The NetLetter #935
The NetLetter
Since Oct/95 August 12, 2006


Number 935

About us!

Must know...

Star Alliance News

Remember when...

Terry's Travel Tips



NetLetter Archives

About us!

Since October 1995, Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker have been issuing an email newsletter for those ex Air Canada types who have provided us with their email addresses. The Newsletter was created by Vesta, who gave the name 'NetLetter' and added 'Between Ourselves' - a TCA periodical with which you are probably familiar with from the 50's and 60's. It was then changed to "Between Yourselves" to avoid confusion when "Horizons" resurrected the name. Then finally simplified to just "The NetLetter".

We believe that our NetLetter, which originates from Vancouver Island, was the FIRST to use this medium to disperse information for retirees of Air Canada.

The NetLetter contains airline related information such as anecdotes or stories supplied by some of the recipients, Internet tips, travel news, cheap... excuse me, "inexpensive" accommodations, tours, interline travel, and, in some small way, we help keep our Air Canada family together and in touch.

Our 'NetLetter' is NOT sponsored by any Pionair group, nor are we seeking any financial support, only the Internet email addresses of those who would like to receive our 'NetLetter'. Please forward this to other retirees who can then subscribe right from the forwarded link at the bottom of this email.


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Dear NetLetter,

Welcome to the 935nd issue of "NetLetter". We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2726 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends.

The "NetLetter" is written by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker from Vancouver Island (see sidebar) and published courtesy of the ACFamily Network at

  • Must know...
  • Vesta

    Alert at UK Airports Media Statement 10 August 2006
    Alert at UK Airports - 13:15pm
    Following this morning's police operation, the Department for Transport has asked all UK airports to apply additional security measures designed to ensure passenger safety.

    Hand baggage restrictions:
    These measures will prevent passengers from carrying hand luggage into the cabin of an aircraft with the following excepts (which must be placed in a plastic bag):
    - pocket size wallets and pocket size purses plus contents (for example money, credit cards, identity cards etc (not handbags));
    - travel documents essential for the journey (for example passports and travel tickets);
    - prescription medicines and medical items sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), except in liquid form unless verified as authentic.
    - spectacles and sunglasses, without cases.
    - contact lens holders, without bottles of solution.
    - for those travelling with an infant: baby food, milk (the contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger) and sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies, wipes, creams and nappy disposal bags).
    - female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight, if unboxed (eg tampons, pads, towels and wipes).
    - tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
    - keys (but no electrical key fobs)

    All passengers must be hand searched, and their footwear and all the items they are carrying must be x-ray screened. Any liquids discovered must be removed from the passenger.

    Pushchairs and walking aids must be x-ray screened, and only airport-provided wheelchairs may pass through the screening point. In addition to the above, all passengers boarding flights to the USA and all the items they are carrying, including those acquired after the central screening point, must be subjected to secondary search at the boarding gate. Any liquids discovered must be removed from the passenger.

    Heightened security measures implemented following this morning's events in the United Kingdom. Transport Canada has implemented heightened aviation security measures to help ensure the ongoing security of the travelling public. As a result, Air Canada and Jazz flights are expected to experience some delays during the course of the day. All of our London flights are operating, with most of them experiencing delays. The following security measures have been put in place until further notice: Effective today, liquids or gels in containers of any size are not permitted as carry-on baggage on all flights within and departing Canada. To facilitate airport processing, customers are advised to restrict carry-on baggage as much as possible. In addition, for passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, all airlines, including Air Canada, are now subject to new security measures announced today by British authorities, whereby carry-on baggage will not be! permitted on flights from the U.K. until further notice. Air Canada has been informed that operating flight crews are exempt from these new regulations. We are permitting customers who are travelling to, from and via the United Kingdom, who wish to make alternate travel arrangements, to do so without penalty.

  • Star Alliance News
  • Star Alliance

    Turkish Airlines are considering joining the alliance.

  • Remember when...
  • Following the article in NetLetter nr 933 regarding the fore runner to Horizons magazine - Norman Garwood gave us some insight - This reprinted from NetLetter nr 678 -

    Norman Garwood tells us about the beginnings of the employee magazines -
    Further to Jim Pierce's historical info about Between Ourselves, perhaps I can add a little. Rene Baudru, assistant to Dave Tennant for so many years was the first editor of the airline's "house organ" (which is why he was the first to be asked to join the editorial board first established many years later when Ed Thackray joined the airline as editor), Don McLeod was the first formal/official editor of the magazine and was followed by Al Carlson who had been his assistant.

    This takes us to the early 50s when Betty Davidson then took over the reins. A major change of format and frequency to a newspaper was then overseen by a man named Stan Moncrieff (who later left the airline to become night editor of the Honolulu Star Bulletin) Ed Thackray was subsequently recruited by Public Relations chief Rod MacInnes. Ed had been the number two man on Canadair's well- read and popular employee newspaper. Ed knew the publications business but did not the airline so he took on a junior in the PR department as his assistant. That was me, Norm Garwood.

    Following Ed's passing, I returned from a Marketing position to become editor. During my stint in the editor's chair, I introduced the French-language edition (before Federal legislation dictated we do so) and renamed the publication(s) Horizons as a practical title in either language. After I moved on to other work in the Publics Affairs branch in Headquarters and in the field, I was succeeded by Bob Todd who had worked with me and he was followed by Pat Budgeon, a long-time employee in the PR Branch. Of course, all of us before and since, have been supported by HQ and Field colleagues and the general employee population which made Between Ourselves/Horizons and award winning publication which was appreciated by employees and their families.

    Norm Garwood

  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • LENOVO PC Discount for Air Canada Employees and RETIREES

    Lenovo, makers of ThinkPad and Lenovo 3000 PCs, is a valued partner of Air Canada, with their PCs used throughout all divisions of Air Canada and in Maple Leaf Lounges. Lenovo now offers Air Canada employees including subsidiaries and retirees significant discounts -- up to 25% -- on Lenovo Notebook PCs, Desktop PCs, Monitors and Accessories.

    * LENOVO PC Discount for Air Canada Employees and RETIREES
    * Effective date: August 15, 2006 for a limited time
    * Who is eligible: All ACE employees including Air Canada, Jazz, Aeroplan, Air Canada Vacations (ACV), Air Canada Technical services (ACTS) , e-commerce, Air Canada Ground Handling (ACGH) and Cargo employees and Retirees
    * How to proceed: Visit Lenovo's Air Canada Employee Purchase Program online store
    * Website Address::
    OR Call 1- 888 - 315 - 7408

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    This e-mail address has been set up so that both of us Terry & Vesta (exclusively) will get an automatic copy and so we can keep up with the continuity of news for the NetLetter.

    To make changes to your e-mail address or to unsubscribe, please see the links at the bottom of the page for "Update Profile/Email address" and SafeUnsubscribe. This is now automated so that you can remove yourself from the list or change your email address (or name) without our assistance. We will still do this manually if you have any difficulties.

    Many of our members are having difficulty finding these links. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page, the link is similar to the following image. (The image below doesn't work but your links at the bottom will).

    Vesta, Terry and Alan thank you for your co- operation.

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