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  1. Well it has started. The Liberals are starting SCARE tactics. Why would Russia give a damn who wins a Canadian Election?
  2. Fishing licence, not marriage licence accepted as ID for woman blocked from WestJet flight Debrah Theissen was told her marriage licence was no good as ID but a fishing licence was. Then the airline helped her get one. Debrah Theissen's airplane adventure started when job action at Canada Post delayed her new driver's licence Karin Larsen · CBC News · Posted: Jan 17, 2019 3:29 PM PT | Last Updated: 8 hours ago To commemorate Debrah Theissen's fishing licence ordeal, one of her relatives gave her this lure as a Christmas gift. (submitted by Debrah Theissen) Debrah Theissen's fish tale is more accurately a fish licence tale — an absurd story of a missed flight, random rules, a marriage certificate, and, yes, a brand new fishing licence bought in desperation by a Kelowna woman who has no intention of going fishing. Ever. It all started with the job action at Canada Post. Theissen's new driver's licence was stuck in the mail which was a problem because she was booked to go visit her 82-year-old mother in Winnipeg over Christmas. The fishing licence WestJet helped Debrah Theissen secure so she could get on a plane to Winnipeg to see her elderly mother. (submitted by Debrah Theissen) Without that driver's licence, she didn't have the valid photo ID required to board her flight. When she phoned WestJet, she says, it told her no problem, she could use two pieces of government-issued non-photo ID instead. So, she dug up her marriage licence. Along with her temporary driver's licence, Theissen assumed she was good to go. She wasn't. WestJet, as it turns out, doesn't accept marriage licences, something Theissen found out the hard way when she tried to check in for her flight. Fishing licence good, marriage licence bad Surprisingly, she says she was told by the agent the airline would accept a valid fishing licence. A second surprise followed. Theissen was told she could get said fishing licence right in the Kelowna airport. A helpful WestJet supervisor escorted her to the commissionaires office. There, Theissen was set up on a computer where she filled out the online fishing licence application, paid $36 and immediately printed her brand new B.C. 2018-2019 Non-tidal Angling Licence. Fishing licences can be obtained at the Kelowna Aiport with the help of WestJet and the airport commissionaires, according to Theissen. (Google Street View) Unfortunately, in the minutes it took to secure the critical document, boarding for her flight was halted and Theissen was forced to reschedule. One day later, fishing licence in hand, she sailed through security without a snag. 'It's maddening!' One month later, the weirdness of it all still doesn't sit right. "It's maddening," said Theissen. "I could have plugged in any information for the fishing licence ... there's no verification. To me, that marriage licence is a lot more of an official document than a silly little fishing licence." Her husband is equally incredulous. "She couldn't get on the plane with her temporary driver's licence, but she could get on the plane with a fishing licence that has no photo and that she had just applied for ... that we just typed on the computer and printed," said Gary Theissen. In an email, WestJet said: "In our effort to assist this traveller, the guest was advised of additional ID options that met the Transport Canada's requirements," although fishing licence does not appear on the Public Safety Canada website the airline references, nor does it appear on the WestJet website. Although the ordeal meant missing a day of vacation, a special Christmas gift captures the humour of the situation. "A family member gave me a fishing lure," she said. "I thought that was hilarious." The strange part of this story is the following from the WestJet Web Site: Under Domestic Travel
  3. January 18, 2019 7:56 pm Updated: January 18, 2019 8:06 pm WestJet plane slides off taxiway at Edmonton airport amid icy conditions By Phil Heidenreich Online journalist Global News A WestJet plane that was to depart for Victoria ended up sliding off a taxiway at Edmonton International Airport on Friday night. A spokesperson for the airline said nobody was injured but the flight was cancelled as a result. “While taxiing to the runway, Flight 173 slid off the taxiway in the icy conditions,” Lauren Stewart said. After several people took to social media posting photos of a plane that they said had gone off a runway at Edmonton International Airport, Global News spoke to a passenger who said the plane went into a snow bank while taxiing. “Everyone is OK,” Becky Johnson said. “The pilot mistook a snowy field when we were taxiing to the runway.” Johnson said the plane turned and it suddenly became a bit bumpy but there was not much more that happened. “You wouldn’t have even noticed but I’m a nervous flyer,” she said. A spokesperson with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said the incident occurred as the aircraft was headed to the de-ice pad and that the agency will not be investigating. Stewart said there were 75 passengers and six crew on board. Fifty-three passengers will head to Victoria on Friday night via Calgary.
  4. John Ivison: On resource development, Trudeau risks repeating the sins of his father ‎Today, ‎February ‎7, ‎2018, ‏‎3 hours ago | John Ivison Three years ago, the leader of what was then Canada’s third federal political party made a major pre-election speech on the environment. The location was symbolic. “I’m the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, my last name is Trudeau and I’m standing here in the Petroleum Club of Calgary,” he said. “I understand how energy issues can divide the country.” The speech was in large measure a disavowal of his father’s National Energy Program — and a pledge never to repeat the mistake. “A federal program that harms one part of the country harms us all,” Trudeau said. We will see Thursday if the prime minister lives up to that promise when the government unveils new environmental assessment regulations that will govern natural resource development. But the early signs are not promising. The carbon tax regulations that came out last month are very different from the model outlined by Trudeau in his speech in Calgary three years ago. Critics such as former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall have already warned that the cumulative effect of the tax and the new regulations could heat up a Canadian unity debate that is already bubbling because of the pipeline issue. “How is this different from the National Energy Program, in terms of the reality of what it will do to jobs and pipelines and so on?” Wall asked. Jack Mintz: Another NEP fiasco looms as Westerners suffer for Trudeau’s energy follies 'Another Trudeau's' environmental rules sow seeds of unity crisis, critics say Rob Merrifield: Politicians killed Canada’s low-dollar advantage by piling on carbon taxes and environmental red tape Trudeau’s speech in Calgary was interesting because it suggested a decentralized approach to carbon pricing. “The federal government does not have all the answers,” said Trudeau. He advocated a “medicare” approach, similar to the principles in the Canada Health Act, where provinces had considerable flexibility as long as those principles were honoured. Ottawa would establish emissions reduction targets and then allow provinces the flexibility to achieve those targets, including carbon pricing policies. The feds would even provide “targeted funding” to help provinces achieve their goals, similar to the Canada Health Transfer. At the time, the Conservatives were vexed — it seemed like Trudeau had adopted Stephen Harper’s less centralized view of the federation, and they were loath to jump on it. But, like so many other promises made before the election, this one has not survived the transition from party platform to government policy. Under the government’s pricing regulations, each province has to adopt Ottawa’s rising carbon tax or be forced to accept the federal backstop. The regulations also allow the federal government to spend any carbon tax revenues as it sees fit, as long as the revenues go back to the province in which they were raised. The “targeted funding” transfers remain illusory. It seems likely Western provinces will be further alienated by the new environmental assessment regulations, if they follow the principles outlined in a discussion paper made public last year. That paper suggested the new regulations would go far beyond assessing the environmental impacts of resource projects to also consider the social, health and economic aspects, including gender-based analysis. Wall called the new impact assessment criteria “subjective” and “nebulous.” Government officials said developers would find out what is expected of them earlier in the process, before they end up in court. But resource companies would have to recognize Indigenous rights and interests from the outset. In his 2015 speech at the Petroleum Club, Trudeau talked about the “genius of Canadian federalism,” where provinces show regional leadership to move Canada forward. But we are at a delicate moment in time where the federal system does not look quite so robust or inspired. None of the recalcitrant provincial governments relish the carbon-pricing provision that sees them excluded from the distribution of its tax revenue. Few will appreciate federally imposed regulations that could hinder investment in Canada’s natural resource sector. Yet in the one area where the federal government has clear jurisdiction — interprovincial trade and transport — it has been timid. Though federal regulators have waved through the Trans Mountain pipeline, the Government of British Columbia is trying to block its expansion. Trudeau has said he supports the pipeline but has not asserted his authority by saying Ottawa will overrule any further delays. In some ways, this is a matter for the project’s proponent, Kinder Morgan, the B.C. government and the regulator, the National Energy Board. (If B.C. enacts regulations to delay the project, the company would likely appeal to the NEB to assert its authority.) But the country is looking for leadership from the prime minister. Many voters in Alberta seem to believe he is merely paying lip-service in his alleged support for the project, with no intention of risking his political capital. Beyond the prospect of losing votes in B.C.’s lower mainland, it’s not clear why he has not been more vigorous. There is certainly sufficient financial incentive. As economist Trevor Tombe pointed out Thursday, there is now a $30 discount on every barrel of Western Canadian Select crude sold to the Americans (the only market it can reach without new pipelines) — with each dollar costing Canada $300 million a year. This hell-broth of government policy — animation on taxes and regulation, lethargy on promoting resource development — is raising hackles across the West. Those who don’t remember history are, it’s said, condemned to repeat it. The younger Trudeau does remember the NEP, and yet he is still repeating its central premise. The only difference this time, as Prof. Jack Mintz said in the Financial Post, is that instead of subsidizing consumers in Eastern Canada, Westerners are now subsidizing Americans. • Email: | Twitter: IvisonJ
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    Actually I never said "hoping to see the city step in". I for one don't care if the carcass is refurbished or not. Those who do can pony up. No money from us tax payers.
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    Aviation museum seeks help from city to save crumbling Cold War-era jet Yolande Cole Updated: October 1, 2018 The Avro CF-100 Canuck on display at the Hanger Flight Museum in Calgary. Gavin Young/Postmedia ShareAdjustCommentPrint Directors of a local aviation museum are hoping to see the city step in to help protect a historic aircraft from further deterioration. Jim Williams, the chair of the board of directors of the Hangar Flight Museum, said the CF-100 Canuck displayed outside the building in northeast Calgary is “in pretty rough shape.” “You can see what the elements have done over time,” Williams said. “There are certainly holes in the airframe that would need to be repaired, and some deterioration, especially on the wings of the aircraft.” That deterioration has come from decades spent on display outside. Earlier this month, Williams told city councillors about the plane’s current state. In the short-term, he proposes moving the aircraft inside to prevent further damage. “That’s one of the things we’re working on actually right now, is to find a location for it,” Williams said. “It has to be obviously big enough to house an aircraft, so a hangar or other facility.” Ideally, the organization hopes to find somewhere where the city-owned asset can be restored — a project that Williams describes as a big and expensive challenge. He is hoping such an effort could be supported jointly through the city and through fundraising. “In the meantime, we’re trying to work with the city and on our own to develop a plan that will allow us to deal with this aircraft before it gets worse,” he said. “That’s the goal, and I think that’s the city’s goal too. They don’t want it to deteriorate any more than it already is.” The CF-100 has an important history in Canada, Williams said. The plane served with No. 440 RCAF “Bat” Squadron at Bagotville, Que., in 1953 before it was converted to a dual control trainer and assigned to an operational training unit at North Bay, Ont. Corrosion has eaten away the fuselage of the The Avro CF-100. Gavin Young/Postmedia The aircraft was acquired by the No. 783 Wing (Calgary) RCAF Association in 1963 and was later donated to what was then known as the Aero Space Museum. The Canuck was the only fighter designed and built in Canada that made it into service, according to the museum. “(The CF-100) was the predecessor to the Avro Arrow … and was certainly an aircraft that was flown widely by the Royal Canadian Air Force, both here in Canada and overseas in the early days of the Cold War,” Williams said. “And this particular aircraft happens to be one of the older ones still around. There are a few of them scattered around the country on display, outside primarily some air force bases across the country, but this is certainly an old aircraft with a lot of history behind it.” Here is a goto to the video interview:
  7. has a double in India: In India, 2016 has been a year of political surprises, alcohol ban and heated debates about nationalism, and plenty of other news in between. The BBC's in-house cartoonist Kirtish Bhat picks six news events to give his humorous take on 2016.
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    Trump 2.0 Continues

    And this is supposed to be good????? January 18, 2019 2:29 pm Trump vows support to anti-abortion marchers in Washington U.S. President Donald Trump spoke in a prerecorded video to thousands of anti-abortion activists in Washington on Friday for the 46th March for Life, vowing to veto any legislation that “weakens the protection of human life.”
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    AirBus A220 News

    No apology required. I should have caught it before you got to it. you Old Eagle Eyes My original reply also deleted.
  10. No blame in this for WestJet and that is how it should be. Investigation report: Baggage compartment fire on WestJet flight 113, June 2018 Français News provided by Transportation Safety Board of Canada Jan 18, 2019, 12:00 ET Share this article EDMONTON, Jan. 18, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report (A18W0081) following a baggage compartment fire that occurred on WestJet flight 113 on 14 June 2018, shortly after the aircraft departed Calgary International Airport, Alberta. The TSB conducted a limited-scope, fact-gathering investigation into this occurrence to advance transportation safety through greater awareness of potential safety issues. This report highlights the hazard that lithium-ion batteries, such as those found in electronic cigarettes, pose to the safety of aircraft when stored in checked baggage. Passengers are reminded that these items must be carried in the cabin, where an incident can be immediately mitigated, and not in checked baggage. Aviation Investigation A18W0081 Table of contents Investigation brief Media materials Baggage compartment fire The occurrence On 14 June 2018, a Boeing 737-700 aircraft operated by WestJet was conducting flight WJA113 from Calgary, Alberta, to Vancouver, British Columbia, with 53 passengers and 5 crew members on board. While climbing through 9000 feet after departure, the flight crew received a cargo fire warning. An emergency was declared and a return to Calgary was requested. After landing, the cargo hold was inspected and evidence was found of a fire in a passenger bag. Map of the area Investigator-in-charge Mike Adam joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in early 2014, bringing with him extensive experience in aviation line maintenance and quality assurance for transport category air carriers. Mr. Adam also has experience with various single and twin engine aircraft, both piston and turbine powered, as well as amateur-built aircraft. Transportation Safety Board investigation process There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation: Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public. For more information, see our Investigation process page. Investigation report 2019-01-18 Air Transportation Safety Investigation Report A18W0081 About the investigation The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) conducted a limited-scope, fact-gathering investigation into this occurrence to advance transportation safety through greater awareness of potential safety issues. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability. View document in PDF You need a PDF reader to access this file. Find out more on our help page. Baggage compartment fire WestJet Boeing 737-700, C-GWJT Calgary, Alberta 14 June 2018 Le présent rapport est également disponible en français. History of the flight The Boeing 737-700 (registration C-GWJT, serial number 40338), operated by WestJet as flight 113 (WJA113), was on a day instrument flight rules flight from Calgary International Airport (CYYC), Alberta, to Vancouver International Airport (CYVR), British Columbia, with 2 flight crew members, 3 cabin crew members, and 53 passengers on board. The aircraft departed from Runway 35L at CYYC at approximately 0639.Footnote 1 The captain was the pilot flying, and the first officer was the pilot monitoring. While the aircraft was climbing through 9000 feet above sea level, at 0641:10, a lower aft cargo fire warning light illuminated. The flight crew immediately followed the CARGO FIRE procedures published in the company's 737NG Quick Reference Handbook (QRH). The CARGO FIRE DISCH switch was activated, and 1 cargo fire extinguishing bottle was discharged. At 0646, the flight crew declared a MAYDAY emergency and initiated a return to CYYC. Ten minutes later, the aircraft landed on Runway 35R at CYYC and exited onto Taxiway Delta. After clearing the active runway, the aircraft stopped on the taxiway and was inspected by airport rescue and firefighting (ARFF) services. No visual signs of fire were noted, and no hot spots were detected by infrared camera imaging. In accordance with the QRH, the flight crew informed ground personnel not to open any cargo doors until all passengers and crew had exited the aircraft.Footnote 2 The aircraft was cleared to taxi back to the gate, where the passengers and crew were deplaned. After all passengers were off the aircraft, ARFF and WestJet ground handling personnel opened the lower aft baggage compartment. One passenger bag, found face-down near the cargo compartment door opening, showed signs of fire damage (Figure 1). Figure 1. Passenger bag showing fire damage Cargo hold damage The fire damage was isolated to the individual bag. Minor thermal damage was found to the cargo compartment's fire-resistant liner near the bag. The fire did not penetrate the cargo liner or aluminum floor structure and was contained to an area of approximately 24 inches by 24 inches (Figure 2). There was no additional damage to any of the surrounding bags. The burnt bag was offloaded and segregated, and then all other passenger baggage were offloaded. Figure 2. Fire damage to lower aft cargo compartment Cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder As per regulations, the aircraft was equipped with a cockpit voice recorder and a flight data recorder, which were removed and sent to the TSB Engineering Laboratory in Ottawa, Ontario. The data indicated that, other than the lower aft cargo fire warning, the crew did not receive any additional warnings or alarms. The crew's actions were carried out in accordance with the QRH and company standard operating procedures. Aircraft information Records indicate that the aircraft was certified, equipped, and maintained in accordance with existing regulations and approved procedures. The Boeing 737-700 (also referred to as 737-7CT) was manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 2011. It is a twin-engine, medium-range, turbofan airliner with 140 passenger seats and a cruise speed of about 430 knots. Passenger bag The passenger whose bag caught fire flew frequently for business purposes and was aware of WestJet's policies with respect to restricted items in checked baggage. The passenger packed his bag, a tactical-style nylon backpack, on the evening of 13 June 2018 and inadvertently packed 2 spare lithium-ion batteries for his e-cigarette,Footnote 3 in the charger, in the front pocket of the bag. The pocket also contained a dry herb vaporizer, a portable speaker, and USB cables. On the morning of 14 June 2018, the passenger arrived at the airport and checked his bag in. He took his e-cigarette and 2 other lithium-ion batteries into the passenger cabin, as required by WestJet's policy on e-cigarettes.Footnote 4,Footnote 5 The checked bag proceeded through the passenger baggage security screening and was loaded into the aircraft's lower aft baggage compartment, while still containing the 2 spare lithium-ion batteries. Restricted items Air carriers in Canada are responsible for complying with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) with respect to checked baggage. In February 2016, Transport Canada issued a Transportation of Dangerous Goods Safety AdvisoryFootnote 6 alerting air operators, passengers and crew of the safety risks associated with e-cigarettes and recommended that e-cigarettes, including any associated lithium-ion batteries, only be carried in the cabin. The information on WestJet's website relating to restricted items states that e-cigarettes, including associated lithium-ion batteries, “Must be carried in carry-on baggage only,”Footnote 7 and operator approval is required. The website details the restrictions as follows: E-Cigarettes. E-Cigarettes are permitted in carry-on baggage but not for use on board the aircraft due to the high temperatures they generate. Batteries must be removed to eliminate the risk of unintentional activation and individually protected so as to prevent short circuits.Footnote 8 To protect batteries, exposed terminals can be taped over, each individual battery can be in a protective pouch or separate plastic bag, or batteries can be in their original retail packaging. Checked-baggage screening All passenger baggage is subject to security screening, which is conducted by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). However, this screening is designed to detect explosive materials that are a threat to aviation safety rather than batteries and other dangerous goods. CATSA's checked-baggage screening machines do not automatically detect dangerous goods; however, if possible dangerous goods are discovered during the screening process, CATSA will perform additional checks and follow up with air carriers. For example, if CATSA screening officers are presented with an X-ray image of a container that could contain dangerous goods, they are required to send the bag for a physical search. If a dangerous good is discovered during the search, CATSA requires the screening officers to inform an air carrier representative, who will determine if the goods can be transported on the aircraft. Lithium-ion battery The proliferation of lithium-ion batteries in personal electronic devices has resulted in an increase in aviation cargo and passenger baggage events involving smoke, fire, extreme heat, or explosion. As at 02 May 2018, the United States Federal Aviation Administration has recorded 206 air/airport incidents involving lithium-ion batteries carried as cargo or baggage since 20 March 1991.Footnote 9 The TSB Engineering Laboratory conducted an analysis of the lithium batteries and electrical components contained in the passenger baggage.Footnote 10 The engineering report concluded that 1 battery in the charger experienced a thermal runaway and the interior material of the battery was completely burnt out. The thermal runaway was likely caused by external damage. The investigation could not determine if the damage occurred before the battery arrived at the airport or during baggage handling. Safety messages Lithium-ion batteries are subject to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. Transport Canada's safety advisory on the transportation of electronic cigarettes on aircraft exists to prevent the transportation of lithium-ion batteries in checked baggage, which can pose a hazard to the safety of aircraft. In this occurrence, even though the passenger was aware of the restrictions on lithium-ion batteries, the checked baggage was not identified as containing dangerous goods before being loaded into the cargo hold. When this type of responsibility is shared among passengers, air carriers, and security screening authorities, no one agency or individual is in a position to ensure that the contents of baggage comply with an air carrier's requirements related to restricted items. This concludes the TSB's limited-scope investigation into this occurrence. The Board authorized the release of this investigation report on 28 December 2018. It was officially released on 18 January 2019. Footnotes Footnote 1 All times are Mountain Daylight Time (Coordinated Universal Time minus 6 hours). Return to footnote 1 referrer Footnote 2 WestJet, 737NG Flight Operations Manual: 737NG Quick Reference Handbook, Revision 3 (31 August 2017), p. 8.11. Return to footnote 2 referrer Footnote 3 E-cigarettes comprise a lithium-ion battery, an electronic cigarette cartridge, and an atomizer. Return to footnote 3 referrer Footnote 4 WestJet, “Guest Information About Baggage and Carry-on: Heat Producing Items,” at (last accessed on 15 January 2019). Return to footnote 4 referrer Footnote 5 WestJet's policy on e-cigarettes complies with Transport Canada's Transportation of Dangerous Goods Safety Advisory: Fire Risk of Electronic Cigarettes in Checked Baggage on Board an Aircraft (February 2016), at (last accessed on 15 January 2019). Return to footnote 5 referrer Footnote 6 Transport Canada, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Safety Advisory: Fire Risk of Electronic Cigarettes in Checked Baggage on Board an Aircraft (February 2016). Return to footnote 6 referrer Footnote 7 Ibid. Return to footnote 7 referrer Footnote 8 WestJet, “Guest Information About Baggage and Carry-on: Heat Producing Items,” at (last accessed on 15 January 2019). Return to footnote 8 referrer Footnote 9 Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety, Lithium Batteries & Lithium Battery-Powered Devices (February 2018). Return to footnote 9 referrer Footnote 10 TSB Laboratory Report LP152/2018 – Baggage and Electrical Components Analysis.
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    Trump 2.0 Continues

    Seems that Trump's people have forgotten the tried and true rule when engaging in warfare. "Loose Lips Sink Ships"
  12. Trolling or just fishing? or did you forget this?
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    WestJet 787

    For those who want to see for themselves. I do however love the sales pitch for Business where he says for a little bit more than Premium. Well here is an example of the "Little Bit More" But to be fair, here is what otheres are charging on the same day between YYC and LHR Air Canada British Airways So based on the fares, there is no doubt that WestJet will not have a problem selling their seats even when you add in the cost of getting from LGW to the city of London.
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    WestJet 787

  15. Malcolm

    The F-35

    The point is, the US spends 1/2 as much on one ship as we spend on our entire military so perhaps it is time to understand our limitations and equip our military to look after the interests of Canada and stop pretending that we are a "World Power".
  16. And not so long ago it was AirCanada
  17. Interesting addition to a citizenship ceremony, time I think to add some things to ours. January 17, 2019 / 1:26 PM / Updated an hour ago Want to be Danish? You'd better shake hands 4 Min Read COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Afghan-born Sakandar Khan, 30, was among the first nine new Danish citizens who shook hands with Denmark’s immigration minister under a new law that makes a handshake the final step in the naturalization process. “This is a huge thing for me. I am thrilled,” the former practicing Muslim dressed in shirt and tie said with a smile. For Khan, who fled Afghanistan with his family in 2001, shaking the hand of the minister, who happens to be female, was not a problem. But the law has been criticized for breaching freedom of religion, as some observant Muslims and Jews avoid touching unrelated members of the opposite sex. The government says the handshake is an important part of Danish culture and values, and no one who refuses can be Danish. “If you don’t shake hands, you don’t understand what it means to be Danish, because in Denmark we have equality and that is something generations before us fought to achieve,” said Immigration Minister Inger Stojberg, who led the first ceremony
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    All About Canada and Trade

    To be fair, there appears to have been some positive results from our Governments trade deals>
  19. NAFTA is all about trade, the Liberals Shopping list is not. You have to wonder where this will go. Canada's NAFTA goals include modernizing labour and environmental standards, Freeland says Foreign affairs minister suggests Canada will push back against Buy American limits on government contracts CBC NewsPosted: Aug 14, 2017 9:44 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017 10:47 AM ET Related Stories Canada to push environmental, labour demands as NAFTA talks begin NAFTA talks start this week: Meet the U.S. lead negotiator who praised the deal NAFTA do-over: $63B 'fool's errand' and Canada's red line Canada's hope to get climate change into NAFTA could prove difficult U.S. Senate approves new U.S. ambassador to Canada before NAFTA talks begin Canada's lower duty free limit for online shopping becomes snag in NAFTA talks First Nations should be part of NAFTA talks, says Ontario regional chief Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada will seek to modernize North America's 23-year-old trade deal to update its labour standards, ease the cross-border movements of professionals, cut red tape and open up government procurement. Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement begin on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Freeland is now on Parliament Hill with three of her top trade officials, taking questions from the Commons committee on international trade. is carrying her testimony live starting at 10 a.m. ET. In a speech earlier in the day to the University of Ottawa, Freeland pointed to Canada's free-trade deal with the European Union as an example of the kind of "progressive" trade pact Canada wants to see in a new NAFTA. Specifically, she pointed to strong labour safeguards, integrated environmental protections, a new chapter on gender rights to promote gender equality, a chapter dedicated to Indigenous people and reforming the investor-state dispute settlement process to ensure governments can pass regulations in the public interest with facing corporate legal action. The Canada-EU deal, known as CETA, comes into effect Sept. 21. Round 1: Canada stakes out ground as historic NAFTA rewrite begins NAFTA talks start this week: Meet the U.S. lead negotiator who praised the deal Freeland said those "progressive elements," including labour standards, were important to maintaining popular support for free markets. "Canadians broadly support free trade. But their enthusiasm wavers when trade agreements put our workers at an unfair disadvantage because of the high standards that we rightly demand. Instead, we must pursue progressive trade agreements that are win-win, helping workers both at home and abroad to enjoy higher wages and better conditions." Freeland said the re-negotiations are an opportunity to cut red tape and harmonize regulations to "make life easier for business people on both sides of the border."Politics Also among the six goals Freeland set out in her speech Monday: Creating a freer market for government procurement by pushing back against "local-content provisions" for major government contracts, a swipe at "Buy American" laws in the United States. Easier cross-border movement of business professionals by expanding NAFTA's Chapter 16 provisions for temporary entry for businesspeople. Maintaining Canada's traditional protections under NAFTA, including a dispute resolution system to ensure anti-dumping and countervailing duties are applied fairly, as well as an exception to preserve Canadian culture and Canada's system of supply management. Joining Freeland at Monday's committee meeting are NAFTA chief negotiator Steve Verheul, deputy minister for international trade Tim Sargent and Martin Moen, director general, North America and investment. Committee chair Mark Eyking noted that Mexico's ambassador to Canada was among those watching the committee meeting. Freeland is scheduled to hold a press conference after her testimony, at 11:30 a.m. ET. Freeland will travel to Washington on Tuesday for a dinner with her U.S. and Mexican counterparts the night before the first round of formal negotiations is set to take place. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland discusses modernizing NAFTA at public forum at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa on Monday. Talks to renegotiate NAFTA being Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) In the run-up to NAFTA renegotiations, the Liberal government waged a massive outreach to U.S. officials to send a message about the mutual importance of NAFTA to jobs and prosperity on both sides of the border. Since Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, premiers and provincial/territorial ministers, parliamentary committees and other parliamentarians have made more than 175 visits to the U.S. or engaged with senior officials in Canada, according to data provided by Global Affairs Canada.
  20. Calgary International Airport replaces firefighters with private fire crew A decades-old relationship between the Calgary Fire Department and the Calgary Airport Authority will be coming to an end next month. End of contract means publicly employed firefighters will be re-assigned Scott Dippel · CBC News · Posted: Jan 18, 2019 6:00 AM MT | Last Updated: an hour ago Calgary Airport Authority owns the firehall and equipment at YYC but City of Calgary provided the firefighters under an agreement with the authority. That agreements ends this year. (Calgary Fire Department) A decades-old relationship between the Calgary Fire Department and the Calgary Airport Authority will be coming to an end next month. The contract between the two organizations is expiring, and once it does, Calgary firefighters will leave the airport station for the last time. Under a new contract arrangement, the Calgary Airport Authority will replace city firefighters with private crews on March 1. YYC owns the airport's fire station and all the specialized equipment inside. Negotiations between the city and airport authority on a new deal didn't work out, which Fire Chief Steve Dongworth said was unfortunate. RELATED | Airport fire protection a money-loser for fire department Under the existing contract, Dongworth said the city spent more than it got paid to provide the airside service to YYC Calgary International Airport. "We were losing money. We believe to the tune of half a million dollars a year, so obviously now we'll be half a million dollars better off not doing that business," Dongworth said. "Having said that, we would have preferred to have come to an arrangement with the airport authority where we continued that business." Airport heads new way In the new contract, the task of initial response to any emergency calls on the airport runways will go to Canadian Airport Fire Services, a private company with 25 years in the business. The airport authority would not do an interview on the development. In a statement, it said the move wasn't unusual. "We saw an opportunity to directly manage and oversee first response services at the airport. YYC has been the only major airport in Canada that contracts its firefighting services to the city," the statement said. "Other major airports provide these services through specialized teams in house, or through external companies." YYC said there will be no difference in service or runway protection for the travelling public. 'First-strike capability' The city's crews still will respond to any calls from the airport terminal, the chief said. As well, they'll join any emergency response to any major incidents on runways. "The team at the airport is just a first-strike capability, and you need much more weight-of-attack if you were to have a serious aircraft incident on the property," Dongworth said. A total of 30 firefighters will leave the airport fire station and be assigned to other stations around Calgary, Dongworth said. The change means the fire department will not need to hire as many recruits this year to replace firefighters who retire or leave the department, the chief said.
  21. First up to the plate is India who says in effect .... piss off ,..... India skipping out on summit India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the leader of the most populous Commonwealth country with an exponentially growing appetite for coal-fired electricity generation, is taking a pass on this year's Commonwealth meeting amid concerns that the developing subcontinent poses a major obstacle to a comprehensive climate deal. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted Thursday by Malta's Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, as he arrives at the Auberge de Castille ahead of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Valletta, Malta. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press) India's "coal minister" Piyush Goyal is on record saying the world's third-largest producer of greenhouse gases won't be constrained by emissions limits when developed countries have spent the past century pouring carbon into the Earth's atmosphere. Meanwhile, tiny Tuvalu — an archipelago of low-lying islands in the South Pacific — is in danger of being submerged by rising sea levels due to global warming. Negotiating the contradictions within the Commonwealth group of countries, said Dion, is "a very helpful training camp for Paris." He maintains that, while negotiations will be "intense," the two-week-long COP21 conference will end with "a unanimous, robust agreement that will be a step in the right direction to fight climate change."