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MTO will stop treating 'restricted use' defects as 'out-of-service' defects
OMCA
Years ago, MTO developed a list of passenger-safety related bus equipment defects that, if discovered by an MTO officer during a facility visit or on-road inspection, results in the bus being placed into "restricted use." Once in "restricted use" the bus can still be operated but passengers cannot be carried, or in some cases, passengers can be carried if the defective component (loose seat, defective loading ramp, etc.) isn't required on that trip. A few of the "restricted use" items are:
• Inoperative heaters
• Missing first aid kit
• Defective wheelchair loading ramp
• Missing fire extinguisher
• Loose passenger seat (no passenger allowed in that seat or the one behind it)
• Mirror improperly adjusted

The problem is that when an MTO officer fills out their Inspection Report, the "restricted use" code is entered in the "out of service" box, which means that it shows up as "out of service" on the operator's CVOR. Ontario's bus industry objected to this practice as it deviates from the North American Standard Out of Service Criteria that Ontario subscribes to. Also, a "restricted use" defect is not an indication that the bus is not roadworthy. It unfairly inflates an operator's OOS rate and results in unfair comparisons. Insurance companies, tour operators, charter groups, etc. interpret an "out of service" event on CVOR abstracts as a serious mechanical defect, so serious the bus is unsafe to operate, which is not the case with most "restricted use" defects.

Last week, MTO announced they will stop the practice of recording "restricted use" defects as "out of service" defects. As of April 1, 2014 a “restricted use” defect will be noted on the inspection report as a violation, but it will not show up on the operator's CVOR as an "out of service" event.
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Fund public transit through up to 10-cents-per-litre gas tax hike, Ontario advisory panel recommends
National Post
Anne Golden recommended a three cent gas tax to rise to 10 cents in eight years, province wide as she released Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel report at the University of Toronto. 54 per cent of that cash will fund transit in GTHA and the other 46 per cent will fund infrastructure improvements in the rest of Ontario.
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Tourists to pay new fee under Canada's proposed online screening plan
The Globe and Mail
Millions of visitors to Canada would be charged a new fee under a proposed electronic security screening plan. The federal government is soliciting public comment on the plan to introduce online travel applications as part of the sweeping perimeter security pact with the United States.
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Muskoka community hopes to draw tourists along colourful quilt trail
CTV News
A unique project in cottage country will put a small community on the map, while sharing its history at the same time. It's a labour of love for the people behind the barn quilt trail. Lynn Wilson is one of many people who have logged countless hours over the past year helping to create the trail just outside of Gravenhurst.
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U.S. may allow snowbirds to stay longer without visa
CP24
If you're a Canadian snowbird, you gotta love New York Senator Charles Schumer. Not only was he one of the loudest opponents of the recently rejected proposal to charge Canadians a border crossing fee, but he's also leading the charge to push new legislation through the U.S. Congress that will make it possible for Canadians aged 55 and older to extend their stays in the U.S. to 240 days or approximately eight months without a visa.
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Think tank: Metrolinx's Big Move is the wrong move
Toronto Star
Transit plans for Scarborough — be they LRT or subway — are fatally flawed because they cost too much and will deliver too few riders, says a comprehensive new study obtained by the Star. And the downtown relief subway line — the TTC's number one transit priority — is a multi-billion-dollar waste of money that could be avoided by creating a $100 million GO Transit shuttle service, says the report done for the Neptis Foundation, a think-tank on Canadian urban issues operating in Toronto.
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Taking advantage of online reviews
By Suzanne Mason
Once upon a time, word of mouth was one of the most important ways to drive business. With the click of a button, a consumer can either drive business to a hotel or drive it away by posting an online review. Recently, at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show in New York, industry experts from TripAdvisor, Worldhotels and Yelp spoke about the importance of online reviews. And here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to online reviews.
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Trillium grant fosters exploration of the arts
Oshawa Express
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has handed over a $167,100 grant to help support the Robert McLaughlin Gallery's mandate of sharing, exploring and engaging with various communities through the continuing story of modern and contemporary Canadian art.
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French village of Saint-Emilion draws visitors with wine, charms with history
The Gazette
As visitors tread the winding cobblestone streets of the ancient French village of Saint-Emilion, there's no doubt they're in wine country. The cluster of medieval buildings atop a hill amidst the rolling vineyards of the Bordeaux region is dotted with cellars, stores and restaurants all advertising their best bottles from the UNESCO world heritage site.

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Doug Ford calls police on bus tour Rob Ford impersonator
Metro News
Coun. Doug Ford filmed, followed and called the police on a Mayor Rob Ford impersonator, accusing him of "stalking" the Fords' mother — a charge the actor calls "ludicrous." Speaking at City Hall, Ford acknowledged he called the cops and confronted the mayoral mimic, who was stationed at the end of the cul-de-sac on Weston Wood Rd. as part of a comedy troupe's Ford-themed bus tour of Etobicoke.

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Bus driver saves woman from jumping off bridge
The Globe and Mail
A bus driver is being hailed as a hero for preventing a woman from jumping off a bridge over a Buffalo highway. Darnell Barton stopped his bus over the Scajaquada Expressway when he saw the women standing on the wrong side of the guardrail.

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Big family vacation ideas
CP24
Here's a look at 10 great trip ideas that kids, parents and grandparents can enjoy together. From relaxed holidays to adventure vacations, here are some awesome ideas the entire family will love.
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Tour bus trip to New Orleans: Part I
By Jack Webber
This was to be my first epic trip. It would be a grand total of 1,346 miles across six states and taking just under one full day of travel time, including stops. I was driving down to New Orleans for three days for a major conference there. For this trip I needed a co-driver so we could make it in one go without having to stop overnight anywhere. This worked well with us taking four-hour shifts behind the wheel and four hours in the bunk that had been fitted just for the trip.
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Santa Claus is alive and well at the North Pole — Alaska, that is
By Laura Weaver
While driving our RV through Alaska on our way to Fairbanks from Tok, we found ourselves in North Pole. Yes, there really is a North Pole, Alaska. The town was originally named because the townspeople were trying to entice a toy manufacturer to settle there. Even though that didn't happen, the town of North Pole not only survived, but thrived — in part because of RV travellers.
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