Voters may get their say on incinerator

Coquitlam council wants the issue tied to the TransLink funding referendum.

  • Jun. 24, 2014 8:00 a.m.

The Tri-City News

Coquitlam voters won’t see a referendum question about Metro Vancouver’s planned incinerator on the civic ballot when they go the polls in November.

But when the TransLink funding referendum eventually takes place, voters across the region may be asked for their view on the controversial topic.

That’s the hope of Coquitlam city council, which passed a motion this week to have the issue tied to the TransLink referendum.

The motion came late Monday as council sought to find ways for the public to have a voice on Metro’s $450-million incinerator proposal.

Coun. Neal Nicholson, a member of Metro’s zero waste committee, said he has heard plenty from angry residents as well as frustrated Metro directors who are concerned about the agency’s plan to burn trash in a new facility.

Coun. Craig Hodge said a number of groups, including the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, the BC Chamber of Commerce and the Vancouver and Surrey boards of trade, are opposed to the incinerator plan.

Just Posted

Cache Creek council votes to rejoin local transit system

Details need to be worked out, but hopes are that change can be expedited

Ashcroft residents get information at Community Forum

Water treatment plant, recycling, an Eco-Depot, the budget, and more among items addressed

Elizabeth May’s wedding will be a ‘low-carbon affair’ in Victoria on Earth Day

Green party leader’s wedding party to depart in a cavalcade of electric cars

Gas prices spike in northern B.C. ahead of the long weekend

Fuel went up 17 cents overnight in Prince Rupert

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Most Read