The Pending Snow
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03-12-10, 10:26 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
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When I lived in Ontario we had real snow to contend with. I mean depth of an overnight flurry was measured in feet not inches or centimetres. This was a regular thing from soon after Fall right into spring the following year, when it all began to melt away under brilliant sunshine. In Peterborough, the town I lived in, it wasn't unusual to wake up in the morning to see 7ft stacks at the edge of the sidewalk with pedestrian gaps between them all so that people on foot could cross the road. The plough trucks had done their work well throughout the night and main roads were clear. Everyone is required by law to clear the side walk directly outside their property and a heavy fine or even imprisonment incurred if they don't comply with that law. It works well and even 1 day when it hit 30 below zero no one complained and shops and offices were never shut if they could open. After one melt down and a day or two of nothing, we would wake up to find it had happened all over again. This went on for at least 5 months of the year. Before all the snow came we used to get downpours of freezing rain. That is heavy rain that freezes on contact with the ground making everywhere like an ice rink. We put winter tyres on our cars, often with snow chains attached.
This country doesn't know that it has been born as far as winter snow goes. That's why the powers to be are so pretty useless at dealing with it when it comes.
It's the opposite here, as health and safety have degreed if you clear the path outside your home, and someone slips you can be sued whereas, if you leave it, its class as an act of nature!
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