Inuvik’s only food truck fighting to stay in business

Inuvik town council is set to vote tonight on whether to ban food trucks, but the only food trucker operator in town says he plans to fight back. ‘I'm going to be at the council with a mob of people and supporters.’

‘I'm going to be at the council with a mob of people and supporters,’ Josh Tyler says

Josh Tyler, owner of Ready Red's, the only food truck in Inuvik, is fighting to keep his business alive. (David Thurton/CBC)

​Inuvik’s only food truck has hit the streets for the season, but it could be a short one.

Town council will vote tonight on whether to ban food trucks on town roads.

Council recently heard complaints that a food truck was blocking parking on Inuvik's main street.

Councillors also said they're concerned food trucks have an unfair advantage over businesses with brick and mortar locations: they don't pay the same taxes, and they can leave when their customers do.

Josh Tyler is the owner of Ready Red's, which sells fresh cut fries, burgers and poutine.

He intends to fight the by-law.

Josh Tyler: ‘I'm going to be at the council with a mob of people and supporters.’ (David Thurton/CBC)
“I'm going to be at the council with a mob of people and supporters,” he says.

“If they have twenty people saying they have complaints against me and they don't want me on the street and I’m a nuisance and I am bad guy on the main road to have, I am going to bring a bunch people to say that I am not.”

An online petition started by Tyler already has more than 150 signatures opposing the by-law.

Tyler says he wants to work with council so food trucks, the town and other businesses can exist together.

The town of Inuvik has been getting complaints since last year about Ready Red's from businesses and taxi drivers.

Councillor Derek Lindsay said he's heard complaints from people within the business community. 

Councillor Terry Halifax expressed concerns about the by-law.

"I don't want to legislate other businesses out of town," he said. 

Council will vote tonight at 7pm.

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