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A SFU prof is developing a hand-held device to tell athletes if they have a concussion or not. Page a3
New program for gifted students coming To start in fall 2014; info meeting Jan. 15 Wanda Chow
An RCMP officer releases a vehicle that was caught behind police tape as they investigated a shooting at the Cactus Club restaurant on Kingsway Tuesday afternoon. One victim was transported to hospital. Kingsway from McKay to Sussex was closed for several hours.
Man shot in Metrotown-area restaurant Police say luckily no other bystanders hurt
to hospital after sustaining what fortunate that no innocent appear to be non-life-threatening bystanders were injured.” injuries, said Sgt. Peter Thiessen of Mitchell Lin, 19, was having Wanda Chow the Lower Mainland District lunch with his family in the email@example.com RCMP. restaurant about an hour Burnaby RCMP are investigating Witnesses reported the before the shooting occurred. after a man was shot Tuesday male suspect fled on foot. All After seeing a movie at afternoon shortly before 2 p.m. indications are the shooting Metropolis at Metrotown, while inside the Cactus Club was targeted and it’s not he was watching the scene restaurant in the 4600-block of yet clear whether it is gangof police cars and police ThIESSEn Kingsway. related, Thiessen said. tape blocking off the area The victim, in his early 30s, was “The restaurant had several from the mall parking lot, across shot while4x1.25_book_drive_ad_final.pdf sitting with several other patrons inside at 1:20 the time of the from the Cactus Club. Lin said he 1 12-03-05 PM males and was taken by ambulance shooting,” he said. “It is extremely didn’t notice anything unusual when
he was in the restaurant but said it was scary knowing the incident happened shortly after he left. “It’s crazy, anything can happen so quickly, you can’t imagine. It definitely makes you worried.” Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has any information and has not spoken to police is asked to call Burnaby RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit at 604-2947922 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. —with file from Mario Bartel
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When it comes to teaching gifted kids, Burnaby school district is not going for the Doogie Howser model of advancing students. Howser, of course, is TV’s teenaged physician, who has to balance his medical work with regular teen angst and issues. While gifted students, or “high ability learners” as the district prefers to call them, are still known to skip grades to prevent them from being bored with school, Burnaby is about to start an alternative model. Starting in the fall, two “multi-age cluster classrooms” will be offered at North Burnaby’s Capitol Hill elementary, one each for grades 4/5 and 6/7. The district anticipates eventually offering the program in a South Burnaby school as well. As a district program, high-ability students from across Burnaby who meet certain criteria will be eligible to apply. There will be 20 to 22 spots in each class. Please see SChOOL BOarD, a3
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Detecting concussions, on the fly SFU prof developing hand-held device to say when a player should play or not
is essentially a micro-sized electroencephalograph (EEG) that uses sensors placed on the head to record the brain’s electrical activity. But instead of Mario Bartel generating complicated graphs or firstname.lastname@example.org 3-D maps that only a physician A hockey player who’s just had could interpret, computer his bell rung could soon get the algorithms interpret the data to green light to stay in the game, give a green light that the patient or the red light to go the dressing isn’t concussed, a red light that room, as soon as he gets back to there is a concussion, or a yellow the bench. light for further examination. He may not even have to D’Arcy’s work is being partially remove his helmet. funded by a $380,000 grant from Ryan D’Arcy, the Canada a neuroscientist Foundation for at Simon Fraser Innovation’s Ryan D’Arcy, neuroscientist University, is John R. Evans We need to get this out developing a Leaders Fund. of the hospitals and deploy portable device Greg Rickford, the technology where it that can diagnose needs to be. the Minister of brain trauma State (Science quickly and simply, allowing and Technology) was at the coaches and trainers to take the SFU campus on Wednesday to guesswork out of determining announce a $63 million federal when a player has suffered a investment in research projects concussion. like D’Arcy’s. In total, SFU will D’Arcy, who holds a research receive $1 million of that funding chair at Surrey Memorial for six projects. Hospital, said his Halifax D’Arcy, who previously Consciousness Scanner (HCS) developed a portable device that
Sujoy Chosh Najra, the chief technology officer for the Neurotech Lab at SFU, demonstrates the current prototype of a Halifax Consciousness Sensor to Greg Rickford, the Minister of State (Science and Technology). Rickford was at the Burnaby Mountain campus to announce $63 million in federal funding to various scientific research projects being carried out at universities across Canada.
will scan electrical activity of severely brain-injured patients in a vegetative state to help doctors and families determine further treatment, said his lightbulb moment came when he determined there was no reason such a device couldn’t become even more portable and easier to
operate. That would enable it to be put in the hands of the general public, and especially athletic coaches and trainers, to give them an objective tool to determine whether an athlete is concussed rather than relying on a subjective reading of on-the-spot tests, like looking into their eyes, or asking
a series of simple questions. “We need to get this out of the hospitals and deploy the technology where it needs to be,” said D’Arcy, who’s also partnered with the Mayo Clinic. The first prototype of the HCS was about the size of a toaster and needed wires to connect to the array of sensors placed on the patient’s head. The second generation is wireless and uses a handheld tablet to record and analyze the data. The next version will be no bigger than a cellphone. And eventually the sensors could be integrated directly into helmets. D’Arcy said that technology is already a part of the helmets worn by fighter pilots. “That’s the vision, that’s the dream,” he said. And while getting to that point will take time, D’Arcy said when he gets there the outcomes for athletes who’ve taken a blow to the head will be improved. “I love the idea of changing the world to make it better,” said D’Arcy. “We have the technology to do that.”
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An information session about the program will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at Burnaby Central secondary. The program will teach the regular curriculum for those grades in a challenging way, and allow the students to learn amongst their peers. “This is targeting kids who have demonstrated high ability in learning and are creative, and who are seeking to be
intellectually challenged as well as be in a stimulating environment with like-minded peers or similarability peers,” said Burnaby school board chair Baljinder Narang. “It wouldn’t necessarily be speeding [the curriculum] up, it would just be providing an opportunity for them to explore at a greater depth and have an appreciation of complexity of their learning.” The school board is not in
favour of having students skip grades, Narang said. “I personally, and I think as a board, we feel that speeding kids up by skipping grades doesn’t serve them well in the long term because developmentally they haven’t matured with their peers,” she said. “To speed them up, then they become misfits in their higher peer groups, just developmentally, so that’s never been an effective way of doing it.” The goal is to engage such
students in the classroom, covering the same curriculum as others in their age group but “seeing it maybe with deeper lenses.” • Burnaby school district is also holding information sessions for three other specialty programs this month. To learn more about French immersion, for students entering kindergarten, Grade 1 or Grade 6, the session is on Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. at Cariboo Hill
secondary. For students entering kindergarten to Grade 4, the Mandarin Language Arts program is at Forest Grove elementary, which hosts an info session Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. To learn about job-training career programs for students heading into grades 10 and 11, the meeting will be held at Burnaby Central secondary, also Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. twitter.com/WandaChow
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Club and Rowing Canada, the city is also working with the Swinging Singles Square Dancing Club, a longtime user of the pavilion. Ellenwood said the dance club has even started a building fund to help with the buildingâ€™s redevelopment. The fund sits at about $400,000, that the club has committed on condition theyâ€™ll be able to continue using the new facility. While the square dancers and rowing community are willing to step up, whatâ€™s needed is money from the federal government and national sport organizations. He noted Ottawa did not contribute to the dredging project. â€œThey said if you have a bricks-and-mortar project weâ€™ll consider it. Well, this is a bricksand-mortar project.â€?
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Reegan O’Gorman heads out into the gloom on Burnaby Lake Tuesday. He was a player with Canada’s national rugby team development program but after being sidelined by concussions, he’s working with rowing talent identification coach Ben Rutledge to channel his athletic ability in a new direction.
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MP hosts pipeline meeting People wanting to learn how they can participate in upcoming National Energy Board (NEB) hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion are invited to attend a meeting on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Confederation Community Centre, 4585 Albert St. in Burnaby. The meeting is part of an initiative by Burnaby-Douglas New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart to help people get involved in the process after the NEB cancelled its own local information meetings, holding online sessions instead. Last month, Kinder Morgan filed its formal application with the NEB to almost triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs between Edmonton and Burnaby. The proposal would significantly increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet as it is aimed at increasing exports of oil sands crude oil to overseas markets. Those planning to attend the meeting are asked to pre-
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New pet food shop opens in Edmonds Dogs and cats with a new age sensibility now have a place to call their own. Mutt & Moggy is a holistic pet food and supply store that opened its doors on Dec. 16 at 101-7655 Edmonds St. The shop carries local raw foods, holistic supplements and remedies as well as leashes, collars, harnesses and other essential supplies that make for happy dogs and cats. “I saw a niche that needed to be filled,” said Brigette Mayer, the owner of Mutt & Moggy. The shop will be celebrating its grand opening on Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with professional dog trainer and certified behaviour consultant Niki Perry on hand to dispense dog-related advise and answer canine questions.
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Liquor infractions One Burnaby pub was cited for a violation of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act last year, and a U-brew paid the price for an infraction in 2012. The Mountain Shadow Inn, at 7174 Barnet Rd., was fined $5,000 for allowing an intoxicated person to remain at the premises on April 13. Hillcrest Brewing Company, a U-Brew located at 1-7541 Conway Ave., was suspended for 10 days in July and paid a $7,500 fine after it was caught by inspectors unlawfully selling liquor on June 8, 2012. Both establishments waived their right to contest the allegations against them and accepted the penalties imposed. The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch has 50 inspectors to ensure B.C.’licensed establishments comply with provincial liquor laws. From April to September last year, inspectors made 6,634 inspections across the province, and cited 282 violations.
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Burning questions Fraser Valley politicians are voicing concerns about Burnaby’s incinerator, as the Big Bend-area waste-to-energy facility seeks to renew its operating certificate. Patricia Ross, vice-chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District board, says the incinerator’s emission controls should be improved to stateof-the-art technology before Metro Vancouver makes any further moves to build a second incinerator in the region. “How are we to believe them when they say they will operate the next one at the best of standards?” she told Black Press recently. For as long as we’ve been burning garbage there has been debate about the toxics emitted that spoil the air versus the harm to land, water and air of trucking trash to a distant landfill for burial. People in the Fraser Valley have reason to voice concern about incinerators because they already bear the brunt of air pollution as Lower Mainland emissions get funneled up river to Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope. The Burnaby incinerator burns 280,000 tonnes of garbage annually, in the process generating enough energy to power 16,000 homes. And while it emits such nasties as lead, chromium, mercury and cadmium, it does so at levels that are only a tiny fraction of the total emitted from all sources in the region. Metro Vancouver says upgrades are currently underway to reduce emissions further, and another $20m in improvements is scheduled over the next decade. Zero Waste advocates say plans for a new incinerator are a waste of money, as the facility will be unnecessary. That day is still a far way off, unfortunately. But shutting down the Burnaby incinerator one day should be everyone’s goal.
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Our fascination with house value Admit it, you probably caught your breath for a moment when you reached into your mailbox and grasped that brown envelope from BC Assessment in your fingers. In newsrooms large and small across the province, the press release announcing this year’s assessment information arrived in email In boxes on January 2 like manna from heaven. That’s because the days around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are amongst the slowest for news. Most people are taking a break from their usual concerns, and civic officials and bureaucrats don’t return calls because they’re away. And editors know, in these dog days, nothing attracts eyeballs like stories about lavish real estate and how everyone’s property investment measures up. BC Assessment, bless them, does its very best to help that process along. Their 10 regional offices prepare no fewer than 42 news releases that break down the assessment rolls to more specific geographical areas so newsrooms
Mario Bartel and readers can easily access the information that’s most relevant to them. That’s in addition to the two fact sheets and backgrounders that provide general information about assessments in the province and the assessment process, the eight charts and graphs that plot the various property trends around the province and the 11 “greatest hits” that list the topvalued residential properties for British Columbia and each of the regions. It’s an extraordinary communications effort that is the culmination of the work that goes in every year to create the assessment roll. BC Assessment’s 632 full-time employees in 16 offices spend the year poring over data from various sources, including photographs, footprint sketches,
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location, amenities in the area, plans for new development and market demand to assign a value to 1,954,445 properties in the province. The company even has specially equipped vans stationed in some communities that drive along every street snapping photos of every property. More than 87 per cent of those properties are classified as residential. The decisions assessors make touch everyone in the pocketbook one way or another, as regional and municipal taxing authorities apply their property tax rate to assessed values to come up with your annual property tax bill. Even if you’re a renter and never paid much mind to assessment notices or property tax rates, a portion of your monthly rent cheque will end up going to help your building’s owner pay property taxes. This year’s assessment roll will be the basis upon which more than $6.2 billion is raised in property taxes, money that helps pay for schools, local roads, municipal services like garbage collection, and sewers and recreational facilities.
Heck, a bit of that money even goes to pay for BC Assessment, which is supported by property tax levies. In fact, in 2011 the assessment process cost each property $40.25. Of course, BC Assessment doesn’t generate all this information just to make it easy for newspapers to fill space. Tim Morrison, the company’s acting manager of communications, says it’s all about making as much data readily available so property owners can easily understand their assessment. That’s why only about 1.2 per cent of assessments were appealed last year, down from 1.5 per cent a few years ago. “Every year we have to work at reinventing ourselves as a place of information,” says Morrison. And the hunger for that information seems insatiable, says Morrison. “People are curious. There are certain things people talk about and real estate is one of those in B.C. It’s heightened when we release the assessment rolls every year.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cartoon missed the point The Adrian Raeside cartoon is unacceptable for Fassbender HYDRO HIKES WILL in the Dec. 13 NewsLeader, to propose students suffer HURT OUR STUDENTS depicting LNG, fracking and the consequences to pay for Before and during the pipeline interests shmoozing his government’s neglect of election, Christy Clark and with Christy Clark and the our public utility. Decisions the B.C. Liberals promised to BC Liberals in the inside on school closures should be keep hydro rates low. Sadly, warmth while a frail person made on the basis of whether like many of their pre-election representing social programs those schools are needed, not promises, they have completely shivers outside the window in because energy costs are being disregarded that commitment. the cold was a misleading piece downloaded. This year, schools While the government of propaganda. have already been forced to find blames the 28 per cent rate However one might room in their tight budgets for hike on infrastructure costs, characterize the Liberal party wage increases. it is clear families are paying in B.C and the developers of So while the Burnaby school the price for over a decade of Canada’s natural resources, it is district scrambles to come incompetent management. ingenuous to imply the benefits up with an extra $144,000 to Whether it’s forcing BC Hydro of their efforts will not help the pay its bills, the government to buy expensive power from poor in all areas of Canada. It will continue siphoning BC private producers only to is the opponents of resource Hydro’s profits—profits sell it at a huge loss, hiding development who are the real that are supposed to benefit billions of dollars of debt in greedies, blind to the benefits ratepayers—in a desperate deferral accounts, or wasting of development for jobs, health attempt to balance its budget. taxpayer dollars on expensive care, and pensions through the Our once-revered public smart meters, the government’s taxes and royalties generated. utility is a mess, and the decisions have resulted in a The greediest want their government is telling our significant additional financial priorities fulfilled rather than students to pay for it. Kathy Corrigan burden for our schools. supporting the real source of MLA Burnaby-Deer Lake Education Minister Peter assistance for the social needs Fassbender has told school of the poor. We want your view! districts they should cope The ill-informed propaganda email: letters@ with this significant rate they spread is the real problem burnabynewsleader.com increase by closing schools. It in the balancing of the needs for social services with the few sources of a nation’s wealth. The general understanding of the greedies is that governments create the money for all its expenditures and social services. Dead wrong. Those funds are ultimately derived from the fields, forests, rivers, oceans, minerals and the chain of economic services required to harvest, transport, Start your good life today. process and finance those activities. The wealth we currently enjoy is based upon * previous generations building natural resource (on a 2 year membership) developments such as railways, roads, dams, E BEFOR ember harbours, hospitals, Barb | M schools pension funds etc. Northgate Village Co-Ed Population growth and for Women Club far exceeds the rate 3433 North Rd. of growth of natural development, and the taxes and royalties they supply. The real greedies ignore this problem, ® YOUR NO JUDGEMENT CLUB thus creating the lower standards of life our new EveryBODY Welcome Here generations are facing. goodlifefitness.com Ed Linstead New Westminster *Based on the purchase of a 2 year membership. Bi-weekly payments will commence based on your start date. Applicable
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Make Fraser Valley pay into TransLink: Mayor Jeff Nagel Black Press
One Metro Vancouver mayor says Fraser Valley residents should be forced to make some contribution to TransLink because they also benefit from Metro’s transit system. Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin suggested a fuel tax of a few cents per litre imposed in the Fraser Valley would be one way for that region to pay an appropriate amount in the name of fairness. “I think they’re getting a bit of a free ride,” Daykin said, citing the ability of residents there to ride the West Coast Express commuter train to downtown Vancouver from Mission, or to drive to one of TransLink’s park-and-rides that connect to SkyTrain. Mission contributes $770,000 per year to support West Coast Express service, in recognition of the station there, but other Fraser Valley communities pay nothing. Daykin said licence plate checks of vehicles at the West Coast Express parking lot in Mission have found 30 to 40 per cent belong to Abbotsford residents. Despite Mission’s contribution, service on the Mission-Haney WCE leg is heavily subsidized by TransLink, which pegs its net cost at $1 to $2 million. Daykin also pointed to the heavily used express bus over the Port Mann Bridge from the Carvolth park-and-ride in northwest Langley to SkyTrain in New Westminster. “I wonder how many from up the Valley drive there, park their car and hop on the bus and have access to all the transit system? It’s hard to believe it’s all Langley people.” This month’s doubling of Port Mann Bridge tolls to $3 for most drivers may spur even more Fraser Valley motorists to park and ride transit instead, he added.
Metro Vancouver households pay hefty amounts to TransLink regardless of whether they use transit. TransLink gets $235 per year in property tax from the average Metro home as well as 17 cents for every litre of gas sold within the region. Fares generate the biggest piece of the $1.45-billion budget. Any payment from Valley communities would be very modest, Daykin said, and would not go far to raising the extra billions of dollars TransLink needs to expand service. “It’s not going to be tens of millions of dollars,” he said. “I’m not delusional. But there should be an acknowledgement that there’s a benefit of our system in Metro to the Valley.” Daykin said he recently made that pitch to Transportation Minister Todd Stone, but got a “cool” response. Fraser Valley Regional District board chair Sharon Gaetz said there’s no justification. The Chilliwack mayor said studies show few people – about 10 per cent of trips by locals – leave the FVRD to shop, work or play in Metro, and most of them go only to Surrey or Langley. “Given the small numbers it wouldn’t be reasonable to have our taxes go to support that,” Gaetz said. She also called it an “apples and oranges” comparison because of the way TransLink was created in 1999. Metro taxpayers were absolved of the requirement to pay tax to support hospital capital projects in return for them taking responsibility for regional transit costs. The FVRD’s transit costs, in contrast, are mostly subsidized by BC Transit, but Fraser Valley residents still pay for hospital capital. If the Fraser Valley was to pay into TransLink, Gaetz suggested, Metro taxpayers ought to resume paying hospital taxes as well.
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Toyota has always been a logical purchase, based on reliability and durability but now its designs too are capturing buyers with a visual, desirable esthetic. Zack Spencer
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2014 Toyota Highlander: Prettier in form and function makes it more North CARMEL, CA: The Toyota American looking. Highlander is a perfect exI believe that this is the ample of the trend towards best-looking Highlander crossovers away from to date and import buytraditional SUVs. ers will take note and a Before its 2001 introducfew domestic intenders tion, the Toyota SUV of should too. choice was the 4Runner, A very good built off a pickup truck platfamily crossover that Inside The dash is form, providing ruggedness improved with will get the job done much and versatility. more soft-touch materiCrossovers now accomplish every day. als and a large 6.1-inch the same versatility in terms screen in the centre of Zack Spencer of seating, cargo and all the dash on the base LE wheel drive capability but or an 8.0-inch screen on do so with a better on-road drive, thanks all other models, makes operation easy. to a car-based platform. One problem is the angle of the screen The first Highlander was rather small, is hard to see if there is any sunshine, about the same size as a compact the glare a bit more than I had anticipatcrossover today. ed. Back up camera is standard. In 2008, its size was adjusted to make Below the screen and heat controls is a room for a standard third row of seats. tray-like shelf that runs from the middle Now the Highlander has grown again to the passenger side of the dash. This is and is packed with more standard a clever space to place your smartphone equipment and features. but also enable it to be plugged in.
Looks Toyota has always been a logical purchase, based on reliability and durability but now its designs too are capturing buyers with a visual, desirable esthetic. The 2014 edition is 7.5cm longer (mostly in the rear seat and cargo area), 1.5cm wider and 3cm lower. The stance is wide and lower, making more of a visual impact. Combine this with a large grille borrowed from the Tundra pickup truck and the Highlander has a very rugged, yet polished, look that
The cup holder is large and the centre armrest has a massive storage area inside; this is thanks to the removal of the stowaway seat that used to hide under the centre armrest. Now in the second row of seats there are three permanent seats or two captain’s chairs in the top Limited model. The previous hideaway idea was simple but not so comfortable. The biggest change takes place in the third row of seats, where three people can sit rather than just two. In addition,
there is 100L of cargo space behind the third row of seats offering much better functionality. It has all the interior amenities that one expects in a modern three-row crossover, even a system that allows the driver’s voice to be amplified through the stereo for easier conversations with passengers in the very back, but there seems to be a lack of sophistication compared to its competition. Drive The previous Highlander was available with a 4-cylinder engine and front wheel drive (FWD). It’s with a standard 3.5L V6 with 270hp, matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission, also with FWD. The starting price stays at $31,680; factoring in the backup camera there is good value here. When it arrives later this month, the base LE with all wheel drive (AWD) starts at $34,180. I think most people will opt for the LE with convenience package that includes 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, three-zone climate control, satellite radio and leather steering wheel to name a few. This brings the price up to $34,480 for the FWD and $36,980 for the AWD. On the road, the AWD system sends power to just the front wheels as often as possible with only 10 per cent of the torque shifting when cornering. The system has the ability to shift or lock up to 50 per cent of the power for better traction but limiting it to times
when it is truly needed helps improve fuel economy. The other part of the fuel economy story is the all-new 6-speed automatic. The official fuel rating for the most popular AWD model is 11.5L/100km in the city and 8.2L on the highway, which is almost a full litre improvement in combined highway/city economy over the 2013 model. The rear suspension has been modified for a slightly more dynamic drive and improved ride. The steering is rather light and vague but the buyers of this type of product will appreciate the ease of use.
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Verdict The Highlander is a functional vehicle for young buyers with kids and friends that need to get to practice and carry all the sports equipment that goes with it. Overall, a very good family crossover that will get the job done every day.
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A12 NewsLeader Friday, January 10, 2014
Highs - and lows - of driving the Autobahn ing city and there’s congestion with a Much motoring mythology surrounds capital C even on the A9 autobahn. The Germany’s speed limitless autobahns. queues continue even 30 kms outside of Many readers who favour an increase the city but it must be said they move at in posted limits on our freeways point a uniform speed of 100 km/h! to the superbly engineered German To say there are no speed limits is inachighways as the example to follow. curate. I encountered city areas where The latest round of praise follows the the maximum was 120 km/h overnight recent Insights West poll conducted for between 8 p.m. and 6 Black Press that found 37 a.m. There are also reper cent back increased strictions in motorcycles, limits on routes such as large trucks and cars the Coquihalla Highway. towing trailers. And doubtless BC TransWhat I find most interestportation Minister Todd ing was the unwritten Stone will hear the same rule, which, while it can’t in his review of highway be enforced, if you disspeed limits during the I wound up the obey it and are involved eight regional public A6 to 200 km/h for in a collision it may cost forums being held this less than a minute you. Say what? – The admonth. visory speed limit under Hate to be a party pooper and shortly after I this “rule” is 130 km/h, but today’s autobahns remanaged to hit 220 referred to in German as ally don’t live up to their km/h but that lasted the Richtgeschwindigkeit. past reputation. Smash up at a higher They are excellent to all of 20 seconds. speed and you could be drive but if you expect Keith Morgan found partially responto cruise along at 250 sible due to “increased km/h for the duration of operating danger.” a multi-hour journey you Within an hour, I was comfortable with will be disappointed. the car and itching to let it go. It seemed In recent years, I’ve driven thousands of to be tugging to the right at one point kilometres along high-speed freeways but that was near the car’s birthplace at throughout Europe while attending Ingolstadt. On the other hand, it could launches for a variety of high-powered have been a crosswind. cars. One of the most memorable trips I drove You can only pass another car in the was the 585 kilometres between Munich left lane. The right lane is for slower vehicles so you risk a ticket if you pass and Berlin, which I covered in an Audi on the right at any speed. That threat A6, with a 2.8-litre V6 generating 207 didn’t seem to worry too many in the horsepower under the hood. approaches to the various urban areas Just like Vancouver, Munich is a thriv-
One of the most memorable trips Keith Morgan says he drove was the 585 kilometres between Munich and Berlin, which he covered in an Audi A6, with a 2.8-litre V6 generating 207 horsepower under the hood. along the way. As the traffic thinned, I wound up the A6 to 200 km/h for less than a minute and shortly after I managed to hit 220 km/h but that lasted all of 20 seconds. I managed to do 180 km/h for about three minutes before slowing to 140 for a sustained period of around 20 minutes. Europe is full and nowhere is that more evident than on the roads.
I found 120 km/h was more easily achieved for most of the journey and seemed to be more typical a speed for most. From Munich city limits to Berlin it took me around five hours 30 minutes, which means I averaged about 105 km/h. Pretty good but not the 200 km/h many think you can do. There’s the reality check:
Generally, I agree that some of our freeways could stand a slight increase in the posted limit, especially in the rural areas where drivers would likely be able to maintain the top speed more easily than on the theoretically speed limitless autobahn. Next week: The so-called Texas Autobahn. email@example.com
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Looks: It’s distinctive Infiniti look to it should attract many buyers. The projector style headlights flow with the body lines and the fog lights look like they actually belong rather than appear an afterthought as is the case in some of its competitors. The side body lines almost give the appearance of waves moving up the vehicle. LED rear brake lights and centr high mounted stoplight sit atop the rear power lift-gate. Chrome accents around the windows give it a sense of elegance. The functional side vents on the rear of the front fenders give it a European sporty look and reduce front end tilt by five percent.
In The Cab: The cabin seems large at first, but after climbing in and getting comfortable you realize it is not all that big. Access to the controls is easy as they are well positioned. I like the navigation screen with 3D mapping and the around-view monitor that gives you a bird’s eye view of the vehicle.
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The safety features are incredible and most people would feel very safe driving it.
Excellent handling to this vehicle, steering was quick and responsive, and body roll was at a minimum. Even though the engine was more than adequate providing plenty of power, the CVT transmission was continuing to make adjustments and I found at times sudden bursts of power followed by a hard upshift. Definitely not something I expected with this type of luxury.
An eight-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, six-way power front passenger’s seat, 60/40 split folding rear seats that individually fold flat, make for comfort. The audio system is a Bose 11 speaker with two subwoofers, AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability and has a speed sensitive volume control. Color monitors are built in to headrests so rear passengers can enjoy movies or play their favorite games. There is an advanced climate control system that continuously cleans the cabin and automatically shuts off the outside air vents when exhaust fumes are detected.
Verdict: Safety features in the 2014 Infiniti QX70 are incredible, but the interior space and performance were lacking.
Safety first: The QX70 includes dual stage front airbags with seatbelt and occupant sensors, driver and front passenger side impact supplement airbags, roof mounted curtain side impact airbags with rollover sensor for all row outboard occupant head protection. Intelligent brake assist system is
a safety feature that continuously monitors and analyzes closing speeds to a vehicle ahead and provides warnings. If a collision is imminent, it will also apply the brakes. There is also a lane departure warning and prevention system.
Power: A 3.7 litre, 24 valve V6 engine with 325 horsepower and 248 foot pounds of torque power this vehicle. The seven-speed automatic transmission is an electronically continuously variable (CVT) with manual shift capabilities, that features downshift rev matching technology.
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Price as tested $64,495 Ian.harwood@ drivewaybc.ca
Friday, January 10, 2014 NewsLeader A13
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A 31-year-old Vancouver actor who was banned from entering the U.S. for five years – putting the brakes on his budding Hollywood career – has won an unexpected reprieve after a year-long social media campaign fueled by his fans. Chad Rook was the victim of “expedited removal” – a sometimes-abused provision where U.S. border guards can turn Canadians away and refuse them entry for five years or more, with little justification and virtually no chance of reversal. The star of the TV series Supernatural was headed to Los Angeles last January to seek film industry parts when border officers at the Peace Arch crossing decided he hadn’t been clear enough about his aim of working in the U.S. and slapped him with the ban after a ninehour interrogation. Rook insists he told them the trip was a mix of business and pleasure and he had no intention of working in the States illegally – he already had an L.A. lawyer to prepare his work visa but couldn’t formally apply until he secured a job. Banned from crossing the border, he spent most of 2013 considering whether to submit a costly waiver application that his lawyers warned had little chance of success. Then, on Dec. 30, Rook got a letter telling him the ban was rescinded, on the authority of the director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Seattle. On Facebook and Twitter, Rook credited the groundswell of support from fans and a flurry of media stories last year that thrust expedited removals into the spotlight. “Thank you so much to everyone for all the support during this fight,” Rook
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U.S. officials unexpectedly rescinded an order banning Vancouver actor Chad Rook from entering the country for five years. The reversal followed a social media campaign by Rook’s followers. Others in B.C. are still battling to overturn expedited removals.
tweeted. Blaine lawyer Len Saunders, one of the attorneys who aided Rook, said it’s extremely rare for U.S. authorities to review and rescind border bans. “As an actor it would have killed his career,” Saunders said. “It should never have happened. He may have lost out on a whole bunch of opportunities over the last year.” He said CBP officials deserve credit for the reversal, but added the publicity was likely a factor. “There has to be a mechanism to get these rescinded other than going to the press.” Rook isn’t the only B.C. resident fighting an expedited removal order. A retired Abbotsford church minister represented by Saunders is still battling a five-year ban imposed after he temporarily filled in for a pastor at a Lynden church without properly declaring his purpose for visiting the U.S. So far the minister is out $1,200 in filing fees but is no closer to securing a waiver to
re-enter the U.S. again. Such treatment would be incomprehensible to Americans, Saunders said. “Can you imagine a U.S. minister going somewhere and getting a five-year bar? Freedom of religion? People would just be up in arms.” The B.C. Chamber of Commerce is among several groups that are part of a U.S. lawsuit aiming to quash the expedited removal process, on the basis it’s too arbitrary and easily abused. B.C. business leaders say it creates too much uncertainty for vital cross-border enterprise, potentially throwing a company’s affairs into chaos if a key manager or the CEO was barred from travel to the U.S. Bellingham immigration lawyer Greg Boos is spearheading the legal challenge and said a decision could come soon. The likeliest outcome, he said, is not a final decision by the U.S. ninth circuit court of appeals considering the case, but a referral of it back for a full hearing.
Severe H1N1 flu cases strike Fraser Health Fraser Health is urging residents to get the flu shot if they haven’t yet had it after a surge in severe cases of H1N1 influenza. More than a dozen patients sick with H1N1 are currently ventilated on respirators in hospital intensive care units. Chief Medical Health Officer
Dr. Paul Van Buynder said the cases here are mirroring the pattern seen recently with outbreaks in Alberta, Ontario and Texas. Ill patients here are not the very elderly, but adults of various ages from 20 to 60, he said. Two are pregnant women and others suffer from chronic
illness or are very overweight. “We’re surprised at how many have come in such a short period of time with such severe disease,” Van Buynder said. Van Buynder said all patients currently hospitalized with the flu are expected to survive, but he said the outbreak is disturbing.
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GVHBA ready for exciting, busy year ahead By Kerry Vital
As 2014 begins, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association is looking forward to some exciting events. On Feb. 5, the GVHBA will hold its Legends of Housing event in Burnaby, featuring Morningstar Homes Partner Dale Barron, Bosa Development Vice-President of Development Eric Martin and former President and Director of British Pacific Properties Ltd. Jim McLean. It will be moderated by
Ledingham McAllister President Ward McAllister. The BC Home + Garden Show will take place Feb. 19 to 23, and will feature the GVHBA Renovation Gallery, a 1,000-square-foot space featuring before-and-after photos of professionally renovated projects as well as free consultations with RenoMark renovators, designers, subtrades and suppliers. You’ll also find the HGTV Main Stage, with appearances from experts such as Bryan Baeumler, Mike Holmes Jr. and Sherry Holmes and Janette Ewen.
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March will bring the 20th annual First-Time Home Buyers Seminar, taking place at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. “Our experts will help first-time buyers consider all available options and important issues before they take that critical first step onto the property ladder,” says GVHBA CEO Bob de Wit. “Real estate continues to be a hot topic in this region, so seminar attendance is expected to be as many or greater than the 750 young people who attended last year’s event.” A panel of experts will discuss a variety of topics, including the best location, what home type is best matched to wants, needs and financial resources, and legal considerations. Exhibitors will also be available beforehand to answer any questions and provide information to attendees. Pre-registration is required; you can register online or call 778-565-4288 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a food item for the Surrey Food Bank. For more information and for a full calendar of events, visit www.gvhba.org.
The views from Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain are truly spectacular, below, and Morningstar Homes is taking advantage of this with their view homes at Partington. With all the gorgeous features of Partington plus the amazing scenery, the homes are second-to-none.
Taking in the view on Burke Mountain By Kerry Vital
Morningstar Homes continues to impress with their latest release of amazing View Homes, an extension of Partington on Burke Mountain that combine beautiful homes and a view that’s second-to-none. “This is a really special offering,” says Deborah Calahan, vice-president of sales and marketing for Morningstar. “There is a limited quantity of view homes available on Burke Mountain and they are in high demand.” The spectacular homes include all of the
gorgeous features of Partington, while also including some of the most beautiful views in the Lower Mainland. “It’s like being on top of the world,” says Calahan. “Our Partington homes were designed with incredible views in mind by making the windows the focal point of each home. We could not pass up the opportunity to show them off.” The four-bedroom homes at Partington are available in three different open-plan floorplans, ranging from 3,700 to 3,900 square feet. All of them include an unfinished basement and a large private yard with patio or deck. The kitchens are truly huge, with granite islands, stainless-steel appliances and tons of counter space. Hardwood flooring throughout the main living areas complements the 19-foot vaulted ceiling and floor-to-ceiling linear fireplace. “These homes are very well laid-out” Calahan says. “There’s a sense of grandeur here. People are noting the ‘wow’ of the house; it takes your breath away.”
Partington is perfectly located for homeowners to live the Burke Mountain lifestyle. The neighbourhood has been growing over the years and now includes schools, parks and trails. It is also just a short drive to Coquitlam Town Centre for shopping, dining and transit. You can also find leisure and recreation activities nearby. Partington joins Morningstar’s seven previous projects on Burke Mountain, including Belmont, Avondale and Kingston. “We always strive to be innovative and offer our purchasers the best,” says Calahan. “We never tire of trying to better our designs, with each new project being given its own consideration.” Morningstar was the first developer on Burke Mountain, and Calahan says that they’ve been welcomed with every project they build. She has increasingly seen friends and family members of other Morningstar buyers looking to purchase their own home. Every home at Partington has been selling well, with Calahan noting she is releasing
more lots for sale this weekend. “Demand is high for a quality product by a trustworthy builder with an outstanding view. We’re selling them faster than I can release them!” she adds with pride “The Morningstar brand is becoming a household word on Burke.” View Homes at Partington start at $1.2 million. For more information, check out www.mstarhomes.com, call 604-942-6370 or visit the sales office at 1508 Dayton Street, Coquitlam, open daily (except Friday) between noon and 6 p.m.
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