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Press gallery’s Marc Fortier to retire after 30 years 

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
The press gallery’s Marc Fortier announced last week that he would be retiring. After 30 years, the Parliamentary Press Gallery's acting manager of multimedia events will spend his last day on the job on Friday,…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
A handful of ministers in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet hosted what was the first ever baby shower for a cabinet minister, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, on Feb. 5. “Canadian history in the making. Tonight…
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Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz landed herself a spot as a celebrity guest on the Canadian live comedy show Monkey Toast after a chance encounter with its host David Shore. “I thought he was a local resident and he happened to be…
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The Famous Five Ottawa will be celebrating Isobel Metcalfe and her 20 years of service and leadership for the group on Monday night at the swishy Rideau Club in Ottawa, after Ms. Metcalfe announced that she would be…
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An emergency gallbladder-removal surgery led doctors to discover that Conservative MP Todd Doherty was suffering a life-threatening illness. After an outing with friends and family on Jan. 20, Mr. Doherty was rushed to the emergency…
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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh named NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau the party’s new House leader in last week's shuffle of his party's critics. So for the first time, all three House leaders of the three major political…
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The all-party democracy caucus will have a chance to make its big debut during a Feb. 6 panel discussion. The event, examining the role of Canadian legislators in democracy abroad, is organized by Carleton University’s Initiative for…
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Yes, you read that right. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sculpted stomach will make an appearance on The Late Show host Stephen Colbert’s new show called Our Cartoon President. A Jan. 11 Toronto Star article said…
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Feature|By Shruti Shekar
If you want a hardcopy of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, good luck trying to find it in Ottawa. The highly anticipated tell-all about U.S. President Donald Trump’s first year in office…
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Government relations firm Impact Public Affairs has expanded, moving to a new, roomier office and hiring two new consultants to its team all in the past month. Barbara Barrett and Catherine Fortin LeFaivre joined Impact…
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On Oct. 27, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen presented a TEDxTalk in Toronto detailing his personal experience of when he first arrived in Canada as a refugee. In the video posted on Youtube on Nov. 27,…
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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is a Post Malone fan. Mr. Singh recently posted a photo on Instagram of himself alongside up-and-coming rapper Post Malone, saying he listened to one of the dreadlocked artist's most popular songs…
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It wasn't under the best circumstance that Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc was transformed into a Lego figure, as it happened shortly after he announced his cancer diagnosis, but we're choosing to view it as a…
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There are going to be more babies in the House! Looks like Conservative MP John Nater and his wife Justine are expecting their third child, according to his Twitter. “Coming in May 2018…” Mr. Nater…
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Finance Minister Bill Morneau may be trying to avoid any unnecessary limelight after all the bad press surrounding his ethical issues. But Allan Thompson, journalism professor at Carleton University who ran for the Liberals in the…
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If you're vacationing in Europe and you’re a fan of IPA beers that have caramel notes and a flowery, hoppy flavour, then you might just enjoy a new beer that was released in Ukraine called…
The Liberals and Conservatives are lining up their candidates for a series of federal byelections next month. The two parties have determined who will carry their respective banners in all four ridings up for grabs…
Many Parliamentarians use their previous experience as lawyers or political science grads to help them navigate federal politics. Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu can draw upon a more unique skillset, reaching into her past as an amateur…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
PARLIAMENT HILL—Comedy is funny because it's usually true, but when it's wrong it's not that funny. In a recent CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes sketch, comedian and actor Susan Kent poked fun at the fact that some people…
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MPs celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of the Parliament of Canada on Nov. 6. Several former prime ministers and speakers of the House were recognized before Question Period, including ex-PMs John Turner, Joe…
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Every so often Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and her partner Félix Marzell will go to musical events to feed their passion for the arts. The most recent concert that the couple attended was a show…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s hair was a little slicker than usual on Tuesday, as he got into the Halloween spirit. Rogers Communications’ Hill reporter Cormac Mac Sweeney tweeted: “PM Justin Trudeau is dressed as Clark…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
There’s a new TV show that could have Hill-goers binge-watching once it starts next month. Political Blind Dates premieres on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. on TVO. A Toronto Star article compared it to Tinder for…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
The Will & Grace character Jack McFarland, played by actor Sean Hayes, lies back and thinks of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when struggling to perform sexy scenes. In a Will & Grace After Party episode on Oct. 19 on…
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When the Tragically Hip's front-man and musical icon Gord Downie died last week, it was a sad day on Parliament Hill too. Mr. Downie died on Oct. 17 from brain cancer, which he was diagnosed with in…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
It seems that NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is switching up how his name is presented when promoting events and appearances—whether it’s in a press release or in campaign materials—which is a way of connecting with…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
The number of Hill pregnancies is growing, with three more to add to the list. Kenzie Potter, principal secretary to Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, is due to give birth in the new year. “I…
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Former prime minister Paul Martin and Indigo Books and Music CEO Heather Reisman will be in Toronto to discuss the state of Canada-U.S. relations this week. The event will be hosted at the Indigo bookstore…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
On Oct. 2, a day after the New Democratic Party elected Jagmeet Singh as its new leader, Mr. Singh was instantly transformed into a Lego celebrity. The Twitter user @PoliLego, who is dedicated to creating Lego figures…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
This just in: Peter Mazereeuw is the new deputy editor for Monday’s issue and Charelle Evelyn is the new deputy editor for Wednesday's issue. Mr. Mazereeuw, who also covers House legislation, the Senate, access to…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Teen mental health advocate Noah Irvine will speak with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday about implementing a mental health secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office, a Sept. 25 press release from Mr. Irvine said. The…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
After three years of losing, former Vancouver Sun journalist Peter O’Neil and the rest of his recreational softball team of reporters and friends won a Hill league championship Sept. 16, with a final score of 31-7.…

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