More than two dozen residents of Coquitlam have been fined for putting their trash out at night, just blocks from where a young girl was mauled by a bear.
“We gave out 25 tickets. It was our worst instance of giving out that many tickets in one shift ever.”
Coquitlam Councillor Teri Towner says she can’t believe neighbours would be so sloppy just hours after a 10-year-old nearly lost her life to a bear.
She says despite heavy publicity and 1300 warnings, people aren’t getting the message about handling their trash.
“A lot of people continue to insist putting it out the night before, it’s more convenient for them, they don’t like to get up that early, different excuses.”
Towner says Coquitlam’s bylaw demands trash and compost go out between 5:30 and 7:30 A.M., and the city is getting serious about issuing $500 fines.