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Nominate your Community Champion Today!

On July 9th, Ron McKinnon - Member of Parliament, Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, announced the launch of Community Champions, an award that recognizes the neighbours who work hard to make Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam the best community in the Lower Mainland. Whether this is a dedicated parent who wakes up extra early to carpool the neighbourhood kids to school,…
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Robert Latimer Applies for Pardon

It was announced on Wednesday, that Robert Latimer is applying to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould for either a pardon or a new trial for the killing of his daughter in 1993. Latimer killed his severely disabled 12-year-old daughter, Tracy, in 1993 by piping exhaust fumes into the cab of his truck. In an application filed on…
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HandyDART Age Policy in Question, Deep Cove Mom Speaks Out

The mother of a 7-year-old disabled girl who’s nonverbal and bound to a wheelchair is questioning an age restriction for HandyDART after her daughter was found ineligible for the service because she’s too young. Tina Lanzi Ricard wanted to sign up her daughter, Stella, who has Rett Syndrome for summer camp this year. The hope…
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Calling for More Accessible Taxis in BC

A Coquitlam-based woman who uses a wheelchair was left waiting for an accessible taxi for three hours on Canada Day. After this experience, Merle Smith, is calling for more enforcement of BC's transportation laws. Smith, 70, has been a disability rights advocate since she become quadriplegic when she was 14. She says she was evaluating the…
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