OMCA Report
Jul. 26, 2013

Golf Tournament
OMCA
There's still time to register for the OMCA Golf Tournament on Tuesday, August 20. Foursomes are $980 and singles are $245. Register today at http://birdeasepro.com/43omcagolf.

Today is the deadline to book your hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview at the OMCA tournament rate. Please call 1-800-519-9911 to request the special convention rate for the OMCA golf event.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and we are still accepting gifts for the prize table. For more information, visit our golf website above, or email Laura Huether at laura@omca.com. More

Ice Hockey at OMCA's Annual Conference in Toronto — Back by popular demand!
OMCA
Come play for the Cup in November during this year's edition of the OMCA Hockey Festival! Games will be played on Saturday, November 2 (all day) and Tuesday, November 5 (finals in the evening). All levels are welcome! All funds raised will go to both the OMCA Development Fund and the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund.

To sign up, please email John Temple at john@tnt-tours.com by no later than August 15, 2013. An application form will be sent and balanced teams will be drafted. The goal is to create four teams, which will play three or four games during the Conference. More information will follow shortly.More

John Ivison: How Lisa Raitt became a possible contender to succeed Stephen Harper
National Post
The promotion of Lisa Raitt to Transport Minister in the recent Cabinet shuffle was one of those rare occasions in politics when it was tough to find someone to say something nasty — and I tried. Colleagues, opposition critics and even the unions she dealt with during three years as Labour Minister said the move was well-deserved.More

How Ottawa markets itself to the world
Ottawa Business Journal
Each year, thousands of tourists come to the National Capital Region to take in a festival, peruse one of the area's landmarks or attend a convention for work. But those people don't just end up here — attracting visitors requires huge marketing efforts. Here's how three of the city's major tourism players go about attracting travellers. More

Connecting our kids to Canada's natural heritage
Our Kids
While in cooler weather many of us need a little nudge to connect with nature, summertime seems to provide effortless opportunities: from cooling down at local splash pads, to filling up at family BBQs, summer provides many reasons for us to get outside. Why not enrich your child's enjoyment of the natural beauty of Canada, by connecting them with our natural heritage? Below are some suggestions for activities for families to learn about Canadian natural heritage while enjoying their summer vacation.More

Stagecoach pilots tracker technology
BBC News
Bus passengers are set to benefit from new locator technology being fitted to Stagecoach buses. The trackers, on 7,000 vehicles, will make it possible to trace the progress of buses in real time from apps on smartphones and on the internet. The trackers, on 7,000 vehicles, will make it possible to trace the progress of buses in real time from apps on smartphones and on the internet. 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. The agreement will expedite $140 million in projects including widening and upgrading the plaza on the U.S. side of the bridge in Buffalo, and construction of a customs house. More

PGA Tour Canada partners with Cornwall tourism office
Seaway News
The Great Waterway Classic, a PGA TOUR Canada event, is pleased to announce Cornwall and The Counties Tourism has partnered up to support the event. Cornwall and The Counties Tourism, a Destination Marketing Organization for the region including the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, will take ownership of the volunteer program of The Great Waterway Classic. In addition, the tourism office will provide every player with a detailed tourism package, showcasing Cornwall and The Counties' local attractions and restaurants. More

Tourism London request backed
London Free Press
Politicians have endorsed without debate Tourism London's request to have city council spend $100,000 in support of the 2014 Memorial Cup, the Canadian Hockey League championship being held there in May. More

Toronto's paint-the-curb-red project aims to stop illegal parking, reduce traffic congestion
National Post
Mayor Rob Ford was on his hands and knees painting a University Avenue curb red as part of a City of Toronto test project to discourage illegal parking. The city hopes the red paint will alert drivers to no-parking and no-stopping zones, such as around fire hydrants and pedestrian crosswalks, in an effort to reduce congestion. More

Alberta tourism industry bounces back
Canada.com
A month after flood waters ripped through some of Alberta's most iconic urban attractions and mountain playgrounds, the province's tourism industry is fighting its way back. From the downtown Calgary hotels that went days without power to the Kananaskis golf courses and Bragg Creek gift shops that remain shuttered even now, Alberta's $7.8 billion tourism industry — which depends on the busy summer months — has not escaped unscathed from the floods of 2013. More