Food fair?

Last year, Public Eye exclusively told you the ministry of children and family development made $560,120 in renovations the fourth floor of its Victoria headquarters. And now we've learned the ministry has spent $13,339.53 on food and catering expenses for leadership team meetings held between May 1, 2006 and November 8, 2007. This, according to a document obtained via a freedom of information request.

Asked for comment, provincial New Democrat children and family development critic Nicholas Simons stated, "If there was a correlation between the amount spent on food and the productivity of the ministry, we'd be less concerned about it. But the fact remains we've got a ministry in chaos that's unable to support its frontline workers appropriately. And, meanwhile, in the offices above the hubbub and din, we have executives making sure their comforts are met." At the time of the expenses, the ministry's leadership team had 15 members. The document doesn't explicitly state how many meetings were catered or how long they lasted - although some were full-day affairs." The following is a complete copy of that document.

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Leadership Team Meeting Food and Catering Expenses from April 2006 to Present

November 8, 2007 $117.85
November 7, 2007 $130.35
November 7, 2007 $242.50
November 7, 2007 $126.85
October 10-11, 2007 $961.30
September 21, 2007 $521.30
September 12-14, 2007 $3,383.23
September 5, 2007 $209.70
August 22, 2007 $275.80
July 19, 2007 $473.65
July 19, 2007 $33.86
June 27, 2007 $383.22
June 1, 2007 $367.00
June 1, 2007 $334.10
May 16, 2007 $434.00
May 4, 2007 $77.10
May 4, 2007 $264.00
March 29, 2007 $554.00
March 28, 2007 $230.75
March 28, 2007 $294.20
March 2, 2007 $242.15
March 2, 2007 $115.20
February 28, 2007 $241.05
January 10, 2007 $380.00
December 18, 2006 $360.50
November 23, 2006 $80.00
November 9, 2006 $300.00
October 19, 2006 $350.00
September 6, 2006 $350.00
September 1, 2006 $100.00
August 9, 2006 $220.00
July 5, 2006 $175.00
July 5, 2006 $33.00
May 31, 2006 $127.60
June 28, 2006 $40.00
June 26, 2006 $32.50
June 29, 2006 $169.40
June 4, 2006 $456.61
May 1 - June 30, 2006 $112.76
May 17, 2006 $39.00

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