2006 Netletter #937 - August 27, 2006

#937 - August 27, 2006

The NetLetter #937
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The NetLetter
Since Oct/95 August 26, 2006

 

Number 937

About us!

Must know...

Nice to know...

Remember when...

Between Ourselves - 1941

Found on the Internet

Terry's Travel Tips

Sponsors

Submissions

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 937th issue of "NetLetter". We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2727 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 www.acfamily.net


  • Must know...
  • Vesta

    We would like to remind our Members that the Air Canada Pension and Estate Offices which for many years were located at Winnipeg have been Closed since June 1st, 2005. The Personnel or Human Resource Offices you may have visited when working have also been closed.
    All contacts which you may have thought would go to the Pension and Estates offices or your Personnel / Human Resource Office are now channeled to Employee Services. Employee Services was established to assist all employees and Retirees with the Human Resources needs that develop from time to time. This is part of the Air Canada outsourcing and this service is handled by Hewitt and Associates.

    YOUR CONTACT FOR THIS SERVICE - When you need to contact the Employee Services Branch and you live in North America, you will need to use the following;

    * The contacts for Employee Services
    * Contact Centre 1 - 877 - 645 - 5000 ( Toll Free in North America )
    * Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text90655 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    * Address Employee Services, P.O. Box 7650, Station B , Toronto, Ont M2K 3B5
    * LONG DISTANCE PHONE ( Worldwide # ) : 882-645- 5000

    U.S.A. CONTACT FOR EMPLOYEE SERVICES
    * Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '
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    * Address: Employee Services , 401 North Tryon Street, Dept. 100 , P.O.Box 563983 , Charlotte, N.C. 28256-3983
    Those who are NOT in North America should contact their Personnel Office

  • Nice to know...
  • Air Canada introduces the only non-stop Edmonton-London Heathrow service. Starting October 31, 2006 we will begin service from Edmonton to London Heathrow three times a week, with daily service beginning April 1, 2007. Air Canada flight 898 will depart Edmonton at 6:35 p.m., arriving in London at 10:10 a.m. Flight 899 will depart London at 12:35, arriving in Edmonton at 2:30 p.m. The route will be operated with a Boeing 767-300ER.

  • Remember when...
  • We are re-running the article from NetLetter 936 to include an image of the stamp referred to -

    Remember the North Star? - Visit the web site for Project North Star Association for information regarding the restoration of a North Star at Ottawa Museum.

    The stamp above depicting a TCA North Star was issued in Barbados to commemorate Expo 86.

  • Between Ourselves - 1941
  • More from the first issue of the Between Ourselves magazine issued in 1941 - An article headed "We welcome our ladies" provides information regarding the hiring of females to work in the work shops, ramps etc., to replace those employees who had joined the armed forces for the duration of WW11.

    The accompanying photo is of Miss Doris Forbes of Winnipeg, one of the first group employed. Through the good offices of Joe Fountain, Publicity Rep in New York, Miss Forbes was one of the most publicized girls on the continent, as women passenger agents were an innovation and TCA's pioneer work in this connection was closely watched by airlines in the United States.

    PS - click photo for larger image

  • Found on the Internet
  • In-flight Web surfing takes a step back. The prospects of surfing the Internet and receiving email at 35,000 feet took a knock on Thursday as Boeing said it will wind down its service for offering Internet access on board planes. Although the market may get a boost with newcomers LiveTV and AirCell developing offerings, cost pressures on airlines make it unlikely that on-board Internet access will be widely available soon. Upgrading a plane for Internet service is a complex task, and with fuel prices high, airlines are more focused on keeping costs down rather than offering new, expensive perks.

    After six years, Boeing said on Thursday it would shut down its loss-making Connexion unit, which allowed airlines to provide high-speed Internet service to passengers. The satellite-based service, for which Boeing failed to find a buyer, was too costly, and few airlines signed on. Boeing becomes the second large company to withdraw from the in-flight communications market in recent months. In June, Verizon Communications said it was canceling its on-board phone service by the end of the year.

  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • Alaska has announced a tax on all passengers entering Alaska. The cost of the Alaska cruises will no doubt be increased by us$50.00

    Everyone Loves the Caribbean!
    What could be better than unwinding on a tropical beach with a cold drink chilling in your hand? How about if you were able to get Bump Protection at no additional cost on your resort vacation?
    Call your Dargal travel planner and ask how you can protect your resort vacation if you should happen to miss your flight For more information on this & other Dargal Interline specials:
    Call Toll Free: 1-800-690-3223
    International Toll Free: (country code)-800-2832- 7425
    Suite 200-1632 Dickson Ave Kelowna BC V1Y 7T2

    Interline World Vacations has these offerrings -

    PACIFIC COASTAL CRUISES
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    HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
    Veendam for 1 Nights from Vancouver to Seattle
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Vancouver to Seattle.
    Sep 24 - Inside: $69 Oceanview: $89 Suite: $159

    Veendam for 4 Nights from Vancouver to Los Angeles
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Vancouver to Los Angeles stops in Seattle.
    Sep 24 - Inside: $199 Oceanview: $229 Suite: $339

    Westerdam for 1 Nights from Seattle to Vancouver
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Seattle to Vancouver.
    Sep 24 - Inside: $69 Oceanview: $89 Balcony: $139

    Westerdam for 3 Nights from Vancouver to Los Angeles
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Vancouver to Los Angeles
    Sep 25 - Inside: $169 Oceanview: $199 Balcony: $249 Suite: $299

    Volendam for 3 Nights from Vancouver to San Diego
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Vancouver to San Diego.
    Sep 27 - Inside: $159 Oceanview: $189 Suite: $289

    Statendam for 3 Nights from Vancouver to San Francisco
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Vancouver to San Francisco
    Sep 29 - Inside: $169 Oceanview: $199 Suite: $299

    Statendam for 4 Nights from Vancouver to Los Angeles
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Vancouver to Los Angeles stops in San Francisco.
    Sep 29 - Inside: $199 Oceanview: $229 Suite: $339

    Zaandam for 3 Nights from Vancouver to San Diego
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Vancouver to San Diego.
    Sep 30 - Inside: $189 Oceanview: $249 Suite: $289

    Zuiderdam for 3 Nights from Vancouver to San Francisco
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Vancouver to San Francisco.
    Sep 30 - Inside: $169 Oceanview: $199 Balcony: $249 Suite: $299

    Oosterdam for 4 Nights from Vancouver to San Diego
    Coastal Cruise
    Starting in Vancouver to San Diego.
    Oct 03 - Balcony: $289

    For information and reservations, please call INTERLINE WORLD VACATIONS AT
    1-866-279-8480 toll free or (604) 279- 8482

  • Sponsors
  • The hosting, and mailing of the NetLetter as well as the conversion to HTML format is provided compliments of the ACFamily Network and Nerds On Site. Content is researched and submitted by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker. Thank you for letting us into your homes!

    Please support the ACFamily Network
  • Submissions
  • Important reminder, for all new articles, submissions and or comments for the "The Netletter" please send to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text70171 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Please add to your Address Books).

    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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