MONDAY, APRIL 8 House Sitting—The House is sitting April 8-12. It will take a two-week break from April 15-26. It will sit again on April 29 and will sit for three consecutive weeks, April 29-May 17. The House will break again, from May 20-24, and is then scheduled to sit from May 27-June 21, the final four weeks before the House adjourns and Parliament is later dissolved for the October 2019 election. New Challenges in Broadcast and Telecom—Join the Canadian Club of Ottawa and Pierre-Karl Peladeau as he offers his perspective on the pathways of change for these two industries and what the government needs to do to ensure a smooth transition to an uncertain future. April 8 at 11:30 a.m., at the Château Laurier. Visit www.canadianclubottawa.ca for tickets and info. Remembering the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda/The 25th Year Commemoration—The Raoul Wallenberg Centre and partners will host, "Remembering the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda: Reflections and Lessons for our Time." Monday, April 8, 4 p.m., Room C-128, Senate of Canada, 2 Wellington St., Ottawa. Participants will include Ester Mujawayo, Roméo Dallaire, Irwin Cotler and Payam Akhavan. Survivors and eye witness testimony will also be shared. Free event and open to all. RSVP on Eventbrite. Women on the Hill—The annual Women on the Hill Reception is taking place on April 8 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St., Ottawa. Celebrate building a diverse, gender-balanced working world alongside women in politics, government, media, business, academia, labour, diplomacy, and civil society. The event is facilitated by the All-Party Parliamentary Women's Caucus, Equal Voice, Famous 5 Ottawa, Women in Communications and Technology, and the Canadian Women's Foundation. It's sponsored by the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, the Canadian Bankers Association, and Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. Space is limited. RSVP required. TUESDAY, APRIL 9 Ottawa Economics Association (OEA) Spring Policy Conference—April 9, 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Join the OEA and CABE for the 2019 spring policy conference. The theme of the conference is "Getting Ready for the Future: Building Resilience in a Changing World." The Keynote speakers are Carlos J. Leitão, Member for Robert-Baldwin of the National Assembly of Quebec, and former Quebec finance minister and Brett House, deputy chief economist, Scotiabank. National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street. OEA/CABE Members: $475 + HST; Non-members: $575 + HST. Visit cabe.ca for details, membership information and registration. The Fight for Truth: Political Journalism in 2019—The Canadian Journalism Foundation's J-Talks presents CBC Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos; The Globe and Mail's Sarah Kendzior; and CPAC's Alison Smith who discuss this topic. 6:30 p.m. doors open; discussion begins at 7 p.m., followed by a reception at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. General admission is $25 and student ticket (limited quantity and ID required) is $15. Life and Health Insurance Industry Advocacy Day—CEOs representing Canada’s life and health insurance industry will be in Ottawa to discuss the need to protect and sustain health benefit plans for Canadians. The day will feature meetings with Parliamentarians and a breakfast for stakeholder groups to address this important issue. Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) members provide health benefit plans for 25 million Canadians. For more information, contact Susan Murray, vice-president, government relations and policy, CLHIA, at email@example.com. Movie Nights on the Hill—Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez will once again host the popular Movie Nights on the Hill at the Canadian Museum of History (CMH) showcasing the Ottawa premiere of Edge of the Knife, the first full length feature film in the Haida language (subtitles in English and French). This powerful film co-directed by Gwaai Endenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown not only tells a beautiful story but highlights the importance of promoting Canada’s Indigenous languages. A moderated discussion will follow the film with the directors, Executive Producer Zacharias Kunuk, and Diane Brown, Haida elder, film adviser and actor. CMH Theatre 7 p.m. By Invitation Only. RSVP@Telefilm.ca WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 Senate Open Caucus—Vaccine Hesitancy in Canada, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at 1 Wellington St., Room W110. Panellists: Canada Research Chair's Timothy Caulfield; Dalhousie University's Dr. Noni MacDonald; Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam; The Globe and Mail's André Picard; and the University of Toronto's Dr. Anna Banerji. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org Liberal Caucus Meeting—The Liberals will meet in Room 025B West Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please contact Liberal Party media relations at email@example.com or 613-627-2384. Conservative Caucus Meeting—The Conservatives will gather for their national caucus meeting in 035B West Block. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications with the Conservative Party of Canada, at firstname.lastname@example.org. NDP Caucus Meeting—The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15 a.m.-11 a.m. in 125B West Block. For more information, please contact the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or email@example.com. Bloc Québécois Meeting—The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet on Wednesday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. in Room 241A in the West Block. THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Jean Charest will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians at a gala dinner event on Tuesday, April 23 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade Public Policy Forum Canada Growth Summit and Testimonial Dinner and Awards 2019—Each year at the Public Policy Forum’s Testimonial Dinner in Toronto, more than 1,000 people from all sectors of Canadian society gather to pay tribute to distinguished leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of public policy and good governance. This year, CTV National News host Lisa LaFlamme will host the 32nd Annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards on April 11. Former Conservative leader Rona Ambrose will be among those honoured. 5-9:30 p.m. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., Toronto, Ont. Earlier in the day, it will host the Canada Growth Summit on how to boost Canada's prosperity. ppforum.ca. TUESDAY, APRIL 16 Alberta Election—Albertans will go to the polls today, Tuesday, April 16. Advance polls open on April 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. NDP Premier Rachel Notley is in a tough battle to win the election against United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney, who's polling 15 points ahead. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), National Capital Region (NCR) presents: Hacking the Future of Government Through AI, Robotic and Cognitive Automation—A panel discussion will explore how automation technologies can enhance the Canadian public sector, the leadership required and empowering public servants to embrace change. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., Ottawa. Registration via Eventbrite is required. Liberals to Celebrate the Constitution—This private party, hosted by Debra Davis, Tom Axworthy, Ralph Coleman, Gisela Thomas, Rose Simpson, Sheila Gervais, and Michael Langill, will happen on April 17, 2019, 3 p.m.-8:30 p.m. From 3 p.m.-5:3 p.m., The Constitution: Untold Stories and from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. there will be a reception: Welcome to the 1980s! in Ottawa. TUESDAY, APRIL 23 Prince Edward Island Election—Prince Edward Islanders will go to the polls on April 23. Gala to honour Jean Charest with Lifetime Achievement Award—The Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians (CAFP) will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jean Charest at a gala dinner event on Tuesday, April 23 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel (900 René Lévesque Blvd. W.) in Montreal. For details on this event and to purchase tables, please contact the CAFP Office at (613) 947-1690 or firstname.lastname@example.org . WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 The Home Depot Canada Foundation Parliamentary Reception—On May 1, the Home Depot Canada Foundation will host its annual parliamentary reception. Committed to ending and preventing youth homelessness, the foundation is raising awareness about the active role Canadians are taking to help vulnerable and homeless youth realize brighter futures. By invitation only. Begins at 5:30PM (or after votes) until 8 p.m. at the Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr. Ottawa. The Donner Prize—The Donner Prize, which rewards excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadians, will host its annual awards gala on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 6 p.m. at The Carlu (444 Yonge Street, Toronto). The 2018/2019 shortlist titles, chosen from a field of 70, are: Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond, by Thomas J. Courchene; Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change, by Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak; Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier and More Secure Life for All, by Evelyn L. Forget; University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate & Dissent on Campus, by Peter McKinnon; and Excessive Force: Toronto's Fight to Reform City Policing, by Alok Mukherjee with Tim Harper. The winner receives $50,000 while each other nominated title receives $7,500. FRIDAY, MAY 3 Fridays for Future—Students across Canada, including on Parliament Hill, will be protesting against climate change on Friday, May 3. SATURDAY, MAY 4 Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner—The 2019 Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner promises to be a gathering that Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats, and Greens can all get behind. The annual gala is always a terrific night of political wit, in the grand setting of the Canadian Museum of History. The 2019 dinner, coming just five months before the federal election, is set to be the political bash of the year. The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau will be nearing its end, or gearing for its revival. With Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh angling for the top job, this year’s dinner is a chance for good-spirited, lighthearted barbs before the gloves come off in the real campaign. TUESDAY, MAY 7 CCSPA Government Breakfast Reception—The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association invites all MPs, Senators, and staff to their Annual Government Breakfast Reception. 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Ottawa Marriott (100 Kent Street) on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Please RSVP to Nancy Hitchins at email@example.com. Farm to Plate Reception with Canadian Produce Marketing Association and Canadian Horticultural Council—Join industry leaders from across the fruit and vegetable supply chain as the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and Canadian Horticultural Council host their Farm to Plate reception. The event takes place on May 7, 2019, at the Métropolitain Brasserie (700 Sussex Drive), from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and is open to all Parliamentarians and their staff. To confirm your attendance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Politics & The Pen—Dubbed "Ottawa's most anticipated," the Politics and the Pen annual event celebrates the best in Canadian non-fiction political books of the year. The unique fundraiser brings together national politicians, talented writers, prominent diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders all in support of the Writers' Trust mandate to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing. The winning author receives the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, named in honour of the spirited and inspiring parliamentarian and generously supported by CN. The evening starts with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner on May 15, Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa. For information and sponsorship, contact Kayla Calder at email@example.com MONDAY, MAY 27 Mission Innovation Ministerial—Canada will host the fourth annual Mission Innovation Ministerial, alongside the 10th annual Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver, May 27-29. The event will bring together global clean energy leaders to discuss cutting-edge transformations and reinforce international collaboration in the transition to a low-carbon future. Energy ministers from more than 25 countries are expected. cem-mi-vancouver2019.ca. TUESDAY, MAY 28 Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund 30th Anniversary—This one-day event is a chance to convene, connect, and collaborate on top issues facing the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund over the past 30 years. Coastal partners, government representatives, and marine law experts will discuss the polluter-pay principle, access to justice for victims of oil pollution, and the legal framework of the fund. Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon St. N., Ottawa. May 28, 2019. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (complimentary lunch and evening reception). Join the SOPF distribution list and stay up to date with details. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at http://sopf.gc.ca/?page_id3256. WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 Open Government Partnership Global Summit—Canada will host the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Ottawa from May 29 to 31, 2019. Academics, civil society, governments, and citizens from Canada and around the world will have the opportunity to shape the global open government movement. From keynotes to debates and co-creation opportunities, the summit will explore the future of open government and help drive action. 2019 Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala—The Ottawa Riverkeeper hosts this annual fundraising event. Stay tuned for details. MONDAY, JUNE 3 Canada to Host Women Deliver Conference—From June 3 to 6, 2019, world leaders, activists, government officials, Parliamentarians, non-governmental organization representatives, and businesspeople will meet in Vancouver and work together to end gender inequality. It’s being touted as the world’s largest conference on gender equality and will bring together more than 6,000 people from more than 150 countries. The four-day event will feature presentations, workshops, a film festival, and a youth zone that present new knowledge and promote solutions to achieve a more equal world. For more information, visit idrc.ca. The 528 men who helped rebuild Centre Block pose for massive group photo, thought be taken July, 1917. The photograph has been hanging in the basement of Irene's Pub in Ottawa for years and the original was later gifted by former Irene's landlord Ron Bujold to parliamentary history buff Debbie Murphy. Harold A. Briggs photograph courtesy of Ron Bujold & Debbie Murphy FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Japan Hosts G20 Summit—On June 28 and 29, the leaders of the G20 will gather in Osaka as Japan hosts its first-ever G20 summit. Along with the leaders' summit, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors’ meeting, the foreign ministers’ meeting, and other ministerial meetings will also be held at eight different locations throughout Japan this year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend the leaders’ summit. MONDAY, OCT. 21 Federal Election—The federal election is scheduled to take place on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. The Parliamentary Calendar is a free events listing. Send in your political, cultural, diplomatic, or governmental event in a paragraph with all the relevant details under the subject line ‘Parliamentary Calendar’ to email@example.com by Wednesday at noon before the Monday paper or by Friday at noon for the Wednesday paper. We can’t guarantee inclusion of every event, but we will definitely do our best. Events can be updated daily online too. The Hill Times Correction: This piece been updated to reflect that the Women on the Hill event on April 8 is not being hosted by Earnscliffe but facilitated by five groups and sponsored by three.