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  1. https://twitter.com/TorontoPearson/status/933348165151068163 Forewarned is forearmed, I suppose. Thank goodness it's only a week.
  2. Waffling Canada

    Ivison - and some of you- are being sucked in by the security establishment looking to protect and even enhance their turf and budgets. I've seen this happen many times before - the threat always seems to grow when the self-serving want it to. Yes, some foreign countries are killing off their ISIS members. We don't know how efficiently they are doing it, or what the consequences will be. I'm going to cite here the most knowledgeable source here OUTSIDE the Canadian security establishment. Read this thread. https://twitter.com/AmarAmarasingam/status/933134970507313152
  3. Mexico Warns Trudeau on NAFTA

    And yet the Mexican government is now looking at encouraging the talks to go beyond the July election in that country, and is not softening its stance on key issues one iota. Nor is Canada. A respected Mexican official also cautioned on Twitter that Fox does not speak for the Mexican government, and has become a bit of a self-promotional gadfly. I am watching trade issues as closely as anything these days, and there is no sign Canada or Mexico are going separate ways on anything related to these negotiations.
  4. Pre-owned F-18’s

    Frankly, used equipment is often the best choice when it isn't clear yet what the permanent solution should look like. Since navy procurement is way behind schedule, the government had a tanker refitted (rather well) as a supply ship. Doesn't seem like a bad idea. But we also buy lots of new equipment. C-17s from Boeing, search and rescue planes from Airbus. CC-130J Hercules to replace older Hercules. Tanks aside, a lot of the ground vehicles are produced here in Canada. It's just the Navy that seems to have problems with its procurement programs and the inane need to keep shipyards open as instruments of regional economic development. We'd be much better off just contracting with a German shipyard to build a new frigate fleet with off the shelf NATO designs. The Aussies buy a lot of new, off the rack equipment. Canada seems to feel that it must be small batch, custom designs.
  5. New Low Cost Start up in Canada

    I wonder if 1000 flights means 1000 or 500 round trips. Not a whole lot either way. Taxes and fees will, of course, be extra.
  6. One slight adjustment to the thread title. The union says it has enough signed memberships to be certified without a vote. If that happens, it would suggest a stronger desire to unionize that mainline pilots exhibited, at least in the earlier attempts by ALPA to get them to sign up.
  7. I think in Halliday's case, he was so widely respected as a human being, a man among men as one writer referred to him today.
  8. Airbus buys into CSeries

    I doubt it. It's not in her politics that I can see.
  9. Airbus buys into CSeries

    WTI Crude rose about $57 today. I wonder if United in particular regrets not buying the CSeries. Those 737-700s are cheap, for sure, but if crude goes even a little higher, they will be expensive to operate. Also good news for the oil sands producers - a nice combination of rising oil prices and declining CAD/US exchange rate, likely reflecting trade uncertainty.
  10. https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/03/climate-change-report-2017-trump-244525 New U.S. climate change report contradicts Trump By EMILY HOLDEN 11/03/2017 02:51 PM EDT A new scientific report published by the U.S. government Friday concludes that human activity is the main driver of climate change, contradicting the chorus of voices across the Trump administration that have sought to raise doubts about the link between pollution and rising temperatures. The report, which reiterates findings that human activity is “extremely likely” to be the reason that global temperatures are the highest in the history of modern civilization, comes as a challenge to President Donald Trump’s rejection of climate change as a hoax. Trump has moved to withdraw the U.S. from global efforts to fight climate change, and directed his administration to unwind a slate of policies put in place under former President Barack Obama to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Fundamentally, it’s reaffirmed that climate change is real, that humans are the dominant cause of warming, and that it is having an effect in the U.S. And those effects will grow more severe as long as we continue to emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,” said Bob Kopp, a climate scientist at Rutgers University and a contributor to the multi-agency report. Sea levels are expected to rise from 1 foot to 4 feet by the end of the century and could swell by up to 8 feet if emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise, according to the final Climate Science Special Report, the first volume of the congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment. Episodes of heavy rainfall are becoming more frequent and intense, and heat waves will become more common. Kopp said the report also shows the U.S. can expect more compounded extreme weather events, like the multiple hurricanes and wildfires that occurred this summer. Annual global average temperatures are expected to rise by 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050. And though the growth in global carbon dioxide emissions is slowing, that trend is moving too slowly to keep temperatures below a dangerous tipping point of 3.6 degrees, or 2.0 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels that would see more devastating impacts, the scientists found. The report is the most comprehensive study since the last National Climate Assessment was published three years ago and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its physical science report four years ago, Kopp said.
  11. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/climate/us-climate-report.html U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials By LISA FRIEDMANNOV. 3, 2017 Smoke rose from trees burned in a wildfire in Wrightwood, Calif., last year. A report from 13 federal agencies says extreme weather events have cost the United States $1.1 trillion since 1980.CreditJonathan Alcorn/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Earth is experiencing the warmest period in the history of civilization and humans are the dominant cause of the temperature rise that has occurred since the start of the 20th century, according to an exhaustive scientific report unveiled Friday by 13 federal agencies. The report was approved by the White House, but it directly contradicts much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change. Over the past 115 years global average temperatures have increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to record-breaking weather events and temperature extremes. The global, long-term warming trend is “unambiguous,” the report says, and there is “no convincing alternative explanation” that anything other than humans — the cars we drive, the power plants we operate, the forests we destroy — are to blame. The findings come as the Trump administration is defending its climate change policies on several fronts. The United Nations convenes its annual climate change conference next week in Bonn, Germany, and the Trump delegation is expected to face harsh criticism over President Trump’s decision to walk away from the 195-nation Paris accord on climate and top American officials’ stated doubts about the causes and impacts of a warming planet. “This report has some very powerful, hard-hitting statements that are totally at odds with senior administration folks and at odds with their policies,” said Philip B. Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center. “It begs the question, where are members of the administration getting their information from? They’re obviously not getting it from their own scientists.”
  12. New Low Cost Start up in Canada

    Here's some news on Swoop. As I have posted before, some will love the ULCC concept, and some will be whining to the CBC about all the fees until they learn the ropes (pack light, pre-pay any fees, etc) http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/westjet-s-low-cost-carrier-swoop-will-charge-travellers-double-the-ancillary-fees-1.3657464 WestJet's low-cost carrier Swoop will charge travellers double the ancillary fees Photo credit: WestJet 0 0 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:21PM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, October 31, 2017 4:55PM EDT Flying on WestJet's low-cost carrier Swoop will come with a price: ancillary fees that will cost travellers about twice what they pay on the mainline carrier, the CEO of the Calgary-based airline said Tuesday. Gregg Saretsky said he expects non-fare fees on Swoop, which is set to launch in June, will be very similar to so-called ultra low-cost carriers in the U.S. "We're about $19 per guest currently on the mainline operation and I would expect that we should be able to get (double) that on Swoop," he said during a conference call Tuesday about its third-quarter results. WestJet's (TSX:WJA) fees for services like flight changes, cancellations and checked bags increased 12 per cent in the third quarter to $117 million, or $18.64 per passenger. Between 60 and 70 per cent of Swoop travellers are expected to pay fees for carry-on and checked baggage, added Bob Cummings, who is heading up preparations to launch Swoop. However, higher ancillary fees will be more than offset by lower airport charges and base fares, he said. "Total ticket prices will be 30 to 40 per cent lower at the end of the day," Cummings said in an interview. He said Swoop should capture some of the equivalent of 30 to 35 planeloads of Canadians who fly daily out of U.S. border airports. Swoop is set to launch with two 189-seat Boeing 737-800s. The fleet will increase to six planes by September and 10 in the summer of 2019. Swoop's network of longer haul flights and ancillary charges will be unveiled in February when tickets go on sale and will ultimately provide flights both in Canada and to the southern United States and sun destinations. Modelled after the relationship between Australia's Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd., Swoop will fly mostly to different destinations than WestJet, but may also supplement the larger airline on major city routes. Saretsky said Swoop will operate as an independent airline with its own reservation system, operator's certificate and airport check-in counters staffed by its own employees. "We have been very resolute in wanting to build this at the absolute lowest (cost), so there will not even be connectivity between Swoop and WestJet," he told analysts. Passengers flying on Swoop from Calgary to Toronto, for example, will have to collect their bags and recheck them for corresponding flights to Sudbury. Swoop's financial results, however, will be incorporated with those of WestJet. Ed Sims, WestJet's commercial executive vice-president, said there is still significant demand in the Canadian market to stimulate traffic at lower fares, especially using secondary airports like Hamilton, Ont. and Abbotsford, B.C. However, Cummings said WestJet believes there is room for only one major ultra-low cost carrier in Canada. Unlike startup competitors like Canada Jetlines Ltd. which is also set to fly next summer, WestJet's existing operations could be used to carry passengers in case of service disruptions. Air Canada (TSX:AC) has said it will use its low-cost leisure travel subsidiary Rouge to compete on the very low-cost market in Canada. Meanwhile, WestJet said it expects the new widebody Boeing 787s that will start entering its fleet in January 2019 will help attract more business travellers. It plans to add lounges at its hubs in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver and will increase the use of its mobile apps for bookings, check-in and prioritized boarding. Saretsky said many Canadian corporations are looking for better deals because flying in Canada at the last minute can be expensive. "So as much as Air Canada might fight back, we have a massive cost advantage and a product specifically designed to accommodate that type of traveller." WestJet saw its third-quarter profit grow by about 20 per cent compared with a year ago as it increased capacity and traffic. The airline said it earned a record $138.4 million or $1.18 per diluted share for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $116.0 million or 97 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled $1.22 billion, up from $1.12 billion, with premium economy seat revenues rising 19 per cent.
  13. Not a lot of fanfare for this delivery. Westjet was rather understated, too. I wonder why https://twitter.com/AirCanada/status/925471959860858880
  14. AC 3rd Quarter Profit

    Oil isn't going anywhere significant, the C$ is heading down, but hey... Only bad news, so to speak, in today's announcement is that AC will starting paying cash tax in 2021!