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Dispatch from the state of emergency

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Since Friday, over 100 centimetres of snow or so has fallen on parts of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. I know – I feel like I’ve shovelled it.

St. John’s, as I write this, is in its fourth day of a state of emergency. The narrow, tourism-classic downtown streets are plugged tight with snow, the mayor has ordered stores to remain closed and people to stay off the roads.

People who took the state of emergency pretty well at first are starting to chafe; food and fuel are starting to run low and, hove off in small individual corners of the city, it’s next to impossible to grasp just how huge the scale of the problem is.

Among the grumbling?

People complaining about the fact that different municipalities are handling things differently: smaller centres outside St. John’s — generally, newer and with less-concentrated downtown streets — have cleared more snow onto available open ground and have dropped their own states of emergency, with grocery stores and gas stations opening for general use.

There’s a........

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