer, came with a budgetary increase that would help the civilian body hold the RCMP to account.

Tick tock: Liberals call for swift implementation of new Canada-U.K. trade pact as legislative process remains murky

News|By Neil Moss
There are 13 sitting days left before the House rises on Dec. 11. Liberals say the text of the new Canada-U.K. transitional deal may not be available for another two to four weeks.

NDP’s spring convention offers chance to pit party’s vision against governing Liberals’, say members

News|By Beatrice Paez
For New Democrats, conventions often generate 'vigorous and energetic' debate on 'emerging policy' issues among the party faithful, says former NDP MP Libby Davies. 

Veteran MP Kent won’t seek re-election, becoming third CPC MP to bow out of next race

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, things got heated in a recent Health Committee exchange, and Independent Senator Murray Sinclair is releasing a new book in 2022.

End of five-year lobby ban comes with confusion for some Harper-era staffers

Recent confusion centred on whether the ban ends five years after the first Trudeau cabinet was sworn in, or five years after former staffers received their last paycheque from the government.

Economic, industry concerns top-lobbied issues amid return to Parliament and second COVID wave

Economic development, industry, health, and the environment were among the top-cited subjects in October’s 2,611 filings in the federal lobbying registry.

When it comes to dissenting female MPs and dissenting white male MPs, Trudeau’s got a double standard, says former Grit MP Caesar-Chavannes

News|By Abbas Rana
One-term former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes talks to The Hill Times about her life in federal politics and about her upcoming book, Can You Hear Me Now?, and she says she's not ruling out a return to the Hill.

As provinces enlist military’s support in managing COVID-19, experts say it’s pulling the Forces away from training efforts

News|By Palak Mangat
Christian Leuprecht, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada, says just because the forces are 'capable,' the CAF is not and should not be viewed as the 'optimal provider of emergency assistance.'

Feds’ climate bill a ‘significant achievement’—and it’s full of holes: experts

‘The biggest risk is that we’re going to backload the policies and the efforts that we’re going to need,’ says Michael Bernstein.
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