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Remembering OMCA Life Member and Hall of Famer Charles (Chuck) Scott
OMCA
OMCA has just learned of the passing of Charles (Chuck) Scott on February 13, 2015, one month short of his 100th birthday. Chuck was former Traffic Manager of the Canada Coach Lines Limited and the Grayline Sightseeing of Niagara Falls and many years with the Hamilton Street Railway Management team, retiring in 1981 after 45 years of service. He was Past President and Life Member of OMCA and member of the OMCA Hall of Fame. He was also former Director and Life Member of the Motor Coach Association and served on several National and International Motor Coach committees. OMCA extends its condolences to his family and friends.
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Reminder: DCP updated training curriculum due date is March 31
OMCA
As previously reported in OMCA Report, the deadline for Recognized Authorities (RAs) to submit their updated training curriculum to MTO is March 31, 2015. The Ministry had previously set the date as September 30 but it was extended last fall to March 31 of this year. RAs who have submitted their curriculum to MTO should continue to use their existing curriculum until the new one is approved by the Ministry. We checked with MTO who informed us they are reviewing the curricula as they come in and that it typically it takes about six weeks for the review, however, it may take longer in view of the large number of submissions now arriving.

If an RA is not going to meet the March 31 deadline, they should notify the Ministry in writing as soon as possible. The letter should be sent to: Linda Jefferson-Kotack, Manager — Evaluation and Training Office, Bldg. A, Lower Level Room B-051, 1201 Wilson Ave., Downsview, ON M3M 1J8.

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GO joins Milton Transit to test new door-to-door bus service
Toronto Star
If you could book a low-cost door-to-door lift to the GO station every morning, would you leave your car at home? Faced with an overflowing GO parking lot and gaps in the local bus service, the town of Milton and Metrolinx are each spending $125,000 to find out.
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Ontario hopes for 20 per cent traffic reduction during Pan Am Games
CityNews
Commuters will have to "do their part" to avoid significant traffic disruptions during this summer's Pan Am Games, Ontario's transportation minister said. The province has released its projections for congestion during the international competition, and said it is hoping for a 20 per cent reduction in traffic in order to minimize delays.
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Who's visiting Canada now?
The Globe and Mail
Here at home, both Vancouver and Toronto welcomed more visitors from China last year than any country besides the United States. That puts China on top of the overseas tourism podium, eclipsing our old friends from the United Kingdom for the first time.

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Toronto transit agency Metrolinx to take 'modest first step' into real estate
The Globe and Mail
The Toronto regional transit agency will take an unprecedented step into the real estate business recently when it issues a request for proposals to develop four of its Eglinton-Crosstown station properties.

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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.

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End of the road for 2 ONTC motor coach drivers
North Bay Nugget
Two motor coach drivers with Ontario Northland Transportation Commission will be off the bus after receiving temporary layoff notices two days earlier. This news comes at the same time the ONTC confirmed it was reducing its workforce by 21 people — 11 clerical staff and 10 individuals working in the refurbishment shops.
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ONTC and union reach 5-year deal
North Bay Nugget
About 100 ONTC workers will receive two per cent wage increases over the next three years starting in 2016. It's one of the items negotiated between the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and the United Steelworkers Union Local 1976.
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Bridge authorities implementing Border Planner program
Bullet News Niagara
The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority and Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, in conjunction with respective border agencies, have announced the implementation of the Buffalo-Niagara Border Planner program. This will help co-ordinate advanced port arrival data for charter buses, tours, and motor coaches traveling the region's border crossings through a new online portal service, says a press release recently issued.
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Maple syrup season across southern Ontario
London Free Press
How sweet it is. The sap is running after a long, cold winter and predictions are for a great maple syrup season across southern Ontario. They're "Tapping into Maple" in Ontario's Lake Country and Springwater that takes in Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara and Severn, north of Barrie. This touring program involves 29 maple destinations for that quintessential Canadian flavour through May 31. It includes popular eateries, resorts, sugar bushes, museums and shops, all tied into maple.
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Toronto's traffic time bomb: Is it too late to fix?
Maclean's
The Pan Am Games money has produced sparkling new arenas, new housing on Toronto's east side, refurbishment of York University's athletic facilities—and, on an unrelated note, a tunnel nearby — but very little in the way of actual money spent in making sure people can get around, and little concern for the impact of the games on the city.
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Why aren't hoteliers responding to online reviews?
4Hoteliers
Hotels that respond to reviews see an increase in overall review ratings and booking inquiries, the benefits are well documented, and yet hoteliers still are not responding. If a guest fills out a comment card on-site, emails a hotel's customer service address or even calls to share their frustration or praise about a recent visit, hotels know to read the card, answer the email or return the call.
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Volatile gas prices are good for consumers, plus 2 other things Canadians don't get about fuel
Business News Network
Gas stations are fiercely competitive and adjust the price per litre by fractions of a cent throughout the day to compete with neighbourhood rivals. They also hike prices on long weekends and holidays, frustrating cottage-goers in luggage-laden minivans. Believe it or not, these price movements ultimately benefit consumers.
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The top 5 credit cards in Canada for travel rewards
Global News
In the researchers' seventh annual rankings, BMO's World Elite MasterCard emerges as the best value out of a credit card landscape consisting of some 80 cards issued by the big banks and other Canadian financial institutions. Despite concerns that perks would be scaled back in light of a recent decision to cut transaction fees, loyalty rewards haven't taken a hit this year.
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