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House returns to regular parliamentary business after week-long hiatus

After a week-long hiatus, the House of Commons is set to reopen for business today, and as the curtain rises on today's sitting, the first order of business for MPs will be report stage debate of Conservative backbencher Rob Clarke's bid to rework the rules that govern First Nations band councils.

Once that wraps up, they'll turn their collective attention to the government's efforts to tighten up the rules for future InSite-like drug treatment programs, which does not yet appear to be under time allocation, but likely soon will be, as the discussion has now shifted to a reasoned amendment put forward by the NDP.

On the committee front:

    • At Transport, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel fields questions on the latest batch of supplementary estimates
    • Finance gets its first extended look at the fall omnibudget bill, which, according to the witness list, will include hearing from not just Minister Flaherty's department, but the Canada Revenue Agency, Citizenship and Immigration, Human Resources and Skills Development, Justice, the National Research Council, Natural Resources, the Privy Council Office, Transport, Treasury Board and Veterans Affairs.
    • Over at Public Accounts, the committee goes behind closed doors for a private briefing by Auditor General Michael Ferguson.
    • Natural Resources gets a primer on the Major Projects Management Office;
    • Health hears from the RCMP, as well as Public Safety and Justice, as part of its study on prescription drug abuse
    • Industry resumes consideration of the government's pitch to tweak Canada's trademark laws to combat counterfeit products.

Outside the Chamber, an uncharacteristically oblique notice from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has summoned reporters to a mid-morning press conference at which a "new report calling for big changes to a major federal program" will be unveiled.

Also hitting the stage at the Centre Block press theatre today:

        • New Democrat public works critic Pat Martin shares his thoughts on reforming the Access to Information system
        • As part of a one-day lobby burst on the Hill, representatives from ALS Canada launch a campaign for better benefits for the caregivers of those diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Meanwhile, just a block from the Hill, the Canadian Boreal Forest Initiative will bring its "giant travelling map" of Canada's boreal forest to the Government Conference Centre, where it will serve as the centrepiece at an afternoon awareness-raising event for MPs, senators, diplomats and media.

Outside the precinct, Public Works Minister Diane Finley heads to East Ottawa-based D-TA System Inc. with good news on a fresh outpouring of support for "Canadian innovation."

On the out-of-town circuit:

        • In Toronto, the PM will join as yet unidentified members of the "regional caucus" for a photo op at a local Catholic parish that has been actively involved in raising money to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
        • At Ryerson University, Health Minister Rona Ambrose teams up with cabinet colleague Bal Gosal, Canadian Tire officials and "epresentatives from major Canadian health and wellness, sport and recreation, industry, and education organizations" to kick off "a new coalition aimed at making Canadian kids more active."
        • After that event wraps up, Gosal will be front and centre at a Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada "launch event" related to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games, which is also slated to take place at Ryerson.
        • Elsewhere in the city, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson attends the launch of "Living In Retirement," a "new informational resource for seniors" put together by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.
        • Meanwhile, on the east coast, Justice Minister Peter MacKay drops by Shelter Nova Scotia with federal support to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.
        • On the other side of the country, International Trade Minister Ed Fast talks up the importance of "international education" as a "key contributor" to the economy during a speech at a conference on the issue in Vancouver.

Finally, New Democrat MP Tom Mulcair spends yet another evening on the by-election hustings in Bourassa, where he's set to speak at a rally for party candidate Stephane Moraille. 

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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