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  1. La hausse du prix du pétrole contribue à miner les résultats financiers de l'entreprise, qui enregistre une perte nette de 288millions de dollars au premier trimestre. Pour en lire plus...
  2. Une liaison Montreal-Beyrouth? | Nathaelle Morissette | Nouvelles Un vol direct entre la métropole québécoise et la capitale du Liban: voilà le rêve que caresse le maire de Montréal, Denis Coderre, qui classe cet enjeu parmi ses priorités. C'est ce qu'il a affirmé au quotidien libanais L'Orient-Le Jour au cours d'une visite là-bas en septembre. Air Canada a déjà entrepris des démarches pour obtenir les autorisations nécessaires.
  3. The world's most influential city, une étude de Joel Kotkin, Ali Modarres, Aaron Renn et Wendell Cox, positionne Montréal à la 41ème place des centres de pouvoir d'influence. Londres, New York et Paris se partagent le podium. Toronto figure dans le top 10. Article original: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2014/08/14/the-most-influential-cities-in-the-world/ No. 1: London FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 328 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: 68< Air Connectivity: 89%* Global Financial Centres Index Rank: 1 * The air connectivity score is the percentage of other global cities outside the city’s region (e.g., for London, cities outside of Europe) that can be reached nonstop a minimum of three times per week. No. 2: New York FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 143 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: 82 Air Connectivity: 70% GFCI Rank: 2 No. 3: Paris FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 129 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: 60 Air Connectivity: 81% GFCI Rank: 29 No. 4: Singapore FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 359 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: N/A Air Connectivity: 46% GFCI Rank: 4 No. 5: Tokyo FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 83 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: 154 Air Connectivity: 59% GFCI Rank: 5 No. 6: Hong Kong FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 234 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: 48 Air Connectivity: 57% GFCI Rank: 3 No. 7: Dubai FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 245 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: N/A Air Connectivity: 93% GFCI Rank: 25 No. 8 (TIE): Beijing FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 142 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: 45 Air Connectivity: 65% GFCI Rank: 59 No. 8 (TIE): Sydney FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 111 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: 21 Air Connectivity: 43% GFCI Rank: 15 No. 10 (TIE): Los Angeles FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 35 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: N/A Air Connectivity: 46% GFCI Rank: N/A No. 10 (TIE): San Francisco Bay Area FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 49 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: 17 Air Connectivity: 38% GFCI Rank: 12 No. 10 (TIE): Toronto FDI Transactions (5-Year Avg.): 60 Forbes Global 2000 HQs: 23 Air Connectivity: 49% GFCI Rank: 11 Autre source : http://www.newgeography.com/content/004475-the-worlds-most-influential-cities Kerney classe Montréal à la 30ème place des villes globales : Source :http://www.atkearney.com
  4. http://www.citylab.com/navigator/2015/02/play-god-with-this-customizable-miniature-city/385054/?utm_source=SFFB NAVIGATOR Play God With This Customizable Miniature City The 3D-printed buildings are based on architecture in New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, and can glow at night. JOHN METCALFE @citycalfe 7:00 AM ET Comments Image Ittyblox Ittyblox Perfect for the urban-planning wonk who wants to build a personal city—or the destructive child who'd like to stomp one to bits—are these tiny, customizable dioramas, which include skyscrapers that can be hacked to glow in the dark. The adult toys, called Ittyblox, are 3D-printed by the New York/Netherlands company Shapeways, and include a variety of constituent pieces. There's this glassy, jet-black Chicago office tower, for instance, and also a cute clump of New York townhouses. Each one has a different footprint, so arranging them to fit the baseplate might require a bit of "Tetris" skill. But don't worry about troublesome zoning issues—you're the god of this Twilight Zone civilization. At least some pieces, like the 1:1000-scale Guggenheim Museum and Tudor City building, are based on real-life structures. And all are cut with fantastic detail. Here's the product description for that Chicago tower: "Because some offices have their sun shades down, there is a variation in window color. The rooftop is detailed with a few air conditioning units." The blocks range from $6 to $93, with multibuilding sets accounting for the more expensive prices; add in $20 for the baseplate plus shipping. Making the buildings glow requires work, though it's probably worth it to the hardcore model fan; some of the windows are cut out and will become illuminated if underlit with an LED. Check out this guide for detailed instructions. sent via Tapatalk
  5. Bell frappe un grand coup : 200 hélicoptères vendus! http://www.lesaffaires.com/secteurs-d-activite/aeronautique-et-aerospatiale/bell-helicopter-obtient-une-commande-de-200-appareils/576792#%2EVPhhJpMYjTk%2Elinkedin
  6. 1:40 Campaign – What happens now? AIR CANADA COMPONENT A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear members, Last Thursday, on May 22nd, we met with officials with Transport Canada to present our objections and arguments against their proposed regulatory change (NPA – to consult it click HERE http://gallery.mailchimp.com/f6750312d5/files/5a08042b-48e8-48a2-88e3-4536caa1f04a.pdf), which will allow airlines in Canada to flip-flop between the 1:40 ratio and the 1:50 ratio at will, per aircraft type. It is fair to say that we took Transport Canada by surprise last Thursday – a sizable crowd participated in this meeting from across Canada, including over 125 CUPE flight attendants, members of the news media, members of Parliament, and allies representing different groups. We expressed our views forcefully and eloquently, and clearly demonstrated that passenger safety would be compromised if this regulation were approved. During our presentation, we had hoped to screen our newly recorded video testimonial of a survivor of the Air France 358 accident, which supports our position, but Transport Canada prevented us from doing so. If you would like to see this video, please click HERE Furthermore, if you would like to see a recently rediscovered short documentary produced by CUPE in the 1980's that presents a clear case for maintaining the 1:40 ratio, click HERE You will be amazed at the timeliness of the content, and at the undeniable truths that come from the mouths of Canadian flight attendants who survived airplane accidents. Another video is currently circulating which features a photomontage of graphic visual examples of why the 1:40 ratio should be maintained. You can see this video HERE We would encourage you to share the above videos using your own personal networks and social media. The May 22nd session was a learning experience for all of us. It was evident that Transport Canada is determined to give our airlines an unprecedented luxury, which no other country on the planet has. With the flip flop regulation, airlines will be allowed to pick whichever FA ratio leads to the fewest FAs per aircraft type, and then change the ratio whenever it suits the airline’s configuration or financial priorities, with only 60 days notice. TC was also extremely disrespectful to the two NDP MPs who took the time to attend ("the Minister will answer your question") and was unresponsive to many of us who highlighted the negative impact of the proposal on our work and safety ("noted" or some other equally evasive response like "trust us"). We were very successful in obtaining wide news coverage, and had the opportunity to engage the media in print, radio and live television. The quote from TC Cabin Safety inspector Christopher Dann was priceless, and found its way in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, amongst others: The safety level afforded by 1 in 50 "can't be equivalent" to the 1 in 40. With this quote, we have put TC on the defensive. Here are a few great examples of some of the media we received: TELEVISION - RADIO Globe and Mail video report CTV National News TVA nouvelles en direct CBC Radio WRITTEN PRESS CTV News Vancouver Sun Globe and Mail Toronto Star CBC News Here is our plan going forward, and this is where we need your continued help: We will be submitting a comprehensive dissent to the NPA, emphasizing that it is less than what we have today, is unprecedented in the world and has not be proven to be workable or enforceable by Transport Canada, among other such general arguments. Where there are good "mitigating factors", we will endorse them and urge them to be put in place regardless of the FA ratio. Where the "mitigating factors" are ineffective, we will say so and describe the changes that are needed. In addition, we will be re-working our PowerPoint presentation as a separate written submission on what the NPA does not address in the real world of flight attendant work, emergencies and evacuations. Transport Canada will be receiving comments regarding the proposed regulatory change up until June 23, 2014. Please send them your thoughts and opinions. Comments can be sent to: [email protected] and please also send a copy to CUPE Researcher Janet Dassinger: [email protected] to allow us to keep track of them. All of your comments are valuable and should be on the record. There should be emphasis on how the NPA will negatively impact passenger and our safety, particularly on narrow body aircraft but also on wide body aircraft if the airlines are successful in blocking the minimum floor level coverage provision for 1 in 40 operations. Please also request that Transport Canada hold another meeting to allow for further discussion on this important matter. For all submitters, please conclude your submission with the following statement: "I request a written response to my questions and comments before pre-publication of any such regulation in Canada Gazette Part I by return e-mail". Encourage others you may know to make submissions as well on the problems with this NPA. Feel free to have others sign on to your comments so it is coming from more than you alone. Finally, please use your written comments to seek out a meeting with your MP if you have not already done so. State your concerns and stress that what is being proposed in the NPA is less safe than what we have today (as admitted by TC's own Christopher Dann); it is a unique rule that does not meet the international standard despite what Minister Raitt has said; there are no real "mitigating factors" that can compensate for a missing FA; and all of this Transport Canada rule-making must be subjected to a Parliamentary Inquiry. Together we will make a difference. In Solidarity, Michel Cournoyer President Air Canada Component of CUPE Forward to Friend Copyright © 2014 Air Canada Component of CUPE, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you have subscribed. Our mailing address is: Air Canada Component of CUPE 25 Belfield Rd. Etobicoke, On M9W 1E8 Canada Add us to your address book unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences
  7. When the Milan Expo opens next year, the centerpiece building will be a masterpiece of sustainable engineering. Designed around the idea of an urban forest, the new Palazzo Italia will generate its own electricity, and will be clad in materials specifically designed to clean the surrounding air. The designers, Nemesi & Partners, are using photocatalytic cement - basically, concrete that's been mixed with titanium oxide. When the building material comes into contact with ultraviolet light, the titanium oxide reacts with nitrogen dioxide in the air, converting the pollutant to a salt that can easily be washed away. The building will open in time for the Expo's launch next May, and we're already planning to book a trip over so that we can spend a day sniffing the air next to the building.
  8. According to aircanada.com As of June 15, 2016 Air Canada mainline will re operate ACA892/893 with A330-300. No more rouge on the route.
  9. Air Algerie Expands Montreal Service in S16 Posted at 0300GMT 19APR16 Air Algerie during summer peak season plans to expand Algiers – Montreal operation, which sees the addition of 8th weekly service. The additional flight operates on Thursdays, from 23JUN16 to 15SEP16, with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. AH2702 ALG0645 – 1045YUL 330 4 AH2700 ALG1240 – 1640YUL 330 D AH2703 YUL1245 – 0135+1ALG 330 4 AH2701 YUL1840 – 0730+1ALG 330 D
  10. Air Canada Adds Lyon, London-Gatwick to its Growing Global Network New mainline service between Montreal and Lyon will be only year-round flight between North America and France's second largest metropolitan area New Air Canada rouge route to London-Gatwick complements and builds on the success of Air Canada flights to London Heathrow, Air Canada's largest international gateway MONTREAL, June 25, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today further expanded its extensive global network with the announcement of new non-stop services to Lyon, France and London's Gatwick airport beginning in summer 2016. The two new routes will provide customers even more convenient options when travelling to Europe for business or leisure. "Pursuing our ongoing strategy to expand internationally, Air Canada is pleased to offer customers non-stop, year-round service between Montreal and Lyon, heart of the second largest metropolitan area in France. Air Canada continues to serve Paris Charles de Gaulle and this new Air Canada mainline route will further increase convenience for customers travelling to France as well as provide the only year-round service between North America and Lyon. It also complements our Air Canada rouge Nice-Côte d'Azur service," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada. "Our new seasonal Air Canada rouge service between Toronto and London's Gatwick airport will complement our extensive operation at London Heathrow, our largest gateway outside Canada with non-stop service from eight Canadian cities. Air Canada rouge is ideally-suited to serve London-Gatwick, with its focus on leisure travel and provide easy access to southern London. This new service will also make us the only Canadian carrier serving multiple airports in the London region and complements our Air Canada rouge service to Manchester and Edinburgh. Both new routes offer customers convenient connection times with our extensive domestic, U.S. transborder and international network." James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal said: "This new scheduled service between Montreal and Lyon, France's second-largest urban area, is excellent news that further supports Montreal–Trudeau's positioning as a hub between North America and Europe, particularly French-speaking Europe." Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority said: "As Canada's largest gateway hub airport, we welcome Air Canada's announcement of a new rouge service from Toronto Pearson to London's Gatwick airport starting next summer. This new service will offer our passengers even more choice and convenience when it comes to planning their travel schedule – and that's an important part of how we're working to put our passengers first." Tickets for both routes will be available for purchase starting July 2, 2015 and service between Montreal and Lyon will begin June 16, 2016 and operate up to five-times weekly with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 37 International Business Class lie-flat suites and 228 Economy class seats. Air Canada rouge's summer seasonal service between Toronto and London-Gatwick will begin May 19, 2016 and operate up to seven-times weekly with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 24 Premium rouge seats and 256 rouge seats. All flights are timed to optimize connectivity through Air Canada's Montreal and Toronto hubs respectively. Air Canada Montreal-Lyon Flight From To Depart Arrive Frequency AC828 Montreal Lyon 21:10 10:20 (+1 day) Up to five times a week AC829 Lyon Montreal 12:00 14:00 Up to five times a week
  11. http://journalmetro.com/actualites/national/918058/air-canada-commande-ferme-de-45-avions-cs300/ 17/02/2016 Mise à jour : 17 février 2016 | 8:22 Air Canada: commande ferme de 45 avions CS300 Par Rédaction La Presse Canadienne MONTRÉAL – Le transporteur aérien Air Canada annonce mercredi la signature d’une lettre d’intention avec Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) pour l’acquisition d’un maximum de 75 avions de modèle CS300 de Bombardier. L’intention porte sur 45 commandes fermes et sur des options en vue de l’achat de 30 appareils supplémentaires. Les premières livraisons sont prévues pour la fin de 2019 et se poursuivront jusqu’en 2022. Calin Rovinescu, président et chef de la direction d’Air Canada (TSX:AC), explique qu’avec son rendement élevé sur le plan écoénergétique et son nombre accru de places, la technologie de prochaine génération des appareils C Series est très bien adaptée à la stratégie du transporteur.
  12. YUL-Barcelona increased to 4 weekly frequencies (from 3) YUL-Venezia increased to 3 weekly (from 2) YUL-Nice increased to 4 weekly (from 3) Total number of international daily departures in Summer 2016: 11
  13. Source: Les Affaires L’aéroport Montréal-Trudeau accueillera, à compter de mai prochain, son premier transporteur à très bas prix (ultra low cost), avec des liaisons vers l’Europe pour un prix aussi bas que 99$, toutes taxes incluses. Ce nouveau service est promis par Wow Air, une jeune société aérienne islandaise qui fait le pari d’exporter ce modèle d’affaires d'origine européenne au-delà l’océan Atlantique. L’entreprise a commencé à desservir l’Amérique du Nord (Boston-Logan et Washington) depuis le début de 2015, et espère obtenir au Canada le même succès qu'observé aux États-Unis. Une annonce qui réjouit Yves Lalumière, pdg de Tourisme Montréal, étant donné la capacité qu'aura ce transporteur à son avis d'attirer de jeunes voyageurs et de rajeunir, ce faisant, l’âge moyen des touristes à Montréal. «Leur clientèle est jeune - des milléniaux pour la plupart- et qui en plus, n’a pas peur du froid! Ça ne peut qu'être bon pour nous.» Même réaction d’enthousiasme venant du professeur émérite en tourisme de l’ESG-UQAM, Michel Archambault. Depuis des années, ce dernier milite en faveur de la venue d’un transporteur américain low cost à Montréal, comme pourrait le faire les JetBlue et Southwest Airlines. «Ce sera finalement d'Europe, dit-il, que nous viendra en premier ce modèle de transport», exploité depuis des années là-bas par les Ryanair et EasyJet. Wow Air a été fondée en 2011 par Skúli Mogensen, un ex-montréalais d'adoption apparemment aujourd'hui perçu comme un futur Richard Branson islandais. Entrepreneurs, il a notamment créé OZ Communications à Montréal dans les années 90, qu’il a fini par vendre à Nokia avant de s'en retourner en Islande, après un peu moins de dix ans d'exil au Québec. Face à Icelandair Cela dit, à Montréal, Wow Air a toutes les chances de faire de l’ombre à Icelandair, le principal transporteur d’Islande. Ce dernier transporteur annonçait, en août dernier, vouloir relier l’aéroport de Montréal à celui de Keflavik, en Islande, à compter du 19 mai et à raison de quatre fois par semaine. Comme Icelandair, Wow Air proposera aussi quatre liaisons par semaine entre les deux villes. À la différence d’Icelandair par contre, en plus d'écouler ses billets pour une fraction du prix de son vis-à-vis, Wow dit vouloir relier les deux villes «à l’année», soit bien au-delà de la saison estivale. Ses liaisons directes, assurées par des Airbus A321 de 200 sièges, doivent débuter à Montréal à compter du 12 mai, et à Toronto à compter du 20 mai prochain. «Le tarif de 99$ comprend tout; les charges, taxes, et frais aéroportuaires», a confirmé la porte-parole de l'entreprise lorsque nous lui avons demandé de contre-vérifié le prix afficé sur un vol simple. De sa plaque tournante de Reykjavik-Keflavik, Wow offre ensuite aux passagers de se rendre ailleurs en Europe (Paris, Londres, Berlin, Copenhague, Amsterdam ou Dublin) pour un tarif unique de 149$ le trajet, toutes taxes comprises. Questionnée sur ces faibles tarifs, Christiane Beaulieu, vice-président Affaires publiques d’Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), a refusé de se prononcer, soutenant ne pouvoir commenter les stratégies de mises en marché des transporteurs. Les seuls frais d'amélioration aéroportuaires chargés aux passagers par ADM s'élèvent à 25$, a-t-elle néanmoins confirmé.
  14. Not sure if any of this is new info... YUL-Zagreb. http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/europe-is-all-yours-with-transat-for-2016-transat-is-offering-more-destinations-even-more-flights-and-holiday-packages-galore-566082831.html
  15. WestJet se "rebrand" sous le nom Canada Air....Je me demande ce que Air Canada en pense... https://blog.westjet.com/most-canadian-canadian-airline/ Poisson d'avril?
  16. J'ai compilé une liste des compagnies avec les plus grosses capitalisations boursières établies à Montréal. Sans rentrer dans les technicalités de l'établissement des sièges sociaux, j'ai tenu compte d'une présence importante dans la grande région de Montréal. BCE - 58.85 G$ Power Corporation - 39 G$ Alimentation Couche-Tard - 34.38G$ Banque National - 19.11G$ Saputo - 18G$ CGI Group - 17.1 G$ Dollarama - 11.45G$ Metro - 9.4G$ SNC Lavallin - 8 G$ CAE 5.4 G$ Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX): 5.09 (Laval) Bombardier - 4.96 G$ Quebecor - 4.92G$ WSP Global Inc (WSP): 4.80 Air Canada - 3.82 G$ Jean Coutu - 3.76 G$ Amaya Inc (AYA): 3.26 TFI International Inc (TFII): 2.88 Stella-Jones Inc (SJ): 2.70 Cogeco - 2.4G$ Banque Laurentienne - 2G$ Transcontinental - 1.93 G$ Richelieu Hardware Ltd. (RCH): 1.58 Innergex Renewable Energy Inc (INE): 1.57 (Longueuil) Osisko gold royalties Ltd (OR): 1.55 ProMetic Life Sciences Inc (PLI): 1.50 (Laval) Uni Select Inc (UNS): 1.49 (Boucherville) Knight Therapeutics Inc (GUD): 1.48 (Westmount) Aimia Inc (AIM): 1.38 Semafo Inc (SMF): 1.27 Dorel - 1.04 G$ MTY Food Group - 1G$
  17. http://www.aircanada.com/en/offers/air/newroutes_rouge/newroutes_rouge.html?icid=fl|achome|newroutes_rouge|caen|151208|txt#YUL-NA Always wanted to see Miami go year round! Mexico City now goes 5x weekly instead of 4.
  18. Description Le 2520 Monsabré est un projet de 3 condos de 2 chambres, de 1179 pi2 situé dans le secteur Mercier, à 10 minutes de marche du métro L’Assomption. Facilement accessible par l’autoroute 25 (Pont-tunnel Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine) et à 10 minutes du Centre-Ville. Ce projet inclut: Chambre principale avec walk-in, Surface à aire ouverte, Grand balcon avant et arrière, Grande fenestration, Plancher bois franc et céramique, Air climatisé, Échangeur d’air, Entrée privée, Plafond de 9 pieds, Près d'une piste cyclable ... Demi sous-sol : 227 900 $ + taxes Rez-de-chaussée : 249 900 $ + taxes Deuxième étage : 257 900 $ + taxes Subvention possible de 4 500 $ à 10 000 $. Plus d'information à la page: http://www.2520monsabre.com
  19. Via ajoute des départs supplémentaires vers Toronto et Ottawa, au départ de Montréal. http://www.montrealitesurbaines.com/ Plus de départs égalent plus de flexibilité pour les voyageurs, qui pourront désormais revenir d'Ottawa en fin de soirée. Les dix départs quotidiens vers Toronto permettront aussi à Via de mieux compétitionner avec les compagnie aériennes, dont Air Canada qui offre des départs aux 30 minutes aux heures de pointes et aux heures le reste de la journée. Via prévoit ajouter davantage de départs quand les améliorations des voies seront complétées.
  20. Don't get me wrong. I was scared for my life, when we flipped out of the plane and into air below.
  21. http://www.nationalpost.com/most-popular/story.html?id=2501508 I remember I used to listen to Expos games on CIQC when I was a kid. Another piece of Montreal dies...
  22. Beau petit projet infill sur St-Laurent, coin Beaubien ouest. Reste 2 unités à vendre. À partir de 151 500$ taxes incluses 6537 rue St-Laurent (coin Beaubien) 12 unités Lofts, * Finition de qualité (choix de couleurs) * Planchers de bois * Air climatisé * Grands balcons * Stationnement disponible * 3 200 pi. ca d'espace commercial à louer * Subvention disponible * Mezzanines sur le toit Occupation février 2010
  23. Canadian smog costs $1 billion, 2,700 lives: CMA Canwest News Service Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 The Canadian Medical Association estimates that by 2031, more than 4,900 Canadians, mostly seniors, will die prematurely each year from the effects of polluted air.Dean Bicknell/Canwest News ServiceThe Canadian Medical Association estimates that by 2031, more than 4,900 Canadians, mostly seniors, will die prematurely each year from the effects of polluted air. OTTAWA -- Smog this year will contribute to the premature deaths of 2,700 Canadians and put 11,000 in hospitals, costing the economy and health-care system $1 billion, Canada's doctors say. A report by the Canadian Medical Association calculates that deaths linked to air pollution will rise over the next two decades, claiming nearly twice as many lives each year and costing $1.3 billion annually in health care and lost productivity. The study estimates that by 2031, more than 4,900 Canadians, mostly seniors, will die prematurely each year from the effects of polluted air. Ontario and Quebec will bear the brunt, with smog-related deaths soaring among aging baby-boomers and the chronically ill. In Ontario, the number of premature deaths could double, to 2,200, from 1,200 per year, while hospital admissions over the same period could jump by as much as 70%. The annual health-care and economic costs could rise by as much as 30%, to $740 million, from $570 million. Quebec's mortality rate could rise by 70%, from 700 a year to 1,200, while hospital admissions could spike by 50% annually, costing the province 10% more, or up to $290 million a year. While smog can trigger lung problems, accounting for up to 40% of hospital visits, heart attack and stroke are the real problems, responsible for more than 60% of all air-pollution-related hospital admissions, the study found. Pollutants such as nitrous oxide damage the heart by harming blood vessels, leading to atherosclerosis, a disease that makes people susceptible to heart attack and stroke. Besides the direct costs to the economy and the health system, the study tries to put a price on the poor quality of life and loss of life caused by smog-related deaths. With those estimated costs included, this year's total bill -- in addition to the $1 billion estimate for economic and health-care costs - would amount to more than $10 billion. That figure would rise to $18 billion a year by 2031, with nearly $16 billion of that the price the doctors' association puts on lost lives. But Gordon McBean, a renowned climatologist at the University of Western Ontario, questioned the accuracy of such estimates. While he praised the report and called most of its data sound, he said the attempt to put a price tag on lost life is problematic. "Health-care costs you can do a reasonably good job quantifying, but quality of life and the actual value of life is a bit difficult," said Mr. McBean, co-author of a recently published Health Canada report on the impact of climate change on human health. As a Canadian representative to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Mr. McBean said the world's top experts have tried unsuccessfully to come up with similar estimates for the human cost of climate change. "That became very controversial because the people who did it said, 'Well, a North American is worth so many thousand dollars and an African is worth a small fraction of that.' And people like me didn't think that was acceptable," he said. Given that climate change likely will lead to more smoggy days, the report does not exaggerate the level of anticipated deaths caused by air pollution, said Mr. McBean. "They're not overstating the problem. If anything, these are lowball estimates."
  24. Les temps sont durs pour l'industrie aérienne. La maison mère du transporteur Air Canada, Gestion ACE aviation, enregistre une perte nette de 135 millions de dollars pour son troisième trimestre. Pour en lire plus...
  25. L'industrie aérienne pique du nez Les hausses importantes du prix du carburant, ces derniers mois, font mal à l'industrie aérienne mondiale, qui traverse une véritable crise. Un Boeing 777 New Livery arborant le nouveau logo de Delta Air Lines Vendredi, l'industrie aérienne américaine a publié une étude qui prévoit une vague de faillites importante parmi les transporteurs aériens des États-Unis si les prix du carburant demeurent aussi élevés. L'analyse de l'industrie aérienne commerciale américaine, effectuée par Airline Forecasts et Business Traveller, estime que la flambée des prix du carburant engendrera des hausses de coûts de 30 milliards de dollars américains pour l'industrie aérienne aux États-Unis alors que sa capacité d'augmentation des frais aux voyageurs excède à peine 4 milliards de dollars. Réductions de personnel et de vols au menu Pendant ce temps, à New York, le transporteur aérien US Airways annonçait une nouvelle série de mesures d'économies, qui comprend une réduction de 6 % à 8 % de ses vols intérieurs, qui se traduira par au moins 1700 mises à pied au sein de son personnel. La situation est pire encore chez Delta Air Lines, qui a annoncé vendredi qu'il prévoyait doubler le nombre de mises à pied annoncées au mois de mars dernier pour faire face à la crise qui mine les performances économiques de l'entreprise. La compagnie aérienne a offert dernièrement un programme de départ volontaire à plus de la moitié de ses 55 000 employés. Craintes en Europe La situation n'est guère mieux en Europe, où plusieurs compagnies aériennes, telles que KLM, Air France, Lufthansa et Austrian Airlines en sont à leur seconde augmentation de la surcharge pour carburant qu'elles imposent à leurs passagers. Comme en Amérique, plusieurs transporteurs européens se voient obligés de réduire leur nombre de vols ou carrément de déclarer faillite. Selon la directrice générale d'Air France Canada, Bénédicte Duval, citée par la Presse canadienne, l'industrie doit s'attendre à ce que la situation actuelle entraîne une vague de faillites, de fusions-acquisitions et de consolidations. Au moins 28 compagnies aériennes sont disparues dans le monde au cours des six derniers mois, a rapporté pour sa part Jean-Marc Eustache, président et chef de la direction du transporteur montréalais Transat. Les transporteurs canadiens ne sont pas épargnés Bien que chez Transat la situation ne soit pas catastrophique dans l'immédiat, selon la Presse canadienne, Jean-Marc Eustache a néanmoins évoqué, jeudi, lors d'une téléconférence sur les résultats du deuxième trimestre, une éventuelle réduction de la taille de l'entreprise si la situation ne se stabilise pas. Les bénéfices de Transat ont en effet diminué de 24,4 % au deuxième trimestre 2008 par rapport au deuxième trimestre de 2007. Chez Air Canada, le transporteur impose depuis mai des suppléments carburant sur tous ses vols intérieurs et internationaux pour tenter d'éponger les coûts du carburant. Selon le secrétaire général se l'Organisation de l'aviation civile internationale, chaque hausse de 1 $US du prix du baril de pétrole brut sur les marchés se traduit par des coûts additionnels de 1,6 milliard de dollars américains pour l'industrie aérienne mondiale. http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2008/06/13/003-crise-indutrie-aerienne.shtml?ref=rss