OTTAWA - "I have been waiting for them to assist me with a project on the aging Canadian population, but had held off giving them the assignment because (I was) under the impression that I was out of funds for the fiscal year. As it turns out, we have a small surplus that can be used." — An email from Mike Duffy about Senate payments to be made to his friend Gerald Donohue, who was doing contract work on his behalf. Duffy apparently adjusted the amount to be paid for "consulting and editorial services" after hearing how much was left in the budget. Ultimately, Donohue was paid an extra $14,000 at the very end of the fiscal year.