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OMCA Golf Tournament registration opens May 5
OMCA
It's that time of year again! The Annual OMCA Golf Tournament is scheduled to take place Tuesday August 18 at Legends on the Niagara. Online registration will open May 5. An email with the link to register will be sent to all members on that day. We hope you can join us for another fun day on the golf course!
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Potential teacher's strike threatens student tour operators
OMCA
Negotiations between the province's teachers and the Provincial Government have taken a decided turn for the worse over the past several weeks. Durham teachers have already walked off the job, Peel is threatening to go out May 4, and there are signs that this summer may see a province wide strike. This has very serious ramifications not only for students and their families, but for anyone who provides services to schools, including student tour operators.

For those tour operators who specialize in student tours, this recurring nightmare threatens to hit them hard just when they were starting to stabilize again after the last "job action." Unfortunately, labour disruptions which cause the cancellation of all student trips seems to be the "new norm."

OMCA is monitoring the situation and will continue to keep members apprised of developments. Those tour operators who rely heavily on student tours should be taking steps now to mitigate the impact of any work stoppage.

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Parking availability during Pan Am Games
OMCA via Downtown Storage
The upcoming Pan Am Games will create a need to find adequate and affordable parking during the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. "Downtown Storage" has 25 acres of outdoor storage space available for parking large vehicles in downtown Toronto. The location is 324 Cherry Street and Lakeshore Blvd. (1 block east of Parliament Street), just off the Gardiner Expressway and the DVP. This location advises OMCA that they have on-site security and a 10% discount for new customers for the 1st month. For more information, directly contact: Cindy Koury, Downtown Storage, 416-721-1655, cindy.storagespace@gmail.com.

NOTE: OMCA is not recommending or endorsing this company or this location for parking, but simply advising members of this information. OMCA accepts no liability or responsibility for any occurrences or activities in relation to members' decisions to enter into discussions or agreements with "Downtown Storage."

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Ottawa says it will increase support to help attract U.S. tourists
The Globe and Mail
The federal government will jump back in to the promotion of Canada as a tourist destination for travellers from the United States — a market it abandoned three years ago — although it has yet to commit any dollars to the effort. The new federal budget included a mention that the government will "provide additional support" for the Canadian Tourism Commission — the Crown agency responsible for selling Canada as a travel destination — for a new initiative to promote Canada to U.S. travellers.
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Ontario Liberals spending $1.6 billion to build a light-rail line linking Brampton and Mississauga
National Post
The Ontario government says it will spend $1.6 billion to build a new light rail line linking two Toronto-area cities in an effort to tackle congestion. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the Hurontario-Main line will have 26 stops between Mississauga and Brampton and will connect to existing transit lines.
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Canadian Olympic Committee set to market Toronto Pan Am Games
The Globe and Mail
For many athletes, the Pan Am Games are part of their path to the Olympics. Now, the Canadian Olympic Committee wants to help drum up excitement in the lead-up to the event, to be hosted in Toronto in July.

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TICO BUSINESS: New vice chair. New Board member. Payments approved
Travel Industry Today
At its meeting held recently, TICO's Board of Directors named Ray DeNure as vice chair of the Board of Directors. DeNure is the CEO of DeNure Tours in Lindsay, ON.

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A word of caution to bus operators: Domestic transportation component of an international trip may not be eligible for HST 'zero-rated' entitlement
OMCA
We are sometimes asked by bus operators if they have to charge HST when they are hired to conduct a charter trip within Ontario for a group whose tour itinerary involves out of country travel.



GO Transit still interested in Ontario Northland
North Bay Nipissing News
Ontario Northland is looking for a win. After two years of uncertainty about whether the Crown corporation would have any future whatsoever, newly installed leadership is taking the first steps to get the rails humming again. Part of that strategy will likely be going after a familiar customer.
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Report: 'Risk' HOV lanes will be underused during Pan Am Games
Toronto Sun
There you are on a sizzling July afternoon, headed for cottage country, and going nowhere on the highway. Beside you, the specially marked Pan Am Games high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane sits empty. It's a scenario that could happen and will drive motorists around the bend.
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Ontario increasing GO Transit service along all corridors
Government of Ontario
Through its Moving Ontario Forward plan, the government is investing in improvements across the GO Transit network to increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy. Funding through Moving Ontario Forward will also be used to build priority rapid transit projects that will connect to GO Transit and other systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
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Armed U.S. border guards could be coming to Union Station
Metro News
Armed U.S. border guards could soon be posted to Union Station — and if they ever use their guns, they may not be held accountable in a Canadian court. A border preclearance agreement signed last month by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson allows for armed American border guards to be posted to any port, ferry terminal, land crossing or rail station to clear goods and passengers through customs and immigration before they cross the border.
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City comes through with $300,000 for Niagara Falls Tourism
Niagara This Week
Described by Mayor Jim Diodati as a way "to make our dollars go three times as far," city politicians approved granting a $300,000 fee-for-service request from Niagara Falls Tourism (NFT). But not everyone was happy. Calling dealing with the request before other groups have had their day before council "cherry picking," Councillor Joyce Morocco remained opposed to the idea.
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Ontario invests in new Dynamic Earth tourism exhibits
Government of Ontario
Ontario is investing in a significant expansion of Science North's Dynamic Earth attraction, strengthening the northern tourism sector and helping draw visitors to Sudbury. Thanks to a $1 million investment from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), new displays will be created for this popular science centre.
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