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DEADLY EARTHQUAKE HITS MEXICO

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20 SEP 2017: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 226 people (and the numbers keep rising) as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake caused 90 deaths in the country's south. MORE

MARIA DEVASTATES DOMINICA

Heads for Puerto Rico
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20 SEP 2017: Hurricane Maria barrelled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island with virtually no communication. As rains began to lash Puerto Rico, Gov. Ricardo Rossello warned that Maria could hit “with a force and violence that we haven't seen for several generations.”   MORE

UNIONS RAMP UP PRESSURE ON WESTJETTERS

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20 SEP 2017: WestJet is facing more pressure from organized labour as two unions have turned their sights to the airline's regional Encore operation. The Canadian Union of Public Employees said Tuesday that it and the Air Line Pilots Association, International have simultaneously launched their drives to unionize Encore cabin crew and pilots.   MORE

HIGHLY DESIRABLE

Air Canada seeking bank credit card partner for new loyalty programme
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20 SEP 2017: Air Canada says it is launching a search for a co-branded credit card partner for its new loyalty programme. The airline says it will be inviting key financial institutions to participate in a request for proposals to join the launch of the programme on July 1, 2020. MORE

SONESTA AND SUNWING REBUILD IN ST. MAARTEN

Institute employee assistance programme
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20 SEP 2017: Sunwing Travel Group recently purchased the 257 room Great Bay Beach Resort Casino and Spa from The Maho Group with intent to assume operations as of November 1st, 2017. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the resort is now inoperable and will remain closed for the winter season. MORE

BAG PROMPTS EVACUATION OF YWG DEPARTURES LEVEL

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20 SEP 2017: An unattended bag prompted a brief evacuation at the Winnipeg airport. A witness told CTV News the departure level of the airport had been evacuated and people were standing on the airfield.   MORE

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Palm Beach is open for business
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20 SEP 2017: As we all know Hurricane Irma hit Florida last week. The Palm Beaches were in the outer path and were not significantly impacted like other areas of the state. To overcome any misconceptions about the destination, the area’s marketing organization, Discover The Palm Beaches, commissioned an aerial videographer on Friday to capture a Birdseye view of the key areas of the destination. (Video)   MORE

ALBERTA SEES THE LIGHT

Rejects idea of keeping clocks the same all year. For now. Maybe.
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20 SEP 2017: An all-party legislature committee dominated by NDP members of the legislature unanimously voted Tuesday to urge the government to abandon a bill that would keep the province on the same time all year. You’d think this would put paid to this issue, but Premier Rachel Notley says the question of whether Alberta should stop changing its clocks every spring and fall hasn't been resolved yet.   MORE

THE BEST INTENTIONS OR NOT

Are US carriers concerned about fees or control
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20 SEP 2017: The Business Travel Coalition (BTC) has called on the US Senate to reject airlines’ arguments that increasing the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) would harm demand for travel. Airlines argue that increasing the PFC by $4.00 will meaningfully dampen demand for travel. However, when airlines state “adding another $3.2 billion tax hike on American travellers simply cannot be justified,” that is when one really needs to pay attention.   MORE

TOGETHER WE CAN HELP

By SAM ION
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20 SEP 2017: Are you getting all kinds of requests on what to take to Cuba to help? I am. Canadians are so anxious to help their “Cuba family” through this crisis. For years when I’ve visited Cuba, I’ve hauled stuff that I hoped would help. You should hear Tom on this subject, he would point out he’s the one doing the hauling. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

HURRICANE MARIA LASHES DOMINICA

Menaces other islands
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19 SEP 2017: 04:00: Hurricane Maria swept over the small island of Dominica with catastrophic winds overnight, starting a charge into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma and holds the possibility of a direct hit on Puerto Rico. MORE

HURRICANE JOSE HEADS NORTH

Wind, rain and rough surf forecast for Nova Scotia
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19 SEP 2017: Hurricane Jose's slow crawl northwards means Nova Scotia will be shrouded with cloudy skies this week as rough surf pounds the Atlantic coast. Environment Canada says the slow-moving weather system was churning about 400 kilometres southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Monday afternoon, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometres per hour as it headed north at about 15 km/h.   MORE

TRUDEAU PUTS CANADA FIRST

Warns Boeing to stand down
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19 SEP 2017: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made it clear that the Canadian government won't be playing ball with Boeing if the aerospace company keeps up its trade dispute with Montreal's Bombardier. Trudeau said Monday that Canada “won't do business with a company that's busy trying to sue us and put our aerospace workers out of business.” MORE

NEW ZEALAND FUEL PROBLEM CONTINUES

Airlines restricted to 30 percent of normal allowance
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19 SEP 2017: New Zealand's lawmakers and public employees were told Tuesday to cancel all nonessential flights to and from Auckland as a fuel shortage at the nation's largest airport continued to disrupt the travel plans of thousands of people. MORE

WE MESSED UP

The Ryanair fiasco
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19 SEP 2017: Irish budget airline Ryanair was under pressure Monday to provide more information to travellers after cancelling up to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks because it mismanaged its pilots' holiday schedules.   MORE

DELTA DUMPS GUAM

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19 SEP 2017: Delta Air Lines is ending flights to Guam. The last morning flight between the US territory of Guam and Japan will be in October and the last afternoon flight will be Jan. 8, 2018.   MORE

CONTINUED TOURISM GROWTH IN ROANOKE VALLEY

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19 SEP 2017: This shouldn’t be a huge surprise given the breathtaking scenery in the area with the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachian Plateau to the west. New figures show an increase in tourism spending in Virginia's Roanoke Valley for the seventh year in a row.   MORE

NORTH THROUGH FRANCE

By ANN WALLACE
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19 SEP 2017: It was time to head north. We had achieved our aim of reaching the Mediterranean and had spent ten sparkling days there. Now it was time to negotiate the canals of France once again and, we hoped, reach Paris by late August, as we had a marina reservation there for a month. In fact we were on the marina’s waiting list to spend the whole winter in the capital, but that’s a story for later! We turned into the Rhone River once again and started our journey north. Ahead of us stood 232 locks and a summit tunnel.   MORE

NOT JUST A PRETTY TOWN

By CHRIS RYALL
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19 SEP 2017: Perth, Ontario, known as the “Prettiest Town in Ontario” was originally a military settlement dating back to 1816. It is located in Lanark County between Kingston and Ottawa. Perhaps it’s the Tay River flowing gently into the centre of town, Stewart Park behind the Town Hall looking resplendent and green or the century old stone buildings and one-of-the-kind boutique shops lining the town’s main street. It was time to revisit this outdoor recreational playground while indulging in my favourite past time – lying on a massage table and getting pampered. Go with what you are good at.   MORE
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