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Ontario Tories support some road tolls to fund transit expansion
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's Progressive Conservatives are eyeing road tolls in high-occupancy-vehicle lanes as part of a traffic management plan to break the crippling gridlock around Toronto. The Tories are also championing synchronized traffic lights, fluctuating speed limits on expressways and having the authorities clear minor traffic accidents out of the way faster.
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Conference Board predicts increase in tourism visits to Ottawa for 2014
Ottawa Business Journal
Overnight visits to Ottawa will increase next year after a modest jump in 2013, according to a new forecast by the Conference Board of Canada. The think tank predicts that the number visitors to the region will increase 2.8 next year to over 4.6 million.
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Ontario Lottery looking to expand in Niagara Falls with entertainment centre
The Province
Ontario Lottery and Gaming wants to more than triple the size of its casino operations in Niagara Falls with a new entertainment centre. The government-run agency has put out a request for information from companies to build a 5,000-seat "privately funded multipurpose entertainment centre" that is larger than either Casino Windsor or Casino Rama near Orillia.
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Ontario wines can be sold at farmers' markets
CBC News
Ontario is joining British Columbia in relaxing provincial liquor laws to allow homegrown wines to be sold at farmers' markets. VQA wines, which are made only with Ontario grapes, will be available along with seasonal vegetables and fruits, Wynne said.
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Wellness tourism continues growth into $439 million industry
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Living well is a constant human endeavor, but never has the concept gotten more boost than it has with the rise and growth of wellness tourism. A recent report by SRI International in conjunction with the Global Spa & Wellness Summit revealed that wellness tourism is a $438.6 billion industry today. The rapid rise shows that more people are opting for focused tours and trips that will directly benefit their health in some way. The figures also show that almost 14 per cent of all domestic and international tourism expenditures can be attributed to wellness tourism.
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Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario supports provincial government's announcement strengthening wine industry
Canada Newswire
The Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario announced its support for Premier Kathleen Wynne's new Wine and Grape Strategy for the industry. The decision by the Government of Ontario to invest $15 million per year — $75 million over five years — to support Ontario wine is a significant investment for a key industry in the province.
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Travel to Canada was up 0.6 per cent in fall
Daily Business Buzz
Statistics Canada has revealed its latest tourism stats. Stats Can says travel to Canada rose 0.6 per cent in October to 2.1 million trips, led by an increase in visits from the United States. The agency says travel by overseas visitors fell 0.4 per cent in October to 393,000.
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Calgary tourism rebounds after floods
Calgary Herald
Calgary will lead all Canadian cities in spending growth related to overnight visits after seeing a quick 2013 turnaround following the June floods, says the Conference Board of Canada. It estimates 2013 overnight visits will reach 3.4 million, a 1.6 per cent increase from the previous year, and is predicting a further four per cent jump in 2014.

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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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Gardiner Expressway repairs will slow traffic for years
Toronto Star
The future of the crumbling Gardiner Expressway may remain unclear but one thing is certain: short-term repairs to downtown Toronto's main commuter artery can't wait. There are currently eight projects underway along the 18-kilometre highway: more than $100 million worth of fixes from repairing off-ramps and medians to replacing of 800 metres of actual elevated roadway.

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Back to work: How to start 2014 right
By Jessica Taylor
As you go through the rush of the holidays and entertaining guests, the last thing on your mind is work. But as you return to your office for the new year and see the pile of work, unanswered emails and missed calls, it can become overwhelming. You might come to the conclusion that you don't want to start this all over again. It happens to even the most passionate, dedicated employee. Getting back into the groove after a holiday can be hard. But you will get out of the holiday mindset, so let's get started with four tips for getting back to work.
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