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Get on the Green: Register for the 45th Annual OMCA Golf Tournament
Meet us on the green at Legends on the Niagara on Tuesday, Aug. 18 for the annual OMCA Golf Tournament! Click here to register as a golfer, group, or to sign up as a sponsor. For more details, visit our event page on our website. We hope to see you all there — space is limited, so get your registration in today!
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Donate to the OMCA Golf Tournament and help the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund
Last year OMCA and all participating golfers and attendees successfully raised $2,580 for the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund (MLHYF). This year, we're looking to surpass that number at OMCA's 45th Annual Golf Tournament on Aug. 18. All proceeds will be donated to the MLHYF.

The MLHYF is a great organization that provides opportunities for underprivileged youth to join their classmates on class trips. We are asking our members, regardless of golf participation, to join us once again 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 Rozi Humphrey at

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Driver certification program updates
A) Recognized Authorities who have not submitted course curriculum and/or benchmark compliance audit MTO sent letters on June 17, 2015 to RAs who have not complied with DCP requirements to submit their updated course curriculum and/or benchmark compliance audit. The course curriculum due date was March 31, 2015 and the benchmark compliance audit was due October 30, 2014. MTO has given RAs until June 30 to indicate their intentions of either dropping out of the DCP program or a commitment to fulfil program requirements.
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Change to MTO policy on Vision Results
MTO recently updated their policy regarding the vision section of the medical report. They now allow DriveTest centres to accept the vision results from the medical report to satisfy the driver licensing vision requirement. For example, when drivers are upgrading their licence, if a medical report is presented with a completed vision section, a separate vision test completed by DriveTest is no longer required. If the medical report does not include the vision results, the vision test will be conducted at the DriveTest centre.
Vision reports completed by physicians have always been accepted by the ministry, in addition to those completed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist in accordance with ministry policy.
Commercial drivers are still required to complete a vision test at the DriveTest Centre prior to the renewal of their licence, unless a medical report is submitted at the same time as the renewal, which is very uncommon.

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Industry News

$4.5 million renovation of Rainbow Bridge bus inspection facility complete
Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) recently announced that construction work related to the renovation of the Rainbow Bridge Canadian plaza bus processing facility has been completed. This project encompassed a series of infrastructure enhancements, additional bus queuing and processing space, exterior canopy modifications, relocation of existing boilers, shifting of the Canada-bound Currency Exchange, and additional secondary inspection parking capacity.
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Ontario rejects calls to ease traffic rules for Toronto Pan Am Games
The Globe and Mail
The first day of new regulations meant to ease travel on Toronto roadways for those connected to the Pan Am Games has many commuters fuming, prompting Mayor John Tory to renew his call for the province to relax the rules. The Ontario government, however, poured cold water on the notion.
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Study: Electric vehicles way to save billions, cut greenhouse gases
Toronto Sun
Ontario residents could save billions of dollars in fuel costs and significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions during the next few decades by increasing the use of vehicles powered by electricity and natural gas, a new study says. The study by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology suggests greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by more than 100 million tonnes by 2050.
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Minister: We'll fix northern winter road maintenance
Better snow clearing and the ability to see the condition of highways were among promises made recently by Steven Del Duca, Ontario's Minister of Transportation, as he released the province's Winter Highway Maintenance Action Plan. The plan is in response to the Auditor General of Ontario Bonnie Lysyk's report on winter highway maintenance which said that, although the MTO has been successful in reducing escalating winter maintenance costs, it now takes longer to clear highways during and after a storm, making them less safe for motorists.
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Metrolinx: Yonge subway relief will last only about 15 years
Toronto Star
Relief is in sight for TTC riders of the sardine subway on Yonge St. But the breathing room won't last. In 15 years, the TTC will again reach a tipping point where the spine of its system won't be able to handle the crowds, according to a Yonge Relief Network Study by Metrolinx.
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Infrastructure Ontario spending billions this year
Metro News
Infrastructure Ontario's to-do list reads like a politician's wish list. The provincial agency responsible for overseeing the financing and construction of public works, which has completed $12 billion in projects in the first decade of its existence, has $15 billion under construction, and an additional $8 billion in planning stages.
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Toronto drivers find ways around much-maligned HOV lanes
The Globe and Mail
Some brought their kids downtown just to fill the back seats. Others tried to incite rebellion, calling on fellow solo drivers to use the new high occupancy vehicle lanes en masse. On the second day after the HOV lanes came into force in Southern Ontario — an attempt to reduce traffic heading into the Pan American Games — drivers were already scheming to find ways around the new restrictions.
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OPP enforce new bus lanes on Highway 417
580 CFRA
Ontario Provincial Police are stepping up their enforcement of the new bus lanes on Highway 417 between Nicholas and the Split. They're ensuring traffic is flowing smoothly, with the transition of more than 120 buses per hour during peak periods, from the eastern Transitway onto the Queensway.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    GO Transit confirms West Harbour station opening (CHCH)
OSSTF plans to cease extracurricular activities across the province (Toronto Sun)
Media tour of Unified Transportation Coordination Centre for Pan Am / Parapan Am Games (Government of Ontario)

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