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SHORT STOP

Air Canada plane landing at Halifax hit power line
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01 APR 2015: The lead investigator says that an Air Canada passenger plane landed so significantly short of the runway in Halifax that it hit a power line and knocked out power at the airport. Mike Cunningham, regional manager for Canada's Transportation Safety Board, said investigators are still trying to determine why Flight AC624 from Toronto landed prematurely.   MORE

A WHALE OF A TIME

By JUDI LEES
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APR 2015: When in Maui take in the sun, surf and sand, mix with a few Mai Tai and you have the perfect vacation. Whoops, don’t forget the whales. MORE

CALL IN TO WIN

Hanging up on the telemarketers
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01 APR 2015: Canadian airlines and tour operators have adopted a “we can do better” approach to those annoying telemarketing calls telling consumers they’ve “won” a trip on WestJet or (I had one recently) Air Canada. Canadian carriers and tour wholesalers have (incredibly) managed to band together to help the public ignore harassment calls while providing both consumers and travel agents an opportunity to really and truly win free travel. MORE

MORE LASERS AT NEWARK

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01 APR 2015: Federal officials are looking into more laser-pointing incidents at Newark Liberty International Airport. The FAA says two flights reported lasers were pointed at them Sunday night. MORE

BOAT RESCUE

Watch out for wet weather
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01 APR 2015: Three boaters have been rescued from the Fraser River near Richmond, B.C. The Coast Guard was called when a passenger vessel began taking on water during some stormy weather at about 1 a.m. Tuesday. MORE

FAIRMONT TO MANAGE GRANDE DEL MAR

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01 APR 2015: Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has announced that it will soon take over management of San Diego’s top-rated hotel and rebrand it as the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The highly regarded resort, which was named TripAdvisor's No.1 Luxury Hotel in California in 2014 and a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel for the fourth consecutive year, will soon join a distinctive hotel collection that includes the iconic Fairmont San Francisco, world-famous The Plaza in New York, and landmark The Savoy in London. MORE

CFO LEAVES WESTJET

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01 APR 2015: WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky announced the resignation of Vito Culmone, chief financial officer and executive vice-president, Finance, effective May 29, 2015. Culmone will be joining another Calgary-based organization in a similar capacity. MORE

GUATEMALA

Mondo Maya in Technicolour
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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01 APR 2015: My recent trip to Guatemala was a “sentimental” journey as I was there as a hippy archaeology student in 1972. My professor’s son and I drove a station wagon from Toronto through Mexico and into Guatemala to join a dig. We rented a mud hut and hung out for about a month on Lake Atitlan. I never forgot the beauty of the lake, the fascinating Mayan people and their kaleidoscope of colourful costumes and customs. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

CELINE COUSTEAU

Walking with TreadRight
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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31 MAR 2015: Celine Cousteau, the granddaughter of legendary marine conservationist, Jacques Cousteau, has made it her lifelong mission to document environmental projects and to shed light on causes she believes in.  MORE

FREQUENT FLIER ACCOUNTS MILES HACKED

BA says data is safe
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31 MAR 2015:  Some British Airways frequent flier accounts have been hacked, but the airline says that most personal information is safe.  The airline did not say how many accounts were compromised, but said they have been locked down and can no longer be accessed. MORE

TAM AIRLINES LAUNCHES NEW GATEWAY TORONTO

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31 MAR 2015: TAM Airlines, part of LATAM Airlines Group, celebrated the addition of Toronto as the fifth gateway for the Group in the US and Canada and the launch of new service from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The Canada milestone was celebrated with an event at Pearson with airport officials, LATAM Airlines Group executives and VIP guests. MORE

THE WILDEST COAST

Guidebook explores long distance hikes on Vancouver Island
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31 MAR 2015: Shushartie Bay, the east trailhead of Vancouver Island's remote North Coast Trail, greets visitors “with brooding silence and isolation,” writes Maria Bremner. “And with no cellphone access, you are left simply with the here and now.” MORE

CARNIVAL PRIDE BACK IN BALTIMORE

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31 MAR 2015: Carnival Cruise Lines has returned to the Port of Baltimore after completing extensive renovations to the Carnival Pride ship. The Maryland Port Administration celebrated the ship's return Sunday. MORE

VIRGIN GROUNDED

Botched water cannon salute
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31 MAR 2015: A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet was grounded after a botched ‘water cannon salute’ by airport fire tenders clogged up its engines by spraying thick foam instead of water. The Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 - ‘Beauty Queen’ - emblazoned on the fuselage, had just landed in Manchester with 188 passengers on board after its high-profile inaugural flight from Atlanta, Georgia. As it prepared to depart a water cannon salute was planned as a celebration. That’s where things went horribly wrong. MORE

LOCATION. LOCATION.

Jordan sees drop in tourism
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31 MAR 2015: It's high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan's biggest tourist draw. Yet nearby hotels stand virtually empty these days and only a trickle of tourists make their way through a landmark canyon to the Treasury building where scenes of one of the “Indiana Jones” movies were filmed. MORE

UP IN THE AIR

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31 MAR 2015:  I drove by the iFly facility on Sunday and admit to scoffing, “experience skydiving without leaving earth?  Why? If you want to skydive why not just do it?” Later I watched the video  and  while there’s not a chance in hell I would jump out of a plane this, rather intriguingly, is more like flying without the benefit of one. MORE

LOSING THE SKY RUG

After a good run
By PAM STELLINI
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31 MAR 2015: After twenty eight years it is time to retire.  Almost thirty years of being walked on.  But this retirement is not without controversy.  People are feeling like the rug is being pulled out from under them.  It is. Portland International Airport is retiring the blue, pink and green patterned carpet that has inspired t-shirts, socks and tattoos. People are responding with “loving tributes.”  Yes, you read that correctly; loving tributes to a worn commercial grade carpet. MORE
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