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Study linking pesticides to bee deaths set for Hill release

After celebrating Ste. Jean Baptiste Day in Saint-Lazare-de-Bellechase, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Roberval for an otherwise unspecified announcement at La Place de La Traversee, which he will deliver alongside Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel, who, as it happens, is also the local MP.

Back on the Hill, members of the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides -- an international group that includes more than 50 scientists from 15 countries -- hit the Centre Block press theatre to reveal the results of their four-year study into the impact of pesticides on "the decline of global insect populations."

Elsewhere on the good news circuit:

    • ACOA Minister Rob Moore joins New Brunswick Premier David Alward to unveil a "major" new funding initiative for the Fundy Trail, after which he'll make his way to the Turtle Creek dam and water reservoir for an "important infrastructure event."
    • Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong continues her cross-country consultations on financial literacy for seniors with a stop in Quebec City.
    • In Toronto, Employment Minister Jason Kenney hosts a "skills summit," which, according to media reports, will bring together representatives from the business, labour and education sectors to talk training and labour market issues.
    • Elsewhere in the city, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson holds a final round of consultations on his government's pitch for pension reform.
    • Moving west, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt drops by Winnipeg-based Centreport Canada to share the details of a new plan that, as per the advisory, will "address key issues facing the transportation sector."
    • Also out and about in Manitoba today: Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover joins provincial and local officials for an "important infrastructure announcement" at Rosedale Transport, while Minister of State for Western Diversification Michelle Rempel doles out fresh federal cash for community projects during a visit to the Thompson Humane Society.
    • In Regina, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz also has an "important infrastructure event" to attend -- in his case, at the Saskatchewan Gallery.
    • Finally, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen does double duty on the West Coast, where she's slated to speak at the "official opening" of Union Gospel Mission's 'Sanctuary' in Vancouver before trekking to Surrey to show her government's support for preventing and combatting homelessness at the local YWCA.

Outside the country, Finance Minister Joe Oliver spends a second day in Berlin, where he's scheduled to speak to local "business leaders" at the Canadian embassy and go behind closed doors for a tete-a-tete with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble.

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