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April 10, 2012 - Issue 1200

First Issue published in October 1995!
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ACRA Upcoming Events
Our first 75 years
Reader Submitted...Photos
Women in Aviation
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds and Ends
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Welcome to the NetLetter!

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ACRA Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust
ACRA  LogoRetirees Welcome!

The following events are available for retirees through ACRA, the Air Canada Recreation Association.

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ACRA System Golf turns 50!

Just as Air Canada celebrates its 75 year anniversary this year, the employees who started the Air Canada Recreation Association over 50 years ago are also celebrating with their 50th Anniversary System Golf Tournament!


This is a once-in-a-lifetime milestone event that we hope you can attend.


Date: September 9 - 12, 2012 
San Diego, California

Venue: Sycuan Resort & Casino 


Prizes: To help celebrate this event, Air Canada Vacations has donated a prize of a 7 Night all inclusive package for two to Mexico with Air and Hotel at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba in a Double Occupancy Junior Suite.


For further information and registration visit: 

Our First 75 Years - Compiled by Terry Baker

AC 75 Years Anniversary1939
April 1st - Inauguration of Montreal - Vancouver service with Lockheed L10 equipment.

- Inauguration of Vancouver - Montreal service with Lockheed L10 equipment.

1956 - May 10th - order place for (4) DC-8 jet aircraft with an option on two more.

1958 - June  6th - Inaugurated TCA Hudson Bay route YVR-YWG-LHR  with Super Constellation equipment.

1963 - November 23rd - order placed for (6) DC-9 aircraft.

Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker

Readers PhotosReader Submitted Photos -  The photos and information below have been submitted to us by our faithful readers.  

We welcome photos of interest from our readers. Please check your cupboards and shoe boxes, we bet you have some excellent photos lying around! If you do, send them to us and we will consider them for publication in a future NetLetter. We prefer good quality Air Canada/TCA, and Canadian/CPAir, etc. airline related photos, with descriptive text and names (whenever possible) included with the submission.

Image Blank 200px Jack Morath in LHR has sent us these photos and story.

Thought you might like to see these two Image Blank 200px pictures of York aircraft I obtained whilst researching my family history. This was the aircraft I flew in from Stanstead to the Middle East on my National Service. I got these pictures and some information from the RAF Museum in London.

The NetLetter chief pilot, Terry, was shipped out to Africa in 1952, to serve his national service, and was fortunate in going by Union Castle cruise ship with 15 others to Capetown. The voyage took 3 weeks, and we had to dress in mufti as the ship was full of paying civilian passengers too.

We were billeted in the castle for a week and then took a one week train trip up to Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and stationed there for two years before doing the reverse trip back to blighty for demobilization. The balance of the squad flew in by York aircraft via Tripoli, Cairo and Entebbe. Apparently, the aircraft had been used on the Berlin airlift. The aircraft had many mechanical delays enroute, and the contingent complained about the coal dust which seeped out of the interior every time they hit turbulence or landed.

Image Blank 200px Robert Arnold has sent us this photo from the Robert W. Arnold collection.

 I have one I can send from my collection. This is the TCA hangar at the corner of Ellice and Ferry Road in Winnipeg, circa 1955,  just down the street from where I lived.
Image Blank 200px Cliff Cunningham sent us this information and photo.

I have been meaning to send this in for a while now. Retirement does get in the way of getting things done. Part of the fleet of CPAL C46s lined up in YXD in 1958. They were still serving the McKenzie District then - YXD - YSM - YZF (and possibly YXD-YBE for Uranium City). As I recall, these were WW2 Curtis Commandos purchased by CPAL to serve the DEW line as freighters. Two were then converted to 44(36?) passenger configurations and two remained as freighters after upgrading to "Super 46s" around 1956/57. One of the 'improvements' over the DC3's was the addition of a galley with ovens to heat meals. The fleet went to PWA when they took over the McKenzie District and was added to their existing C46 fleet in 1959.
Cliff Cunningham.

Image Blank 200px Gretchen Aird Dawson tells us that Shirley Render, the curator of the Canada Western Aviation Museum housed in the original TCA old terminal in Winnipeg, has written many books, including; "No Place for a Lady", a story about our Canadian lady pilots.

Gretchen relates this memory when in Seattle recently, and enjoyed my umpteenth visit to the Seattle Museum of Flight.

This time I was able to take in the thrill of seeing our TCA Super Constellation (rescued from being a restaurant at Toronto!), and going on board her. She is housed outside unfortunately and the weather is taking it's toll on the "Connie". A winter wind and ice storm (this year), tipped her back on her tail!  But I am glad she is there in the company of aviation folk who won't let her go to 'rack & ruin'. They just need some nice big donations, especially by Canadians, to help restore her and keep her in good condition!
Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker

With 2012 marking 75 years since aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan vanished over the Pacific Ocean, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) this week announced a new effort to search for evidence that would solve the mystery of their disappearance.


The TIGHAR crew plans to launch from Honolulu on July 2, 2012 - the date of Earhart's last radio calls - and return to Nikumaroro, the remote Pacific atoll where the group has found artifacts they say could have belonged to a stranded airplane crew. They will bring underwater robots to help search deep waters near a reef off the island. Recent analysis of a 1937 photo shows a blurry item protruding from the ocean offshore from the atoll, which TIGHAR says could be the landing gear of Earhart's Lockheed Electra.   

TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoBelow we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.

The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.

Image Blank 200px Jan Wegman sends us this memory:
This was one of the P Lawson around the world tours. The company did 3 in total. 

This was our arrival into New Zealand where all pax and crew were received by the Maori, to declare us welcome to the Island. (Christchurch)

The Captain on all these tours was Captain Stintson, YYZ based chief pilot. The crews were represented from all bases. A management team was on board to ensure catering, mechanics, IFS, flight Ops, and the paying of he local bills, etc.

On this particular flight (the one that I did ) we had to pay our way out of the Congo with Captain Stintson carrying a briefcase of money, collected from FC pax, and in full captain's regalia to impress the authorities to buy our freedom to depart.

Issue dated - March 1987
From the "Horizons" magazine issue, we have extracted this information:
Image Blank 200px The second around the world flight B747 fin 304 was under the command of Captain Don Stinson, also on board was Captain Jim Chivers, and Air Engineer Greg Lewis.

In this photo it was champagne and orange juice for travel agents, press representatives and VIPS who were invited to breakfast on board the 747 while on the ground at Christchurch, but it was coffee with a flourish for Captain Don Stinson. Jan Wegman, Route Operations Supervisor International, Toronto, does the honors before going aboard to serve the guests.
Image Blank 200px The crew of the Air Canada/P. Lawson Travel's "Around the World Voyage Two". Back row, from the left are Bob Kent, Jack Pentre, Greg Lewis; Flight Attendants Gretha Van der Heyden, Merri Cameron, Helen Kokovay, Marie-Claire Labossiere; FSD Mac Anderson; Flight Attendants Julie Cameron and Sony Tkach; Route Ops Supvr Intl Jan Wegman, Bob Rathwell; Front row: Flight Attendant Harry Lane; Captain Don Stinson; Flight Attendants Annette Braley, Eileen Shering, Lilian Slack, Willa Davidson, and Mary Dohey; F/O Dave Lamb, Marg Guimond Coordinator, Flight Attendant Donna Walker, Terry Telenko, Commissary; Captain Jim Chivers.
Issue dated - October 1975
Gathered from the "Horizons" magazine -
Image Blank 200px On April 1st 1939, TCA inaugurated  passenger air service between Vancouver and Montreal  marking the beginning of a new era in Canadian transportation. Departing at 6:45 pm CF-TCK. Passengers included Grant McConachie, women pilot Betty Flaherty. The crew for the first leg was Captain Bruce Middleton, F/O Bill Barnes, Stewardess Nora Wallace.

Image Blank 200pxOn the same day, the first scheduled westbound flight departed Montreal's St. Hubert airport under the command of Captain Barney Rawson, F/O D.R.MacLaren and stewardess Annette Brunelle. The flight was delayed enroute by 34 hours due to bad weather out of Lethbridge. This leg was commanded by Captain Louis Leigh. The preliminary survey for the route was carried out 2 years previously with a Lockheed L10A Electra.taking 16 hours. The Vancouver-Montreal link was not the first passenger service offered by TCA, this was between Vancouver and Seattle in September 1937.

Issue dated - December 1998
From "Parts & Pieces" the YUL Stores magazine -
Image Blank 200px This was certainly an emotional event and thanks to Frank Pedder and his dedicated team for the total success of this event and making it a night to remember in December 1992. Art Redpath wins the Award of Excellence for 1991 and Mike Presseau, Al Neilson, Martin Bouchard and Graham Ayres receive their 25 year service pins while Phil Cote in YVR receives his 30 year service pin.
(Anyone want to let us know the identities here? - eds)

Image Blank 200px January 1994, Georgene Brown of our Customs department retires with great fan fare. The tenth anniversary and Christmas dinner dance was a total success and topping it off was our own Jack Panerson and the Rhythm Kings. Tending bar were volunteers Monique Bourgeois, Debbie Diggle, Debbie McCallum and Terrea Paris.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceThe Sinking of the Titanic, preflight check for a survivor.
(Submitted by Ken Collie)

With the approaching date of the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, many of us are reminded of the history, stories and movies about this historical tragedy.  This story is one that took place while I was still working in YYC on the ramp, quite a few years ago. I wrote the story while it was still fresh in my memory.

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Pre-flight Inspection
The DC-10 had arrived about twenty minutes behind schedule due to the strong head-winds often experienced in April, when flying from the United Kingdom to Canada. The cargo bays were all offloaded and the passengers had disembarked, the flight crews had left, and I had a few minutes all by myself to complete the pre-flight check. I had already checked the engine oils, and the hydraulic fluids, all twelve tires were properly inflated and showing no excessive wear or cuts, all ten wheel brakes were looking good. I had finished all the external part of the pre-flight and now had about twenty minutes to complete the cockpit and cabin checks.
First, the flight deck, the log books reported no discrepancies, all the seats functioned properly, all the emergency systems checked serviceable, and a flicker of movement on the flight engineer's panel told me that the fuel bowser had started putting on the requested fuel load for the return trip to Heathrow Airport on the outskirts of London, England.
Next I would check all the cabin equipment and systems, ten fire extinguishers, eight door emergency opening devices and emergency slides/life rafts. The music and movie machines were working as advertised and the public address and intercoms were all serviceable.
As I turned to make my way out of the front galley area to inspect the next items on my list, I was surprised to see my way blocked by a sweet looking older lady as she was being escorted to her seat in the first class section. She was accompanied by not only the purser, but also by the senior passenger service agent and a couple other business-suited men.
I suppose my surprised look registered with the passenger agent because he gave a little laugh then apologised for being somewhat early. He then introduced me to our honoured guest, a Ms. Lillian Aspelund, from Worcester, Massachusetts, on her way to London as a special guest of the Airline and of Twentieth Century Fox, for the premier showing in England of the movie "Titanic".
Ms. Asplund was, as of that date, the oldest living survivor of the April 14, 1912 tragedy, and the only living American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.
Ms. Asplund interrupted, "Young man, I requested to come on board early because I wanted to look around a bit, will you tell me what you are doing and show me a few things on the plane?"
She followed me and watched every move as I finished checking all the doors and equipment stored throughout the cabin, paying special interest in the operation of the doors and the door slides.
As I escorted her back to her seat in the front of the plane, she asked me a number of questions, particularly; how many people could fly in this plane, and how many of those could fit into the life rafts. I explained that even if two of the eight life rafts could not be deployed the remaining six would more than adequately accommodate all 255 passengers and the eleven crew members with room to spare.       
I helped her into her seat and she softly thanked me for the tour, "You see, the last time I crossed the Atlantic, I was only five and a half years old, but I remember that there were not nearly enough life boats for everyone. I'll be at the opening show of the movie about that trip and I expect I'll cry a great deal."
Ms. Lillian Gertrude Aspelund had an uneventful flight to and from London, and the movie about the Titanic caused many people to cry.  She lived another nine years and passed away in a seniors home in Worcester in 2006 at the age of ninety-nine.
As for me; I don't think any pre-flight inspection ever meant as much as that one in April 1998.
By - Ken Collie

Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and it's "ancestry" of contributing airlines.
Image Blank 200px Some colorful timetables.

Image Blank 200px This photo is of the P.W.A. Canso damaged and sunk by the heavy wind storm of January 14th 1954. The photo taken at Kemano on the following day.
Issue dated - April 1967 
From the "History of CPA - Route Development" document - 
Although Canadian Pacific Airlines was not formed until 1942, the interest of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company in aviation goes back to 1919. During the latter year, the Parent Company was granted permission by the Dominion Government to own and operate aircraft on a commercial basis but no direct action was taken at that time.

Indirect interest in air operations began in 1933 when the Canadian Pacific Railway Company purchased a large holding of stock of Canadian Airways Limited which operated in all sections of Canada.

Competition and duplication of services threatened the continued existence of all the small airline companies which operated in Canada and in 1939 Canadian Pacific Railway Company acquired ownership of a number of these companies but no change in their names was made.

Issue dated - December 1992
Dragged out of the "Info Canadi>n" magazine - 

Image Blank 200px Making our presence felt. Several reservations agents and flight attendants hosted a Canadian information booth at the recent annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association in Montreal.


Seated were Nick Anastassiou and France Meudic of Reservations; Standing from left, Terry Francis, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, who dropped by to visit the booth; Carmen Lebrun and Joanne  Gauthier, both of Inflight; Rhys Eyton, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Airlines, also dropped by; and Carmen Froment, Inflight. Missing from the photo was Patricia Cola and Michele Nadon, both of Inflight.

Issue dated - March/April 1996
Image Blank 200px In November 1995, Canadia>n was chosen to operate a charter for their first round the world operation. The charter was for the Prime Minister and a business delegate for a four country trade mission.

The B767 was under the command of Capts. Dave Ellerbeck and Bernie Duperron.
Trade mission crew starting at the the top step, left to right: Antonios Yiouris, Rome: Dan Cantley, Montreal; Jim Greene, Vancouver; Mary Erin Gardencius, Edmonton; Gail Voermans, Calgary; Micheline Sherriff, Toronto; Donna Kyliuk, Winnipeg, Maxine Elson, Halifax; Diane St. Jean, Montreal; Capt. Dave Ellerbeck, Vancouver; Madeleine Beaulieu, Vancouver; Capt. Bernie Dupperon, Vancouver; Mike Sawyer, Vancouver; Fulvio Pasquale, Vancouver; F/O Ross Currie, Vancouver.

Image Blank 200px Taking care of business in Nagoya, Japan  are, left to right: Kumiko Murata, Michiki Oku, Chiemi Ishizaki; back row, Seiichi Tanaka, Yasuko Okada, Hiro Tsuzaki, Natsuo Sakakibara.

Image Blank 200px Learning the new Airport Check-in System (ACS) are these employees from other parts, in the Vancouver Training Department.


Starting from the front row are: Dave Griffiths, YXY; Louise Crimmen, LHR; Gladys Hrabel, YXD; Middle row, Len Smith, YQQ; Len Steg, YVR; Linda Collard, HNL; Back row, Penny Reid and Kathleen Thomas, Airport Training; Jack Plain, YVR; Franca Bentrovato, YAM; Adele Garibaldi, YYZ.

Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently.

With reference to the photo of the "First flight to Texas", in NetLetter nr 1198, Bob Yorke sends this information: I believe the F/O's name is Harold Twitchell, the author of the famous Twitchell bid system that pilot's still use to this day.
Bob Yorke...president RAPCAN

After viewing the video of the Nordair promo which Paul Peron brought to our attention in NetLetter nr 1198, Ken Pickford sends us his comments: Just a comment re the very interesting Nordair video and the "circa 1965" reference (which also appears in the Youtube caption).

It has to be a few years later than that. The Boeing 737 didn't make its first flight until April 9, 1967 and Nordair's first 737 wasn't delivered until November 27, 1968. Since there's one brief segment in the video showing two Nordair 737s parked side-by-side, it's not prior to April 1969 when their second 737 was delivered.

Coincidentally, Pacific Western's first 737 was delivered November 26, 1968, one day before Nordair's first. CP Air was the first Canadian carrier to take delivery of the 737. Their first two 737s were delivered October 22 and November 9, 1968, with 3 more to follow during December.

By the end of 1970, five AC predecessors (also Eastern Provincial Airways and Transair) were operating a total of 18 737s, with many more to follow over the years.

As of February 2012, Canadian carriers have ordered 182 new 737s. West Jet accounts for 98 (with 36 still to be delivered).

I also noted that some of the air-to-air 737 shots in the video (probably early Boeing public relations footage prior to delivery) shows the 737's original ineffective thrust reversers. You'll note the engine nacelles are much shorter with that configuration. During the first year or so of 737 production the thrust reversers were completely redesigned and the early aircraft were modified. The aircraft (CF-NAB, Nordair's first 737) pictured during the flight to Resolute Bay and then Jamaica has the modified thrust reversers.

The video is also interesting for quite a few things that have changed since then, including the names of a few of the points served. Frobisher Bay is of course now Iqaluit and Fort Chimo is now Kuujjuaq. And Resolute Bay (and Iqaluit) are now both in Nunavut, not the Northwest Territories. And temperatures are now in Celsius, not Fahrenheit. A few references to "businessmen" also wouldn't be politically-correct if that video was being made today!
Regards, Ken

Referring to NetLetter nr 1198 and the list of defunct Canadian airlines, Caz Caswell, former Wardair 1978-1990, sends this information: I know your title did say some, but thought I would add Can-Air anyway. This page on my website has some more:

In NetLetter nr 1198, Hermann Simons spotted this error, and sends this message: Thank you for producing the Newsletter. I really enjoy every issue. However, I noticed something in the picture which shows Toronto mechanic Joe Dias conducting an en-route inspection on a B-737 aircraft. Looks to me like a B727, (Aft Airstair and Tailskid).
Regards, Hermann Simons

Image Blank 200px Diane Brown refers to this photo we ran in NetLetter nr 1197, and supplies some identifications for us: Re: Jan Wegman's photo of crew on A/C. The F/A sitting on the Capt.'s knee is Barbara Buchanan. She was married to a Capt., and I believe he retired while she kept flying, so perhaps he is her husband.

Crouching in front is Sandi Oliver. Blonde F/A with a hand on her shoulder on the right is Renate Lauritzen. Blonde F/A (I/C) behind Sandi is Marlene Tansley. F/A with dark hair to right of Marlene in photo was married to a crew scheduler.
Diane Brown

Don Kershaw passes us this information: Concerning Jan Wegman and perhaps the Capt 's last flight. George McKay and Ron Clark in the background tall with glasses. Perhaps? Jim Griffith would know best.
Don Kershaw retired Captain A330/340

Now we have information from the Captain George McKay himself:
Gentleman, what a surprise to see a picture of my last flight submitted by Jan Wegman. It was flight 836 on March 24, 1997 from Hong Kong to Vancouver. Jan & his wonderful cabin crew made it a great day for my wife & son Michael who were also on the flight. Captain Ron Clark standing at the back in the picture was the First Officer & the names of the cabin crew that I have are: Jan Wegman, Audrey Phech, Marlene Tousley, Patricia Williams, Sharan Tetz, Deby Tam, Barbara Buchanan, Sandy Oliver, Scott Treoug, Maria Ivory, Renata Lauritzen, Roxanne Holmes, & Alfred Cheng. Quite a difference from my first flight in 1956 when we had just one flight attendant on the DC-3. Thanks to all who made my last flight a very memorable experience. We enjoy the NetLetter & thanks to everyone who help produce it.
George McKay

Odds and Ends.

Image Blank 200px What is Air Canada's most northern island in the Pacific? YPR of course... that's Prince Rupert, a deep sea port 800 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, B.C. Not only is the city on an island, but the airport itself is located on Digby, a separate island, with no road link. Passengers check in at the Highliner Plaza downtown facilities. About one hour before aircraft departure time, the staff and passengers board buses which, along with baggage and cargo trucks, are loaded on the airport ferry. The total trip time from downtown to airport is about one half hour.


It's an unusual set-up, but it works very well. And because the flight paths to this island airport keep aircraft well away from local mountains, flight operations are seldom affected by weather. In 1992, "Info Canadi>n" magazine, of Canadi>n Airlines, reported that when the ferry was taken out of service for 6 weeks, a commercial barge was modified with ramps and life saving equipment and then pressed into service.

Brian Walsh has sent us this url picturing some innovative future aircraft designs. Please click here to follow the link.


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Bob MacCallum has sent this appeal,

I wonder if it would be possible to get the email address of Jim McCall who I met during my days in Cargo and during my many trips to Scotland during the early 70's to play golf. Your assistance in regard to the above is much appreciated and continued success with the NetLetter.

Bob MacCallum

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry Baker

The UK Government has confirmed the Air Passenger Duty (APD) will rise by 8% April 1, 2012 as previously announced, despite strong lobbying from airlines, airports and the tourist industry to cancel it. They are also keeping plans for a further "inflationary" increase in APD in April 2013.


Iberia ZED ticket change. As of April 1st, 2012 they will no longer be able to accept ZED (Zonal Employee Discount) paper tickets. Therefore the ZED agreement will be temporarily suspended until both carriers are able to accept NIET (non-e ticket). While this temporary change may be disappointing, we emphasize this is not a permanent suspension and we look forward to reinstating our agreement between Air Canada and Iberia Airlines in the future.

Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines, we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

Image Blank 200px Brian Walsh sent this:
I was recently in Sri Lanka. Here is a funny photo I'd like to share with the readers of the airport shuttle service.

The NetLetter is an email newsletter published (usually) once a week and contains a mixture of nostalgia, current news and travel tips. We encourage our readers to submit their stories, photos and/or comments from either days gone by or from present day experiences and trips. If we think that the rest of our readers will enjoy it, we will publish it here

We also welcome your feedback in regard to anything we post here. Many readers have commented with additional information, names and personal memories from the photos and articles presented here.

The NetLetter, which is free, is open to anyone that wishes to subscribe but is targeted to retired employees from Air Canada, Canadian Airlines and all the other companies that were part of what Air Canada is today. Thanks for joining us!

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!
Your NetLetter Team

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E&OE - (errors and omissions excepted) - The historical information as well as any other information provided here is subject to correction and may have changed over time. We do publish corrections when they are brought to our attention.
First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
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