Today on the Hill: Vets' spouses take centre stage

Terry Pedwell / The Canadian Press
June 5, 2014 01:30 AM

The moon is seen past a gargoyle on the Peace Tower of Parliament Hill in Ottawa on October 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA - Sparks could fly on Parliament Hill today as Jenifer Migneault and Marie-Andree Mallette, both veterans' spouses, comment on the recommendations for support for veterans' families issued this week by a parliamentary committee.

Last week Migneault chased Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino down a hall, hoping to convince him to provide more training to veterans' spouses and recognize them as caregivers to support injured soldiers.

Elsewhere on the Hill, the RCMP had planned a news conference to highlight their latest operation to crack down on the exploitation of children by online predators.

They put off the announcement indefinitely in the wake of the killings of three Mounties in Moncton.

Also happening in the capital today:

— Information commissioner Suzanne Legault will table her office's latest annual report in the House of Commons;

— Members of Greenpeace are set to deliver a 100,000-signature petition and giant greeting card to the Prime Minister's Office;

— Parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette appears at the Commons human resources committee to discuss renewal of the labour market development agreements;

— Breakfast is served on the streets near the Hill today. Egg Farmers of Canada will set up shop on Sparks Street to raise awareness of the country's egg industry while at the same time raising funds for Food Banks Canada;

— And the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce will also get cracking as it holds its Eggs n’ Icons Breakfast series with Mark Monahan, the founder and executive director of Bluesfest.

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