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… (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. Kulic, meanwhile, said she’s received reports of sightings and has reason to believe Larry was struck by a vehicle on a highway on-ramp sometime this week.
The Conservatives are targeting public frustration at the persistent premium Canadian consumers must pay for a range of brand-name goods, such as clothing, appliances, toiletries or books, compared with what Americans are charged for the same products. () * British Columbia’s real estate market is enjoying a jump in sales after last year’s slump, with average prices getting a lift from the increased housing demand. There were 6,498 sales on the Multiple Listing Service last month across the province, up 43.2 per cent from September of 2012, the B.C. Real Estate Association said on Tuesday. () Reports in the business section: * British Columbia has stiffened its stance on ensuring it receives financial benefits from any new oil shipped through the province on the way to global markets. In an outline of plans to jointly develop new international export markets, B.C. and Alberta agreed to discuss how B.C. could reap “fiscal and economic benefits” should new oil pipelines be built in Canada’s westernmost province. () * As baby boomers edge closer to retirement, banks, independent retail brokerages and insurers want to capitalize on these consumers’ need for money management, retirement and estate planning, investment protection and advice. Insurers have been bulking out their asset management business further by acquiring smaller competitors both abroad and at home. () NATIONAL POST * In placing consumer protection at the heart of its new agenda, the Conservative government has signalled it will not be outbid on the question of who truly represents the interests of the middle class. It is a classic flanking manoeuvre, intended to stop Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in his tracks. () FINANCIAL POST * Head office employees at Sears Canada Inc are bracing for more layoffs as the struggling retailer moves forward under its new turnaround specialist Chief Executive Doug Campbell.
John Masswohl, director of government and international relations for the Canadian Cattlemans Association, said the access negotiated for Canadian cattle products is worth about $600-million per year in new exports. Some of the access will be phased in over time, he said. The agreement is expected to grant Canadian and EU firms more rights to bid on government procurement contracts in their respective jurisdictions, and also to effectively lengthen patent protection for brand-name medicine in Canada. Auto-assemblers will also gain better access to the European Union market. Government sources said that Canadian negotiators have agreed to double to about 30,000 tonnes the annual amount of European cheese that can be imported into Canada each year on a tariff-free basis. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair signalled hes girding to fight the deal on the grounds it would allow in more than 13,500 additional tonnes of European cheese each year, a development that threatens, at least, to crowd out Canadian product. I am very concerned that Stephen Harper will be throwing Canadian dairy farmers under the bus on this one, Mr. Mulcair told reporters Wednesday. If he sells out Canadian dairy farmers, having promised that he wouldnt fool around with Canadas system that has protected dairy farmers for years, then theres going to be a hell of a price to pay. A Canadian government source said the total tariff-free access for EU cheese would represent a very small percentage of current domestic consumption. Canadian business is lining up behind the deal, and on Wednesday urged provinces to signal their approval. Jay Myers, president of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, wrote an open letter to premiers asking them to support the deal. The agreement is important because it opens markets for small businesses looking to export goods and services, invest, and commercialize new technologies in Europe and other markets around the world, Mr. Myers wrote. The most modest economic analysis of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement indicates that 80,000 new jobs could be created for Canadians by Canadian exporters as a result of the deal. The Conservative government was publicly mum Wednesday on whether a deal had been reached but Mr. Harper used his Speech from the Throne to signal an agreement is near.