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  • 26 Jul 2021 9:46 AM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    Red Moon wants to break into the North American salt market - MINING.COM

    Red Moon Resources (TSXV: RMK) says it wants to break into the North American salt market to reduce imports of the mineral, essential to de-ice roads during the winter.

    At present, Canada and the United States import between seven and 10 million tonnes of road salt per year, mainly from Chile, Egypt and Morocco, out of a total annual market of approximately 25 million tonnes. This means that up to 40% of the mineral is imported.

    Even Red Moon’s home province, Newfoundland and Labrador, imports from neighbouring Quebec the 300,000 tonnes of road salt it uses every year. 

    “In terms of the security of supply, keep in mind that no new underground salt mines have been built in the last 20 years in Canada and the US, due in part to the fact there are very few ideal locations. Some of the current mines are running into aging issues, and shipping costs from overseas have jumped considerably just in recent months,” Red Moon’s president, Rowland Howe, told MINING.COM.

    According to Howe, these local supply shortages combined with the fact that efficient salt mines are known to be dynamic long-term generators of free cash flow, is what drew Red Moon to the Great Atlantic south deposit.

    Located near the Turf Point Port in western Newfoundland, the deposit was initially discovered through oil and gas exploration. It is considered one of North America’s largest shallow salt deposits and it is immediately adjacent to the Flat Bay gypsum deposit, whose mines produced a reported 15 million tonnes from the 1950s until production ceased in 1990.

    Great Atlantic hosts approximately 1.4 billion tonnes grading 95.6% NaCl, while resource modelling based on previous drilling indicates continuity of the salt resource with average thickness of 200 metres to 250 metres.

    “The significance of this salt deposit – the tonnage (>1 billion tonnes), the relative shallowness of it, the high grades (>95%), and its strategic location next to important infrastructure including a deep water port, was quickly understood,” Howe said. “Red Moon is the only company with a major undeveloped salt deposit.”

    Environmentally friendly

    According to Howe, the goal is to build an environmentally friendly, low-cost operation and the first new salt “factory” in Atlantic Canada in 60 years. The plan is to employ simple physical processing – mine, crush, screen, and load. 

    The project has a bankable feasibility study that includes near-term additional drilling which will determine whether the most effective mining method would be ramp/decline or shaft.  A complete feasibility study is currently being carried out by SLR Consulting (Canada).

    “Salt has many uses in today’s society as well as being one of life’s essential minerals,” the executive said. “The most promising immediate market for salt produced from the Great Atlantic deposit is for road de-icing, but longer-term secondary uses – the chemical industry, for example, requires high-grade salt – would likely emerge.” 

    Howe, who joined Red Moon earlier this year after a decade running Compass Minerals’ Goderich salt mine in southern Ontario, said the development of Great Atlantic not only offers the possibility of supplying the local market, it would also help reduce overseas imports and, thus, aid the effort to cut global carbon emissions.  

  • 20 Jul 2021 1:53 PM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    Salt for sore eyes: St. John's harbour salt pile blocks some of the best views | CBC News

    Matt Idnurm likes to spend the early summer months watching the marine life off St. John's harbour from his first-floor balcony on Water Street downtown.

    "I sit out here with my binoculars and I watch the whales in the ocean," he said in a recent interview. But this year, he said, "we can't see a bloody thing. All I can see is the black tarp and the tires on it."

    Idnurm is bemoaning a pile of road salt sitting more than two-storeys high and occupying more than a ship's length of prime waterfront in Newfoundland and Labrador's capital city. The pile belongs to A. Harvey & Company Ltd., a local firm specializing in marine shipping -- and salt.

    Each year, the salt is stacked and covered with black tarps to prevent the minerals from flying away. Large, strategically placed tires keep the tarps from flapping in the city's strong winds.

    Normally, Idnurm said, the salt is piled in the fall and the mound is tarped around the time the first snowflakes hit the streets.

    "I put up with it for five or six weeks and I go to Florida."

    But this year, he said, the pile came early.

    Geoff Cunningham, vice-president of operations with A. Harvey & Company, is reluctant to talk about the salt. "It's proprietary information," he said.

    When asked if he gets curious phone calls about it, he was more forthcoming: "Oh God, yes."

    Cunningham said the salt pile acts as a kind of dynamic map of the winter -- like a tarp-covered, view-obstructing weather vane, he said.

    "How's the winter going? Well you can see how the pile is shrinking," he mused.

    Last winter didn't involve as much snow as previous years, leaving a lot of leftover salt, Cunningham said. "Some year there's none by the time April comes."

    The City of St. John's uses about 28,000 tonnes of salt on average from the pile each year, and spokeswoman Susan Bonnell said city hall is peppered with questions about the curious sight on the waterfront each season. And while the salt pile blocks some of the best views in town, Bonnell said that's not what's upsetting people.

     "The complaints, generally speaking, relate to salt debris forming on adjacent dwellings and vehicles during high winds," she said in an email.

    Christina Parker, who owns an art gallery nearby, said the salt heap is the "bane of everyone's existence." Aside from the salt dust blowing around, she said, the monolith is a grim reminder of the winter months ahead. "It's a real downer," she said, laughing.

    Milton Spracklin, owner of United Sail Works, the company that makes the tarps for the salt pile, said all that complaining is "silliness."

    "You do get a bit of dust that blows around, but I'm going to tell you, on a windy day, when the salt water is being blown off the ocean, it's worse than the dust being blown off the pile," he said in an interview Monday.

    Besides, he added, if it weren't for that salt, the steep, slippery winter streets of St. John's would be a mess of backward-sliding cars.

    His company makes two new tarps every year to suit the pile, he said, adding that this year's tarps combined weigh nearly two tonnes and cover an area about 81 metres long and 152 metres wide — nearly the size of three Canadian Coast Guard polar icebreakers lined up side by side.

    The salt comes by ship from the the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

    "The ship hauls up to the side of the wharf, and it has a great big huge conveyor belt, and it dumps the salt right where it's to," Spracklin said. "If they were to truck that salt somewhere else, it would take thousands and thousands of truck loads."

    Back on his balcony, Idnurm said he's not too salty about this year's views, adding that he's not planning to stick around for the winter to reap the benefits and drive on safer St. John's roads.

    "The view's not good this year but most years, it is," he said.

  • 19 Jul 2021 7:31 AM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    Ford issues 3 safety recalls impacting 42,000 vehicles in Canada - National |

    Ford Motor Co. has issued three safety recalls affecting 850,000 vehicles in North America, including nearly 42,000 in Canada.

    The largest recall involves 775,000 Explorers, including almost 33,000 in Canada, for model years 2013 to 2017. The SUVs may experience a seized cross-axis ball joint that can significantly reduce steering control and increase the risk of a crash.

    In the U.S., the affected vehicles are located in high-corrosion states with cold winter weather, high humidity and substantial road salt use. Ford says it is aware of six allegations of injury related to this condition in North America.

    The second recall involves 35,000 2020-2021 F-350 Super Duty vehicles (7,300 in Canada) with a 6.7-litre engine and single rear wheel axle that could experience a weld issue.

    Affected vehicles may experience a rear driveline disconnection. Ford says in the event of a disconnected driveshaft, drivers may experience loss of power or loss of the transmission park function if the parking brake is not applied. It says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the condition.

    The third recall for which Ford also says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries involves 41,000 2020-2021 Lincoln Aviators (2,600 in Canada) that are equipped with 3.0-litre gas engines. It says an improperly secured battery cable wire harnesses could result in a short circuit and potential fire.

  • 11 Jul 2021 9:21 AM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    Huron County contracts and tenders for winter road safety (

    HURON COUNTY – Manager of Public Works Cameron Harper presented the results of tenders for HC 2021-140, the rental and operation of three snowplows with sanding and salting equipment for the Wingham Patrol, and the supply and delivery of alternative non-liquid de-icing materials.

    Huron County council accepted the tender submitted by Joe Kerr Ltd. for HC 2021-140 for a minimum of three winter seasons starting in November 2022 at an estimated total value of $606,326.78 (including applicable net tax) per season, plus a two per cent increase per year beginning Jan. 1, 2024.

    The public works department was authorized to exercise the option of two single-year extensions for the 2025-26 and 2026-27 winter seasons, including at a two per cent increase per calendar year.

    Council awarded Compass Minerals Canada Corp. contract HC 21-54, alternative de-icing materials, for the tendered price of $320,544, including applicable net taxes.

    Steve Lund, county engineer and director of operations, reported to council on the road salt supply.

    Council approved an exemption to the procurement bylaw. Staff was directed to annually negotiate the price for the supply of highway coarse bulk salt with Compass Minerals Canada Corporation for three years from 2021-2024.

    “As a result of a salt tender not accepted by county council in 2015 on staff recommendation, the county has been procuring highway coarse bulk salt from the Compass Minerals Salt Mine in Goderich based on negotiating annual competitive pricing and comparing to other municipalities on an annual basis to ensure Huron County is receiving good value,” stated Lund’s report.

    The department uses approximately 14,600 tonnes of highway coarse bulk salt on an average winter, Lund reported.

    Costs for highway coarse bulk salt over the last five years saw a wide range of variances.

    The price increase on average was held essentially flat before 2016 for a few years. However, recently the price has risen significantly during 2019, which saw a mine strike in Goderich, which affected the price of salt for a couple of years. Since then, the increases have been in stride with the cost of living and inflation for the last two years. County public works surveyed in May 2021 with surrounding counties and found the salt prices delivered for the recent winter season range from a low of $67.75 in Middlesex to a high of $90.82 in Wellington.

    Most of the counties tendered their salt procurement over the last three years. They found higher prices compared to Huron, except for Middlesex County. On this basis, “Huron County Public Works conclude the negotiating strategy is paying off as it minimizes any hedging for unknown labour, equipment, and material costs in years two and three of a supply tender,” Lund’s report said.

    Compass Minerals has treated the county fairly over the years, Lund said, and staff suggest the county maintain this arrangement for another three years. After that, staff will monitor the price year over year. If it follows the cost of living, then Huron County is considered in a competitive pricing arrangement.

    It should be noted the price paid by a county will vary based on volumes used, geographic location, trucking costs based on distance and term (length) of tender.

  • 30 Jun 2021 4:04 PM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    Sri Lanka looks to export ‘road salt’ used for de-icing roads in developed countries during winter – The Island

    Lanka Salt Limited in Hambantota has received several inquiries from European countries for Road salt which is commonly used in many countries including Canada, Europe, Japan, China and even South America to melt snow during the winter season.

    “The unpurified rock salt or ‘road salt’ is an affordable and commonly used chemical to de-ice roads in developed countries in the winter. Having identified this opportunity, I spoke to several European Municipal Councils through Lankan embassies and other contacts to explore the market for it which will have a huge business potential for Sri Lanka, Lanka Salt Chairman Nishantha Sandabarana told the Island Financial Review.

    “This will be a new addition to the local export basket which will net over US$ 200 million annual income to Sri Lanka. Salt is used along with another chemical to melt ice in winter seasons and there is large scope for demand for the commodity, he said.

    “To turn the potential into real business, we need to build a Rs. 300 million worth plant and I have found three private companies excited to invest in it as joint venture partners ensuring that Lanka Salt doesn’t need to invest in the infrastucture.” he said

    “Lanka Salt has around 200 acres of salt plains and we have planned a project to solarize the entire Lanka salt facility in Hambantota which will significantly save our monthly electricity bill of Rs. 2.5 million.”

    “Lanka Salt annually spends over Rs. 30 million to cover salt dumps using polythene and cadjan leaves. I planmed to build permanent concrete structures to cover these salt dumps and offer the roof to install solar.”

    He said when these two projects along with other development initiatives were put forward to the Board for approval, EPF which owns a 90 percent stake in Lanka Salt objected to them for reasons best known to them.

    Lanka Salt Ltd, has posted a Rs. 47 million profit in the year 2020 after having suffered Rs. 200 million loss in the year 2019 under the previous regime which was a dramatic turnaround”, the chairman said.

    We are hoping to improve this to around Rs. 70 million by the end of 2021 using several new management tools and cost-cutting measures. To achieve it, we made several viable project proposals in the beginning of last year to increase this profit to a three-figure mark,” Sandabarana said.

    Lanka Salt has nearly 600 unused acres of land stretching up near Yala National Park and is planning to launch a eco-tourism projects soon.

  • 11 Jun 2021 8:09 AM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    Winnipeg students hype hemp at city hall hoping to slash salt use on slippery winter roads | CBC News

    It felt like the trio of Westwood Collegiate students had appeared at city hall dozens of times.

    Grade 11 students Jasper Bain, Angela Gamayao, and Megan Morant came to the Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works committee to make the case for mixing salt — with hemp hurd.

    The city is exploring ways to cut its use of road salt as a means of providing traction on slippery winter streets. 

    Inspired by a contest — Caring for our Watersheds — sponsored by agricultural company Nutrien and administered through Ducks Unlimited at Oak Hammock Marsh, the trio started the project as part of their chemistry class.

    With the help of their teacher they began experimenting by mixing salt with locally-gown hemp.

    "Hemp hurd is actually created from the stalk of the hemp plant. So, the stalk is something that is not used for a lot of different things right now. But we think that using it as an aid to salt-based de-icers on the roads could be a really good place that it could be used," Bain said.

    The students found a third of the salt mixed with hemp hurd successfully melted ice nearly as much as salt on its own. 

    The approximately 26,000 tonnes of salt the City of Winnipeg uses to de-ice the streets not only erodes concrete, bridges, vehicles and other infrastructure, but has an ongoing impact on the environment. It leeches into the soil and waterways and harms plants and trees.

    "At the end of the winter season you see all these white marks on the roads and you never really knew what they were from, but that was a result of dried up salt residue on our roads and it really make me think about how much we really are using and the fact that it's everywhere," Gamayao said.

    The three students' project was in the top 10 of 365 written proposals and went on to place second among those finalists, winning $900 for themselves and their school. 

    In the next phase, they can use part of $10,000 provided by Nutrien to find external partners and do further trials of their idea.

    An eye was always on the prize of pitching to the city. 

    "We were really working hard together for this project and our end goal was to get the city to notice. I know in our project this morning I talked about how we are going to start this pilot project, but we are hoping to that we be able to use within our school division and even our city," Morant said. 

    The trio received praise from committee chair Coun. Matt Allard (St. Boniface), who received their request to present at city hall and bumped them up on the agenda to hear from them first.

    "They reached out to my office last week and we forwarded their study and methodology to the public works department for their review. I'm also very interested in the outcome of their pilot project at Westwood Collegiate next winter, and feel a great sense of optimism and inspiration for the future hearing them speak," Allard said in an email to CBC. 

    The trio will push their effort into a trial stage in their Grade 12 year by spreading a mix of salt and hemp hurd on the parking lot and walkways of the school and taking watershed samples for analysis. 

    The three students credit the help they received from chemistry teacher Dave Shoesmith along with guidance from Amanda Benson at Ducks Unlimited to get this far. 

    They say the many hours of work strengthened already good friendships and look forward to getting to the next phase of the work. 

    The committee didn't just hear from the three students about alternatives to road salt.

    Diana Nicholson from Cypher Environmental told councillors her company has an anti-icing product — a salt derivative that looks and acts like salt, but is non-toxic and non-corrosive and is environmentally friendly. 

  • 26 Apr 2021 7:52 AM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    Corrosion costs the world an estimated $2.5 trillion USD – RCI | English (

    Scientists in Canada and around the world are bringing attention to issues of corrosion which can harm human health, damage infrastructure and cost trillions yearly. Scientists at Western University and others have proclaimed April 24, 2021 Corrosion Awareness Day.

    Water from lead pipes may be toxic

    One of problems in Canada and elsewhere is that there is a long history of using lead pipes to distribute drinking water. These pipes are susceptible to corrosion and the lead released into drinking water can result in reproductive toxicity, anemia, kidney and brain damage. Some Canadian cities and towns have begun to replace their lead pipes but have left it up to citizens to replace the portion of pipe that is on their own property. This is expensive and not everyone does it. For example, in 2016, it was reported that more than 200 homes in London, Ontario had lead pipes replaced but estimates suggest that about 4,350 homes were still fully dependent on lead pipes.

    Spent nuclear fuel must be safe from corrosion

    Another corrosion problem stems from the storage of used nuclear fuel. About 15 per cent of Canada’s electricity is generated from nuclear sources. Waste fuel takes about 100,000 years for its radioactivity to diminish to the level of natural uranium. There are about 2.9 million used fuel bundles that require safe storage and protection from corrosion. 

    Road salt corrodes steel rebar causing concrete to fail

    A third major corrosion issue in Canada is the effect of salt on steel-reinforced concrete used in roads and highways. In winter, road salt is used extensively to lower the melting point of ice so that roads are less slippery. The salt corrodes metal parts in vehicles and as ice melts, the salty liquid seeps into the steel-reinforced concrete of bridges. This accelerates corrosion of the steel rebar and eventually causes the surrounding concrete to break off. The damage is costly and if not repaired, can lead to safety problems.

    Scientists give the example of the Gardiner Expressway through the heart of Toronto where, in 2012, multiple sections of concrete broke away and fell onto the road. 

  • 24 Mar 2021 6:05 PM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    How a B.C. snow plow dispute made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada | National Observer

    The Supreme Court of Canada will review a case on whether or not the city of Nelson, B.C. is responsible for a leg injury a woman sustained while climbing over a snow bank created by the city’s snowplows.

    The dispute started in January 2015, when Nelson resident Taryn Marchi parked her car in Nelson’s downtown core on a snowy day. While exiting her car, Marchi found herself blocked in by a snowbank left over when the city had plowed the adjacent sidewalk.

    Marchi decided to try to get to the sidewalk by walking over the snowbank in her running shoes. What happened next was a severe leg injury that landed her in the hospital.

    The courts did not initially favour Marchi, who decided immediately to sue the city of Nelson for negligence. When the case was first taken to the B.C. Supreme Court, it was dismissed by Justice Mark McEwan on Mar. 8, 2019. In his decision, he said that Marchi was “the author of her own misfortune” citing her choice of footwear on a snowy day. He ruled that the city of Nelson has followed their regular operations and held no liability in the case.

    But it was the issue of liability that Marchi was specifically seeking out. She had already settled damage costs with the city, after incurring a severe knee injury that had to see her transferred to a Kelowna hospital.

    o she decided to appeal. On Jan. 2, the B.C. Court of Appeal found that McEwan’s decision favoured the city and neglected Marchi’s claims that the city was responsible for creating pathways for pedestrians as part of their plowing operations. The judge's ruling was overturned and the court ordered a new trial.

    In response, the City of Nelson sought leave to appeal from the Supreme Court of Canada, which the court granted on Aug. 20.

    The difference between the initial ruling and court of appeal’s view boils down to the difference between policy decisions and operational decisions made by the city of Nelson.

    In McEwan’s view, the city was not liable because they were policy based — the city had specific policy-based plans on how roads were cleared. They’re based on the availability of workers and prioritize getting roads cleared first, in a specific order, before dealing with snowbanks. Policy-based decisions are immune from liability.

    But the court of appeal said McEwan was wrong to assume that the circumstances that led to Marchi’s accident were because of policy. They first pointed out that the city didn’t actually have any policy about snow banks left from plowing and whether passageways should be made through them for pedestrians. So they ruled that McEwan’s ruling, which assumed that everything was policy-based, was subject to argument.

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, but has yet to set a date.

    Marchi’s dispute with the city could change the way future liability cases are handled in Canada.

    In their appeal, B.C. judges referenced a horrific case in 1989, when a man named John Just sued the province after a boulder from a rocky slope besides a highway crashed down into his car, killing Just’s daughter and leaving him severely injured. The court ruled that maintenance of rock slopes was outlined in the province’s policy, and so they were immune to liability.

    The difference between “policy” and “operational” was as ambiguous back then as it is now. In the Just ruling, the judge noted that it was an issue that was “difficult to be fixed” but “essential that it be done.”

    Marchi’s case will depend on how the court defines the city’s actions. While at its core, this is a case between one woman and a city, the implications of the ruling could come to redefine liability laws when it comes to public authorities and push governments across the country to reconsider the scope of their role in public safety.

  • 24 Mar 2021 6:04 PM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    Supreme Court of Canada set to help settle snow-clearing squabble | National Post

    OTTAWA — It’s starting to feel like spring for many Canadians, but the country’s top court is about to wade into the issue of snow removal from wintry city streets.

    The Supreme Court of Canada hearing Thursday could also help settle the question of when a public body such as a municipal government can be held liable for its decisions.

    Taryn Joy Marchi alleged the City of Nelson, B.C., created a hazard when it cleared snow from downtown streets after a storm in early January 2015.

    The removal effort left snow piles at the edge of the street along the sidewalk early in the morning of Jan. 5.

    Late in the afternoon of Jan. 6, Marchi parked in an angled spot on the street and, wearing running shoes with a good tread, tried to cross a snow pile to get on to the sidewalk.

    Her right foot dropped through the snow and she fell forward, injuring her leg and winding up in hospital.

    Marchi contended the city should have left openings in the snowbank to allow safe passage to the sidewalk.

    She pointed to the neighbouring municipalities of Castlegar, Rossland and Penticton in arguing there were preferable ways to clear the streets so as to ensure safe access for pedestrians.

    However, a judge dismissed her case, saying the city was immune from liability because it made legitimate policy decisions about snow clearing based on the availability of personnel and resources.

    In any event, the judge concluded, Marchi assumed the risk of crossing the snow pile and was “the author of her own misfortune.”

    The B.C. Court of Appeal overturned the decision and ordered a new trial, saying the judge erred in addressing the city’s duty of care and the question of Marchi’s negligence.

    Certain decisions of the city’s street cleaning crew may properly have been characterized as “operational in nature” as opposed to policy decisions, the appeal court concluded.

    The ruling prompted the City of Nelson to seek a hearing in the Supreme Court.

    In a written submission to the high court, the city says its actions are “a clear example of a core policy decision” that should be immune from liability.

    The city’s written and unwritten snow-removal policies plainly engage in a balancing of interests among competing parties, the submission says. “This is the core of a political decision — allocating scarce resources based on a good faith exercise of discretion.”

    In her filing with the Supreme Court, Marchi says city employees made a number of operational decisions that fell below the expected standard of care of a municipality — decisions not required by the written policy.

    “With respect to standard of care, the trial judge never properly addressed the reasonableness of the decision to create the hazard and leave it in place for 30 hours,” Marchi argues.

    “Instead, the trial judge rested his analysis on the fact that the city had followed its policy.”

    This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 24, 2021.

  • 21 Mar 2021 8:26 AM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)

    Summerside woman spurs action after city dumps snow, road scrapings on garden | CBC News

    The city of Summerside is reviewing its guidelines for snow clearing after a homeowner raised concerns when a pile of snow loaded with road salt and asphalt scrapings was dumped on her organic garden.

    Kim Lyon says she spent thousands of dollars planting tomatoes, herbs, beets, potatoes and other vegetables and flowers on the south side of her property last summer.

    She fears the salty snow has caused significant damage to the soil and plants.

    "I was standing at the window and I watched a snowplow going by and they basically put four feet of very dirty, slushy snow and salt scrapings from the road all over the garden," she said.

    "It just seemed really wrong to me, to put that stuff. I went out and looked at it and I was pretty upset because I understand what salt does to gardens."

    That was on Feb. 22. She contacted her councillor, Norma McColeman, that day and she quickly responded.

    Lyon said the city has been good about responding to her emails, but as of Saturday nothing had been done.

    In an email Friday, the Summerside CAO Ron Philpott apologized to Lyon and agreed to "clean up what it can." The email also said the city is "working on some guidelines which will be communicated to residents, regarding the marking and delineation of areas that our snow clearing operations will seek to avoid in future."

    In an interview with CBC on Saturday, McColeman said those guidelines could include signs alerting the plow operators, or implementing a system where residents could notify the city of gardens or other sensitive areas on private property to be mindful of.

    "If the crews are not aware that there is anything under the dead of snow, or if it's a weather system and a big storm, they have no idea unless the residents would have some type of a designation."

    Plow operators try to work quickly

    McColeman said for safety reasons, plow operators are often trying to clear the roads as quickly as possible and need to pile the snow somewhere.

    "As I say and I do as a comparison with Charlottetown, if you're from Charlottetown you see what Charlottetown does, they leave it in the middle of the road, so I mean I think when we're dealing with a very short street, they only have so much area from say the curb to the property owner, and they try to do the best they can."

    Lyon said she understands the need for safety and plowing the snow, and understands the need for a certain amount of salt. But she said her circumstance was different.

    "This wasn't snow. Snow we don't mind. They can put as much snow as they want on our yard during the winter. This was the road scrapings."

    She would like to have the dirty snow trucked away as it is cleared.

    "This will be ongoing and it will affect everybody or a lot of people over time it's not just a simple, 'Oh, I got hurt' sort of thing," she said.

    "I don't want anybody punished, I don't want to create problems. I just don't want something like this to happen again."

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