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

Number 771  May 14th., 2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+

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

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. Must know.
From the Pionairs email newsletter -
Dear Friends and Fellow Retirees,
In an effort to reach the greatest number of Canada based retirees as possible
(some of whom make their home outside Canada now), we ask those of you on-line
to disseminate the following information to your friends and colleagues who
don’t have a computer.
How to get the latest news on Pensions if you don’t own a computer:
Pionairs is doing its best to keep you informed about your pension. You’ll
receive a letter in your June paycheque envelope from the Pension and Benefits
Committee letting you know what’s being done to defend and preserve our
pensions and benefits and how you can help. Waiting for a letter through the
mail is not necessarily the fastest way to be kept informed, however. There are
two ways that are much faster for you to get the most recent information.
The first is to get an e-mail address and provide it to the Pionairs so they
can send you messages. (Don’t stop reading: You don’t need to own a computer to
receive the e-mails). Even though you don’t own a computer you can still
have an
e-mail address and check your mail whenever you want. Suppliers such as Hotmail
provide e-mail addresses free of charge. Here’s what you do:
To get your own e-mail address:
1.Ask a friend with a computer to go to the hotmail website. To do this you
type in www.hotmail.com
2.When the HOTMAIL page appears click on NEW ACCOUNT STARTUP
3.Fill in the form that will be displayed. You will be asked to choose a name
for your address. It could be your own name. For example,
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will also be asked to choose a password. It should be a word you will easily
remember since you’ll need it each time you check your mail.
4.Don’t forget to give your e-mail address to the Pionairs so they can send you
mail. Go to the Pionairs website www.pionairs.ca Click on "To Join the Pionairs
Email List – Pionairs News" and fill in the form. If you are not already a
Pionair you can join for a small fee of $10 and information that is being
emailed to all Pionairs will now be e-mailed to you too.
Now you’re in business. Once you have your e-mail address you don’t always have
to borrow your friend’s computer. You can go to a library or other public place
such as a coffee shop with computer service (called cyber-cafés which usually
charge a small fee) to pick up your mail and read it. You simply sit down in
front of the computer and type in, for example, www.hotmail.com and then
type in
the password you chose.
If you don’t want to get an e-mail address:
There’s another way of getting the information that Pionairs publishes. Go to
your friend’s or to a public place with computers and type in www.pionairs.ca
This will take you to the Pionairs home page (that’s just the first page of the
Pionairs website). Here you’ll find a title called "Pionairs e-mailList
Newsletter". Under that title click on "Back Issues of the Pionairs News" then
click on the "threads".
Once you do this a few times it will become second nature. You’ve risen to
greater challenges in the past. This one is not as hard as it seems. Your kids
and grandkids will be so impressed!

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. Need to know.
Air Canada's overall capacity is being reduced by 17 per cent year over
year for June, July and, on a preliminary basis, August. Asian and
transborder routes are primarily affected with a 60 per cent and 25 per cent
capacity reduction respectively.
Service will be temporarily suspended until Labour Day between the following
Toronto-Kansas City,
Toronto-New Orleans
Toronto-St. Louis.
Service will be suspended until the summer schedule of 2004 on the following
Montreal-San Francisco;
Toronto-San Diego;
Toronto-Tokyo/ Narita;
Service to Dayton and Grand Rapids will be suspended indefinitely.
As a result of the reduction in flying, approximately 40 aircraft will be
grounded. The fleet reductions include wide-body and narrow-body aircraft at
the Mainline carrier and some turbo-prop aircraft at Air Canada Jazz.

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A walk down memory lane…

In the past months, we have been asking for your thoughts as the end of
operations at Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport draw near.

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people from distant shores have
arrived at Terminal 1, ready to apply to become Canadian citizens or landed
immigrants. Terminal 1 has been called “Canada’s Ellis Island” by many,
referring to the now famous and celebrated US entry point for over 22 million
new immigrants during the period of 1892 to 1924. Through the years, many
immigrants have come to Canada to start new lives, and oftentimes this journey
started in Terminal 1.

Now with this historical landmark set to be torn down upon the opening of the
new terminal, the GTAA is taking efforts to preserve the heritage and stories
of Terminal 1. When the GTAA began asking people about their stories, we
discovered that there are many to tell.

Already, readers have sent us personal anecdotes and poignant moments. But we
want to hear from more of you. Do you have a moment that stands out in your
mind that you would like to share with others? Your stories will be published
in future issues of the GTAA Update, and some will appear in a commemorative
book, now underway.

If you are interested in contributing to this important search or if you know
someone who would be, please contact us. Preserving the history of Terminal 1
is an important step as we continue making Toronto Pearson International
Airport the premier gateway to Canada and to North America. Help us illustrate
this important passageway in Canada’s history.

Bethany Lee
By mail:
Corporate Affairs and Communications
3111 Convair Drive
Toronto AMF
Ontario, Canada
L5P 1B2
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. Vancouver Island Chapter CAHS Meeting
Saturday,May 17, 2003, British Columbia Aviation Museum, 1910 Norseman Road,
To be held in the Norseman room at 1:00 pm.
All chapter members and guests are welcome.
[Museum admission will be charged for non museum members.]
There will be a short business meeting, to be followed by 2 guest speakers.
Both speakers are current members and will speak about their aviation
experiences. Norm Emmott will talk about early navigation. Chris Gainor will
speak on the effect of the cancellation of the CF105 on the program
engineers. Chris Gainor and Norm Emmott have both published books about
their flying adventures.
Lunch at Mary's prior to the meeting will be arranged for those who would be
interested. RSVP to Stoney Jackson @  (250)478-7567.

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Subject: Canadian Maple Wings Association

To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing on behalf of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), we are
currently running a campaign to gather stories about the old Terminal 1
building (set to be torn down fall, 2003) from a variety of sources, including
the Pionairs. Recently, I was reading an article in the Toronto Sun featuring
the Canadian Maple Wings Association, I was wondering if you would be able to
provide me with the Association's contact information.
If you require any further information or if you would like to donate a story
to our campaign please do not hesitate to contact me (see information below).
Thank you for your time and have a great day.
Janice Elcombe
Communications Assistant
Corporate Affairs and Communications
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
(416) 776-5543
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. Star Alliance news -
A Lufthansa ad in the Los Angeles Times said "Fly Lufthansa round trip to
Munich for $453 on light 453. We like to keep it simple". Well, fine, let's
hope the policy doesn't extend to a code sharing flight 9326 to  Washington
connecting to flight 9281 for Munich!

SIA to give anti-SARS kits to passengers
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will
provide "health kits" including surgical
masks and thermometers to passengers on
flights to and from cities affected by
SARS, the carrier said

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. News from the districts.
May 19.
U. K & WESTERN EUROPE : The U. K. and Western Europe A G M will be held on May
19th at the Thistle Hotel, Heathrow.
Guest Speaker: Mr. Tony Hatch and your Director Mr. John Baker will inform
attendees of the latest Pension issues.
May 20.
RICHMOND - Tuesday May 20 1000 Legends Pub Buswell and Cook, Richmond.
May 27.
LADNER - Tuesday May 27 1000 Ricky's Restaurant Trenant Park
May 28.
EASTERN ONTARIO -- Jess Rougeau advises there will be an Ottawa Luncheon
held on
May 28th. This is held at the Regular Meeting venue.
QUEBEC DISTRICT: The Pionairs Quebec District Annual Spring Luncheon will be
held on May 28th. Mr. Tony D'Costa reminds all that details will be available
in the upcoming Sentinel Newspaper and on the Quebec Districts' Web Site.
June 04.
SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO -- From Rev. Lee Donahue, District Director, comes word
that the next regular meeting will be a luncheon at Dufferin Hall, 445 Dufferin
Ave, London ON at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday June 4 - $14.50 per person.
Registrations and cheques required by May 28th. At this time, the most recent
developments concerning restructuring and especially retiree pensions and
benefits, will be discussed.

The annual Vancouver Island Annual Golf Tourny -
Open to all Pionairs and ex CAIRE.
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cost $25.00 pp. made out to Bill Wood.
mail cheques to:-
Bill Wood, PO Box 1879, Ladysmith, B.C. V9G 1B4
Phone (250)245-0747  for further details.
Play is at Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club, starts at noon on August 13th

PLAN FOR PIONAIRS GOLF September 15 & 16, 2003.
The following provided by Mr. Ken. McLeod - District Director Nova Scotia / PEI
Hi Folks..

Amid all the problems with the Pension Plan it's time to park the "corporate
limos" for a few seconds and think about jumping in a Golf Cart and driving
down the "links at Green Gables" come September. We've got our first
registration!!...so somebody is thinking about doing that (Don Wiley ). So with
all the meetings we have going on with our Districts, take a moment if you can
and help promote our event!!... It may help us all come September to get
together for a good party and beat the "Heck" out of a few golf balls!!..
Thanks and Good Luck with the Pension Meetings.

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The World Airlines Clubs Association ( WACA) is pleased to invite all
travel industry personnel to join it for its Special Cruise to
commitment to the industry and solidarity amongst all industry
amidst the challenges facing the industry.

The cruise will run from October 5 to 12 2003 , onboard
Carnival Cruise
Lines " Inspiration", for a fun-filled seven day experience of
the Western
Caribbean. Participants will depart Tampa on Sunday Oct 5 and
the exotic Grand Caymans, tour the Mayan ruins of Tulum , shop
Cozumel and enjoy the incredible natural beauty of Belize
returning to Tampa.

Besides the regular activities and facilities of a cruise ,
there will be
special regional evenings to showcase the different attractions
of all the
world's regions, special events and the opportunity to meet
professionals from all over the globe.

Costs for the cruise will be very attractive ,ranging from USD
420 to 715
with non-members paying a little extra to cover the cost of

There will also be pre and post Cruise tours of Florida.

Full details are available from the WACA website at

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. Hollis Who???
World Airways in midst of boom
AJC -- Wars, famines, labor strife: The
worse the headlines, the better World
Airways seems to do. While many passenger
airlines struggle to stay aloft during the
worst economic downdrafts the industry has
ever encountered, World seems to be defying
gravity. "Hard times in the airline industry
have been more of a blessing to us than a
curse," said Hollis Harris, World's chairman
and chief executive, who said falling
aircraft values would cut lease rates 50
percent next year and save the airline up to $12 million.

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. Terry's travel tips.
. Cruise Special - Carnival & Holland America & others To:
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From: James F. C. Rose - Your Cruise Expert
Carnival Cruise dates mainly in JUNE:
-Ecstasy for 3 nights from LA from: from $190
-Ecstasy for 4 nights from LA from: from $180
-Fantasy for 3 nights from Pt.Canaveral from: $140
-Ecstasy for 4 nights from Pt.Canaveral from: $200
-Fascination for 3 nights from Miami from: $140
-Fascination for 4 nights from Miami from: $150
-Imagination for 4 nights from Miami from: $100
-Imagination for 5 nights from Miami from: $160
-Sensation for 4 nights from Tampa from: $200
-Jubilee for 4 nights from Galveston from: $250
-Jubilee for 5 nights from Galveston from: $280
-Holiday for 4 nights from New Orleans from: $280
-Holiday for 5 nights from New Orleans from: $340
-Celebration for 4 nights from Galveston from: $300
-Celebration for 5 nights from Galveston from: $280
-Conquest for 7 nights from New Orleans from: $360
-Destiny for 7 nights from San Juan from: $230
-Elation for 7 nights from LA from: $410
-Inspiration for 7 nights from Tampa from: none
-Paradise (no smoking) for 7 nights from Miami from: $310
-Pride for 7 nights from Pt.Canaveral from: none
-Triumph for 7 nights from Miami from: $360
-Victory for 7 nights from Miami from: none
-Victory for 5 nights Canada from: $260
-Legend for 6 nights PHL to Bermuda on May 6 at $449 incl. port
-Legend for 8 nights NY to Caribbean from: $660
-Spirit for 7 nights on May 21,28, June 11 - Alaska - most $130
(remember 'from' means not all dates listed have these rates)
Holland America:
(for May & June):
-short (1 to 6 nights) Pacific coastal from $30
-7 night Caribbean from $130 (outside)
-7 night Alaska from $110 YES !!!
-8 night Mexico from $160
-10 night Europe from $270
-14 night Alaska from $400
-11 night Panama Canal from $270
-others also
(all plus port & taxes)
JAMES F. C. ROSE - YOUR Cruise Expert
fax: (204) 889-3885
reservations: (204) 88 -3885 & (800) 414-8091

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. Smilie.
Better Than a Hush-Kit: Wags wonder whether Canadian charter operator Air
Transat plans to capitalize on 'Miracle Flight 236'. That was the Airbus A330
with 304 on board that ran out of fuel midway between Toronto and Lisbon and
glided 20 minutes to a dead-stick landing in the Azores. Some had speculated
that the airline might try advertising: 'Fly the Quietest Airplanes in the
Skies', or 'We're Green! Our Engines Don't Pollute Your Air!' Although some
hailed the pilots as heroes, management blamed them for exacerbating the
problem (apparently caused by an incorrectly replaced fuel line) and ordered
all pilots to take "Remedial Fuel-Management Training."

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