Snow Clearing Etiquette

PlowWelcome to 2020!

Yesterday in Montreal it snowed. Normally that would not be worth mentioning given it’s December in Canada. But in our global warming current world Montreal has seen less snow over the years.

Perhaps it’s the reduced amount of snow that affected the snow removal contractor who cleared the wet white stuff from my neighbour’s driveway, causing him (or her) to think it was alright to pack the plowed snow into a wall behind my car.

Fortunately, I could easily extricate my car by going forward. And even if there had been a car in front of me, the snow yesterday was soft enough that a minimal amount of shoveling at the back would have had me out.

However, unless we are very lucky, there will be more snow. Heavier snow that will be ideal for this contractor’s wall building. In our town contractors pay for an annual license that allows them to put the snow they remove on the street for the city to cart away. The cost of this permit is, no doubt, downloaded to customers. If you don’t bother to get a license you can be fined for dumping the snow on public property.

Regardless of licensed or not, it is never acceptable to pack the snow up against someone’s vehicle. Here’s hoping this is not a harbinger of “snow walls” to come.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

One thought on “Snow Clearing Etiquette

  1. On our street in Regina, they used to wait to plow until everything was padded down nicely, then plow up big chunks of snow so no one could park in front of their houses anymore. Glad I live where this isn’t an issue any more…no snow at all most of the time!

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