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    Jazz is increasing its Jet fleet with the acquisition of more CRJ-900 with deliveries starting in 2020. Some used ones entering the fleet this year.
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    Ain't that the truth - let a bunch of creative marketing types trample on tradition with their idiotic ideas about "updating and modernizing the brand with a fresh colour palette!"
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    Still looks good. Sometimes retro paint schemes are better than the current ones.
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    Our energy industry is in crisis, but Trudeau is too busy doing damage control over SNC-Lavalin to act Diane Francis: If Liberals are dead set against oil and gas, they should let voters know — and then get out of the way for the Tories to win this fall Diane Francis: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t deploy the constitutional tools he has to build Trans Mountain and other pipelines.Riley Smith/The Canadian Press The Liberal government’s pre-occupation with its recent SNC-Lavalin scandal, and not the pro-pipeline and anti-carbon tax convoy that parked in front of Parliament Hill last week, is a metaphor for what’s been wrong with Canada. The SNC-Lavalin scandal involves the usual suspects, backroom manoeuvres, secret meetings with powerful operatives, unexplained resignations, demands for special treatment, leaked information, and indignation and dire predictions by Quebec’s elite. By contrast, the pro-pipeline convoy was public and transparent: Scores of vehicles crossed the country from Alberta to gain attention and support for the country’s most important and beleaguered industry, oil and gas. Gwyn Morgan: Welcome to another year of stomping on Canada’s most important industry ‘A made-in-Canada crisis’: How political stumbles, savvy activists brought the oilpatch to its knees Jack Mintz: Ottawa has options to help Alberta. It’s just choosing not to “It is time Canada has a prime minister that is proud of our energy sector,” Conservative leader Andrew Scheer told the rally of convoy participants. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau snubbed the protest, remaining closeted with his Liberals doing damage control amid the fallout from the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
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    Never thought of that ! Sounds like great idea !
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    Send your CV to Boeing. Perhaps the roof/floor hatch could double as a waste collector? Cabin crews could just sweep the galley scraps down into the hole. No need for pilots to stop in at Tim’s anymore.
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    The interview Fox refused to air revives issue of media ownership: Don Pittis Wise media consumers know there are many ways to cover a story, but a covert recording of Fox News interview is a useful reminder. Video the U.S. network didn't intend viewers to see is a hot property on the web Don Pittis · CBC News · Posted: Feb 25, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago While Fox News did not air it, historian and author Rutger Bregman released his own amateur video of the interview, recorded in a Netherlands studio. (Rutger Bregman) 1167 comments People who view the shaky recording of the interview, embedded below, between a Fox News host and a Dutch historian will not be shocked the U.S. network failed to air it. Besides the profanity from show host Tucker Carlson, the points raised by Rutger Bregman — who shot to global prominence after comments on taxes at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month — are in dramatic conflict with traditional Fox coverage. The fact we are not surprised demonstrates that we've grown used to the idea that despite claims of impartiality, news outlets have strong biases. But Bregman's comments, and the fact that the network tried to suppress them, also raise an old issue in the discussion of media freedom — that who owns the media matters. What Bregman did at Davos, an annual gathering where the rich rub shoulders with the famous to ponder poverty and climate change, was certainly a subject worthy of news coverage. It was a classic example of the kind of "man bites dog" story that journalists love, where one of the tame panellists invited to a gathering of the world's richest men unexpectedly spoke truth to power. Analysis Why elites will always try to protect their wealth Ignoring the Davos panel moderator's questions, Bregman instead linked poverty to the fact that rich people don't pay enough in taxes, comparing the lack of discussion on the subject at the forum to attending a conference of firefighters where no one would talk about water. "Just stop talking about philanthropy and start talking about taxes," he told the audience despite protests from one of the gathering of billionaires. "We can invite Bono once more, but we've got to be talking about taxes. That's it. Taxes, taxes, taxes. All the rest is bullshit, in my opinion." At a panel titled The Cost of Inequality, Bregman sidestepped the Davos moderator's question, instead saying the solution was for rich people to pay more tax. (Twitter) For Fox, the story was irresistible. An upstart chiding the Davos elite — U.S. President Donald Trump, a Fox favourite, did not attend this year — for flying in private jets to talk about climate change and ignoring the fact they didn't contribute their share. And if that's where the interview had stopped it is very possible that Fox would have aired it. But just as he did at the World Economic Forum, Bregman had a surprise in store for his host. Clearly a smart cookie who had done his research, Bregman turned the tables, perhaps because he knew he had his own recording, and refused the self-censorship that would have increased the chances his interview would make it to air. Making Fox the news Bregman, author of the bestseller Utopia for Realists and How We Can Get There, lit into not just the Davos elite but Fox, its billionaire owner Rupert Murdoch and the Fox hosts, who he described as millionaires in the pay of billionaires. In the interview the news channel decided not to run, the historian and author repeated his comments that Davos billionaires had studiously ignored the obvious question of the importance of higher taxes on the rich. But he extended those observations to include Fox itself. "I'm just saying what everyone around the world is thinking," said Bregman in the recording he released, pointing out that polls show a majority of Americans, including Fox viewers, want higher taxes on the rich. "But no one is saying that at Davos just as no one's saying it on Fox News." The reason, he said, is simple, that the people at Davos and Fox have been bought by the billionaires. "What the Murdochs want you to do is scapegoat immigrants instead of talking about tax avoidance," said Bregman in a comment that seemed clearly intended to make the Fox host blow his stack. Raising taxes for the ultra-rich can save capitalism, argues author "And I'm taking orders from the Murdochs? Is that what you're saying?" asked the Fox host. But of course that's not the way media owners exert their influence. What they do instead is hire like-minded publishers who hire like-minded editors, and so on. As Bregman points out, the host didn't need to be Rupert Murdoch's finger puppet. He came ready-made from his association with the anti-tax, anti-government Cato Institute, which is itself funded by wealthy donors. Little guy strikes back Part of the fun of Bregman's release of the Fox interview is that it felt like the little guy striking back using social media. But it was also a reminder of an issue many of us may have forgotten, that despite the supposed clout of social media, it is the surviving media giants controlled by rich people that still have the power to set the news agenda. From the Wall Street Journal controlled by Murdoch, Bloomberg controlled by Michael Bloomberg, the Washington Post controlled by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Canada's richest family, the Thomsons that controls both the Globe and Mail and Reuters, is it any wonder we don't get front pages filled with stories outraged that billionaires don't pay enough tax? Analysis Unlike Marx, Thomas Piketty wants to save capitalism: Don Pittis Like French economist Thomas Piketty before him, while portrayed by some as a radical, Bregman is not anti-capitalist. He is a firm believer in the economic system that has made the Netherlands the largest net contributor to the European Union. Like Piketty, Bregman says if capitalism fails to redistribute wealth that will lead to its downfall. But you probably shouldn't expect to hear that message promoted on Fox.
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    Back in the mid 1970s, while based in YOW, I was tasked to take a CV 580, (Military Cosmo), to Arequipa Peru ...(Rodríguez Ballón International Airport) as a bunch of government VIPs wanted to visit the city there..The field elevation was approximately 8400 feet so seeing a CV 580 had never landed at that high an altitude, I made sure I was going to be in the left seat. The arrival was a non event and the ground personal parked up pretty close to a 3 foot high rock wall, with just about enough room to get a tug in front of us for push back. All went well until departure time when we wanted to leave....no tug...(we had our own tow bar on board and prior to leaving YOW were advised they had a tug) If we did a tight turn we probably could have made the turn away from our parking spot ...but ...I saw two light standards and no matter which way we turned the wing would hit a standard. Decided to power back..... The FO, who was only on Squadron for about 5 months, would do the power back......had a long discussion with him to make sure he knew what was required, (the power back was part of the CV580 course) He "appeared' to comprehend the procedure. Hint.....when powering back with any aircraft, it is best to move about 3 feet forward to take the flat spot of the tires because it would then take less power to get the aircraft to go backwards..... Well Roger-Ramjet started the power back correctly as he rolled a few feet forward but then his brain must have told him that we were going to hit the wall so he went from rolling forward into max reverse which resulted in light weight spectators and many ponchos and sombreros to disappear over the horizon. ...... I took control, reduced thrust, because I was afraid he would slam on the brakes as we moved backwards and we would tail-bob and possibly look like a silver praying mantis..... We discussed the event once safely enroute....