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Rally against Russian aggression to descend on Parliament Hill

Fresh off last week's trek to Iraq, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is set to meet with senior European Union representative Catherine Ashton at his home base in Ottawa, with the two expected to discuss "a range of issues of mutual interest" during the mid-morning meeting, "including Canada-EU partnership and the security situations in Iraq and Ukraine."

Meanwhile, back on the Hill, members and supporters of the Polish Gazette Club of Ottawa, Euromaidan Ottawa, the Ukrainian National Federation, the Baltic Federation in Canada and Central and Eastern European Council will descend on the parliamentary lawn to voice their opposition to Russia's "aggressive actions against its neighbours."

According to the media advisory, the rally will also "remind Canadians that Ukraine is not the first victim of Russian irredentist and interventionist actions" by commemorating other recent actions: the 2008 invasion of Georgia, the crash of Smolensk Polish Air Force One in 2010 and the "downing of Flight MH 17" earlier this year.

Among the speakers expected to attend the event: Polish Gazette editor-in-chief Tomasz Sakiewicz.

Outside the capital, Finance Minister Joe Oliver joins local MP Roxanne James to unveil details of a new cyberbully initiative against the backdrop of a Scarborough public school.

 Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

    • ACOA Minister Rob Moore teams up with West Nova MP Greg Kerr for back-to-back funding announcements in Weymouth and Cornwallis.
    • In Quebec City , Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel drops by City Hall to demonstrate his government's support for an otherwise unspecified "public art installation."
    • Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney delivers fresh federal cash to the Levis-based Misson natale de Louis Frechette.
    • Government House Leader Peter Van Loan heads to East Gwillimbury, where, alongside Ontario Transport Minister Steven Del Duca and Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig, he'll provide an update on the progress of a promised new GO bus storage and maintenance centre.
    • Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford visits Thunder Bay, where he will, according to the notice, "meet with local stakeholders" and outline a new FedNor initiative that will "create jobs, support business grown and diversify the economy in Northern Ontario."

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May takes her town hall tour to Galiano.

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