How should food trucks licences be given out?
When you order poutine at a food truck, chances are you don't know what kind of business plan that truck owner has. Nor do you necessarily know how long the man who hands you your grilled panini has been in business. But should it matter, for food vendors who could get new licences for food trucks from the city?
It's a subject that is being debated now at city hall...Councillor Mark Taylor says that the business plan should be more important than the menu, while Councillor Katherine Hobbs doesn't like the idea, saying that 'points for experience could provide unfair competition criteria'.
So what role should experience play in deciding who gets a food truck? We gathered three interested parties to talk about this: Jacqueline Joliffe who runs the Stone Soup Foodworks truck on the University of Ottawa campus, Greg Leese in Osgoode who runs the Hot Potato truck, and Tarek Hassan is hoping to nab one of those new licences up for grabs for his truck of comfort food.