Funny and Moody: The Best of Aislin's Cartoons
Don't Get Mad - Get Even...
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1997, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
27 x 27.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , various themes (1105)
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"Some people I know claim to love winter. I, on the other hand, think that if God wants Canadians to endure the cold, she should give us fur. As far as I'm concerned, winter is good only because it forces me to work, thereby allowing me to ignore the great outdoors. Each year I draw several winter cartoons just when the climate is at its most unbearable and I sense that Montrealers are as fed up as I am. This one, which reflects on the collective frustration of dealing with tardy municipal snow removal, is a
Terry Mosher (alias Aislin)
To remove winter's snow from its 4,700 km of streets and 6,400 km of sidewalks, Montreal passed a regulation prohibiting parking on certain streets, on certain days and at certain times. This only added to the daily frustrations faced by Montrealers in winter. Those who live in areas where the streets are narrow - in the Plateau Mont Royal, for example - find snow-removal operations particularly trying.
Meteorologists have calculated that Montreal receives more snow than many other northern cities, including Moscow and Oslo. Montrealers, in particular those who drive, often find it hard to get around in winter. This is no doubt one reason why merchants have, over the years, created an underground city in which the métro lines link up to shopping centres and office buildings.
Montreal, like many Canadian cities, must contend with extremes in temperature : the mercury can climb over 30°C in summer and drop below -25°C in winter. The city also gets a lot of snow between December and March, although the first snowfall can come in November and the last one in April or May. That means winter lasts almost six months in Montreal! Municipal snow-removal crews have to work day and night to clear the snow, often for several days in a row.
When a winter storm hits Montreal, almost 2,000 city workers get to work clearing the snow and ice from streets and sidewalks. Almost the same number of private contractors are also called out. Each year the city spends over $100 million on snow removal.