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Guests pictured on the Chateau Laurier Hotel's terrace at last year's swishy Politics & the Pen. The annual event happens Wednesday, May 15, at the same grand, old venue. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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House Sitting—The House is sitting this week, May 13-May 17. The House will break again from May 20-24, and is then scheduled to sit from May 27-June 21, the final four weeks before the House adjourns and Parliament is later dissolved for the October 2019 election.


Canada’s Forest Sector: Innovation, Transformation, and Growth—Join this discussion on the future of Canada’s forest products industry. Speakers: Pascale Lagacé, vice-president of environment, energy, and innovation, Resolute Forest Products; Beth MacNeil, assistant deputy minister for the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada; Eric Miller, president and founder, Rideau Potomac Strategy Group; and Martin Pudlas, vice-president of operations and innovation, Canfor Pulp. To register for the event, please contact jwong@cdhowe.org. May 14, 2019, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Fairmont Château Laurier, Québec Suite, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa.

Thousands of pro-lifers, or anti-choice protesters, flocked to Parliament Hill on Wednesday, May 9, 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Canadian Electricity Association Reception—The CEA is hosting the second annual Centre of Excellence on May 14 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Sir John A Macdonald building, 144 Wellington St., Room 200. The Centre of Excellence celebrates innovation within Canadian utilities. The event will feature 25 new and innovative projects receiving the Centre of Excellence designation. Join CEA and member utilities for a celebratory reception open to all Members of Parliament, Senators and staff.

SOCAN Parliamentary Reception—Brett Kissel, 2019 Juno Award winner for Country Album of the Year, will perform at this year’s SOCAN “On The Hill.” Also performing this year will be Les soeurs Boulay. Based in Montreal, sisters Stéphanie and Mélanie Boulay originally hail from the Gaspésie. Their 2013 album Le poids des confettis rose to the top of the Canadian iTunes charts and was a long-listed nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, with their song “Mappemonde” a shortlisted nominee for the SOCAN songwriting award the same year. May 14, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. (or after the votes) to 8 p.m., Château Laurier, Drawing Room, Ottawa. By invitation only.

The Canadian Dental Association Parliamentary Reception—On May 14, the Canadian Dental Association will host its annual parliamentary reception. Join us for an evening of networking with fellow Parliamentarians and meet with dentists from across Canada as part of their annual days to meet and discuss issues relating to oral health. 5:30-8 p.m., Room 325, Wellington Building. Please RSVP with Jessica Daoud at jdaoud@cda-adc.ca.


Liberal Caucus Meeting—The Liberals will meet in West Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please contact Liberal Party media relations at media@liberal.ca or 613-627-2384.

Conservative Caucus Meeting—The Conservatives will gather for their national caucus meeting in West Block. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications with the Conservative Party of Canada, at coryhann@conservative.ca.

NDP Caucus Meeting—The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15 a.m.-11 a.m. in West Block. For more information, please contact the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or media@ndp.ca.

Bloc Québécois Meeting—The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet on Wednesday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. in Room 241A in the West Block.

Ensight’s John Delacourt, left, with Brian Bohunicky, senior adviser in Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office, and Monique Lugli, chief of staff Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor at the 2018 Politics and the Pen gala. This year’s gala is set to take place May 15. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Politics & The Pen—Dubbed “Ottawa’s most anticipated,” the Politics and the Pen annual event celebrates the best in Canadian non-fiction political books of the year. The unique fundraiser brings together national politicians, talented writers, prominent diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders all in support of the Writers’ Trust mandate to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing. This year’s 2018 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalists are: Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, authors of Homes: A Refugee Story; Sarah Cox, author of Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro; Rachel Giese, author of Boys: What it Means to Become a Man;  Jacques Poitras, author of Pipe Dreams: The Fight for Canada’s Energy Future; and Harley Rustad, author of Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees. The winning author receives the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, named in honour of the spirited and inspiring Parliamentarian and generously supported by CN. The evening starts with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner on May 15, Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa. For information and sponsorship, contact Kayla Calder at kcalder@writerstrust.com.

A Taste of the Arctic—This event will bring the flavours and sounds from Inuit Nunangat to Ottawa. Your ticket gets you a full meal of small plates created using ingredients gathered from hunters and harvesters from across Inuit Nunangat and access to see Inuit performers. This year, the iconic Inuit rockers Northern Haze will be the headline act. Tickets go fast. May 15, 6-10 p.m. at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St. Tickets available at: itk.ca/atota.

Polytechnics Canada 2019 Annual Showcase: Disruption in Action—Join us May 15-16 in Richmond, B.C., at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for the Polytechnics Canada 2019 Annual Showcase. Hear how our member institutions are demonstrating Disruption in Action with numerous interactive presentations. From partnerships with industry to using gaming as a form of experiential learning, Canada’s polytechnics will showcase how their institutions are challenging the status quo and delivering the education of the future. For more information and to register, see the showcase website.


Newfoundland and Labrador Election—The people of Newfoundland and Labrador will go to the polls on May 16. Liberal Leader and Premier Dwight Ball will fight for another win against Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie and NDP Leader Alison Coffin.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa in April 2018. Mr. Ball will look to hang on to power as the province goes to the polls on May 16. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade


Coalition for Canadian Astronomy Reception—The coalition invites you to a reception on the Hill to showcase Canadian astronomers. May 27, 5-7 p.m., Room 330, Wellington Building. Join them for a virtual reality tour of the world’s most powerful telescope. Open to Members of Parliament, Senators, and staff. Please RSVP to astronomy_astronomie@tsa.ca. The Coalition for Canadian Astronomy is composed of academia, represented by the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy; professional astronomers, represented by the Canadian Astronomical Society; and industry, represented by Canadian companies involved in major astronomy projects.

Mission Innovation Ministerial—Canada will host the fourth annual Mission Innovation Ministerial, alongside the 10th annual Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver, May 27-29. The event will bring together global clean energy leaders to discuss cutting-edge transformations and reinforce international collaboration in the transition to a low-carbon future. Energy ministers from more than 25 countries are expected. cem-mi-vancouver2019.ca.


International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’—The second meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ will take place in Ottawa on May 28, 2019. The first meeting was in London, U.K. in November. Bob Zimmer, chair of the House Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics Committee, announced the meeting with Damian Collins, chair of the U.K. Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee in February.

Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund 30th Anniversary—This one-day event is a chance to convene, connect, and collaborate on top issues facing the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund over the past 30 years. Coastal partners, government representatives, and marine law experts will discuss the polluter-pay principle, access to justice for victims of oil pollution, and the legal framework of the fund. Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon St. N., Ottawa. May 28, 2019. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (complimentary lunch and evening reception). Join the SOPF distribution list and stay up to date with details. Email info@sopf-cidphn.gc.ca or sign up at http://sopf.gc.ca/?page_id=3256.

Telesat Reception—Telesat will be holding an evening reception in the Laurier Room at the Château Laurier, located at 1 Rideau St., on May 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Cabinet ministers, MPs, Senators, staff, and invited guests are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.


CANSEC—This annual global defence and security trade show will take place May 29 and 30 at the EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa. Presented by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will speak at breakfast on May 29, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will be the luncheon keynote speaker on May 29, and Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough will speak at breakfast on May 30. defenceandsecurity.ca/CANSEC.

Open Government Partnership Global Summit—Canada will host the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Ottawa from May 29 to May 31, 2019. Academics, civil society, governments, and citizens from Canada and around the world will have the opportunity to shape the global open government movement. From keynotes to debates and co-creation opportunities, the summit will explore the future of open government and help drive action.

2019 Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala—The Ottawa Riverkeeper hosts this annual fundraising event. This year’s gala will take place at 50 Sussex Dr., appropriately located at the convergence of three rivers, the Gatineau, the Rideau, and the Ottawa. 6-11 p.m. The 2019 Honorary Riverkeeper will be Beverley McLachlin, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 2000 to 2017. Buy tickets online.

Obama is Coming to Ottawa—Canada 2020 will host former U.S. President Barack Obama in Ottawa on May 31, 2019 at the Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $75 each plus HST and fees. For more information, visit canada2020.ca/obamainottawa.

Election Brew—Please join Labatt at the national edition of Election Brew, a civilized, democratic, and non-partisan evening of handcrafted beer and political good cheer in support of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women in Canada. On May 29, there will be a VIP tasting of the finalist craft brews where a surprise panel of notable judges will select the winning “Election Brew.” May 29, 2019, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., National Arts Centre. RSVP:events@ensightcanada.com.


Bacon & Eggheads Breakfast—’Using Light to Save the Planet: Photonics for the Environment,’ with Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo is a talk presented by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE). Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Building, Room 100. Thursday, May 30, 7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Free for Members of the House of Commons, Senators, parliamentary staff, and media. Others $25. Breakfast included. Pre-registration is required by Monday, May 27 by contacting Meghan Johnson at mjohnson@nature.ca or 613-868-7437.


Autism Speaks Canada Walk Ottawa 2019—The Walkathon will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Bell Sensplex, 1565 Maple Grove Rd., Kanata, Ont.


Canada to Host Women Deliver Conference—From June 3 to 6, 2019, world leaders, activists, government officials, Parliamentarians, non-governmental organization representatives, and businesspeople will meet in Vancouver and work together to end gender inequality. It’s being touted as the world’s largest conference on gender equality and will bring together more than 6,000 people from more than 150 countries. The four-day event will feature presentations, workshops, a film festival, and a youth zone that present new knowledge and promote solutions to achieve a more equal world. For more information, visit idrc.ca.

The 528 men who helped rebuild Centre Block pose for massive group photo, thought be taken July, 1917. The photograph has been hanging in the basement of Irene’s Pub in Ottawa for years and the original was later gifted by former Irene’s landlord Ron Bujold to parliamentary history buff Debbie Murphy. Harold A. Briggs photograph courtesy of Ron Bujold & Debbie Murphy


FDATA—The Financial Data and Technology Association will be holding a roundtable discussion on the benefits of Open Banking to Canadians at the Rideau Club from 11:30am to 1:30pm on June 4. Cabinet ministers, MPs, Senators, staff, and invited guests are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. For more information please email events@fdata.global.

The Hill Times‘ Party on the HillThe Hill Times will be bringing everyone who works on the Hill together for our annual shindig, the Party on the Hill, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St., Room 100. By invitation only. EVENTS@hilltimes.com.


Japan Hosts G20 Summit—On June 28 and 29, the leaders of the G20 will gather in Osaka as Japan hosts its first-ever G20 summit. Along with the leaders’ summit, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors’ meeting, the foreign ministers’ meeting, and other ministerial meetings will also be held at eight different locations throughout Japan this year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend the leaders’ summit.


Protect the Ottawa River Protest Flotilla—Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association, Petawawa Point Cottagers’ Association, and Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area will hold a protest flotilla on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Old Fort William Dock in Sheenboro, Que., 12 noon. Information, Facebook.com/OFWCARadioactive or RSVP to johanna@OFWCA.org


Federal Election—The federal election is scheduled to take place on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.


Canadian Science Policy Conference 2019—This annual conference is coming back to Ottawa on Nov. 13-15, 2019 at the Westin Hotel. The conference will bring together scientists, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, politicians, journalists, students, and many others from across the country to discuss, exchange ideas, and mobilize knowledge regarding the present and future of Canadian science, technology, and innovation policy.

The Parliamentary Calendar is a free events listing. Send in your political, cultural, diplomatic, or governmental event in a paragraph with all the relevant details under the subject line ‘Parliamentary Calendar’ to news@hilltimes.com by Wednesday at noon before the Monday paper or by Friday at noon for the Wednesday paper. We can’t guarantee inclusion of every event, but we will definitely do our best. Events can be updated daily online too.

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