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  1. I feel for the Westjet folks in this situation. But I’m pretty sure they are not alone. The blame should be placed at the feet of the individual who prorogued parliament and in doing so halted all work so he could avoid a scandle. I have family transitioning from CERB. They don’t qualify for EI. Trudeau has promised CRB. But it hasn’t even become law yet. Looking at the governments website they see possible language that may make them ineligible. Panic is setting there too.
  2. it wasn’t just incentives that drove and then slowed EV purchases. The carbon tax on fuel has been an abysmal failure. In its theoretical form it was supposed to slowly increase fuel prices, which in turn would influence people’s choices when purchasing a vehicle. It worked for a while and then oil crashed. Fuel became cheap, even as the carbon tax increased, and buying trends reverted back to gas. I would suggest that a Carbon Tax on fuel, on a commodity that fluctuates so much, won’t provide the desired affect. At least not in a consistent way. We need a much more
  3. It might be underwritten by AC. But they are certainly not the only game in town. https://www.medipac.com/
  4. Greenpeace Netherlands is going to court to force the Dutch government to discontinue its bailout for KLM because the climate conditions are lacking. As a first step, Greenpeace formally informed the government today,” Greenpeace said. A lawsuit could potentially have “important consequences” for other airline bailouts, the group suggested. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/95217-greenpeace-threatens-lawsuit-if-govt-not-tougher-on-klm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  5. A company can only pass along so much before ridership declines and profit drops with it. I had to go look up a price vs demand graph because it was too long ago I was in a classroom. Nevertheless it is not as simple as just passing on the increased cost. Any goods sold has a peak. Pricing either side of peak is less profitable. A government bent on reducing ridership could easily tax with that in mind. In fact if you want to reduce aviation carbon, the easiest way to do it is tax to the point the unit cost naturally decreases ridership.
  6. CFS. Clean Fuel Standard. $350 per tonne carbon tax on top of the current $50 per tonne. How bad is this going to hurt Airlines? https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jack-mintz-liberals-latest-plan-to-penalize-western-energy-is-exactly-what-canada-doesnt-need/wcm/b3d018f3-a746-4339-b4dd-dff5bd6ced7d/ https://nationalpost.com/opinion/john-ivison-get-ready-for-the-liberals-secret-new-carbon-tax/wcm/992bb546-4ca3-403c-9f23-5b1969391305/
  7. They for sure would have known the family was on a pass. That fact very likely led to a zero tolerance approach to the family by the crew. For the families part they probably didn’t understand exactly what was expected of them on a free flight. That would be the employees fault. I agree WJ has handled this poorly. They should have simply disciplined the employee silently and be done with it. Expecting the press or public to understand is a fools game. This isn’t the first instance either.. There was a young lady travelling on a pass a few years back not following dress code. The ai
  8. +1 I think people outside our industry don’t have a clue about our passes and what is expected. They are a privilege. You sit down, shut up and keep your feet off the furniture.
  9. So British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France/KLM merge. Foreign countries that are impacted by the changes in the competitive landscape should stay silent. Canada for instance should be silent on competition even though our airlines would probably get squashed. The EU commission has no authority over the merge itself. They only have authority over anti competitive changes in the industry within their boarders.
  10. Medipac insurance (Often called snowbird insurance) here in Canada has been providing Covid insurance since June. In fact I think they were the only insurance company that didn’t force people home in the spring. If you were out of country you were covered for the agreed term. I like them because of the way my Dad was treated when he had a blood clot in AZ. Even the Dr commented that they are one of the better insurance companies to deal with. Some insurers say no to just about everything making you wonder why you bothered buying it in the first place. As Canadians we are not used to a
  11. A few news outlets are reporting the CDC removed quarantine from their “After you travel” guidance on Friday. They say it was removed quietly but I’m wondering if it was simply an oversight. First link is to the CDC website and in fact does not list quarantine after returning from travel. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return: When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from ot
  12. Is your 2.4B number DIP and exit financing? Or just DIP.
  13. Alternatives exist for safe travel but the Canadian government and the other 10 Provinces and Territory need to be willing. They are not. At least not at the moment. The untold truth about the 14 day quarantine is that it is also a tool to discourage travel. It is therefore more than just a safety measure. It is also a deliberate deterrent. If government is bent on discouraging travel as a Covid strategy then they will hold like glue to quarantine. It won’t matter what alternatives exist, or how good they are. The last comment about quarantine from Dr. Tam was that quarantine is
  14. Dr. Theresa Tam presents pair of infection-rate scenarios, warns of COVID-19 cases continuing into 2022 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/ Dr. Tam has stated in the past that a 14 day quarantine will remain a vital part of Canada’s Covid strategy. Can any Canadian airline survive for 2 years under these rules?
  15. https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/sweden-unveils-promising-covid-19-data-as-new-cases-plunge-1.1471871 Sweden is interesting. Highly criticized for not implementing a lockdown and having a higher death rate as a result. Defenders of the position was to get Covid over and done with. Death rates would equalize with other countries over the long run, as those countries experienced more waves. We may find our fortunes in Canada reversed in the not too distant future. A successful lock down may leave our population susceptible to infection as the US reaches higher immunity levels f
  16. No one is suggesting we follow Trump. This is the question I asked. How would you handle this if you knew it would be years? You pointed out one example. The Health Care system is a choke point and a key problem. If Health Care is over run the death toll jumps rapidly. One of the WHO’s recommendations is increased resources for health care. Planning is based on a historical percentage of the population that needs hospitalization at any given time. That historical average is not going to serve us adequately during a Pandemic. If you create more room at the choke point, t
  17. If we had a crystal ball and it said we will be dealing with Covid for years. Then what? I don't think we have our heads wrapped around how long this will be. That a vaccine for a cold virus has never been successful. Even if we are successful the vaccines effectivity will likely be limited as Corona viruses mutate faster than the flu. Much faster. So how would we handle this if we knew it would be years? That is what we should be doing. Who warns of no silver Bullet. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-53643455
  18. I would agree. I have come to the conclusion the Canadian government is determined to stick with 14 day quarantine, dispute viable alternatives, and will likely do so through to summer 2021. 14 day quarantine + no aid = failures I have heard this elsewhere but have taken it with a grain of salt. But beginning to wonder. Does anyone think Trudeau might like the idea that Covid is hammering the airline industry from a carbon footprint perspective?
  19. The point of the letter at the top of the page. 1)Keeping numbers at zero is not a realistic attainable goal. This will take a few years to get through. 2)The measures needed to attempt zero creates collateral damage. Forget economic for a moment. The damage is vast. This is the balance the letter talks about and the one we need our leaders working toward. There are some great examples of how to deal with this in a balanced way. Hint. They are not at the Federal level. Go west to find them. Two ladies with last names starting with H. Remember the coined phras
  20. I believe only Atlantic Canada has interprovincial quarantine. So I don't think someone traveling from Nova Scotia to Toronto has to quarantine. I'm out west so not completely Intune with the rules out East. I can tell you that anyone travelling from Nova Scotia to MB, SK, AB, BC does not require quarantine. However the other way around they must. https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/alerts-notices/ A quick look at Ontario and the only quarantine seems to be out of Country. To give you an idea of the contrast across the country. We have seen on the news roa
  21. I think the letter needs to be taken from the perspective that some of our provinces have gone isolationist. Some of our provinces have been very good at approaching this in a balanced way. Two days ago I arrived in Halifax. People from Nova Scotia health reminding everyone that they must quarantine for 14 days as you exit security. That is everyone even though other provinces do not require interprovincial quarantine and rapid testing is available as an alternative. I also noticed an article in the paper talking about not reopening school this September. I was surprised how much is s
  22. Some very well educated Canadian medical professionals don’t believe we are approaching the Covid issue in a balanced way. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6982585-Balanced-Response-Letter-and-Statement-July6-Final.html#document/p12
  23. Don, The thread topic is directly related to lack of reciprocity regarding quarantine. If you start reading into the UK travel restrictions you will see reciprocity mentioned multiple times. Canada is not alone in being left out. Even one of the safest places on earth from Covid is not included. New Zealand which has stated they are closed until next year. There are other examples. The message is clear. This thread topic is a result of our unwillingness to open up, even if there are safe viable options. This by the way is why British Airways and Ryan Air launched their
  24. Don, I also have two children who work on the front line of the health care system. Edit to say. As I am sure you are as well. Very proud of them. In fact proud of all our health care and front line workers. It’s actually interesting to listen to the two of them debate this. Here in Alberta we can do a drive through Covid test any time we want The waiting time is one day and results within two days after that. According to my daughter positive tests are acted on usually within a day as they get priority. Turn around time is rapid. So the question has come up, why
  25. Ha. I thought I put in Frankfurt. Nice touché