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Ambrose to unveil new drug safety bill at Ottawa pharmacy

As the world continues to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, MPs will close out the parliamentary work week by embarking on the final round of debate over the fall omnibudget, which looks set to make it through the Commons by mid-week next.

Outside the precinct, Health Minister Rona Ambrose heads to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario to share the details of her much-anticipated drug safety bill, which will be tabled in the House today.

Meanwhile, across the river in Gatineau, a sign-wielding "snowperson" will hand out leaflets protesting the recent sponsorship deal between the Canadian Museum of Civilization (soon to be rebranded the Museum of Canadian History) and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

According to the notice, representatives from the Council of Canadians, Ecology Ottawa and the Polaris Institute will be on site to field questions on the "frosty reception."

On the ministerial circuit:

  • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea shows her - and her government's - support for the seal industry during a visit to St. John's, where she'll join her provincial counterpart and representatives from the Atlantic Seal Development Association at the Natural Boutique.
  • In neighbouring New Brunswick, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard will be on hand for the launch of the 2014 Canada Summer Jobs program at the University of Moncton's Fredericton campus, while in Nova Scotia, local MP Greg Kerry delivers fresh federal assistance for the strawberry industry.
  • Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Denis Lebel heads to Lac-Megantic for a "press briefing" with Quebec cabinet colleagues Steve Blaney and Christian Paradis.
  • Meanwhile, in Toronto, Minister of State for Science Gary Goodyear gives a keynote address at Innovation 2013, while Finance Minister Jim Flaherty holds pre-budget consultations in Markham.
  • Just outside the Greater Toronto Area, local MP David Sweet "celebrates excellence in energy efficiency" at the CanmetMATERIALS plant in Hamilton.
  • Finally, Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel brings glad tidings to Canadian lamb producers during an appearance at the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board Annual Meeting and Symposium in Regina. 

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