Mayor Robertson reveals just over one in five of the City's snow removal fleet used to help housebound Vancouverites trapped by Snowmageddon
Radio talk show host Rick Quinton of CKNW sounded like many exasperated Vancouverites on his broadcast tonight. Listen to Rick's thoughts about Vancouver's snow troubles and the spectre of a 2010 embarrassment (email subscribers download here):
In an interview with CKNW News earlier today, Mayor Robertson finally spoke to the electorate regarding his city's prolonged bout of extreme weather. He candidly confirmed that at times only 10 snow removal trucks (21% of the fleet) were being used to help free housebound citizens who are unable to venture outside due to ice and snow conditions on the City's streets and sidewalks.
The elderly, frail and disabled will likely be frustrated with what his worship told CKNW about the City's snow removal strategy over the coming days:
"We are hearing that rain is coming Sunday, so we hopefully have gotten through the longest stretch of snow in Vancouver's modern history, and we won't be needing to...if it continues on, we'll have to look at the next layer of side streets that we can get to, if we are into more snow over this next week. But, the forecast is for rain. Everyone's been doing their rain dance," says Robertson.
To add insult to injury, Councillor Raymond Louie, the Mayor's point person on Snowmageddon during his absence, told reporter Frances Bula that citizens should remain calm. He explains that the City is planning to purchase another 5 snow ploughs (thanks, Frances, for confirming the Canadian spelling) to put on the streets by 2010.
CityCaucus.com asks, how will five more snow ploughs make any difference when you didn't even use all the ones you currently have in your fleet? Won't these shiny new vehicles simply sit idle alongside the rest of the fleet that wasn't used to clear the streets and sidewalks?
Once again, the Mayor needs to show the kind of leadership exhibited by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, and request an immediate review regarding how the City handled the recent snowfall. It's the least he can do to make it up to all those folks who've been shut in for so long.