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Pan Am Games RFQ Update
OMCA
The Pan Am 2015 organizers have now released the RFQ for the provision of buses and personnel, mechanics and required support staff for the games next year. The RFQ must be downloaded directly from the Merx system at the following link because the RFQ states that "this RFQ is available only through MERX, the electronic tendering system used by TO2015. For further information about MERX, call 1-800-964-MERX or visit the MERX website at www.merx.com. If you do not obtain this RFQ through MERX, your proposal may be disqualified."

Click here to view the RFQ page on the Merx site

The deadline for questions is March 27, and the deadline for submissions is April 1, at 4:00 EDT.

Resulting from this RFQ, TO2015 will be qualifying and or directly contracting with bus operators for the provision of Games time buses and Personnel. Typically, the Respondents qualified through this process will receive an RFP where they will submit firm pricing against stated requirements. This procurement process will do just this plus provide TO2015 with the opportunity to contract directly with qualified Respondents meeting or exceeding the criteria set out in this RFQ and where rates (fees) meet or are less than TO2015's budgeted rates. Their goal is to obtain fair value for our money while aligning themselves with a service-oriented, socially responsible firm that best matches our principles and priorities while offering competitive pricing for our supply requirements. The selected bus operator ("Respondent") will provide time-limited, sustainable, special events bus transportation service, consistent with contractual requirements in a manner that supports TO2015's commitment to providing a client-focused reliable, effective, efficient, timely and integrated transportation solution for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

If you have any questions, please email Games contact Nav Das directly at nav.das@toronto2015.org.
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Ontario introduces proposed changes to HTA
OMCA
On Monday March 17, the Ontario Government introduced a number of proposed legislative and supporting regulatory amendments to the Highway Traffic Act. Of course, these proposed changes must proceed through the legislative approvals process before becoming law, and with a spring provincial election being a strong likelihood, it remains to be seen if and when all or any of the above proposed changes will become law.
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Ontario's MVIS program to move to contractual model with third party administrator
OMCA
MTO has been reviewing the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) program and considering the feasibility of alternative delivery models as a means of improving consumer protection and increasing public and road safety. Stakeholder consultation (which OMCA participated in) indicated broad support for an improved delivery model. Last Monday, legislation was introduced to enable changes that will modernize the MVIS program. These legislative amendments are required to move the current MVIS licensing scheme to a contractual model, to allow the program to be administered by a third party and to make additional program improvements. The legislation, if passed, would allow a third party contract administrator to take the lead in administering the program through the use of various contractual remedies while the Ministry will retain overall accountability for the program. MTO will continue to consult with OMCA and other stakeholders as they develop and define the necessary detailed business requirements.
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Will Ontario's tougher measures against distracted driving, 'dooring' and passing bikes too closely make us safer?
Metro News
Cracking down on motorists and cyclists who flout the rules of the road will make the streets safer for everyone — at least in the Ontario government's estimation. The minority Liberals at Queen's Park introduced a new bill that jacks up penalties for a slew of traffic offences. It doubles the maximum fines to $1,000 for distracted driving and for "dooring" a passing cyclist. The bill also introduces a new rule requiring motorists to maintain a one-metre distance when passing a cyclist.
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Supporting Ontario's unique festivals and events
Government of Ontario
Ontario is supporting festivals and events across the province that will draw tourists, create jobs and grow local economies. Through the Celebrate Ontario 2014 program, the province is helping 229 festivals and events that celebrate the province's diversity, heritage and culture, while enhancing the experience for visitors and increasing attendance.
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Ontario wants us to drive less during Pan Am Games
The Record
The government is counting on drivers voluntarily cutting down on commuting by 20 per cent to ease traffic gridlock during next year's Pan Am and Parapan Games. Tourism, Culture and Sports Minister Michael Chan said that ambitious target is "achievable" during a massive month-long event expected to draw 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes at 32 competition venues in a 10,000-square-kilometre area of southern Ontario.
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Winnipeg committee votes to allow bendy bus rentals
Metro News
Winnipeggers who want to take the city's new bendy buses wherever they want are in luck — Winnipeg Transit is one step closer to chartering the buses out to the public. Council's Infrastructure and Public Works Committee voted in favour of recommendations made in an administrative report to allow the articulated buses to be chartered when not in use for $182.25 per hour, about $60 more than a regular bus charter currently costs.
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Tour operator Transat suffers bigger loss as weak loonie pushes up operating expenses
The Province
Shares in Transat A.T. went into a free fall recently after the weakness in the Canadian dollar undercut the restructuring efforts at the travel tour operator and saw it deliver a weaker-than-expected first quarter. Jean-Marc Eustache, Transat chief executive, said he had hoped Transat would turn a profit this winter as the efforts of his turnaround plan took hold.
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Teaching children the importance of travel
By Tim Shephard
"Kids these days ..." Now I'm sounding like my parents — when did that happen? I think it sort of creeps up on you after you've been a parent for more than a decade. As I was saying, kids these days seem to be overly interested in movies, video games and animations devoid of real-life experiences. I've tried to change that in my children. You see, I've been Airstreaming for more than 10 years, almost as long as I've been a parent. My daughter's first camping trip was when she was six months old. She may not remember it, but I do. Like many trailerites, my wife and I have taken our children many places across this great country.
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U.S. group calls on Obama to fund Detroit River bridge project
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A group of 40 construction, business and labour associations from across the border has issued a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him to intervene and resolve the $250 million funding requirement for a customs plaza for the planned Detroit River international bridge.

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Border shakeup could have tax consequences for snowbirds
Financial Post
Canadian and U.S. authorities are about to make a dramatic shift in the way they determine the residency of individuals who split their time between both countries, and snowbirds unprepared for the changes could face serious tax consequences.

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Need a tow? This info you'll want to know
Today's Trucking
There's some room for improvement in the towing industry in Ontario. There's a patchwork of regulation in the province, made up of 444 municipalities, most of which do not have towing regulations. (Even the handful that do, are not harmonized).

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Royal Ontario Museum launches $15 million campaign
The Globe and Mail
The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto marked its 100th birthday Wednesday morning by announcing the start of a $15 million fundraising campaign to enhance "how the ROM welcomes and interacts with its visitors." Called 'Love the ROM,' the philanthropic campaign is coming almost three years after the museum opened the last galleries conceived as part of its last big renovation and expansion, the $416 million Renaissance ROM.
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