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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

Hill Life & People

After brief sojourn at the Star, Paul Wells prepares to return to Maclean’s

By MARCO VIGLIOTTI

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Parliamentary Calendar

Thursday , March 30 , 2017

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

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.

Friday , March 31 , 2017

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.

Monday , April 3 , 2017

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.