Spotted on CBCNews.ca: June 14, 2011
Air Canada customer service and sales staff went on strike at midnight Tuesday when their union failed to reach an agreement with the airline.
After a few early-morning delays in Atlantic Canada and Montreal, about 45 flights were reported cancelled or delayed at Toronto's Pearson Airport. Lineups were expected at gates, as passengers boarded their flights. An Air Canada spokesman attributed slower boarding to managers learning their new jobs.
Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said the airline is treating the work stoppage the same way it would a severe winter storm or some other irregular operation.
The strike generated a lot of discussion among CBCNews.ca community members.
letmetalk had a flight Tuesday and arrived three hours early anticipating long lines. "But wow, must say best check in ever with Air Canada. Someone helped with [the self check-in], then no line up, and service agents [were] fighting to help me. If this is the service we get with a strike then wow I say let them strike forever."
Whistler Five-0 isn't a fan of Air Canada's customer service. "While on strike, Air Canada staff should visit [the] WestJet school to learn proper technique when dealing with customers."
AshalGab had a different opinion. "Honestly I always travel with Air Canada and I think their service is pretty amazing. I really don't get why people say their customer service sucks. Whenever I do get a problem (if at all most of times), it gets resolved pretty easily. People probably expect nice service while being rude to the workers or something. Anyhow best of luck to both sides."
kmg708 weighed in on the debate about unions.
"Canadians are developing an increasingly low tolerance for unions demanding entitlements that most of us live without ... The result is that Canadians look for other options to replace these companies, and many will never return to the Post Office or Air Canada because they no longer hold the monopolies they once did."
pudljumpr has worked as an Air Canada pilot for more than 33 years.
"I have watched our staff deal with surly people, understaffing, irregular hours and a general lack of respect from the company and customers. They deserve better from both ... Flying airplanes is a skill that takes time, money and dedication. The expectation to be compensated better than an [Toronto Transit Commission] bus driver, after obtaining the equivalent of a doctorate of aviation, is not out of this world. Our junior pilots are not making more than a bus driver. So the end result is you get what you pay for. Ask yourself if you want the cheapest pilots available in the middle of a thunderstorm?"
Health Canada's asbestos advice rejected by government
Commenters have also been weighing in on a story about how the Canadian government rejected advice from Health Canada to add asbestos to a global list of hazardous materials in 2006.
According to documents obtained under Access to Information, a senior Health Canada bureaucrat wrote that the agency believed that chrysotile -- a form of asbestos that has been linked to cancer -- should be added to a UN treaty known as the Rotterdam Convention.
More than 50 countries ban the use of asbestos. But Canada, one of the leading exporters of the material, lobbied to keep asbestos off the Rotterdam list with the support of producing countries such as Russia and Zimbabwe. Ultimately, chrysotile asbestos did not make the Rotterdam list.
"Asbestos is a cash crop for Canada," BentWang wrote. "As such you can guarantee that ethics will take a back seat to profit. We have known of the dangers of asbestos for over 20 years now."
Nojuan agreed. "Alas, in this fair country of ours, greed always triumphs over health or safety, always has, always will."
"Health Canada should get used to it; all levels of gov't pretty much ignore the interests of the voters on an ongoing basis," Hotman said.
However, HereInSask argued that the Canadian government makes decisions for the benefit of citizens.
"Health Canada should focus more on the health of [Aboriginal Peoples] under federal authority and on approving drugs used by us all and less on fear mongering."
Defeated Canucks fans look to Game 7
The Boston Bruins drubbed the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final series Monday night, forcing a deciding championship game.
Many community members criticized Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo for giving up goals early in the game.
cabbage referred to Luongo as a "[choke] artist" and argued that Bruins goalie Tim Thomas deserves the Conn Smythe trophy. "Luongo doesn't even come close to Thomas."
Rigged657 agreed. "We'll see who has it Wednesday night. No point in crying over split milk. It's a one game series. Those first two goals [Luongo] let in were horrible, you gotta make those saves."
"As bad as Luongo has been in Boston I really wonder what has happened to the highest scoring team in the NHL this season," asked jimfrieson. "They are averaging about one goal per game in the finals, although they have won two 1-0 games ... one goal is normally not enough."
The Canucks' twin teammates Henrik and Daniel Sedin were also accused of underperforming.
"We've heard for years that the Sedin brothers are the best players on this team, but they have been 'mailing it in' throughout the series," BrianX. " No need to look further for the cause of this failure."
However, most agreed that the deciding Game 7 should be an exciting affair.
"It is never over until it is over, one way or another," Monica.Rovers.
Meet the Community Team
CBC News Community team, from left to right: Andrew Yates, Lauren O'Neil, John Bowman
If you're part of the CBC News community, you're likely to meet one of us: we're the folks working to produce and promote your stories. Read more about us.
Other Your Community Entries
- 2013 (747)
- Barnaby Jack mourned by fellow hackers, friends, fans
- Pakistani TV show hands out babies in Ramadan ratings battle
- Weiner scandal sparks 'sexting' debate
- Russia's anti-gay laws prompt vodka, Olympics boycott
- Automated bots reserve tables at restaurants before you can
- Japanese teens sell ad space on thighs
- Is Google Chromecast the future of TV?
- Vaccine denier Jenny McCarthy pick as View host worries experts
- Pope Francis becomes cellphone celebrity in Brazil
- Jane Austen to be the new face of the £10 note
- Great Canadians Near You: Jeremy Dias
- Party hats top surveillance cameras for George Orwell's birthday
- Google recruits Street View mapping volunteers
- New Yorker recruits Bert and Ernie to celebrate same-sex marriage ruling
- '3-parent' fertility treatments sparks reader debate
- School kids correct celebrity grammar mistakes on Twitter
- Calgary's kids create adorable thank-you notes for volunteers
- Wendy Davis pink trainers sell big online
- June photo contest: How do you start your morning?
- Do you think the Queen deserves a raise?
- Generation Why says farewell for now
- 'Prancercise' founder sashays across the web
- Readers debate merits of anti-bullying video depicting suicide
- Fired Mayor Ford chief of staff laughs it up on Twitter
- Amish teens on Rumspringa rush for Facebook
- Grumpy Cat goes from meme to movie star
- CBCNews.ca readers react to the death of Dr. Henry Morgentaler
- Facebook to crack down on gender-based hate following outcry
- Bank of Canada cries fraud on $90K 'Duffy buck' cartoon
- Canadians react to the death of Dr. Henry Morgentaler
- Illegal wildlife trade thrives on the 'dark web'
- Stanford students seek bone marrow match for beloved professor
- Google Glass user's shower photo freaks out internet
- Canada's new polymer notes get orbital boost
- Inmates use Yelp to review prison conditions
- Canadians react to foreign worker program changes
- VOTE: April Photo Contest Finalists
- Alberta public employees, government tweet across the picket line
- Fashion-savvy seniors flaunt 'Advanced Style'
- Praise rolls in for gay NBA player Jason Collins
- Generation Why: March 29
- Prominent Canadians bid farewell to Ralph Klein on Twitter
- Ralph Klein: Share your condolences
- Vera Wang ditches $500 'try-on' fee in China following global outcry
- Live Online replay: The star power of pandas
- B.C. ad evokes Amanda Todd to warn against 'just one photo'
- 'Stop rape' dislodging 'stay safe' advice on social media
- Brands support same-sex marriage in U.S. debate
- 'Rent a Mourner' fills your funeral with fake friends
- Ogooglebar! Sweden's spat with Google inspires 'ungoogleable' fun
- REPLAY Pope Benedict resigns: What's next for the Catholic church?
- Russian 'ghost' ship has Twitter intrigued
- Beijing woman's dummy tummy stunt on Subway causes outrage
- CPC, Wildrose, CBC line up to cut ties to Flanagan
- Vote for our February photo contest winner
- Married couple sought for millionaire's Mars mission
- Boeing's bid to replace CF-18s gets CBCNews.ca readers talking
- Vatican scrubs @pontifex Twitter account
- Rosa Parks statue unveiled on Capitol Hill
- Morrissey and Jimmy Kimmel in feud over Duck Dynasty
- Opposites attract: Tell us your unlikely love story
- Youth for hire: employing 'Generation Jobless'
- Fired HMV employees take over Twitter account
- Toronto company puts your head on a Pez dispenser
- Perfume for babies released by Dolce & Gabbana
- U.S. man shot in driveway mix-up mourned online
- World reacts to new Blackberry phones, Alicia Keys hire
- Will BlackBerry 10 turn things around for the company?
- Is Volkswagen's new Super Bowl Commercial racist?
- Graphic porn invades Twitter's Vine app
- July (131)