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Local artist says snow removal plans need to change

Cars struggled to work through the snow after a massive winter storm left more than 20 centimetres on the ground on Dec. 22, 2020. (PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A community advocate and artist is responding to the city’s proposed changes for snow removal.

Elaine Lee, a Calgary-based artist who uses a wheelchair to travel said it was incredibly difficult to get anywhere following the heavy snowfall at the end of December.

“Snow removal plans that the city has focuses on the main roads as Priority 1 and 2. But if people in residential areas can’t even get their cars out of their driveway or their streets then how can they even access the main roads.”

Earlier this week, Councillors Jeff Davison and Ward Sutherland proposed changes for the city to respond to major snowfalls.

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As it stands now, the city would have to declare a “snow emergency” for all resources to be unlocked to help clear roads and walkways.

The two councillors argue this takes too much time.

Lee said getting around her neighbourhood following the December snowstorm was torture and she doesn’t care how city council gets it done, she just hopes they do it in a timely manner.

“If they’re responsible and they do actually go to remove the snow in the residential streets then go ahead and do that but if they wait around until a few days later, that’s not actually feasible for most people.”

Davison and Sutherland will present their proposal to the Priorities and Finance Committee on Jan. 12.