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Economy, Society

WestJet slashes service to Eastern Canada

Canada’s second largest airline announced Wednesday that it’s slashing service to Eastern Canada due to declining revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Calgary-based WestJet said it will be indefinitely suspending operations to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney and Charlottetown while significantly reducing »


More bad economic news for Canada: layoffs and a credit downgrade

The bad news keeps whacking Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the kisser. And it keeps on coming. At least, it sure seems that way. Morneau–to understate–has a very full plate these days. Never mind that on Monday, Canada’s new central »

Economy, International

Air Canada suspends commercial fights to the U.S.

Air Canada is suspending what’s left of its commercial flights to the United States for at least 30 days, starting Monday. The decision follows an agreement struck last weekend between Ottawa and Washington to extend by an additional 30 days »


Air Transat lays off flight crews amid COVID-19 travel shutdown

Canada’s largest leisure travel company, Transat A.T., announced “with great sadness” Monday morning that it is temporarily laying off about 70 per cent of its workforce, including “all flight personnel.” The final Air Transat flight prior to the full suspension »

Economy, International, Society

WestJet suspending international flights as of Sunday

Canada’s second-largest airline, WestJet Airways, is suspending all international flights for 30 days, beginning this Sunday. The suspension includes flights to the U.S. The news comes as Air Canada, the country’s largest carrier, is embroiled in a dispute with employees »

Economy, Society

Airlines face mounting complaints over delays and cancellations.

It really wasn’t meant to turn out this way when the federal government unveiled new airline travel regulations last year–twice, mind you: in July and December. The aim was to get Canadian-based airlines to clean up their acts, especially when »

Health, International, Society

A family’s emotional nightmare unfolds in plain sight in Vancouver

It was one of those nightmare scenarios that every family fears to the very roots of its collective bones. Elderly parents, strangers in a strange land with no knowledge of English, get marooned in an airport, abandoned and terrified while »

Economy, International, Society

Boeing jet ban affecting Canadians but not drastically

Since most airlines “fly full,” these days, Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s announcement Wednesday that Canada was joining countries around the world in grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft for safety reasons is throwing many Canadians’ travel schedules into limbo and »

Economy, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Canada grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 jets

Joining countries around the world, Canada is grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 jets immediately. Roughly three-quarters of the 737 Max 8 planes world-wide have now been pulled from use since the Ethiopian Airlines crash last Sunday that killed all »


WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly to strike

Pilots for the WestJet airline company have given their union a mandate to strike by a vote of 91 per cent. The union will however resume negotiations next week and has said that it would not call a strike until »