Public Works News

Announcing the Recipient of the 2018 Marvin D. Halladay Memorial Education Award

At its 2019 AGM, the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors honoured the winner of the 2018 Marvin D. Halladay Memorial Education Award:  Justin Metras, Manager, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Township of Oro-Medonte (Simcoe County Road Supervisors Association).  Each year, the Halladay award is presented to the individual who, among all those who completed the Public Works Leadership Development Program the previous year, achieved the highest overall average over all eight modules.  Congratulations Justin!

Justin Metras (r) receives the 2018 Halladay Award from AORS President Rod Cameron.

Public Works Staff Rise to the Challenge

Parts of Southern Ontario experienced their first major winter storm of 2019 on January 19. Public Works had been waiting impatiently for the opportunity to put their winter maintenance plans to the test, and they weren’t disappointed. Some local media outlets also took notice. AORS member Marianne Tikky, Manager of Roadways and Parks for the City of Niagara Falls, was interviewed by CHCH television in Hamilton and the local Cogeco affiliate. A big thank you to Marianne and all the AORS members and their staff who do an excellent job keeping our roads safe.


The Association of Ontario Roads Supervisors (AORS) is pleased to announce six one-day workshops to be offered in 2019 across the province to assist municipalities with developing or improving the effectiveness of their municipal asset management plans.  This initiative is being delivered through the Municipal Asset Management Program, which is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

The workshops will be geared towards public works professionals but will include information of value to municipal finance departments and new members of council. The day will be designed to engage participants with speakers who are currently working in the municipal field, case studies, and table exercises to encourage the exchange of experiences and ideas.

The workshops will be held in strategic locations across the province to maximize availability to all. One spring and one fall session will be offered in each of the three sectors – east, west and north.

Dates for the spring sessions are as follows:

  • April 25th in Peterborough
  • May 16th in Walkerton
  • May 23rd in Barrie

Registration forms are available on the Upcoming Seminars page of the AORS website.  Sessions will be limited to 50 participants so register early.

The fall sessions will be held September-October in London, Town of Perth, and Sudbury.

Watch the AORS website and various publications for further details.

Zero Tolerance for Drivers of Commercial Vehicles

As a manager/supervisor of staff who drive commercial vehicles, are you aware of the zero tolerance regulations that came into affect July 1?  These apply to alcohol, and will apply to cannabis once approved drug screening equipment is authorized.  Read this memo from MTO for more information on these and other road safety regulations.

AORS Announces 2018 Driver of the Year

AORS is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo – John Gleeson, from the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, representing the Lanark County Road Supervisors Association.  John beat out 42 other competitors, and took the championship with a remarkable score of 367 out of a possible 370 points.  This is the second time John has earned Driver of the Year, having also won in 2011.

This was the 25th annual AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo.  It was held in Owen Sound on September 12, hosted by the Grey County Public Works Association. It was also the first time the Driver of the Year trophy was presented as the John Gloor Memorial Trophy, in honour of the late John Gloor, a founding father of the AORS Roadeo and long-time Roadeo Master.

First runner up was Richard Elliott from the Township of Adelaide-Metcalfe, representing the Middlesex County Public Works Association.  Second runner up was Steve Kidd from the Township of Selwyn, representing the County of Peterborough & City of Kawartha Lakes Public Works Association.  Steve is also a two-time past champion, having won in 2015 and 2016.

Congratulations to all the competitors.

Winners of the 2018 AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo.  Pictured are the Champion, John Gleeson (centre), first runner up Richard Elliott (left), and second runner up Steve Kidd (right).