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And now, back to our regularly scheduled Commons coverage

With those much-debated senatorial suspensions finally officially in effect, the collective attention of the media will almost certainly start to drift back to the Lower House  -- just in time for MPs to disappear behind the firmly closed doors of their weekly caucus confabs for much of the morning.

When the House reopens for business this afternoon, they will turn their attention to the government's bid to create a Canadian Museum of History, which died on the Order Paper at prorogation, but was reinstated at third reading earlier this month. 

It is, however, also under notice of time allocation, which means that today's parliamentary programme will likely be briefly pre-empted a mid-afternoon vote.

Before that gets underway, however, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino will kick off Veterans' Week with a brief statement in the Commons, which will be followed by a post-speech reception in the Speaker's Chambers, at which former minister Greg Thompson will, according to the advisory, "make a special presentation," and eventually, a "special screening" of 28 Heroes, a new documentary on the Korean War.

Outside the Chamber, New Democrat veterans and defence critics Peter Stoffer and Jack Harris hit the Centre Block press theatre to call attention to what they claim is the government's practice of "discharging seriously injured soldiers prior to reaching pension eligibility," while Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis teams up with a group of Canadian veterans, including representatives from Paws Fur Thought, to share some of the "difficulties" that they face.

Later this evening, Stoffer and Karygiannis will join veterans involved in the Equitas lawsuit at the Polish Combatant's Association Hall.

Elsewhere in the precinct, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) hosts its annual "two-day lobby blitz" of the Hill, which kicks off with an East Block reception for MPs and Senators.

Meanwhile, at what the notice describes as "a highly anticipated public event" at the Chateau Laurier, Canada 2020 releases the results of a new poll on Canadian public opinion on climate change.

Finally, Kim Campbell will be the guest of honour at a University of Ottawa reception to mark the 20th anniversary of her brief tenure as Prime Minister, with former Liberal MP Sheila Copps and current New Democrat MP Lauren Liu among those slated to be in attendance.

On the out-of-town ministerial circuit:

  • Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will "highlight Canada's economic and fiscal strengths" at the 2013 Ontario Economic Summit in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • In Quebec, Health Minister Rona Ambrose drops by the College de Montreal for a tour of the "recreational facilities" before delivering a keynote address at a conference on injury prevention and safety promotion. 
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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