Hi! I'm in Coquitlam :)
Ugh, practicing is good but I'm sorry you've had reasons to! I do after school care & DH is a school bus driver so he applied for EI in June, and STILL hasn't heard whether his claim is approved or not, so we had a tight summer... but not knowing when he'll be working again is rough!
Has he tried going into pizza/chinese food places? DH did deliveries for a while when he was looking for better work. They don't always advertise when they're hiring, just put a sign up. The pay is crap but better than nothing. He can make something like $80/week before they start deducting from EI, and at least he was DOING something, you know? It's not for everyone, just mentioned it because it helped us get by!