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Olivia Chow to make Toronto mayoral bid official at mid-morning press conference

A day after announcing her resignation from the House of Commons, now officially former MP Olivia Chow will launch her mayoral campaign at a mid-morning press conference in Toronto, which will, according to the advisory, include both a speech and a media availability.

Back on the Hill, Chow's erstwhile NDP caucus colleagues Jinny Sims and Sadia Groguhe hit the National Press Theatre to "address the Conservative government's treatment of migrant workers," with UCFW Canada National President Paul Meinema also slated to be in attendance.

Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, Senate Environment Committee Chair Barbara Boxer teams up with "nurses from across the United States" to "describe the harmful health implications associated with tar sands oil and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, as well as their plans for further action."

On the out-of-town ministerial circuit:

  • International Trade Minister Ed Fast heads to London to "highlight the benefits" of the Canada - Korea Free Trade Agreement "for Ontario workers and businesses" during a closed-door roundtable discussion hosted by the local chamber of commerce.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, local MP Lawrence Toet drops by the Canadian Ukrainian Institute Prosvita with a fresh installment of "community infrastructure"-earmarked federal cash.
  • Also out and about on the prairies today: Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, who is set to speak at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities Annual Convention, which is currently underway in Regina.
  • In Alberta, Edmonton MP Laurie Hawn will do the honours at the Recognizing Outstanding Organizations and People in Housing (ROOPH) Awards.
  • Finally, Public Works Minister Diane Finley talks military procurement at CanSecWest 2014 in Vancouver, while local MP John Duncan represents the federal government at an "important infrastructure event" at the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex in Campbell River.

Later this evening, New Democrat MPs Randall Garrison and Murray Rankin will get to hear what Canadians think about the proposed election bill rewrite at a "Save Your Vote Town Hall" in Victoria. 

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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