Rolling Rampage on the Hill: Raising Awareness for Persons with Disabilities

Posted October 9th, 2014 in blog, Event by Doug Black
Red Devils at Rolling Rampage

The Red Devils at Rolling Rampage on the Hill

I was so happy to participate in this year’s Parliamentary Wheelchair Race for Rolling Rampage on the Hill this morning. My team members and I competed in a wheelchair race atop Parliament Hill to raise awareness about physical disabilities and test our own abilities. Senator Green, Senator Massicotte, Senator Campbell and I all donned matching accessories as our team, the Red Devils, raced to first place!

We also got to watch over 2,000 eager schoolchildren compete in a 1K school relay race, and we had the honour of watching the elite wheelchair athletes compete in a 10K race later in the morning. Congratulations to 2014’s elite champions, Josh Cassidy and Amanda McGrory.

The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons does a wonderful job of highlighting the achievements of those with physical disabilities and bringing awareness to the challenges they must overcome every day. Canadians are known to band together for the sake of sports, and Rolling Rampage certainly brought us together to cheer on our athletes.

It is always inspiring to see these athletes compete, and I got a small taste of the physical strength it takes to navigate a wheelchair in the Parliamentary race. It is not an easy task! I applaud the strength and courage of these athletes, and of anyone living with a physical disability. It is great to be able to acknowledge some of their accomplishments in such a fun (and exhausting!) way. Can’t wait for next year’s race!

For more information on the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons, visit

Wheelchair test at Rolling Rampage

Testing out the wheelchair before the race.

Getting a little pep talk before the race begins.

Getting a little pep talk from a friend.

Participants all ready to go at the start line.

Participants all ready to go at the start line.

In the lead at Rolling Rampage

A strong start! We were in the lead right from the beginning!

First place at Rolling Rampage!

First place for the Red Devils at Rolling Rampage!

Ukrainian President Addresses Canadian Parliament

Posted September 18th, 2014 in blog, Event, Speech/Remarks by Doug Black

In a moving speech to the Canadian House of Commons, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko demonstrated the courage of a leader whose country is in crisis.

There is a long history of shared interests and friendship between our two countries; Canada was one of the first nations to affirm Ukrainian independence and took a leading role in recognizing the Holodomor genocide.

In expressing his gratitude for Canada’s continued solidarity with Ukraine, I was struck by President Poroshenko’s strength and determination in his cause. On behalf of Albertans and all Canadians, I want to thank him for his visit and continued strength as he leads his country into the future.

Learn about parliamentary democracy with The Teachers Institute

Posted February 20th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

Since 1996, teachers from across Canada have gathered together in the nation’s capital for professional development and informative sessions on the parliamentary process.

Every November, 70 high school teachers participate in the Teachers Institute Program. For a full week, participants are immersed in our democracy by watching question period, committee meetings, and debates. The Teachers Institute then provides educators with resources to better engage students across the country in discussions on the parliamentary process and citizenship.

This year the program runs from November 2nd to 7th. If you know someone who would benefit from the program please visit The Teachers Institute website. Applications are due April 15th.


What is the Throne Speech?

Posted October 16th, 2013 in blog by Doug Black

The Speech from the Throne is a special oration that marks a new session of Parliament. In Canada, the speech is given by the Queen’s representative, the Governor General, and outlines the broad goals and directions of the government, as well as reports on the current state of the nation. Continue Reading »

Job Opportunity with the Library of Parliament: Project Officer – Interpretative Planning, Public Education Programs

Posted August 22nd, 2013 in blog by Doug Black


A very interesting employment opportunity for any Albertans interested in Parliament and public education! See job advertisement below.

The Library of Parliament is a non-partisan organization providing stimulating and rewarding work. We recognize that our employees are our most important asset and, as such, we offer excellent benefits, 4 weeks’ vacation leave, learning opportunities to support professional and career development, competitive salaries and more!

pic_wonder_library_of_parliament_lgThe Public Education Programs Division is responsible for the design, development and implementation of strategies, programs initiatives to educate and inform Canadians about Parliament and its institutions including tours, exhibits, print and web resources.

The Project Officer plans, researches, develops, implements, coordinates and evaluates a number of multi-phase interpretive and educational projects, including visitor programs and services, publications, multimedia products and websites, to support Parliament and parliamentarians in increasing the public’s knowledge of and appreciation for Parliament.

Project Officer – Interpretative Planning

Public Education Programs

Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS)


Classification MPA-2 ($58,134 – $68,769)

(Bilingual staffing- imperative: CBC/CBC)

Our ideal candidate demonstrates the following:


  • Analysis and Coordination
  • Communication
  • Organizational Skills
  • Adaptability


  • Strong knowledge of project management methodology, project planning, and evaluation techniques/ strategies
  • Knowledge of heritage interpretation theory and techniques, visitor studies theory and methodology; communications/marketing theory and techniques using a variety of media and targeting various clienteles
  • Knowledge of Canadian and Parliamentary history; the structure of parliament and the legislative process, as well as the art and architecture of the Parliament Buildings

To be considered you must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university relevant to the duties of the position
  • Experience in the planning and coordination of projects related to the development and delivery of programs, products and services to various clients including the supervision of external contractors and contracts
  • Experience in the development, coordination and/or drafting of written communications, promotional initiatives and strategies and planning documents.

Candidates retained in this selection process will be required to obtain:

  • A successful second language evaluation (Bilingual staffing- imperative: CBC/CBC)
  • A successful pre-employment screening

Additional Information:

  • This selection process is open to Employees of the Senate, the House of Commons, the Library of Parliament, the Office of the Senate Ethics Officer, the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, the Public Service, and the public
  • A written exam may be administered
  • Qualified candidates from this selection process may be considered for determinate or indeterminate positions requiring similar competencies at the Library of Parliament
  • Satisfactory references are an essential condition of appointment
  • Education and experience requirements will be used as part of the initial selection process
  • Proof of education is an essential condition of appointment
  • We are committed to employment equity

To apply, please send your C.V., cover letter and clearly indicate how you meet each of the requirements of the position, no later than September 10, 2013. Please quote Competition 13-R-16:


By Fax:    613-995-9582

By Mail:   50 O’Connor Street

Library of Parliament

                Human Resources Division

               Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9

Please address questions to Human Resources at 613-617-0943 or to

We thank all those who apply.  Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.