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Laszlo Bastyovanszky sends this article -

Switzerland has long been a popular destination with foreign officials who are seeking discreet banking services. But while their money may be hidden, their arrival in Geneva isn’t any longer.

Here’s how it works: The program regularly scans an antenna that collects transponder codes from the planes entering and exiting Geneva. If there’s a match with a plane linked to an authoritarian government, it posts a tweet.

(Retirees using this method of banking service – beware - eds)


Dug out of the “Horizons” magazine issue November 1980.

Our company name. The adoption of the name "Air Canada" in place of "Trans-Canada Air Lines" covered a surprising length of time. TCA, way back in 1953, had applied for and received, authority to use "Air Canada" as a trade name where and when it thought fit. At the time, this authorization did not contemplate the abandonment of the corporate name "Trans-Canada Air Lines", but as the company's services extended into Europe, there the designation "Trans-Canada" was virtually without commercial meaning (as nine out of ten Englishmen insisted on translating the letters TCA into "Trans-Canadian Airways".

At the same time, other countries were designating their national airlines with the word "Air" followed by the name of their country. The Board of Directors (at a June 1959 meeting as the company was entering the jet age) decided that the company would adopt "Air Canada" as its primary trade name which, being bi-lingual, avoided the use of two separate names in the Canadian market.

The authorized French equivalent for "Trans-Canada Air Lines" was "Lignes aeriennes Trans-Canada".

In 1961, and again 1962, Private Members' Bills appeared in Hansard again proposing the name change. Comments from the company were made in 1963, but the matter was allowed to rest until March 1964. The bill was finally passed, with the change becoming effective on January 1st, 1965.

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