Marshmallow and spaghetti counseling sessions and workplace harassment seminars are what punished the staff at the Indian High Commission in the wake of Trudeau’s disastrous, scandal-plagued trip to India in February 2018.
The junket was replete with dancing, over the top costumes and a Government sanctioned visit from an attempted murderer named Jaspal Atwal. After the visit from the PM, the government called in the counselors to help the diplomatic staff in India.
Staff from the Office of Conflict Resolution and the Office of Values, Ethics, and Workplace Well-being arrived in India to provide “needs analysis, design, and facilitation of activities related to enhancing workplace well-being and effectiveness at the mission.” The three also offered “confidential individual sessions to all staff at the Indian mission to discuss either workplace or personal issues."
We received 650 pages in ATIP documents about the sessions, however, several pages were redacted to under section 16(5) - the whistleblower protection exemption in federal information and privacy laws.
India mission bureaucratic and diplomatic staff were subjected to counseling sessions titled “Minding Difficult Conversations”, “Building Civility in the Workplace” and a 3-hour session named “Values and Ethics in the Workplace.”
One 4 hour-long session, titled "Social Styles Model" had participants “use a questionnaire to identify their own social style or preferred style of interaction with others” and “use exercises in small or large groups to explore the characteristics of each style, when they might be useful and how to adapt to other styles preferences when appropriate.”
That sounds a lot like training on Trudeau’s problems with women experiencing interactions with him differently than he does. One email indicated the sessions were specifically for staff who were part of the PM’s trip.
Staff also participated in a 1.5 hour long exercise called the marshmallow and spaghetti challenge. Participants were “divided into teams that compete with each other using certain supplies... (including spaghetti and a marshmallow) to see who can build the tallest structure”.
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