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Snow cleared, no problem

Authorities of all sorts get more than their fair share of criticisms, but seldom hear the applause when they do things right.

So let me take a quick moment to say "Well done" to the city on the snow clearing after Wednesday night's storm.

Something like 10–15 cm fell, and when I walked out of my door on Thursday morning, I was pretty well despondant.

But in my drive to work and around the city today, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of plowing that Ithe city had accomplished. Not only was most of my (admittedly limited) commute plowed perfectly before 8 a.m. this morning, I even noticed that plenty of the walking paths have also been cleared.

Most of the streets and sidewalks downtown are nearly as good as they've ever been this winter.

It's important, I think, to keep sidewalks and walking paths plowed because it keeps pedestrians out of the streets, and it allows people to walk rather than forcing them into a car. Both of those things reduce trouble for people who do have to drive, so even motorists should welcome them.

Of course, the street my own house sits one wasn't plowed. Like many residential streets, the plows take a long time to get to it. But I think that's fine. My neighbours and I keep our sidewalks shoveled, and since there are stop signs at both ends of my block, there aren't any ruts that develop from through traffic.

All-in-all, the city's did a pretty good job this time around. Thanks!

Now, hopefully, it's the last time this winter.

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