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MTO releases CVOR effectiveness study
In January of 2013, MTO contracted Deloitte LLP to perform an effectiveness study of the CVOR program. MTO released Deloitte's final report last Monday. The focus of the study was to measure whether changes to the CVOR Renewal Program and Intervention Model are meeting their objectives and are contributing to a positive impact on overall road safety. The report can be viewed by clicking here. The study included an examination of the impact of the ministry's change (a few years ago) from "adjusted fleet size" to the use of "kilometric travel" as a measure of exposure. Deloitte found that when comparing similar models, the model using kilometric travel was found to have a better ability to predict future collision incidence than the model using fleet size. The Ministry will be studying the recommendations before committing to any specific action and determining next steps. Anyone wishing to provide feedback to the Ministry can submit comments on the report to .
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DCP (Recognized Authority) agreements now due
Recognized Authorities (RAs) under the Driver Certification Program (DCP) were asked by MTO to return a signed copy of the new DCP Agreement by Dec. 1, 2013. Those RAs who did not return their signed copy will be contacted shortly by the Ministry to ask if it is their intention to remain in the DCP program or not. We urge RAs to respond to that correspondence when received, or face the possibility of having their RA status under the DCP terminated.
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DCP Update: MTO announces several changes to proposed business model
MTO recently announced several modifications to their plans for revamping the Driver Certification Program (DCP). (Under the DCP, bus operators are authorized by MTO to train drivers and administer the MTO written and road tests, leading to licence upgrades and renewals instead of testing drivers at DriveTest Centres.) Last June, MTO presented their proposed changes to the DCP business model to DCP participants (Recognized Authorities). Operators and industry associations (including OMCA) subsequently met with MTO to provide feedback on the proposed business model and made numerous suggestions for improvement. A number of concerns were raised through this dialogue, and last week, MTO announced several changes being made within a number of the components presented in June:

Course Curriculum Standards Originally, the Ministry intended to have one, all-encompassing course curriculum standard for bus and truck. This was of concern to the bus industry. We're pleased to hear they have decided to have separate curriculum standards for bus and truck. Also, the plan was to have RAs submit their curriculum to a third party for approval; however MTO has decided to conduct the initial curriculum review.

Program Audit Originally, MTO's plan called for Chartered Accountants (only) to do the audits. Stakeholders including OMCA voiced concerns and MTO has decided to expand the list of eligible auditors to include any auditor (independent of the RA) with credentials or internal auditors where they have a separate reporting structure which reports to the executive board or municipal council. OMCA applauds this change.

Cost Recovery (Fees) MTO's plan was to implement the fees (for each licence upgrade and renewal) by January 2014; however, the fees have not been approved by the Government so the implementation date has yet to be determined.

Criminal Background Check for Signing Authorities (SAs) For existing SAs, the criminal background check won't be required until September 2014.

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Tories have pushed Canadian tourism off the map
The Huffington Post
Despite the importance of travel and tourism to the Canadian economy, the Conservative government's failure to show leadership in this area has created serious challenges for the sector over the past decade. Figures from this period bear witness to these challenges and underscore the need for a strong federal role in the promotion of Canada as a premier international tourist destination.
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U.S. senator calls for more border agents at Peace Bridge to relieve congestion
Bullet News Niagara
A New York Senator is complaining bitterly about traffic delays at the Peace Bridge he says are caused by staffing cuts on the U.S. side of the border. Senator Charles Schumer held a press conference to draw attention to his concerns and to call on U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency officials to bolster the number of agents working at the crossing the bridge, which is one of the busiest land-border crossings in North America.
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Doug Ford calls police on bus tour Rob Ford impersonator
Metro News
Coun. Doug Ford filmed, followed and called the police on a Mayor Rob Ford impersonator, accusing him of stalking the Fords' mother — a charge the actor calls "ludicrous." Speaking at City Hall, Ford acknowledged he called the cops and confronted the mayoral mimic, who was stationed at the end of the cul-de-sac on Weston Wood Rd. as part of a comedy troupe's Ford-themed bus tour of Etobicoke, ON.
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3 Manitoulin organizations get an early Christmas present from Trillium
Manitoulin Expositor
Christmas came early this year for three Manitoulin organizations who all received grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF): the Manitoulin Island Country Club, Sudbury Manitoulin Childrens Foundation and 4elements Living Arts.
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The cost of gridlock: Are more toll roads the answer?
Toronto Star
Karen Gutteridge has a love-hate relationship with Highway 407. She loves that the tollway can get her reliably from her Burlington home to her office in Richmond Hill, but she knows she'll be faced with a whopping bill since her company moved from Mississauga this fall. For cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles, prices range from 19.35 cents a kilometre during off-peak times to as much as 27.20 cents a kilometre during the highest-demand time.

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Popular room-sharing website draws Ottawa hoteliers' concerns
Ottawa Business Journal
Airbnb was launched in San Francisco five years ago by a couple of roommates who couldn't afford their rent and decided to hire out air mattresses in their apartment to guests. Today, it boasts 350,000 hosts in 192 countries who rent rooms to eight million people a year.

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Bus operators to Burley: Hip-hip-hoo-RAY!
Today's Trucking
The voice of Ontario's busing industry — the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA)— paid homage to a prominent member of the trucking community recently by presenting Ray Burley with the OMCA's most prestigious prize: a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Christmas light tours attract visitors during holiday season
By Chay Rees Runnels
You may remember the iconic scene in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," when Clark Griswold goes to throw the switch on his house after spending hours decorating it. Suddenly, the whole neighborhood goes dark. While the Griswold home was fictional, Christmas light displays may be both a draw and a nuisance for destinations during the holiday season. While traffic and congestion in highly-decorated neighborhoods may cause trouble for some communities, other destination marketing organizations are embracing lighting displays as a way to attract visitors.
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