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Play for the Cup in February: The second OMCA/MLH Hockey Festival is about to take place!
OMCA
While date and location have changed, the cause remains the same: to have fun, re-connect with people in the industry, meet new people and raise money for both the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund (www.marylynnhigginsyouthfund.org) and the OMCA Development Fund.

The tournament will be taking place in Toronto at Canlan Ice Sport Scarborough on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 (first game at 12:00 noon; championship game starts at 10:15 p.m.; three games guaranteed). Once again, it will be a one-day event. To confirm your participation or for more information, contact John Temple at john@tnt-tours.com. GAME ON!
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Sorry, Toronto commuters: Liberty Village bus will not be back on the road
CTV News
A privately-run bus service that was supposed to provide TTC-weary commuters with an alternative to the crowded 504 King streetcar will not be returning to the road after all. After announcing earlier that the Liberty Village Express will resume full operations, LineSix Transit says it is suspending the full launch of the charter bus service "on the advice of legal counsel."
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Ontario to encourage cross-border shopping
SooToday.com
Four key Ontario chambers of commerce have joined forces in supporting the Frontier Duty Free Association's proposal to create "Road TRIP," a proposed tax rebate pilot project that would encourage U.S. tourists to shop in Canada. American visitors travelling into and out of Canada through a land border crossing would be eligible for a rebate of five per cent (equal to the GST) on purchases made during their trip.
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Ontario brings in new bilingual, full-colour electronic highway signs
CTV News
Ontario drivers are getting an eyeful as the province brings in bilingual, full-colour electronic highway signs. The new signs feature internationally recognized images and symbols with less text to read, which the province says will allow drivers to easily see important road safety information and react to traffic conditions or choose alternate routes.
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Ontario premier pushing for national infrastructure strategy
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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has proposed a sweeping, multi-billion-dollar national infrastructure partnership between the provinces and the federal government, despite growing concerns about the impact of falling oil prices on Ottawa's bottom line.

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School bus transportation procurement a 'mess' in Ontario; Student safety taking a back seat?
Canada Newswire
If the Ministry of Education does not soon step in and take much needed action to advise school boards on how to appropriately purchase and maintain student transportation services, these services may have to be cut, parents may have to pay for their kids to take the school bus, or be left with less safe alternatives for getting their kids to and from school.

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Pan Am Games travel expenses on the radar
Toronto Star
TO2015 estimates that airfare alone cost some $500,000 for the past four years. But critics say closer to $800,000 was spent on flying TO2015 and Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) officials to far-flung destinations where they were wined and dined.

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Council kills Hamilton's King Street bus-only lane
Hamilton Spectator
Council has killed the King Street bus-only lane — but the battle over rapid transit through the downtown is just gearing up. More than 100 people — many wearing yellow T-shirts and armbands to show bus lane solidarity — packed City Hall in a rowdy, last-ditch show of support for the two-kilometre priority transit experiment.
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Kitchener GO Transit layover facility planned for Shirley Ave.
CBC News
Metrolinx says a future GO Transit layover facility with storage and maintenance capacity for four commuter trains and up to 30 buses will be built on former industrial land on Shirley Avenue, close to where the Conestoga Expressway meets Wellington Street North. The site was purchased last fall, along with a 53-kilometre section of railroad track along the Kitchener-Georgetown line, from CN Rail for $73 million as part of a long-term plan by the provincial transportation development agency to bring two-way, all-day commuter rail between Waterloo Region and Toronto.
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MTO responds to highway maintenance criticism
North Bay Nipissing News
Recently, two petitions for better Highway 11 road maintenance have been circulating — one from a Huntsville resident and another by Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller, asking the province to revert back to the old method of having MTO officials more involved in the management of the area roads. Miller said that he has never seen the road conditions so inconsistent in his 13 years representing the riding.
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TTC wants GPS, dash cams and better training for drivers
Toronto Star
The TTC wants to use GPS data, dashboard cameras, radar checks and beefed up driver training to improve the safety performance of its bus and streetcar operators. But the head of the TTC union says the transit system is blaming drivers for its own failure to provide realistic route schedules.
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SmartTrack a mixed bag for Toronto's transit future
Metro News
SmartTrack may be feasible, lure people out of their cars, improve congestion and provide transit to underserved areas of the city, but if it delays the Relief Line — meant to ease congestion on the Yonge subway — the future of Toronto transit is a claustrophobic one. The Relief Line is identified as a priority project by both the TTC and regional transit agency Metrolinx.
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Delays coming to border crossing in Sarnia
Today's Trucking
The U.S.-bound span of the Blue Water Bridge, in Sarnia, ON, will close for three months, starting in April. While the 75-year-old crossing to Michigan gets new blacktop, the second bridge, built in 1997, will carry all truck and passenger vehicle traffic between Point Edward and Port Huron.
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Niagara Falls officials nervous about Pickering casino
Niagara Falls Review
Niagara Falls officials are keeping a close eye on Pickering, which this week took another step in its hopeful march to become a major tourism destination. Pickering city council recently approved a zoning bylaw amendment for a parcel of land in its east end, just south of Hwy. 401, for a proposed development that could include a casino, hotels, a conference centre and a performing-arts centre.
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New commercial entrance opened at Ontario border crossing
Today's Trucking
A new commercial entrance is now open at the Sault Ste. Marie, ON border crossing. The St. Mary's River Bridge Company has opened the Carmen's Way commercial entrance to direct large commercial vehicles away from city streets.
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Detroit-Windsor Tunnel reopens after suspicious package causes shut down
Windsor Star
A smoke bomb discovered on the Canadian side of the U.S. border was the reason for a dramatic three-hour shutdown of the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, police say. Canada Border Services Agency called for an immediate evacuation of the border crossing complex in Windsor after they found an unmarked cardboard cylinder with a fuse attached to it during a vehicle inspection just before 5 p.m., according to a statement issued by Windsor police.
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Peeling licence plates a problem across province
Guelph Mercury
If your Ontario licence plate is cracked or peeling, you're not alone. Anne-Marie Flanagan, a spokesperson for Service Ontario, said she couldn't confirm whether the problem comes down to "a bad batch," of plates or why exactly it's happening,
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John Tory: Children to ride TTC free, other fares to rise
CBC News
Children age 12 and under will be able to ride TTC subways, buses and streetcars free starting March 1, Toronto Mayor John Tory promised. However, fares for other riders will rise by 10 cents. Tory, and TTC chair Josh Colle and CEO Andy Byford said only cash fares — $3 for an adult per ride — won't go up.
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