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Auditor General to investigate Ontario road maintenance

Wednesday, February 26, 2014   by: Staff
Ontario PCs get winter roads probe in gear
Auditor general to review winter highway maintenance
QUEEN’S PARK - Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is pleased Ontario’s Auditor General will investigate why motorists have encountered such dangerous conditions on provincial highways this winter.
It comes after a motion from PC MPP Steve Clark (Leeds-Grenville) was passed unanimously at a legislative committee meeting this morning.
“I’m pleased the committee has asked the Auditor General to investigate the reasons motorists in every corner of Ontario have had to take their lives into their hands when they get behind the wheel and travel on a provincial highway this winter,” Fedeli said.
“Constituents write to me and call my office after almost every snowfall to say they’ve never seen Ontario’s highways in such terrible shape,” said Fedeli.
“Through several meetings I have brought their concerns to the attention of MTO officials, but we haven’t seen any improvement. I’m confident the Auditor General is now going to get to the bottom of what’s behind the problems.”
The motion calls on the Auditor General to review MTO’s Winter Maintenance Program and the contracts negotiated by the ministry with contractors across the province.
The report is to be completed before the end of this year.
Among the issues to be investigated are:
  • The number of winter maintenance vehicles in use
  • Circuit times for operators
  • The proper and efficient use of chemical melters and salt by contractors
  • Hours of operation
  • Response times
“There’s no question the Minister has failed Ontarians this winter,” said Fedeli. “I welcome the Auditor General’s probe and a report that will keep this from ever happening again.”
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itsme29 2/26/2014 8:09:45 PM Report

a can save u the trouble of an many times has the damn hiway been closed per year since transfield took over compared to when the mto took care of it.. no need to waste more of my tax money on committees and audits use ur head for more then a hat rack!
thomas 2/26/2014 10:18:35 PM Report

itsme, I couldn't agree more.
kmw 2/27/2014 6:45:50 AM Report

One word....TRANSFIELD
never have our highways been this bad, always snow packed and ice covered. Was on the 129 highway this past weekend and there was at least 4 inches of snow and not a plow in sight, came home sunday and the road had been plowed but no salt or sand, conditions like that are like playing Russian roulette.
KFM 2/27/2014 7:34:22 AM Report

When you hire a company for an extended period that is from a country that doesn't have to deal with snow who has bid on the job on a winter that was at the least very mild what do you think would happen. I really like when government give contracts to foriegn countries when unemployment is so high in our own back yard. Talk about spending money out of country.
And the biggest problem? This spring when we have an election, thier is no other party to vote for. All three are brutal!
bernwa 2/27/2014 8:40:56 AM Report

I live in Thessalon just off the hwy and TRANSFIELD plows in front of my house.They don't even know how to plow that little area right,how are they suppose to know the proper way to take care of our highways.We travel from Thessalon to the Sault and the deplorable.Get the MTO back on the hwys.They knew how to take care of the hwys.Keep our jobs for Canadian workers;;
muddslinger6 2/27/2014 9:02:34 AM Report

Come on people this is a complete and udder waste of time. The Ontario Gov. does not care nor does the MTO...all they care about is collecting their paychecks...Transfield is a joke and no worse than the MTO used to be...I grew up on the highway in Laird township...all my life the roads are shitty in the winter...We live in a snow belt...get used to it...Transfield is a contract based company...the less they plow the more they pocket in the end as was the MTO...they had a budget...same thing...the less u use the more u pocket in the next budget assessment.
right wing 2/27/2014 9:19:15 AM Report

There is one big difference in the MTO and a private contractor.
When the MTO did it all and a heavy winter came they would operate outside of the budget without anyone but the tax payer coffers taking the hit.
When a private contractor gets hit with an usually heavy winter the "budget" is called profit and there is only so far that the private contractor is going to erode the profit.
Concerened6850 2/27/2014 12:08:52 PM Report

It is a joke that a PC MP is asking the Auditor General to check into this matter. His Buddy Mike Harris started this mess of privatization to acquire funds from contractors for the PC party. They couldn't steal it from the Ministries so he privatized as much as possible even when they new it would not save tax payers money. Now the cost of privatization is killing the province. The PC decimated the MTO so they could never go back to the old MTO. Since Privatization the hwy to Wawa has been closed more then ever and we had more snow before the privatization. And what about the amount of people killed on 17North..again a lot more since privatization came in. Only party to blame is the PC as their greed to acquire political donations was a success from privatization not to save lives or better hwy.s
ranny 2/27/2014 12:19:51 PM Report

Snow Removal is maintain by The Lowest Bidder contractor. The reason why the roads aren't properly cleaned is because the company are trying to save money on the wear and tear of the blade. Before you could see blades sparking. Now it's barely touching the ground. This is the company way of saving money so they do not have to change and replace blades.
S.M.A.R.T. 2/27/2014 12:30:54 PM Report

Indeed, privatization is just a prime example of cronyism at the expense of public welfare. SICKENING! But, as for Vic being a Mike minion, I wouldn't go that far.
ROBBW 2/27/2014 2:57:06 PM Report

I bet the FAT CAT'S at MTO make as much as Hydro One and our CITY HALL/PUC. PATHETIC
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