Tagged With "Canada"

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Re: Sept 10, 2018: Rideau Canal, Ottawa

GarryRF ·
I was lucky enough to "borrow" a beautiful house on Rideau Lakes and explore Ottawa. Beautiful - but underpopulated - part of the world. Perfect for me,
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Re: January 21, 2019: Saint John City Market, New Brunswick, Canada

George G. ·
Terrific photos of color and texture. The fresh produce is appetizingly displayed.
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Re: Bridesmaids group, Manitoba Legislature grounds, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Former Member ·
Too much. What great smiles !
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Re: Bridesmaids group, Manitoba Legislature grounds, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
Welcome chatterbot2! They were lovely -- like a beautiful pink floral bouquet with legs. Shots like this help us share our travel experiences with important members of TravelGumbo, like you!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 23, 2014: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

GarryRF ·
Do the modern Canadian folks still use the original names that the indigenous people used for local places ?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 23, 2014: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

DrFumblefinger ·
Sometimes we do, Garry. Like Lake Minnewanka, Kakabeka falls, and so on. But more often Anglicized names are used, or translation of native names into English (eg. "Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump"). What say you, Ottoman?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 23, 2014: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

GarryRF ·
I've been to a few places where the aboriginal people have been pushed aside for the Concrete Jungle of Western or Anglicised living. I do feel a touch guilty - but ......
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 23, 2014: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

Ottoman ·
Hi Garry RF and DrFumblefinger. Thanks for you interest on today's pic of the day...the Sleeping Giant. Garry, in Northwestern Ontario (and many other areas of Canada), aboriginal names are used quite commonly. In Thunder Bay, many medical clinics, schools, recreational centers, and so on have an aboriginal name, not to mention the many towns and landmarks in the area that also have aboriginal names. A major piece of Northwestern Ontario's history involves the fur trade (which of course the...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 23, 2014: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

GarryRF ·
Passing through Towns in Australia and North America (incl. Canada) I like to stop off and take a few photo's of places that have been named after places in the UK. In Chester PA. I was asked "Do you have a Chester too?" - " Yes and a Jersey, York, Boston, Washington, Dover, Bethesda, Birmingham and a few more " Didn't know you had a Fort William until I was watching a "Who Do You Think You Are" TV show recently. A female Celebrity was tracking her ancestral trail from the UK.
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Re: Canada's Westjet enters Trans-Atlantic market

DrFumblefinger ·
Westjet has been promoting this to its frequent flyer members (like yours truly) for months now. They have extensive routes in North America, including Mexico and the Caribbean, but this is a big change in their business model. I'm not sure if this will work well, though. Westjet only flies Boeing 737s (much like Southwest, for example). That transatlantic journey is a long and uncomfortable one to make in a single aisle aircraft. In contrast, Air Canada, the other major Canadian airline,...
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Re: Canada's Westjet enters Trans-Atlantic market

PHeymont ·
If they do as well at this venture as they clearly hope, that could change rapidly, especially since the 737s are what make it necessary to stop in Newfoundland and fly no further than Ireland. They already had a "wet-lease" arrangement with Thomas Cook, which provided 2 757s and pilots for Hawaii service, and according to this article they are considering dry-leasing (their own pilots) 767s, A330s or more for expanded European routes, perhaps as early as next year.
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Re: Canada's Westjet enters Trans-Atlantic market

DrFumblefinger ·
Anything to increase competition is welcome! For those of us living in western Canada, where Westjet's main hub is (Calgary), we would welcome more options for direct flights to Europe.
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Re: The flowers are saying, 'it's spring!'

Jonathan L ·
Beautiful pictures. I hope that you get to enjoy both weeks of Calgary's summer!
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Re: The flowers are saying, 'it's spring!'

Dr.Y ·
Ha Ha, the first is almost over!
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Re: The flowers are saying, 'it's spring!'

PHeymont ·
Well, our Brooklyn summer lasts longer, but we've had a surprisingly short spring after a tough winter—and to my surprise, our New Dawn roses—the pink ones in the pictures— are in full flourish a few weeks earlier than usual. In some climates, they're supposed to have a second bloom in October, but after years, we can only hope. That's all one New Dawn, over 25 years old...even when cut back to a stump it quickly and aggressively reclaims its territory.
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Re: The flowers are saying, 'it's spring!'

Dr.Y ·
The climbing rose is beautiful, I wish I can grow this Calgary!
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Re: The flowers are saying, 'it's spring!'

Jonathan L ·
Now that the weather is nice go to Pete's Drive-in for a burger and a shake.
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Re: The flowers are saying, 'it's spring!'

Dr.Y ·
Good idea!
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Re: Ultra budget, NewLeaf Travel, offering bargain Canadian airfares

DrFumblefinger ·
NewLeaf is grounded, at least temporarily, as the Canadian is reviewing it's license. Will issue refunds for tickets already sold. Read more at this link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/...a-reaction-1.3409694
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Re: Ultra budget, NewLeaf Travel, offering bargain Canadian airfares

Travel Rob ·
Since the Canadian Transportation Agency has been looking into this issue of whether Indirect Service Providers should be required to hold a license, I'm surprised NewLeaf Travel didn't hold off before on selling tickets until this issue was settled https://www.otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/...ement-hold-a-licence
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Re: Ultra budget, NewLeaf Travel, offering bargain Canadian airfares

GarryRF ·
I can remember this story so many times from the past 50 years - here in the UK. A new air service provider comes along with hopes of knocking the stuffing out of the "Big Boys". Then, always at the last minute - the most costly time - somebody throws a spanner in the works. Hoping to break the back - or bank - of the new kid on the block.. Dirty tricks again. And it wont be the last. And you never find out who started the fight. http://www.independent.co.uk/n...s-dirty-1478010.html
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Re: Ultra budget, NewLeaf Travel, offering bargain Canadian airfares

DrFumblefinger ·
I agree with Garry. The timing of this is very suspicious.
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Re: Ultra budget, NewLeaf Travel, offering bargain Canadian airfares

DrFumblefinger ·
Good news for New Leaf. The authorities have given the company permission to start selling its discounted flights in Canada. More on this update at this link .
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Re: Two Canadian airlines expand their reach

DrFumblefinger ·
The Westjet expansion is most welcome to Canadians. The planes will be opening Gatwick, which I don't think Air Canada flies to. Porter flies just small aircraft, but is very popular in the Toronto area.
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Re: Canada gets its first non-stop to India

DrFumblefinger ·
I'll be flying the Toronto to Delhi route in February. Looking forward to it!
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Re: Canada gets its first non-stop to India

PHeymont ·
So you’ll probably get the super-new plane…noticed after posting that some of the flights for now are being flown by a 787-8, but starting in February, it will be the -9… Green with envy about everything…except the length of the flight!
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Re: Canada gets its first non-stop to India

GarryRF ·
You can take your own entertainment on the Dreamliner DrF. The large screen in the seat back in front of you also has a USB port. The Menu has a USB option and you can charge those devices you've taken with you. I also recommend Bluetooth headphones to keep all those singing babies away ! I have a selection of music to sleep to.
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Re: Canada gets its first non-stop to India

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the bit of advice, Garry. I usually use the USB port to keep my phone charged. Air Canada has a good flight movie menu and I tend to use that time to catch up on new releases.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

DrFumblefinger ·
I certainly can't see any harm in it. I've been told that airline staff have a "back" way into a locked cockpit to be used only in an emergency(a contingency). Not sure why that wasn't used this time -- perhaps it never dawned on the flight crew what was actually happening until it was too late.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

PHeymont ·
The back door is the second, emergency, code. It was used, but it can be overridden for 5 minutes from within.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: The back door is the second, emergency, code. It was used, but it can be overridden for 5 minutes from within. Looks like that 5 minute policy will need to be revisited.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

PHeymont ·
It's very difficult to see exactly what to do, and I doubt that every contingency can be provided. The 5-minute lock is intended to deal with the situation of a crewmember, knife at throat, giving up the second code. If a second staff member were in the cockpit...that's about the only way to deal with a maniac like the Germanwings co-pilot. No guarantee...but a much better shot.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

PortMoresby ·
There was mention in the news coverage that planes can be controlled from the ground. It seems to me that the 2 person rule, combined with planes equipped so that settings from the cockpit can be overridden from the ground, would go a long way in the right direction.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

Travel Rob ·
I do think the security doors have been good because its prevented hijackings. I just don't see any answer though to a pilot or copilot wanting to crash the plane . It's a horrible tragedy but flying on a commercial airplanes is so safe compared to other forms of transportation. For some reason ,we don't worry about taking buses or vans or driving our own cars even though the risk is far greater.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

DrFumblefinger ·
I actually thought a bit about this today, and I'm going to go at this from a different approach. While we seem to think that a locked cockpit door makes flying safer, we have no evidence of that. There have been no (published) attempts of terrorists wanting to hijack a cockpit since 9-11. A shoe and underwear bomber, yes, but that didn't directly involve taking control of the plane. I would agree that it SEEMS to be a deterrent, but so is all the rest of the TSA song and dance. We have now...
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

PHeymont ·
I think I have to differ sharply with you on aspects of this issue. When you say that "whoever established that 5 minute rule is somewhat complicit in this," I think you are pointing the finger in the wrong direction. That system was the product of careful thought and consensus. You are right: there are no published reports hijacking a cockpit (and yes, there ARE a number of reports of attempts). That is because the cockpit security rules have succeeded in their aim. Where the finger of...
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

Travel Rob ·
I don't know if there were two people or not in the cockpit the time the Egypt Air Pilot allegedly crashed that plane ,but I can't imagine it would stop a pilot bent on doing that. And we don't require two bus drivers with controls when going on mountainous journeys. I looked at a list of hijackings and attempts and after 2001 the attempts haven't been successful I think in part because of the doors and the fact that crew and passengers don't remain passive anymore. ...
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

PHeymont ·
Good points, Rob...although I think a second pilot, not a flight attendant, could have grabbed the controls and/or during those 8-10 minutes have opened the door and gotten help. Remember also that the original purpose of multiples in the cockpit was to deal with strokes, heart attacks, etc. Far more likely a passenger could stop the bus than fly the plane.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

Travel Rob ·
You do raise some good points with medical conditions, but those occur while driving too .I do it think it would be almost impossible to get to the bus driver in time if he drove off a cliff or bridge and also some bus drivers are driving children. We seem to accept those small risks in other forms of transportation and life.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

DrFumblefinger ·
I think we can all accept accidents happening. We do not accept a murderer using public transportation to kill large numbers of people. Planes are high profile because of the tremendous data we can retrieve when it crashes, which usually allows us to understand what happened to make it crash. Also because of the large number of passengers involved and lastly the tremendous cost of the planes. And yes, flying is still the safest way to travel. Going through Rob's link, there are hijack...
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

PHeymont ·
The reason the danger appears to be on the inside of the cockpit is that there are effective mechanisms for keeping intruders out. Remove those, and you remove that. Now, as I pointed out above, comes the need to reduce the risk from within by both requiring more than one person in the cockpit, and by more effective mental and physical screening of pilots. We have enough passenger screening...now we need the rest.
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

Travel Rob ·
I saw a good article that points out just how safe flying really is. He was talking about 2013 but 2014 was even safer. As far as murderous pilots ,I'm sure statistically that's extremely low too. It's a horrible tragedy and we openly see it on the news ,but safety is one thing we have to give the airline industry some credit. The outsourcing of maintenance is what would be my biggest concern on the industry A couple of quotes. "Around 3 billion people boarded some 35 million flights, each...
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

PortMoresby ·
I saw a Delta ad for the first time this morning, not apparently a new slogan, but given new meaning by recent event..."Keep climbing".
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Re: New safety rules after crash: No solo pilots

GarryRF ·
Lufthansa has been in dispute with its pilots for over a year. "Lufthansa’s industrial relations problems hit services for a tenth time in 2014 with pilots again taking action" Perhaps the last straw for the angry young man.
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Re: Icelandair adds Montreal as 5th Canadian city

DrFumblefinger ·
I've flown Icelandair several times. The fares are reasonable but there's nothing exceptional about the flight experience except the opportunity to visit Iceland at no extra charge. THAT is well worth doing!
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Re: June 12, 2016. Twilight in "Cottage Country", Ottawa River

Marilyn Jones ·
Beautiful photo!!
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Re: Take a Walk on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

ViewFromTheChairPhotography ·
Looks like an amazing and beautiful place indeed.
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Re: Take a Walk on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

TravelingCanuck ·
Great blog and pictures. Glad you enjoyed your visit. We took our kids there about 10 years ago on a visit to Vancouver. It is a beautiful place to visit. Thanks.
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Re: Take a Walk on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

Samantha ·
Thanks for the comments guys. It is a beautiful and so glad someone suggested we visit. Hope to spend more time there on a future visit. One time wasn't enough, lol. Thanks again.
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Re: JetBlue aims Buffalo-LA flight at Canadian flyers

DrFumblefinger ·
There's a fair bit of competition for Canadians at the Buffalo airport. My cousin lives near Niagara Falls and often uses Buffalo as her preferred departure airport. Given her close proximity, it makes a lot more sense than driving to Toronto, which is about as popular with Canadians as JFK and LAX are with Americans.
 
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