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2014 OMCA Conference & Marketplace
OMCA
The OMCA Marketplace is the premier event in Canada for North American packaged travel. Over a period of four days buyers and sellers will meet face-to-face during several 7-minute pre-scheduled appointments, that's 19,000 appointments in total! OMCA works on the basis of a reversed Marketplace where buyers sit at predetermined booths and sellers move around the Marketplace floor. Read on to find out more!
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Notice of Annual General Meeting
OMCA
Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Motor Coach Association will occur from Nov. 10 to 11 in the Ottawa Westin Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive in Ottawa, ON.
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Now online: Marketplace preliminary appointment schedules, manual scheduling
OMCA
Appointment-taking delegates are now able to view preliminary appointment schedules through the Marketplace Online Event Passport. Looking to add additional appointments? Access manual scheduling through the Passport, using the "Message Centre" stamp, until EOD on Tuesday, Oct. 14. For any assistance, please contact us at info@omca.com.
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Sign up for the OMCA Buyer/Seller Round Table
OMCA
This year's Round Table will be held on Monday, Nov. 10, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. If you plan on attending Marketplace and would like to participate, contact Christine Loo at christine@omca.com. The deadline to register is today, Friday, Oct. 10. Further details, including seating arrangements, will be sent out closer to the date.
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OMCA Silent Auction donations due by Oct. 29
OMCA
For donors who have opted to send their donations to the OMCA office, please ensure that all donated items be received no later than Wednesday, Oct. 29. Donors who will be attending Marketplace are kindly asked to bring their item(s) with them to the on-site Silent Auction area. Thank you to all our current and prospective donors! If you would like to make a donation, there is still time — make your donation today by filling out our online form, or contact Rozi Humphrey at rozi@omca.com.
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Crowdfunded Liberty Village bus hits the road
Toronto Star
Dozens of transit-starved Liberty Village residents were expected to boycott public transport and board a crowdfunded bus service to get to work recently. The privately-run bus service, dubbed the Liberty Village Express, was scheduled to ferry about 50 passengers to Union Station during morning rush-hour, co-organizer Brett Chang said.
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Ontario Northland Transportation Commission president resigns
Northern Ontario Business
Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) will transition into a new chapter of operation without president-CEO Paul Goulet. Goulet, who steered the North Bay-based Crown corporation through a rocky phase of restructuring following the Ontario government's divestment decision in 2012, announced his sudden resignation.
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Canadians opt for 'staycations' as loonie plunges this year
Global News
The loonie's decline over the past year may have hit consumers in their pocketbooks as some costs have risen this year. But it's provided a clear lift for one group: domestic tourism operators, like ski resorts, theme parks, hotels and restaurants.
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OPP: Speeding and distracted driving major causes of road deaths
CTV News
Provincial police are blaming distracted driving, speeding, impaired driving and failure to buckle up for the majority of road deaths in Ontario this year. The OPP says these are the "Big Four" in terms of contributing factors in 168 of the 216 road deaths investigated by the force so far in 2014.
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GreenPowerBus touts zero-emission coach
CBC News
A Vancouver bus company is touting its new vehicle as an effective way to cut pollution on the Lower Mainland. GreenPowerBus, founded in Gastown, rolled out its EV350 coach in downtown Vancouver recently, calling it "a bus combined with a Tesla." The company says the zero-emission electric bus has no engine or transmission and can go 250 kilometres on a single charge.
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Transit struggles with North America's move downtown
Toronto Star
The new desire to live — and work — downtown is overwhelming the transit systems of major cities across North America, says a new report by commercial brokerage Cushman & Wakefield. "Toronto isn't alone," says Michael Caplice, senior managing director of Toronto office leasing for the global real estate firm.
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Roads, congestion and transit are key election issues for CAA members
Canada Newswire
On the municipal campaign trail, the conversation around transportation has taken centre stage. As a leading transportation advocate, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) surveyed our members in an effort to determine the municipal issues that matter most to them.
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Public transit expansions fueling development in Vaughan's new downtown
Government of Ontario
Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Vaughan recently to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new office tower at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The government is helping to build up downtown Vaughan with smart investments in public transit.
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Windsor MPPs, transit officials, lawyers highlight lack of bus service for new jail
Windsor Star
Windsor has a brand new jail, but there is no way for visitors or staff to get there if they don't have a car. The closest Transit Windsor bus stop to the 315-bed South West Detention Centre off the 8th Concession is more than three kilometres away at the Walker Road big box centre.

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The demise of the depressing bus station at Dundas and Bay could be at hand
Toronto Life
Recent headlines about a planned new office-tower complex near Union Station tended to focus on the fancy elevated park and new GO bus terminal that are coming as part of Metrolinx's deal with developer Ivanhoé Cambridge.

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5 ways technology could prevent another bus-train crash
Ottawa Citizen
After months of being told that we might never know why an OC Transpo bus ran into a Via Rail train at a level crossing, we suddenly know a great deal about the collision on Sept. 18, 2013.

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Understanding Metrolinx
Torontoist
Among other things, Metrolinx is in charge of high-profile projects such as the Union-Pearson Express train and the entirety of the GO transit system. It's also responsible for everything from the Presto card to bike infrastructure to some of the planning of "mobility hubs" around transit stations.
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Cross-border shopping rose 72 per cent from 2006 to 2012
CBC News
Cross-border shopping by Canadians in the U.S. rose 72 per cent between 2006 and 2012, but still represents less than two per cent of Canadian retail sales, indicate statistics released recently. A study by Statistics Canada estimates Canadians spent about $8 billion Cdn in cross-border shopping in 2012, up from $4.7 billion in 2006.
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The ABCs of 'EZ' group travel
By Judy Connors
When I first entered the travel-planning business, I was fortunate enough to quickly secure a group of senior citizens interested in taking a cruise. It seemed like an easy trip to plan. They wanted to leave from a local port and to have the same category staterooms and the same dining time. Lather, rinse, repeat — right? I could not have been more wrong. A few of the tips I have learned over the past 10 years planning a multitude of groups may help you plan that next group trip, personalized for each individual traveler.
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