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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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Friday, September 19, 2014
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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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