Government reviewing privatization of winter road maintenance

Source: James Armstrong, Global News (Canada), March 25, 2014

The Ontario government is reconsidering the privatization of winter road maintenance in the province after a report from Global News raised questions about road safety. A poll released exclusively to Global News Monday suggested more Ontarians than not feel road quality in the province is getting worse. … Right now the province hires contractors to plow and salt the roads. The province doesn’t tell them how many trucks to use or how many employees they should have but judges their work on whether or not the roads are cleared and the plows are running…. Gélinas suggested fines aren’t enough and some contractors are willing to take the fine rather than do the work….