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In Memoriam: Ken Somerville
We would like to extend our condolences to the family of former OMCA Chair Ken Somerville, who passed away peacefully at The Grove, Arnprior on May 3, 2014 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy. Loving father of Karyn (Brian) Lockhart and the late Pamela Ann. Cherished grandfather of Kyle and Kristy Lockhart. Dear uncle of Jim Schmidt (Manny) and Debbi Marscher (Bill). A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute or Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated. Condolences can be sent to
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URGENT: RFP for Pan Am bus services to be issued soon
Please be advised that TO2015 will be releasing a Request for Proposal (RFP) on or around 09 May 2014 for the provision of bus services for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in July and August of 2015. The TO2015 bus system may utilize a combination of motor coaches, transit style buses, school buses and accessible buses, providing transportation for Pan Am and Parapan Am Games participants including but not limited to, athletes, media, coaches, team officials, referees and judges.

The purpose of the Request for Proposal will be to contract with bus providers with high quality equipment that can fulfill their requirements for reliable, safe and within budget transportation operations of TO2015. Based upon standards used in other large events, TO2015 will set a fair market rate for each category.

The RFP will be posted on MERX on or around Friday, May 9 2014 and will close at 13:00 Friday, May 30, 2014.

Please note that any questions relating to the proposal on Merx can be addressed to Mr. Nav Das at

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New hotels posted for Marketplace 2014
We have posted new information on additional hotels for Marketplace 2014. Our overflow hotels to date are The Lord Elgin Hotel (a 39-year member with OMCA) and Les Suites Hotel Ottawa — both are in close proximity to the host hotel, The Westin Ottawa. We encourage all current and prospective delegates to check our Accommodations page online on our website for any updates as they come up if you have not yet made your reservations.
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  St. Jacobs Exhibits, Craft Studios
Discover one-of-a-kind crafts and unique exhibits.

You know St. Jacobs as a shopper’s paradise but mingled among the boutiques are treasures of another kind. Visit The Mill to see a model railway, Maple Syrup Museum, Quilt Gallery and exhibits depicting the village’s pioneering past. In artist studios, find handmade brooms, pottery, quilts, glass, original art & more.

Toronto's Lower Simcoe/Queens Quay partial intersection closure, May 7-22
As part of the Queens Quay revitalization project, the Lower Simcoe and Queens Quay intersection will be closed to northbound and southbound traffic from May 7 to May 22 to construct a new TTC streetcar corridor across the intersection. Westbound traffic on Queens Quay will be maintained through the intersection on the south side of the street — and all driveways on the north and south side of Queen Quay will remain open. Lower Simcoe will remain open between Lake Shore and Queens Quay with full access to all driveways however southbound access to Queens Quay from Lower Simcoe will be closed. Vehicles traveling southbound to Queens Quay may use Yonge Street, Bay Street, York Street, Rees Street, Lower Spadina Avenue or Dan Leckie Way. Vehicles traveling northbound from the Queens Quay/Lower Simcoe area (including those exiting the Harbourfront Centre Parking Garage) will be diverted to Rees Street or Dan Leckie Way. More information about this construction will be included in the weekly Waterfront Toronto Queens Quay construction update. You may subscribe online at Email with questions or call the Queens Quay hotline 416-214-9990.
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Study: Video monitors in trucks, buses could save lives
USA Today
Installing video-based safety monitors in the nation's fleet of large trucks and buses could reduce fatal crashes in which the truck or bus driver was at fault by more than 20 per cent a year and save 801 lives, according to new research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. At-fault truck and bus injury crashes could be cut by more than 35 per cent, eliminating 39,000 injuries, researchers found.
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Why Detroit-Windsor bridge could become Canada's white elephant
The Globe and Mail
It risks becoming a very expensive bridge to nowhere. At issue is the long-planned, and even longer-discussed, new bridge linking Windsor and Detroit — one of the busiest border crossings in the world. The whole project is slated to cost $3.4-billion. But all of it — the span, a Canadian customs plaza and highway links on both sides of the border — could become the largest white elephant in Canadian history.
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Ontario Election 2014: Public transit not a tough sell to motorists
The Huffington Post
If you build it, they will come. That was the message Premier Kathleen Wynne was broadcasting recently while touting her plan to spend billions on public transit, roads and bridges if her Liberals are re-elected. "People want more public transit," she said during a stop at a site where construction is underway for a new Toronto light-rail line.
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Motorcoaches are the greenest form of transportation
American Bus Association
A new report by commissioned by the American Bus Association Foundation and conducted by M.J. Bradley and Associates shows that, when it comes to fuel efficiency and carbon emissions, motorcoaches are the cleanest mode of transportation. The study compares motorcoaches to 11 other modes, including intercity rail (Amtrak), transit buses, commuter rail, domestic air travel and private automobiles.
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Travel agents 2.0: Making luxury travel better with special expertise
When high-end travel agent Chad Clark started "certifying" various travel experiences he was just trying to provide another level of personalized service for his demanding clients. But it turned out he was onto the biggest trend in the luxury travel business.
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How do you market to millennials? Authenticity, experience and free Wi-Fi
Travel Pulse
Virtually everyone in business must now come to terms with millennials, who they are and what they like. Here are some varying and sometimes seemingly contradictory tips from the field of a very inexact science.
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6 All-American Roads that you simply can't miss
By Dave G. Houser
America's network of 150 National Scenic Byways lead to the heart and soul of this great country of ours — from the rugged tip of Maine to the California coast and from the colorful canyons of Utah to the Florida Keys. The truly unique and outstanding byways are designated All-American Roads. There are currently 31 of them scattered across 28 states from coast to coast. Let's take a spin along six different All-American Roads to learn how and why these iconic motorways gained their lofty status. Whatever you and your travel companions might be seeking, these All-American Roads will meet your expectations and more.
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Tourism board focusing on U.S. visitors
Bullet News Niagara
Niagara Falls Tourism is putting a focus on attracting more visitors from the U.S. with about $750,000 that will be used for marketing south of the border. An extended winter that has overlapped with the regular tourism season has slowed things down a little, but the outlook is positive, says board chair Wayne Thomson.
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Stock pulls its school buses out of Eastern Ontario
Ottawa Sun
Ottawa's school bus industry is getting thrown under the bus. International transportation giant Stock Transportation, which has had the Ottawa area contract since 1991, said it would be closing its Ottawa operations, and issuing layoff notices to hundreds of its bus drivers after negotiations with the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority, a consortia member of the Ministry of Education, collapsed.
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What to do if you just can't wait until the next rest stop
The Globe and Mail
Sometimes, you can't wait for the next gas station or rest stop (or don't know when it's coming) and you have to pee at the side of the road. Especially if you have kids in the car — sometimes they just can't wait. Is it illegal, even if you find some bushes or if nobody else is coming down the road?

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Celebrating a lifetime of bus travel
The Chronicle Herald
I've loved buses ever since I was a child, whether the sleek long-distance Greyhound coaches that carried me across the continent twice in my much-travelled 20s, or municipal buses all over the world, from tiny trolleys to massive double-deckers.

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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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Exciting season of Doors Open Ontario events ahead!
Canada Newswire
The Doors Open Ontario 2014 season officially kicked off with events in four communities — Guelph, Peterborough, Whitby and Hamilton. This year's program features hundreds of communities participating in 49 province-wide events. Every year from May to October, communities across the province open the doors to hundreds of historical buildings, places of worship, museums, private homes, industrial areas, green buildings, heritage gardens and other interesting venues — some of which are rarely accessible to the public.
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Top 5 must-have hotel amenities
The Province
Not every hotel has a pillow butler or tanning assistant on staff, but there are certain amenities travellers have come to expect with their accommodations. recently surveyed 1,000 people to rank 33 different hotel amenities to determine which were the most important to guests.
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