The Cabbagetown Residents Association would like to thank everyone for pitching in as our neighbourhood dug its way out of the latest winter snowstorm. On the whole, sidewalks and front steps were cleared in a timely manner, and neighbours helped each other out to the benefit of everyone. If you have a good neighbour story to share, we’d love to hear from you. Email us the details of your neighbour’s good deeds, including their name and address, and we’ll send them a letter of appreciation – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re looking for more information on what it means to be a good neighbour, here are some helpful tips and reminders about how to get us all through the winter months safely.
Be a Good Neighbour This Winter
Snowfall can create challenges for many residents – especially families with young children (strollers) or individuals who require mobility aids. Snowy, icy walkways also make it difficult for people who deliver services in our city – mail carriers, delivery drivers, firefighters, and paramedics.
We’re asking all Cabbagetowners to help reduce the risk of injury from falls and make it easier for all residents and visitors to safely use our sidewalks by removing all snow and ice from your sidewalk within 12 hours of a snowfall.
Helpful Tips for clearing your sidewalk:
• Sooner is better – remove snow before pedestrians pack it down (and make it much harder to shovel)
• Don’t wait – during heavy or sustained snow fall, get out early and often to remove snow
• To help prevent flooding, please clear drains of snow as well
Remember: The City of Toronto requires that all residents remove snow and ice from steps, sidewalks, driveways, ramps and similar areas to ensure safe access for persons and vehicles. Residents with corner lots are reminded that they are responsible for clearing the full length of sidewalk around their home. Failure to do so can result in a fine of $100.00 + $25.00 surcharge (See Municipal Code Chapter 719).
If you would like to file a complaint about a private property owner not clearing snow from private property, you can submit a service request on-line at http://www.toronto.ca/311, or call 311.
When you clear snow promptly after a snowfall, you play a key role in keeping our neighbourhood moving safely in winter weather.