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Gilpin elementary is the topranked Burnaby public school in this year’s Fraser Institute rankings. The top five in Burnaby were all independent schools, led by Holy Cross and Our Lady Of Mercy, which were both among the 20 schools tied for first place with scores of 10 out of 10.

The rankings of B.C. elementary schools were compiled using the provincial Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) exams, testing reading, writing and numeracy, written by students in grades 4 and 7 in the 2012-2013 school year. With rankings based on a 10-point scale, there were numerous ties. Among Burnaby schools the top two were followed by St. Michael’s in 41st place (9.2 score), John Knox Christian at 48th (9.1) and St. Helen’s in 68th (8.8). Gilpin saw a significant jump

from previous years, and was among 10 schools tied for 111th spot out of 982 schools in B.C. with a score of 8.0 out of 10. Its five-year average ranking is 173rd. After three years in first place among Burnaby public elementaries, Buckingham dropped to second spot, 121st in the overall rankings with a 7.9 score. Rounding out Burnaby’s top 10 are Seaforth in 133rd place (7.8), Suncrest in 144th (7.7) and Taylor Park in 178th (7.5).

This year’s lowest-ranked Burnaby elementary was Inman (3.8) in 882nd spot. That was down from a five-year average score of 5.5 and 435th place. A closer look at Inman shows 32.1 per cent of its students in 2012-2013 had English as a second language, 9.5 per cent had special needs and 32.1 per cent were in the French immersion program. Of those writing the FSA exams, 29.5 per cent scored “below expectations.”

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Recent changes to protocol have led to slower ambulance response times, says Burnaby’s fire chief. On October 29, the B.C. Ambulance Service (BCAS) changed its resource allocation plan (RAP), downgrading the response to 74 medical situations from Code 3 to Code 2. Instead of an ambulance being dispatched with lights and sirens, they’re treated as a routine call. While BCAS has already implemented the new plan, Burnaby fire department has not. In the first four months since the change there has been a “corresponding increase” in the time firefighters wait for an ambulance to arrive, said Burnaby Fire Chief Doug McDonald in a report to council. In the three months before the change, Burnaby firefighters received 2,279 medical emergency calls. Ambulances arrived, on average, 6 minutes and 38 seconds after firefighters. see aMbuLance, a3

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Firefighters waited more than 30 minutes for paramedics in 20 cases and for more than 60 minutes in zero cases, the report said. But in the first three months since the change, Burnaby firefighters responded to 2,424 such calls. Ambulances arrived on average 9 minutes and 21 seconds afterwards. There were 44 cases in which ambulances arrived more than 30 minutes later, and six cases when they showed up more than an hour later. While B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) said in a Jan. 3 letter that most B.C. fire departments had decided to match the new protocol, that’s not the case, said the report. The B.C. Fire Chiefs Association polled its members and found 78 per cent of cities responding had not adopted the change. And 48 per cent said they were waiting longer for ambulances to arrive. BCEHS says it made the change to reduce the risk of motor vehicle crashes while rushing to non-urgent calls. But the report said there is “no evidence” to support that concern.


In the past two years Burnaby Fire Department has only been involved in three minor, low-speed accidents. Those were cases of fire vehicles scraping a lamp standard and two parked vehicles in a narrow corridor. Firefighters are not trained to provide the same level of emergency medical care as paramedics, the report noted. To provide added training would not only download responsibilities to the

fire department, it would come at a significant cost. Upgrading the training of half the Burnaby Fire Department would cost about $210,000 initially plus another $50,000 a year to maintain the training. The changes were made based on clinical and statistical data, the report noted. But that ignores the fact the patient’s conditions can be worse than originally classified by the dispatcher.

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“Despite training, anytime an ambulance responds with ‘lights and sirens’ there is a risk that they may get into an accident. We will continue to respond to all calls. What has changed is how we drive to some calls,” said BCEHS spokesperson Kelsie Carwithen by email on Monday. “This is also not about reducing costs but rather using our resources smarter.” BCEHS will review its data six months after the changes to confirm it is working as planned. “Since the RAP was implemented, we found that we are getting to urgent calls faster and that our response time to routine calls are approximately six minutes longer,” she stressed. “We found that the six additional minutes for routine calls did not have a negative impact on the patient’s condition.” Carwithen said BCEHS is consulting with local governments and fire chiefs before further implementing the changes for first responders. Local governments also “differ greatly” on the level of response they want their first responders to provide, she said.

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Vancouver Police are investigating after a 33-year-old Burnaby man was shot Saturday night. Just after 9:30 p.m. March 8 the victim was sitting in a car parked on 35th Avenue near Victoria Drive. An unknown man approached the car and shot into the vehicle multiple times before running off. The victim stumbled into a nearby Victoria Drive restaurant seeking help. Restaurant customers called 911 and police and paramedics responded. He was rushed to hospital. After undergoing surgery, he has since been released. VPD believe the man was targeted. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information about the incident who has not yet spoken to police is asked to call the VPD major crime section at 604-717-2541 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The Burnaby NewsLeader is among the winners of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Awards, one of 12 nationwide. Co-sponsored by Newspapers Canada, the awards are a writing competition for published stories that educate readers about the community impact of the Jumpstart program. A $5,000 grant will be donated in the name of each winning newspaper to their local Jumpstart chapter. The Burnaby NewsLeader won for “Soaring to great heights” by Mario Bartel. Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities aims to give kids from disadvantaged families opportunities to participate in organized sport and recreation by covering helping cover costs of expenses such as registration, equipment and transportation.

Moscrop secondary presents its first-ever musical, Zombie Prom, March 10 to 14 at 7 p.m. By Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey, Zombie Prom is a “1950s horror comic book brought to life as a musical comedy.” It’s about a young rebel named Jonny who hurls himself into the town’s nuclear treatment silo in the name of love and turns into a teenage nuclear zombie. Heartbreak and confusion ensues. The show stars a dozen Moscrop students including Joshua Lam as Jonny, Maddy de la Rama as Toffe, Anne Qu as Mrs. Strict and David MacLennan as Eddie. They’re directed by Moscrop visual and performing arts teachers Bryn Williams, Ashley Chow and Kelly Arnold. The show takes place in drama room 108 at the school, 4433 Moscrop St., Burnaby. Tickets are $10 and $7 at the door.

Repeating in second-last place in Burnaby was Stride Avenue in 830th place (4.2). The Edmonds-area school’s students were 55.6 per cent ESL and 7.3 had special needs. The third-lowestranked in the city is Maywood in 736th place (4.8). Of its students last year, 66.3 per cent were ESL, 8.5 per cent had special needs and 38.8 per cent did not write the exams. Of those that did, 21.6 per cent scored below expectations. Last year’s lowestranked in Burnaby, Morley, improved significantly to 586th place, from 784th in 2011-2012. Among Burnaby independent schools, only one listed any figures for ESL or special needs students. Of the Deer Lake Seventh Day Adventist school’s students 1.5 per cent were ESL. It was ranked 567th with a score of 5.6. Smaller schools that had fewer than 10 students in grades 4 and 7 were excluded from the rankings. Previous Fraser Institute reports used 15 students as a minimum to be included.



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CN cleanup of spilled coal now underway Follows derailment Jan. 11 Wanda Chow

The cleanup of coal spilled into Burnaby waterways Jan. 11 is now underway following weeks of planning work. The incident stemmed from a derailment of a Canadian Pacific train in which three cars tipped over, spilling 40 tonnes of coal onto the rail bed and into Silver Creek the feeds into nearby Burnaby Lake. Canadian National, which owns the tracks and was operating the train at the time, is “providing the expertise, resources and funding to fully remediate the effects of the incident,” said CN spokesperson Emily Hamer by email. Immediately after the spill, coal was removed at the site by vacuum trucks, Hamer said. “However, with regard to nearby waterways, it was determined that immediately following the derailment, the water flows were too high and the ground too saturated to commence an environmental survey as it may have been more harmful to aquatic life, given the conditions.” With Ministry of Environment approval, CN began a survey, carried out by Triton Environmental, of local waterways. The survey determined how much coal remained and where, the type of habitat is nearby and other hamer information to assess solutions for cleanup. After developing a formal cleanup plan and obtaining ministry approval and permission from Metro Vancouver to work on its lands, the work started the last week of February, Hamer said. “An estimated 76 cubic metres of coal was found in Burnaby Lake plus 5.5 cubic metres of coal in Silver Creek. Clean up is now underway.” In Silver Creek, that work will involve using hand shovels from the bank or from shore with shop vacs. The company aims to remove the coal before fish start to hatch. At Burnaby Lake coal will mainly be recovered using suction dredging with a vacuum truck and a “long reach excavator,” said a Burnaby city staff report. The collected water will go through a multi-step filtration system to remove the coal and sediment before the water is discharged back into the lake. Fish, amphibians and turtles were first removed from the work area, a silt curtain was installed to contain the disturbed water, and young turtles and eggs were removed from their nesting beach. The nesting beach will be restored and logs where turtles bask will be cleaned and replaced, the city report said. Before the most recent cleanup work, the Ministry of Environment worked with agencies such as Burnaby city hall to review CN’s plan. The ministry “provided additional recommendations and requirements for CN to ensure the clean-up work proposed had measures in place to protect sensitive habitat areas,” the ministry said in an emailed statement. “Protecting painted turtle overwintering habitat and stream spawning areas are a high priority in the recovery plan,” the ministry said, referring to the endangered Western painted turtle present in the lake.

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Since the 2002 decision to take the class size and composition limits out of their contract, the B.C. Teachers Federation has fought vigorously to get them back. The union launched lawsuits, went on an illegal strike (and gained significant public support) and, thus far, has won two lawsuits in B.C. Supreme Court Justice Susan Griffin’s courtroom. In the first case, she ordered the BCTF and government to bargain and address the class size and composition issues. She gave the government a year to implement her ruling. There was no resolution within the year. The union went back to the judge, and she ordered the former contract reinstated. The government says that would cost at least $500 million annually. The province has now appealed that ruling to the B.C. Court of Appeal, which said last month there is no need to go back to the 2002 conditions, until the appeal is heard. While that gives school districts breathing room, it is obvious this issue needs to be resolved once and for all. Parents and students deserve some certainty. While the government has certainly provoked the union several times, the union’s blithe ignorance of the province’s fiscal state is also grating. An additional $500 million per year comes from just one source — taxpayers. Teachers are already well paid, and while their jobs certainly come with a great number of challenges, they aren’t the only ones. If B.C.’s economy is to return to its robust state, it requires a welleducated population. Teachers are a critical and essential part of that solution. They deserve a fair contract, and they also need to remember who is paying their wages and benefits—taxpayers. More focus on students, by both the BCTF and the province, and less political rhetoric, is badly needed. —Langley Times/Black Press

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by the teen tornado as it churned through the house on some essential mission, frequently involving a snack. Don’t get me started on that …oh never mind, I’m already there. Previously proud, gleaming pots fester in the sink—gooey and glued with unrecognizable foodstuffs. The stainless steel refrigerator doors bear the fingerprints of the guilty, and the stove is covered in spits and spatters from culinary calamity. To this I return each day. Daily, I issue decrees and heated threats of dire consequences, to no avail. The teen has shed and fed. It moves on... ... until Sunday afternoon, when a stunning transformation takes place. The teen cleans, sorts, tidies, launders and folds. The condition is fleeting. However, there lies hope in the universal order of things. Andrew Holota is editor of the Abbotsford News.

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Civic voting system flawed I’d like to add my analysis of Burnaby’s last civic election to the comments that Wanda Chow made in her “Let the Silly Season Begin” column (NewsLeader, Feb. 28). In terms of total votes per party, the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA) got 60 per cent of the vote, TEAM got 30 per cent and the Burnaby Greens and others got the other 10 per cent. With eight council seats, the BCA should therefore have five councillors, TEAM should have two and the Greens should have one. The fact that all the candidates for each of the three parties got vote counts that came in fairly narrow bands is a strong indication that voters stuck mostly to the party slates. The voting system used in Burnaby is well known to political scientists to result in sweeps like the ones we’ve seen in the past few elections, especially when slates are involved. It’s not because Burnaby voters only vote for the BCA, and it’s not because the other party candidates are no good. It’s because the voting system awards all the seats to the top party rather than distributing some of the seats proportionally to the lesser parties as well. As several people have commented lately, the result is a council that has little internal variety and is not representative. Iain Macanulty Burnaby

MAYBE CYCLISTS NEED INSURANCE Re: Some sympathy for the cyclist (Letters, NewsLeader, March 5) Sue Garbe seems to be missing the point regarding this cyclist who smashed into Mr. Jang and severely injured him. She would like this to be about what language he speaks or doesn’t speak. But this is a country of immigrants, and the language he speaks is immaterial with regards to this issue. She insinuates that people get plowed down and killed all the time, and those responsible simply walk away, which is not true.

Operators of motor vehicles are required to have liability insurance. That way, if they are involved in an accident where there is damage to property or injuries or death to someone, their insurer must cover expenses for injuries, rehabilitation, and salary replacement if the person cannot work. Some of these insurance payouts can be as large, if not larger that this judgment. Cyclists don’t carry insurance, but maybe it’s time they were required to license their bicycles, as well as insure themselves in case of a mishap. I see cyclists almost every day riding on sidewalks and endangering pedestrians, as well as running red lights and ignoring stop signs. If the gentleman who ran into him had insurance, this would have been handled by his insurance company, and he would not now be facing this huge payment. Wayne McQueen Burnaby

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE? In March 1938 on the orders of Adolf Hitler the German army invaded and occupied Austria. This was done in spite of the vehement opposition of the lawful Austrian government and in violation of international law. The Austrian army was overwhelmed and did not resist. A short time later the Germans held a referendum in which a majority of Austrians voted to join Germany and Austria became part of the Third Reich. Is Vladimir Putin acting as a Nazi dictator in his actions respecting the Crimea? You be the judge. Garth M. Evans Burnaby

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Health Minister Terry Lake said his ministry is watching closely as Fraser Health deals with a potential outbreak of measles, which appears linked to a lack of routine vaccinations in school-aged children. Lake said he has not yet considered making vaccinations mandatory for school-aged children, as other provinces have, despite some schools in the Fraser Valley reporting no vaccinations at all. “At this time we’re not going down that road, but we

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The new Better at Home program is getting ready to launch in Burnaby. The program offers light house-keeping and rides to medical appointments for Burnaby residents over 65. The program will help seniors to maintain their independence and stay connected with their community. Funded by the Government of BC and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland, Better at Home is offered in up to 68 communities in BC. In Burnaby, MOSAIC is also a partner as is Burnaby Community Services. If you know of anyone in need of this help or you are interested in this service - please call Michele at 604-297-4877 or at They are always looking for volunteers too - so if you are active and have some time to help just let them know.

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: Over the last year I’ve hired a few care to suggest some appropriate ways she can express agencies to help my mom. They all have her feelings without hurting theirs. Let her supplied nice, capable women. But mother know that in order to get the service she wants is a feisty argumentative lady, and needs, she can’t continuously and I’ve been told she’s not nice alienate the people there to help to the care aides. They tell their her. employers she is rude and insulting. That said, the burden of This has resulted in a constant providing the right caregiver for Eve Silverman turnover of caregivers, which your mom is the responsibility aggravates the situation even more. of the agency. The agency I’ve talked to her about moving, management must spend some but she won’t leave her condo for an independent time on site to help educate their staff on how to living residence. I’m at the end of my rope trying best serve this client. A lot of seniors have health

to find the perfect match for her personality but am not sure I can. What do you suggest? —Pauline Dear Pauline, If you can, try to get specifics from your mom about what is upsetting her with the caregivers. She may have anger issues that have nothing to do with them, but they are in the line of fire. Try

problems which make them irritable, cranky and unpleasant. Caregivers need to be educated on how to handle a disruptive client.

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Nutrition and aging go hand-in-hand Nutrition is important for people of all ages, but it’s especially important for men and women over the age of 50, who can dramatically improve their quality of life by eating a

well-balanced diet filled with vitamins and nutrients. Though that may seem like common sense, research has shown that Baby Boomers are not necessarily as healthy as they may seem.

A 2013 study from researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine found that baby boomers are less healthy than the generation that immediately preceded

them, tending to be more likely to have higher levels of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. While that news might be sobering, it’s never too late for men and women over 50 to start eating healthier diets, which can reduce their risk of a wide range of ailments, including heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. As is always the case, men and women should discuss any potential changes to their diets with their physicians to ensure the changes will be both effective and healthy. Balance your diet


When changing your diet, be sure to include plenty of protein and carbohydrates. Protein maintains and rebuilds muscles, which is especially important for aging men and women who might find themselves unable to keep up with the physical demands of everyday life as well as they used to. Including ample low-fat protein, which

can be found in fish, eggs and low-fat dairy among other foods, will aid in muscle recovery, benefitting aging athletes as well as those men and women over 50 who recently started exercising as a means to regaining their physical fitness. A diet lacking in sufficient protein can contribute to muscle deterioration, arthritis and even organ failure. Carbohydrates are also an important part of a balanced diet, as they are a great source of energy. Carbohydrates found in fruits, grains and vegetables are the most beneficial, as these contain valuable vitamins, minerals and nutrients. don’t denounce dairy

Dairy is a great source of calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth. Men and women over the age of 50 want their bones to be as strong as possible because aging is one of the strongest risk factors for osteoporosis, a

potentially debilitating medical condition in which loss of tissue causes bones to become brittle and fragile. Vitamin D is necessary to effectively absorb calcium, and vitamin D can be found in certain dairy products, including pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed cow’s milk, and can be generated when men and women get enough sunlight. Other healthy sources of vitamin D include salmon, light tuna packed in oil, sardines, and sun-grown mushrooms. cut Back on sodium

Cutting back on sodium intake can be very beneficial, especially for men and women over the age of 50, who are at greater risk of diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease. But cutting back on sodium intake takes more than just throwing the salt shaker away. Processed foods, soups, canned goods, salad dressings,

condiments such as mustard and ketchup, and breakfast cereals are just a few of the many products that may contain alarming amounts of sodium. That’s important to note, as excess sodium increases blood pressure by holding excess fluid in the body. That excess fluid puts an added burden on the heart, potentially increasing a person’s risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, cancer, and kidney disease. The problem with cutting back on sodium is that salt is so often relied on to make foods taste better, and many people find salt-free foods bland. But the rewards of reducing sodium intake are so significant that it’s worth making the adjustment. No one is too old or too young to embrace a nutritious diet. But men and women over the age of 50 are in a unique position to vastly improve their quality of life by adopting a low-sodium diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals.

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obility problems have serious consequences for seniors, dramatically altering quality of life. Accidents, two-thirds of which are falls, are the fifth largest cause of death in the elderly and can both be caused by, and result in, mobility problems.

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The following scenarios can answer some of the most common questions. Q: How can I help my parent recover from a temporary disability that caused mobility problems? A: For a temporary disability, you might want your parent to recover either at your home or your parent’s, until normal mobility is restored. Or you may want to hire a home care aide who can assist your parent— by shopping, cleaning and cooking, as needed—until your parent is back on his or her feet. You have the same options if the disability is long term, but the situation would then be ongoing. Q: Are there any devices that could help my parent’s mobility problems? A: Ask your parent’s doctor or occupational therapist about mobility aides—devices that should help him or her get around more easily. These include canes, walkers, transfer boards and transfer discs (to help slide out of bed), canes with large handles, risers (sort of like booster chairs) for chairs or couches, swivel seat cushions for the car, and wheelchairs. Q: What changes need to be made in my parent’s home to accommodate the new wheelchair? A: Homes can be modified with: • Ramps, instead of stairs, at entrances • Widened hallways to permit easy wheelchair passage • Roll-in showers wide enough for wheelchairs, with grab bars • Raised toilets that are easier to access and with grab bars next to them

bathrooms • Adding banisters next to all steps that don’t have them • Replacing stairs to the front door with a graduated slope.

Q: Should my disabled parent get a handicap parking sticker due to mobility problems? A: This can ensure your parent can always park close to the entrance, and might enable your parent to get out more. Q: How can I help my parent with mobility problems when she fears she will fall again? A: Have a trained professional—which includes geriatric care managers, certified aging-in-place specialists, and most employees at home care agencies—evaluate your parent’s home to make sure it is “fall proof.” This will most likely involve: • Removing any clutter from the floor • Clearing passageways from the bed to the bathroom • Securely fastening all rugs • Removing non-secure scatter mats • Enhancing lighting in all entrances and staircases • Installing grab bars in the

Q: How can I help my parent cope with her frustration over mobility problems? A: Suggest that your parent join a support group. Sharing frustrations and coping strategies with others in her situation could help. Some seniors have benefited from the regular practice of relaxation techniques, which have been found to decrease anxiety and boost the immune system. Talk with your parent about the different relaxation techniques available, and see if one feels comfortable for her. Q: How can I help my parent who has mobility problems, an uncertain gait, and seems very frail? A: Movement and exercise can help strengthen muscles and bones and diminish the balance problem. However, your parent will need to move carefully and safely, perhaps with the help of a walker or of an attendant— either a family member or home care aide.


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Seniors are calculating risk versus benefit


he radio interview I listened to this past weekend was with a medical doctor from the Vancouver Falls Prevention Clinic.

He was discussing the latest research from a large U.S. study on the effects of antihypertensives. High blood pressure medications are some of the most overprescribed medications today, and are most often directed toward the most vulnerable demographic in our population— seniors. The findings are very interesting. Seniors over the age of 70 on high blood pressure medication had a 30-40% increase in sudden falls. That is an astounding figure! Those sudden falls, in the middle of busy intersections, on the cement or hard tile floor in a grocery store, or alone in the underground parking garage, had a significant impact on the senior’s life thereafter. You can imagine the impact of hip fractures, skull fractures, bruises and contusions, not to

CHOICEquotes Dr. Gohar Sheikh High blood pressure medications are some of the most overprescribed medications today, and are most often directed towards the most vulnerable demographic in our population—seniors.

mention the confusion and the insecurity of ever going out alone again. Most seniors interviewed felt the risk from these injuries far outweighed any benefits derived by the antihypertensive protection from heart attack due to slightly elevated blood pressure. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for the necessary and successful use of anti-hypertensive medication. The latest research illustrates something that has been the practice philosophy in our health office all along. This being that the successful use of this medication, like many other medications, is probably in far, far fewer people than it’s being prescribed for. Do you need to discuss the use of high blood pressure medication with your doctor? Is it being prescribed with good intention but based on old science? Fact is, most people do suffer fluctuating blood pressure. And higher blood pressure, although associated with increased risk of heart attack, doesn’t always lead to heart attack. If you are on anti-hypertensive medication and have suffered bouts of light-headedness, or even suffered repeated falls, please discuss the risk versus benefit with your doctor. Whether it’s for pain relief, improvement of body function, or lifestyle medicine (medical weight loss and laser quit smoking), at my clinic we always follow the principle that minimizing the use of medications to only what’s medically necessary will minimize unintended drug interactions and side effects. Seniors are becoming more savvy when it comes to making health decisions, and staying mobile, living functionally and remaining independent are their priorities. To further this, non-drug, non-surgical health solutions are now a bigger and bigger part of their overall health and wellness strategy.

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ST. P TRICK’S DAY ST PADDY’S So, who was this St. Patrick fellow? Saint Patrick was a bishop who traveled around Ireland for nearly 30 years using the shamrock to help him explain the Catholic doctrine of the Holy Trinity. So he might be a little shocked at all the drinking and carousing that goes on in his name every March 17. Especially as this year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday. Patrick’s father and grandfather were deacons in the Catholic church. When he was 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders who enslaved him. Eventually he was able to escape to the coast, and then on to Britain where he studied to become a priest. Upon returning to Ireland in 432, Patrick became a champion of Irish Christianity, teaching and preaching around the country until his death on March 17, 461. St. Patrick’s Day didn’t start out as a day of drink and celebration by any By then he was so revered, his stretch. In fact, until the 1970s pubs in Ireland were closed on March 17 jawbone was preserved in a silver as it was a public holiday. shrine to bring relief from pain and epileptic fits. The Irish didn’t start celebrating St. Patrick’s feast day until the ninth and tenth centuries. It was formally recognized by the church as a religious holiday in the early 1600s. Shamrocks and green ribbons to symbolize Saint Patrick’s teaching methods became part of the celebrations in the 17th century. As Irish people immigrated to new lands, they brought with them their love for their patron saint. The holiday in his name became a celebration of their culture as much as a Large selection of chocolates religious observance. suitable for diabetics In fact, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade, in All made with genuine Boston in 1737, started Callebaut Chocolate from Belgium. as a march by Irish immigrants to protest unemployment. But it wasn’t until 1903 when the Irish government declared St. Patrick’s Day an official public holiday. Ironically, for years that meant the country’s 3746 Canada Way, BURNABY (604)437-8221 pubs had to stay closed Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5:30pm Saturday 9am-5pm on March 17 until that #2 - 1770 McLean Ave., Port Coquitlam (604)941-3811 law was repealed in the Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm 1970s.

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D TEbook EvEnTs Spoken INK: Featured author Candice James, Poet Laureate of New Westminster, reads from Ekphrasticism – Painted Words, poetry inspired by the art of Don Portelance. When: Tuesday, March 18, 8 p.m. (Open Mic signup 7:30 p.m.) Where: La Fontana Caffe, 1013701 East Hastings, Burnaby. Info: www. BurnabyWritersNews. or contact bwscafe@

Email Fur, Feathers and Feet: Listen, look and identify the signs that animals leave as they pass by. Dissect owl pellets, feed the ducks and geese, examine fur and feathers, and make a plaster track to take home. Free, all ages, drop-in event. Allow one hour to complete activities. When: Friday, March 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park, meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave. off Winston Street. Info: www.metrovancouver. org.

N ew We s t m i n s t e r Historical Society: Presentation on the theme of “Heritage Afloat” including more colourful maritime accounts, tales, and photographs. Ashleigh Hibbins from the Fraser River Discovery Centre will also talk about a new project that connects the theme to the anniversary of the start of the First World War and local river related stories. Free and everyone welcome. When: Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Auditorium, N ew We s t m i n s t e r Public Library, 716 – 6th Ave.

Mad Science: Science e d u c a t o r s p re s e n t hands-on experiments, special guests, and an amazing live show for the family this spring break. Activities and exhibits by donation. “Fire and Ice” show is a ticketed event. When: Saturday, March 22, 1-4 p.m., ticketed show 2 p.m. Where: Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive, N ew We s t m i n s t e r. Cost: Fire and Ice $7 for one adult and one child, plus $5 for each additional child. Info and tickets: 604-5218401.


Just Duets: Just Duets is Andrea Smith and Dave Lidstone in a musical collaboration of wonderful siblinglike vocal harmonies with solid guitar accompaniment. They perform from their new CD Get On Board. When: Saturday, March 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Where: Renaissance Books, 43-6th Street, N ew We s t m i n s t e r. Tickets: $10 at 604-5254566. Info: renbooks@ or www. renaissancebookstore. com Flor iography: New We s t m i n s t e r A r t s Council presents Floriography: The Silent Language of Flowers, an exhibition of works by artist Grazyna Wolksi. When: Until March 29, 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Where: Gallery in Queen’s Park, Centennial Lodge, New Westminster.

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and welcomes new members. When: Thursday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Bonsor Centre, Metro Sports Room, 6550 Bonsor St., Burnaby. Info: Pam, 604-4310179. Bonsor Singin’ Seniors: Seniors choral group is seeking a choir director with education and experience in training singers at this age level, and with the ability to conduct from the piano when required. Strong skills in choral conducting and leadership required. The group is a four-part harmony choir open to seniors over the age of 55 which performs two programs a year (Christmas music in December, golden oldies in May) in senior residences and care homes. As a volunteer-run choir, there is no honorarium offered. When: Rehearsals are held on Fridays (September through June), 1 to 3 p.m. Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby. Info: Christine Leston, 604-516-0277.

BC Hydro is planning to build a new substation in the Big Bend area of Burnaby. The area is growing rapidly, and the new substation will ensure a continued reliable supply of electricity to this vital business and commercial neighbourhood. You are invited to attend a BC Hydro Open House for the Big Bend Substation Project. DATE:

Thursday, March 20, 2014


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OngOing Parent-Child Mother Goose Classes: Join us to learn a repertoire of songs and stories to share with your child. Free, for caregivers and children 6 months to three years. When: Thursdays, 10 to 11 a.m. Where: New Westminster Salvation Army. Info: 604-5225524.

Dominoes Meet: We e k l y g a m e o f Dominoes (Mexican Train) for players 55 and over. Come join our enthusiastic group playing on three tables. When: Every Tuesday, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Where: Willow room, Cameron Seniors’ Recreation Centre, 9523 Cameron St., Burnaby (N of Lougheed Town Centre). Info: 604-2974453. Burnaby International Folk Dancers: Learn folk dances from around the world in a friendly club environment. New dances taught every n i g h t ; a l l l ev e l s welcome, no partner needed, $4 drop-in, first night free. When: every Tuesday night, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Where: Charles Rummel Centre, 3630 Lozells, Burnaby Info: 604-436-9475.


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Knights come third at AA The St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights took third place at the AA provincial senior girls high school basketball championship by downing Nanaimo’s Wellington Wildcats 83-67 at the Langley Events Centre. Zion Corrales led the Knights attack with 24 points. Domunique Booker netted 18 while also nabbing 16 rebounds. The Knights were prevented from playing for the provincial championship when they were defeated 64-50 by North Vancouver’s Windsor Dukes, who went on to win the title. In the loss, Megan Ho was the team’s top point getter with 12 while Nikki Sahagun scored 10. STM advanced to the semifinal encounter with the Dukes by downing the Vernon Panthers 65-57 Thursday. Ho topped the Burnaby private school’s scoresheet with 23 points while Leilani Carney scored 21. They began the tournament by downing the Lambrick Park Lions from Victoria 73-54 behind a pair of 17-point performances from CorralesNelson and Carney. Booker added 13 points and led the team in rebounds with nine. Booker was named a first team all-star while Corrales-Nelson made the second team and was named the tourney’s top defensive player. In the AAA championship also played at the LEC, the Burnaby South Rebels took ninth place by edging the Penticton Lakers 69-67. On Friday, the Rebels scored a comeback victory to edge the Salmon Arm Jewels 56-54.

BLRC tops Wanderers The Burnaby Lake Rugby Club consolidated its first-place standing in Rugby BC’s Premier League by downing the visiting Castaway Wanderers 18-8 Saturday. Jeke Gotegate and Scott Mackay scored tries for Burnaby while Geoff Ryan kicked two penalties and a convert. Burnaby’s next game is in (MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX Victoria against No. 2 James Bay on March 22.


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South started the tournament Wednesday with an 84-69 loss to the Mennonite Educational Institute Eagles from Abbotsford on Wednesday. Desiree Lister led the way for the Rebels scoring 19 points while Anamaria Lukic had 17 and Jasmine Manhas 14. On Thursday, Manhas piled up the points against the Prince George Polars scoring 26 as South cruised to a 73-51 victory in their first consolation round game. Annie Morrison chipped in with 17 while Lister notched 13 while also grabbing 16 rebounds. Lukic had 12 boards.

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GUILDTOWN HOUSING CO-OP 10125 156 St. is now accepting applications for 3 bdrm Market units for info and application, email request at:, or pick up application outside office door. PITT MEADOWS: 2 - 3 bdrm co-op T/H $1097/mo - $1199/mo. Shares req’d. Close to WCE, schools & shopping. No subsidy available. 19225 119th Ave. For more info & to book an appt. call 604-465-1938



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NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Ravina Sharma, who died on the 11th day of November, 2013, are hereby required to send them to the Executor, c/o #208 - 1899 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5C 5T1, on or before the 31st day of March, 2014, after which date the said Estate will be distributed among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims that have been received. By: Adam Shee Barristers & Solicitors Hawthorne, Piggott & Company #208 - 1899 Willingdon Avenue Burnaby, BC V5C 5T1 604-299-8371

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