City Policy

I’d vaguely paid attention to the city’s interesting new snow removal policy — let nature do it — but now I understand their new attitude. If you look out from way up on high, the sun seems to be melting all that snow, not much of the white stuff left…compared to a couple of days ago anyway. And then you walk out the front door and enter a tunnel of snow, banks knee-deep high, then hip-high, and finally waist-high. You step out onto your friendly neighbourhood road where surely the going will be easier, the snow ruts being only calf-high. But mushy is harder to walk on than packed.

The weather forecasters said there would only be a few flurries on Saturday, just lake effect flakes, they said before the big storm would hit. I’m not sure who underestimated that lake effect more: the forecasters or the city, for the city thought it wasn’t worth hauling the plows out for, according to the media, until well after the real storm hit, leading to more and more interesting driving on the day the forecasters said go out and shop for tomorrow shall be impassable. And today as we face more flurries this week, we’d better get used to those snow ruts rising as the city believes that if there’s a sun, even if it’s behind crying clouds, there’s no need for a plow. Their years-old policy of not clearing laneways has grown to encompass side streets. Our tax dollars are far better spent on parking lots and growing capital debt than on basic city services. Well, at least there is one good thing — the struggle to walk out of our side streets to the cleared main streets should build up those flabby thigh muscles and burn that spare tire. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

3 Comments so far

  1. Mark Dowling (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    I don’t know what forecasts you were watching but 20cm was forecast from about Thursday on the ones I was.

  2. alden (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    I hear we are going to get some rain this weekend and possibly a green christmas. These days you can’t trust anyone with the weather, what comes is what comes. What people are saying will happen tomorrow may not happen.

    I kinda miss last year’s winter. This time last year I didn’t even dust of my Canadain Goose coat yet. This year I have needed it a few times already. Yikes, the world is changing….what else is new?

  3. talk talk talk (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    Mark, oh yeah, I knew the big storm was coming, but it was supposed to be from 10PM Saturday on to end of Sunday and light flurries or on-and-off lake effect snow during the day Saturday.

    Alden, I’m hearing the same too. After all this snow, I hope it doesn’t disappear in rain! You’re right about not trusting forecasters. I had thought they could at least get the next day right, but some can’t even get the next hour right.

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