Vancouver's snow troubles

Re: Tuesday's snowfall across Metro Vancouver led to spike in ICBC claims (Castanet, Dec. 1)

Why does Metro Vancouver struggle with snow removal every winter?

Some reasons include:

1. Lower Mainland municipalities budget far less for snow removal than other Canadian cities.

2. Lower percentage of drivers in B.C. have snow tires on their vehicles (snow tires have superior grip to "all season/ all weather" tires).

3. No backup plan if bridges suddenly close, which causes gridlock onto local roads.

Those of a certain age will know Albert Hammond's 1972 hit single, "It Never Rains in Southern California".

Maybe it's time for a rewrite:

"Seems it never snows in Lotus Land Vancouver/ Seems I've often heard that kind of talk before/ It never snows in our Vancouver/ Just need snow removers/ For wars, the blizzard wars"

David Buckna, Kelowna

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