Beginning July 1, 2014, the City of Coquitlam will be moving to an automated waste collection system similar to the systems used in New Westminster and Burnaby. The new waste collection plan will result in a 20% savings to the garbage utility rate for residents.
As of July 1st here’s what Coquitlam residents can expect:
- Bi-weekly garbage pick up (yes, that is correct – garbage picked up once every two weeks!)
- Weekly Green Can pick up
- The City of Coquitlam will be providing all single-family homes with a new garbage cart and a wildlife-resistant Green Can cart. The cost for these standard carts has been incorporated into the annual garbage utility fee.
- Residential recycling, including single- and multi-family, will be managed by Multi-Material BC (MMBC) and financed by businesses that produce the items to be recycled. Visit www.multimaterialbc.ca for more information.
The City of Coquitlam will be sharing more detailed information over the coming months regarding the new service, the new carts, and how to use them.
To stay apprised of the latest details and information over the coming months, Coquitlam residents are encouraged to:
- Sign up for Curbside Collection Schedule & Reminders to get the latest information to your smartphone or email. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection to sign up, or search “Coquitlam Curbside Collection” – a free download in your iPhone or Android app store.
- As an aside, I signed up for the email alert and I wasn’t paying attention and now I get an email the day before garbage day. That’s about as useful to me as an email alert telling me garbage was picked up yesterday. Word of advice – check that you get the alert the morning of the garbage pick up.
- Like the City’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cityofcoquitlam) or follow the City on Twitter (@CityofCoquitlam).
- Watch for information coming to homes, in local papers, and in the community.
- Information and Frequently Asked Questions will also be posted to www.coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection.
It had been awhile since I had my first sandwich at The Big Star Sandwich Co so I figured I was overdue for another visit. And wow, am I ever glad I made a return visit!
Before I get to the Big Star though, let me tell you about the theory my bestie and I have about restaurants. In brief, when a place opens, everything is good. Portions are large, prices are good and everyone is happy. Lots of smiles.
As time goes on, the glow wears off the place and customer visits slow down. The owner then has to make sacrifices; often food portions shrink and prices increase.
Some survive, some don’t. Our theory is that it is important to hit the restaurant while they are in the large portion/low prices stage.
With this theory in mind, I re-visited The Big Star Sandwich Co. and decided to try their corned beef on rye.
Clint, the owner and chief sandwich maker at the Big Star had previously told me that he had sourced what he considered to be the best corned beef west of Montreal. And after eating a corned beef sandwich there, I have to agree. Outstanding.
The corned beef has a perfect balance of saltiness and a cool texture that allows it to be pulled apart as you bite into the sandwich. The weak-looking slices of rye bread with a schmeer of mustard do an admirable job of holding in the mound of corned beef. Add the quarter wedge of dill pickle and I have my perfect sandwich.
But about my theory…even though it has been more than six months since I first visited the Big Star Sandwich Co, their sandwiches are still massive, delicious and completely satisfying.
I can honestly say I will not be waiting another six months to try another one of their sandwich creations.
I recently found a new shave soap company, the Southern Girl Soapery and I could not resist one of their offerings – Smokehouse shave soap. Smokehouse, on the label is described as a blend of burning wood and bacon. Well, I simply had to try a soap that claims to have bacon scent in it!
Unfortunately, this soap is all smoke and no bacon. There is literally no discernible scent of bacon in it. And when I say “smoke” I mean STRONG scent of soap.
Walking out of my shave-cave after the first time I used it I felt like I had just returned home from a weekend camp trip where I had stood around the campfire for much too long.
It was STRONG smoke smell. In fact, when I walked into the kitchen my kids asked what the burnt smell was. My Sweetheart jokingly asked if I had just returned from a camping trip.
It was too much smoke smell and not enough bacon.
And then today I decided to try the Southern Girl Soapery shave soap called “Weeds”.
This time the issue was that there is NO scent to this shave soap! None!
It is so weird to have the Smokehouse with an overwhelming scent and then this soap with no scent!
In fairness, both of these soaps lather up like a rabid St Bernard. With very little effort I was able to get the soaps to produce a thick and very sticky lather. A lather that goes on the face and into the beard just the way you would want a shave soap to go on.
However, the overbearing smoke smell of the Smokehouse shave soap and the non-existent scent of their Weeds tells me to cross the Southern Girl Soapery off my list of shave soaps.
I will continue to search for the ever elusive bacon scented shave soap.
Recently Christopher from Avallone Luxury sent me one of their Italian bi-fold wallets so that I could do a video review of it and, to give it away to one of my readers.
Here is my video review:
And here is the how-to for you to win the Avallone Luxury Italian bi-fold wallet;
- First, go to the Avallone Luxury website and find the bag or accessory that you think would best partner with the Italian bi-fold wallet that is being given away here.
- Next, make a comment on this blog post with the name of the bag or accessory that you think would partner best with the Italian bi-fold that is being given away in this post.
- Along with the above mentioned info, in your comment on this blog post, add a number between 1 (one) and 100 (one hundred). (Yes, you can enter with numbers one or 100).
- One entry per email address.
- On Friday, February 21st, 2014 sometime as close to (but after) 6pm PST I will use an iPad app to generate a random number to decide the winner of this giveaway.
- When posting your comment with your Avallone Luxury partnering accessory and your chosen number, be sure to include your name and a valid email address (which will not be published or shared or sold or used to send you spam). The email address will be the way that I communicate to the winner of this giveaway.
- The winner of the Avallone Luxury Italian bi-fold wallet will be required to pay the cost of shipping there prize to their home.
My newest shave soap was supposed to be a mix of smokehouse and bacon. Unfortunately I can only smell smoke from this soap.
I was out with my kids for a walk around our neighbourhood when I snapped this pic.
You may be asking, why take a picture of a rusty old can? I took the picture because as I glanced down and saw that can sitting there in the weeds I was transported through time and space back to a hunting trip I went on with grandfather many, many years ago.
Here is the scene;
About 40 years ago I was out on a hunting trip with my grandfather. We had hiked a long way up a ridge and had sat down to rest for a bit. We really were in the middle of nowhere.
As we were sitting there taking in the view down through the valley my grandfather said, “It is amazing to think that there may never have been another man, woman or child sitting here, ever before.”
I looked over, saw a rusty tomato juice can and calmly asked, “I wonder if a bear dropped that can there by that log.”
The province of BC is offering up for sale three pretty massive parcels of land in Coquitlam, all located on Burke Mountain. If you are in search of a very large and very private country estate, this might be one of the last opportunities for you to obtain one in Coquitlam.
The fact is though, more than likely development corporations will purchase these parcels of land and hold onto them until they can criss-cross the mountain with roads, sewers and sidewalks and build endless rows of little ticky-tacky houses along the roads (disclosure – I live in a little ticky-tacky house).
I admit I have mixed feelings about the potential development of Burke Mountain. I understand the need for more housing for more people and perhaps it is better to develop steep mountainsides than the low lying farmlands of the Fraser Valley.
The Province of British Columbia is currently offering for sale 236 hectares (584 acres) of undeveloped Crown land located on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam. The intent of this Notice is to make potential purchasers of these Provincial lands aware of the City of Coquitlam’s community planning policies contained in the Citywide Official Community Plan (CWOCP) and the Northeast Coquitlam Area Plan (NECAP) (and the supporting Neighbourhood Plans) that pertain to these lands. The City’s policies in this regard are intended to guide future land use and development of these lands and highlight the potential environmental and other challenges relating to these lands being offered for sale.
The Province has organized these Crown lands into three Property Groups (see attached map). Information regarding the City’s various plans, land use and environmental considerations has been summarized under each of the three Property Groups below…”
This beautiful little package arrived at my mailbox early last week and I have been so busy with family and academic commitments that I only just opened it up this morning.
I found inside this package a beautifully crafted wallet.
It is my intention for this long weekend (it is Family Day in B.C.) to film, edit and upload a video review of this Avallone Luxury wallet before I return to the world of academia next Tuesday.
Also, because this wallet was sent to me at no cost from Christopher at Avallone Luxury, I will be organizing a giveaway of this wallet to one of my lucky readers. Stay tuned for details on that giveaway.
I usually stay away from sports commentary and trade rumours but with the Vancouver Canucks continuing to slide closer and closer towards missing the play-offs, I can’t help but watch the NHL news for trade rumours and deals.
In this case though, I am going to make a very bold Canucks trade prediction. Yes, I am going WAAAAY out on a limb here and predicting that after the Olympic break and some time before the March 5th trade deadline, the Canuck’s GM Mike Gillis is going to ask at least two members from the core of the team to waive their no-trade clause so he can trade them out of Vancouver.
The Canucks players will say yes to a trade because they understand that they do not fit into the Tortorella coaching system AND because they will be traded to a team that is always a Stanley Cup contender AND because the team they will be traded to has some history rehabilitating the careers of players who’s careers have flat-lined while wearing the Canucks jersey.
So who are these two players? Why yes, I am predicting that the Vancouver Canucks will ask the Sedins to waive their no-trade clauses so that they can be dealt to the Detroit Red Wings.
This idea came to me this afternoon while I was listening to the Canucks pre-game show. Detroit has a long history of drafting Swedish players – 48 of them since 1981. The Red Wings have also signed 9 Swedish free agents with the perhaps the most noteworthy Swede to play for the Wings being Niklas Lidstrom.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin would likely be an easy rehabilitation project for Mike Babcock and the Detroit Red Wings organization.
You can say you heard it here first. And if it doesn’t come to pass, well, what do I know about hockey anyway.
On the weekend I went with my Sweetheart to the Evergreen Cultural Centre to see an absolutely beautiful stage production of Driving Miss Daisy.
The show had three actors on the simplest of stages and yet it was one of the most beautiful and heartwarming productions I have ever had the pleasure of taking in.
The three actors are, Nicola Lipman as Miss Daisy, Brian Linds as Miss Daisy’s son and John Campbell as Hoke, the man who becomes Miss Daisy’s chauffeur and best friend.
I really do not know how to describe the magic of this play. In two hours we witness two people age from their early seventies to their nineties. And it is truly extraordinary how with very little make-up and no special effects we see these three people age. Something as simple as the way they move about on the stage shows them progressing in age. It really is a beautiful thing.
Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of this performance was the way in which we in the audience witnessed a friendship grow between two people. Their relationship grew right there in front of us on the minimalist set with very little, yet incredibly meaningful dialogue.
This is a beautiful performance. Truly beautiful.
The sad part for you is that this play is done traveling to Metro Vancouver theatres (although it will be on the stages in Nanaimo and Saltspring Island in the next couple of days).
The next time you will be able to sit down in Vancouver and see it is at the Granville Island Stage of the Arts Club Theatre. That performance run goes from February 13th to March 14th.
You can still buy tickets to a performance of this comedy of an unlikely friendship.