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  1. What does this have to do with the discussion we're having? Posting things like this are exactly the best way to annoy people - if you don't like it just leave! Well, why should I be the one who leaves? Maybe the ones who want something different should be the one who leave?
  2. I have a handgun, actually several handguns, I use them for shooting paper circles at the shooting range. What is the purpose for the general public owning handguns? Well, what is the purpose for the general public owning downhill skiis, or high performance motorcycles, or Rottweilers as pets, or 4-wheel drive trucks or jetskiis? I am legally vetted and follow all the storage and transportation laws. I don't have it for personal protection. I store it at the range and never bring it home. It's for shooting paper targets. You may think this is pointless but I enjoy it (I think golf is pointless but some people seem to enjoy it). The fact is that there are many recreational shooters like me - those who follow the complicated and highly restrictive rules. People who have invested lots of time, energy and money on an activity they enjoy and they are getting lumped in with the street racers. Look, if you (or the police) can find firearms owners with improperly stored, or carried, restricted firearms I am fully in agreement with prosecution according to the law but I think you will find this is a figment of the imagination of the media. The fact is that those who are able to meet the requirements to get a restricted possession and acquisition licence are those least likely to violate those requirements.
  3. You're right we're not at that point. This is exactly what the romans said in 100 AD and then again in 200 AD. The fact that it's not there now does not mean we're not on the tragectory toward the point where it will be true.
  4. Yes, totally agree, the public is tired of criminals committing crimes. So how, exactly does imposing sanctions and restrictions on legal gun owners help with this problem? First of all, we have to ignore anything and everything that happened/happens in the USA - this does not apply to Canada. The USA has a different culture, different laws and a different attitude towards firearms. The laws in Canada are the laws that the anti-gun advocats in the USA want to get! We already have the laws and controls that are needed. There has been exactly 1 person that was killed with an AR15 in Canada - not a mass shooting, not a school shooting - it was gang activity and an innocent person was killed. This is regretable but hardly indicative of any problem that needs to be addresses by banning the AR15. Yes, I get it. Random shootings by criminals is a problem that should be addressed but banning guns from legal, vetted, Canadians is akin to taking some soccer mom's minivan because of street racing by teenage punks. Guns are not bad. Illegal guns used by criminals are bad. Two different things.
  5. Society changes but does not always "carry on". History has shown that when the government gets too corrupt or incompetent or the society becomes too fractious it collapses and is replaced.
  6. Well, you know what they say. There's only two kinds of people; those that have and those that will.
  7. Looks like it came from here:
  8. Why do you have such a hatred for AC? Every post you make drips with it. Did they lose your baggage or something?
  9. Well, AC's objection is valid. They are not against the buyout, just against it as structured. Onex simply needs to ensure the rules are followed. As an aside, you can be sure WS would object if AC was involved in a buyout with the same concerns (and that would be appropriate).
  10. YYZ-ATL is a desired route? The junior french-speaking FAs can have it!
  11. Collected newsreel clips of Saunders-Roe flying boats from 40s and 50s. Do I see a Canadian Pacific (Comet?) in background at around 3:35?
  12. parasite [par´ah-sīt] 1. a plant or animal that lives upon or within another living organism at whose expense it obtains some advantage;
  13. Anything is possible. The question is will efforts (extra crew, scheduling departure times to match circadian body clock, etc) be sufficient or just barely adequate and will the profit margin offset the extra costs?
  14. Actually, I find the anonymous Rediit post to be more reliable than the crap posted in the MSM. Any info given by AC will intentionally be no-committal and vague.
  15. Yes! The passenger runs to the media (or Gabor) and says, "I don't know why they treated me so poorly? I was an angel who never did anything wrong. Must be racism!" Meanwhile the airline (or coffee shop or grocery store) can't say anything about the how the person was being a complete savage, running around throwing punches and swearing like a drunk sailor. My default position is that the person complaining on twitter, or the CBC, or facebook is a lying, low-life thief looking for a freebie. Sometimes I'm wrong but not very often.
  16. Always stop watching when they get fundamental facts wrong. At 2:10, start talking about bigger engines making the nose point up and about the MCAS being needed to counteract this. Wrong, or at best, a gross simplification. Yes, you could argue that the finer points are not needed for whatever the intended audience is. This may be true but if the finer points aren't being covered in this part of the video how do I know that the finer points in other parts of the discussion are also not being covered?
  17. The good thing a about an "emotional support horse" is that it serves a dual purpose - emotional support and also replaces the golf cart as transportation between gates.
  18. This is the current standard. Announcements made before boarding commences that everyone must remove ball caps, etc. I've even been asked to remove my uniform hat. The reaction to that? People remove their hats, what reaction would you expect. I'm sure there's some eye-rolling but no adverse reaction that I've observed. I am also regularly asked by US Border patrol to remove my uniform hat.
  19. Regarding the second story: 1) "Why did they make her remove the hijab at the gate, after passing security?" Well, asking this question clearly shows these people have zero understanding of the difference between passenger screening and ID verification at the gate, nor any understanding of the requirements the airline is forced to follow. 2) "But Fatima’s face was fully visible and despite her pleas, was not taken to a private area." So, out of sight of the other passengers, around the corner and on the bridge isn't "private" enough? 3) "“What makes it so serious is the aspect that it involves, smells and feels like racism … targeting them because of what they look like or their religion.” - I wonder, does Gabor actually understand the meaning of the word "racism" or does he just throw it around because it gets people worked up? 4) Gabor added that if the airline thought she was a threat, they should have contacted police or security. They didn't think she was a threat, they were checking her ID according to the regs. 5) etc, etc,
  20. You know what I'm thinking when I read that, right? I hope it works out for all the hard-working Westjetters.
  21. And how will you know if the new Onex/Westjet made a profit? Private companies are not required to report financials and, even if they do, the reporting rarely meets the levels of detail needed to come to a conclusion.
  22. Good one! I have seen this reported in several "mainstream" media outlets.
  23. D'uh! Why would the share price fall if the Onex deal is pending at $31.00? Lots of shareholders are stupid but they aren't that stupid.
  24. This story was also reported by CBC. I don't think CanadaEh spends any time looking for stuff on AC and this is industry news so posting it is fair game. I do however think that these types of stories say more about the entitlement attitudes and lack of self responsibility that characterize our modern society than they do about the airline industry.