Burnaby’s first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 • Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Lions win first BNW banner Celebrating Rotary’s good work since 1947 PAGE 29 PAGE 11 Your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! >> www.burnabynow.com “ALL I COULD THINK OF WAS, ‘I’M GOING TO BURN TO DEATH’ “ ANIMAL RIGHTS Shark fins taken off city’s menu Burnaby will not institute a shark fin ban, saying it’s a federal responsibility Stefania Seccia staff reporter Shark fin sales will continue to be legal in Burnaby as council approved a staff report on Monday night, recommending against a shark fin ban. Last June, council asked staff to compile a report and make a recommendation on the issue after animal rights activists appeared as a delegation and held a demonstration outside city hall. Although the staff report is in support of banning shark fin sales in principle, it states that it is not under municipal jurisdiction to regulate. “Shark finning is considered inhumane and negatively impacting global shark populations, particularly those species designated as endangered or threatened,” director of finance Denise Jorgensen states in the report. “Despite this practice, the adoption of a city bylaw to prohibit the possession, sale and trade of shark fin is not recommended.” Instead, Jorgensen said the federal government is the authority that can and should regulate a shark fin ban. “The federal government holds responsibility for importation, fisheries and oceans,” the report states. “Canadian law prohibits shark finning in our waters and also protects wildlife globally. “To effectively regulate shark fins and stem the market supplied by shark finning, senior levels of government will need to enact prohibiting legislation.” The report also notes how the Community Charter has no provisions outlining that city staff can seize products Fins Page 8 Jennifer Gauthier/burnaby now Scorched: A Sunday morning fire at an apartment complex at 3526 Smith Ave. has left more than 100 people homeless. Burnaby firefighters spent most of Sunday and Monday putting out hotspots. The residents attended a Monday meeting at a local hotel to find out what assistance they can access, as many of them have no insurance. City fire leaves 100 homeless Alfie Lau staff reporter More than 100 people are homeless after a three-alarm fire destroyed a fourstorey apartment complex at 3526 Smith Ave. early Sunday morning. Many of those residents attended a Monday morning meeting at the Accent Inn in Burnaby, where local emergency officials briefed them on what help they could offer. According to Sue Walters, 60, who was living at the apartment for the past two years while she was on a waiting list for other accommodation, that meeting wasn’t a lot of help. “I lost everything and all they’re offer- YOUR AGENT YOURBURNABY LOCAL AGENT BRIAN VIDAS 604.671.5259 BrianVidas.com KANE CHENG ■ 778.855-8450 Your Trusted Neighbourhood Realtor 2009-2011 Brian Vidas Personal Real Estate Corporation 3010 Boundary Road, Burnaby www. ing us is an application form to get on a told that because of a previous fire at the waiting list,” said Walters. “I flipped out. I building in 2009, she needed further docutold them they’re not here to help. I had to mentation before she could buy insurance, come outside and get some air.” but Sunday’s fire occurred before Walters was traumatized by FOR MORE she could get that information. PHOTOS Sunday morning’s fire. The residents are entitled to 72 “There was no time to get SCAN WITH hours of provincially-funded assismany of my possessions,” said tance, which ends Tuesday. Walters. “All I could think of was Walters’ neighbour, Mike Fex, ‘I’m going to burn to death.’” also lost everything, but he’s try“I have no idea what the plan ing to make the best of a bad situis from here. I don’t know what ation. to do, I don’t know where to go, I “It sucks,” said the tradesman don’t even have a suitcase.” who works with central vacuumWalters said she didn’t have insurance, ing systems. “I lost everything, but there but the week before the fire, she had gone are a lot of people a lot worse off than to an agency to see if she could purchase Fire Page 10 some insurance. 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