OMCA Report
Jun. 21, 2013

Price increase for MCC log books and inspection reports
OMCA
Due to increases in our costs for printing MCC log books and inspection reports, we are forced to raise our prices slightly for these products. Our log book and inspection report prices have not increased since June 2010. Our prices remain competitive with other sources, and the small margin we make on sales helps to support the work of the association. We appreciate your continued patronage by purchasing your log books and inspection reports through MCC. More

P.R.I.D.E. Program revised brochure now available
OMCA
P.R.I.D.E. is a one-of-a-kind program that teaches driver trainers how to properly train new and seasoned fleet drivers. Please use this link to view the revised 2013 P.R.I.D.E. promotional brochure: http://www.omca.com/training/documents/PRIDE-brochure-2013.pdf. Hard copies will be mailed shortly to all OMCA bus operator members.

The P.R.I.D.E. Program continues to be a popular program for bus operators. All programs sell out so reservations should be made well in advance. The July 7-12 program is currently full. The August program has only two spots remaining, and the October program currently only has three participants registered. More

OMCA's Quarterly Licence Status Check Now Includes 'CODE W' Information
OMCA
Subscribers to OMCA's quarterly licence status check service will be happy to hear that our system will now identify drivers having a Code W medical restriction that precludes a bus or truck driver from driving in the U.S. At the end of May MTO began re-issuing plastic driver licence cards to 40,000 commercial drivers in Ontario (truck and bus) who have a medical condition that precludes them from legally driving a commercial vehicle in the U.S. The licence cards will show a letter "W" in the "Rest/Cond" area of the licence. The medical conditions that trigger a Code W are:

• Diabetes requiring insulin
• Hearing impairment
• Monocular vision
• Epilepsy/seizure history

If your drivers drive a bus or truck only within Canada, the Code W may not interest you and you can ignore it altogether. However, if you send drivers on trips to the U.S., you will want to know which of your drivers have a Code W restriction so you can stop sending those drivers to the U.S. as their commercial licence is invalid there. For this reason, we have now included the Code W as a data element for the Quarterly Licence Status Check, in addition to Licence Class, Air Brake and Prescription Lenses. If you set all your drivers to "NO" for Code W, on the next Quarterly Status Check (August 22) you will get a "hit" on any driver that has a Code W according to Ministry records.More

Hotwire.com list of popular Canada Day destinations
Bullet News Niagara
Toronto is the most popular Canada Day destination again, followed by Vancouver and Ottawa. "While some travellers are hopping over the border to visit big U.S. cities, the majority of them are taking advantage of low prices domestically to celebrate Canadian patriotism," said Pierre-Etienne Chartier, vice-president of the Hotwire Group. "Summer rates have been very good on discount sites like Hotwire, and with four out of the top five cities hosting local Canada Day festivities, visitors are sure to find a celebration at a price they’ll love."More

Job action by foreign service hurting Canadian tourism industry
The Globe and Mail
Canada's tourism sector is being hit hard by a foreign-service job action that is slowing applications for tourist visas, and the industry is warning it could clobber the peak summer season. Walkouts in Canadian embassies and consulates, and especially at those with busy visa operations, have created backlogs for tourist visas — and the threat of long delays has put off many tourists thinking of travelling to Canada, said David Goldstein, the president of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. More

What is Canada's top summer event?
Toronto Sun
There are so many amazing summer events across Canada, it's nearly impossible to decide what one is the absolute best. That's where you come in! We want our readers to help us decide what Canada's most iconic summer event is. Ready? Start voting for the top summer event in each province and territory.More

Motor coach magnate's life filled with success and adventure
The Record
Recognized as an industry leader, Nelles Lishman was named to the Ontario Motor Coach Association Industry Hall of Fame in 1995, following a career that saw him build Lishman Coach Lines with his brother Ross into a thriving, multi-faceted corporation. More

Update on 'Code W' driver licence indicator for commercial drivers not medically qualified to drive in U.S.
OMCA
As reported previously in OMCA Report, the commercial driver licence reciprocity agreement between Canada and the U.S. stipulates that Canadian commercial vehicle drivers with specific medical conditions as follows are not allowed to drive a commercial bus or truck in the U.S...More

Parliament Hill tourist guides trained to praise and defend the Senate
Metro News
Summer students hired as tourist guides for Parliament Hill and area have been trained to praise the Senate and disdain democracies with three or more political parties. A training manual for the 2013 summer season features an eyebrow-raising section about the value of the Senate, now embroiled in expense scandals and ethical breaches. More

Toronto seeks Canadian bid to host world youth track and field championships in 2017
InsideToronto.com
Already set to host the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the City of Toronto has signalled its intention to host another major competition in 2017 — the World Youth Championships in Athletics. It's a global track and field event for competitors 17 or younger, organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). But first Toronto will have to beat out a couple of other Canadian cities — Ottawa and Montreal — who are also after the Canadian bid to host the competition. More

New bus service takes car-less campers to Algonquin Park
Ottawa Citizen
No car? No problem. Ottawa residents will be able to hitch a bus ride headed to Algonquin Provincial Park to enjoy the outdoors without the burden of a vehicle. Parkbus is a Toronto startup that has been connecting urbanites with Ontario's provincial parks since 2010. Now it expands to Ottawa, allowing the capital's residents to be dropped off at Algonquin's campgrounds, canoeing spots and trails — and brought home, of course. More

Ottawa welcomes the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards
OttawaStart
The 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival will take place October 3 to 6 and will showcase all types of comedy including sketch, stand-up, improvisation and the Awards Show and All-Star Variety Specials. It will also include events, seminars the brand new Ontario Comedy Pavilion. "The Province of Ontario and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport are proud supporters of the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival," said Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre. "We are committed to supporting events that help boost tourism in Ontario while also creating jobs in our community." More