Going a little off-topic for this blog - as if it had or needed one - I'd like to wish a very happy 20th anniversary to the Hill Times, the deeply esteemed and delightfully saucy newspaper of parliamentary affairs where I used to work. Twelve hours ago I was in Ottawa for their birthday party at Library and Archives Canada; eight years ago, soon after my interests began to turn to newspaper journalism, I was their high-school co-op student. It wasn't a glamorous time - my "office" most days was a phone booth across the hall from the press-gallery office - but it was a glamorous job for me, and I remember my time there fondly: poring through government documents, writing research briefings for the reporters, memorizing MPs' faces so I could organize piles of unlabelled and undated archive photos, polling parliamentary staff on which MP they thought was sexiest (Peter MacKay, evidently) and once in a while, after much effort and second thoughts, writing a story.
Happy birthday, guys. We've come a long way.
P.S. Yes, my summer blogging hiatus is over. As you were.