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 Kent/Superman for Halloween. He flashed the Superman logo on his way into the House. #cdnpoli" Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette sports a blood-stained suit for Halloween. Photograph courtesy of Michel Boyer's Twitter Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette struck a gruesome image in the House of Commons with his seemingly Dexter-inspired blood-spattered suit. Liberal MP David Graham also made the rounds with his daughter, who delighted onlookers as a miniature House Speaker, wearing the same costume Geoff Regan gets to sport every day. “Getting into the Halloween spirit on the Hill! Ozara Graham, daughter of @davidbgraham, came dressed as the Speaker today!” said a tweet from the House Speaker. Others who got dressed up in the House included Environment Minister Catherine McKenna who was a superhero, calling herself on Twitter a Climate Crusader. Liberal MP Bryan May tweeted a picture of himself and Liberal MP Ken McDonald dressed up as The Muppet Show characters Statler and Waldorf. And Liberal MP Mark Holland decided to go as broadcaster Ron Burgundy from the movie Anchorman. Denise Batters named a 150 Difference Maker for mental health advocacy Conservative Senator Denise Batters was named a 150 Difference Maker by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on Oct. 23 for raising awareness and ending the stigma around mental health and suicide. “To me, it just feels like I’m carrying on what Dave started when he first announced that he wasn’t able to run again in the 2008 elections. He announced why, and for a sitting Parliamentarian and for someone who was…suffering with those issues to be so open about that, that was really groundbreaking,” Sen. Batters said. “I’m carrying on the legacy that’s his and being very open to talking about what he was suffering with and I think that helps a lot of people.” Sen. Batters’ husband, Dave Batters, died by suicide on June 29, 2009, a year after he announced he was suffering from anxiety and depression. Mr. Batters became a Conservative MP in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006. Sen. Batters is not the only Parliamentarian to receive the award. Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan will be named a difference maker on Nov. 6. The “150 Difference Makers” campaign was initiated by CAMH last spring to celebrate people who are making efforts to improve mental health. Sen. Batters noted that being in the Senate, and now a Difference Maker, allows her to have a much “wider scope to reach Canadians to speak openly about the crucial and still too often stigmatized discussion of mental health and particularly suicide.” Conservative Senator Denise Batters, right, was named one of Canada's 150 Difference Makers by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on Oct. 23. The Hill Times file photograph She was appointed to the Senate on Jan. 25, 2013 by former prime minister Stephen Harper. Since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected in 2015 and the Liberals passed legislation on medical assistance in dying, Sen. Batters has been vocally critical. Initially, when the House Justice and Human Rights Committee made recommendations for Bill C-14, people suffering solely from mental illness with no other physical condition would be eligible for assisted suicide, she said. “That was absolutely ridiculous because this is a disease where it's not incurable; it’s treatable and people need hope, not an easier way to access suicide,” Sen. Batters said. “We need to improve our health-care system so that there is better help for people, not just that this is the final resort.” Bill C-14 received royal assent on June 17, 2016. Sen. Batters noted that the Liberal government backed down on this recommendation for the initial legislation, but that it is still being studied. The Council of Canadian Academies, tasked by the government to examine the issue, is expected to release its report by the end of 2018. CNN adds one to the press gallery CNN Correspondent Paula Newton joined the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery on Sept. 20. Photograph courtesy of CNN CNN correspondent Paula Newton became a full-time member of Parliamentary Press Gallery on Sept. 20, according to Oct. 27 minutes from the press gallery executive committee. The Hill Times reported in March that Ms. Newton received a temporary six-month membership in February. At the time, columnist Andrew Cohen said Ms. Newton, along with other international outlets seeking membership, comes at a time when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s liberal-pluralism advocacy is strong as more right-wing populism grows. “In a world in which some would say trends are conservative, are regressive on immigration, on women, here you have a country which puts in the window gender parity in cabinet and celebrates the number of refugees and immigrants it takes every year,” he said to The Hill Times then. Other foreign news outlets that have recently created Canadian bureaus include The New York Times and BBC News, though those offices are based in Toronto. According to her company profile, Ms. Newton is an international correspondent for CNN based in Canada. She joined CNN in 2005 after 12 years with CTV. She also had a stint with Hamilton, Ont.-based T.V. station CHCH and with Atlantic Television News. The government is emissions-testing really expensive cars Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald Butts is defending on Twitter the government’s purchase of luxury cars, which were later sold, in order to conduct emissions testing. His Oct. 30 tweet was in reply to several who were intrigued by a resurrected order paper question from Sept. 19, 2016, that indicated a list of luxury cars that the government had purchased. The list of cars, all bought in 2016, included a two used Porsches, purchased on Jan. 7 and Feb. 1, a new Lexus, purchased on March 2, a new Mercedes, purchased on March 22, and a Tesla, purchased on Feb. 25. The list redacted whether the Tesla was new or used. Mr. Butts said in his tweet: “If info like this is presented out of context, there’s usually a reason.” Conservative MP Bob Zimmer criticized the Liberal government’s "unbelievable spending habits" in a tweet that day. And Conservative MP Harold Albrecht tweeted, naming Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the same day: “Minister did you take your Lexus, Tesla, Mercedes, or either of your to work this morning?” NDP MP Tracey Ramsey also tweeted at Ms. McKenna criticizing her department, asking why it would buy foreign vehicles, to which Ms. McKenna responded via Twitter: “To test them. Assume you agree that foreign vehicles need to meet some standards as Canadian-made ones.” Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, press secretary to Ms. McKenna, said in an email that the government bought cars because “rental fees specified in the regulations would cost more than independently purchasing and reselling the vehicle.” “This is particularly true if the vehicle is undergoing a series of tests that span over more than a year,” Ms. Des Rosiers said. She added that vehicles are bought from dealers “to ensure that the government is getting a product that is representative of what is being sold on the market.” She noted that this process also eliminates the possibility of a manufacturer or importer providing a vehicle that could be modified for better emissions performance. Wayne Easter shores up houses with seaweed Liberal MP Wayne Easter went out with his neighbour Dale Boswell to fish for a truckload of seaweed in order to bank his neighbour’s old farmhouse. Liberal MP Wayne Easter, left, with his neighbour Dale Boswell in P.E.I. collect seaweed to bank farmhouses as insulation. Photograph courtesy of Wayne Easter's Twitter “Ahhh. From consultations across Canada to today – loading seaweed for banking our houses with my neighbour,” Mr. Easter tweeted Oct 21. Mr. Easter, whose riding is Malpeque, P.E.I., said that a lot of farmhouses in the country are not insulated properly. The process of insulating older farmhouses is called “banking.” “Right where your grass comes up to the wall of the house, modern houses would have a concrete wall there, but a lot of the older farm houses don’t have a concrete wall that comes up as high as they do now,” Mr. Easter explained. “So what you do is, that space where your house near touches the ground, you put a material to stop the draft from getting in.” In the past, Mr. Easter said people have used wooden boards or soil, but now people use bales of straw covered with plastic or seaweed. “We have for years put seaweed. It’s got salt in it, and it’s a good insulator. It keeps the heat in… it gives you a windbreak,” Mr. Easter said. Mr. Easter went out with his neighbour Oct. 21, and they collected enough seaweed to cover his neighbour’s farmhouse. He noted that once in place, the seaweed would be 18 inches high and a foot wide and wrap all the way around the house. Mr. Easter added that not everyone banks houses in P.E.I. and that it was generally the “country folk.” “For us… it’s kind of a tradition, we know in the month of October, we will get together and go out and get seaweed,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org The Hill Times Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly indicated Senator Denise Batters was appointed to the Senate in June 2012, when she was in fact appointed Jan. 25, 2013.