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The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy, education and legislative consultation services to the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer companies across Ontario.  
June 22, 2016 - Issue 13

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Inside this Edition:
  1. Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) Scrapped
  2. 2016 School Bus Safety Week and School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  3. Strong Team Will Implement Plan to Create Jobs and Growth
  4. The Next Big School Bus Alternative Fuel Is...
  5. P.R.I.D.E. Program - Aug. 7-12 - Only A Few Spots Left!
  6. Highway Improvements in Central Ontario
  7. Order Your OSBA Publications Now!
  8. School Bus Bookmobile Facilitates Summer Reading
  9. Seon Enhances Mobile Surveillance Line-Up With New Hybrid System
  10. Upcoming 2016 Events
Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) Scrapped

The Ontario Government announced this week that the province will scrap implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

This decision comes following agreement by provincial Ministers of Finance and the Canadian government to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

Premier Kathleen Wynne was on the record to prefer changes to CPP rather than the ORPP but used the provincial proposal to pressure the federal government to act.

The OSBA was on record as opposing the ORPP.
2016 School Bus Safety Week and School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Mark your calendar with the dates of October 17-21 for School Bus Safety Week (SBSW) and Wed. October 19 for School Bus Driver Appreciation Day! These occasions are a great opportunity to honour the professional men and women who deliver our children safely, on time and ready to learn, each and every day.  Send your information, articles, pictures, tweets or whatever you have to OSBA so that we may highlight your SBSW and School Bus Driver Appreciation Day activities: info@osba.on.ca
Strong Team Will Implement Plan to Create Jobs and Growth

Article By: Office of the Premier (Ontario)
Article Date: June 13, 2016

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced changes to her cabinet that will help deliver on her government's top priority to create economic growth and good jobs.

At the halfway mark of the government's mandate, Premier Wynne has chosen a strong team to implement her government's ambitious, activist agenda. The cabinet named today at Queen's Park represents continuity in several key portfolios, ten ministers taking on new roles and seven new members.

Women now make up 40 per cent of cabinet, reflecting the Premier's commitment to take steps toward gender parity. Women make up 50 per cent of the Priorities, Delivery and Growth cabinet committee, responsible for tracking government priorities and steering the government's four-part economic plan.

Deb Matthews remains Deputy Premier and, as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, will lead Ontario's transition to a knowledge-based economy. Mitzie Hunter takes on the role of Minister of Education, preparing our youngest learners for success. Together, Matthews and Hunter will focus on building the highly skilled workforce that is key to Ontario's future economic success.

Matthews also becomes Ontario's first Minister Responsible for Digital Government. In this new role, she will help Ontario become a North American leader in accelerating how citizens engage and interact with government through the power of digital technology.

Charles Sousa remains Minister of Finance, continuing to focus on the strong fiscal management that is keeping the government on track to balance the budget next year, in 2017-18, while supporting critical public services. Liz Sandals becomes President of the Treasury Board, with a mandate to deliver on the government's program spending objectives, as laid out in the annual Budget.

Indira Naidoo-Harris becomes Associate Minister of Finance responsible for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, designed to close the retirement savings gap for millions of workers.

Michael Chan will lead Ontario's first stand-alone Ministry of International Trade, reflecting the province's commitment to create jobs and growth through strong global trade partnerships.

Bob Chiarelli becomes Minister of Infrastructure. The Ministry of Infrastructure is now a stand-alone ministry, responsible for the implementation of the province's historic $160 billion investment in roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. Dr. Eric Hoskins remains Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and will continue to implement Ontario's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. Recognizing the integration of long-term care within the Action Plan, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care will have full carriage of the province's integrated health care system.

Glenn Thibeault becomes Minister of Energy, committed to building a safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy system.

Laura Albanese becomes Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, focusing on the province's immigration strategy and refugee resettlement program.
The Next Big School Bus Alternative Fuel Is... 

Article By: School Transportation News (California)
Article Date: June 14, 2016


Attention, all school bus operators who bristle at the thought of transitioning from diesel power to alternative fuels, there is relief on the horizon.

Renewable Diesel (RD), which is available in parts of California, is turning heads, as it promises to deliver, at the very least, the same fuel economy and performance of ultra low sulfur diesel. CAL-START, in a recent webinar, claimed that RD also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 90 percent.

Pat O'Keefe, CEO and president of NexGen Fuel, a subsidiargy of Golden Gate Petroleum, said that such a reduction in GHG is a "huge benefit" for a drop-in fuel. That means RD meets the same ASTM D975 standard for ULSD and engine manufacturer requirements.  

Renewable Diesel is similar to biodiesel in that it's derived from waste vegetable oils and waste animal fats, but the similarities stop there. Unlike biodiesel, RD doesn't have the same cold weather issues since RD doesn't gell, having a cloud point of -20 degrees. 

They also differ in how they are made, with RD refined from biomass through various processes, such as hydrotreating, thermal conversion and biomass-to-liquid. Biodiesel, on the other hand, is produced using feed stock in a process called transesterification.

Additionally, O'Keefe said that RD reduces particulate matter by a third, along with its ability be used in all modern diesel engines without any need of modifications. 

So far, the only school district using RD is San Jose Unified, which is located south of San Francisco. Andrew DeBolt, lead equipment mechanic for San Jose Unified, told School Transportation News that the district is in the process of transitioning its entire fleet of 72 buses to RD with plans to only purchase diesel buses in the future.

Nearby in Oakland, the municipal fleet is the first to adopt RD. Fleet Director Richard Battersby, who will present on the benefits of RD at next month's STN EXPO, said that operators don't need to flush existing fuel tanks to use the renewable fuel. He added that it is a little more expensive than traditional diesel at an increase of about 10 cents per gallon, and availability is still an issue.

But Battersby said that he expects the reduced soot emissions to improve performance of DPFs and the affect on his operation's bottom line to be worth it.

"We expect in the long run to lower maintenance costs," he said.

He also pointed to RD's higher cetane number of 75 to 90. In comparison, petroleum diesel has a cetane number of 40 to 55, while biodiesel ranges from 50 to 65.
P.R.I.D.E. Program - August 7-12 - Only A Few Spots Left!

The August 7-12 program has only a few spots left, so send in your registration form today!  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  The next P.R.I.D.E. Program will be Oct. 16-21, 2016.
Program location: Admiral Inn Burlington.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information – info@osba.on.ca
Highway Improvements in Central Ontario

Article By: Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Ontario
Article Date: June 20, 2016


Ontario is making major improvements to highways, roads and bridges in Central Ontario, that will create or sustain more than 21,000 construction jobs across the province and make travel easier for families and businesses. 

There are 24 new construction projects in Central Ontario underway this season.

Improving highways in Central Ontario is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years. This investment is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, Ontario announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Investing in infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
Order Your OSBA Publications Now!

As the summer break quickly approaches, it's the perfect time to be prepared and purchase your publications for the upcoming school year!  Visit the OSBA website at www.osba.on.ca and click on the "STORE" tab from the home page to order the following publications.  Or click on the links below and go directly to each order form:
Once you have completed the necessary order form, scan/email your order to info@osba.on.ca or fax to 416-695-9977.  
School Bus Bookmobile Facilitates Summer Reading

Article By: School Transportation News (Georgia)
Article Date: June 17, 2016


The Hall County Reading Rocket is a school bus turned bookmobile, which visits eight Georgia elementary school areas throughout the summer with books for children and their families to borrow, as reported by the Gainesville Times.

“The purpose of the whole summer reading program for Hall County Schools is to keep kids reading for recreation in the summertime,” said a media specialist. “We’re trying to instill love of reading just in itself.”

The Hall County Library System has a summer reading program that’s “very good,” and the schools promote it to their students. But the local public library branch is closed, and many students need another outlet for summer reading.

“There are pockets through the system, especially in the poorer schools, where kids may not have transportation to get to the public library,” the media specialist said. “So one of the high schools had students revamp a school bus for this purpose. It’s our rolling community library.”

The Reading Rocket has books for everyone, preschool to adult.
Seon Enhances Mobile Surveillance Line-Up With New Hybrid System

Article By: Student Transportation News (British Columbia)
Article Date: June 21, 2016

Seon is pleased to announce the launch of its new hybrid video surveillance system which includes the Explorer HX16 Hybrid DVR, the CHQ8PD high-definition IP interior dome camera, and the CHW8PD high-definition IP exterior wedge camera. This hybrid system was specifically designed for transit fleets that want multiple high-definition views inside and outside the vehicle while preserving their analog camera investment.

“The beauty of this hybrid recording system is that it allows fleet managers to improve image clarity where needed by adding advanced IP camera technology while continuing to support existing standard resolution cameras," said William Durno, senior product manager. “This is truly a cost-effective way to upgrade your mobile surveillance systems to keep pace with constantly evolving safety and security needs.”

Packed with powerful features, this hybrid digital video recorder will help fleet managers prepare for the future of video surveillance while letting them choose the pace. This hybrid system supports both analog and IP cameras so you can introduce high-definition camera views as needs and budget allow.

The HX16 hybrid DVR supports 12 standard resolution analog and four high-definition IP cameras for a total of 16 video and audio channels. Hybrid support allows selection of the widest range of camera options to suit the needs of every fleet. Dual hard drive support for 4 TB of storage capacity ensures maximum video retention time. In addition to storing surveillance data to hard drive, HX16 features recording to SD card as a product option.  And unlike other systems on the market that require customized programming and additional peripherals, the HX16 has been specifically designed for quick and easy IP camera installation, featuring simple plug and play technology.

For more information about the HX Series Hybrid Surveillance system please visit Seon's web site at http://www.seon.com/transit-security/surveillance-systems/16-camera-hybrid-surveillance-system.
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