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  1. Heritage museum fuels passion for warplanes From historic aircraft to flight simulators, centre is a must-see for all ages DREAMSTIME Located at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum currently houses almost 50 aircraft, many in flying condition that are used in airshows, film productions and private flights. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is a fascinating and educational destination The museum is closed for now but here is the goto for the web sight. Although it’s called the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, it is not just about warplanes. Founded in 1972, it is a privately owned, non-profit aviation museum whose mandate is to acquire, preserve and maintain a complete collection of aircraft flown by Canadians and the Canadian military from the beginning of the Second World War to the present. The museum is located at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and features propeller-driven trainers, a flying boat, transport planes, spotters, fighters, bombers, a Bell helicopter and the cockpit of a Boeing 727. It currently houses almost 50 aircraft, many in flying condition that are used in airshows, film productions and private flights. Museum members can pay a fee to enjoy a flight in many of these airworthy historic planes. Among the airworthy aircraft are a 1939 Douglas DC-3 Dakota, a 1941 de Havilland DH.82C Tiger Moth, a1942 Boeing PT-17 Stearman, a 1943 Fairchild Cornell Mk. II, a 1944 Consolidated Canso PBY-5A flying boat, a 1945 Avro Lancaster Mk. X, a 1945 North American B-25J Mitchell Mk. III, a 1946 Beechcraft Expeditor, a 1950 Noorduyn Norseman Mk. V, a 1951 North American Harvard Mk. IV and a1956 de Havilland Canada DHC-1B-2-S5 Chipmunk. Fighters on display include a 1958 Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck, a 1960 de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.6, a 1970 Northrop CF-5A Freedom Fighter and a Lockheed CF-104 Starfighter. The museum is also restoring several Second World War and Cold War aircraft. Museum curators also seek to preserve artifacts, books, periodicals and manuals relating to their aircraft. The Avro Lancaster flown by the museum is one of only two airworthy Lancasters in the world. Named the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster, in honour of P/O Andrew Charles (Andy) Mynarski, VC, it is painted in the markings of his aircraft. In the summer of 2014, the museum flew the “Mynarski’s Lanc” to England, where it joined the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster for a twomonth tour of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. The tour was witnessed by millions and was filmed for the documentary DVD Reunion of Giants. In the Kid Zone, young wouldbe pilots can pick their simulated aircraft — a Chipmunk trainer, the Lancaster bomber, the supersonic CF-101 Voodoo jet — and take off from Hamilton International Airport for a smooth, easy flight or one full of loops and rolls. Even experienced pilots enjoy the Air Combat Zone’s F-18 Hornet flight simulators. You’ll be amazed at the realistic cockpit when you climb aboard an Air Combat Zone simulator and settle into the ejection seat — l i ve instrumentation, head-up display, replica HOTAS throttle and stick, and the big-screen view of the world outside. The Air Combat Zone experience includes a pre-flight briefing to give you the instruction you need to survive in your cyber battle. You also receive mission support from staff in the control tower — it’s “as close as you can get to the real thing without joining the Air Force!” For more information on the hours of operations and closures (note that the museum is closed until further notice in light of concerns surrounding the coronavirus), or to learn about the weeklong summer camp for kids ages 9-11 in July, visit Adapted excerpt taken from “Unforgettable Ontario: 100 Destinations” by Noel Hudson, with permission from Firefly Books.
  2. Great Photo shop picture, but they should have removed their flippers.
  3. New York City area airports resume flights after brief halt as coronavirus causes staffing issues PUBLISHED SAT, MAR 21 20202:14 PM EDTUPDATED 29 MIN AGO
  4. o date, Alberta has completed just over 20,000 COVID-19 tests — more than any other province in Canada. That's been possible due to existing infrastructure, the early availability of testing kits, collaboration with universities and a testing process that runs around the clock, according to Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. "One of the advantages we have in Alberta is our provincial lab for public health, which is in the Alberta Precision Laboratories," Hinshaw said during a Facebook live appearance broadcast this week. "They have an amazing setup and they work very hard to have cutting edge technology that enables us to respond quickly." The same lab was able to do local testing for Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa, she noted, and it had a leg up when the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 began spreading globall
  5. Thousands of Canadians are stranded in Morocco, many uncertain as to when and how they’ll get home. Flights out of the North African kingdom have slowed to a trickle after the government there halted international travel in and out of the country due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. According to an email from Global Affairs Canada, there are currently more than 4,468 Canadians in Morocco who have registered with the voluntary Registration of Canadians Abroad service. “Limited flights are currently still available,” the federal department insists, “and may be offered on some airlines later this week. “We are actively doing all we can to assist Canadians currently in the country,” it added, cold comfort to those looking for help and unable to find any. The Canadian embassy in Morocco, meanwhile, tweeted that all international flights will be suspended by the Moroccan government on Thursday. For Ottawa’s Grace Welch, that means her holiday now largely consists of staying in her hotel in Marrakech, on her laptop, trying to find a flight out. She has an EasyJet flight to London booked for Friday, but she suspects that may now be cancelled, leaving her with nowhere to go or stay. In the meantime, restaurants and cafés in Morocco have closed, although hotel food service and supermarkets remain open.
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  7. Air Canada Provides Update on Ongoing COVID-19 Response NEWS PROVIDED BY Air Canada Mar 18, 2020, 17:45 ET Airline further reducing schedule, maintaining essential services where possible MONTREAL, March 18, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada said today that it will gradually suspend the majority of its international and U.S. transborder flights by March 31, 2020 in response to decisions by national governments, including Canada and the United States, to close borders and restrict commercial aviation as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Subject to further government restrictions, the airline intends to continue to serve a small number of international and U.S. trans-border destinations from select Canadian cities after April 1, 2020. The airline also intends to continue serving all provinces and territories of Canada after that date, albeit with a significantly reduced network. All schedule changes can be found at International and U.S. transborder services In order to facilitate the continued repatriation of citizens to their home countries, including Canadians back to Canada, and to support the essential movement of needed goods and cargo during the crisis, Air Canada intends to continue to operate a limited number of international "air bridges" between one or more of its Canadian hubs and the cities of London, Paris, Frankfurt, Delhi, Tokyo and Hong Kong from April 1 until at least April 30. This will reduce its international network from 101 airports to six. As to U.S. transborder services, given the decision by the U.S. and Canadian governments today, from April 1, Air Canada will reduce its transborder network from 53 airports to 13, subject to further reductions based on demand or government edicts. The cities with continued service will be: New York (LGA and EWR), Boston, Washington, D.C. (IAD and DCA), Chicago, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Domestic Canada network Air Canada intends to continue to serve all provinces and territories of Canada, reducing its domestic network from 62 airports to 40 through a reduced network during the period April 1 to 30, subject to further reductions based on demand or government edict. For information on Air Canada's schedule beginning April 1, 2020 please see "The restrictions on travel imposed by governments worldwide, while understandable, are nonetheless having a cataclysmic effect upon the global airline industry. Our immediate focus is on ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and communities. At the same time, we are exploring with the Government of Canada possibilities to maintain essential operations to enable as many Canadians as possible to return to Canada, and to support other vital transport needs, including the shipment of goods and cargo during the crisis as required in any state of emergency. We are working around the clock to deal with the impact for our customers and our business of the various travel restrictions that are being made by governments at unprecedented speed without advance warning. We will also look at helping Canadians to return home by operating a limited number of charters from international destinations and exploring with the Government of Canada avenues in this regard. We will provide updates as details are finalized," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada. For Affected Customers The airline will gradually suspend some of its scheduled flights between now and March 31 as demand for Canadians to return to Canada from a number of destinations reduces. Please check Air Canada's website for details given the rapidly evolving situation. Affected customers, including those with Air Canada Vacations packages, whose flights are cancelled will receive a full credit valid for 24 months. There is no requirement to contact Air Canada as customers will be contacted directly. The airline has also put in place temporary, one-way fares to Canada to enable customers abroad to return home. Customers seeking to contact Air Canada are advised that contact centre wait times are elevated, so the airline has put in place a number of self-service tools to enable customers to manage their travel online. For more information please consult our COVID-19 webpage at
  8. NEWS PROVIDED BY Porter Airlines Mar 18, 2020, 10:00 ET Porter Airlines temporarily suspending flights to support COVID-19 relief efforts Operations restarting June 1, allowing public health initiatives to take effect TORONTO, March 18, 2020 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines is temporarily suspending all flights at the close of operations on Friday, March 20, with plans to resume service on June 1. This decision is being made in support of ongoing public health efforts to contain COVID-19. Michael Deluce, Porter's president and CEO stated: "COVID-19 is having an unprecedented effect on people around the world and Porter is determined to do our part to support the efforts of the Canadian, U.S. and global authorities in their responses. Restricting activities by people in all communities is what's required to keep our team members and passengers healthy, and ultimately to end this fast-spreading pandemic. A temporary suspension of all flights allows the public health crisis to diminish and then time to restart our operations. "Remaining flights through March 20, will allow customers to complete existing trips and return home, or make last-minute reservations to reach a destination." The existing waiver of change and cancellation fees means there is no cost to customers for modifying an existing itinerary. Porter is also prepared to help recovery efforts by operating flights to support the movement of government officials, public health requirements and economic recovery efforts. Porter FBO at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will remain open to support these needs, as well as Ontario's provincial medevac service and other general aviation. Reservations are currently being taken for Porter flights starting June 1. All flights booked in June will be fully changeable and refundable to give passengers maximum flexibility as travel resumes. Passengers can cancel existing reservations online at The volume of inquiries at our call centre has been consistently high this month. It is requested that only passengers with immediate travel needs through March 20, who cannot resolve their request online, use the call centre in order to alleviate wait times. Michael Deluce added: "It is regrettable that this situation requires us to issue temporary layoffs across the business. We are doing everything possible to support our team during this period and intend to welcome back all of our team members as operations restart. Executive Chairman Robert Deluce and I will not receive any salary during this time, in alignment with the impact on our team members. All other management who remain during the temporary suspension will see salary reductions of up to 30 percent until flights resume. "Porter's team is exceptional. Our resilient culture has seen the company through difficult times in the past and it will allow us to do so again. We intend to come back stronger than ever and ready to meet the needs of customers." About Porter Airlines Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Stephenville, N.L., Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Muskoka, Ont., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Visit or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. SOURCE Porter Airlines
  9. US-Canada border to close amid virus crisis 7 minutes ago Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to close the US-Canada border to all non-essential travel in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada," Mr Trump tweeted. He said trade would not be affected. Both countries had already issued sweeping travel bans but had maintained exemptions for each other. Canada relies on the US for approximately 75% of its exports. The shutdown will affect tourists and shoppers, but goods will continue to be moved across the border. Mr Trudeau had previously resisted closing the border to his country's most important trading partner. "Nearly 200,000 people cross that border every day, and that border and that traffic that goes across that border is literally a lifeline for both the Canadians and the Americans on both sides of that border," Mr Trudeau's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday. "We get our groceries thanks to truckers who drive back and forth across that border. Very urgently needed medical supplies and medicines go back and forth across that border. And essential workers go back and forth across that border every day." Approximately $2bn in goods and services crosses the US-Canada border each day.
  10. Hong Kong government extends new travel restrictions to aircrew but exemptions still apply Flight attendants concerned over infection risk on aircraft with crew allowed to work even when they should be in isolation Department of Health extends mandatory quarantine or medical surveillance coming into force on Thursday to aircrew, though opt-outs are available Lilian Cheng Published: 12:00pm, 18 Mar, 2020 Mandatory quarantine has been extended to aircrew by the Department of Health but there are legitimate ways to opt out. Photo: Winson Wong Hong Kong will extend its new travel restrictions to aircrew, the Department of Health says, meaning pilots and flight attendants will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine on arrival from abroad but can fly out earlier as long as their airlines follow set procedures. However, a flight attendants’ union and crew members warned the coronavirus arrangements risked endangering the safety of passengers and staff as infected personnel would be able to work when they should be isolated. On-board protections against Covid-19’s spread were also not enough, some members said. The new procedures for flight crew came to light after the city announced the introduction from Thursday of a red travel alert covering all countries, which imposes quarantine or medical surveillance on all arrivals into Hong Kong, and as a third Cathay Pacific crew member tested positive for the virus. Crew members have been exempted from quarantine since the city first enforced the mandatory measures on arrivals from mainland China, before extending it to other countries in Asia and more recently in Europe. Given the latest developments, the spokesman from the Department of Health on Tuesday night confirmed there was a change of policy “taking into consideration public health assessment and normal operation of international traffic Air crew who had travelled to affected areas two weeks before arrival in Hong Kong – irrespective of whether they are city residents – would have to undergo the 14-day quarantine. But the Department of Health allowed exemptions under certain conditions including if the crew members could self-isolate at accommodation designated by their employers, likely to be their own home or a hotel, and would be subject themselves to medical surveillance over that period. The airline should also arrange private transport for the crew to travel to and from the airport. “They are allowed to operate another trip but are required to inform the Port Health Division before the trip and they are required to wear a surgical mask during work,” said the spokesman. The procedures also state aircrew must pay attention to their health, and take their body temperature twice daily. If they feel unwell, they must call a department hotline. According to an internal Cathay Pacific memo for Hong Kong base crew, they are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days, but are permitted to work during the self-isolation period, while the company will provide separate transport to the employee’s home. For overseas crew, they have to stay in the Headland hotel next to Cathay City. Catherine Hui, a flight attendant of Cathay Pacific, said she was surprised by the new policy exemptions because it amounted to “putting crew members and passengers at health risk”. “It means while we are under isolation, we still have to go to work if the company calls us,” the 27-year-old crew member said. “Flights these days from Europe and the United States were so full that we might be virus-carriers, and we might spread the virus to the next flight as some of the infected cases might not have symptoms in the first few days.” She added some crew members had already refused to work, and requested sick leave.
  11. WestJet to suspend international and transborder flights for one month News provided by The Globe and Mail – link to full story and updates KELLY CRYDERMAN CALGARY PUBLISHED MARCH 17, 2020 WestJet has announced it is suspending scheduled commercial operations for all international and transborder flights, including the U.S., for a 30 day period at the end of the day March 22. After that, the Calgary-based carrier said it will be operating rescue and repatriation flights in partnership with the Canadian government. “While this is a difficult time, we now have the responsibility as a Canadian airline to bring our citizens home,” WestJet chief executive Ed Sims said in a statement late Monday evening. Final commercially scheduled flights from international and transborder destinations will launch on Sunday night by 11:59 p.m. local time. International and transborder tickets are no longer available for sale, and on Wednesday the airline will suspend all outbound international ticket sales. “On Wednesday, March 18 at 11:59 p.m. MDT, WestJet will suspend all outbound international ticket sales for travel until Sunday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. MDT, so we are no longer sending Canadians out of the country and can instead focus on bringing them home,” the company said in a statement. WestJet also said for Canadians returning home on short notice, it is in the process of lowering prices on our remaining seats. The airline said it will also reduce its domestic schedule by approximately 50 per cent. The airline said changes are in place for the next 30 days.
  12. Some who think the virus was created for some nefarious scheme have the following to support their POV. If done by the environmentalists there is now proof that it is working to reduce all kinds of pollution: Coronavirus lockdown eases pollution, Venice canal runs clear BY MEAGHAN WRAY GLOBAL NEWS Posted March 16, 2020 11:10 amNews: Coronavirus around the world: March 11, 2020 The novel coronavirus is causing panic worldwide, but one thing may benefit from the social isolation: the environment. The COVID-19 outbreak hit countries like Italy really hard, forcing country officials to intervene and ask citizens to go into lockdown. As a result, people stayed indoors, business shuttered their windows, cars stayed parked and families hunkered down to protect themselves from getting sick. The Venice canal, typically bogged down with tourists in gondolas and cruise ships, is now crystal clear, according to photos shared by Twitter user @FolinAlberto. Cruise ships are typically seen sailing into the Venice lagoon and have caused harmful levels of pollution, Euro Weekly News writes. Without them, the water has had a chance to clear. A typical March would see nearly 700,000 people arrive in Venice on cruise ships or otherwise, the South China Morning Post reports. The decline in tourism has brought “back the lagoon waters of ancient times, those of the post-war period, when it was even still possible to bathe in the waters of the canals,” according to local newspaper La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre. Air quality has also approved in Italy. Though social isolation has been difficult, it’s had a massively positive effect on CO2 emissions, according to European Space Agency data analyzed by the Washington Post. Between Jan. 1 and March 12, concentrations of nitrogen dioxide fell — produced by cars and power plants — immensely, especially over Italy, according to the ESA’s Sentinel-5P satellite. “I guess this is mostly diesel cars out of the road,” said Emanuele Massetti, an expert on the economics of climate change at Georgia Tech University, according to the Washington Post. “I expect pollution to drop even further as the particles in the atmosphere (concentration) get either dispersed or absorbed. In a few days, they will enjoy the cleanest air ever in northern Italy.” 937 people are talking about this Since Jan. 1, air quality in China has significantly improved, too, per pollution monitoring satellites from NASA and the European Space Agency. As with Italy, social isolation and the lockdown of certain cities has seen a decrease in cars on the road, meaning noxious gas emitted by vehicles, power plants and industrial facilities have come to a near complete halt. Scientific American notes that events like the 2008 recession caused similar dips in global carbon emissions. On the flip side of things, the publication notes that more social isolation means people are likely using more energy in their homes — not a good thing. It all depends on geography and family lifestyle. “If you come home to a cold house and you have to heat it, that’s going to more than offset the savings from not driving your vehicle to work, on average,” Christopher Jones, a climate policy expert at the University of California, Berkeley, told Scientific American. “If you come home to a beautiful day like we have in California, and there was somebody home anyway, really we’re not using much more energy than if I were at work.” Household carbon footprints could potentially rise, offsetting the lowering of global emissions as a result of isolation during the outbreak.