Just add items to create a watchlist now: Add or Cancel Already have a watchlist? Log In TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2013 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) — Air Canada rouge says ‘Buenos Dias’ to Mexico starting October 10, with flights between Toronto and Cancun 6 days per week. And beginning December 19, Air Canada rouge will operate two flights daily between Toronto and Cancun, with convenient mid-morning and early evening departures. Cancun is the gateway to Mexico’s spectacular Mayan Riviera, Mexico’s premier visitor destination. Air Canada rouge’s service between Toronto and Mexico marks the next phase of its fleet and network expansion for winter 2013/14. Air Canada rouge announced earlier in June that it would be adding flights to Mexico, Las Vegas, Sarasota, and additional Caribbean destinations, from both Toronto and Montreal gateways. With this network expansion, the airline’s fleet grows from 4 aircraft to 10, including 2 Boeing 767-300ERs and 8 Airbus 319 aircraft. The fleet will grow to 10 aircraft by the end of 2013 with the addition of 6 Airbus A319 aircraft by December 2013 and an additional 4 Airbus A319 aircraft by March 2014, for a total of 14 aircraft by the end of the 2013-2014 winter season. Air Canada rouge will operate its A319 on the Cancun route. The newly fitted aircraft features 142 seats: 24 new slimline rouge Plus seats in a 3+3 configuration, offering more legroom and recline, and 118 new slimline rouge seats in a 3+3 configuration. Air Canada rouge is part of the new Air Canada Leisure Group, recently created by Air Canada to uniquely serve vacation travelers with flights and, through Air Canada Vacations, packaged holidays and cruises. “The Air Canada Leisure Group leverages the combined strengths at Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations and Air Canada rouge to offer the best possible travel experience for leisure customers so that they can truly ‘vacation ahead’,” said Michael Friisdahl, Chief Executive Officer of the leisure group.
Carl Icahn’s New Playground: Canada
What makes all of this even more ludicrousas Canadasremarks intensified the row over the Commonwealths decision to host its biennial heads of state meeting in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo next month is, Canadas Prime Minister, Mr. Stephen Harper, s announcement that he would boycott the summit because of alleged human rights abuses by Mahinda Rajapaksas government, which until 2009 was engaged in a brutal civil war. The allegations, to reiterate are based upon pure conjecture, hearsay, falsified, contradictory reports and presentations which have been proved to be just that by experts and professional analystswho have examined them carefully, so where does the buck stop one wonders? Once again it needs to be pointed out that Canadian PM Harper has complained of reported disappearances, and allegations of extra judicial killings with no evidence or proof towards his claims and to suggest ( once again in irresponsible perspective perhaps) that It is clear that the Sri Lankan Government has failed to uphold the Commonwealths core values, which are cherished by Canadians. which is not kosher and unacceptable given the large proportion of Countries within the Commonwealth who have decided to attend the summit where an isolated few nations based on their own agendas( once again relative to the coercions of the Global Tamil Diaspora) with particular reference to India are obviously undecided whether or not to attend and in the end will in all probabilities be academic whether or not they attend as the summit will go on regardless! Canadabeing the Commonwealths second biggest funder of Sri Lanka after the UK and is now reviewing its 12m a year financial backing and looks set to cut support for the secretariat headed by Mr.Sharma which of course is not only a cheap shot based on the non submission nor capitulation by Sri Lanka to Canadas demands in the face of Mr.Sharmas resolute support as well as justifications on the part of Sri Lanka not to be sunjugated byCanada.It has also been observed by some, quite alarmiingly as having shades ofgross irresponsibilityfalling short of blackmail to which in all probabilities Sri Lankawill be non commital where the onus in the end will be on Canada for accountability for such draconian action and deemable as apathetic and hopefully answerable to the adjudicators within the Commonwealth who just might frown on Canadas stand. As is commonplace in these times and once again for very obvious reasons the UN resonates its clarion callabout continuing high levels of harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists in Sri Lanka which at the best of times are distorted, isolated incidents within a sovereign juridiction well within its rights to adjudicate and legislate the relativities which are internal matters of no concern to outside interference linked to the pomposities and arrogance of those who care to do soand blown out of proportion. To add insult to injury when India this week reiterated calls for all sections of the Sri Lankan population to be treated with equality, justice, dignity and self respect it seems to have taken on an air of arrogance and self imposed authority over issues which are already set in place and perhaps an attempt to appease the deadbeat politicos ofTamil Nadunattering away at the imagined plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils( Tamil Tiger supportive notwithstanding!) at times hardly realising thatthere is a contented Government supportive community of Tamils ever grateful for the manner in which the Government has responded to their needs where regardless of what good is done to them there will always be a segment of disgruntled Tamils disgruntled mostly because they could not achieve their pipe dream of Eelam and are now attempting to use a petty provincial council single victory in the North as a stepping stone towards their failed objectives of the past which in the end is wishful thinking! On a very positive note for Sri Lanka however the Commonwealth which has spoken collectively through its leadership has said that it respected Canadas decision but that Commonwealth leaders had made a collective decision in 2009, confirmed in 2011, that Sri Lanka would invariably host the summit. Leave a Reply You must be logged in to post a comment. Disclaimer: The comments contained within this website are personal reflection only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the LankaWeb. LankaWeb.com offers the contents of this website without charge, but does not necessarily endorse the views and opinions expressed within. Neither the LankaWeb nor the individual authors of any material on this Web site accept responsibility for any loss or damage, however caused (including through negligence), which you may directly or indirectly suffer arising out of your use of or reliance on information contained on or accessed through this Web site. 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This is according to Mr Ed Fast, Canadian Minister for International Trade and the Asia-Pacific Gateway, who described the region as an emerging dynamo at the inaugural Canada-ASEAN Business Forum in Singapore yesterday. This is a region with a young population, growing middle class and abundant natural resources an increasingly integrated area of the world thats attracting trade and investment from around the globe, said Mr Fast. And Singapore sits right in the middle of one of the most dynamic regional economies in the world, he added. It has clearly positioned itself as a gateway to ASEAN, and that will be the strength of its economy. Mr Fasts comments reflect a growing Canadian interest in South-east Asia in recent years. Efforts to step up regional engagement led to the adoption of the ASEAN-Canada Joint Declaration on Trade and Investment in 2011. Canada is also one of the 12 countries in talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Despite continued uncertainty in the global economy, total ASEAN-Canada trade rose 19.2 per cent from 2007 to C$15.8 billion (S$19 billion) last year, making ASEAN countries (as a group) Canadas seventh-largest trading partner. Between Canada and Singapore alone, bilateral trade grew 22.7 per cent to S$2.52 billion in the first eight months of this year, as reflected in the data by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. As ties deepen, Mr Fast said he would like to see more Singapore firms investing in Canada. Canada is the world leader in producing potash, as well as diamonds and top-quality forestry products. So Singapore companies have a real opportunity to invest in our oil-and-gas industry, as well as our mining sector, he said.
Canada looks to S’pore as gateway to ASEAN
playground is apparently not big enough for Icahn and he is crossing the border to invade Canada. A walking encyclopedia of corporate governance minutia who has spent decades fighting board room battles, Icahn is sure to appreciate some of the corporate rules up in Canada. Icahn has disclosed a nearly 6% stake in Talisman Energy, a Canadian oil and gas producer, and tweeted that he may have conversations with management about strategic alternatives and board seats. Icahn has long criticized the corporate governance rules in America, where he claims that corporate democracy does not exist . But a leading Canadian corporate governance expert recently argued that Canada is in some ways potentially more friendly to activist investors like Icahn than the U.Sor the state of Delaware, where many publicly-traded U.S. companies are incorporated. With more than a 5% stake in Talisman, for example, Icahn should be able to call a shareholder meeting to elect directors, something that is much harder to do in the U.S. with such a percentage share holding. According to attorney Stephen Griggs , it is becoming common for Canadian corporate directors to need the majority support of shareholders and in Canada there are no staggered boards of directors that make directors tough to overthrow. But what will probably be music to the ears of a guy like Icahn is that Canadian securities regulators eventually often quash poison pills, the ubiquitous protection tool of American boards of directors. Icahn has ventured up to Canada in the past, but the country seems riper than ever for American activist investors. William Ackman recently shook up an iconic Canadian brand, Canadian Pacific Railway, and made a killing for his Pershing Square hedge fund revamping the company.