OMCA Report
Nov. 21, 2014

Thank you for another great Marketplace!
Thank you to all our members, sponsors and supporters who helped us put on a great Marketplace in Ottawa, ON last week. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves with the education sessions and networking events.

With another Marketplace completed, we hope you'll all be able to join us for next year's Marketplace, taking place in London, ON from Nov. 14-18, 2015. London is known as the "Forest City" and it is one of the most picturesque cities in Ontario. We're already hard at work with Tourism London ensuring that next year's show will be spectacular. Registration opens in March. More

OMCA Board elected
Joining the OMCA Board of Directors for the first time this year is Brian Denny. Brian's outstanding work building Denny Bus Lines into a highly successful operation made him an obvious choice. Brian also joins the Coach Operator Council.

The Board also said goodbye to one of the directors from the Board. Stepping aside from his position on the Board is Allan Cherrey from Cherrey Bus Lines. Thanks to Allan for his years of service, guidance, insight and support.

OMCA Executive re-elected

Following the AGM the new OMCA Board met and elected the 2015 Executive Committee. Ghislain Leduc returns for a second year as Chair of the Board, and Ray DeNure and Ray Cherrey were returned as Vice Chair and Secretary Treasurer respectively.More

New Tour Operator Council lineup for 2014, 2015
The OMCA Tour Operator Council was elected during the Annual Marketplace in Ottawa last week. The Tour Operator Council for the end of 2014 and through 2015 is as follows:

Chair: Mario Poulin, Voyages Rockland Travel Inc.
Vice Chair: Diane Diebel, Hanover Holidays

Damon Allan, Maxima Tours
Richard Buck, AgriTours Canada
Doug Campbell, Canadian Christian Tours
Ray DeNure, DeNure Tours (TICO Board Rep)
Ted Goldenberg, Chapman Cultural Tours
Susanne Hamilton, Hamilton Tours
Howard Herman, DeNure Tours
Sue LeClair, Shoreline Tours (Board Rep)
Bradley Walters, Bradley Walters Journeys (Board Rep) More

The 17th Annual Silent Auction raises $24,440!
A big thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the 17th Annual OMCA Silent Auction. Thanks to your generous donations and enthusiasm, we were able to raise $24,440 for the OMCA Development Fund. You bid so high and so often, we exceeded last year's amount by almost $3,000. Good job, everybody!

Additionally, your efforts continue to make it possible for OMCA to give out Industry Scholarship awards to four outstanding individuals enrolled in travel and tourism programs; winners were chosen by the OMCA Development Committee. The recipients for 2014 are as follows:

Leah Cruch — Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON
Dominique Griffith — Ryerson University, ON
Katarzyna (Kasia) Gruchacz — Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
Kathleen Lo — University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

All four students attended the Ottawa Tourism-sponsored lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Marketplace for the award presentation and were given an overview of the Marketplace by members of the Development Committee. The students also had an opportunity to sit with buyers at their booths to observe Marketplace appointments in action. More

Congratulations to this year's Industry Award recipients
Each year, OMCA recognizes dedication and outstanding achievement in the coach and tourism industry during the Awards Dinner at Marketplace. Awards were given to the following individuals to thank them for their contributions:

Driver Excellence Award: Robert Besner, Greyhound Canada
Driver Excellence Award: Jeffery Dunford, Coach Canada
Employee Excellence Award: Carol Murray, Pacific Western Transportation
Employee Excellence Award: Nicole Neumann, McCoy Bus Lines
Supplier Member Award of Distinction: Patti Lloyd, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Volunteer Award of Distinction: Barry Kidd, Country Inn of Lancaster More

Ontario's Minister of Transportation supports Electronic Logging Devices for commercial vehicle drivers
Today's Trucking has reported that at the recent Ontario Trucking Association annual conference, Ontario's Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca said he supports Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as an effective tool for monitoring hours of service compliance by commercial motor vehicle drivers. The minister is quoted as saying, "Ontario believes an effective ELD mandate is one that is adopted nationally, and supports the work already underway by Transport Canada to determine if ELDs should be mandated on extra provincial carriers. MTO will continue to work with Transport Canada, and our provincial-territorial colleagues to create a national solution — if a national solution is not reached, Ontario will look at other options." The Minister also announced the province is considering allowing Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV) trucks (a tractor towing two, 53 foot trailers) to operate 12 months of the year on Ontario's controlled access, multi-lane highways. Presently LCV operations are suspended during the winter months. More

DriveTest Centre performance reports kept secret
Toronto Star
The provincial government is keeping secret DriveTest Centre performance reports conducted by the private company that examines all new drivers, including tractor-trailer licence seekers. Under its 10-year contract with the Ministry of Transportation, Serco, the multinational corporation that operates as DriveTest, has had the power since last year to "self audit" and "self report" any violations of provincial testing standards.More

Ontario to continue building bridge on contested land despite cease work order from aboriginal group
National Post
The Ontario government will soon restart work on a new provincial bridge over the Grand River in Cayuga, despite a cease work order from an aboriginal group that claims the riverbed and historical towpaths along its banks. The unexpected land claim has great resonance: the bridge is in the neighbouring town and on the same river as Caledonia, where a violent 2006 native standoff turned a housing development into a lawless oasis that remains unresolved. More

Gas tax funding fuels transit growth
Government of Ontario
Ontario is providing $321.5 million in gas tax funding to 96 municipalities this year to help expand and improve public transit. The Ontario Gas Tax Program helps municipalities increase accessibility, buy more transit vehicles, add more routes and extend hours of service, making it easier for people to use public transit. It will also help ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution. More

The TTC's technology failures
NOW Magazine
Waiting is the worst thing, especially when you don't know if what you're waiting for is really coming or not. I'm not referring to the Rapture or peace on earth, but to the possible arrival of the next bus. It's the information age, and the TTC has had GPS on all its vehicles for three years now.More

City of Toronto seeks court injunction against Uber taxi services
Toronto Star
The City of Toronto is joining the growing number of legal battles being waged across the country to try to bar Uber taxi and limousine services from operating on their roads. The city recently filed an application for a court injunction against the San Francisco-based company, whose popular car services have gone international but are accused by regulators of breaking the law and risking the public's "health and safety." More

9 travel trends that refuse to go away
The Huffington Post
Space travel. Bitcoin payments. Suites on airplanes. Some trends just keeping popping up on our news feeds time and time again. Some of these are fantastic and others... not so much. But for better or worse, here are nine that we think are here to stay. More

Top 10 Canadian cities with best hotel value
Planning to travel within Canada this holiday season? The 2015 Canada's Best Value Cities report from Trivago ranks Canadian cities based on the cheapest hotel rates, but also on the most highly recommended, top user rated hotel properties. More

Celebrating Ontario Tourism Achievements in Marketing and Travel Journalism
Canada Newswire
Ontario's best in travel journalism and tourism marketing were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards Gala recently in The Blue Mountains, Ontario.More

Unifor local president Brian Kelly: ONTC future remains unclear
CBC News
The head of the union representing workers with the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission says a meeting with the minister in charge shed no light on a vision for the future of the crown corporation. More

Could private transit be the better way?
Toronto Star
Scrappy startups are hardly going to replace an institution with a typical weekday ridership of some 1.6 million. But the experience of other big cities suggests that the private sector might yet have a role to play in improving the embattled Toronto Transit Commission. More

5 worst winter driving habits
Global News
There's no shortage of bad driving habits that are dangerous and downright annoying for motorists sharing the road. These habits become even more dangerous in the winter months when road conditions are poor. Here's a look at some winter driving habits you should avoid.More

Don't want to switch to winter tires? Then consider the all-weather option
The Globe and Mail
It's an annual October-November ritual for many motorists: booking an appointment to replace their summer or all-season tires with winter tires. In fact, according to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), roughly 50 per cent of Canadians make the switch, from a surprising low of 18 per cent of Manitobans to 98 per cent of Quebecers, where winter tire use is mandatory from Dec. 15 to March 15. More

Promising future for Ontario tourism
Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin
Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture, Sport and Pan Am/Parapan American Games Michael Coteau highlighted the strong state of Ontario's Tourism industry at the 10th Annual Ontario Tourism Summit and Ontario Tourism Awards held recently at Blue Mountain Resort. At the event, hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), Coteau emphasized the valuable work being done in progressing tourism throughout Ontario, thanks in part to the work of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and upcoming major sporting events. More