“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… (but) I was not surprised that someone could be that stupid. It was an incredibly stupid, very cold, callous e-mail,” Jutta Kulic said from Sacramento, where she is traveling for a dog show. Kulic, who lives in Ohio, said she was taking care of Larry after his owner, a friend, died of cancer. The friend wanted her dogs placed in “loving homes,” she said. Larry was on his way to Canada, when he vanished, she said. He was placed in a crate secured with several zip ties and Kulic said she gave staff specific instructions not to take him out. Air Canada said staff continues to search for Larry and have put up posters near the airport.
Canada’s Largest Indoor Aquarium Opens Today
Helderman Obama signs bill to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government; federal employees should expect to work Thursday. Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman The Senate and House approved legislation to raise the debt limit and end the federal shutdown. Zachary A. Goldfarb The deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling prolongs uncertainty and dodges tough issues. More business news Discussions are indeed continuing at the highest level between the EU and Canada towards a comprehensive free trade deal (CETA) with the hope to conclude the negotiations in the coming days, EU Trade spokesman John Clancy said in an email. Harper posted on his official Twitter account that Canada will soon complete negotiations. A spokesman for Harper said the prime minister will fly to Brussels on Thursday. An agreement-in-principle is expected to be concluded Friday by Harper and European Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso. Yves Leduc, director of international trade for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said hes been told by a Canadian government official that an agreement in principle has been reached and that the European Unions 28 members and Canadas 10 provinces have to approve it. Canada has agreed to permit a doubling of the EU quota on cheese exports to Canada in exchange for greater access for Canadian beef and pork producers. Leduc said Canadas cheese industry is angry because it threatens the fine cheese market in Canada.
EU says it hopes to conclude free trade deal with Canada in the “coming days”
From the heart-pounding experience of Dangerous Lagoon, a football-field length glass viewing tunnel with moving glide-path sidewalk through sharks, green sea turtles, sawfish and moray eels; to the hypnotic dance of Pacific sea nettle jelly fish which illuminate an array of breathtaking colours from within the world’s largest kreisel tank at Planet Jellies, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will captivate Torontonians as well as guests from around the world and is expected to draw over 2 million visitors per year. Among the awe-inspiring exhibits, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada features: The Canadian Waters Gallery – 17 exhibits of aquatic animals from Canada’s own backyard including extremely rare electric blue lobsters from the Atlantic Ocean, unusual Arctic Grayling, giant Pacific octopuses, and a 180-degree Pacific Kelp panel exhibit with wave-making actions that simulate the British Columbia shoreline. The 420,000 litre Rainbow Reef tank with 60 varieties of colourful species from the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific regions including tangs, surgeonfish, angles, butterfly fish, damsels, chromis and clownfish. A fun-for-all-ages Discovery Centre with tsunami simulator, Great Lakes locks exhibit, horseshoe crab touch pools, yellow ‘research’ submarine, Shark Reef crawl tunnel, and bubble peekaboo pop-ups among adorable pufferfish or the ever-popular clown fish. Ray Bay where dozens of sting rays playfully swim across a large viewing area and to the surface of the interactive Ray touch pool. The Gallery featuring exotic marine life such as the delicate sea horse and leafy sea dragons, as well as some of the world’s most poisonous fish – lionfish and stone fish. A revolutionary behind the scenes look at actual Life Support System of two of the Aquarium’s largest tanks; Dangerous Lagoon and Ray Bay. More than 100 interactive exhibits including touch pools, multimedia displays and learning centres. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is also home to a highly-experienced animal husbandry team of more than 20 marine biologists and aquarists. Under the leadership of Director of Husbandry, Andy Dehart, the team is responsible for the long-term care of the animals in the exhibit, as well as overseeing water chemistry, animal nutrition, and animal enrichment. The Aquarium strictly adheres to the standards of animal welfare, veterinary care, wildlife conservation, scientific research, education, staffing, and safety, as regulated by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is wholly owned and operated by Ripley Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Vancouver-based, The Jim Pattison Group. Ticket prices start from $29.98 for Adults, $19.98 for Youths and Seniors, and $9.98 for Children (Ages 3-5). Children ages 2 and under receive complimentary admission when accompanied by an adult.