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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 710,  Aug 6th,  2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2400+

Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker

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. With reference to the recent information to mark the 65th Anniversary by
having active employees names on an aircraft - we are receiving some comments
from you but, please don't shoot the messenger. We  would suggest that you
direct your comments them to:-

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with a copy to  Robert Milton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.
Also there are forums set up on and

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. Nice to know.
The Toronto City Sales Office Serves Its Last Customer Aug 1st.
The Toronto City Sales office (CSO) will close its doors permanently at the
end of business day today.  All services previously provided by the CSO, are
available at the Air Canada customer service counter at the airport, Call
Centres, the Air Canada website at, Aeroplan® at, or through Tango at

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. Terry Denny sends this followup story -
The reference to the disappearance of Indy the dog at Dorval Airport in
Netletter #709 brought to mind a rather more amusing account of a
missing animal some years back at the TCA Cargo Terminal in Vancouver.
Betty Gabb-Jones, now deceased, who was one of the principal players in
this drama worked for many years in the TCA/AC Public Relations
Department and related this tale to several of the PR staff following
many cocktails one evening. Betty, born in India and raised and educated
in England, had emigrated to the west coast of Canada in the late 1950's
to seek employment. Trans Canada Air Lines hired her and she commenced
working as a clerk/typist in the airline's cargo terminal at Vancouver
Airport. (At this point, it should be noted that Betty, with limited
time in Canada, had little or no real knowledge or understanding of the
flora or fauna of our great land.) At the commencement of her lunch
break one hot and sultry Vancouver day, Betty walked from the
administrative office onto the cargo terminal floor planning to stand
outside the hangar doors to get a breath of fresh air. She happened to
pass a fairly large cage and to her dismay espied a very large German
Shepherd dog (her description) lying disconsolately therein. The large
greyish-brown animal seemed to be suffering from the heat so being the
kind soul she was and with a love of animals she searched for a piece of
rope to place about its neck to allow her to safely transport it outside
to take the air and to ease its bladder. Not knowing the rules and regs
governing this sort of action (if, in fact there were any rules and regs
at the time) she opened the latch on the cage and coaxed the animal to
leave its temporary abode thence tying the rope around its neck to form
a rudimentary leash. With her new friend in tow she proceeded to lead
him outside to attend to excremental matters all of this performed
beyond the vision and knowledge of any other employee of the terminal.
After about half an hour and a successful discharge of his duties, she
returned with her charge to the hangar door opening to find the place in
turmoil. One rather distraught individual in full flight from the
premises screamed at her to beware as a large timber wolf had got loose
from his cage and was thought to be likely to threaten the staff. At
this point, Betty came to the realization that her skills at canine
identification might be somewhat in need of remedial action. Now most
people, many put to bed with tales of a little girl in a red cape
visiting "grandmother" which likely became the root cause of nightmares
in the very young, would be excused at this moment for feeling faint of
heart and suddenly making a run for the high ground sans large furry
beast. But, Betty, with stiff upper lip and in true pukka fashion
learned from her earlier days on the frontier of what would later become
Pakistan, bit the bullet and took full responsibility for returning the
animal to its cage. She marched into the terminal and with her approach
the waters parted so to speak as those brave enough to still stay in the
terminal (now armed with brooms, mops and other implements of defense)
moved aside quickly to allow her passage. With little fuss, she untied
the rope from around the wolf's neck and returned him to his cage to the
utter amazement of her colleagues. Judging by the uproar she had caused
she recognized immediately that her actions might not be viewed as
overly charitable by management and that her career in TCA might be
short-lived at best. However, following a short meeting with her
supervisor and a promise not to free any other animals she kept her job
and carried on for 35 more years until her retirement in the early
1990's. She always maintained that the wolf had acted extremely politely
and as a "perfect gentleman" unlike it is thought many of her two-legged
male colleagues. But that's another story.
Terry Denny

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Events for the Employees and Retirees of STAR ALLIANCE
submitted by Christopher Arbique
Good evening from Snowy Calgary!
Can you believe it...its snowing here in Calgary and has been for the past
three hours. One more reason we like words like HNL, OGG and SYD.
The Alaska Highway trip in May went over so well, that we have decided to
coordinate another! Participants came in from as far away as LHR to attend
May's trip...There are some neat photos in the photo album.
Here is the information regarding Septembers programs -
Here is a great opportunity to meet fellow workers from within the STAR
ALLIANCE Network! Cruise the Alaska Highway in your own motorhome. These are
nature lover programs! See Moose, Elk, Deer, Bears, and maybe...even some
Event: Mile "0" Event.
Package Length: 8 Days!
Routing: Whitehorse to Vancouver or Calgary.
·       September 20 - 28th.
·       September 24 - Oct. 04th.
Package Price: $598.00 CAD per motorhome and includes all taxes, all mileage
and insurance.
There are some FULL SIZE motorhomes available!
Contact: Ellie at Canadream Campers.
Telephone: 403 291 1000 Toll Free: 1 800 461 7368 Fax: 403 219 5509 Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Be sure to quote "The Mile 0 Event.
View under Employee Events for this program!
Event: Mile "0" Event.
Alaska Highway Autumn Odyssey
Package Length: 11 Days!
·       September 27 - Oct. 08th.
Routing: Whitehorse to Vancouver.
The program retails for $698.00 CAD inclusive of insurance, taxes and mileage!
Contact: Bernie Lehmann at Fraserway Campers.
Telephone: 604 527 1102 Toll Free: 1-800-661-2441 Fax: 604 527 1105 Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Be sure to quote "The Mile 0 Event".
Christopher Arbique
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. Terry's travel tips.
Doug Davidson sends this info -
Since folks are often asking about hotels I offer this. Priceline is great.
Last week, we stayed at Doubletree Club at JFK for US $52 and Grand Hyatt
next to Grand Central Station in Manhattan for US $90.
The trick is to check first and see what prices
other people have been able to get.
You need a U.S. credit card with Priceline unfortunately. My son is in
Minneapolis and is very helpful! Best regards. Doug Davidson.

RR in YYZ has this info -
ALAMO RENT-A-CAR USA. I have uncovered a little known bargain offered by
Alamo Rent A Car. I have taken advantage of this rate in Florida, California &
Hawaii. In addition to the Travel Industry Rate, Alamo offers a "prepaid" rate
all in (tax/gas/insurance/free mileage) in Canadian dollars. You have to ask
the prepaid Canadian dollar rate. I believe cancellation can be made up until
48 hours prior to arrival. Recent example - Mid Sized Car in Florida for 7
$229.00 USD plus, plus -- Prepaid rate $147.00 CDN all inclusive. Huge
savings and billed on a credit card in Canadian dollars. Safe driving!!

If you are travelling through Houston either on AC or connecting through
Continental's hub, the Hilton Garden Hotel about 10 minutues from the airport
gives a great rate to airline employees, is a lovely hotel and has a free
Also, if you end up overnighting in Newark, again as Continental's
Hub, the Holiday Inn at the airport is Continental's crew hotel, has a free
shuttle,and a great airline employee rate.

Just checking out car rental rates for florida. If you go with Avis, you can
a better discount with your Costco Wholesale Card than with the Air Canada
Corp. rate!

Some of the deals Dargal has  on offer -
EXTRA SPECIAL DEAL! Have your credit card in hand!
August 21 ~ 3 Nights ~ the BRAND NEW Carnival Legend (pre-inaugural sailing!)
ITINERARY: London (Harwich), England; Amsterdam, Netherlands; At Sea; London
(Harwich), England
Inside $239, Oceanview $254, Balcony $284 (port charges included!)
To book this special deal it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1) Check your airfare
2) Call Doug at 1-800-690-3223 ext. 605 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the
ship and sailing date (Carnival Legend, August 21st)
3) Advise Doug of your legal name(s) and credit card number for confirmation.
It's that simple!
Jack Tar Village ~ MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (adults only)
Now until December 21:
Standard room ~ $66 per person/night Superior room ~ $78 per person/night

*** ALASKA ***
September 6 ~ 7 Nights ~ Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas
ITINERARY: Vancouver, B.C.; to Seward, Alaska
Inside $399, Oceanview $699, Balcony $799, Suite $999, 3rd & 4th $299
September 13 ~ 7 Nights ~ Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas
ITINERARY: Seward, Alaska; to Vancouver, B.C.
Inside $399, Oceanview $699, Balcony $799, Suite $999, 3rd & 4th $299
*** EUROPE ***
August 15 & 27 ~ 12 Nights ~ Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas
ITINERARY: Harwich, England; At Sea; Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; At Sea;
Stockholm, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland;
At Sea; Harwich, England
Inside $1199 (Aug. 15 only), Oceanview $1299, Balcony $1399
December 21 ~ 7 Nights ~ NCL's Norwegian Dawn (Inaugural sailing!)
ITINERARY: Miami, Florida; At Sea; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand
Cayman; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; At Sea; Miami, Florida
Inside $819, Oceanview $1029, Balcony $1199
Family and Friends are welcome at these rates!
September 8, 15, 22 & 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27, November 3, 10 & 17, December
1, 8 & 15 ~ 7 Nights ~ Carnival's Elation
ITINERARY: Los Angeles, California; Fun Day at Sea; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico;
Mazatlan, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Fun Day at Sea; Los Angeles,
September 8 - September 29: Oceanview $646
October 6 - December 15: Oceanview $561
August 17 ~ 7 Nights ~ Viking River's Viking Normandie
ITINERARY: Paris, France; Vernon, France; Giverny, France; Les Andelys, France;
Rouen, France; Caudebec, France; Honfleur, France Outside $299
August 17 ~ 7 Nights ~ Viking River's Viking Burgundy
ITINERARY: Avignon, France; Arles, France; Avignon, France; Viviers, France;
Tournon, France; Vienne, France; Lyon, France; Macon, France; Chalon-sur-Saone,
Outside $349
August 17 ~ 11 Nights ~ Viking River's Viking Pakhomov
ITINERARY: St. Petersburg, Russia; Cruising; Kizhi Island, Russia; Goritsy,
Russia; Yaroslav, Russia; Uglich, Russia; Moscow, Russia Outside $349
August 18 ~ 14 Nights ~ Viking River's Viking Pride
ITINERARY: Budapest, Hungary; Esztergom, Hungary; Szentendre, Hungary; Vienna,
Austria; Wachau Valley, Austria; Melk, Austria; Passau, Germany; Kelheim,
Germany; Regensburg, Germany; Riedenburg, Germany; Nuremberg, Germany; Bamberg,
Germany; Rothenberg, Germany; Wurzburg, Germany; Miltenberg, Germany; Wertheim,
Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Rudesheim, Germany; Koblenz, Germany; Amsterdam,
Outside $449
August 23 ~ 12 Nights ~ Viking River's Viking Kirov
ITINERARY: Moscow, Russia; Uglich, Russia; Yaroslav, Russia; Goritsy, Russia;
Kizhi Island, Russia; Cruising; St. Petersburg, Russia Outside $399
August 28 ~ 10 Nights ~ Viking River's Viking Pakhomov
ITINERARY: St. Petersburg, Russia; Cruising; Kizhi Island, Russia; Goritsy,
Russia; Yaroslav, Russia; Uglich, Russia; Moscow, Russia Outside $299
JACK TAR VILLAGE: Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars per person/per night (based
on double occupancy) and are land only. Must be 18 years of age or older.
CRUISES: Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars per person (based on double
occupancy). PORT CHARGES ARE INCLUDED, government taxes/fees are additional.
All Rates and are subject to change, availability and eligibility. Offers apply
to new bookings only, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without
For more information on these and other specials, contact us at:
DARGAL Interline 1-800-690-3223 (North America)
International: (Country Code)-800-2832-7425  Fax: (250) 861-3283

Best of South America-The 3 Beauties-Tango & Samba
6 night tour that includes Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and
Rio de Janeiro.
Tour includes: Accommodations at 4* hotels, daily breakfast
2 dinners & one show, sightseeing in each city, taxes and
service charges.
Only $899us-Departures Oct 12 & Nov 23
Rate for land only, based on double occupancy
domestic airfare Buenos Aires to Iguazu, and on to Rio de Janeiro
is $399us + air departure tax
Olympic Voyager 12 nights Transatlantic-Piraeus to Ft Lauderdale
Inside staterooms $795us, Outside $1095us Sail date: Dec 9
Golden Princess-7 nights-Ft Lauderdale return -Eastern Caribbean
Inside staterooms $399us, Outside $499us, Balcony $599us
Sail dates: Nov 2, 9, & 16
Grand Princess-7 nights-Ft Lauderdale return Western Caribbean
Inside staterooms $399us, Outside $499us, Balcony $599us
Sail dates: Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17
Vision of the Seas-7 nights-Vancouver return
Inside staterooms $549us Sail dates: Aug 11 & 18
Very limited space!
Legend of the Seas-7 nights-Seward to Vancouver
Inside stateroom $449us Sail date: Aug 30
Sept 6-Vancouver to Seward-$399us
Sept 13-Seward to Vancouver $399us
Inspiration-7 nights-Tampa return Inside staterooms $349us
Upper/lower beds only $299us Sail dates: Dec 8 & 15
Dec 1-$399us or upper/lower beds-$299us
Smoke Free Paradise-7 nights-Miami return-Western Caribbean
Inside staterooms $429us-Upper/Lower beds $329us Sail date: Dec 1
$449us on Oct 20, Nov 3, 17 & Dec 15
Eastern Caribbean $449us-Nov 10
Carnival Triumph-7 nights-Miami return
Inside staterooms $429us
Sail dates: Dec 14-Western Caribbean-Upper/Lower beds $329us
Dec 7-Eastern Caribbean-Upper/Lower beds-$379us
$449us-Nov 2, 16, 30-Western Caribbean
$499us-Nov 23-Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Imagination-5 nights-Miami return Inside staterooms $249us, Outside
Sail dates: Sept 2 & 30
Call Interlining Plus for these and more deals 1-800-665-3100

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. Smilie.
Ted Tierney sends this one -

Two "foreign" pilots stagger out from a tavern not knowing what day it is,
never mind the time.
One looks up at the sky and says "Tell me, ish that the moon or the sun?"
Second guy peers up and says   "but which one ... which one?"         
Ted Tierney.

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