The NetLetter #1245

The NetLetter

For Air Canada Retirees
(Part of the ACFamily Network)


March 9, 2013 - Issue 1245
First Issue published in October 1995!
(over 5,400 subscribers)
In This Issue
Star Alliance News
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Terry's Trivia
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Welcome to the NetLetter!

We welcome you to allow the NetLetter to be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC, Wardair, etal and share your experiences with us!

Terry Baker and the NetLetter Team

Star Alliance News
Star AllianceUnited Airlines has removed the Boeing 787 from its flight schedule through June 5, though it is still hopeful it can launch Denver-Tokyo Narita 787 service in May.

TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoBelow we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.

The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.

1976 - Nighthawk fares introduced to Freeport effective December 17th.

1976 - New Ramp Equipment Maintenance Shop (REMS) opened at Toronto in September.

Issue dated - November 1976
Found in "Horizons" magazines.
A family affair. A century of service with the Company brought the MacKenzie family (sister and brothers) together in Montreal in 1976 to celebrate the occasion. President Claude Taylor, second from left, was on hand to offer congratulations to, from the left : Al, Project Manager, Corporate Planning, Montreal (24 years); Lorna, Supervisor Data Networks, C&SS, Toronto (30 years); Ross, Maintenance Control Coordinator, Montreal (31 years); and Ken, Storeman, P&E, Montreal (15 years).

Issue dated - January 1977
Caribbean first. On December 18th, 1976, the Company introduced scheduled B-747 service to the Caribbean for the first time with flight AC966 to Barbados. The service operated from Toronto non-stop each Saturday and Sunday for the winter schedule and is proving to be very popular. In the photo are, from the left: David Burke, Airport Customer Service Supervisor, Barbados; Peter Pemberton, General Manager, South; Captain Frank Milburn; Art Garwood, District Manager, Barbados; and Bunny Manning, Sales Representative, Barbados. Captain Milburn retired following his return trip to Toronto after 34 years with the Company. (We are unable to identify the cabin crew sneaking off on the left, obviously heading for the beach - eds)

Issue dated - February 1977
During January 1977, Claude Taylor, President, managed to avoid the Montreal winter by visiting the Victoria B.C. offices. Here we have two photos to prove it. At the City Ticket Office we have from the left: District Manager Glen Steeves, Passenger Agents Joey Tessaro, Bill Cartwright, Lynn Cockrill, Barbara Helm and Sales Office Supervisor Bill Francis.

At the airport, the President met with, from the left: John Innes, Customer Service Manager, Station Attendants Wayne North and Paul Miller, Lead Station Attendant John Taylor and Claude Taylor, Don McLean, G.M. B.C. & Pacific Northwest and Dick Sumislawski, Acting Station Agent.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceAlan is on vacation!
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and its "ancestry" of contributing airlines.
Issue dated - June 2000
Extracted from the "Canadi>n Flyer" magazine -
Canadian and Air Canada employees began to co-exist under the merging of ticket offices due to the integration plans for the two national airlines. The merged workplace for Vancouver was reopened April 17th, 2000. During May the integration had taken place at Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa and Montreal.

A successful effort by Canadian employee volunteers to promote the health and well-being of Vancouver based flight attendants and in-flight employees through monthly workshops. Started in 1998, the Health and Wellness Committee has presented workshops of various subjects. This photo shows the Committee members during 2000. Members of the committee from the left: Jennifer O'Neil, Susan Gelhorn, Jacquie Martens and Deborah Pettigrew.   

Calgary's river bank received a clean sweep the spring of 2000, thanks in part to the volunteer effort of 30 employee and their families from CDN and CRA. The Community Investment Group at Canadian spearheaded the event. Seventy-seven bags of garbage, plus a few odd treasures - a patio table umbrella, a whole coconut, hockey elbow pad, and a baby sleigh - were pulled from the river. The clean-up occurred at the same location where CDN and CRA volunteers had planted over 1,000 trees last year as part of Tree Canada Day. Here is the gang from the left: Two Calgary City Sanitation workers (standing on the truck) help CON volunteers clean up. In front: Zane Pajak, Wendy Kennedy, Debbie Iversen, Gail Waterman, Christine Smith, Shirley Koroluk and Tammy Davies. Kneeling in front are: Patrick Brooks and Betty Lor.

Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently.
Ross Taylor, referring to the Smiley by Jake Visser reproduced in  NetLetter nr 1242a sends this -
It was great to see an example of he Snake's work again. He had a special Line Mtce take on airline life at that time in history especially with Cappy Dick and CoJoe. Good one! Keep up the good work Cheers and best regards, Ross T. ex line mtce CYWG (retired)

Here is the continuation of the founding of the Canadian Maple Wings Association which we started in NetLetter nr 1243 from information supplied by its founder Gretchen Aird Dawson -
I wish to add here, that in the last couple of months, with our numbers increasing daily, still - we got requests from many who joined the Company after 1964, and we had to turn them down, promising to include them when we were up and functioning. Our numbers were swelling at the last minute, just like they did back in 1973!

May 23- 25, 1980 saw the first TCA Flight Attendant Reunion held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, in Toronto! At the first meeting held on the Saturday, May 24th, the requested submission of what to call ourselves was taken as a vote from many suggestions for a name - in the end, Canadian Maple Wings Association won the vote, a Board of Directors was created, committees were established, and we (CMWA), were off and running. By November 24, 1980, we were federally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, officially named Canadian Maple Wings Association, with I believe 12 established Chapters, across Canada. Our Constitution and By-laws were in place and we were up and running!!

Over the last 32 years, I know Canadian Maple Wings has donated well over $300.000.00 - $350,000.00 from the National body and from Chapters in their communities, to worthwhile, recognized charities.
Could even be more as several Chapters, across Canada, annually donate generously and not always does the National hear about it. 

Gretchen Aird Dawson

Liette Lacroix Kenniff has sent us this information -
I'm always happy to receive the NetLetter and I'm an avid reader and grateful to your team for bringing up such fond memories for us old fogeys!

In the March 5 issue, NetLetter nr 1244, I noticed an error: in the 1976 picture showing the opening of the new Cargo terminal, you identified the last person on the right as Gérard Areault.

In fact he was Gérard Lareault, who will be remembered by all who knew him as a great person: Gérard was loved by all his co-workers as well as his superiors who held him in high esteem. Gérard took ill in his prime and left us at a very young age, (I'm thinking his early forties???). It is true the good die young... He was sorely missed.
Liette Lacroix Kenniff
(Liette is quite correct, on reviewing the article, which coincided with the crease in the magazine, the name does appear as Liette suggests - eds)

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerJannet Tricarico sends us this correction to the information on new passport fees in NetLetter nr 1242a - I think the new passport fees are wrong in your latest netletter.
As per http://www.ppt.gc.ca/index.aspx the New fees effective July 1, 2013 (in Canadian dollars)   





Travel document or service New fee Passports: Applications made in Canada and passport delivered in Canada  
10-year passport $160*
5-year passport (or less) $120*
*A consular fee of C$25 is included in the price of all adult travel documents. Passport Canada has no authority over the use or amount of this fee.
(The figures in NetLetter nr 1242a did not include the above $25.00 - eds)


Travel Tips for Singles suggested by Dargal Interline Worldwide
If you are on holiday alone, here are some precautions when selecting a hotel:  
  • Book a hotel on a well trafficked street with busy businesses nearby.
  • Room numbers should be written on the key's envelope, not mentioned aloud.
  • Amenities like parking and gym should have attendants during times you might need them.
  • Parking lot should be well lit and secured.
  • Plastic electronic keys with no identifying numbers or addresses.
  • Ask a female employee (not in reservations) whether she walks in the area at night.
  • When you're choosing a room, look for one that is:
  • Has double locks, and preferably a bar lock.
  • Is near the lobby or another location that is staffed 24 hours.
  • When using your room:
  • Do not use the clean room sign letting others know you are not in. Call housekeeping if necessary.
  • Do use the do not disturb sign so others think the room is occupied.
  • Lock up valuables in the safe and lock larger items in your suitcase.

If you followed this advice, now may be the time to check out those interline deals from www.dargal.com.


Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

From "Between Ourselves" magazine issued December 1947, we have the miscellaneous meanderings of Joe Mech by J. F. McDevitt who worked in Toronto.

The NetLetter is an email newsletter published (usually) once a week and contains a mixture of nostalgia, current news and travel tips. We encourage our readers to submit their stories, photos and/or comments from either days gone by or from present day experiences and trips. If we think that the rest of our readers will enjoy it, we will publish it here.

We also welcome your feedback in regard to anything we post here. Many readers have commented with additional information, names and personal memories from the photos and articles presented here.

The NetLetter, which is free, is open to anyone that wishes to subscribe but is targeted to retired employees from Air Canada, Canadian Airlines and all the other companies that were part of what Air Canada is today. Thanks for joining us!

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!  
Your NetLetter Team

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E&OE - (errors and omissions excepted) - The historical information as well as any other information provided here is subject to correction and may have changed over time. We do publish corrections when they are brought to our attention.
First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
  • Flight Engineer - Bill Rowsell, Londesboro, Ontario 
  • Stewardess - Lisa Ruck, Brooklin, Ontario 
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