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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...

  

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Broadbent Institute Progress Summit 2015 - Day 3 panels March 28, 2015

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Charles Taylor spoke about diversity, secularism and the path to an inclusive, progressive Quebec and Canada.

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Charles Taylor did a Q&A with author Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

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Political philosopher Charles Taylor.

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Toronto Star columnist Susan Delacourt moderated a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

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Kill the Messengers author Mark Bourrie spoke on a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

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Party of One author Mike Harris spoke on a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

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University of Montreal's Frederic Merand spoke on a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

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Fair Vote Canada executive director Kelly Carmichael spoke on a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

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The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic panel: Kelly Carmichael, Frederic Merand, Michael Harris, Mark Bourrie and moderator Susan Delacourt.

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Facebook's Kevin Chan, spoke about how Facebook can help power campaigns and engage Canadians.

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Don Guy introduced the Great Debate panelists.

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Armine Yalnizyan and Tom Clark, moderator of the Great Debate on Spending versus Austerity: Time to invest or cut?

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The Great Debate on Spending versus Austerity: Time to invest or cut? panel: Monte Solberg, Philip Cross, Linda McQuaig, Armine Yalnizyan and Tom Clark.

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Former Conservative Cabinet minister Monte Solberg, left, and former StatsCan chief analyst Philip Cross.

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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives economist Armine Yalnizyan.

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NDP Toronto Centre candidate and author Linda McQuaig.

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The Fikcle Mellennials? Progressive values and political engagement panel -- Millennial Project policy adviser David Kitching, Juno award-winning rapper and host of CBC's Q Shad, Toronto District School Board trustee Ausma Malik, University of Saskatchewan professor David McGrane and Macleans' Aaron Wherry.

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Toronto District School Board trustee Ausma Malik.

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University of Saskatchewan political scientist David McGrane and Macleans' Aaron Wherry.

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Juno award-winning rapper Shad, host of CBC's Q.

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Carbon progress: Paris and Beyond panelists Johanne Whitmore, Gerard Fuchs, moderator Mike De Souza, Coralie Deny, and Sidney Ribaux

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