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PC leader talks about contracting out GO bus service
For years OMCA has been trying to get the Ontario government to consider partnering with private coach operators for the provision of GO bus services. Unfortunately, the government has repeatedly ignored this idea and has instead increased the scope of GO bus service to the detriment of existing private sector scheduled service in the GTA.

Well, it seems someone has finally heard us and this week PC Leader Tim Hudak openly suggested that part of the way he will achieve his commitment of eliminating 100,000 public sector jobs would be by contracting out GO bus service. Originally this was in answer to a question at an Ottawa lunch speech on Tuesday, but on Wednesday when he officially released his party's election platform document in Toronto, Hudak again mentioned contracting GO services, once in his prepared remarks and once in the Q+A session afterward.

It would appear that GO is one of the PC's favourite examples of a government service that should be contracted out and it is part of the campaign's stock "talking points" when asked about the pledge to eliminate 100,000 public service jobs (out of a current workforce of 1.1 million public servants) — illustrating that while the public service will lose jobs, they will actually be migrated to the private sector rather than eliminated completely.

Caution about the value of any politician's election promises aside, it's definitely an important development in OMCA's long campaign to create a new relationship with GO.
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OMCA's voice is heard at Toronto's roundtable on gridlock and traffic congestion
On February 28, OMCA was one of 21 stakeholder organizations invited by the City of Toronto to participate at a roundtable to discuss gridlock and traffic congestion. Toronto recognizes one of the biggest challenges facing the city is gridlock, and it's essential that elected officials and governments partner with industry stakeholders to develop solutions that will keep people and goods moving efficiently across the city.
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Join us for our 44th Annual Golf Tournament, Aug. 19!
Registration is now open for the 44th Annual OMCA Golf Tournament, to be held on Tuesday, August 19 at Legends on the Niagara, Niagara Falls, ON. For more information or to register now, click here. We encourage all interested members to register early, as we will be on the Battlefield course, which is capped at 150 golfers. All participants will be treated to a BBQ lunch and buffet dinner. Come out and meet new members, re-connect with familiar faces, or sign up to volunteer at the event. Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are available — contact Laura Huether at for more details. We hope to see you all there!
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  New! Block 3 Brewing

Located right in the Village of St. Jacobs, this new micro-brewery brews an all-natural product with ingredients as local and fresh as possible! Being a micro-brewery means they have the ability to create innovative new recipes while maintaining the classics.

Tastings & Tours happily offered to groups by appointment.

Donate now, make a difference! OMCA Golf proceeds to go to Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund
OMCA is delighted to announce that all proceeds from the OMCA Prize Table Draw in August will be donated to the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund. The MLHYF is a great organization that aims to provide opportunities for underprivileged youth to join their classmates on class trips. We are asking our members, regardless of golf participation, to join us in this very worthy cause by making a donation(s) valued at $100 or more, to be raffled off during our golf dinner and awards night. For more information or to make a donation, email us at

From the MLHYF website:
"Every year in Ontario, over 300,000 students hit the road with classmates on their annual school trip. In addition, over 4,500 students are left behind to only imagine what their year-end trip might have been like. It is the mission of the MLH Youth Fund to provide scholarships to disadvantaged Canadian youth under the age of 18 to travel with their classmates on school sanctioned tours. Sponsoring these students to attend their class trip provides inclusion and boosts self-esteem. Inclusion also ensures equality in education beyond the classroom. In Campaign 2000, by Laurel Rothman, an independent survey of students in North Bay states that the impact of poverty goes beyond material deprivation and contributes to social exclusion."

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Have you registered for OMCA Marketplace 2014?
We want to see you in Ottawa, ON, this November for our annual Marketplace at The Westin Ottawa! Click here to register now, and be sure to book your hotel accommodations early! Operators received an e-blast a in March, which included the link for booking under the Buyer block at The Westin; please use that link when making your reservations. For alternate hotels in the OMCA block, please see our Accommodations page. *Please note that all outstanding invoices must be paid before the option to register opens. If you need any assistance, please contact us at the office at or 416-229-6622.
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Buyer Beware: Pointers on internet offers to buy mailing lists
Lately some of you may have seen emails offering the opportunity to download or purchase email lists or similar. Before you sign on the dotted line, we'd just like to bring up a few points to consider.

- Consider the age-old adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Always, always read the fine print.
- While we can't say whether or not a company is legitimate, a good number of them are suspect and are out to get your money — if not immediately, then later by roping you in via other means after first contact. Be suspicious and practice due diligence by researching what information you can find (if any) on the company before proceeding.
- Keep in mind that Canada's Anti-Spam Law will be going into effect July 1, 2014. One of the basic rules requires that senders obtain express or implied consent to send a commercial electronic message to the intended recipient. It's safe to assume that not all email contacts available in these lists were attained legally with consent but rather through data mining or web crawling.

We encourage all members to tread carefully and exercise caution when considering any internet offers, especially those regarding purchasing email lists as a means of growing your database.

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Cheap U.S. buses lure travellers from rails, sky with new frills
Toronto Sun
Forget the grimy terminals and uncomfortable buses of the past. Discount U.S. carriers are luring a new generation of riders from young tourists to business travellers with amenities such as free Internet and leather seats. By offering low prices and picking up passengers curbside in hip neighborhoods, discount bus companies have reversed a long decline in ridership and are gaining ground on trains and planes.
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Rendez-vous Canada 2014: Tourism businesses power Canada's economic engine
Canada Newswire
Rendez-vous Canada RVC, the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)'s premier international tourism marketplace, will enjoy record-breaking attendance this May. The Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., will play host to hundreds of international travel buyers jetting in May 27-30 from 28 countries, including all of CTC's key markets, for close to 24,000 pre-scheduled face-to-face business appointments with Canadian sellers of tourism experiences and products.
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Industry officials ask: Why aren't tourists coming to Quebec?
CTV News
Why aren't American tourists coming to Quebec? That question was kicked around by 300 tourism industry stakeholders at a meeting in Laval, QC, as some expressed concerns that things could get worse before they get better with the upcoming possibility of government cuts to the sector as part of a Liberal austerity program.
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Trucking industry takes hard look at mandatory drug testing
Today's Trucking
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) proposed drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule is not as solid as some in the trucking industry would like it to be. The American Trucking Associations, the National Private Truck Council, National Tank Truck Carriers, the Truckload Carriers Association, the American Bus Association and the United Motorcoach Association and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, have asked FMCSA to issue a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the rule.
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TORONTO 2015 Games creating sports tourism boom in Ontario
Canada Newswire
They may be more than a year away, but the TORONTO 2015 Games are already creating an unprecedented sport tourism boom across Ontario. Forty-five-plus sports competitions — more than half are international in scope — are coming to 16 communities over the next 11 months.

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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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In defence of escorted tours
There are several aspects of travel that annoy me no end: airports' obsession with deodorant, notes in bathrooms urging me to help the hotel save the planet, food poisoning. Few things, though, irritate me as much as the contumely heaped generally upon escorted tours and specifically on coach holidays.

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Commuting from the west: An update on travel options this spring
Brampton Guardian
If you're travelling into Toronto from Mississauga or Brampton or anywhere in GTA West, drivers have the option of three major highways — Hwy. 407 (an express toll route) in the north, Hwy 401 centrally, and the QEW to the south. There's also three lines on the GO Train and the Mississauga MiWay bus system which connects to Islington TTC station and the Long Branch Go Train Station on the Lakeshore West line. For those who fly in to Toronto, the Union Pearson Express air rail link between Pearson International Airport and Union Station is expected to be up and running by 2015.
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