Snow, Snow & More Snow

Talk about great timing!

On the day a story I did on snow removal comes out, Regina gets hit with its fourth or fifth nasty blizzard of winter 2012-13.

If anybody wants to comment on the state of winter street (and sidewalk) maintenance in Regina and what should be done to improve things feel free.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

5 thoughts on “Snow, Snow & More Snow”

  1. Gym rats who expend energy on treadmills and the track might find physical exertion while removing snow to be both satisfying on the workout buzz, and pocket book. Plus, neighbours never thought highly of each other if they drive to the gym, but they do appreciate snow removed from sidewalks and driveways.

  2. The snow piles in the middle of the roads have to be gone!

    I want my sightline back!

    It’s pretty FN hard to make a left turn on McCarthy Blvd. 1M+ high pile going N/S, and you can’t see headlights + signals from the other vehicles,especially smaller cars wanting to make an Eastbound left turn at the same intersection.
    Where are the Snow throwers & semi trailers??

  3. According to a Jan. 10 Planet S article on snow removal in Saskatoon, Montreal budgets $150 million annually for snow removal. Regina and Saskatoon, conversely, spend a little over $5 million each.

    There’s a whole pile of things that have to be considered in the budget equation. Population density and climate (ie length of winter, temperature differentials and whatnot) are two of them.

    Within Canada, Quebec is regarded as a have-not province. In a typical year, it receives around $8 billion in transfer payments from Ottawa while Saskatchewan, as a “have” province, kicks money into the kitty. Quebec also has $7 a day day care, affordable tuition, solid support for arts and culture. Some of that is due to tax and spend decisions made by Quebec people and their municipal and provincial governments. But the federal transfer payments presumably help.

    Another challenge as far as provincial funding goes is that while cities compromise 60 per cent of Saskatchewan’s population, they only get 46 per cent of provincial transfer payments. At its recent convention, SARM pronounced itself pleased with that arrangement. SUMA, though, is pushing for more of a per capita formula to distribute provincial funds. So even Saskatchewan’s sparse population density impacts on the ability of Regina and Saskatoon to deliver services.

  4. My nomination for the worst sidewalk-clearing in the city is the 100m East of Albert St. on 1st Ave. Despite the fact that there is a bus stop in the middle of this stretch, it has not been cleared once this winter! And who’s responsible for this section of sidewalk? Canadian Tire, a company that sells fucking snow blowers! There is no sidewalk on the other side of the street, either! Fuck you, Canadian Tire! Fuck you to HELL!

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