CSIS Served “extremely unappetizing” halal food to ungrateful Muslims

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.

My faith is somewhat restored’)


  • BillyHW

    Anyone with a food fetish should just shut the fuck up and bring their own food if they want something to eat.

    • I am hoping it was deliberate.

      • Stronger than Dirt

        My cousin in Ottawa says pulled pork is delicious !

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Maybe the CSIS employees could just bring their own damned lunch to work?

    ‘Government employees complain about their catered lunch’ is like an article straight out of The Onion.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That’s good there’s no more paywall at the Toronto Star because BCF gets to read it for free so I don’t have to.

    • Yea they ditched it.

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

        It seems fitting that their paywall expired just in time for April Fool’s Day.

        Just the latest piss-poor business decision by TorStar.
        Their tablet app will fail too because shit is shit, regardless if it’s spread on toast or spread on crackers.

        I look forward to TorStar’s inevitable bankruptcy.

        • simus1

          That would be “its inevitable financial bankruptcy” for those unfamiliar with the Red Star C&S product. It entered bankruptcy in most other important areas long ago.

        • BillyHW

          Paywalls have never worked.

  • Doug Kursk

    Good..CSIS is what it is…that you can get food there should be 36th on the list of priorities.

    Again, we are a Christian nation, if you want more than halal sandwiches, bring your own damn food!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      There’s gotta be a Subway around there somewhere.

  • pork

    Bring your own religious food, whingers!

  • eMan14

    Gives me an idea for a citizenship ceremony. To pass you need to heat a ham sandwich.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      As long as it’s not poutine.

    • Heh;)

  • cmh

    so all csis workers are muslim? WTF?

  • Minicapt

    Given the caterers met the bilangue requirements, these complaints are immaterial and might be construed as anti-Franco.


  • Editor

    Oooohh! “foreign dignitaries left unimpressed”. How about they f*ck off and get their own damn lunch! Canada doesn’t need any shithole dignitary’s approval. We are a World Leader in ham sandwiches!!

    • Justin St.Denis

      Personally, I do not digest any pork products. Never could, even as a little kid. From my perspective, then, bacon lovers look a lot like a cult. Bacon ice cream? Bacon shakes? Bacon tea? Gimme a break!

      Now, if you’re talking MAPLE SYRUP, you got me by the short Canucky hairs! 😉

  • Justin St.Denis

    My sympathy here is extremely limited, but with one caveat. I was meeting a business colleague (and government employee) at Queen’s Park one day about 12 years ago. We dutifully lined up at the cafeteria for a quick lunch. My colleague selected the peas & carrots side with his burger. Moments later, as we are sitting across from one another, I watched as he went into anaphylactic shock because there was minced shrimp in the peas& carrots. He almost died as a result. It cost the Ontario government taxpayers a tidy sum to keep this quiet. I have never eaten in any government facility since.

  • Waffle

    Seems as if the caterer mixed up the CSIS account with the hospital accounts. That kind of thing happens when you hire non-Hinglish-speaking TFWs (or Ontario highschool graduates).

  • William Guillaume

    Perhaps they would smelly old Camembert cheese with crumbled crackers as defined by one of our freeloading senators.