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PEARSON BORDER AGENTS

Charged with cocaine smuggling
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28 APR 2017: Two Canadian border agents are among five people arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling. RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency say the agents worked out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport. MORE

PORT OF VANCOUVER

Best destination
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28 APR 2017: The Port of Vancouver’s cruise terminal at Canada Place has won a 2016 Best Destination Experience Award from Cruise Insights Magazine. The winners are chosen by the cruise lines, from among hundreds of potential destinations worldwide that receive accolades from their customers. MORE

A SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Montreal makes the cut
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28 APR 2017: Holland America Line recently unveiled new culturally immersive Signature Experiences on select 2018 cruise itineraries departing from Montréal, and five of the most popular cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome and Venice. MORE

NOT HIGH ON WEAPONS

US tourist charged at CN Tower
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28 APR 2017: A tourist from the US brought a loaded weapon inside a backpack on a visit to the CN Tower last week.  The revolver was identified during a routine security check and Toronto police are suggesting that the man may not have had intent to use it, but didn’t realize that Canadian laws were different from those in the states. MORE

LUGGAGE VALET SERVICE

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28 APR 2017: The Port of Seattle is offering cruise passengers  the ability to check their luggage through to the airport and receive their airline-boarding pass before disembarkation.  The complimentary service will be launched when the season starts this weekend. MORE

SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED

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28 APR 2017: Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of Norwegian Joy, the brand’s fifteenth ship and the first custom-designed for the Chinese cruise market, from Meyer Werft during an on board ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. At 167,725–gross-tons and accommodating 3,883 guests, Norwegian Joy is the second ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class. MORE

JUDY GARLAND ON CUNARD

Exhibition of memorabilia before auction
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28 APR 2017: Julien’s Auctions will exhibit highlights from Michael Siewert’s renowned Judy Garland Collection for guests of the Queen Mary 2 to view and place bids on prior to the Icons & Idols Hollywood auction in Los Angeles this September. Siewert is known as one of the foremost authorities on Judy Garland and has the largest collection in the world of items from her life and career, including film costumes, personal items, signed contracts and photographs, and a piece of luggage she used when she traveled on a Cunard ocean liner in the late 1940s. MORE

MAYORAL FACE OFF

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28 APR 2017: The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are taking a tourism twist. In round two in the series between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks, the two mayors have agreed to send beer to the opposing city if they lose. But these municipal officials are going for an assist to tourism with an agreement that the winning hockey team’s tourism poster will be put up in the losing team’s city hall. MORE

5 TREATS AND 1 LEFT UNSAMPLED

On an AmaWaterways Mekong Cruise
By WALLACE IMMEN
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28 APR 2017: I should have known something unusual was in store as we visited the bustling food market known as Tarantula Village on a tour from our AmaWaterways Mekong River cruise in Cambodia. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

MORNING HIGH

Woman rescued from crane in Toronto faces mischief charges
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27 APR 2017: It’s not often you get to watch unfolding news from your balcony – but yesterday morning was different. It was around 6.45 am when we noticed a woman sitting high up on what we later learned was called a ‘block’ hanging by cables from one of the myriad of cranes that now inhabit the area around Yonge Street south of Bloor in Toronto. Across from her on the arm of the crane itself a man appeared to be talking to her. Was it a suicide attempt?  How did she get up there? MORE

AIR TRANSAT TO ISRAEL

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27 APR 2017: Some 200 elected officials, business community leaders and tourism partners gathered this week at the Montreal Science Centre to celebrate Air Transat’s first flight between Montreal and Tel Aviv, which will launch June 18. The event was co-presided by Jean-Marc Eustache, founder and President and Chief Executive Officer, Transat A.T. Inc., and Ziv Nevo Kulman, Consul General of Israel and Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). MORE

BOMBARDIER MEETS THE CHALLENGE

CSeries certified for steep flights
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27 APR 2017: Bombardier got a boost Wednesday after its smaller CSeries commercial jet was certified to fly out of challenging airports like London City Airport. Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency awarded the CS100 steep approach certifications that should allow the plane to take off and land on the airport's short runway - as well as similar operations such as Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto and in Lhasa, Tibet, and Haifa, Israel. MORE

A LASTING IMPACT

Looking back at Expo 67
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27 APR 2017: It was five decades ago that Montreal welcomed the world to Expo 67, an international exhibition and iconic event that saw millions of visitors flock to the city over six months. The event would put Montreal on the map and is remembered fondly by those who attended as drawing them into a futuristic fantasy world and opening their eyes to people and places they'd never experienced before. MORE

CLOSING THE BARN DOOR

United raises limit on payments to bumped flyers
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27 APR 2017: United Airlines says it will raise the limit on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat. United has upped Delta’s “go quietly” inducement to leave the plane by $50 to a nice round US $10,000. MORE

WHO GOES FIRST

How United selects passengers for involuntary bumping
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27 APR 2017: In case you were wondering about the selection process, in a report being issued today about the April 9 dragging incident involving a passenger on an overcrowded United Express plane, United spells out how it selects passengers for involuntary bumping.   MORE

THE RABBIT DIED II

Death of giant British rabbit adds to United woes
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27 APR 2017: United Airlines is reviewing its handling of a giant showcase rabbit that died after being shipped across the Atlantic from Britain on one of its flights, the latest in a growing list of customer complaints.   MORE

LISTEN UP

Before AI does it for you
By DAVID TAIT
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27 APR 2017: Did you hear the one about the man driving down a country road? Coming the opposite way is a woman and, as their cars pass, she leans out of her window and screams “PIG!!” Distressed by this unprovoked attack, the man turns around and yells after her, “BITCH!” He then carries on around the bend and smashes into a huge pig standing in the middle of the road. MORE
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