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Late breaking news about OTE!
While Minister Wynne is not able to appear on Monday morning as scheduled, OTE is pleased to report that Transportation Minister Glen Murray has accepted OTE's invitation to address delegates at breakfast on Wednesday, April 16. The Minister was unable to accept an invitation to speak in the Premier's time slot on Monday morning but has re-arranged his schedule in order to join us on the final day of OTE. He is expected to talk about some of the issues raised in the Premier's announcement on Monday, April 14 at the Board of Trade in Toronto. There will also be an opportunity for questions following the Minister's talk. Also, OTE is please to advise that the President of Ontario's Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, David Marshall has agreed to make the WSIB presentation on Monday morning at 9:45 AM. This promises to be a very interesting session on “emerging issues in workers compensation and how they will impact you." For anyone who hasn't registered but wants to attend OTE, there's still a few spaces left. Check out the detailed program at To register go to Alternatively, you can come to the hotel on Monday morning and OTE staff will be happy to register you on-site.
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CAA South Central Ontario reinforces calls for dedicated funding from provincial gas tax
Canada Newswire
This winter will likely be remembered as the worst winter in the last 20 years. The fluctuating freeze-thaw cycle over the past four months has littered Ontario roads with crater-sized potholes resulting in teeth-rattling rides for road users. With so many roads across the province in need of dire repairs, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is urging the Ontario government to permanently dedicate a portion of the revenue collected from gas taxes to fixing our roads, bridges and highways.
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Transforming the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission
Government of Ontario
Ontario will continue to operate the motor coach, Polar Bear Express, rail freight, and refurbishment services of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) as a government-owned transportation company. The province will make new strategic investments to ensure ONTC's transportation services and infrastructure continue to support economic growth in northeastern Ontario.
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Why Toronto's roads are full of holes this winter
The Globe and Mail
The 29 Dufferin bus is a bone-rattling ride northbound from the Dufferin Gate loop. It weaves its way around parked cars, pylons and potholes — up one of Ontario's worst roads for the past seven years. Dufferin Street has held the top spot on Ontario's Worst Roads list since 2012, after five years in the top 10. The designation comes from the CAA's annual campaign that asks people to vote for the road that needs the most improvements; these are then inspected by the Ontario Road Builders Association so the information can be shared with municipalities.
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CRA shuts online service to guard against Heartbleed bug
Business News Network
The Heartbleed security bug has forced Canada's tax agency to block public access to its online services just three weeks ahead of the deadline for filing personal income tax. Ontario Transportation Ministry Glen Murray said he will meet with top ministry officials to determine if the database of licence information is vulnerable to Heartbleed.
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Study: OC Transpo buses shouldn't stop at open railway crossings
CBC News
OC Transpo buses should not stop at railway crossings when warning lights aren't activated because it might be more dangerous to do so, according to a study by road safety experts. The study from MMM Group consultants suggested forcing transit buses to stop could increase the likelihood a train would strike a bus, create a larger workload for bus drivers and create a higher chance of crashes between buses.
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An experience-driven marketplace
Travel Weekly
It used to be that tour operators' product development teams would travel the world to find appealing suppliers (a well-situated hotel here, an experienced transfer company there) with which they could contract attractive group rates that would in turn help them develop competitive tour packages. Of course, that's still a critical component of the job. But in recent years, an increasingly consuming element of product development has been finding local experiences to incorporate into itineraries.
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The mark of a successful bus trip
By Mark Hewitt
I have just returned from a successful two-day trip out to Wisconsin. It was made successful by several factors, and they all had to work hand-in-hand for it to be that way. The only issue we had was that I got close to my daily driving limit, and I wasn't sure if the group leader knew that. When he planned the trip he forgot to allow for the time it takes me to get from my base to the first pickup location. Anyway, I arrived at the pickup location, and I realized I had been here before last year. I wondered if it was going to be the same guy leading this trip as the last one. I didn't have long to wait though. I was early and so was he.
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GTA's sees distribution deal with Hilton Worldwide go live
Breaking Travel News
Travel agents and tour operators will be able to accommodate travellers in even more parts of the world as GTA puts more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide properties in 90 countries onto its online booking platforms. The dynamic distribution partnership cements GTA's reputation as the leading wholesaler of accommodation, services, tours and activities for fully independent travel across the globe.
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Vet your travel agency's vendors
By Anne Rose
How do you decide which vendors you choose to work with? There are thousands of tour operators, hotels, excursion companies, cruiselines and transfer companies all vying for your patronage. Are they equally worthy of your business? Are they equally trustworthy to deliver exactly as promised? Are they equally profitable? The travel partners you choose reflect your brand, your reputation, your integrity. Your perfectly-designed vacations are meaningless to the client if not executed flawlessly by your contributing vendors.
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Driven to distraction on the road
Metro News
According to the CAA, you are 23 times more likely to be in a crash or near-crash compared with non-texting drivers. Driving while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Administration Safety Administration.
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Municipalities push back against Ontario's private roads stands
The Manitoulin Expositor
The new Manitoulin Official Plan is still on hold as the Manitoulin Planning Board waits to have issues raised with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing resolved such as Lake Manitou being deemed at capacity for development, deer yard area designation and the policies regarding property severances and development on private roads and unopened road allowances, with the latter issues being of particular concern for Island municipalities at present.
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Group pushing city to close major stretch of Bloor Street (Toronto) for Open Streets festival
A proposal to turn a 9.3 kilometre stretch of Bloor Street into a pedestrian mall on select Sundays this summer has resulted in gridlock at city hall, but organizers say they are still hopeful the idea will get a green light. Open Streets TO is pushing to close Bloor Street to vehicular traffic from Parkside Drive to Logan Avenue on four Sunday mornings in July and August.

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ONroute centres on-track for complete revamp
Daily Commercial News
Site contamination and public safety were some of the biggest concerns when creating the new ONroute service centres along Ontario's Highways 400 and 401. Following a competitive request for qualifications process, four companies were qualified to redevelop and operate 20 service centres. Two of the qualified bidders declined to participate in the request for proposals process because of the centres' poor conditions.

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Niagara border crossings could see less bus congestion
About six years ago, OMCA met with US and Canadian border crossing officials responsible for the three Niagara crossings and proposed a web-based coach arrival scheduling system. OMCA put forward the idea as a way for US CBP and CBSA to more effectively schedule staff to meet bus traffic volumes, and to distribute bus traffic more evenly across the three border crossings.

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read more introduces reserved seating
Digital Journal, the popular city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, plus a reservation fee, recently announced a new reserved-seating program to/from select cities in North America. The new service option allows customers to choose from 10 popular seats for a nominal fee.
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