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  1. Air Canada Cargo Announces Expansion of Freighter Network into The United States, Adds New Latin American Route 6 October 2022Canadian Aviation News MONTREAL, October 6, 2022 – Air Canada Cargo today announced that starting in November, it will expand its freighter network into the United States for the first time, with flights to Dallas and Atlanta. The addition of these key US markets is a significant milestone for Air Canada Cargo and allows Air Canada Cargo to provide dedicated, reliable service to customers in key markets, and allowing easy connection to other markets through our global hub in Toronto. Air Canada Cargo is also expanding its presence in Latin America with service to Bogota. “These additional routes allow us to expand the reach of our freighter network to key US markets, and conveniently connect cargo in the USA to Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific with our freighter service. The additional growth of our freighter fleet allows us to continue to expand to better serve our global customers and we remain committed to supporting global economies and supply chains with reliable transportation moving critical goods,” said Matthieu Casey, Managing Director, Commercial, at Air Canada Cargo. In addition to the eight converted Boeing 767 freighters already announced, Air Canada Cargo continues to expand its freighter fleet, with two factory-built 767-300F that will enter service in 2023 and two Boeing 777 freighters that will enter service in 2024.
  2. I wonder if this will make the US look more kindly towards Canadian OIL?
  3. The largest power station in the U.K., the Drax Power Station, burns wood pellets sourced from B.C.’s old growth and untouched forests to create electricity. The forestry industry and the B.C. government pitch wood pellets as a renewable source of energy that will help countries meet their climate targets, and as a way to create jobs in the forestry sector. An investigation by CBC's The Fifth Estate has found that Drax catapulted a small industry it says is green into an investor-driven, international operation dependent on logging in areas that include B.C.'s old growth and primary forests. Activists, scientists and environmentalists argue that far from being green, wood pellet production generates few jobs and actually makes the climate crisis worse. And they say it's all happening with the support of B.C. Premier John Horgan's NDP government, long criticized for being too close to the forestry industry. Read more from The Fifth Estate.
  4. WestJet aims to double capacity in Calgary through partnership with provincial government Stephanie Babych , Chris Varcoe, Calgary Herald - 15m ago WestJet will double its capacity in Calgary in the next several years, concentrating all of its 787 Dreamliner intercontinental flying in Calgary, through a partnership with the provincial government announced on Wednesday. WestJet CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech said during a news conference at the Calgary International Airport that WestJet Group will designate Calgary as its exclusive global connecting hub through a unique partnership with the province. “This is about making Alberta the leading province for aviation in Canada, and we are very proud to play a key role in that,” said von Hoensbroech. Von Hoensbroech said this investment on WestJet’s behalf will enable the airline to open new routes to Europe and possibly Asia, using Calgary as the connecting hub. The partnership is expected to advance aviation access across the province with benefits to the economy and Alberta’s aviation sector, creating thousands of jobs and billions in new economic activity. Premier Jason Kenney called the partnership a major win for the province, and a commitment of about $16 million in annual and direct investments for WestJet and other players in the aviation sector. “WestJet sees clearly the unlimited potential of this province,” Kenney said. Kenney said discussions to get the Dreamliners to fly exclusively out of Calgary started in 2019, but Wednesday’s announcement is far bigger than what he could have envisioned. Premier Jason Kenney speaks on new investments in the aviation, aerospace and logistics sectors at the Calgary International Airport in Calgary on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Through the partnership, Mount Royal University’s pilot training program will also receive a significant provincial investment. With $7.1 million in capital and a total of $1.06 million in operating funding, MRU will be able to add an additional 40 seats to its aviation diploma program. “We’re facing a major global shortage of pilots. And Alberta wants to embrace the opportunity of this investment by becoming a major source of skilled new pilots for WestJet and the entire industry,” said Kenney. A $5-million investment annually over three years will be made available to offset training costs in the aviation sector to support training for new jobs. The province will also look to build an aviation centre of excellence to accelerate pilot training, according to Kenney. The province is also committing to a 737 simulator for its aviation training centre, which costs about $25 million in capital investment. The province will also work with WestJet to develop policies for a possible connecting passenger grant program that would incentivize stays in Calgary as people move to subsequent destinations. There will be work to address high aviation fuel prices, including possible reductions in aviation fuel taxes to match those for automobile drivers, and work to develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) capacity. The airline fuel tax savings could run at about $10 million annually, Kenney said. More investments will also be made by the province in Travel Alberta. The province will increase funding for the organization to $10 million annually over five years, up from $6.5 million. WestJet CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech and Premier Jason Kenney speak on new investments in the aviation, aerospace and logistics sectors at the Calgary International Airport in Calgary on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. The news arrives as air travel in the province, and at Calgary’s airport, is rebounding after being pummelled during the first year of the pandemic, when travel restrictions were put in place. Air traffic at the Calgary airport fell by more than two-thirds in 2020 from the previous year to just 5.6 million passengers — down from 18 million reported in 2019 — before a gradual recovery to 6.3 million passengers last year. The drop-off took a heavy toll on the Calgary Airport Authority’s bottom line, with the organization reporting a $242.5-million net loss in 2020, while its cash deficit came in at $23 million. Total long-term debt at that time increased to $2.98 billion in 2020, which increased following the building of a new runway and international terminal last decade. This year, tourism and travel in Alberta have rebounded sharply as the economy has expanded and travel restrictions have been lifted. In August, Calgary airport traffic increased by 66 per cent from the same period a year earlier, with 1.6 million passengers recorded in the month, punctuated by transborder traffic up 371 per cent. Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek said Wednesday’s announcement is a prime example of effective collaboration between the city and province with a leading local company. “I can’t overstate the importance for companies in Calgary to be able to easily connect to other leading global business centres,” said Gondek. Alberta is home to WestJet, along with Calgary-based Lynx Air. In August, von Hoensbroech announced the company would shift resources to significantly grow its network in Western Canada, as well as invest in more leisure and sun flying. WestJet’s CEO told Postmedia in August that the privately held company — purchased by Onex Corp. for $3.5 billion in 2019 — would pause further investment into its fleet of seven Dreamliners, instead focusing on adding Boeing 737 MAX airplanes in the coming years. Just last month, it announced a deal with Boeing to purchase an additional 42 Boeing 737-10 Max aircraft , with an option for 22 more. Today, WestJet has a fleet of about 170 aircraft, with 110 active 737s, as well as its wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In September, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada announced plans to build a major airplane manufacturing complex just east of Calgary in Wheatland County, which is expected to ultimately employ 1,500 workers. Alberta’s aviation, aerospace and logistics industries employ more than 75,000 people, according to the province.
  5. Historic partnership between the WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta sets foundation for future of aviation growth across province NEWS PROVIDED BY WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership Oct 05, 2022, 18:24 ET WestJet Group designates Calgary as its exclusive global connecting hub, and will concentrate all 787 Dreamliner intercontinental flying to YYC Calgary International Airport Partnership to make Alberta the most cost-competitive aviation market in Canada, promote the province to the world, drive sustainability, enhance post-secondary programs, and improve skilled labour supply for the aviation sector WestJet Group to double its capacity in YYC before end of decade CALGARY, AB, Oct. 5, 2022 /CNW/ - The WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership, focused on significantly advancing aviation across the province in support of a stronger economy and a long-lasting, sustainable future for Alberta's aviation sector. As the airline furthers its growth strategy, WestJet will invest aircraft capacity, with an asset value in excess of seven billion dollars, in Calgary alone, through significant fleet commitments to be based within the province. WestJet will designate YYC Calgary International Airport as its single global connecting hub and will concentrate all intercontinental 787 Dreamliner flying in Calgary, unlocking opportunity for new routes within North America, to Europe, with the potential to reach Asia. Alongside the 787s, WestJet will grow its mid-range fleet and strengthen its North American offerings, with its commitment to double capacity in Calgary before the end of the decade. In addition to Calgary, WestJet plans to grow its network across other Canadian communities, strengthening its footprint in the east and in leisure travel across the entire country, consistent with its strategic plan released in June 2022 and its recent purchase announcement of 42 Boeing 737-10 MAX aircraft. "Alberta has been WestJet's home for 26 years and today's historic agreement builds upon an existing foundation of low taxes and investment-friendly policies. As Western Canada's home team carrier, Alberta is an area where we want to continue to invest to secure WestJet's thriving future," said Alexis von Hoensbroech, Chief Executive Officer, the WestJet Group. "Through the pandemic and onward, the Government of Alberta prioritized the importance and advancement of aviation and the visitor economy across the province and recognized that aviation is central to the economic diversification of Alberta." The agreement between the airline and the Government of Alberta will see the government invest in developing Alberta's aviation sector. It further lays out strategic, collaborative priorities to ensure provincial policies are aligned and in support of the development of the entire aviation industry in Alberta. The Government of Alberta and the WestJet Group will seek opportunities to address the overall cost-competitiveness challenges for the sector. "This is a blockbuster day for Alberta and a game-changer for our economy. Diversification and economic development are happening right here in Alberta," said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta. "By choosing Calgary as its single global hub, locating its entire Dreamliner fleet here, and increasing its annual seat capacity by 80 per cent, WestJet will massively improve global connectivity, tourism and options for passengers." "Today is a proud day for our organization as we continue to strengthen our home province with four distinct advantages: affordability, sustainability, infrastructure and people," continued von Hoensbroech. "This agreement is a testament to WestJet's commitment to our global hub airport in Calgary, as investments like this can only occur under the right commercial and operational environments. YYC Calgary International Airport is providing us that confidence and with these investments, Calgary can become North America's most connected mid-sized city." Partnership highlights: Affordability Provide Travel Alberta with additional funding in support of travel and tourism efforts Work to address the challenges associated with high aviation fuel prices for air passengers and industry Advance Alberta's status as a global aviation hub by enabling more to and from flights and more connecting passengers People Improve access to pilot training with investment and expansion of the Mount Royal University pilot training program Collaboration to ensure pilots are trained in Alberta with the appropriate technology and partnerships Potential development of advanced commercial aviation training programs for aviation-related specialties, including a potential degree program Funding of an annual hiring training grant to ensure support for training and other associated costs Sustainability Commitment to the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) capacity at scale in Alberta as central to economic diversification and reducing carbon emissions from aviation Commitment to assist WestJet in improving its own technology and software in support of a low-carbon future Infrastructure Government of Alberta and the WestJet Group to seek opportunities to enable growth through strategic public and private investments that support aerospace and aviation sector needs Additional Quotes "For more than a quarter century WestJet has been a leader in Canada's aviation sector and a critical part of our city's economic growth and diversification. I can't overstate the importance for companies in Calgary to be able to easily connect to other leading global business centres," said Calgary Mayor, Jyoti Gondek. "Today is a prime example of effective collaboration between the City and the Province with a leading local company to make a major investment in our economic future and make Calgary a global aviation sector hub." "It's an exciting day for YYC and Alberta. WestJet's decision to make YYC its single global hub demonstrates confidence in the Calgary airport and solidifies a major investment in the region and Alberta," said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, of The Calgary Airport Authority. "We are firmly committed to ensuring our hub carrier and strategic airline partner has the commercial and operational environment it needs to continue growing its business with YYC. We welcome the support for the future investment in the Alberta and Calgary air transportation sector announced today by WestJet and the Government of Alberta."
  6. Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News Mystery surrounds source of letter defending Indian residential schools that was shared by Williams Lake mayor and others Provocative letter from a man named Jim Bissell is widely shared online, but no one can figure out at this point who he is. Author of the article: Postmedia News Publishing date: Nov 08, 2021 • November 8, 2021 • 3 minute read • 22 Comments Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watches a blessing as Elder Commanda delivers a prayer including a smudging ceremony, on the eve of Canada's first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honouring the lost children and survivors of Indigenous residential schools, their families and communities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Blair Gable PHOTO BY BLAIR GABLE /REUTERS It is unclear who wrote a letter that defends Indian residential schools in Canada and has been widely shared online — including on Facebook by the mayor of Williams Lake. The long letter is claimed to be written by a man called Jim Bissell — who does not have a Facebook page or any online presence — in response to an editorial by the Toronto Sun’s Lorne Gunter. The letter was never published by the Toronto Sun, but is circulating widely online. The people who are circulating the letter say that it had been passed on to them. Article content In it, Bissell claims he is 70 and lived in the Canadian north surrounded by two residential schools in a population that was 95 per cent Indigenous and that they lived a nomadic life. He claims his daughter is Aboriginal. The letter defends the residential school system, stating, “The media is only telling half the story.” It also said the churches that ran the federal-government funded schools “were not always right, no, of course not, but they actually wanted to educate, feed and make the lives of all people better regardless of where they came from. “The churches do not need to apologize for trying to educate the poor in the only system that would work for nomadic peoples. They need to say sorry though for protecting and moving about the few bad apples (priests).” The letter goes on to state that most of the victims of the residential school system are dead and came after the discovery of hundreds of bodies near Canadian residential schools. “Please believe me when I say that the missionaries were not a bunch of evil persons out to kill little children like it sounds in today’s media,” Bissell wrote. Last weekend, Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb read the letter that had been cut and pasted onto a Facebook post by one of the people he monitors (Judy Kerr from Saskatchewan, who has 44 followers) and reposted it. A few days later, Cobb apologized to council and to the Williams Lake First Nation after being severely rebuked for sharing the letter. His defence was that it was a private post on his private Facebook page. Cobb is staying on as mayor but has stepped down from his role on the Cariboo Regional District Board. After Postmedia News reported Cobb’s apology a reader contacted the newsroom and pointed out that Bissell does not have a Facebook account and that he refers to both the 1930s and 1960s in the letter, and said that he had received an x-ray from a nun and dentistry work from a missionary. Then on Sunday, a reader from Ontario contacted the newsroom and said that a Haldimand County councillor had also reposted a copy of the same letter on his Facebook page (also from Judy Kerr). Among others, it was also reposted by John Sullivan, a counsellor in Windsor Ontario — with Sullivan claiming it had been sent to him and that it showed the other side of the residential school story. On Sunday, Sullivan said he had not verified where it came from but that it resonated with him as an ex-Roman Catholic priest who worked on missions in Africa. The letter has even been shared by the Wynford Tower Residents Association in Toronto on their website. None of the J. Bissells reached through Canada411 were named Jim or knew of the letter. If you are able to verify the identity of letter writer Jim Bissell, please contact vantips@postmedia.com.
  7. so fiction is now supposed to be replaced by guessing? There is no doubt foreign oil is shipping to eastern Canada but let's not mix fact with fiction. (trumpism ) Market Snapshot: Crude oil imports decreased in 2020, and so did the cost Connect/Contact Us Energy Information RSS Feed Please send comments, questions, or suggestions for Market Snapshot topics to snapshots@cer-rec.gc.ca Release date: 2021-04-14 Imports of crude oil decreased by 20% in 2020, from 693 thousand barrels per day (Mb/d) in 2019 to 555 Mb/d. The United States (U.S.) continues to be the largest source of Canada’s imported crude oil. In 2020, 77% of Canada’s oil imports came from the U.S. compared to 72% in 2019. An increasing proportion of Canada’s imported oil is coming from the U.S. relative to the rest of the world, and in 2020 the only non-U.S. imports were in Atlantic Canada. CER – Market Snapshot: Crude oil imports decreased in 2020, and so did the cost (cer-rec.gc.ca)
  8. Nearly 4,500 Canadian Armed Forces members, families waiting for military housing | CBC News
  9. Again the headline should read: Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Certified as the Trade Union Representative for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers in Canada 4 October 2022Canadian Aviation News CENTENNIAL, CO – October 4, 2022 – The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) is extremely elated and honored to announce the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) certified AMFA as the trade union representative, followed by an overwhelming majority representation vote of the Canadian aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs and Leads), aircraft technicians and apprentices (maintenance group), and occupational support services (OSS) employees from L3 Technologies MAS at CFB Trenton. The group was previously represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). “The voice of this professional, skilled aircraft maintenance group was heard loud and clear by the outcome of yesterday’s representation vote. Not only is this a huge day for this aircraft maintenance group at L3 Technologies MAS, but it’s an epic flag planting for the entire industry as a major trade labor movement for every AME in the entire country of Canada by unifying this workgroup under trade-specific union representation,” said Bret Oestreich, AMFA National President. “This is the AMEs’ moment to be recognized as highly skilled and responsible professionals with a public trust. We shall continually strive for higher standards in aircraft maintenance, servicing and handling in the interest of public safety and the industry. AMFA is the solution to promote, get appropriate necessary training for, elevate, and unify our skilled profession as the only trade-specific, independent union for aircraft maintenance technicians and engineers across North America.” “The L3 Technologies MAS professionals feel that the aircraft maintenance trade requires distinct consideration at the bargaining table, and AMFA is honored to have the opportunity to represent these professionals,” said Oestreich. There are more than 100 Aerospace and Defense Contractors and approximately 550 licensed air carriers transporting passengers and cargo to destinations both domestic and international. There are approximately 17,000 AMEs in Canada that require a union advocating for trade-specific values and interests. L3 Technologies MAS in Trenton, ON, is the first of several joint civilian military contractors that is looking to represent. Several other airlines, maintenance repair operation facilities, and Aerospace and Defense Contractors across North America are currently seeking representation by AMFA. AMFA looks forward to helping to improve and stabilize the aviation industry by assisting, promoting, advising, and giving support to Canadian organizations and continuing operations and activities of other Canadian labor organizations whose objectives are consistent with those of AMFA. The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft-oriented, independent aviation union. AMFA represents licensed and unlicensed technicians and related employees actively involved in the aviation industry. These technicians and related employees work directly on aircraft and/or components, support equipment, and facilities. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled people it represents. For more information about AMFA, visit www.amfanational.org.
  10. Anything for a photo op. I wonder how much we paid for the coverage of this jump? So Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went bungee jumping on Sunday. Specifically, the Great Canadian Bungee Jump just 30 minutes outside of Ottawa. There’s a few ways to think about it. 1: Who cares? It’s none of our business what Trudeau does on his day off. 2: He obviously had the jump recorded and released publicly, possibly in a bid to score points with the voters, so it’s fair game for criticism. Or among some anti-Trudeau circles there’s also been some attention paid to a third option: "I heartily encourage the prime minister to jump off as many cliffs as he likes." (Great Canadian Bungee/Instagram)
  11. A question for the better informed. Over the past 2 years there have been a number of news stories regarding the finding of mass graves using ground penetrating radar and evidently the search is still on but I can not remember or find any factual news stories regarding the excavation of human remains and evaluation of the "maybe " grave sites. So, have I missed the stories or ?
  12. Orsted to use more fossil fuels as energy crisis continues (cnbc.com)
  13. Budget 2022 provides $2.4 billion over 5 years for housing for First Nations on reserves. This funding is in addition to about $149.5 million already provided by the department every year to First Nations to support a range of housing needs.Jul 12, 2022 Rent-to-own housing to be built in Edmonton for Paul First Nation members Yesterday 11:06 a.m. 5 Comments | 21 EDMONTON — Ottawa and Alberta have announced $3 million in funding to build affordable housing in Edmonton for members of the Paul First Nation. The project involves the construction of 24 rental and rent-to-own units. Alberta Housing Minister Josephine Pon says it's the first time a rent-to-own option has been made available through the province's Indigenous Housing Capital Program. A $1.5 million grant for the project will also be provided by the City of Edmonton. Paul First Nation Chief Arthur Rain says the rent-to-own model is an alternative for members living off-reserve that supports their future. The First Nation, located 75 kilometres west of Edmonton, has about 2,000 members. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2022. Nearly 4,500 Canadian Armed Forces members, families waiting for military housing Only 132 military housing units built in the past 5 years Nearly 4,500 Canadian Armed Forces members, families waiting for military housing | CBC News
  14. Doing his normal preflight checks, or so the photo caption suggests... Nothing to do with the Propeller hubs....
  15. Retired engineer allowed to fly replica Spitfire 16 years after he started building it Aretired engineer has been given permission to take to the skies in a hand-built replica of a Spitfire that took him 16 years to assemble. Steve Markham in his replica WWII Spitfire - David Clarke/Solent News & Photo Agency© David Clarke/Solent News & Photo Agency Steve Markham spent 11,250 hours piecing the aircraft together in a barn at his home, assisted by his wife Kay. Now, 16 years after he started the project, the qualified pilot has received the official green light to fly the handmade plane. Although his first planned trip is to travel across the Solent to the Isle of Wight for ice cream, Mr Markham has his sights set further afield. He said that next summer he was going to "get up early" and fly to Rome with his wife, have "a nice Italian lunch" and "then fly back the same day". The 200mph aircraft is a replica of the PL793, a Photo Reconnaissance Spitfire, which was based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire in the last year of the Second World War. Kay Markham in the Spitfire - Solent News & Photo Agency© Provided by The Telegraph Mr Markham, who lives near to the base, said he had wanted a Spitfire ever since I was eight years old and saw Reach for the Sky" a 1956 biopic of the aviator Douglas Bader. He said the PL793 models, which were “painted blue to help hide in the sky", were the spy planes of their day, adding that his plane was a tribute to the RAF servicemen who flew them. He said|: “Without the RAF and their success in World War Two, the lives of my generation would have been very different. We owe them a great debt.” Mr Markham had tried to buy vintage models but always got outbid, so he decided to build his own. He bought a kit for the aircraft’s frame in 2006 but he sourced the engine parts, propellers and paint separately. He said: “If you want to buy a World War Two original Spitfire it now costs between £2 million and £4 million. This is a much less expensive way of doing it.” 'Wonderfully supportive' He described it as a "complicated beast" to put together, with some parts not fitting properly that had to be replaced. Mrs Markham helped him with the rivets that required two people to set in place and also made the leather upholstery. He said: “She’s been wonderfully supportive throughout the whole process.” He finally completed the Spitfire in 2017. However, it has taken five years to get a full flight permit from the Civil Aviation Authority. In 2018 it was flown by a test pilot but the engine overheated, so it had to come back to his workshop for repairs. On later test flights he was restricted to a range of 35 nautical miles from the airfield and was not allowed to have passengers. In July 2022, Mr Markham successfully completed the test flight programme and was granted permission to venture further afield and to be accompanied. Since he started construction he has been asking visitors if they could donate to the RAF Benevolent Fund, which supports serving and former RAF members and their families.
  16. Central Mountain Air Announces Flexible Payment Options Through Uplift Partnership 3 October 2022Canadian Aviation News (Smithers, BC September 26th, 2022) CMA announces a new partnership with buy now, pay later solution leader, Uplift. Central Mountain Air (CMA) is pleased to announce the addition of flexible payment options through Uplift, the leader in Buy Now, Pay Later payment options. This partnership is part of CMA’s continued effort to put the customer first and make travelling more accessible to Western Canadians. Whether you are travelling for work, leisure or to visit friends and family, travellers can now pay for their trips over time with Uplift on flycma.com This new partnership provides travellers with the freedom to book their trip on their terms and spread the cost over affordable monthly payments. Travellers can easily compare the costs of paying monthly with those of paying upfront, choosing the option that works best for them. There are no late or early payment penalties and travellers are able to clearly see the monthly payment amount and total cost of the trip at the time of booking. “At Central Mountain Air, we recognize that our passengers deserve flexible payment options, and the ability to spread payments out to match their financial situations. We are pleased to be partnering with Uplift, providing the convenience and personalization that our valued customers deserve.” commented Trevor Wakefield, Chief Operations Officer at Central Mountain Air “We believe you shouldn’t have to delay or cancel your travel plans due to lump sum upfront payments, this important partnership is the next step to our evolution, and our continued ability to put our customers first” “We are proud to partner with Central Mountain Air whose promise is to provide an enjoyable customer experience to Western Canada,” said Denise Heffron, Managing Director, Uplift Canada. “By offering Uplift’s flexible pay over time options we believe this is the perfect compliment to provide travellers with flexibility and customization in how they pay, making more trips and getaways a possibility.” For more information on this new partnership and to start booking visit: flycma.com/paymentoptions About Uplift Uplift is the leading Buy Now, Pay Later solution that empowers people to get more out of life, one thoughtful purchase at a time. Serving the world’s top enterprise level travel brands, Uplift’s complete range of flexible payment options drive higher conversion and loyalty for partners, while giving customers a simple, surprise-free way to pay over time with no late fees or prepayment penalties. Uplift is currently available throughout the United States and Canada.
  17. Air Canada to Launch New, Non-stop Transborder Routes to the U.S. from Halifax and Vancouver Français NEWS PROVIDED BY Air Canada Oct 03, 2022, 06:00 ET SHARE THIS ARTICLE Halifax-Newark, Vancouver-Houston flights convenient for customers MONTREAL, Oct. 3, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced new, daily transborder flights between Halifax-and-Newark and Vancouver-and-Houston. The year-round routes will start in December and conveniently link these major urban markets, as well as provide easy onward connections through Air Canada's and its partner United Airlines' global networks. Air Canada to Launch New, Non-stop Transborder Routes to the U.S. from Halifax and Vancouver (CNW Group/Air Canada) "With these new routes from Halifax and Vancouver, Air Canada is meeting demand in these important markets and building on our strengthened trans-border partnership with United Airlines to solidify our leadership in the Canada-U.S. market," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. "These routes will give customers in Atlantic and Western Canada more convenient options for flying to the U.S. They will reinforce the already strong links between Atlantic Canada and New York, while for customers in Western Canada they will provide more options for reaching destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean through United Airlines' Houston hub. They will also facilitate many new one-stop connections from the U.S. onto Air Canada's extensive domestic and global network." Air Canada is the foreign carrier with the largest number of flights to the U.S. Including these new routes, Air Canada's U.S. network will be 6 per cent above its 2019, pre-pandemic capacity for the summer season of 2023. It serves 51 U.S. airports. Halifax-Newark Air Canada's new, year-round Halifax-Newark route will begin December 16, 2022. It will operate daily with an Air Canada Express Q-400 in an all-Economy cabin configuration. The non-stop service is timed to connect conveniently to and from regional centres in Atlantic Canada and, in the U.S., with a variety of destinations through United Airlines' network. Flight Route Departs Arrives Frequency AC8670 Halifax-Newark 11:45 13:04 Daily AC8669 Newark-Halifax 13:45 16:35 Daily Vancouver-Houston Air Canada's new, year-round Vancouver-Houston route will begin December 16, 2022. It will be operated daily with an Air Canada Airbus A220, offering Business and Economy cabins. The non-stop service provides increased options from Western Canada to Texas and connections onward through United Airlines to Latin America and the Caribbean, while providing new convenient one-stop connections from the U.S. to Air Canada's Asia-Pacific network from the airline's Vancouver hub. Flight Route Departs Arrives Frequency AC1300 Vancouver-Houston 08:45 15:08 Daily AC1301 Houston-Vancouver 16:30 19:15 Daily All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, where available, for eligible customers and Aeroplan members, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.
  18. The system and then back to the guy who allows it to perpetuate. I wonder what the catering costs are for his many trips.
  19. perhaps but you should not blame the GG for the bill as catering was not arranged by her. Rideau Hall says GG 'shares the public's concern' about $93K catering bill | CBC News Gov. Gen. in-flight catering bill actually $80K: DND | CTV News
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  21. Facing foreign conflicts, domestic disasters, Canada's top soldier worries about readiness Forces grappling with equipment, personnel needs as capacity is stretched Facing foreign conflicts, domestic disasters, Canada's top soldier worries about readiness | CBC News Christian Paas-Lang · CBC News · Posted: Oct 02, 2022 2:04 PM ET | Last Updated: 20 minutes ago Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre, shown in Ottawa in May, says with demands on Canada's military increasing both at home and abroad, he's concerned about equipment and personnel shortages. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press) Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre says he's worried about the Canadian Armed Forces' readiness as it faces pressure both from the conflict in Ukraine and the need to respond to natural disasters at home. In an interview on Rosemary Barton Live on Sunday, Eyre said the two issues represented "strong demands on both sides" and, given issues with equipment and personnel shortages, he was "concerned about our overall readiness." "Our national prosperity is underpinned by our ability to defend the rules-based international order. But our national prosperity is also underpinned by our ability to fight these disasters at home," he said. "I'm concerned about our ability to respond at scale at [the] speed required. And so we're working on addressing elements of our readiness, whether it's people, whether it's training, whether it's equipment ... everything else that makes us able to respond with the right size and the right speed." Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Canada has sent substantial quantities of military equipment to help the Ukrainian armed forces, much of it coming from stockpiles meant for the Canadian military. Additionally, the military has raised concerns about its ability to recruit new members — influenced by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and sexual misconduct scandals — and is facing personnel shortages. WATCH | Top soldier discusses pressures of disaster relief, foreign conflicts: Demand for CAF in domestic operations rising as more troops deployed to Fiona-hit areas 2 hours ago Duration9:19 Rosemary Barton Live speaks with Gen. Wayne Eyre, Canada's chief of the defence staff, about the Canadian Armed Forces' efforts in Quebec and Atlantic Canada following post-tropical storm Fiona. Eyre says the domestic demand for the military has been increasing, making him concerned about its 'overall readiness' and ability to 'respond at scale and at speed required.' Defence Minister Anita Anand said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live last week that all NATO countries need to strike a balance between shipping weapons to the front lines in Ukraine and making sure Canada's own forces are well-enough equipped to be able to respond. "This is front and centre on my mind," she said. Asked whether he was concerned about the replenishment of the forces' equipment, Eyre replied on Sunday: "I sure do." Ukraine presses Canada to send more weapons as its forces push east ANALYSIS As the East Coast picks up the pieces post-Fiona, MPs ask themselves what an army is for "We need to replace our existing stocks with a sense of urgency, and we need to continue to support Ukraine with that same sense of urgency," Eyre said. Ukraine has repeatedly said it needs all the weapons it can get to fight off the Russian attack, as Ukrainian forces recapture some territory in the country's east and south. In an interview on Rosemary Barton Live airing Sunday, Yuriy Sak, an adviser to Ukraine's defence minister, reiterated the need for equipment. "Regardless of how much we receive, we need more. But we understand that our allies at the moment understand our needs very well. And this is why the domestic defence industry, enterprises and plants, they are now beginning to be geared toward the future needs of the Ukrainian army." A dedicated disaster relief force? Eyre also responded on Sunday to the question of whether Canada should create a dedicated disaster relief force, a key question in the wake of post-tropical storm Fiona. About 700 CAF members are currently on the ground helping with cleanup in several Atlantic provinces, Eyre confirmed. He said the CAF would always be the "ultimate insurance policy" in case of disaster, but he noted that "with the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters, there's more capacity that's required." Cpl. Brandon McRae of the Cape Breton Highlanders removes brush under the direction of Nova Scotia Power officials in the wake of post-tropical storm Fiona, in Glace Bay, N.S., on Sept. 26. (Vaughan Merchant/The Canadian Press) Members of the military told MPs earlier this week that the forces were having trouble meeting recruitment goals and were short as many as 10,000 people. The chief of the defence staff suggested that giving municipal and provincial governments additional resources would allow them to more effectively respond to natural disasters on their own — but even with that, Eyre said he anticipates the military would still be involved in providing relief as disasters become more frequent and severe. Feds deploy more troops to Fiona-hit areas, promise compensation In Fiona's wake, politicians reflect on Canadians' kindness after natural disasters In interviews on CBC Radio's The House, which aired on Saturday, experts were split on the need for a separate force. Retired lieutenant-general Guy Thibault, former vice-chief of the defence staff and current chair of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, agreed with the need to boost the capacity to respond at lower levels of government. Peter Kikkert, assistant professor of public policy and governance at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., argued in favour of a permanent, paid civilian workforce that could be trained in a variety of adaptation and response needs. LISTEN | The need for a dedicated disaster relief force: CBC News: The House5:22Should Canada have a dedicated disaster response force? In the wake of post-tropical storm Fiona, with military members on the ground to help with cleanup, The House speaks with experts about whether Canada needs a dedicated disaster relief force. "That kind of permanent paid workforce, I think that would attract a lot of people who maybe would like to kind of serve in this kind of domestic entity but are not interested in the other kind of responsibilities that come with joining the armed forces," he said. Anand said earlier this week that while the CAF is being called on more frequently, "our ability to co-ordinate with provincial and local organizations is becoming increasingly effective and efficient, and at this time the system is working well." Eyre also said the military would soon be putting out a revised policy for COVID-19 vaccinations. The military has the last remaining federal vaccine mandate after the government suspended other mandates this summer. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  22. Sat, Sep 10, 2022 WestJet Pilots Notify Management of Negotiations Contracts Set for Review for Another Airline as Pilots Face Difficult Economy The WesJet Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association has notified WestJet Airlines Management of their intention to open negotiations regarding the group's collective agreement. http://www.aero-news.net/images/content/commair/2022/WestJet-Stock-Airline-0922a_tn.jpeg The pilots group's head, Captain Dave Kingston, said that the pilots have been pulling more than their fair share of weight at the company since 2020 and it's time their services are acknowledged. “For more than two years, our airline has faced the devastating impacts of COVID-19 head-on but is on its way to recovery, thanks in large part to the efforts and sacrifices of this pilot group. For some, those sacrifices included a nearly 70 percent reduction in pay, while close to half of our pilots were furloughed. As we continue our transition back to a pre-pandemic level of operations, our sacrifices must be recognized by WestJet management in our next contract.” The notification means that contract talks will formally begin, though the WestJet/ALPA Negotiating Committee seems optimistic about the outcome of their work, saying that they intend to present company brass with rational proposals consistent with the agreements gained by similar pilot groups in the USA. “Our goal is to reach a fair contract that provides job security and career progression for pilots and stability to the airline,” Kingston said. “We have done our part to help the company remain competitive and expect a new contract that will help attract and retain experienced, qualified pilots who will look at WestJet as a career destination.” FMI:www.alpa.org
  23. Air Force grounds most of its C-130H fleet due to propeller problem Nicholas Slayton - Yesterday 12:27 p.m. The U.S. Air Force has stopped flights of more than 100 of its workhorse cargo plane, citing a need to fix defective propeller barrel assemblies. If not fixed, the issue could crack propellers and endanger planes and crew. U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tan Pham, 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron acting lead production superintendent, performs a preflight check on an EC-130H Compass Call at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Aug. 17, 2022. (Staff Sgt. Kristine Legate/U.S. Air Force)© Provided by Task & Purpose USAF Air Mobility Command confirmed to Task & Purpose that 116 planes, most of C-130Hs including variants, are grounded. Air Mobility Command has 128 C-130H planes. Following an engine run check at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, airmen found a leak in one of the propellers. “When the propeller assembly was removed and turned into the WR-ALC Prop Shop, a technician noted a crack in the propeller barrel assembly. Upon subsequent inspections, two additional propeller assemblies were discovered with the same issue,” Air Mobility Command said in a statement to Task & Purpose. “These discoveries drove the first safety time compliance technical order (TCTO) to conduct a field level visual inspection on all C-130H model aircraft with the 54H60 props installed. After additional review, including metallurgical and detailed stress analysis, the command released an immediate-action TCTO directing replacement of a variety of specific suspect propellers.” The issue is specific to planes with 54H60 propellers. A cracked propeller barrel assembly presents “significant risk” for planes in flight, USAF said. The grounding order does not impact C-130H aircraft that have the newer NP2000 propeller assembly, nor the Air Force’s C-130J models. It is not immediately clear how this will impact Air Mobility Command’s operations. Related video: U.S Air Force grounds C-130H Hercules over cracked propeller barrels | Yet another safety worryded: 19.9iew on Watch The Air Force has ordered the pieces be replaced with newer NP2000 propeller assemblies to avoid any safety risks. However, the “time to resolution” isn't clear, but Air Mobility Command said that USAF is aggressively working to get the aircraft operations restarted. Several dozen C-130Hs has a similar issue in 2019, which resulted in a brief grounding as well. The news was first shared on an unofficial Air Force Facebook page, with a user posting a screenshot of a time compliance technical order for the planes, which mentioned grounding them. Aircraft require ongoing maintenance and inspection in order to stay flight ready. The Air Force so often finds issues in need of repairs on its aircraft that a “black letter” maintenance report — so called because there are no issues written on it in red ink — is “super rare.” The defective propeller barrel assembly with the C-130H fleet is the latest issue with the service’s aircrafts. In August, Air Force Special Operations Command grounded its fleet of V-22 Ospreys due to a hard clutch engagement problem; they were cleared for flight in September, but the problem was given a workaround, not fully fixed. David Roza contributed to this article. The latest on Task & Purpose ‘Untethered’ Air Force general: ‘When you kill your enemy, every part of your life is better’The Air Force’s top recruiter is personally reviewing recruits’ hand tattoos so they can enlistPolitical candidate accused of stolen valor claims his deployments are ‘classified’Tank warfare is still relevant, even if the Russians suck at itThe best military field gear we’ve ever bought Want to write for Task & Purpose? Click here. Or check out the latest stories on our homepag
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