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The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has cleared the way for Air Canada to review and potentially raise its mandatory retirement age for pilots. Two former Air Canada pilots, George Vilven and Neil Kelly, alleged that they were unfairly forced to retire at age 60. Mr. Vilven, who turns 66 tomorrow, and Mr. Kelly, 64, are part of the Fly Past 60 Coalition. They argued that Air Canada discriminated against them on the basis of age. Raymond Hall, a lawyer and recently retired Air Canada pilot who heads the coalition, said yesterday that the tribunal's decision would have effects on federally regulated companies from transport to banking to telecommunications. An Air Canada spokesman said the carrier is examining the tribunal's 30-page decision, while the Air Canada Pilots Association expressed disappointment. ACPA notes that most of its members favour retiring at age 60, not 65. The tribunal originally dismissed the complaints filed by Mr. Vilven and Mr. Kelly, but the Federal Court of Canada directed a rehearing.

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