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posted April 7, 2006

Salt on the sidewalks

This was a very light year for snow, of course, but there were a few snowfalls. The day after the last snowfall in March, it was so warm and windy that the snow all melted and the sidewalks were bare and dry by noon. But the sidewalk to the north of the park was still white with salt, drifts of it, little heaps of it, the whole length of the sidewalk from Havelock to Gladstone. The dog walkers noticed it first, because their dogs limped and whimpered, from the salt burns on their feet. The dog owners talked to other people in the park, and there was lots of grumbling about the salt going into the ground and down the sewers into the lake. An e-mail went to Mike Hindle, the park's maintenance supervisor. He wrote back the next day, apologizing. He said there seemed to have been either "equipment or operator error" involved, and the Parks crew had come back and swept up the extra salt.

It was true the whole length of the sidewalk was swept and only a little powder remained.

If you are a person who worries about excessive salt on roads and sidewalks in Toronto, let city workers know. For more information about whom to contact, and how, send an e-mail to the neighbourhood list serve: it's a great way to find out things, because somebody always seems to know the answer you're looking for.


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