Air Canada Ought to be in the Dog Pen; Loses Animal, Dishes Heartless Email
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Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown. “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the e-mail read. Word quickly spread online, with many voicing their outrage over the company’s response. “If you ever fly with your pet, you might not want to choose Air Canada,” one wrote on Twitter. The airline addressed the controversy in a statement Friday. “Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” it said. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canada’s standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing.” Larry’s temporary owner said she was furious when she heard about the message. “I was angry…
Larry, a two-year-old Italian greyhound, went missing in San Francisco after an unidentified Air Canada personnel decided to take him out of his crate to stretch his legs. ( Facebook /Jutta Kulic) Jutta Kulic, who had taken care of Larry after its owner died of cancer, had explicitly told employees and airport personnel not to take the dog out of its crate for whatever reason. The dog was bound for Canada, as Ms Kulic vowed to fulfill her supposed promise to her dying friend that she will find the dog a new home. “I very clearly instructed them never ever to open the door and let the dog out of that crate, unless he’s in a completely enclosed room,” she said. Airport personnel reasoned out they had taken out the dog because the flight had been delayed by a day due to mechanical problems. As if by premonition, Ms Kulic’s fears of potentially losing the dog happened when Larry was able to run away from its then-handler. Ms Kulic appreciated Air Canada immediately notified her of the incident and said it was trying its best to locate the dog. The good PR image and seeming compassion for a missing being were supposed to have already covered it for the airline company, had it not for a badly sent email. CBC News which tried to send follow-up queries to Air Canada was surprised to have received an email reply that was apparently not intended for the news firm. Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER on approach to Frankfurt Airport. (Wikimedia) “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog,” CBS13 Sacramento quoted Air Canada’s Peter Fitzpatrick email. “Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.” When Ms Kulic was shown the message, she was dumbfounded. What’s more, she’s expecting the worst for Larry. “Oh my God,” she told CBS13 Sacramento. “I guess I wouldn’t expect anything different from a company that would allow something like this to happen.” Later in the day, CBS13 Sacramento received another email.
Australia | International Friendly Match Preview 6 hours ago Tuesday, October 14, 3 pm ET Craven Cottage, London Streamed live on Sportsnet.ca Canada and Australia have two big things in common heading into their friendly on Tuesday at the home of Premier League club Fulham FC: Both teams are coming off a string of disappointing results, and both count Holger Osieck among their former managers. Osieck led Canada to an unexpected triumph in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and was at the helm of Australia when they qualified for Brazil 2014 earlier this year. But the Socceroos have struggled mightily since then losing their last two games by identical 6-0 score lines leading to Osieck’s dismissal over the weekend, just eight months ahead of the World Cup. Even though their World Cup ticket is already booked, the Australians will no doubt be motivated for the clash with Canada, not just to wash away the taste of their recent humiliating defeats, but to show the team’s new manager whoever it may be that they’re worthy of inclusion in next summer’s tournament roster. View gallery . Canada, meanwhile, are in much the same boat in their second camp under Benito Floro; but, of course, without a World Cup berth to look ahead to. Les Rouges are in full-on transition mode as Floro searches for the mix of players that will lead the program forward. Floro, however, doesn’t expect that the turmoil around the Australian camp will change his team’s approach to Tuesday’s match. “For us, it doesn’t matter because we plan to play thinking of our system, our plan,” he told reporters in a conference call on Monday. That plan won’t include Atiba Hutchinson , who came into camp with a minor hamstring injury and has since returned to his club in Turkey. HISTORY Canada and Australia last met in 1993, when they contested the CONCACAF/OFC intercontinental playoff in World Cup qualifying. Canada won the first leg, played in Edmonton, by a score of 2-1. The second leg, played in Sydney, also ended 2-1. . AUSTRALIA TEAM OUTLOOK The Socceroos already have their ticket booked for Brazil 2014, having qualified back on June 18 with a 1-0 win over Iraq but have stumbled badly since then.
Harper’s Canada: Hypocrisy And Double Standards
Harper has failed to treat the original sons and daughters of Canada The First Nations with respect and dignity. Instead, he has chosen the path to appease and shower love and praise to Tamil Tiger supporters purely to gain their votes. Canadians are criticizing the Harper government for dismissing UN concerns about the human rights situation in the country.Canada is currently undergoing a Universal Periodic Review at the UN, where members have expressed concern about the plight of the countrys indigenous people. The world is taking note of the ruling Conservatives shameful betrayal of Canadas once admirable reputation as a fair country sincerely working on the world stage to improve the lot of the disadvantaged and suffering. In the UN Human Rights Councils Universal Periodic Review, Canada was criticized to such an extent that the Council decided to send the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, representatives of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the situation in Canada. Harper learns a lesson in diplomacy However, the talking point in diplomatic circles world over is the hypocrisy and double standards of Harper when he decided to boycott the Commonwealth conference scheduled to be held in Sri Lankas capital Colombo next month.Many Canadians point out that Harper has slipped to the lowest level a leader of any country could fall to.At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Bali, Harper was snubbed by the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia when Harper brought the subject of boycotting the CHOGM in Sri Lanka. They both told Harper, in no uncertain terms, that they would attend the Commonwealth conference in Colombo.Harper learnt a lesson from Tony Abbott, who was only recently elected as the Prime Minister of Australia, when he was told by Abbott how to deal with friends and how to develop friendships. Abbott said he considered Sri Lanka to be a friend. David Cameron snubbed Harper months ago. The Queens decision to send her son Prince Charles to Sri Lanka to represent her is also seen as a new beginning for the Commonwealth. Harper has failed to see that move by the British monarchy. Hugh Segal, one of Harpers men who visited Sri Lanka recently last week, stooped to the lowest level and called a very highly respected former Indian diplomat, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kamlesh Sharma a stooge.Sources close to Harper say that Segal had the blessings of the Canadian Prime Minister to call Sharma a stooge of the Sri Lankan government. Sources further pointed out that Harper had isolated himself and Canada on the world stage by his foolishness and immaturity. No sense of foreign relations Harper and his highly inexperienced Foreign Minister John Baird have no sense of foreign relations. They have completely ignored the advice given by several senior Canadian diplomats on improving relations with Sri Lanka.