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Defence conference to start in Ottawa on Feb. 22, federal budget to be released Feb. 27

The self-described largest public conference in Canada on security and defence policy, and military capability and planning is coming to the Chateau Laurier this week.

The 2018 edition of the annual Ottawa Conference on Security Defence will run from Feb. 22 to 23 at the famed downtown Ottawa hotel, with organizers expecting over 600 attendees.

The conference is organized by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and routinely brings out decision-makers from the Canadian Armed Forces, the Department of National Defence, and Public Safety Canada, as well as leaders in the defence industry and academia.

Canada's Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on the morning of Feb. 23.

Here are more upcoming political happenings:


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21

The House Is Not Sitting—The House is not sitting for the rest of the week after breaking on Feb. 15. It will resume sitting on Feb. 26, and will sit every weekday until breaking again on March 2. It will take a two-week break from March 5-16. After returning on March 19 and sitting every weekday for the next nearly two weeks, the House will again break from March 30 to April 13. It will resume sitting April 16 and sit every weekday until leaving for a one-week break from May 14-21. After returning on May 22, the House is scheduled to sit every weekday until adjourning for the summer break in late June. The Senate will largely follow the same schedule, though the Senate traditionally only sits Tuesday to Thursday, and is scheduled to break a week later in the spring, on June 29.

Prime Minister Trudeau Makes Official Visit to India—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is visiting India for an official visit from Feb. 17 to 23. The visit includes stops in Agra, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi.

Is Anyone Listening? The Culture of Debate in the House of Commons—Log onto Twitter for #SamaraChat XIV: Is Anyone Listening? The Culture of Debate in the House of Commons, at 12-1 p.m. EST. RSVP to receive an advance look at the questions and an email reminder. http://engage.samaracanada.com/twitter_chat_xiv.


THURSDAY, FEB. 22

Conference on Security and Defence—The Conference of Defence Associations Institute presents this annual conference Feb. 22-23. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. cdainstitute.ca/events/2017-annual-ottawa-conference.

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. February's topic is housing. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.

Embassies and Ontario Employment Law—Join labour and employment lawyers Stephen Bird and Russell MacCrimmon of Bird Richard for a presentation on the law governing embassies’ relationships with their locally engaged staff. As many embassies in Canada strive to mirror regional employment standards for their locally engaged staff, this seminar will focus on how to provide comparable benefits while protecting yourself from costly litigation brought by Canadian staff, as well as a discussion on state immunity under Canadian law, minimum standards under Ontario law, and drafting employment contracts for locally engaged staff. Shaw Centre, Ottawa. 8:30-10 a.m. Presentation with Q&A to follow. To register, visit www.lawyersforemployers.ca.


FRIDAY, FEB. 23

Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery Annual General Meeting—The press gallery is set to hold its AGM in the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St., Ottawa. 12:30 p.m. Members will vote on a new board of directors and discuss changes to the the gallery's constitution.


SUNDAY, FEB. 25

NAFTA Round 7—The next round of NAFTA talks is set to start today in Mexico City and runs until March 5.


MONDAY, FEB, 26

The House Is Sitting—The House is sitting on Feb. 26 and will sit every weekday until breaking again on March 2. It will take a two-week break from March 5-16. After returning on March 19 and sitting every weekday for the next nearly two weeks, the House will again break from March 30 to April 13. It will resume sitting April 16 and sit every weekday until leaving for a one-week break from May 14-21. After returning on May 22, the House is scheduled to sit every weekday until adjourning for the summer break in late June. The Senate will largely follow the same schedule, though the Senate traditionally only sits Tuesday to Thursday, and is scheduled to break a week later in the spring, on June 29.


TUESDAY, FEB. 27

Luncheon: Syrian Refugees: No Relief in Sight—The Group of 78 presents this luncheon featuring Fatos Baudoin, a WHO consultant in Turkey in the city of Gaziantep where two large refugee camps are located and the refugee population comprises 22 per cent of the city population. Noon. Palais Imperial Restaurant, 311-313 Dalhousie St., Ottawa. $30 for lunch and presentation, $5 for presentation only. For presentation only, please plan to arrive by 12:45 p.m. Reservations can be made online through Eventbrite, or by email: group78@group78.org, or by phone: 613-565-9449 ext. 22 by Friday Feb. 22, by noon. For more information, email group78@group78.org, or call 613-585-9449.

Federal Budget Release—Finance Minister Bill Morneau will give the annual federal budget speech at about 4 p.m. in the House of Commons. Separate lock-ups for journalists and stakeholders will be held before the release. The media lock-up will start at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at 111 Sussex Dr. (John G. Diefenbaker Building) in Ottawa. Entry to the media lock-up is restricted to journalists accredited through the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Carleton University 2018 Bell Lecture with Jean Charest—The 2018 Bell Lecture will be delivered by Jean Charest, former Quebec premier, deputy prime minister of Canada, federal Progressive Conservative Party leader, and Quebec Liberal Party leader. He'll speak on “Change, Trends, and Canada," including the topic of NAFTA. 7-9 p.m. Richcraft Hall, Carleton University campus, 9376 University Dr., Ottawa. Register via: https://carleton.ca/fpa/events/the-bell-lecture/.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28

Canadian Federation of Agriculture Annual General Meeting—This conference will take place Feb. 28 to March 1. Speakers include Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, Conservative agriculture critics Luc Berthold and John Barlow, and Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul. Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St., Ottawa. cfa-fca.ca.

Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries Reception—CADSI invites all Members of Parliament and Senators to join them for a reception in celebration of the important partnership between government and Canada's innovative defence and security industries. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Commonwealth Room, Centre Block.

Associated Equipment Distributors Parliamentary Reception—All MPs and Senators are invited to meet associated equipment distributors from across Canada during their annual Ottawa briefing. AED is an international trade association representing companies involved in the distribution, rental, and support of equipment used in construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture, and industrial applications. 5-7:30 p.m. (or after votes. Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block. RSVP to rsvp@blueskystrategygroup.com or 613-241-3512.

Ontario PC Leadership Debate in Ottawa—Ontario PC leadership candidates will square off at a debate in Ottawa.Ontario PC leadership candidates will square off at a debate in Ottawa. It will be moderated by HuffPost Canada's Althia Raj. It will be held in the Trillium Room (fourth floor) of the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr. 6:30-8:30 p.m. To be live-streamed on the party's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.


THURSDAY, MARCH 1

Perspectives on Tax Reform and InnovationJoin the Canadian Club of Ottawa and panellists from industries driven by innovation for lunch and a discussion on the impact that tax reform is having. The panellists are Dr. Gigi Osler, president-elect of the Canadian Medical Association, and Russ Roberts, senior vice-president at the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. The moderator is Bryan Haralovich, a partner with Welch LLP. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St.


SATURDAY, MARCH 3

Trauma-Informed Journalism Symposium—This daylong symposium is meant for journalism students and working journalists to acquire new skills to cover traumatic incidents and report on people who have experienced trauma. Sponsored by Carleton University, Unifor, and several journalism and mental-health groups. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Richcraft Hall atrium (formerly River Building), 9376 University Dr., Ottawa. Free. Register via Eventbrite.

NPSIA Soirée 2018—The Norman Paterson graduate School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University is hosting a black-tie charity dinner gala at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier featuring former CBC broadcaster Peter Mansbridge, with funds raised going to the Ottawa Food Bank. The evening's theme is "Sound Reporting in a Disquieted World." 6:15-10:30 p.m. $100-$250 per ticket. For more information, visit npsiasoiree.com.


SUNDAY, MARCH 4

PDAC 2018—The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada hosts its annual International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange, March 4-7. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This industry event attracts cabinet ministers from many of the world's top mining countries.


TUESDAY, MARCH 6

CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes—Ahead of International Women’s Day, CARE Canada will be leading its second annual Walk In Her Shoes event in support of women and girls worldwide. Parliamentarians, diplomats, public servants, students, women, and men are invited to join this lunchtime walk, which will kickoff at Parliament Hill. 11:30 a.m. To learn more or register: walkinhershoes.ca.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7

Bank of Canada Overnight Rate Release—The Bank of Canada will announce its overnight rate target today at 10 a.m.


THURSDAY, MARCH 8

OEA/CABE Spring Policy Conference—The Ottawa Economics Association and Canadian Association of Business Economics are hosting a conference discussing various aspects of inclusive growth in Canada. Sessions cover issues such as the gender wage gap; labour market integration of Indigenous people, women, older workers, and migrants; financial inclusion; inclusive tax policy; and the progressive trade agenda. The keynote speakers are Annette Verschuren, chair and CEO, NRStor Inc., and Douglas J. Porter, chief economist and managing director of BMO. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa. Conference fees apply. For more details on speakers, rates and registration, please visit cabe.ca.


SATURDAY, MARCH 10 

2018 Ontario PC Leadership Race—Ontario PC members will select a new leader to replace Patrick Brown today. Online voting will run Friday, March 2 to Thursday, March 8.


FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Seminar: Members and their Constituency—The Canadian Study of Parliament offers this seminar. It will bring together Parliamentarians, academics, parliamentary staff, and journalists who will look into the nature of constituency representation and engagement, while also exploring competing ideas about what the “constituency” is and how it may differ for some Members. Includes breakfast and buffet lunch. $150 members; $200 non-members; $25 students/retirees. For more information, visit cspg-gcep.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or info@cspg-gcep.ca.


MONDAY, MARCH 19

Canadian Wine Caucus Meeting—MPs are invited to the Winter 2018 meeting of the Canadian Wine Caucus. The guest speaker will be John Peller, CEO of Andrew Peller Limited, the leading wine producer in the country, representing recognized brands from Ontario (Peller Estates, Thirty Bench, Trius) and B.C. (Black Hills, Gray Monk, Peller Estates, Sandhill, Tinhorn Creek) to name a few. 6:15-8 p.m. Parliamentary Restaurant, Room 602. Space is limited, so RSVP by Feb. 21 to elisa@canadianvintners.com.


TUESDAY, MARCH 20

Bacon and Big Thinking—Attend this special interdisciplinary discussion, “Arctic warming: land and communities on the cusp of rapid change," brought to you by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Join Susan Kutz, University of Calgary, and Jackie Dawson, University of Ottawa, in a conversation moderated by Pitseolak Pfeifer at the Parliamentary Restaurant. Free for Parliamentarians and media, breakfast included ($25 others; $10 students). 7:30-9 a.m. Register at www.ideas-idees.ca/big-thinking.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

Canadian Cattlemen's Association Annual General Meeting—The CCA's 2018 Annual General Meeting will take place March 21-23, at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St., Ottawa. The meeting brings together directors from provincial member associations to determine policy for the industry. It also allows CCA the opportunity to meet and discuss industry issues with Parliamentiarians at an annual reception held near Parliament Hill.


FRIDAY, MARCH 23

Former First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak in Calgary—Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will be in Calgary for a 7 p.m. event at the Calgary Stampede Corral. For tickets, calgarychamber.com or ticketmaster.ca. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 29

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. March's topic is the job search. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


THURSDAY, APRIL 12

Wonk Prom—Get ready to polish off your glasses for Wonk Prom, the official after-party of the Public Policy Forum Testimonial Dinner. An annual celebration of politics, policy, and the people who make it happen, this year's party will raise funds to support Samara's research and programming. Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto. 8:30 p.m. $35 at the door or $20 for low-wage attendees. Early bird tickets are $25, while advance tickets cost $30. For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wonk-prom-tickets-39614560216.


THURSDAY, APRIL 19

Liberal Party National Convention—The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, in Halifax, N.S.

[caption id="attachment_94054" align="alignleft" width="711"] Liberal Party president Anna Gainey, left, leader Justin Trudeau, centre, and president of the Young Liberals Mira Ahmad, right, at the party's Winnipeg convention in May 2016. The Liberal Party will host its next convention in April 2018 in Halifax. PMO's Adam Scotti photograph[/caption]


THURSDAY, APRIL 26

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. April's topic is OC Transpo. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


THURSDAY, MAY 24

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. May's topic is OC Transpo. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


TUESDAY, MAY 29

Canadian Research Software Conference—CANARIE is pleased to host the first annual Canadian Research Software Conference from May 29-30. Join colleagues to learn, collaborate, exchange ideas, and discuss common issues affecting software development for academic research. For more, contact software@canarie.ca.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Address Spirit of Hope 2018—Former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper is one of the prominent names that will appear on a panel of speakers at the 2018 edition of the Spirit of Hope, the annual fundraising dinner for the Toronto-based Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. The panel of speakers will also feature former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak and former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar. Lara Logan, the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, will be the moderator. The event is to be hosted at Metro Toronto Convention Centre's South Building.


THURSDAY, JUNE 7

Ontario Votes—Voters in Canada's largest province go to the polls today to elect members of the Ontario legislature.

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. This month the meeting will be a social event. 3:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


FRIDAY, JUNE 8

G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que.—The 2018 G7 Summit will be held at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Que., located in the province's scenic Charlevoix region. The summit will take place from June 8-9. Canada holds the presidency of the G7 in 2018. It rotates annually.


MONDAY, JUNE 11

Conference of Montreal—The International Economic Forum of the Americas hosts this annual event featuring speakers typically including heads of state, central bank governors, ministers, and global economic decision-makers. June 11-14.


THURSDAY, AUG. 23

Conservative Party National Convention—To be held in Halifax, N.S., until Aug. 25.


MONDAY, SEPT. 24

New Brunswick Votes—Voters go to the polls today to elect members of the New Brunswick legislature.


MONDAY, OCT. 1

Quebec Votes—Voters in Canada's second most populous province go to the polls today to elect members of the Quebec National Assembly.


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