Springtime is synonymous with pretty things, like singing birds and blossoms on trees.
But in Canada, it's also tied to something very ugly: the potholes that show up in the streets once the snow melts away.
City of Montreal will spend $3.5M this year for pothole repair. Last year: $2.4M. pic.twitter.com/bp28CME8dn— Domenic Fazioli (@DomenicFazioli) February 18, 2016
— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) March 10, 2016
Montreal comedian Antonio Riccio grew so sick of waiting for the city to fix a pothole near his house that he bought a bag of soil and filled the gaping hole himself.
"This is something that I wanted to do three years ago," Riccio said in a YouTube video posted Saturday.
Riccio said the job would have taken two trucks and seven employees if it had been carried out by the city.
"Now the cars will pass and they'll smooth [the dirt over]," he said.
Two years ago, James McLeod, a reporter with the Telegram newspaper in St. John's, N.L., was equally annoyed with the rampant potholes. To prove a point, he dropped a banana into one crater to show just how deep it was.
Comedian Brian Aylward later stood in the pothole himself in a video posted to YouTube.
That hole was subsequently fixed.
That same year, St. John, N.B. resident Mike Defazio was told to undo the work he'd done on some potholes, or he'd be fined for breaking a bylaw.
"His intentions were well-meaning," according to the city, but there were complaints about the gravel Defazio chose for the job.
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