Snow removal ceases in Outremont for Sabbath
Published Friday, December 11, 2009 6:00PM EST
Snow removal operations will be put on hold Friday night in parts of Outremont to respect Hasidic Jews recognizing the Sabbath.
The Jewish Sabbath runs from sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday, and during that time, observant Jews are not allowed to perform any kind of work, including moving a car out of the way of snow plows.
As it has done for the past 20 years, snow crews will skip parts of Outremont on Friday and Saturday to accommodate the Hadisic residents, 25 per cent of Outremont's population.
Snow removal will also cease in Plateau Mont-Royal for the weekend as a cost-cutting measure.
Meanwhile, 25 per cent of snow removal operations have been completed following Wednesday's 28-centimentre dump, the City of Montreal confirmed Friday.
Some 3,000 employees are using 2200 pieces of equipment to clear streets in the city's 19 boroughs.
City officials are urging Montrealers to use public transit and take advantage of the 6,200 spaces in public parking lots, available from 6 p.m. ot 7 a.m. throughout the duration of the snow removal process.
For more information on the snow removal process and a list of free parking lots, click here.