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Ontario considering major changes to court system
The Ministry of the Attorney General has issued a discussion paper raising the potential introduction of an administrative monetary penalty system (AMPS) for traffic-related provincial and municipal offences as an alternative to the existing court system. Under the proposed system, which really boils down to a government cost savings measure, AMPS penalties are imposed without a court hearing and represents a shift to a civil (rather than a quasi-criminal) mechanism for enforcing compliance with regulatory requirements. The AMPS process is already in place in Ontario for some environmental infractions. OMCA shares concerns expressed by the OTA that that an AMPS system runs contradictory to the fundamental principles of natural justice and the right to be presumed innocent before proven guilty.

A main concern is that the AMPS system could potentially lead to reduced accountability of the enforcement community, resulting in a significant increase in CVOR points and potentially higher insurance costs. While the discussion paper suggests other protection will be put in place for contested penalties, such as the right to be heard by an "unbiased" administrative hearing officer, the AMPS system will eliminate discretionary powers and personal interaction between carriers and the enforcement community. OMCA will monitor this issue and participate in future discussions with government and other affected stakeholders to ensure industry concerns are reflected in any potential changes to the legal system.
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Tunnel bus route changes could speed up border crossing
CBC News
Transit Windsor's tunnel bus will soon take a different route to the tunnel entrance, speeding up the time it takes to cross the border, according to transit officials. Starting in a few weeks the bus will no longer use the tunnel entrance off of Wyandotte Street in order to avoid the line of cars waiting to clear customs.
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Ontario awards $1.2 billion contract to build provincially-owned stretch of Highway 407
National Post
Ontario has awarded a $1.2 billion contract for the completion of Highway 407 East, a provincially owned portion of the toll road. Blackbird Infrastructure has signed a deal with the government to design, build, finance and maintain the final phase of the project.
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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 companies and you'll receive front-dorr service to Resorts Casino Hotel.

Can Toronto solve its traffic woes with big data?
Toronto mayor John Tory recently announced that the city would begin looking at big data solutions to try and cure its famous traffic woes. "We're going to get us out of the clicker and clipboard business and into the 21st century," he said. The mayor said the city will hire a big data team leader to investigate ways it can ease the gridlock that results from people coming and going to and from places like Markham and Vaughan and Oakville.
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Asphalt task force formed to improve Ontario's roads
CBC News
As a rash of potholes are flooding the streets across the province, the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA), a group representing producers and suppliers of asphalt cement, has formed a task force to investigate the quality of the product. The task force was formed to review the pavement quality across Ontario and make recommendations to improve it.
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Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: Business owners advised to be prepared
Plan ahead: this is the message given to business owners in Scarborough and across Toronto for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, with not much time to left until Canada's largest sporting event begins.

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Hammond Transportation honoured after 70 years
Bracebridge council honoured hometown business Hammond Transportation during a special presentation. Mayor Graydon Smith honoured Greg and his father, company founder Orville Hammond, with a certificate and a memento, in the form of a framed plaque, on behalf of council with thanks for dedicated service to the town and continuing best wishes for the future.

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End of the road for 2 ONTC motor coach drivers
North Bay Nugget
Two motor coach drivers with Ontario Northland Transportation Commission will be off the bus after receiving temporary layoff notices two days earlier. This news comes at the same time the ONTC confirmed it was reducing its workforce by 21 people.

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Businesses want Ottawa to stimulate Ontario's economy
The Record
With the federal government soon to present its next budget, every Ontario business must be wondering what it can expect in terms of budgetary measures that will help stimulate and grow the provincial economy. It's no surprise, of course, that Ontario's economy has been sluggish of late, with even the fall in the value of the dollar not providing the kick needed to get the economy growing.
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Navigate to great times in Lambton County

 Bordered by the sparkling blue waters of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, Sarnia & Lambton County is in the heart of the Great Lakes region. There are countless reasons to visit Sarnia

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Redefining 'tourists' in the Haliburton Highlands
Minden Times
Haliburton County is asking area business owners to re-examine the way they define tourism, and tourists. The provincial government defines anyone who travels more than 40 kilometres in one direction as a tourist, "which could be any of us, going anywhere," tourism director Amanda Virtanen told councillors at a recent tourism committee meeting.
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Toronto traffic: A map of road construction affecting the GTA
Toronto Star
Driving in the city can be painful. Find out which routes to avoid with the Star's GTA road construction map for a more tolerable trip.
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Ontario investing $25 million in cycling infrastructure
The Manitoulin Expositor
The announcement that the province was moving forward with a $25 million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly future for the province was greeted as no joking matter for the province's cycling community. The announced funding is part of Ontario's 20-year CycleON strategy.
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High Park area residents consider traffic, parking impact in advance of the Pan Am Games
Some High Park area residents said they are debating whether or not to stay in the city during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games' men's and women's road cycling races, which take place July 25 and Aug. 8. These are free, unticketed events, which originate out of the games' Ontario Place West Channel, near Exhibition Place.
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