Coroner says operational issues at Ornge contributed to 8 deaths

The service’s CEO, Dr Andrew McCallum, responded to the coroner’s report Monday afternoon. The news conference and can be viewed below.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Video updated)Ontario’s Chief Coroner says operational issues at the province’s air ambulance service contributed to the deaths of as many as eight patients.40 cases were reviewed by a panel of experts. They found that operational issues at Ornge definitely had an impact in two cases.The review was launched last August, after the release of cabinet documents that showed the government investigated 26 deaths. Ornge has been under intense scrutiny since last year, when financial irregularities were uncovered.Al Sweeney reports.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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Bombardier to begin Morocco aerospace production January in leased premises

MONTREAL – Bombardier says its production in Morocco will take flight in January, but not in the manufacturing facility it is building in Casablanca.Instead, the Montreal-based aircraft maker will begin its North African operations in a temporary facility, spokeswoman Haley Dunne said.Bombardier Aerospace president Guy Hachey recently visited Morocco and met with the king.The company, which bought land earlier this year near the airport in a zone that offers five years of financial incentives, including no taxes, plans to invest about US$200 million in equipment, buildings and start-up costs over several years.Dunne said details are still being finalized regarding the type of work that will be done and number of employees at the manufacturing facility that will be built in phases.The new plant is expected to complement Bombardier’s existing manufacturing sites and will initially include sub-assembly of simple structures.The company (TSX:BBD.B) has said it will begin production next year.“The idea of looking into using a temporary facility is so that we can maintain our schedule,” Dunne said.Bombardier is joining other aerospace manufacturers in setting up shop in Morocco, which has established an aerospace training program and offers many incentives to attract companies.The company will pay no taxes for five years, 8.75 per cent for another 20 years and 17.5 per cent thereafter.By the end of 2020, employment at the Moroccan facility is expected to reach about 850.Meanwhile, Bombardier Transportation announced Wednesday a US$158-million follow-on order from Israel Railways for 72 double-deck passenger coaches.The order is part of an agreement signed in 2010 when 150 coaches were ordered. The new coaches will be delivered over a year starting in early 2014.Israel Railways is planning to double the size of its double-deck fleet within three years.Bombardier manufactures and tests the coaches at its Gorlitz plant in Germany before they are completed in Israel by its partner Matar.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares closed unchanged at $3.64 in Wednesday trading. Bombardier to begin Morocco aerospace production January in leased premises AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2012 4:33 pm MDT read more

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