OMCA Report
Jun. 28, 2013

MTO meets with industry stakeholders on changes to Driver Certification Program (DCP)
OMCA
On Wednesday June 26, MTO met with approximately 140 Recognized Authorities (RAs) or their designees and industry associations (including OMCA) for a half-day to discuss the future of MTO's Driver Certification Program. As previously reported in OMCA Report and as discussed at OTE last April, MTO is making significant modifications to DCP to tighten up program oversight, increase program integrity and for the program to be administered by MTO on a "full cost recovery" basis.More

In Memoriam: Garry Walters
OMCA
OMCA would like to extend our condolences to the Walters Family (Bradley Walters Journeys) in the passing of Garry Walters, June 27, 2013. Garry was the celebrated drummer of the Walters Family Band for over three decades. Visitors are welcome on Sunday, June 30 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Walters Dinner Theatre in Bright, ON. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Glendinning Funeral Home in Plattsville, ON. Condolences can be sent via www.gffh.ca. More

Celebrating Canada Day across Ontario
Queen's Printer for Ontario
Ontario is inviting families to enjoy live dance performances, entertainment by popular children's characters and carnival rides among other attractions at the annual Canada Day celebration at Queen's Park. Admission is free for the event, which will also showcase farmers and growers from across the province, with a farmer's market and strawberry sampling.More

Canada, U.S. reach deal on Peace Bridge upgrades
The Globe and Mail
Canadian and United States representatives have averted a potential border dispute by reaching an agreement after months of heated argument over the future of the Peace Bridge, the second-busiest crossing between the U.S. and Canada. More

Canada's tourism industry could take hit during strike by visa staff
Toronto Star
Canada's tourism and education industries are at stake as visitors and international students scramble to get their visas amid a strike by Canadian foreign service officers. As the job action by the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) enters its third week, visa processing times have lengthened. More

First Nations explore tourism options
CBC News
A tourism consultant says the "raw, virgin land and lakes, clean beautiful air and friendly, warm-hearted people" in Ontario's remote First Nations could draw many visitors to the area, despite the distances. Bruce Fallen is working with the Wasaya Group to consult with First Nations about what experiences they'd like to offer tourists. The Wasaya Group is owned by 12 First Nations in northwestern Ontario and runs several businesses, including Wasaya Airways. More

Get on this bus for life-saving cancer screening
Hamilton Spectator
The $1.5 million Screen for Life Coach is the first of its kind in Ontario, and likely in Canada, says Cancer Care Ontario president and CEO Michael Sherar. A similar coach in northern Ontario does only breast cancer screening. The Hamilton coach will screen for colorectal, breast and ovarian cancer for the 50-to-69 age group.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. More

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. More

Ontario Place will create new urban park and waterfront trail
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Place plans to revitalize seven-and-a-half acres of land previously closed to the public, creating a new urban park and waterfront trail. Spanning an area the size of about four BMO Fields, the new plan will allow "access to one of the most breathtaking views of the shore and the skyline," said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. More

New ferry for Digby-Saint John service
Daily Business Buzz
A troop of federal Conservative members of parliament recently descended on the Digby ferry terminal to announce their government's commitment to providing a replacement vessel for the Digby-Saint John ferry service. Paul Stackhouse of Annapolis Royal said motorcoach operators would not plan to use the ferry without a high degree of certainty that it will be in operation two to three years out. "It is notable as well that in the new tourism strategy there has been a shift of marketing dollars to Quebec, partly because they will drive to Nova Scotia. This presents an opportunity to target travellers from Quebec, as well as Ontario, to use the ferry to enter Nova Scotia through Digby." More

Travel on buses and trains surges throughout U.S.
Akgulian News
Since the financial crisis hit, buses and rail are both up in ridership, while driving and flying are both down. Part of that is due to how much easier riders can use their electronic gadgets as well as stay connected through their entire trip, says an author of a recent study. More

OC Transpo summer schedule begins
Metro News
OC Transpo's summer schedule is now in effect, including closing the Transitway between Campus and Laurier stations. New bus-only lanes will now travel directly on Laurier and Nicholas streets to make way for construction on the Confederation Line. New bus routes travelling directly to area museums will also be instituted. More