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Burnaby’s first and favourite information source Delivering meals and compassion PAGE 3 Delivery 604-942-3081 • Friday, January 4, 2013 Local engineer wins award PAGE 11 Your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! >> ASSESSMENTS HEALTH Property values increase ‘No lungs’ protest targets smokers Janaya Fuller-Evans staff reporter Jennifer Moreau staff reporter You can have his heart, kidneys and liver, but don’t ask Leo Levasseur for his lungs. The Burnaby resident is withdrawing his respiratory organs from the list of items he’s willing to donate in protest of people who refuse to quit smoking. “I don’t want people to stop smoking the day they get a lung cancer or emphysema diagnosis from their doctor. I want them to quit now,” he said. Levasseur, who works in a customer service call centre, has never smoked a day in his life, but he’s a registered organ donor with B.C. Transplant. He’s also disappointed more people have not taken advantage of the provincial government’s free smoking-cessation program, which launched last September. The program covers the costs of a 12-week supply of nicotine replacement gum or patches, or a single continuous course of prescription anti-smoking drugs, like Zyban and Champix. So far, approximately 161,000 nicotine replacement therapies have been ordered through the program, and 45,000 people have signed up for a smoking cessation drug through their doctors. While B.C. has one of the lowest smoking rates in Canada at 14.3 per cent, there are 550,000 British Columbians who smoke, and 70 per cent want to quit, according to the B.C. Health Lungs Page 10 Jennifer Moreau/burnaby now Quit it: Burnaby resident Leo Levasseur is leading a one-man campaign against smoking and wants more people to take advantage of the province’s free smoking cessation program. He hopes to showcase this poster he created in Burnaby schools. Lower Mainland homeowners may see only a slight shift in their property values when they receive their assessment notices this week, but Burnaby single-family homeowners will likely see an increase. Homeowners in the North Fraser area – including Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra – can expect “modest changes,” according to a press release from B.C. Assessment. “Most homes in the North Fraser region are relatively similar in value compared to last year’s assessment roll,” deputy assessor Zina Weston said in the press release. “Most single-family homeowners will see modest changes in the minus five per cent to plus 10 per cent range.” The assessment office saw an increase in property values in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood, from $933,000 for a single-family home last year to $977,000 this year, according to the release. Other areas of the city also saw increases for single-family homes, particularly in North Burnaby. Overall, residential property values in Burnaby increased by 4.95 per cent from last year, going from $63.382 billion in 2012 to $66.682 billion in 2013. Owners of commercial or industrial businesses in the city are more likely to see a larger increase in their property values, according to B.C. Assessment, particularly for commercial businesses along the Kingsway corridor, with increases ranging from 20 to 30 per cent. Property owners can check online at www., and click on Values Page 10 YOUR AGENT YOURBURNABY LOCAL AGENT TV’s, Computers , Electronics & Small Appliances 4334 Kingsway, Burnaby (604) 434-6220 604-299-3121 BRIAN VIDAS 604.671.5259 2009-2011 Brian Vidas Personal Real Estate Corporation 3010 Boundary Road, Burnaby 2961 Norland Avenue, Burnaby 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 February 15, 2013 www. centre realty

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