Baird talks Canada-Somalia relations with visiting foreign minister


by Kady O’Malley

CBC Canada

Just one day after returning from a week-long stint at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is set to welcome his Somali counterpart to Ottawa for discussions on “a broad range of issues,” including, but presumably not limited to “regional security and Canada-Somalia relations.”

Back on the Hill, meanwhile, the Rideau Institute will host a press conference with “noted defence expert and author” William Hartung, who, according to the advisory, will “share in-depth knowledge on the defence industry, especially defence giant Lockheed Martin, its influence in the United States, and the potential for a ‘military-industrial complex’ to take root in Canada.”

Also running the media gauntlet today: Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent, who will release his new report on the New Veterans’ Charter, and New Democrat agriculture critics Malcolm Welland and Ruth Ellen Brosseau, who will run down their priority list for the upcoming session.

Outside the precinct, the Competition Bureau and the University of Ottawa co-host a day-long workshop on e-commerce and online advertising at the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.

On the ministerial circuit:

Labour Minister Kellie Leitch teams up with Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar to kick off Women’s History Month at Ryerson University, while her junior caucus colleague Bal Gosal attends the launch of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada National Academy at the University of Toronto.

Later this evening, Treasury Board President Tony Clement will take part in a panel discussion on social media as a means of “engaging directly with young Canadians” at the University Club.

Elsewhere in the city, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong celebrates National Seniors Day by unveiling new initiatives to “combat social isolation” at a North York seniors’ centre.

Back in Ottawa, National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay and local MP Royal Galipeau will hold a satellite event to “highlight” the government’s “support for seniors and pensioners.”

Finally, Ontario regional development minister Gary Goodyear joins local MP Peter Braid at the Waterloo Watershed Node Event, where he will speak to participants before heading off on a tour of the local Communitech Hub.

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