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A 57-year-old Burnaby man is facing charges following an incident at a minor hockey game in February. Mounties responded to the Karen Magnussen arena in North Vancouver shortly before 9 p.m. on Feb. 21, after receiving a call that a parent was threatening a minor hockey player. The incident took place in the visitors’ dressing room after the Burnaby Winter Club Atom 3 team lost 5-3 in a playoff game against North Van’s Atom 1 team. The father of one of the Burnaby players entered the dressing room and allegedly threatened his son’s 10-year-old teammate, according to Cpl. Richard De Jong, spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. Exactly what was said during the altercation, however, cannot be disclosed at this time, De Jong added. “It’s going to be brought before the courts,” he told the NOW. De Jong said words were exchanged, which led to the charges. He also described the nature of the threats as “quite graphic.” “(The charge is) uttering a threat and under the criminal code it’s to cause death or bodily harm, so the exact wording we can’t disclose,” he said. Following an investigation, Mounties submitted their findings to the Crown who, on March 28, issued a warrant for the arrest of Burnaby resident Terry Litt. Soon after, Litt turned himself in and has been “fully cooperating at this point,” De Jong said. Burnaby Winter Club general manager Len McNeely confirmed the incident on Feb. 21 did happen but wouldn’t comment further, as it took place outside of Burnaby. Atom level players are typically between nine and 10 years old in minor hockey. Litt is facing one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. He was in court in North Vancouver for his first appearance on April 15 and is scheduled to appear again on April 23. The Atom 3 coaches and Burnaby Winter Club president could not be reached for comment at this time. - With files from The Province
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All in the family: Burnaby’s own Olympian, javelin thrower Curtis Moss, was the special guest at the official opening of the new track at Burnaby Central Secondary School. Moss is seen with his six-month-old son, Hilson.
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There’s no better person to open a world-class track and field facility than a world-class track and field athlete. Fortunately, Burnaby Central Secondary boasts a grad who was up to the task this week. Curtis Moss, a two-time Canadian javelin champion who represented Canada at the London Olympics two years ago, was back at his alma mater Wednesday afternoon for the official opening of the school’s new eight-lane
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the track wasn’t completed until last September. It will be a big asset to student athletes, Moss said. “It’s a huge, huge opportunity,” he told the NOW. “It makes me wish I was 15 years younger so I could go back.” The facility includes a plaza, new seating area, state-of-the-art running track, lit artificial turf field, grass field and throwing facilities for javelin, discus, shot put and hammer. Such amenities were non-existent when Moss first picked up a throwing Track Page 5
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hat does it take to make the grade in the Burnaby Fire Department? Burnaby NOW reporter Cayley Dobie sat down with two Burnaby training officers, two of the department’s 2014 recruits and the director of the fire and safety division at the Justice Institute of B.C. to find out what all the fuss was about the Burnaby Fire Department. In this, the second instalment of her series, she talks with Kevin Richardson, a new recruit.
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evin Richardson says he always knew he wanted to be a firefighter. The 30-year-old had heard nothing but good things about the department and decided that if he was going to be a firefighter, he was going to be a Burnaby firefighter. During the nine weeks of training, Richardson and six other recruits were taught a number of important firefighting skills, including hose work and auto extraction. The recruits also underwent fire attack training, rapid intervention team training and, of course, live fire training. CD: Tell me about your application process. KR: It was a long haul. I applied originally in 2012, and I made it to interview process and then after the interview I got released. The following year I applied again and the same thing happened, I got cut again, so then I went overseas to play hockey. CD: What happened when you went overseas? KR: Burnaby emailed me saying, “We’d like you to come back and go along the orientation and the ride-along process.” So I flew home from Germany, … and went on the ride-along and the orientation and then went right through to the physical and the chief’s interview. Then from there, they hired six guys and then they put another 12 of us on the hire list, and I was lucky enough to be on the
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and I’m sure the people before us, being active is one of the highlights of the job. Everyday can be different; it’s go, go, go. It’s hard work, but it’s fun. It’s just a job where you wake up and you’re excited to go to work – and it’s only been five weeks. It’s just awesome, and I’m sure it’s just going to get better.
CD: What has been your favourite part of CD: Did you only apply to Burnaby? training? KR: Honestly, for a guy trying to get KR: Getting to know the guys on the first (hired) nowadays, it’s hard. I think for the day. Some of them, I think, knew each other most part, every one of us have tried and from sports, but I tried, we’ve tried in didn’t know anybody multiple cities. Having so getting to know said that though, if them over the weeks you talk to firefighthas been kind of cool, ers across the Lower A special series by Cayley Dobie they’re all really good Mainland, and I’m not guys. We’re at that just saying this, they point now where we can start giving each always say Burnaby is the place to get hired. other a hard time. That’s been a pretty fun Some other departments, I just don’t know part so far. what’s going on, but everybody that you talk to says it’s a definitely a lottery win type of job CD: What do you expect for the remainder (to work in Burnaby). of the training program? KR: It’s going to be tough the whole way CD: What’s training been like so far? through, but it’s meant to be that way I think, KR: It’s been a lot of fun. Pretty much everything, and more, of what I expected – it’s so it’s a good thing. We’re getting into doing some other things, some more hose work and awesome. we’re doing auto extrication coming up. We I went to Texas to do the (fire) training, just finished Hazmat and we’re doing first and all I remember from those two weeks was responder (training) this week. The really having the bunker gear on and doing drills and stuff, it was just an awesome feeling. I think for all of us who have just been hired, Kevin Page 8
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Far left, Burnaby Central track and field students were on hand for the opening of the school’s new track facility. At left, VIPs cut the celebratory cake. Photos by Larry Wright/ burnaby now
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spear in Grade 10 to try his luck on the old track’s infield. “The first day I went out, they had soccer goal posts up,” he said, “so I didn’t even get to throw off a javelin runway. I was just throwing around off the grass and off the track a little bit, but sideways. I had to watch out for sprinters. I had to watch out for people going home after school. It was a bit of mayhem.” With the dedicated throws area now separate from the track, those days are gone, making both practices and competitions more efficient, Moss said. Built to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards, the new facility also has the potential to be used for international competitions and will give students who want to compete at
the highest level a chance to practise at the same kind of facility they will encounter in competition, Moss said. “It makes it easier for people to get hooked on it too,” he said. But the new facilities won’t just benefit Burnaby Central athletes. A partnership between the school district and the City of Burnaby, the facility will also be a boon to community sports groups outside of school hours, with Burnaby Girls Soccer, the Burnaby Striders Track and Field Club, Burnaby Men’s Soccer and neighbours already using the facilities on a regular basis. “It’s a great facility, and I know it’s going to be well used not only by the students but by the community in the future,” deputy mayor Nick Volkow said. twitter.com/CorNaylor
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More transparency needed on drug studies
For the past 10 years, the drug breaks, save many lives. Tamiflu has been the last line of Canada largely based its decision defence against flu complications. to stockpile nearly 20 million doses During the menagerie of flu outof the antiviral on industry-funded breaks (swine, bird) and research. SARS, the Canadian govBut a new report suggests Burnaby NOW ernment spent $77 million the drug has far fewer beneon Tamiflu. The rest of the fits than thought. world spent about $9 billion. Tamiflu shortens symptoms The idea is the drug could cut by about half a day – the same as down on the duration and severity Tylenol – according to research from of the flu and, in more serious outthe Cochrane Collaboration, a non-
profit research network. The antiviral doesn’t lessen a patient’s chances of winding up in a hospital. In children, the drug was found to be almost entirely ineffective. Much of that information came from clinical studies from the drug manufacturer that rarely gets shared with regulators. The Cochrane group only obtained that information after a long and hard-fought battle.
So far, however, Canadian health officials have been largely resistant to change in the face of science. Doing something has been seen as better than doing nothing. But $77 million is a lot to spend on a very limited benefit. The Tamiflu case highlights the need for greater transparency in data used to assess drugs to begin with, so real costs and benefits can be weighed.
Give today’s teens a break already I
“educated” enough for a good t seems to me that the youth portion of jobs out there. of today are under constant contemptuous and often Despite this, we still have unfair criticism. to bend over backwards to get We are lazier and more ourselves into a post-secondary institution. We absolutely unmotivated than a sloth. We must have phenomenal results are destroying the fundamental in school, while at the same time groundwork of the economy and of human culture. balance a part-time We are an unhealthy, job, a number of extraJoey Chan anti-social, unintellicurricular activities, gent, good-for-nothing volunteer work for the community and a blossoming bunch of babies – or so it seems social life. according to our predecessors. There are only 24 hours in As a member of the aforea day, and we are expected to mentioned generation, I think have at least eight hours of sleep I can safely say that we are all unless we want to be scolded for quite tired of hearing the same not getting enough. lecture from people who had it School takes up about seven easier in the past. hours, and that’s already more First and foremost, a bachethan half the day gone – not lor’s degree from an university including time to eat, shower or no longer “guarantees” a job for do any of our daily chores. After us anymore, as much as we are school, we return home to spend led to believe that it does. countless hours doing homeYet, the prospects of a decent work, studying, playing a sport career in any field are far lower if we do not have a degree. Once or practising an instrument. It’s upon a time, a high school diplo- almost like we’re not allowed to have time for ourselves without ma was enough to carry a person through life, but a bachelor’s being tagged as “lazy,” “unproductive” or “antisocial.” degree is quickly becoming the Which raises another question new minimum. altogether: How are we “antisoThe average cost for tuition cial” when we are surrounded has been continuously rising, by social media? with wages not keeping up with It’s a disparity in generational inflation rates. We have little mind sets. choice but to get a post-secondNo doubt that we are typicalary education, however we are ly more tech-savvy than youths doomed to graduate burdened of 50 years past, which means by tens of thousands of dollars in student debt, only to find Youth Page 7 that we’re not “experienced” or
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Music programs are in jeopardy Dear Editor:
Burnaby students benefit from something that no other district in B.C. can boast: a music program. While other districts may have music in some grades or in some of their schools, Burnaby has consistently provided a quality music program, kindergarten to Grade 7 in all their schools for oneand-a-half hours every week for many years. This is about to change. The Burnaby school board, faced with a $3.1million deficit in their operation budget for next year, will have to make some very tough decisions. For the full report of their budget go to sd41.bc.ca/ budgets_policies/budgets.htm.
It is no surprise that our provincial government has created such a deep and devastating shortage for our schools. And there is no end in sight for these budget cuts in the years following. We can learn from other districts in past years, who have had to make some of the choices that Burnaby might be facing. The Vancouver school district was forced in the not-too-distant past to use library time as non-instructional time for teachers, removing most music teachers and the music programs from schools. This has almost completely decimated the music programs in Vancouver schools; music rooms with full sets of valuable instruments have been converted to other uses. Today, Vancouver schools are poised to lose their
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band and string programs, the last remainders of music in the schools. Burnaby schools pride themselves on their music and arts programs. We cannot let these programs slowly slide out of the reach of our children. Contact your local trustee, and let them know how you feel about Burnaby school music programs. Support what we have and keep these programs in our schools. For a complete list of Burnaby trustees, see sd41.bc.ca/trustees/index.htm. Click on the name of your trustee to write an email. Pam Hetrick, Burnaby teacher
Provincial government is underfunding education Dear Editor:
I’m a Port Moody resident and parent, and a Burnaby teacher. I recently attended the budget meeting for the Burnaby school board, and it left me disheartened at best.
The provincial government requires school boards to create balanced budgets based on such limited financial resources that programs will need to be cut, jobs will be lost, students will suffer, and teachers and other staff will experience even more stress and burnout than we currently do. This situation is not unique to the Burnaby district (though Burnaby has the lowest funding per student this year in B.C.). All of this is due in no small part to the provincial government’s choice to underfund public education. How is it OK not even to provide school boards with enough money to maintain programs and services as they currently exist? I’ve experienced firsthand the harmful effects of fewer supports for students, especially the most vulnerable ones. Public education must remain vital, vibrant, respected and well-funded. Under the Liberal government, this is not likely to happen. A well-educated, politically active, critically thinking citizenry is important – and without more money for public education, it is simply not possible.
that our generation’s culture is vastly different than that of pre-Internet eras. We’re constantly in touch with our friends, no matter where they are in the world. Using a variety of platforms – be it text, call, Skype or Hangout – we are always socializing with our friends. Granted, nothing can completely replace a faceto-face interaction, but tagging an entire generation of kids as “antisocial” because of our use of social media says more about unwillingness to accept change than anything else.
Growing up alongside technology, we’ve learnt to become more globally aware than ever before, thanks to the Internet’s capability of bringing together people from around the world. A few decades ago, the environment wasn’t in the forefront of society’s concerns – nor were the rights of minority groups like women, LGBTQ or various ethnicities. Today, being environmentally friendly is an integral part of our culture, as are affirming the rights of all previously ignored groups. Additionally, we no longer stigmatize psycho-
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logical conditions such as depression or anxiety; rather, they are now treated as the legitimate medical issues they are. Does this all sound like one giant self pat on the back for our generation? Perhaps. But for us, who are growing up in an era of terrorism, economic crisis, paranoid surveillance, alarmist media, global warming and unfair berating for being an all-around terrible generation, I think we deserve to appreciate ourselves every once in a while. Joey Chan is a Grade 12 student at Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam.
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THE BURNABYNOW COLUMN: It’s time to rethink support for vulnerable families – April 14
Comment via BurnabyNOW.com I Richard Rehsler: It is becoming ever more painfully obvious that the ‘families’ that the Liberals promised to support were in fact multi-national corporation families and not actually family units in the true deﬁnition of the word. Or perhaps the families that would most beneﬁt by their election were the likes of the Aquilinis and the Pattisons. I can relate to the plight of the poorest people - I am a double amputee on a disability allowance of $1125 per.month. Fortunately, I have family that has been of great assistance to me because job prospects are non-existent and even a single guy (like myself), living as frugally as possible, is hard pressed to have two nickels to rub together at months end. Comment via BurnabyNOW.com I Elaine May: I agree with the column to a point that’s missed; child support payments are exactly that. Child support payments. They belong to the child, not the parent. Why is the parent being punished because their child is receiving support? I say this as a long ago and far away child who had a dead beat parent. The child support payments that were not paid deprived me, not my caring parent, of things I needed ﬁnancially. One would think that as a single parent Ms. Clark could do more than smirk about this subject.
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A08 • Friday, April 18, 2014 • Burnaby NOW
Kevin: ‘...like a home away from home’
Into the fire:
Firefighter recruits John Clune, left, and Kevin Richardson at a training day held at an empty house in Burnaby in February.
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exciting part coming up is the live fire, which I believe is in a couple of weeks. We actually get to go in and put out a live fire and basically apply what we’ve learned in these past five weeks and kind of put it all together for the live fire. That’s kind of the highlight. … I’m really looking forward to it. CD: How important is being a team player? KR: I think it’s the most important part. Pretty much everything, especially on an emergency incident, is based on a team. It’s the most important for sure. We’ve always been told that apparently it’s just like a dressing room. Being with all the A special series by Cayley Dobie guys, it’s like a home away from home atmosphere. It’s just going to be like your second family. I think it’s just really beneficial to have that team background because that’s what the fire service is, it’s all about that team environment and, yeah, having a hockey background or soccer background or a team background, I think it’s really good.
INTO THE FIRE
CD Do you feel more prepared now that you’ve been through training? KR: Even from Day 1 until now, you feel so much better getting your hands on everything. Having said that, though, it’s a team environment all the way, so once we get on a shift, we’re definitely going to rely on all the guys with all the experience. We’re all team guys that have been hired, and we all feel comfortable working in a team environment, so I’m sure we’ll have lots of help. Obviously, it’s going to be a little nerve-wracking at the start just because it’s a new thing and we don’t want to mess up, that sort of thing, but I’m sure we’ll have excellent help from the guys on the shift. CD: What do you think your biggest challenge will be as a firefighter? KR: The toughest thing for a new guy coming in, I think, will be the incidents with the children. I just had a kid, so to go to an incident and see family members who may have lost someone, especially children, I think would be hard to deal with. CD: How will you prepare for this? KR: I don’t think you really can. I think it’s something that all you can do is maybe talk to the guys who are on shift who have probably gone through that and dealt with it. I think the best thing you can do is talk to them about that because it’s not really something you can prepare yourself for. We know it’s part of the job. We know it’s mostly likely going to happen, so I think it’s all about how you deal with it. CD: What do you expect the most rewarding part of being a firefighter will be? KR: The most rewarding part, of course, is helping out people in your community, and I think at the end of the day you’re going to feel like you’ve accomplished something. I think when you get a call to go somewhere for a medical call or something, that person isn’t having a great day, so … I’m just looking forward to helping them. I know it sounds lame, but it’s the truth.
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The Council of the City of Burnaby hereby gives notice that it will hold a Public Hearing TUESDAY, 2014 APRIL 29 AT 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chamber, Burnaby City Hall, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C., V5G 1M2, to receive representations in connection with the following proposed amendments to “Burnaby Zoning Bylaw 1965”. 1) BURNABY ZONING BYLAW 1965, AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 11, 2014 – BYLAW NO. 13327 Rez. #14-05 4501 Kingsway Lot 1, D.L. 153, Group 1, NWD Plan BCP47481 From: CD Comprehensive Development District (based on C3 General Commercial District and RM5 Multiple Family Residential District) To: Amended CD Comprehensive Development District (based on C3 General Commercial District, RM5 Multiple Family Residential District and Metrotown Development Plan as guidelines, and in accordance with the development plan entitled “4501 Kingsway Sovereign Element Hotel Exterior Sky Sign” prepared by Bosa Properties Inc.) The purpose of the proposed zoning bylaw amendment is to permit the installation of a skysign on the Willingdon Avenue (west) frontage of a residential/commercial mixed-use building (under construction) on the subject site. 2)
BURNABY ZONING BYLAW 1965, AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 12, 2014 – BYLAW NO. 13328 Rez. #14-08 4451 Still Creek Drive Lot 4, D.L.’s 70 & 119, Group 1, NWD Plan BCP25458 From: CD Comprehensive Development District (based on M1 Manufacturing District, M5 Light Industrial District and C1 Neighbourhood Commercial District) To: Amended CD Comprehensive Development District (based on M1 Manufacturing District, M5 Light Industrial District and C1 Neighbourhood Commercial District and in accordance with the development plan entitled “Burnaby Automall Phase 1 Toyota Dealership 4451 Still Creek Development” prepared by CEI Architecture) The purpose of the proposed zoning bylaw amendment is to permit revisions to the proposed Phase 1 automobile dealership building on the site.
All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by a proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the bylaw. Written submissions may be presented at the Public Hearing or for those not attending the Public Hearing must be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk prior to 4:45 p.m. the day of the Public Hearing. Please note that all written submissions must contain name and address which will become a part of the public record. The Director Planning and Building’s reports and related information respecting the zoning bylaw amendments are available for public examination at the offices of the Planning Department, 3rd floor, in Burnaby City Hall. Copies of the proposed bylaws may be inspected at the Office of the City Clerk at 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C., V5G 1M2 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays from Wednesday, 2014 April 16 to Tuesday, 2014 April 29. NO PRESENTATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED BY COUNCIL AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC HEARING S. CLEAVE Deputy City Clerk
Burnaby NOW • Friday, April 18, 2014 • A09
Does your employer know too much about you? in court,” Denham wrote. “The current record check system in British Columbia permits the release of more mental health information and other non-conviction information than the vast majority of other jurisdictions we studied.” Jennifer Moreau According to Corrigan, part of the probstaff reporter lem is police use a database called PRIME, Burnaby-Deer Lake MLA Kathy which includes information not just on Corrigan is raising concerns following a criminal convictions, but on peace bonds, report from B.C.’s Information and Privacy probation and prohibition orders, charges, Commissioner on the increasing use of warrants, and charges that are diverted in employment related police information cases where the person never had to appear in court. checks and the kinds of details “In addition, non-convictions, released to potential employers. cases that were withdrawn or disCorrigan, who is the NDP’s missed, those would be disclosed justice critic, highlighted several as well, according to this report, points from the report and is planinformation in databases like ning to raise the issues in the PRIME that documented that the legislature. applicant was suspect whether or “I think the report raises very not there were charges,” Corrigan serious concerns about the nature said. “One of the areas of greatof police information checks est concern is where someone that people undergo when seekhas been apprehended under the ing employment or volunteers Kathy Corrigan Mental Health Act, and they’ve opportunities,” Corrigan told the Deer Lake MLA had an incident, that information Burnaby NOW. Commissioner Elizabeth Denham stat- would also be there.” Corrigan pointed out that Denham felt ed that the report was “one of the most important investigation reports, if not the that record checks for people working with most important,” that she has issued in children or vulnerable adults or people with her role that as Information and Privacy disabilities were being dealt with appropriately. However, when it comes to volunCommissioner of British Columbia. “These (police information) checks can teering or applying for a job, too much disclose sensitive personal information personal information is being released by including mental health illnesses, suicide police and that Denham found there was attempts, and allegations or investigations an imbalance between an employer’s right that did not result in charges or convictions; to relevant background information and an information that is untested and unproven individual’s right to privacy.
MLA raises concern about information being released to potential employers
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14 Food, music at festival
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Live music: Burnaby musician Jeff Neufeld is hosting new open mike nights at the Blenz Coffee at Sixth and Sixth in New Westminster. He’s hoping to see a live music scene take off in the area once again, since a number of former open mike venues have shut down.
Live music on the menu once again Burnaby musician hopes to lead a renaissance in live performance at coffee shops Julie MacLellan staff reporter
Coffee shops used to be places where people gathered for more than just their lattes. They used to be hubs of performance and music. Jeff Neufeld would like to see those days return – and he’s starting his quest to make it happen at the Blenz in uptown New Westminster. The singer-guitarist from Burnaby happened to be strolling by the coffee shop at Sixth and Sixth when he saw a notice in the window advertising for someone to volunteer for open mike nights. He went in to find out more – and now he’s hosting weekly open mike sessions. The sessions will be held regularly on Wednesday nights. The nights are definitely a go until the end of May – and hopefully beyond that if everything works out. Neufeld will be opening the nights with a set of his own classic roots, country and rockabilly music, then opening the floor to any performer who wants to take part. He’s using Facebook as a tool to help organize the nights, giving performers a
chance to sign up in advance – and giving him a chance to check out their music ahead of time to make sure it’s a good fit. “We’re really open to all different kinds of music,” he says. His criteria are that the music be acoustic (or acoustic with pickup) and that it be family-friendly. “Swedish death metal might not be the best fit,” he suggests with a smile. He’ll even have some spots saved for young performers – from the 10- to 15-yearold age range – to get their turn in the spotlight, even if it’s just for one piece they’ve been working really hard on. Neufeld, who’s now 45 and the father of an 11-year-old, can remember well what it was like to be a young musician. He started his career as a drummer at 14, and one of the highlights of his young life was having a chance to perform with honour band at Expo 86. “That really stuck with me,” he says. “There’s this kind of real thrill of doing what I want to do and having other people listen.” He wants to pass that on to other young musicians. “It can be a life-changing experience for a lot of people,” he says. He’s hoping the evenings will attract a wide range of musicians – those who might have gone on to pursue careers in other
fields but who still perform on the side, the kind of music he plays, like old Hank those who are hoping to break through into Williams tunes, appeals to that crowd. “You don’t get a lot of people playing the professional world, and those who are that,” he points out. already established performers. And, with a variety of local musicians Neufeld – who by day runs a licensed family daycare in Burnaby – knows how bringing their own sounds to the stage, important open mike nights can be for there will be something to appeal to all musicians looking for a way in to the world listeners. “It’s a real opportunity for of live performance. people to get out and hear It was open mike nights at “There should be some wonderful music that’s New Westminster and Burnaby local,” he says. venues like the Orange Room, places you can Neufeld notes there’s still Myles of Beans and O’Reilly’s hear music as a something special about live Coffee – all of which have since 40-year-old father music that just can’t be replaced shut down – that gave Neufeld by listening to music on coma place to develop his own perof kids.” puters and mobile devices. formance skills. “Picking up a real instru“For me personally, it was JEFF NEUFELD ment and playing, the joy you huge,” he says, noting that it’s musician get from that – you can’t beat critical for musicians to have a chance to perform for an audience. “That’s it,” he says, adding the same is true for the what musicians need to make that step to audience. “There’s something about live music. When you hear someone really play get out of the basement.” And it’s not just about the musicians. He a real instrument, and singing, it’s such a also wants to offer a family-friendly night totally different thing.” The open mike sessions run from 7 to 9 out for people who want to enjoy music but p.m. at Blenz at the corner of Sixth Avenue who aren’t into the bar and club scene. “There should be places you can hear and Sixth Street. This week’s session is on music as a 40-year-old father of kids,” he Thursday, April 17, but following weeks will be on Wednesday nights. says. For more information, or to sign up as He’s also hoping the nights will appeal to local seniors, since so many live within a performer, check out the links at www. walking distance of Blenz – and, he notes, jeffneufeldmusic.com.
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Jimmy Rankin takes to the Shadbolt stage Acclaimed East Coast entertainer performs live in Burnaby April 25 He’s part of arguably the best-known family to come out of Canada’s East Coast – and he’s on his way to perform in Burnaby. Jimmy Rankin is appearing on the Shadbolt Centre stage on April 25, with an 8 p.m. showtime. Rankin is an award-winning solo artist and the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter behind the multi-platinum Canadian recording artists the Rankin Family. “A dynamic live performer with an impressive catalogue of hits, Jimmy moves effortlessly between roots, country and pop stylings, taking his audience on an unforgettable musical journey from Cape Breton to Nashville, and back again,” a press release says. Rankin has earned a host of accolades for his work, including back-to-back Canadian Country Music Award wins for Roots Artist of the year in 2012 and 2013, a 2012 Juno nomination for Country Recording of the Year, and most recently the No. 1 spot in CBC’s Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time – for the hit single Fare Thee Well, Love. Rankin will be bringing to the Shadbolt stage new material from his sixth full-length studio album, Back Road Paradise, which was released earlier this month. Rankin is onstage at 8 p.m. April 25. Tickets are $32 in advance, or $27 for students and seniors; regular prices are $35 and $30. Phone 604-205-3000 or book online through tickets. shadboltcentre.com. www.twitter.com/juliemaclellan
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Maritime music: Acclaimed East Coast entertainer Jimmy Rankin is coming to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts for an April 25 show. He’s taking to the stage with material from new album, Back Road Paradise.
Day Event Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Register for Burnaby’s City-Wide Garage Sale Day Event! When: Saturday, May 31st, 2014 Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm To encourage the reuse and recycling of household items, the City of Burnaby, as part of its annual Environment Week, is inviting residents of single and two-family homes, non-proﬁt groups and multifamily complexes to participate in a City-Wide Garage Sale Day Event!
Here’s How it Works: Residents are invited to host their own garage sales to take place on Saturday May 31st and register with the City. Once registered, The City will promote participating garage sales on City webpages, at Civic Facilities and in the local newspapers. It’s that easy! Register online at www.burnaby.ca/garagesale or pick up a registration form at Burnaby City Hall in the Engineering Department. (4th Floor - 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby)
Burnaby Environment Week Car Trunk Sale! Saturday, June 7th, 9-1pm Bill Copeland Sports Centre +
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at the school, teaching them the recipes,” Cruickshank said. “They’ll be doing the cooking.” There are also three performances scheduled for the evening: students from other districts will be playing in a steel drum band. There will also be traditional folk dancing and an Indian classical dance performance. According to Cruickshank, roughly 200 people came out last year, and the event raised more than $6,000. The money went towards student bursaries and supplies for the homeless. This year, Cruickshank is hoping for even more attendees. Proceeds will go to the Rotary House, which is a residence for people with disabilities, established in Burnaby in 1991. Money raised will also go towards bursaries for students in the ACEIT culinary arts program. This year’s festival takes place at Burnaby Central Secondary, at 6011 Deer Lake Parkway, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $40. There are four numbers to call for tickets: 604-916-3077, 604-437-5420, 604-4345158, 604-218-8117.
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t’s the Easter long weekend, and if you are looking for something fun to do with the family, look no further. We’ve got a selection of Easter-related activities to keep everyone happy. Here is our staff’s picks of the Top 5 (Or More) Things To Do This Weekend, for April 18 to 20. Get hunting for Easter eggs at Bonsor Recreation Complex on Saturday morning, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Grandparent and Tot Easter Egg Hunt. The complex is at 6550 Bonsor Ave., close to Metropolis at Metrotown. The event is geared towards children who are 18 months to 10 years old, but they must be accompanied by a grandparent. Children can decorate a basket that they then use while they collect eggs. To register for the event, call the Bonsor Recreation Complex at 604-297-4597. There is a small fee to participate: $7.29 per child.
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Pacific Assistance Dogs Society has a fresh new batch of puppies, and that means the non-profit organization is looking for new volunteers to help care for them. PADS trains dogs, mostly Labrador retrievers, to become assistance dogs so they can help people with hearing and mobility issues. For example, the dogs are trained to pull wheelchairs up hills, flip light switches and even fetch medication from the fridge. But before they can go through their
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Lexus RX continues to offer wide-ranging appeal Brendan McAleer contributing writer
he concept of the corporate grille, as far as I can make out, is that it should allow passersby to immediately know what brand you’re driving, no matter whether sedan or SUV. Thus, we have BMW’s ever-broadening twin-kidney grilles, propeller-sized Mercedes-Benz three-pointed stars, and now this. This is what Lexus refers to as their spindle-grille, a wasp-waisted design that adorns everything from the IS sedan up to the popular RX-series crossover. Its purpose appears to be frightening small children. Yikes! That’s quite an angry looking mug for such a former laid-back cruiser. Clearly, Lexus is anxious to inject some personality into their somewhat-vanilla people hauler. It looks like it might actually bite you. But on the other hand, the RX was always the prescription for pillowy softness – has the addition of the F-Sport designation transformed it into a combat cushion? Let’s find out.
Aside from the Predator/Cylon/DarthVader front-end, the rest of the RX350 remains relatively pleasing in its anonymity. The F-Sport designation adds 19-inch gunmetal alloys, LED strip-lighting up front, some minor sporty-looking trim and, of course, badges. The RX line is designed to appeal to as broad a range as possible, and clearly succeeds. Fully half of all Lexuses (Lexii?) sold in Canada are RX cross-
overs, either in hybrid trim as the 450h, or V6 , as here. The styling may be conservative, but it works, and the larger wheels pair nicely with the sheet metal. Strong accent lines run along the belt-line, and the folded-paper crispness of some of the angles is very Japanese. It should be noted that this shape has been with Lexus for some time – it’s a facelifted version of the model that debuted in 2008 – but it has aged nicely.
Regrettably, the inside of the RX350 hasn’t aged quite as nicely as the exterior. For instance, there is more hard plastic than you find in competitors, although Lexus does a pretty good job of hiding most of it out of sight. The forward-mounted gated shifter is not a very modern-looking device – it’s a bit old-school in here. However, there are a few things the RX350 does very well. First, it’s extremely easy to get in and out of, hitting the Goldilocks driving position even for shorter drivers. Next, the infotainment system may not have the flash of next-gen systems found elsewhere, but it’s very simple to use. Lexus’s track-ball based interface system takes some time to feel natural, but the menu and sub-menu layout are easy enough to navigate. You might never need to refer to the manual. It’s also, despite the declared sporting intent, a very comfortable vehicle. The seats are great up front, and while the rear-seats aren’t perfect for passengers with longer legs – leg-
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room is fine, but they’re mounted a bit low – there’s plenty of space for kids to spread out. The trunk is plenty big, and points must be awarded for seats that fold properly flat. All-in-all, it’s
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or many years now, the BMW X5 has been a popular up-market, luxury-oriented SUV. The original model was radically different from what BMW was known for, but now the X5 is one of its most important models. What made the X5 so pleasing to the highly competitive market was that it offered a winning combination of high quality interior, available seating for seven, and sporty driving dynamics – along with good looks. Using an evolutionary design philosophy, this third generation looks to improve on the success of its predecessors while retaining the successful formula.
The new X5 is built on the revised platform of its predecessor. Despite this, the new model was cleverly engineered to shave almost 200 pounds off its curb weight. Also, the X5 has a redesigned body that creates more interior space and a different feel all around. The new exterior is modified quite heavily and is still very much recognizable as an X5. The biggest change, the reworked headlights now extend into the signature kidney-shaped grille. New aerodynamic elements have been integrated into the overall design to retain aesthetic harmony. They include air curtains, air breathers and aero blades for the rear window. The three available engines are also familiar as they are simply newer generations of the offerings from the past. BMW allows buyers to fully customize their vehicles with numerous options and features. The X5 is available in three mod-
els, with an M Sport Line available for each. On top of that, exterior and interior features can be ordered in almost any combination.
The X5 is available with three engines that are designed to provide as much flexibility as possible. At the top is a 4.4-litre twin turbocharged V8 that can make the car sprint to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds. This is thanks to its 445 hp and 479 ft.-lbs. of torque. The base models come with a 3.0-litre turbocharged straightsix, which produces 300 hp and 300 ft.-lbs. of torque. While it may not be as quick, it will return a 9.6L/100km combined fuel rating while providing that silky smooth feel BMW sixes are so known for. However, if it’s fuel economy you’re after, you will want the 3.0-litre six cylinder diesel. This engine makes 255 hp and 413 ft.lbs. of torque and uses just 7.6litres per 100 km. All models come with BMW’s excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox. This boasts BMW Efficient Dynamics technology, which includes a stop start system, a coasting function and proactive driving assistant. As expected, the previous generation’s hydraulic power steering has been replaced by an electric unit. The new steering is comparatively numb, but overall it’s well weighted and feels more like a luxury SUV and less like a truck. When on the road, the excellent visibility and raised driving position means that despite its large size, the X5 is pretty easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces. Also, the way the X5 handles belies its bulk. There is very little body roll through corners, and it offers plenty of grip, and overall
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it’s one of the sportiest in this segment. It’s also extremely comfortable, which is one area it has improved over the previous model – thanks to the adaptive suspension (standard on M Sport models). The X5 is sufficiently sporty in Normal mode, and the Sport setting is not necessary under normal driving conditions. In Sport mode, the suspension becomes quite firm and a bit jumpy over bumps, and the steering becomes heavier though not overly so. Also, the X5 is not the best SUV to be used off the road. However, it is a great all-around vehicle, which is where most luxury SUVs spend all of their
The X5’s new interior looks gorgeous and beats many competitors in terms of material feel and design. The leather, heated front seats look nice and are very comfortable. The leather steering wheel is also heated. To make the X5 even more luxurious, the dash features ambiance lighting across the dash which compliments the massive panoramic sunroof. The latest generation of Navigation System Professional with its 10.25-inch HD display is standard on the X5 xDrive50i. It has been made easier to use because you can now input destinations with the swipe of your
finger on the iDrive’s touch-sensitive controller. In terms of practicality, the X5 has the same split tailgate as before, but the upper portion can now be electronically operated. The lower half folds down flat making loading and unloading of heavy items easier. As far as the cargo space, the X5 is a few litres less than some of its rivals. However, after folding the three-way split rear seats down flat, total volume is more than adequate. Also, because it comes standard with runflat tires, there’s no need for a spare, freeing up space in the cargo area floor. In the back seats, there’s plenty of room for someone over BMW Page 25
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A Happy Easter for Pets
It is a great time to be in beautiful British Columbia. The weather is great, we have a summer to look forward to and a long weekend is approaching. If you took some of the springtime pet care precautions outlined in my March article (Cats and Dogs have Allergies Too) presumably your pet is enjoying good health and the good weather as well. And because we want to continue the positivity and well being, let’s enjoy the Easter festivities while also staying on top of our pets’ health.
With all good things that we enjoy, moderation is the key. While we will be enjoying Easter eggs, chocolates, gift baskets, flowers, parties and most of all Easter dinner, we need to be mindful that our furry friends do not indulge as we would. The following suggestions will help ensure a healthy, happy Easter for your pet: 1. If you are expecting a lot of people (and kids) at your home, it is likely that your pets’ food and treat consumption may be unmonitored. Consider boarding your pet for the day of the party. 2. Easter lilies are especially toxic to cats. They may also be potentially dangerous to dogs. If you are sending flowers to a friend that has a pet (especially a cat), select a bouquet without lilies. 3. Chocolate can be especially toxic to pets as it may contain very high concentrations of theobromine and caffeine. Keep gift baskets and chocolates at a high place where dogs and cats cannot reach. A locked cabinet would be an even safer option. 4. Candies and gum contain the artificial sugar, Xylitol. Ingestion of Xylitol in toxic amounts can lead to ill
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health in pets. This is a good time to educate children on why not to share their candies and chocolates with pets. 5. Human food can lead to an upset stomach in a large number of pets. While you may treat your pet to special petfriendly treats or give them their favorite flavored food, remember to keep your pet away from your Easter feast and desserts. 6. Indoor cats can be prone to getting stressed during parties and may sneak out with guests visiting and doors being left open. If you are expecting many guests, make sure your cat is confined in a small, secure room where it feels safe. For all the precautions and restrictions that you put in place, reward yourself and your dog with a long walk or a run on the day after the big Easter dinner. This will likely be great for your health as well and will help you burn off some of the extra calories you feasted on. Your cat will probably just be happy to having things get back to normal and have your sole attention. Asking the cat to help you with tidying up may be too much to ask though! 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
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Can you imagine being a dog in an animal shelter that didn’t know how to socialize with other canines? This is the case for our most stunning boy Timothy. Tim is an all-star with people and is outgoing and a ton of fun! He doesn’t react at all to small dogs but he doesn’t know how to deal with his emotions when he meets another dog his size. Armed with a trusty Gentle Leader (head harness) we’ve been working on his behaviour slowly and positively. Tim is hoping and wishing not so patiently that his perfect human will walk through the door and hand over their application. Tim is looking for a hiking or jogging partner and ideally someone who would love to agility or some other doggy sport! If you have no other pets and have the experience Tim-a-roo is your man!
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Elsa is a darlin’ little girl looking for a quiet home. She’s a petite gal who was picked up by our West Vancouver Branch when she found hiding under a car. She would do best in a rabbit-experienced home. And although she’s affectionate she still needs time to warm up. Elsa has a beautiful coat and enjoys a gentle grooming. She is slowly learning to use the litter box and enjoys her kale. She would love to find that special someone soon!
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At the age of 8, this boy still has plenty of zing in his step and can be very playful. He’s also laid back and enjoys perching on a scratching post with a window view to the world. Jack prefers to keep 4 on the floor but does enjoy a lap to sit on and/or a sunny spot to nap in. His previous owners used to shave Jack for the summer, and being the well-mannered guy that he is, Jack would just sit there while he was shaved. He also lived with children, with whom he was patient with unless cornered. It’s best that he now live his retirement in an adult only home. Jack will make an excellent independent, companion cat!
SPCA ID: 329596 4 year, 2 month, 2 week old, spayed female, Domestic Short Hair, Mixed Breed ‘Angel’ is a little darling surrendered by her family due to being nervous around the small children. She can be shy in certain situations but is essentially a super sweetheart! She needs a quieter, adult only home where she can relax and live the good life. Angel LOVES to be petted, she’ll warm up quickly & before you know it, all you can hear are her lovely purrs. She does prefer to have four on the floor rather than be picked up and carried around. She’s playful, & on occasion, can be chatty. This awesome gal deserves to have her human(s) all to herself so, no other pets please. Ideally, she would make an excellent companion cat. Angel is aching for a new love, could that be you!
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Mac is one big and beautiful Manx. We can’t say enough about this guy... other than to say he’s marvellous! He’s a very friendly lap cat who enjoys living in the lap of luxury. Mac loves a petting session that includes belly rubs, and he doesn’t mind being picked up either. With some encouragement, he can be playful but does prefer to lounge around in the comfort of a home. Mac is two years old, neutered and ready to find that special someone. This much awesomeness, should not be in a cage. Come soon and adopt this beauty!
SPCA ID: 330473 11 year, 6 month, 1 week old, spayed female, Yorkshire Terrier, Mixed Breed, Shih Tzu Little Nisha is a wonderful, relaxed sweet girl! Sadly she was surrendered due to no fault of her own. She has had a recent dental cleaning and is ready to find that special someone. She is a very sweet, gentle gal, who would love a quiet home with adults only or older children. Nisha has never lived with other animals and can bark at dogs when out walking however she is very cuddly and affectionate when picked up. Nisha is looking for the retirement home of her dreams so come meet this super special canine, you won’t be disappointed!
The BCSPCA cares for more than 32,000 homeless, abused and injured animals each year, including more than 1,000 animals in Burnaby. The non-profit society receives no provincial government funding and is completely reliant on community support for most of its services. To find out how you can help or to view adoptable animals on line, visit spca.bc.ca or call the Burnaby SPCA Branch at 604.291.7201.
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With a curb weight of nearly 2,000 kg, that qualifies as adequate power, but nothing overwhelming. What’s more, the eightspeed transmission shifts in a leisurely fashion if left to its own devices. The result is a drive that’s no less smooth and refined than that of the ordinary RX350, but not one that grabs you by the lapels on a twisting mountain road. It’s very competent, handling bad weather with ease, and the steering is actually quite good. Engage the paddle shifters to help spur the eight-speed into a bit more zippy behaviour, and it’s the quickest feeling RX350 you can buy. Get on the side-roads, and it all comes apart a little. Body roll is controlled but pronounced, and the V6 works a bit hard with modest torque-to-weight-ratio. Considering this crossover is supposed to share DNA with madcap tarmac-shredders like the LFA and the IS-F, not to mention the delightfully sporty IS350 F-Sport, it’s not quite the performance advertised. It’ll still be very popular, with broad appeal, but the RX350 gets only a very mild dose of that F-Sport hot-sauce.
On the other hand, this truck is crammed with value. The RX350 F-Sport
comes loaded with satellite navigation, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound-system, heated and ventilated front seats, and push-button start. While it doesn’t have multi-camera systems like some competitors, it does have a very clear rear-view camera that’s well placed and doesn’t get fogged out when driving in the rain. Unlike some of the German competition, everything you need is all bundled together here at a single price. Fuel economy is decent, at 11.2L/100 km in the city and 7.7L/100 km on the highway. This is about 0.5L/100 km better than the standard car in both cases, and as the RX encourages a relaxed driving style in all its trims, you may well see figures like this in regular use.
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The X5 comes in three models with the base xDrive35i starting at $62,990, the xDrive35d at $64,490, and the top model xDrive50i beginning at $76,590. BMW has given the X5 many desirable standard features. It has Bluetooth connectivity for you mobile phone, pre-wiring for satellite radio, USB audio integration, a 20 GB hard drive for all of your music, climate control, cruise control, parking sensors, bi-Xenon headlights, and an SOS system which will automatically call emergency services if you have an
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urnaby’s Nikki Forbes has something special to feed all the cats she takes care of through her rescue society. Van Pet Centre on Hastings teamed up with Nature’s Variety (a pet food brand) to donate nearly 600 pounds of food to Nikki’s group, Action for Animals in Distress Society. The food is worth more than $3,000. Nikki was featured in the NOW last August, when we wrote about the special program she runs, where she matches elderly cats with seniors who could use a companion. Last year, Nikki helped house more than 1,250 animals through her society – mostly cats, but some dogs, too. Nikki tells us Van Pet has been very
The Afghan Association of B.C., which is based in Burnaby, was one of the organizers at an April 6 rally in Vancouver. The rally was timed to coincide with the presidential elections in Afghanistan, as a gesture of support for the democratic process and to express gratitude for Canadian efforts to bring stability and peace to the troubled region. The rally was to appeal to Canadians to not forget about Afghanistan, while demanding that the country’s neighbours stop meddling in the nation’s affairs. The rally was also calling for the Canadian government to formally declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism. The rally was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and roughly about 100 people came out, according to Burnaby resident Rahim
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The playground at Confederation Park is getting a makeover. The city is renovating the play space and adding a rubberized ground cover. There will be two separate areas, including one for younger kids. The work should be done by the end of May or early June, and the playground will reopen then. The playground is behind the McGill library branch, close to the sports track.
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Citrus adds zest to all kinds of cooking ON COOKING
here are obviously many benefits gained from using the freshest of ingredients possible when cooking, and using the zest from citrus fruits is no exception. Whether you are using limes, lemons, oranges or grapefruit, the zest from these fruits will not only add an abundance of flavor as an ingredient, but also create a decorative garnish if you choose. I will always remember eating peeled oranges as a child, and they still had large pieces of the white part of the peel attached to them and tasted very bitter. This is normal. The pale underside of the peel of any citrus is called the pith. It is always more bitter tasting than the flesh of the fruit or the outer coloured part of the peel, called the zest. There are many ways to include zest as an ingredient. A seafood dish, for example, will always benefit from the addition of lemon zest. Lemon and seafood are a classic combination. Limes are often used in salsas and Mexican cooking, so their zest will also enhance many of these types of recipes. Basically, a rule of thumb would be to use zest in any recipe that already has citrus juice as an ingredient. This being said, the flavour of an orange chicken stir-fry will taste more complete with addition of orange zest added as an ingredient in the recipe or as a garnish on top of the finished dish. Zest will complement many desserts as well. Imagine a piece of spiced
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pumpkin cake topped with a dollop of whipped cream, delicate curls of bright yellow lemon zest, a vibrant green mint leaf, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. As a garnish, zest will brighten up the appearance of the final plating of your recipe but should almost always be married up with other contrasting colours. In the cake example above, we paired the yellow lemon zest with a green mint leaf and the warm rusty colour of cinnamon. For the orange chicken stir-fry I mentioned, use the orange zest but maybe some thin diagonal slices of green onion as well. Your imagination is your playground in the kitchen, and you should experiment as much as possible to bring enjoyment and attractiveness to the table. There are basically three ways to remove zest from citrus fruits. Using a knife is one of them, but it is not the most effective way, as you always run more of a risk of removing the bitter white pith as well. You are better off using a microplane grater or a zester. Micro-plane graters are the ones being used most on TV cooking shows lately. They are small, long graters with very fine teeth. When placed across the top of a bowl and the citrus fruit is rubbed on it, the bowl will capture the fine gratings of the zest. The downside of using one of these graters is that one always runs the risk of grating too far and getting the white bitter pith as well. I find zesters are a much better tool. It is a small handheld tool that has five little circular blades at one end. When it is dragged across a citrus fruit from top to bottom, it produces beautiful curls of zest while leaving the bitter pith behind.
The obvious benefit of using a zester is for the long curls that are perfect for garnishing. The downside, however, would be that if using zest as an ingredient you would then have a second step of chopping. If you currently do not own either tool, I would recommend buying a zester instead of a grater. The zester is less expensive, gives you garnishing versatility, and chances are if you are cooking, you already have a knife and cutting board out, so chopping the zest for an ingredient is not as much of a chore as you may first think. Whichever tool you choose, please remember that you usually get what you pay for. Don’t expect a zester purchased for $1 to work very well. Buying premium kitchen tools is an investment in the health and enjoyment of homecooked meals. When taken care of properly they will last you a lifetime and thus be well worth the money you paid. Dear Chef Dez: What is finely chopped lemon zest? Is it grated lemon rind? – Marvin M. Lomond Dear Marvin: As explained above, zest is the outer part of the peel of any citrus fruit – so not the white bitter pith of the peel but the outer coloured part of the peel. This holds a ton of essential oils of the citrus fruit and is screaming with flavour and aroma. In fact, it smells more like the fruit than the fruit itself. Use a zester or a fine grater to remove it without removing any of the white bitter part of the peel underneath (the pith). Chef Dez is a food columnist, culinary instructor and cookbook author. Visit him at www.chefdez.com. Write to him at email@example.com.
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Spring can inspire new approach to fitness KEEPING FIT
pring is the perfect time to toss out anything that’s been preventing you from reaching your fitness goals. Remember, fitness targets should always be just beyond your current reach and your overall program should never become routine or stale. If you’ve been completing the same exercises since New Year’s, it’s definitely time to start from scratch. Here are a few ideas to get you started: ! Get outside: Once it begins warming up, you’ll naturally long to spend time in the great outdoors. Don’t fight it! Especially in B.C.’s beautiful Lower Mainland, with its nearendless range of hikes and nature trails, there’s simply no reason you can’t get in fantastic regular workouts outside. Just remember to mix in a few resistance exercises and to lift significant weight at least once or twice per
week to avoid losing your whole winter’s worth of gym-based muscle gain. ! Prepare for showers: If you’re determined to exercise more outdoors, don’t let a little rain stand in your way. Buy proper wet-weather gear, including thin socks, compression pants and shirts, and, above all, nothing made of absorbent fibres, like cotton. Once you’re all set with a water-resistant spring workout wardrobe, you’ll feel unstoppable! Not sure where to start? Try one of the eight Fitness Town locations in the Lower Mainland. ! Overhaul your diet. After tossing out your winter workouts, consider also sprucing up your diet to include more fresh vegetables and clean proteins like tofu, chicken breast, egg whites and fish. And remember to chuck out or give away any leftover holiday goodies that might tempt you unnecessarily. Instead, stock up on healthy snacks like whole almonds and dried fruit. While you’re at it, consider booking a physical or a nutritionist’s session to determine what aspect of fitness you should be eating for, such as strength, endurance, heart health,
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weight loss, etc. ! Get a body-fat test: Since muscle weighs more than fat, just stepping on a scale can be deceiving. Most fitness clubs offer body-fat testing either with electronic handheld devices or calipers. The advantage of electronic devices is that they are quite accurate and less intrusive than caliper testing. Body-fat testing with calipers involves taking a measurement of fat in a number of areas on your body, which is then used to calculate your total body-fat percentage. This system is very accurate and provides useful insight into body-fat distribution. Rebuilding your fitness program each spring can make exercise fun again and drastically increase your commitment level. Don’t hesitate to try skipping rope in your driveway or do some walking lunges at a local park. Above all, your motto for the season should be: “Out with the old, in with the new!” Shaun Karp is a certified personal trainer. For further information call his office at 604-420-7800 or visit www. karpfitness.com.
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Saturday, May 3, 2014 Culinary delights prepared in partnership with members of the Rotary Club of Burnaby and students of the Burnaby School District’s Professional Cooks Training Program. Net proceeds earned from this event will be donated to: • The Rotary House which was established in 1991 and has since provided support to the five severely handicapped individuals that reside in the residence. • Bursary to students of Burnaby School District Professional Cooks Training Program.
Burnaby Central Secondary School – Commons Area 6011 Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby 5:30pm – 9:30pm
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604 916 3077 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 604 437 5420 Email: email@example.com 604 434 5158 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 604 218 8117
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door Come and experience music from Trinidad, dances from India, and dishes from around the world.
Cost $40.00 per person
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS TUESDAY, APRIL 22 children of air india: un/ authorized exhibits and interjections poetry reading, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the McGill Branch of the Burnaby Public Library, 4595 Albert St. On June 23, 1985, Air India Flight 182 exploded in mid-air, killing all 329 passengers and crew, including 82 children under the age of 13. Renee Saklikar was 23 years old when her aunt and uncle were murdered in the bombing. Her first book of poems, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, explores the nature of individual loss and the public trauma in which it is situated. Join Ms. Saklikar and Capilano University faculty members Melanie Fahlman and Ed Lavalle for a fresh perspective on this heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history, part of the Capilano Universe Series. No registration is required, but come early as space is limited.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24 Lawn bowling registration, for South Burnaby in Central Park at Kingsway and Inman Street, at 7 p.m. Registration is also possible on Friday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. For info: phone Brian at 604-4336658.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Giant flea market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maywood
Community School, 4567 Imperial St. Lots of bargains. Admission is 50 cents. Door prize. Concession. Tables are $10. Call 604-664-8208 to book.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27 Plant sale, by the South Burnaby Garden Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be at the Buy Low’s parking lot at Royal Oak Avenue and Rumble Street, featuring perennials, bedding plants, herbs, garden tools, birdhouses and more. Club members divide their plants to give participants low prices. Oral Storytelling Circles, at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch, 6100 Willingdon Ave. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. Philomena Jordan will share her songs and poetry from her own childhood and from the rich heritage of Ireland. This is the first in a series of storytelling circles hosted by the Burnaby Public Library. It is a drop-in event and everybody is welcome. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided. RCM Alumni’s Annual Scholarship Recital at the Shadbolt Centre, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., show starts at 7:30 p.m. in room 102. Enjoy an evening of music by senior students achieving top marks in their 2013 exams. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $30 for families. Reception to fol-
low the recital. West Coast Symphony, at Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave. in New Westminster. Under conductor Yariv Aloni and featuring Anne Goldsmith and Pam Aloni on violin and cello, the group will perform the St. Paul Overture by Mendelssohn, the Double Concerto by Brahms, and the Symphony No. 3 by Sibelius. Admission by donation, show starts at 7: 30 p.m. For more information, call 604-5221606.
SATURDAY, MAY 3 Community spring cleanup, hosted by the Edmonds People In Community Residents Association (EPIC). Registration opens at 9 a.m. at Gordon Presbyterian Church, 7457 Edmonds St.
Event starts at 10 a.m., followed by a barbecue at noon provided by the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society. Family-friendly festival, come out and support the Council of Parent Participation Preschools in B.C., a local non-profit and registered charity. The council is hosting a festival at the old Riverway West Elementary School, 4340 Carson St. From 1 to 4 p.m. there will be lots of entertainment, including Music with Marnie, Peter Rooke the Magician, the Tumble Bus, bouncy castle, carnival games and much more. For more info on the council, visit www.cpp preschools.bc.ca. Phoenix Chamber Choir, in concert at Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave. in New Westminster.
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a framework to set resilient goals and get an introduction to laughter yoga and mindfulness meditation. Registration is required. Register by phoning the Metrotown branch 604-436-5400 or register online at www.bpl.bc.ca.
MONDAY, MAY 5
BadGut lecture, put on by the Gastrointestinal Society. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Brian Bressler will discuss the physical and emotional effects, nutritional needs, and treatment options. There will be time to ask questions. Anyone with ulcerative colitis and their support circles, and health-care professionals are invited. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, visit www.badgut. org/events/events.html.
Resilient Minds in Tough Times, at the Bob Prittie Metrotown library branch, 6100 Willingdon Ave. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Celebrate Mental Health Week at this free workshop presented by the Burnaby Public Library and the Canadian Mental Health Association VancouverBurnaby. Learn about the benefits of emotional resilience and why it is important, generate tools to build your personal resilience, create
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Concert repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary, including many Canadian works. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults $20, seniors/students $15, and children $10. For more information, call 604-5221606
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 The Compassionate Friends, Burnaby chapter, is a grief support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a child, at any age. A sharing circle meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. South Burnaby United Church Hall, at 7551 Gray Ave., Burnaby (use the side entrance). We need not walk alone. Contact Grace: 604-574-0099, Burnaby@TCFCanada.net.
ONGOING Miniature train rides, until Oct. 15, at 120 Willingdon Ave. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, and holidays from Easter to Thanksgiving. Sharing circle, with the nonprofit the Compassionate Friends, which is a nondenominational support group for bereaved families who have lost a child. The circle happens every third Wednesday of the month at the South Burnaby United Church hall, 7545 Gray Ave., 7:30 p.m. For info: Grace, 604-574-0099. Arthritis Support Group, welcoming social group where we enjoy gentle exercises and information sharing, meets every second Wednesday monthly from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. at Confederation Seniors Centre, 4585 Albert St. Bonsor Singin’ Seniors, a four-part harmony choir open to seniors over the age of 55. We perform two programs a year in seniors’ residences and care homes. We practise on Fridays (September through June) from 1 to 3 p.m., Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave. We are in need of a choir conductor. For more information, call Christine Leston at 604-516-0277. Monday evening dances, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., refreshment break at 9 p.m. Confederation Seniors Centre, 4585 Albert St., $5 for members and $6 for guests. Thrift shop sale, every Thursday until June 5 at South Burnaby United Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be clothing, household items, collectibles, books, toys and more. Donations are very welcome. Pregnant and parenting program, for youth 24 years and under, open to Burnaby and New West residents.
Bus tickets, produce, meals and resources. Come check us out! Call 604-298-6245 for more info.
Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. Drop-ins welcome. Call 604-297-4838 for more information.
Vista Boutique, at the New Vista Care Home, 7550 Rosewood St. offers a great selection of used clothing and household items. Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Funds raised in the boutique support special programs for the care home seniors. For more information, call 604-5276000.
Practise dancing skills, at the weekly social dances at the Edmonds Community Centre for 55 plus. It’s $1 for members and $2 for non-members. On Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m., Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 604-297-4838
Seniors drop-in program, Metrotown Citadel Community church of The Salvation Army, 6125 Nelson Ave., every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seniors enjoy conversation, inspiration, cup of coffee or lunch, and ladies enjoy knitting and crocheting. For more information, call 604-437-1521. Thrift shop sale, every Thursday until Dec. 12 at South Burnaby United Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be clothing, household items, collectibles, books, toys and more. Donations very welcome. TOPS #1390 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. for weigh-in, and the program runs from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Maywood Community School library, 4567 Imperial St. Guests welcome. Info 604-985-6295. Burnaby Scottish Country Dance club, meets at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St. on Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. until April. New members are welcome, experience and partners not required. For information, call Gerry at 604-451-1161 or Rosemary at 604-298-6552, or visit www. rscdsvancouver.org. Burnaby International Folk Dancers, meet every Tuesday night 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Charles Rummel Centre, 3630 Lozells. Learn folk dances from around the world in a friendly club environment. New dances taught every night; all levels welcome, no partner needed, drop-ins welcome. Info: 604-436-9475. Line dancing at Deer Lake United Church, 5135 Sperling Ave., every Monday at 10 a.m. Beginners welcome. Call Georgie Cole at 604-522-5647 for more information. Carpet bowling, at the Edmonds Community Centre for 55 plus is every
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Knitting, crocheting, sewing and other craft activities group will meet at the Edmonds Community Centre for 55 plus every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For more information, call 604-297-4838. Burnaby South Stroke Recovery Branch, meets every second and fourth Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Edmonds Community Centre. The club offers speech therapy, exercise sessions, caregiver support and other social activities for stroke survivors over 55. For more information, call 604-2974838.
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Social editor May Globus shares her San Diego hot spots in our latest travel itinerary. With sun and surf, good cuisine and fine folk in spades, this place is much more than your average sleepy beach town. Planning a trip to San Diego? Visit www.vitamindaily.com to learn more.
Bombay Rummy, every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Edmonds Community Centre for 55 plus. For more information, call 604-297-4838. Old age pensioners’ organization, branch 12 is holding an event the first Monday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Edmonds Community Centre. Learn what’s happening to social security programs. For more information, call 604-297-4838. Telespeakers, Toastmaster meetings on Friday mornings from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Burnaby room in the Telus building, 3777 Kingsway. Telespeakers provides a safe atmosphere where you can improve your speaking skills. We welcome new members and guests and encourage you to learn at your own pace. To be the best you can be, go to www.telespeakers. com. Do you have a listing for the calendar? Send non-profit event information to email@example.com. Allow at least three weeks’ notice.
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Bingo every Saturday, at the Edmonds Community Centre for 55 plus, buy paper cards from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the game starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Tom at 604-430-2763.
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When it comes to art, together is definitely better. Winsor Gallery’s latest exhibition demonstrates the long reach of Vancouver’s artistic community by asking 18 artists to each invite another artist to show alongside them—concurrently, if you will. Read more at www.vitamindaily.com
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“ BUILT BY JIM BOSA’S
APPIA DEVELOPMENT MEANS LASTING QUALITY
& EXCELLENT VALUE.
Jim Bosa, Appia Development
KNOW YOUR BUILDER What’s in a name? Everything. Jim Bosa is proudly building on the Nat BOSA legacy. We attract the very best team and trades. We build for the long run and put our name on it. We create homes for your family and ours. We’re passionate about the Appia way of doing business – and our customers appreciate the difference.
NOW SELLING • LOUGHEED & WILLINGDON HOMES STARTING FROM THE LOW $300,000’S
SOLODISTRICT.COM 604.298.8800 This is not an offering for sale. Any such offering can only be made by way of disclosure statement. E.&.O.E.
Burnaby NOW • Friday, April 18, 2014 • A35
CONSTRUCTION IS STARTING THIS SPRING
Join the Redbrick family now and enjoy special pre-construction pricing.
Find your Centre Find your centre at the top of Burnaby Mountain. Offering spacious apartments and townhomes next to vibrant shops and services, CentreBlock is your home in the heart of Simon Fraser’s thriving UniverCity community.
Now Selling For more information visit libertyhomes.ca This is not an offering for sale. Any such offering may only be made with a disclosure statement. E. & O.E.
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LOWER MAINLAND’S BEST VALUE IN ANY URBAN CENTRE
N AT U R A L LY E L E VAT E D . C LO S E LY C O N N E C T E D . » BEST HIGH-RISE VALUE IN THE LOWER MAINLAND » ENDLESS VIEWS FROM THE SUMMIT OF BURNABY MOUNTAIN » UNSPOILED NATURAL TRAILS » A BURGEONING SFU POCKET COMMUNITY » DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER IS JUST 25 MINUTES AWAY » INCREDIBLE INTERIORS AND 8000 SQ FT OF INDOOR AND OUTDOOR AMENITY SPACE » ALTITUDE IS CONNECTED ON EVERY LEVEL – AND IT’S WELL WITHIN YOUR REACH
ONE BEDROOM FROM $240,000’S TWO BEDROOMS FROM $340,000’S
TOWER 2 NEW RELEASE P R E S E N TAT I O N C E N T R E N O W O P E N REGISTER TODAY FOR PRE-OPENING INCENTIVES 604.456.8883
H U N G E R F O R D P R O P E R T I E S . C O M / A LT I T U D E SALES CENTRE | 8955 UNIVERSITY HIGH ST, BURNABY THIS IS NOT AN OFFERING FOR SALE. ANY SUCH OFFERING CAN ONLY BE MADE BY WAY OF DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. PRICES AND AVAILABILITY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. E.&O.E.
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HAPPY EASTER Prices Effective April 17 to April 23, 2014.
While quantities last. Not all items available at all stores. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.
100% BC Owned and Operated PRODUCE
MEAT Organic Roma Fair Trade Tomatoes
Organic Sweet Baby Broccoli from Josie’s Organics
Johnstone Whole Bone In Hams
each product of USA
product of Mexico
Organic Lemons from California
Honey Belle Pears
Happy Chicken Specialty Roasting Chickens
2lb bag product of USA
Ocean Wise Boneless Sturgeon Fillets
product of Australia
HEALTHCARE Liberte Méditerranée Yogurt
Salt Spring Organic Fair Trade Coffee
400g • roasted in Canada
Lindsay Black Olives
product of USA
Simply Organic Glass Spices
product of Britain/Canada
946ml • +deposit +eco fee • product of USA
product of Canada
product of USA
Stahlbush Island Farms Frozen Vegetables
Dairyland Organic Milk
skim, 1, 2 or 3.25%
Easter Milk Chocolate Carrots
20% off regular retail price
2L • product of Canada
xxx • product of xxx
Choices’ Own Pies 6 or 9”
package of 3
11.99 A Delicious Easter Ham Option Freybe's Emperor Ham
Hot Cross Buns
Choices’ Own Provencal Potato or Tomato Arugula Bocconcini Salad
Easter Cupcakes, Cookies or Hot Cross Buns
package of 2 to 6
product of Canada
product of Canada
Choices’ Own Family Sized Quiches
Inno-Vite Yeast Buster Kit
assorted varieties • Flower and vegetable extracts. • Grown in Quebec. • Certified organic, GMO-free rarm
300-400g • product of USA
Devas Hair and Body Care
Island Farms Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream
product of Canada
R.W. Knudsen Just Juice
Nature’s Farm Omega-3 Free Run Eggs
assorted varieties, sizes
Sara’s Frozen Ice Cream Cakes
425-454g product of Canada
Earth’s Choice Organic Salsa
500g product of Canada
assorted varieties, made with organic corn
Sibu Beauty Facial Care
Que Pasa Tortilla Chips
J.D. Farms Grade A Turkeys
Easter Cupcakes or Cookies
package of 2-4
Gluten Free Bakery
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