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

Local issues

Our Community’s Extra-Large Heart

An “On This Day” memory popped up in my Facebook feed from 2 years ago expressing gratitude for raising $7000 to assist recently-arrived refugees to our city.  So I looked up a few numbers! The Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees Task Group was formed (I am one of the co-founders) to harness the abundance of goodwill that TriCity residents […]

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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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Towner Around Town – July 2018

We live in a vibrant community where there is always something happening! Here is a selection of photos and captions representing just some of the events I attended, initiatives I was happy to support and activities I was pleased to be involved in over the month of July 2018. It was another active month with […]

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A Meeting With Minister Hussen About Immigration

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a meeting with the Minister of  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen MP. This meeting, hosted by Ron McKinnon MP, was a roundtable Q&A and discussion about immigration here in Canada. A shocking statistic: In 1972, the ratio of working Canadians to retirees was 6.6:1. Right […]

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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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Towner Around Town Jan/Feb 2018

We live in a vibrant community in which there is always something happening!  Here is a selection of photos and captions representing some of the events I attended, initiatives I supported and activities I participated in over the months of January and February 2018.   Please click the link for a description of some of our […]

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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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My Speaking Notes During 2017 Council Meeting: Arena Services & Facilities Strategy

I was going through all my website blog posts tonight (Oct 8, 2018) and I discovered that this blog post re: the 2017 Curling decision was never “published”.  It was still inadvertently saved as a “draft”.  It’s an important issue so I decided to publish it now. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’m going to try not to repeat […]

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