With all the snowfall in Canada lately, it's no surprise that snow removal is a hot topic of conversation across the country.
And with Toronto struggling to handle the storm they had earlier this week, many Torontonians and other Canadians have taken to Twitter to express their desire to be "more like Montreal" in this area.
TL;DR According to people on Twitter, Montreal is the master of snow removal, and Toronto has a long way to go to catch up in the snow clearing game.
To be honest, I was surprised that I kept coming across these tweets when people in Montreal are often the first to criticize the city's approach to snow removal.
While we are lucky enough to have sidewalk plows, the grass isn't always greener... or should I say, the roads aren't always cleaner.
Montreal has the best snow removal system in place!— DC (@dianacraik) January 29, 2019
Lived it!seen it!
Many of these tweets come from current and former Montrealers who feel our ville has the process down pat.
While it is generally very quick, it's far from perfect.
and if you have snow removal service which isn't useless, like it is in Toronto, you get your roads cleaned, and if you have actual snow "REMOVAL" like this, you're not living in Toronto, you're living in Montrealhttps://t.co/myonlWx8cE— bigaltoronto (@AllanBSportsFan) January 27, 2019
We weren't the only ones to get kudos on snow clearing, though.
Ottawa got some shoutouts as well.
The tweet below makes a good point, though, that just because we have those little sidewalk plows doesn't mean they don't pose their own problems...
Like plowing down an unsuspecting pedestrian, for example.
"Why can't Toronto plow its sidewalks? Montreal does it!"— Joshua Hind (@joshuahind) January 23, 2019
*one of these comes up behind you going a 100km/h and you have to jump into a snow bank to get out of the way*
"OK, bad example..." pic.twitter.com/KZUIYOAmSB
Edmonton was also mentioned for their ability to clear the snow and get the city back up and running.
It seems Toronto is lacking a system or support to tackle these kinds of storms.
I have experienced snow storms in all major cities in Canada. From Montreal to Edmonton. Believe me, they are much more organized. We need more crew on the streets before the storm starts and during the storm.— Proud Little Monster (@imlittleMonster) January 29, 2019
Though the tweeter below made a point of reminding people that this wasn't necessarily the case for Canada's largest metropolis.
There was a time where in order to deal with the snow, the mayor of Toronto would stop at nothing... including calling in the army.
In a meeting today, I cracked a joke about toronto calling in the army to help with the snow....— Joe Ching (@joe_ching) January 23, 2019
Apparently nobody in montreal knows about our infamous state of emergency in 1999
This was 20 years ago!https://t.co/p4zkpAP11U pic.twitter.com/pC87PhiVvN
While that is no longer the case, Torontonians have been relegated to cleaning up the snow themselves.
A city bylaw stipulates that it is the responsibility of the property owner to clear the walkway adjacent to their land.
Property owners in #Toronto's downtown core - remember you must shovel the sidewalk adjacent to you, for all of our safety. I'd be happy to have my property taxes raised to ensure our city could purchase Montreal-style sidewalk snow clearing equipmenthttps://t.co/Lk4rWbICeO— Heather J Wood (@rollwithheather) January 27, 2019
This is something I wouldn't mind seeing in place in Montreal, too.
The sidewalks are truly treacherous in this city, in part because of the sidewalk plows that compact all that snow into a sheet of thick ice that can be straight up impossible for some individuals to traverse.
@cityoftoronto @TorontosMayor Kingston and St-Clair is a mess. Sidewalks and roads, nothing has been cleaned yet. By far the worst preparations for a snow day. You need to learn from other cities like Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary. #Taxpayers pic.twitter.com/913Mp70UP2— Proud Little Monster (@imlittleMonster) January 27, 2019
The tweet above makes a great point, though, and that is preparation.
If you follow MTL Blog then you always know when a storm is coming, because Environment Canada never hesitates to issue a warning when inclement weather is approaching.
Maybe if @cityoftoronto had real snow "REMOVAL" equipment like they have in Montreal, we wouldn't need to worry about our roads being covered with mountains of snow due to incompetent snow clearing.https://t.co/myonlWx8cE— bigaltoronto (@AllanBSportsFan) January 27, 2019
Moreover, Montreal does make a point of actually removing snow on a regular basis.
It's one thing to push snow out of the way, but eventually, it does need to be displaced so that vehicle sightlines are kept open and traffic can continue to move through the city.
I gave up hope years ago hoping to see proper snow removal in Toronto.— bigaltoronto (@AllanBSportsFan) January 20, 2019
This is how you do snow removal the right way.
Watch this video from Montreal.https://t.co/myonlWx8cE
So, what are your thoughts, Montreal?
Do we deserve the title?
Or does Montreal have a ways to go before we earn the right to call our selves the Best in Canada?
Let us know your two cents.