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CARNAGE FOR BLOCKS

10 killed as van mows down pedestrians
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24 APR 2018: What is being described as a “horrific attack” in north Toronto has left 10 people dead and 15 injured. At about 1:30 Monday afternoon, a white van appeared to deliberately jump the sidewalk on a busy stretch of Yonge Street between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue and began running down pedestrians. MORE

FAMILY UNTIES AT KOREAN AIR

Executive sisters to resign. Smuggling probe widens
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24 APR 2018: Korean Air Lines said Monday that two daughters of its chairman will resign from their executive positions amid mounting public criticism over the women's behaviour and allegations that the family engaged in smuggling. An official at the Korea Customs Service confirmed that authorities raided the airline's headquarters in Seoul seeking evidence on alleged smuggling and tariff evasion.   MORE

PORTER INVESTS IN SUDBURY

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24 APR 2018: Porter Airlines has established an aircraft maintenance base at Greater Sudbury Airport. “Sudbury’s location, access to a deep talent pool and cooperative airport and government partners contributed to our decision to open a maintenance base here,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This investment demonstrates our long-term commitment to the community.” MORE

CHATEAU FRONTENAC MARKS 125TH ANNIVERSARY

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24 APR 2018:  Quebec City's Chateau Frontenac has been described on websites and in travel brochures as the most photographed hotel in the world. This year, that reputation will probably grow as the majestic hotel overlooking the St. Lawrence River marks its 125th anniversary with a number of special events. MORE

MEA CULPA

United Airlines CEO waives his bonus
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24 APR 2018: CEO Oscar Munoz, who was criticized for his initial response to a passenger being violently dragged off a plane, says he gave up his 2017 bonus. Munoz's compensation, mostly in stock awards, fell to $9.6 million in 2017 from $18.7 million the year before.   MORE

STUNNED PASSENGER

Unruly man removed from flight
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24 APR 2018: Police repeatedly used a stun gun as they struggled to remove an American Airlines passenger accused of touching a female passenger without her permission. A Miami-Dade police report says the flight crew told officers they tried to move 28-year-old Jacob Garcia of Chicago to another seat, but he continued to be unruly, screaming and insulting the woman and her boyfriend. MORE

FRUIT FLIES

Airline passenger fined after keeping free airline apple
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24 APR 2018: The US Customs and Border Patrol has fined a woman $500 for not declaring she was bringing a free apple into the US that she received on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris. Crystal Tadlock told KDVR-TV in Denver that flight attendants had passed out the apples and she placed it in her carry-on to save for her flight from Minneapolis to Denver. Her bag was randomly searched by Customs. MORE

TPI APPOINTMENT

Caroline Hay to Director of Sales for Ontario
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Travel Professional International (TPI), has announced the appointment of Caroline Hay as director of sales, Ontario.  Hay will report directly to Zeina Gedeon, chief executive officer, and in this newly defined position, will be responsible for all sales channels while ensuring continued development and growth of its member-based business. Hay will be based in the Greater Toronto Area. MORE

SUNSCREEN

Friend or Foe
By SABRINA SANTER
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24 APR 2018: Nothing like a beautiful sun filled weekend north of the border, to remind us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As winter reared one final hurrah, it appears (knock wood) that we are in the clear. Though I must ask, in light of the sun, did you wear sunscreen?   MORE
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POSSIBLE RESOLUTION

WestJet pilots in talks with new CEO
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23 APR 2018: WestJet's new chief executive appears more open to negotiating with employees, but the hiring of outside pilots is hampering efforts to reach a deal, the head of the pilots' union said Friday after the labour group received $2 million from its international counterpart to help achieve its first collective agreement. MORE

DISRUPTIVE PASSENGER LANDS IN HANDCUFFS

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23 APR 2018: Authorities say a woman was arrested after she disrupted a Delta flight from London to Salt Lake City and attacked a federal air marshal. Documents filed in US District Court in Utah allege that 45-year-old Sarah Beach threw coffee on passengers, overturned a drink cart and ran up and down the aisle before she was seated next to an air marshal on  Thursday's Delta Airlines flight. MORE

SOUTHWEST APOLOGY COMES WITH A CHEQUE

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23 APR 2018: Southwest is sending a letter of apology, a $5,000 cheque and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia following an engine explosion. Chairman Gary Kelly says in the letter that the money is to help cover any “immediate financial needs.” MORE

APRIL IS THE NEW MAY

Cruises to Alaska starting earlier
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23 APR 2018: A small cruise ship company is already offering trips to Alaska as part of an effort to persuade the industry to set sail for the state earlier in the year. UnCruise Adventures has launched cruises in southeast Alaska a few weeks before the first large passenger vessel is due in Juneau at the end of the month, the Juneau Empire reported Friday. MORE

SIX FUEL FREE HOURS

No cars on Earth Day in Manhattan
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23 APR 2018: It was a bold New York experiment, closing Broadway to traffic for two Manhattan miles. On Saturday, 30 blocks of Broadway were open only to pedestrians and anything on two wheels but no motor, from Times Square down to Union Square. MORE

MASSACHUSETTS WHALE TRAIL

Hoping to be a large draw for tourism
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23 APR 2018: Done Boston's Freedom Trail? Now you can tackle a new adventure, the Massachusetts Whale Trail. The state Office of Travel and Tourism says a map debuting Monday will include locations along the coastline and inland with noteworthy connections to the majestic marine mammals. MORE

ROYAL SEND-OFF CHARTS ARTISTIC FUTURE

For Hurtigrutens ice-breaking fleet
By WALLACE IMMEN
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23 APR 2018: Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway always has a full schedule, but she took time for a special flight to New York to launch the future direction of the Hurtigruten cruise line as the expedition ship MS Fram readied to sail to Canada. MORE

WET YOUR WHISTLE IN IRELAND

By MARGARET SWAINE
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23 APR 2018: On my first visit to the Republic of Ireland a couple of decades ago, there were only three Irish whiskey brands generally consumed. People drank Powers, Paddy and for a treat Jameson. How far things have progressed is well illustrated by the Jasmine Bar at Brooks Hotel in Dublin. Ireland’s first “Great Whiskey Bar of the World” has over 140 whiskies, 84 of them Irish. It was a fitting place to start my ‘wet the whistle’ tour. MORE
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