I heard on the radio this morning, that in light of their recent heavy snowfall, Britain called up the mayor of my hometown, Winnipeg, to get pointers on removing snow. So when I got home, I looked for an article online about it to share with you guys. Katz fields calls from London on how to cope with snow dump - Portage Daily Graphic - Manitoba, CA Spoiler Katz fields calls from London on how to cope with snow dump Posted By The Canadian Press Posted 5 hours ago WINNIPEG — When London gets walloped by a rare dump of snow, English journalists lie back and think of Winnipeg. Both The Guardian newspaper and the British Broadcasting Corporation had the Manitoba capital on the brain after a blanket of snow wreaked havoc on traffic, business and public transportation across the southern U.K. earlier this week. On Monday, BBC Radio 4 called up Mayor Sam Katz to inquire how Winnipeg manages to clear snow when London can not. ‘‘Their city has basically been shut down. They wanted to know how (we) deal with it. There was a public outcry and they wanted to blame somebody,’’ Katz said Tuesday. On the air, Katz graciously told BBC listeners that Winnipeg is adept at snow-clearing because the city is accustomed to wintry weather and has equipment at the ready. London, which is usually rainy in early February, should not be faulted for failing to respond to unusual weather, Katz suggested. ‘‘We know what happens in this city. We’re very well prepared,’’ Katz said. But a columnist with The Guardian did not feel London should be left off the hook so easily. ‘‘Other cities — Winnipeg, say, Moscow or Bergen cope with snow, subdue it and go to work through impeccably gritted roads. London isn’t like that,’’ Stuart Jeffries wrote in the newspaper’s Tuesday edition. ‘‘London was so hobbled by the snow (Monday) that the situation was even worse than hopeless: Usually six million Londoners get to work by bus; yesterday there were no buses; the tube was even more spectacularly unreliable than usual. Even gnarly cyclists in all kinds of crypto-pervy winterwear were laid low.’’ Katz said he isn’t quite sure why the British media think of Winnipeg when they get hit with snow, as other North American cities receive far more over the course of a normal winter. Ottawa, for example, receives an average of 203 centimetres of snow every year, almost double Winnipeg’s average annual tally of 111 centimetres. Winnipeg is merely blessed with North America’s most efficient snow-clearing crews, Katz said before taking a shot at Toronto. ‘‘Other cities in North America, unlike Winnipeg, have had to call in the army when they have a problem,’’ he said. [email protected] A bit of explanation on how we keep ready is in order I suppose. Come the fall, all the snow clearing machinery gets shipped into town. Different companies with people who know how to drive this equipment are contracted to do the clearing. Then, anytime it snows, all the snow clearers work overnight to clear all the snow. Each company is assigned an area based on a well thought out plan, and each company assigns a specific person for specific streets. All of them clear at once, and the snow is all cleared by the morning. I figured that it would make a good discussion too. How ready do you think your town would be if you got a massive dump of snow? Do you think that Britain should have been more ready?