Calgarians urged to shovel for physically unable neighbours
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
The winter season doesn’t only bring snowfall to the city but also the opportunity for neighbours to become angels — Snow Angels, that is.
The Snow Angel season is here and the city encourages Calgarians to nominate a friendly neighbour who helps by shovelling the sidewalk for those who are physically unable.
Anna Ross of the Senior Services Division for the city told Metro anyone can become a Snow Angel simply by shovelling a neighbour’s walk but it’s up to the neighbours to nominate the Snow Angels for their good deeds.
“It’s really an awareness campaign for citizens to be cognizant of the need for help shovelling snow especially for those who are physically unable or senior citizens,” she said, noting that it isn’t a call-up program — unless citizens want to nominate a Snow Angel.
The importance of helping out senior citizens shovel their walks during the Christmas season is urged upon by city paramedics and EMS spokesperson Paul Lapointe said people may not know how difficult shovelling can be, especially for the elderly.
“Shovelling is a heavy strain especially for those with medical conditions. It’s common this time of year for people to have chest pains or injury due to shovelling, so anytime we can take that risk away it’s a good thing,” he said.
Bylaw boss Bill Bruce said sidewalks have to be shoveled within 24 hours of the snowfall or the city charges a $150 fee for the walks that go untouched.
“We want to try and help find solutions for people who can’t shovel their walks. So it’s good if people can help out and watch out for their neighbours,” said Bruce.
To nominate a Snow Angel call 3-1-1 or go to www.calgary.cafor more information.