Aurora’s precious snowflakes

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Last year the Town of Aurora ran a pilot to allow on-street parking during the winter months and, as to be expected, it negatively impacted the town’s ability to meet snow clearing time targets.

When council realized it couldn’t have its cake and eat it too the pilot was scuttled.

Returning to the previous snow clearing time targets will be greatly welcomed by the community at large, but as to be expected one or two precious snowflakes are outraged.

In this Banner piece, we are treated to one grumpy old man, posed in TorStar’s favorite visual cliché of standing with arms crossed in front of things they’re against.

Drenched in entitlement, the poorly cobbled rationalizations for keeping on-street winter parking amount to little more than hyperbolic rage.

Let’s review.

“reverting to the ban seems silly and like we are moving backward.”

Backward, compared to who?  All but one of York Region has similar bans of on-street winter parking for the winter months:

Georgina – 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. November 15 to April 15
King Township – 2 a.m. and 6 a.m November 1st to April 15th
Stoufville – 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. December 1 through to and including March 31
Newmarket – 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 1 to April 15
East Gwillimbury – 2 to 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 to May 1
Richmondhill – 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. from December 1 to March 31
Vaughan – 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. 365 days a year

Markham is the only one that deviates.  Between November 15 and April 15 vehicles may only be parked on the odd-numbered side of city streets, unless posted signs indicate otherwise, and only when snow clearing operations are not in effect.

So not backward at all.  Just maintaining best practices.

“For many households, a driveway only has enough room for two vehicles, which means additional vehicles need to be parked somewhere.”

Sure.  If you have more vehicles than your driveway can hold then they need to be parked somewhere, but that somewhere isn’t necessarily the street.

I tracked down where the Banner’s photograph was taken and if you look at it from a higher angle you will notice properties in this hood that have driveways that can fit 4 even six cars:

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But even for the ones unfortunate to have a sidewalk cut through their driveway (oh my god, the humanity!) all of the houses in this hood have not single but double fucking car garages.

Garages.  The structures built to not only park cars but keep them from the elements in winter. Back in 2014 Surrey recognized that their parking problem was caused by people hoarding crap in their garages.  The entitlement is strong with these ones.

Another flimsy argument advanced is that “many have basement apartments to help pay the bills and this restriction on parking during the winter months hinders people’s ability to be financially self-sufficient.”

Let’s pretend that the basement apartments being referred to are legal basement apartments, has the landlord promised their tenant a parking space as part of their lease?

In 2014 Vaughan addressed parking issues caused by basement apartments.  Their solution, treating the community like adults was creating a provision there be parking for at least three vehicles.

Is it possible that here in Aurora there are situations occurring where landlords more concerned with making a buck are overpromising and under delivering parking to tenants who instead of parking come winter are met with the following scene:

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On-street parking during the winter months that didn’t exist until last year’s failed pilot is not an election issue, it’s a non-issue for all but a few wanting to have their cake and eat it too.

And the icing on the cake is that this entire argument about being able to park a third or 4th vehicle steps from your house rings flies in the face of a town pretending to be the “most active in all of Canada”.

How precious indeed.

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