With all the bureaucrats and functionaries, the over taxation to fund the rainy day (slush fund?) for pet projects, something is wrong. Sidewalks were invented for people to walk on.
In Nanaimo, they build sidewalks to to put power poles, traffic signals, mail boxes and anything else they can think of on. Attached is a photo that illustrates this, but is not the only occurance in Nanaimo.
Add to this the misconception that snow removal is the responsibility of home/business owners, and that the City is not responsible for accidents occuring on sidewalks, and has a fine structured in for those that don't clear their sidewalks. http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/17/d...the-sidewalks/ *A quote from the article follows.*
(Some civic politicians may hope off-loading responsibility for snow removal will help them avoid lawsuits. But a municipality cannot dodge its liability for slips and falls on icy sidewalks simply because it forces homeowners to do the job. According to a 2000 Ontario Court of Appeal decision that has been cited nationwide, “snow and ice accumulating on public sidewalks . . . are the legal responsibility of the municipality, not the property owner.” And this holds regardless of bylaws or fines. The city owns the sidewalk and is ultimately responsible for keeping it clear.)
So, with all the obstacles on our sidewalks, City wide, and the City trying to deny responsibility for snow clearing, City and it's Public Works leaves a lot to desire.
My rant for this week.