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Beverley McLachlin this year’s honorary Riverkeeper at Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala on May 29

The Ottawa Riverkeeper hosts this annual fundraising event. This year’s gala will take place on May 29, 2019, 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, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 2000 to 2017. Buy tickets online. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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House Sitting—The House is not sitting this week and is on a break from May 20-24. It will resume sitting from May 27-June 21, the final four weeks before the House adjourns and Parliament is later dissolved for the October 2019 election.


Europe Day in the National Capital—The European Union Delegation to Canada and embassies of EU member states are hosting a day-long cultural fair at Lansdowne Park on Sunday, May 26, featuring live music, folk dance performances, games and activities, and a sampling of traditional European food and beverages. The event will mark the 69th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, also known as Europe Day. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. at Lansdowne Park’s Horticulture Building. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.


House Sitting—This is it, the House is sitting from May 27-June 21, the final four weeks before the House adjourns and Parliament is later dissolved for the October 2019 election.

Senate Sitting—The Senate is possibly sitting on Monday, May 27, but will definitely sit May 28-30, and could sit on Friday, May 31. It’s also scheduled to sit for most of the four weeks in June. It will possibly sit on Monday, June 3, but is scheduled to sit June 4-June 6, and could sit on Friday, June 7. It could possibly sit on Monday, June 10, but is scheduled to sit June 11-June 13, and could sit on Friday, June 14. It will sit June 17-June 21 and it will sit June 25-June 28.

The Crab Nebula, remnants of a supernova first observed in about 1050 AD. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

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.

CMA’s 3rd Annual Reception on the Hill—Join the Canadian Medical Association on Monday, May 27, 2019 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building to celebrate a great parliamentary session, as guests mingle to enjoy good food and good company. Please RSVP to grassroots@cma.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.


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.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, pictured in May 26, 2016, at the CANSEC conference in Ottawa. The annual global defence and security trade show happens May 29-May 30 at the EY Centre in Ottawa. The Hill Times file photograph

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 on May 29, 2019, 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, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 2000 to 2017. Buy tickets online.

Here’s the thing: Then-U.S. president Barack Obama, pictured at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa on June 30, 2016, is coming to Ottawa on May 31, 2019. The Hill Times file photograph

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.

Home Economics: As the Family Goes, So Goes the Economy—When we consider the economic wellbeing of families, factors such as housing prices, employment rates, or student debt first come to mind. Yet growing evidence suggests that how Canadians form families influences economic wellbeing. Join think tank Cardus for a complimentary evening reception featuring Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox, senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, who will present cutting-edge research regarding the family. May 29, 7-9 p.m., 45 Rideau St 7th floor. Register via: https://www.cardus.ca/news/events/home-economics-as-the-family-goes-so-goes-the-economy/.

Did someone say beer? Labbatt will host the national edition of Election Brew on on May 29 at the NAC in Ottawa. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

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.

World Sikh Organization Parliamentary Dinner—Please join the World Sikh Organization in celebrating its 35th anniversary at their annual Parliamentary Dinner. The evening will celebrate the achievements of the organization over the past 35 years and feature a keynote address by Simranjit Singh (@SikhProf). The event will take place on May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 325 Wellington St. (entrance from 197 Sparks St.). To RSVP please email: kirpagrewal@worldsikh.org.


The Bacon & Eggheads Breakfast, this actual breakfast may not be served, will be held on May 30 in Room 100, Sir John A. Macdonald Building. The University of Waterloo’s Donna Strickland will talk about ‘Using the Light to Save the Planet: Photonics for the Environment.’ The talk is presented by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikipedia

Bacon & Eggheads Breakfast—The theme is ‘Using Light to Save the Planet: Photonics for the Environment,’ with Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo. The talk is 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, in collaboration with the British High Commission, will be holding a roundtable discussion on the benefits of Open Banking to Canadians at the Rideau Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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.

CTV Power Play host Don Martin, pictured at The Hill Times’ Party on the Hill last year. The Hill Times photograph by Ulle Baum

The Hill Times’ Party on the HillThe Hill Times is hosting its annual shindig, the Party on the Hill, for everyone who works on the Hill on 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.


Ottawa Regional Trauma Programs Offers Training on the Hill—Every day, people die needlessly from uncontrolled bleeding. Trauma surgeons from the Ottawa Hospital, including those who responded to the recent OC Transpo collision, will be offering the Stop the Bleed training on managing uncontrolled bleeding to all interested Parliamentarians and staffers. This multi-partisan training session will be offered in two sessions on June 5, 2019 from 12 to 12:30 and 1 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 410 Wellington Building. Come speak to the surgeons and trauma experts to learn how to manage uncontrolled bleeding and how you can save lives. Please email mlebreton@toh.ca to RSVP and note which session you wish to attend.


Osgoode Law’s School’s Deborah McGregor will talk about Indigenous environmental justice, knowledge and law on Monday, June 10, at Carleton University as part of the 2019 Katherine A.H. Graham Lecture on Indigenous Policy. Photograph courtesy of Osgoode Law School, York University

Indigenous Environmental Justice, Knowledge and Law—Deborah McGregor presents the 2019 Katherine A.H. Graham Lecture on Indigenous Policy. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and is preceded by a reception (5-5:30). The event takes place in Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall Conference Rooms and is free to attend and open to the public. More information and registration is available at carleton.ca/fpa.


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.

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