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Parliamentary Calendar


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ikebana 2017: The Art of Japanese Floral Design

Ikebana International Ottawa Centennial Chapter 120 will present its annual Ikebana Exhibition from March 30 to April 2 at the Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., Ottawa. Entry to the exhibition included in regular museum admission.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nature Nocturne: Picture Perfect

Friday, March 31, 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. The not-to-be missed event on every Hill staffers’ social calendar celebrates the Junos this month. On the theme of Picture Perfect, the evening includes a mix of eclectic activities, photo booths, selfie stations and more, with a bit of natural science mixed in. Plus, last chance to experience the Reptiles: Beautiful and Deadly, special exhibition and sneak preview of ikebana, a fascinating display of traditional Japanese flower arrangement. Tickets and information available at: nature.ca.

The Relationship Between Parliament and the Agents of Parliament

Agents of Parliament are meant to be independent from the government, but it is the government that gives and sometimes diminishes their power, their independence, and their funding. Some say that we have too many agents of Parliament, and others say that we need more. This seminar will bring together current and former agents of Parliament, Parliamentarians, and academics who will share their views on that mysterious relationship between Parliament and agents of Parliament. This half-day seminar is presented by the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St., room 100. Buffet lunch included. $150 for members, $200 non-members. For more information, visit studyparliament.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or info@studyparliament.ca.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Five Byelections

There will be five byelections held today in: Ottawa-Vanier, Ont.; St-Laurent, Que.; and Markham-Thornhill, Ont.; Calgary Midnapore, Alta., and Calgary Heritage. For more information, media may call the PMO Press Office at 613-957-5555.

House Sitting

The House is sitting April 3-13. It breaks April 14-28 and resumes sitting May 1-19. The Senate sits until April 13 and is then off until May 1, at which point it will sit until May 19.

Reporting The Refugee Crisis

A conversation with some of Canada’s top journalists about their experiences and challenges reporting on the refugee crisis. CBC’s Europe correspondent Margaret Evans; Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon; Foreign Policy and OpenCanada contributor Michael Petrou; Toronto Star national security reporter Michelle Shephard; and freelance writer Naheed Mustafa will be talking at the Canadian War Museum, Barney Danson Theatre, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, April 3, 5:30-7 p.m. Reception to follow. Register via cigionline.org.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bloc Québécois Caucus Meeting

The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet from 9:30 a.m. in the Francophonie room (263-S) in Centre Bock, on Wednesday. For more information, call press attaché Julie Groleau, 514-792-2529.

Conservative Caucus Meeting

The Conservatives will meet for their national caucus meeting. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada at coryhann@conservative.ca.

Liberal Caucus Meeting

The Liberals will meet in Room 237-C Centre Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please call Liberal Party media relations at media@liberal.ca or 613-627-2384.

NDP Caucus Meeting

The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15 a.m.-11 a.m. in Room 112-N Centre Block, on Wednesday. Please call the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or ndpcom@parl.gc.ca.

The 15-Year Experiment: An Update on the Afghanistan Reconstruction Effort

The University of Ottawa presents a conversation with John Sopko, SIGAR (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction) for the United States. April 5. 1-2:30 p.m. 120 University Pvt., Faculty of Social Sciences University of Ottawa FSS 5028.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bacon & Eggheads Breakfast

The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering presents a talk, ‘Building a Climate-Smart World: How Development Research Helps the Global Population Adapt to Climate Change,’ with Robert Hofstede, International Development Research Centre. Thursday, April 6, 7:30 a.m., Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block. No charge to MPs, Senators, and media. All others, $25. Pre-registration required by Monday, April 3, by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE pagse@rsc-src.ca or call 613-991-6369.

Broadbent Institute Progress Summit

The Broadbent Institute will host its annual conference, with the theme “Change the Game.” Speakers include journalist and activist Desmond Cole; Sandy Hudson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter-Toronto; and more. April 5-7. Delta Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon St. N. For registration details, see: broadbentinstitute.ca/summit2017.

Investing in Canada: A Long

Term Infrastructure Plan to Build the Canada of the 21st Century—The Economic Club of Canada presents Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi. Thursday, April 6. 7:45-9 a.m. Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa. Breakfast will be served. Members $89 per seat; guests $110. economicclub.ca.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference

The annual Canadian Federation of Humane Societies National Animal Welfare Conference features speakers and dozens of different animal welfare topics, helping to further professionalize the sector, build knowledge and set the agenda for Canada’s humane movement for the year to come. April 8-11, 2017. The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr. conference.cfhs.ca.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Life and Health Insurance Industry Advocacy Day

CEOs representing Canada’s life and health insurance industry will be in Ottawa to meet with Parliamentarians about issues of importance to Canadians, such as access to affordable prescription drugs, investing in Canada’s infrastructure and international trade. For more information, contact Susan Murray (smurray@clhia.ca).

Michael Healey’s 1979

Canada’s Shaw Festival is set to co-produce a new production of 1979 by Michael Healey with Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company. The play takes us back to the eve of prime minister Joe Clark’s minority government’s defeat in a non-confidence motion. It’s a fast-paced satire incorporating political heavyweights and influencers of the era. The production will rehearse at Shaw Festival, premiere in Ottawa at GCTC and tour back to Shaw as part of its 2017 season. The Ottawa component will run from April 11 to 30, 2017. Tickets for Ottawa’s production on sale: 613-236-5196 or gctc.ca.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Former Parliamentarians

The Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians’ 12th annual Douglas C. Frith Dinner will take place on Wednesday, April 12 in the ballroom of the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The guest speaker, Pierre Pettigrew, will speak about “The future of Globalization and Canada’s Place in the Emerging World Order.” For additional information, please call the CAFP office at 613-947-1690.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Politics and the Pen

Politics and the Pen, the annual fundraiser that brings together federal politicians, writers, diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders to support the Writers’ Trust’s mandate to advance and celebrate Canadian writers and writing will happen Wednesday, May 10, at the Chateau Laurier hotel. The evening will end with the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winner for the best political book of the year. Nominees: Kamal Al-Solaylee for Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone); Christie Blatchford for Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting – Or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System (Especially Judges); Ian McKay and Jamie Swift for The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War; James McLeod for Turmoil, as Usual: Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Road to the 2015 Election; and Noah Richler for The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Donner Prize

The award for the best public policy book by a Canadian will be announced in Toronto at the Donner Prize’s Gala evening. The Donner Prize encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians and the winner receives $50,000 while the other nominated authors receive $7,500. The shortlist will be announced in April and the winner will be proclaimed at a gala dinner on Monday, May 15. Last year’s winner was Donald Savoie’s What Is Government Good At? A Canadian Answer. For more information, contact the Donner Prize manager Sherry Naylor at 416-368-8253 or sherry@naylorandassociates.com.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Conservative Party Leadership Convention

The Conservatives will elect their next leader on May 27, 2017. The party is urging Conservative Party members to buy memberships or renew them in order to vote. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada, at 613-697-5614.

Conservative Party Leadership Convention

The Conservatives will elect their next leader on May 27, 2017. The party is urging Conservative Party members to buy memberships or renew them in order to vote. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada, at 613-697-5614.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CANSEC 2017

This is an annual showcase of technology, products, and services for land-based, naval, aerospace, and joint forces military units. Organizers say this two-day event is the largest and most important defence industry event in Canada. Until June 1. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, Ont. defenceandsecurity.ca/CANSEC2016/cansec/Overview.

CANSEC 2017

This is an annual showcase of technology, products, and services for land-based, naval, aerospace, and joint forces military units. Organizers say this two-day event is the largest and most important defence industry event in Canada. Until June 1. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, Ont. defenceandsecurity.ca/CANSEC2016/cansec/Overview.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

APEX Symposium 2017: Celebrating Leadership, Innovation, and Diversity

APEX, an association representing the interests of the 6,400 federal executive community across Canada, is holding its flagship annual professional development and networking symposium. Speakers include: Salim Ismail, a Waterloo grad and global ambassador at Singularity University; Zabeen Hirji, chief human resource officer with the RBC, who will participate in a panel discussion on diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace; and Michele Maheux, chief operating officer from the Toronto International Film Festival, who will participate in a panel session on what it takes to be a top employer in Canada. The symposium invites participation from the public, private and academic sectors. June 7 and 8, Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa. For more information: apex.gc.ca/en/services/symposia

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

NDP Leadership Candidate Showcase

Leadership candidates will have one last chance to pitch to voters before voting begins tomorrow. Toronto, Ont.

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Online Voting Begins in NDP Leadership Race

The first ballot results announcement will take place Oct. 1, and subsequent ballot results each following week until a winner is determined. A new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 29.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

The NDP Leadership

The race officially begins on July 2, 2016, and a new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 29, 2017.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Liberal Party National Convention

The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Conservative Party National Convention

To be held in Halifax, N.S. Until Aug. 25, 2018.