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Rolling Rampage hits the Hill

 Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal will join MPs, senators and "hundreds of children from across Canada" at this year's Rolling Rampage, an annual awareness-raiser that includes, among other competitions, a 10K marathon that attracts "world-renowned wheelchair athletes."

Also expected to be in attendance for today's festivities: Senators Yonah Martin and Jim Munson, who will serve as co-chairs for the day's events.

Meanwhile, according to the accompanying media advisory, Public Works Minister Diane Finley will "highlight a historic finding" when she unveils the artists' rendering of the Sir John A. Macdonald building, which will eventually become "permanent home of the West Block ceremonial room."

Back on the Hill, New Democrat caucus chair Peter Julian teams up with justice critic Francoise Boivin to present their party's proposals to "raise the accountability bar in Parliament."

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • Fisheries Minister Gail Shea starts her day with a joint appearance alongside PEI Innovation Minister Allen Roach at Victoria-based Halibut PEI, and then makes her way to Cornwall for an infrastructure reveal at the local civic centre.
  • Justice Minister Peter MacKay stops by the iconic Halifax Citadel with a fresh load of federal funding for the army museum.
  • Back in Ontario, Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford "celebrates community infrastructure improvement" in Ear Falls, while Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong meets with her provincial and territorial counterparts in Yellowknife.
  • Finance Minister Jim Flaherty spends a second day in Washington, DC, where he's scheduled to meet with his G8 and G20 colleagues.

On the opposition front, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hits the by-election pre-hustings in Brandon, where he'll drop by the Helping Hands Soup Kitchen to help serve lunch.

In Toronto, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May talks democracy -- and, specifically, the need to "save [it] from politics" -- at an evening town hall meeting.

Finally, later this morning, Governor General David Johnston will be presented with the "symbolic first poppy" as the Royal Canadian Legion's annual Remembrance Day campaign gets underway. 

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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