Food complaints no secret at CSIS headquarters
For Canada’s spies, the most harrowing challenge apparently begins at lunchtime.
The catered food at CSIS headquarters is so off-putting that one employee threatened to “raise the issue with Amnesty International,” emails obtained by the Star show.
A dozen pages of complaints on the quality of the food served at CSIS headquarters over a five-year period offer a rare look inside the workings of Canada’s spy agency. The documents describe a string of mistakes that employees say tarnished the agency’s reputation and left foreign dignitaries unimpressed with CSIS’s hospitality.
At the time, the catering services were prone to blunders, especially when it came to serving religious meals. In one instance, a foreign delegation visiting CSIS headquarters was served ham sandwiches, despite having inscribed the words “NO PORK” in bold letters on the order form.
Such incidents were “not isolated,” one employee wrote in an email. According to the documents, CSIS is unable to provide kosher food, and when halal dishes are served, they are often of poor quality.
In an instance that was later described as embarrassing by agency personnel, a reception hosted by CSIS for a group of foreign dignitaries was marred by the “extremely unappetizing” halal food. The meals, consisting mostly of sandwiches with no condiments, were left untouched, one employee said.
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