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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
A map of transportation projects in Coquitlam during 2014, as part of the city’s capital projects (interactive version here)
Transportation is an important part of a municipality’s development and growth, and as a quickly developing city Coquitlam has many on going projects that promote efficient transportation choices.
According to the City of Coquitlam’s website, its priority is to “provide safe, cost efficient and accessible transportation options for all people.”
These options include public transit, walking, cycling, driving, airports, and trucks/goods movement.
Current road and construction projects in 2014 include Pinetree Way enhancement, Evergreen Line ALRT projects, Port Mann/Highway 1 construction, and many road and utility improvement projects.
An interactive version of the map is available, including specific details on projects and locations.
Metro Vancouver will ban food scraps from landfills in 2015.
Residents of Coquitlam are saving up to 20 per cent of their city garbage bills and seeing less trucks on the road, since the new food scraps management system went into effect July 2014.
The green waste program was implemented to reduce the amount of compostable materials in residents’ garbage, and is in preparation for Metro Vancouver’s upcoming ban on green waste in landfills.
Coquitlam encouraged public participation in the city’s green waste program by providing kitchen catchers for food scraps, and wildlife-proof green waste carts for the curb. Continue reading