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Burnaby’s first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 • Friday, December 7, 2012 Red Cross right at home Cutting her hair for cancer PAGE 13 PAGE 3 Your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! >> Big boys with their toys FOR THE DISABLED Program in peril Neil Squire Society hopes the public will pitch in Jennifer Moreau staff reporter A locally based non-profit organization is asking folks to dig into their pockets to help with a computer tutoring program for people with disabilities. Burnaby’s Neil Squire Society has launched a campaign to raise money for Distance Computer Comfort, a program that provides free computer tutoring to people with disabilities all over Canada. Participants visit online classrooms to learn basic computer skills with a tutor who helps the students achieve their learning goals. Chad Leaman, the society’s director of development, said they received federal government funding for a pilot program only. “But that government office does not offer any program funding – it is up to us to keep it going,” he said. “Computer skills are considered Program Page 5 Larry Wright/burnaby now Toy time: Staff and contractors at the Burnaby Chevron refinery celebrated the holidays with their second annual lunch and toy drive in support of the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. Pictured are Mike Ward, Chevron’s fire chief, Stephen D’Souza of the Burnaby Christmas Bureau, and Jim Gable, the refinery manager. D’Souza told the NOW earlier this month that they were “overwhelmed with the generosity” of Chevron’s inaugural toy drive in 2011. See for our ongoing campaign coverage. Shuttle shuffles concerns Heights businesses Janaya Fuller-Evans staff reporter Business owners in Burnaby Heights are worried about how TransLink’s proposed changes to the C1 and C2 community shuttle routes might affect their customers. Heidi Dueck, who works at United Optical Dispensary on Hastings Street, said people have been bringing up the issue when they come in. “I heard about it first from a customer who is in Seton Villa and relies on the OLD ORCHARD MEDICAL CLINIC ◗ WALK-INS WELCOME ◗ WOMEN’S WELLNESS CLINIC ◗ BOTOX & FILLERS COSMETIC TREATMENTS #11 4429 KINGSWAY BURNABY 604-431-6585 ◗ Open 7 days a week to Kensington Square. Weekday service along the new route would decrease from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes. Route C1 currently travels between the Kootenay Loop and the intersection of Hastings Street and Gilmore Avenue, and route C2 travels in the Capitol Hill area to the intersection of Hastings Street and Gilmore Avenue. The new route would no longer go up Capitol Hill. Dueck said the changes could adversely affect a particularly vulnerable group of shuttles, and was sharing her frustration over it,” she said. “She literally just looked at me and said, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do.’” Seton Villa, at 3755 McGill St., is a nonprofit housing complex for seniors. It has its own shuttle, Dueck explained, but it only runs once a week and many residents use the local community shuttles on a day-today basis. TransLink is considering combining and changing its community shuttle routes and extending service along Hastings Street east APPY HOUR! SELECT APPETIZERS Only 6 $ DR. GIDON FRAME MD, CCFP, ABAAM, NAMS * From 3pm-6pm Daily From 3pm-6pm daily, we’re serving up selected new appetizers for only $6* each! area residents: seniors. Customers are often in need of immediate help, she noted, as they’ve recently broken their glasses and have difficulty coping without them. “It’s almost to the point of, ‘I need to get this fixed now,’” Dueck said. “Just trying to navigate a hallway could be difficult, depending on the type of vision you have.” Dueck said she understands TransLink is limited by its budget and needs to look Shuttle Page 10 YOUR AGENT YOURBURNABY LOCAL AGENT BRIAN VIDAS 604.671.5259 2009-2011 Brian Vidas Personal Real Estate Corporation 3010 Boundary Road, Burnaby See stores for details. * www. centre realty

Burnaby Now December 7 2012

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