Today's Spectator carried an interesting letter to the editor in opposition - on environmental grounds - to Councilor Brian McHattie's call for the city to clear all sidewalks in Ward 1:
Increased "walkability" may or may not result in more cars being left at home. What is certain is that shovels are more environmentally friendly than snowplows.
McHattie stated (quite accurately from my perspective as a Ward 1 pedestrian) that clearing all sidewalk would allow people to walk around the neighbourhood more easily.
There are certainly a large number of seniors and residents who don't own a car in Ward 1 and other downtown area wards.
Today's letter suggests that shovels are a more environmentally friendly method of removing snow than snowplows. Fair enough.
I assume this writer will be happy to let her neighbours know that they are now responsible to shovel their street after every snowfall.
After all, if shovels are good enough for one mode of transportation and environmentally superior, they should be good enough for all.
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