The Capital Chronicles

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  • Famine donation deadline approaches

    Canada and its international aid organizations are asking Canadians to dig deep to help aid people in East Africa as the worst famine in six decades continues to take its terrible toll.

  • Election ad watch

    Perusing the ads released by the NDP, PCs and Liberals so far in this campaign one realizes something: It’s entirely possible whomever is behind the NDP and PC ads may have gone to the same school for political ad making.
  • Good deeds rock

    There was a story here in Ottawa this week that made everybody cringe. A young couple had their apartment broken into while they were visiting their critically-ill newborn daughter at the hospital. The thieves took everything of value and even trashed the baby’s room. The room the baby had never yet slept in.

  • Civil servants’ emails not cabinet confidence

    A federal court officer has rejected an attempt by the federal government to keep emails between civil servants out of court on the basis they are cabinet confidences.

  • Mourning Jack, passing his torch

    It's perhaps a little unsavoury but not all that surprising that Jack Layton's funeral hasn't even happened yet and already talk is ramping up about who will replace him.

  • Cost of democracy? $12 for every voter

    Would you pay $12 for the right to vote?

  • Polarized politics

    If we ever needed more proof of just how polarized our political system is these days one need only look at this latest poll.

  • Too many cooks

    The situation with the Lake St. Martin First Nation is quite sad.

  • Royally engaged? There’s an app for that

    Prince William and his bride, Kate, may not be stopping in to Manitoba on their Canadian tour but you can follow their journey online and on your iphone and other mobile devices

  • Senate shenanigans

    Manitoba NDP MP Pat Martin is trying to embarrass the Conservatives into voting in favour of funding the Senate.

  • A whole new world

    Newly elected speaker Andrew Scheer proved he wasn’t all talk about improving decorum during the first “real” question period of the new Parliament.

  • A new majority order

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not choke on hashbrowns this morning. He was not rushed to a Toronto hospital.

  • Speak up

    Members of Parliament are electing their new speaker today. This will be the first new speaker in a decade after the retirement of Peter Milliken, who served from 2001 until just before this last election. He did not run again.

  • Attention seeking

    The Liberals likely got a real taste of what it's like to be the third party in Parliament today.

  • Harper's wild side

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper had the most to smile about this morning as he woke up as the head of a majority government.

  • OOPS of the night

    Everyone and their dog have reported all day that we cannot tweet, report, breathe or send by carrier pigeon the election results until the polls have closed in British Columbia.

  • If a leader fell in your forest, would you change your vote?

    The federal parties put a lot of time and energy into the leaders’ tours. Not to mention money.

  • Always expect the unexpected

    It's inevitable that a party suddenly surging in the polls is going to get a lot more attention. And some of the things parties can get away with when they're the fourth party in Parliament won't stand up to much scrutiny when they are making a play at least for Stornoway if not 24 Sussex itself.

  • What are you afraid of

    Apathy is Boring (www.apathyisboring.com) launched a new video today to encourage first-time voters to go to the polls. Spread the word.

  • Kicking it old school

    Are you bored of the federal election? Do the non-stop bickering, mudslinging and “I can scare voters more than you can” routines drive you batty? Want to have some fun with federal politics?

About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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