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August 7, 2018 7:35 PM Air Transat, Flair Airlines sign on with Aimia as Aeroplan partners

Partnership agreements between Aimia Inc. and two more Canadian airlines have taken flight, slated to take effect after the Montreal-based company’s current agreement with Air Canada ends in July 2020. One of Aimia’s new partners is Air Transat, a long-established airline owned by travel and leisure company Transat AT, based in Montreal. Aimia’s other 13

August 5, 2018 6:42 PM Robert Martin, Tuskegee Airman who flew ‘63 and a half’ combat missions, dies at 99

Robert L. Martin, a combat pilot who said he flew “63 and a half” missions during Second World War as part of the barrier-breaking Tuskegee Airmen, was shot down over German-occupied territory on the 64th and spent five weeks trying to return to Allied lines with the help of Josip Broz Tito’s anti-fascist Yugoslav partisans, died July 26 at a senior 14

August 4, 2018 1:05 PM Trump may want a ‘Space Force’ but the Pentagon has a different idea

Trump’s focus has generated an unusual level of talk about space, but with little clarity. “At the moment, there is no concrete proposal on the table for what a Space Force will look like or what it will do,” said Brian Weeden, an Air Force veteran who is director of program planning at the Secure World Foundation, which promotes peaceful uses of outer 11

August 3, 2018 4:53 PM Influential coach Bev Priestman leaves Canada Soccer

Bev Priestman, a key coaching figure in Canadian women’s soccer, is leaving the program to become an assistant coach with the English women’s team. England’s Football Association said Priestman, an English native, will serve as head coach Phil Neville’s No. 2 with the Lionesses. Priestman’s many roles in Canada Soccer included director of the so-called 11

August 3, 2018 4:20 PM City to install automated speed enforcement, LED warning signs in new Vision Zero safety initiatives

The city will also expand the existing Watch Your Speed Program in each city ward. The program features mobile LED signs that show drivers their speed in real time. Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), called the two programs “significant steps” forward. “We are committed to improving safety for all road users and these programs will serve 9

August 2, 2018 7:54 PM Aimia in talks with Air Canada rival Oneworld alliance as potential Aeroplan partner

Aeroplan operator Aimia Inc. and the Oneworld airline alliance confirmed Thursday they are in talks about a potential partnership for the loyalty points program, the same day a takeover offer led by Air Canada is set to expire. The Oneworld alliance, whose 13 members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, is a direct competitor 13

July 31, 2018 7:56 PM Ontario government scraps basic income pilot project, limits welfare increase to 1.5 per cent

“They spent money the province didn’t have,” MacLeod said of Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government, whose ill-fated budget projected a multi-billion dollar deficit this year. She described the 1.5 per cent increase as “compassionate” and said the basic income pilot program in three locations across the province as “quite expensive.” “It was certainly not going 8

July 31, 2018 12:57 PM Manulife partners with Shoppers Drug Mart for medical marijuana program

WATERLOO, ONT.—The Manulife Financial insurance company says it will launch the first medical marijuana program in Canada this fall in conjunction with Shoppers Drug Mart. Manulife says the program will be available as an option for participating group and individual health insurance plans. Under the partnership, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists at an Ontario-based 13

July 30, 2018 9:43 PM TFC’s Ayo Akinola has tough choice on international future

Akinola moved north of the border when he was one. His father still lives in Detroit, where he works at Detroit Metro Airport. The Akinola boys live with their mother in Brampton. Akinola was 14 when he started with the U.S. youth program, soon after joining the TFC academy. He got the call-up after a scout saw him in a 5-0 win over a New York Red Bulls 16

July 26, 2018 6:52 PM Grupo Aeromexico makes $180 million (U.S.) offer to buy Aimia’s stake in PLM

Aimia Inc. has rejected an unsolicited $180-million (U.S.) offer by Mexican airline operator Grupo Aeromexico to buy the Montreal-based company’s stake in their joint loyalty program PLM. The proposed transaction to buy Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake in Premier Loyalty & Marketing (PLM), a joint venture which owns the Club Premier frequent flyer program 15