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Martin Drobny, left, and Mike Green, right, are struggling to find a location for their medical marijuana production company. Without a location, they can’t submit their application to Health Canada, but they’re hoping they’ll find a home in Burnaby.

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He knows how much medical marijuana can help a dying man. Several years ago, Martin Drobny’s uncle was diagnosed with cancer and eventually died of the disease. Drobny credits medical marijuana for providing his uncle with some comfort before his death. “And this is a guy who’s never smoked pot in his life,” Drobny says. It was Drobny’s mother who suggested his uncle try medical marijuana to help ease the symptoms of cancer. After seeing the way it helped his uncle, Drobny, a North Vancouver firefighter, talked to his mom about the possibility of becoming a medical marijuana producer under Health Canada’s soon-to-expire Marijuana Medical Access Regulations. “It’s such a good thing,” he said. “It’s incredible when you see the change in people’s lives, and we just want to keep it going.” Under the Marijuana Medical Access

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Regulations, Health Canada allowed private citizens to produce medical marijuana for personal use on a limited scale. Drobny became a licensed producer and was growing medical marijuana for friends and family with ongoing medical problems such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord issues and cancer.

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As of April 1, however, Health Canada’s new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations take effect, voiding all licences issued under the old regulations. The new regulations move the production of medical marijuana out of backyards and residential areas and into large-scale manufacturing facilities.

“We actually have an opportunity to pursue our passions and make a living out of it,” Drobny said. Since Health Canada announced the changes to the medical marijuana production regulations, a number of companies have cropped up across the country. Marijuana Page 3

Burnaby MLA: Families will be hurt by budget Jennifer Moreau staff reporter

The B.C. Liberals managed to balance the latest budget, but the NDP MLA Kathy Corrigan was not impressed with the provincial presentation on Tuesday. “I would say the budget shows absolutely no vision for leadership and developing the province,” said the Burnaby-Deer Lake MLA. “I think families in Burnaby are going to be hurt again by a Liberal bud-

get. If you look at the numbers, British Columbians are going to pay an average of $900 per year more for hydro increases and medical premium increases.” Corrigan said families and students will be hit by the rising costs. “These are regressive taxes. They are not putting costs on the rich, they are putting costs on the average family,” she said. According to Corrigan, hydro rates will cost the average family an extra $477 per

year, while medical premiums will costs an extra $400. Burnaby’s BCIT and SFU, along with post secondary institutions around the province, will also struggle with cuts, according to Corrigan. “And nothing to cover the costs of the provincial government’s loss in court with the teachers,” she said, referring to the recent court decision demanding that the province reinstate 2002 class sizes, something that’s expected to cost hundreds of

millions. “There’s nothing in the budget for that.” On the contrary, Liberal MLA Richard Lee, the only elected politician in Burnaby who sits with the ruling party, was very pleased with the budget. “Thanks to the fiscal discipline exercised by our government, for the second year in a row B.C.’s budget is balanced,” he stated in an email to the NOW. “This Budget Page 8

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It can be a major obstacle for researchers to obtain funding to conduct life-saving research, but one Simon Fraser University student doesn’t have to worry about that. SFU doctoral student Mark Labrecque is one of five graduate students across Canada to receive the Prostate Cancer Canada Graduate Studentship award – a $40,000 grant for one year to continue doctoral research in that field. “I was extremely excited,” he said about winning the award. “We work really hard to try and make sure our work is rigourous and well done, and to have a panel of experts saying you’re doing good work here, it makes you feel really good and you’re on the right track.” Labrecque said he’s always been captivated by health research and care. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2007 with a bachelor of science in cell biology and genetics, but he wanted lab experience to boost his resumé for future medical school applications. “I’ve always been interested in health and health research,” he added. The research completed by Labrecque and his research team, found how tumours grow, and with that information it can better lay the groundwork on how to stop them. About two in five Canadians will develop cancer, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, and

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one in four will die of the disease. “Basically what we found, in laymen’s terms, is as cancer tumours progress they’re starved of oxygen and nutrients, as they get larger we found a network of genes that work together to aid in supplying tumours more blood and oxygen – making cancer more able to spread throughout the body,” he said. “Eventually we’re hoping to target chemotherapy to some of these interactions happening in

the cell and develop ways to stop the cancer from spreading.” The research showed tumours can start growing their own blood vessels to supply oxygen and nutrients. The cancer cells can also acquire the ability to move from initial tumour sites, like the prostate gland, to other parts of the body through a process called metastasis. Labrecque’s research award will allow him to further examine how the processes occur and how

to prevent them from spreading. Moving forward, Labrecque said he wants to go to medical school after he finishes his PhD, and move on to specialize in oncology. He hopes to have a career balancing clinical work and research. “I’ll definitely specialize in oncology, I’ll definitely continue with the researching aspect of things,” he said. “With all this know how, it would be a waste not to continue down that road.”

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Drobny wants his company, Vancouver MediCann, to be next. But the application process hasn’t been easy. The new regulations require prospective companies find a facility in which to operate prior to applying for a licence. Drobny and his partners have been struggling to find a municipality that will take them. In one case, Drobny said he and his partners were putting the finishing touches on a lease agreement when a municipality (Drobny wouldn’t say on the record which one) revoked their approval.








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Without a location, MediCann can’t submit its application, which has put Drobny and his partners in a type of limbo while they try and find a municipality – but they’re hoping the City of Burnaby will be more cooperative. According to Lou Pelletier, director of planning and building in Burnaby, council is currently in the process of amending the zoning bylaw to accommodate medical marijuana producers. “The new bylaw provisions would require an applicant to obtain council approval through the rezoning process, with a required public hearing,” he Last week’s question Can you name all the councillors and school trustees in Burnaby? YES 16% NO 84% This week’s question Do you think Canada Post should continue door-to-door delivery? Vote at:

added in an email to the NOW in January. Drobny sent a letter to council early in January and has since been working with city staff to find the most appropriate location for the MediCann facility. Drobny and his partners can complete their application to send to Health Canada once MediCann secures a location for its facility and receives the necessary approval from Burnaby, Drobny added. “We don’t want to operate in a municipality where the government doesn’t like us,” he said. See extended story online at www.

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Incinerator upgrade will cost $8 million Stefania Seccia staff reporter

Burnaby’s waste-to-energy facility is prepared to spend another $8 million to reduce its number 1 emitted pollutant – nitrogen oxide. Upgrades are underway at the Metro Vancouver incinerator’s environmental control systems. The $8 million is expected to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide at the mass-burn incinerator, which burns garbage that is not recyclable and produces enough electricity to power about 16,000 homes. “NOx (nitrogen oxide) is interesting because it’s a smog-forming pollutant, and the waste-to-energy facility currently emits about 0.9 per cent of all NOx generated in the region,” Paul Henderson, Metro Vancouver’s solid waste general manager, told the NOW. “With this upgrade, it’ll drop to 0.4 per cent.” Last May, Metro Vancouver approved a long-term plan for environmental upgrades for the incinerator with a $30-million price tag to unfold over the next several years. The current project is one of several in a continued effort to upgrade the environmental impact of burning garbage, Henderson said. There’s also a project in the planning phase to reduce acid gases, sulphur dioxide and hydrogen chloride emissions from the incinerator. Currently, for every one tonne of garbage processed, nitrogen oxide (1.9 kilograms), carbon monoxide (0.151 kg), and sulphur dioxide (0.584 kg) are emitted in both the ground and air ash. Each year, the incinerator processes about 280,000 tonnes of garbage. “From the East Coast, we hear of acid rain,” Henderson said. “It’s not such a substantial issue in Metro Vancouver, but

that’s what the potential impact of those natural gases are. The program we have will substantially reduce those parameters.” On sunny summer days, nitrogen oxide can combine with other air emissions to create the smog that appears on the horizon. In all, about 2.9 kg of trace air emissions (what comes out of the incinerator, after garbage goes in) are produced for every tonne of garbage incinerated. “The key message being the waste-toenergy facility has continuously improved, and also the operations of the facility is not negatively impacting the environment,” Henderson noted. Since 1988, about $60 million has been invested in the incinerator for environmental upgrades, according to Metro Vancouver. “Our waste-to-energy facility is part of an integrated, cost-efficient system that is focused on reducing garbage and managing residual waste in a manner that ensures protection of the environment,” said Malcolm Brodie, zero-waste committee chair, in a media release. “Metro Vancouver is committed to continuing operational and environmental upgrades, which further reduce emissions and protect our air quality.” Metro Vancouver monitors the air quality in the lower Fraser Valley airshed, which includes the Fraser Valley Regional District. According to Metro Vancouver, emission inventories show cars, trucks, bulldozers, marine vessels and other forms of transportation emissions account for most of the region’s emissions of nitrogen oxides.

The BIA’s services are proposed to include joint marketing, physical improvements, and research studies. It will be designed to benefit the designated commercial area which is generally: 1. Hastings Street between Boundary Road and just east of Gamma Avenue 2. North side of Pender Street between MacDonald Avenue and Ingleton Avenue 3. North side of Pender Street between Rosser Avenue and Willingdon Avenue 4. South side of Albert Street between Boundary Road and Esmond Avenue 5. Parts of the south side of Albert Street between Gilmore Avenue and Carlton Avenue. The BIA is to be funded by a levy on commercial properties. The estimated total cost of the proposed business promotion is $2,692,569 to be spread over ten years. The commercial property owners in the BIA will pay 100% of the cost. The estimated levy for 2014 is $0.87606 per $1,000 of assessed value and must be paid in full by the tax due date. Council may proceed with the BIA in accordance with this notice unless it receives a sufficient petition against it. Any person who is the owner of land in the designated area may submit such a petition and, in order that a petition is deemed sufficient, it must be signed by the owners of at least 50% of the parcels and representing at least 50% of the assessed value of land and improvements that would be subject to the levy. Owners who wish to petition against the work may do so by completing the form below and submitting to the City Clerk, City of Burnaby, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2. The final date for acceptance of petitions will be 4:45 pm, Monday, 2014 March 31. It is Council’s intention that tenants of the subject properties also be given an opportunity to register their opposition to the proposed BIA. Persons representing tenant businesses may send a letter expressing their opposition or complete the form below to the City Clerk, City of Burnaby, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby BC, V5G 1M2.

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PETITION AGAINST THE PROPOSED BIA If you wish to petition against the proposed renewal of the business promotion scheme for the Hastings Street Business Improvement Area, please fill out the following section, tear off and mail to: City Clerk, City Hall, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 1M2 Please indicate the following 3 points to have the petition valid: 1.

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3. I (We) petition against the proposed work. (Signature of owner or tenant. All joint owners must individually sign.) Please print name after signature. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Persons desiring to petition against the BIA must do so by submitting their petition to the City Clerk within one month after the date of the publication of a Notice of Intention covering this work in the “Burnaby Now” and “Burnaby Newsleader” being February 28, 2014. Final date for the acceptance of petitions is March 31, 2014, 4:45 pm.

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One thing the feds did get right in the budget existed, did little to foster immigration While the federal budget offered by those who genuinely planned to thin gruel for most last week, the decibuild their lives in Canada. According sion to ditch the immigrant investor to the government itself, once the cash program (or the buy-your-way-intowas handed over, there was Canada program, as it was little evidence immigrant alternatively known) is a welBurnaby NOW investors maintained ties here. come move. The program was also no The issue obviously isn’t great shakes in the investwith either immigrants or ment department, with many immigrant investment, both of which are needed investors moving their families to and desired by Canada. Canada but continuing to conduct busiBut the program, as it previously


ness elsewhere. Most paid less money in taxes over the long term than their own hired help. There have been rumblings about the effect this move might have on luxury home sales. But last time we checked, the intent of such programs was not to bolster commissions on high-end real estate deals. It could even be argued that putting a damper on stratospheric house prices is a positive development. The major flaw in the decision is

whom it does not affect – immigrant investors headed to Quebec, which is continuing its own program. That, of course, is part of a much larger conversation. In the meantime, we wish the government luck with programs like the startup visa that will hopefully do better to lure immigrants who will become the innovators of the future. Those are values this country was built on.

An alternative to pipeline plans


the profits will go out of Canada. t is with great interest I have The only benefit to Canada followed the controversy is some royalties to Alberta, about Kinder Morgan’s plan some GST paid to the federal to ship diluted bitumen from a government and perhaps a few terminal in Burnaby. hundred jobs for Canadians. My understanding of the Some of this information is from project is that Kinder Morgan Kennedy Stewart, the member of is planning to obtain through Parliament for Burnabyright of entry orders Douglas. (which can apparD.M. Fraser For this small benefit ently be granted by to Canada, the comthe National Energy munities of the Lower Mainland Board) to obtain a 150-metrehave been asked to accept a wide “safety zone” through swath of destruction through very heavily populated parts heavily built-up communities of Burnaby. This safety zone is that is one-and-a-half football where the pipeline will be built fields wide and many kilometres by the cut-and-cover method. long – with who knows how This right of entry method much damage to our infrastrucis planned for use, as apparture and no way to know at this ently almost 100 per cent of time of adequate restoration of the affected landowners in the Lower Mainland have refused to infrastructure will be made. If there is any leakage from allow the pipeline through their the line, we will bear all the properties. Every municipality damage from this while not even has refused the pipeline, and getting any additional energy the B.C. government is opposed supplies from the hazard. to this line. (Maybe because the This writer considers the Lower Mainland is where most amount of disruption and of the voters are located.) destruction of a built-up city to I believe that one major reanot be acceptable for the small son for this lack of cooperation benefit, and I would be shocked is because this pipeline is not for if the National Energy Board the benefit of Canadians. The approved this project as it stands project provides no energy supas there are alternative ways plies for Canadians. It is entirely so that foreign-owned producers to do this to allow the foreign companies to make just as much can ship diluted bitumen proprofit while not ripping up duced in Alberta though a forthe built-up areas of Burnaby, eign-owned pipeline to foreign Coquitlam and likely parts of markets, while using little B.C. and other Canadian labour to do Surrey, Langley and other Oil Page 7 the job. One hundred per cent of


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Critic missed teachers’ point

Dear Editor:

Re: Will teacher take a pay cut to pay for increased costs?, Letters to the editor, Burnaby NOW, Feb. 14. Mr. Melnyk rather misses the point when he asks if teachers will take a pay cut to cover the increased costs of the recent Supreme Court decision restoring class size and composition provisions to their contracts. Teachers already took that pay cut in return for class size and composition limits negotiated back in the 1990s. That is why teachers were so angry when then-education minister Christy Clark introduced (with “great pleasure,” she said) legislation that arbitrarily and illegally stripped those provisions from their contracts. Mr. Melnyk should also know that B.C. teachers’

salaries are already very near the bottom compared to other provinces, that the B.C. government is well below the national average in spending per pupil, and that B.C. has among the worst students-to-educator ratios in Canada. Successive Liberal governments have been balancing their books by underfunding education (among other things) while handing out tax breaks that benefit mainly corporations and the wealthy. Surely our students and teachers deserve better. Lee Rachar, Burnaby

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Teacher’s point missed continued from page 6

editor printed on Feb. 14 by a person who has the same name as me and also lives in Burnaby but has a different opinion on many matters including this (Will teacher take a pay cut to pay for increased costs?, Letters to the editor, Burnaby NOW, Feb. 14). I have the highest regard for teachers, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the Burnaby Teachers’ Association. The BCTF and local unions do an excellent job representing teachers and education in this province. They have the desire, insight, practical classroom experience, professional training, necessary skills and knowledge to advocate for the educational needs of all children in this province. They’ve spent years in the trenches fighting every inch of the way to improve learning conditions for children of all needs and abilities in British Columbia. The suggestion, “perhaps the teacher could take a bit of a pay cut” is unfair, and demonstrates a lack of understanding. B.C. is one of Canada’s richest provinces and yet B.C. teachers are one of the lowest in Canada on the pay scale. The cost of living in the Lower Mainland is near the top in global comparisons. Shouldn’t teachers receive a fair wage? The author in the Feb. 14 article assumes

that the workload will decrease. That is not necessarily true. Furthermore, research shows that smaller class sizes and adequate support for special needs students results in better quality education. The students benefit in many ways, not just in higher test scores. Society benefits in the long run, too. I am a retired Burnaby teacher who always wholeheartedly supports education and teachers in B.C. It is always disappointing when teachers’ issues are misrepresented. Larry Melnyk, Burnaby

Question for Kinder Morgan

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I am writing in response to the letter Kinder Morgan Responds that appeared in the Feb. 12 edition. It’s hard to believe that Kinder Morgan staff would state that their new pipeline route through the heart of Burnaby will only affect four homes in the “current corridor” – which could change again – if detailed design work has yet to take place. Here’s a question for Mr. Anderson and his billionaire American bosses: If you really care about us, why aren’t you working on clean alternatives to fossil fuel? We look forward to your response.

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communities – and to avoid the movement of tankers in Burrard Inlet. And speaking of tanker movement, my understanding is that Canada’s busiest West Coast port will have to come to a complete standstill for something like an hour a day while the daily tanker negotiates its way through the Second and First Narrows. I have applied to be an intervener with the National Energy Board on this project, as what I believe to be the planned route goes about one block from where I live. While the final route actually had not been determined by the deadline for filing with the National Energy Board, the alternate route proposed goes a block the other side from where I live. As an engineer, I believe this project can be done in other ways, at no more cost to Kinder Morgan, maybe less, that does not disrupt built-up cities. This writer also believes that one cannot properly criticize projects without offering alternatives. Here is my suggestion: Roberts Bank is a deepwater port where ships currently load bulk cargoes without entering Burrard Inlet or the Fraser River. They also move a very

large number of containers in and out of Canada. Access to this port can be achieved without having to go through heavily built-up areas. Considering the route through Burnaby alone will cost Kinder-Morgan over $50,000 per metre, it may very well be lower in cost for them to expand the artificial land at Roberts Bank and load the tankers there in deep water. Advantages: ◆ no need to close the Port of Vancouver for an hour a day. ◆ likely lower overall cost as the pipeline could be routed to avoid heavily built up areas. ◆ Tankers can be larger than the ones that would load in Burrard Inlet and can be filled to full capacity. ◆ Access can be achieved without ripping through built up areas like Burnaby or Coquitlam. ◆ The terminal site is access controlled and security will be easier. In case of a spill, because the water area is larger, booming and containment will be easier. It would be possible to put permanent booming in place around a good portion of the oil terminal due to the more remote location. And because the look of

the place is not as critical, embankments could be large and high enough to prevent a tank rupture of any size to be contained. Disadvantages: ◆ The pipeline will need to be slightly longer. ◆ The Roberts Bank project will need to be expanded by a few acres. ◆ The final few kilometres are through land essentially at sea level, and special construction techniques will need to be used to protect the environment and to keep the water pressure from forcing the pipeline out of the ground. In conclusion, this writer feels the pushback from the B.C. government, the municipalities involved, the people of B.C. and the environmental movement will make life very miserable for the people of Kinder Morgan, and the project as proposed is going to be opposed at every possible level. Every possible legal tactic will be used to delay it, if not stop it. Some executives from Texas may feel that they can take advantage of the Canadian reputation for being easygoing. However, once Canadians feel we are being taken advantage of, we can be as stubborn as anyone, anywhere.

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Council approves trip to China for art expo Stefania Seccia staff reporter

One lucky Burnaby councillor is heading to China for an art exhibit. At the Feb. 17 meeting, Burnaby council approved a one-time return economy ticket for a council representative to attend the Canadian Art Expo from April 15 to 22 in Guiyang Guizhou, China. “The (international relations and friendship cities) committee agrees that this opportunity to participate in this cultural event meets the goals and objectives of Burnaby’s International Sister and Friendship Cities program,” a city staff report states. The councillor will accompany a delegation with representatives from the Burnaby Artist Guild and Federation of Canadian Artists. “The committee has advised that representation to accompany the delegation is feasible during this time period with

accommodation, meals and ground transportation provided by the Chinese government,” the report states. Airfare funding is available through the committee’s budget. Travel costs were a big-ticket item in the 2012 budget for the mayor and councillors. In 2012, Mayor Derek Corrigan claimed $10,700 in travel expenses, which was up from the $4,220 claimed in 2011. He went on a sister-city visit to China and Taiwan. Coun. Sav Dhaliwal claimed the most in travel expanses in 2012 – $11,377. His travel expenses were due to attending various meetings, including for the Union of B.C. Municipalities and Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Dhaliwal passed on the Taiwan and China trips. Councillors Richard Chang, Anne Kang and Paul McDonell claimed more than $7,000 each for their trips to China and Taiwan. Coun. Dan Johnston claimed $1,161 for a sister-city visit to Arizona, as well.

Budget: Liberals balance B.C. books continued from page 1

is what British Columbians elected us to do, control spending and balance the budget. “And the budget presented today indicates that we are keeping that promise. Balancing the budget is the first step to making sure we are able to make

sustainable investments into the programs that matter to British Columbians, like health care, education, and people who require additional supports, such as those served by the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion through Community Living B.C.”

Lee said the government is committed to spending less than what taxpayers are providing, and B.C. still has a triple-A credit rating, which gives the province more money to “advance key priorities,” including job growth, skills training, education and helping families.



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HOUSING OPTIONS FOR THE ELDERLY…AND SOME FUNDING OPTIONS Understand housing options when an older person is no longer able to live in their home. Options include Supportive Housing, Assisted Living, and Residential Care. Housing providers include government (public), non-profits and businesses (private). Learn some ways to fund the cost of seniors housing from the sale of a home and/or personal resources. Saturday, April 5th, 10 am to 12:30 pm. Confederation Seniors Centre, 4585 Albert With K. Willett, Gerontologist, BSOSS & Keith Hazell, Vancity Manager Retirement Tax & Estate Planning. Registration required. Call today - limited seating. Call 604-877-7063

Caringg for a frail elderly person can be complicated and difficult. Don’t try it alone! BURNABY SENIORS OUTREACH SERVICES SOCIETY • Burnaby Family Caregivers Project is funded by United Way of the Lower Mainland

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Sentencing hearing delayed for killers Cayley Dobie staff reporter

The sentencing hearing for two men who pled guilty in the death of a 20-yearold Burnaby man has been moved to the end of March. Burnaby resident Shakib Shakib and Surrey resident Brandon Nandon pled guilty in December to charges of manslaughter in connection to the 2011 death of Branson Sanders of Burnaby. Their sentencing hearing was scheduled for March 7 but has been moved back to March 28 at Surrey Provincial Court. As the NOW previously reported, Sanders’ body was found badly burned in the bushes near Fareham Avenue and Elwell Street on Dec. 2, 2011. Police later determined that Sanders, a Cariboo Hill graduate, had actually been killed while at a home in Surrey and his remains were

transported to Burnaby where they were dumped. Nearly three months later, investigators with the Integrated Homicide Investigations Team announced they had arrested Shakib and Nandon in relation to the death. The two men were later charged with first-degree murder and indignity to a dead body. A 17-year-old, who cannot be named, Branson Sanders was also charged in killed in 2011 relation to the death. The young offender pled guilty to attempting to obstruct justice late last year. Shakib and Nandon will appear in court for sentencing on March 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Green workshops on hold Burnaby city council is holding off on a plan for educational staff workshops with the city’s green team. Councillors referred a $2,000 plan back to the finance committee. In October 2008, council endorsed the proposed sustainable purchasing guidelines and initiatives with

the assistance of a city green team. If approved, the $2,000 would go towards sponsoring staff workshops on various food-related topics, specifically local food systems, urban farming and food recovery alternatives. – Stefania Seccia

The Burnaby Tree Bylaw has been amended to further enhance the City’s approach to tree protection.

Information you need to know: The scope of the Burnaby Tree Bylaw has been expanded to the management of trees on all lands in the City. There are new size specifications to define trees that would require a Tree Cutting Permit. There is a revised permit and fee process for Tree Cutting Permit applications.

What does this mean for you?: You may need a Tree Cutting Permit if your trees meet the new size specifications under the definition of a “Protected Tree”. City staff are available to assist you and answer any questions you may have with regards to the Burnaby Tree Bylaw.

To learn more about the Burnaby Tree Bylaw and how you can identify a “Protected Tree”, please visit our website or contact the Planning and Building Department: In Person:

Website: Email: Phone: Fax: Mail:

City staff are available at the Building Information Desk to answer your questions (2nd floor, City Hall, 4949 Canada Way). 604-294-7130 604-294-7499 City of Burnaby Building Department (Tree Bylaw) 4949 Canada Way Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2 PLANNING & BUILDING DEPARTMENT

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The new face of family health care ON MY BEAT Stefania Seccia

Nurse practitioners are a growing presence in health care, but Burnaby still needs more


hile the focus has been on the dire need for family doctors in Burnaby, a quiet rising tide of nurse practitioners providing care is happening behind the scenes. In Burnaby, there are a total of 11 nurse practitioners, three of whom work at Fraser Health Authority facilities – two work at a clinic, and another works at Burnaby Hospital in primary health. Fraser Health is applying for more positions to fill across the region, but it’s unknown if Burnaby will get any more to keep up with the need. Despite this growing phenomenon in a cash-strapped healthcare system, not many people are aware what role the nurse practitioner has to play, according to Ranjit Lehal, primary care nurse practitioner at Burnaby’s New Canadian Clinic. “We’ve often been compared to physicians, and it’s not about comparisons,” she said. “I think who provides health care is multiple clinicians. You’ve got your OTs (occupational therapists), your PTs (physical therapists), social workers, family physicians, specialists, and nurse practitioners are just another essential part of the health-care team.” Lehal has lived in Burnaby for most of her life. She’s worked as a nurse for 16 years and has been a nurse practitioner for the past seven. When she’s asked what she does for a living, she describes it as providing primary care by being able to diagnose conditions, develop a plan to address the condition and providing education. “Although we’ve been a part of the system the last six to 10 years, we’ve definitely had some hiccups along the way and it’s slow to move,” she noted. “We’re at a place now where our numbers are growing, and we want community members to learn about what nurse practitioners do.” Lehal says another role the nurse practitioner plays is providing access for patients to a

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Promoting wellness: Ranjit Lehal is the primary nurse practitioner at Burnaby’s New Canadian Clinic. Lehal and other nurse practitioners provide primary care to patients. healthier lifestyle. “Really, it’s about improved access, being in a position where you can provide care and also provide education, provide support and resource through a well-rounded, comprehensive way,” she added. “I think, ultimately, it helps to improve outcomes.” Lehal is also involved with various community groups and is heavily involved in the campaign to make more room for nurse practitioners in the local health-care system. “It’s about outreach to the communities, as well,” she said. One of the challenges nurse practitioners face in a time of their continued growth in communities is having the funding. Due to the nature of how they’re employed, they are only found within Fraser Health Authority facilities either providing primary health care, or in a cardiac clinic, pain management clinic or mental health clinic. “Funding is always a challenge,” Lehal said. “We need sustainable funding models in a time when we don’t have those.” Lehal says she remembers a time when there were two nurse practitioners working in mental

Reid says nurse practitioners health in the area of primary across the region meet once a care, as well. month to address issues and “It’s having permission to be strategize. allowed into the most intimate “Maybe right now, because parts of people’s lives, which is most of us are paid salary, we an incredible privilege, to potencan sometimes have a little bit tially help make some impact, more time to spend with marginand that is a pretty amazing alized and special populations thing to be able to do,” she that need a little bit added. more time,” she said. Kimberley Reid is “Being able to gives us the another nurse practideal with some of “That ability to sometimes tioner, and she heads the Global Family the social issues deal with things a more holistiCare Clinic that is and more of the little cally. Being able to part of the New mental issues, I deal with some of Canadian Clinic in the social issues and South Burnaby. Her think it’s a more of the mental patients are referred service added health issues, I think from various local community groups that we’re able to it’s a service added that we’re able to prowho need help naviprovide.” vide.” gating the healthBrenda Booy is care system. KIMBERLEY REID Fraser Health’s execu“I think it used to nurse practitioner tive director of profesbe that nurse pracsional practice, allied titioner jobs were health and chief nursing officer, hard to come by,” she told the and she oversees the nurse pracNOW. “So now, with the NP for titioners in the whole region. B.C. positions that have come “We are definitely looking up, then there’s a lot more posifor more,” she said. “The value tions now. People have more of of the nurse practitioner to the a choice of where they can work. health-care system is something They’re really wanting to work that has been recognized at all somewhere that’s a supportive levels.” environment.”

There are more than 50 nurse practitioners working for Fraser Health in the region, which is quite a leap from just five years ago. In 2007, there were only 20 nurse practitioners working for the Fraser Health Authority. New Westminster has 12, and many are based at Royal Columbian Hospital serving the region. Surrey has 15 who also serve the region at large. In B.C., there are 276 active nurse practitioners across the board. “I’m really proud that we’ve been able to move forward with the role,” Booy told the NOW. “I see it as helping to meet the needs of the population.” Booy said the health authority has applied to the province to fund nine more nurse practitioners in the region. “They promote holistic and wellness care,” she added. “They provide … a lot of teaching. They do a lot of proactive help with chronic care management.” For more about nurse practitioners and where to find them, visit or www. Follow Stefania on Twitter, @stefania_seccia

A12 • Friday, February 21, 2014 • Burnaby NOW

Our top picks for fun this weekend

The weekend is here, and it’s clear that tumes from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 604-205-3000, or visit www. there’s plenty to do and see in the city. From skating to admiring art, to listening to opera and watching a film, whether it’s Get cultured at the Burnaby Art rain or shine, our list has got you covered. Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave. Check We’re continuing with our popular feaout the Recent Acquisitions of First Nations and Inuit Prints, all of the pieces ture – our staff’s Top 5 (Or More) Things were created during the 1970s to early To Do This Weekend. Here’s our Top 5 1980s period, with many included in the list for Feb. 21 to 23. Northwest Coast Indian Artist Guild Get skates on this Friday at the series of 1977 and 1978. pro-d day loonie skate Two notable Inuit works from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. of Canadian Heritage were at the Kensington Recreation added to the collection last Complex, 6159 Curtis St. This year. The exhibition includes public skate is a low-cost recmasterworks by Kenojuak reational opportunity for all Ashevak, Pitseolak Ashoona, ages. It’s $1 per person, but Robert Davidson, Beau Dick, children three and under are Joseph and Kananginak free. Skates and helmets are Pootoogood, Richard Hunt, included in the admission fee. Bill Reid and Roy Henry For more information, call 604Vickers, among others. The 297-4535. gallery is open from 10 a.m. to Get watching an inspira(or more) 4:30 p.m. on Friday, then noon tional film this Saturday, about an African-American Things to do to 5 p.m. on Saturday and gospel choir’s journey to this weekend Sunday. Palestine to work with people Get grinding on Burnaby and present a play about the life of the Mountain’s own Velodrome late Martin Luther King Jr. The film was “Grind” Trail, one of the best kept secrets well received when it was screened at the in the city. If you’re looking for a chalVancouver International Film Festival. lenge, but don’t want to look very far, check out this 1,400-metre route up the Al Helm (“The Dream”) will be screenmountain, which takes about 25 minutes ing at the South Burnaby United Church, depending on your pace. There’s a trail 7591 Gray Ave., starting at 7 p.m. For entrance by the gravel parking lot at the more information about the film, contact Doug Drummond trailhead just north of Marianna Harris at the Harry Jerome Sports Centre, on the The event is free. north side of Barnet Highway. It connects Get listening to Le Nozze Di Figaro at into the Pandora Trail, which brings you the Shadbolt Centre of the Arts, 6450 to the Kamui Mintara totems on Burnaby Deer Lake Ave., on Saturday evening. Mountain. For more information, visit The Burnaby Lyric Opera production breathes life in Mozart’s masterpiece with Email your Top 5 ideas to calendar@ lively characters meeting life’s You can also check out our ed twists and turns with humour, grace full arts and events calendar listings at www. and poignancy while singing to classical music. Get a glimpse of the count, the – compiled by staff reporter Stefania Seccia maid and young lovers in masks and cos-


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Young Burnaby talent in the spotlight Family Two Burnaby students are among the talented young performers being featured in a new production at the Orpheum Annex. Christina Di Iorio and Karis Ducharme are in the cast for Awkward Stage Productions’ new Spotlight performance, coming to the stage on Saturday, March 1. The show features high school student vocalists from around the Lower Mainland in a new show for the production company. Awkward Stage is dedicated to providing performance and production opportunities for teens and young adults in the transition from school to professional careers. “We’re very excited to introduce this new annual event as an opportunity to not only present and develop absolutely amazing local secondary school talent, but also to provide opportunities for post-secondary emerging artists to share their knowledge and develop as mentors in our community,” a press release says. Christina, a Grade 12 student at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School, is a featured soloist in the evening. She has previously had lead roles in her school’s musical productions of The Wiz and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and she also won her school’s ND Idol event. Karis, meanwhile, is a 14-yearold student at Burnaby Central

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Rising stars: Karis Ducharme, left, and Christina Di Iorio are featured in Awkward Stage Productions’ Spotlight, onstage March 1 at the Orpheum Annex. Secondary School, who has spent four years at the popular Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! summer camp in Vancouver. She has studied voice for nine years with Craig Tompkins at the Royal Oak Conservatory, and she is also an actor – she was recent-

ly seen onstage as the Phoenix’s daughter in Forbidden Phoenix at Gateway Theatre. She appears in the ensemble for Spotlight. Tickets for the show are $30 general, $25 for students and seniors, available through For details, call 604-260-9050 or see www.awkwardstageproduc The Orpheum Annex is at 823 Seymour St., on the second floor, in Vancouver. – Julie MacLellan

Burnaby families are being invited to get handson with art. The Burnaby Art Gallery is holding an In the BAG family program on Sunday, March 2. The program runs on a drop-in basis from 1 to 4 p.m. The session is being held in connection with the gallery’s current exhibition, Recent Acquisitions of First Nations and Inuit Prints. Families have a chance to check out the current exhibition and then try their hand at a studio activity connected to it. This session will focus on story prints. No registration is required, and the program is open to all ages. Burnaby Art Gallery is at 6344 Deer Lake Ave. It’s open Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more details, call 604-297-4422 or see the website at www.burnaby –Julie MacLellan

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DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE IN CATS Many people suffer from joint pain and arthritis, especially as they age. Pets are no different. While the feline species is one of the most agile and flexible, it would be naïve to assume that athletic animals like cats cannot suffer from joint discomfort.

Not dissimilar to humans, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) in cats affects old and young alike. DJD is a progressive inflammatory condition of the joints that may become significant as a cat ages. There are primary and secondary forms of the disease – primary DJD is when the inflammation is not the result of an injury or disease. The secondary form is a direct result of a birth abnormality, previous injury or trauma. Purebred cats are more prone to DJD due to certain congenital causes, with hip dysplasia and patellar luxation being the two most common. Once DJD changes set in, the resulting inflammation in the joints causes discomfort and pain. Naturally, joints of older cats will have undergone more wear and tear over time. Studies have revealed that 90% of cats over 12 years of age show signs of DJD. Surprisingly, lameness is an uncommon sign of joint discomfort in our feline companions. Common symptoms that may be suggestive of arthritis pain in cats include decreased activity levels, reluctance to jump on to higher surfaces, increased vocalization, a change in grooming habits and a decrease in muscle mass. The wide array of symptoms that are suggestive of arthritis in cats also clearly depict how important and life changing these conditions can be. Causes of DJD, especially in a younger cat may include obesity, a lack of exercise, over-eating and genetics. Generally cats that have another companion pet at home will be more active and therefore less prone to be overweight. Once chronic joint pain develops, there is no cure, but thankfully, it is a manageable condition and there are ways to prevent suffering. Diets supplemented with glucosamine

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SPCA ID: 313250. 5 years, 3 months; Domestic Short Hair cross; Female. When Trixy first arrived, she was very stressed but she’s blossomed into a fun-loving sweetheart who loves to play but is very independent. She would be best suited in a quiet, adult-only home with no other pets as she does spook easily and isn’t keen on sharing her space. She LOVES attention and enjoys cuddles on her terms. She’s known for giving gentle love bites but will stop when freezing hand. She’s an indoor cat who likes to watch the world go by on a perch by the window. If you have a home in need of some feline love, please give this adorable young cat a second chance.

SPCA ID: 319264.

Adult; Husky Cross; Spayed; Female Knight was part of a group of sled dogs that were seized in Dawson Creek. She would love a forever home where she can learn how to be a pet. She’s very smart and eager to please, and despite being a sled dog, she walks well on a leash and is well mannered. Knight may be fine in a home with cats, but we will have to test her on that score. She has a lot of energy and would also best suit a home with children over the age of 10 years. She would also benefit from obedience and socialization classes, as well as house training. Come meet her at the Burnaby shelter.



SPCA ID: 323871.

Adult; Domestic Short Hair Cross; Male.

and omega oils are advised along with lifestyle changes. Building a short flight of stairs close to the window or perch your cat spends time on can greatly help. Anecdotally, glucosamine liquid made specifically for felines is very helpful for a large number of cats and I use it as a first choice supplement. Cartilage inducing injections, which help make the joints comfortable, can also be tried, although the manufacturer does not label such use in felines. Acetaminophen is toxic to cats and must never be given without veterinary supervision. Non-steroidal antiinflammatory medications were historically not used for cats as management for arthritis but have recently been approved for use. Again, due to potential for side effects in individual cats, these should only be used under a veterinarian’s supervision. Next time you or a family member feels stiff joints or soreness, remember how unpleasant it feels and make sure to not overlook the subtle symptoms a feline friend may exhibit with similar discomfort. By Dr Jangi Bajwa Dr. Bajwa is a Veterinarian at Hastings Veterinary Hospital in Burnaby since 2005 and is BC’s first Veterinary Dermatology Resident

We found Valentino abandoned on Valentine’s Day, thus his name. This beautiful boy is anything but trash. He has a beautiful silky and soft tuxedo coat with a pink nose. While it took him a few days to gain trust with the staff and volunteers, he will now sit in the front of his cage seeking affection. When he is able to get your attention, he will roll to his side hoping for a gentle petting session. We think he’ll do best as an indoor cat so he’ll never find himself homeless again. Valentino would be best suited for a quieter home environment with no other pets.

SPCA ID: 323771.

Adult; Orange Tabby Cross; Male.

Danny Boy arrived at the shelter having been abandoned twice. His owner moved and the friend he was left to was not allowed pets in his building. It’s a good thing he came in to the care of the SPCA as his beautiful coat was so matted we had to give him a lion cut. Danny Boy is a bit nervous and is slowly adjusting to the shelter environment. His previous owner says he’s very friendly and somewhat talkative at home. We feel his next home should be calm and quiet, with no other cats. Danny Boy is pending a neuter and dental prior to his adoption.



Adult; Border Collie Cross; Female.

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SPCA ID: 301969.

Sooke is a fun, outgoing sweetheart! She’s great with other dogs and enjoys being active. She will need plenty of daily exercise such as hikes and jogs. She would love to live in a home with another dog. Sooke has a playful, silly and goofy personality and is suited to indoor living with plenty of cuddles in bed. She is crate trained and sits on command and walks well on a leash. Sooke loves to be with people but needs to be crated when left at home alone. She’s a lovely sensitive and dainty gal. She is currently in foster care, contact us to meet this gem of a girl.

Miss Maddy came to us in a crate with another stray cat. They had both been abandoned. This sweet, black beauty was very fearful in the shelter so we placed her in a foster home for the past month. She lacks confidence and is having to learn all over again how to trust others. As she was used to living with another cat she may just thrive going to home with another friendly cat. If you can offer this angel a forever home that will allow her the time and patience to come around please call.

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Director steps down from Tourism Burnaby for the kids

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Setting sail: Tourism Burnaby’s inaugural executive director is leaving to become CEO of Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation.

self-confidence, develop that self-sufficiency, develop the teamwork, and that’s through the adventure-based opportunity that this program introduces the youth to.” Coyne will start his new position with the Vancouver-based foundation on March 31. As for Burnaby, Coyne said he can’t believe how much the city has embraced tourism during his tenure. “When I sent out a quick notice saying I was leaving, I was overwhelmed by the response I received,” he said, “but I think it speaks to the value of Tourism Burnaby, but it also speaks to the value of the community in general.” What sets Burnaby apart is its sense of community, Coyne noted. “I feel it even more now that I’m changing roles,” he said. “I may not be playing as active a role here in Burnaby, although fortunately Take a Hike has been in touch with the Burnaby school district. So, hopefully my involvement in the community will still be here, but just in a different capacity.” Coyne said when he started at Tourism Burnaby, it was a milestone change in his life. “I was privileged that Tourism Burnaby, at the time, took a chance on me,” he added. “I was absolutely honoured that they had the confidence in me to help with the organization and really help start the organization.” Coyne said when he looks back on his career in the city, he’ll remember all the events Burnaby now hosts. “The first international event we

bid for and won while at Tourism Burnaby, I believe, it was the world broomball championships,” he said, with a laugh. “With respect to tourism, it was a great event and a great example of sport tourism.” Since then, Coyne said he’s most proud of the city getting to host the under-20 FIFA World Cup, and the 2013 Esso Cup, which was the national midget women’s hockey championship – the first event for which Burnaby partnered with Hockey Canada. “It’s the association, essentially the premier national sport organization, a great coup for the City of Burnaby,” he said. “What it’s done is allowed us to continue the conversation with Hockey Canada and look at future hosting opportunities.” For instance, Burnaby hopes to host the 2017 Telus Cup, which is the men’s version of the Esso Cup. “It’s those types of relationships I’m also proud to look back on,” he said, “because if you look at Burnaby’s destination, we don’t have necessarily the appeal of a market like Vancouver, so it requires partnerships. It requires strategic relationships to help bring in those opportunities and help generate demand for the destination.” In the meantime, Tourism Burnaby has engaged with a firm to hire the next executive director as soon as possible, according to Coyne. “Tourism is just as much a part of the community as it is the actual industry,” he said. For more information about Take a Hike, visit www.takeahikefounda

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After nine years of working with Burnaby’s tourism industry, Matthew Coyne wants to work for at-risk youth. Coyne is Tourism Burnaby’s inaugural executive director, but he announced late last week that he will be stepping down as of March 14. That’s where the kids come in. After seeing a posting for a CEO position at Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation, Coyne said he was sold on the idea of making a real impact in the lives of youth. “It’s pretty meaningful stuff,” Coyne said in an interview with the Burnaby NOW. “It’s an organization, I think, that has had a lot of success in their short history, but I don’t think the story has been told well enough. That’s also an area I think I can help with actually, telling the story of the organization because of the good it really does.” Coyne has worked with Tourism Burnaby since 2005, after working with the Vancouver tourism board for five years before that. Despite the fact he’ll miss working in Burnaby, Coyne said he looks forward to his new role. “I’ve been in the tourism industry and sport tourism for 14, nearing 15, years, and I was looking for a career change and a new challenge,” he said. “This came up at the right time. I also felt I was wanting to do something a little bit more meaningful.” Take a Hike has been around for 13 years. It provides at-risk youth adventure-based learning, with a combination of therapy and education. Students get to traverse hikes such as the West Coast Trail but also have to volunteer in the community if they want to participate in the program. “It’s run through in partnership with school boards,” he said. “My role is to actually help broaden the reach of the program and hopefully expand the program into multiple communities within B.C., and hopefully even across the country, as well.” Coyne said he hopes to utilize his contacts in Burnaby, particularly the school board, through his new foundation. “The program has close to a 88 to 90 per cent graduation rate,” he added. “It really helps the students, and the students really become more engaged, more empowered. They develop that

Burnaby NOW • Friday, February 21, 2014 • A17

Set goals with your doctor next time HEALTHWISE

Dr. Davidicus Wong


n the “olden” days, doctors gave orders: “Take these medications, start exercising and go on a diet.” If patients failed to follow through, they were labelled as “non-compliant.” That term literally meant that the patient did not bend to the will of the doctor, and since MDs are neither gods nor psychic surgeons, that should not be our goal at all. The term, noncompliant, has now been replaced by the somewhat better term non-adherent, which means the patient did not stick to the plan. We now recognize the majority of an individual’s medical care is his or her own responsibility – what is done in the huge expanse of time between medical visits: habits, physical activity, diet and the taking of medication. We use the term “selfmanagement” to describe the many ways that a patient provides selfcare for general health or chronic conditions such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart failure or high blood pressure. At the heart of this new approach is a renewed respect for patient auton-

omy or independence. The patient always has a choice to do those activities that best help achieve their goals. But to make informed choices, healthcare providers, including physicians, have to act in collaboration with individuals, providing relevant information about their medical conditions and support to make positive changes in their lives. Though doctors may be up to date about the evidence-based management of medical conditions, patients know their lives better and every individual has unique personal goals and their own ways of finding meaning in their lives. Through B.C.’s Practice Support Program, family physicians have been learning new approaches to support patients in the self-management of their own health – what I call facilitating positive change. One key is that the choice of goal should be the individual’s. The doctor may ask, “Is there anything you would like to change in your life in the next two weeks – a specific goal you would like to achieve?” If the patient cannot come up with one out of the blue, the doctor may offer some suggestions based on their personal health status. What may be offered is a menu of choices, perhaps involving eating, physical activity, stress management, smok-

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Your journey starts here.

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David Chao

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here is nothing like a Porsche. What started as a small motor vehicle consulting firm in Stuttgart, Germany has become a major player in the world. The Porsche name is at the top of the list for many who desire something special. While Porsche has earned this reputation mainly because of its iconic 911, they now offer a full range of premium automobiles. Despite protests from purists, the new and larger vehicles have quickly become the brand’s top sellers. These include the Cayenne SUV and four-door “coupe” Panamera. While these cars’ popularity prove that a viable market exists for a highperformance luxury sedan, Porsche has decided to give the Panamera a small refresh and expand the line for 2014. The additions are Porsche’s first ever plug-in hybrid, the Panamera S E-Hybrid, and two luxurious Executive versions of the 4S and Turbo models.


The main reason why Panamera upset many Porsche enthusiasts is that its design breaks away from Porsche’s signature formula. While all 911’s have been light, two-door coupes with the engine mounted behind the rear axle, the Panamera is much larger, has four doors, and its engine is up front. Besides, many of us have not yet “warmed up” to the unusual design of this car. Even owners of past Panamera models can be excused if they fail to spot

the cosmetic differences between the 2013 and the 2014. Following Porsche traditions, styling changes have been evolutionary rather than revolutionary. At the front, the air intakes are larger and the headlights have more sweeping design and also feature LEDs. The biggest changes occur at the back, however. The rear hatch has been revised with a larger window on a steeper rake. This helps smooth out the car’s silhouette.


When you look at the Panamera’s engine options, you realize just how much performance this luxury four-door coupe offers. Even the base model boasts more than 300 horsepower. The entry-level engine, found in the Panamera and Panamera 4, is a 3.6litre naturally aspirated V6 that produces 310 hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque. This is capable of hauling the rear-wheel drive cars from zero to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds; 6.1 seconds in all-wheel drive trim. The GTS model retains the 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8. A new air induction system helps produce 440 hp and 384 ftlbs of torque. The two top-of-the-line Turbo models also have a 4.8-litre V8, but add two turbos. The turbochargers are mounted parallel, one for each cylinder bank, and the cooler air boosts horsepower to 520 and torque to 516.3 ft-lbs. Driving the new S E-Hybrid is not much of a departure from the traditional Panamera. It will rocket to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds, but even under hard acceleration,

it doesn’t make much noise. Also, the steering and brakes are not quite as razor sharp, mostly due to their regenerative responsibilities.


Inside, a similar theme to the exterior styling was used. The evolutionary approach and minor alterations should make current owners feel at home. The centre console is the command zone and is full of buttons. A touchscreen, set higher on the dash, also remains. From the driver’s position, all the important information is clearly displayed in Porsche’s signature five-gauge panel. Sticking with tradition, a large tachometer takes centre stage. The S EHybrid gets minor tweaks, namely bright green needles and an efficiency gauge replacing the speedometer. The rear seat in standard wheelbase models is designed to comfortably seat someone who is 6-4. There are only two seats in the back, but both passengers have a lot of room. Those who feel they need to offer more space and luxury to their rear passengers should look into the Executive models, as they add 15 cm of legroom.


The Panamera ranges in price from $89,500 for the base model up to $184,100 for the Turbo Executive. Fuel efficiency numbers for the base model are (L/100km) 11.6 city, 7.4 highway and 9.7 combined.

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Originality: The Porsche Panamera has been given a refresh for 2014, with new additions including the first ever plug-in hybrid and executive versions. and is a great choice for a long journey. Its driving dynamics make it just as fun as any smaller sports car, but the Panamera offers more comfort and passenger space.

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The 2014 Panamera is for someone who seek Porsche performance but needs an extra two seats and likes a big, luxurious car.

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The Trinity Western women’s soccer team bolstered its already dynamic forward unit with its first major recruit signing of the year as coach Graham Roxburgh announced that striker Seina Kashima of Burnaby will be joining the Spartans this fall. The 5-2 Kashima, who will graduate from Burnaby South Secondary this season, will join the two-time defending CIS champions with a wealth of experience at both the club level, most recently with Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite, and the provincial level, with Team B.C. Kashima is com“She is a dynam- ing off an incredible 2013 campaign in ic player. … She which she won a gold medal with Team has pace, can at the Canada play in multiple B.C. Summer Games, attacking posiwhile also helping the Whitecaps capture tions, and can top spot at Sweden’s both score and Gothia World Youth Cup in the girls’ create goals.” under-19 division. The Gothia Cup is GRAHAM ROXBURGH TRU head soccer coach one of the largest soccer tournament in the world in terms of participants, with more than 1,500 teams competing in various age groups each year. Along with her achievements at the Summer Games and in Sweden, Kashima also helped the Whitecaps to the Metro Women’s Soccer League regular season and cup titles, as well as the McAdams Cup, which is a Cascadia-area champion’s cup, and both the Pacific Coast Soccer League regular season and cup titles. Prior to joining the Whitecaps as a under17 player, Kashima played her u-16 soccer with Mountain United FC. In 2012, she helped Mountain win the provincial premier cup, while being named the MVP of the championship match. “We are absolutely delighted that Seina is joining our program,” Roxburgh said in a school press release. “She is a dynamic player, who will add many attacking options to our squad. She has pace, can play in multiple attacking positions, and can both score and create goals. “She has impressed me in so many ways, Soccer Page 30

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Langley bound: Burnaby’s Seina Kashima will be playing with the defending collegiate champion Trinity Western University Spartans in the fall.

Career numbers not enough for struggling Clan Tom Berridge

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Simon Fraser University guard Sango Niang put up career numbers in two close NCAA Division II basketball games this weekend. The 6-0 junior from Paris, France posted a career-best 26 points in SFU’s 89-79 loss to Seattle Pacific on Feb. 13. Niang then beat that number, scoring 27 points and adding seven assists to lead the Clan in a 95-82 defeat to Montana State Billings on the Saturday. “This was a disappointing

road trip for our club. We had a chance to move up in the league and came up short,” said SFU head coach James Blake in a Clan press release. “Individually, Sango had a very good weekend, and I’m proud of his toughness and leadership. We gave up 90-plus (points) both nights this weekend, and you are just not going to win many games defending like we did.” In Seattle, Senior David Gebru scored 16 points off the bench for the Clan, while Justin Cole chipped in with a dozen. SFU shot 54.5 per cent from

the field but were outrebounded 31-23 by Seattle Pac. On Saturday, four other players hit double-digit numbers for the Clan. Dillion Hamilton had 14, and Taylor Dunn managed 12, while Justin Cole and Gebru added 11 points apiece to the scoreline. Defence was again the difference in the outcome with Billings outboarding the Clan 24-15. SFU will return to Burnaby Mountain for its final home stand of the season, hosting Northwest Nazarene on Seniors Night on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Doing his part:

SFU junior guard Sango Niang put up career numbers last week.

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The Burnaby South Rebels showed they are one of the teams to beat in B.C. high school basketball this season. The quad A boys routed David Thompson 112-51 in their Lower Mainland quarter-final to advance into next week’s semifinal against Vancouver College. South did not hesitate to show the upper hand against the No. 7 seeded Trojans, jumping out to a 20-4 lead midway through the opening quarter and building a 64-19 advantage by halftime following a 295 second quarter. “We’ve kind of been holding it in until now,” said 6-5 forward Nick Trninic, who scored six points and had four steals in the opening quarter for the Rebels. “Our best basketball is yet to come.” Thompson had few answers for South’s stifling defence and even fewer at the defensive end of the court. South picked off the Trojans 19 times in the one-sided contest and got points from nearly every player off the bench after the starting five got the rest of the night off just minutes into the third quarter. In fact, South’s deep bench played the Trojans even up the rest of the second half, including an 18-18 final quarter by both teams. The efforts of the players off the bench did not go unnoticed by the Rebel starters. “In practice we’ve been working so hard. “(The support players) show up to practice like us and deserve the credit as well,” Trninic said. “We’ve done a lot of bonding and supporting each other. It’s a great thing.” In AAA quarter-finals, St. Thomas More moved on to the semifinals with a 57-38 win over Hugh Boyd, while Byrne Creek lost 7251 to No. 3 seed McMath. South and STM play Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

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First place up for grabs for Clan club A four-point first period helped the Simon Fraser University men’s hockey club eke out a 5-4 win over the University of Victoria in B.C. Intercollegiate league play. League scoring leader Nick Sandor tallied the game-winning goal late in the second period after assisting on three of SFU’s first-period markers at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre on Saturday. Jared Eng opened the scoring on a power play, but Victoria’s Chris Manhas quickly tied it up. Jono Ceci, co-leader in B.C. Intercollegiate scoring with Sandor, both with 44 points, got the lead back with his 12th power-play

tally of the season. Kale Wild and Jesse Mysiorek also added goals less than 15 seconds apart late in the frame. Andrew Parent registered 24 saves to chalk up his 11th win of the season. The victory kept the Clan just two points ahead of defending playoff champion Selkirk College in league standings. The Clan are on the road for two games this weekend, including an allimportant meeting with Selkirk in Castlegar on Saturday. SFU finishes up its season schedule the following week in Victoria on Feb. 28. – Tom Berridge

Midget Giants melt the Ice Owen Stout had a big weekend to help keep the Northwest Giants in a share of first place in the B.C. major midget hockey league. Stout scored a goal and two assists in the Giants’ 5-1 win over the Kootenay Ice and then followed that up with a hat trick in a 10-2 victory over the Ice last Saturday. The wins kept the Giants tied with the Okanagan Rockets, both with similar 29-5-2 records.

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On the ball: Cliff Avenue United’s Daniel Brunato, left, moves to the ball in a 3-1 loss to the North Van Fury in a 4District under-17 silver 1 level soccer match at Burnaby North turf last week.

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both in terms of her ability on the field but, more importantly, in who she is. She is full of character and humility and carries so many of the qualities we look for when we recruit players to our program. Seina has the ability to impact our team in many dimensions right away, and we are so excited about the future of our program with players and people like Seina joining us.”

Academically, Kashima, who plans to study education at TWU, has been an honour roll student throughout high school. “I really like Trinity Western’s small community feel, and the fact it is a Christian-based school,” Kashima said. “It’s a place I believe I can not only grow as a player but also as a person, and in my faith.”

The Grandview Steelers sharpened up for the Pacific Junior Hockey League playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the Ridge Meadows Flames on Sunday. The junior B Steelers chalked up their 18th victory of the season, jumping out to a 3-0 third-period lead, before Joel Gaudet salted away the win with an empty net goal in the final minute. First star Timothy Chow opened scoring with his 12th goal of the season. The Grandview rookie also chalked up his 33rd point, assisting on Austin Anselmo’s 2-0 goal in the middle period. Roshen Jaswal scored the game-winning goal, notching his fourth of the year early in the third frame. Grandview opened its best-of-seven playoff against the Richmond Sockeyes on Thursday (after Record deadlines). The two teams play again in Richmond on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. before the Steelers open a twogame home stand at the Burnaby Winter Club on Sunday at 4 p.m.













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Tiny Dynamo wins big at Westerns Mariya Chekanovych won a pair of medals to help the Dynamo Swim Club place well at the Western Canadian championships last weekend. Chekanovych, 19, won gold in the 200-metre breaststroke in a national qualifying time of 2:31.39 and a silver at the 100m distance for the five-swimmer Dynamo team. Dynamo teammates

Nina Takahashi, Andrew Takahashi, Jasmine Whelan and Sara Whelan also made finals in their respective races in personal best times. At the Lower Mainland championships in Richmond, the younger Dynamo swimmers also did well. Marko Dukic, 13, won four medals, including three silver in the 1,500m

freestyle and 200m free and breaststroke. He also qualified for the provincials with a third in the 100m backstroke. Rachel Su, 12, also qualified for the B.C.s, winning the 50m free and placing second in the 100m back. Samantha Skeene, 13, won a bronze medal in the 50m free. tberridge@burnabynow. com

B.C. beats U.S. in grid bowl game British Columbia defeated a team of American ninth graders 10-7 at the U.S.A. Football’s International Bowl event at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas – Arlington on Feb. 7. Three Burnaby players, including defensive lineman Luca Bellini, linebacker Mateo Triggiano and running back Adam Turrin, as well as receiver Demarius Henderson from St. Thomas More Collegiate and Notre Dame Jugglers Anthony Crescenzo, Reuben Buchanan, Carlo De Coste and Jonathan Bolanos, all played key roles in the historic win. “I still can’t believe this happened,” said

Team B.C. head coach Peter McCall in a Football B.C. release. “We were prepared, we were inspired and we were motivated. We just played unbelievably.” Quarterback Giordy Belfiore from Vancouver College went 8-for-12 in the air, throwing for 108 yards and one touchdown and was named game MVP for B.C. The score was tied 7-7 near the halfway mark of the fourth quarter when Triggiano blocked a punt, allowing B.C. to recover on the U.S. 10-yard line. The turnover would ultimately lead to a 27-yard field goal by Turrin. Twitter @ThomasBerridge




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