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Owners of Belle’s Ice Cream Truck are fighting a municipal by-law for the right to park their vehicle in their driveway

(Above) Joyce Lavigne (left) and her daughter Rebecca Rou stand beside the ice cream truck they own and run as Belle’s Ice Cream in Hawkesbury. After a neighbor filed a complaint, Lavigne has been advised by the Town of Hawkesbury that she can no longer park the vehicle in her home’s private driveway (photo below), as it violates the town’s bylaw regarding commercial vehicles parked in residential areas. She has been given until this Friday, June 26 to comply. Lavigne and Rou have started an online petition at change.org to obtain support in her fight to be able to keep the vehicle parked at her home and as of Monday had received 667 signatures. The petition can be found at www.change.org/p/belle-s-ice-cream-pro-belle-s-ice-cream-truck-in-the-community?

Reid Masson

Reid Masson is a graduate of Algonquin College's Journalism Program. He has over 20 years of experience as a staff writer and editor for various newspapers across Canada, including The Ottawa Citizen and Brockville Recorder and Times.

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