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UPDATED: Raitt, Paradis to visit Lac-Megantic

UPDATE: Just tweeted by newly minted Transport Minister Lisa Raitt:

According to the notice for today's event, Raitt will be joined by her cabinet colleague, Christian Paradis, with whom she will hold a joint media appearance following her visit.

As part of its ongoing effort to whip Canadians, or at least GTA-ians, into a frenzy of anticipation over the 2015 PanAm and ParaPan Games, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal will be on hand for the unveiling of the official mascot -- which was chosen via "nationwide online voting contest" -- at an afternoon ceremony at CBC headquarters in Toronto, after which he's slated to speak at what the advisory promises will be a "special stakeholder and media reception."

Meanwhile, on the east coast, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz visits the historic Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, where he will show his government's support for the canola and soybean sectors before heading off to a meeting with his provincial and territorial counterpart for their annual confab -- which, incidentally, doesn't merit so much as a mention in the official advisory for today's ministerial activities. 

Elsewhere in the city, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture will convene a 'tripartite roundtable' to discuss "how to best address barriers facing new entrants to the agricultural sector - an especially important issue in light of the increasing age of farmers and rising farmland values."

Back in the capital, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz heads to the National Press Theatre to field questions on the latest rate announcement and Monetary Policy Report.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pops up in Whitehorse, where he'll make himself available to local reporters at the High Country Inn later this afternoon. 

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. 

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

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