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No change to bus driver hours of service rules in U.S.
OMCA
We have received numerous calls in the past two weeks from members asking if there are any changes to the hours of service rules for the U.S. as of June 1, 2013. Changes to the hours of service rules in the U.S. are for trucks only. There have been no changes to the rules for passenger carrying vehicles.
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Update on 'Code W' driver licence indicator for commercial drivers not medically qualified to drive in U.S.
OMCA
As reported previously in OMCA Report, the commercial driver licence reciprocity agreement between Canada and the U.S. stipulates that Canadian commercial vehicle drivers with specific medical conditions as follows are not allowed to drive a commercial bus or truck in the U.S.:

1. Diabetes requiring insulin
2. Hearing impairment
3. Monocular vision
4. Epilepsy/seizure history

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Niagara Parks Commission waives $40 daily bus permit fee for groups with reservation at Elements on the Falls Restaurant
OMCA
This is a reminder to bus operators that the NPC issues the daily bus permit fee at no charge if the driver can show their group has made a reservation with the Niagara Parks Group Sales office for Elements on the Falls Restaurant. The Reservation Confirmation sheet indicates the driver can present it at Table Rock or Maid of the Mist bus management area and they will issue a daily permit compliments of the Niagara Parks Commission.
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Town of WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE

Whitchurch-Stouffville with its rich history, unique blend of rural and small town atmosphere and growing diversity attracts visitors from near and far. Located in York Region in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Whitchurch-Stouffville is not only rooted in its heritage but celebrates the present while embracing the future.
 


OMCA Report Feedback Survey
OMCA
Over the last month, OMCA has been working with Multiview to bring you an updated OMCA Report newsletter, with a new look in format and in content. As we go forward, we want to hear what our members think about this new project; any feedback is welcome and appreciated. To participate, please visit: http://omca.wufoo.com/forms/omca-report-feedback-survey/. We will keep this survey open until June 30, 2013.
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Motor coach magnate's life filled with success and adventure
The Record
Recognized as an industry leader, Nelles Lishman was named to the Ontario Motor Coach Association Industry Hall of Fame in 1995, following a career that saw him build Lishman Coach Lines with his brother Ross into a thriving, multi-faceted corporation.
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2015 Pan Am Games looking for Senior Manager, Bus Operations
Toronto 2015
Toronto 2015 is currently looking for an individual that has a passion for sport, possesses extensive experience in the bus industry, and desires to leave a lasting legacy in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area to fulfill the Senior Manager, Bus Operations position that is currently being advertised on the Toronto 2015 website. All interested individuals are kindly requested to apply for this position online by clicking the link above, going to the ‘Get Involved’ tab, pulling down to the ‘Get Involved – Now’ sub-tab and then clicking on search close to the bottom of the page. Posting closing date is June 18, 2013, so apply now!
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Tourism Week in Canada celebrates economic importance of the sector
Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council
Tourism Week in Canada is the perfect time to recognize the importance of the tourism sector in our country, reflect on the present and future challenges that face business in the industry, and examine ways that we can ensure a strong, sustainable Canadian tourism sector in the future. Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the global economy, and drives economic growth in every region of Canada, contributing as much to our nation's wealth as fisheries, forestry and agriculture combined.
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Smart phone app to speed up crossing Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
CTV News
There will soon be a smart phone app for motorists crossing the border at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. The new initiative will start this August. It works through an app called Pay By Phone and it allows drivers to pay for tunnel trips in advance using a credit card.

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3-day commercial road safety blitz launches throughout North America
Canadian Underwriter
The 72-hour blitz, Roadcheck 2013, was spearheaded by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and took place across 1,500 locations, where inspectors conducted comprehensive North American Standard Level I Inspections.

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In Memoriam: Allan Badder, 1923 - 2013
OMCA
OMCA would like to extend our condolences to the Badder family on the passing of Allan Badder on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The founder of Badder Bus Service, Allan was a long time member and was awarded the 2010 OMCA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Experts: Social media best for tourism marketing
VancouverDesi
"Social media has become a constant presence throughout the traveller's life cycle, from the decision and planning stage, the actual vacation to post holiday," said Selina Power, a social media specialist from Australia. Her advice to those in the industry was to create engaging social conversations with the traveller, ask customers to share images on social media.
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Marketing, access problematic for tourism industry
The Leader-Post
Canada's brand as an international tourist destination is one of the best in the world, but the country's tourism industry is being held back by federal budget cuts and expensive air service, says the head of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).
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Tourism 'passports' return
Brandon Sun
A popular summer "passport" that you can get stamped at 23 different locations across southwestern Manitoba is back for 2013. The Westman Discover Passport booklets are similar in size and shape to a real passport, and are a partnership between Tourism Westman and Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism. They can be used at any of the nearly two dozen participating museums and galleries.
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Gains seen for local tourism
Windsor Star
The tourism industry is on the mend and one Windsor city councillor expects the region to bounce back this summer in part because of the International Children's Games in August. "This is going to be the biggest tourism summer in years," Coun. Percy Hatfield said at the Ontario Travel Tourism Information Centre on Park Street at the kickoff event celebrating provincial Tourism Week.
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Timmins Economic Development Corporation casino effort ongoing
Timmins Press
Even if Timmins doesn't end up with a casino, business leaders want to make sure the city is not dealt out of discussions before all the cards are played. Almost halfway through 2013, the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) provided council with its first quarter update report. CEO Christy Marinig and president Fred Gibbons outlined continuing efforts to get Timmins onto the province's list to potentially build a casino in town.
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City liking idea of new hotel in downtown Oshawa
The Oshawa Express
Little time, if any, has been wasted in getting construction started on the new Holiday Inn Express and convention centre in downtown Oshawa. "This is going to attract business, tourism and other organizations to our downtown and help with the continued revitalization of the downtown core of Oshawa," says Councillor Bob Chapman, speaking for Regional council and Chair Roger Anderson, "but it's also going to spread to the rest of Durham Region."
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Tourists bypass Grand Canyon blockade
Toronto Sun
Tourist cars and buses resumed their bumpy run to a Grand Canyon tourist attraction, bypassing a roadblock set up previously by a dude rancher in a bitter access dispute. The Hualapai tribe, which operates the canyon Skywalk viewing platform, built the bypass on federal land in Arizona and reopened the Diamond Bar Road to traffic.
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