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FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 1, 2023
Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is highlighting party renewal in his bid for leadership of the Ontario Liberals. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 1, 2023
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 1, 2023
Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is highlighting party renewal in his bid for leadership of the Ontario Liberals. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 30, 2023
Minister of Public Services and Procurement Helena Jaczek, left, and Treasury Board President Mona Fortier. PSPC's office space services public servants from 103 departments and agencies, according to department spokesperson Jeremy Link. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 30, 2023
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 30, 2023
Minister of Public Services and Procurement Helena Jaczek, left, and Treasury Board President Mona Fortier. PSPC's office space services public servants from 103 departments and agencies, according to department spokesperson Jeremy Link. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
This year’s most influential list is peppered with the politicians, political staffers and strategists, public servants, and media who help shape policy, hold the government to account, and wield influence behind the scenes. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Sam Garcia, handouts, and photo illustration by Serena Masonde
This year’s most influential list is peppered with the politicians, political staffers and strategists, public servants, and media who help shape policy, hold the government to account, and wield influence behind the scenes. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Sam Garcia, handouts, and photo illustration by Serena Masonde
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 30, 2023
Heather Scoffield, pictured in The Canadian Press' Ottawa office in 2018, has joined the Business Council of Canada’s executive team as senior vice president of strategy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 30, 2023
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 30, 2023
Heather Scoffield, pictured in The Canadian Press' Ottawa office in 2018, has joined the Business Council of Canada’s executive team as senior vice president of strategy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 25, 2023
Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, left, is joining the leadership team of the Progressive Senate Group, taking over the role of liaison from the soon-to-retire Senator Patricia Bovey. Photograph courtesy of Sen. Wanda Thomas Bernard's office, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 25, 2023
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 25, 2023
Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, left, is joining the leadership team of the Progressive Senate Group, taking over the role of liaison from the soon-to-retire Senator Patricia Bovey. Photograph courtesy of Sen. Wanda Thomas Bernard's office, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 23, 2023
Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, left, Treasury Board President Mona Fortier, pictured Jan. 19, announced that the City of Ottawa will be getting $350-million from the federal government to electrify OC Transpo's fleet of buses. Meanwhile, federal public service have to return to the office at least two to three times per week by the end of March. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 23, 2023
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 23, 2023
Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, left, Treasury Board President Mona Fortier, pictured Jan. 19, announced that the City of Ottawa will be getting $350-million from the federal government to electrify OC Transpo's fleet of buses. Meanwhile, federal public service have to return to the office at least two to three times per week by the end of March. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 23, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on the Hill. The Libs will hold national convention in Ottawa in May. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 23, 2023
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 23, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on the Hill. The Libs will hold national convention in Ottawa in May. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 23, 2023
Clerk of the Privy Council Janice Charette, left, and former Clerks Michael Wernick and Mel Cappe. Cappe says deputy minister retreats are structured and organized by the Clerk, who relies on a group of officials from the senior personnel secretariat to think about what's needed to be addressed. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, file photographs
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 23, 2023
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 23, 2023
Clerk of the Privy Council Janice Charette, left, and former Clerks Michael Wernick and Mel Cappe. Cappe says deputy minister retreats are structured and organized by the Clerk, who relies on a group of officials from the senior personnel secretariat to think about what's needed to be addressed. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, file photographs
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 18, 2023
Conservative strategist Yaroslav Baran, left, journalist Heather Bakken, and creative director Benjamin Purkiss have launched a new political communications firm, Pendulum Group. Photographs courtesy of Pendulum Group
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 18, 2023
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 18, 2023
Conservative strategist Yaroslav Baran, left, journalist Heather Bakken, and creative director Benjamin Purkiss have launched a new political communications firm, Pendulum Group. Photographs courtesy of Pendulum Group
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE, KATE MALLOY | January 16, 2023
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier is getting criticized by the public service unions, but she says a 'hybrid-by-design' model provides an opportunity to bring 'both remote work and in-person work' together for the sake of collaboration, cohesion and in-person teamwork. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE, KATE MALLOY | January 16, 2023
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE, KATE MALLOY | January 16, 2023
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier is getting criticized by the public service unions, but she says a 'hybrid-by-design' model provides an opportunity to bring 'both remote work and in-person work' together for the sake of collaboration, cohesion and in-person teamwork. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 16, 2023
Politico reporter Zi-Ann Lum, left, and Globe and Mail reporter Marsha McLeod will study coverage of political discourse and democracy for a week in March as part of the Kiplinger Fellowship at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in Ohio. Photographs courtesy of Twitter
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 16, 2023
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 16, 2023
Politico reporter Zi-Ann Lum, left, and Globe and Mail reporter Marsha McLeod will study coverage of political discourse and democracy for a week in March as part of the Kiplinger Fellowship at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in Ohio. Photographs courtesy of Twitter
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 11, 2023
Alan Fleming, who most recently served as Independent Senator Dan Christmas’ director of parliamentary affairs, died suddenly on Jan. 7, at the age of 63. Photograph courtesy of Facebook, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 11, 2023
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 11, 2023
Alan Fleming, who most recently served as Independent Senator Dan Christmas’ director of parliamentary affairs, died suddenly on Jan. 7, at the age of 63. Photograph courtesy of Facebook, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 28, 2022
Auditor General Karen Hogan speaks to reporters following the tabling of reports in the House of Commons on Dec. 6, 2022, auditing the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic programs. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 28, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 28, 2022
Auditor General Karen Hogan speaks to reporters following the tabling of reports in the House of Commons on Dec. 6, 2022, auditing the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic programs. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 21, 2022
National president of the Union of Taxation Employees Marc Brière, whose union represents around 35,000 Canada Revenue Agency employees, says strike votes will be held in early 2023 if 'that’s the only language the government understands.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 21, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 21, 2022
National president of the Union of Taxation Employees Marc Brière, whose union represents around 35,000 Canada Revenue Agency employees, says strike votes will be held in early 2023 if 'that’s the only language the government understands.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 19, 2022
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier says 'we’ve now seen that there needs to be greater fairness and equity across our workplaces, and we need consistency in how hybrid work is applied across the federal government.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 19, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 19, 2022
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier says 'we’ve now seen that there needs to be greater fairness and equity across our workplaces, and we need consistency in how hybrid work is applied across the federal government.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 19, 2022
Abacus Data's David Coletto, left, and Bruce Anderson. Coletto, the organization's chief executive officer, will take on the role of chairman starting on Jan. 1, 2023. Photograph courtesy of LinkedIn, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 19, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 19, 2022
Abacus Data's David Coletto, left, and Bruce Anderson. Coletto, the organization's chief executive officer, will take on the role of chairman starting on Jan. 1, 2023. Photograph courtesy of LinkedIn, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 14, 2022
Jim Carr speaks with reporters on the way to his office in 2019. Carr died at home at the age of 71 surrounded by family on Dec. 12. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 14, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 14, 2022
Jim Carr speaks with reporters on the way to his office in 2019. Carr died at home at the age of 71 surrounded by family on Dec. 12. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 12, 2022
Progressive Senator Pierre Dalphond, left, and Liberal MP Ron McKinnon. Dalphond recently introduced legislation in the Senate that would restrain the distribution of fentanyl through Canada Post. McKinnon has said he would sponsor the bill in the House if it passes the Senate. Photograph courtesy of Senator Dalphond's office, photograph courtesy of LinkedIn
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 12, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 12, 2022
Progressive Senator Pierre Dalphond, left, and Liberal MP Ron McKinnon. Dalphond recently introduced legislation in the Senate that would restrain the distribution of fentanyl through Canada Post. McKinnon has said he would sponsor the bill in the House if it passes the Senate. Photograph courtesy of Senator Dalphond's office, photograph courtesy of LinkedIn
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 12, 2022
Claudette Commanda, pictured at the National Indigenous Peoples’ Day Ceremony in Gatineau, Que., in 2018, has been picked by Ottawa Magazine as one of the city’s top leaders. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 12, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 12, 2022
Claudette Commanda, pictured at the National Indigenous Peoples’ Day Ceremony in Gatineau, Que., in 2018, has been picked by Ottawa Magazine as one of the city’s top leaders. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 7, 2022
Longtime CPAC journalist Martin Stringer has retired, after roughly 27 years with the Ottawa-based broadcaster. Photograph courtesy of CPAC
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 7, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 7, 2022
Longtime CPAC journalist Martin Stringer has retired, after roughly 27 years with the Ottawa-based broadcaster. Photograph courtesy of CPAC
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier, left, and PSAC national president Chris Aylward. Aylward says 'the buck ultimately stops with Minister Fortier in negotiations.' The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier, left, and PSAC national president Chris Aylward. Aylward says 'the buck ultimately stops with Minister Fortier in negotiations.' The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE, JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears before the Public Order Emergency Commission at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa on Nov. 25, 2022, to provide testimony about the Freedom Convoy occupation and the government's invocation of the Emergencies Act. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE, JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 5, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE, JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears before the Public Order Emergency Commission at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa on Nov. 25, 2022, to provide testimony about the Freedom Convoy occupation and the government's invocation of the Emergencies Act. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
And the winner is: The 2022 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy winner John Lorinc, left, his book cover, and award founder Jim Balsillie. Handout photographs and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
And the winner is: The 2022 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy winner John Lorinc, left, his book cover, and award founder Jim Balsillie. Handout photographs and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 30, 2022
Sonia Verma, editor-in-chief of Global News, left, and CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Catherine Tait will open the Dec. 1 event discussing the upsurge in targeted online abuse facing journalists in recent months. Photograph courtesy of LinkedIn, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 30, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 30, 2022
Sonia Verma, editor-in-chief of Global News, left, and CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Catherine Tait will open the Dec. 1 event discussing the upsurge in targeted online abuse facing journalists in recent months. Photograph courtesy of LinkedIn, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 28, 2022
Police patrol Wellington Street on Feb. 12, 2022 as the Freedom Convoy’s occupation of downtown Ottawa entered its third weekend. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 28, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 28, 2022
Police patrol Wellington Street on Feb. 12, 2022 as the Freedom Convoy’s occupation of downtown Ottawa entered its third weekend. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 28, 2022
Terry Fox, pictured running on his tour, had one leg amputated due to cancer. He tried to run across Canada, but after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, he had to end his run. His efforts cost him his life, but his worldwide legacy lives on. He was 22 when he died. The annual Terry Fox Run, first started in 1981. Photograph courtesy Wikimedia Commons
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 28, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 28, 2022
Terry Fox, pictured running on his tour, had one leg amputated due to cancer. He tried to run across Canada, but after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, he had to end his run. His efforts cost him his life, but his worldwide legacy lives on. He was 22 when he died. The annual Terry Fox Run, first started in 1981. Photograph courtesy Wikimedia Commons
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 23, 2022
Three new Senators for Ontario have been appointed to the Red Chamber, as announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Nov. 21. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 23, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 23, 2022
Three new Senators for Ontario have been appointed to the Red Chamber, as announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Nov. 21. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 23, 2022
National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé, left, and RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki. The NPF is calling on the federal government to reconsider the potential removal of a number of 'less lethal intervention options' available to officers. Photograph courtesy of the National Police Federation and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 23, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 23, 2022
National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé, left, and RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki. The NPF is calling on the federal government to reconsider the potential removal of a number of 'less lethal intervention options' available to officers. Photograph courtesy of the National Police Federation and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 21, 2022
Police, pictured Feb. 17, 2022, beginning to remove Freedom Convoy protesters from downtown Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 21, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 21, 2022
Police, pictured Feb. 17, 2022, beginning to remove Freedom Convoy protesters from downtown Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 21, 2022
Toronto Life’s top influential people 2022: Tiff Macklem, top left, Doug Ford, Chrystia Freeland, Anita Anand, Jagmeet Singh, and Jenni Byrne all ranked in the top half of Toronto Life magazine's 50 most influential list for 2022. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and courtesy of Twitter
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 21, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 21, 2022
Toronto Life’s top influential people 2022: Tiff Macklem, top left, Doug Ford, Chrystia Freeland, Anita Anand, Jagmeet Singh, and Jenni Byrne all ranked in the top half of Toronto Life magazine's 50 most influential list for 2022. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and courtesy of Twitter
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 16, 2022
Dr. Margo Greenwood's recent appointment to the Senate brings the Red Chamber up to 90 members, with 15 seat vacancies. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 16, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 16, 2022
Dr. Margo Greenwood's recent appointment to the Senate brings the Red Chamber up to 90 members, with 15 seat vacancies. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY CHELSEA NASH, MIKE LAPOINTE | November 14, 2022
Freedom Convoy supporters carry and wear "F*ck Trudeau" flags along Metcalfe Street on Feb. 12, 2022. Over the last five to seven years, hate and harassment have spread into relatively obscure constituencies, and MPs are now facing this all the time. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY CHELSEA NASH, MIKE LAPOINTE | November 14, 2022
News | BY CHELSEA NASH, MIKE LAPOINTE | November 14, 2022
Freedom Convoy supporters carry and wear "F*ck Trudeau" flags along Metcalfe Street on Feb. 12, 2022. Over the last five to seven years, hate and harassment have spread into relatively obscure constituencies, and MPs are now facing this all the time. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 14, 2022
Public Order Emergency Commissioner Paul Rouleau, pictured on Nov. 10, 2022, began holding public hearings on Oct. 13, and will continue until Nov. 25. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 14, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 14, 2022
Public Order Emergency Commissioner Paul Rouleau, pictured on Nov. 10, 2022, began holding public hearings on Oct. 13, and will continue until Nov. 25. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 14, 2022
New Conservative Party communications director Sarah Fischer pictured honking a truck horn during the Freedom Convoy occupation on Jan. 30. 'There’s no other place in the world I would rather be right now than in downtown Ottawa. The energy is electric, people are hopeful and you can see smiling faces everywhere you look,' she wrote. Screenshot courtesy of Twitter
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 14, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 14, 2022
New Conservative Party communications director Sarah Fischer pictured honking a truck horn during the Freedom Convoy occupation on Jan. 30. 'There’s no other place in the world I would rather be right now than in downtown Ottawa. The energy is electric, people are hopeful and you can see smiling faces everywhere you look,' she wrote. Screenshot courtesy of Twitter
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 9, 2022
Veteran political journalist Vassy Kapelos is heading to CTV News as their chief political correspondent, where she will host Power Play as well as Question Period. Photograph courtesy of CTV News
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 9, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 9, 2022
Veteran political journalist Vassy Kapelos is heading to CTV News as their chief political correspondent, where she will host Power Play as well as Question Period. Photograph courtesy of CTV News
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 2, 2022
Canadian Senators Group Leader Scott Tannas, centre, was made one of three deputy chairs of the Senate Internal Economy Committee on Oct. 27. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 2, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | November 2, 2022
Canadian Senators Group Leader Scott Tannas, centre, was made one of three deputy chairs of the Senate Internal Economy Committee on Oct. 27. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade