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Final round of witness testimony on prostitution bill at Justice

After three days of often heart-wrenching testimony, the House Justice committee is set to wrap up the first phase of its work on the government's proposed prostitution law rewrite later today.

On the witness list for the final round of hearings:

9:30-11:30 AM ET

    • Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
    • Hope for the Sold
    • Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter
    • Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
    • u-r home

1:00-3:00 PM ET

    • Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres
    • Peers Victoria Resources Society
    • Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation
    • Defend Dignity: The Christian and Missionary Alliance
    • Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary

3:30-5:30 PM ET

    • Foy Allison Law Group
    • Kyle Kirkup
    • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
    • Ratanak International
    • Canadian Police Association

According to the posted schedule, committee members will reconvene next Tuesday to begin -- and, presumably, finish -- clause-by-clause review of the bill.

Also on the Hill today: New Democrat MP Don Davies, who has convened a mid-morning press conference to discuss "the need for more transparency on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement."

Before that gets underway, however, he'll join anti-TPP activists outside the Ottawa hotel where "secret negotiations" on the details of the putative trade deal have been going on behind tightly closed doors all week.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair hits the road in Manitoba, where, alongside local MP Niki Ashton, he'll attend a community barbeque in Le Pas before making his way to Thompson to meet with "postal workers and union leaders" and hold an evening town hall.

On the ministerial good news circuit:

    • Minister of State for ACOA Rob Moore's Atlantic summer tour continues with a stop at the Fisheries and Marine Institute at Memorial University in St. John's, while in Placentia, Conservative Senator Fabian Manning will "share details about the Harper government's plans to repair and improve eight small craft harbours across Newfoundland and Labrador."
    • Back in his home riding of Levis, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney hands out fresh federal funding for a local jazz festival.
    • Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford pays a visit to Sioux Lookout, where he'll scatter still more largesse -- this time, in the form of FedNor cash -- to ensure "growth and prosperity" throughout the region.
    • Finally, Alberta MPs Deepak Obhrai and Leon Benoit will be front and centre at the "official opening" of a new affordable housing project in Calgary, and an announcement on "humanitarian assistance" at the Glad Ridings Pentecostal Church in Vermilion, respectively.

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