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U.S. Vice-President Pence comes to Ottawa on May 30

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be in Ottawa on Thursday, May 30, to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to advance the U.S.-Mexica-Canada Agreement (USMCA). For more information, call the PMO Press Office at 613-957-5555. Photograph courtesy of Flickr
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House Sitting—This is it. The House is sitting from May 27-June 21, the final four weeks before it 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 it scheduled to sit June 17-June 21 and 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.

Teardown Book Launch—The Samara Centre for Democracy is hosting a book launch for Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up,  by Dave Meslin. All Saints Event Space, 10 Blackburn Ave., Ottawa, May 27, at 7 p.m.

The Ottawa Riverkeeper is hosting its annual Riverkeeper Gala fundraising event on May 29. 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, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 2000 to 2017. Buy tickets online. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade


Downtown Diner—Join Canadian egg, chicken, turkey and hatching egg farmers at a pop-up diner on Sparks Street on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Drop by any time between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy delicious food and celebrate fresh, local, high-quality food and Canada’s system of supply management. One day only—rain or shine! For more information, contact Taylor Hodgins at 613-238-2514 ext. 2264 or at thodgins@eggs.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.

Passers-by, pictured walking up Wellington Street past Parliament Hill. Spring has sprung in Ottawa and just in time for the MPs who return to the House this week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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.

Samara Pub Night—Please join Samara’s team and fellow Samara supporters for a fun and casual pub night! We’d love to hear your thoughts about our recently released report on populism and give you a glimpse into our upcoming projects. Cash bar. Thanks to the Lieutenant’s Pump, 10 per cent of bar sales will be returned as a donation to the Samara Centre.  Lieutenant’s Pump, 361 Elgin St., Ottawa, May 28, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

THE DRAGON STANDS UP: INSIGHTS INTO XI JINPING’S CHINA—Join the CIC National Capital Branch at its next Politics at the Pub event featuring Nathan VanderKlippe, the Asia correspondent for The Globe and Mail. Robert Fife, The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa Bureau Chief will moderate the discussion. Tuesday, May 28, 5:30 p.m. (doors open); 6 p.m. (presentation, discussion). Heart and Crown, 67 Clarence St., Ottawa. Register: ottawa@thecic.org or 613-4011.


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 is pictured in May 26, 2016, at the CANSEC conference in Ottawa. The annual global defence and security trade show happens May 29 and 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 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.

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 well-being 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 well-being, according to the think tank Cardus. Cardus is hosting a complimentary evening reception featuring 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 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? Labatt 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.


U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence Comes to Ottawa—U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence will be in Ottawa on Thursday, May 30, to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to advance the U.S.-Mexica-Canada Agreement (USMCA). For more information, call the PMO Press Office at 613-957-5555.


Citizens for Public Justice 2019 Annual General Meeting—“Reframing Populism: Restoring Trust in the Public Dialogue,” a presentation by Dennis Gruending. Gruending is an Ottawa-based author, blogger and a former Member of Parliament. He has worked as a print reporter, a television journalist, and a radio host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Gruending’s presentation will feature panelists Karen Stiller, Communications strategist and editor at Faith Today, and Deborah Mebude, freelance journalist and Communications Coordinator at Citizens for Public Justice. Thursday, May 31, 2019, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St, Ottawa.


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

RICHARD MILLS JR., DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION, EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO CANADA ON ‘THE U.S. PERSPECTIVE ON A CHANGING WORLD’—The CIC National Capital Branch is pleased to launch its North America Study Group with an address by Mr. Richard Mills Jr., the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the United States of America to Canada. Reflecting his extensive global experience, we have proposed that he address three areas: Canada-U.S. relations; hemispheric relations (e.g. Venezuela, Cuba); and wider international issues (selected regional concerns; multilateral affairs). The event will follow the Chatham House Rule. Monday, June 3, 6 p.m., alt Hotel, Indigo Room, 185 Slater St., Ottawa. Register:  ottawa@thecic.org or 613-4011.


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 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.


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.

OrKidstra End-of-Year Concert—Come celebrate the joy of music with OrKidstra. Join it on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 13 for OrKidstra’s end-of-year concerts. Tickets not required. Donations welcome. Vanier Hub Concert: Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at Ottawa Technical Secondary School (485 Donald St.). OrKidstra’s mission is to empower kids and build community through music. These concerts will feature an array of classical, jazz, world music, and sing-along favourites.

Toast and Roast of Rodger—An evening to celebrate outgoing Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, who’s not running after nearly 19 years in the House. Wednesday, June 5, Brigid’s Well, 310 St. Patrick St., corner of Cumberland and Murray streets. Reception: 6:30 p.m., light snacks & cash bar, followed by the Roast of Rodger Cuzner 7:35 p.m.-8:30 p.m., followed by music and enterainment until closing.


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 p.m.). 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.


OrKidstra End-of-Year Concert—Come celebrate the joy of music with OrKidstra. Join it on Thursday, June 13 for OrKidstra’s second end-of-year concert. Tickets not required. Donations welcome. Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre at 355 Cooper St., Ottawa. OrKidstra’s mission is to empower kids and build community through music. These concerts will feature an array of classical, jazz, world music, and sing-along favourites.


The Democracy Project: Race and Politics—You are invited to Race and Politics, a live event hosted by The Hill Times and CPAC’s The Democracy Project. What happens to democracy when the people in power don’t reflect the people they’re supposed to represent? Come be inspired, enlightened, and challenged when The Hill Times’ managing editor Charelle Evelyn sits down with some of the most interesting and provocative guests in Canada to talk about race and politics today, including Independent MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Indigenous Reconciliation Group’s Rose LeMay, and former senior political staffer Alykhan Velshi. What are the barriers and what are the solutions? June 19, 2019, 7-8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at the National Arts Centre (Herrndorf Place). Register via Eventbrite.


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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