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Burnaby’s first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 • Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Stick to new year’s fitness resolutions Critters need a new home PAGE 11 PAGE 3 Your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! >> POLICE Naked man Tasered Six Burnaby RCMP officers subdue aggressive man found on woman’s couch Alfie Lau staff reporter Six Burnaby RCMP officers and two Taser shots were needed to subdue a man in Burnaby early Tuesday morning. According to Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Dave Reid, the incident occurred in the 6500-block of Elgin Avenue just after 2:30 a.m. “A young woman called a male friend saying that she needed help,” said Reid. “She said there was a naked man sleeping on her couch, who was extremely drunk and possibly on drugs.” The woman then called 911, and when police arrived at the scene, they tried to wake up the man. “He became extremely aggressive, and we had to employ the Taser on him,” said Reid. “That didn’t have much effect so we employed the Taser again.” That still didn’t slow the naked man down much, so six Burnaby RCMP officers were needed to subdue him. Paramedics sedated the man at the scene before he was taken to Burnaby Hospital, where he was sedated once again. “We still have no ID on him, and the people who called in (the original incident) have not given us any info either,” said Reid. “There were no injuries to anyone else.” Reid said police are still working on the case and trying to identify the man and what led to police being called to the scene. Larry Wright/burnaby now On strike: LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services employees held a two-day strike at locations throughout B.C. this week. In Burnaby, the Gilmore Avenue location was closed while B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union members walked the picket line. LifeLabs strike closes local site Half of testing centres shut down during labour dispute with laboratory workers Marelle Reid staff reporter A B.C.-based medical lab company closed half its patient service centres, while employees went on rotating strikes around the province this week. On Monday, LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services closed 40 of its 80 patient services centres, including the Burnaby location on Gilmore Avenue, as the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union began two days of strike action. The union says negotiations with the 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 employer broke down after a meeting with a mediator on Saturday. “We do want to get back to the bargaining table as quickly as possible, but we just can’t accept the offer that’s presently on the table,” said union communications officer Karen Tankard. “So, LifeLabs has got to come back with something more.” LifeLabs is offering its 709 employees within the union a four per cent increase over three years, which the union says is inadequate for the cost of living in Vancouver. “All they want is something fair and reasonable so they’re not falling behind with inflation,” Tankard said. The last raise employees had was a one per cent increase on Jan. 1, 2011. The employer says the current contract offer is “competitive in the mar- Let’s talk over coffee - see page 5 Richard T. Lee, MLA ketplace,” according to a report on the LifeLabs website, which compares the Hospital Employees’ Union’s recent collective agreement of a three per cent wage increase over two years. The LifeLabs sites that were closed during the strike on Monday and Tuesday will resume normal operations as of Wednesday, but more sites will close throughout the province as the rotating strike continues. This will not affect any further locations in Burnaby. LifeLabs testing facilities in Victoria and Burnaby will also continue full service this week and report results without delay, according to a report on the company’s website. For a list of labs closed on Jan. 23 and 24, visit TILE & GROUT CLEANING, SEALING REPAIRS GROUT COLOR SEALING & CAULKING & MORE... WE SPECIALIZE IN COMPLETE RESTORATION & MAINTENANCE OF STONE, TILE & GROUT SURFACES Burnaby North Phone: 604.775.0778 Fax: 604.775.0833 604.328.9999 |

Burnaby Now January 23 2013

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