Burnaby NewsLeader, July 10, 2013

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COMMENT Residents get good value for money Re: $100K club at point out that one does Burnaby city hall boosts not need any special ranks (NewsLeader, skills to help muck out Kudos to the City of Burnaby for keeping June 19) a flooded basement or our taxes down and the level of services up. In 2012 there were wash mould from walls. The bottom line is that they continue G. Walton 540 City of Burnaby to make it a great place to live. Burnaby staff earning more than $75,000 a year, an increase of 44 over year is greater than the 2.95 per 2011. cent earlier announced by city Good news The NewsLeader article council, it’s not because the city to see mom back (June 13) provided 22 names deceived us. home of senior managers, two retired More likely it’s because employees, and noted that the assessed value of our Re: Susan Mitchell, missing 49 firefighters appear on the property by BC Assessment—a list. In a June 26 letter-to-theprovincial government agency— Burnaby mom, found safe So relieved that she’s OK. editor (City salaries soaring, has determined our property to She’s a good mom and her kids NewsLeader) Curtis Evans says be a more valuable asset than it will be so happy to have her he doesn’t have an issue with was a year ago and, therefore, back. them as they are “valuable”. subject to more tax. Joan MacLean I’d like to think he didn’t Kudos to the City of Burnaby mean to suggest the other 71 for keeping our taxes down Thanks for the update. Glad are less valuable, much less and the level of services up. she’s not injured and hope she the remaining 2,500 or so The bottom line is that they can resolve her personal issues. people who work for us every continue to make it a great Sandra Person day throughout the city. Still, place to live. Bill Brassington he does imply an overpaid Burnaby Life isn’t easy so I get it. Glad workforce with the remark that she was found safe. “a lot of very qualified people It’s easy Sylvia Coretano out there that would jump at to help —online comments an opportunity to work for Re: Love to help (Letters, burnabynewsleader.com $60,000-$80,000.” In point of fact, if the payroll NewsLeader, July 5) We want your view! While Garth Evans of the larger workforce is $80.7 email: letters@ congratulates himself for million (as the original article burnabynewsleader.com his magnanimous gesture indicates) that works out to an twitter: @burnabynews to all those in Alberta who average less that $40,000 a year. facebook: facebook.com/ are suffering the flooding As for Mr. Evans’ complaint burnabynews devastation, may I humbly that the property tax levied this

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Burnaby woman crowned Miss BC Burnaby’s Ava Vanderstarren says she’ll remember Canada Day for the rest of her life. That’s the day became the city’s first Miss BC. Vanderstarren competed among 39 hopefuls to win the title. The pageant is taped for TV in Langley last week, and will air on Shaw Television this fall. During her on-stage interview Vanderstarren spoke regarding her passion to help rehabilitate child soldiers and her plans to volunteer in an orphanage in West Africa.

Miss BC Ava Vanderstarren poses with the host of “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” Monte Durham at the Miss BC pageant last week.

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