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You pick the top story The Burnaby NOW’s Story of the Year is as much a tradition as Christmas lights and holiday treats – but this year we are adding a twist to the much-anticipated feature. This year we are asking you, the readers: What is your top pick for News Story of the Year? In the running for News Story of the Year is Kinder Morgan’s muchdebated proposed pipeline expansion project. This week, Kinder Morgan officially applied to the National Energy Board for approval of their plan to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs through Burnaby, increasing capacity from 300,000 barrels of oil per day to 890,000. Development in the city: Boom, boom, booming. There are a number of developments awaiting approval by Burnaby city council, including the first phase of the Brentwood Town Centre redevelopment and a possible three-tower development at the Value Village site in Edmonds. But with development comes change, and no one has handled change quite like TransLink: The good, and the botched. From the Compass card to the upcoming changes to the bus loop at Brentwood and Metrotown malls, TransLink has a lot of projects on the go in Burnaby, and it’ll be interesting to see how

they all play out in the New Year. TransLink’s woes, however, pale in comparison to the heated debate over the city’s animal control bylaw. The bylaw sure caused a stir this fall in Burnaby. Pet store owners were facing off against animal welfare groups over the retail sale of pets, while pit bull lovers demanded council remove breed-specific legislation. Council eventually decided to strengthen breedspecific wording and continue to allow some pets to be sold in retail shops. for And then we had the renegade dentist. Guilty of illegally practising dentistry from his home, the story of Burnaby’s Tung Sheng (David) Wu captured the attention of readers across the Lower Mainland. So, we want to hear from you. What story strikes you as being the most newsworthy, the most important story to Burnaby residents? Please take our poll at www.burnabynow. com and weigh in on what you think was critical news this year. Oh, and if you think we’ve missed something that should be the top story, or at least in the running, shoot us an email about it to: editorial@burnabynow.com. You can also comment on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BurnabyNOW. We will unveil our staff picks and readers’ choices for the story of the year in our Dec. 27 edition.

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Rawnie Dunn wants to end her own life – but Canada’s justice system has upheld the ban on assisted suicide, leaving her with no legal way out KEY DECISIONS

Stefania Seccia staff reporter

The Criminal Code of Canada states in section 241 that: “Every one who (a) counsels a person to commit suicide, or (b) aids or abets a person to commit suicide, whether suicide ensues or not, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.”

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awnie Dunn is lying in her bed, propped in an upright position. The room is silent save for the faint audible voices coming out of her neck pillow speaker connected to the TV next to her. The curtains in her small room are drawn closed. Only a sliver of sun cuts across her body, casting a dull light on the wall behind her, with its framed memories and past accomplishments. To her left sits Dunn’s part-time care nurse, who is one of the few people that can understand and translate her severe speech impediment. The quiet scene in the Burnaby care home she now lives in is similar to the one the 62-year-old experienced more than a year ago – when she tried to kill herself. A few weeks after her 61st birthday, she overdosed on a mixture of gabapentin and quinine. “I decided to take an overdose of pills,” she said. “I wasn’t depressed. I thought of it for many decades. I knew for decades. I knew my ending time of this disability was really dismal. On my 61st birthday, I realized that something had happened and realized I was at the end of the last phase.” Dunn was born with Friederich’s ataxia, a 65 per cent hearing loss, aggressive scoliosis, carbohydrate intolerance and heart problems. By the age of 30, she was in a wheelchair and wearing two hearing aids. At the end of November 2012, she finally followed through on a decision she had made a long time ago to end her struggle.The decision to end her own life, on her own terms, was unsuccessful. She woke up in a hospital bed after being resuscitated – against her written wishes. “I didn’t know I had to have a (doctor’s) signed form, so I didn’t really have one. And when I realized it, I was really angry,” she said. The suicide attempt took such a toll on her body that she went from being wheelchair-bound with some mobility to being paralyzed from the neck down, blind and sensitive to light, almost completely deaf and with a severe speech impediment. “I feel like I’m in prison,” she said. “I want to die. There are people like me who want to die and shouldn’t be forced to live like this.” 6

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◆ Suicide was considered a criminal offence in Canada until 1972, which is when it was removed from the criminal code. ◆ Sept. 30, 1993: Supreme Court of Canada upheld the assisted-suicide ban in the now-famous Sue Rodriguez case. Rodriguez was 42 at the time, and she was suffering from the debilitating terminal illness ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). She wanted to have a physician aid her in terminating her life peacefully. The judges voted 5-4 against her. On Feb. 12, 1994, an anonymous physician helped Rodriguez end her life.

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‘I feel like I’m in prison’: Rawnie Dunn is speaking out for the right to die. Dunn, 62, suffers from

Friederich’s ataxia and other complications that have left her paralyzed, blind and almost completely deaf, as well as experiencing extreme pain.

Despite being legally blind, Dunn’s eyes are bright and look aware, which her mind very much is. Although her speech is laboured, she chooses her words carefully to try to explain her story – and why she’s fighting for the right to die. “When my sons grew up and had families of their own, I chose to leave as peacefully as possible and asked my GP for a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order, wrote a will and published my long short story Emerald Wings: A Canadian Lullaby, to introduce myself to my wonderful grandchildren,” she said. Dunn’s mind has not deteriorated despite her physical condition. In her younger days she was a member of MENSA – an organization for people with high IQs – and sat on and was an active member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. Ataxia is a degenerative neurological disease that progresses over time. Respiratory complications, cardiac issues and severe swallowing problems can be the result – it is a complex disease that has no cure.

Dunn is paralyzed, but it has not saved her from experiencing extreme pain. She is given 12 doses of hydromorphine every day. Her pension is the highest possible one she can get, at $1,050 a month – but with all her bills she is left with very little afterwards. This past fall was a tumultuous time for assisted-suicide advocates, as the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned last year’s B.C. Supreme Court ruling that a ban on assisted suicide violates the rights of the gravely ill. In late October, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association took the fight for physician-assisted suicide back to the Supreme Court of Canada. Although Dunn has not been able to find a lawyer who will take her case, as she lacks the necessary funds, she has the support of her family. Dunn’s mother, Lynn Baur Hyde, says she’s had a difficult time watching her daughter’s struggle. She supports Dunn’s right to choose when and how she dies but said she could never pull the plug on her

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◆ April 2011: B.C. Civil Liberties Association files a lawsuit to challenge the assisted-suicide ban in the B.C. Supreme Court, calling it unconstitutional as it denies an individual control over their choices. ◆ November 2011: Royal Society of Canada published its End-of-Life Decision Making report. It had a panel of six Canadian and international experts from various fields that compiled information to fuel the debate and provide material for those discussions. ◆ June 29, 2011: Gloria Taylor, who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease, joined the B.C. Civil Liberties Association’s other plaintiffs in the “death with dignity” lawsuit. ◆ June 15, 2012: B.C. Supreme Court struck down the ban on assisted suicide. Justice Lynn Smith suspended her ruling for one year to afford Parliament time to draft new legislation incorporating her ruling. The case involved Gloria Taylor and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. Taylor died from a severe infection of her perforated colon on Oct. 4, 2012.

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KEY DECISIONS: Canadian courts have been split on ‘the right to die’ federal government filed a 54-page argument stating that the current legislation was meant to protect the vulnerable and that “the inherent value of all human life should

not be depreciated by allowing one person to take another’s life.” It also said the B.C. Supreme Court should not try to attempt to override the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1993 ruling.

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◆ Oct. 10, 2013: In a split decision, the B.C. Court of Appeal upheld the ban on assisted suicide, reversing the June 2012 ruling by B.C.

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Public warning not issued about infection New Democrat MLA says choice to keep issue quiet was ‘highly political’

C. difficile outbreak at Burnaby Hospital and 84 related deaths. The NDP got their hands on the leaked letter and brought it up in the legislature about two months later. That spring, the provincial governJennifer Moreau ment announced it had set up a consultastaff reporter tion committee for Burnaby Hospital that Local MLA Kathy Corrigan is claiming included then-Burnaby MLA Harry Bloy, Fraser Health’s failure to alert the public Burnaby North MLA Richard Lee and about alarming levels of Clostridium diffi- others close to the Liberal party. Leaked cile at Burnaby Hospital in 2012 was mired committee emails suggested the group in Liberal party politics. was using the hospital issue and Corrigan’s comments came on public consultation process as the heels of a Vancouver Sun story a means to boost the Liberals’ based on a recent freedom of standing in Burnaby and de-seat information request that showed Corrigan in the next election. the health authority tried to deal “That’s the backdrop,” with the infection internally Corrigan said, “and I think that without warning the public, even politicization of the hospital though public health and safety leached right down into how were at risk. things were handled. I think a “They made the choice to keep conscious choice was made to try quiet,” said the New Democrat Kathy Corrigan to prioritize the stop of the spread MLA. “I think you have to NDP MLA of the information over the stop remember that this was taking of the spread of the disease.” place in late 2011, early 2012, at a time Corrigan said that if Fraser Health had when the Burnaby Hospital issue was fulfilled its obligation to inform the public highly politicized. The Burnaby Liberals of the high C. difficile rates, people could were planning to use it for highly political have decided to take their loved ones to purposes.” different hospitals. Corrigan’s own mother C. difficile is a potentially deadly bac- was in and out of Burnaby Hospital from terium that causes diarrhea and is easily 2009 to 2010, She eventually died from the transmitted in unclean environments. In MRSA superbug and C. difficile, which January 2012, a group of doctors wrote could have been contracted at the hospia letter to the head of the Fraser Health tal. Authority, sounding the alarm over the Hospital Page 8

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It’s time to let those who suffer end their lives

issue. The current federal government Rawnie Dunn just wants to die and has stated that it will not allow the law to end her suffering. This is not a spur-ofencompass physician-assisted suicide and the-moment decision. It is not a decision will strike down any attempts by promade lightly. It is certainly not an easy choice. And whether we agree or disagree vincial courts to do so. And yet, there are those who do assist people to with her choice, it certainly leave this mortal coil, and they seems that the humane thing – if they do not broadcast their to do is to allow her to exercise Burnaby NOW help – are not charged. that choice. The law, it seems, can turn a But life-and-death issues blind eye when compassion is required. are never that simple. For the last three Understandably, advocates for the decades, Canadians, their political leadphysically disabled, mentally challenged ers and the courts have swung back and and very elderly see potential problems forth like a proverbial pendulum on this

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fter fumbling the ball during the HST debacle and remaining virtually silent during the Enbridge pipeline debate, the B.C. business community is showing signs it intends to be more organized and vocal when it comes to other controversial economic developments. Last week, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce organized an event aimed at sending Ottawa the message that the proposed New Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake has considerable support in the province, despite the fact it has failed two federal environmental assessment processes. And now various business groups are gearing up to make their presence known in the hearings for the Site C dam project on the Peace River. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce, the B.C. Business Council and even the New Car Dealers of B.C. all intend to send representatives to Fort. St. John to make submissions in favor of building the dam. This kind of effort from a constituency that is well funded but not necessarily well organized

may prove pivotal in determining whether some of these megaprojects go ahead. In some ways, the business community has stolen a page out of the environmental movement’s playbook. One business leader told me that the environmentalists essentially took over any public debate about the Enbridge pipeline right from the start and were so effective in their antipipeline messaging that there was little the pro-pipeline interests could do to counter things. Lately, Enbridge has done a better job of articulating its position, and a couple of recent polls indicate opposition to the project has diminished considerably. But it’s also fair to say the company has a long ways to go in winning over a majority of the population on this sensitive issue. However, the pro-development lobby appears determined not to make the same mistake twice, whether it concerns Site C, the New Prosperity Mine or, presumably, the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal. Adopting a more proactive approach may make the public debate over those projects more even and therefore may make them more politically palatable for both the provincial and federal governments. The B.C. government has already signalled it is in favor of the Site C dam and the New Politics Page 7

with legalizing assisted suicide. Who speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves? The case of Robert Latimer, the Canadian farmer who killed his young daughter in 1993 before she (who was suffering from cerebral palsy) was to undergo another painful operation, is often used as an example. However, Latimer was found guilty of seconddegree murder and only received full parole in 2010. Surely the law can be written to protect those who cannot make such deci-

sions. In the case of Rawnie Dunn, she is of sound mind and has had many decades to consider her decision. She is, as criminologist Robert Gordon says, one of those “absolutely dead certain” they want to end their life. For those who think that we, by not having an assisted suicide law, have evaded a difficult decision, rest assured we have not. We have merely allowed unnecessary suffering to continue. Is that something we should be proud of? Read Rawnie Dunn’s story and then answer that question.

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Derek Corrigan’s inability to see past the end of his own nose has repeatedly saddled local taxpayers with extra costs and inconvenience. He bid for the Seniors’ Games – telling everyone that Ottawa would share the bill – only to discover after winning the Games that Ottawa had no such intention. He funds an apparently never-ending computer system upgrade at city hall. And there is always the dredging fiasco: a barge sitting unused for months beside Burnaby Lake incurring charges because someone at city hall “forgot” about the endangered Western painted turtles until after the final dredging permit failed to arrive from Victoria. But this time Derek may have outdone even

himself. As of Dec. 16 the TransLink bus loop/ interchange at Brentwood Mall is to be closed off – apparently including access to the ramp that goes from the bus loop itself to the SkyTrain platform. I write “apparently” because no councillor or Mayor Corrigan would answer questions about this at the Dec. 10 hearing, leaving me looking at maps for answers. Let me repeat that: our peerless mayor’s latest inept and incoherent “plan” for Burnaby infrastructure apparently has TransLink closing off the bus loop/interchange at Brentwood Mall, along with the related ramp to and from the loop itself – in midwinter. Talk about shortsightedness! This closure will force transit passengers – many reliant on walkers or wheelchairs, pushing strollers, Transit Page 7

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or carrying bags and packages – to walk down two long city blocks and cross up to three streets (including Lougheed Highway and Willingdon Avenue) to make connections. Vehicle drivers can expect “temporary” bus stops on Lougheed Highway and Willingdon Avenue to produce even more congestion and opportunities to have accidents with each other and with physically challenged pedestrians (properly using crosswalks but unable to complete the crossing in the alloted time) or with jaywalkers (more physically able but unwilling to stick to the marked crosswalks in the rush to make connections). The result will be chaos as commuters slipping and sliding on winter ice and snow on city sidewalks mix in with vehicles slipping and sliding on Lougheed and Willlingdon each and every rush hour morning and evening amidst those sixlane crossings. Not to mention the long lines of people waiting for elevators clearly inadequate for the task of moving former ramp-users up to the platform itself. The current station configuration requires use of stairs or two separate elevators that are only accessible at street level to people on

the north side of Lougheed Highway. Who will be liable for the costs incurred as the accidents and injuries pile up? Perhaps Mayor Corrigan, being a lawyer, might solicit opinions on this point and then revisit this latest civic fiasco in the making before something other than his pride gets hurt. Now-available information says the changes are “temporary” but give no indication of when the on-street bus stops will be replaced with more acceptable transfer points. And reconstruction at Brentwood Mall can be expected to take years. This is clearly not a promising start to the supposedly “transit-oriented development” proposed for Brentwood Town Centre. TransLink needs to delay the closure and the developers need to rethink their plan for Brentwood Mall to make for a safer and more convenient transition to accommodate reconstruction – at least until the season of slipping in snow and ice is over. Mayor Corrigan for his part simply needs to start thinking – period! Why hold a public hearing and be unable or unwilling to answer questions on such vital matters as the safety of Burnaby’s physicallychallenged and other transit users? G. Bruce Friesen, Burnaby

Politics: Business voice required continued from page 6

Prosperity mine, and a more aggressive and organized campaign by business interests may nudge it closer to favouring the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In the last provincial election campaign, B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark was cautioned by her advisers not to wade into the Kinder Morgan issue after NDP leader Adrian Dix made his now infamous gaffe of opposing the projects. But her political instincts told her the issue was a good one for her and her party, because it exposed a neat fault line between the B.C. Liberals and the NDP. The rest, of course, is history. Clark has clearly aligned her government with megaprojects that produce jobs, no matter how controversial they may be. She realizes her base of supporters agree with her, and an organized campaign by the business community will only

strengthen her resolve in these matters. ◆ I’ve gotten a fair amount of pushback (actually, more like “Why don’t you jump off a cliff?”) from some folks who live on little islands for my suggestion that B.C. Ferries are not an extension of the highway system. Their reaction is based on emotion rather than logic, however. Let us examine the differences between a highway and a ferry system: Highways are open and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week (barring weather or traffic abnormalities). Even those who are outraged by the slightest change to their ferry service implicitly agree that there limits to how many times a ferry sails, limits that do not exist on highways. Although highways incur capital and maintenance costs (as do B.C. Ferries’ fleet) motorists travel them for free. I have

yet to hear anyone suggest, with any justification, that B.C. Ferries should all be free. When you drive a B.C. highway, you are not required to have a bunch of other people in your vehicle. When you travel on a B.C. ferry, however, the law dictates there must be anywhere from six to 48 people on board with you (these are crew members, all earning roughly $25 an hour). No, B.C. Ferries are not a highway. They are a service, and one that is costing more and more to provide. Boosting the government subsidy to pay for those rising costs is a valid argument, but trying to pretend this is still the 1960s and that W.A.C. Bennett is still the premier (the one who first equated the major B.C. Ferries route between the mainland and Vancouver Island a “highway”) is delusional. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.

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What is Kinder Morgan applying for? Kinder Morgan’s facilities application is more than 15,000 pages long, which translates to a seven-foot stack of paper contained in 37 binders. The application includes a pipeline corridor for Burnaby, but the exact location of the new line within that corridor will be determined in late 2015. Kinder Morgan wants to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline, increasing capacity from 300,000 barrels of oil per day to 890,000 – nearly tripling current volume. To read the full application, go to application. transmountain.com.

Pipeline: MP urges residents to get involved continued from page 1

application, the National Energy Board has to appoint a panel and announce when and where the public hearings will be, and there will likely be 30 days for the people to apply to participate. “It’s not very complicated to become involved,”

Stewart said. “The actual application process is quite short, and there is money for participants if they hire lawyers or travel to Calgary.” For more information on how to get involved through Stewart’s website, go to letbcdecide.ca. twitter.com/JenniferMoreau

Hospital: NDP MLA says issue was political continued from page 5

“When we went in and out, we were supposed to put gloves on. I believe if I had known how serious the problem was at Burnaby Hospital, I might have behaved differently,” Corrigan said. Elizabeth Brodkin, Fraser Health’s executive medical director of infection control, was not able to comment on why the authority did not alert the public, as she only started working in late 2012. According to Brodkin,

Fraser Health started dealing with C. difficile in 2009, and the rates have been declining steadily. In the 2011/12 fiscal year, there were 15.2 cases of C. difficile at Burnaby Hospital per 10,000 patient days. For 2012/13,thatfiguredropped to 8.5 cases. So far, for this fiscal year, there have been 5.6 cases per 10,000 patient hours. Brodkin said Fraser Health’s goal is no more than six cases. Fraser Health also posts information on outbreaks at tinyurl.com/ FHAoutbreaks.

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INQUEST INTO ANGUS MITCHELL DEATH

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A jury is recommending changes to the firearms licensing system after a four-day inquest into the death of Angus Mitchell. RCMP in Maple Ridge shot Mitchell on May 30, 2012 after he allegedly shot and killed two people in a Burnaby sushi restaurant three days earlier. More than a year later, the B.C. Coroners Service held an inquest into Mitchell’s death, and last month a jury declared his death a homicide. Homicide refers to the legal definition, “the killing of one human being by another human being,” and in this case it was death by police shooting. Along with a verdict, the jury submitted several recommendations to the Coroners Service, including amending the Mental Health Act, changing the way information is shared between police departments in B.C. and enacting a stricter policy for people seeking a firearms licence. According to the verdict, the jury has recommended the Minister of Health amend the Mental Health Act to require doctors to report assessment outcomes on individuals arrested by “police under Section 28 of the (Mental Health Act) where a firearm is involved” to the appropriate police agency. The jury also recommended the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. ensure doctors making these assessments “make all efforts to contact next of kin or close friends” in order to better understand the individual’s mental status. A recommendation was also made to conduct a study into the possibility of families requesting psychiatric assessments for a family member they believe may have a mental illness – even if the person is resistant to the assessment. Furthermore, the jury recommended the Chief Firearms Officer for B.C. require all applications or renewals for a firearms licence include consent to release medical information, that MSP and PharmaNet follow us on

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Burnaby council is adding its voice to the chorus opposing the environmental impact assessment concerning the proposed coal transport facility at Fraser Surrey Docks. The controversial SNC-Lavalin company was commissioned by Fraser Surrey Docks and Port Metro Vancouver to complete an environmental impact study on the proposed coal transfer project, which would handle up to four million metric tonnes of coal annually. The company concluded that the project would not cause significant adverse environmental issues. However, two chief medical officers have called the assessment inadequate. Dr. Patricia Daly and Dr. Paul Van Buynder of the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health authorities have both sent letters to Port Metro Vancouver regarding the assessment. “It was reviewed by two doctors, … and they’re raising a lot of questions,” Coun. Sav Dhaliwal said at the Dec. 9 council meeting. “They believe it didn’t go far enough with the impact on the local health of the residents in the area.” Fraser Surrey Docks began a 30-day consultation process, ending Dec. 17, after releasing the assessment. “I think it’s a fairly important issue for us, for our citizens,” Dhaliwal noted. “We’re not far from the facilities. I believe, just in line with other cities, such as Surrey,

Delta and other Metro Vancouver cities have raised concerns about this expansion and, I believe, in the absence of having a lot of those questions answered properly, I would think that it would be appropriate for this council to go on the record to oppose any expansion until we are sure this doesn’t have long-lasting health impacts.” Dhaliwal said he intends to make a motion at a city council meeting in the new year to outline the city’s opinion on the matter. Mayor Derek Corrigan said he’s been dealing with the same issue on the Metro Vancouver board. “I’m sure that it just gives everyone just oodles of confidence that SNC-Lavalin did the environmental study,” Corrigan said. “But there’s a company whose reputation has suffered significantly, and then to put them in charge of an environmental assessment in our community in which they are asked to stand up for the interests of the public – that’s a difficult one to swallow.” Corrigan noted that Port Metro Vancouver is run by the businesses that work at the port, and they appoint the board of directors. “And then they’re given the authority to conduct the environmental assessment for whether or not another business on the port gets to export dirt coal,” he said. “Something’s wrong with this picture, and I don’t know if I can be satisfied that the public interest is protected.” See more at www.burnabynow.com.

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It’s never easy when longtime habits suddenly shift, but a few locals are concerned about what the Brentwood mall bus loop removal will bring during extreme weather conditions. The bus loop at the future site of the Brentwood mall redevelopment closed on Dec. 16 for good, and it left some locals wondering if that was the best way forward. “It’s going to be interesting,” said Carrie McLaren. “My main concern with all of this is safety.” McLaren, a Burnaby resident and former Green Party candidate, says she’s concerned what icy conditions will do for seniors and disabled patrons trying to access transit. “It’s a dangerous parking lot,” McLaren noted. “There are a lot of accidents. There’s not really a sidewalk, other than the bus loop sidewalk. “I keep seeing all these people going around, all the shopping carts, strollers or walkers. The spring usually is fine, but this is winter. If it snows again, and we get some really bad weather, it’s going to be an issue.” Helen Ward, also a Burnaby resident, has been vocal about her issues with the Brentwood mall redevelopment, including the closure of its bus loop. “There’s no danger today, but if it was slippery you’d have people … physically challenged trying to access the area,” she noted. Ward said she’s glad to see the ramp has not been removed or closed. But the section of the ramp that connects to the bus loop will shut down at some point in the future. Buses 25, 123, 130, 134 and 136 all moved to temporary street locations near Brentwood’s SkyTrain station. Shape Properties, the company that owns Brentwood mall, had its master concept plan for its

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removal from Brentwood mall on Dec. 16. But TransLink and Shape Properties say the switch to curbside bus stops is a better alternative. redevelopment approved by council in September. Now, the first phase’s rezoning application is nearing final approval. It’s planned for the first 10 acres of the property that would connect it to the SkyTrain station at Willingdon Avenue and Lougheed Highway. Preliminary work has begun on the site – including the bus loop’s removal. TransLink leased the site where the loop was, but the lease expires at the end of December. Burnaby Coun. Sav Dhaliwal raised his concerns at several council meetings about removing the bus loop because he was worried about the various bus stops being chosen around the mall – in some cases too far away for seniors or those with mobility issues. “I recognize that during construction, there will be some changes and yes, they were going to do the first phase, changing the façade and getting ready … does make a bit of inconvenience,” he said. “It’s a bad time right now to do it.” But TransLink says it’s just doing what it was told to do. According to Jeff Busby, senior manager of project

development and network management at TransLink, the bus loop will most likely never return. “The buses are now operating on Willingdon and Lougheed Highway,” he told the NOW. “Customers looking for buses will go to stops that are on the sidewalks.” The bus stops will shift once again when the mall’s first phase of redevelopment is done, three years from now, Busby said. “The locations will shift slightly and they’ll be improved from what they are today,” he said. “The developer has helped us by providing really large shelters and really pleasant waiting areas on the sidewalk, dependent on when the redevelopment is done.” Darren Kwiatkowski, vice-president of development for Shape Properties, said Shape and TransLink have worked with customers extensively to make the right decision about the loop. He also said the sidewalks near the mall will be maintained. Kwiatkowski said the bus stops moving closer to the SkyTrain is a better alternative to the bus loop,

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Is Burnaby suffering from a doctor shortage? Physician says city needs at least 60 more family doctors to keep up with demand

them have been replaced. It’s led to doctors taking on way more patients, or Burnaby residents having to go elsewhere. “The BCMA (B.C. Medical Association) did a survey about five years ago, and 20 per cent of doctors’ overall plan was to retire in the next five years,” he said. “Not only is there pressure with the population increase, but there’s also the pressure of older physicians retiring.” Burnaby’s population is expected to balloon to 355,000 by 2041, and Sanghera said it’s of great concern as to whether or not there will be enough family doctors. It’s why the Burnaby division has spearheaded a local survey for residents to fill out, called GP for Me, and why Sanghera approached council recently to plead his organization’s case. Sanghera made presentations to both the Burnaby school district and council at their year-end meetings to promote the survey, which closes at the end of December, and ask for representation at the municipal level. The city’s social and health committees are what Sanghera wants representation on, and he hopes the survey results and having a doctor on board will help guide policy. Sanghera says he hopes the survey will update the actual number of family physicians in the city and lead to more doctor recruitment. For more information, visit www.divis ionsbc.ca/burnaby. See an extended version of this story online at www.burnabynow.com.

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One local doctor says Burnaby’s current population is not matched by the number of family physicians practising in the city – and he’s worried it won’t catch up with future growth. Burnaby has 164 physicians currently practising, but with a population of more than 220,000, Dr. Baldev Sanghera says the city is in dire need of at least 60 more. Sanghera has practised as a family physician in Burnaby since 1998. He works in a clinic with seven family doctors, and between all of them, they have 25,000 patients. On average, one family doctor should have about 1,200 to 1,500 patients only. “Right now, the only way people are able to find a family doctor is either by going to the College of Physicians and Surgeons (of B.C.) website and looking through the database, but it’s an older database; or contacting the local emergency ward and getting the list of physicians taking patients – but it is not updated frequently,” he told the NOW. Sanghera is part of the Burnaby Division of Family Practice, which is a collective of about 150 family physicians in the city. Since he’s been in Burnaby, about eight family doctors have retired and none of

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Burnaby NOW • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • A13

16 City group honoured

17 Coyote’s starring role

20 A mountain of toys

SECTION COORDINATOR Jennifer Moreau, 604-444-3021 jmoreau@burnabynow.com

Lunch with friends:

Bonnie Danielisz, president of the Confederation Seniors’ Centre Association, and treasurer John Cowie enjoy lunch at the centre. The centre’s longstanding hot lunch program is in jeopardy, as numbers are dwindling and it’s losing money.

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Enjoy the best lunch deal in town Confederation Seniors’ Centre working to save lowcost hot lunch program Attendance for a decades-long lunch program at Confederation Seniors’ Centre is dwindling, and organizers are losing money. The program provides low-cost lunches throughout the week at the centre. The program, which has been running for roughly 20 years, usually attracts between 50 and

100 people, but more are needed to bring in enough revenue to keep the program afloat. “We want word to get out there that lunch is available, whether you’re a senior or not,” said Ashley James, the centre’s supervisor. “It’s an incredibly important part of what we do here, because for some of them, this is the big hot meal of the day.” The lunches run Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m., and tickets are $7 for centre members or $8 for non-members.

The price includes a main entrée, coffee, tea and dessert. “That’s a pretty darn good deal for lunch,” James said. The lunch program is also a social affair for the seniors, James said. “We have people who come here at nine in the morning. They sit in the lobby, chat with their friends and wait to buy their ticket,” she said. The program is completely volunteer run, apart from one paid staff member who works in the centre’s kitchen. The centre’s

staff members, who are City of Burnaby employees, run the program in conjunction with the Confederation Seniors’ Association, the non-profit group that’s connected with the centre. “The volunteers do such a great job, and we want nothing but for it to succeed,” James said. But getting the word out is only part of the solution, she added. “We are looking at other ways we can cut costs,” she said. For more information, call 604-294-1936.

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urnaby post-secondary student Micaela Evans was awarded one of the five Fire Fighter Helping Hands Bursaries through Muscular

Dystrophy Canada. Evans, who has spinal muscular atrophy, is registered with Muscular Dystrophy Canada, which is a nationwide non-profit organization that strives to help those with any of the 150 different forms of neuromuscular disorders. The disorder has never held Evans back. She has always been involved with her local community, whether it be in her hometown of Armstrong, B.C.

or in Burnaby where she is studying communications at Simon Fraser University and pursuing her goal of becoming a journalist. Helping her on her journey, she was awarded the Fire Fighter Helping Hands Bursary. The bursary provides financial assistance to students who wish to pursue post-secondary education and who will continue to give back to the community. – Jane Leung

Musical morning

Band students from Burnaby South Secondary brought some Christmas cheer to the pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Burnaby Christmas Bureau at the Hilton on Thursday. The band performed Christmas-themed music for the crowds flocking to the hotel for a hot pancake breakfast in exchange for a donation to the bureau,

which provides toys for children and hampers for seniors during the holidays.

Hunger Actions

Students at Burnaby’s SFU campus have been busy helping single moms in need. Students from across the university are involved in Enactus, a volunteer organization that runs Hunger Actions, a program that offers free finan-

cial literacy and healthy cooking workshops for single moms. Enactus has chapters in different universities, and students create programs to address some of the needs in their communities. Business student Leslie Chow manages the SFU Hunger Actions program and has been involved in Enactus for two years. “I really grew up in a family where everything Class Act Page 16


A14 • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • Burnaby NOW

Cheers to the Holidays with Artisan Wine Shop F

or 7 years, Artisan Wine Shop has been providing customers with excellent customer service and competitive prices. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff help customers navigate their way through the case specials and wines priced the same or below those at Government Liquor Stores. “One of the keys to our success is our aggressive pricing – we feature lots of case specials, and many of our wines are priced lower than LDB prices,” says Lisa Tasdelen, store manager. “Also, our staff are friendly, and they know their wines. We have a great selection of quality wines that are easy to shop and select.”

Manager Lisa Tasdelen and her team members Matt (left) and Kelsey (right) at Artisan Wine Shop.”

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Located across from Superstore, Artisan Wine Shop is the only wine store in Metropolis @ Metrotown. Aside from our great selection of BC wines we are known for our beautiful

gift baskets and interesting line of wine accessories. Most recently, the team attended the Parade of Christmas Holiday Gala, where they volunteered their services to pour wine. In addition to providing a great customer experience and their many product offerings, Artisan Wine Shop is an active participator in the Burnaby community. “Our head office donates time and wine to charities all year,” says Tasdelen, “Our store location participates in many charity events. Giving back is important to us.” When asked what is next up for Artisan Wine Shop, Lisa says customers can look forward to lots more spectacular monthly case specials, Customer Appreciation Days and Chinese New Year promotions.

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Burnaby NOW • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • A15

Q&A with Nando’s Kingsway I

n a recent Q&A session with Nando’s Kingsway manager Kiran Uppal, we got a glimpse into some of the reasons that Nando’s has been so successful for the last 10 years. Can you tell us a little bit about the history of Nando’s? And what is “PERi-PERi”? • Nando’s first opened in South Africa in 1987 and soon became famous for its Portuguese style flame-grilled chicken with a PERiPERi kick. PERi-PERi is African Birds Eye Chili. Although we are mostknown for our chicken, we also offer sandwiches, wraps, salads, delicious sides and desserts and a variety of beverages including international beers & wines. What sets Nando’s Kingsway apart from other restaurants? • We credit our success to our friendly and dedicated staff, and our delicious menu offerings - especially our famous Portuguese-style flamed grilled chicken with PeriPeri. Nandocas (staff) take pride in helping guests along journey to discover magic that is Nandos

“Minha casa é sua casa”, or in English, our home is your home, relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and delicious food. What new products or promotions do Nando’s guests have to look forward to in the near future? • We’ve got reloadable Gift Cards, a Family Dinner Special starting at $19.99, Catering Local Business, a Business Lunch Special for $9.99 and a Family Business Card Draw for a free lunch! We won Highest year over year growth in Western Canada for Nando’s Restaurants in 2013. We are very proud and thank the Burnaby community for its support. In what ways does Nando’s Kingsway involve itself in the community? • We are committed to being a great corporate citizen to the community of Burnaby and are always open to opportunities to give back. Some of the organizations we support include South Burnaby House, May Berry School, and Miss Teen 2014. We also support local musical groups through our summer concert series.

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Neighbourhood House earns recognition The Safe Harbour program recently recognized the Burnaby Neighbourhood House as an award finalist for being an outstanding community organizer. More than 80 B.C. organizations attended the fifth annual Safe Harbour awards ceremony on Nov. 19. The awards acknowledge community organizers for showing leadership and creating inclusive environments through the Safe Harbour. “Having been recognized as a finalist means a lot to our organization, as it shows that we, as an organization, have made an impact to the community in all the work we’ve done,” said Antonia Beck, executive director of the Burnaby

Neighbourhood House. The Burnaby Neighbourhood House is a community-based social service agency run by volunteers. The organization provides warm welcomes and different services to people of diverse backgrounds. Neighbourhood houses have been part of the region’s communities for more than 100 years, and there are 10 houses in the Lower Mainland. The Safe Harbour: Respect for All Program is funded by Embrace B.C., a government program that highlights ethnic diversity, multiculturalism in community events, and promotes anti-racism. –Jane Leung

Class Act: Action against hunger continued from page 13

was provided for me, … but I also realized some people are going through tough times and I really wanted to give back to the community. It’s something I’m really passionate about,” said Chow. The next Hunger Actions event is scheduled

for January at Vancouver’s Hillcrest Community Centre. The workshop focuses on easy recipes for healthy meals and tips to save money on groceries. The group has mostly held events in Vancouver, but many of the students attend SFU’s Burnaby

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Burnaby NOW • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • A17

In the wild:

This Burnaby coyote was rehabilitated by the Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. and is now on the cover of the group’s 2014 calendar.

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A Burnaby coyote rescued in September is now the new cover star of the Wildlife Rescue Association’s 2014 calendar. The association rehabilitates wildlife and promotes the welfare of animals living in urban environments. This coyote was found on Sept. 19, lying on the road after being hit by a car. Ten minutes later, the SPCA was called and the coyote was picked up and brought to the association. The coyote was badly injured and was very quiet and weak for the first few days. After she began to eat more, heal and come out of shock, she started to act normally

again, according to Yolanda Brooks, communications coordinator at the Wildlife Rescue Association. The wall calendar costs $15 and features animals that were rehabilitated at the association and wildlife shots by volunteers in parks and wilderness areas around the Metro Vancouver area. Hundreds of pictures are taken, and the best photos that make the cut are compiled and used in the calendar. To order a calendar call 604-526-2747 or visit their office at 5216 Glencarin Dr. Burnaby. – Jane Leung

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A18 • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • Burnaby NOW

Dying wish: Son and mom support Dunn’s quest for death continued from page 3

and screamed my head off. This is absolutely true. Then a voice got through the screaming. A calm, loving voice reassured me, ‘You have to know everything, you have to understand everything.’ And that helps me when I really get down. Life is really something.” Dunn has two sons and three granddaughters. One of her sons, Tavis Dunn, lives in Burnaby and visits his mother several times a week. When he was a child, he remembers his mother having to constantly fight to keep her children. His parents separated when he was young, and his father moved back to Saskatchewan. “Government care workers assumed she was slow or mentally disabled,” he said. “She constantly had to fight to keep us. They didn’t understand, they didn’t think she was mentally able to take care of us.” Now that Tavis is a father with a 10month-old daughter, he has a new appreciation for his disabled mother who raised two kids. “She single-handedly raised two really rambunctious boys. We destroyed everything in the house, and she had to manage that,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine raising a child like that, and on the other side having people think you’re not good enough and try to take your child away.” Tavis, like his grandmother, supports Dunn’s decision to end her life. He said his mother has been preparing him and his brother for this moment almost his whole life. Some forms of ataxia can take a person’s life when they’re in their 30s. “It’s the perfect example of someone who really, genuinely, doesn’t want to be on this planet anymore, in an enormous amount of pain. We don’t have it set up in our legal system, the choice for someone to be able to do that,” Tavis said. While the contentious issue of physician-assisted suicide has been making headlines, the idea that someone has the right to choose their own fate is a strong belief held firmly by Tavis. “It’s different when there’s someone being pressured, someone wants them to go. That’s a real issue,” he said. “There’s got to be a middle ground, I don’t see why we need to keep her here just to satisfy our own moral statutes.” Tavis said he does realize the scope of people’s concerns and the potential for disabled people to feel pressure to end their lives prematurely. “I totally understand that people are concerned about making disabled people feel, or have their families make them feel like they’re not welcome or they’re a huge burden,” he said. “In my mom’s case, I totally support her. I know where her brain is. I strongly believe if you have a family member in this type of pain, it’s hard to see someone you love so much in

a process that ensures the person does not within Europe, and certainly Canada is that kind of pain. And the only solution is more in line with the rest of the world to have more drugs? All we do is drug her suffer from a mental illness and is “ absoup with hydromorphine. It’s just drugging lutely dead certain” they want to end their than are these countries,” she said. “It is sometimes suggested that the Netherlands life, he added. you out. That’s existing?” was able to pioneer this issue because of In 2011, the Royal Society of Canada, According to the federal government, which was established in the trust placed by Dutch people in their it is. The government doctors, but this is not clear.” 1882 and is made up of has made it clear that “I want other people to McLean disagrees with Gordon and distinguished scholars, it would challenge any says involving the courts to move forward provincial ruling to really think about why peo- artists and scientists, published a report on the with legalizing assisted suicide is worth it. legalize assisted suicide, ple like me are kept alive. issue. “This is an issue that greatly concerns and strike it down. many people – both those in favour and End-of-Life Decision Robert Gordon is a They’re suffering emotionagainst legalization,” she said. “It touches was a report that professor of criminolally. I want them to think Making very clearly on the question of individual commissioned national ogy and associate dean of arts and social sciabout why; to think about and international experts rights and their relationship to the public interest.” to tackle the issue and ences at Simon Fraser it logically – not emotion- trigger McLean said the public can benefit informed debate University and a disally – as to why they’re from the experience of countries that have in Canada. tinguished fellow of changed their legal approach, which will Sheila McLean is the Canadian Centre kept alive. There are so serve to inform the debate. emeritus professor of for Elder Law at the many entangled emotions law and ethics in medi“In the U.K., getting anything done University of British Columbia. in there. It’s not fair. The cine with the University requires a brave politician, or politicians, to propose law reform,” she said. Glasgow. She sat on Gordon has been other reason is for myself. I of the panel that guided the “I imagine the same is true in Canada, so keeping track of assisted lobbying politicians, as well as publicizing society’s report. suicide cases before want to stop this.” cases, seems the best way forward.” “It seems unfortunate the courts and says it’s RAWNIE DUNN The best way forward, according to that the Royal Society of hard to predict what seeking assisted suicide Canada’s report does not Dunn, is to have the public hear her story. the Supreme Court of appear to have led to law She said she’s written many letters to variCanada decision will be ous media outlets in hopes of moving the reform, although some on the matter. issue forward. recent case laws in other Canadian states Assisted suicide is still part of the “I want other people to really think seems to move the debate forward,” she criminal code because suicide started about why people like me are kept alive,” said in an email interview. out there, Gordon says. 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TOM: And the reverse is true, too. If a person needs a clutch, we always put in a new release bearing at the same time. RAY: But at $1,800 for a clutch job these days, you want to put it off as long as possible. So rest that left leg, Joe. Get more Click and Clack in their new book, “Ask Click and Clack: Answers from Car Talk.” Got a question about cars? Write to Click and Clack – email them by visiting the Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com.

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A22 • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • Burnaby NOW

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Burnaby NOW • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • A23

24 Clan All-Americans

24 Clan hockey in top spot 24 Skaters up to Challenge

SECTION COORDINATOR Tom Berridge, 604-444-3022 • tberridge@burnabynow.com

TKD student to take on the world Tom Berridge sports editor

Kids can be full of surprises. So, when an eightyear-old Rowena Lau began catching on to the sport of taekwondo, even her mother had to admit she didn’t expect what was to come. But what began as an innocent introduction to the Korean martial art by a family friend has turned into an interesting journey to the upcoming junior world championships for the Grade 10 Byrne Creek Secondary teen. Lau has trained at OMAC Master’s Taekwondo on 12th Street since she was eight. Now a second Dan black belt, the 15-year-old Lau found the experience fun and the dojang welcoming. “Yes, I found it interesting. I enjoyed the way they taught classes,” said Lau. She entered her first competition as a blue belt at Capilano University and surprised even herself by coming away with the gold medal in her division in a sudden-death final. “For me, when she first started, she was always quiet and unassuming. Her mother thought she would only be in it for recreation, but she competed and worked hard, and overall, she’s my best student,” said Master Young Suh. “She is strong and has good balance. It’s a really good opportunity for her future.” The sudden success and chance to meet new friends appealed to Lau and kept her active in the dojang. It also made her hungry for more learning from the Master’s teaching staff. In 2011, a shorter Lau gave up both weight and as much as four years in age at her very first national.

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Best foot forward: Byrne Creek Secondary student Rowena Lau won her weight class at the recent national taekwondo championships and earned a place on the Canadian team for the upcoming junior world championships in to be held in Chinese Taipei in March. “I lost pretty badly,” she said. “It was my first national, and I got really nervous. It was a big tournament, and I didn’t really know anyone on the team. I lost to a girl from Ontario.” Lau has since shot up in height and put on more muscle. She started this year off losing to the eventual champion in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open. At this year’s Canadian championships in Montreal, Lau beat the same Ontario girl for a second consecutive time at the nationals, winning gold in the under-42 kilogram finweight division. “I think my kicks are fast, and I’m strong and

alert, and my master keeps als, Lau earned a silver telling me positive things. medal at u-44 kg at the It makes me feel accom- Youth Olympic Games in Montreal. plished after She also the hard work “Whatever happicked up and training,” pens, it’s one an earlier silLau said. “It ver at the Pan paid off.” more stepping Am Games in Suh has stone I can learn Mexico. no long-term expectations from and improve Lau’s goldmedal win at for his rising even more.” the nationstar. als earned her “I want her ROWENA LAU to focus on National taekwondo champion an automatic berth on the her schooling first. Her grades are still Canadian team to the good,” he said, adding Lau junior worlds, which will is a busy teenager, play- take place in Chinese ing two high school sports Taipei in March. “My goal for her is to while also participating in the volunteer club and the gain experience, but I want her to finish top five. I jazz band at Byrne Creek. Prior to the nation- have seen the best in the

world, and she’s just as good as the top athletes,” said Suh. “Whatever happens, it’s one more stepping stone I can learn from and improve even more,” Lau said. But Lau is also uncertain where her taekwondo may lead her and says she’s taking each year as it comes. Yet her fast strikes and quick thinking on the mat make her a formidable opponent at any level – just ask her cousins. “Yeah, I like to tangle with my older cousins – they’re guys – it’s more interesting than watching TV or something,” she said.

Sinclair closing in on 150 career goals Christine Sinclair scored the 148th goal of her Canadian national soccer team career in a 2-0 win over Scotland on Dec. 12. Making her 200th appearance for the national women’s team, Sinclair scored a goal in the second half of play against the Scots in Brasilia, Brazil.

Sinclair also missed a rare penalty kick in the match. On Sunday, Canada dominated on the pitch but not on the scoreboard, losing 1-0 to unheralded Chile. The Canadians must win against Brazil today (Wednesday), if they are to advance to the competition final on Dec. 22.

Sinclair also picked up an 11th consecutive honour from Canada Soccer as the Canadian female player of the year in 2013. Last season, Sinclair led the Portland Thorns to a National Women’s Soccer League title, scoring both the first goal for the franchise in the newly resurrected women’s pro soc-

cer league and the final tally in a 2-0 win over Western New York Flash in the league championship final. The title was the third straight pro championship for Sinclair, who also won in 2010 with FC Gold Pride and in 2011 with Western New York Flash. In international soc-

cer, Sinclair was again a finalist for FIFA women’s world player of the year. She was also honoured on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Sinclair won her first Canadian female player of the year in her rookie season with the women’s national team. She has won it every year since 2004. – Tom Berridge

Curlers book tickets to B.C.s

Three Royal City Curling Club rinks have secured berths into this season’s B.C. men’s curling championships. The Dean Joanisse rink of third Mike Johnson, second Paul Cseke and lead John Cullen earned the first qualifing berth to the B.C. championships, winning the A event final with a 6-3 win over Grant Dezura of Golden Ears at the Lower Mainland playdowns at the Royal City Curling Club Dec. 6 to 8. Tied 3-3 after six ends, Joanisse took only his second lead of the A event final, lying two in the eighth end, before running Dezura out of rocks in a one-rock steal in the ninth. In the A event semifinals, Joanisse scored a big three-point ninth end to nip John Molendyk of Vancouver to advance to the final. Dezura knocked off Burnaby’s Brent Pierce 7-1 in the other semi. Joanisse, a two-time B.C. men’s champion from Victoria, also needed a two-point 10th end over clubmate Rick Pughe to continue on in the A event. In the B event final, Dezura met Pierce again, scoring four in the sixth end and four more in the eighth to qualify for the B.C.’s. Pierce took the long road to the provincials, playing eight games in the threeday competition held at the Royal City Curling Club. The Pierce rink of skip Sean Geall, third Pierce, second Sebastien Robillard and lead Mark Olson blanked Pughe 8-0 in the C event, before winning the final Lower Mainland berth 8-4 over clubmate Ken McArdle, scoring three in the fourth end, two more in the seventh and another deuce in the ninth. All three qualifiers will join Royal City skip Andrew Bilesky, who earned an automatic berth into the B.C.s as the winner of last year’s tournament. In January, curlers have one last chance to compete for four open berths to the B.C.s at Salmon Arm. The B.C. men’s championships will be played in Vancouver Feb. 5 to 9.


A24 • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • Burnaby NOW

SFU ATHLETICS

Clan soccer players named All-Americans Two Simon Fraser University soccer players were named to the NCAA Division II All-American team. Clan midfielder Chris Barholz and defender Magnus Kirstensen both earned spots on the second team as compiled by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Bargholz and Kristensen were also named AllAmericans in last week’s Daktronics voting, which is chosen by the NCAA’s sports information directors. The pair led SFU back to the NCAA national final four for a second straight season after the Clan had clinched a second consecutive NCAA west region title and fourth Great Northwest conference banner in a row. Bargholz was named the conference player of the year in 2013, scoring four goals and adding seven assists in 17 games for the Clan.

Kristensen was the conference’s freshman of the year and all-conference first team pick. He started in 23 matches this season, recording three goals and an assist, while helping the Clan defence allow just 0.87 goals per game – the third lowest goals against average in the conference.

Movin’ up in Cup

SFU moved up from 20th to 12th place in the most recent Directors’ Cup NCAA Division II standings. The eight-point climb came after the Clan’s semifinal finish at the NCAA nationals last week and an earlier top-10 showing by the women’s cross-country team at the nationals. SFU is currently the second highest ranked Great Northwest conference program behind Western Washington University. WWU moved up from 12th place to eighth in the polling. – Tom Berridge

Burnaby skaters up for Challenge Kelsey Wong of Burnaby placed third in the junior women’s category at the recent Skate Canada Challenge in Regina from Dec. 4 to 8. Wong finished third in the short program and second in the free skate behind event winner Madelyn Dunley of Central Ontario and provincial teammate Julianne Delaurier. The Burnaby skater posted a second-best score of 80.89 in the free program, less than a point behind that of Delaurier, who settled for the silver medal with a 127.64 total despite placing just a fraction of a point behind the Ontario skater in overall points. Dunley finished with a 127.89 score. Burnaby ice dancers placed on and near the podium in the junior dance in Regina. Danielle Wu and Spencer Soo of Burnaby won the silver medal with a runner-up score of 134.51 at Evraz Place. Mackenzie Bent and Garrett MacKeen of Eastern Ontario won the junior dance with a 141.14 total score. Brianna Delmaestro and Timothy Lum of Burnaby moved up one spot after the free program to finish fourth with a 124.83 total. Carolane Soucisse and Simon Tanguay of Quebec held on to the bronze medal with a strong free program. In the senior men’s division, four skaters with a B.C. Centre of Excellence connection placed in the top six. Liam Firus of B.C. placed runner-up behind champion Andrei Rogozine of Central Ontario with a 199.66 score. Former Burnaby resident Nam Nguyen, now skating out of Central Ontario, finished in third place. Jeremy Ten, who led with a 71.13 score after the short program, slipped to fourth place following the free program. Mitchell Gordon of B.C. also dropped in the final placings after posting a third-best 65.34 in the short program.

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Snake bitten: Camille Dalla-Vecchia, in red, scored two goals for the Burnaby Girls Vipers in a 3-0 win over Nicole Sommer, left, and Cliff Avenue United in a recent under-18 girls’ soccer match at Burnaby Central Turf. Leila Mottaghi also scored for the Vipers in the win.

Clan hockey in first at Xmas break Tom Berridge

sports editor

Simon Fraser University swept a recent two-game set from Eastern Washington to finish the first half of the B.C. Intercollegieate Hockey League season in top spot. The Clan hockey club posted back-to-back 5-2 and 7-0 wins over the U.S. program at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre on Dec. 6 and 7, respectively. Aaron Enns tallied the game-winning goal in the Friday win on the power play midway through the second period. Nick Sandor led all scorers with a goal and three assists. SFU also scored big in its Weekend of Giving, raising more than $400 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. The following night, hundreds of plush toys were later donated to the Burnaby and Surrey Christmas Bureaus following the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss.

Enns was the first to turn on the red light that started the rain of teddys to the ice late in the opening period. After that, it was all SFU as the Clan scored three times in both the second and third periods, while outshooting the visitors 55-19 in the matchup. Team captain Tyler Mah of Burnaby picked up his fifth assist and sixth point of the year on a slapper from the point that Pavlo Zerebecky got his stick on. “Overall, we’re really happy with the performance of our players,” said Mah, a strapping 6-3 stay-athome D-man, who played three seasons in the B.C. Hockey League with Nanaimo before finishing his junior A career in Saskatchewan with Flinn Flon. “As a group, I’m very happy finishing in first place before the break.” The biggest improvement to the Clan this season is the size of its blue-line, said Mah. “We’re very big

in the back end, and we’re fast. We can buzz around the ice.” SFU’s size and speed could come in very handy when the Clan hosts its second annual Great Northwest Hockey Showcase at the Copeland centre in the new year. Last year, SFU split a pair of games at the 2013 showcase with Division III schools. This season, SFU will play host to a couple of NCAA Div. I schools – Princeton and seven-time national champion University of North Dakota. “It’s an exhibition, but we take it as one of the biggest games in our careers,” said Mah. “We want to put up a performance to show we are competitive with teams like that.” The showcase gets underway Jan. 3 with SFU taking on Princeton at 4 p.m. The Clan closes out the event on Jan. 4, playing the late 7 p.m. game against North Dakota. For tickets go to www.greatnorth westshowcase.com.

Giants crown Royals in Island double The Northwest Giants scored back-to-back wins over the South Island Royals in Victoria. Last season’s Hockey NOW player of the year Dante Fabbro led all scorers in the Giants’ 5-1 B.C. Major Midget League win on Saturday.

Quinn Benjafield and Quinn Thompson both scored two goals in a 6-1 victory over the Royals in a Sunday rematch. Tied 1-1 after the opening period, the Giants pulled away with four unanswered markers in the middle frame, includ-

ing the first of the year for Austin McQuay. The back-to-back wins improved the Giants’ season record to 18-3-1, leavingthemfourpointsbehind league leaders Okanagan Rockets. The Giants have played two fewer games than Okanagan.

The Burnaby Winter Club-based Giants finish off the first half of the schedule against the Greater Vancouver Canadians. The Giants take on the Canadians at the Burnaby Winter Club on Sunday. Puck drops at 9:30 a.m.


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