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  1. I can't speak for everybody, but IMHO all of us who are AC or ex-AC employees owe Calin a huge thank you for what he has accomplished for AC as a company and for us as individuals. Yes, things are terrible right now for something that is obviously beyond his control, but he has put the company in the best possible position to weather the situation and protect our jobs, salaries and pensions. We sure weren't in a position like this when he took over the company. Thank you for a job well done Calin.
    7 points
  2. Just make scrambled eggs, problem solved.
    5 points
  3. What if Right sizing means getting rid of a large percentage of the fleet? Should a government help pay the rent or loan payments for underutilized/stored aircraft? I don't how many Westjet aircraft (or other airlines) are currently in long term storage but it seems foolish to throw money in that direction. Might be better off having the government subsidize NavCanada and help the airports in exchange of lower operating fees than to interfere while normality is far away and the airlines need to "right size" to this new normal.
    5 points
  4. I think it was one of several prerequisites, as was a revised Transat deal. If the government is to support the industry, it must be based on some kind of sustainable basis going forward. Trying to underpin excess capacity or unreasonably expensive takeovers isn't and never was the answer. You only have to look to the first US bailout package which kept most everyone on the job and a lot of aircraft flying uneconomically in the belief the industry would begin a sustained recovery this fall based on the virus impact receding. So what happened? The virus receded during the summer, but
    5 points
  5. Two comments. Cathay had been struggling prior to Covid. Companies struggling going in, are fortunate to come out the other side at all. Just look at all the bankruptcies everywhere. I think this is just the US and of course includes only traded companies. https://www.alpha-sense.com/insights/covid-bankruptcies As for the Pandemic. How about a little over half way through world wide, with parts of the world already through? Hopefully. You can’t judge the status of the pandemic by cases. There is hyper vigilance on cases right now because as individuals that
    4 points
  6. Only in "Smallville" out here On my way to get groceries this morning I stopped at a new gas station quite near the Mall to get a cup of hot chocolate. As I walked up, I noticed 2 police officers watching a woman who was smoking while fueling her car. I saw her and thought, is this lady stupid, crazy, or both, especially with the police standing RIGHT there..But anyways, I minded my own business and went inside and got my beverage. As I was paying for my drink, I heard someone screaming!! Like I’m talking violent death screams!! I looked outside and I saw that this woman
    4 points
  7. Yes, well, if you look carefully, you’ll notice TWO photos. In the second photo the phone is “flipped” over. It can’t do many other tricks, and even flipping usually requires assistance; however, if you leave it on vibrate long enough, it can flip over on its way off the counter. This usually leads to the put-the-phone-back-together game, which is one of the only games available on this fine unit. Of course, there is the snake game which comes in handy while waiting in line for mediocre food & drink at Tim Horton’s or when you’re just bored of the bland scenery while driving along the 401.
    4 points
  8. Thanks for the observation Bains. You and Garneau really have this all under control; I can sleep better tonight. Seriously, are there any prerequisites to being a Government Minister in our country?
    3 points
  9. I have no faith, despite their moral outrage of the liberal coverup and philibustering, Jagmeet will take the bait on the election threat and will make a deal with trudeau to muzzle the committees. And I have zero faith in the Canadian voting public....after Gropegate, Mark Norman, Lavalin, China and the 2 Michaels, .... as long as the $$$$$ keep flowing, Trudeau is safe. Cut off somebodies entitlement, cerb, Ui, then the public starts screaming. The independent media??? Nuff said. And one pet peeve of mine is the reference to the leader of the opposition from CBC reporters....
    3 points
  10. I guess Sunshine and cheap beer is more important than vulnerable people's lives to some of us. If you travel to a Covid hot spot needlessly, please do stay there until it is over.
    3 points
  11. Interesting study about the significant increase in the deaths of crows ( ravens) since Covid. It is attributed to the increase in trucking ( essential business) and a corresponding decrease in automobile traffic. As many know, crows deploy a lookout when the "murder" finds a tasty bit of roadkill. Apparently, the lookouts are able to give warning by saying "Caw! Caw!" but they can't say; " Truck! Truck!"
    3 points
  12. If Trump paddled a canoe into a lake to rescue three people from drowning, the headline would read “DONALD TRUMP CAN’T SWIM.” Had he swam out but only rescued one person in the effort, the headline would read “TWO DROWN BECAUSE TRUMP ARROGANTLY REFUSES TO USE BOAT” When it comes to curing TDS, trying is the first step toward failure.
    3 points
  13. We managed to get rid of most of them a few years ago. Still, not the AEF it used to be. My thoughts go out to all my aviation colleagues, those I know and those I don't know, for the pain and suffering caused by this vicious pandemic. Keep calm and carry on...
    3 points
  14. Definition and Spotting of Forum Trolls and THE MAJOR BREEDS OF TROLLS December 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM ----Definition---- An "Internet troll" or "Forum Troll" is a person who posts outrageous message to bait people to answer. Trolls delight in sowing discord on the forums. A troll is someone who inspires flaming rhetoric, someone who is purposely provoking and pulling people into flaming discussion. Flaming discussions usually end with name calling and a flame war. A classic troll tries to make us believe that he is a skeptic. He is divisive and argu
    3 points
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  17. Judy and Glen; I remember when I learned that you were taking on this site and thinking that you would do a great job of herding this interesting group of cats. You didn't disappoint and I greatly appreciate how you've not only kept it alive, but helped it to thrive as arguably the best aviation forum on the net. Cheers! Jeff
    2 points
  18. Thank you so much for hosting what has been a great resource for my career. I am optimistic/hopeful that the forum will find a new host.
    2 points
  19. Thank you for all the years you gave us a playground to enjoy. Best wishes in the great future I hope you both will enjoy. Cheers Rattler, Marshal, Malcolm.
    2 points
  20. No, there aren’t. Just ask Rocketman Garneau. Where is Chris Hadfield? There is an astronaut I can trust.
    2 points
  21. What do you think De-icer? Is what they describe in the previous post justified because Trump is a threat. If you believe that, then you and those who think like you truly are the threat, no matter what excuses you have. This is a dark period in the history of mainstream media objectivity. And the left is responsible for it.
    2 points
  22. I'd like to know which dictionary you use ...
    2 points
  23. Due to the large and increasing number of food recalls, Health Canada has announced.
    2 points
  24. You make a good point Don. We are eliminating what I always referred to a passive communication. several years ago they took our position out of the STOC center and moved them to a remote location. Something I always disagreed with. When sitting tn the STOC center you could hear what was going on with all aspects of the operation. This came in handy when Maintenance was being blamed for a delay. It was easy to protest on the spot and clear things up. This resulted in an increase of delays due to maintenance after our guys were removed. That is only a single example of the pass
    2 points
  25. Why do so many feel that way? We have nurses crossing the border daily, sanitation folks, truckers, business folks, etc not to mention aircrew, and despite their lack of quarantining I've yet to see, in 7 months, any outbreak linked to their daily travels back and forth. I would also wager that most of the folks doing that snowbird thing will be more scrupulous upon their return in their anti COVID practices than the people staying here.
    2 points
  26. I'm sure the government's lack of early action reflects the poor standing of the industry with the public on issues like refunds. However, I think the government was also right not to rush in with aid like the US and Europeans did. Those first tranches of aid were either premature, essentially subsidizing unneeded capacity and saving airline shareholders. In Canada, there were measures for people and small business, more so than for large corporations. As bad as things have gotten, large corporations have not filed for bankruptcy. Large landlords have absorbed rental hits rather well, even if
    2 points
  27. Stop flying in and out of Quebec if you want to see some fast government action.
    2 points
  28. I am more than willing to do without Trudeau.
    2 points
  29. That is the key sentence, "their fault or not". Choose wisely, study hard, be responsible. Funny how so many of our grandparents came over, started work early, lived within their means, didn't waste money and ended up with a decent lifestyle. But now people want to live beyond their means. I worked the ramp too. Was good fun for a airline pilot wannabe. A lot of us moved on, many to be pilots. A couple of guys have their own a chain of stores now. I bet they busted their asses to get there though. Some stayed behind as well. Why should the guys that stayed behind get the money from the st
    2 points
  30. Everybody is entitled to their opinions but I disagree with your slander, J DUNKIN, of our friend Deicer.....I don’t think your making the case you think you are making. Can’t we all just get along??
    2 points
  31. As a general rule, capitalism rewards incentive combined with smarts and good decision making and responsible behaviour. Anybody can make it. Oprah Winfrey is my favourite example. Went from nothing to the richest women in America. On top of that, these top guys return so much to society with their donations.
    2 points
  32. If your concerned about the governments cutting taxes, you should also be concerned about governments bailing out losers, by giving away millions , and benefitting the bod with cash windfalls. No guarantees though for the employees: There are two ways that governments try to help industries......I guess your economists decided to overlook the liberal way of doing things.
    2 points
  33. I agree but, I found it a little self indulgent for someone who only arrived less than 3 weeks ago to start trying to moderate the viability of a forum that has existed for years with out their input. IMHO, the mods and owners here have done a stand up job at allowing free speech to flourish.
    2 points
  34. This is that, no going back.... I have resigned myself to it. I will forever show up on election day to cancel deicers vote. Anything beyond that is a waste of bandwidth. I regret that the ignore function doesn't disable quotes.... please have mercy!
    2 points
  35. I am reasonably confident that the Liberal government - or any federal government under the circumstances - would want the shareholders of the airlines to bear the brunt of the storm for as long as possible. Bailing out companies early on, after several fat years prior to the pandemic (as the US has done) would have been deeply unpopular. It would not have wanted to bail out, AC, for example, in a manner that would have enabled TA to resist getting a big haircut on the acquisition by AC. The optics are improving now that airlines have parked a lot of planes, laid off employees, and in the
    2 points
  36. If they did meddle , then good . Our industry needs all the help it can get with the hope of reaching some stability in the times of a pandemic.
    2 points
  37. These three statements tell you a lot about our government and our culture: 1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. ...Funny how that works. And another statement for consideration-- 2.We constantly hear about how CPP (Canada Pension Plan) is going to run out of money.. How come we never hear about welfare running out of money? ...What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn't. Finally 3.Provincial Soc
    2 points
  38. We all do ignore deicer, you are the only one engaging him/her. Click on "ignore posts by this user"(deicer) and your life will become much more satisfying.
    2 points
  39. In addition to running counter to basic common sense, the assertion (you quoted) was just summarily rejected by my 6 year old granddaughter moments ago. Seems to me that anyone justifying the actions of the New York Governor (or others) based on the grounds quoted are likely suffering the after effects of injecting themselves with bleach.
    2 points
  40. IMO, lost here amid the inevitable finger pointing is the notion of “escalation of reprisal.” Once that starts, it’s the escalation itself that serves as motivation for extremists on both sides and the debate over who started it becomes academic. The process of escalation and reprisal leads to a form of tribal partitionment were all thoughts of compromise are abandoned in a winner take all environment. The polarization (you see now) increases with the addition of a new reality…. people have cause to actually fear the results of an election. This makes the election results illegitima
    2 points
  41. Canadian and American citizens are in the top .5% globally, the average middle class person in North America is wealthy beyond measure when compared to most of the worlds populationThe whole tax the rich 1% argument falls flat under it's own weight the moment the people leading that charge are asked for a donation to dig a well in Africa. I have yet to see an opinionated liberal that didn't grab a mouthful of bacon and run for the exit when they they see the waiter coming with the bill.
    2 points
  42. No one supports the military like trump. Actions speak way louder than fake news based in unmamed sources.
    2 points
  43. Maybe the dog only understands Spanish......maybe the adopting family speaks Spanish. I have noticed that many dogs owned by Francophones do not say "bow-wow", they say woofe'- woofe' . Gotta watch the language issue all over the world..
    2 points
  44. The guy in the back needs a pepperoni pizza, a case of Blue and a piss tube. Those missing items are what makes it criminal.
    2 points
  45. Seems like they ticked off all the right boxes. Now if they only had a platform worth promoting.
    2 points
  46. My bet would be a push for implementation of Covid rapid testing of travelers from 'safe' countries to replace 14 day quarantine. If so, it's awkward timing to argue for loosening of travel restrictions when many regions in the country are reimposing lockdown measures.
    2 points
  47. Most likely better then your rather pedestrian vapid responses.....
    2 points