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Privy Council Office staffers like their coffee, java, and café lattés...

PCO Clerk Kevin Lynch loves his java, or, at least the people in the Privy Council Office do. In fact, between March and December last year, the office charged $4,978.07 worth of coffee to the public purse, out of a total of $16,068.80 of hospitality expenses, according to PCO's hospitality expenses. That's of course only the lines that specifically say "coffee," coming from places such as Roast 'N Brew, Van Houtte and Connaisseur Café and not including the expenses for lunch meetings and DM breakfasts, such as the $498 tab from Boulangerie dans un village on April 13, 2006, which could have also included the wonderful and tasty caffeinated beverage. It must say something that almost one-third of a department's hospitality expenses is coffee, especially when one run to the local java hut cost $442.59. No, PCO is not frivolously overcharging taxpayers. HOH is sure it means that Mr. Lynch is working his staffers and DMs too much and that they are relying on many cups of espresso to get through the long nights of policy meetings... although it could mean also that the Roast 'N Brew is serving up some delicious organic non-fat skim-milk caramel mocchachino whipped-cream-topped latté of which the Clerk and his staffers just can't get enough. Hmm...

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Privy Council Office staffers like their coffee, java, and café lattés...

PCO Clerk Kevin Lynch loves his java, or, at least the people in the Privy Council Office do. In fact, between March and December last year, the office charged $4,978.07 worth of coffee to the public purse, out of a total of $16,068.80 of hospitality expenses, according to PCO's hospitality expenses. That's of course only the lines that specifically say "coffee," coming from places such as Roast 'N Brew, Van Houtte and Connaisseur Café and not including the expenses for lunch meetings and DM breakfasts, such as the $498 tab from Boulangerie dans un village on April 13, 2006, which could have also included the wonderful and tasty caffeinated beverage. It must say something that almost one-third of a department's hospitality expenses is coffee, especially when one run to the local java hut cost $442.59. No, PCO is not frivolously overcharging taxpayers. HOH is sure it means that Mr. Lynch is working his staffers and DMs too much and that they are relying on many cups of espresso to get through the long nights of policy meetings... although it could mean also that the Roast 'N Brew is serving up some delicious organic non-fat skim-milk caramel mocchachino whipped-cream-topped latté of which the Clerk and his staffers just can't get enough. Hmm...

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, July 25, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

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U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

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Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

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Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

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Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

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Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

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House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

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McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

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The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

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Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

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Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

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Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

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The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

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The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

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Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

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Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

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CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

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Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

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CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

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That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

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Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

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Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

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The lineup.

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The scene.

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Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

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CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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