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It’s been a popular dog park in South Burnaby for years, and likely to the disappointment of one resident who lives nearby, it’s not going anywhere. In a letter to the city’s parks and recreation committee, Burnaby resident Marjorie Artis asked the city to consider moving the David Grey dog park to Central Park. Artis lives in the Fairhaven seniors’ apartments on Rumble Street and, for many years, she’s been kept awake by barking dogs in the park. In a second letter to the commission, which was an agenda item for the parks commission’s meeting last week and written for the NOW, Artis explained during the summer months, dogs often begin barking in the park as early as 6 a.m. and as late as midnight, “leaving few hours of peace and quiet for the seniors.” She also said she’s been dealing with the issue for eight years, making numerous complaints to city hall and Burnaby RCMP. Artis even suggested the dog park could be turned into a rabbit park. But city officials aren’t likely to take up the suggestion anytime soon. Dave Ellenwood, the director of parks, recreation and cultural services, said the commission is aware of Artis’ concerns, but noted the dog park was supported by
HERE TO STAY: Dogs in the David Grey dog park will be able to keep their playground despite a neighbour complaining that the barking canines are too much for nearby residents. Above, Baily, a pughuahua, plays keep away with Lucky, the corgi. PHOTO JENNIFER GAUTHIER residents during public consultation when it was first proposed years ago. He also noted Artis has been in front of the commission before with the same complaint and did not take part in the consultation process with the park. “Obviously, the dog park serves the community and dog owners in the community quite well,” he told the NOW.
“While we have sympathy for people who don’t enjoy dogs, it does serve the community who do.” Ellenwood said the park is also a place for people who don’t have backyards to take their dogs. He acknowledged the city gets complaints about all of the dog parks in Burnaby for various reasons, but added the ma-
jority of the feedback from residents is positive. “People like dogs.There’s a lot of people who have dogs, so they appreciate a place to take them,” he said. The city did say it would, however, appreciate if users of the dog park tried to keep their pet’s barking to a minimum, especially in the morning.
Burnaby hikes taxes by 2.65 per cent By Jeremy Deutsch
The city’s budget for 2016 has been set, but the size of the increase you’re going to see on your tax bill will depend on where you live.
On Monday, the city adopted its five-year financial plan, which included a 2.65 per cent tax increase for this year to cover the cost of inflation and wage increases. The tax increase works out to $42.95 on the average residential property val-
ued at $826,821. While Mayor Derek Corrigan expects most residents to be comfortable with the tax increase percentage, he noted for some the increase will be much larger, depending on their property assessment.
“It’s not the tax rate that’s bothering people; it’s the assessments that are bothering people and the inequality in the assessments,” he told the NOW, noting for some, the increase could be 20 to 30 per cent. He also suggested there
is a growing gap between how much single-family and multi-family homeowners pay, adding a bigger part of the burden is falling on the single-family homeowner. The city has spent months grappling with the issue, after property as-
sessments in Burnaby and around the region skyrocketed. The average increase for a typical single-family home in Burnaby ended up between 15 to 25 per cent. In Continued on page 4
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6,000 wait to sign up Online summer school registration system still not working By Cornelia Naylor
Mixing it up ... Up-and-coming cuisiniers and cuisinières faced off in the food labs of Burnaby Central Secondary last week at the school’s third annual Iron Chef Competition. Six senior teams and six junior teams battled for gastronomic supremacy, preparing a main dish and a dessert that had to incorporate a secret ingredient revealed only seconds before the competition began. Seniors had to find a way to work in coconut milk, while the juniors had to contend with pineapple. Teams were judged on flavour, texture, creativity, use of the secret ingredient, and plating. Spice and Nice (Shamra Rosdeen, Shahzad Rosdeen, Mya Lee) prevailed in the senior contest with a chicken fried rice and baklava while Triple S Squad (Ravien Srivarathan Naili Salami, Angie Soberanis) won the junior competition with pesto and a flan.
Top: Junior runners-up Bradley Sorandi, Lana Whyte and Logan Bovell measure out some fun. Middle: Ahnika Genge helps her team prepare a dish. At right: Junior Iron Chef champions, Naili Salami, Angie Soberanis and Ravien Srivarathan are all business. PHOTOS CORNELIA NAYLOR
The Burnaby school district is still scrambling to fix its online registration system while more than 6,000 students wait to sign up. Registration was scheduled to open April 18, but after the online system crashed several times that day, district officials decided to shut down all registrations until the problem was fixed. “Part of the issues we’ve heard in the past is just around fairness of being able to register,” assistant superintendent Roberto Bombelli told the NOW Tuesday, “and we felt, because the online piece isn’t working, we wouldn’t take phone calls and we wouldn’t take people walking in either.They’ll all be turned on and off, so to speak, at the same time.” The district announced all registrations would be postponed until Monday (April 25), but a notice on the district website that day announced the technical problems had not been resolved. “Once we are set to relaunch, we will provide three days’ notice of a new registration date,” reads the statement.
Bombelli said the issue had to do with the age of the server and that a new server was being built. “They were testing it through the weekend,” he said. “Last I actually heard Sunday night was that it seemed to be going OK but then it wasn’t.” The district decided to give the public three days’ notice before reopening registration, Bombelli said, so that people who have to come to the board office to provide documentation before registering would have a chance to plan ahead. If the online issue can’t be resolved, the assistant superintendent said the district might eventually have to resort to signing everyone up in person or over the phone. “We might need to resort to that, but we’re hoping not to simply because when I look at the numbers and the kind of volume that’s expected, that is a lot of phone calls and a lot of people lining up,” Bombelli said. About 8,000 attended summer school classes in Burnaby last year. Before the system shut down last week, only about 2,100 managed to register, leaving about 6,000 still waiting to sign up.
Help keep your neighbourhood safe BlockWatch training set for May Want to help make your community a safer place to live? The Burnaby RCMP crime prevention unit will be holding Block Watch training sessions in May. Participants will learn about home security, crime prevention, 911 reporting, observational skills and more. Studies have shown crime is reduced in active Block Watch neighbourhoods, says Cpl. Daniela Panesar, the
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Residents escape ﬁre that guts townhouse unit Jeremy Deutsch
Two Burnaby families will likely be out of their homes for some time, following an intense fire that broke out at a townhouse complex over the weekend. Fire crews were called to the 6000 block of Balmoral Street just after 8:30 a.m. Sunday to a blaze burning in the top-floor unit of a townhouse. Burnaby assistant fire chief David Graystone noted crews made it to the scene within four minutes, but by then, flames were al-
ready shooting out of the window. He said firefighters were able to knock down the fire and protect the surrounding structures in the townhouse complex. However, by that time, the fire had done its damage. “The top floor is completely destroyed,” Graystone told the NOW. “It has been gutted.The fire was very intense, and it destroyed everything in there. It’s completely burnt.” At one point, the department had 10 trucks and 30 firefighters fighting the
blaze. Smoke could also be seen from all around the area. One woman who was in the unit at the time made it out safely with one dog, but a second dog didn’t make it out and died inside. No one else was injured. Graystone said it was fortunate the woman didn’t run back into the burning unit to get the other pet. “The fire was so intense, you could not go into it,” he said. By Monday, investigators were on scene trying to figure out exactly what started the fire. Graystone said
there’s nothing to suggest the fire is suspicious at this point. “We’re not sure what happened,” Graystone said, adding emergency services was on scene to help the displaced residents. “The person who was in it… they got out at the time and that person didn’t report anything suspicion to myself.” While the top floor was completely destroyed, the bottom floor suffered mostly water damage.There were two couples living on both the top and bottom floors.
Aftermath: The top-floor unit of a townhome on Balmoral Street was gutted by fire on Sunday morning. PHOTO JEREMY DEUTSCH
Burnaby is ‘staying in the black’ with budget: mayor Continued from page 1 some cases, homeowners have seen their property values rise by more than 30 per cent. The city has looked at a number of ways to soften the blow to taxpayers, even asking the province to
freeze assessments at 2015 levels; a request that was denied. The city is taking $1.2 million of an operating surplus from 2015 and putting it in the 2016 budget to help minimize the impact of the property tax increase.
But the city technically does have more to give. Burnaby has an $8.6 million surplus left over from last year’s operating budget, according to a 2015 financial report. When asked why not use more of the surplus to lower
the tax increase, the mayor noted the $8.6 million figure is just a small percentage of the overall budget for the year. He also pointed out the additional $1.2 million being used from the 2015 surplus. “It’s OK; we’re staying
in the black, but it doesn’t leave a lot of money,” Corrigan said. The city was originally looking at a tax increase of 2.95 per cent. The total operating and capital budget for 2016 is $583.4 million.
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Byrne Creek Secondary hosts drive to help six-year-old boy By Cornelia Naylor
A Burnaby high school was targeted last week by Canadian Blood Services in a quest for stem cell donors for a six-year-old Richmond boy. JoshuaWeekes was recently diagnosed with leukemia and needs a stem cell transplant to save his life, according to a press release. Weekes is of Icelandic, British, Caribbean and Filipino descent, and there are no potential matches in his family, so his relatives and friends are encouraging eligible donors of diverse ancestry to register as potential stem cell donors and to donate blood, which is also a requirement asWeekes waits for a match. Byrne Creek Community School was picked as a site for a stem cell drive Wednesday because of the ethnic diversity of the school and surrounding neighbourhood. “It’s an ethnically diverse school, which is really important for the stem cell registry.Their school’s going to have an enormous impact,” Canadian Blood Services event coordinator Trudi Goels and Byrne Creek parent told the NOW. “Because it’s a community school
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it’s also open to the general public, so we are hoping to see more people from the surrounding community come in as well.” Goels hopes to get more Burnaby schools on board for similar events in the future since getting people registered as potential donors with Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch stem cell and marrow network in high school is ideal.
“We’re getting them while they are young and healthy and most likely to be an optimal donor,” she said. Prospective donors have to be between 17 and 35 to register but can be matched with a patient till age 60. Would-be donors answer a few questions, fill out a questionnaire and provide a swab from the inside of their cheeks. Another stem cell drive in
Weekes’s honour is planned for May 5 atWillingdon Church (4812Willingdon Ave.) from 3 to 8 p.m. “Because Burnaby is very ethnically diverse in general it is an excellent community to have get involved and get more people registered,” Goels said. For information about Canadian Blood Services’ stem cell and marrow network, visit www.blood.ca.
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What’s not illegal can be unethical Where do you live? It’s an easy question for almost everyone who doesn’t serve in Canada’s Senate. P.E.I. Senator and Ottawa resident Mike Duffy was acquitted of 31 charges this past week related to fraud and abusing the public trust. Nothing criminal was going on – just senator stuff. Yes, Duffy listed a summer cottage as his prima-
ry residence, but nothing in the Senate rules requires a senator to spend a certain number days at their house.We’d like to believe the omission is an oversight, but that’s hard to accept from a government body specializing in oversight. The legal grey area seems like a purposeful fog created by legislators who expect taxpayers to supplement their sizable salaries
with free trips. Duffy was legally allowed to lie about where he lived and file piles of expense reports because he was just doing what comes naturally to senators and following the advice of more senior politicians. According to the judge, it was former prime minister Stephen Harper who told Duffy where he would claim to live and members of Harper’s office who lat-
er tried to buy their way out of trouble by forcing Duffy to accept a payment of $90,000. But as far as Duffy’s responsibility for the mess was concerned, it was all legal. Because the Senate operates in an environment where there are no rules. Of course anyone who was not part of the political culture in Canada during the Harper reign would recognize Duffy’s behav-
iour as wrong and unethical. He certainly knew where he actually lived. Society long ago stopped accepting “He told me to do it” as an excuse for immoral behaviour. But there’s the law and then there’s justice, and the two are rarely the same. While Duffy was doing his victory dance, most Canadians were just shaking their heads at the absurdity of it all.
We sure hope our current prime minister will favour a higher ethical standard. The Canadian Senate needs rules and oversight far more than Canada needs the Senate. If our senators don’t like it, they can always go home – if they know where their real home is. COMMENT ON THIS AT
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Strange allies in energy policy It would have been unheard of mere months ago, but there’s a chance a new political triumvirate is emerging to dominate the energy policies for this country: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. To say it’s an example of politics making strange bedfellows doesn’t quite capture this group. It features a left-of-centre federal Liberal, a left-wing government that tilts right in Alberta and a coalition B.C. government that alternates between liberal and conservative traits in this province. Whether these three actually form a common front remains to be seen, but it appears the groundwork is being laid to accomplish just that. B.C. and Alberta are now in exploratory talks that may eventually link B.C.’s green hydroelectric sales to Alberta to oil pipelines running from Alberta through this province to tidewater. It’s early days on this complex file, so who knows where this headed. But it’s important to remember that Notley – or any Alberta political leader for that matter – desperately needs at least one more pipeline leaving her province.The oil sands development is critical to that province’s economic future. Clark, as I’ve noted before, would love to see a twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline proceed if the five conditions for approval set down sev-
eral years ago are met. Selling B.C. Hydro power to Alberta as a form of quid pro quo would presumably meet one of them: the requirement that a “fair share” of the economic benefits of the project come to this province.There is a misconception in some quarters that the five conditions were set by the B.C. government as sure-fire barriers to ensure the Kinder Morgan pipeline is never built. Quite the opposite, in fact: they are designed to require the company to meet tests at both the environmental and First Nations levels. Enter the Prime Minister. If Trudeau’s government green-lights the Kinder Morgan pipeline, he may then be pressured to meet what could be the lone remaining condition required by B.C.: a “worldclass” ocean spill response has to be in place, and that is largely a federal responsibility. Just a few years ago, Trudeau wasn’t taken seriously as prime minister material. Clark appeared destined to be thrown onto the political scrap heap, and the notion that Notley would become the premier of Alberta was laughable. But all three have emerged as leaders, and circumstances may push them together to deal with one of the most pressing and challenging issues – energy – facing the country. It’s safe to say few folks saw this one coming. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.
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Dear Editor Re: Playing games with Hydro, Burnaby NOW, April 20.I agree with everything Keith Baldrey has pointed out about the shell game the B.C. Liberals are playing with B.C. Hydro, and their accounting practices. But they are also playing games with schools and hospitals. The shell game started with the Liberals first passing a legislation requiring school boards and regional health authorities to balance their budgets, the Liberals then claw back hundreds of millions of dollars in carbon taxes, leaving both schools and hospitals scrambling to find more ways to save money, and since they have already been cut to the bone, they have to resort to slashing jobs, and shuttering or selling off buildings. Both schools and hospitals are publicly owned buildings and are necessary to provide services to the public, so does it make sense to anyone besides blind Liberals that the Liberals would give these public services a budget to work with, then turn around and demanding hundreds of millions be repaid to the government through a carbon tax? I think all public buildings offering services to the public should either be exempted from paying this carbon tax, or the Liberals should increase the budgets, by the exact amount the government is charging them for carbon taxes. It’s not like the Liberals are putting the money in this carbon tax fund on priority issues like improving public transit, not giving it to their corporate sponsors, for projects they would have had to do soon anyway, with their own money. Giving money to these corporate Liberal sponsors is corporate welfare in most people’s world. Wayne McQueen, Burnaby
Time for better ideas on water conservation Dear Editor. Since I last wrote a letter to the Burnaby NOW about the City of Burnaby needing to put water supply priorities before increasing city density I have seen no initiative that could be labelled innovative, creative or otherwise to address this problem. City council’s only idea is to restrict lawn watering earlier this year. This is their best idea? This is just plain lazy. Surely, the mayor and council can see that this is only a Band-Aid solution at best and a very poor one at the least. The problem is greater than this. The entire Lower Mainland needs an increased supply of water as population density increases. Water meters and fees are punitive, and large-scale industrial water users get a nearly free ride on the water they draw for bottled water, soft drink manufacture and brewing uses. Educated conservation measures that people can understand make more sense. I don’t see anywhere in the lawn watering restrictions a suggested duration of watering time merely a several-hour long window of time when watering is allowed on set even or odd days. I have installed an irrigation system that limits my lawn watering duration to 15 minutes on the set days. For this system I have to pay to have it checked yearly and also pay a fee to the city. Hardly fair when I could just turn the hose on and let it run for five hours, don’t you think? The mayor and council need to get their thinking caps on, and soon. Darcy Olson, Burnaby
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Rental turnover rate high in parts of city Metrotown Residents The article states “the numbers could be some good news for renters in an extremely tight market .” This assertion is completely idiotic. When a rental is vacated, the landlord is no longer bound by the renter protections in the Residential Tenancy Act, which means they can raise rates much higher than they can with long term tenants. The rise of average rates in Metrotown well beyond the two percent plus inflation allowed has been attributed to high turnover rates. This “tight market” also means that renters facing City sanctioned “demovictions” in Metrotown do not have the luxury to wait for their formal eviction notices. They ultimately forfeit any compensation they are entitled to under the City’s weak Renter Protection bylaw because they know they will have difficulty finding a place.
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District OKs $269M preliminary budget But not before chair takes swipe at Liberals By Cornelia Naylor
The Burnaby school board unanimously passed a $269-million preliminary 2016/17 budget Monday that includes no anticipated cuts, but not before chair Ron Burton took a swipe at the B.C. Liberal government for its education spending. “This government likes to announce good news, and they say they’re going to fund the (teacher and support staff labour) settlement of $62 million, which they did, but what they don’t tell you is that they then take out $54 million in administrative savings, thereby underfunding the system,” Burton said at the public meeting. “They continue to do shell games like this. They did it with the Compass Card and the seniors,
where they gave out money and then take it away. And I don’t think that’s recognized enough in the public.” The preliminary budget
RON BURTON “They (Liberals) continue to do shell games like this ...”
projects a nearly $4.5 million operating shortfall next year.That gap, along with a new $750,000 international education reserve, which the board has decided to
set aside in case of sudden unforeseen changes in international enrolment, will be covered by the district’s $6.4 million in unrestricted reserves. But the $1.2 million unrestricted reserve fund the district will be left with after that will be nothing to celebrate, according to Burton. “Because we have a surplus, it seems like it’s good and we become complacent when we should be trying to build the system into something better,” Burton said, adding the provincial government’s funding of education was a source of frustration voiced at a recent annual general meeting of the B.C. School Trustees Association. To see the full 2016/17 preliminary budget, visit sd41.bc.ca and click on Budget & Policies under the Board tab.
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Cariboo Hill serves up a night of theatre Short comedies and a thoughtprovoking teen drama share the spotlight for high school show Julie MacLellan
fly. “It means we have to do whatever’s called for.”
It’s a spring production with a twist. Or eight twists, really. Cariboo Hill Secondary School isn’t just offering up one play for its big spring theatre company showcase this year. It’s offering up eight – and the audience gets to help choose how the evening unfolds. Cariboo Hill is serving up Made to Order starting tonight (Wednesday, April 27) and running until Saturday at the school’s studio theatre.The night includes seven short comedies, ranging from 10 to 20 minutes apiece. And, on Friday and Saturday nights, the students will also present the Canadian drama I HateYou on Mondays.
TAKING RISKS Kate Olivares, a Grade 12 student, is starring in Time Flies – a short comedy that tells the story of the life of two mayflies, who quickly learn they have only 24 hours in which to live and so have to pack in dating, mating and procreating before they die at the end of the day. Olivares laughs at playing May, the “vivacious and lively” mayfly who has to come to terms with her own mortality. “It’s sort of a challenge to balance May being really goofy … with balancing the moment when she knows she’s going to die.” Olivares confesses she’s not always as vivacious as her character – “It takes a lot of energy, and a lot of water,” she laughs – but says she’s had great support from her castmates. “I’ve been given so much freedom to play the part, to take risks,” she says. Fellow Grade 12 student Donovan Schwalback is on stage in Controlling Interest, in which he plays an eightyear-old boy who’s in charge of a big corporation – and whose life is thrown into chaos when a group of girls starts making overtures. “At first it was very unorthodox for me,” Schwalback says, noting he found it challenging to envision how to play an eight-yearold trying to be an adult. “I’m neither of those. It’s really interesting to be in the mindset of that character because it’s so foreign to me.”
I’ve been given so much freedom to play the part In Made to Order, the audience gets a “menu” to choose which comedies they’d like to see in which order. Popular vote will determine which show is up next. “It’s as if you’re dining on theatre,” explains teacher Trevor Found, who directs the Cariboo Hill theatre company – a full-year credit course involving kids from grades 9 through 12. And he notes that the interactivity of the presentation means that everyone, from actors to stage crew, have to be prepared to work on the
Two shows in one
Made To Order is onstage Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30 at Cariboo Hill Studio Theatre, 8580 16th Ave., starting at 7 p.m. nightly. The night includes seven short comedies by Canadian and American playwrights: Time Flies, The Philadelphia, and Sure Thing, by David Ives; Controlling Interest, by Wayne S. Rawley; Ties That Bind Featuring the Astounding Krispinsky, by Eric Coble; The Blueberry Hill Accord,
by Daryl Watson; and This is a Play, by Daniel MacIvor. Tickets are $10, including admission to the late show, I Hate You On Mondays. I Hate You on Mondays, by Canadian playwright Kate Miles, is onstage Friday and Saturday only at 9:30 p.m., with a separate matinee (not including Made to Order) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Matinee-only tickets are $5. Call 604-296-6890 for information.
The raw truth: Sierra Pitkin, Arthi Chandra and Brandon Ager Foster star in I Hate You on Mondays, which is being presented in a double bill with seven short comedies for an evening of theatre at Cariboo Hill Secondary School. PHOTO KATIE RENNER, CONTRIBUTED
In past outings with the theatre company, he says, he’s always played more serious roles, and he’s usually been one of the younger students playing alongside older kids.To be now one of the older students and mentor the younger ones has been rewarding. “It gives me a chance to broaden my horizons a bit too,” he says. “We’re not just a class. In a way we’re like a family, we spend so much time together.” RAW AND GRITTY For the serious side of the evening, the company is offering up I HateYou On Mondays.Written by Canadian playwright Kate Miles when Miles was just 16 years old, the play follows the stories of three young people struggling through a difficult period in their lives – looking at issues of sex, sexual orientation, drug use, religion and the search for identity. Found notes that I Hate You On Mondays won’t be appropriate for a young audience, so he’s deliberately kept the two halves of the bill separate. Anyone who doesn’t want to see the darker subject matter raised by the second half of the night is welcome to leave before it starts. “It’s very gritty, down to earth, and not apologetic in its look at teenagers who go through dark peri-
Short lives: Trevor Lim and Kate Olivares star in Time Flies, one of seven short comedies being presented in Made to Order, an evening of theatre presented by Cariboo Hill Secondary School starting tonight (April 27). PHOTO KATIE RENNER, CONTRIBUTED
ods in their lives,” Found says. “I believe in this show because of its authenticity. The characters are very real and three-dimensional and in some ways flawed … but you empathize with them.” Grade 12 student Arthi Chandra, who stars as Bernadette, has embraced the challenge of taking on Miles’ script, which doesn’t shy away from the dark side of teenage reality – including such potentially troubling subject matter as selfharm. “I would use almost the word ‘raw’ rather than gritty,” she says. “It’s very real,
very raw, there’s no sugarcoating.” Chandra notes the production doesn’t use the typical sorts of characters seen in most teen-focused productions. “There’s a lot of truth to the character herself. She’s very damaged, she does have a very haunted past,” she says, admitting the role hasn’t always been easy. “It’s been a struggle, definitely. There’s a lot of long hours, a lot of emotional ups and downs in this play, but it’s totally worth it in the end.” Chandra is grateful to her fellow company mem-
bers, who helped her work through her character’s story and who were all willing to take a head-on look at the issues raised by the production. She hopes that a large audience will turn out to see the show, she says, because it’s both entertaining and educational for the audience to see – and start to empathize with – the struggles of the young people in the story. “If people get a chance, they should really, really come see it.”
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Local students star in Shrek Three Burnaby students are starring in a new production of Shrek the Musical. Notre Dame Regional Secondary School is presenting the show May 4 to 7. The cast includes Burnaby’s Jarod MacDonald as the title ogre, with fellow Burnaby residents Ernesto Marrocco as his sidekick Donkey and Anthony Bitonti as the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. Also starring is Cassandra Bortignon as Fiona, the princess at the heart of the story. The musical’s story will be familiar to anyone who has seen the popular DreamWorks movie, with the tale of the hulking green ogre just trying to live a quiet life in his ugly swamp. When a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters appears and says they’ve been evicted by Lord Farquaad, Shrek agrees to help them get their homes back – and finds himself caught up in a quest for one very unusual princess. Shrek the Muscial is on-
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A fairy-tale adventure: Jarod MacDonald as Shrek, Ernesto Marrocco as Donkey and Cassandra Bortignon as Fiona in Notre Dame Secondary’s Shrek the Musical. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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The Burnaby Arts Council is looking for artisans to take part in its second annual Deer Lake Summer Art Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, and it’s planned to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. outdoors at the Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Visitors will be able enjoy offerings from B.C. artisans, with work including glass blowing, sculpture, pottery, woodwork, fashion, jewelry and more. The festival also includes live music and entertainment, a live art competition,
face painting, a community art project (a communal mural at last year’s festival is shown above), a barbecue, a summer theatre performance and much more. Any artisan interested in taking part is encouraged to apply early, since last year’s show sold out. It’s a juried show, so artisans must send images or links to websites or blogs, plus fill out an application form. Check out www.burnaby artscouncil.org for all the details and to print out an application form.
Abstract landscapes featured in new exhibition Two abstract artists are featured in the next exhibition at Deer Lake Gallery. The Burnaby Arts Council’s gallery is getting ready to host Capturing the Essence, featuring the work of artists Irma Soltonovich and Jenn Williamson. An opening reception is set for Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. A press release about the exhibition notes that there is a commonality between the two artists in that they paint “interior landscapes.” “In fact they work to cap-
ture the real of the mood that is conjured by landscape,” says the release. Soltonovich grew up on a Saskatchewan farm, where she became aware of the vastness of moods that the sky can invoke. Living in B.C., she added the fascination of the sea. “She contests the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience; she investigates the dynamics of landscape,” the release says. “Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated
to conjure the realms of our imagination.” Williamson, meanwhile, has always lived in B.C. – and, like Soltonovich, the
She investigates the dynamics of landscape horizon is a dominant force in her work. “Her works establish a link between the landscape’s
reality and that which is imagined by its conceiver,” the release says. “By choosing mainly unconventional solutions, she tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.” Capturing the Essence runs May 14 to June 4 at the Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Call 604-298-7322 or see www. burnabyartscouncil.org for information.
Capturing the essence: Work by Jenn Williamson is featured in the next exhibition at Deer Lake Gallery. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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Ruffle Redbird Rover Led by Redbird and his groovy guita-lele, Ruffle Redbird takes suggestions from the crowd to create brand new songs on the spot. Danielle Girard and Michèle Christen Rovers With exciting ladybird and Brazilian parrot costumes, there is great festive colour throughout the day. Rainbow Dome | 11:30am-12noon & 1-1:30pm Angela Brown, the owner and operator of the Nylon Zoo is bringing with her to the Rhododendron Festival this year, her colourful inflatable Rainbow Dome along with a variety of costumes for parades and dances. Inside the Rainbow Dome the audience will enjoy Angelas interactive performance The Ta Daa Lady Show with clown, dance, mime and interactive songs from her CD Ta Daa Lady and her Puppets. Bee Eco-sculpture Join the City of Burnaby Parks Environmental team in the creation of the Eco-sculpture. Welcome Remarks | 11-11:15am MC - Lyndsay Anderson Geraldine Parent, Arts Services Manager Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Mayor Derek Corrigan Andrew Petter, President and Vice Chancellor Simon Fraser University Wendy Thompson President, The Burnaby Rhododendron & Gardens Society
Rhododendron Truss Display
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Voting takes place between 10am-1:30pm on festival day. Winner is announced at 2:30pm in the Atrium.
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Auction items are on display in Studio 103 during the festival. The two closing times are 12noon and 2pm. All items must be paid for by cash or cheque only and picked up by 2:30pm. At 2:45pm a Last, but not Least Auction is held in the Atrium to sell any unclaimed items.
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Kite-making presented by BC Kitefliers Association. Bee Eco-sculpture creation Pot a Plant Plant a marigold in your newly decorating pot. Marigolds are generously donated by the Burnaby Parks Division. Bee Activity Yarn wrapped bees on sticks. Drawing in the Park with pastels and pencils. Floral Arrangement Workshop | 11am-3pm with the City of Burnaby. Make your own hand-tied floral bouquet. Register on festival day, space is limited. 25 participants per session. Dreamcatchers | 11am, 12noon, 1pm & 2pm Rainbow Dome | 11:30am-12noon & 1-1:30pm Strawberry Tea at the Burnaby Art Gallery | 12noon-3pm Limited seating every 30 minutes. Entry tickets are required and available for pick-up at the Gallery starting at 10am. Donations are welcome. Proceeds donated to Citizens Support Services Outings for the Elderly.
The Bird Life of Deer Lake Park* | 8-9:30am 1.5 hours (meet at the west side of the Burnaby Art Gallery) Discover the early spring birds of Deer Lake Park, led by George Clulow. *Call 604-205-3003 to pre-register for this early bird tour.
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Tim Sars Trio 2:153pm
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*Call 604-205-3003 to pre-register for this tour.
Exhibitors / Artisans
A variety of garden, horticulture and floral arts/crafts are being exhibited and are on sale. Baroness Ashley Hats BC Council of Garden Clubs BC Fuchsia & Begonia Society Bill Wan Burnaby Gogos Burnaby Lake Park Association Burnaby Potters Guild Burnaby Public Library - Pop-Up Library Burnaby Rhododendron & Garden Society asures C & G Nature Trails - Tiny Tents and Mystical Treasures City of Burnaby Horticulture ures City of Burnaby Parks Environmental - Eco-Sculptures City of Burnaby Recycling Cottage Creations Dasmesh Nursery Ltd. Dragonflies Ceilidh Euro Designs
Gloucester Green Nursery Heather Inglis Jennifer Zuk Katherine Trading Company Kinder Books Mike and Sandys Berry Farm My Favorite Plants My Fathers Garden Painted Cookie Professor, Zamir K. Punja, PhD - Rhododendron display and education booth Valerie Gilbert Vancouver Dahlia Society Vancouver Master Gardeners Vancouver Ikebana Association Vancouver Shade Grown Society Violet Finvers
Josephine Lee Michelle Kwan Hang Johnny Deep Cove Big Band Ji Rong Huang Chris Rolin Jesse Waldman and Noah Walker Megan Engel Tim Sars Trio
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This event would not be possible without the dedication from our valued volunteers. A HUGE thank you to each and every volunteer for their continued efforts for making this festival a success!
Friends of the Festival
Thank you to the Friends of the Festival for their generous donations. For sponsors who do not appear on this list due to print deadlines, your support is gratefully acknowledged.
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Programs draw seniors back to the classroom Not only is it good for our brains, but it’s fun as well The research is clear: those who con!nue to learn, engage and challenge themselves maintain better cogni!ve abili!es as they age. But science aside, the real mo!va!on to be a lifelong student is simple: it’s a lot of fun. Seniors are increasingly turning to programs with post-secondary ins!tu!ons to learn about history, poli!cs, science, art, music and much more – and they are discovering a renewed passion for educa!on and a community of fellow learners who, o"en, become friends along the way. For seniors in Burnaby and New Westminster, Simon Fraser University is an ideal op!on, as they have centralized their 55+ programs at their Harbour campus downtown, which is easily accessible by transit routes from both ci!es. The program has seen signiccant growth year over year as word spreads and the popula!on sees a shi"ing demographic. “We have had a steady 10 per cent growth in the past three years,” said Rosalyn Kaplan, director of the Liberal Arts and 55+ program in SFU’s Con!nuing Studies department. “The average age of our learners is 70 – it fuctuates, but generally the average is about 69 to 70. In 2014/2015, we had almost 1,600 students enrolled in 111 fee-based courses.” On top of that, the department o$ers a wide variety of free programs and lectures that seniors are able to access. Kaplan notes a recent lecture on the destruc!on of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq drew in a 200-plus crowd and had a wai!ng list. “The courses and the lectures are very popular. The interest is growing and growing. If anything, our biggest challenge is cnding space for everything we want to run to keep up with
the demand.” Kaplan says that many seniors come to the program eager to learn more about something they are already fascinated by, while others come to discover something brand new – and the scope of courses is broad. “We even have physics. We have a course called To Boldly Go, which looked at six unresolved ques!ons in modern physics. Many of these students haven’t been in a physics class since high school. The approach is really geared to allow everyone to have access to the learning, to make it work for our students.”
As people age, there is often a component of isolation that begins. We have found that our students often connect with others and will become friends
For some seniors, having not a%ended a class since high school or university, it can be in!mida!ng to show up for a crst class, par!cularly if it’s a topic they are unfamiliar with. But Kaplan says students quickly feel at home, o"en taking more and more classes in subsequent sessions.
with others and will become friends – it creates a community of like-minded individuals and some!mes this con!nues outside our walls into strong friendships,” she said. “But for those who are re!red, and perhaps live alone or have few connec!ons in their community, simply having an ac!vity to a%end, something that gets you out of the house and engaged and ac!ve, that’s incredibly valuable. We hear back from many of our students that this aspect has been very important to them.” The courses cll a niche for some people that don’t cnd a good outlet in other places. “For some people, they connect with others who have a similar hobby – maybe mee!ng up at kni#ng shops for lessons or workshops, or taking 55+ exercise classes (at recrea!on centres). Those are wonderful, but they don’t ct everyone, and our program provides something new to consider for many.” At any given !me, the program runs as many as 44 courses. Upcoming courses run the gamut of topics, from history to music and just about everything in between: dragons, druids, James Joyce, ancient Persia, jazz singers and French wines, to name just a few. To cnd out more about the program or to register, call 778-782-8000 or see www.sfu.ca/con!nuingstudies. By Chris!na Myers, contribu!ng writer
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Books and barriers: Service provides access Burnaby Public Library provides home delivery There was a !me when the word library meant a building: a physical place where books and materials could be perused, borrowed and shared. But as the world changes, so too does the local library as it cnds ways to not just incorporate new technology but also to provide services to patrons in new and vital ways, crea!ng programs that are cri!cal links in the community itself. At Burnaby Public Library, one path to do that has been the Home Library And Accessible Service program. The program provides home delivery services for individuals who may not be able to access materials by visi!ng one of the city’s branches. “This is very important to us,” said community outreach librarian Kelsey Jang. “One of our key goals is to make sure that the library engages with the community and connects with our ci!zens, and this is one way we can remove barriers and provide access. The library should be available to all.” Jang explains that the program is available to individuals of any age who have been concned to their home for three months or more, due to a variety of reasons from illness, frailty/age, visual or physical disability, or even a lack of ability to get to a branch (for example, a senior without transporta!on who does not have assistance from family or friends to travel far from home). Addi!onally, the program sta$ work hard to ensure that the materials – be it books, magazines, resource informa!on and more – work for the individual patron. “For example, we have an audio book service that people can access if they have print or perceptual disabili!es – this might be vision but it may also be a physical impediment that makes it very di&cult to hold a book.”
They also work to ensure that patrons can access technology-based resources and informa!on by ensuring they have both the equipment and know-how to do so.
One of the best things about this service is that it’s a regular visit each month – a chance to interact. We really build a relationship with our patrons ...
Though the program is accessed by residents of all ages, many are seniors who begin to encounter signiccant barriers, as they age, to accessing a library branch.
The service has proven invaluable and con!nues to grow. “We provided services to our patrons about 3,800 !mes last year, and we make about 120 stops each month at patrons’ homes or care facili!es and seniors’ housing, o"en providing services to mul!ple people at each stop.” And while the intent of the program is to get material into the hands of residents who want and need it, the delivery has a bonus aspect par!cularly important to many seniors. “One of the best things about this service is that it’s a regular visit each month – a chance to interact. You hear a lot about isola!on for people as they age, and this is one way to mi!gate that. We really build a rela!onship with our patrons, and we like seeing them each month and having that visit.” Jang encourages anyone who may be interested in services to call them or check out the website.
Ready to roll: Staff with the home library and accessible service program make more than 120 delivery stops each month in the city. PHOTO COURTESY OF BURNABY PUBLIC LIBRARY
or they’re curious to know more. We want to get the word out about what we do,” she said. “The a#tude we take here is: we are here for you. We want to extend that helping hand and give you access to the material you need in the format you need.” To cnd out more, contact the Home Library and Accessible Service, call the department at 604-436-5423 or cnd them online at www. bpl.bc.ca/home-libraryservice.
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Parenting a teen? Don’t worry, there’s help Julie MacLellan FAMILY TIES
Any parent out there who’s facing the challenges that come along with parenting a teenager should take note of this one. The Metrotown branch of Burnaby Public Library is hosting a workshop on Monday, May 16 called How to Create a More Positive Relationship WithYour Teen. Klaus Klein, a registered clinical counsellor, will lead the free workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will learn to identify one negative family pattern and how to change it; learn what parents mistakenly do that can lower teens’ self-esteem and how to turn it around; and what “destructive element” creates more conflict than any other mistake in parenting, according to a write-up about the event. You’ll also learn three phrases to use in many situations that can help build your relationship. Sound worthwhile? Be sure to register by calling 604-436-5400 or online through www.bpl.bc.ca/ events. SAVING FOR A NEW BABY If you’re at the other end of the parenting spectrum – which is to say, the very be-
ginning – here’s one for you, too.The Tommy Douglas branch of Burnaby Public Library is hosting a session in Planning Financially For Your New Arrival. It’s designed to help expectant parents plan for a new child, and it will cover the basics of the maternity and parental benefit system, how to budget for each stage of your leave, what you’ll need to invest in before your child arrives, strategies to save for big-ticket items and where to find resources and savings. Best news of all for budget-conscious expectant parents: It’s free. The workshop is being presented by the library and the Credit Counselling Society. Seating is limited, so you must register ahead. Call 604-522-3971 or register at www.bpl.bc.ca/events.
Each four-session set of lessons costs $59, and you have a variety of start times to choose from. The next set of Little Linkers classes starts May 28, with more coming June 25 and Aug. 6. For the older kids, you can sign up for Level 1 (for seven- to 12-year-olds) or Level 2 (for seven- to 15-year-olds). Again, classes are on Saturdays with a variety of start times, and the next set of lessons kicks off May 28. Level 1 costs $75 for four sessions, and Level 2 costs $105. You can inquire about the program of your choice by calling the golf course: Burnaby Mountain at 778402-6375 or Riverway at 778-402-7799. You can also get full schedule information online at www.golfburnaby.ca.
TAKE TO THE LINKS You’re never too young to take up golf. Well, OK, maybe babyhood is a little too young, but you don’t have to be very big to enjoy Burnaby’s golf courses. The City of Burnaby’s golf courses – Riverway and Burnaby Mountain – offer lots of options for golf classes for the small folk in your house, with lessons for everyone aged four to 18. Four- to six-year-olds can take part in Little Linkers classes on Saturdays.
GET ACTIVE TOGETHER Want to get more active as a family? Burnaby’s community centres offer you some great places to start. At Bonsor, you can take part in family badminton or gym sessions on Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m., or a family gym and sports drop-in on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Cameron offers family badminton on Sundays at noon, while Edmonds has a family gym on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and family table
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Get a grip: Assistant golf pro Kate Weir works with Little Linkers Elly and Ellen Hong during the golf festival held at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course on Saturday, April 23. A new set of Little Linkers classes is coming up starting in May, for kids as young as four. PHOTO JENNIFER GAUTHIER
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Entertainment now IN THE SPOTLIGHT
ANN-MARIE ZAK WHO IS SHE? Ann-Marie Zak is a Burnaby resident and Capilano University musical theatre grad who’s starring as Roxy in the musical revue People Like Us. WHAT’S THE SHOW ALL ABOUT? The musical revue is presented by Opera Mariposa as a benefit for the National ME/FM Action Network, a registered charity that works to raise awareness and support for myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. It’s an original revue created by Dominique Wakeland, who recently wrote and directed an original musical for the Burnaby Arts Council summer theatre troupe, featuring songs from a wide range of musical theatre productions. It’s set at a bar in New York and takes place over the course of a night as the sassy young Roxy – that’s
Zak – searches for love. HOW DID ZAK GET INVOLVED? “I stumbled upon it,” Zak says, noting she saw an audition notice posted on the Vancouver Actor’s Guide website and decided to try it out. When she arrived at the audition, things almost went badly – at first. “All the other girls were singing Italian arias, and I was horrified because I was singing a song about a penguin, in English,” she says, laughing. Turns out the other girls were auditioning for a different opera, and Zak was just fine – she had a chance to chat with the producers, and their excitement over the project was contagious. They liked what she brought to the stage, and she liked what they were doing for a good cause, so it all clicked. “Ann-Marie is a great singer and actor who’s also a brilliant improviser and drop-dead funny onstage, so
we’re thrilled that she’s able to join our cast,” says Opera Mariposa’s artistic director Jacqueline Ko. WHAT DOES ZAK LIKE ABOUT THE SHOW? “It’s definitely got more of an in-your-face storyline and script than I’m used to in musical revues,” Zak says, noting that Wakeland took song suggestions from all the performers and wove them into the story. Zak loves her character, whom she describes as a “quirky romantic.” “She’s had enough of onenight stands. She wants to have a Monday morning.” Over the night, the story unfolds with songs from a wide range of musical theatre – “everything from Sondheim to Rent to some new contemporary musical theatre that people might not necessarily know and recognize.” Zak’s looking forward to her own big number, OldFashioned Love Story (from The Wild Party). But what she loves most of all is the chance to see each performer’s interpretation of their songs. “It’s so interesting watching these performers bring new things to the
table,” she says. She’s got nothing but admiration for her castmates, who include such performers as 16-yearold Shaw TV host Zenia Marshall; Ovation nominee Andrew Wade; and PNE Star Discovery and Pinoy Pop Superstar Canada champion Imelda Gaborno. “We’ve managed to develop a lot of different relationships and a lot of different characters,” she says. “The show will absolutely speak for itself.” WHEN AND WHERE IS IT ON STAGE? You can see it on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Marpole United Church, 1296 West 67th Ave. in Vancouver. OK, SO WHERE DO I GET TICKETS? Tickets are $25 general, $20 for students, seniors and those on disability benefit, or $15 each for groups of four or more. You can buy at the door, through www.operamariposa.com or through Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.
Ann-Marie Zak stars in a musical theatre revue, People Like Us, presented by Opera Mariposa.
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Occupation MISS TEENAGE B.C. 2016 Why is she in the news?
A Burnaby North Grade 12 student has just been crowned Miss Teenage British Columbia 2016 and is now setting her sights on the Miss Teenage Canada title. Eighteen-year-old Ariel Cao was named Miss Teenage B.C. 2016 on April 3 and heads to Toronto in July for the national competition, where she will compete against more than 70 contestants from around the country. Cao
How does it feel to have won Miss Teenage B.C. 2016? Was the competition fierce? It is such an honour to have won Miss Teenage B.C. 2016! I could hardly sleep the night I was
won the Miss Teenage Burnaby title in 2014, and since then, the honour roll student and Burnaby school board ambassador has endeavoured to use her pageant platform to advocate for staying active. The NOW caught up with Cao following her win to chat about being an unlikely beauty queen and her views on modern pageantry. –Tanya Commisso
crowned – that weekend went by real quick. I am so thankful for my family, friends, teachers, and people in my community – everyone has been extremely supportive throughout this journey. There were 21 girls in total, ages 14 to 19 from all over B.C. I tried very hard not to compare myself to the other girls because it
YOUNG ACHIEVER Ariel Cao with her Miss Teenage B.C.
crown, at left, and above, competing in this year’s Burnaby’s Got Talent contest. PHOTOS MIKE WU (LEFT), CORNELIA NAYLOR (ABOVE)
would have been extremely stressful, since every contestant was beautiful, intelligent, talented and successful. My biggest competitor is always myself. I believe in self-motivation and
in having confidence in my own abilities.
When I first entered the pageant world in 2014, I wasn’t really expecting anything. I joined the pageant to live my princess dream, and soon I realized that the crown comes with a respon-
When you won Miss Teenage Burnaby 2014, did you have any idea it’d lead to this?
sibility. During my year of reign, service to the community was a mission. I fundraised for Free the Children, the pageant’s official charity, and I kept a Continued on page 22
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Continued from page 21 personal blog for updates on my accomplishments within my community.There are many scored areas of a pageants – specifically Miss Teenage Canada – that we don’t always consider, such as interviews with judges, charitable contribution, events attended, platform, charity fundraising, blogging, social media marketing and behaviour.
What is it that draws you to pageantry? Pageants have boosted my confidence, have pushed me to become a better public speaker, and have given me the opportunity to connect
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She’s a book nerd, athlete, musician and pageant girl sponse be to anyone who could perhaps view pageantry as antiquated? I think it is time that we step away from stereotypes and focus on accepting people from all backgrounds. The pageant standards have also recently shifted to be more inclusive. Beauty is defined as not only inner and outer beauty, but also the ability to influence others in a positive and optimistic way.The girls who win titles such as Miss Teenage Canada are not only beautiful but also intelligent, ambitious, outgoing and talented. Follow Ariel on Instagram and Twitter @MissTeenage BC16 for updates.
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Artsnow ARTS CALENDAR TO SUNDAY, MAY 1 Take Care: New Work by Hannah Bennett, an exhibition of woodcuts by the printmaker, underway at the Bob Prittie (Metrotown) branch of Burnaby Public Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave., an off-site exhibition by Burnaby Art Gallery. Info: www.burnabyartgallery.ca. TO MONDAY, MAY 2 From the Collection: The Rainbow Show, featuring work by B.C. artists who have referenced rainbows in their work in a variety of ways, with work from the City of Burnaby’s permanent art collection, underway at the McGill branch of Burnaby Public Library, 4595 Albert St., a presentation of the Burnaby Art Gallery’s off-site exhibition program. Info: www. burnabyartgallery.ca. TO FRIDAY, MAY 6 Takao Tanabe, Sumie: Ink Brush Paintings circa 1959-1960, a new exhibition at the Nikkei National Museum and
Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres. Sumie workshop on Saturday, April 30, 2 to 4 p.m. Info: www.nikkeiplace.org. TO SUNDAY, MAY 8 Arts Alive 2016, an exhibition of work by secondary school students from the Burnaby school district, at Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave. With a gallery tour at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23 and a full-day art gallery tour and workshop for homelearners on Wednesday, April 27. Info: www.burnabyartgallery.ca or 604-297-4422. TO SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Ron Simmer’s infinity room, A Night Walk in Falling Snow, is open at the Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., until June 4 – extended by popular demand. Info: www. burnabyartscouncil.org. TO SUNDAY, JUNE 12 Michiko Suzuki: Hope Chests, a large-scale installation tracing the lives and struggles of eight young women, running at Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave. In
the upper gallery until May 19, then expanding to the lower gallery May 20 to June 12. With In the BAG Family Sunday programs on May 8 and June 12; opening reception May 19, artist tour May 21, and a full-day art studio for homelearners on June 3. Info: www. burnabyartgallery.ca. THURSDAY, APRIL 28 A Little Lunch Music, featuring the 5 for U jazz quintet, with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and concert at noon, at Encores Café at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Buffet is optional and costs $12; concert is free. Info: www. shadboltcentre.com. National Poetry Month Event, 6:30 p.m. at New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave., with poet laureate Candice James and internationally acclaimed poet Andrew Parkin, followed by open mike. Info: www.nwpl.ca. FRIDAY, APRIL 29 Spectrum of Hope, a movie screening at Gilmore Community School, featuring the
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THURSDAY, APRIL 28 Edmonds Health Watch, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m., arts room at Edmonds Community Centre, 7433 Edmonds St. Drop-in blood pressure, massage, light exercises, therapeutic touch, etc. A presentation will be done by Geoff Cowman at 10 a.m. on “Seniors on the move: options for retirement.” Info at 604-297-4901.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30 Clothes2U Spring Fling giveaway event, 2 to 4 p.m., New West Evangelical Free Church, 7895 Canada Way (corner of Canada Way and 10th Avenue). Admission is $1 for people aged 12 and older. Free clothing, shoes, linens, toys, books, household and personal items for those in need, such as single parents, low-income, unemployed, homeless, students, and fire and flood victims. See Facebook Clothes2U New Westminster for more.
Celtic/Medieval music night with Caelestra, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 7405 Royal Oak Ave. A short open mike session starts at 7 p.m. (pre-registration required) followed by intermission then the main group Caelestra. Tickets are $15 and free for children under 10. Tickets are available at the door. To pre-register for the open mike session or request tickets, leave a message at the church
SUNDAY, MAY 1 The Burnaby Rhododendron and Garden Society silent plant auction, plant sale and spring bouquet contest, in conjunction with Rhodofest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shadbolt Centre, Deer Lake Park. Info at brags.ca. MONDAY, MAY 2
Bugs and bodies: an introduction to forensic entomology, 7 to 8 p.m., Burnaby Public Library, Tommy Douglas branch, 7311 Kingsway. SFU’s Dr. Gail Anderson, professor and co-director at the Centre for Forensic Research, School of Criminology, will talk about this fascinating topic as part of the Burnaby Festival of Learning. Note: this presentation isn’t for the faint of heart or children.
Kingsway, 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your resumé and get tips on how to edit it so it fits in with Canadian styles and standards. Free admission. Registration: 604-438-8214. WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 Burnaby Rhododendron and Garden Society meet at 7 p.m., Discovery Room, Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave. (at Sperling). Paul Buikema will speak about pest management, including chafer beetle. Refreshments will be served, all welcome. Info at www.brags.ca.
Basic job search strategies for newcomers, MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants, 5902 Kingsway, 6 to 8 p.m. What is the best way of finding work in Canada? What are employers looking for and how do you market your skills and experience? Free admission. Registration: 604-438-8214.
Permanent residency renewal workshop, MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants, 5902 Kingsway, 6 to 8 p.m. Learn about the procedures and requirements for renewing your Canadian permanent residency. Free admission. Registration: 604-438-8214.
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Couture cracks CFL list
Final CFL draft see SFU lineman pull into top-20
With draft-mania on the mind of most Canadians, the Canadian Football League announced its third and final rankings heading into the May 10 CFL draft. Among the notable rising names on the predraft list is Simon Fraser University’s Michael Couture, who debuts at No. 16. The 22-year-old Burnaby native showed during a senior season at SFU that he could dominate at his position, earning a 2015 All-American honour with the NCAA Div. 2 program. David Onyemata, a defensive lineman from the University of Manitoba, sits first overall. Couture earned his ranking with a great performance at last month’s CFL combine. “The athletic offensive lineman proved he deserves to be in the top tier of blockers in the 2016 class,” remarked CFL.ca’s Jason Dunk. Couture, who attended Burnaby Mountain Secondary until transferring to Centennial in Coquitlam for football, feels he left a positive impression at the combine, with eight teams requesting a sit-down interview. “I was pretty happy with the whole thing. I just wanted them to know more about me, but most seemed to be aware of what I could do,” he told the NOW last month.
Top shelf: Burying one off a breakaway, Burnaby Lakers’ Josh Dumont, centre, beats Victoria Shamrocks netminder Spencer Erwin with his first of two on the day Sunday in an intermediate A game. The Lakers scored first but played catch-up most of the day in a tight 10-9 loss at the Bill Copeland Sports Complex. PHOTO JENNIFER GAUTHIER
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There were no small victories, but new head coach Patrick Burgon noted that there were a few strong signs. The Burnaby Lakers launched the intermediate A lacrosse season on the weekend with a pair of losses, but two very different kinds. A harsh 18-3 season opener in Langley was a product of nerves, short numbers and losing the starting netminder after the first period. Turn the page to Sunday, and Burnaby gave visiting Victoria a strong challenge before succumbing 10-9. Langley’s decisive win was more a part of
having to throw a midget call-up goalie into the net -- which is larger than the midget league’s nets -- after the Lakers starting netminder had to leave the game. As deceiving as the score from the first game was, the team displayed resilience in offering a strong defensive challenge to the visiting Shamrocks on Sunday, and that’s progress which bodes well for a playoff push, says Burgon. “We only had three weeks to train, and there was not one night where we had everyone,” said Burgon, in his first season behind the Lakers bench. “The guys that we have here are capable and talented enough to be a top-three or four team... I have a lot of confidence in them.” Sunday’s loss saw Victoria try to set a physical
tone early, but the Burnaby players replied and give as much as they got. “We were up 1-0 right from the opening faceoff,” recalled Burgon. “Victoria kind of did their thing, tried to push us around but our guys stood up.We talked about team toughness (in practice) and they got a quick chance to show that they had each other’s backs. I was impressed.” Netting two goals apiece for the Lakers were Mackenzie Burns, Josh Dumont, Liam O’Connor and rookie Ethan McLaren. Burnaby pays a visit to Richmond tonight (Wednesday) and plays host to Delta on Thursday, 8 p.m. at the Copeland Sports Centre.
New level, same all-around title for Wournell Wings 13-year-old gymnast collects second consecutive B.C. title at provincials, with gold on uneven bars
Paige Wournell successfully repeated her top-of-the-charts result from last year, taking all-around gold at the Gymnastics BC championships in Langley last week. A year ago,Wournell won the Level 5 age group title, highlighted by a gold on uneven bars. Last week, the 13-year-old registered the top score again on bars and second-best result on vault as part of a 37-point performance in her climb to first place in Level 6-2003. She also secured silver on vault
and bronze on floor. Wournell became the first Wings Gymnastic Club member to win a pair of B.C. titles, and claimed them back-to-back. She was awarded 9.475 points out of 10 on bars, 9.575 on floor, and 9.150 on vault. Wings also received a top-three performance from Burnaby’s Kelsey Longeau, who proved third times a charm. They Wings athlete finished third all-around in her third trip to the provincials, this time in the Level 6-1998-2001 age group. Longeau, 15, posted the top score on vault and third-best re-
sults on beam and floor en route to her overall total. A year ago, the Burnaby North Secondary student finished seventh all-around. “(Wournell) is a fierce competitor which surprises many due to her calm and friendly demeanor. Once she sets her mind to something, you’d be hard pressed to stop her,” remarked Wings head coach Jessica Di Tomaso. “(Longeau) is a self-motivated leader that is looked up to by the peers in her training group. She’s a natural athlete (who’s) fun-loving but has the ability to focus when it’s needed.” Qualifying for her first provin-
cials, Claire Bezdan displayed great form in a challenging compulsory Level 5 program, posting a 13th all-around score, including eighth overall on beam. “(Bezdan) was excited to qualify for provincials this year, especially in the more challenging (Level 5, 2000-2005 age group),” added Di Tomaso. “Though the skills have been challenging, she has been strong on beam and floor this year overall. She’s a smart and hardworking competitor with a ‘never give up’ mentality which has served her well over as she’s matured in this sport.”
At the provincials, other Burnaby athletes scored medals with their respective clubs included: Keita Kuramoto, of Flicka, who picked up gold all-around in Level 1 men’s, with first-place showings in floor, uneven and parallel bars and vault;Talya Pollak, of Flicka, who placed fourth all-around with a gold on beam; Maxwell Hill, of Flicka, who came in 15th in Level 2 11-12, with a top finish of fourth on bars; Daniela Lee, from TAG Sports Centre, at sixth all-around in Level 7; and Nakita May,TAG, who finished 13th all-around in Level 8.
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Playoff hopes dashed as SFU splits home stand
The Simon Fraser University softball team’s playoff hopes were dashed Saturday when the Central Washington University Wildcats came out scratching. Needing a sweep of their final four home games to have a chance at a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s fastball playoff berth, the Clan started off well. Led by seniors Stephanie Caron, Rachel Proctor and Nicole Ratel, who all delivered clutch hits, the Clan took a 7-6 victory in Game 1 of the first crucial doubleheader. Unfortunately, the Wildcats replied in convincing fashion and end the suspense, beating SFU 19-1 in the nightcap on the team’s Seniors Day. It ended their post-season chase. The Clan recognized the six outgoing seniors on the final weekend of GNAC play as Alex Baylak, Jessica Goulet, Marina DeAngelis, Caron, Proctor and Ratel all played their final games with the Clan. In the opener, SFU fell behind 3-0 but replied quickly with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first, off back-to-back doubles from Caron and Proctor.Two innings later, Ratel blasted a two-run home run, her ninth of the season and third in three games, over the left field fence to catapult the Clan to a 5-3 lead. Shaking off a rough first inning, SFU starter Alia Stachoski put in a solid line of work and handing the ball to Tori Belton in the sixth with runners on first and third. Both came around to score when Central Washington’s Kailyn Campbell sent the ball out of the yard to make it 6-5 for the Wildcats. Once more SFU put on its rally caps, counting the decisive runs when Taylor Gillis lashed the ball down the right field line to drive in two for the 7-6 lead. Belton, who on Monday was named the GNAC’s Newcomer of theYear, recorded the final three outs and secured the win to improve to 10-9 on the year. While hopes were riding high on a possible playoff date, they came crashing down just a few hours later as Central Washington unleashed all its firepower in a one-sided con-
Making contact: Simon Fraser University’s Stephanie Caron drives the ball into the outfield during Saturday’s first game of a double header against Central Washington. SFU would erase a 3-0 deficit and win the contest 7-6, but drop the nightcap. PHOTO JENNIFER GAUTHIER
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Cactus Club snags honours for patio lovers in Burnaby The sun is shining, the mercury is rising, and Cactus Club is getting ready to welcome patrons back for patio season – with an award to its name. Cactus Club has once again won Readers’ Choice honours for Best Patio in Burnaby. “We’re obviously very, very, very ﬂattered and excited,” says Christy Murphy, director of communications for Cactus Club. “It’s something we really incorporate into our whole design.” Murphy says the chain focuses on a philosophy of “indoor-outdoor living” and ensures that patios are as much a part of the ambience as the indoor restaurants are. Fire pits and water features are a big part of their patio design to add to the charm of the outdoor spaces.
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Blues & Roots takes the prize Mother Nature likes to toss grey skies into the mix occasionally, but even she can’t stop the fun when the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival hits Deer Lake Park. The Blues + Roots Festival earned readers’ votes for Outdoor Concert of the Year. The vote will come as no surprise to anyone who’s ever enjoyed one of the 16 annual festivals that have drawn thousands of folks to Burnaby for the August event. Last year, a lineup headlined by Canadian rockers The Sheepdogs and Lee Fields and the Expressions drew a huge crowd, with folks of all ages and backgrounds turning out to enjoy the day of music on three stages. That’s one of the beauties of the festival, since it gives local, up-and-coming acts a chance to strut their stuff in front of the same crowd of music-lovers that turns out to take in unstoppable performances by
nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The vibe is always mellow and good-natured, as folks sprawl on the festival lawn to take in the music. Food and drink vendors are always on hand, as are artisans and craft vendors, and kids even have their own special activity area – the make-your-ownguitar craft is a perennial hit. All told, it’s just a gem of a day that offers something for everyone – whatever your taste in music, whatever your age, whatever your background, there’s a spot for you at the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival. The 2016 version is set to return on Saturday, Aug. 6. To stay on top of the latest news, ﬁnd the festival on Facebook, www. facebook.com/BurnabyBlues, or Twitter @BurnabyBlues. Or check back to www. burnabybluesfestival.com for updates on the 2016 festival.
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Deer Lake Park is a popular spot for dog walking – so it’s no surprise it won Burnaby NOW readers’ votes again as Best Place to Walk Your dog. Lisa King, Burnaby NOW
It’s a dog’s life at Deer Lake Park Ask any Burnaby resident to name a favourite green space in the city, and chances are the words “Deer Lake” will come up time and time again.
It will come as no surprise to anyone who enjoys this natural gem in the heart of the city that the lake remains popular with Burnaby NOW readers. Once again, Deer Lake has earned a nod as Best Place To Walk Your Dog. And why wouldn’t it? The network of trails that circles the lake and its park space offers gentle terrain for strolling along both developed and undeveloped pathways and boardwalk. Check out the city’s website at www.burnaby.ca for a recommended 5.7-kilometre route around the lake and surrounding meadow.
The lake is at the heart of the city’s cultural precinct, with the architecturally inspiring Shadbolt Centre for the Arts right on its shores, and the Burnaby Art Gallery, Deer Lake Gallery and Burnaby Village Museum within easy reach. The natural beauty of the area is unbeatable, what with the green lawns and the beautiful views over the lake and the city beyond. And the park has plenty to offer for a spring or summer day out, with a playground, beach, picnic sites and a boat launch to get you in touch with nature. All of this without ever leaving the city – and with abundant parking and transit options to boot. It’s hard to get any better than that.
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Once there, you’re on top of the world – or at least on top of the city. Which is why it’s no surprise that Burnaby Mountain won readers’ votes as Best View in the city. Trek up the mountain and you’ll quickly see why. Standing on the grassy lawn next to the rose gardens and Horizons restaurant, you have views in all directions – over the city of Burnaby, across to downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, over Burrard Inlet. For the highest view of all, you can even scramble to the top of the new climbing structure in the small playground and look as far as the human eye can see. Art lovers will be captivated by the Kamui Mintara - the Playground of the Gods sculpture, a dozen carved poles created by Japanese sculptors Nuburi Toko and his
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Mayor Derek Corrigan, right, is seen meeting with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. Corrigan has once again been voted the readers’ favourite politician.
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Corrigan tops the polls again
He consistently tops the polls in Burnaby city council elections – and he keeps doing the same in our Burnaby NOW Readers’ Choice Awards. Mayor Derek Corrigan has once again emerged victorious as Best Politician.
sues, from the mayors’ council’s transportation plan to homelessness to new developments around the city’s town centres. His proﬁle rose even higher after the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion plans became big news in Burnaby and across the nation.
The win will come as no surprise to anyone who follows Burnaby politics, since Corrigan has been leading the Burnaby Citizens’ Association to victory after repeated victory at Burnaby City Hall. (For those keeping score, the BCA is now at three straight sweeps of city council and school board, and Corrigan himself earned nearly 69 per cent of the popular vote last time the city went to the polls.)
And, of course, politics is in the family for Corrigan, one-half of the power couple that includes his wife, Kathy Corrigan, the New Democrat MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake.
Corrigan has been serving the citizens of Burnaby in an elected position since ﬁrst joining city council in 1987. Whether you know Corrigan personally or not, odds are high that you’ve heard his name and his voice. He consistently makes headlines for his stances on controversial is-
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Heights Merchants earn community service honour Isabel Kolic can’t help but be slightly overwhelmed by the fact that the Heights Merchants Association has been honoured as NOW readers’ favourite Community Service Organization. “Aw, that’s so awesome,” she said. “Given that there’s dozens of excellent and very, very different community service organizations in the city … it’s quite something to have the public think of us.” Kolic, who’s the group’s executive director, said the association works hard to provide advocacy on issues that matter to the people who live, work and shop in the Heights community. Over the past year, for instance, the group stepped up to the plate when residents and businesses had concerns about a reduction in bus service on Hastings Street.
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“Whenever something like that comes up in the community, because we are a voice for the community, we always raise our concerns,” she said. Not to mention, she noted, the Heights Merchants Association is also responsible for the perennially popular Hats Off Day festival (which, coincidentally, has repeatedly won Burnaby NOW readers’ votes as the Best Annual Burnaby Festival). Kolic said she’s humbled to receive the honour from NOW readers given the large network of worthy organizations working hard for a range of causes in Burnaby. For more about the group and all its endeavours, check out www.burnabyheights. com or stop by its ofﬁce at 4019 Hastings St.
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Burnaby’s own Michael Bublé has once again captured readers’ votes as their favourite celebrity.
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Some folks from Burnaby may still remember him as a kid from Seaforth Elementary or Cariboo Hill Secondary – a kid who dreamed about hockey and happened to love to sing.
Now, millions of people around the world know his name and own his music – and once again, Michael Bublé makes his way onto the winners’ list for Burnaby NOW readers. The superstar crooner has once again taken the honours as Best Burnaby Celebrity. It’s been a big year for the megastar recording artist with the smooth, soulful voice. He and his wife, Luisana Lopilato. welcomed their second child just this past January – baby Elias, a younger brother to Noah. Bublé was also named to the Canadian Walk of Fame at the end of 2015 – and, in an acceptance speech, the Burnaby boy paid tribute to the family that has stood by
him since he ﬁrst dreamed of becoming a performer. “There were many nights where the audience was literally just my parents, my sisters and grandparents,” he said in the speech. “They would never give up on me, and I could never give up on myself.” The international superstar also paid tribute to his homeland as the “land of kindness and empathy.”
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He got his big break in 2000, when he sang at the wedding of former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s daughter – and came to the attention of award-winning producer David Foster. A slew of Grammy and Juno Awards and a host of chart-topping albums later, it seems this Burnaby boy is just going to keep on making his hometown proud. Follow along at www.michaelbuble.com for all the latest in his career.
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Vancity builds a sustainable community The “bottom line” means more than just money for Vancity. It means a threepronged approach that looks at the ﬁnancial, social and environmental impacts of everything it does. “We’ve always had a triple bottom line approach,” says Jeremy Trigg, Vancity’s director of facility and environmental management, who’s been working with the credit union for more than 30 years. It’s no surprise that Burnaby NOW readers once again voted Vancity (in particular its Burnaby Heights branch) the Best Sustainable Business, seeing that “sustainability” is a focus that reaches across the company, from its buildings to its day-to-day operations. On the facility front, the company does its best to produce environmentally friendly buildings. Both its Heights and Kingsway branches have achieved the Gold LEED standard, and a recent heat recovery proj-
ect at its head ofﬁce saw it reduce greenhouse gases by 25 per cent in the ﬁrst year. On an operations level, 95 per cent of its branches are now zero-waste facilities. Beyond the buildings, Trigg notes, the company also tries to lead the way by educating both members and other businesses and corporations on how to build a more sustainable future. Local branches offer many information sessions for members on a wide range of sustainability topics. And, holistically speaking, the company’s very philosophy is based on “sustainability” – in the sense of building a community that can continue on. Because it’s a local credit union, it means that all local deposits are used to help lend money locally and boost small businesses who want to grow. Those businesses, in turn, can help individuals to build a thriving community. Check out www.vancity.com for more on the company and to ﬁnd a branch.
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Hemlock forges a sustainable future A decade ago, “sustainability” wasn’t the buzzword on everyone’s lips that it is today.
But in the printing industry, companies were already beginning to take the issue of environmental responsibility very seriously - and no company more so than Burnaby’s own Hemlock Printers.
Hemlock has shared honours as Best Sustainable Business in this year’s Burnaby NOW Readers’ Choice Awards – and with good reason. The company has been pushing for environmentally sustainable operations for more than a decade. President Richard Kouwenhoven (son of company founder Dick Kouwenhoven) notes the company’s environmental push was really sparked by its move towards certiﬁcation by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes responsible forest management practices in business.
The company wanted to do its best to make sustainability part of its day-to-day operations, and it struck a sustainability committee in 2004 to explore ways of doing just that. The committee has come up with a wide range of ideas to reduce waste and to incorporate technology that will reduce its environmental impact. It even had an intern dedicated to just that job – a person who ended up working for the company for ﬁve years. Hemlock introduced “Zero,” a carbon-neutral printing program that allows individual customers to offset the carbon footprint of their particular print job by investing in recognized renewable and clean-tech projects. Along the way, Kouwenhoven noted, the company became known as “that green printing company.” See www.hemlock.com for all about the company.
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Accountant: PAGNANINI EDWARDS LAM Doggy Daycare: TIED: SMALL PAWS + METRO DOGS Dry Cleaner: MONEY’S Financial Institution: TD BANK Hearing Centre: BELTONE ON HASTINGS Hotel: HILTON Independent Living: MULBERRY PARC In-Home Care: NURSE NEXT DOOR Insurance Agency: CHARLTON INSURANCE Law Firm: COBBETT & COTTON Mortgage : CUSTOM MORTGAGES Music Studio: STACCATO STUDIOS Pet Grooming: SOUTH BURNABY VETERINARY HOSPITAL Plumbing: MILANI Real Estate Agency: RE/MAX CENTRAL Realtor: JENNY WUN Retirement Residence: MULBERRY PARC Shoe Repair: G.A.M. SHOE REPAIR Travel Agency: MARLIN TRAVEL Veterinary Clinic: HASTINGS VETERINARY HOSPITAL
BEST ON WHEELS
Auto Body: B&M AUTO-CRAFT COLLISION Auto Dealership (New): METROTOWN MAZDA Auto Dealership (Used): METROTOWN MAZDA Auto Parts: LORDCO AUTO PARTS Auto Services: J. PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE LTD. Bike Repair: DANDY HORSE CYCLES Bike Store: CAP’S WESTWOOD CYCLE Car Wash: OASIS CAR WASH Driving School: YOUNG DRIVERS OF CANADA Tires: KAL TIRE
BEST HEALTH & FITNESS BEAUTY
Acupuncture: BRILLIANCE HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE Cosmetic Dentistry: PETER JENSEN DENTURE CLINIC Cosmetic Laser Centre: LOUGHEED LASER CENTRE Dance Studio: H.Z. BALLET CLASSIQUE Dental Clinic: BURNABY DENTAL CENTRE Gym & Fitness Club: STEVE NASH FITNESS WORLD Hair Salon: PILLARS SALON Mani/Pedi: VIETNAILS SALON Martial Arts: MASTER GEE’S BLACK BELT ACADEMY Naturopathic: LEE CHIROPRACTIC
Pharmacy: SHOPPERS DRUG MART Physiotherapy, Massage & Rehabilitation: TOTAL THERAPY Spa/Aesthetics: ECCOTIQUE SPAS & SALONS Sports Facility: DYERFITNESS Tanning Salon: SUN CITY Vitamin Store: CONSCIOUS PLANET Walk-In Clinic: KENSINGTON MEDICAL CLINIC Yoga Studio: MOKSHA YOGA
Daycare: ST. MATTHEWS DAYCARE Post-Secondary: BCIT Pre-School: BRENTWOOD PRESCHOOL
Fireplace Store: SOLACE Floral: ADELE-RAE FLORIST Gift Store: WINNERS Jewellery: RODAN JEWELLERS Optical: UNITED OPTICAL Pet Supply Store: TISOL PET NUTRITION & SUPPLY STORES Shopping Centre (Indoor): METROPOLIS AT METROTOWN Shopping Centre (Outdoor): MARKET CROSSING Speciality Shoe Store: SAS COMFORT SHOES Vintage & Thrift: BURNABY HOSPICE THRIFT STORE Women’s Fashion Boutique: CHICKADEE BOUTIQUE
BEST FOR THE HOME
Flooring: HOME DEPOT Garden Centre: GARDENWORKS Interior Designer: ARLENE’S INTERIORS Lighting: NORBURN LIGHTING Paint: HOME DEPOT
BEST PEOPLE & PLACES
Annual Burnaby Festival: HATS OFF DAY Burnaby Celebrity: MICHAEL BUBLÉ Community Service Organization: HEIGHTS MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION Outdoor Concert Of The Year: BURNABY BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL Patio: CACTUS CLUB Places To Walk Your Dog: DEER LAKE PARK Politician: DEREK CORRIGAN Sustainable Business: TIED: VANCITY + HEMLOCK PRINTERS View: BURNABY MOUNTAIN
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RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL Sunday, May 1 10 am to 3 pm
May 1-7, 2016
Deer Lake Park
This charming festival produced by the City of Burnaby in collaboration with the Burnaby Rhododendron & Gardens Society, promotes the long-term sustainable, ecological health of our communities.
BUGS AND BODIES: An Introduction to Forensic Entomology Monday, May 2 7 pm to 8 pm
Tommy Douglas Library, Burnaby Public Library
Join Dr. Gail Anderson, Professor and Co-Director at the Centre for Forensic Research, School of Criminology, SFU, for a gruesome talk on forensic entomology. Forensic entomology is the study of insects relating to criminal and legal investigations.
PHILOSOPHERS’ CAFE: Why Do Universities Matter? Monday, May 2 7 pm to 8:30 pm
This Philosophers’ Café event begins a special summer series of SFU’s renowned community engagement program, ’50 Cafes for 50 Years’ as part of the year-long celebration of SFU’s 50th anniversary.
IN CAHOOTS: A Showcase of Dance, Film, Theatre and Music from SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts
HARD PLACE TO DO TIME: The Story of Oakalla Prison 1912-1991 Wednesday, May 4 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Tuesday, May 3 7 pm to 8 pm
Shadbolt Centre For The Arts
Vancouver Police Department Inspector Earl Andersen, an SFU Criminology graduate and former Oakalla correctional officer, will draw on his fascinating 1993 book of the same title to bring the history of Oakalla Prison to light; escapes, riots, executions, and even plastic surgery programs.
Shadbolt Centre For The Arts In Cahoots features student work that represents the very best of contemporary theatre, dance, music and film.
BEER TAP AND LEARN: The Yeast Beasts Fear No Beer Thursday, May 5 & Friday, May 6 (two sessions) 7 pm to 9 pm Burnaby Rowing Pavilion SFU’s Sebastian Ibarra Jiminez and Brassneck Brewery’s Conrad Gmoser, bring together some yeasts to create a unique style of beer never attempted before!
Shadbolt Centre For The Arts
SFU SCIENCE RENDEZVOUS & INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY Saturday, May 7 11 am to 3 pm
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
With the help of 6,000 engineers, scientists, innovators and researchers across Canada, Science Rendezvous has become the largest science festival in Canada. On May 7th, 80 partner organizations across this country will open their doors and close city streets to present exciting demonstrations, hands-on activities, and explosive experiments.