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Canada Summer Games Draw to a Close as Manitoba Clinches 10th Gold

Canada Summer Games Draw to a Close as Manitoba Clinches 10th Gold

Team Manitoba Gold
Team Manitoba erupts on the court after clinching the gold medal against Team Alberta volleyball at Investors Group Athletic Centre on Saturday, August 12, 2017. (FACEBOOK)

Winnipeg rolled up its welcome mat as more than 2,000 Canada Summer Games athletes, coaches and their families departed on Sunday.

The two-week competition came in two waves, with the first group of athletes arriving in late July. The closing ceremonies Sunday afternoon at Investors Group Field officially closed out the “Hottest Summer in Half of a Century.”

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CUPE Uses Court Ruling to Push Feds to Tighten Airline Passenger Safety Rules

CUPE Uses Court Ruling to Push Feds to Tighten Airline Passenger Safety Rules

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Sunwing
A Sunwing Boeing 737-800 passenger plane prepares to land at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. A national union representing thousands of flight attendants is using a recent court ruling to push the federal government to tighten airline passenger safety rules.A Federal Court of Appeal judge ruled last week that Transport Canada couldn’t have reasonably concluded that passenger or crew safety wasn’t compromised when it allowed Sunwing Airlines to increase the ratio of passengers to flight attendants on its aircraft. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

OTTAWA – A recent court decision should come as a warning to the federal government to stop playing fast and loose with airline passenger safety rules, says the head of a union that represents thousands of flight attendants in Canada.

In the wake of the ruling last week by the Federal Court of Appeal, the Canadian Union of Public Employees is urging the Liberal government to change federal rules about the ratio of crew to passengers on planes.

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New Data Shows How Close Jets Came to Crashing at San Francisco Airport

New Data Shows How Close Jets Came to Crashing at San Francisco Airport

By David Koenig, The Associated Press

Air Canada - San Francisco
This composite of images released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows Air Canada flight 759 (ACA 759) attempting to land at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco on July 7, bottom. At top is a map of the runway created from Harris Symphony OpsVue radar track data analysis. At center is from a transmission to air traffic control from a United Airlines airplane on the taxiway. The bottom image was taken from San Francisco International Airport video and annotated by source. (NTSB via AP)

Newly released data and photos show how shockingly low an Air Canada jet was when it pulled up to avoid crashing into planes waiting on a San Francisco International Airport taxiway last month.

The Air Canada pilots mistook the taxiway for the runway next to it and flew their jet to just 59 feet (18 metres) above ground before pulling up to attempt another landing, according to National Transportation Safety Board information released Wednesday.

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Woman Says Passengers Were Confined to Plane on Ottawa Runway for Six Hours

Woman Says Passengers Were Confined to Plane on Ottawa Runway for Six Hours

By The Canadian Press

Air Transat
An Air Transat sign is seen in Montreal in a May 31, 2016, file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

MONTREAL – A woman who was aboard an Air Transat flight says she and other passengers were forced to stay in the plane on an Ottawa runway for six hours in uncomfortably warm conditions.

Maryanne Zehil said the plane, which had originated in Brussels, was meant to land in Montreal on Monday but that the 336 passengers were told it would not be possible because of storms.

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New WestJet Discount Airline Service Not Expected Until Next Year

New WestJet Discount Airline Service Not Expected Until Next Year

By The Canadian Press

WestJet
The tail of a WestJet plane dwarfs the Calgary skyline before the airline’s annual meeting in Calgary, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY – WestJet says the launch of its new no-frills, low-cost airline won’t be until next summer after initially announcing plans it would start offering flights later this year.

The Calgary-based airline says it expects to announce the initial flight schedule early in 2018 with service expected to start in the summer of next year.

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Air Traffic, Revenue Up at Winnipeg Airport in Second Quarter

Air Traffic, Revenue Up at Winnipeg Airport in Second Quarter

Winnipeg Airport
Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport (THEHUBWINNIPEG.COM)

More people flew in and out of Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport during the second quarter of this year.

Figures released Monday by the Winnipeg Airports Authority show passenger traffic increased 8.8 percent compared to the same period in 2016. It’s the 14th consecutive month such traffic has soared at the airport.

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Canadian Airlines Aiming to Become a Biofuel Superpower, Reduce Carbon Footprint

Canadian Airlines Aiming to Become a Biofuel Superpower, Reduce Carbon Footprint

By Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

WestJet
WestJet takes off at Abbotsford International Airport. (WESTJET)

MONTREAL – The country’s top airlines say resource-rich Canada has the potential to become a biofuel superpower by transforming forest residue and agricultural crops into energy that can help the industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Canada actually has an opportunity like no other country where it can displace large amounts of fuel and reduce large amounts of carbon,” Mena Salib, Air Canada’s manager of aircraft noise and emissions, said Tuesday after speaking to a global biotech conference.

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