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Burnaby’s first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 • Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Gift ideas for some needy kids in the city The Lees say goodbye to the Gilmore PAGE 14 PAGE 33 Your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! >> Bliss: Adding the finishing touches to your personal cookie COMMUNITY CONSULTATION Report: City hospital needs much more than a rebuild Janaya Fuller-Evans staff reporter It will take more than a new building to fix the problems at Burnaby Hospital, according to the 141-page report released Friday by the Burnaby Hospital community consultation committee. “To summarize, the committee heard loud and clear from many presenters that Burnaby Hospital scarcely has the capacity to serve current needs, let alone the RELATED STORY future needs of the hospital’s growth catchPoliticians ment area population,” react: NDP MLA the report stated. Kathy Corrigan says The hospital curreport is intended to rently serves a populablame Fraser Health Authority, while Liberal tion of 465,000, according to the report, and MLAs Harry Bloy and has 289 beds. Richard Lee stand The report, which behind the report’s value as a true refleccontained statements tion of the community’s and presentations from concerns. Burnaby residents, Burnaby Hospital docSee page 3 tors and nurses, as well as other experts and stakeholders, gave examples of many of the problems plaguing the departments at the hospital. The original buildings are now 60 years old, with aging electrical and plumbing systems. The hospital’s electrical system is such a concern, according to Dr. David Jones, spokesperson for the committee, that WorkSafe B.C. will not allow the hospital to light its annual Christmas tree due to concerns about the safety of the electrical system. Other issues include the lack of a sufficient number of sinks for staff and visitors to wash their hands – a key component in containing infections. Report Page 10 Jason Lang/burnaby now Joys of the season: Riley Wallace decorates a gingerbread man at Light up the Heights on Saturday. For a photo gallery of this event, see ‘THEY ARE FRUSTRATED ... TRYING TO FILL IN THE GAPS’ Teachers launch poverty petition Jennifer Moreau staff reporter The Burnaby Teachers’ Association has been circulating a petition at local schools, calling on the province and civic governments to work together to come up with a poverty reduction plan for children. “Teachers on the ground are frus- ALEX CHRONAKIS 604 240 0172 Residential & Commercial Realtor® suttoncentre realty-office 604 435 9477 Address: 3010 Boundary Rd. Burnaby, V5M 4A1 CENTRE REALTY trated, they are trying to fill in the gaps,” said association president James Sanyshyn, who’s planning to deliver the petition to Burnaby city hall soon. According to Sanyshyn, there are several poverty reduction plans in Canada, but the provincial government hasn’t been interested in one for B.C. Meanwhile, child poverty is painfully evident in Burnaby schools. 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 DR. GIDON FRAME MD, CCFP, ABAAM, NAMS “(Teachers) go out an buy used clothing and leave it in the coat room, so when kids come to school without a winter coat, they can use one of the coats the teacher bought for them. Teachers give up parts of their lunches when kids come to school and haven’t eaten,” Sanyshyn said. Problems like homelessness and Poverty Page 3 YOUR AGENT YOURBURNABY LOCAL AGENT BRIAN VIDAS 604.671.5259 2009-2011 Brian Vidas Personal Real Estate Corporation 3010 Boundary Road, Burnaby www. centre realty

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