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  1. Face Masks Application 9 (1) Subject to subsection (2), sections 10 to 17 apply beginning on April 20, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Exception (2) Sections 10 to 17 do not apply to the following passengers: (a) an infant; (b) a person who has breathing difficulties unrelated to COVID-19; (c) a person who is unconscious; or (d) a person who is unable to remove a face mask without assistance. Notification 10 An operator must notify every passenger that intends to board an aircraft for a flight that the operator operates that (a) the passenger must be in possession, prior to boarding, of a face mask; (b) the passenger must wear the face mask at all times during the flight when they are 2 m or less from another person unless both persons live in the same private dwelling-house or other place that serves that purpose; and (c) the passenger must comply with any instructions given by a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask. Confirmation 11 Every passenger must confirm to the operator prior to boarding an aircraft for a flight that the operator operates that they are in possession of a face mask. False declaration 12 A passenger must not provide a confirmation under section 11 that they know to be false or misleading. Verification 13 During the boarding process for a flight that the operator operates, the operator must verify that every passenger boarding the aircraft is in possession of a face mask. Wearing of face mask 14 (1) An operator must require a passenger to wear a face mask at all times during a flight the operator operates when the passenger is 2 m or less from another person unless both persons live in the same private dwelling-house or other place that serves that purpose. Exceptions (2) Subsection (1) does not apply (a) when the safety of the person could be endangered by wearing a face mask; (b) when the person is eating, drinking or taking oral medications; or (c) when a crew member authorizes the removal of the face mask to address the passenger’s special needs or unforeseen circumstances. Compliance — passenger 15 A passenger must comply with any instructions given by a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask. Prohibition — operator 16 An operator is prohibited from permitting a passenger to board an aircraft for a flight that the operator operates if (a) the passenger is a competent adult and does not provide, or refuses to provide, the confirmation referred to in section 11; (b) the operator cannot verify under section 13 that the passenger is in possession of face mask; or (c) the passenger refuses to comply with instructions given by a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask. Refusal to comply 17 If, during a flight that an operator operates, a passenger refuses to comply with an instruction given by a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask, the operator must (a) keep a record of (i) the date and flight number, (ii) the passenger’s name and contact information, (iii) the passenger’s seat number on the flight, and (iv) the circumstances related to the refusal to comply; and (b) inform the Minister as soon as feasible of any record created under paragraph (a). Screening Authority Requirement — passenger screening checkpoint 18 (1) A screening authority must advise a person who is subject to screening at a passenger screening checkpoint under the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 to wear a face mask at all times during screening. Requirement — non-passenger screening checkpoint (2) A person who is screened at a non-passenger screening checkpoint under the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012, must wear a face mask if advised to do so by a screening officer. Requirement to wear (3) A person who has been advised to wear a face mask under subsections (1) or (2) must do so. Exception (4) Despite subsections (1) to (3), a person who is listed in any of paragraphs 9(2)(a) to (d) is not required to wear a face mask. Removing face mask 19 Despite section 18, a person who is required by a screening officer to remove their face mask during screening must do so. Prohibition — refusal 20 A screening authority must not permit a person, other than a person listed in any of paragraphs 9(2)(a) to (d), who has been advised to wear a face mask and refuses to do so, to pass beyond a screening checkpoint into a restricted area, including a sterile area.
  2. The program pays 75% of an employees wage to a max of approx. $48,000/year (equivalent based on the time period of the program). This is for ALL employees. The result is that when an employer looks at their overall payroll, depending on the wage profile, the top up may be reasonable. An employer receives 75% of the wage of ALL their employees so essentially their wage costs are the amounts above and beyond the 75%/capped amount. An employer has 100 employees all earning $68,000/year. Payroll is $566,666/month. Employer lays off 50% staff, payroll is $283,000. An employer has 100 employees and keeps them all employed with the feds covering 75% to the max of approx. $48,0000/year. Feds contribute $400,000 to payroll. Employers costs are $566,666-$400,000=$166,666. At this wage profile the employers payroll is LESS than it was previously so they must top up. Obviously the higher the average salaries are the more difficult that becomes. If you have to top up from $48,000 to $200,000/yr for expensive employees then it dos not work unless they are willing to take a pay cut.
  3. The program is not for airlines but for all businesses affected by the crisis and it certainly appears to be one means of keeping people solvent and money moving. It ends in June so is an immediate, short term program. Air Canada may not have 'stuff to do' for those workers but other companies will find opportunities. At Flair the staff are being trained in other areas of the operation, being placed into teams to push projects forward, completing more advanced training etc. There are numerous opportunities for a creative company to use the program to pay staff and provide meaningful work for the staff and real results for the company.
  4. And no discussion yet in the media or political arena about the death toll that results from a devastated economy. There were 10,000 suicides in the US attributable to the meltdown in 2008, as people lose jobs the death toll from stress rises, as more people are pushed into poverty the deaths from poorer nutrition etc. That is not to say that we toss out the measures that are being taken, but a clear discourse on the real effects and the 'other' deaths that will occur should be had and understood. I get a feeling that people believe the governments will step in and make it all better! Then tonight, Alberta estimating an unemployment rate of 25% (great depression numbers) and national rates of 15%. Those are massive and the social upheaval will be as large.
  5. Some random thoughts: 1. The best estimates are that 50-75% of all people will come down with the virus. The concept of flattening the curve is to spread that out, over time, so that the health care system is not over run. So how are we 'being' safe by not having aircrew (or others) work etc? 2. The worlds infectious disease experts are saying that while they cannot confirm, at the moment, that a person cannot get the virus a second time all of their experience and knowledge suggest that will be the case and once you recover you will not be susceptible to re-infection. So it is important to know if you have been infected previously. There are many people who have been sick, mildly or with few symptoms, but cannot determine if it was with Covid. So we could well have significant numbers of people self-isolating for no reason when they could be working or helping in their communities. There seems to very little emphasis yet on testing and, as importantly, finding a test for anti-bodies in blood.
  6. If the recovery doesn't start until September there won't be much of an economy to support airlines in general.
  7. Still no word from the airport authorities other than requests for cash. No layoffs announced there yet. NavCan - CEO makes close to $700,000, no news of executive wage cuts (as elsewhere). No layoffs.
  8. 691 pilots at WestJet/Swoop on lay-off notice. Bad times indeed.
  9. The Fed should also be taking strict action with Nav Canada and the Airport Authorities as I suspect they will follow the same MO as in the past and demand payment or even require pre-payment.
  10. Flair, Cdn North etc. are small, all domestic and have the ability to be nimble and flexible. If anyone is going to take a haircut it will be AC and WJ who won't disappear but will, depending on the length of the situation, be deeply affected especially in the international flying. Swoop, who must be hemorrhaging money, is an easy sacrifice for Onex. Sunwing, who at the moment are not refunding trips (cause it would be negative cashflow), will have to cut back severely and then hope the summer flying in Europe materializes. What will be most interesting is how the Feds (and provinces in some cases) handle supporting the airlines and other businesses.
  11. Thanks for reminding me that I am getting old!
  12. AC and WJ had the same issue. Very sophisticated group mimicking the sites of airlines around the world and popping up a message telling passengers to call a number to help book. They then purchase a ticket for the passenger but inflate the price and keep the difference! Slick since the person actually flies and no complaints generated.