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CANADIAN SHOT AT DETROIT BORDER

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22 DEC 2014: US Customs and Border Protection officers are investigating after a Windsor man was shot while apparently attempting to enter Detroit via the Ambassador Bridge, around 3 am Sunday. The man stopped his car before approaching the inspection booth got out and starting walking towards border officers while waving a gun. MORE

PILOTS ON BOARD

WestJet pilot agreement ratified
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22 DEC 2014: Pilots at WestJet have accepted a new contract. The airline says the deal includes improved pay and scheduling that it says places the airline's more than 12-hundred pilots among the highest paid in Canada's airline industry. MORE

WET AND WILD

Rainfall warning for Vancouver
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22 DEC 2014: Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for Metro Vancouver with some 50 millimetres expected to drench the region on Saturday. Torrential rain and strong winds led to the cancellation of some ferry sailings in B.C. MORE

YHZ TO PUJ. SUMMER SUNSHINE

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22 DEC 2014: Air Transat will extend its direct flight programme from Halifax to Punta Cana during the summer season offering direct flights from February to May, with departures on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. From June 24 to August 19, flights to Punta Cana will be operated on Wednesdays. MORE

TRANSAERO IN TROUBLE

Russian airline may ground planes before 2015
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22 DEC 2014: Russia’s second largest airline, Transaero has turned to the government and to creditors for aid. It says debts may compel it to ground all of its jets before the New Year holidays. MORE

POLITICS IMPACT TOURISM

European ski resorts miss Russian visitors
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22 DEC 2014: Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump of the ruble are echoing through the French Alps - and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season. MORE

CLOSE. BUT NO CIGAR.

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22 DEC 2014: The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the US in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travellers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business. MORE

GREGARIOUS AND INAPPROPRIATE

Man accused of groping teenager on flight
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22 DEC 2014: A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday. Hans Loudermilk, acknowledged touching the 15-year-old's chin and rubbing her leg on the March flight. MORE

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014

By MARGARET SWAINE
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22 DEC 2014: Roaming about in search of the next great meal, drink and culinary experience, took me to Panama, Argentina, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Mexico, Iceland and across Canada and the US in 2014. Here are eight of the highlights. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

AMA WATERWAYS CHAIRMAN DIES

Jimmy Murphy recognized the potential of river cruising
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19 DEC 2014: Jimmy Murphy, one of the founders of AmaWaterways died yesterday. Murphy was also instrumental in the creation of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). Murphy 82, had battled cancer for the past year. MORE

ACV TALKS TRAVEL

Trends for this winter
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19 DEC 2014: Air Canada Vacations president and COO, Eamonn Ferrin, reminded guests at a recent media presentation that Air Canada Vacations has been providing tours and vacation packages for over 35 years, and in doing so, have carried millions of Canadians around the world every year. MORE

USE SUNCREEN IN THE COCKPIT

Are pilots at greater risk for skin cancer
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19 DEC 2014: Flying for an hour at 30,000 feet exposes pilots to as much ultraviolet radiation as they would get from 20 minutes in a tanning bed, according to a new study. MORE

ENDING THE HOSTILITIES

Not a quick process
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19 DEC 2014: How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbour? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the US and Cuba. It won't happen overnight. But here are some of the likely steps. MORE

CONSUMERS CHOOSE AND WIN

Carnival debuts Super Bowl TV Commercial
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19 DEC 2014: Carnival Corporation has announced it will unveil the first TV commercial from its new multi-brand national marketing initiative during Super Bowl XLIX airing on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC. MORE

CAPITAL CHOICE

Air Transat offers new Ottawa to Orlando flight
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19 DEC 2014: Air Transat now offers service to Orlando from Ottawa. Direct flights to Florida from the Canadian capital will be operated on Fridays, from February 13 to April 10, 2015. MORE

WHAT'S NEW

Top 10 aviation trends in 2014
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19 December 2014: What trends did we see this year in the airline industry? The website airlinetrends.com watches and follows the global aviation industry for product and service innovations launched by airlines in response to cultural, technological, and economic changes that influence airline customers’ needs and expectations. MORE

CHARMING

Noisy baby initiates on board brawl
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19 DEC 2014: A brawl involving three women erupted on an Air China flight from to Chongqing to Hong Kong this week when two of them complained to a mother that her baby was making too much noise. MORE

JAMAICA HONOURS TOP SELLING AGENTS

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19 DEC 2014: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) recently rewarded its top selling Jamaica vacation travel agents with a three-night getaway. As part of JTB’s ‘A One Love Rewards’ travel agent specialist programme, the top 50 agents from North America were flown to Jamaica and given the royal treatment at Secrets Resorts in Montego Bay. MORE

CRUISE AROUND CUBA

But Star Clippers cruises still not available to Americans
By WALLACE IMMEN
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19 DEC 2014: Good news for Europeans and Canadians: Star Clippers is continuing to offer a series of cruises to ports around Cuba. For Americans, there’s not so good news: they’re still technically not invited. MORE
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