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  1. Certain amount of BS in this story. To be effective everyone who is fitted with that mask must go through a fitness test that has absolutely nothing to do with race, just fit of the mask. In order to work, the mask must fit tight, if not then it is not useful at all. If you are allowed to go into a risk area requiring a N95 mask, and have not passed the test, then you are wasting your time and are placed into risk , exposure can affect your lungs or in the worst case allow you to contact the disease (not just covid but lots of others) and then pass it on to another. Facial Hairstyles and Filtering Facepiece Respirators (cdc.gov)
  2. Factbox: Monkeypox cases around the world | Reuters Numbers in Canada very high but only for certain groups / Provinces / It does make you wonder how so many could ignore proven "protective" measures.
  3. And the beat goes on..... Of course for Justin (rich kid) and the highly paid Liberal and NDP MPs, there is no down side to this. However for the rest of us on fixed pensions and most of the middle / lower (not sure of the new term) there will be large costs.
  4. I hope the real "70 percenters" (I am taking about the more than 70 Percent who did not vote for our current Government , read / endorse this article and send it to their MPs> Current Members of Parliament | openparliament.ca Britain to flush 'gender-neutral' bathrooms Postmedia News - 48m ago © Provided by Toronto SunStandard male aand female washroom Icons. Separate single-sex bathrooms will be the new norm in England, reported the Telegraph. All newly built offices, schools, hospitals and entertainment venues will have to have sex-specific restrooms under new regulations expected to be announced by the U.K. parliament this week, according to sources cited by the British newspaper. The idea is to prevent non-residential buildings from having only “universal,” or all-gender bathrooms. Women and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch is believed to be behind the move because some young students avoid gender-neural restrooms at schools, according to the report. The Conservative Party member reportedly believes it’s “important” to provide single-sex spaces for men and women. “It is vital that women feel safe and comfortable when using public facilities and that there is a greater emphasis on provision that is focused on dignity, privacy, tolerance and respect for all,” a British government source told the Telegraph.
  5. Sunwing knew company was about to be sold to Westjet during labour talks, pilots union alleges Union representing pilots files complaint with Industrial Relations Board alleging bad faith negotiations Pete Evans · CBC News · Posted: Jul 04, 2022 4:00 PM ET | Last Updated: 26 minutes ago Sunwing inked a deal to be taken over by Westjet just weeks after signing a labour pact with its pilot union. The union has now filed an official complaint with the Industrial Relations Board alleging the company negotiated in bad faith. (Todd Korol/Reuters, Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press) The union that represents the pilots at discount airline Sunwing has filed an official complaint with Canada's Industrial Relations Board alleging that the company negotiated a recent labour deal in bad faith because it knew a sale of the airline to Westjet was on the table. The Unifor union made a deal with the airline on behalf of the 451 pilots it represents that brought modest wage increases and improvements to other benefits. When the deal was ratified in February, it was hailed as an agreement that would bring some stability to all sides in what had been an up and down few years for the airline industry. But that optimism started to wane when the airline announced a few weeks later that it has agreed to be acquired by Calgary-based Westjet. The union is alleging that the airline's management knew that a takeover offer was in the works, and had they shared that with the union during the negotiations, they wouldn't have made the concessions they did. As such, the union is filing an official complaint with Canada's Industrial Relations Board alleging that the company was bargaining in bad faith by not disclosing its looming sale. "It was of paramount importance to the union to receive assurances from the employer that it was not discussing a sale to WestJet, as any potential sale would have had important consequences on the union's positions with respect to bargaining," the filing reads. CBC News reached out to Sunwing and Westjet for comment. Those requests were not returned. While Unifor initially welcomed the merger, since then they say the company is seeking further savings via contract violations as air travel ramps up again from its pandemic doldrums. "What we'd like to do is to revisit the areas of the collective agreement that would have been discussed and negotiated differently had the airline come to us and been honest that these discussions were taking place" said Barret Armann, president of Unifor Local 7378, which represents the pilots, in an interview with CBC News. The union says it doesn't object to the merger, but simply wants to ensure Sunwing pilots will be on a level playing field with other Westjetters if and when it happens "The company said it was a great plan to expand. We think it's a great idea provided there's wage parity and that they will agree to whatever deals we come up with," Armann said. "At the end of the day our pilots don't want to be kicked to the street to start again." Airport chaos The Sunwing merger with Westjet is slated to be completed by the end of this year, both companies have previously said. It's not immediately clear what the filing with the board means for the deal's likelihood of going through. It already faces numerous regulatory hurdles, including from Canada's Competition Bureau, which has already said it plans to review the deal to make sure it is a good thing for consumers. Long security lines at several Canadian airports are the result of a shortage in staff, according to officials. The union representing screening officers suggests recruitment and retention challenges would be resolved if employees were better trained and paid more. The potential of labour strife is yet another piece of bad news for Canada's snarled travel industry, which has been beset by staff shortages, long lines, rampant delays and baggage headaches amid the pandemic. Armann puts most of the blame for what's happening at Canadian airports right now squarely at the feet of the airlines themselves, who cut staffing to the bone during the pandemic, begged for help from government, and are now scrambling to ramp up again. Passengers still face travel disruption as Sunwing delays caused by data security breach continue "It's all a factor of companies laying everybody off and [now] running to the employees saying, 'Can you come and work for us?" Armann said. "You threw us to the curb for a year and half when we could barely pay our mortgages and now you want us to work really hard." John Gradek, a former executive at Air Canada who is now a lecturer on the aviation industry at McGill University in Montreal, told CBC News on Monday he expects those issues to persist at least through the summer. "Unless you have a high tolerance for risk, it's probably not a good time to travel," Gradek said. "Patience is the operative word."
  6. Singapore-based crypto lender Vauld suspends withdrawals Singapore-based crypto lending and trading platform Vauld said on Monday it would suspend withdrawals and trading and seek new investors, the latest sign of stress in the embattled crypto industry.
  7. Feeling entitled..... much....... and he is calling for "deregulation of the industry". I guess he didn't know that was done many years ago. 1987 Air Canada’s privatization swiftly followed the complete deregulation of air travel in the country in 1987, which instituted equal competition for the first time. This permitted an airline to fly on any domestic or international route as long as it met government safety regulations. 'Incompetent.' New Brunswick cabinet minister blasts Air Canada for cancellation 3h ago FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's education minister is lashing out at Air Canada, saying the airline is incompetent because it decided on the weekend to cancel a Monday flight that would have taken him and four officials to a meeting in Regina. Dominic Cardy posted a series of tweets Saturday, saying the cancellation — announced earlier that day — means New Brunswick will not have representation at this year's meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education. Cardy followed up by calling for deregulation of Canada’s airline industry. "I’m speaking for myself," he wrote. "I hope Canadians start asking why we pay more for flights than anyone in the world, in exchange for terrible service. Paying for unavailable services isn’t left versus right. It's called being ripped off." His comments sparked an online debate, with some people asking the minister why his delegation had to attend in-person rather than taking part in a Zoom call, which would save taxpayers money. In response, Cardy said he doesn't run the council, and he doubled down by suggesting that "incompetent and coddled airlines" that take money for services they know they can't deliver could be committing fraud. Air Canada could not be immediately reached for comment. One online commenter suggested Cardy should try booking a flight on another airline.
  8. Airline passenger spent a total of 11 hours on hold to customer service before giving up and booking new tickets for $800 Sam Tabahriti 11 hours ago Swoop is a low-cost airline owned by WestJet. Swoop A passenger meant to fly home from Phoenix to Edmonton on Swoop had her flight canceled. Jody Caskey says she spent more than 11 hours on calls trying to reach a customer service agent. She finally resorted to booking a new flight at a cost of $800 that will add 7 hours to her journey. An airline passenger spent a total of 11 hours trying to get through to a customer service agent after her flight was cancelled. Jody Caskey had flown on Swoop Airlines to Phoenix, Arizona from Edmonton in Canada but her return flight was canceled by the Canadian airline on June 28. After being told by email that she could either obtain a refund or book new flights with Swoop's owner WestJet, she emailed to opt for rebooking. However, two emails went unanswered so Caskey decided to ring the airline. "I called six times – four times on hold for at least two hours. Every time the phone disconnected right over the two-hoar After spending more than 11 hours trying to get through, she gave up and booked a new flight on WestJet on July 8 for herself and her family at a cost of $800. The Phoenix to Edmonton flight normally takes three and a half hours, but her return journey now includes a connection in Calgary, adding seven hours to the trip. Caskey has been forced to cut her vacation a day short as well and said her break had been "upended" by the disruption. She hoped Swoop will give her a refund and pay for the new flights due to the inconvenience. "I am willing to take Swoop to court – $800 is not a huge sum but the principle of it is that they are doing it on purpose." Caskey had used Swoop three times previously but vowed never to fly with them again as it had been a "terrible experience." It comes after an American Airlines passenger drove to Denver airport to rebook his tickets after its customer service center left him on hold for nearly four hours. US airlines have canceled at least 35,000 flights since June 16, leaving passengers frustrated amid rising travel disruption due to lack of staff and high demand. Swoop was contacted for comment. KEEP READING
  9. MAID is something I would look into if I was aware that I was likely to turn into a vegetable no longer aware. I would not want last memories of those I love to focus on someone who could no longer recognize them.
  10. American Airlines scheduling glitch allows pilots to drop thousands of July flights Leslie Josephs - 2h ago The pilots' union said that aviators were able to drop assignments that included 12,000 flights. American said the majority of dropped trips were restored and that it doesn't expect an impact to its operation, including during the July Fourth weekend. A similar issue occurred in 2017 before Christmas. © Provided by CNBCAn American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner approaches for a landing at the Miami International Airport on December 10, 2021 in Miami, Florida. A glitch in a scheduling platform allowed American Airlines pilots to drop thousands of trips in July last night, their union said Saturday, a headache for the airline as it tries to minimize flight disruptions during a booming travel season American confirmed the issue and said it didn't expect the problem to affect its operation, including during the July Fourth holiday weekend. "As a result of this technical glitch, certain trip trading transactions were able to be processed when it shouldn’t have been permitted," the airline said in a statement. "We already have restored the vast majority of the affected trips and do not anticipate any operational impact because of this issue.” More than 12,000 July flights lacked either a captain, first officer or both, after pilots dropped assignments, the Allied Pilots Association said earlier. Pilots can routinely drop or pick up trips, but time off in the summer or holidays is hard to come by for airline employees as schedules peak to cater to strong demand. Related video: Summer travelers upset over hundreds of delayed, canceled flights On Saturday alone, American had more than 3,000 mainline flights scheduled and they were 93% full, according to an internal tally. Flights left unstaffed, however, are an additional strain on any airline. The glitch occurred during a rocky start to the Fourth of July weekend when thunderstorms and staffing issues caused thousands of U.S. flight delays and hundreds of cancellations. American and its pilots' union, whose relationship has been fraught, are in the middle of contract negotiations and the airline most recently offered nearly 17% raises through 2024. The union's new president, Capt. Ed Sicher, began a three-year term on Friday. American's pilots have picketed recently against grueling schedules, something they want to be addressed in a new contract. Pilots at Delta and Southwest have picketed in recent weeks for similar reasons. American said it has suspended a platform that allows pilots to change their schedules while it investigates the issue. "We understand these are important tools for our pilots and are working as quickly as possible. We will provide updates throughout the day as we learn more," American told pilots in an email Saturday. Dennis Tajer, an American Airlines captain and spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, said the company failed to keep the IT system working properly and creating "uncertainty for passengers and pilots." A similar issue occurred in 2017, when a technology problem let American's pilots take vacation during the busy December holiday period. The carrier offered pilots 150% pay for pilots that picked up assignments.
  11. Audit Ordered Of FAA's Oversight Of Boeing 737 & 787 Programs Andrew Curran - Yesterday 8:00 p.m. Audit Ordered Of FAA's Oversight Of Boeing 737 & 787 Programs (simpleflying.com) U.S. watchdog to audit FAA oversight of Boeing 787, 737 production | Reuters or Feds To Audit Oversight of Boeing 737, 787 Programs (aeronewsjournal.com) or Concerns Prompt OIG to Audit FAA Oversight of Boeing - HS Today © Provided by SimpleFlyingAudit Ordered Of FAA's Oversight Of Boeing 737 & 787 Programs Boeing Stock Code BA Business Type Planemaker Date Founded 1916-07-15 CEO Dave Calhoun Headquarters Location Chicago, USA Key Product Lines Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, Boeing 787 The US Department of Transportation has confirmed its Office of Inspector General (OIG) will undertake an audit of Boeing's 737 and 787 production processes. Earlier in the week, Simple Flying had reported on news the US Congress Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its Subcommittee on Aviation had requested the audit due to the number of complaints about the production process they had received. But in a neat twist, it is the FAA rather than Boeing that will come under the auditor's scrutiny. Office of the Inspector General zeros in on the FAA In a memo dated June 29, Nelda Smith, Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits at the OIG, said a number of concerns had been raised regarding the production of the Boeing 737 and 787 since 2019. She says the OIG, Congress, and the FAA have all have received multiple complaints alleging ongoing production deficiencies and undue pressure on Boeing staff in the 737 and 787 production lines. "The Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its Subcommittee on Aviation requested that we evaluate FAA's oversight of Boeing aircraft production," the memo reads. "Accordingly, our audit objectives will be to evaluate FAA's oversight of Boeing 737 and 787 production, specifically its processes for (1) identifying and resolving production issues and (2) addressing allegations of undue pressure within the production environment." Boeing currently has a backlog of Boeing 787s awaiting delivery. Photo: Boeing Criticisms of the FAA oversight program under the spotlight While the FAA has increased pressure and scrutiny on Boeing since the fatal 737 MAX crashes and amid ongoing production and quality control problems with the 787 Dreamliners, the US Government aviation agency hasn't escaped criticism that its own oversight processes are problematic. This audit is designed to tackle that criticism. He Was Refused Food in a Diner, So He Came Back in Uniform and Did This Ad Fiveo Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen welcomed the news, saying it is a win for the flying public. "We expect FAA and Boeing to fully cooperate with, and support, the DOT OIG's audit," the two men said in a joint statement. "Our committee has repeatedly raised serious concerns with these persistent and unacceptable problems—particularly at the non-union facility in South Carolina. This audit should be thorough and unsparing to help prevent a repeat of safety issues previously identified by FAA and to ensure the manufacture and production of safe aircraft." Critics continue to raise questions about the 737 MAX some 18 months after it returned to service in the US. Photo: Boeing Is Boeing finally growing tired of the constant scrutiny? While this audit will focus on the FAA, Boeing will find themselves dragged into it. The audit committee will base themselves at FAA HQ but have already said their audit will involve visits to Boeing sites. The plane builder, already subjected to numerous inspections, evaluations, and reports, appears to be growing a little weary of the ongoing complaints against its aircraft and production processes. In response to a round of fresh and recycled allegations regarding their 737 MAX program earlier this week, a Boeing spokesperson told Simple Flying; 'The Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents have been reviewed by numerous governmental and regulatory entities, and none of those reviews have found that production conditions in the factory contributed to the accidents. We continue to work with our suppliers and regulators to introduce product improvements to address opportunities to ensure uninterrupted service for our customers and their passengers across our product lineup. Improvements may range from design changes to production process updates to maintenance or operational procedure enhancements. Any changes go through a rigorous development, test, and certification process."
  12. The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed the ammunition depot of the occupying forces of Russia in Popasnaya. The General Staff of the Armed Forces announced on Facebook about the destruction of the enemy's military facility , without specifying the location of the event. A more complete video was published on Twitter , in the post the author noted that the Russian ammunition storage base was destroyed by Ukrainian forces in the area of the temporarily occupied city of Popasna, Luhansk region. A powerful explosion of ammunition was caught on video of the Ukrainian military. At first, you can see how the fire continues with the release of a large amount of thick smoke that rises up. Then, as a result of the simultaneous detonation of ammunition, a powerful explosion occurs, which leads to the destruction of the building of the warehouse of the Russian occupiers.
  13. CRYPTO WORLD Bitcoin Family say they lost $1 million on their investment this year, but sold a lot at peak PUBLISHED SAT, JUL 2 20228:00 AM EDTUPDATED 3 HOURS AGO MacKenzie Sigalos@KENZIESIGALOS Bitcoin Family say they lost $1 million in value this year (cnbc.com) KEY POINTS The “Bitcoin Family” is down more than $1 million on their bitcoin investment since the world’s most popular digital coin peaked at around $69,000 in Nov. 2021 — but patriarch Didi Taihuttu is as bullish as ever. Taihuttu is buying back the coin daily, as he thinks it’s bottoming out. In 2017, Taihuttu, his wife, and three daughters liquidated all they owned, trading a 2,500-square-foot house and virtually all their earthly possessions for bitcoin and a life on the road. This was back when the price of bitcoin was around $900. Bitcoin is currently trading around $19,700.
  14. With hospitalizations up, France weighs return to masksNext Barbara Surk and Jade Le Deley The Associated Press More share options NICE, FRANCE - Tourism is booming again in France -- and so is COVID-19. French officials have "invited" or "recommended" people to go back to using face masks but stopped short of renewing restrictions that would scare visitors away or revive antigovernment protests. From Paris commuters to tourists on the French Riviera, many people seem to welcome the government's light touch, while some worry that required prevention measures may be needed. Virus-related hospitalizations rose quickly in France over the past two weeks, with nearly 1,000 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized per day, according to government data. Infections are also rising across Europe and the United States, but France has an exceptionally high proportion of people in the hospital, according to Our World in Data estimates. Tracking every case of COVID-19 in Canada Have you been affected by airport delays or cancelled flights? We want to hear from you With hospitalizations up, France weighs return to masks Pre-pandemic sized crowds descend on U.S. airports for holiday 'Summer of recovery': Pandemic-stricken tourism industry sees signs of optimism Omicron-specific COVID shots could increase protection as boosters: European regulators Russia scraps remaining COVID-19 restrictions Poilievre marches with soldier protesting COVID-19 mandates ahead of Canada Day Physician expects new COVID-19 variants every few months: 'Whole world is a petri dish' Here's what Air Canada and WestJet have said about reducing flights North Korea suggests balloons, 'alien things' from South Korea brought COVID-19 Tweaked COVID-19 boosters must target newer Omicron types: U.S. regulators WHO: COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world Coronavirus vaccination tracker: How many people in Canada have received shots? Full coverage at CTVNews.ca/Coronavirus French government spokesperson Olivia Gregoire has said there are no plans to reintroduce national regulations that limit or set conditions for gathering indoors and other activities. "The French people are sick of restrictions," she said Wednesday on channel BFMTV. "We are confident that people will behave responsibly." France's parliamentary elections last month resulted in President Emmanuel Macron losing his majority in the national legislature, while parties on the far right and the far left that had protested his government's earlier vaccine and mask rules gained seats. After the prime minister this week recommended that people resume wearing masks on public transportation, commuter Raphaelle Vertaldi said, "We need to deal with the virus, but we can't stop living because of it." Vertaldi, who was boarding a train in Boussy-Saint-Antoine south of Paris, said she opposed mandatory mask use but would cover her mouth and nose again, if the government requires it. Hassani Mohammed, a postal worker in Paris, didn't wait for the government to decide. He masks up before his daily commute. With his wife recovering from surgery and two children at home, he does not want to risk contracting the coronavirus a third time. "I realized that the pandemic does not belong to the past," Mohammed said. Masks have been contentious in France. Early in the pandemic, the French government suggested masks weren't helpful. It ultimately introduced some of Europe's toughest restrictions, including an indoors and outside mask mandate that lasted more than a year, along with strict lockdowns. A Paris court ruled Tuesday that the French government failed to sufficiently stock up on surgical masks at the start of the pandemic and to prevent the virus from spreading. The administrative court in Paris also ruled that the government was wrong to suggest early on that that masks did not protect people from becoming infected. The government lifted most virus rules by April, and foreign tourists have returned by land, sea and air to French Mediterranean beaches, restaurants and bars. In the meantime, French hospitals are struggling with long-running staff and funding shortages. Local officials are contemplating new measures, including an indoor mask mandate in some cities, but nothing that would curb economic activity. French tourism professionals expect a booming summer season despite the virus, with numbers that may even surpass pre-pandemic levels as Americans benefit from the weaker euro and others rediscover foreign travel after more than two years of a more circumscribed existence. On the French Riviera, a slow economic recovery began last summer. But with attendance at gatherings still capped, social distancing rules and travel restrictions in place a year ago, most visitors to the area were French. A tour guide and electric bicycle taxi driver in Nice described her joy at seeing foreign visitors again. During France's repeated lockdowns, she transported essential workers, and took people to hospitals, to care for elderly relatives or for PCR tests. Now, passengers on her bike from the U.S., Australia, Germany, Italy or beyond reach for the hand disinfectant taped to the barrier between the passenger and driver's seats. She said she still diligently disinfects the bike before each ride, "like it's 2020." A retired couple from the U.K. visited France this week on their first trip abroad since pandemic travel restrictions were lifted. They started with a cruise down the River Rhone -- face masks were mandatory on the ship - and ended with a few days on the Mediterranean. "It's been delightful from start to finish," said Ros Runcie, who was in Nice with her husband, Gordon. "Everyone is so pleased to see you, everyone is really polite and nice to visitors." Sue Baker, who was travelling with her husband, Phil, and the Runcies, observed: "It feels very much like pre-2020." Asked about the possible return of French mask rules, Phil Baker said, "Masks are a bit uncomfortable, especially in the heat." But his wife added, "If it means we can still go on a holiday, we'll put them back on without hesitation." ------
  15. CF Snowbirds planned return on July 9 with show in Kelowna 2 July 2022Canadian Aviation News 2 July 2022 – Link to announcement Revised Schedule Date Location July 9-10 ~~ Added Kelowna, British Columbia 16 – 17 Cold Lake, Alberta 20 Terrace, British Columbia 23 – 24 Calgary-Springbank, Alberta 27 ~~ Added Vancouver ** 30 – 31 Fort St. John, British Columbia August 3 Penticton, British Columbia 5 ‑ 7 Abbotsford, British Columbia 9 ~~ Added White Rock, British Columbia 13 ‑ 14 Edmonton-Villeneuve, Alberta 27 ‑ 28 Debert, Nova Scotia September 3 ‑ 5 Toronto, Ontario 9 ‑ 11 London, Ontario 14 Tillsonburg, Ontario 17 ‑ 18 Gatineau, Quebec 21 ~~ Added Kitchener, Ontario 24 ‑ 25 Mirabel, Quebec October 1 ‑ 2 Huntington Beach, California, USA 8 ‑ 9 San Francisco, California, USA 15 ‑ 16 Santa Maria, California, USA ** Denotes a non-aerobatic display Related
  16. Air Canada’s Summer 2022 Schedule Adjustments 2 July 2022Canadian Aviation News 2 July 2022 – Air Canada This week, Air Canada announced changes to its summer schedule to support unprecedented and unforeseen strains on our organization. International flights are unaffected, with a few timing changes to reduce flying at peak times. Flights adjusted are to and from our Toronto and Montreal hubs. These will be mostly frequency reductions, affecting primarily evening and late-night flights by smaller aircraft, on transborder and domestic routes. Four routes will be temporarily suspended. Temporary Route Suspensions: Montreal – Kelowna Montreal – Baltimore Montreal – Pittsburgh Toronto – Fort McMurray Frequency Reductions Toronto – Deer Lake: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily Toronto – Saint John: reduce 2 frequencies, now operating 1 flight daily Toronto – Charlottetown: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily Toronto – Quebec City: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily Toronto – North Bay: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily Toronto – Timmins: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily Toronto – Sudbury: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily Toronto – London, ON: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily Toronto – Windsor: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily Toronto – Winnipeg: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 5 flights daily Toronto – Edmonton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 7 flights daily Toronto – Calgary: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 11 flights daily Toronto – Vancouver: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 14 flights daily Toronto – Boston: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 6 flights daily Toronto – LaGuardia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 9 flights daily Toronto – Newark: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 6 flights daily Toronto – Baltimore: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily Toronto – Philadelphia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily Toronto – Washington (DCA): reduce 1 frequency in August, will operate 2 flights daily (3 flights remain for July) Toronto – Miami: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily Toronto – San Francisco: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily Montreal – Moncton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily Montreal – Fredericton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily Montreal – Saint John: reduce 1 frequency, now operating total 1flights Montreal – Halifax: reduce 1 frequency in August, will operate total 3 flights daily (4 flights remain through August 3) Montreal – Ottawa: reduce 2 frequencies, now operating 6 flights daily Montreal – Quebec: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily Montreal – Toronto (Island): no weekend operations and Friday reduced to 3 flights daily Montreal – Edmonton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily Montreal – Calgary: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily Montreal – Boston: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily Montreal – LaGuardia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily Montreal – Newark: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily Montreal – Fort Lauderdale: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily Ottawa – Toronto (Island): no weekend operations Route Retimes: Montreal – Los Angeles Montreal – Las Vegas Montreal – Punta Cana Montreal – Fort Lauderdale Montreal – Winnipeg Montreal – Edmonton Toronto – Manchester Toronto – Edinburgh Toronto – Copenhagen Vancouver – Portland Vancouver – Regina Vancouver – Cranbrook
  17. Crypto exchange Coinbase looks to expand footprint in Europe Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc said on Friday it was looking to expand in some European markets, even as the digital asset market continues to experience a downturn.
  18. Not in their interests to do so, nothing to gain by doing so, so I say no!
  19. CRYPTO WORLD Major crypto broker Voyager Digital suspends all trading, deposits, and withdrawals PUBLISHED FRI, JUL 1 20223:31 PM EDT MacKenzie Sigalos@KENZIESIGALOS SHAREShare Article via FacebookShare Article via TwitterShare Article via LinkedInShare Article via Email KEY POINTS Digital asset brokerage Voyager Digital is pausing all customer temporarily suspending customer trading, deposits, and withdrawals, according to a statement released Friday afternoon. “This was a tremendously difficult decision, but we believe it is the right one given current market conditions,” said Stephen Ehrlich, CEO of lending company Voyager. With more than 19,000 virtual currencies in existence, the cryptocurrency industry has likened the current state of the market to the early years of the internet. Industry players said however that most of these coins will collapse. Nurphoto | Getty Images Digital asset brokerage Voyager Digital has paused all customer trading, deposits, withdrawals and loyalty rewards, according to a statement released Friday afternoon. “This was a tremendously difficult decision, but we believe it is the right one given current market conditions,” said Stephen Ehrlich, CEO of lending company Voyager. Erlich went on to say that the decision is designed to give the firm additional time to continue “exploring strategic alternatives with various interested parties” and that they will provide additional information at “the appropriate time.” Voyager’s announcement comes amid a raft of margin calls and defaults across the sector, making the digital broker the latest collateral damage of the broad market selloff in cryptocurrency. The two most widely traded cryptocurrencies, bitcoin and ether, are down more than 70% from their peaks last November, and the May collapse of the UST stablecoin sent shockwaves through an already tumultuous market. The news comes a few days after one of Voyager’s customers failed to make payments on a loan worth hundreds of millions of dollars, fueling growing concerns of an insolvency contagion effect across the industry. On Monday, the broker issued a notice that prominent crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) had defaulted on a loan worth more than $670 million. At the time, Voyager said that it intended to pursue recovery from 3AC, and in the interim, said it would continue to operate and fulfill customer orders and withdrawals. As of June 24, Voyager said it had approximately $137 million in U.S. dollars and owned crypto assets. The company also noted that it has access to a $200 million credit line in cash and USDC stablecoins, as well as a 15,000 bitcoin ($318 million) revolving credit line from Alameda Ventures, which is FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s quantitative trading firm. Last week, Alameda committed $500 million in financing to Voyager, and the firm has already pulled $75 million from that line of credit, but it appears that wasn’t enough to keep business running as usual. Thus far, investors in the world’s two largest cryptocurrencies by market cap seem unfazed by the news. Bitcoin is up about 2% and ethereum is up more than 4% toward the end of regular market hours on Wall Street. Voyager is a competitor to crypto lending firm BlockFi, which has also been caught in the crosshairs of the sector’s recent liquidity crunch. FTX has just struck a $680 million credit deal to acquire BlockFi, according to The Block. Voyager’s decision tracks that of popular crypto staking and lending platform, Celsius, which similarly paused all withdrawals, swaps, and transfers between accounts due to “extreme market conditions” on June 13. Celsius has yet to announce tangible guidance on next steps. FTX closes in on a deal to buy embattled crypto lender BlockFi for $25 million in a fire sale, source says FBI adds ‘Cryptoqueen’ to Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List after alleged $4 billion OneCoin fraud Bitcoin just had its worst month on record Crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital plunges into liquidation as market crash takes toll Major crypto broker Voyager Digital suspends all trading, deposits, and withdrawals MORE IN CRYPTO WORLD
  20. Like most things, there are always at least 2 sides to a story. In Canada Day message, Trudeau says Canadian flag represents promise of a better life | CBC News Freedom Convoy protesters return to Ottawa for Canada Day | CBC News
  21. Happy Canada Day! Happy Dominion Day! By True North - July 1, 2022 Facebook Twitter Pinterest We know the last two years have been difficult for Canadians. Endless government lockdowns and mandates continue to this day and it seems like the woke left has taken over almost every institution in Canada. In fact, many radical activists don’t want you to celebrate Canada Day at all! But here at True North, we’re optimistic about the future of Canada. We believe Canada is worth celebrating. For Canada Day this year, we want to share our favourite Canadian moments. From our heroic efforts in World War II to the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA championship, Canadians have a lot to be proud of. Canada is still the True North strong and free – and no politician or woke activist can take that away from us. From all of us here at True North, Happy Canada Day! Happy Dominion Day!
  22. Rex Murphy: Canada has been blessed. Take time to be grateful Rex Murphy - 4h ago © Provided by National PostDespite everything we see as messy or wrong, the vast majority of Canadians believe in their country, writes Rex Murphy. Canada Day and Remembrance Day. These are, or they certainly should be, the central holidays of our civic calendar. They are intimately entwined. (No more emphatically than in Newfoundland where July 1st is also a deep “remembrance” day for the Newfoundland Regiment’s terrible losses in the Battle of the Somme.) Remembrance Day is most solemn. Canada Day is — certainly is supposed to be — a day of gratitude and celebration. The first and graver, Remembrance Day, serves to honour those who served in the wars of the past century. The second and jubilant, Canada Day, serves to take stock, to call to mind how fortunate we have it. July 1st and November 11th are conjoined — if I may put it this way, respectfully — each signals or completes the other. We offer gratitude on the former for the life we have in Canada, which the sacrifices recalled on the latter bequeathed us. And we have high reason for that gratitude. For so very many countries over the past century and longer, history has been a huge, cruel fist, Orwell’s terrible book. It has been a record of subjection or tyranny, civil wars, vicious internecine slaughters — Rwanda and Cambodia offer very recent horrific instances. In other countries, citizens have been caught for decades under continuous menace and worse from their own governments. On the really terrible end of the scale there is North Korea, even today, a prison house of a country; to read the memoirs of the handful who have escaped that barracks will leave you weeping. Related video: Can Canada Day be ‘source of unity’ with reconciliation focus? Can Canada Day be ‘source of unity’ with reconciliation focus? Any people which has endured, or is enduring rule under Communism, who have therefore never known freedom, in too may cases for whole generations, have looked and are looking with exhausted yearning to those countries, ours among them, whose democracies, however imperfectly, put freedom and the individual as the lodestars of government. And we can see, too, that states that have emerged from Communism do not easily or quickly shed their genetic strands of cruelty and wantonness. Vladimir Putin’s vile invasion of Ukraine will stand as the current reminder of that truth. Opinion: There's more that unites Canadians than divides — the Tories should use this to their advantage NP View: Canada not so divided after all To continue this grim catalogue is unnecessary, for the rest of it is too well-known. So we Canadians should, at some moments of pause, centre in our consciousness what we have not experienced, not endured, what we have been spared. And offer thanks, express gratitude, for that exception. We have other motives for the same emotion. Canada is prosperous, at depth it is stable, fortunate in its neighbour state, and has been largely exempt from the great miseries of the world, from real poverty and real violence. We may not wish to say it aloud, but we have been blessed. We should stay a moment to mark this as well. Canada Day and Remembrance Day are those moments of pause. They are, or certainly were meant to be — there has been more than a sense of drift away from their original purpose — special times to take stock of ourselves and our country, to note the sacrifices and achievements of our common enterprise, and to note how both are so deeply entwined, how sacrifice — sometimes terrible as in war, sometimes patient endurance and personal industry as in the early days of making this country — enabled the achievement; and how achievement built the spirit to undertake and enable those sacrifices. On a more placid level we also look at ourselves as we are today. At the Everyday of Canada. For despite everything we see as messy or wrong, every incompetence, every annoyance, the vast majority of Canadians like their country, believe in their country, and are sad only when those “leading” it leave them ashamed at their mediocrity. We are in most cases — there are always exceptions — at ease with each other. Hop over to some province not your own and see how fine the welcome is. Most people are quite welcoming — tactful, too. They don’t swarm with the hospitality, but kind of gently glide into it. The touch of reticence in the Canadian temperament is a great thing. (Our neighbour favours a mode of exuberance, but to each his own.) It’s a signal of consideration for the sensibility of the other fellow. Part of “being nice.” Being pleasant. Don’t think nice or pleasant are small words. A country has to have grown a great deal, to have with much effort evolved to some rare condition, for these qualities to even approach being seen (or being lightly joked about) as national characteristics. There are, come to think of it, worse things than being nice. It would be a nice thing to see — I am writing on the eve of Canada Day — a full and wholesome celebration of our kindly providence on July 1st, a refreshment of appreciation for the country we hold in common. As it would be to see on November 11th a deeper renewal of appreciation for the ultimate contribution of those soldier-generations past. National Post
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