Sunday, November 06, 2011

Canadian Aerospace History Website Now Promoting DC Prostitutes

J. A. D. McCurdy looking grim.
Less than two years after winding down the festivities, Transport Canada has allowed the domain registration for its website promoting the "2009 Canadian Centennial of Flight" to lapse. But while the current owner continues to maintain the original content, the site now also contains links to a variety of escorts, infomercials and unrelated services.

The original site included links to events marking the 100th Anniversary of the first powered, heavier-than-air, controlled flight in Canada by J.A.D. McCurdy in the Silver Dart in 1909 plus sponsor links to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (which still considers it to be a website of interest), the Air Cadet League of Canada, the Air Force Association of Canada, the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), the Canada Aviation Museum, the Department of National Defence, Tim Horton's and quite a few others.



But now the site now also contains links to unrelated advertisers, various DC and Istanbul based escort services and a disclaimer from the new owners which states:
We bought this domain after expiration so it's not our fault that you lost it. We put old content for this domain only to avoid losing good quality of it from SEO point of view. If it's a problem for you contact us ASAP!
The new disclaimer also includes a contact e-mail for mstarowsky@gmail.com but e-mails sent to this address have so far elicited no response. A quick google search on the e-mail address provides a variety of broken links, sex focused websites and at least one other website (the Jessy's Pizza website) with an expired domain name and the same message.

The site still retains the phone number for the Transport Canada Communications Centre (the original domain owner and administrator of the site) in the for more information section, but the TCCC has so far declined to comment on the new content or ownership.



Web information company GoDaddy.com lists the present Canadian Centennial of Flight site owner to be Namespro Solutions, a "wholly Canadian owned domain service provider and a CIRA certified registrar."

The domain is listed as being available for an annual $11.99 USD fee.

There are of course, many other websites and options for people looking to find out more about the 2009 Canadian Centennial of Flight or Canadian aviation history in general such as:
There is also the Canadian Air & Space Museum (CASM) in Downview Ontario, at least for the next little while.

As outlined in my September 21st, 2011 post "Canadian Aerospace Heritage or Hockey Rink" and the follow-up October 31st, 2011 article "Threatened Museum Receives Smithsonian Support" the CASM is presently in a life and death battle for survival with landlord Parc Downsview Park (PDP), a federal crown corporation which wants to build a four rink ice complex on the existing museum site.

Here's a link to the November 3rd, 2011 Goldhawk Fights Back program, which features PDP chairman David Soknacki defending this recent actions and attempting to provide an underlying context for the PDP decision.

It's interesting listening (and Soknacki seems to be having a difficult time independently validating many of his assumptions) but doesn't once mention DC escorts.

Such a shame. 

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