Number of Coquitlam households on BC Housing waitlist rose consistently from 2010-2016

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 Coquitlam ranked highest in the number of Tri-City households that were on the BC housing waitlist, from 2010-2016. The number of Coquitlam households on the waitlist increased from 360 to 654 over the five-year period.

The largest increase in the number of Coquitlam households on the waitlist occurred from 2010-2011 when 90 households applied for subsidized housing. The second highest increase for applications for rent-to-income homes by households in the city occurred from 2015-2016 when 70 households applied for subsidized homes.

The number of households on the waitlist in Port Coquitlam decreased from 179 to 168 in 2011-2012 and to 156 in 2013. Requests for BC housing in the city jumped from 156 to 170 in 2013-2014 and from 170 to 191 in 2014-2015.

In Port Moody the number of households on the waitlist decreased from 52 to 48 in 2013-2014 before increasing to 70 in 2015 and 74 in 2016.

BC Housing owns housing units in different parts of Metro Vancouver.

The Coquitlam city council has had a housing strategy in place since 2007 and depends on partnerships in the non-profit, private and public sectors to address housing affordability.

Data source: Metro Vancouver Housing Data Book, 2016

 

Riverview Hospital proposed to be opened to help deal with fentanyl crisis

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart has proposed that Riverview Hospital be opened to provide treatment for people dealing with drug addiction. Stewart’s proposal is based on a report by Dr. John Higenbottam that recommended the site be used for health, education and training purposes, in 2014.

In Vancouver where the drug crises is the highest in the province, Dr. Reka Gustafson of Vancouver Coastal Health and Dr. Patricia Daly, the Chief Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health, presented an update on the opioid crisis in Vancouver, to the Vancouver city council, on Tuesday (Jan. 24). Doctors Gustafson and Daly said the root causes of drug use have to be addressed because emergency response is not reducing the crisis. The physicians called for the legalization of drugs so that the production and supply of drugs can be regulated and drug users will not have to buy drugs on the street whose composition might be life threatening. Gustafson and Daly also said drug users face the stigma of drug use and the stigma is affecting how drugs and drug use is being dealt with.

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Former Riverview Hospital is proposed for use to manage the fentanyl crisis in Coquitlam. City of Coquitlam/Photo

Coquitlam offers dog license discount until February 1

Dog owners will save $15 on annual fee

The City of Coquitlam is offering all dog owners a discount of $15 on dog licenses until February 1. The dog license bylaw has been in effect for the past several years and dog licences help to ensure that lost dogs will be returned quickly to their owners.

Dana Tong’s family complies with the bylaw because it’s their responsibility to do so as dog owners.

I don’t honestly know the huge benefits of it or anything. For my family it’s you have a dog, you have to have a license,” Tong said.

Compliance with dog license bylaws tends to be low because pet owners think it’s unnecessary to register their pets or have other means of identifying their dogs.

I know that a lot of people don’t find it necessary to register their pets with the city,” said Tong whose family dog is Oliver, a Havanese Yorkshire, that became part of the Tong household in 2010.

A dog license means you will not be fined for not having a license, your dog will be returned to you faster than if it was unlicensed, the public knows your dog has its latest rabies vaccination and the Coquitlam animal shelter benefits from the money you pay for a license.

All dog licenses in Coquitlam expired on Dec. 31, 2016 and owners who had licences received a notice in the mail. Old and new licences can be bought online on the city’s website at Dog Licence Renewal Service.