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Talaga win caps off lively Politics & the Pen gala

Margo McDiarmid is retiring from the CBC after more than 30 years in the business, and former prime minister Stephen Harper has signed his name to a huge ad in The New York Times applauding U.S. President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Iran deal.

Strategy Corp's Garry Keller, left, Conservative House leader Candice Bergen, and Navigator's Andrew Balfour enjoying Politics and the Penn on Wednesday night. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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More than 500 Hillites attended Politics & the Pen, or what some like to call Ottawa’s “nerd prom,” where The Toronto Star reporter Tanya Talaga won the coveted Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, published by House of Anansi, was praised as a groundbreaking book on Indigenous youth. Ms. Talaga went on stage, slightly teary-eyed, to collect her $25,000 prize, which she later told The Hill Times she would be donating part to the families

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