Mass-vaccinations kick-off in Coquitlam

As I write this on a Sunday afternoon the hail is pelting and the trees are swaying like an arena of rock n’ roll fans during the power ballad. But I’m told we’ll get some sunshine tomorrow.

Today we’ve got a note on development and an update on the immunization campaign in Coquitlam but first, a very nice reader has asked to issue a reminder on bike etiquette. So, if you’re about to pass a slower cyclist, please give a bell or a yell. Thank you kindly.

Roll ‘em up and roll ‘em out: Immunizations are set to start this morning at Poirier Forum – and then for the next seven months.

When: The centre is open for immunizations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The new setup, slated to remain in place until Nov. 30, replaces the clinic at Coquitlam’s Douglas College campus.

The toothpaste principle: Because the vaccines can’t be put back into storage after they’ve been taken out, Fraser Health is planning to only remove as many doses as it has appointments.

  • However, in the event of leftovers, staff may put out a call to people in priority groups, according to a statement from Krystle Landert, communications consultant for Fraser Health.

Be early – but only a little: Fraser Health has requested people not arrive more than 10 minutes early.

  • “We appreciate people are being proactive by arriving early to their appointments; however, arriving too early can create lineups,” Landert stated.

What you need:

  • BC Services Card/Personal Health Number
  • Photo ID
  • Mask
  • Pen
  • A shirt with at least one sleeve that’s easy to roll up.

Fraser Health is slated to have monitors watch the parking situation and “help control traffic” as needed, according to Landert.

  • More info on booking here.

Council put their final stamp of approval on a project that will put 163 newunits at the 2000-block of St. George and St. Johns streets.

  • The project, which includes 92 adaptable units, is set to span seven lots and to replace six single-family homes.

Locals and front-line workers will have first crack at buying into the development’s 16 rent-to-own units. Rents range from $1,500 to $2,000 (fixed for two years), following a $10,000 deposit.

Road work: The development means closing a portion of St. Andrews Street and building a second northbound lane on Clarke Road between St. George and St. Johns. The intersection will also be reconfigured to add a new southbound left-turn lane from Clarke Road to St. George Street. However, the intersection won’t allow for southbound left turns from St. George onto Clarke.

  • If you do need to get from St. George to Clarke, you’ll have to head up Seaforth Way to Seaview Drive and pass through the new intersection (funded in part by the developer) to Clarke.

The breakdown

  • Studio and one-bedroom units: 79
  • Two bedroom units: 74
  • Three-bedroom units: 10
  • FAR: 2.4 (floor area ratio measures a project’s total floor space against its lot size)
  • Parking spots: 210
  • Cash to the city: $906,436.80 – a third of which is earmarked for the city’s affordable housing reserve fund. Additionally, the applicant is on the hook for $165,000 for the public art reserve fund.

The project was almost approved last summer before being amended and going through a second public hearing last December.

There were bounty hunters in Coquitlam then. But not that kind.

It was the 1890s. Electric streetlights were buzzing in New Westminster. A telephone line had reached Richmond for the first time. And, in Coquitlam, council was discussing the pests that tromped and trudged and flew over their newly-incorporated district.

Coquitlam was in: “such a wild state that deer, bear, mink, racoon, skunk, wildcat, muskrat and other animals foamed freely,” according to A History of Coquitlam and Fraser Mills, written by H.A.J. Monk and J. Stewart.

For council, the solution seemed obvious: kill them.

Under the Noxious Animals and Birds By-law, enterprising hunters and trappers got three cents for a blue jay, a nickel a hawk, a quarter for a skunk or a mink, 50 cents for a racoon. A bear brought in the grand prize: a whopping bounty of $2.50.

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Following a spike in anti-Asian hate crimes in B.C. as well as the recent murder of Asian women in Atlanta, Coquitlam residents took to the streets Sunday to rally against discrimination.

The gathering at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam was one of dozens of protests against anti-Asian racism across Canada and the United States.

Noting an online poll that showed 43 per cent of Chinese Canadians reported being threatened or intimidated as a result of the pandemic, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, condemned hate and intolerance as a threat to public safety and a violation of human rights recently.

“We all have a role to play in fighting back against anti-Asian racism,” Landry said. “We are not safe unless we are all safe.”

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