The level of skill in winter sidewalk maintenance exhibited by the people of Calgary leaves me no other option but to conclude that it never once snowed during the seven winters that we were living elsewhere.
This winter, it's a well-documented fact that the City of Calgary is struggling to clear the major roads, let alone plow the snow from residential neighbourhood streets. So what do I see the majority of homeowners doing? Shoveling the snows from their sidewalks onto the street. So there is more snow that will never be cleared, narrower roads to drive on, and a great probability that your car (even ones with AWD - ask me how I know) will get stuck in two feet of snow when you're trying to park on the street.
Some of that snow has melted now, and now the sidewalks are covered in slippery ice that the majority of homeowners are ignoring. My two kids have fallen three times today alone, and one of them has a nasty bit of road rash on her face for show for her trouble. The sidewalks have been like this for well over twenty-four hours now and the grace period for homeowners to take responsibility for taking care of their dangerous sidewalks is over. You don't have to drive for more than ten minutes in my neighbourhood to reach several retail establishments where one can purchase sand, gravel, de-icer, or even cat litter to alleviated the unsafe sidewalk conditions. I am beyond infuriated with the level of ignorance and apathy and lack of regard for others.