OMCA Report
Aug. 21, 2015

Aurora DriveTest Centre temporarily relocating to Richmond Hill
The DriveTest Centre in Aurora will close and is being temporarily relocated to 41 Shelley Road, Richmond Hill effective Aug. 31, 2015. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All services will continue to be delivered including classified road rests. A new DriveTest centre is being constructed in Newmarket which is expected to open in the winter of 2016. The 41 Shelley Road location will be a temporary location until the new centre opens in 2016. More

Another well-played OMCA golf tournament!
A big thank you goes out to all of our golfers, members and guests, volunteers and sponsors who helped make our 45th Annual Golf Tournament the great success that it was.

With your full support, not only did we put on a fun day with plenty of time to re-connect with friends and industry colleagues, but we also raised over $2,100 through the sales of our golf prize table raffle tickets. The funds will go to the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund, which provides opportunities for disadvantaged youth to join their classmates on school trips.

Congratulations to our top foursomes:
- 1st Place: Tim Thorne; Luc Ouellette; Pat Grobe; Glenn Attridge
- 2nd Place: Mike Dubeau, Jr; Kurt Rusron; Paul Dubeau; Randy Lalonde

Thank you again for joining us this week; we look forward to seeing you all next year! More

Travellers return: Amount of Americans visiting Canada spikes to highest monthly rate seen in over 7 years
National Post
United States residents made 1.9 million trips to Canada in June 2015, the highest amount of visitors coming to the country since May 2008, according to seasonally adjusted data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. The increase was fueled by more Americans taking their cars across the border. The agency reported a 7.7 per cent increase in the amount of overnight car trips to Canada compared to May as well as a 5.5 per cent boost in same-day car trips.More

Northern tourism board seeking new members
Do you have something to offer tourism in Northern Ontario? Northeastern Ontario Tourism (NeONT) is now accepting applications for its volunteer board of directors. More

GO proves a winner during Pan Am Games
Toronto Star
Toronto area commuters climbed out of their cars and on to transit during the Pan Am Games, according to the first look at GO ridership during that period. GO's busy Lakeshore East and West lines carried 25 per cent more riders than the same period last year, on top of the anticipated annual passenger growth, according to Metrolinx. More

Ontario public high school teachers and province reach deal
Toronto Star
Public high school teachers in Ontario have reached a tentative agreement with government, according to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF). After three months of silence between OSSTF and the Ontario government, talks resumed this week only three weeks before students were scheduled to return to class.More

Ontario teachers ramp up PR campaign ahead of negotiations
CBC News
With tense negotiations looming, Ontario teachers are launching public relations campaigns with new advertising aimed at parents. The province's three largest teaching unions are all in a legal strike position and with classes set to resume in three weeks, two have launched ads to get their side of the argument across. More

Pan Am HOV lanes out, road work in
The temporary high-occupancy vehicle lanes that were set up in the GTA for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games came down recently, but now, drivers will face a slew of road construction. The Gardiner Expressway will be reduced to two lanes in each direction from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street to replace the deck on the elevated portion of the Gardiner. The work, which was halted to ease traffic congestion during the Games, is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2016. More

GO boosts Brampton trains and bus service to Pearson
Toronto Star
More trains on the Kitchener line and beefed-up bus service to Pearson airport are among the key changes GO Transit is announcing to its fall schedules. As previously reported in the Star, there will be seven new off-peak, downtown-bound trips from the Mount Pleasant GO station in Brampton and seven corresponding westbound trips from Union Station. More

TTC testing external speakers on buses
Toronto Sun
TTC buses are gearing up to tell riders exactly where they're going. Buses will be announcing their destination through external speakers, with the intent of making the TTC more accessible for the visually impaired. More

Windsor tour operator skeptical of $30 million tourism pledge
CBC News
A Windsor tour operator says he is not impressed by an election promise by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. Mulcair promised if he is elected his government will invest $30 million over three years in Destination Canada, a Crown corporation responsible for promoting Canada as a four-season tourist destination. More

Skipping travel insurance when travelling within Canada could cost you
CTV News
The experience of an Alberta mother who is facing a hefty air ambulance bill after prematurely giving birth in Ontario should be a lesson to all Canadians about their need for travel insurance — even while travelling within Canada, says one expert. Amy Savill, from High Prairie, Alta., went into labour two months early while vacationing in Ontario last month. The hospital where she gave birth was not equipped to handle an infant as premature as Savill's, so they were airlifted to a larger facility in Sudbury. More

Drive distracted? Minimum penalty hits nearly $500
The minimum fine for distracted driving in Ontario is set to increase to nearly $500 starting next month, police tell 680 NEWS. The new set fine for distracted driving will be $400 plus a $90 victim surcharge. That means drivers, if caught using their hand-held device behind the wheel, will face a penalty of $490 and three demerit points. More