Snow in Vancouver!

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The mailboxes outside my work covered in snow...
The mailboxes outside my work covered in snow...

Well, it’s a snow day in Vancouver.

Vancouver is unique among Canadian cities in its perceived inability to deal with snow. There are so many  Easterners (Canadians as I call them to differentiate them from British Columbian people) who go on about how Vancouver shuts down at the mere hint of snow.

It’s true though, this city is kind of paralysed right now. At work very few people came in and of those who did show up most went home quite early in order to avoid dangerous road conditions.

I, unfortunately, arrived about half an hour late on account of the snow.

Back in Ontario the city always functioned no problem during the snow. Peterborough, where I lived, was always well prepared for the winter. By the time I woke up at 7 all of the city’s roads and sidewalks were plowed. I’d put on a huge winter coat and carry on with my day.

Here, however, the snow is a bit different. It’s quite wet and much more dangerous for cars. So, you’ll get this snow, then it’ll be slush, then it will warm up, then it will freeze and and the whole city will be like this scary ice rink of bad drivers.

Well, I’m on my way to a Christmas party at the BC Federation of Youth in Care Networks.

I am a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada who has blogged here for 20 years. I like to share my thoughts and feelings on my own online space. From 1998 until 2017 I worked as a journalist and I hope to use this website as an archive for all of my stories.

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