Veteran political columnist Paul Wells, pictured alongside Alison Uncles, editor-in-chief of Maclean's, is returning to the newsmagazine as a senior writer after less than a year with the Toronto Star. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The minister has also hired a new special assistant for communications.
Conservative David Yuridga expensed $427,322 during the last nine months of 2016, more than any other MP during that span.
Historian Paul Litt dives into Trudeaumania and comes up with fresh, new perspectives.
Alex Marland talks about his book Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control.
Vikas Swarup arrived on Feb. 28 and has already met with several ministers.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 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.