My Green City Life

Testing for Helix
January 7, 2010, 4:51 pm
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December 2, 2009, 5:26 pm
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Water water everywhere
July 24, 2008, 1:46 pm
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Three water-related things to report today:

1. Finally, finally, finally, after months of waiting, the leak in our bathroom has finally been fixed! Oh happy day! The background story is that the cold water has been leaking from the bathtub faucet for many months, progressively getting worse. For the last few months, we’ve had the cold water turned off, only turning it on when needed. As you can imagine, turning the water on and off has been a hassle. It is therefore extremely exciting for me to be able to adjust the temperature of the water while washing my hands! Or brush my teeth with cold water! Or not worry about wasting water when we forget to turn the cold water back off! Yay!

2. A waterspout was seen in the St. Lawrence river yesterday down at the Old Port. Apparently, this never happens. See a picture here.

3. There is still unmelted snow from this winter’s record-breaking snowfalls! Mmmm, dirty six-month-old snow. Sounds awesome. Read more here.

The Saddest Day of the Year
June 22, 2008, 9:14 am
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According to me, June 21st is the summer solstice, the first day of summer, and the happiest/saddest day of the year. Happiest because it’s the longest day of the year and saddest because you can only go downhill from there. Today, the second longest day of the year (tied, I suppose, with the day before yesterday), it is dreary and rainy as though the earth is crying because it knows that for the next six months the days will be getting shorter and shorter. I always find it odd that come June 21st I feel that warm weather has just begun but we’ve already peaked on sunny hours. Conversely, on December 21st we’re just starting the long haul of winter, but already the days are starting to get longer.

February 8, 2008, 12:57 pm
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I had an idea this morning that is completely unrealistic yet brilliant in its simplicity. Someone needs to develop technology so that the snow removal equipment can run on SNOW instead of gasoline. Brilliant!

Super Tuesday, enviro-style
February 6, 2008, 7:08 pm
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Matt spent the better part of six hours in front of the television last night watching the coverage of the primaries. (“This is way better than the Olympics,” said he.) He switched between three different channels: CBS, CBC (which did a small piece on the MCDC that happened to be shot entirely in Kansas City [sigh]), and RDI which is the French version of the CBC. None of them seemed to be saying anything radically different from the others. I’m just assuming about RDI since I can’t understand anything they say on that channel.

Today in my email inbox, I received a link to The Daily Green’s version of what went down last night. As usual, the article is pretty vague, but you might glean a bit of knowledge from it. It is always a nice little change from the more mainstream media to see the politicians analyzed in terms of their stance on the environment, rather than their experience, their abilities as Commander-In-Chief, their plans for healthcare reform, or their take on immigration.

Snow Removal
January 28, 2008, 11:44 am
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So it snowed a few inches last week. I got excited like a little kid when all the big snow plowing tractor guys came rumbling by. I ran to the window when I heard the snow removal/farm equipment tractors coming down the street. I swear, I’m like a little boy, all excited about the big machines!

But then I started thinking about all the resources it takes to clear just a few inches of snow from this city. Fossil fuels, of course, but even just the cost in dollars is astounding. Montreal has a $128-million budget for snow removal this winter. The record snow fall in December took a very sizable chunk out of that money.

So what happens when fuel costs get too high? Does the city stop clearing snow on side streets? Does it only clear one lane on a two-lane street? Will the increased fuel costs have caused more people to ditch their cars, warranting a smaller snow removal operation anyway? Will there come a day when the city doesn’t even remove the snow anymore? Is there a better alternative?

If you like, you can learn more about Montreal’s snow removal procedures here.

Image: snow removal. Originally uploaded by ben soo