Author Topic: Welcome to Canadian winter for all our Vancouver friends  (Read 118 times)

Offline JMT

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One day here, on April 30th, we got 3 feet (I shit you not) of snow.  It was at my waist.  I'm 6 feet tall.  we never get anything like that.  I had to drive the 3 hours to Winnipeg that day to get to the airport.  I made it.

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Greenhouses collapsed under the weight, and I think a grocery store as well.

Yes building practices, and even building codes, are different because of local conditions. Some areas are prone to earthquakes, others very strong winds, and even others heavy loads due to snowfall. Even with that there will be problems, but nowhere near as bad if similar conditions hit a different area that wasn't prepared. I remember one winter in the 90's where a particularly bad snowstorm hit Toronto and even there many homes suffered collapsed roofs because the load was just too much.

The worst collapsed roof I saw however was the first summer I moved to Toronto. I took over a sublet for 4 months while I searched for a better place, but I overlooked a shopping center with a K-Mart anchor store. One day we had a huge rain shower and a large part of the roof in the K-Mart collapsed under the weight. I assume it couldn't drain fast enough, and perhaps the storm drains were partially blocked. I can't find a description on the Internet, but then this happened long ago in the dark ages. I don't remember if people were hurt or not, it might have happened overnight. I had a front row seat however as my apartment was on the 7th floor and right across the street. I could look through a large hole in the roof and see right into the store and the merchandise below.

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People laugh in the rest of Canada, but it's really not funny. Imagine getting hit with a winter storm and not having any infrastructure to deal with snow removal nor drivers/cars prepared to drive in it. It would be awful.

We have two dogs, both small and we live in a quiet suburb where snow removal is non-existent and a lot of people don't shovel their sidewalk.  Walking has been impossible.  I took them down to a trail for a walk and we were sliding all over the place. 

At least we shoveled parts of the yard for them and they have each other to play with and burn energy, but they're getting cabin fever badly too.

ETA - oops, I meant to quote dia's post where she was talking about her dogs.  And thank you for the sympathy, cyber!  :)
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Offline dia

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We have two dogs, both small and we live in a quiet suburb where snow removal is non-existent and a lot of people don't shovel their sidewalk.  Walking has been impossible.  I took them down to a trail for a walk and we were sliding all over the place. 

At least we shoveled parts of the yard for them and they have each other to play with and burn energy, but they're getting cabin fever badly too.

ETA - oops, I meant to quote dia's post where she was talking about her dogs.  And thank you for the sympathy, cyber!  :)

Yeah, cabin fever for dogs - I have a small yard where they could play together a bit but the fearful one isn't comfortable in the yard, not even for doing his business.   The next storm is scheduled for later today and tomorrow, so I'm taking them out to a friend's where they can run free in a large fenced yard - not sure what would happen if I didn't have this option.   Yesterday was a better day for this, but had to visit SO in hospital and can't fit both activities into one day.   We've agreed it's ok if I visit him every other day.  Not sure what will happen tomorrow, if transit doesn't run he won't be seeing me.  Not paying $20 for parking, dammit!
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