Welcome to the dollhouse: No town, though, amassed more white stuff than Stephenville, N. Yellen would have issued her statement sooner, but her testimony was delayed by a Washington snowstorm.
North of the border, GDP fell by 0. Canadian retail stores reported their biggest one-month drop in a year. Story Continues Economists are fairly confident the gloomy numbers will eventually pass, like winter itself. But that rosy economic outlook glosses over a much frostier reality: This winter for the ages will cost Canadian cities untold millions in extra snow-clearing, pothole maintenance and other infrastructure repair bills that have yet to arrive.
In this era of climate change—when scientists expect severe bouts of weather to become the rule rather than the exception—the past few months have provided a disturbing glimpse of the overwhelming costs to come.
A few hundred bucks for a port-a-potty is just the beginning. This is a new normal. This is a new cost that needs to be incorporated into budget forecasts. But that amount is still far lower than the price tag facing affected municipalities, which shoulder the burden of cleaning up the mess left behind. Roads and sidewalks, after all, are not insurable. In Edmonton, potholes are already such an epidemic that the city is teaming up with the University of Alberta engineering department to figure out ways to make roads more robust in chilly conditions.
And in Niagara Falls, the unbearable cold triggered 42 water-main breaks by the end of February, more than half the total of the entire year before. Hundreds of homes are still without water, their pipes frozen solid, and the city has only four machines that can defrost the lines.
And one of those devices was purchased last week, after the emergency began. We have to absorb those costs, even though it is a huge financial hit to cities that are already financially strapped.
Although a new theory out of the U. In other words, Canada has endured tough winters before, and this may have simply been another one.
Four hundred is unbelievable. But our only source of revenue is property taxes, and citizens are fed up with having increases to their property taxes. For one, the fund cannot be used to pay for core infrastructure projects, such as fixing winter-beaten roads. But most experts agree that city storm sewers require the most urgent overhaul, by far. Even in Winterpeg, they might be wishing spring never came.
Worst Winter ever Calgary: In November, Red Deer broke records dating back a century, receiving a whopping The city hit 9. The city experienced its coldest winter on record Great Lakes: As of March 7, The record remains February , when The city set a record low on Jan. The capital was colder and snowier than average in December, January and February Charlottetown: With spring around the corner, the town has more than two metres of snow still on the ground Toronto: The previous record was 81 days; as of March 7, Toronto was at 89 days.