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Thank you for another successful Golf Tournament!
OMCA would like to thank everyone who sponsored, participated in and contributed to the 44th Annual OMCA Golf Tournament this week. We hope everybody enjoyed the beautiful weather, good food, and great company. This year's tournament raised support and awareness for the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund, which provides disadvantaged Canadian youth the chance to travel with their classmates on school sanctioned tours. Thanks to your support, we raised $2,580 for the MLHYF!

Thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters:
- Dinner sponsors: Prevost and Casino Rama
- Platinum Sponsors: Casino Niagara, Duty Free Americas, Fallsview Casino & Resort, MCI, and the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation
- Gold Sponsors: Can-ar Coach, City View Bus Sales, Coach Canada, Crestline, Pacific Western Transportation, PeopleNet, Sound Insurance, Travelers Canada, Tiremaster & Michelin, Zurich Insurance, Wajax Power Systems, and Greyhound.
- Silver Sponsors: Country Inn of Lancaster, Magnes, TICO and Q'Straint

A special thanks to Legends on the Niagara for hosting the tournament, to the OMCA Golf Committee, to all of our members who provided the great prizes for our prize table, and to all of the volunteers who made this event possible. We hope to see you all again next summer!
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Register for Marketplace: Appointment selections begin Sept. 16!
The OMCA Marketplace Passport went live on Aug. 12; appointment selections will begin on September 16. Don't wait to sign up, click here to register now. If you need any assistance, please contact us at the office at or 416-229-6622.
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Bridge authority studying tolling options for new Windsor-Detroit crossing
Windsor Star
A nearly $1 million contract to determine the best way to toll motorists and warn them about traffic congestion on the much-anticipated Windsor-Detroit bridge was awarded recent by the newly formed group overseeing the ambitious project. In one of its first announcements since forming almost, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority said it has hired Delcan Corporation to come up with a preliminary design for both tolling and intelligent transportation systems that will warn drivers about poor weather, traffic accidents and other congestion problems once the bridge is open.
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Distracted driving a growing problem
CTV News
According to the Ontario Provincial Police, distracted driving is likely going to become an even bigger problem on our roads. Between 2002 and 2011, the Ministry of Transportation is reporting a 39 per cent increase in deaths resulting from inattentive and distracted driving and a 26 per cent spike in injuries as well.
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GO plans to add more bus services
With September fast approaching, GO Transit has announced it will add more service by the end of the month. More bus trips are promised by the regional transit agency, including a new weekend bus route between York University and the University of Waterloo when the modified GO schedule goes into effect.
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Come Find Your Happy Place

Here in Lafayette, Louisiana we’re smiling from ear to ear thanks to Wall Street Journal’s naming us the ‘Happiest City in America’. That’s in large part because we’re known for letting the good times roll. With our distinctive blend of food, music and culture it’s no wonder people are heading down south with a smile on their face.

Ontario's 20-year graduated licensing system has saved lives, but experts say more can be done
Caledon Enterprise
Canada's graduated licensing system has been heralded as the "gold standard" since Ontario became the first North American jurisdiction in 1994 to introduce the legislation. But 20 years later, the Ontario government has failed to adopt recommendations that experts say would lead to further safety benefits.
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Viva Bus Rapid Transit Project wins Project of the Year Award from American Public Works Association
Canada Newswire
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Project of the Year Award for the Highway 7 Viva Bus Rapid Transit (rapidway) project in The Town of Richmond Hill for a transportation project valued greater than $75 million. "We are proud the vivaNext rapidway project along Highway 7 has been selected for this prestigious award," said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.
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Police in Ottawa, Gatineau lay more than 500 road safety charges in July
Metro News
Police in Ottawa and Gatineau laid more than 500 charges against road users in the month of July as both forces stepped up enforcement on cycling safety and red light infractions. Ottawa police laid 66 charges relating to cycling safety and 187 charges for road users running red lights.
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Highway 410 to undergo massive makeover
If you thought the commute along Highway 410 was hard now, you might want to brace for the traffic headaches to come as the province embarks on major roadwork. Ontario's Transport Ministry confirmed Tuesday that road crews are gearing up to start on new improvements to the highway, including adding High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and general-purpose lanes in addition to commuter parking lots in Brampton and Mississauga.
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Metrolinx working on a major development proposal that would see Toronto get a new bus terminal
National Post
Metrolinx and real-estate firm Ivanhoé Cambridge are working on a major development proposal anchored around a Bay Street parking lot that would include mixed-use office space and a new bus terminal.

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Company disputes Toronto's private parking ticket ban
Toronto Star
It's been 10 years since the city banned private parking tickets, but the yellow slips that closely resemble Toronto city tickets keep showing up under windshield wipers across town. They're popular in strip malls in Scarborough and Etobicoke, especially the ones immediately across from hospitals, where people duck across the street to avoid the expensive parking.

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Police crackdown: No booze on party buses
Maple Ridge News
The party bus industry received a stern reminder from police and the province last week to keep alcohol off their rolling discos as graduation season approaches. After six years of tirelessly lobbying the province to regulate the burgeoning industry, Julie Raymond and her daughter Danielle believe they are finally being heard.

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Live: Every traffic camera in Toronto and Ontario
We've merged the automatic camera feeds from Ontario's Ministry of Transportation and the City of Toronto's own system to create a single unified vision of Toronto traffic. We've also overlayed Google's own traffic colour-coding on top of that. It's a single view of how traffic is flowing across the entire GTA.
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School bus info goes online in new Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario website
Cornwall Standard Freeholder
Worried if your school bus is running late, or better yet, cancelled? Well there is a site for that. Starting this month, the Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO) consortium will be launching a website,, for parents and students in Eastern Ontario to obtain up-to-the-minute information on busing for the upcoming school year.
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Do's and don'ts for hotel site inspections
By Anne Rose
Personal hotel site inspections are quite valuable in learning about a hotel's attributes and limitations and what kinds of clients would fit perfectly in those properties. Over the years I've performed hotel site inspections as part of a formal FAM group and also independently. There are benefits to each, but there are common denominators to the kinds of questions that need to be asked, the courtesies that should be mutually extended, and the physical properties that should be explored.
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Impeccable service can only be delivered by well-trained, friendly staff
By Linchi Kwok
I stayed at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina for the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education Conference. The recreational facilities in the property were nice, and the room had a gorgeous marina view. However, this hotel still left me with a negative impression after I checked out: This was a "cheap" Sheraton. When I say "cheap," I don't mean the hotel provided low-quality materials or operated in a poorly managed building. In fact, everything tangible looked good. It was cheap because the hotel's staff put too much emphasis on money.
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Renovation could slow bus traffic at Rainbow Bridge
Niagara This Week
It may take longer for bus tours to come across the border into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. A $4.2 million renovation to the bus plaza on the Canadian side of the bridge has meant a temporary processing site had to be established.
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