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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:12 am    Post subject: CBC spent $60,000 on meetings Reply with quote

CBC spent $60,000 on meetings


The Ottawa Sun

CBC's Toronto offices. (file)

OTTAWA -- CBC's top executives spent more than $60,000 over six months holding meetings in luxury hotels and resorts and expensing such items as sparkling wine and limousine rides.

Documents released under Access to Information show the CBC spent at least $61,500 on nine meetings between January and June 2006.

The meetings were held according to CBC/Radio-Canada guidelines, CBC spokesman Marco Dube wrote in an e-mail. When face-to-face meetings are required, "off-site meetings are usually better to avoid disruptions."

Stays in expensive resorts topped the bill. More than $21,600 was spent sending 21 CBC and Radio-Canada human resources managers and senior executives to the ritzy Chateau Beauvallon in Mont-Tremblant, Que., for two days. The limo costs alone for one vice-president amounted to $1,009.94.


But the award-winning lakeside retreat complete with spa didn't make the cut for dinner.

CBC managers headed to a neighbouring resort where, according to its website, "there is only one reason to come to Auberge Sauvignon: To be pampered and treated like royalty." That's where they dropped $1,612.93 on supper.

Twenty-two Radio-Canada executives enjoyed their own luxury retreat in the Laurentians, spending $6,028.41 at Manoir Saint-Sauveur.

A 1 1/2-day conference at Gatineau's Hilton Casino at Lac Leamy, just a few kilometres from CBC's Ottawa headquarters, cost at least $18,300. That included $11,406.17 on a banquet for 47 employees, with cocktail reception, dinner and a "social evening."

Four-star hotels were the location of choice for meetings hosted by CBC vice-president Richard Stursberg. A day-long meeting at the Renaissance Hotel, a few blocks from the CBC's Toronto headquarters, cost $3,481.65 for 28 senior television managers.

Tacked on the bill was an order for six bottles of Hillebrand Trius Brut sparkling wine. "Client has guaranteed 6 bottles but would like 2 additional bottles on reserve," states the hotel form.


On a faxed note, Stursberg's executive assistant, Cathy Katrib Reyes, writes, "Please be sure not to mention the champagne toast to anyone!!!"

In the end, managers only drank four of the $65 bottles.

Documents also show a penchant for posh surroundings: A day-long meeting at Toronto's St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre cost $3,599 for 38 people; a day-long meeting for 18 at the city's luxury Hotel Le Germain was $1,554; dinner for 28 at the private members-only The Spoke Club in Toronto came to $2,002; and a meeting for six Radio-Canada employees at Montreal's swanky boutique hotel Place D'Armes, a four-minute drive from Radio-Canada's headquarters, cost $950.22.

"Serving alcohol during meetings is not a normal practice," wrote CBC's Dube, adding that while the Crown corporation thinks these "occasional out-of-office meetings are important for good management purposes, they were the first items to be slashed last fall when we were hit by the economic downturn."

Kevin Gaudet, of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, hopes CBC curbs its spending.

"That organization has a culture of excess at the executive level and they shouldn't be surprised when parliamentarians and taxpayers want automatically to say no when they come back cap-in-hand asking for more money."


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and this is the same CBC that claims they have no money and will have to lay off staff , what a farce . and they expect a bailout too , which they do not deserve and hopefully never get .

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is only a small problem of a greater issue. Government and bureaucratic excess on the tax payers dime. This is truly disgusting, and the thing is they wanted to hide it from the public. Letís see if this will get news coverage on CBC! :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope CBC spends much more on meetings. A dollar wasted by CBC is a dollar closer to bankruptcy.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How so if that dollar comes from me and you?
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