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Burnaby’s first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 • Wednesday, February 13, 2013 SFU club starts season with wins Celebrating the Lunar New Year PAGE 29 PAGE 5 Your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! >> PADS NEEDS HELP Pick a puppy Stefania Seccia staff reporter Heaps of energy are bouncing around a local society in the form of puppies, which are in desperate need of a home so they can one day help those with a disability. Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) has nine puppies, which means the society is in dire need of puppy raisers, breeders and caretakers. “We had a donation of approximately nine puppies with more on the way,” Laura Watamanuk, PADS executive director, told the Burnaby NOW while holding one wellbehaved, light brown puppy in her arms. “This little guy here is a dog that’s just arrived from California.” PADS trains dogs for people with disabilities other than blindness. The society trains hearing dogs for the deaf and service dogs for people with other disabilites. “We’re in desperate need of volunteer puppy raisers along with families that are interested in being breeder/caretakers,” Watamanuk said. The society works mostly with Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers, and each has a value between $50,000 to $90,000, which includes the cost of obtaining/breeding the dog, training, placement and follow-up. PADS was the first Canadian organization to receive full accreditation from Assistance Dogs International, which sets a high standard for apprenticeship dog training, placement and Larry Wright/burnaby now At play: Laura Watamanuk, the executive director of the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society, is hoping nine new puppies will go home with volunteer puppy raisers as soon as possible. The society also needs families that are interested in being breeders and caretakers. Dogs Page 8 View video with Fighting to keep urban agriculture alive Janaya Fuller-Evans staff reporter Dave Carlson is worried about development encroaching on his Burnaby farm land. Carlson, who runs Common Ground Community Farm, is part of the new generation of farmers making a go of it in Burnaby’s Big Bend area. His farm is part of the approximately 600 acres of land in the city that is part of the Agricultural Land Reserve. Recently, the city began turning North Fraser Way into a through road, he said, and came four metres onto the farm property and dumped road preload material onto it. “You should see what the front YOUR AGENT YOURBURNABY LOCAL AGENT BRIAN VIDAS 604.671.5259 2009-2011 Brian Vidas Personal Real Estate Corporation 3010 Boundary Road, Burnaby www. of the house looks like, it’s like a war zone out there. It’s like a big preload gravel pit,” Carlson said. That is one of the reasons Carlson was glad to hear about a ground-breaking regional food system design and planning project being proposed by Kwantlen Polytechnic University researchers and other educational institutions. OLD ORCHARD MEDICAL CLINIC ◗ WALK-INS WELCOME ◗ WOMEN’S WELLNESS CLINIC ◗ BOTOX & FILLERS COSMETIC TREATMENTS #11 4429 KINGSWAY BURNABY centre realty “I’m glad someone’s taking the initiative to protect our food sources,” he said. “If it takes Kwantlen to be the people to come and bring it to the cities to make it happen, I think that’s awesome,” Carlson added. The project is very intuitive in terms of local farmers’ needs, according to Julia Smith, who runs Urban Digs Farm in Burnaby. 604-431-6585 ◗ Open 7 days a week “The most interesting thing is, what they’re proposing is what we’re discovering we have to do anyway,” she said. “We’re a new farm, obviously, and what we’re finding out is that, though we set out to be more self-sufficient, we’re actually finding that it takes a community.” Farm Page 9 KANE CHENG ■ 778.855-8450 Your Trusted Neighbourhood Realtor Mandarin ■ English Extensive Overseas Buyer Connections DR. GIDON FRAME MD, CCFP, ABAAM, NAMS Kane Cheng Personal Real Estate Corporation ROYAL PACIFIC REALTY

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