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N E T L E T T E R > CANADA <
( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 726 Oct 13th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Nice to know.
Great news- Family Affair sell-off fares to Europe and Tel Aviv! Why worry
about standby travel when you can enjoy
Family Affair? Effective Oct. 14, through Dec.11, 2002, active and retired
employees, as well as eligible family members,
can purchase L class return fares to/from Munich, Madrid, Rome, and Tel Aviv
for travel beginning Oct. 28 —Dec. 12,
2002. Travel must be completed by Dec. 19, 2002. Fares for Europe from
Eastern Canada are $299 (€214 EUR), and
$399 (€286 EUR) from Western Canada. Fares for Tel Aviv are $399 from
Eastern Canada, and $599 from Western
Canada. All other conditions as per regular L class Family Affair program
Air Canada Vacations offers some sunny October deals. For the weeks of Oct.
13, 20 and 27, Air Canada Vacations
is offering all Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and Air Canada Vacations
employees – family and friends included – an
opportunity to soak up some extra rays before the icy blast of winter
arrives. Enjoy special rates from Vancouver,
Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax. For
details, call (514) 876-0760 or toll free at 1-877-752-5510.
" ' "
. Need to know.
Our chief pilot - Vesta sends this information -
re travelling to Indonesia and Bali.
TERRORISTS MAY BE BEHIND ATTACK ON TOURISTS IN INDONESIA
At least 171 people were killed and more than 270 injured in an
explosion Saturday night that investigators said may have been a
terrorist attack on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.
In NetLetter 725spcl we provided information Q & A information received from
Employee Travel & Recognition. ETR has sent us this correction to the following
Is there any movement afoot to enable retirees to obtain
"Compassionate passes" in such circumstances? The last time I
brought the subject up, I was informed that it was for "actives only"
because they are under the time restraints of having to get back to work."
I think we should be eligible, as well, because we retirees are under
the same "time restraints" when it comes to a family crisis. Getting
back home could be an ordinary priority, but getting to a family's city
is certainly time restricted to the same extent for active and retiree
Regretfully, our Policy has not changed at this point - only active
employees are entitled to A1/J10.
For clarification purposes, please take note that the priority for
compassionate travel is not A1/J10 it is A1/Y10
Another question has been received -
ARE MY INDEPENDENT CHILDREN ALLOWED TO TRAVEL ALONE ON MY PARTNER PASS
ALLOTMENT AT THIS TIME..OR IS THIS POLICY TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN 2003..
Answer from Employee Travel & recognition -
Non dependent children will be able to travel unaccompanied as of Jan 5/2003
You will be able to enter them yourself directly to your travel profile at
"travel.aircanada.ca" anytime after January 5/2003
You will not be able to add them before that date.
" ' "
We continue to information started in NetLetter nr 725 -
Produced by Air Canada, Corporate Security Risk Management
Chapter II. At The Airport
There are a number of things that you should remember when checking into an
· From the time you pack your luggage until you check it at the airport
positive control of all items, both hand carried and checked.
· When going through the pre-board screening process cooperate with security
personnel and remember that they are there to help ensure that your travel is
safe. Familiarize yourself with the items that are not permitted on board.
· If a conflict should arise while undergoing the screening process, cooperate.
Obtain the names of the screeners involved, and then discuss the matter with a
supervisor from the appropriate air carrier at a later time or submit this
information to Corporate Security Risk Management.
· Remember that x-ray will not damage film, videos or computer equipment. Only
bring on board what you really need and be prepared to demonstrate that your
electronic items are functional.
· Declare all currency and negotiable instruments as required by law.
· NEVER leave your luggage or briefcase unattended, even while checking in or
once in the secure zone. In some countries, the police or security forces
that an unattended bag is a bomb, and your luggage could be forcefully opened
or even destroyed.
Chapter III. At The Hotel
Arriving at or Departing from the Hotel
The most vulnerable part of your journey is travelling between the point of
debarkation/embarkation and the hotel. Do not linger or wander unnecessarily
in the parking lot, indoor garage or public space around the hotel – be alert
suspicious persons and behavior. Watch for distractions that are intentionally
staged to setup a pickpocket, luggage theft or purse snatch.
Stay with your luggage until it is brought into the lobby, or placed into
the taxi or limousine.
Ask where the nearest fire stairwell is located. Make a mental note which
direction you must turn and approximately how many steps there are to the
closest fire stairwell.
Chapter IV. In Your Hotel
Hotel Room Key
Keep it with you at all times.
· Always keep your key by your bed when asleep
Study a good map of the city and make a mental note of alternative routes to
your hotel or local office should your map become lost or stolen.
· Be aware of your surroundings. Look up and down the street before exiting a
· Avoid jogging or walking in cities you are not familiar with. If you must
jog, be aware of the traffic patterns when crossing public streets.
Valuables should normally be left at home. The rule of thumb is, if you
neither want nor can afford to lose them, DO NOT TAKE THEM! However, if you
must carry valuables, the best way to protect them is to secure them in your
local offices. If that is not possible, the next best course of action is to
seal any valuables by double enveloping, initialing across seams and taping all
edges and seams before depositing them in the hotel’s safety deposit box or
Keep your passport with you at all times. The only time that you should
relinquish it is:
· To the hotel if required by law when registering.
· If you are required to identify yourself to local authorities for any reason.
" ' "
. From the RAPCAN eMailNews issued by Duane Frerichs -
Captain Glen House reminicences -
Subject: TCA 1937
My family drove to the old Lethbridge airport in north east Lethbridge 31
July 1937, to watched the first DOT. Lockheed 12A , CF-CCT land , taxi to the
hanger, park, and watched the pilots disembark. It was doing a survey flight
Montreal to Vancouver of the new airway. That was the first time that I had
On Oct 12, 1937, we were fortunate enough to see TCA L10A CF-TCB, flown by
Bill Straith, M.B. Barclay, and Z.L. Leigh, land at the Lethbridge air
field. This was the first flight for TCA from YVR to YWG.
My first sighting of CF-TCC was on November 4th, when Capt. Z.L. Leigh
landed for fuel, when flying the new L10A to YWG from YVR.
I was also present at the inauguration of Kenyon Field June 7, 1939. The
first plane to land on the new Lethbridge air field south of the city, was
years earlier, Nov.9 , 1937, and was DOT. Lockheed 12A CF-CCT.
In July of 1941, my first flight on TCA was from YQL to YVR in I believe in
L10A CF-TCB, I believe, although I can not confirm that, as I gave the original
and Captains Bulletin to some one for the TCA museum several years ago. I do
still have the
wooden knife, fork and spoon, from that flight.
Aug 19th 1943, I returned YVR to YQL to report for my army draft. Capt.Don
Brady was in command with stew. D. Altwasser, in a Lockheed 14. Flight, on trip
4-19. Total cost $50.65.
Aug 29th 43, I returned to YVR and my former employment, when it was found
that I was employed in a restricted job and could not join any military unit.
On Feb 20th of 1944, I flew home to help my family with the farming. This
flight was with Capt. Jack Wright and stew. Flo Perkins. In April 1952, I flew
on North Star with both of them.
Between 1944 and Feb.5th.1951,when I joined TCA, I finished school, got my
pilots license, studied Engineering, got my A&C Air engineers license, started
operated both Erco Sales and Service, and Alberta Aero Spray Companies, before
flying for TCA.
Thus my interest in one of the world's best airlines. Glen W. House, Capt.
" ' "
. Where are they now!
B737-275 fin540 C-GBPW c/n20958 originally CAIL fin 740 has been in
storage at Vancouver since Sept 2001. This aircraft was sold as scrap to Qwest
Air Parts be flown to Opa Locka (OPF) FL to handover to Qwest Air Parts.
This was the lastof three 737's sold to scrap metal dealer in Opa.
However, aircraft was not in shape to fly and has been broken up at Vancouver
by Air Canada staff in September and parts will be trucked to Opa Locka.
" ' "
. Our copilot - Terry, continues his travels-
Our tour of the Cape Breton started by renting a car at YHZ and, with Edie and
Tony Etheridge. We left YHZ at 18:00 on Thursday 19th Sept, after bidding
farewell to the U.K.Pionairs with whom we had enjoyed two days of socializing
We drove towards Truro, and stayed at the Palliser motel. The motel overlooks
the Elm river which has the tital bore. We witnessed the midnight arrival. We
sat on the bank, with many others, and could hear the approaching water rush as
it approached. Quite strange to see this wall of water reflecting in the
moonlight as it swept past.
Edie Etheridge who was retiring from Air Canada after 40 years and, during that
time working in reservations, had handled the itineraries for a couple who
lived in Newton UK and Wallace, N.S. but had never met. This was her
opportunity, so we drove to Wallace and spend most of the day in their home.
The house was built in 1849 by the G.G.Grandfather. That evening we drove to
Port Hastings. The winds were high due to the tail end of the hurricane. We
stayed at the Sky Lodge just at the entrance to Cape Breton and a full
breakfast at the Irving gas bar was a great deal at $4.59 and gassed up at
Saturday we started on the Cabot Trail along route 19, stopping along the way
for groceries for our picnics. We enjoyed good sunny weather. We paid a visit
to the Glenora Inn and Distillery at Mabou which produces North America’s only
single malt whiskey. We spent the night at the Duck Cove motel overlooking the
Sunday was still good weather, but the sea fog rolled in for awhile. We saw
some excellent sights, once the sea fog cleared. At Cheticamp we came across a
small tea bar and in the field next to it was an array of mannequins in
different dress. Some had the likeness of our politicians. At one place we
stopped, the sea shore was covered with pink granite rocks. We picnicked at the
site of the John Cabot landing. Afterwards we drove around a small fishing
village around Ingonish which had a very unpleasant odor certainly would not
like to live there. We found a delightful chalet to rent, price reasonable as
we negotiated for cash the power of cash! The chalet had two bed rooms,
complete with kitchen and a BBQ on the porch. We could not resist the BBQ, so
shopped locally for steak and had BBQ supper.
Monday, still good weather, we drove down the switchback road and stopped for
elevenses at St Ann’s Bay United Church, which has the Celtic Tea Room
attached. In the bay we saw seals swimming, but no whales. At this point, the
light on the gas dial blinked indicating that we needed gas. Well, be warned,
gas up when you can as the gas bars are few and very far between. We kept going
and going without seeing a gas bar and then the sound of a gong was now a
constant reminder that the car will soon need a drink now we were a tad
worried and were sure that, if it wasn’t for the down hill gradient into the
Baddock gas bar, the girls would have had to get out and push! We had gone 35
kms in that state. At Baddock, we toured around the Alexander Graham Bell
We then backtracked to route 105 to Sydney Forks and stopped two nights at the
Motel Belair Garden Chalets. Most chalets were under renovation, or needed it,
but adequate for us.
Tuesday we drove to Louisburg and spent a most interesting 4 hours there. Next
day we visited Glace Harbour, rather a down trodden town now, but a very
interesting coal museum. A visit down a 1932 mine which goes under the ocean
was a highlight as the guide had actually worked the mine when it was in
operation. We learned that, although there is a lot of coal which can be mined,
the government has elected to close the mines down and import any requirement
from the U.S.
Wednesday, we left the Cabot Trail and drove down the Fleur-de-lis Trail which
borders the Atlantic Ocean. Just outside St.Peters we found a B&B called
‘Grandma’s House’. This was a 1900 charming Victorian house furnished with
antiques. The owner informed us that the property was 50 acres and, together
with the house fully furnished, had be bought by them for $180,000
Thursday, we left Cape Breton and headed for Sherbrooke along route 7. We
stopped at the St. Mary’s River Lodge which was full, but they offered a house
in Port Hilford, which we took. This house was built by a sea captain in 1885
three bed rooms fully equipped.
The inside walls up the staircase were of tin brought over from France. Finding
the house was an experience as we took the wrong road and ended up getting lost
but stopped at a house and asked someone what road we were on, but he didn’t
know! However, he directed us to our destination.
Friday we headed for Truro again to stay at the Palliser, which we had pre
booked fortunately. We drove along the coast roads 16, 316, 211 and 367
unfortunately, the weather let us down as the tail end on the next hurricane
came through, and rain lashed down most of the afternoon. Upon arrival at the
Palliser, we were in time to witness a daylight Tidal Bore.
Saturday saw us bid farewell to Edie & Tony, we going west and they east. We
got our flight, into J! Stopped off at YUL and visited with our son and family
for a couple of days before heading back home to Vancouver Island.
Checking the flight for Monday, the direct to YVR was oversold, so we listed
for the first Rapidair with 58 open seats oversold when we got there. Same
with the 7:30, but we made the 8:00 which left 17 minutes late so missed out
connection in YYZ at 9:30, but made the 10:30 and into J again!. Missed our
connection at YVR for Vancouver Island, but made the 14:35 to complete a very
satisfying trip of 16 days.
Palliser Motel Truro $67.28 incl tax, 15% discount supper and free breakfast.
Sky Lodge Port Hastings $81.72 incl tax Restaurant on site.
Duck Cove Margaree Harbour $74.75 incl tax Restaurant on site.
Ingonish Chalets, Ingonish Beach $129.00 (We were four and, normally, $15.00
extra person we negotiated tax free so saved almost $50.00!)
Garden Cabins Sydney Forks $46.00 incl tax (under renovations)
Grandma’s House St. Peters $65.00 incl tax
House Port Hilford $129.00 incl tax
" ' "
. Terry's travel tips.
Jack Morath from U.K. sends this New Orleans info -
Just came back from there. We did a cruise out of New Orleans and stayed two
nights there beforehand. We stayed at an old house which is now a hotel. Its on
the edge of the French Quarter and walking distance for all downtown areas.
Built in 1837 and furnished in period furniture. We paid us$59.OO plus tax and
it included continental breakfast. Its called Lamothe House, and phone number
is 1-800-367-5858 or 504-947-1161. Fax number 504-943-6536. Web site is
www.ndew-orleans.org Hope this is useful. Jack Morath
" ' "
Another one from Ted Tierney -
Lady on a busy and booked out Concorde flight asks passenger in the seat in
"Sir, why has that seat beside you been left vacant" ?
Reply " booked for my wife but she died yesterday"
Response, "Then why didn't you give the ticket to a friend or relation ...
such a waste"
Reply. "Good thinking that ... but they are all at the funeral"!
" ' "
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