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home Home show turns on star power Page 13 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 40 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! taste Mexican flavours Page 25 sport Blues twins really dig it Page 29 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper Blaze leaves WV home a ruin Brent Richter IT could be weeks before investigators determine the cause of a fire that totally destroyed a West Vancouver waterfront home Sunday night. Several 9-1-1 calls came in just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday when neighbours spotted smoke and flames coming from a home on the corner of Isleview Road and Copper Cove Road. “Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a two-storey wood-frame home on the waterfront mostly engulfed in flame and a very, very vigorous fire burning in the house,” said Martin Ernst, assistant fire chief with West Vancouver Fire and Rescue. Once they had determined that no one was in the home, firefighters sized up the scope of the fire and determined it was too far gone to risk sending anyone inside. “We continued on a See Fire page 3 photo Duncan Shields A West Vancouver waterfront home on Copper Cove Road is completely engulfed in flames as firefighters work to control the fire Sunday night. Nobody was in the home at the time. Liberals deliver balanced budget Jane Seyd THE B.C. government delivered a 2013 budget Tuesday afternoon that relies on asset sales and increases in income tax for both corporations and the wealthy to remain balanced. Finance Minister Mike De Jong is predicting a slim $197 million surplus for the coming fiscal year on a total budget of about $44 billion. To get there, De Jong said the government will have to keep a lid on spending, while raising taxes more than $1 billion over the next two years. That includes a tax increase of more than two per cent on those making over $150,000 a year. General SKI OR RIDE THIS SEASON & ALL OF NEXT FOR UP TO 80% OFF. Assets sale; tax hike for wealthy and corporations; spending freeze corporate income tax will go up one per cent on April 1 of this year. Medical premiums will also go up by four per cent. The government plan also calls for $625 million from sales of surplus assets over the next two years, including 16 properties. De Jong said deals are pending in the next year. De Jong said the government will continue to keep a tight lid on spending, with “efficiencies” expected to save more than $1 billion over the next three years. Spending on health is expected to rise by $2.4 billion over three years. North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto defended the budget Tuesday, calling it “a modest, responsible budget.” “It’s certainly not a classic pre-election budget,” she said. Yamamoto pointed to B.C.’s relatively low taxpayer-supported debt load and good credit rating as an indication government spending is under control. She also pointed to a report by economist Tim O’Neill as lending credibility to the government’s numbers. “He confirmed our government forecasts are legitimate,” she said. “We’re being very, very prudent.” Not everyone agreed. North Vancouver Lonsdale NDP candidate Craig Keating said balancing the budget depends on a significant asset sale. “There’s a big question mark on whether See BC page 5

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