OMCA Report
Feb. 13, 2015

OTE exhibitor registration now open
OMCA
The 2015 Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) Trade Show is happening Tuesday, April 14, 2015:
• Registration info available at: https://ote.ca/exhibitors/registration.cgi (opening Monday, February 16 for members)
• Various trade show info available at: https://ote.ca/tradeshow_info.html
• Detailed exhibitor information brochure at: http://www.ote.ca/pdf/Exhibitor_Brochure.pdf

Why be an exhibitor in this trade show? Because it's the only show of its kind in North America that provides exposure to a combined market, and brings buyers, decision makers and "influencers" from the motor coach, public transit, school bus and specialized transportation industries, together with "sellers" (suppliers and manufacturers of services and equipment) all under one roof. One show. One price. Great leads — excellent sales and business.

Registration will open for members of OMCA, OPTA and OSBA at 9:00 a.m. EST — Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 — no password required.

PLEASE NOTE:

• Exhibit space is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis according to the date/time the registration form is received by OTE.
• Only online registrations will be accepted. Hard copy, emails, fax or scan/emailed copies of exhibitor registration forms will not be accepted or processed.

Exhibit space sells out fast — so have a look at the OTE website at: http://www.ote.ca/tradeshow_info.html

If you have any questions, please contact info@ote.ca or 416-695-9965, ext. 6. We look forward to your participation!More

Important date changes to upcoming P.R.I.D.E. programs
OMCA
Due to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am games happening July 10-26 and Aug. 7-15 respectively, the Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program will not conduct the regularly scheduled P.R.I.D.E. programs during July and August. A new program will be available June 7-12, 2015 to replace the previously scheduled July and August programs. In summary, the 2015 P.R.I.D.E. Programs will now be provided on the dates listed below. Be sure to plan and register early as programs fill up fast. For more information or to complete a registration form, visit www.osba.on.ca/programs.

• Jan. 11-16 (program completed)
• March 15-20
• May 24-29
• June 7-12
• July 12-17 CANCELLED
• Aug. 9-14 CANCELLED
• Oct. 18-23More

OMCA/MLH Hockey Festival scores big!
OMCA
The 2nd Annual OMCA / MLH Hockey Festival on Feb. 7 was a huge success, raising a total of almost $10,000! The day's first game saw Tim Thorne's Team Prevost and Team Ottawa Tourism play to an exciting 3-3 overtime tie. In the end, Team Ottawa won by a coin toss! In the second game, Team Tourism Toronto held on to beat Team Niagara Falls Tourism 5-4. Team Niagara Falls Tourism, guided by the area’s very own Greg Frewin, won a close second contest against Team Ottawa Tourism and Team Tourism Toronto, captained by Mike Temple, beat Team Prevost. More

Ontario Road Builders' Association convention looks at big road picture
Daily Commercial News
The Ontario Road Builders' Association (ORBA) is holding its 88th Convention and Annual General Meeting this week in Toronto, which includes a schedule of presenters for Transportation Infrastructure Day. "We set the convention up in two days, so the first day will be for our contractors and suppliers, with keynote presentations and educational opportunities. This is what we are calling Big Picture Day," said Geoff Wilkinson, ORBA executive director.More

Pan Am Games mean carpool lanes on Hwy. 401 in Durham
DurhamRegion.com
Oshawa residents were brought up to speed on plans for the Pan Am Games at a recent information session, including details on carpool lanes that will run into Durham along Hwy. 401 during the Games. The Pan Am Games represent the largest athletic event in Canadian history, with more than twice as many athletes as the Vancouver Olympics. More

TTC safety upgrades already standard on York Region buses
Toronto Star
It looks like any other York Region bus. But just as the No. 20 is about to pull away from the curb at the Vaughan Mills Centre loop, it issues a clear warning: "Pedestrians. Bus is turning." More

Sorry, Toronto commuters: Liberty Village bus will not be back on the road
CTV News
A privately-run bus service that was supposed to provide TTC-weary commuters with an alternative to the crowded 504 King streetcar will not be returning to the road after all.More

Ontario unveils transportation plan for Pan Am Games
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government will be limiting access on major highways across the Toronto area during the Pan Am Games next summer, part of a $61 million plan for managing traffic during the athletic competition. More

Road salt ruling could impact municipalities
MyKawartha.com
A recent court ruling regarding the use of road salt could set a "dangerous precedent" for Ontario municipalities. Last month, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded more than $100,000 to Joseph and Evelyn Steadman who had sued the County of Lambton for damaged crops and a drop in property value. More

GO should charge for parking, says provincially commissioned report
CBC News
A report prepared by an external consultant for the Ontario Liberals before last spring's election on the expansion of GO rail service suggests charging consumers up to $3 a day for parking, although the province's transportation minister isn't going to be implementing the recommendation anytime soon. First Class Partnerships, a transit consultant based in London, U.K., prepared the report and presented it in mid-April 2014 to the Ministry of Transportation, describing it as a "preliminary business plan" for upgrading GO rail. More

Wi-Fi coming to an OC Transpo bus near you, maybe
Metro News
We used to read books on the bus; now, we use our transit time to check email, catch up on social media or text our friends. Look around any bus and you'll see almost everyone looking into their screens. And now the days are coming when transit riders will be able to save their data plans and use free wireless Internet on at least some buses in Ottawa. More

Smart Commute hopes businesses will jump on board to ease gridlock during Pan Am Games
Hamilton Spectator
Smart Commute Hamilton is hoping more city businesses will use its services during the Pan Am Games in July to help their employees cope with the inconvenience of increased traffic and restricted highway lanes. The free service has been in operation here since 2008 as part of the provincial Smart Commute program. More

How to keep your fire burning
By Anne Rose
You probably remember why you went into the travel business in the first place — your love of travel and your commitment to helping others. But it's a travel business, which means there are many operational elements that might not be quite so thrilling: business owner, manager, subordinate, peer, adviser, accountant, marketer, writer, webmaster and IT guru, to name just a few. How do you motivate yourself to tackle the necessary, but not-so-fun aspects of your travel business? More

North Bay enhances arena experience
Northern Ontario Business
More upgrades are in the offing for North Bay's flagship arena to repurpose and promote it as a bona fide multi-purpose event venue. Money from FedNor will cover the costs to deck out 59-year-old Memorial Gardens with new audio-visual enhancements, lighting and other infrastructure improvements to attract trade shows, conferences, concerts, and national sporting events. More

OPP: Majority of fatal crashes preventable
Toronto Sun
OPP collision data from the last 10 years shows that even though the number of fatal crashes are falling, the vast majority are preventable, police say. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said if drivers changed their behaviours when it came to the so-called "Big Four" causes of fatalities, there would be fewer deaths on Ontario's roads. More