OMCA Report
May. 15, 2015

OECM RFP deadlines modified
OMCA
OECM has modified the dates for its competition for coach services. After hearing about a number of concerns from potential bidders around the nature of the competition, OECM has extended a number of the deadlines in order to give everyone time to try to resolve some of the issues. Click the "Read More" button to view the addendum outlining the new timetable for the RFP.More

US CBP installing document reader kiosks to speed up processing of bus passengers at Rainbow and Peace Bridge
OMCA
As a measure to speed up processing times for bus passengers entering the U.S. at the Rainbow Bridge (Niagara Falls) and Peace Bridge (Buffalo), the US CBP is installing document reader kiosks. They are already in place at the Rainbow Bridge and they will be installed at the Peace Bridge later this summer. These kiosks are user-friendly and are designed to speed up the inspection process.

There are no immediate plans to install kiosks at the Queenston Lewiston Bridge due to space limitations at that facility. Bus operators should notice an improvement in processing times when the kiosks are used. The passengers disembark the bus and enter the processing facility where they will see kiosks (at left). They place their travel document (passport, enhanced drivers licence, Nexus card, etc.) on the reader. The document is then queried by CBP and the results are available to the CBP Officer before the passenger presents himself/herself for processing. This efficiency has reduced wait times at other border crossings where kiosks have been deployed.More

UPDATE: 2015 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Programs
OMCA
The 2015 P.R.I.D.E. Programs scheduled for May 24-29 and June 7-12 are fully booked. The next regularly scheduled program is Oct. 18-23. The program is filling up quickly so we suggest forwarding registration forms soon.

If you have training requirements before October, please email your suggested dates to the P.R.I.D.E. Registrar at info@osba.on.ca. If we are able to fill 12 spaces before the next regularly scheduled session, we will do our best to schedule another program (outside of Pan Am/Parapan Am Games July 10-26 and August 7-15).

The link to the 2015 P.R.I.D.E. Program brochure including the registration form is: http://www.osba.on.ca/files/PRIDE-Program-Brochure-2015-revised.pdf.More

Ontario teachers' strike action: What you need to know
CBC News
Ontario elementary teachers are to begin a work-to-rule campaign during which they won't write report card comments or take part in any activities related to provincial standardized testing. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents some 76,000 teachers and has just been through eight months of unsuccessful negotiations with the province, announced its job action plans recently. More

Are teacher strikes illegal? Durham, Peel, Sudbury boards want walkouts ruled unlawful
Toronto Star
Three public boards hit by strikes by high school teachers are now striking back — calling the job action unlawful and launching an urgent case with the Ontario Labour Relations Board to end it. "We are down to the last four to five weeks (of school), and we want to make sure we do everything possible to ensure students are back in classes," said Michael Barrett, chair of the Durham District School Board and head of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association. More

Ontario Northland president: 'We want to move away from entitlement'
CBC News
Corina Moore says the company is bleeding. The interim president of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission gave a stark warning to municipal leaders gathered in Sudbury recently for the Northern Ontario Federation of Municipalities conference. "That highlights crisis situation for the agency," said Moore. More

Experts: Ontario's use of transit P3s requires care
Daily Commercial News
The provincial government's decision to spend $31.5 billion over 10 years on "Moving Ontario Forward" is causing a shift towards using public-private partnerships (P3s) for transit projects — something that requires careful consideration, state several industry experts.More

Here's what you can expect from the Pan Am Games
The Huffington Post
The Pan Am Games will be the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in Canada. And to put that into perspective, the Pan Am Games will be double the size of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.More

905-area mayors: Regional transit key to competing in global market
Toronto Star
Regional transportation investments are vital in leveraging the Toronto area's talent and global connections into a prosperous economy. That was the key message from three Toronto-area mayors at a Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT) conference on global trade opportunities. More

Does your guest have a service dog?
By Kay Corriere
People with dogs are seen everywhere. We love our animals and want to take them with us. The question is, are they really trained service animals? We think of dogs such as Labradors or Golden Retrievers as being trained assistance dogs, but what if you saw someone with a tiny Chihuahua? Would you automatically afford the person the same rights? Would a person with a dog that is not a trained service dog try and come into places where only trained therapy animals are allowed? These situations can prove difficult for hospitality professionals. More