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Serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra since 1984 WEDNESDAY February 6, 2013 9 Roman Danylo brings his Ultimate Comedy Show to Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre Your source for local news, sports, opinion and entertainment: More food carts coming Coquitlam is newest city to welcome carts John Kurucz Up to 10 spots across Coquitlam could be home to food carts this summer. Council unanimously approved issuing a request for information and expression of interest (RFEI) Monday, which represents a preliminary step in allowing vendors to submit applications to ply their trades on city property. The majority of the locations are in the Town Centre area. The others are near Blue Mountain Park, Douglas College, and in Maillardville near the intersection of Brunette Avenue and Lougheed Highway. “It is intended that the program will be up and running, hopefully, for the summertime this year,” city solicitor Heather Bradfield said Monday. City staff will weigh a handful of factors in reviewing the applications: the type of products vendors will sell, the equipment that will be used, and the times the vendors will be willing to operate. The final locations will be determined by Bill Susak, the city’s manager of engineering and public works. Demand, accessibility and public safety will be factored into the decisions around each potential location.  CONT. ON PAGE 4, see CITY. Lisa King/NOW NDP leader Adrian Dix was the guest at a Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce lunch Tuesday at the Executive Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre. Dix brings message to Coquitlam NDP leader says if elected, he’ll tax big banks, use carbon tax revenues to fund transit Jeremy Deutsch If voters have become accustomed to the brutality of provincial politics in B.C., they may be in for a bit of a surprise when they head to the polls in May. NDP Leader Adrian Dix was in Coquitlam Tuesday to address the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, and he brought with him the positive tone he’s been preaching since he was chosen by the party two years ago. He suggested the quality of public participation is not well reflected in the political debate, and he wants to see it change. “I think the time has passed when we should be attacking people personally who are contributing to making our communities better, and I’m not going to do it,” Dix told the chamber. Instead, the NDP leader said he wants to have a better debate about the issues — like housing and transportation — which he argued affect everyone in the province. “These issues require complicated leadership, people working together for change,” he said. “And a politics that is increasingly personal and nasty doesn’t foster that after an election.” Dix also touched on a few initiatives an NDP government would consider if elected, during his roughly 30-minute speech. He argued the key economic issue in the coming years will be a shortage of skilled workers in B.C. The NDP leader noted his party would reinstate non-refundable education grants to help address the issue, while paying for them by reinstating a minimum tax on the big banks. Dix also weighed in on the ongoing funding kerfuffle with TransLink, suggesting an NDP government would consider using some of the carbon tax revenues to fund transit. He added that any decision to change the structure of the transportation authority would need to include input from municipalities, businesses and the general community. Dix also hinted that an NDP government isn’t prepared to make big changes if elected. “These times require us to be clear about what we’re going to do, things that we’ll support only when the money becomes available,” he said. “I don’t think it makes sense, for our supporters or for those who might oppose the NDP, for us to propose things that we can’t afford to pay for.” However, when asked about a timeline for when the NDP would release its entire election platform, Dix said  CONTINUED ON PAGE 4, see DIX. Dying without a will can turn a tragedy into a disaster. Donald A. Drysdale Don has a busy Wills and Estates practice. He also teaches courses on the subject of real estate, wills and estates. Preparing a thorough, well-planned will is one of those critical things in life that too many people put off until it’s too late. We all die, but it’s totally unnecessary to reach this point unprepared. Passing on without a clear statement of what is to happen to all you’ve built makes an already tragic situation even worse. I’ve helped thousands of families develop a thorough, tax effective estate plan. If you’d like my help, please call me. 604.939.8321 Good advice. Good Law. Good People

Coquitlam Now February 6 2013

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