Teri Towner | Community Builder | Inspirational Speaker | Coquitlam City Councillor

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Leadership in Local Government

At last week’s Union of BC Municipalities convention, certificate shown here was presented.  I don’t serve my community for certificates or awards – this piece of paper, for me, represents the opportunity I have had to live my passion these past 4 years and serve my community in the capacity of City Councillor. If the […]

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A Creative Tool to Address Speeding in Our Neighbourhoods

I am passionate about traffic safety and enthusiastically support any and all initiatives to address speeding cars on our roads and in our neighbourhoods.  I was very pleased to attend the news conference announcing the Coquitlam RCMP “Project Scarecrow”. The pilot of this Coquitlam RCMP program will be launched for 2 months and then assessed with respect […]

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Thoughts on the Current Fortis/City of Coquitlam Dispute

Regarding the current battle between the City of Coquitlam and FortisBC over their pipeline upgrade project:   I accept that traffic will be temporarily affected, that many residents will be temporarily inconvenienced. I am confident we will all do our best to mitigate these impacts and I hope residents going through the area will simply take […]

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Using a Dead, Habituated Bear for Educational Purposes

I went into City Hall via a different entrance this week and ended up walking by the “Live Smart With Urban Wildlife” bear display.  I was very pleased to see that the display was up in the public space outside our Engineering and Public Works department with top-notch signage providing reminders about living safely and […]

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Celebrating a Treasured Community Amenity

Sharing a few photos from Tuesday’s celebration of the Opening of the new Coquitlam Crunch stairs. It was a great celebration with community members, frozen yogurt, lots of water (it was HOT!) and lots of enthusiasm for our beloved Crunch! I had the wonderful opportunity, as Acting Mayor, to speak about the Crunch, express thanks […]

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Remuneration for Local Government Elected Officials

I had been contemplating this idea for some time and then various related events that were prevalent in the local media a couple of months ago spurred my commitment to bring this forward.  http://www.tricitynews.com/news/council-goes-for-generic-pay-resolution-1.23349077 I think it’s important that options regarding remuneration for municipal election officials – other than what’s in place/not in place now […]

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Town Centre Park – 2017’s “Great Place in Canada”

At last Monday’s City of Coquitlam Council meeting, we were presented with the Canadian Institute of Planners 2017 “Great Place in Canada” award for our treasured Town Centre Park! A jury of certified planning professionals reviewed all the submissions for this contest and this is their statement: Once the site of a gravel pit, Town […]

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Coquitlam’s Focus on Addressing Housing Affordability

In an effort to address one of the region’s most critical issues, Coquitlam City Council approved a Housing Affordability Strategy (HAS) back in December 2015.   The HAS is organized in a straightforward way with four key objectives, a number of policy directions and 54 actions.  The HAS was also adopted with ten high-priority action […]

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Improvements to the Popular Coquitlam Crunch

Last month Council approved a phased plan for expanding and improving our beloved Coquitlam Crunch. In Phase I, the Crunch trail improvements will include the addition of washroom facilities, a pedestrian-activated road crossing, a paved parking lot, the reconfiguration and expansion of the community garden, new transverse trails, viewing and seating areas, outdoor exercise equipment […]

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Celebrating Canada 150 & Building Community

Reflecting on 2017 always leads me to thoughts on what a fabulous year it was acknowledging and celebrating our big, beautiful country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. 🇨🇦 I was honoured to be in the role of Coquitlam’s Canada 150 Community Leader for FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities).  In this role I acted as a touchpoint for […]

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