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Temagami considering winter recreation options

TEMAGAMI – With COVID-19 not going away anytime soon, Temagami council has begun discussing some options when it comes to winter recreation opportunities at the Community Centre.

With all the uncertainties surrounding COVID, and with current arena restrictions, the municipality had yet to determine if the ice plant would be operational for the 2020-21 winter season.

Council looked at a pair of options at the November 19 regular meeting.

The first option would be for the town to start up the ice plant and have the ice ready for the Christmas season.

Staff would ensure that the municipality would continue to follow current health regulations while offering public skating, pick-up hockey, and other events for which revenue could be generated.

“To proceed with this option we would need to develop health and safety protocols, cleaning protocols and purchase additional protective equipment,” recreation manager Kelly Hearn wrote in his report to council.

“The start-up procedures for the ice plant would also need to be completed.”

The second option would be that the municipality does not start up the ice plant this winter.

Staff would consider other options for recreational programming for the community to stay active and healthy.

“From the operational funds that are not utilized on the start-up, shut down and maintenance of the ice surface, staff would find alternate means of providing recreation to the community,” said Hearn.

Hearn noted that staff are also considering the purchase of a made-to-measure, rubberized floor for the arena surface.

“This would increase the options of non-ice arena use,” he reasoned.

Councillor John Shymko was in favour of the second option, suggesting that the town “could plow a few rinks on Net Lake and Lake Temagami” so that they could still offer public skating.

Treasurer-administrator Craig Davidson said he didn’t disagree with Shymko’s idea, but that it might not be something the municipality could do itself based on its insurance coverage.

“It might need to be something that’s done at arm’s length (from council) volunteers,” he explained.

Davidson added that he has always thought an outdoor rink, along with a bonfire, by the municipal office would be a good idea “as long as the fire doesn’t melt down into the lake.”

Shymko then said he wouldn’t mind plowing the potential rink himself.

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Councillor Margaret Youngs was also in favour of the second option while Councillor Jamie Koistinen said she was leaning towards favouring the first option because of how “depressing” Northern Ontario winters can be.

“If we’re removing any kind of recreation from the kids here in town, or even families to have some kind of outings that are safe within the community, then what does that do for the community members there?” she questioned.

“Christmas is coming, there’s the two-week (school) break and possibly extensions beyond that. So I tend to think that some families might benefit from going to the arena, especially during a time where you’re not quite able yet to go ski-dooing, you

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New Supersonic Travel Options Emerge On Earth And Mars

Supersonic flight is suddenly a hot topic again, with Aerion Supersonic and Spire Global jointly announcing new technology to reduce high-altitude contrails on a new supersonic commercial aircraft.

Plane contrails are a known contributor to global warming and Spire plans to use its network of satellites to make the best predictions of flight paths to reduce contrail formation. The partnership will “increase fuel conservation, improve operational efficiencies, and reduce the environmental footprint” of supersonic technology overall, said Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global, in a statement.

The news comes amid a slew of supersonic aircraft announcements in the last few weeks, including startup Hermeus raising $16 million in a Series A fundraiser, and Boom Supersonic announcing a new collaboration with Collins Aerospace for its own supersonic jet. Virgin Galactic also has a supersonic flying vehicle under consideration.

It’s exciting to think of fleets of supersonic jets once again crossing Earth’s sky as the Concorde once did, but what is the implication for travel on other planets?

We already have plans to go supersonic on Mars in the coming months. NASA’s Perseverance rover will need to slow down considerably as it enters the Martian atmosphere at 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second) to safely touch down on the surface a few minutes later. (Watch for that landing in February 2021.)

So NASA and its partners made a parachute that is up for the task. In 2018, the parachute testing on Earth broke a world record by inflating faster than any other in history: the parachute went from a solid cylinder to full inflation in only four-tenths of a second. “Mars 2020 will be carrying the heaviest payload yet to the surface of Mars, and like all our prior Mars missions, we only have one parachute and it has to work,” said John McNamee, project manager of Mars 2020 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in a statement at the time.

So let’s break down the benefits. On Earth, supersonic travel by jet will allow passengers to fly between destinations in perhaps two hours or so, faster than today’s typical ocean crossing of roughly six hours over the Atlantic. And when we’re ready to bring humans to Mars, supersonic parachutes will allow us to bring big cargo loads to the Red Planet — like people, equipment and vehicles.

But could we be cruising the Red Planet in supersonic speed jet in a century or two? Before we can imagine that, we need to make sure we can fly smaller vehicles. And guess what, Perseverance does have a flight test planned.

Assuming Perseverance makes it to the surface, riding on its belly will be a little helicopter known as Ingenuity. NASA wants Ingenuity to be the first controlled flying vehicle on Mars. No, it won’t be a supersonic vehicle

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Airlines boosting Thanksgiving travel options amid virus resurgence

Major U.S. airlines have upped their flight options ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in anticipation of increased demand — a sign of hope for a multi-billion industry still reeling from the coronavirus.

Despite a rise in cases nationwide, a handful of carriers offered an upbeat forecast about the holiday travel season with United Airlines projecting that the week of Nov. 23 will be its busiest since travel fell to a near standstill earlier this year.

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In response, United says it’s adding more than 1,400 domestic flights during the week of Thanksgiving. United will also monitor last minute bookings in the event that the company needs “to swap in larger aircraft” to accommodate for the last-minute demand.

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Likewise, JetBlue also announced that it was expanding its service to support the anticipated demand this holiday. Between Nov. 20 and Nov. 30, the carrier is adding 25 flights from the New York Metropolitan Area to Florida, California and markets in the Caribbean such as Port-au-Prince, San Juan, Santiago and Santo Domingo.

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American Airlines told FOX Business Monday that the carrier will also increase its flights from Nov. 24- 25 and Nov. 28 – 30.

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“During the Thanksgiving holiday, we will increase our flying by approximately 15% compared to the rest of the month, from an average of 3,500 flights to more than 4,000 flights,” an American Airlines spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Delta Airlines will also be increasing capacity around the holidays with over 3,800 peak-day flights during Thanksgiving.

The airline will increase service to leisure destinations including cities in Hawaii like Honolulu, Maui, Kona, Lihue,  and destinations in Mexico such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. The carrier will also increase its Florida service to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Miami and Tampa Bay and its service to smaller western cities.

While air travel in the U.S. has recovered slowly in recent months, Monday’s announcements provide some hope for airlines that faced billions in losses and were forced to furlough employees just to withstand the pandemic.

“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen that customers continue to gain confidence in booking travel, in response to expert medical research on the safety of air travel and Delta’s multi-layered approach of cleanliness, space and safer service through the Delta CareStandard,” a Delta spokesperson told FOX Business.

Meanwhile, travel-related stocks, such as airlines, rallied on news

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Aspen’s Rio Grande Trail to be ‘winterized’ for more recreation options

The Rio Grande Trail between the Aspen Post Office and Stein Park at Cemetery Lane will not be plowed this winter, and instead will be groomed and snow-packed to accommodate multi-use recreational activities.

It also will remove safety hazards, such as the freeze-thaw cycle that creates black ice when snow melts on the narrow cross-country platform that runs along the south side of the Rio Grande.

That single-track also is difficult to groom, which is done by snowmobile, but because of how narrow it is, there is a steep drop on either side, and operators have slid off toward the river and the pavement, according to Chris Petersen, the Aspen-Snowmass trail system Nordic coordinator.

There also are utility vault covers along the trail alignment that cause the surrounding snow to melt, creating a “well effect,” which poses hazards for groomers and skiers.

By widening the groomed portion of the trail, it opens it to more than one set of classic ski tracks.

That means skate skiers, fat bikers, walkers and runners will be able to use the hard-packed surface.

“I think that what we would see is a minimal impact for people,” Petersen told Aspen City Council during its Monday work session. “That packed snow surface is pretty user friendly.”

He also noted that the entire width of the Rio Grande Trail from Emma to just west of Stein Park is groomed, so skate skiers have had to turn around. This winter, they will be able to continue on.

The upper section of the Rio Grande was originally left in its natural snow-covered state during the winter until 2008 when a plan was put in place to groom half and plow half to facilitate an alternate bicycle commuter corridor, Petersen said.

But what park and open space officials have realized is that almost all commuter bike traffic in the winter utilizes the ABC trail and the Castle Creek and Marolt pedestrian bridges.

The Aspen-Snowmass Nordic Council presented the proposal to City Council this past January, and a survey of trail users was initiated in early March, but then COVID-19 hit the valley.

Initial conversations indicated a broad spectrum of opinions, from trying it to leaving it alone.

The Nordic council and the city will try the grooming of the entire trail for one season, beginning Dec. 1.

Grooming will continue as weather and snowfall permits, then crews will go back to plowing the trail, probably around April 1.

“I would anticipate with the amount of traffic that we expect to have on this section of trail that this will be one of our top priorities for grooming and we’ll be out there quite frequently,” Petersen said. “This is a test and an experiment, so we’re willing to be flexible and adapt.”

Petersen told council that there are currently four snow-covered, multi-use trails within the Nordic trail system. They are Marolt Trail, Labrador Lane at Snowmass, Bernese Boulevard on the Aspen Golf Course and the Rio Grande Trail west of

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The best travel insurance options for digital nomads

Travel insurance can safeguard your nonrefundable reservations and reimburse you for any unexpected emergency medical costs that you incur while traveling. However, the travel insurance needs of those taking several short vacations a year will vary from those of digital nomads, who may spend significant portions of the year living and working from abroad.

Digital nomads may also return home less often, travel with equipment (e.g., laptop, camera, etc.), participate in adventurous activities and be less concerned with health care coverage if they are traveling to a country with inexpensive medical costs.

Given the prevalence of remote work and increasing options to live and work from abroad, here you’ll find some of the most popular travel insurance options for digital nomads.

World Nomads

World Nomads is a travel insurance provider that offers coverage for residents of many countries and allows you to extend your coverage mid-trip. It is underwritten by Nationwide Insurance. Importantly, the provider does not have a pandemic exclusion, so COVID-related claims are covered. However, World Nomads specifically states that fear of travel is not a valid reason for trip cancellation. So if you’d like the option to cancel a trip at your discretion, you’ll want to consider plans that offer Cancel For Any Reason coverage.

There are two trip insurance policies available from World Nomads: Standard and Explorer. The Standard Plan has lower coverage limits and includes more than 200 sports (including some adventure sports), while the Explorer Plan adds on 60 other activities and sports, including more dangerous ones such as shark cage diving, skydiving and paragliding.

Also see: Countries that will give you a remote-work visa, and how to get to them

The inclusion of athletic activities in both World Nomads plans is unique, since most traditional travel insurance plans exclude them.

Here’s a list of what’s included with World of Nomads coverage:

  • Trip cancellation, interruption and delay.
  • Emergency medical expenses, evacuation, repatriation and 24-hour assistance services.
  • Accidental death and dismemberment.
  • Nonmedical emergency transportation.
  • Baggage delay and loss.
  • Rental car damage (Explorer Plan only).
  • Adventure sports and activities.

And here are a few items of note that are excluded (not a comprehensive list):

  • Pre-existing conditions.
  • War.
  • Self-harm or accidents occurring while intoxicated.

To see how World Nomads compares to other travel insurance providers, we considered a sample two-month trip to Italy by a 32-year-old resident of New York.

How World Nomads compares to other travel insurance providers.

Due to the lower limits and less coverage for adventure activities, the World Nomads Standard Plan is priced at $221, which is meaningfully cheaper than the $341 Explorer Plan. It’s important to note that if your nonrefundable prepaid trip costs are more than $2,500, the Standard Plan will cover you only up to $2,500 on trip cancellation. In this case, you’d want to consider the pricier Explorer Plan, which provides coverage up to $10,000 on trip cancellation.

A search on insurance comparison site Squaremouth revealed a range of plans from other providers priced between $105 and $406 based

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7 options I’d consider before booking a work-from-hotel package



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Working remotely from a resort sounds like a dream. Rounds of golf, walks on the beach, frozen drinks by the pool, new Zoom backgrounds and — oh yeah — work.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some employees are working from home indefinitely. As a result, numerous hotel brands have unveiled work-from-hotel packages to help fill empty rooms. These packages are all the rage with travelers looking to break out of a stressful work-from-home situation. And they can make it easy to work and play.

But, none of the work-from-hotel packages have compelled me to book. So, today I’ll describe how to decide whether a work-from-hotel package is right for you and why I don’t expect to book one anytime soon. I’ll also describe seven alternate options for working remotely while traveling that are more appealing to me.

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Is a work-from-hotel package right for you?



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You have the go-ahead to work remotely. And you’ve found a hotel with a remote work package. Hyatt currently offers Work from Hyatt packages and several MGM Resorts hotels offer Viva Las Office packages. Plus, many individual hotels and resorts offer remote work packages, including the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island and the Grande Lakes Orlando.

So, should you book a work-from-hotel package?

What makes a work-from-hotel package different from a standard rate varies. It’s worth considering how much value the package provides and how much — if any — of a surcharge you’re paying. For example, if you need silence to work, you may not want to use a shared coworking space. If you have children and the hotel offers schooling help, this may be worth a lot.

If cost is your primary concern, a remote work package may not be for you. After all, you can find lodging with a good workspace in most destinations for less than these packages cost. And, since you’ll spend a lot of your time at the hotel or resort working rather than relaxing, it may be hard to justify splurging.

Related: How to master the art of working from anywhere

Why I’m not booking a work-from-hotel package

I’ve looked at many of the work-from-hotel packages and haven’t been impressed. By nature, I’m a budget traveler who strives to get good value from my points, miles and cash. And, frankly, most of the packages I’ve seen cost more than I’m willing to pay and don’t provide excellent value.

Sure, many packages include extra perks. But, I’d get perks like early check-in, space-available upgrades and breakfast as an elite member in multiple hotel loyalty programs. And, I could purchase other perks such as massages and

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Businesses, cities look to give Canadians outdoor recreation options during pandemic winter

At Fresh Air Experience in Ottawa, a sporting goods store that specializes in bikes in the summer and cross-country skis in winter, the demand for ski equipment doesn’t traditionally take off until the first flakes of snow have fallen.

But business is already booming, months ahead of schedule.

After record bike sales during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fresh Air owner Jon Digney is seeing the same phenomenon with cross-country skis. He’s booking appointments for in-store shopping up to three weeks in advance.

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“Traditionally, when we transition from bikes to skis, we have a lull during October and November. The Christmas season kicks it off early December,” Digney said.

“This year, it’s already full speed ahead. We didn’t have any transition. We went straight from bikes to skis in a day.”

If there’s a silver lining eight months into the global pandemic, it’s that Canadians have embraced the outdoors.

But winter will present new challenges. While we know the importance of fresh air and movement for physical and mental health, the cold and shorter darker days will push people indoors.

Gabor Csonka, president of Calgary’s Foothills Nordic club, isn’t surprised that cross-country ski equipment is flying off the shelves. The sport’s benefits, he said, are numerous.

“You’re outdoors usually in a beautiful environment with trees and hills. Humans need to connect with nature,” he said. “And you don’t need to be in close contact with anyone, but you can still go for ski and have a conversation with someone.

“It’s just a fantastic feeling to go and ski quietly, with decent space, through the woods.”

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After seeing parks crowded with summer hikers, Csonka hopes there’s the infrastructure to handle a potential influx.

“Do we have enough parking spaces, toilets, and trails that are groomed or maintained?” he said. “That’s a challenge.”

Across the country, federal and municipal governments are still hammering out winter plans.

The City of Toronto’s ActiveTO program of road closures was extended into October because of its popularity. Now, Toronto will switch gears to promote its toboggan hills, snowshoeing trails, and the city’s 50-plus outdoor ice rinks.

“Embrace fall, embrace winter,” said Howie Dayton, Toronto’s director of community recreation. “There’s so many great things to explore outdoors in Toronto, so it’s a chance to really connect with nature this fall and winter and try some outdoor sport and outdoor activities that you’ve never done before.”

Precautionary measures around issues like skate rentals at the popular Nathan Phillips Square rink are still being ironed out.

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Quebec continues to be Canada’s COVID hot spot. And with the situation evolving, Montreal has prepared various scenarios to enable residents to enjoy outdoor activities safely, the city said in a statement.

“For the time being, and provided that all conditions remain unchanged, only individual outdoor activities will be promoted,” the statement said, listing hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and skating.

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Travel Insurance Options for Digital Nomads

Travel insurance can safeguard your nonrefundable reservations and reimburse you for any unexpected emergency medical costs that you incur while traveling. However, the travel insurance needs of those taking several short vacations per year will vary from those of digital nomads, who may spend significant portions of the year living and working from abroad.

Digital nomads may also return home less often, travel with equipment (e.g., laptop, camera, etc.), participate in adventurous activities and be less concerned with health care coverage if they are traveling to a country with inexpensive medical costs.


Given the prevalence of remote work and increasing options to live and work from abroad, here you’ll find some of the most popular travel insurance options for digital nomads.

World Nomads

World Nomads is a travel insurance provider that offers coverage for residents of many countries and also allows you to extend your coverage mid-trip. It is underwritten by Nationwide Insurance. Importantly, the provider does not have a pandemic exclusion, so COVID-related claims are covered. However, World Nomads specifically states that fear of travel is not a valid reason for trip cancellation. So if you’d like the option to cancel a trip at your discretion, you’ll want to consider plans that offer Cancel For Any Reason coverage.

There are two trip insurance policies available from World Nomads: Standard and Explorer. The Standard Plan has lower coverage limits and includes more than 200 sports (including some adventure sports), while the Explorer Plan adds on 60 other activities and sports, including more dangerous ones such as shark cage diving, skydiving and paragliding.

The inclusion of athletic activities in both World Nomads plans is unique, since most traditional travel insurance plans exclude them.

Here’s a list of what’s included with World of Nomads coverage:

  • Trip cancellation, interruption and delay.
  • Emergency medical expenses, evacuation, repatriation and 24-hour assistance services.
  • Accidental death and dismemberment.
  • Nonmedical emergency transportation.
  • Baggage delay and loss.
  • Rental car damage (Explorer Plan only).
  • Adventure sports and activities.

And here are a few items of note that are excluded (not a comprehensive list):

  • Pre-existing conditions.
  • War.
  • Self-harm or accidents occurring while intoxicated.

To see how World Nomads compares to other travel insurance providers, we considered a sample two-month trip to Italy by a 32-year-old resident of New York.

Due to the lower limits and less coverage for adventure activities, the World Nomads Standard Plan is priced at $221, which is meaningfully cheaper than the $341 Explorer Plan. It’s important to note that if your nonrefundable prepaid trip costs are more than $2,500, the Standard Plan will cover you only up to $2,500 on trip cancellation. In this case, you’d want to consider the pricier Explorer Plan, which provides coverage up to $10,000 on trip cancellation.

A search on insurance comparison site Squaremouth revealed a range of plans from other providers priced between $105 and $406 based on a $2,500 trip cost (to compare to the Standard Plan) and between $415 and $1,131 based on a $10,000 trip cost (to compare

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Brits See Vacation Options Shrink as Italy Joins Quarantine List

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Holiday options for Britons seeking a slice of autumn sunshine after the year’s earlier coronavirus lockdowns shrank further as Italy joined the U.K. quarantine roster.

Anyone arriving from the south European nation after 4 a.m. on Sunday must self-isolate for two weeks, as Italy has been removed from Britain’s travel corridors list, the Department for Transport said in a statement Thursday.

The announcement will disrupt holiday plans for tens of thousands of people with bookings for Italian sunspots in the half-term school break at the end of this month, the last holiday period for many Britons before Christmas. It means that almost all Mediterranean destinations are now effectively off-limits.

Italy, Europe’s original epicenter for the virus, has seen a resurgence in Covid-19 infections, with its daily tally reaching 7,332 Wednesday, higher than the 6,557 at the earlier peak of the pandemic on March 21. That’s still less severe than in France and in Spain, which have been subject to U.K. quarantine orders for weeks.

Read More: Italy Posts Record Virus Cases as Europe Struggles With Pandemic

In more positive news, the island of Crete was added to the travel bubble list after being assessed as posing a lower infection risk by Britain’s Joint Biosecurity Centre. It joins a number of other Greek islands, though the mainland is excluded.

Among other warm-weather destinations requiring a short-haul flight, only Cyprus and Gibraltar come with no British quarantine requirement for returning travelers. Elsewhere in Europe, Ireland, Germany and most of Scandinavia are also exempt, though unlikely to lure sun-seekers as the weather worsens and nights grow longer.

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Key Options Of Finest Enterprise Hotels

For enterprise vacationers such as you, staying in comfort at a hotel and getting access to the room facilities, while waiting to satisfy your corporation offers, is a great thing you anticipate. The perceived ‘value’ or worth of the property is lowered as charges drop and over time, guests won’t value your property sufficient to pay the amount you have to keep in business. Successful hotels are successful as a result of folks use them time and time once more and recommend them to others.

Promotion is how you make your folks conscious of your hotel and its unique value proposition and convert them into company. Club members obtain some extent allotment based mostly on the villa type and season they own (or have reserved in some cases) at their house resort.

Fast, Buyer Service: Skilled hoteliers are within the enterprise of providing good customer support or hospitality. Concierge Service: Not all hotels have a concierge, but if they do, a great concierge may be very useful. Perhaps that is why, hotels and lodging facilities being made obtainable at totally different vacationers spots, have shifted concentrate on offering most consolation to vacationers at reasonable charges.

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This function of airport hotels makes it simpler to travel to central district to fulfill contacted enterprise individuals or to compensate for enterprise work, or to fly out for short break getaway, and fly back in. But you need to test if the airport hotel is admittedly close to the airport.…

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