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  1. I am from commercial aviation and quite aware of modified mtce shedules that have been blessed by all. I was not questioning the proposed reduction but rather the decision to make it public as part of cost reduction and thus rise a red flag to the general public. Anyway end of story and I have removed what has been determined by at least one person on this forum to be "trolling" and offensive. Of course no reaction when I post something favourable to WestJet. Go figure.
  2. Double post removed. I am not implying that something nefarious is happening, I just think it is stupid to tell the public that mtce reductions are included in cost reductions. I am not a troll but you certainly do stand up for WestJet and they are lucky to have your undying loyalty. Cheers
  3. unsurprisingly you rushed to the rescue. I stand on what I said, at no time did I hear either of the other airlines saying that one of their money saving efforts would be cutting back standard mtce checks and that is not in any way derogatory regarding WestJet's mtce programs. It still seems like something that you would not publicly broadcast as a part of your cost saving measures.
  4. How to spot a cannabis overdose Edible marijuana products are displayed for sale at a Weeds Glass & Gifts medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Vancouver on May 1, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck) Staff Published Friday, September 7, 2018 8:54AM EDT Last Updated Friday, September 7, 2018 9:48AM EDT Although overdoses aren’t commonly associated with cannabis, consuming too much of the drug can lead to hospitalization and cause accidents resulting in serious injury or death. With the impending legalization of recreational marijuana, physicians in Canada are already seeing an increase in emergency room visits by patients overdosing on the drug. For example, the cases in Ontario have more than tripled in the last three years to nearly 1,500 last year, according to data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Related Stories Local governments should get 40 per cent of B.C.'s pot revenue: advocacy group Ontario Cannabis Store increases number of licensed suppliers to 32 Federal lawyer asks B.C. judge to toss experts' reports on medical marijuana Medical expert Dr. Julielynn Wong explained that cannabis overdoses are most often caused by people taking too many edibles, which are food products infused with THC – the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. “Edibles pose a high risk overdose because unlike smoked marijuana, edibles take a longer time to take effect so people may consume more to feel the effects faster and this can lead to an overdose or serious injury or death,” she told CTV’s Your Morning on Friday. Wong said many edibles users can be caught off guard by the “delayed, stronger, and longer lasting effects” if they’re more accustomed to smoking or vaping cannabis. How to recognize a cannabis overdose: If you suspect you or someone you know is experiencing an overdose from cannabis, these are the signs to watch for, according to Wong. Severe nausea or vomiting Increased heart rate and blood pressure Chest pain Anxiety Paranoia Panic attacks Extreme confusion Loss of contact with reality Seizures Wong said cannabis overdoses can often lead to dangerous situations that may result in serious injury or death, such as a car accident or a fall. What to do in the case of an overdose: If you suspect you or someone else is overdosing on cannabis, Wong said it’s important to call your local poison control centre, healthcare provider, the emergency department of your nearest hospital, or 911. If the person overdosing is awake, Wong said they should try to take small sips of water to drink. Do not try to force the person experiencing the cannabis overdose to vomit, she advised. How to prevent an overdose: Wong said the most obvious way to prevent a cannabis overdose is to avoid consuming the drug, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking prescription medication. However, if you do want to take edibles, she said it’s best to start with a small dose. “Do not consume more than the recommended serving amount of 10 milligrams of THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana,” she advised. “Make sure you read the package labels so you know how much THC is in the edible you’re consuming.” It’s also a good idea to have someone with you when you consume an edible, according to Wong. She said edibles can sometimes take two or more hours before you will feel the effects so it’s important to be patient. Wong also reminded cannabis users to store edibles in child-proof containers that are out of the reach of children and pets.
  5. Analysis Trans Mountain is in deep trouble. So why is Trudeau getting chummy with B.C.'s premier? Justin Trudeau keeps insisting the Trans-Mountain expansion will be built. But judging by his meetings this week with the country’s feuding NDP premiers, the prime minister now seems more comfortable with the one who’s not on his side. Once, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was the PM's key regional ally. Things change. Chris Hall · CBC News · Posted: Sep 07, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan embrace after speaking during a transit funding announcement in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday. (Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS) Justin Trudeau keeps insisting the Trans-Mountain expansion will be built. But judging by his recent meetings with the country's feuding NDP premiers, the prime minister now seems more comfortable with the one who's not on his side. Trudeau stopped in Vancouver and Edmonton this week for his first face-to-face meetings with B.C.'s John Horgan and Alberta's Rachel Notley since the Federal Court of Appeal ruling brought work on the pipeline to a halt almost before it began. The court said the federal government failed to adequately consult Indigenous Canadians about the project, and that the National Energy Board review was flawed because it didn't take into account the massive increase in tanker traffic off B.C.'s coast. The ruling was bad news for both Trudeau and Notley. The two have been touting the economic importance of the project, which would triple the amount of bitumen shipped out of Alberta to Burnaby on the coast. Neither government, apparently, had considered the potential impact of the court ruling as it eventually did. Horgan, meanwhile, appears vindicated. His opposition to the project — his government's decision to file its own legal challenge — suddenly looks sure-footed. Horgan hasn't really had a moment like that since he accidentally knocked over his own water glass during a news conference with Trudeau in Ottawa last year, quipping that "spills can happen anywhere." Holding hands in Vancouver He and Trudeau were not allies then. Perhaps they aren't now. But if they're still at loggerheads, that wasn't evident at all on Tuesday when the two re-announced financial support for a pair of major transit projects in the Vancouver area. They joked. They smiled. They talked about their common interests. Trudeau said he and Horgan had taken the Skytrain together to the press conference, using the commute to talk about their shared commitment to reducing traffic congestion and promoting B.C.'s Lower Mainland as an attractive destination for investment — "making life better for British Columbians," as Horgan put it. Neither leader dwelled on Trans Mountain. Neither mentioned B.C.'s legal challenge of the project while answering reporters' questions about the impact of last week's federal court ruling. [Notley] can't blame the courts. She can't blame Indigenous people.... So she's blaming the prime minister.- Duane Bratt, political science professor at Mount Royal University "The prime minister and I have been working together now for 14 months with different perspectives on this one issue," Horgan airily told reporters. "We continue to look across the mountains to work with our friends in Ottawa for support on the things we can agree on — which are very, very many, and the things we disagree on are very, very few." "Stay here," Trudeau said as Horgan moved away from the microphone. "There might be more questions." The two shared a good chuckle. Trudeau, left, and Horgan leave the transit funding announcement. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) Sources tell CBC News the buddy act didn't go unnoticed in Edmonton. Premier Notley's office also seemed surprised that Trudeau was going to be there the next day, and scrambled to arrange a time and place for the prime minister and the premier to meet. When they did, the tension in the room was palpable. There were no shared laughs. The two held a brief photo op before the meeting, which lasted barely an hour. Asked later how the meeting was, Notley's reply was terse: "It was." Wednesday marked the first time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley had met since a court ruling halted work on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion last week. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press ) Notley's government has spent a lot of political currency on Trans Mountain. She agreed to join the pan-Canada climate change plan and to bring in a price on carbon. In return she wanted — and got — support from Trudeau to get the pipeline built. His government even stepped in this summer to buy the project from Kinder Morgan to ensure it went ahead. None of that now appears to matter. Notley remains a friend in need. Trudeau doesn't have much to offer as a friend "in deed." From ally to scapegoat On Wednesday, the prime minister grimly recited the measures his government is considering to meet the court's call for more Indigenous consultation, and to ensure the additional tanker traffic won't have an adverse impact on killer whales off the B.C. coast. "Our goal is to get this pipeline built and in the right away," he said. Duane Bratt, a political science professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, said the frost warning in the Trudeau-Notley relationship came a week ago, when Notley went on television to announce what he calls her new stand-up-to-Ottawa routine. "They were allies. They were very close allies," he says. "But with the court decision she needs someone to blame. She can't blame the courts. She can't blame Indigenous people on the B.C. coast. So she's blaming the prime minister." Bratt said Notley is in a tight spot — trailing in public opinion polls behind Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party and having spent so much of her time in office on a project that's now unlikely to be built before next spring's provincial election. "I think it will still be built, but it won't be in time for her to get the credit," said Bratt. Trudeau's own election timeline isn't a whole lot longer. But Bratt said Trans-Mountain isn't going to have nearly the same impact on the prime minister's political fortunes — in Alberta and nationally — as it will on Notley's.
  6. Lufthansa operations severely affected by A320neo engine vibration issue Sep 7, 2018 Jens Flottau | ATW Plus Rob Finlayson A newly emerging issue around increased engine vibrations is severely affecting utilization of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered Airbus A320neo in-service fleet and threatens to slow the manufacturer’s recovery from delivery delays, several industry sources told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Week. According to the sources, higher-than-usual geared turbofan engine vibrations are noticed after fewer than 1,000 flight hours in some cases. Pratt Said to Assess Neo Engine Vibrations as FAA Weighs Action By Benjamin D Katz and Richard Weiss August 30, 2018, 3:01 AM MDT Updated on August 30, 2018, 10:52 AM MDT · FAA says it’s looking into issue; too soon to issue guidance Engine maker’s turbine troubles have prompted plane groundings Pratt & Whitney is investigating incidents of excessive vibration in its engines that power Airbus SE’s A320neo aircraft, the latest in a series of problems that have plagued the new turbine, according to people familiar with the matter. The U.S. manufacturer, a unit of Farmington, Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp., has yet to identify the cause and is assessing if there is a connection to prior design issues, the people said, asking not to be identified as the process isn’t public. Pilots have in some instances received alerts of high vibration levels during flights, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is looking into the matter. “The FAA is aware of the vibration issue, and we are currently working with Pratt and Whitney on the cause,” a spokesperson for the agency said in an emailed statement, adding that it is too early to determine whether to issue mandatory instructions to airline operators. Pratt’s geared turbofan, a step-change in the efficiency of turbines for commercial aircraft, has been hit by a run of design flaws that have grounded planes, delayed deliveries and prompted hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation claims. About 10 Pratt-powered A320neos are typically grounded at one time as the manufacturer installs fixes. “Pratt & Whitney is working closely with our customers to support their operations while continuing to retrofit the fleet to the latest engine configuration,” the company said in an emailed response to questions from Bloomberg News. A spokesman for Airbus declined to comment. The planemaker, based in Toulouse, France, has said that it still expects to meet its goal to deliver around 800 aircraft this year. The company’s shares fell as much as 1.4 percent and were down 1.1 percent at 108.80 euros as of 4:49 p.m. in Paris. United Technologies traded as much as 0.8 percent lower in New York. For Airbus to meet its annual production goal, there is “no scope for even minor further disruption arising from the new vibration issue,” Jefferies International analyst Sandy Morris wrote in a note to clients. “The risk is that the series of issues with the GTF engine may have begun to test investor’s patience.” Problems with the new Pratt engines, and to a lesser extent a competing turbine from CFM International, have hobbled production of the latest generation of narrow-body planes from Airbus and U.S. rival Boeing Co.The setbacks, at a time when demand is surging, have turned what should be a boom time for plane makers and their suppliers into a period marred by aircraft groundings, safety warnings and extra costs. Standing Idle 15 Pratt-powered A320neos were out of service as of Aug. 16 Source: UBS Since May, Pratt has been increasing deliveries for the A320neo, a “re-engined” version of the single-aisle A320 designed to save airlines operating costs by reducing fuel consumption. The latest issue requires parts to be replaced more frequently, taking aircraft out of service for longer and reducing the pool of spare engines available to carriers, the people said. For more: Airbus A320 Engine Fix Won’t Come for Months, Lufthansa Says Pratt is meeting with airlines and has started tests. These involve assembling the geared turbofan engine using combinations of old and new designs of faulty parts to help locate the root of the issue, according to one of the people. The scale of the latest problem appears less disruptive than recent issues with the engine’s combustor, oil seal and knife-edge seal, the people said. Those issues, which triggered a three-month halt to production at the start of the year, have been resolved in new engines delivered by Pratt. The company is still working through fixes for engines in existing A320neo fleets. Faulty knife-edge seals have been replaced, though all of the engines -- including ones now being produced -- will require a redesigned version to be installed later to address durability issues. Pratt is still catching up on upgrading in-service engines to fix the combustor and oil-seal problems. — With assistance by Anurag Kotoky, Ryan Beene, and Greg Sullivan (Updates with FAA action from second paragraph.)
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    Shootings and Knifings

    Yet another shooting in Ontario. what the hell is going on????? Gavin said it’s unknown if the victims were targeted. Nearby streets in the area have been closed for the investigation.
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    Our Prime Minister

    He is running out of things to apologizefor, maybe he will next apologize for the unbearable debt load he is leaving us with or maybe the treatment of early Scottish immigrants? Trudeau to apologize Nov. 7 for 1939 decision to turn away Jewish refugees fleeing Nazis On November 7 the Liberal government will officially apologize for the 1939 decision to turn away the MS St. Louis carrying 907 German Jews fleeing the Nazi regime. 'This was an absolute moral failure on the part of the government' CBC News · Posted: Sep 06, 2018 6:00 PM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago Jewish refugees aboard the MS St. Louis attempt to communicate with friends and relatives in Cuba, who were permitted to approach the docked vessel in small boats, June 3, 1939. (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum/National Archives and Records) On November 7, the Liberal government will officially apologize for the 1939 decision to turn away the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 907 German Jews fleeing the Nazi regime. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on a conference call with Canadian rabbis earlier Thursday, and then later took to Twitter to spread the message. "The St. Louis was carrying German Jews looking for refuge in Canada, but they were turned away under the 'None is Too Many' policy of the time," Trudeau said in a tweet. "254 ended up being killed." While the date of the apology is news, Trudeau announced in May that his government would be making it. "This was an absolute moral failure on the part of the government, and though of course an apology can't bring the victims back, we're committed to doing what we can to right this wrong," Trudeau said in a separate tweet Thursday. Updated Trudeau to offer formal apology in Commons for fate of Jewish refugee ship MS St. Louis Ship of Fate exhibit tells dark chapter of Canadian history In 1939, the MS St. Louis left Germany carrying 907 Jewish passengers fleeing persecution by the Nazi regime. The ship was turned away from Cuba and the United States before a group of Canadians tried to convince Prime Minister Mackenzie King's government to let it dock in Halifax. The Canadian government heeded the anti-Semitic sentiment abroad at the time by severely restricting Jewish immigration. From 1933 to 1945, only about 5,000 Jewish refugees were accepted because of what Trudeau called "our discriminatory, 'none is too many' immigration policy." When Ottawa refused to let the MS St. Louis passengers disembark, the ship returned to Europe. About half the passengers were taken in by the U.K., the Netherlands, France and Belgium. About 500 of them ended up back in Germany, where 254 were killed in concentration and internment camps. Since the last election, Trudeau has personally apologized to gay men and women targeted by the authorities for their sexuality. He apologized for Canada's 1914 decision to turn away the Komagata Maru ship that was carrying 376 migrants, mostly Sikhs, and he exonerated six Tsilhqot'in chiefs who were hanged in 1864 for their role in the killing of six white colonists.
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    Norwegian Coming to Canada

    I feel the same way about all "Ultra Low Cost and indeed most Low Cost" airlines