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Canadian Olympic sprinter tops national poll for Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award MONTREAL, Dec. 8, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that Canadian Andre De Grasse has been
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New non-stop services include:San Antonio, Memphis and Savannah to TorontoDenver and Phoenix to VancouverDallas-Fort Worth to Montreal MONTREAL, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Air Canada announced today it will launch
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Québec, Quebec, 7 December 2016 – Following its assessment of the collapse of the platform and gangway at the wharf in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, Quebec, in September (occurrence number M16C0146), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is publishing a Marine Safety Information Letter today.

On 7 September 2016, at about 1130 Eastern Daylight Time, the passenger vessel Fjord Saguenay II docked at the marina in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, Quebec, to board passengers for a cruise on the river. The vessel’s chief officer authorized the passengers, who were waiting on the dock, to begin boarding by using the platform and the gangway. At around 1140, the platform came away from the dock, taking the gangway with it and falling approximately eight metres. Several passengers who were standing on the gangway at the time of the occurrence sustained injuries.

The investigation revealed that the platform connecting the gangway to the dock had been fastened with lag screws to a piece of treated lumber, which was affixed to the dock with bolts. The piece of treated lumber holding the lag screws was in poor condition and, as a result, the screws were torn from their footings. No periodic maintenance or inspection of the platform or fastening system had been performed since it was first installed in 2011.

The assessment of the occurrence was unable to identify any existing municipal or provincial regulations referring to the periodic maintenance or inspection of this type of installation during its life cycle. The TSB has sent a Marine Safety Information Letter about this occurrence to the mayor of the municipality of Sainte-Rose-du-Nord. A copy of this letter has been sent to the Fédération québécoise des municipalités, the Union des municipalités du Québec, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to raise their awareness of the risks of such installations.

See the investigation page for more information.

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New cities include southern hotspots San Antonio, Memphis and Savannah MONTREAL, Dec. 7, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today it will launch six new non-stop U.S. services beginning Spring 2017.
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Aeroplan Miles donated to the Air Canada Foundation between December 5 and 11, 2016 will be matched by Aeroplan up to 500,000 Aeroplan Miles. MONTREAL, Dec. 6, 2016 /CNW Telbec/
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MONTREAL, Dec. 1, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Today marks the reopening of Air Canada's international Maple Leaf Lounge at Montreal-Trudeau airport following a year-long complete makeover. Located between gates 52
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MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Michael Rousseau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Air Canada, will make a presentation to investors at the Credit Suisse 4th Annual
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 30 November 2016 – In its investigation report (A15A0045) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a degraded level of situational awareness contributed to the fatal helicopter accident near Rigolet, Newfoundland and Labrador, in July 2015. One passenger sustained fatal injuries, the pilot sustained serious injuries, and the other passenger sustained minor injuries.

On 30 July 2015, an Airbus Helicopters AS 350 BA, operated by Canadian Helicopters Limited (CHL), was flying to a remote microwave tower site approximately five nautical miles west-southwest of Rigolet, Newfoundland and Labrador, with a pilot and two passengers on board. The pilot had flown with these passengers often and they had been working together at other tower sites on the previous three days. After the passengers carried out the site maintenance as planned, the pilot began preparing for the return flight. At about 1609 Atlantic Daylight Time, the helicopter lifted off from the helipad and, while flying forward, struck one of the tower's outer guy wires with the main rotor. The helicopter struck the ground and settled on its upper right side. The helicopter was destroyed.

The investigation determined that the pilot did not note the outer guy wires and did not include them in the departure plan. The pilot's lower level of attention while conducting a routine flight led to an ineffective visual scan resulting in degraded situational awareness.

Following this occurrence, the helipad at Moliak was moved outside of the circumference of the outer guy wire anchor points. Bell Aliant also collaborated with CHL to conduct reviews of all Labrador tower sites to identify hazards. CHL has also adopted the policy of conducting an overhead inspection flight prior to landing at any Bell Aliant site.

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MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Michael Rousseau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Air Canada, will make a presentation to investors at the Credit Suisse 4th Annual
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MONTREAL, Nov. 23, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada has introduced a brand new kids' club called Air Canada Altitude Skyriders™ designed to make flights even more exciting and enjoyable for
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