Montreal is in the midst of its first few days of snowfall in 2019. But despite the quick accumulation outside, the city is actually well below its snowfall average so far this winter.
According to The Weather Network, while on average 49 centimeters of snow falls in December, Montreal had only 15 centimeters last month.
Such meager snowfall should ensure that city roads and sidewalks remain relatively clear. Some people in Montreal, however, have taken to social media to accuse the city of neglecting its duty to clear public walk and roadways.
TL;DR Some people in Montreal have taken to social media to complain about poor snow and ice removal so far this winter. Some posts are compiled below.
Many of these people are blaming Montreal mayor Valérie Plante for what they perceive as a mismanagement of snow removal efforts.
Sidewalks & roads across Montreal are icy and dangerous. Very difficult to walk in many boroughs. For whatever reason, city officials have refused to remove the snow that fell across the island in mid-November - almost 6 weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/z4ku4GDpSF— Domenic Fazioli (@DomenicFazioli) December 29, 2018
Montreal has the cheapest mayor-she’d rather have her city look like a dump than splurge a penny on snow removal! @Val_Plante wake up +salt ur sidewalks +make room on ur streets!!!! Its our 💰! #Montreal #yul #cheapmayor #rdppat @C_Bourgeois what a disappointment! @CTVMontreal— tad (@tabloidhore) January 2, 2019
@CTVMontreal can we get a poll going on Montrealers satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the lack of snow removal services taking place this year with @Val_Plante as major #cheapmayor #montrealfail @Global_Montreal— erica_514 (@514_erica) January 3, 2019
St-Leonard in Montreal.— Scrimmage & Stats (@thehockeyexpert) January 2, 2019
Absolute disaster and snow has been there since November. Ice all over sidewalks. Have to walk in the street for safety. pic.twitter.com/IyUowMDnw1
J’ai l’impression que les déneigeuses de Montréal étaient en vacances cette nuit. 30% d’humidité et +15cms de neige au sol tout est resté couvert de blanc. La patinoire automobile sur la chaussée est de taille— Toutou (@FrankyLolo) January 3, 2019
"I have the impression that Montreal snow removal vehicles were on vacation tonight."
Mayor no tax increase Plante is completely fuckedup you can't walk nowhere in Montreal as well there is no parking and residential streets are covered with 10" of ice and the city still in vacation, what a mess and the mayor in hiding nobody seen miss no tax increase..LOL...!!— Francis D'Alfonso (@francisdalfo) January 2, 2019
@MTL_Ville @C_Bourgeois yea so clean this guy just parked in the middle of the street cuz he cant park over the ice #montrealfail #montrealmayorischeap #cheapmayorofmontreal #yul #valerieplante @CTVMontreal @Global_Montreal @tvanouvelles pic.twitter.com/YjPf1F0UGF— tad (@tabloidhore) January 3, 2019
@Val_Plante I’ve never seen a more incompetent person let alone a mayor of a major city like Montréal. Streets and sidewalks are full of ice!— Nick furfaro (@Omedocin) December 30, 2018
Je me suis blessé en tombant. La mère de mon copain s’est sérieusement blessée en tombant. Que fait @MTL_Ville ? «Oubliés par la ville: les trottoirs glacés font rager les Montréalais. Des citoyens épandent eux-mêmes des abrasifs pour éviter de glisser» https://t.co/6CMdvh1UKH— J.Serge Sasseville (@SergeSasseville) January 3, 2019
"I hurt myself after a fall. My friend's mother seriously injured herself falling. What is [the city of Montreal] doing?"
Soeur sourire est à la tête d'une des pires administration de Montréal côté services. Ils ont presque rien eu à dépenser en déblaiement de neige à date et la glace SÉVIT un peu partout. Les crampons ne règlent pas tout. #ProjetMontreal à part être anti-voiture, c'est nul à chier.— Perlin Pinpin (@1954mimi) December 29, 2018
"Sister smile is at the head of one of the worst administrations in Montreal in terms of service. They've had almost nothing to spend on snow removal."
To be fair, the city plows and removes snow according to a list of priority streets outlined in the municipal snow removal policy. It is possible that these individuals live or work on streets that are categorized as low-priority and that snow and ice removal is forthcoming.
Complaints about Montreal snow management is perennial. But let's hope that low levels of snowfall have not encouraged the city to lag on its responsibilities.