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  1. 8 points
    Milton did a lot of things I disagree with, but he sized up AC pilots very accurately. My words, not his, but ACPA pilots as a herd are moronic. No matter what the issue is, it seems there is always another faction willing to snakebite the whole for a limited focus or short term gain. The extended retirement fight is a perfect example. Some very wealthy, senior, some might even say pampered individuals did not want the cash flow to change, despite what they signed up for, so wrapped their personal desires in the constitution and, in addition to enriching themselves, ensured that the next generation could not retire at 60 even if they wanted to, (barring a side deal) without taking a ruinous writedown on their pension. Transfer of wealth from junior to senior. Before someone from the flypast100 coalition gets assigned to troll this post, I fully support every right the constitution affords, provided there is accountability to ensure one's rights are not weaponized to injure another, as was done in this case. Age 67? No thanks. I will leave on plan, even if there is a financial cost. My personal view is that life is worth more than seniority and my partners deserve my best effort. If I am very lucky, I will hang up my jersey while still doing a respectable job and not wait for someone to tap me on the shoulder and point it out to me. While there are superhumans among us, the odds of being as capable at 67 as one was at 55 are pretty slim. And, for what it is worth, I rather like being able to look my younger colleagues in the eye knowing I am not going to hog a position that might help them get their kids through school, as it did for me. It has been a good gig, but at some point we have to share the wealth. Flame away. Might be a source of warmth in our first major eastern storm of the season. vs
  2. 5 points
    Probably because the fanfare happened in 1967 when it was a new aircraft.
  3. 4 points
    Canada will not meet its targets, not even close. What I find reprehensible about Liberal values is the showmanship, wing flapping and strident crowing about what is right and what is good when there is no intent on their part to pay the price. There is simply no intention of meeting these targets and WE ALL KNOW IT. Anyone in Ontario who wants to have an immediate effect should simply drive the speed limit. I bet at least some of the fools trying to run me down this summer were Liberals. So, is climate change real? Of course it is, planetary climatology suggests that change is the norm. Static climate conditions are not the norm and don’t last. There are places in Canada that were once under water and you can be damn sure they will be again at some point in the future. There were places under the ice… and that will happen again too. So, the question is, will shivering in the dark buy us more time until the inevitable happens? I don’t know, but suspect not. I know one thing for sure though, I won’t shiver in the dark until you show me you can drive the speed limit and pay your bills.
  4. 4 points
    Well if she had said something like this "Can you believe that still today in learned society, some people still believe that Trudeau knows what he is doing and can lead a country" I could have got behind her 100%. Otherwise STFU.
  5. 4 points
    This gets back to another philosophy of reducing taxes and let the people that earned the money, spend it as they see fit. If people weren't so cash strapped, they might have more kids, might travel more, might buy more household goods etc, intstead of the govt confiscating it to further their social engineering agenda.
  6. 4 points
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    Unbelievable. Hell hath no wrath like an entitled spoiled brat who didn't get their way.
  9. 3 points
    People want to indulge in Hero-Worship. Even if their 'heros do not deserve their adulation. A Hollywood star says something and people will not only believe it because a Hollywood star said it but they think that person is really smart too. Even though a close examination would show that the Hollywood star is dumber than a doorknob. (Leonardo di Caprio is a great example)
  10. 3 points
    “ There is no invisible thermometer controlled by taxation and regulation and subsidy that will change the output of the sun or our relationship with the sun. It turns out that the earth and the sun and the universe at large just don’t care that much about humans or our actions. The simple fact of the matter is that we are vastly more affected by the planet than the planet is by us – and one day in the distant future we will simply be another sedimentary layer in the geological record. However, just as Galileo was persecuted during his time for advancing a heliocentric theory and questioning the geocentric view of the universe, those of us who question this anthropocentric view of climate are now also subject to ridicule and persecution. This persecution takes shape in the notion that if I deploy scientific knowledge to refute many of the alarmist claims made by those who believe climate change is anthropogenic, then I must be a ‘denier’ – an epithet closely linked to neo-Nazism that would subtly try to link me to that horrible way of thinking. Statements like “the science is settled” or “97% of scientists agree” are extremely troubling as they are themselves anti-scientific and designed to suppress the relentless questioning that is essential to the scientific method. Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s statement that “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it” misappropriates the scientific method to declare science as an infallible source of truth rather than a process of finding and discovering truth through questioning and testing. People in your government tend to say things like “Canadians know…” or “We all know…” when it comes to the anthropocentric view of climate change. In fact, we may not know, or we may know the opposite. Instead, I prefer Albert Einstein’s statement that “The important thing is to never stop questioning” as the ultimate piece of scientific advice. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/climate-change-killing-us-my-open-letter-prime-trudeau-allan-chatenay
  11. 3 points
    What is rarely if ever mentioned in these stories, is the fantastic job done by the flight crew. Some will say that they are just doing their jobs, and while that is correct, from experience on the atlantic, on a dark, miserable night, this is a long way from the "comforts" of the simulator. A job well done.
  12. 3 points
    Just a very little like Boestar, I watched a video of operations at AMS. For reasons I would not pretend to understand, they were using what I will call a N/S runway for arrivals but directed an Emirates 380 to an E/W runway for departure. This required the Emirates flight to cross the arrivals runway. An arriving KLM was given clearance and the Emirates flight was asked to proceed with all due speed. He couldn't move fast enough. The arriving KLM was directed to go around. A little more complex than that but you get the idea. So.....here we have an AC flight given clearance. Yes.....perhaps prematurely but clearance nonetheless. Agreed? Now....conditions changed and it was suspected that the runway was not clear. A warning was sounded but not heard. The issue is NOT about US practices and procedures. The issue is with the failure of communications between ATC and this particular flight on this particular day! If the "impedance" to a safe runway in SFO was this lumbering Emirates 380, well....all would NOT have ended well when the AC 320 failed to respond to a direction to go around. Why did that AC flight crew not hear or respond to the ATC communications? THAT is the issue!!
  13. 3 points
    Bullied is a pretty good term here. Yes you can try and refuse, and on occasion I have done so, but the reality is such a decision often trades one problem for another, perhaps of greater significance. First off, it may take a very long while to get a word in edgewise. Then it will take a while for the controller to accept that a landing clearance that virtually every other flight on their shift has accepted, is somehow a problem for your flight. Then there will be a 'whatever' moment as they realize that the analysis is not relevant, you are going around. Then they have to find a spot for you. Many of us here have had the pleasure of a GA at a busy US airport. I'll pick on LGA, simply because they love to shoehorn traffic with the best of them. I've gone around there plenty, and yes, some of those times, I called, 'this is not going to work, AC### is going around'. Well, it felt like the first go around in the history of aviation. multople headings, altitudes, clearances, reclearances, all the while the two of us are trying to get the aircraft cleaned up, maybe get the box to catch up to the action so our map makes sense, since of course we are not on the published missed. Etc, etc. My personal record for the next approach was 35 minutes later. We had the fuel in those days to entertain ourselves as we toured New York State at low level. Nowadays, I'm thinking that would have been a diversion, to, hmmmm, Newark? It's not going to be a straight in. Most of the time the overstuffing of traffic becomes a risk management exercise, where the crew is choosing the least of evils. It should not be that way, but believers in the normalization of deviance would be on familiar ground in this discussion. So, while the term may be distasteful and perhaps even beyond belief, a crew burning into their extra fuel doesn't have the luxury of an on-air dust-up with ATC. If ATC overpressures the situation, the crew has to suck it up and decide if they can live with it. Maybe not traditional schoolyard bullying, but the dynamics are similar. Vs
  14. 3 points
    Hats off to the people who built it and to those who’ve kept it running safely for all those years.
  15. 2 points
    Also of course, how can a person prove that they didn't do something 15 or 20 years ago when the only proof(?) is the word of the accuser?
  16. 2 points
    All's well indeed Vs. I liked your remarks regarding retirement. There was no choice when I joined in '73, but I signed up for 'age 60' and that was that; - now into my eleventh year and thoroughly enjoying it all. I highly recommend it!
  17. 2 points
    This is another case of judging the past by the standards of today. What we deem acceptable has changed through history. Back in the 60s and 70s a slap on the butt was acceptable. Today its harassment and rightly so. Assigning guilt today for something that was ok 30 or 40 years ago is absurd at best. Peoples lives are being ruined by this.
  18. 2 points
    This one is a little different. Two Different Versions. Two Different Morals. They haven’t even mentioned the poor little “oil patch” ant? OLD VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house, and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold. MORAL OF THE OLD STORY: Be responsible for yourself! MODERN VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving. CBC, CTV, Global and City TV show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. Canada is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on CBC News with Peter Mansbridge along with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.' People Against Poverty stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, 'We Shall Overcome.' Then, Justin Trudeau has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper's sake. Kathleen Wynne condemns the ant and blames Prime Minister Harper, former Premier Mike Harris, Bill Davis, Joe Clarke, Harold Ballard, and Conrad Black for the Grasshopper's' plight Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau explain in an interview with Wendy Mesley that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share. Finally, the Provincial Liberal/NDP coalition drafts the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes; his home is confiscated by the Ontario Government's Green Czar, Dalton McGuinty, and given to the grasshopper. The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain It. The ant has disappeared in the snow never to be seen again. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize and ramshackle the once prosperous and peaceful neighbourhood. The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it. MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in the next election. Amen
  19. 2 points
    These were his notes, personal notes, to be used a talking points in the debate. Google whatever you want and you will find "scientific" data that supports your view, whatever your view is. Until someone provides undeniable, peer reviewed, scientific proof then the rest is just opinion and not fact.
  20. 2 points
    Well, if being entitled and aggressive were enough to shut down travel between countries, Trump would have reduced the US to the tourism status of North Korea. Hmmmm. Interesting comparison. No wonder the two don't get along. Like spoiled twins fighting. Sorry for the thread drift. Vs
  21. 2 points
    Nope, not good enough - the country doesn't respect the rule of law, doesn't deserve air service.
  22. 2 points
    If I was the CEO of Air France I would immediately suspend all flights to Buenos Aires and if I was the head of the FA union I would advise my members to refuse to work the flights if they weren't cancelled.
  23. 2 points
    Saw it yesterday afternoon....I think it is here for the weekend... .
  24. 2 points
    I have said it before and I will say it again. Carbon taxes are just that - taxes. They do nothing to reduce anybody's carbon production they just go the the government so they can spend it on their own policies. In BC we produce electricity with hydro-electric, clean green and if site C goes ahead, plentiful. But the government doesn't incentivise us to use more electricity, they punish us by raising rates if we go over a threshold that is easily achieved by most homeowners. If any government was serious about climate change, reducing carbon footprint they can do it by producing cheap green hydro electric or nuclear power. Until I see them do that, a pox on all their houses.
  25. 2 points
    Exactly. The GG is not supposed to have an opinion on anything - just do your job and keep your mouth shut. She is supposed to perform the duties associated with her position not give give speeches - when was the last time you heard a speech or opinion of the Speaker of the House? Same deal.
  26. 2 points
    An account of my arctic expedition with Adventure Canada aboard the Ocean Endeavour http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/gary-clement-the-northwest-passage-by-degrees
  27. 2 points
    The safety demo is a legal requirement. People will/won’t listen no matter how interesting or boring the actual demo is. This is marketing and in my mind promotes the airline’s brand as an offbeat casual company, but doesn’t do anything at all to better prepare the passengers for an emergency than a rehearsed script. I find it cringe-inducing. Would prefer it to be about 75% shorter.
  28. 2 points
    There's a line we can use to "avoid" certain people when we bid for flights. He'd be number one on mine. Can't imagine spending 3 or 4 days listening to that.
  29. 2 points
    At the top of the list for the reason for Cabin Crew being on board is passenger safety. I am sure that safety related announcements have been given a lot of thought and should be treated as SOPs, the presentation should be as clear as possible so as to be understood by the passenger, not turned into someones idea of Yuk Yuk.
  30. 2 points
    Circa 2007 on a YUL-YYZ rapidair, francophone I/C, after landing, "Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Toronto, home of the 1967 Stanley Cup Champion Toronto Maple Leafs..."
  31. 2 points
    "If we discard someone solely because of the language they speak, the religion they practice or the colour of their skin then we are racist and have no common decency and are part of the problem" i believe that should be applied to everybody that comes to this country and incorporated into our citizenship requirements, but that was quickly shot down by the governing party. I wonder if those principles that Boestar speaks of will get much traction in the mosques and other places of prayer in Canada?
  32. 2 points
    450-pound seal removed from Alaska airport runway
  33. 2 points
    Diversity is not a strength without decency... it's a liability. Individual decency is the key to making diversity work. When you remove decency from the equation, you end up with left/right radical stupid and that's where we are today. Bring back courtesy / decency and the rest will follow. You only need to drive a motorcycle through Ontario to know what I mean
  34. 2 points
    Bullied... Accept the visual or fly in circles for the next 45 minutes. Sounds like a threat to me
  35. 2 points
    Well, this is going to be interesting. My standard disclaimer that investigations are the job of investigators. That said, the audio is compelling and raises a long standing concern. A landing clearance used to mean that the runway was yours and safe to use. As a result, landing clearances would not be issued until the controller had the conditions to issue it. In Toronto, we get all sorts of late landing clearances, which is not necessarily a good thing, but in SFO and a lot of US airports, you can get a landing clearance with traffic still to land ahead of you. Anyone familiar with the old 'swiss cheese' model can spot this trap immediately. With a clearance in hand, the crew assumes they are cleared to land until told otherwise. With an early landing clearance, the runway will not, in fact, be safe to use at some point, or several points, from the time of clearance until landing. In the event one of the aircraft ahead does not clear, that landing clearance is now a threat that has to be mitigated, and that mitigation is going to rely on communications. A comm failure, frequency congestion, clipped transmission and a few other things can defeat that mitigation. This incident appears, AT THIS TIME, to have that complexion. While the investigation will, I hope, this time have a CVR, what really sticks with me is, had there not been an early landing clearance issued, the AC flight would have gone around, because that same comm issue, whatever it was, would have interfered with the issuance of that landing clearance, instead of the rescinding of a previous, now inappropriate, clearance. FWIW Vs
  36. 2 points
    Me..... Poof ???? Well sorta but for other reasons... Six tours under my belt with one great ground job between # 4 and #5.....Offered a promotion if I would stay one more year in that ground job. "No"...wanted to fly so completed the last two tours and when the opportunity came up, via the grapevine, to flip to WD on the A310..........well....out immediately and flew for WD and during the first year was still collecting Mil pay as I had accumulated over a year of unused Leave During that same year I received a call from DND asking if I wanted IPS...in those days it was called Indefinite Period of Service and had I taken it I would have retired at the same age I did in the airline business. During my last few years in DND I saw the failure of many of the smaller companies and saw many ex-Mil trying to get back in the Service, and many did but their initial entry was not a cockpit. My decision to leave was based on the fact that I had enough time for a full Mil pension so why not get out, get higher pay, and fly newer equipment? In a nutshell.....Lucky/Fortunate..I guess............ and I loved both my Mil flying career and the airline career and when I was punted through the goal posts at age 60, I felt I had just enjoyed a job for over 42 years so it did not hurt to leave "it" all behind........have never been sorry one day in my life for the career choices I made and the best choice in all that time was "her".
  37. 2 points
    Speaking from experience (with no knowledge of this specific situation), terminations like this have, in the past increased confidence in WestJet leadership. I know that sounds odd, but that’s how I’ve seen it play out many times. The overwhelming majority of WestJet employees are die hard passionate employees who want the best for themselves and even more so the company. When they see other employees not pulling their weight or taking advantage of a certain situation, they get frustrated and want to see leadership from management to address these situations. If that was the case here, I would bet there is front line support for this. If that isn’t the case, then certainly it could help support the idea of unionization.
  38. 1 point
    jaydee, Rumour has it that this next apology will be to all of the misguided people who voted "Liberal" in the last election in the belief that they would be enjoying Sunny days and ways. Followed by an announcement of his Christmas Vacation plans along with a list of the socks he wants Santa to bring him.
  39. 1 point
    Yup, and ironically, the “like it’s a toilet like” crowd (it was like an interview, like) were all students with cheering liberal parents behind them. It clearly cost a bit of coin to change all of this so I say, “like live with it like.” BTW, where are the cheering parents and when will they be happy with the fact that they got exactly what they said they wanted? LOL, more of this is on the way too. So, like what did you like think was going to happen like? Will them/they ever actually want what them/they say them/they think them/they want once them/they get it?
  40. 1 point
    I was part of these "focus groups" and I can assure you there was no shortage of data on this fact finding mission. I was also relieved and optimistic when the unedited results were released. Finally, all the issues were on the table and they/we were going to start addressing them. To imply they scrubbed any reconciliation with the majority of the pilot group because a select few decided to forward some dirt to the papers is equally as disturbing as doing nothing at all. Also, there seems to be quite a disconnect here between guys that haven't been affected by any of these recent changes (i.e. bases), and guys that have had their lives turned upside down by downgrading, not upgrading, commuting, or uprooting your entire family across the country etc. There is a completely different perspective from say a senior YYC captain and a junior YYZ captain or FO. In my opinion this unrest and unionization is a direct result of ignoring the issues at hand, and as mentioned above guys are now voting with union cards and their feet. The million dollar question is.. is this sustainable? This will be an interesting year ahead as we venture into an uncharted pilot shortage, yet I suppose time will be the test. If this pilot shortage is as bad as some predict it will come down to supply and demand. If the pay and working conditions don't support it, well, it just becomes "unsustainable".
  41. 1 point
    These are the entrepreneurs who will grow the economy, providing sustainable, diverse, inclusive jobs in clean tech for the middle class and those who want to join it, innovating to build for a low carbon environment, at the same time, respecting our cultures in a true nation to nation relationship, from coast to coast to coast, of course. Did I leave anything out???
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    gator - light bulbs won’t do it, you (we/us) need to be thinking big; like sectors. I want to know what you are willing to shutdown in order to meet our targets. What ever it is, it needs to add up to about 200 mts per year. I know the figures vary a bit on this, but lets run with 200. Btw, no one is suggesting you get to drive a bigger truck and pollute more just because you own more property. Frankly, that never occurred to me, or likely anyone else. This always turns into “so what you’re saying is ……….” insert something silly. As a nation, we scrub all of the carbon we produce plus another 25%, so it might be wise not to wreck our economy out of eagerness to be part of the solution… we already are. So lets draw the line at 200 mts per year. If you are not willing to tell me what you want to part with (200 mts worth), I won’t pursue this further. And, let me go on record now as predicting the Liberal Government won't either.
  44. 1 point
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/climate/us-climate-report.html U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials By LISA FRIEDMANNOV. 3, 2017 Smoke rose from trees burned in a wildfire in Wrightwood, Calif., last year. A report from 13 federal agencies says extreme weather events have cost the United States $1.1 trillion since 1980.CreditJonathan Alcorn/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Earth is experiencing the warmest period in the history of civilization and humans are the dominant cause of the temperature rise that has occurred since the start of the 20th century, according to an exhaustive scientific report unveiled Friday by 13 federal agencies. The report was approved by the White House, but it directly contradicts much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change. Over the past 115 years global average temperatures have increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to record-breaking weather events and temperature extremes. The global, long-term warming trend is “unambiguous,” the report says, and there is “no convincing alternative explanation” that anything other than humans — the cars we drive, the power plants we operate, the forests we destroy — are to blame. The findings come as the Trump administration is defending its climate change policies on several fronts. The United Nations convenes its annual climate change conference next week in Bonn, Germany, and the Trump delegation is expected to face harsh criticism over President Trump’s decision to walk away from the 195-nation Paris accord on climate and top American officials’ stated doubts about the causes and impacts of a warming planet. “This report has some very powerful, hard-hitting statements that are totally at odds with senior administration folks and at odds with their policies,” said Philip B. Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center. “It begs the question, where are members of the administration getting their information from? They’re obviously not getting it from their own scientists.”
  45. 1 point
    . New pilot contract allows Air Canada to expand Rouge fleet Wed Nov 1, 2017 - The Globe and Mail By Greg Keenan - Airline Industry Reporter A new deal Air Canada has signed with its pilots permits its Rouge airline to expand its narrow-bodied fleet as the carrier's mainline fleet grows, strengthening the company's hand as the competition with low-cost carriers heats up. Under changes to its contract with pilots, Air Canada will be able to expand the fleet at low-cost Rouge by one narrow-bodied plane for every one it adds to its mainline service, and by two narrow-bodied jets for every wide-bodied plane added to the mainline fleet. Amendments to the deal with the Air Canada Pilots Association, which eliminate a 50-plane limit on the Rouge fleet, were agreed to in September. The details of how the contract permits the low-cost unit to expand were not revealed at the time, but are contained in a copy of the agreement obtained by The Globe and Mail. The expansion of Rouge is a key part of Air Canada's strategy to compete against ultralow-cost carriers (ULCCs) such as Canada Jetlines Ltd. and the Swoop unit of WestJet Airlines Ltd., both of which are planning to begin operations next summer. "The [Rouge] model is now capable of being used to compete against anybody who comes in the market," Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's chief executive officer, said in an interview. "From our perspective, we think we have a product that is quite competitive." In the 2014 contract signed with its pilots, Rouge is limited to 25 narrow-bodied planes of the 50-aircraft overall limit. Removing that limit is crucial, Mr. Rovinescu said, "because, otherwise, what you would have had to do is shift airplanes from other really good markets. So you'd have a tough choice to decide: Are you going to remove it from some markets to put it onto others?" Air Canada will take delivery of two narrow-bodied Boeing 737 jets this year – the first jets from a 61-plane order – and will add six wide-bodied Boeing 787s to its mainline fleet during the rest of this year and in 2018. That permits the immediate expansion of Rouge, which would be done by shifting some planes from Air Canada's Airbus A320 family now operated by its mainline service. "You could start adding it right now and certainly in time for next summer," Mr. Rovinescu said in Toronto after speaking at an economic conference. "Some of it is market-driven, some of it is how much in advance do you start new routes." What impact the changes will have on routes is still under study, he said. Air Canada executives said during an investor day presentation that expanding Rouge to regional domestic routes is one option being examined. Flying an Airbus A319 that has already been paid for into Hamilton from Abbotsford, B.C., for example, could allow Rouge to compete against WestJet, which is already flying that route. Those two cities will also be the eastern Canada and western Canada bases respectively for Canada Jetlines. The combination of new narrow-bodies, which includes Bombardier Inc.'s C Series planes that will be delivered beginning in 2019, means Air Canada "can look at other opportunities that weren't available to us in the past," said Ben Smith, the airline's president of passenger airlines. "Whether that's in the ULCC or LCC [markets], further leisure areas we're not competing in today or whatever competitive threat comes at us." The pilot contract also permits Air Canada to shift wide-bodied Boeing 787 planes to Rouge, but only as replacements for existing Boeing 767s, not as additions to the Rouge fleet. The main focus of expansion for Rouge is narrow-bodies. But using the larger Boeing 787-9 on Rouge in some international long-haul flights could make sense, said industry analyst Robert Kokonis, who heads AirTrav Inc. Air Canada's mainline service between Toronto and New Delhi on a 787-9 offers 298 seats. "But think about 340-350 seats on a Rouge-configured 787-9," Mr. Kokonis said. "Now you're talking." Air Canada has options to acquire 13 more 787s. Delivery of the 37 planes from its firm order is scheduled to be complete in 2019. The amendments to the pilot contract also outline a change in Rouge's purpose. "The mandate of ACrouge is to support the strength, sustainability and growth of mainline," a clause in a letter of understanding on work rules and conditions says. Under the previous agreement with pilots, the scope of Rouge was described as being "limited to the market seeking low-cost air travel." Rouge was not intended to replace mainline routes that were financially viable, the clause stated. But the low-cost unit is already supplementing some mainline offerings. Air Canada mainline provides service over the Atlantic Ocean to London Heathrow, while Rouge flies into London Gatwick. But, "we don't expect to have too many routes where you'd have both the Rouge and the mainline service," Mr. Rovinescu said. .
  46. 1 point
    I hope we will see that, but nothing is ever final until the votes are counted. When he wins I will stand you a good single malt.
  47. 1 point
    There really was not much of an increase in aboriginals just in people self-identifying as aboriginal to try and get on the gravy train.
  48. 1 point
    “ And so the worm turns. Make that worms. Just as key congressional panels open new probes into the still-smoking debris of last year’s election, the revelation that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid as much as $9 million for the discredited Russian dossier on Donald Trump flips the collusion script on its head. Now it’s Democrats’ turn in the barrel. The explosive report in the Washington Post goes a long way to explaining how the dossier was so widely spread among political reporters during the election. The Clinton camp must have passed it out like Halloween candy to its media handmaidens. News organizations tried for months to confirm the salacious details, but couldn’t. The document became public when BuzzFeed, a loud Clinton booster, published it 10 days before the inauguration, while acknowledging it couldn’t verify the contents. The Post report provides possible answers to other questions, too. Because Clinton’s team paid for the dossier, it’s likely that she gave it to the FBI, where James Comey planned to hire the former British agent who had compiled it to keep digging dirt on Trump. The finding also raises the possibility that the dossier is what led the Obama White House to snoop on members of Trump’s team, and leak the “unmasked” names to the anti-Trump media in a bid to help Clinton. In short, we now have compelling evidence that the dossier was the largest and dirtiest dirty trick of the 2016 campaign. And Clinton, who has played the victim card ever since her loss, was behind it the whole time. Anybody surprised? Me neither.” http://nypost.com/2017/10/24/the-trump-dossier-was-clintons-dirtiest-political-trick/
  49. 1 point
    ...and now for all that in French....
  50. 1 point
    Great .... the illegal migrant numbers are down....only 5500 in August...where's my cheques??? http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/nigerian-migrants-plattsburgh-1.4307257 Ironically, as that is the population of many small towns in Ontario EVERY month. btw...the woman interviewed makes a sympathetic plea "I want to work"....how can she work when she has 4 infant children to look after??