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  1. The Liberal election purse is definitely open. Federal gov't investing $300k in Dene job creation pilot project Marc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the minister of crown-Indigenous relations, announced $300,000 in funding to develop a skilled workforce. Funding will go to Det'on Cho Corporation, economic development arm of Yellowknives Dene First Nation CBC News · Posted: Jan 15, 2019 3:38 PM CT | Last Updated: an hour agoMarc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced $300,000 in federal funding for employment programs for members of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC) The federal government announced $300,000 in funding for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation for a pilot project meant to increase capacity and job creation today in Yellowknife. The money will be given to the Det'on Cho Corporation, the economic development arm of the YKDFN. Marc Miller, the parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon at Det'on Cho headquarters in N'dilo. The YKDFN is also investing $771,000 into the program, and another $75,000 a year will come from industry partners. bringing total funding for the project to almost $1.3 million. The money will be used to develop the skills of five community members by "placing them in strategic roles within the company's management structure," according to a news release, with the aim of progressing them to leadership roles. The funding will also be used to remove barriers to employment for YKDFN members, which will be addressed through initiatives such as technical skills training and apprenticeship programs. "This pilot program is a positive step towards increasing employment rates and leveraging new opportunities in Indigenous communities," said Miller in the press release.
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    WestJet 787

    As I suspected. Thanks I also note that the aircraft has yet to appear on the Transport Canada registration site.
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    WestJet 787

    Are the crews ready? I imagine the pilots will need simulator time before taking control of the real aircraft ? I know AC has 787 simulators but does WestJet? In other words where will the WestJet pilots receive their simulator training?
  4. Delta foresees delay to A220 service launch 15 January, 2019 SOURCE: Flight Dashboard BY: Kristin Majcher Delta Air Lines expects it could be forced to delay the start date for its Airbus A220 operations due to ramifications of the US government shutdown, management told analysts and media on an earnings call on 15 January. “With non-essential work at the FAA shut down, our Airbus A220 start date is likely to be pushed back due to delays in the certification process,” says Delta chief executive Ed Bastian. The carrier did not expect to cancel any routes or flights, he clarified later in the call. The comments reiterate previous concerns about the shutdown impacting the timeline for launching the new aircraft type, which the carrier had been planning to put into revenue service from 31 January. It plans to use the aircraft mainly on routes originating from coastal cities, such as from New York LaGuardia to Boston and Dallas/Fort Worth. In addition, Bastian notes that the shutdown is also affecting the airline’s ability to put seven other aircraft deliveries into service. There could be potential impact on other aircraft such as the Airbus A330-900neos, Delta’s chief operating officer Gil West noted later in the call. “It gets back into certification issues, that we certify seats and crew rest and things of that nature, wi-fi systems—that with the government shutdown become problematic for us," he says. The carrier does not foresee an immediate impact, he adds, but notes this could change later depending on how long the shutdown lasts. Delta is also expecting the shutdown to have other consequences. “With respect to the government shutdown, we are seeing some pressure on our business,” Bastian says. “On the revenue front we’re experiencing about $25 million per month in lower government travel.” The airline does not expect the shutdown to have a meaningful impact on its quarterly or yearly unit cost guidance. Several US government departments have been shut since 22 December, with lawmakers at an impasse on federal spending after failing to reach an agreement over funding a wall on the US-Mexico border. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been furloughed or are working without pay.
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    WestJet 787

    As posted by J.O. earlier in this topic the stated target is Feb. 20th Here is the current plan for the 20th so everything appears to be on target. Calgary, AB (YYC) Toronto, ON (YYZ) Flight: WS 670 Operated by: WESTJET Depart: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 13:30 Arrive: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 19:10 Duration: 3 hrs. 40 min. Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
  6. The movement does not have much effect on modern navigation (as long as the nav aids are working I guess) but on a recent cruise our ship paused on it's voyage to "swing it's compass" which surprised me but evidently it is a requirement ( This is an annual (maybe every two years) requirement to compare the magnetic compass reading with the gyro compass to get what is called "deviation". The magnetic compass is only used when the gyro compass fails, but swinging the compass is a hold over from the old days before gps. The Captain will choose a time and place where it is least disruptive of the ship's schedule..) Does such a requirement still exist for commercial aircraft? "It's moving at about 50 km (30 miles) a year. It didn't move much between 1900 and 1980 but it's really accelerated in the past 40 years," Ciaran Beggan, of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, told Reuters on Friday. A five-year update of a World Magnetic Model was due in 2020 but the U.S. military requested an unprecedented early review, he said. The BGS runs the model with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Beggan said the moving pole affected navigation, mainly in the Arctic Ocean north of Canada. NATO and the U.S. and British militaries are among those using the magnetic model, as well as civilian navigation. Unpredictable changes inside Earth The wandering pole is driven by unpredictable changes in liquid iron deep inside the Earth. An update will be released on January 30, the journal Nature said, delayed from January 15 because of the U.S. government shutdown. "The fact that the pole is going fast makes this region more prone to large errors," Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, told Nature British Royal Navy officers stand behind the compass on the bridge of the frigate 'HMS Sutherland' in 2018. The moving north pole has affected navigation, mainly in the Arctic Ocean north of Canada. NATO and the U.S. and British militaries are among those using the magnetic model for navigation. (Wallace Woon/EPA-EFE) Beggan said the recent shifts in the north magnetic pole would be unnoticed by most people outside the Arctic, for instance using smartphones in New York, Beijing or London. Navigation systems in cars or phones rely on radio waves from satellites high above the Earth to pinpoint their position on the ground. "It doesn't really affect mid or low latitudes," Beggan said. "It wouldn't really affect anyone driving a car." Something unusual is happening with our planet's magnetic field Quirks & Quarks When our magnetic field flips, say goodbye to modern life Many smartphones have built-in compasses to help to orientate maps or games such as Pokemon Go. In most places, however, the compass would be pointing only fractionally wrong, within errors allowed in the five-year models, Beggan said.
  7. China condemns Trudeau's remarks about Canadian's death sentence, warns against travel to Canada A court in northeastern China announced the death sentence for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg on Monday, overturning a 15-year prison term from November 2018 China is urging its citizens to be cautious about going to Canada. The foreign ministry’s consular affairs office published a notice Tuesday saying that Canada has recently “arbitrarily detained” a Chinese national — a reference to Canada’s arrest of Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States. The move comes as China expresses “strong dissatisfaction” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his criticism of the death sentence given to an alleged Canadian drug smuggler at a retrial. A court in northeastern China announced the death sentence for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg on Monday, overturning a 15-year prison term from November 2018. Schellenberg first went on trial in 2016. It new government warning urged Chinese citizens to consider their personal circumstances and “fully assess the risks of going to Canada for tourism.” It added that Chinese people should approach travel to Canada with caution. The notice mirrored Canada’s revision of its own travel advisory to warn of the “risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws” in China.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says Trudeau should “respect the rule of law.”
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    Jetlines Announces

    Canada Jetlines Selects airRM as its Revenue Management Platform Provided by Canada Jetlines/Globe Newswire VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce an agreement with Revenue Management Systems, Inc. (“RMS”), an Accelya Group Company, for the airRM software (“airRM”). RMS serves over 90 carriers worldwide including ultra-low cost carriers such as RyanAir, VivaAerobus, Tigerair, and AirAsia. Their airRM tool is a continually evolving airline revenue management system with ground-breaking tools that integrate and display a wealth of critical information from multiple sources, enabling airlines to make better and more profitable decisions. RMS is owned by Accelya, a leading provider of technology products and services to over 400 travel carriers around the world. airRM operates in real-time, giving Jetlines the ability to shift and react based on market influences or any other variable that may impact Jetlines’ profitability. Jordi Porcel, Chief Sales, Marketing, and Customer Experience Officer commented, “With price being one of the most important aspects of our model, airRM was a natural choice based on their state-of-the-art platform. It will allow us to identify and leverage revenue opportunities and have tight control on our pricing while staying nimble. It is important to us, and to our future passengers, that we can offer the right fare for each seat on every flight.” CEO Javier Suarez added, “This marks another important commercial milestone needed as we get closer to launching operations this coming summer. Maximizing our revenue and load factors is critical to the commercial department.” “We are very pleased to welcome Canada’s newest ultra-low cost carrier, Jetlines, to the growing list of airlines throughout the world that use airRM to maximize their revenue,” said Ben Druce, Vice President, Sales and Account Management – Americas. “For start-up airlines, the ability to react quickly to competitors, while easily implementing pricing and inventory strategies, is critical. airRM is the only RM solution in the market today that can effectively support Jetlines as it launches into the dynamic and competitive Canadian marketplace. With its robust suite of modern and sophisticated inventory control methodologies, reporting tools and analytical modules, airRM will provide Jetlines the power to be nimble and achieve their revenue management goals.”
  9. Air Canada studies dozens of potential A220 routes 15 January, 2019 SOURCE: Flight Dashboard BY: Jon Hemmerdinger Boston Air Canada has disclosed several dozen routes on which it might deploy new Airbus A220s, which are expected to come online in January 2020. The routes span North America and originate from major Canadian cities of Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, according to a map displayed on 14 January by Air Canada vice-president of network planning Mark Galardo. Galardo, speaking during a media event at Airbus's A220 assembly site in Mirabel, notes that the routes are only under study and that Air Canada has not made final decisions. But among them are several that would be new to Air Canada's network, including Montreal-Seattle, Halifax-Vancouver, Toronto-Monterrey (Mexico) and Vancouver-Washington, DC. Routes described in a presentation by Air Canada's Galardo as "A220-300 possible destinations" Air Canada has orders for 45 A220-300s. It expects to take delivery of its first aircraft in late 2019 and to place the first aircraft into revenue service in January 2020, Galardo says. He also addressed Air Canada's decision to buy the aircraft, saying the move reflects the A220s unmatched economics and a desire to help a struggling fellow Canadian aerospace company. "The decision to purchase the A220 was a result of an extensive network and finance-led analysis and involved many branches of our company," says Galardo. "Although it was a very sound business decision… our choice of the A220 was also based on our desire to support a national fellow aviation champion." "We felt our order, from a major North American carrier, would be taken as a vote of confidence, and stabilise the programme," adds Galardo, who spoke during an Airbus media event at the A220 assembly site in Mirabel. Air Canada agreed to purchase 45 A220-300s (then called CS300s) in February 2016, a time when then-owner Bombardier badly needed a major customer. Air Canada's order injected momentum into the programme and was followed shortly by an order from Delta Air Lines for 75 A220-100s. Galardo says Air Canada's A220s will be 15% cheaper to operate per seat than the Embraer 190s they will replace
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    Shootings and Knifings

    Somewhat off topic Toronto made the list of the 10 Canadian cities with the worst winters.!Toronto-Ontario-Canadian-Cities-with-the-Worst-Winters
  11. I guess they are still using our money to chase votes. January 14, 2019 3:28 pm Updated: January 14, 2019 3:38 pm Federal government investing $5.6M in Indigenous research By Nicole Stillger Reporter Global News Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan announces Indigenous research funding while in Saskatoon." Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan announces Indigenous research funding while in Saskatoon. Phillip Bollman / Global News The Canadian government is supporting Indigenous research and reconciliation with $5.6 million in new grants. Federal Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan awarded 116 recipients from across the country, including researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), up to $50,000 each to identify new ways of doing research with Indigenous communities. READ MORE: Climate monitoring stations on Sask. First Nation to help form adaption plan “To make sure Indigenous, traditional or different ways of knowing are included in research,” Duncan said during the announcement in Saskatoon Monday. “If you live on the land for 10,000 years you need to be able to read the sky, the land, or the water or you don’t survive.” “We have so much to learn from Indigenous peoples, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.” U of S agricultural researcher and grant recipient, Melissa Arcand, said she hopes the funding can enable her to work more closely with other researchers across disciplinary boundaries. “Look at the economics, the social aspects, the cultural aspects, as well as the biophysical aspects of agriculture as it is practiced in Indigenous communities by Indigenous people,” Arcand said. READ MORE: James Smith Cree Nation bringing MRI to Saskatoon Arcand added there’s very little information available on the number of Indigenous farmers in the Prairies and across the country as well as the number of acres under agricultural production. “It’s really important that was get an understanding of what the status of agriculture is before we can even understand what the issues might be,” Arcand said. More than half of the grants will go to Indigenous not-for-profit organizations. The award winners will come together in the spring for a national dialogue to help develop a strategy going forward on research and inform policies.
  12. The Site C Dam. January 14, 2019 2:01 pm UN panel warns Canada that Site C dam project may violate international agreements By Staff The Canadian Press A United Nations committee on eliminating discrimination is warning Canada that continued construction of the Site C hydro dam in British Columbia may violate international agreements. In a letter to Canada’s ambassador to the UN, the anti-discrimination committee says continuing work on the dam goes against the right to free and informed consent from local Indigenous people. READ MORE: UBCIC president says Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have been ignored The letter says Canada’s own research suggests the contested dam will cause permanent and irreversible damage to the traditional lands of First Nations. It adds that continuing with the work will violate a 50-year treaty on fighting discrimination, which Canada has signed with 88 other countries. WATCH: B.C. First Nations seek injunction to stop Site C project Many say Site C will continue the damage to the Peace River watershed begun by the Bennett Dam, which is often blamed for major disruption to water levels across the river delta in Alberta. B.C. Hydro says the dam, which is currenlty under construction in the northeast, is crucial to the province’s energy future. You have to wonder why Alberta is not joining the protest. The River does flow out of BC into Albert and the dam will def. change the water flow and of course likely have a negative effect on the wild life etc. and of course if BC can stop our pipeline due to environmental concerns etc then Alberta should have the same rights re the Site C Dam.