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UPDATED - Precinct - and PM - to pay tribute to hockey greats Henderson, King and Messier

Hockey fever -- or, more specifically, Order of Hockey in Canada fever -- is set to sweep the Hill today, when this year's "distinguished honourees" -- Paul Henderson, Dave King and Mark Messier -- will be "recognized" at a mid-afternoon ceremony in the parliamentary reading room.

Among those expected to be in attendance, not surprisingly, is the prime minister, who will join Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson to celebrate the trio as "individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution" to the game.

Alas, although reporters have been invited to bear witness to the event, at press time, there is no indication that the PM will take questions, although that could change. 

UPDATE: Also hitting the Hill this morning, it seems, albeit on an entirely different matter: representatives from the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Greenpeace Canada, who will call on the government to "abandon laws to protect Canadian nuclear operators in light of Fukushima," as well as "reveal" what it has allegedly been "hiding from Canadians in its closed-door negotiations." 

According to the release, today's press conference is timed to coincide with the kickoff of the International Atomic Energy Agency conference, which is scheduled to get underway today.  

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver pays a visit to Saskatoon-based Cameco Corporation, where, accompanied by provincial premier Brad Wall and his junior cabinet colleague responsible for western economic diversification Lynne Yelich, he's slated to deliver "an important announcement for the Canadian nuclear industry."

Meanwhile, in Quebec, Transport Minister Denis Lebel delivers glad tidings to La Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes de Mistassini before heading off to Roberval with similarly good news for the local forest sector.

Out and about on the west coat today: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May teams up with "acclaimed humorist" and former CBC host Arthur Black for what the advisory describes as "a serious and satirical discussion of our political future and ominous present" at the Schubert Centre in Vernon.

Finally, CSI Regent Park will serve as venue as a "coalition of organizations concerned with the future of food," including Food Secure Canada, the Toronto Food Policy Council, the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, Sustain Ontario, FoodShare Toronto, and the Centre for Social Innovation, hold an evening discussion to discuss food safety in advance of the 2nd annual Food Summit hosted by the Conference Board of Canada, which, according to the notice, is part of an ongoing process that "has been criticized for industry bias." 

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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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