In two separate announcements this week, the MOT announced financial discipline for four contractors in northeastern Ontario and three in the northwest.
But an MTO spokesperson described them as "significant financial consequences."
it is not allowed to comment on road maintenance issues.
The MTO measures performance by random reviews, tracking vehicles with GPSs and monitoring equipment response and route times, snow accumulation, time to achieve bare pavement, radio logs and police call reports.
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Taking heat from motorists and municipalities, Ontario's Ministry of Transportation is doing what government usually does in such circumstances: blame someone else.
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It's not alone. Driving has been treacherous on almost all Northern Ontario highways because of generally poor road conditions.
MTO officials would not reveal the amount of the fines it levied on contractors, calling it a contractual matter. And one contractor told CBC Puma Girls Sports Shoes
Contractors might argue the ministry standards are too high.
The MTO has fined all of its contractors in Northern Ontario for not meeting winter maintenance standards.
This year winter's wrath has come mainly in the form of wind and cold, at least in Sault Ste. Marie.
But they knew what the rules were when they signed the deal, obviously with expectations of being able to meet them and make a respectable profit.
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Snowfall is above normal, a total of 276 centimetres (normal 206) so far. November saw 59 cm (normal 41), December 95 (85) and January, to the 30th, 122 (80), Shields reports.
snowplowing, sanding and salting in the north, that means every single one has been fingered.
That's according to an email to CBC News from the MTO northwestern region office.
The fact that all, rather than one, of these companies in all districts of the North apparently have failed to meet their contractual obligations suggests there's a systemic problem.
There's no reason contractors should have been caught off guard by the severity of this winter. Although the north saw a string of relatively gentle ones, last winter was very long and very snowy.
An unofficial source, Atikokan mayor Dennis Brown, said some of the fines are in the six figure range.
Transfield Services maintains highways in the Sault, North Bay and Kenora districts; DeAngelo Brothers Ltd. in Sudbury; Carillion Canada Inc. in Thunder Bay East; and IMOS in Thunder Bay West and New Liskeard/ Cochrane.
They should be. Considering how much we imagine those contractors are paid, anything below six figures would seem as trivial as a parking ticket.
this, according to the MTO web site: bare pavement 16 hours after the end of the storm for high volume two laners such as Highway 17, 24 hours after for medium volume two lanes and 24 hours to centre bare for low volume two lanes. Some low volume highways remain snow packed but are plowed and sanded.
Highway 17 between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa seems to have been closed more often than it has been open this winter.
All, according to the MTO, are doing substandard work.
I hear a lot of Northerners grumbling that the standards are too low, that they have been too low since Mike Harris's Conservative government privatized road maintenance in 1999.
In effect, the ministry is declaring highway snow removal an epic fail.
According to local forecaster Jerry Shields, of ShieldsWeather, November averaged a degree below normal, December almost 5 degrees below normal and January was setting the same icy pace.
Surprisingly, it's not Mother Nature.
"The province had its own plows, which we would augment by getting contractors to come in and supplement when needed," Timmins James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson recalled nostalgically last year. "It was a system that worked well."
More severe than normal, but hardly a perfect storm for winter highway maintenance.
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