Burnaby’s first and favourite information source It’s all play and all work for Biz Person of the Year Delivery 604-942-3081 • Friday, November 16, 2012 STM’s twin pillars of strength PAGE 20 PAGE 45 Your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! >> www.burnabynow.com It was double the fun with these chiefs Jennifer Moreau staff reporter Forest Grove resident Don Osborn got a call a few weeks ago from the Burnaby Fire Department, explaining how one of his five-year-old daughters won a draw at Lougheed Town Centre, and the prize was she got to be fire chief for a day. And that’s when Osborn explained the twin situation – there are two girls: Ava and Marlowe – so he asked if they both could be fire chiefs for the day. The fire department agreed, a date was set, and the big day came on Friday, Nov. 9. “The girls were almost speechless. They knew For a video there was some kind of the young of surprise going on,” fire chiefs, go to, Osborn said. “I had them www.burnabynow.com all dressed and ready to go to school, and the truck pulled up, and they were just wildeyed and speechless. It was hilarious.” As part of the prize, the girls were taken to and from school in the fire truck, they got to meet fire Chief Shaun Redmond, and they were both presented with certificates from the department, declaring them honorary fire chiefs for the day. “They (got) to be the stars at school for the day, showing up in the fire engine. The whole thing was really a positive experience,” The NOW attempted to interview the two girls, who were squealing with delight and not quite able to converse. (See our website for a video of their reaction.) Dan Kilpatrick, the department’s chief fire prevention officer, said the Burnaby Fire Department holds the contest every year at a Lougheed Town Centre. VIDEO EXTRA Jennifer Moreau/burnaby now Two at the helm: From left, Ava and Marlowe Osborn, five-year-old twins, won the Burnaby Fire Department draw at Lougheed Town Centre to be fire chiefs for the day. “It’s just part of the fire prevention week promotion,” Kilpatrick said. “The kids enjoy it. That’s the number 1 thing. It helps in a way to promote fire safety. The kids always enjoy the fire truck. … The action, the lights, the sirens, it’s always a way to attract the kids and teach them about fire prevention and how to stay safe.” Osborn asked his daughters if they wanted to be firefighters, and they both answered no, he said laughing. “But it gave them a really positive image of who the firefighters are for sure, it made them very personable,” he said. email@example.com Auto thefts drop for ninth straight year in Burnaby Alfie Lau staff reporter ICBC has just released auto theft numbers for the last 10 years, and Burnaby has seen a 25 per cent decrease for the first six months of 2012 as compared to the first six months of 2011. In 2011, there were 235 car thefts in Burnaby reported to ICBC and that number fell to 176 for the same period in 2012. The decrease marks the ninth straight year that the numbers have fallen. In 2003, there were 1,112 Burnaby auto thefts reported for the first six months of the year, falling to 1,068 in 2004 and steadily every year OLD ORCHARD MEDICAL CLINIC ◗ WALK-INS WELCOME ◗ WOMEN’S WELLNESS CLINIC ◗ BOTOX & FILLERS COSMETIC TREATMENTS #11 4429 KINGSWAY BURNABY 604-431-6585 burnabymedicalclinic.com ◗ Open 7 days a week DR. GIDON FRAME MD, CCFP, ABAAM, NAMS since. Since 2003, there has been an 84 per cent decrease in Burnaby auto thefts for the first six months of each year. That year is significant because that was when the Bait Car program was introduced to the area. The decreasing numbers are part of an overall trend in the Lower Mainland. In neighbouring New Westminster, there was also a 25 per cent decrease from the first six months of 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011. The decrease since 2003 is 82 per cent. And in the Lower Mainland as a whole, the decrease was 17 per cent between 2011 and 2012 and 78 per cent back to 2003. YOUR AGENT YOURBURNABY LOCAL AGENT BRIAN VIDAS 604.671.5259 4334 Kingsway, Burnaby (604) 434-6220 www.nandoscanada.com 2009-2011 Brian Vidas Personal Real Estate Corporation 3010 Boundary Road, Burnaby BrianVidas.com www. centre realty Valid only at Nando’s Kingsway. Add Portuguese Garlic bread for only $1! Has no cash value and can’t be combined with any other offer. Valid for eat-in orders only. Expires December 15, 2012.