Air Canada says the dog, an Italian greyhound named Larry, bolted and was last spotted about 5 miles from the airport. TODAY IN THE SKY: Your bookmark for the day’s most interesting airline stories The local CBS TV station took interest in Larry’s disappearance and says it asked the airline about its procedures after obtaining a statement about the incident. Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown. “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the e-mail read. 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…
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Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. THE GLOBE AND MAIL * Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is pledging to put out more robo-calls like one he made on Friday criticizing a councillor for voting against his Scarborough subway plan. Councillors, meanwhile, accused Ford of using “bullying” tactics and called for him to be dealt with by the city’s integrity commissioner. () * Canada’s housing market is back on a roll, a finding that should be evident in the September sales data that the Canadian Real Estate Association will release on Tuesday. The slump that began in the summer of 2012 came to an end this past summer, with sales topping economists’ forecasts, and the market showing a surprising amount of momentum. () Reports in the business section: * Discount behemoth Wal-Mart Canada Corp has quietly started to sell food online, ranging from Halloween candy to gluten-free organic cereals and prepared Thai dishes. Its initiative sets the stage for an even more intense battle with grocery rivals in an already cutthroat field. () * An Ontario government order holding directors and officers of defunct Northstar Aerospace Inc personally responsible for a C$15 million ($14.4 million) cleanup of a polluted parcel of company land is sending a chill through the country’s community of corporate directors. () NATIONAL POST * The federal government will unveil plans this week to force cable and satellite TV providers to offer consumers so-called pick-and-pay services. Consumers are frustrated over being forced to buy large bundles of channels they don’t want when they sign up for satellite and cable TV services, says Industry Minister James Moore. () FINANCIAL POST
Canada vs. Australia | International Friendly Match Preview
AUSTRALIA TEAM OUTLOOK The Socceroos already have their ticket booked for Brazil 2014, having qualified back on June 18 with a 1-0 win over Iraq but have stumbled badly since then. They lost twice and drew 0-0 with South Korea at Julys East Asian Cup, before being thrashed 6-0 by Brazil in a September friendly and then 6-0 by France on Saturday. The Australian roster features a number of familiar faces, including Tim Cahill (and his New York Red Bulls teammate David Carney ) and former West Ham and Everton man Lucas Neill. But the side doesnt include a number of other Aussie veterans, including Schwarzer (109 caps) and Brett Emerton (95 caps). PLAYERS TO WATCH Canada Kyle Bekker: Its been a rather curious year for the 23-year-old midfielder, his first as a professional. After being selected No. 3 overall by Toronto FC in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, hes played just 155 minutes all season for the MLS club, but has managed to amass 569 minutes for the senior national team in 2013. View gallery . Bekker has shown flashes of skill (particularly on set pieces) and was a standout at the MLS Combine. Are TFC under-rating him? Or is he being overvalued by a national team thats desperately starved for depth?