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    It was just a short while ago when we had to listen (again) to the justification for paying excessive salaries and bonuses to senior executives at Bombardier: words to the effect that they have to offer attractive salary packages to attract good people. And it’s not just Bombardier, it’s true of all major corporations. I for one, am getting sick of listening to these rationalizations that are nothing more than a veiled apology. It’s the excess, the lavishness, the extravagance that I, and I suspect many others find difficult to justify, let alone accept: salaries in the many hundreds of thousands, and often millions of dollars per year, in addition to bonuses in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. Excessive Defined Benefit pensions, frequently non-contributory, often credited with 2 years service for each year of employment. These Compensation Committees know how to look after their own. But when it comes to the Worker Bee, the concept of attractive salary packages to attract good people is turned on its head. Then it a case of paying as little as they can get away with and with providing as few benefits as possible. Not the best way to attract “good” worker bee employees. I doubt anyone here begrudges paying “attractive” salaries & benefits to any employee group but it seems to me that the gulf between the bottom wage earners and the top has become so extreme as to become ridiculous, with overindulgence and excess the norm at the top and parsimonious penny-pinching the norm for everyone below. In the story referenced above it is quoted “because of low starting wages - salaries less than $12 an hour – and tough working conditions” that there is a high turnover of staff. One can only wonder why the high-priced help at the top are unable to understand the problem. Perhaps when one is wallowing in $50K or $60K or $70K or even 80K+ a month (and that’s still less than a million/year), the high priced help is living in another world where the concept of trying to live (particularly in large cities like YYZ, YVR or YUL) on less than two grand a month is simply outside their sandbox. I understand the concept of responsibility and the requirement to be compensated accordingly, particularly in the aviation industry. But these disproportionately compensated executives at the top apparently fail to grasp the concept that if the worker bees don't do their jobs, and do them properly, then the airline can get into trouble in much the same fashion as might be the case when the pencil pusher fails to put the decimal point in the right place on his ledger. If executives wish to lead by way of example – and I believe that they should - they could start with understanding that by accepting excessive salary and benefits when at the “top”, they could also add value to the company if the same courtesy was extended to those at the bottom. And no, I’m not suggesting that everyone be paid “excessive” wages, just a reasonable living wage for doing their job. Don't ask me what's "reasonable" - everyone will have their own opinion on that. Just wanted to get that off my chest. Flame away. Over and out.
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    I think we will all be long retired, or worse, before this story line is. Rant alert. The trouble I see is that it is not one thing alone, it is a culture of so many interwoven factors that improvements are elusive. For example. Overbooking. Why is this done? Because margins are so thin that flying with empty seats often means losing money on the route. Why not charge more so you can be sustainably profitable with 10% open seats? We know why, because your passengers will simply abandon you for the competitor who charges 10% less - and overbooks. How about charge the same money and adjust cost structures so you can fly with 10% open seats and be profitable? The holy grail. The problem is, see #1. As soon as someone figures out how to do it cheaper, they don't fly with open seats, they just continue to overbook and bank the extra 10% proflt. Or worse, increase their cost structure, dividends, whatever so that they now consume the savings on the spot. As for obese passengers. I've been in the middle row between two individual, both requiring seat extensions, both requesting that the armrests be raised for their comfort, then doing the typical leg splay such that their knees would have been touching in front of me if they were not crushing my legs between them. Neither fellow seemed to care about body space, armrest or no, I was simply gonna get squished and pushed whenever either moved an arm or anything else. I had to move or deplane. it was a 6 hour flight ahead and there was no way, No one wants to be disadvantaged, and it seems that more and more travellers identify themselves as part of a special interest group that they feel gives them preferential consideration over others. This creates a new disadvantaged group, those that require no special accommodations, so get no accommodation at all. I think it is long past time for frank discussions. You don't like the seat pitch or width, then don't buy the fare. You don't want to have the risk of gate seat assignment, ditto. You want to pay 50% of the going rate by travelling in a high density cabin, then understand your 60 kg roll aboard is not rolling aboard with you. I fully get that some of the passengers that have been displaced lately did pay a full fare, we can assume for argument sake that they had all of the protections promised but denied. Being punted off an airplane in those circumstances is wrong, unfair and should be illegal. I fully agree, airlines can and should be held accountable for denying the product they sold to their customers, but this is not a one way problem, and it sure as heck is not going to be a one way solution. And given that these policies are almost all driven by passenger expectations set by chasing a price point, the solution is going to wait until passengers learn that you can't fly for less than a bus ticket and expect something more. Sorry for the rant.... Vs
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    Nice, looks like a good aircraft, too bad we won't be seeing any of them in Canada. Meanwhile, over at Boeing, here's a video of the cockpit procedures on the brand new 737 Max: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0wptjX3aO0
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    Pilots are paid to exercise judgement, Kip. Just not of others. You started down this dead end when you tried to forge a link that the TSB had weighed and discounted - and answered questions as to why that was the case in their briefing. That has been explained to you. Yet you elected to persist with the autopilot as though it was a causal factor, despite the TSB clearly saying otherwise. Your further comments distancing yourself from the decision of that crew, suggesting you would have avoided the threat that got them, your personal standard for the decision to land, is frankly whistling past the graveyard. None of us were there or saw what they saw. We know they were convinced carrying on was the safe thing to do. Which of us would have been equally comfortable? I see absolutely no sign that they pushed limits. The entire thread of speculation is wrong. I am perhaps not as experienced as you. I've only been trying to learn this trade for 40 years or so, But I look at this accident and say, 'there but for the grace go I'. We all see it our own way, but when I look at the accident record, some of the greatest out there have been involved. Tenerife comes to mind as I write this. I honestly don't think there is such a thing as immunity from accidents, so perhaps on that point we will agree. These were two professional pilots, the TSB did not hang the accident on them, and we should at the very least not try to do so here. Pilot error is still a term. Just not a very accurate one, and not really reflective of the findings in this case. Nuff said. Vs
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    When I was 16 my family moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver. They moved in May and I joined them at the end of June (stayed with my best friends family). If the Leftie Media had chosen to report on this event no doubt in my mind the headline would have been: "Parents Abandon their teenage son".
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    A little girl was leaning into a lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, all under the eyes of her screaming parents. A biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl and the biker brings the girl to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, "Sir, this was the most gallant and bravest thing I've seen a man do in my whole life." The Harley rider replies, "Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right." The reporter says, "Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist, you know, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living, and what political affiliation do you have?" The biker replies "I'm a U.S. Marine, a Republican and I voted for Trump". The journalist leaves. The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page: ** U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT & STEALS HIS LUNCH. And THAT pretty much sums up the media's approach to the news these days.
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    Just picking a nit - Any big city newspaper should be aware of the difference between 'boarder' and 'border' as well as the convention with respect to capitalization when quoting the name of an organization. Sloppy and inattentive.
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    DEFCON, that post is below your usual standard. I don't know why you are so obsessed with the FO, but if you think that your read through of a sanitized report gives you insight beyond that of a two year investigation by professionals with unfettered access to information none of us have, then rather than calling our intellect into question, please feel tree to provide something more substantial than corrosive innuendo and extrapolation. Vs
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    A rare poster but as Popeye said " I can't stands no more". 1- the light setting is a red herring. When you get to mins and don't see the runway - you go around. Even if the lights are off, it doesn't matter. No runway - you go around. Light setting 4,5, or zero is not material. It's called Minimum Descent Altitude for a reason. The ATC controllers had nothing to do with that. 2- the 320's without gps based nav use 3 inertial nav units (INU's). Not valid for vertical nav for approaches. (Correct me if I'm wrong). Hence the need to do the loc app on RW05 in this case. None the less position info is available, and is reasonably accurate. It should let you know pretty closely where the end of the runway is. You can tell that by somebody, anybody looking down and says "we aren't there yet". Regardless, if you do an FPA or stepdown, knowing where the end of the runway is is kind of critical. In either case. if you reach MDA on FPA, or the 'times up" - you go around. (IMO, the stepdown approach properly planned and performed is still a reasonable approach. A bit old school but whatever). 3- The ban. After ending well over 30 years flying in the Maritimes a couple weeks ago, the changes in the ban just reaches to the lowest common denominator. Anyone who flies out here knows how wildly variable the weather can be here. The hourly obs (or even specials) can differ bizarrely from the reality of the moment. I've, literally, done a miss while looking down at a VFR runway because the ob was so out of date. Using the posted limits is fine but undermines the utility of eyeballs and experience. End of day, if you don't like how it's going, then stop going there. If it's too bumpy, folks out here pull up and go on a bright sunny day because there is good reason to. A nasty night with an underequipped machine - well, I don't know what to tell you. I still don't understand how this flight ended up on the ground off to the side and BELOW the height of the runway.
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    Who do you want protecting your families future? " Ariana Grande concert attack: Trump calls on allies to 'obliterate this evil ideology' after Manchester bombing" http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/23/ariana-grande-concert-attack-trump-calls-on-allies-to-obliterate-this-evil-ideology-after-manchester-bombing.html or
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    Several things that really stand out for me in this report: 1) Halifax's terrible weather has been known forever. The opposite end of this same runway has a CAT II. 2) The lighting system was weak, and this too has been known forever. Yet everyone allowed it to continue. Classic normalization. 3) Below charted minima. Canada's shame. Hang this on the lobbyists and the TC mandarins that ceded power to them. 4) NAV CAN's SMS allowed a controller to be multi-tasking in ridiculous weather and workload circumstances such that they forgot to set the lights appropriately 5) The regulator allowed all of this. Ref 3) above, shame. The autopilot disconnect is inconsequential. It self cancels at 50' below MDA, which for this airline, is set 50' above published minimum to ensure the aircraft doesn't descend below MDA in the event of a go around. So, based on my few read throughs, the AP would have cancelled right at charted MDA. Ditto the above comments on crew performance. They flew it as instructed. WRT this speculation over the FO... I'm not sure the extrapolation of hours over time is a valid approach. Things like parental leave, short term disability due to an injury or some rather innocuous medical procedures can chew up months without flying. Not saying it is the case here, but when pilots are posted to supervisory roles, flight deck hours can often drop below 35 per month on average. At AC, hours alone as a measure doesn't really mean much. A 777 pilot can put in 60 hours a month and get two approaches, both in YYZ. whereas, a 320 pilot can put in 20 hours a month and get 10-15 LGA or ORD arrivals or departures, or play in the fog down east with YHZ-YYT legs and CAT IIs at both ends. There are pretty strict currency rules in place, tracked automatically. Those are the better measures IMO. Vs
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    Kip, with respect, whether the pilots involved are returned to active duty or held out IS personal. It's an HR aspect of their employment and as such not for public release. You will recall this from your time in the company, immediately after an event, the employee details are sequestered, even from other active employees. So yes, this is very much personal. The dignity question was about granting them the courtesy of some privacy after so long in the investigation poking and prodding mode. IMO they deserve any privacy we can afford them. Vs
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    Did you actually listen to his speech where that statement was made? ...or did you just read the cherry picked few words the MSM reported on that when taken out of context makes it just look ridiculous? Or.... Considering 95% of the election coverage of his campaign by the media was negative and considering almost all media outlets donated to the Clinton campaign, the bias is incontestable....also considering he was giving a commencement speech to encourage the graduates for their futures....his statement or his message of hope ... when looked at in its entirety .....suddenly doesn't sound so ridiculous. ( at least to me ) Even the headline on this clip has an automatic bias trying to get the listener to hear only the message they want you to hear.
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    I'll jump in too. I also called you on your statement about "gold-plated, indexed pensions", but you didn't reply to that. There was actually three factual errors you made; first that the pensions are indexed - they are not, second that the money from the sale of Aeroplan went to AC - it actually went to ACE, and the third was that the money from the sale staved off bankruptcy in the early 2000s - AC did enter CCAA in 2003 and avoided it a second time in 2008-2009. The money from the sale of Aeroplan wasn't a factor in either case.
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    All respondents were CBC employees
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    There were 85 American citizens, with U.S. passports, who filed a refugee claim in March 2017, bringing the year-to-date total to 295. Warmer weather is coming and liberal minded folk in sanctuary cities may have the opportunity to prove their commitment to the cause. This could easily become a major sanctuary city issue and I’ll go on record now as predicting they bail on the bill. Core liberal values have a way of becoming t-shirt slogans when it’s time to pay.
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    Instead of saying "climate change", let's instead look at pollution. That is more troubling than worrying about the climate. Cheers.
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    Who denies it? I sure don't deny that climate is changing. I just do not subscribe to the flawed logic that WE are the primary cause. If that is the case why has it happened many times over the millions of years this rock has been around. There were no people to cause it back then. Do we have an impact? yes. Is it as large as the chicken littles of the world would have us believe? Nope. Follow the money for your answers
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    The whole UN sponsored religious crusade against anyone who questions the 'scientific' findings is what has destroyed my belief that the UN does anything right. The changing of data to suit the man-made-climate-change argument has shown that someone who calls themself a scientist does not mean absolute obedience to their preachings. The examples of David Suzuki and Al Gore wrapping themselves in the 'environmentalist' banner have not made me join in unquestioning obescience to their dogma. It is good that more people are questioning the whole man-made-climate-change dogma.
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    For most of those in CBSA, it isn't a permanent career goal, more of best thing they could come across at the time. There is a lot of resentment in some cases because they washed out, or didn't get selected in the RCMP or city police or similar. .....or the post office wasn't hiring that week.
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    Not nit-picking IMO. A valid point that I see more and more. Back to the point made elsewhere about the need to be the "first to get the story out". Do editors not edit anymore?
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    7 Facts About Andrew Scheer 1. At age 25, he defeated Parliament's longest-serving MP, in one of the NDP's strongest ridings. 2. At 32 years of age, he was elected the youngest Speaker of the House of Commons, defeating 7 other candidates, all older than him. 3. He grew up in Ottawa where he learned French. He's equally comfortable and unpretentious meeting with Heads of State as with prairie farmers. 4. He presented Her Majesty the Queen with a special Diamond Jubilee Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey at Buckingham Palace. Protocol people were not amused. 5. He and his wife, Jill, are amazing parents to five children. 6. Andrew has been a friend of mine for almost 20 years. In that time, I can't think of him saying a mean-spirited thing about a single person 7. He is truly one the nicest, most decent, & genuine people I know. As you can see from the photo, I truly look up to him! The Conservative Party of Canada is in good hands. Jason Kenney
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    Alas, the extension was part of a plan to make Canada great again, but then came liberal domination. When it comes to aviation, this Country seems to suffer from arrowitis disease.
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    DEFCON; "I do not have any kind of obsession with the FO." Hard to tell from the 6 or 8 posts where you've made reference to him. "Why you, especially you, would feel there's a need to turn said observation into a giant defence exercise escapes me." Ahhh, from your 6 or 8 posts about it perhaps? "I don't know where in this thread it was that I questioned anyone's intellect?" Maybe the part where you post - "Do you guys even read? "where otherwise do you think I was finding 'fault' with a report that's based on "a two year investigation by professionals with unfettered access to information none of us have"?" From these posts of yours; 1). Competency may be a core issue here too, but it seems that the discussion of 'all' possible contributing factors falls into the pc realm, an apparent no go zone? 2). Yes, he may just like the position, but the chance that's the reason he's in the seat is as remote a possibility as seeing a spotted tiger. 3). Although I'm certain that any TSB investigator worth his pay would not have left this question open ended, for whatever the reason, the 1IC, or a higher authority decided to not include the details in the report. As these things go, loose threads lead to questions. 4). I'm sure some of you can at least acknowledge the fact that sitting as an FO on the 320 for 15 years at AC as everyone passes you by, including the subject Captain, would stand out to an observer and is a point worthy of investigative examination. 5). Seeing that one of the crew only averaged 35 hours a month over 15 years in the right seat of one type in a fast moving upgauging / upgrading environment is unusual to say the least and worthy of examination.
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    You can use the cut in hydro (remember wanting "cheap" green energy and those hundreds of thousands of new jobs) http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/24/hydro-rate-cut-will-cost-ontario-at-least-45-billion and start spending it on monitoring and surveillance. http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/24/canada-has-dozens-of-jihadists-walking-free-yet-authorities-wont-charge-them Fear not, experience is a great teacher and the madness will be seen for what it is soon enough.
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    Thanks for proving the point made in my post
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    I guess they will start by pointing out that those he is working with are not Democrats or indeed represent Democracy, so he is dealing with the devil.
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    Alert was right off the ice so it made it easier to get in when there was low vis. We could get down low over the ice and the navigator would pick up the barrels that led up to the end of the runway on the radar. He could then give us headings to track to the runway. The approach wasn't in the manual but it worked.
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    " Here’s a List of Obama's Scandals that Didn’t Get a Special Counsel The liberal media and desperate democrats were delighted this week over news the Department of Justice has appointed a special counsel to oversee the Russian-Trump “witch-hunt.” The left’s hypocrisy couldn’t be more transparent. For eight years the Obama administration and Clintons skated through scandal after scandal –many of which violated federal law- without a peep from the Attorney General or the FBI. Here’s a 'short' list. Obama administration scandals and crimes that required ZERO special counsels BENGHAZI – 4 Americans killed, countless others affected. IRS SCANDAL - The IRS intentionally targeting conservative organizations. FAST & FURIOUS - The illegal sale of guns to drug dealers, resulting in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. HILLARY'S EMAILS - The former Secretary of State's mishandling of classified information. BOWE BERGDAHL - Released for five Taliban prisoners under suspicious circumstances. IRANIAN PRISONER SWAP for $400 million cash payment. HILLARY PAY TO PLAY during her tenure at the State Department VETERANS ADMINISTRATION - Long wait times and poor conditions that resulted in the deaths of countless veterans. LORETTA LYNCH and her tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton. UNMASKING of private American citizens for political purposes. SOLYNDRA- The funneling of funds by Obama administration to private companies. SECRET SERVICE prostitution scandals during presidential overseas trips. HURRICANE SANDY relief funds that never found their way to New York and New Jersey. OBAMACARE WEBSITE that cost over $600 million and didn't work. Just to name a few. " Sean Hannity.
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    kip, three things: 1) It is important to address anything that touched the flight and determine whether or not it needs to change. Otherwise operators, anxious to stop a recurrence, may fix something that is not broken and make matters worse. 2) From a pilot's perspective, it is all about preventing the accident, so naturally that is where our interest lies. For the TSB, the event is not over until everyone affected is secure. The investigation covered the entire incident, to its completion, in accordance with the TSB mandate, as it should. 3) I believe those who know the pilots involved are respecting their privacy. A small dignity considering all that they have been through. Vs.
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    No problem. The "holes in the cheese" analogy is one of the most common references in the wake of an accident but the real focus should be on how the cheese got there in the first place. Approach ban visibility rules in Canada are inconsistent with global standards. Not seeing that fact identified in the report and no recommendation for regulatory harmonization from the TSB seems to be a glaring oversight after 2 years of investigation. With the reported visibility there was zero chance of the crew having reliable vertical approach path verification information at MDA given the equipment on board and the positioning of the PAPI array on runway 05. If you are going to fly an SCDA profile then there must be such reference available at the MDA. That would have required the published visibility for the LOC 05 approach or the equipment to perform the RNAV 05 to LPV minimums (250' AGL). AC seems to have acknowledged these issues and has made internal changes to approach ban limitations and is asking the regulator to examine implementing those same changes.
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    4. Considering the challenging conditions to acquire and maintain the visual cues, it is likely the flight crew delayed disconnecting the autopilot until beyond the minimum descent altitude because of their reliance on the autopilot system. Likely? With the flight crew surviving this incident wouldn't the TSB have asked this question.
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    I take the Russkies at their word. Anyone on this planet with an ounce of common sense is becoming gravely concerned by the antics of the lunatic Lefties of North America. In due course the insanity being generated by the Lefties will begin to have a very negative impact on the stock market. For a short while Deicer will be here posting articles that lay blame for all that is wrong on Trump. When the airlines begin to exercise force majeure clauses, it's included in your CA's for a reason, and pension plans and other investments begin to collapse globally, it'll be time for the Lefties to take to the hills.
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    Only because when you sleep next to the elephant, if they roll over, you could get crushed.
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    And wasted no time making it look horrible.
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    Hi Kip, Benefits have been few? I do believe that velcro was invented for the space program. Years from now you will be happy to have velcro pants, shirts, shoes and slippers. You may not remember the space program, but you will benefit from it.
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    Interesting article, any research into what area of the brain Hillary supporters have damage to?
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    Agreed on all counts. I never understood why, with all they did to borrow from the business model of Southwest, the WestJet founders were so adamant against organized employee groups. It was something Mr. Kelleher wanted from the get-go with his airline and for the vast majority of their time in existence, Southwest has fostered a healthy and cooperative union / company relationship with all bargaining groups.
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    How come Lefties cannot speak without sensationalism and hyperbole.
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    Who has an indexed plan? Certainly not any of the rank and file.
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    I do get it… the problem is most (or many) people don’t; so clearly it’s going to create problems. Likely more so than it would in a hotel scenario because the remedy is (most likely) easier and less time sensitive… by that I mean funerals, weddings, cruise ship departures, family reunions and the like are time sensitive by nature. Most people are employed in occupations and businesses where a deal is a deal and in addition, most people don’t like to be bullied. Hotels haven’t been in the news lately dragging people out of lobbies or putting toddlers up in different rooms from their parents… it just plain looks bad to the average person and no amount of rationalization of the business model will change the perception (I think). So, I sell a side of beef to Defcon for $12/lb then sell the same side to you for $9.50. Defcon shows up after it’s loaded in your car so I take it back out and give it to him and you are escorted off the farm by police. So, in addition to an empty freezer, you get a voucher against your next purchase of beef from me or maybe make the “no beef list" since you don’t understand my business model. I’m only suggesting that people tend to get irate over such things… LOL Defcon, how do you like your steaks? P.S. I should also note that once you have given the hotel or car rental company your credit card info your car or room will be waiting for you. I’ve never been in the lobby of a hotel with 15 other people who all paid for the same room. Price point elasticity based on demand and time of day is not really the issue in the minds of most people.
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    Expression of horror and outrage from PETA to follow with proposed boycott of Indy 500 TV broadcast sponsors...
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    boestar: It wasn't just the elite that travelled, I do not remember such problems in the 60s, 70s, 80s or indeed into the 90s. IMO it is a general "Lack of respect" for others that is the root cause of our current problems .
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    For years it's been basically "Shut up, it's already been decided. How dare you question Us. I have yet to see a green energy policy that will cut global emissions but they certainly are effective at cutting our incomes, making people and businesses poorer. When you tax people into poverty and force businesses to close their doors, there will come a time when there will be no money to collect." "Never blindly trust someone who refuses to debate their ideas."
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    http://www.rwrwalker.ca/CF_CC130.html https://www.google.ca/search?q=rcaf+hercules&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&rlz=1I7GGNI_en-GBCA596&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjdmvro99HTAhVLw4MKHZEcAUIQ_AUIBigB&biw=1536&bih=738#imgrc=_&spf=213
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    Yeah... I think the guy that "signals the pilot on the runway" should get more that $12/hr. But I think thats a government job anyway.
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    What witchcraft has gripped Ontario? National Post - (National Edition) REX MURPHY National Post Weird things are happening in Ontario. The premier of the province, a woman generally agreed to be well educated, confident, thoroughly in tune with the times, is virtually keelhauled in recent polling where she resides at an appalling 11 per cent. She is only slightly more popular than traffic tickets and overcooked broccoli (and even those are within the margin of error). What gives, is the question whispered on every street corner and in every coffee shop. How can Kathleen Wynne have fallen so far when her competition is that other fella, whassiname, that the Progressive Conservatives recently front-loaded into their leadership. His charisma floats in the same shallows and he has the inspirational force of kelp. Yet he is miles ahead of the impeccably progressive Wynne. It is not natural. The order of things is awry. Other unnerving and eerily disturbing manifestations trouble this once stable, well-grounded, equable province. A businesswoman I met recently — on her way, incidentally, to meet with a spiritual adviser — showed me the energy bill for her company. She was distraught and clearly frightened. And with good reason. For very clearly on her bill was a charge for the power she used — the electricity cost. And it was a mere (she employs nearly 40 people) $5,000. There it was on the bill: electricity charges $5,000. But when she forced her wary eyes to the Total Due, the amount had swollen to a terrifying and inexplicable $42,000. How can this be? she cried. And all around the bank lobby (she was there for a loan, naturally) the echo went, how can this be? How could the add-ons cost SEVEN times more than the power actually consumed? It was like buying a low-end car for $20,000 and being charged $80,000 for the clock in the dash. She was puzzled and put to me, poetically I thought, the question: “Are such things here as I have talked about, or have I eaten on the insane root that takes the prisoner reason?” Would that all business people spoke thus. Her turn of thought gave me a needed clue. At around this same time my ever news-tuned ear caught the story of a man taken up by Toronto police for dabbling, or presuming to dabble, in the hidden and dark arts. He had siphoned roughly $100,000 from some poor and vulnerable man through the exercise of the fiendish and forbidden practices, dormant for centuries, once known as Malleus Maleficarum. The common translation of the grim title is The Hammer of Witches (more pedantically, The Hammer of Sorceresses). The current day would-be necromancer was charged under a somewhat ambiguous or unsatisfying statute calling for criminal penalties of those who “pretend to practise witchcraft, etc.” (That’s literally what is says in the Criminal Code — section 365, specifically.) But what if he wasn’t pretending? It occurs to me that witchcraft in Ontario could explain a great many things. The curious gyrations of the Ontario government in its long embrace of its green plans, for one thing. For surely no mind, anchored to reason and free from the sway of demiurgic forces, could even snarl up the rudimentary service of energy production and energy distribution to the manic extent it is currently snarled up. What reason would bring in contracts lasting for decades with built-in guarantees for ludicrously overpriced power? What government would produce power, at great expense, to then sell it at a loss in a virtual voluntary subsidy to the ratepayers of neighbouring jurisdictions? What government would, on the premise of saving the planet, find itself in 2016 cutting off all power to 60,000 homes? What province would so engorge itself with taxes on its power that it now reaches into those same taxes it has extorted under this wild scheme to “rebate” them to the very people its plan has impoverished? It was bad enough when Ontario robbed Peter to pay Paul, now it’s then robbing Paul to pay back what it just stole from Peter. Finally, what province would but days ago ladle a couple of hundred million dollars to Ford Motor Company, in part for the building of V8 engines — the very villains of carbon production so decried in all the government’s other proclamations — some of which we may assume will go toward, directly or indirectly, Ford’s inflated power bill. Surely some superior dark force has a hold on Ontario. To you I give the same answer I gave the businesswoman in tears. This is not politics, I assured her. These are not practices a sane and stable Liberal government would, on its own, inflict on a suffering citizenry. It is witchcraft, the work of fiends and sorcerers.There is nothing to save Ontario from its bewitchment with the green paradise other than a public exorcism. Bring out the book — Malleus Maleficarum — and study its many protocols. Only then can there be some hope that human practice will once again predominate in the management of Ontario energy.