After i brought the car back, i went for more running. On my way back, this time at the dead end planters of clemow ave. just east of bank, i found another John's Sweeping truck parked and running. I think there may have been a reason it was idling - there was a worker wielding a hose attacked to the truck, and blasting snow and ice with water. Hence, its possible the truck was idling to charge a compressor or something, in order to facilitate pressure/heat/etc..
I may be very wrong, but this is how this looks to me - burning gas on a truck, to pressurize water stored and trucked around in its tank, to blast ice that will easily thaw on its own, to then clean the streets with the truck that is burning gas. Does this strike anyone else as ridiculously counter productive and so anti-green it makes me want to vomit?
I don't want to see anyone loose their job's, or get in trouble, or anything, but things have to change, and in my opinion, the city should start with stuff like this. Just like i'd be more than happy to shovel my sidewalk in the winter to save a few bux, i would LOVE to save a buck or 2 (or not even!) and sweep my own road. I'd even pay the bylaw charge for not sweeping my own road!!!!