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  2. Good evening, here's how the week in Canadian politics is shaping up I hope you've all had enjoyable and maybe festive weekends. While it may seem like MPs just came back, this week is the last that the Commons is scheduled to sit until the New Year so it's looking jam-packed. The week ahead On Monday, debate in reply to the speech from the throne will continue, before the House opens up into what’s called a "committee of the whole" to study some money matters. Specifically, the House will consider the supplementary estimates: A spending bill granting the government any additional funds, called "supply," to get through to the new quarter. A committee of the whole is happening because of the written-in-House-rules deadline of Dec. 10 for these estimates to be passed, and this way allows the estimates to move through all usual legislative stages in one concise sitting. It will come to a vote, expected on Tuesday, and that will be the first confidence vote of this government. Any votes that have to do with money, such as the federal budget or the estimates, are traditionally considered confidence votes. Don't expect the government to fall on this vote though, since NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh indicated last week that he doesn't see voting down supply bills as the way to send a message about his party’s priorities, although he remains lukewarm on the throne speech. Over in the Senate, the National Finance Committee is set to hold two meetings also considering the same package of supplementary estimates. Tuesday will be the first opposition day of the Parliament. Opposition days are when an opposition party gets to present a motion for the House to debate and eventually vote on, setting the agenda in the Commons for the day. Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen told that it'll likely focus on "uniting the country," and the party has since put on notice several potential options that touch on this theme. Typically the federal cabinet meets on Tuesdays and all eyes are on the lookout for the new mandate letters for the reconfigured ministerial roster that was unveiled a few weeks back. Also on Tuesday, Trudeau is set to sit down with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Ottawa, alongside eight of Kenney's cabinet ministers. Then from Wednesday to Friday the House is scheduled to continue debating the throne speech. During these sessions, many of the 98 newly-elected rookie MPs will get the chance to deliver their first speech in the Commons. Wednesday the various party caucuses will also meet. According to Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez on CTV's Question Period, don't expect the confidence vote on the throne speech to happen until sometime in 2020 when MPs return, right now set to be the week of Jan. 27. Not to be missed In the latest episode of Trend Line, Pollster Nik Nanos and Michael Stittle break down the throne speech and take a look at what the preferred PM numbers say about Andrew Scheer's precarious position as the leader of the Conservative party. It was the hot-mic conversation heard around the world, and now it's an SNL skit that portrays Trudeau and other world leaders as the cool kids teasing U.S. President Donald Trump. And, if you didn’t read this piece last week, you should: A 'data dump' by an anonymous anti-fascist activist has exposed the world to the inner workings of one of the most prolific neo-Nazi forums in recent history, the now-defunct Iron March website. On notice This is typically the space where I let you know what's on the agenda at committees this week, but House of Commons committees have not yet been set up, and likely won't be until the New Year. As of earlier this week, the negotiations as to the makeup of committees, like how many MPs from each party there will be, are still underway. Committees are going to be must-watch places for a lot of the parliamentary drama this session, as the opposition parties will now hold the majority of seats and will be able to steer the agenda in ways they couldn't in the last parliament. "That dynamic means that the opposition gets to set the agenda of the studies of the special inquiries into whatever corruption is going on and so on, where they can create a lot of mischief," Peter Van Loan, a former Conservative House leader, told a few weeks ago. Van Loan speculated that the breakdown of seats around the committee table might look something like: five Liberals, four Conservatives, one Bloc Quebecois MP and one NDP MP. The distribution is intended to be proportional to the number of seats each party has.
  3. I on the other hand am partial to "High Land" scotch, I will of course drink the smokey lowland version. re your Trans Canada Quest. Give me a pm when you are closer to the date and know your schedule. If we are in town, there would of course be room at the inn. cheers
  4. re the 15 year old Scotch, If you are worried that you might be stuck with it and wish to gift it, Me Please..... But I guess since the transportation of Liquor from Province to Province is illegal, you will be stuck with it.... What a fate.
  5. Tesla driver says he was checking on his dog when the car crashed ‎Today, ‎December ‎8, ‎2019, ‏‎3 hours ago | The Associated Press The driver of a Tesla says the car was on autopilot when it struck a police cruiser and a disabled vehicle on Saturday in Connecticut, according to police. image.jpg
  6. SNL takes on Trudeau's NATO comments in high school cafeteria sketch Allison JonesThe Canadian PressPublished Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:34AM EST TORONTO -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent candid comments of U.S. President Donald Trump has received the "Saturday Night Live" treatment, with some big-name comedians dropping in to portray Trudeau and other world leaders as cool kids teasing a clueless Trump. Jimmy Fallon as Trudeau, Paul Rudd as French President Emmanuel Macron, and James Corden as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won't let Trump sit at their table in the skit and put a sign on his back saying, "IMPEACH ME!!!" Nearly one week ago, Trudeau was seen standing in a huddle with Macron, Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Britain's Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, at a Buckingham Palace reception for leaders at the NATO summit, commenting about Trump's long, impromptu press conferences. "Some dismissed it as petty high school gossip," the SNL intro begins, "but you should have seen what happened in the NATO cafeteria." The sketch pokes fun at Johnson's inclusion in the caught-on-video chat, given the British prime minister's generally closer relationship with Trump. Rudd's Macron tells Baldwin's Trump that an empty seat had been promised to a friend, to which the Trump character replies that he is Johnson's friend. "Don't make this harder than it already is," Corden says, looking away. "I'm hanging out with these guys now." The sketch has the Trudeau character mocking Trump's appearance and intelligence, while the Macron character tells the others to wave to Trump at the other table, "so he thinks we like him." "Those are my best friends," the Trump character says. "We run this place." The Johnson character also makes a joke about Macron's wife being older, and the Trump character says, "That's good. I like when it's mean, but not about me." The real Trump has seemed to shrug off the recording, calling Trudeau "two-faced," but also overall a good guy. Later in the show, during the Weekend Update segment, they take one more dig at Trudeau, playing off of Trump's "two-faced" comment. "It's true, I've definitely seen Trudeau with at least one other face," says host Colin Jost, while displaying a 2001 picture of Trudeau wearing brownface as part of an Aladdin costume that emerged during the fall election. The NATO video also came to the attention of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who used it in an ad saying the world is laughing at Trump. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2019. SNL takes on Trudeau's NATO comments in high school cafeteria sketch Allison JonesThe Canadian PressPublished Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:34AM EST
  7. Our planned airlines, this list shows planned airlines that are yet to start any operations. Taken from our growing database of 20503 airlines, this list currently contains 222 planned airlines that's updated frequently. 78 new airlines begin life in 2017; 25 go out of business › 2017/10/18 › 78-new-airlines-begin-life-2017-25... Oct 18, 2017 - During 2017 78 new airlines have begun or started-up operations ... Conditions to start a new airline could not better – with favourable ... the carrier is scheduled to begin flying in June 2018, with its main hub being Calgary.
  8. Very Interesting, you do have to wonder how the rating is judged, based on what we have seen on this forum (which loves the negative) ,however good for them and their employees. Swoop Announced as Start-up Airline of the Year NEWS PROVIDED BY Swoop Dec 05, 2019, 17:00 ETlow-cost carrier takes a top prize at the 2019 CAPA World Aviation Outlook Summit CALGARY, Dec. 5, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, Swoop, Canada's ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., was announced as the winner of the CAPA 2019 Aviation Awards for Excellence Start-up Airline of the Year. Steven Greenway, President, Swoop, accepted the award at the CAPA World Aviation Outlook Summit taking place in Malta and delivered a keynote presentation at the global summit. The Start-up Airline of the Year is awarded annually to an innovative airline with the greatest impact on the aviation industry. Swoop's first flight took off in June 2018 and it has already experienced large success in the Canadian marketplace, currently servicing 37 markets with 17 destinations. As Canada's leading domestic and transborder ultra-low-cost carrier, Swoop's unbundled model provides travellers with low fares, services and amenities making travel more accessible for Canadians. "Just 18 months ago, Swoop entered the marketplace to fulfill a need in the Canadian travel industry and we are proud to already be recognized globally for our success," said Greenway. "We are continually looking for ways to reach new markets and be different in our industry. This award is a testament to the hard work we are putting towards differentiating ourselves and our operations on a global scale." "Swoop has risen to the challenge of maintaining a separate identity and strategy from its parent company," said CAPA Chairman, Emeritus Peter Harbison. "It is stimulating traffic in Canada's market and adapting quickly to successfully execute the ultra-low-cost carrier model." In its 16th year, the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence reward airlines and airports that are not only financially successful but have also provided industry leadership in adjusting to a new environment. The awards are independently researched, and finalists are selected by an independent international panel of judges. To learn more about Swoop, its destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit or connect with Swoop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. About Swoop Established in 2018, Swoop is Canada's leading ultra-low-cost airline, independently operated as part of the WestJet Group of companies, offering point-to-point scheduled service to 17 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop offers completely unbundled products and services, creating the unique opportunity for travellers to control their costs and customize their experience by purchasing only the extras they desire. Swoop operates a modern fleet of nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity. Swoop's mobile app allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. For more details on Swoop, visit SOURCE Swoop
  9. Interesing. Greta is from Sweden.... and here is an article on how things are going in her neck of the woods. The dark side of the Nordic model Scandinavian countries may top every ranking on human development, but they are a disaster for the environment. by Jason Hickel 3 hours ago Extinction Rebellion demonstrators protest in front of Norway‘s embassy during the launch of a new wave of civil disobedience in Berlin, Germany, October 11, 2019 [Christian Mang/Reuters] more on Environment A Maori woman's journey to zero wastetoday 'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battletoday The dark side of the Nordic modeltoday Death of the delta: Louisiana communities on the brinktoday Scandinavians have it all. Universal public healthcare and education that is the envy of the world. Reasonable working hours with plenty of paid vacation. They have some of the highest levels of happiness on the planet, and top virtually every ranking of human development. The Nordic model stands as a clear and compelling contrast to the neoliberal ideology that has strafed the rest of the industrialised world with inequality, ill health and needless poverty. As an antidote to the most destructive aspects of free-market capitalism, the egalitarian social democracies of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland inspire progressive movements around the world. These countries are worth celebrating for all they get right. But there is a problem. They are an ecological disaster. You might not notice it at first glance. Their air is crisp and fresh. Their parks are free of litter. Waste collection works like a charm. Much of the region is covered in forests. And Scandinavians tend to be environmentally conscientious. But the data tell a different story. The Nordic countries have some of the highest levels of resource use and CO2 emissions in the world, in consumption-based terms, drastically overshooting safe planetary boundaries. Ecologists say that a sustainable level of resource use is about 7 tonnes of material stuff per person per year. Scandinavians consume on average more than 32 tonnes per year. That is four and a half times over the sustainable level, similar to the United States, driven by overconsumption of everything from meat to cars to plastic. As for emissions, the Nordic countries perform worse than the rest of Europe, and only marginally better than the world's most egregious offenders - the US, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia. Yes, they generate more renewable energy than most countries, but these gains are wiped out by carbon-intensive imports. This is why the Nordic countries fall toward the very bottom of the Sustainable Development Index. We think of these nations as progressive, but in fact, their performance has worsened over time. Sweden, for example, has gone from 0.755 on the index in the 1990s down to 0.328 today, plunging from the top seven to number 143. For decades we have been told that nations should aspire to develop towards the Nordic countries. But in an era of ecological breakdown, this no longer makes sense. If everyone in the world consumed like Scandinavians, we would need nearly five Earths to sustain us. This kind of overconsumption is driving a global crisis of habitat destruction, species extinction and climate change. You will not see much evidence of this in Norway or Finland, but that is because, as with most rich nations, the bulk of their ecological impact has been outsourced to the global South. That is where most of the resource extraction happens, and where global warming bites hardest. The violence hits elsewhere. Of course, Scandinavia is not alone in this. Many high-income countries pose just as much of a problem. But as we wake up to the realities of ecological breakdown, it becomes clear that the Nordic countries no longer offer the promise that we once thought they did. It is time to update the Nordic model for the Anthropocene. Nordic countries have it right when it comes to public healthcare, education and progressive social democracy, but they need to dramatically reduce their consumption if they are to stand as a beacon for the rest of the world in the 21st century. The good news is that the high levels of welfare for which Nordic countries are famous do not require high levels of consumption. Happiness in Costa Rica rivals Scandinavia with 60 percent less resource use. Italians live longer lives with half the resource use. Germany has higher education levels with 30 percent less resource use. Of course, wintry climates require slightly more materials, but there is still much room for improvement. A recent study by a team of environmental scientists lays out a detailed plan for how Nordic countries could cut their material footprint by nearly 70 percent: scaling down fossil fuels, shifting to plant-based diets, retrofitting old buildings instead of constructing new ones, requiring consumer products to be longer-lasting and repairable, and improving public transportation. In Finland, scientists have rallied around similar measures as part of a call for "ecological reconstruction". The good news is that all of this can be accomplished while improving human welfare and advancing the cause of social democracy. But it ultimately requires shifting to a different kind of economy - one that is not organised around endless GDP growth. According to new research findings, which I reviewed with a colleague in the journal New Political Economy, it is not feasible for high-income nations to reduce their resource use and emissions fast enough to get down to sustainable levels while at the same time pursuing economic growth. More growth means more resource use and more energy use, which makes ecological objectives ever-more difficult to achieve. Politicians talk about making growth "green" - but scientists reject this strategy as inadequate. The evidence is clear: the only way to build a truly ecological economy is to stop chasing GDP growth. The first step is to abandon GDP as a measure of progress - as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently pledged to do - and focus instead on human well-being and ecology. There is a strong scientific consensus forming around this approach. A new paper signed by more than 11,000 scientists argues that high-income nations must shift to post-growth economic models if we are going to have any chance of preventing climate breakdown. Nordic countries can lead this transition, renewing the Nordic model for the 21st century, or they can continue to remain among the world's worst ecological offenders. They have a choice to make.
  10. PM EXTENDS OLIVE BRANCH TO NDP. Throne speech reaches mostly to parties of left Calgary Herald 6 Dec 2019 RYAN TUMILTY BLAIR GABLE / REUTERS Gov. Gen. Julie Payette looks to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the delivery of the Throne Speech in the Senate on Thursday, as Parliament prepares to resume for the first time since the federal election. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended an olive branch in the throne speech — but it was mostly to the parties on the left. The speech devoted major sections to climate change and reconciliation, and pledged to work toward pharmacare. It also held up an NDP platform commitment — universal dental care — as something worth exploring. The election delivered 157 Liberal MPS, 121 Conservatives, 32 Bloc Québécois, 24 NDP and three Greens. That breakdown means the Liberals can pass legislation with just one of the NDP, Bloc or Conservatives, but the throne speech mentioned many more progressive priorities than Conservative ones. The speech focused on the need to fight climate change, promising aggressive action. “Canada’s children and grandchildren will judge this generation by its action — or inaction — on the defining challenge of the time: climate change,” read the speech. The Liberals also included a line pledging to fight “just as hard” to get resources to market and offer unwavering support to those in the natural resource industry. There was also a mention of a Conservative campaign commitment to make parental benefits tax-free. Robin Maclachlan, a former NDP staffer and currently vice-president of Summa Strategies, said it was obvious the Trudeau government will look mostly to the NDP and Bloc as he tries to get confidence votes through a divided Parliament. “It is clear that they understand that the cooperation in the Parliament is going to come from the progressive parties,” he said. Maclachlan said Liberal voters are by and large on the left now, and working too closely with the Conservatives is unlikely to be a big boost to their electoral fortunes. “The voting coalition that elected them in 2015 and reelected them with a minority doesn’t want to see them working with Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives,” he said. He said the challenge for the Liberals will be to convince progressive voters that they’re worth supporting. “They risk playing into Jagmeet Singh’s hands if they start to look like the party that campaigns from the left, but governs from the right.” Maclachlan said the challenge for Singh is to decide whether the speech, which was short on specifics, is enough for his party to endorse. “I am not sure there is enough here that it’s not just a mandate of talk.” Singh did not firmly indicate whether his party would vote against the speech, but said he was disappointed in the lack of specifics. Bloc Québécois Leader Yvesfrançois Blanchet said his party would likely support it, sparing the government any concerns it would be defeated. Geneviève Tellier, a professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, said she was surprised the speech was lifted directly from the Liberals campaign. “I am struck by the fact that there are many, many initiatives that come directly from their own platform,” she said. Tellier said she would have expected a little bit more of a nod to other parties than what the Liberals delivered. She agreed, however, that the Liberals are really only reaching in one direction across the aisle. “If I were the Conservatives, if I were a western province, I would not see much in this speech.” The House will sit again on Friday with the first question period of the session. Currently, the House is scheduled to sit until Dec. 13 before breaking until the new year. IF I WERE A CONSERVATIVE, IF I WERE A WESTERN PROVINCE, I WOULD NOT SEE MUCH IN THIS SPEECH.
  11. CAE and Emirates extend partnership on Boeing 777X training suites Emirates orders two CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators with options for up to four additional training suites CAE has won 4 out of 5 airline training programs for the new Boeing 777X aircraft Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 5, 2019 (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) Keywords: Civil Aviation Corporate Trade press releases CAE and Emirates announced today, following the 2019 Dubai Airshow, the sale of two Boeing 777X full-flight simulators and associated training suites of the CAE XR Series models. The carrier also has options for four additional training suites. With orders of 126 Boeing 777X aircraft, Emirates is the biggest customer of the new upgraded 777 aircraft. “CAE is honored to support Emirates’ pilot training program as the airline readies for the entry-into-service of its new Boeing 777X fleet,’’ said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “We have been partners with Emirates for more than 25 years, and this latest program selection serves as a testament to the value CAE brings to its key airline partners.’’ Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer for Emirates Airline said: “As we begin plans to integrate the Boeing 777X into our fleet over the course of the next two years, we are pleased to once again work with our longstanding partner CAE to provide our flight deck crew with best-in-class training technology. We want to ensure our flight deck crew are prepared to operate the B777X variants as they enter operation, and combined with CAE’s track record of execution and innovation, I am confident we will benefit from the best training equipment available.’’ CAE has won 4 out of 5 airline training programs for the new Boeing 777X aircraft. Emirates’ first brand-new Boeing 777X FFS will be delivered by the beginning of 2021. CAE announced in 2017, the sale of the world's first airline-operated Boeing 777X FFS to Lufthansa Aviation Training. In 2018, CAE sold three Boeing 777X FFSs to Qatar Airways and most recently CAE sold a Boeing 777X FFS to an undisclosed Asian airline.
  12. Rolls-Royce chief ties mini-reactors to synthetic fuel 06 December, 2019 SOURCE: BY: David Kaminski-Morrow London Rolls-Royce is advocating the use of small nuclear reactors to assist with the future production of synthetic fuels. Chief executive Warren East, speaking during an event at the Aviation Club in London on 5 December, outlined the possibility of using small modular reactors for the task. "Renewable [energy sources] are great if the sun is shining and the wind's blowing," he said. But a huge storage requirement is needed to ensure continuity when power is intermittent. Large nuclear reactors, says East, pose "challenging" business cases because they are one-off civil engineering structures which are expensive and prone to delays. An alternative, says East, is to produce components for smaller reactors in factories. Rolls-Royce is heading a consortium intending to develop a small modular reactor to generate cost-effective low-carbon electricity, and recently secured £36 million ($47 million) in joint public and private investment to advance the design. East – who states that the Rolls-Royce's primary activity is "setting fire to hydrocarbons" – says the company "sees an opportunity" for modular reactors to be linked to synthetic fuel plants. Such reactors would offer a compact solution for generating synthetic fuels, he says, which are increasingly in demand within the aviation sector.
  13. I should know better than to go fishing..... 283 mph 3171 resulted in level speeds of 283 mph at sea level and 354 mph at 18,900 feet with the Merlin engine operating at 6.25 lbs/, 3000 rpm. For comparison, Spitfire Mk. I R.
  14. The problem as I see it, we have traditionally had only 2 cultures. Now many more have joined . As someone (not sure who it was) adapt or die. Time to adapt and use our cultural strengths to include our new Canadians to our ways rather than the other way around.