OMCA Report
Aug. 23, 2013

OMCA wraps up another successful golf tournament
OMCA
This past Tuesday, OMCA hosted another successful golf tournament at Legends on the Niagara. Thank you to all 145 golfers who participated in the wonderful day! OMCA would also like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors and 15 volunteers who gave up their day to help out the staff with running the tournament. This year we sold "Wendy Bears" to raise money for Colon Cancer Canada. 135 bears were sold, totalling $2,700 in donations. OMCA will also be donating the money raised from the contest holes and the ticket sales to Colon Cancer Canada. Thanks to everybody's generosity, together we were able to raise $3,860. With that money combined with the Wendy Bears sales, OMCA is proud to make a donation of $6,380 to Colon Cancer Canada. Great job everyone! We look forward to seeing you all next year!

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Conference update: New overflow hotel available
OMCA
The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, host for OMCA's annual Conference & Marketplace, is currently sold out of standard rooms. For those interested in staying at the Westin, the hotel is offering upgraded rooms at $245.00 per night.

The overflow hotel this year is the Novotel Toronto Centre Hotel, located at 45 The Esplanade. Rooms are available for $165.00 per night. The Novotel is a 5-10 minute walk to the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. To book, please visit our accommodations page online at: http://www.omca.com/events/accommodations.html. More

Oakville DriveTest Centre to relocate, Sept. 1
OMCA
Effective Sunday, Sept. 1, the Oakville DriveTest Centre will be relocating to 2370 Wyecroft Road in Oakville, ON. The hours of operation at the new location will be Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Services delivered include all classes of knowledge tests, G1 and G2 exit road tests, and controlled Class Driver licence renewals. More

Halifax music festival attracts 200 performers
The Chronicle Herald
Halifax journalists, bloggers and indie band fans took a musical mystery tour, as Halifax Pop Explosion organizers announced this year's lineup during a double-decker bus trip around the city. While the vintage British transport did a circuit of the venues hosting the five-day music festival and new culture conference from Oct. 22 to 26, cheers rang out on both levels as HPX executive director and tour guide Jonny Stevens read out the names of the acts scheduled to appear.More

National highway, rail system needed
The Chronicle Journal
Thank you for defending Canada's "national dream" as it relates to fixing our flawed national highway system, and the perpetual roadway conundrum plaguing residents of Northwestern Ontario. Federal and Ontario politicians need to stop stalling and implement an effective strategy to solve these problems. Other provinces have built divided double lanes, yet the Northwestern Ontario section of the Trans-Canada Highway remains antiquated. More

Niagara Falls calls for more casinos and OLG investment in existing casinos
Canada Newswire
The city of Niagara Falls has put out the welcome mat for investment by the world's gaming sector, unanimously passing a City Council resolution asking Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Finance Minister to allow new gaming sites in the city and to direct Ontario Lottery & Gaming (OLG) to include the city's two existing resort casinos in its modernization program. More

Ottawa Chamberfest hits a high note in 2013
Ottawa Business Journal
A new agreement with the National Gallery of Canada was one of the factors that helped push ticketing revenue for the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival up 20 per cent year over year in 2013, its organizers say. The full crowds and increased revenue were only a part of what excited organizers about the two-week event, which ended in August. More

Scarborough Afro-Caribbean Festival 'bigger and better' in second year
Yonge Street
In 2012, when the staff at Scarborough's Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC) decided to throw the region's first Afro-Carribean arts and culture festival, they were pressed for both time and money. But despite the small budget and quick time frame, the turnout was impressive and the community receptive. After a reassuring first year, the HSDC decided to make the festival an annual event. More

Rising popularity of weekend getaways
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Tighter budgets and pressing commitments have been hard on vacation planners for the past few years. But nothing can really suppress the wanderlust in humans. Therefore, when one option doesn't work out, another reveals itself. Like everything else in life, Americans have figured out a way to beat the odds. When it comes to vacationing, the solution was found in weekend getaways. Shorter trips give travelers the chance to get away from the rat race and yet spend a fraction of what they would for a longer vacation. More

Push for 120 km/h highways accelerates
Oshawa Express
Members of the stop100.ca group have sent more than 1,500 emails to Ontario's Minister of Transportation Glen Murray, looking for change to current speed limits on Ontario's 400-series highways. They are looking to speed things up. Oshawa resident Chris Klimek has been on a crusade for the past few years, garnering thousands of Ontario supporters, who share his view that there should be faster speeds on major highways. More

Thor Motor Coach rolls out 2014 looks for Tuscany diesel motorhomes
The Elkhart Truth
New paint and new end caps on the front and back are some of the upgrades of the 2014 Tuscany luxury motorhome line from Thor Motor Coach, a line that's seen a 58-percent increase in market share so far this year. Tile floors and frameless windows are part of both the Tuscany and the Tuscany XTE in 2014. More

London sports marketer offering big rides for big games
Metro News
Londoner Greg Matthison has launched a service aimed at solving transportation and parking issues at sporting events. The local sports marketer is offering sports trips for less than $100. Matthison says his newest venture, BigGameRoadTrips.ca, will save sports enthusiasts "a lot of money and a lot of headaches."More

Brace yourself for Yonge Street construction
YorkRegion.com
Yonge Street through Richmond Hill is being prepared for widening to accommodate dedicated rapidway lanes for Viva vehicles in the centre of the road and seven new Viva stations. In total the rapidway will extend 6.9 kilometres from Hwy. 7 to 19th Avenue/Gamble Road. The construction on Yonge Street is set to begin in 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2017. More