Street-vendors struggle in Coquitlam (2 of 2)

The regulations and restrictions put on mobile vendors in Coquitlam were tough on his business, Coutu said.

Vendors are restricted by location and operating times, and This Little Piggy Catering was only licenced to operate in front of Douglas College.

Coutu said it was a good location, but being constrained to one location limited the amount of business he could do.

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Coquitlam street-vendor licence locations. Interactive map here.

“[After school hours] it was pretty much a dead spot, and I couldn’t go anywhere else. So it kind of affects being able to do business when you want to do business.” Coutu said.

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Street-vendors struggle in Coquitlam (1of 2)

For three years, James Coutu built and customized the truck that would become his business, as well as Coquitlam’s quickest way to a pulled pork sandwich.

His history in catering and influence from his Mothers Portuguese cooking came together in mobile form, but years after completing his truck he said he prefers doing business in other municipalities. Continue reading

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Visual of election results for Coquitlam

Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart is back for another term, after winning the municipal election last weekend. He won 69 per cent of the votes against former mayor Lou Sekora and Mark Mahovlich.

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Mayor Richard Stewart talks about campaign

Shortly after the votes started coming, Richard Stewart, re-running for mayor, talked about the campaign. He said it was one of the hardest campaigns he has ever run.

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Mayor Richard Stewart speech after win

Coquitlam’s recently re-elected mayor, Richard Stewart, gave an emotional speech about his family and the troubles that they faced during his election campaign. Stewart won the election by many votes, as was expected by many.

His competition was Mark Hahovlich, who got 859 voyes, former mayor Lou sekora had 5705, and Stewart had 15002 votes.

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European chafer beetles in residential lawns of Coquitlam

Coquitlam residential lawns are being torn apart and unhappy residents were highlighted as a major issue during a discussion at city council that was meant to focus on improving public green spaces.

Crows and other animals dig up the chafer beetle, that live below the surface of the grass (Chris Slater)

Crows and other animals dig up the chafer beetle, that live below the surface of the grass (Chris Slater)

Mayor Richard Stewart  was excited to address the city’s opportunity to be involved in the Communities in Bloom Program, a non-profit organization that enhances community green spaces to foster civic pride, at last week’s council meeting.

Stewart had barely finished introducing the program, when councillor O’Neill made a comment that he referred to as opening a whole different can of worms- or chafer beetles as it were.

O’Neill said he couldn’t help but compare the public spaces with those of private spaces. He said had heard many complaints from residents about the chafer beetle infestation on residential lawns, that in turn cause raccoons and birds to tear up the lawn to eat the pests. Continue reading

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Industrial zone daycare

Kerrigan Gymnastics was approved a temporary permit to operate a child day care on the second floor, despite the area being zoned industrail

Kerrigan Gymnastics was approved a temporary permit to operate a child day care on the second floor, despite the area being zoned industrail (njxw)

Coquitlam has approved a temporary permit for a child day care on an area zoned as industrial, despite recent discussions of protecting industrial land at a Metro Vancouver meeting.

Kerrigan Gymnastics Academy is located in an area that is considered a “mixed bag,” according to Jim McIntyre, Coquitlam planning and developing manager. Continue reading

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