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Mark your calendar: 2016 P.R.I.D.E. program dates
With the last Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program of 2015 just around the corner (Oct. 18-23), you may wish to mark your calendar with the 2016 dates. For 26 years, the P.R.I.D.E. Program has been providing fleet driver instructors with powerful non-lecture training techniques and philosophies. Here's what a few recent graduates said:

• "Well run from start to finish. I came in not knowing what to expect and am taking home tools, skills, confidence, feedback and support that I will use for the rest of my life. Excellent program!" Terry Lucas, First Student – Ajax

• "My overall impression of the program is that it is extremely well organized and presented. The trainers are all exceptional and the material presented is incredibly relevant and pertinent to any training program." Tristan Green, OC Transpo (Ottawa)

• "Excellent program! I will go back and thank the two persons who recommended [this program] to me. It was above what they mentioned... wish I had more time to spend here with all the great trainers and trainees. Every minute was valuable." Vivek Uppal, GO Transit

2016 Dates:
• January 10-15
• March 13-18
• May 1-6
• July 10-15
• August 7-12
• October 16-21

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New laws designed to make Ontario's roads safer take effect Sept. 1
Several amendments to the HTA announced back on June 2 will take effect Sept. 1, 2015. These include:

• Increased fines for distracted driving;
• A requirement to maintain a one-metre distance when passing cyclists;
• The inclusion of tow trucks in the "Slow Down, Move Over law";
• Drivers will have to wait until pedestrians completely cross the road at school crossings and at crosswalks with overhead pedestrian-operated crossing lights

Fines for distracted drivers will increase from the current range of $60 to $500 to between $300 and $1,000, plus three demerit points. The fine for drivers who don't slow down or move over is between $400 to $2000, plus three demerit points. Fines for opening a door into the path of a cyclist will increase to the same amounts as for distracted driving. Also, fines will increase from the current $20 to between $60 and $500 for cyclists who do not use a light and reflectors or reflective material.

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MTO increasing driver testing fees
MTO is increasing written and road test fees effective Sept. 1, 2015. Written test fees increase to $15.50. Road test fees increase to $51.75 for G1 and M1 road tests; $87.75 for G2 and M2 road tests; and $87.75 for commercial vehicle class road tests. Fees paid on or after Sept. 1 will be charged at the new rate. Fees for written or road tests paid prior to Sept. 1 will be honoured within a six-year timeframe and the drivers won't be required to pay an additional fee. MTO says the fee increase is due to annual consumer price indexing.
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  Hot Summer Fun Events and Promotions in Atlantic City

Resorts is ready for some Hot Summer Fun! Beginning Memorial Day Weekend and going through September 20th, Resorts will be offering daily promotions, events and specials to keep the fun happening and the summer hot.

2016 Hot Summer Fun will be just as exciting – book now! 609-340-7715

Become a Marketplace volunteer
Sign up to volunteer at the 2015 Marketplace in London! This is a great way to meet other members and contribute to our biggest event. We are looking for volunteers to help with the Orientation Centre, the Message Centre, and the Silent Auction. Click here for the volunteer sign-up form and further details.
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Industry News

Ontario strikes tentative deal with English Catholic teachers' union
The Globe and Mail
Ontario has bought labour peace with two of its teachers' unions — offering raises and guaranteeing to keep class size caps in place — in a bid to head off potentially damaging strikes just before the school year gets underway. Education Minister Liz Sandals recently announced she had reached a tentative agreement with the province's 34,000 English Catholic teachers just a few days after cutting a deal with English public high-school teachers.
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GO bus service from Hamilton will now connect to Pearson airport
Hamilton Spectator
Beefed-up bus service to Pearson International Airport, including from Hamilton, and more trips on the Kitchener line are among the key changes GO Transit is announcing to its fall schedules. Starting Sept. 5, existing express bus trips on GO Bus Route 47J that run from Hamilton GO Centre to Square One, with stops in Oakville and Mississauga, will be extended to Terminal 1 in Pearson airport and the airport corporate centre at 5280 Solar Dr.
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Book Your Group Visit!

The National Gallery is proud to be the permanent home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art, inviting all Canadians, and visitors from around the world, to experience the best Canada has to offer in visual art.

Please contact group reservations for further information.
Masterworks from Beaverbrook

The international touring art exhibition is an uncompromising selection. Bring a group tour to Sarnia, Ontario from October 2, 2015 to February 7, 2016 at the Alix Art Gallery for a rare opportunity to see iconic art.

Featured work : Salvador Dali,
Santiago El Grande, 1957
Oil on Canvas
407.7 X 304.8 cm
Northern Ontario's Most Popular Tourist Attractions

Let your imagination soar at Science North & Dynamic Earth! Explore the big, fun side of science at Northern Ontario's most popular tourist attractions. Don't miss the Big Nickel, underground mining tour, live shows, IMAX®, exciting science experiences and so much more!

More GO trains, buses between Brampton and Toronto
CBC News
Metrolinx will beef up its GO service between Brampton's Mount Pleasant and downtown's Union stations starting Sept. 8, with 14 additional train trips and new bus trips. The increased daytime service, announced by Metrolinx executives, Ontario transportation minister Steven Del Duca and Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey, was introduced as a piece of the transit plan for the Toronto suburb.
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More U.S. tourists visiting Windsor thanks to weak Canadian dollar
Windsor Star
The last few months are some of the first in several years that Caesars Windsor's profits have gone up — not down. And it's thanks, in part, to Canada's weak loonie. Between 2009 and 2014, the casino's yearly revenues dropped from about $273 million to $236 million, according to public OLG records. But in recent quarters the number of visitors to the casino — and its revenues — have been climbing.
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Metrolinx to delay environmental assessment for proposed Davenport Diamond rail bridge until November
The Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed rail bridge eliminating Metrolinx's Davenport Diamond has been pushed back — officially — to November, the provincial transit agency announced. The announcement comes just weeks after Ontario's Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca attended a transit town hall meeting, hosted by Davenport MPP Cristina Martins, in late July.
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Ontario government says toll lanes are 'coming' but mum on where
CTV News
Fresh off the frustration of the Pan Am Games' high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, drivers in the GTA are bracing for the rollout of toll lanes — but where those future lanes will be installed remains a mystery. Ontario's Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca recently said the government is pushing forward with its plan to install high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in the GTA, Hamilton and possibly Ottawa. "They are coming but we want to make sure we get it right," Del Duca told reporters.
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Were the Pan Am Games worth it? And is Toronto Olympic-ready?
The Globe and Mail
We were promised an economic boon, a renewed sporting legacy and something to cheer for. With a possible Olympic bid looming, the city must quickly figure out if the Pan Am Games delivered.
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Ontario urged to modernize regulations for the Uber era
Business News Network
The 20-page report called Harnessing the Power of the Sharing Economy includes contributions from both Uber and Airbnb, and follows up on the 2015 Ontario Budget commitment to consider "aspects of the regulatory and taxation environment [that] may need to adapt to new and previously unconsidered business models." While any attempt to regulate the economic potential of the sharing economy presents a number of challenges, according to the 60,000-member provincial business advocacy group, they say Ontario should see this as an opportunity to get rid of out-of-date regulatory and taxation frameworks.
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Police promote new Ontario road safety rules ahead of back-to-school
Global News
The new Ontario road safety regulations soon come into effect and provincial officials are reminding motorists that you can face hefty fines if they are disobeyed. On Sept. 1, amendments to the Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act include increased fines for distracted driving, a requirement to maintain a one-metre distance when passing cyclists and the inclusion of tow trucks in the Slow Down, Move Over law.
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