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New regulatory requirements for mandatory worker and supervisor awareness training as of July 1, 2014
As of July 1, 2014, employers (with the exception of federally regulated businesses such as extra-provincial bus companies) will have to ensure everyone defined as a "worker" under the Occupational Health & Safety Act completes a basic awareness training program as soon as practicable. This applies regardless of workplace size or sector. The basic awareness training is designed to be delivered in about 45 minutes to one hour.
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Canada-U.S. border crossing not In Obama's budget
The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama has failed to put money in his federal budget proposal for a customs plaza on the Detroit side of a planned $3.5 billion bridge between the U.S. city and Canada. Obama sent his $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget to Congress, but it doesn't include the $250 million cost of a border inspection plaza.
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Global online travel and tourism sales to reach $830 billion in 2017
In his presentation "Game-Changing Technology Key to Capturing the New Online Travel Consumer," Euromonitor's Online Travel expert Angelo Rossini assessed how the mobile channel is re-shaping the travel industry and reviewed the potential for mobile devices, Big Data, peer-to-peer economy and wearable technology in this recession-proof sector. The global online travel market is far from mature in 2014, continuing its steady growth in all travel categories and in all regions, driven by emerging markets but also by healthy performances recorded in the advanced economies.
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  St. Jacobs Model Railway Exhibits!

NEW! St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway. Over 3,000 sq.ft of O-scale railway scenery with both diesel and steam locomotives travelling the tracks as in the 1950s. A must-see for all ages!

Then visit another amazingly detailed HO-scale railway panorama depicting the Village of St. Jacobs much as it did in the 1940s.

Dan McTeague: Fuel hikes to $1.40/litre for gas unlikely
Toronto Star
There's no need to sweat over recent gas price hike predictions just yet. Local news reports late last week claiming it'll cost $1.40 a litre to fill 'er up on regular in Toronto by the end of March are full of hot air, if you ask the experts. "Once again, it's a case of not letting the facts get in the way of a story," said Dan McTeague, former Liberal MP who has run the fuel monitoring website since 2007.
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Case made for extending GO bus service to Brantford
Paris Star
Extending GO Transit bus service to Brantford would good for business, the environment and post-secondary school students. Those are just some of the conclusions contained in a detailed study presented to city councillors recently. The study, prepared by IBI Group, found there is a business case to be made to have GO bus service linking Brantford to Hamilton and Cambridge. It found there are about 8,700 trips between Brantford and Hamilton every day.
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Groups Shouldn't Stay Anywhere Else!

There is no better way to visit Atlantic City - by yourself or with a group - than by bus or motor coach. Hop on one with one of the participating bus companies and you'll receive front-door service to Resorts Casino Hotel.
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Replacing hotel CRCs with mobile service centers
By Linchi Kwok
Not long ago, central reservation centers, or CRCs, brought in the most sales for the hotel and lodging industry, but people now plan trips online and use online travel agents such as Expedia and Priceline. Many hotels have developed enhanced e-commerce sites and guaranteed travelers they could find the best deals on the hotel websites, but hotels are not winning any consumers from OTAs. What is the problem? What can hotels do to get more direct sales? In my opinion, hotels fail to compete with OTAs in the most important battleground — mobile devices.
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Take the bus to Downton Abbey
Museums of Prince Edward County invite you to immerse yourself in Downton Abbey, Monday, March 31. The day tour includes a visit to Toronto's Spadina House for once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the costumes from the wildly popular television series. The exhibit features 20 costumes from the production, a selection of dresses and accessories from the Toronto collection of the same era and Downton Abbey themed tours of the restored Spadina House.
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TriMet rolls out new generation of 'talking buses' to fight distracted walking
The Oregonian
Hoping to wake up the growing number of pedestrians distracted by smartphones and other electronic devices on the street, TriMet will give "talking buses" another try on five bus lines. Currently, audible pedestrian warning systems are used by a just a handful of U.S. transit agencies, but bus drivers across the country are increasingly complaining about near misses with distracted walkers glued to their gadgets, TriMet officials said.
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Ottawa takes home inaugural award for best festival city in Ontario
Ottawa Business Journal
Ottawa has been named the best large city in Ontario for festivals by a non-profit dedicated to promoting those events in the province. Festivals and Events Ontario gave the city its "Best Festival City" award for cities over 200,000 people. This is the first time the award has been given out.

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Getaway Coach Lines sold
The Dubeau family has been transporting residents of Penetanguishene and area since Confederation. It was recently announced they are getting out of the bus business with the sale of Getaway Coach Lines to Hammond Transportation of Bracebridge.

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Driving lessons in snow and winter conditions
By Jack Webber
Driving during the summer and winter are two completely different things. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. I have heard many stories about how such-and-such did not let the weather change how they drove. They are usually the ones who end up in the ditch at the first sign of snow.

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Luxury bus service between oil sands and Edmonton set to offer sleeping cabins, flat screens and a kitchenette
National Post
By running luxurious motor coaches to the heart of northern Alberta, longtime oil sands scaffolder Randy White asserts his proposed bus line will not only save tired, and occasionally drunk Fort McMurray workers from the fiery carnage of Alberta's Highway 63, but do it in high style.
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