Tag Archives: Parliament

The Rules

As crimes go, it was a minor offense. He was eating a chocolate bar. I had to wonder though if it said something about attitude. If it was a subtle reminder that rules are for other people. Or maybe I’m being influenced by past behaviour, by the alleged groping of a female reporter years ago, […]

Westminster Hall

There are few things in life that frustrate me more than not being able to take pictures when I visit an historic site. It just doesn’t seem right. In early 2017 I had the opportunity to tour Westminster, the mother of all parliaments. At the time I was still working on Parliament Hill in Ottawa […]

Into The Sunset

Yesterday’s post was a milestone, and I didn’t realize it at the time. It was my 1,000th post in this space. I just thought it was worth mentioning, given that today’s post is about another milestone. Today is my last day on Parliament Hill. After 10 years of working at the heart of our democracy, […]

Terror in London

I had a post scheduled today that I have shifted to tomorrow as I wanted to say something about Wednesday’s terror attack in London. When the images flashed into the TV screen, minutes after it happened, my initial reaction was “I was just there a month ago!” I was in London on business and while […]

The Renovation

They don’t make them like they used to. Probably because they can’t afford to. Just refurbishing Ottawa’s Wellington Building, opened in 1927 as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, cost $425 million and took seven years. That’s a lot of money; my guess is about $424 million than it cost to build it […]

Fall Colours V

It looked like a perfect picture. I was in a conference room on the fourth floor of Centre Block on Parliament Hill. Through the gothic arched windows I could see the Gatineau Hills alive in a blaze of fall colour. “I must get a picture of this” I said to myself. “As soon as the […]

I wasn’t sure about whether I should continue the topic we have looked at the past couple of days, but the terrorist attack on Parliament Hill was a pivotal event for Canada, so I have decided it doesn’t hurt to look again at what I said about it in 2014.  TERROR STRIKES HOME (Published October […]