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N E T L E T T E R   >  CANADA   <
( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 738 Nov 25th.,  2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2500+

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

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. Need to know.
Air Canada is cancelling its Edmonton/Los Angeles service from 6th January 2003

Air Canada expands Canada-Italy service by introducing codeshare flights to
Venice and Bologna. Air Canada continues to improve air access to Europe with
the expansion of service between Canada and Italy. Effective tomorrow, Nov. 19
we will offer daily flights to Venice and Bologna on a codeshare basis via
Frankfurt in cooperation with our Star Alliance™ partner, Lufthansa. Also,
starting today we offer flights between Munich and Venice five times a week in
cooperation with Lufthansa’s partner airline, Air Dolomiti. Flights are
scheduled to provide customers with convenient connections to our non-stop
flights to both Frankfurt and Munich.

For planning purposes, information on ZED fares -

Codeshare/affiliated carrier flights are //NOT// eligible

Contact employee travel  service in north america 1-800-413-1113 or the local
Air Canada reservations office elsewhere.

Interline/reduced rate tickets are subject to applicable tax

Definition-ZED - space available personal travel
Zonal Employee Discount (ZED)

Eligible for unlimited ZED - ZM fares:
- active employee of Air Canada/Tier 2 & 3 with 6 months service
- retired employee
- spouse - legal & common-law partner (o/s & s/s)
- dependent children under 24 years of age

Eligible for unlimited ZED - ZH fares:
- parents of active/retired employee

* under 16 years must be accompanied by a person
at least 16 years of age and also on ZED
* 2-11 years pay 67% of the applicable ZED fare
* infants - free of charge if not occupying a seat
- require a separate ticket for international travel.

Contact Employee Travel  Service in north america 1-800-413-1113 or the local
Air Canada reservations office elsewhere.

Chart-ZED fares in us$
mileage           (zm)          (zh)
zone 1          1-450              19             25
zone 2       451-750              25            36
zone 3       751-1600            30            44
zone 4     1601-3200            43            68
zone 5     3201-4080            50            89
zone 6     4081-5000            59          105
zone 7     5001-6100            63          113
zone 8     6101-7100            70          126
zone 9     7101-9000            85          150
fares are converted to local currency
subject to taxes as applicable

Contact Employee Travel  Service in north america 1-800-413-1113 or the local
Air Canada reservations office elsewhere.

Validity:                        180 days from date of issue.
Reservation entitlement   standby

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. News from the districts.
From the London UK Pionairs monthly newsletter issed by John Baker -
Highlights from the recent District Directors Pionairs meeting -
Membership at 30th September 2002:-   9,514. 
Sadly the deaths of 63 Pionairs and 29 spouses were recorded in the last 6
A new email database is being compiled;  currently 2,600 Pionairs are
registered.    This will allow efficient and cheaper means of communication. 
Those UK members who gave me their email address are on the database.
Membership fees are due to increase from $7.50 to $10.00 from June 2003.
A proposal to reduce the length of the AGM from a 2-day meeting to 1 day was

Victoria Vancouver Island coffe club.
Bob Walker reports -
Had our first coffee club get-to-gether last Wed. the 13th and it went pretty
we had a turnout of 18 people which I thought was pretty good considering it
was the
first one. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The coffee club for greater
will meet every second Wed of each month at Smitty's restaurant 2302 Beacon Ave
in Sidney at 09:30 am. All are welocme and  look fwd to seeing you.
Bob Walker

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.  Scuba heads up
Scotty Stewart sends this for the Scuba buffs amongst us -
Now that winter is upon us, it is time to seek warmer climes. Soon we will be
heading for Barbados again. For the last three years, I have been exploring the
wrecks and reefs of the island.
Last winter I found a dive center that not only looks after those who are a
little over their youth but goes the extra mile and assigns an experienced
instructor to keep a very close eye on you.  The comfort factor goes up several
notches when you know that help is right at your elbow. This is not the hit or
miss assignment of a strange "Buddy" found in other operations.  On top of
this, Ravi will offer preferred rates to members of the Air Canada family upon
presenting the proper identification.  Pick-up and delivery is free and they
will make the dive time to accommodate your schedule.  On occasions during the
summer, I have been the only diver.
All the instructors have been certified by the Bonaire training facility.
Contact them at :
Royal Mail Building,
Cavans Lane,
Bridgetown, BGI.
It is located next to the restaurant, Just over the bridge.
Tel/Fax (246) 437-7445
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. Found on the internet.

Our chief pilot Vesta spotted this -
Canadian dogs and cats will no longer have to wait six months in
quarantine when they head to Britain.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Jack Morath in the UK sends us this New Orleans deal -
In New Orleans, on the edge of the French Quarter, we found the Lamothe House
Hotel, where we paid only $59.00 per room per night  (Telephone
504-947-1161).   The price includes breakfast and afternoon sherry.  Also free
parking.   Built in 1839 by a wealthy sugar planter, it is furnished in elegant
Victorian style.

Visiting Toronto?
Here are some hotels to try -
Airport Ramamada     $55.00 + tax has a shuttle.
Carlingview Airport      $68.00 + tax
Delta Chelsea (downtown) $75.00 + tax
Radisson Mississauga      $50.00 + tax has shuttle.
Hilton Airport                    $88.00 + tax discount at restaurant.
No phone numbers provided!

Travelling to the Seychelles?
The Republic of Seychelles consists of 116 islands off the east coast of
Africa. The main islands of this archipelago include Mahe, which is the
largest and has a population of approximately 71,600, followed by Praslin
and La Digue, which have populations of approximately 6,500 and 2,100,
respectively. Rainfall varies considerable from island to island, but
Seychelles is not normally affected by hurricanes. English and French are
the official languages. The capital, Victoria, is located on Mahe.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport, onward/return ticket, the local
address where visitor will stay, and proof of sufficient funds are required.
A one-month entry visa may be obtained upon arrival and may be extended for
a period of up to
one year. There is an airport departure tax of us$40.00, which must be paid in
U.S. dollars. For further information, travelers
should contact the Permanent Mission of the Seychelles to the United
Nations, 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400C, New York,
N.Y. 10017; telephone number (212) 972-1785.

SAFETY AND SECURITY: Visitors should avoid crowds, political rallies,
and street demonstrations. It is dangerous to swim alone at isolated
beaches, especially after dark, due to strong currents.

MEDICAL FACILITIES: Medical facilities in Seychelles are limited, especially
on the isolated islands where doctors are often unavailable. There is one
government-owned hospital, and there are several private clinics.

In Seychelles, one drives on the left side of the street. Roads are
generally well maintained, but they are narrow and winding.
Drivers should exercise caution due to a lack of shoulders and inadequate
street lighting. Speed limits range from 25 to 50 miles
an hour. Drivers and front-seat passengers are required to wear seat belts.
There are no laws regarding child safety seats.

Recent amendments to Seychelles foreign exchange laws require that visitors
must pay their hotel bills with a U.S. credit card or U.S. currency.

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including these are all per person,
port charges & taxes extra.
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. Smilies.
From Wilfrid (Bill) Willows
All Time Dumbest Questions Asked by Banff Park Tourists
(Yes, they're ALL TRUE as heard at the information kiosks
manned by Parks Canada staff!)

1. How do the elk know they're supposed to cross at the
"Elk Crossing" signs?
2. At what elevation does an elk become a moose?
3. Tourist: "How do you pronounce 'Elk'?" Park Information
Staff: " 'Elk' " Tourist: "Oh".
4. Are the bears with collars tame?
5. Is there anywhere I can see the bears pose?
6. Is it okay to keep an open bag of bacon on the picnic
table, or should I store it in my tent?
7. Where can I find Alpine Flamingos?
8. I saw an animal on the way to Banff today - could you
tell me what it was?
9. Are there birds in Canada?

10. Did I miss the turnoff for Canada?
11. Where does Alberta end and Canada begin?
12. Do you have a map of the State of Jasper?
13. Is this the part of Canada that speaks French, or is
that Saskatchewan?
14. If I go to B.C., do I have to go through Ontario?
15. Which is the way to the Columbia Ricefields?
16. How far is Banff from Canada?
17. What's the best way to see Canada in a day?
18. Do they search you at the B.C. border?
19. When we enter B.C. do we have to convert our money to
British pounds?
20. Where can I buy a raccoon hat? ALL Canadians own one,
don't they?
21. Are there phones in Banff?
22. So it's eight kilometres away... is that in miles?
23. We're on the decibel system you know.
24. Where can I get my husband really, REALLY, lost??
25. Is that two kilometres by foot or by car?
26. Don't you Canadians know anything?
27. Where do you put the animals at night?
28. Tourist: "How do you get your lakes so blue?" Park
staff: "We take the water out in the winter and paint
the bottom."
Tourist: "Oh!"

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