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Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert has been a reporter with The Hill Times since 2011 and a deputy editor since 2019. Originally from Toronto, she’s been living in the national capital since 2007 and is a graduate of Carleton University’s bachelor of journalism program. She tackles the Hill Climbers column for the paper, which follows political staffing changes on Parliament Hill, and, among other things, regularly covers the Procedure and House Affairs Committee, the Board of Internal Economy, and Parliamentary Precinct renovations.

News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 15, 2024
The Senate of Canada Building at 1 Rideau St., the Upper Chamber's temporary home during ongoing renovations to the Centre Block building. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 15, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 15, 2024
The Senate of Canada Building at 1 Rideau St., the Upper Chamber's temporary home during ongoing renovations to the Centre Block building. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
List | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 10, 2024
The West Block building, current home of the House of Commons, on Aug. 2, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
List | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 10, 2024
List | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 10, 2024
The West Block building, current home of the House of Commons, on Aug. 2, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 10, 2024
There are recent director-level changes in the offices of both Women, Gender Equality, and Youth Minister Marci Ien, left, and Veterans Affairs Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 10, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 10, 2024
There are recent director-level changes in the offices of both Women, Gender Equality, and Youth Minister Marci Ien, left, and Veterans Affairs Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 10, 2024
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, left, Bloc MP Marilène Gill, and Sport Minister and Liberal MP Carla Qualtrough were the top three highest-spending MPs during the first three quarters of 2023-24. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 10, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 10, 2024
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, left, Bloc MP Marilène Gill, and Sport Minister and Liberal MP Carla Qualtrough were the top three highest-spending MPs during the first three quarters of 2023-24. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 8, 2024
Conservative House Leader Andrew Scheer, left, and Conservative Whip Kerry-Lynne Findlay have both held their respective roles since September 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of X
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 8, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 8, 2024
Conservative House Leader Andrew Scheer, left, and Conservative Whip Kerry-Lynne Findlay have both held their respective roles since September 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of X
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 3, 2024
Innovation, Science, and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, left; Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal; and Public Safety, Democratic Institutions, and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc have all recently welcomed new staff to their teams. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 3, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 3, 2024
Innovation, Science, and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, left; Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal; and Public Safety, Democratic Institutions, and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc have all recently welcomed new staff to their teams. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 3, 2024
Staffers wait outside a Liberal caucus meeting in the West Block on Nov. 8, 2021, shortly after that year's election, after which the transition to increasingly in-person work began. After being normalized during COVID, some staff continue to work remotely, including from outside the National Capital Region. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 3, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 3, 2024
Staffers wait outside a Liberal caucus meeting in the West Block on Nov. 8, 2021, shortly after that year's election, after which the transition to increasingly in-person work began. After being normalized during COVID, some staff continue to work remotely, including from outside the National Capital Region. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 1, 2024
Then-employment minister Carla Qualtrough, who is now responsible for the sports file, announces funding for skilled trades apprenticeship programs at the LiUNA Local 527 training centre in November 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 1, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 1, 2024
Then-employment minister Carla Qualtrough, who is now responsible for the sports file, announces funding for skilled trades apprenticeship programs at the LiUNA Local 527 training centre in November 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 1, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves a Liberal caucus meeting in West Block on March 20 followed by PMO press secretary Mohammad Hussain. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 1, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | April 1, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves a Liberal caucus meeting in West Block on March 20 followed by PMO press secretary Mohammad Hussain. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 25, 2024
Ontario ISG Senator Yvonne Boyer, who tabled Bill S-250 in the Senate in June 2022, appeared before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to kick off its study on the bill on Feb. 29. Screenshot courtesy of SenVu
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 25, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 25, 2024
Ontario ISG Senator Yvonne Boyer, who tabled Bill S-250 in the Senate in June 2022, appeared before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to kick off its study on the bill on Feb. 29. Screenshot courtesy of SenVu
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 25, 2024
There are recent hires, departures, and promotions to report in the offices of Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu, left, and Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 25, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 25, 2024
There are recent hires, departures, and promotions to report in the offices of Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu, left, and Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 21, 2024
International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen, left, recently scooped up International Trade Minister Mary Ng's press secretary to serve as his new communications director. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 21, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 21, 2024
International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen, left, recently scooped up International Trade Minister Mary Ng's press secretary to serve as his new communications director. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 18, 2024
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly speaks with reporters about the government's decision to pull Canadian diplomats out of India in a press conference on Oct. 19, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 18, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 18, 2024
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly speaks with reporters about the government's decision to pull Canadian diplomats out of India in a press conference on Oct. 19, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 18, 2024
The House of Commons Chamber in the West Block. The House Status of Women Committee tabled a report on preventing human trafficking on Feb. 29 following an almost year-long study that heard from 55 witnesses, and received 57 written submissions. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 18, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 18, 2024
The House of Commons Chamber in the West Block. The House Status of Women Committee tabled a report on preventing human trafficking on Feb. 29 following an almost year-long study that heard from 55 witnesses, and received 57 written submissions. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 13, 2024
Transport Minister and Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez speaks with reporters on his way into a cabinet meeting in the West Block on Feb. 13. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 13, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 13, 2024
Transport Minister and Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez speaks with reporters on his way into a cabinet meeting in the West Block on Feb. 13. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 11, 2024
The Centre Block building on Parliament Hill on Feb. 5. Hill Climbers catches up with a bevy of former staffers for whom this used to be a regular sight. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 11, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 11, 2024
The Centre Block building on Parliament Hill on Feb. 5. Hill Climbers catches up with a bevy of former staffers for whom this used to be a regular sight. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 11, 2024
Treasury Board President Anita Anand speaks with reporters on her way in to a Liberal caucus meeting in the West Block on Feb. 28, the day before she tabled the main estimates for 2024-25. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 11, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 11, 2024
Treasury Board President Anita Anand speaks with reporters on her way in to a Liberal caucus meeting in the West Block on Feb. 28, the day before she tabled the main estimates for 2024-25. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 7, 2024
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree, left, and Employment, Workforce Development, and Official Languages Minister Randy Boissonnault have both made recent changes to their ministerial staff teams. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 7, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 7, 2024
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree, left, and Employment, Workforce Development, and Official Languages Minister Randy Boissonnault have both made recent changes to their ministerial staff teams. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 6, 2024
Treasury Board President Anita Anand tabled the 2023-24 Supplementary Estimates C in the House of Commons on Feb. 15. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 6, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 6, 2024
Treasury Board President Anita Anand tabled the 2023-24 Supplementary Estimates C in the House of Commons on Feb. 15. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 4, 2024
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, pictured at a press conference on Dec. 7, 2023, will soon have a new chief of staff running his office. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 4, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | March 4, 2024
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, pictured at a press conference on Dec. 7, 2023, will soon have a new chief of staff running his office. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 29, 2024
Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge speaks with reporters before a Liberal cabinet meeting in the West Block on Feb. 13. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 29, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 29, 2024
Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge speaks with reporters before a Liberal cabinet meeting in the West Block on Feb. 13. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 28, 2024
Deputy House Speaker and Conservative MP Chris d'Entremont, the current chair of the MP working group on Hill renovation plans, presented a set of Centre Block design-related recommendations to the Board of Internal Economy on Feb. 15. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 28, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 28, 2024
Deputy House Speaker and Conservative MP Chris d'Entremont, the current chair of the MP working group on Hill renovation plans, presented a set of Centre Block design-related recommendations to the Board of Internal Economy on Feb. 15. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 28, 2024
Members of Parliament take part in an orientation session in the House of Commons Chamber in the West Block in December 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 28, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 28, 2024
Members of Parliament take part in an orientation session in the House of Commons Chamber in the West Block in December 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 26, 2024
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, left, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Diane Lebouthillier, and Government House Leader Steven MacKinnon. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 26, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 26, 2024
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, left, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Diane Lebouthillier, and Government House Leader Steven MacKinnon. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 22, 2024
International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen speaks with reporters in the House of Commons foyer in the West Block on Feb. 15. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 22, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 22, 2024
International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen speaks with reporters in the House of Commons foyer in the West Block on Feb. 15. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 20, 2024
A parliamentary interpreter works during a press conference in the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa on Feb. 16, 2021. Interpreting remote participants puts an added strain on interpreters, and has led to increased reports of injuries. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 20, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 20, 2024
A parliamentary interpreter works during a press conference in the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa on Feb. 16, 2021. Interpreting remote participants puts an added strain on interpreters, and has led to increased reports of injuries. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 19, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters on his way into a Liberal caucus meeting in the West Block on Feb. 14, followed by now-lead press secretary Mohammad Hussain. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 19, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 19, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters on his way into a Liberal caucus meeting in the West Block on Feb. 14, followed by now-lead press secretary Mohammad Hussain. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 15, 2024
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario Minister Filomena Tassi speaks with reporters about the introduction of Bill C-50 in the West Block on June 15, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 15, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 15, 2024
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario Minister Filomena Tassi speaks with reporters about the introduction of Bill C-50 in the West Block on June 15, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 14, 2024
Accompanied by officials from Public Services and Procurement Canada, The Hill Times' Feb. 7 tour of Centre Block started from the west entrance and covered the sub-basement up to the sixth floor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 14, 2024
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 14, 2024
Accompanied by officials from Public Services and Procurement Canada, The Hill Times' Feb. 7 tour of Centre Block started from the west entrance and covered the sub-basement up to the sixth floor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Slab replacement work is currently underway on the southwest end of Centre Block's first floor. New concrete will be poured over steel framing as part of this work. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT, ANDREW MEADE | February 14, 2024
Slab replacement work is currently underway on the southwest end of Centre Block's first floor. New concrete will be poured over steel framing as part of this work. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 12, 2024
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Marc Miller speaks with reporters in the foyer outside the House of Commons Chamber in the West Block on Jan. 31. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 12, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 12, 2024
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Marc Miller speaks with reporters in the foyer outside the House of Commons Chamber in the West Block on Jan. 31. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 8, 2024
Diversity, Inclusion, and Persons with Disabilities Minister Kamal Khera announces $3-million for 'Building Community Resilience,' described as a call to action under the Heritage Department's multiculturalism and anti-racism program, in the West Block on Jan. 30. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 8, 2024
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 8, 2024
Diversity, Inclusion, and Persons with Disabilities Minister Kamal Khera announces $3-million for 'Building Community Resilience,' described as a call to action under the Heritage Department's multiculturalism and anti-racism program, in the West Block on Jan. 30. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | February 7, 2024
Josh Mbandi, left, is an Ontario regional affairs adviser to Housing and Infrastructure Minister Sean Fraser, while Sebastian Clarke, right, is director of operations and engagements. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade