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Today on the Hill: Returning to caucus one week after the shootings

10/29/2014 04:00 EDT | Updated 12/28/2014 05:59 EST
OTTAWA - Members of Parliament return today to the very rooms they were locked inside one week ago when a gunman staged an attack on the building that houses Canada's lawmakers.

Michael Zehaf Bibeau stormed Parliament Hill last Wednesday after killing an honour guard at the National War Memorial, sparking a frenzied lockdown of Ottawa's downtown core.

Last week's events have also set in motion a flurry of other meetings and changes to security on the Hill, which will likely be further discussed in today's party caucus meetings.

A number of other events taking place on Parliament Hill are centred on security issues. They include:

— A joint statement is to be released by the Information and Privacy ombudspersons and commissioners on information and privacy rights in the context of national security;

— Retired justices Frank Iacobucci, John Major and Dennis O'Connor will take part in a panel discussion on national security and human rights issues in Canada over the last 10 years, with an examination of the implications in today’s context;

— On another front, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Senator Claude Carignan will announce further measures in response to the Transportation Safety Board's final recommendations related to the deadly derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que.;

— And the Royal Canadian Mint, along with sports minister Bal Gosal and Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney, will unveil a new collector coin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hockey Canada.

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