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  1. There were two passages in the throne speech of interest - one was specific commitment to help the travel and hospitality sectors - but with no specifics This is the section of the speech This fall, in addition to extending the wage subsidy, the Government will take further steps to bridge vulnerable businesses to the other side of the pandemic by: Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account to help businesses with fixed costs; By improving the Business Credit Availability Program; And by introducing further support for industries that have been the hardest hi
  2. By the middle of the decade, every single automaker will be deep into electrical vehicle production. Volvo, for one, is exiting production of internal combustion engines. All thee of our bus makers have electric vehicles, there is an interesting company in Quebec, Lion Electric, now selling everything from electric garbage trucks to electric 18 wheelers. The future is coming on faster than most people realize. Yesterday, Airbus even unveiled its concept zero emission aircraft - both EV and hydrogen fuel cell powered.
  3. Meanwhile, the Trans Mountain expansion is going ahead gangbusters, 30% complete by Dec 31st. Work on Line 3 is going ahead, and it's the US courts, not the Canadian government, that has stalled Keystone XL. The LNG project in BC is moving ahead. Nothing you say makes the slightest bit of sense.
  4. Funny, we do have oil refineries in Central and Eastern Canada. Have you ever heard of Sarnia? I wonder why if we're getting our refined product from the US.
  5. I think areas like rapid testing and effective therapeutics/treatments will have a significant impact sooner than a vaccine which may not be available to enough people much before mid-2021, if not the fall of 2021. Here's some good news that has potential applicability for the airline industry. A quick saliva test. It's not even unthinkable that Transport Canada could licence a lab to set up a facility at each major airport so inbound travellers can get a test result while they wait. I'd think an hour would likely be sufficient. It could also benefits schools, workplaces, etc big time. Ev
  6. I'm not sure what Virgin is up to. A Chapter 15 filing is meant to be complementary to filing for bankruptcy protection in one's home market. So far, I have seen nothing about a filing in the UK.
  7. I'm not sure it's a good idea myself because I have little faith in the premiers of three of our four largest provinces making the rapid adjustments necessary. Look at Australia for how to react to a spike The state of Victoria has just moved into a lockdown far more severe than what we experienced in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta where it's more important to open bars than schools. And enforcement in Australia is severe enough to cause those people who want to throw huge parties that ignore all the rules to think twice. I'm also not confident the Europeans can hold the dike much longer. And the
  8. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/air-canada-reports-second-quarter-2020-results-809761194.html Air Canada Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results NEWS PROVIDED BY Air Canada Jul 31, 2020, 06:00 ET Total revenue decline of 89 per cent over second quarter of 2019 due to COVID-19 and government-imposed travel restrictions; cargo revenue up in the quarter Total passengers carried decline of 96 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2019 Liquidity of $9.
  9. It isn't clear whether this was the homeowner or a rental, but there was a clear intent to break all the rules. The fences were raised so you couldn't see over them from the street, and guests were forbidden from taking videos or photos inside.
  10. Well, I guess Ontario has no choice but to use the big stick after that Brampton house party on the weekend. Fines up to $100,000 threatened for the home owner.
  11. I'm very open to Big Stick enforcement, and suspect a lot of Canadians are, it's just that our politicians pander to their base, which includes social conservatives like Derek Sloan who are vehemently against mandatory masking.
  12. I've been following the situation in Australia, and if there is one flagrant difference between how they are responding to their spike in new cases and ours: ENFORCEMENT. All of the people who want to open up everything here seem to lose their discipline once they get what they want. So many bar operators are unwilling to push back against patrons bending the rules. In Australia, they fine both individuals and operators. They fined one homeowner $18,000 for an overcapacity house party. The cops found out about it because someone ordered a huge KFC delivery order, and a patron in the KFC though
  13. There are a number of fast test systems in development[ - in most cases, the hardware is ready but they need to achieve low enough rates of false negatives and false positives in order to go into general use. Air Canada has a deal with Spartan Bioscience of Ottawa for such a system, but it needs to be improved upon in order to be put into general use.
  14. https://twitter.com/kylelarnold/status/1283861718796509207 APA not thrilled
  15. If you want to play that silly game at least show that you have enough intelligence to post a culturally representative image. Pakistan is predominantly Muslim. The US has just barred PIA.