Parliamentary Calendar



House, Senate resume sitting after week-long break



The House of Commons, pictured, resumes sitting on Oct. 16, after taking a one-week absence. Hill Times file photograph

After sitting silent the past nine days, the House of Commons and Senate will resume their fall sittings early this week.

The House resumes on Monday, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau using the week away from Parliament to visit Washington, D.C. and Mexico City, amidst the start of the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations in the U.S. capital.

NAFTA talks are scheduled to conclude on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Senators return to the Upper Chamber to resume their legislative duties on Tuesday, after their own weeklong absence.

This week also marks the first ever public meeting of the secretive Board of Internal Economy, which is responsible for handling internal House business. That will be held on Thursday.

The Liberals promised to open up the Board of Internal Economy during the 2015 election campaign.

Here are more upcoming political happenings:


MONDAY, OCT. 16

House Resumes Sitting—After a one-week break, the House of Commons resumes sitting as part of its fall session. It sits every weekday until Nov. 10.

Wine Caucus Meeting—The Canadian Vintners Association will host their Fall Parliamentary Wine Caucus at 6 p.m. in the Parliamentary Restaurant.

Aboriginal Trust and Investment Workshop—Rodgers Investment Consulting hosts the 13th annual Aboriginal Trust and Investment Workshop. The two-day workshop is designed to educate and engage participants in discussion on the fundamentals of Aboriginal Settlement Trusts and Investment Management. Oct. 16-17. Hilton Lac-Leamy, 3 Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, Que. For more information visit: AboriginalTrustAndInvestment.com.

Presentation by Senator Yuen Pau Woo on China—Senator Pau Woo will be delivering a presentation on China’s Neighbourhood: Beijing’s Relations with Other Asian Countries. Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St., Ottawa. 7:30 p.m. Free for members of the Canada China Friendship Society. $10 for non-members. 

Hayashiya Imamaru: Japanese Paper-cutting Art "Kami-Kiri" Performance—“Kami-Kiri” is the free hand cutting of silhouettes from paper, using skills developed in Japan over 300 years ago. Watch Mr. Hayashiya's speeding scissors creating beautiful portraits and audience requests in the blink of an eye. Richcraft Hall Theatre 2200, Carleton University. 6:30 p.m. Free admission, no reservation required. For more information, see http://www.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/2017_shared_images/Hayashiya_Imamaru.pdf.

ParlAmericas Annual Parliament Hill Reception—The Canadian Section of ParlAmericas is hosting a reception for Parliamentarians and ambassadors from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. Chilean Senator Hernán Larraín, president of the ParlAmericas' Open Parliament Network, will deliver a keynote speech on Rebuilding Citizen Trust: Parliaments at the Cutting Edge of the Transparency Agenda. 6-7:30 p.m. Room 160-S, Centre Block. For more, contact ParlAmericas@parl.gc.ca

Canada's UN Ambassador at Canadian Club—Ambassador Marc-André Blanchard, Canada's permanent representative to the United Nations, will join the Canadian Club Toronto to provide an overview of major international issues on his agenda and to discuss how this work is tailor-made for Canada and Canadians. Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W., Toronto. 11:45 a.m. Tickets: $75 subscriber, $85 non-subscriber.


TUESDAY, OCT. 17

Senate Resumes Sitting—After a one-week break, the Senate resumes sitting as part of its fall session.

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada’s Parliamentary Reception—The president and board of directors of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada invite decision-makers to meet the industry’s leaders, and learn more about the contributions chemistry makes to the everyday lives of Canadians. 5:30-7 p.m. Commonwealth Room, 238-S, Centre Block. For more information, contact: Kyle Larkin, 613-233-8906, or kyle@impactcanada.com.

Merit Canada Parliamentary Reception—Merit Canada, which represents eight provincial open-shop construction associations, and its 3,500 member companies, invites you to a reception. Room 160-S, Centre Block. 5-8 p.m. RSVP: merit@tsa.ca.

Marine Day on the Hill—The Chamber of Marine Commerce together with Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, Ont., is hosting a Marine Day on the Hill reception for all MPs and Senators. The event celebrates Great Lakes-St Lawrence marine transportation. Transport Minister Marc Garneau is the special guest. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Room 308, Wellington Building. RSVP by Oct. 13 to Taylor Bourdeau at 613-232-3539 or admin@cmc-ccm.com.

Housing on the Hill Day Reception—The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, and the Dignity for all Campaign will host a reception on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. MPs will have a chance to meet with representatives from the housing, homelessness, and anti-poverty sector. RSVP by Oct. 15 to Julie Auger at jauger@chra-achru.ca or 613-594-3007, extension 15. 5:30 p.m. Bier Markt, 156 Sparks St.

Organically Yours Parliamentary Reception—Join the members of the Canada Organic Trade Association for an evening of socializing and organic-industry discussions. Come for the food, the fun happens organically. 5-7 p.m. Room 325, Wellington Building. RSVP to Ann Fisbein, 613-482-1717, afisbein@ota.com.

Canadian Medical Association's 150th Birthday Party—Members of Parliament, ministers, Senators, and staff are invited to an evening of celebration as the CMA marks its 150th birthday with food, drinks, and musical entertainment. 5:30-10 p.m. Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St., Ottawa. RSVP to cma150@cma.ca.

Canada & the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda: An Opportunity for Global Leadership—Informal discussion tables for Parliamentarians and staff will be hosted by members of the Women, Peace, and Security Network-Canada. The event is co-hosted by Senators Marilou McPhedran, Mobina Jaffer, Grant Mitchell, and Liberal MPs Karen McCrimmon and Anita Vandenbeld, NDP MP Hélène Laverdière, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Wine and cheese will be provided. 5-7:30 p.m. Room B-16, East Block. Please RSVP to Katrina.Leclerc@sen.parl.gc.ca, or 613-996-2106.

NAFTA Risks and Opportunities—The Ottawa Economics Association (OEA) invites you to a luncheon event with a panel discussion on what has been accomplished so far in the NAFTA negotiations, what’s next, and what it all means for the Canadian economy. It features Mark Warner of MAAW LA,; Jacqueline Palladini from the Conference Board of Canada, and Brian Kingston of the Business Council of Canada. Starts at 11:45 a.m. Chateau Laurier hotel, 1 Rideau St., Laurier Room, Ottawa. Luncheon fees apply. For more details on speakers, rates, and registration via cabe.ca.

Canada and the World: Views from Canadian Muslims—The Canadian International Council's National Capital Branch presents a panel discussion examining how rising populism and anti-immigrant sentiment affects Muslim Canadians. The event, moderated by Carleton University professor Melanie Adrian, features Monia Mazigh, a prominent academic, and human rights and civil liberties advocate Amira Elghawaby. Registration and cash bar starts at 5 p.m., while the presentation and discussion begins at 6 p.m. An optional dinner is to be held at 7:30 p.m. The Sheraton Hotel, Rideau Room, 150 Albert St., Ottawa. Register to ottawa@thecic.org or 613-903-4011.

Consumer Technology Association Tech Demo and Reception—The Consumer Technology Association will be bringing a taste of the CES to Parliament Hill. They will be hosting a reception and tech demo to showcase the latest consumer technology products from their 160+ members across Canada. Check out exciting new innovations first hand from drones to driverless car technology to artificial intelligence. 6-8 p.m. Chateau Laurier, Ballroom. RSVP to rsvp@ensightcanada.com.


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18

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.

Conservative Caucus Meeting—The Conservatives will meet for their national caucus meeting. 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 9:15-11 a.m. in Room 112-N Centre Block, on Wednesday. For more information, please call the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or ndpcom@parl.gc.ca.

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.

Entrepreneur of the Year Awards—eBay’s 13th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebrates outstanding achievements in Canadian entrepreneurship, demonstrating how small- and medium-sized businesses find success online through platforms like eBay. 5:30-8 p.m. Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr.

17th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill—This event, hosted by Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai, will be held at the Sir John A. McDonald Building, main hall, Wellington Street, Ottawa starting at 6.30 p.m.

The Travers Debates—Pollster and political analyst Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Vancouver-based Angus Reid Institute, and award-winning political journalist Stephen Maher will debate whether the potential exists for the rise of a populist movement in Canada similar to that which resulted in the election of Donald Trump. The fun debate, which features teams of journalists and MPs, will expound on the prime minister’s choice of unconventional socks. Funds raised from the event support the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship. $125. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa. 7-11 p.m. Tickets available at https://guestlist.co/events/469713?utm=jqidtvkhwiqla0km.

Informed Opinion's Parliamentary Reception—Join us for a glass of wine, appetizers, and to hear about what difference it makes when you draw on the entire talent pool, how Informed Opinion’s ExpertWomen database can help you find qualified female sources, and why you need to know about our What Gets Measured Gets Done campaign. Reception will feature remarks from: Senator Kim Pate and honourees Elizabeth Sheehy, from the University of Ottawa, and TVO's Nam Kiwanuka, as well as Informed Opinions' Shari Graydon. 5-7 p.m. Room 256-S, Centre Block. RSVP by Oct. 15 to samantha@informedopinions.org.


THURSDAY, OCT. 19

Famous 5 Ottawa Speakers Series honouring the 2017 Governor General’s Persons Case Award Recipients—Famous 5 Ottawa is celebrating the 2017 Governor General’s Persons Case Award recipients as nation builders. 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets $35. National Arts Centre’s City Room, 53 Elgin St., Ottawa. For more, see https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2017-governor-generals-persons-case-award-reception-tickets-38113048153.

Fundamental Science and Innovation: A Productive Partnership—Join the Canadian Club of Ottawa and Art McDonald as he provides insight into the research performed during the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment for which he was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. Single tickets $65; corporate table $600. Visit canadianclubottawa.com to purchase tickets.

Commons Board of Internal Economy to Hold First Public Meeting—The secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy, responsible for handling internal House business, is hosting its first public meeting. 11:15 a.m. Room 237-C, Centre Block.


MONDAY, OCT. 23

Beyond Entertainment: How Video Games are Driving Innovation—A free one-day conference and showcase presented by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada. Speakers will highlight how video-game technology is revolutionizing health care, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and graphics. Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. RSVP to jhilchie@theesa.ca.

Byelections—Byelections will be held on Oct. 23 in Sturgeon River-Parkland, Alta., and Lac-Saint-Jean, Que.

[caption id="attachment_117850" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Former Quebec Conservative MP Denis Lebel officially resigned from his Lac-Saint-Jean seat in early August. The byelection for the seat is one of two scheduled for Oct. 23. The Hill Times file photograph[/caption]


TUESDAY, OCT. 24

Universities Canada Presents Homecoming 2017—Join university presidents, students, and researchers from across Canada for a fun fall gathering in the spirit of a campus homecoming celebration. Tuesday, Oct. 24. 6:30 p.m. Riviera, 62 Sparks St. By invitation only. For inquiries, please contact rsvp@univcan.ca or 613-563-3961 (226).

Concordia University Presents The Walrus Talks Disruption—Our world is rapidly changing, and Canada needs to keep up. Join The Walrus Talks and Concordia for The Walrus Talks Disruption, happening at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., on Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m. Seven speakers—including CBC radio host Terry O’Reilly, writer Lisa Charleyboy, and more—will discuss changes in health care, technology, industry, media, and more. Full event details and tickets are available online at thewalrus.ca/events.

Art of the Americas Exhibition—Terra Art presents this exhibition. Opening reception Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., Jean Pigott Place. The exhibition runs until Oct 26. Gallery hours: Oct. 25-26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Contact: Lilia Faulkner: 613-293-7060.

H on the Hill—Presidents, CEOs, and senior executives of hospitals and healthcare organizations across Canada are hosting their annual Lobby Day on Parliament Hill. Organized by HealthCareCAN, the national voice of hospitals and healthcare organizations, these meetings are intended to discuss the contributions and strategic issues of concern to our members in providing Canadians with the level of care and research results that meet the expectations of our public and private funders. For more information, contact Lucie Boileau at 613-241-8005, or lboileau@healthcarecan.

PIPSC Political Action Day and Reception—The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada will be holding their annual political action day on Parliament Hill. That evening, parliamentarians and staff are invited to a reception celebrating Canada’s world-class public service. 6-8 p.m. The O’Born Room, National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Please RSVP to rsvp@earnscliffe.ca, or contact Alicia Adams at 613-563-4455 for more information.

Film Screening: Food Evolution—Grain Growers of Canada, in partnership with CropLife Canada, present the documentary Food Evolution, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which examines the present and future potential of agriculture innovation and feeding a growing global population. Film to be followed by a panel discussion and reception. 6:30–9:30 p.m. Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. RSVP to Lindsey Ehman at 613-233-9954 or office@ggc-pgc.ca.


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25

Census Data Release—On Oct. 25, Statistics Canada will release data from the 2016 census on immigration and ethnocultural diversity, housing, and Aboriginal peoples.

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.

Parliamentary Reception for the 35th Anniversary of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women—The reception celebrates 35 years of civil society leadership and will include the signing of the giant CCMW birthday card. It's hosted by Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, Senators Mobina Jaffer, Marilou McPhedran, Salma Ataullahjan, and Liberal MPs Yasmin Ratansi, Ali Ehsassi, Iqra Khalid, Arif Virani, Salma Zahid, and Marwan Tabbara. 5-7 p.m. Room 256-S Centre Block. Please RSVP to Katrina.Leclerc@sen.parl.gc.ca or 613-996-2106.


THURSDAY, OCT. 26

Energy Innovation: A Dynamic Conversation About New Technologies for a Low-Carbon Economy—The Pearson Centre’s Econ4Tmro Series presents a panel discussion on issues of importance to innovation in the energy field. The panelists are: Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, senior partner at DeMarco Allan LLP Lisa DeMarco, former vice-president of market and system operation at the Independent Electricity System Operator Kim Warren, and moderator Sandra Pupatello, chair of the Pearson Centre and former Ontario minister of economic development and trade. 12:30-2 p.m. Individual seats $80. University Club of Toronto, 380 University Ave., Toronto. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/energy-innovation-in-ontario-tickets-38251846302.


FRIDAY, OCT. 27

Taiwan Film Screening: Lokah Laqi (Hang in There, Kids!)—A film about three kids who grew up in a secluded Indigenous tribe who bring a tape of their teacher’s beautiful voice recording to Taipei. Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute. In Mandarin Chinese and Atayal with English subtitles. Complimentary receptions starts at 6:30 p.m., while the film beings at 7 p.m. Richcraft Hall Theatre (formerly River Building), Carleton University, 9376 University Dr., Ottawa. Free admission.


MONDAY, OCT. 30

Toronto Global Forum—The International Economic Forum of the Americas hosts this annual event featuring confirmed speakers including McKinsey & Co. global managing partner Dominic Barton, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and OECD secretary general Angel Gurría. Oct. 30-Nov. 1. This year’s theme is: Redefining Globalization. Fairmont Royal York hotel, 100 Front St. W., Toronto.


TUESDAY, OCT. 31

Sarada Peri at Canadian Club—In today's fragmented media landscape, leaders have many ways to communicate. Join the Canadian Club of Toronto when former U.S. presidential speechwriter Sarada Peri gives us a behind-the-scenes look on how ex-president Barack Obama used oratory to lead, and how words can still unite in an era of division. 12:40 p.m. Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. West, Toronto.


THURSDAY, NOV. 2

Sir John A. Macdonald: The Musical—The life story of Sir John A. Macdonald reflects a man who overcame deep personal tragedy, his own demons, and political challenges to bring together a vision to forge a new nation. But it’s also a story rife with political scandal, corruption, and treason. Nov. 2-4. Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr., Ottawa. Tickets: $20-$45. Available online at centrepointetheatre.ca or at 613-580-2700.


FRIDAY, NOV. 3

Vimy Award Gala Dinner—This dinner, presented by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, brings together Canadian Armed Forces personnel, both past and present, industry members, foreign and domestic defence and security representatives, members of Canadian government, and others to witness the presentation of the Vimy Award. The award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding commitments to Canadian national security and defence. Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. 6-11 p.m. cdainstitute.ca/events/vimy-award-gala-dinner.

Taiwan Film Screening: Go Grandriders!—A group of 17 senior citizens, many of them suffer from all kinds of health problems and learned how to ride motorcycle for the first time, decide to embark on what may be the most daring adventures of their lives: a 13-day, 1,178-kilometre-long journey around Taiwan to feel the land they have lived all their lives. Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute. Complimentary reception at 6:30 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. Richcraft Hall Theatre (formerly River Building), Carleton University, 9376 University Dr., Ottawa. In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. Free admission.


MONDAY, NOV. 6

25th Annual CCPPP National Conference on Public Private Partnerships—The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships is hosting this conference Nov. 6 and 7, 2017, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St. W. CCPPP's national conference gathers the best and the brightest in the infrastructure sector to discuss, debate, and share the latest innovations. Keynote speaker: Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott. Visit http://www.p3-2017.ca/Home.

Innovating for Impact with Mike Moffatt and Rob Atkinson—Polytechnics Canada invites you to join us for an interactive panel discussion featuring two thought leaders on innovation policy. Mike Moffatt, chief innovation officer at Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, and Rob Atkinson, president of the Information, Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, D.C. will examine how innovation, robotics, artificial intelligence and technology will impact the future of work in Canada and abroad. 7:30-9:00 a.m. Rideau Club, 99 Bank Street, Ottawa. Jacket and tie required. To learn more or to purchase a ticket, contact events@polytechnicscanada.ca.


TUESDAY, NOV. 7

Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs: Parliamentary Reception—Fire chiefs from across the country descend on Parliament Hill for their advocacy week. House Speaker Geoff Regan and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs invite MPs to the Speaker’s Salon where they will be hosting a cocktail reception. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Speaker's Salon, room 216-N, Centre Block, Parliament Hill.

Reception with Celebrity Chef Michael SmithThe Canadian produce sector invites Parliamentarians and their staff to attend a VIP reception with celebrity chef Michael Smith, as part of the Canadian Horticultural Council and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s fall harvest advocacy week. 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr. RSVP to rsvp@hortcouncil.ca.

Canola-On Track to New Heights ReceptionThe Canola Council of Canada and the Canadian Canola Growers Association are hosting a reception from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Metropolitain Brasserie Restaurant, 700 Sussex Dr., Ottawa.


THURSDAY, NOV. 9

An Evening with Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould—The Markham-Stouffville Federal Liberal Association is hosting a reception with local MP Jane Philpott, Indigenous services minister, and special guest Jody Wilson-Raybould, justice minister. Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre, 8500 Warden Ave., Markham, Ont. 7 p.m. $150-$250. Media coverage is being facilitated and names of guests will be listed publicly on the party’s website. liberal.ca/openfundraising.

Igniting Canada’s Future In Space: Government and Stakeholders to Convene at the Canadian Space Policy Symposium—The Canadian Space Commerce Association, Canada’s national space industry association, will be convening a cross-section of Canadian space-sector stakeholders at the 2nd annual CSCA Canadian Space Policy Symposium at the University of Ottawa. To find out more, visit spacecommerce.ca/CSPS17 and register.


FRIDAY, NOV. 10

Guitars for Vets—See this songwriters' circle featuring Joel Plaskett, Sarah Harmer, Jeremy Fisher, and Séan McCann. Your $100 admission goes to buy one guitar for a Canadian veteran. Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., starts at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets online at algonquinsa.ticketfly.com. To sponsor a seat for a veteran, contact: playyourpart@vetscanada.org. 


SATURDAY, NOV. 11

Tinig Pinoy Radio 25th Anniversary—Tinig Pinoy Radio, on CKCU 93.1 FM, is celebrating 25 years. Join the celebration (a formal dinner and dance) to honour all hosts and tech producers of Tinig Pinoy Radio who volunteered their time and talents to give back to the community through radio programming in the last 25 years. 6 p.m. to midnight. Sala San Marco. 215 Preston St., Ottawa. Tickets: $60 per person for sit-down dinner. Contact: Regina Sosing: rsosing@gmail.com.


TUESDAY, NOV. 14

2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference—Canada will host this conference. Nov. 14-15. Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C. Over 500 delegates from more than 70 countries and international organizations are expected to attend. canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/campaigns/peacekeeping-defence- ministerial.html.

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize—The awarding of the $50,000 prize will take place at the Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC's Toronto headquarters. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m., while the presentation of the award begins at 6:30 p.m.


FRIDAY, NOV. 17

Canada's Trade Policy Agenda: Looking Ahead—The University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, the University of Ottawa, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation are hosting this conference, featuring speakers, including: former CIDA head Margaret Biggs (Queen's University), Carleton University's Meredith Lilly, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's Hugh Stephens, and Global Affairs Canada's Jonathan T. Fried, Canada's former representative at the WTO in Geneva. The conference goes from 7:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., Ottawa. $89. For more, contact kstarzyk@ucalgary.ca.


TUESDAY, NOV. 21

Canadian Welding Bureau Parliamentary Reception—The CWB Group is celebrating 70 years of serving the Canadian public and welding sector by inviting MPs and staff to their annual parliamentary reception. Interactive elements such as welding simulators will allow them to try their hand at welding. Industry representatives will be on site. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr.

Guy Saint-Jacques on China—Guy Saint-Jacques, former ambassador of Canada to China, will be delivering a presentation on China After the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St., Ottawa. 7:30 p.m. Free for members of the Canada China Friendship Society. $10 for non-members. 


TUESDAY, NOV. 28

McKesson Presents The Walrus Talks Health—The Walrus Talks returns to Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 28 for The Walrus Talks Health at the Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod St.) from 7-10 p.m. Six speakers—including Deep Genomics CEO Brendan Frey, Women’s College Research Institute senior scientist Dr. Steve Narod, and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement president Maureen O’Neil—will discuss innovation in medicine and the health-care system of the future. Full event details and tickets are available online at thewalrus.ca/events.


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29

Census Data Release—On Nov. 29, Statistics Canada will release data from the 2016 census on education, labour, the journey to work, language of work, and mobility and migration of Canadians.


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6

Bank of Canada Release—The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.


SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2018

Saskatchewan Party Elects New Leader—The next premier of Saskatchewan, taking over from Brad Wall who announced his resignation in the summer, will be elected today by party membership at a convention in Saskatoon. saskparty.com.


SATURDAY, FEB. 3, 2018

British Columbia Liberal Party Elects New Leader—Voting will take place online, with a telephone option, on Thursday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The party will hold a leadership convention for the announcement of the new leader on Feb. 3.  For more info: bcliberals.com/leadership.


THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

Liberal Party National Convention—The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.

[caption id="attachment_94054" align="aligncenter" 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]


FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018.


THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018

Conservative Party National Convention—To be held in Halifax, N.S., until Aug. 25, 2018.


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