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Prostitution bill on the agenda as Justice committee members return to the Hill

It's back to work for MPs on the House of Commons justice committee kicks off a week-long series of hearings on the government's bid to rewrite Canada's prostitution laws later this morning.

First on the witness list: Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who is set to appear alongside senior departmental officials this morning.

This afternoon, the committee will hear from various and sundry groups with an interest in the proposed legislation, including Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan, Walk With Me Canada Victim Services, the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform, the Criminal Lawyers' Association, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Sex Trafficking Survivors United and Maggies' Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, as well as British Columbia professors Janine Benedet and John Lowman.

Outside the capital, Industry Minister James Moore shares the details of his government's latest efforts to "support consumer choice and better service" within the Canadian wireless marketplace during a mid-morning announcement in Toronto.

Elsewhere in the city, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario Gary Goodyear makes back-to-back visits to two local companies that, according to the advisory, "develop innovative health care solutions": Trillium Therapeutics Inc. and Axela Incorporated, both of which are located in Etobicoke.

Meanwhile, in nearby Burlington, Public Works Minister Diane Finley will be front and centre at the grand opening of a "state-of-the-art Asian carp research laboratory" at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters.

Also out and about on the good news circuit:

    • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gaul Shea heads to Spinnaker's Landing in Summerside with a fresh installment of federal funds for the "popular tourism location."
    • In Wolfville, Minister of State for ACOA Rob Moore outlines an "investment" in the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre at Acadia University.
    • Finally, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel unveils new federal support for the defence industry during an appearance at the WestDev Conference in Calgary.

Back in the capital, Governor General David Johnston will do the honours as the 40th session of the Assemblee parlemaintaire Francophonie gets underway at the Chateau Laurier, with International Development MInister Christian Paradis slated to represent Canada at the discussion table.

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