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Hurry! Early-bird rate for Marketplace ends next week!
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Don't forget to register before July 31 for the 2014 Marketplace to get the special early-bird rate! Click here to register now and don't forget to book your hotel accommodations early! For alternate hotels in the OMCA block, please see our Accommodations page. If you need any assistance, please contact us at the office at info@omca.com or 416-229-6622.
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Already registered? Check out the OMCA Marketplace micro-site!
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Already registered for Marketplace, or thinking about it? On top of doing business on the Marketplace floor, we want you to know what's happening in Ottawa during your stay. Courtesy of Ottawa Tourism, we have a new micro-site online that features great info on our host city, including travel planning tips, things to do, delegate discounts and more! Check it out at http://www.ottawatourism.ca/en/conferences/omca.
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WANTED: Yellow Wheelchair Bus
OMCA
Wubs Transit in Winchester, ON, is looking for one yellow wheelchair bus for use this September — any size, any age. Please contact Nanda Wubs, Operations Manager as soon as possible at nanda@wubs.ca; she can also be reached by phone at the office at 613-223-3241 or by cell at 613-223-9765.
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Kitchener tour company has come a long way
The Record
When Larry Hundt was a student at the University of Waterloo in 1969, he hired buses to carry students back to their homes in the Greater Toronto Area on Friday evenings and return with them on Sunday nights. "It was a crazy market at the university at the time," he says.
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Company disputes Toronto's private parking ticket ban
Toronto Star
It's been 10 years since the city banned private parking tickets, but the yellow slips that closely resemble Toronto city tickets keep showing up under windshield wipers across town. They're popular in strip malls in Scarborough and Etobicoke, especially the ones immediately across from hospitals, where people duck across the street to avoid the expensive parking.
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Machine learning helps to predict WiFi speed in more than one hundred thousand hotels
Travel Daily News
Hotel WiFi Test is excited to announce its newest feature, which can predict the WiFi speed in most major hotels around the world. This new tool is in addition to Hotel WiFi Test's main function, providing WiFi speed information for thousands of hotels around the world. This new development means that, travelers can have a much better idea of the WiFi performance for the hotels that they choose, even if full WiFi speed testing hasn't taken place.
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How do you become an expert in a new destination?
By Anne Rose
The biggest differences between online booking engines and professional travel consultants are our service, knowledge and expertise. So, how do you become an expert in a new destination? Becoming an expert requires a huge commitment of time, energy and money. Reading one travel guide or making one visit does not make you a master. It's all in the details. If your interest is piqued in a new destination that you think you would like to offer clients, then follow these tips.
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Natural gas could reshape global energy landscape
Montreal Gazette
New innovations in the extraction of natural gas, particularly from shale, have dramatically increased world reserves. Now it looks like a long-term boom in both the supply and demand for natural gas could reshape the global energy landscape. While more than 90 per cent of the world's transportation fleet is still powered by oil, the need for natural gas will become more pressing as the number of light-duty vehicles in the world is expected to double over the next 25 years.
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Travellers' use of personal electronic devices rising sharply
Travel Daily News
A new study by DePaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development reveals the use of personal electronic devices on city-to-city trips continues to rise sharply, particularly on low-cost express bus services. The study — the fifth in an annual series by the Institute — collected data from 7,034 passengers on 106 bus, train and plane departures during February-June 2014 and made comparisons with a similar sample from 2013.
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Sick of outsider traffic, Ottawa wants a plan for Eastern Ontario
Ottawa Citizen
Uncontrolled development in Eastern Ontario is straining Ottawa’s roads and transit and we need a long-term regional plan to deal with it, city council says. Ontario has two such plans, neither of them covering Eastern Ontario. One is for southern Ontario (a vast swath from Peterborough to Collingwood to Niagara, including Toronto) and one is for northern Ontario (an even vaster swath covering just about everything northwest of North Bay).
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Date set for NATMI/KRTS driver trainer course
Truck News
KRTS has announced the date of the next North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) certified driver trainer course program. The program will teach interested patrons essential skills for professional driver trainers and covers topics like the principals of learning, how to prepare performance objectives, instructional techniques and how to prepare lesson plans.
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Considering a group tour for your next trip? Here's how to pick the tour that's right for you
The Prince George Citizen
Group tours sound easy: choose a destination and the tour company plans your trip, delivering you to hotels, restaurants and attractions. You don't have to Google or organize a thing. But how do you find the right tour to begin with, one that fits your age, activity levels and preferences for lodging, dining and sightseeing?

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Henderson: End Ontario's highway speed hypocrisy
Windsor Star
A few years back I wrote a column defending the 100-km/h limit on Ontario's 400-series highways. Fired off in response to a retired OPP officer's call for it to be boosted to a more realistic level, the piece argued that the status quo was saving lives and we should stick with it.

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Greyhound driver assaulted at Kitchener bus terminal
CBC News
A 35-year-old Kitchener man has been charged with assault after a Greyhound bus driver was hit in the face at the Charles Street transit terminal downtown. A number of witnesses called police after a verbal argument between a man and the bus driver escalated into a physical altercation, said Waterloo Region Police.

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Eglinton Connects: A plan to revitalize 19 km of streetscape, explained
Torontoist
City council recently adopted three reports by Eglinton Connects — setting in motion a plan to overhaul Eglinton Avenue, from Jane Street to Kennedy Road, in conjunction with the development of the Crosstown Light Rail Transit line. Last week, as council considered some amendments to the plan, critics — Mayor Rob Ford among them — took the opportunity to voice concerns with the project.
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Inaugural tourism summit slated for November
Northern Ontario Business
Thunder Bay, ON, will host an inaugural summit that will examine how to boost tourism in Northern Ontario during the winter months. Stakeholders will gather for the first annul Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, a joint initiative of Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO) and Nature and Outdoors Tourism.
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Metrolinx agrees to raises for Amalgamated Transit Union workers
Toronto Sun
Metrolinx workers will receive an 8.45 per cent pay raise over the life of a four-year contract inked just days before the recent provincial election. A nail-biting set of negotiations, taking place a week before the province went to the polls in June, saw Metrolinx and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 avoid a strike with the deal.
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