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Ransacked home just the beginning Burnaby mom, son, lose belongings to thieves and then face attempts to steal her identity and savings

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Jenn Lee and her nine-yearold son came home Tuesday night to find their townhouse had been broken into. Among the items stolen were two laptops, which thieves managed to hack into before attempting to drain Lee’s bank account and order credit cards in her name.

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It was an average weeknight for Jenn Lee and her nine-year-old son. The pair was getting home late one night, like they often do after a full day of work and after-school activities. Lee opened her front door, dropped her keys on a table, grabbed the trash and took it out to the bin. When she got back inside, she noticed her son’s video games and console were pulled out from under the TV. She scolded her son for making a mess and went about her business, still slightly perturbed about the video games. When she entered the kitchen and slowed down for a minute, she noticed the back window of her townhouse was open, and her son’s guitars were leaning below it. She slowly looked around and noticed that several things were strewn about. Immediately, she knew something was wrong and ran upstairs, where she found bits and pieces of her jewelry tossed around her bedroom, and an empty hope chest was tossed on the bed. That’s when she knew someone had broken into her home and stolen her valuables

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– including two laptop computers. “It had my whole life on it,” Lee said, choking back tears. “Years of work, everything, is on my computer.” The loss of the laptops hit Lee hard, but

she worries it has hit her son the hardest because he lost all of his music, which he wrote and recorded himself. “It’s not just stuff, it’s my child’s life,” she said. “I’m just so sad for my son.”

But the single mother’s troubles weren’t over yet. After calling the Burnaby RCMP and spending the night going over what Break-in Page 8

Measles outbreak arrives in Burnaby Stefania Seccia staff reporter

The measles outbreak from Chilliwack has hit Burnaby at the BCIT campus, the Fraser Health Authority has confirmed. An infected student was at the local BCIT campus on March 6 and 7, which

is related to the original outbreak in Chilliwack. Fraser Health is dealing with 80 to 100 cases of measles in the Fraser East sector, such as Agassiz, Hope and Chilliwack. “The risk to the general BCIT student population is low, as most of the population are in the age group that would have

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WorkSafe names city, contractor Report says city failed to provide information that could have prevented death of construction worker Cayley Dobie staff reporter

Burnaby taxpayers could be on the hook for fines after a WorkSafeBC report found the city failed to provide information that could have prevented the 2012 death of a construction worker. The WorkSafeBC investigation report, obtained by the Burnaby NOW, shows that, as owners of the worksite, the City of Burnaby didn’t provide contractor J. Cote & Son Excavating Ltd. with information on hazards that existed on the site. A subsequent inspection report provided to the NOW by WorkSafeBC, states the city violated section 119 (b) of the Workers Compensation Act that dictates the owner of a worksite must give contractors any information that could identify or eliminate hazards to the health and safety of workers. The report also found the City of Burnaby was in violation of section 3.10 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, which requires anyone “who observes an unsafe or harmful condition” to report it so the unsafe conditions can be fixed. The report details that on Oct. 11, 2012, two pipe-layers were installing a storm and sewer line in a laneway north of Edinburgh Street, near Gilmore Avenue, when a concrete retaining wall collapsed, killing Jeffrey Caron and injuring Thomas Richer, employees of J. Cote & Son. The concrete wall, which was a freestanding wall, or gravity wall as it’s referred to in the WorkSafe report, maintains its “stability by

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Remembering a colleague: Pipe-layer Thomas Richer poses by a plaque in Burnaby commemorating co-worker Jeff Caron, who was killed two years ago when a trench collapsed. its own weight and is subject to overturning and/or moving outward.” On the day of the fatal accident, the wall became unstable after soil next to the wall was excavated. According to the WorkSafeBC report, on the day of the incident, Richer told his foreman that the retaining wall appeared to have shifted. The foreman told Richer not to worry about it. Less than 10 minutes later the wall fell down, crushing Caron and striking Richer. Both men were taken to hospital, but Caron did not survive his injuries. Richer started working for J. Cote shortly before the accident. Prior to that he had been a foreman at another construction company. If proper safety measures had

been followed, Richer believes the accident could have been prevented. “It’s unfortunate that something like this here had to happen before they actually opened their eyes,” he said. WorkSafeBC issued inspection reports to both the City of Burnaby and J. Cote & Son Excavating Ltd. stating that there is enough evidence to impose fines. Both parties could face stiff fines. But when and if those fines will be issued is still up in the air, according to Megan Johnston, communications officer with WorkSafeBC. Johnston told the NOW that penalty notices are issued after the investigators’ and inspection reports are completed and there is no clear timeline when fines

could be announced as they are still being considered. How much the city, and in turn the taxpayers, could be on the hook for is still unknown. Fines issued by WorkSafe are calculated based on the payroll of the company or party at fault, Johnston said. “A large company with a lot of employees would face a larger penalty than a small operation that has a handful of employees,” she added. Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan told the NOW the city disagreed with WorkSafeBC’s findings. “We disagree with the comments made by WorkSafeBC, and we intend to appeal their decision,” Corrigan said. “I don’t want to comment any further given that we’re very strongly taking a position.”

School district invites input on budget The Burnaby school district is looking for input from the public on spending priorities for the 2014/15 budget. The annual meeting is the public’s only chance to weigh in on budgeting for the local district. “We welcome community input, that’s the idea, we need

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our partner groups, and this is the one opportunity we have for consultation,” said school board chair Baljinder Narang. The meeting is set for Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the district’s office, at 5325 Kincaid St. Greg Frank, the district’s sec-

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retary-treasurer, will present a snapshot of budget projections and go over any financial “challenges” and the anticipated funding shortfall. It’s too early to say what cuts, if any, the board will have to make to stay in the black. “At this point the board is still collecting input. In terms of budLast week’s question Do you support the changes to recycling in B.C.? YES 28% NO 72% This week’s question Do you think vaccines are safe? Vote at: www.burnabynow.com

get adjustments, those decisions will be made at our public meeting on April 22,” Frank said. Anyone wishing to present at the April 9 public input meeting must preregister by calling 604296-6900 (ext. 661004) or emailing budget@sd41.bc.ca. – Jennifer Moreau

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Measles: Spreads quickly continued from page 1

Red measles is a severe and contagious illness that spreads quickly through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. The virus can also survive in small droplets in the air for several hours. “If you are showing measles-like symptoms, stay home and call your doctor or 811,” Van Buynder said. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and red and inflamed eyes, which are often sensitive to light. A rash follows this about three to seven days later. It starts on the face and neck, spreads to the chest, arms and legs, and can last at least three days. Spots inside the mouth may form, as well, which look like small grains of sand on a red base. Fraser Health is working with BCIT to

alert students who may have come in contact with the infected student. Students who attended classes in building NE1 on March 6 or 7 could return to school by March 17, if they have had two documented doses of the MMR vaccine, if they are born before 1970 or have had measles in the past, according to the release. The best protection against measles is two doses of the vaccine, which are available to the public through pharmacies, doctors or walk-in clinics. The Fraser Health Authority is asking people with the symptoms to stay home, and those who are seriously ill are asked to contact their doctor, public health unit, or emergency department prior to arriving in order to prevent the spread.

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BURNABY ZONING BYLAW 1965, AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 9, 2014 – BYLAW NO. 13303 Rez. #07-29 6808, 6826 Royal Oak Avenue and 5250 Imperial Street Lot 1 Except Parcel ‘X’ (RP33213), D.L. 98, Group 1, NWD Plan 4559, Lot 2, D.L. 98, Group 1, NWD Plan 4559, and Lot 3 Except: Parcel ‘Y’ (RP33213), Blks 4 & 5, D.L. 98, Group 1, NWD Plan 2066 From:

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Drugs seized in search Save The Date!

Police discovered an abundance of drugs, cash and ammunition while executing a search warrant on a home in North Burnaby. The Vancouver Police Department announced on Friday that officers had seized a number of items from a local residence as a result of a targeted enforcement initiative called Project Trio. The investigation targeted a group of drug traffickers with connections in Vancouver, Surrey, Abbotsford and Chilliwack, and known gang affiliations. According to Vancouver police, the intention of Project Trio was to disrupt

the supply of drugs being brought into Vancouver’s South Slope neighbourhood. The investigation culminated in the execution of a search warrant at a home in North Burnaby on March 12. Officers seized a number of items during their search, including digital scales, packaging materials, about six pounds of marijuana, 14 ounces of heroin, a quarter kilogram of cocaine, 20 80-gram tablets of Oxycontin, several boxes of 9mm ammunition and about $5,000 in cash. Vancouver police said the investigation is ongoing and charges are expected soon. – Cayley Dobie

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Measles thrive on ignorance of parents

lies the number of children who will The measles have escaped the ultrasuffer severe brain trauma, and many of conservative religious community in those will live with the effects for the rest Chilliwack where the most recent outof their lives. Permanent hearing loss is a break of the dangerous disease started. relatively common legacy. One case has even arrived in The real tragedy lies in how Burnaby, in a student at BCIT. Burnaby NOW easy it is to avoid infection. This is not a small thing. A simple vaccination confers Measles is not a minor ailment immunity from the disease and all of its like the common cold. It is not just a risks. spotty rash. It’s serious. Yes, some prominent people have sugOne in three children who catch the gested that vaccinations are dangerous. disease will be hospitalized. About one Much of that speculation originated with in 3,000 will die. Somewhere in between

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the “research” of Andrew Wakefield, which has been thoroughly debunked and discredited. His infamous article in The Lancet was retracted. But the actors and celebrities promulgating that nonsense haven’t bothered to keep up with developments – the way they would if they were real scientists, instead of pretending to be scientists during a movie shoot. Don’t listen to celebrities. They have no expertise, and worse still, they have little motive to be concerned about their

own ignorance. They have the resources to safeguard their kids – to keep them away from other kids whose parents haven’t vaccinated them – so they have the luxury of giving in to their own ignorance without putting their children at tremendous risk. Do your research from reputable sources: ask questions of medical experts and avoid talk-show nonsense. And if you still choose not to vaccinate, then keep your kids at home – for their safety as well as others’.

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t’s often the case in politics that a politician can spend a relatively small amount of money, yet reap a heck of a lot of trouble for it. Misspend a few million dollars? Don’t worry about it. Misspend tens of thousands of dollars? Get ready to be blasted. Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s leadership is in crisis over her trying to stick the taxpayers with a $45,000 expense bill, and now two B.C. Liberal MLAs have been bruised for making questionable spending decisions themselves. Justice Minister and AttorneyGeneral Suzanne Anton’s decision to approve a contract worth up to $140,000 for former B.C. Liberal MLA John Les not only raised huge questions about her political judgment but also thrust her into the awkward position of being thrown under the bus by her boss, Premier Christy Clark. A day after Anton defended the contract (which was to have Les co-chair a review of earthquake preparedness), Clark announced it was unacceptable

because it was too expensive and said it had been “withdrawn,” leaving her minister to explain how the blatant patronage payout had been concocted in the first place. Meanwhile, legislature Speaker Linda Reid had some explaining to do of her own. Once again, this bit of trouble did not involve a huge amount of dollars, but just enough to leave a mark. Reid, it seems, has been on a bit of a spending spree at the same time the B.C. Liberal government is bragging that its tight fiscal restraint policy is allowing it to balance the budget. Reid has spent more than $100,000 on various projects around the legislature and her constituency office, and some of them are questionable at best. But let’s deal with Anton first. While not all the details have been made public, I suspect the decision to appoint Les to the earthquake preparedness review had the general support of Clark, until it became known what kind of money he was potentially getting. Appointing Les to the review panel was a bit much to begin with. There’s no question it smacks of political patronage, but the B.C. Liberals have demonstrated on numerous occasions they don’t shy away from handing out plum patronage posts (Les, in fact, already has a Spending Page 7

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City must tackle housing crisis Dear Editor:

As a renter in the City of Burnaby, I am concerned about the continued emergence of gigantic housing developments like the one at Brentwood that do not serve the average person. If I were able to speak with the Burnaby city council, I would ask if they had any commitment to social or low-income housing, or are they moving headlong into gentrification? Regarding this, a reported $427.1 million in building permits was handed out by council in just the first six months of last year. So, it follows that the city council should have some resources to address the need for more housing in this city. It is high time that Burnaby council showed

some initiative on this issue. Next door, Vancouver council is willing to face up to its housing needs. On Feb. 28, Vancouver council announced the $1 billion Downtown Eastside Enhancement plan that will result in 3,400 social housing units. Meanwhile, Burnaby council regularly grants extremely lucrative profit-making opportunities to big-time developers. The care extended to Cressy Developments in Edmonds and others must result in some positive benefit to our city. Toronto has succeeded in linking the granting of development permits with community benefits for its citizens. Shouldn’t Burnaby citizens receive some community development as well? What council needs to do is to finally stand up

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City must start on housing continued from page 6

and show some leadership by making a start on dealing with the need for low income and social housing here. Obviously, we don’t have a very progressive provincial government at the moment, but it’s the only one we’ve got. Council needs to get out in front of the provincial government, make a start, then phone Housing Minister Rich Coleman and give him a chance to get the province involved. The housing needs of renters in this city are both serious and great. So there needs to be an affordable option for lowincome renters, or this housing crisis will get worse, especially if council continues sitting on its hands, pretending there is no problem. Rick Erb, Burnaby

No, bullying is not ‘natural’ Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to J.W. Christophersen’s letter, “Reality check, people: Bullying is natural” (Burnaby NOW online, Feb. 27). In my opinion, bullying is not natural. If bullying were natural, children would be born with uncontrollable aggressive urges, making them a bully. However, as Mr. Christopherson said

himself, bullying is a learned behaviour. Since bullying is a learned behaviour, it implies that a child was not born bully, but he or she had learned to become one in society over time. Yes, politicians often act like bullies when involved in elections. However, is it true that in order to win an election, one must be a bully? Bullying is happening everywhere, but Mr. Christopherson seems to think that that is OK. He expresses that bullying should only be punished when it becomes criminal. However, bullying should be discouraged in all aspects of society, not just when someone publicly harasses, assaults or defames someone else. The mental and social pain of the victim is also very important to consider and punish. Politicians should lead by example and promote a society where there is no bullying. We should not accept bullying as “natural,” like Mr. Christopherson, because then the issue will only increase. Bullying is not inevitable. We cannot remain ignorant; we must educate ourselves, and those around us, in order to promote a lifestyle where bullying is nonexistent. We must continue to use modern technology to expose bullies. Mr. Christopherson is right: in our past, there have always been bullies. However, they do not have to be a part of our future. Jenais Ludwar, Surrey

Spending: Small dollars, big trouble continued from page 6

$60,000 position as chair of the Farm Industry Review Board). No, this was all about the money. Clark’s political instincts, which are usually pretty keen, told her paying a political insider $140,000 simply wasn’t going to cut it with the public. Anton, on the other hand, demonstrated a complete lack of political acumen. Compounding her credibility problem was her nonsensical and mysterious defense of her actions in the first place. Her office issued a statement two days after the contract was cancelled that Les’ appointment constituted an “emergency,” so there was no need to send the contract out to public tender. An emergency? Really? The whole Les debacle gives rise to speculation that she may not survive in

the justice portfolio when Clark shuffles her cabinet, which she will do eventually. We shall see. As for the free-spending Reid, there’s no question she’ll continue in her post as speaker despite the controversy she’s created for herself. Still, she’s had her knuckles rapped by her own colleagues, which is unusual. Reid quietly spent more than $40,000 to install a new computer console in front of the speaker’s chair in the legislative chamber, more than $13,000 for a members’ TV lounge in the legislature library (which has a $733 table for muffins and coffee) and $79,000 for security improvements to her constituency office. Reid apologized to the legislature’s management committee (composed of MLAs from both the government and the Opposition), but she’s basically been served notice to

rein in her spending spree. When the government’s overall spending is nearing $45 billion annually, the dollars thrown around by Anton and Reid amount to a miniscule part of that budget. But while many voters can’t really imagine what $45 billion amounts to, they can certainly relate to a $140,000 contract or a $13,000 TV lounge. And Alberta’s Redford has discovered people can certainly relate to expensive airplane flights, which is why she’s had to dig into her own pocket to pay the taxpayers back. Anton and Reid won’t have to open up their own wallets, of course, but they’ve learned a painful political lesson: it’s often the small spending items that can come back to bite you, not the big budget ones. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.

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City doles out grants Burnaby city council recently approved a slew of grants for various community groups, totalling more than $16,600 altogether. Council gave a grant to the Burnaby Hospice Society for $1,500; the Richard Major Art Group for $300; the Scouts Canada Burnaby area group for $5,000; Burnaby Mountain Secondary School $200 for its dry grad; the Burnaby Community Services for $8,484; the Maple Leaf Singers for $200; and Volunteer Burnaby for $1,000. The city also waived its green fee for the upcoming Michael J. Fox Theatre’s annual golf tournament at the Riverway

Golf Course. The in-kind grant is worth more than $8,000. Two Burnaby festivals will also have a little extra help thanks to city grants. The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Society received a $3,000 grant to support its Beyond the Walls concert featuring Chinese music on May 5. A $4,000 grant was awarded to BULA! Fiji Association of B.C. for its upcoming Fiji Festival on July 19 at Swangard Stadium. The annual festival includes traditional ceremonies and entertainment to celebrate Fijian culture, heritage and lifestyle. – Stefania Seccia

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Doing the hardest thing in life

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hey say the hardest thing in life is making a decision to take a loved one off life support, and for Grace Van Gauthier, she had to face that decision when her eldest son was in a coma. Shaun, 28, first complained of stomach pains in the fall of 2010, while visiting for Thanksgiving. He was admitted to hospital, and roughly two weeks later was in a coma and at the end of his life with a rare form of cancer – cancer of the blood vessels. “They said they’ve done everything they could. They could not save him,” Grace says in a small voice, in a booth at a North Road Korean restaurant. “We didn’t want him to suffer.” But on Oct. 28, 2010, she just couldn’t do it. The mother of three deferred to her husband, who made the call, thinking Shaun would have done it for him, had the situation been reversed. When Shaun was taken off life support, he took 14 breaths on his own just like that, he was gone. ON MY BEAT – and Parents aren’t supposed to bury their Jennifer Moreau children. For Grace, losing Shaun is the most devastating experience she’s ever endured. “It’s the most painful thing you go through in life,” she says. “You raise your kids to be a person, then something like this happens. It shatters your dreams, your vision, your future.” While each person grieves differently, parents often find themselves in an emotional wilderness. They feel shock, numbness, overwhelming suffering, complete exhaustion, deep depression, anxiety and anger. The healing process is equally complex. Parents can also feel a profound conviction that the wound must stay open, that the child must never be forgotten. Three years later, the pain is still very raw and fresh for Grace. When she speaks of Shaun, her eyes glisten, and her voice becomes very tiny and rises an octave. She wears a locket carrying his photos and a shirt emblazoned with his image. She speaks fondly of Shaun, flipping through an album of mementos. He was a good son – tall, handsome, confident and loved by many. He was a fixture in Vancouver’s nightlife scene and had a budding career with Bacardi Canada. His celebration of life was attended by more than 1,500 people, she says. Grace is now on what she calls a healing journey. She lives with her husband in Cloverdale, but she is starting a Burnaby chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a nondenominational foundation for parents who have lost children. There are chapters around the province, but Grace wanted to start one in Burnaby, because the city is so centrally located among other municipalities. The group is open to anyone wishing to attend. The first Burnaby meeting will be on tonight, Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the South Burnaby

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A mother’s loss: Grace Van Gauthier holds a photo of her son, Shaun, who passed away three years ago. The bereaved mother is starting a support group in Burnaby for parents who have lost children.

Church United Hall. The group will meet once a month, on every third Wednesday. The group doesn’t offer counselling, it’s more a chance for parents to share their stories and listen to others, and know they are not alone. “There’s no right way or wrong way to deal with this grief,” Grace says. “You’re not alone in this journey. You’ll never get over it, but you will get through life … and we’re going to continue to honour our children.”

Grace knows the pain of losing Shaun will never go away, but she also talks about the good times, the memories. “I focus on how he lived and how much joy he brought into our lives,” she says. “The hope is for recovery. We will smile, we will find joy in our lives. To get involved with The Compassionate Friends call 604-574-0099 or email burnaby@tcfcanada.net. Go to tcf canada.net for more information on The Compassionate Friends.

Burnaby author makes B.C. Book Prizes shortlist THE LIVELY CITY Julie MacLellan

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Burnaby author has made this year’s B.C. Book Prizes shortlist. The shortlist recognizes finalists in seven categories for the 30th annual awards.

Burnaby’s Rolf Knight is one of five finalists for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, which recognizes the author of a book “that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia.” Knight is being recognized for Voyage Through the Past Century (New Star Books). It’s up against four other entries: Sean Kheraj’s Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History (UBC Press); David Stouck’s Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas &

McIntyre); Graeme Truelove’s Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics (New Star Books); and Charles Edenshaw, edited by Robin K. Wright and Daina Augaitis with Haida advisors Robert Davidson and James Hart. Prizes are also awarded for fiction, non-fiction, poetry , children’s literature, illustrated children’s literature, along with a Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. Winners will be awarded at a gala May 3 in Vancouver. For the full list of finalists,

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SFU theatre grad is at the helm

A theatre grad from Simon Fraser University is at the helm of an emerging theatre company that’s bringing a Canadian play to the stage in April. Kaylin Metchie, a recent SFU grad, runs Psyche Theatre alongside Eric Wettstein. A press release notes that the company was formed to explore the Canadian artist and the Canadian voice.

Its spring production will be Dreams, written by renowned Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad. “It centres on a young writer, Willem, who seeks the solitude of a cheap hotel to contemplate, and explore the words that howl inside of him,” the release explains. “But he is not alone in this hotel by the sea. The hotelkeeper is confronted by her own memories, and together Willem and the hotelkeeper will discover what brings imagination.” Lively City Page 13


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Lively City: Nikkei gets ready for spring festival continued from page 11

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Spring is coming

In the mood for spring? The Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre will help you get that way with their Festival of Colour on Saturday, April 12. Festivities will include performances, Japanese kimono dressings, tea ceremonies and kids’ crafts. New this year, the Japanese Canadian festival is partnering with Filipino organizations to celebrate diversity in the community. Performances will showcase traditional Japanese and Filipino artists including Satsuki-Kai (classical Japanese dance), Ryuku Dance and Taiko (Okinawan dance and music), and Filipino folk dance and drumming. There will also be a market for Japanese goods and foods. Some booths are still available for craft vendors – check out centre.nikkeiplace.org/celebrate-spring2014/ for the details.

Easter musical

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Artists sought

Do you know someone who deserves to be featured in the paper? We’ve started a new “Fill in the Blanks” profile series to shine a spotlight on people in the arts and culture community. In the last edition, we introduced readers to Ellen van Eijnsbergen, the curator of Burnaby Art Gallery. To see it online, check out www.tinyurl.com/ MeetEllen. If you know someone who would make a good profile subject, send me an email – jmaclellan@burn abynow.com. Include their contact information if you have it. Please, don’t be shy. I’m looking forward to finding out about more interesting folks in the city! Do you have an item for Lively City? Send arts and entertainment ideas to Julie, jmaclellan@burnabynow.com, or find her on Twitter, @juliemaclellan.

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Metrotown marking Earth Hour The best vantage point to see the lights shut off will be from the Kingsway surface lot. Earth Hour was initiated in Sydney, Australia seven years ago – 2.2 million homes and businesses turned off the lights for one hour. By 2008, the event became a global sustainability movement with 50 million people across 35 countries participating. For more information about the global event, visit momentofdarkness.ca.

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Mayor to talk business

Mayor Derek Corrigan will be back for his annual address at the April 2 state of the city luncheon hosted by the Burnaby Board of Trade. This year’s event will be held at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person or $415 for a table of eight for members, or $75 per person and $565 for a table for non-members. For more information, call 604412-0100 or email admin@ bbot.ca.

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Under its new regulations, the BC Government has set up an association led by big corporations to take over the local Blue Box recycling program throughout BC. If you look closely, you’ll see that of seven board members, six are executives of Toronto-based multi-national corporations, with the seventh weighing in from Montreal. How do you like that, British Columbia? This means, unlike the current program run locally by BC municipalities, this new program will be managed not by people whose first responsibility is our local environment, but rather, their Bay St. profits. That can’t be a good thing for BC. The most perplexing thing is that we currently have a Blue Box program that works, is efficient, and costs BC homeowners just $35 a year on average. The new proposed system does not guarantee to keep our local environment as its first

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MONDAY, MARCH 24 Spring cleaning – show clutter the door workshop, community stage room of Vancity’s South Burnaby community branch, 5064 Kingsway from 2 to 4 p.m. If you have trouble letting go of things, are always on a search-and-find mission, and your closet is filled with outdated clothes that don’t fit, this is the one workshop you can’t afford to miss. Hosted by professional organizers Susan Borax and Heather Knittel. To register, call Nora at 604-975-3325.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1 Personal planning workshop, Burnaby Multicultural Society, 6255 Nelson Ave., 2:30 to 4 p.m. We explain the role of representation agreements and other legal documents in planning for the possibility that you may need someone to speak for you regarding personal care, end of life care and certain financial matters. The wisdom of having a personal plan is emphasized. For more information, call Carol at 604 431-4131 ext.27 or email carol.ha@thebms.ca.

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MONDAY, APRIL 7 How to be an executor workshop, Bob Prittie Metrotown library branch, 6100 Willingdon Ave., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Celebrate B.C. Law Week by coming to a free legal information session to find out about changes to the duties of an executor under the new Wills, Estates and Succession Act. The speaker is an experienced wills and estates lawyer. Register for the free program by phoning the Metrotown branch at 604436-5400, or online at bpl. bc.ca/events.

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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.

Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St. on Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. until April. For information, call Gerry at 604-451-1161 or Rosemary at 604-298-6552, or visit www.rscdsvancouver. org/burnaby.html. 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.

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24 First win for SWC

24 Called up to the Wings 24 Playoff news to NOW

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

Knight boys win first-ever AAA banner Tom Berridge

sports editor

The St. Thomas More Knights won their first B.C. high school boys’ basketball banner in nearly four decades at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday. The No. 2-ranked Knights defeated upstart honourable mention Charles Hayes Rainmakers 53-38 in the championship final of the B.C. AAA boys’ championships to win their first provincial title in 38 years. The Knights played stout defence and rode twin doubledoubles by Andrew Flett – with 11 points and 10 rebounds – and tournament MVP Reese Morris, who had a game-high 16 points and 12 boards. “It means the world to me, to play for my coach, my teammates, my parents and make everyone proud. It feels great,” said Flett, who was named player of the game in the final. STM coach Aaron Mitchell was similarly elated. “I could tell you of our struggles, but every team has them,” he said after the game. “We had our struggles, but we fought, we fought and we fought. We got the shots when it mattered. I’m just blown away.” STM allowed the Rainmakers the opening basket by 6-10 first team all-star Justin McChesney, but the Knights took the lead after that and never relinquished it, jumping out to a 15-7 lead. But unlike STM’s tighter-thannecessary 73-71 win over top seed Abbotsford in the semifinal the night before, the provincial champs had to rely on defence before offence to get the job done. “We are a physical, athletic school. What’s going to win it for us is defence,” said Mitchell. J.J. DesLauriers, who led the Knights with 25 points in the win over Abby, had no problem scrapping out the win at the other end of the court. “Every practice we do defensive-minded practices,” he said.

“We let defence score our points – boards and transition. Team defence won it for us. … It’s the greatest feeling ever.” But the difference maker in all of STM’s wins was the consistent play of Morris, who garnered a total of 88 points in the tournament, including 20-plus games in the first three contests. In the championship final, Morris had seven points in the opening-quarter run and came up big at key moments of the second half, nailing a three-pointer in the third quarter to give STM a double-digit lead. Morris also started the final frame with a three and a putback on a subsequent possession to push the lead to 17 points. “It’s the best moment of my life. The best basketball moment I’ve ever had,” said Morris. “My shots weren’t dropping, I knew that, but (the team) pulled us through. I’m so proud.” It was Drew Belgrave’s lone three-point bucket with two minutes to go that proved the dagger in the heart of any Charles Hayes comeback. Junior guard Terrell Jana earned a spot on the second all-star team, following a tournament 52 points, 18 assists and 16 steals. In the semifinal, STM showed the poise of a champion, leading the No. 1-ranked team in the province coming into the tournament for all but a brief moment in the third quarter. Leading by just three points heading into the final stanza, Jana put the Knights ahead by nine points with an early three-point play. Later, Morris upped the lead to a dozen on an offensive putback. But Abby made it interesting, raining five fourth-quarter threes in an attempt to get back in the game. At the end of the semifinal win over Abbotsford, one Knight player yelled out, “It’s our year.” On Saturday, the Knights marched back into the LEC and proved it.

Best fifth for 4A Rebels Tom Berridge sports editor

For a video and photos, scan with Layar Larry Wright/burnaby now

Hoop hop: STM’s J.J. DesLauriers goes up for a layin at the B.C. AAA high school boys’ basketball championships.

Burnaby South had its best finish at the B.C. high school boys’ basketball championships since the Rebels last won the provincial banner in 1979. The Rebels finished in fifth place at the B.C. quadA championships, following a workman-like 60-57 victory over the fourthranked Gleneagle Talons at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday. The final placement was also the best finish of any Burnaby district school since Burnaby Central placed second in 1991. South, ranked 10th going into the championship tournament, also defeated defending champion and former No. 1ranked Walnut Grove 8057 to advance to the fifthplace matchup. The day before, South lost 74-60 to the top-ranked andeventualbronzemedalists Tamanawis Wildcats. “Those two teams we beat were both ranked No. 1 at some point in the year,” said South head coach David Smith. “It’s not easy to come back after a loss like that. It showed a lot of character.” Second team all-star Jermaine Haley led South with a game-high 22 points with four blocked shots Basketball Page 24

Ice dancers place third at junior world championships Tom Berridge

sports editor

ZhaoKai Pang and Madeline Edwards won a comeback bronze medal in ice dance at the world junior figure skating championships. Pang and Edwards recorded personal-best scores in the short and free programs to post a career-high 139.65 total points to place third overall behind Americans Kaitlin Hawayak and Jean-Luc Baker and Anna Yanvskaya and Sergey Mozgov of Russia at the International Skating Union championships in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 14. The B.C. Centre of Excellance pair

opened with a fifth-place score of 57.92, but moved onto the podium with a third-best free skate of 81.73, leapfrogging two other American pairings in the process. “It was a really emotional free dance, said Pang, who turned 19 at the competition. “We didn’t leave anything out. We put it all on the ice and we were really happy with the way we skated. We were gassed at the end.” Last year, Pang and Edwards placed 12th at the junior world championships. “We could not be more excited with our placement,” added Edwards in the Skate Canada press release.

“Last year, I remember watching the podium at junior worlds and just thinking that we want our flag to be up there, and how cool would that be to be on the podium. And to see that come true was just amazing.” Also at the worlds, former Burnaby resident Nam Nguyen, who moved to Toronto to train with two-time Canadian Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser, won gold in the junior men’s program with 217.06 total points, posting the top score in both the short and free programs. “That was the best free skate I have ever had,” said Nguyen, who landed two triple axels in the long program.

On the podium:

ZhaoKai Pang and Madeline Edwards won a bronze medal at the world junior figure skating championships on Saturday. File photo/ burnaby now


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Basketball: SWC wins first title continued from page 23

and four steals in the final. He also led all scorers in the win over Walnut Grove with 26. Teammates Martin Bogajev chipped in with 21 and Tyus Batiste came away with 16, while Djordje Obradovic added 13 points and nine rebounds against the Langley school. “Obviously we feel great. Losing to the No. 1 team in the province was a tough one. In our Walnut Grove game, we came out – we were mad. We were mad we lost to the top team,” said Obradovic. “We came out to win those two games and we are proud.” But the win over Gleneagle was unlike most Rebel victories. In the early Saturday morning matchup, South had to don its collective hard hats and let its pick-pocket defence do much of the work. It resulted in 21 points off turnovers and kept the Talons’ shooters below 33 per cent shooting for the first three quarters. “I think everyone is happy with that win, but unhappy we’re not playing in the final,” said Haley, who was named player of the game on Saturday. “After the (loss), it was a bounce-back game and we wanted to prove we could play better

and we showed that against Grove and Gleneagle.” Against the Talons, Smith started his senior bench in a classy move that is seldom seen on the final day of the championship side of the draw. South led by a point after the opening quarter and took a 19-17 lead midway through the second stanza on back-to-back dunks by Haley, his first two of three in the quarter. Nick Trninic came on in the third quarter and played some quality minutes, finishing off a three-point play to go up by nine heading into the final quarter. The final result was closer than it needed to be as South made just one of eight free throws down the stretch, allowing Gleneagle to close the deficit to three. “It probably won’t sink in for a couple of weeks, but we really did accomplish something here. We did pretty good – really good,” Smith added. “It was a real challenge bringing this team together and playing as a team, and it’s a tribute to those kids who really put in the time.” Senior South point guard Taylor Smith earned a Telus scholarship following the provincials. In the championship final, Sir Winston Churchill won its first-ever B.C. high school title 67-64 over Holy Cross.

Former BWC Bruin called up to the bigs Burnaby Winter Club product Landon Ferraro was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. The third-year Griffins centre has garnered 13 goals and 15 assists this season, and 46 goals and 95 total points in 190 career games with the defending AHL Calder Cup champs. The 22-year-old Ferraro was originally a second-round pick of the Wings, taken 32nd overall in the 2009 NHL draft.

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Notice of Upcoming Closure Highway 1 Ironworkers Memorial Bridge The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure would like to notify the public of the planned full closure of Highway 1 at the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge on: Wednesday, April 2, from 1:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. Both the overhead signs spanning the width of the bridge will be removed during this closure, and traffic will be directed to use Lions Gate Bridge. The eastside bridge sidewalk remains closed until August 2014. Once the eastside sidewalk is completed and reopened, the westside sidewalk will then close until March 2015. This work is part of the safety fence installation and sidewalk widening construction for the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge project. To find out more about this project visit the project website at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/highwayprojects/IronWorkers/index.htm

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