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  1. I can't believe I'm saying this but Manitoba was waaaaaayyy ahead of the rest of the country when it came to vaccination passports. I received mine on June 8th. Since then I've has no one kick in my door or tail me. I have had my personal email hacked but that's happened before my vaccinations too. Keep on removing privileges from those that choose not to get vaccinated and adding perks to those that have is fine by me.
    8 points
  2. You are entitled to this belief and you are certainly not alone. Here's why I think your conclusions are a little unfair. I've tried to look at this from a familiar place and compare it to a similar crisis in aviation. I looked for an incident that presented similar issues. For best fit, it would need to be one which: the captain and crew had no hand in creating it - they were simply the ones on duty that day; none of the crew had ever seen it before, either for real or in a simulator; there was no SOP or checklist; the crew's ability to respond was significantly hampered by one or more unknown factors; and no matter what they decided, someone was probably going to die. The best example I found was the UAL DC10 that suffered a catastrophic engine failure and lost all hydraulics, leaving Captain Al Haines and crew with very little control over the aircraft. We all know how that day turned out. We also know that in spite of a textbook case of the application of CRM principles, many people still died that day when they "landed" at Sioux City. Yet not once have I heard anyone lay even a modest amount of criticism at the feet of Haines and his crew. They were lauded as heroes for their efforts because they had somehow managed to pull off a miracle. Yet none of them basked in the light of their accolades. They were all steadfast in their disappointment that things didn't turn out better, but they took solace in the fact that they did the best they could with what they had available. None of our current government leaders is responsible for the state of Canada's level of preparedness for a global pandemic on the day before this thing broke (sorry, but SARS was a mere blip by comparison). Our lack of preparedness was decades in the making. None of our current leaders negotiated the free trade deals that saw almost all of our pharmaceutical manufacturing capability move offshore. Every leader (nationally AND provincially) has made decisions which were later found wanting, but in many cases those findings came after more data was gathered and the situation was better understood. But according to some, their mere position of power makes them responsible for a lack of before-the-fact hindsight. IMHO, that's like saying Al Haines should have been able to spot that impending turbine failure during his walkaround, or that he should have anticipated that such a blade failure could wipe out all of the hydraulics on his airplane. Sure, okay, sounds reasonable ... I am not suggesting that all criticism be muzzled, I merely believe that our criticisms should require us to understand that none of us was being asked to make the decisions as this situation has evolved. I for one am glad that we've had the leadership we've had - warts and all. When this thing has passed and there's been time for reflection, I suspect that unlike the recently deposed man to the south, every political leader in this country will sincerely wish we could have stopped it sooner and that more lives could have been saved. They'll wish the damage to our social fabric had been less pronounced and that we could have come through this with less economic cost. I hope someday we'll all have a chance to reflect and at least try to understand that for all of the troubles this mess has brought, the notion that making decisions for an entire province or a country when so much uncertainty prevails is not for the faint of heart.
    7 points
  3. Merry Christmas... Happy Holidays... Happy Saturday... I hope you are all keeping well and holding your loved ones close in these difficult times. What else could matter? Cheers all!
    6 points
  4. I am not the author but I wish I was.
    6 points
  5. It is not. It is identical. When drugs are fully approved, the manufacturer brands them. And vaccination is not forced. No one is going to strap you to a table and inject you with anything. We, the 80% prefer not to expose ourselves to the heightened risk you, the 20% pose to us. No vaccine is perfect, and even if the odds are greatly reduced that I will get sick, I choose not to sit or work beside an anti-vaxxer. I will not go to dine, indoors, at a restaurant, if it admits you, because what we know of now of the virus (its spread by aerosols primarily) and Delta (its the most contagious variant yet), the odds of me getting even an asymptomatic case are better than zero. And some of the same people who are anti-vaccination are anti-mask, intolerant of people who prefer to protect themselves. So no one is going to come to your house and grab your arm, but don't expect to mingle freely in all places with the vast majority who aren't buying your nonsense.
    6 points
  6. Of course in Feb 2020 the consensus was that curtailing travel was not necessarily effective. Secondly, the objective then (as it should be now) is to keep the hospitals from being overloaded. The intention was NOT to bring the case count down to zero as Australia and NZ have targeted. That type of policy is successful only if a vaccine is available and, at the time, that was not a known. Lockdowns have massive effects on the populace. We know suicides have more than doubled, that alcoholism has increased etc. The number of people who have lost their jobs or businesses is not minor. I find it a bit galling when I hear talk about shutting everything down and I note, that in most cases, those who do have that opinion are financially stable, work in government organization (with no risk or low of losing their job) or who have other guaranteed income. The average person, struggling to survive and the poor in particular, do not have that luxury. SO I throw those travel whiners into the same group as those who espouse a complete lockdown - they are not looking at the reality of the situation. Instead we should be asking why and how our fed and provincial governments allowed thousands of older people to die this autumn and winter after they KNEW, based on last spring, that these people were at risk. 69% of all deaths have occurred in LTC homes. It appears to me that the lockdowns are politically motivated as they appear to be 'leaderlike' and strong while at the same time deflecting from their absolutely woeful response.
    6 points
  7. https://www.jccf.ca/ We will be through the pandemic before this gets to court but the Justice Centre is calling JT on the latest measures. Federal government faces imminent lawsuit over unlawful confinement of returning Canadian travelers Jan 29th, 2021 OTTAWA: The Justice Centre today announced that immediate legal action is being prepared against the Trudeau government over the declaration that Canadian residents will be subjected to mandatory quarantine, at their own expense, after returning from international travel, regardless of their negative COVID status. These measures are a blatant violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the right to enter and leave Canada, the right to liberty and security of the person, the right to not be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned, the right to retain legal counsel, and the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. Furthermore, it has come to the attention of the Justice Centre that the federal government is already arresting Canadians arriving in the country by air and transporting them to a secret location, even though they possess a negative PCR test. These citizens are being held unlawfully despite not having been convicted of any offence, not having had access to a lawyer, and not having appeared before a judge.
    6 points
  8. The other side of this qualifies as anecdotal I guess, but in my little circle of acquaintances, those with the strongest views (on both sides) of the vaccine debate are unable to discuss the issue at a high school biology level. It’s noteworthy that this forum has a wealth of aviation experience that exists on virtually any topic you could name. From UAV/UAS to hang gliders and from helicopters to heavy commercial jets. We have business professionals and lawyers, flight safety specialists and even investment, financing and IT people. We could discuss almost any aspect of almost any aviation topic in significant depth. But imagine it, what if we discussed aviation safety, or a host of related topics with the same lack of depth that I see here. In general, I’m gobsmacked by the questions not being asked, current events both domestic and global wilfully ignored by the media and impenetrable narratives unlikely to survive first contact with the goddess of unintended circumstance. Please don’t get the idea that it’s only here, or that I’m picking on any particular individual…I’m not. I fear that we have collectively become a nation of silly people and that comes at a cost. Not only is the cost self inflicted, it’s always payed for by people who no longer want what they thought they did when they were adamant in demanding it.
    5 points
  9. Hello again, Seeker - Ok, I'll move "for Pete's sake" to the strong response cupboard (& try to tone it down) My dilemma: the Seeker that wrote: "Look, I'm not blaming the experts - we just really underestimated the problem or overestimated our ability. Really - not blaming anyone for this. We're all in it together and it turned out to be harder than we thought" doesn't sound the same as the guy above who predicates his question with the premise vaccinations aren't working. When the manifestly are, but limited by a difficult cohort that won't take them. An earlier post outlines the confirmation of that in current ON #'s. Again I'd invite you to consider the aspirational #'s if almost everybody was vaxxed. The recent levels of infection & transmission would show about 2-400 instead of 7-900 daily new ones. But with full vaxx uptake, we'd never even have reached those levels. With community spread reduced by more than half, R#'s would be way below the expansionary range, and outbreaks could be quickly contained. You wrote: "Somewhere early in the process we were told that we (society) could throw a bunch of money and our best experts at the problem, have an expedited vaccine ready in a year or so, vaccinate 75%-80%, achieve herd immunity and then Build Back Better." We could apply the same inference to ON #'s for an 80% uptake, i.e. about 12M vaxx'd instead of current 10M, yielding about 200 or so fewer dailies. Don't know exactly where that would place R#'s, but pretty sure it's < 1. All that with the hope that an even more communicable variant doesn't mutate while we've still got these millions of determined human petri dishes. The guy that wasn't blaming the experts would be onboard, instead of talking about vaccines "not working". Quick thought about Ivermectin that just might resonate for you . Your no-harm-no-foul approach could be analogized with the power of prayer. No apparent harm (not even nausea and/or diarrhea), and far be it from us to prevent good folk from praying their hearts out if they think it "works" . BTW, of course off-label usage of prescription drugs is widespread and respectable. It's also usually conducted in relatively quiet privacy. The problem with loudly validating these off-label usages online, even as panic courses through the web, is that stupid people feel encouraged to unintentional self-harm. Whether that should matter at all or not is another type of discussion altogether. Cheers, IFG
    5 points
  10. Yabut… mathematically, it’s working just as perfectly as it can given the vaccinated/non-vaccinated ratio.
    5 points
  11. Whenever I observe resistance to wearing masks, (admittedly, a PITA, but...), self-isolation and vaccination being expressed as a limit on one's personal freedom, I am puzzled. Facts: It is a scientific fact that the currently-available, western vaccinations work with unexpected efficacy; Long-term, broad data establishes the fact that without vaccination, one is at risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death; The same data establishes that, with rare exceptions, vaccinated people will not require hospitalization and will not die; Both the vaccinated and unvaccinated can carry & transmit covid-19 Delta, through virus-loaded nasal passages. The claim of broad, public "confusion" when the CDC issues advice as reason for complaint and resistance is, in my view, a red-herring and just plain, bad thinking. I say this because eighteen months ago, nothing was known about covid-19. That's why it was/is called a "Novel" Coronavirus. So new information is being discovered all the time, as the Delta variant continues to teach us, harshly, it appears, leading to "new" advice from healthcare leaders and providers. It is puzzling to me that the introduction of new knowledge regarding Delta etc., is greeted with frustration, even anger. That response, while understandable is a real puzzle because it is misplaced. It is as though, having discovered the design-fault with the B737MAX, our frustration & anger is somehow touted as a "solution" when in fact, analyzing the design, determining solutions then fixing the problem is what will keep people alive. I would have thought that such discoveries and facts are being made, very swiftly, would be greeted positively because it would mean that we are closer to defeating this terrible scourge. Our healthcare leaders are telling us there IS a way to stay alive in the face of the Delta variant. How can one reasonably be angry with that? After all, if for example, one's cancer treatment wasn't working out as expected and one became aware of new information and new medicines regarding a "miraculous" treatment that really did work which prevented both hospitalization and one's death, wouldn't one want it? Wouldn't one welcome the news and gladly adapt to the changes that could cure one? It is not the CDC (or other agencies) that have changed; it is the science and the virus that has changed. I think this is a reasonable comparison and approach to hesitancy. Unfortunately, because public and private entities can't survive lockdowns forever nor can they accept the high risks of swift infections for all, from unvaccinated people and they are forced into what is mistakenly labelled "discrimination" which is a pejorative political term, not a healthcare term.* So I'm puzzled by the broad, political response and the unfortunate endurance of conspiracies that masking mandates as somehow a "loss of one's freedom", when the greatest loss of all freedom is one's death, and the way to keep one's freedom in the face of such a certain threat, is vaccination. *added: Seattle area employers rethink the rules on masking, vaccines as pandemic takes a new turn.
    5 points
  12. At a certain point we all have to transition from lockdown to living with Covid. Transition to dealing with it like every other risk in our lives. Ethically you want everyone to have had an opportunity to have both doses first. But at a certain point people who choose not to vaccinate, can not have the world in lockdown forever. Like smoking. Warn them. Give them free programs to quit. But if they don't want to? They have to live with it. The US thinks along these lines more strongly than Canada. In the fall there will be a small forth wave of those unvaccinated. Nothing will shut down. You can't. If you shut down for a wave of unvaccinated you will never reopen. There will be stories of Joe down the street who didn't vaccinate. The reality of transitioning to risk management will push more to vaccinate when they ask themselves" am I managing this risk appropriately"? In the mean time the Joe's of this world will be a shame. I hope people are taking seriously the choice not to vaccinate and have weighed the risk.
    5 points
  13. Diversity is our strength....let’s see...Jews or Muslims...time to choose Justin...but he won’t...he’ll say he takes the situation very seriously, they are watching it closely, and call for important conversation for peace in the region.
    5 points
  14. Perhaps venting on this forum is good for the "inner-self" and it is to be expected...We are all tired of the COVID issues and no matter who puts forth any opinion as to who is right, who is wrong, and who did what, we are stuck in this situation and all the blustering in the world is not going to change feelings deeply embedded in people. I just hope that we, as Canadians, can keep our cool and understand that this is a great country, full of good people, many of whom imbibe on this forum. Those of us that have become "dots" know how good it was, and how much we appreciated each others input into the fun of aviation, and more importantly, respected each and every arm of the industry. Hopefully this entire "dumpster fire" will be a fading memory, in the not too distant future, and everyone can go back to what they considered as a normal way of life. In the meantime just look at this venture as a long walk on a stony beach, in a wicked wind, just to find that one cafe you like is closed... Take care, love your family and be thankful we all live in this land of round door knobs..?
    5 points
  15. My father served with #407 during this period. He rarely spoke of the war when we were growing up but began to do more so as he entered his twilight years. The family thought his recollections captured an unvarnished sense of the times and convinced him to write about some his more memorable experiences. An excerpt from one of them follows: MISTAKES ! After I became an air navigator and was posted to operat­ions, I promised myself that, if ever we failed to return safely to base, it would not be as a result of a mistake that I made. I rather suspect that all surviving air crew, at some point in their careers, made a similar promise to themselves. In spite of that, we were all obliged to survive serious mistakes, and not necessarily our own. It was those mistakes that made veterans out of rookies. I do not mean ordinary, everyday, garden variety mistakes, but with mistakes that are made during wars. They can kill you, and your companions too. Careless oversights, bad judgments, or lack of pertinent knowledge, in ordinary times, might even escape comment, but in war they can be fatal. No matter how well trained aircrew were in their respective trades, their trade was still a narrow specialty and they could be real dunderheads when called upon to perform a task outside that specialty. If one was fortunate enough to be able to review one's mistakes with hind­sight, they could look like a series of inexcus­able stupidit­ies. The related story covering such a series of mistakes is fairly lengthy and I have appended it as separate pdf to reduce 'scrolling fatigue' for those who may an interest in some of the equipment and operational challenges of that period. Mistakes.pdf
    5 points
  16. Trump is not the problem - he's one of the symptoms. A disease is eating away at Democracy. It's not working the way we need it to and the Left is just as much to blame as the Right.
    5 points
  17. You’ve established your priorities over a number of comments on this subject, and unfortunately you seem unable to understand that the attitude you put forward touches a nerve - not just with a few on here - but with a fair chunk of your fellow citizens. Suggesting that those who disagree with you are somehow lacking in intelligence is the final icing on a pretty smug cake, IMHO.
    5 points
  18. From where I'm sitting, your points are pretty clear. You want to go about your business as if there isn't a pandemic going on, and anything that slows you down from that is an infringment on your rights. I'm fairly certain I'm not the only one picking up what you're putting down, no matter how you wish to disguise it. I may not be as highly edumicated as some people here, but I'm not the dullest tack in the elevator either. Your "reward" for being vaccinated, as I'm sure you already know, is that you are FAR less likely to get ill and/or die from the virus. That said, I'm sure you also know that just because you are relatively immune to the virus now that you are fully vaccinated, you can still carry and spread the virus to others who are less fortunate. Selfish or sell fish; only one of them applies here.
    5 points
  19. Who knew?? Relic ... from the Beachcomers tv series (which ran for 18 seasons!!) was awarded the DFC.. Robert Clothier... https://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/chronicles/robert-clothier-relic-of-the-beachcombers-was-a-bomber-pilot/ And this search started because of a meme about Relic and Nick trying to free up the container ship stuck in the Suez!! ?
    5 points
  20. 4 points
  21. UD I am not trying to pick and choose, but frankly, I find your response highly selective. The alberta triage plan not implemented yet? So what? The need is being discussed. Look to the US. Look around the world. One almost has to put effort into not seeing health care infrastructure crumbling. The 'great unwashed'. What is wrong with you? That is a corrosive inflammation of what I said. Who would not be offended being framed that way? I find your characterisation of the nurses' situation beyond belief. After the stupidity with the harassment at the health care institutions and just how destructive that was to people who were already beaten down, I thought the press coverage was more thorough than you acknowledge. It wasn't just unions doing the talking. It's not just nurses BTW. You might want to check into the retirement curve of the docs in Ontario, for example. There is a curve that's not flattening. It feels like Kellyanne Conway was contagious. Play with this all you like. At the end of the day, there are real people getting sick, and some of them are getting sick because they are following misinformation. Some of them are getting sick at work, trying to save people who could have avoided being there altogether. Vs
    4 points
  22. That's an odd question. Alberta provincial triage statements? CTV news? All of the interviews with burnt out health care workers? I believe you can see for yourself the percentage of cases in hospital and ICU that are vaccinated and not. Vs
    4 points
  23. Hmmm. Maybe time to give decaf a try. Vs
    4 points
  24. Every conspiracy theorist who contributed to this mess should face charges of criminal negligence causing death.
    4 points
  25. I'm pretty old and was never all that smart to begin with, so maybe someone here can help answer this. Why is it that the same crowd that opposes COVID vaccines as insufficiently proven to be safe embraces a medication in a form that has never been tested on humans? Vs
    4 points
  26. Hi, Seeker - If this was in Ontario, I have to wonder if a little was lost in translation there. I had my car towed within the last month through CAA. It was made clear when booking the tow that I'd not be able to ride in the truck, due COVID protocols (vaxx never even came up). And here's what strikes me. It never occurred to me to argue. TBH, I don't know why anybody at all, even vaxxedx2 as I am, would blithely expect the driver to unnecessarily (CAA is not taxi service) expose himself (and thereby his family) to close contact > 15 minutes with a total stranger, maybe several times a day, every workday. I was pretty much "well, that sucks, but I get it", and went about alternate arrangements. I just don't see what presents here as an intolerable encroachment. Talk about 1st world problem. On another note : Estimates of preventable hospital deaths are too high, new study shows | YaleNews "Previous estimates of preventable deaths of hospitalized patients may be two to four times too high, a new Yale School of Medicine study suggests. The meta-analysis of eight studies of inpatient deaths, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, puts the number of preventable deaths at just over 22,000 a year in the United States, instead of the oft-cited 44,000-98,000 estimate of a landmark 1999 study by the Institute of Medicine. Other frequently cited studies have placed the number of deaths as high as 250,000 deaths per year, which would make medical error the third leading cause of death, behind cancer and cardiovascular disease ...." Quarter million figure certainly piques curiosity . What percentage of total deaths is that? 1 in 3? Where people die - Harvard Health "Although more than 700,000 people die in hospitals each year in the US, the trend is toward fewer in-hospital deaths." JH study may not be limited to hospital deaths (likely as wide a net as possible was cast), but I'll bet many people read that into the study's conclusion. The top 10 leading causes of death in the United States (medicalnewstoday.com) "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 2,813,503 registered deathsTrusted Source in the United States in 2017." Total death rate above suggests JH saying almost 10% of ALL deaths (guns, crashes etc. included) are medical error, which FWIW still seems high to me. IAC, Don't want to bog down with amateur statistical analysis. That quarter mill number does not seem to lie in the centre of estimates for caused-by-error (except perhaps for malpractice lawyers). One is open to be convinced, but as the saying goes, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence . Cheers, IFG
    4 points
  27. There is a post going around twit/gram/book that a Vet posted. It was asking all those using a veterinary medicine to fight covid to please also get themselves spayed and neutered while they are at it.
    4 points
  28. Crap! Their rights stop w when their rights could cause harm to me and mine.
    4 points
  29. So, again- to my knowledge- AEF turns 25 years right about now. (That's the first time I signed on here, anyway- fall of '96.) Happy Anniversary, everyone!
    4 points
  30. Hi AIP; Well, some other country's rulings are certainly confusing but isn't this hindsight? At the time, the best vaccine, first & second, was the one in your arm, and given the efficacy of every one that Canada approved, one took what was available in the early days, (March '21, etc.), instead of rolling dice, so to speak. I agree it makes no sense, but how would one be able to anticipate what other countries were going to do? Who knew that some countries would later view both mRNA vaccines as somehow "different", for example? I certainly have views on such a decision as any travel plans we may ultimately make will be affected, but at the time, (June '21), only one mRNA type was available and there was no information on when the next shipment of the "same" vaccine was coming. Time and protection was of the essence and we are thankful to be fully vaccinated. I think such a Pfizer/Moderna restriction isn't going to last once sufficient data is in on mRNA vaccines. The ineptness was early on, when Canada was gazzumpted by other countries but that was then and this is now; - at present we're #1 of the vaccinated nations. From the Seattle Times, originally from the NYTimes:
    4 points
  31. Hmm, somebody at the NYTimes doesn't understand the science of partial pressure of gasses like oxygen (PO2), how O2 gets into the blood stream, nor do they appear to know the composition of the air we need to breath every few seconds or so! I think that the NYTimes has done a really poor job of writing this story. Initially I thought it had to do with the aircraft emergency oxygen system, "failing" to provide oxygen in a depressurization and wondered where "switches" came into play! I read further, and more slowly. There are no "oxygen switches" and one can't "increase oxygen" by turning the cabin airflow on "High". Oxygen levels don't "drop" because of failed switches on airplanes of course! What drops is the partial pressure of all gasses. So if there is a loss of pressurization, there is less partial pressure for nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon-dioxide, etc., to cross the membranes in the lungs, and hopefully the cabin pressure sensors that warn the crew of a cabin altitude higher than approximately 10,000ft, work. I'm sure those in charge will get it right and find/fix the problem, then have a chuckle at the NYTimes' level of "aviation" knowledge and consquently its writing. ?
    4 points
  32. I've been retired for over 17 years now and I still check in here pretty much every day. It keeps me in touch with the aviation community. I agree that our numbers are down but that may noy be permanent either. I very much appreciate this site. Cheers Greg
    4 points
  33. When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent. - Isaac Asimov "Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacutring industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowlegeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distingquish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into supersitution and darkeness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudo-science and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance." - Carl Sagan, The Demon-haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark, p.25 Carl Sagan, like Tony Fauci today, would be in danger. I believe that view reflects a minority and that it is the media-megaphone that makes ignorance and stupidity appear larger than it is - it sells. Nothing succeeds like failure however, and it remains dangerous as people lose their "center", (ref. to Yeats' poem, The Second Coming) "Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception." - Sagan
    4 points
  34. Listen to this young girl for 45 seconds and then hear the reality check from the news announcer. You would never hear this on the CBC in Canada. You’ve got to love the Aussies AEF0000000000.mp4
    4 points
  35. If you insist on misquoting and misinterpreting stuff as you have, this discussion is not going to succeed. I have not made such a claim. ILS installations do improve approach safety. My statement was that 'an ILS is not a silver bullet'. Landing excursions often involve factors unrelated to the approach aid in use. You keep referring to the 747 overrun. The reports I have read indicate it was runway 14 with the ILS in use. The winds favored 23, which as we already know had an ILS. Having an ILS on 05 would not have made a lick of difference in that case as 05 would have over tailwind limits. Here is the associated comment from the TSB. "according to METAR issued 7 minutes after arrival, the winds were 230 degrees, 11 gusting 18 knots. The ceiling was 1200 feet above ground and visibility was 8 miles" It appears you still have not read the report on that 767 event. I won't waste any further time debating opinion with you. As you seem interested in landing excursions, I suggest you do some legwork on why these events occur. There is a body of study on the topic. Some here have read much of that material and remain active contributors in excursion mitigation within the safety community. Vs
    4 points
  36. And for those of you who have missed the pubs...........
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  37. Reminds me of several of our FAs who have had Covid and who insist that they got it on a flight. Almost all that I know who have had it are those who participate in layover room get-togethers where unmasked drinking, eating and merrymaking goes on. Yet they know for a fact that they were infected on the aircraft by a passenger despite the hepa filters, despite wearing PPE and despite the fact that passengers were masked. Ok then.
    4 points
  38. I believe there is another thread on here were a pilot wrapped themselves in a larger cause and connected it to a legal issue. Human nature has its pros and cons. Among the cons is the need to dominate using any means possible. As well meaning and well founded as the direction to be more inclusive is, we as a society have not yet figured out how to prevent the abuse or gaming of corrective measures by those seeking unfair leverage. If there is going to be a widening of hiring criteria to include things not tied to skill, knowledge and experience, then the checking criteria and check pilots will need enhanced protection. Otherwise it is a matter of when, not if, a checker observes a failure and the candidate decides to reframe the event as something sinister. This is not speculation. I've personally seen it in the sim following merger(s) of groups, where the checker and candidate were not from the same original airline. Just my opinion. Vs
    4 points
  39. Found these 6 videos while surfing You Tube. Enjoy!
    4 points
  40. Thats the Liberal talking point to explain their monumental screw up, but pharmaceutical independence is not the reason we are 65th in the world in vaccinations. Of the 64 countries ahead of us, how many are manufacturing their own vaccines? 6 or 7 maybe. Israel doesn’t make any. We are behind because the Liberals waited until August to start ordering vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna etc. That put us behind most other Countries and because the Liberals have had a very poor relationship with the industry the last few years they are not about to do us any favours. Why did they wait? Virtue signalling is all this government cares about so they signed a deal with China in the spring. The deal blew up 3 days after they signed it but they waited 3 months to move to plan B. If we had a competent government we would be in the top 10 in the world now.
    4 points
  41. Journalists should stop talking about a "bailout". According to Dias, they're negotiating a loan.
    4 points
  42. So glad I never saw one of these
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  43. Since they left you behind, maybe they were looking for younger specimens? ?
    4 points
  44. People keep saying the engine was on fire.... Technically the engine is ALWAYS on fire. It just happens to be contained. you are not supposed to let it out
    4 points
  45. Don, I think this topic merits it another thread all of its own but I will make an initial, off the cuff comment. I think the first tragedy hinges around corporate values and liability, the image of a company and the damage that image has received. The other works around various facets of a national belief system and the values it places on societal responsibility and a host of other limiting dogmas.
    4 points
  46. Alberta and the Government of Canada, up until very recently, were both working with WJ, AC and YYC on a trial for a 3 day quarantine on arrival back in YYC and one land crossing from Montana. This trial even had a reciprocal agreement with the state of Hawaii. The trials purpose was to facilitate safe international travel in and out of Alberta. That is the problem. Mixed messaging from different levels of Government. Take a look at this government of Canada website regarding the Covid trial in Alberta. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/alberta-covid-19-border-testing-pilot-program.html Thousands of snowbirds were taking advantage of this apparent government sanctioned trial as a way to go to Hawaii, Arizona, California and Florida for the winter. Most of them were also seeking to get their vaccine while in the US. Florida was, and still is, trying to attract snowbirds with free vaccinations. They are being responsible planning to isolate at both ends of their travel as per the trial requirements. Others were using this government sanctioned trial to go on winter vacation only to be stuck in Mexico trying to find a PCR test at extortion rates. Now three months after leaving Canada for the winter snowbirds need a Covid test prior to departure back home at a cost of $100-$200, and a $2000/person three day stay in a government facility. Add to that the public shaming by the Prime Minister himself. Mr Virtue Signalling. All this even though they have been vaccinated. All this even though they thought they were good to go because of the mixed messaging from government. Even though they believed they were taking part in a government sanctioned trial. The people who should be taking responsibility for this fiasco are not. They are using group think travel shaming to deflect onto Grandma and Grandpa. Disgusting.
    4 points
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