The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By KENDRA FERGUSON Staff Writer It may have been snowing lately, but people still have to walk, bus or drive to school, which means bad parking. Some say driving can be difficult but parking is harder. Ashley Lewis, a Pre-community Services student here, said she does think it’s harder to park in the snow because it is harder to see out of the mirrors, but she tries to remain mindful of the other people parked next to her. “My snow parking is never perfect but if the lines aren’t visible I park as straight as I can,” said Lewis. While parking at any time may be a struggle for some, parking in snow is even worse, because the parking lines aren’t visible. Jelaun Francis, a Welding Technician student at the Welland campus, said that parking in snow should only be “difficult” and “unfair” for the first person who parks. “The first guy is the only one who should be excused for bad parking. Everyone else should just line up according to him.” According to Francis, someone wrote impolite things on a guy’s car for bad parking and posted it in the Niagara College Facebook group. “They wrote a***ole on his car, but he commented on the photo that he couldn’t see the lines. Now he had to clean that mess up for no reason.” Sometimes, snow parking can come with consequences. Your car could be parked too far out into driving space, which can result in your car being hit. Someone could be parked too close to your car and accidently hit their door into your car, or you can possibly be blocked in. Michael Wales, the college’s senior communications officer, said inclement weather, or threats of inclement weather, provide unique challenges, and create a greater responsibility for guards and parking attendants. “As always, their primary goal is to ensure the safety of our students, staff and visitors at all times,” said Wales. He went on to say that guards and attendants will assist with parking when parts of lots are snow-covered and lines aren’t visible and that it’s important for students, staff and visitors to follow their direction, be considerate, and not park in a way that blocks in other cars. “There’s no such thing as a snow day for guards in the Campus Safety and Parking Services department. Even when the college is closed due to inclement weather, guards remain on duty at our campuses to allow limited access to some resources, patrol all buildings and grounds, and continue to monitor weather conditions so that timely decisions can be made on further cancellations, or re-opening,” said Wales.