Programming note: As of today, OotD is going on holiday hiatus, but will return on January 7, ideally fully refreshed, reinvigorated and ready to take on 2013.
Seemingly undaunted by snowpocalyptic forecasts, thousands of protesters are expected to hit the Hill this morning to rally under the banner of Idle No More, the nascent First Nations awareness movement. Among those expected to speak at the four-hour long event are NDP MP Paul Dewar and Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett.
Meanwhile, outside the precinct, the lone standard bearer on the government good news circuit is Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal, who will hand out Diamond Jubilee medals to Canadian Olympians and Paralympians at a ceremony in Toronto.
Finally, Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau will spend the morning chatting with students at St. Charles College in Sudbury.
For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day.