Mayor Valérie Plante Says Montreal Is A "Punching Bag" For People To Complain About Icy Sidewalks But People Have Literally Broken Bones This Winter - MTL Blog

Mayor Valérie Plante Says Montreal Is A "Punching Bag" For People To Complain About Icy Sidewalks But People Have Literally Broken Bones This Winter

Montrealers have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations.

After receiving countless messages from the people of Montreal about their dissatisfaction with the state of our roads and sidewalks, mayor Valérie Plante has spoken out.

According to La Presse, Plante feels the city has become a "punching bag," and a "lightning rod" for Montrealers who are exasperated by the snow-and-ice-heavy winter. She also notes that we've received nearly 200cm of snow, which is an "average" amount in her eyes.

The mayor continues by stating that she sympathizes with Montrealers' irritation, but asks them to also consider the crews working tirelessly to clean city streets of ice and snow.

But major challenges persist. According to the CBC, the city has already had to use money from its reserve funds to continue with snow removal. Last month, the mayor herself also had to put pressure on borough mayors to adequately clean streets in a timely manner.

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TL;DR Mayor Plante says that Montrealers like to use the city as a "punching bag" for their winter frustrations. But many of these complaints are well-founded.

The mayors' comments also disregard the difficulty many people, especially seniors and people with disabilities, have had this season. Countless Montrealers have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations about icy, treacherous sidewalks. Some have even shared stories of broken bones.

The icy sidewalks pose a real risk to people with reduced mobility.

Montrealers may not have much luck avoiding the sidewalks, either. Just this week, a Montreal man got a ticket from the SPVM for walking in the street while attempting to avoid an impassable, dangerous sidewalk.

This winter has not been easy for Montreal pedestrians.

Stay tuned.

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