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City birders spot climate change impact Warmer winters are allowing the tiny bird to survive year round in Lower Mainland Jennifer Moreau staff reporter

A Californian hummingbird is settling down in Burnaby, likely a reflection of climate change, according to a local birdwatcher. “This is an example of a bird that’s increasing its range but also probably (in response) to climate warming,” said George Clulow, local organizer for the annual Christmas Bird Count. “The winters are warm, and it’s able to survive.” The species in question is Anna’s hummingbird, a fuschia-throated fowl not much larger than a ping-pong ball. According to Clulow, the species has been moving north from California for about three decades. During the past 15 years, they have been found in the Vancouver area but only close to the ocean. “Now, they really seem to be moving away from that narrow coastal strip into areas like Burnaby,” he said. Clulow’s comments came following the annual Christmas Bird Count. Every winter, volunteers conduct a census of winter birds, counting and cataloguing species they spot on a designated day. Citizen scientists across the Americas participate, and conservation groups and the National Audubon Society use the results. Clulow, a retired teacher, organizes a team for the Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake area and has been involved in the count for more than two decades. He’s been an avid birder for more than 40 years. Anna’s hummingbird was first spotted in Burnaby in 2008. This year’s count noted only two, but the bird seems to be firmly established in Burnaby, Clulow said. “The two we recorded this year were not found at garden feeders but away from houses in Deer Lake Park, which suggests they are now becoming welladapted to winter conditions in Burnaby,” he said.

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Feathered friends: George Clulow, foreground,

and Josh Inman watch for birds at Burnaby Lake during the Christmas Bird Count – in which volunteers conduct a census of winter birds. This year’s count showed that the Californian Anna’s hummingbird (shown at right) is starting to settle down in Burnaby.

While Anna’s hummingbirds are making themselves at home in Burnaby, a lot of northern birds, like snowy owls and common redpolls, are running south. Clulow speculated that the short-term colder temperatures from la Niña are making the area more hospitable to northern birds. Birds Page 8

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The story that stole the headlines Anti-homophobia policy makes waves in Burnaby Jennifer Moreau staff reporter

Policy 5.45. It created controversy, drew protest crowds, inspired countless letters to the editor, spawned death threats on both sides and even sparked the formation of a political party in the last civic election. This summer, the Burnaby school district passed the final version of a policy designed to protect staff and students from homophobic harassment. And while policy 5.45 may be the story of the year, its roots go back even further. In 2009, the Burnaby Teachers’ Association was urging the school district to adopt a policy to deal with homophobia and heterosexism. The association’s James Sanyshyn, then an officer-at-large, and Debra Sutherland, a counsellor at Burnaby North Secondary, outlined the request at a May 2009 school board meeting. The teachers wanted the district to strike a committee to come up with a policy on homophobia, but at the time, then-trustee Tony Coccia said the board would look at ways of making its existing anti-bullying policy more inclusive rather than creating a new committee. About a month later, however, trustees voted unanimously to strike a committee, with school representatives, students and parents. The group was the impetus behind what would later become policy 5.45. After roughly two years, the policy came to fruition as trustees approved a draft form in February 2011, and the Burnaby NOW ran a front-page story about it on Feb. 26. Even with the high-profile coverage, some parents seemed surprised that the policy even existed. On April 30, they showed up in droves at the school district office to protest during a board meeting. It was the largest crowd drawn in recent memory and by far the most controversial issue trustees had tackled. The meeting was intense, packed wall-to-wall, with emotional speeches for and against the policy and the occasional outburst from the audience. Opponents of the policy formed a group called Parents’ Voice, with Gordon World as one of the key organizers. The parents’ main concerns were that the policy was segregating children and infringing on their rights to educate their children. But there was also an underlying fear in their discourse that their children would somehow be co-opted by radical gay activists. “What is being recommended in this draft is a deliberate and systemic strategy to indoctrinate our children with a controversial moral teaching that should be left for families to decide on and wrestle 6














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Students rally: Bahar Vaghari from Moscrop Secondary (left) waves a rainbow flag with Zoya Matheos-Fairey in support of gay rights at a school board meeting in May.

through,” said Heather Leung, a Parents’ Voice member. The parents demanded more public hearings and that the policy be translated. While the parents protested and spoke out at meetings, so did those who supported the policy. In May, dozens of students rallied to back the policy The trustees extended the public input period for the draft version of the policy in response to public concerns. On June 14, trustees unanimously voted to pass the final version of the policy. It was a done deal. Again, parents opposed to the policy lamented while larger numbers of supporters cheered from outside the district office. Trustee Ron Burton was irked by all the opposition which seemed to focus on homosexuality being a sin. “I’ve been a trustee here for a long time, and I’m somewhat disturbed by all the controversy around the policy. It’s always been my opinion if there is something you

can do to help a child be safer, then so be it,” he said. A letter started circulating, encouraging parents to pull their kids out of school over moral objections. The Catholic Civil Rights League, an advocacy group for Catholics, stepped into the fray, backing Parents’ Voice, while the district said kids could only be pulled from the sexual health components of certain classes. In June, Parents’ Voice gathered nearly 5,000 signatures for a petition calling on the B.C. government to stop the Burnaby school district from passing the policy. Premier Christy Clark declined to get involved. June was also the time a death threat was made to a Burnaby teacher, but news of this would not surface till later, closer to the civic election date. Meanwhile, Asian Parents’ Voice members were the targets of racists online remarks in the comment thread on Xtra!, a news publication for the gay community.

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People angry about homophobia responded with racism. Parents’ Voice blamed the school board for the remarks, saying if they handled the policy properly and consulted parents in the first place, no one would have had to speak out publicly and expose themselves to racist attack. (Parents’ Voice later launched an unsuccessful human rights complaint over the comments.) Then in July, the gossip became official as Parents’ Voice confirmed they were forming a political party. They were hoping to run a full slate but eventually ran five candidates for school trustee. Other policy-related issues sprang up: There was controversy over a link in the resources list from Out In Schools, a gayfriendly film program for students. The link was to another organization, which featured a sexually explicit ad with a safesex message for gay men. Kari Simpson, a right-wing online radio host, allied with Parents’ Voice and often had members on her show. She received three death threats linked to the Out In Schools issue.

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Looking back at 2011 JANUARY

The New Year started off with a literal bang in Burnaby, with an explosion at the Wesburn Community Centre at 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 2 that blew open the doors and left a hole in the wall. No one was injured in the incident at the centre near Deer Lake. Burnaby property owners were bemoaning a large bill after the holidays – but it wasn’t related to Christmas shopping. Burnaby’s residential property values increased by 12.7 per cent from 2010, according to the B.C. Assessment Authority, and this in turn increased owners’ property taxes. Assessed property in Burnaby was worth $57.786 billion in 2011, according to B.C. Assessment’s 2011 assessment roll. Members of Chevron’s community advisory panel walked out over how the company handled the ongoing oil seep at its North Burnaby refinery. The seep was the mix of gas, diesel and crude oil leeching from the refinery since April 2010. More than 10,000 litres of oily material leached into the ground in and around Chevron’s North Burnaby refinery between April 2009 and January 2011. Burnaby’s Board of Trade celebrated its centennial in January at the Michael J. Fox Theatre. The board started with a small group of business owners, concerned about issues such as reckless carriage drivers, banding together on Dec. 10, 1910. The Bill Copeland Arena got a portable

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Burnaby council moved forward with a plan to deal with traffic woes in the Burnaby Heights neighbourhood, though not everyone in the community was thrilled with it. The first phase of the plan started in January, following a public consultation process in the fall of 2010. The majority of students at the B.C. Institute of Technology voted in favour of a U-Pass in a referendum held from Jan. 7 to 17. Forty-one per cent of eligible students voted online from Jan. 7 to 17, with 85 per cent of them voting in favour of the program. TransLink organizes the U-Pass program, which is open to all publicly funded post-secondary institutions. Samuel Kuris Jr., 39, died after being crushed by his forklift at a South Burnaby warehouse in late January. The accident occurred at Summit Logistics Inc. at 7155 11th Ave. A fund was started by fellow employees to help Kuris’ family. The gondola line on Burnaby Mountain took one step closer to being a reality after TransLink awarded the business case study to CH2M Hill in late January. The proposed gondola could run from Production Way SkyTrain station to Simon Fraser University. In Review Page 5


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In review: The year kicked off with plenty of top news stories in the city continued from page 4

The Swedish Canadian Rest Home Association broke ground on an assisted living seniors’ residence in Burnaby at the end of January. Eighteen of the 64 apartments will be filled from the association’s wait-list, while Fraser Health will fill the 46 units subsidized through the Independent Living B.C. program. The $17 million project is expected to be ready for residents by May 2012. The woman who banned the strap in B.C. schools passed away on Jan. 17. Former education minister and longtime Burnaby school trustee Eileen Dailly was 84 years old when she died. Burnaby North Secondary was one of six Canadian schools

to receive $50,000 from Future Shop for a new technology lab. As part of the retailer’s Future Generation Tech Lab program, six schools were selected from more than 90 hopefuls to receive $50,000 grants for technology. SFU professor Kennedy Stewart announced in January that he was seeking the NDP nomination for the federal riding of Burnaby-Douglas. The former NDP MP for the riding, Bill Siksay, announced in December 2010 that he was retiring after 25 years in politics.


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put forward its fourth proposal for a cell tower in the Lake City Way area. With city staff working with the company on an acceptable design, the proposal passed later in 2011. Kinder Morgan began eyeing plans to expand capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs crude and refined oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby. The body of a woman was found near Warner Loat Park on Feb. 7. The area, near the intersection of Winston Street and Piper Avenue, is often frequented by dog walkers and people who use the trails that lead to Burnaby


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A two-alarm fire destroyed the Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant in the 4100-block of East Hastings Street in North Burnaby on Feb. 7. Ryan Beedie, president of industrial real estate developer The Beedie Group, made a donation of $22 million to his alma mater, Simon Fraser University. Ryan and his father, Keith Beedie, made the donation to SFU’s business school, now the Beedie School of Business. It was the largest individual donation SFU had ever received. After six years, BurnabyDouglas MP Bill Siksay’s trans-

gendered rights bill finally passed. The bill was intended to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression. It would also change the Criminal Code of Canada so hate speech against transgendered and transsexual people is covered. Burnaby’s Special Olympics hockey team was hit hard by a theft that’s left the athletes without equipment just days before a major tournament. On Sunday, Feb. 13, the head coach of the Burnaby Hawks was attending a church meeting when his car was broken into. Most of the team’s hockey equipment, more than $3,000


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Clockwise from top left: Ingrid Rice took on B.C. Ferries in February, global political turmoil in March, federal politics in April, the Stanley Cup riots in June and the loss of Jack Layton in August.

A year in images From the local to the national, there aren’t many headlines that elude the eagle eye of cartoonist Ingrid Rice. Rice (shown in a self-portrait at right) is responsible for the cartoons that grace our editorial pages throughout the year, and in celebration of

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Policy 5.45: A year of headlines continued from page 3

Also, Burnaby resident and gay activist Kaitlin Burnett started a letter-writing campaign urging the provincial government to implement a provincewide policy like Burnaby’s that would apply to all schools, even private ones. The Catholic Civil Rights League responded by saying there would likely be a lawsuit if that were to happen. Leading up to the Nov. 19 election, the drama intensified as a death threat surfaced at the first all-candidates meeting for school trustees. Sanyshyn, now vice-president of the Burnaby Teachers’ Association, held a copy of the threat as he stepped up to the mike and directed his question at Charter Lau, one of the outspoken Parents’ Voice members who was running for school board. “Charter are you aware of any hate threat directed towards Burnaby staff that may come from supporters of your party?” Sanyshyn asked. The note was directed at a teacher and read: “Must immediately withdraw policy #5.45! Adhere to basic social principles! You have no right to do so! You want to destroy our children! You are our enemy! You will be shot!” Someone else in the school district had received a similar threat but wished to remain anonymous as per advice from the RCMP, who were investigating at the time. Lau replied in the negative, and shortly

On average, there are 58 species spotted in the Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake area, but this year’s count noted 64. Numbers for the area’s Northwestern crow are down. Burnaby is home to what’s very likely the province’s largest crow roost. Every night, thousands of Lower Mainland crows cross the skies to sleep, huddled together in the trees along Still Creek in the Willingdon Business Park area. Last year’s bird count listed 23,000 crows, but this year, Clulow only counted an estimated 18,000. But the drop reflected how hard they were to count, he said. “They proved a little difficult to count this year because of the direction they took flying into the roost,” he said. The only new species added to the count was a single horned grebe found at Burnaby Lake. Some common species were noticeably absent this year: the pileated woodpecker, Cooper’s hawk and the house sparrow.


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after, Parents’ Voice announced a $2,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Parents’ Voice trustees seemed to tone down the rhetoric and broaden their scope leading up the election. The five Parents’ Voice candidates were World, Lau, Helen Ward, Homara Ahmad and Long Xue. The party’s election signs starting popping up on lawns all over the city, and with the petition numbers they had pulled in earlier, they were shaping up as a potential threat to the Burnaby Citizens Association’s reign on all seven school board seats. Then came election night on Nov. 19, and the Burnaby Citizens Association took everything – the mayor’s seat, all council spots and every position on school board. And while Parents’ Voice was effectively wiped off the map, they made a sizeable dent in the popular vote – 14.5 per cent with 13,438 votes, but no trustees elected. Still, World vowed to advocate with the school board. “We will continue to be a thorn in their side,” he said. Burnaby is not the first school district to pass a policy like 5.45, but it is the only district to draw so much opposition. And while the policy has almost taken a backseat to the ensuing drama, the story is far from over. There are more stories emerging that will grace the pages of the Burnaby NOW in the coming months.




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2011: School district policy passes in February, sparking plenty of debate continued from page 5

worth, was taken. The community came forward with donations to replace the equipment in time for the tournament. Coun. Pietro Calendino chose to endorse Adrian Dix, Vancouver-Kingsway MLA and NDP health critic, in the B.C. NDP race. The majority of council had chosen to back John Horgan, MLA for the Malahat-Juan de Fuca riding – including Mayor Derek Corrigan. Dix was named leader of the B.C NDP later in the year. In February, Burnaby’s task force on homelessness raised concerns over deaths linked to living on Burnaby’s streets. There were more than 10 people in Burnaby who died prematurely as a result of issues related to health and homelessness between 2007 and 2011, according to Wanda Mulholland of the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness.

the North Burnaby refinery in February, with the underground sewer system as part of the problem. The company also installed absorption mats to catch oily material migrating offsite through the groundwater. Sovereign, a 202-unit residential and retail tower planned near Metrotown, sold out on Feb. 19 after more than 600 people lined up to purchase units.

MARCH More than 80 staff in the Burnaby school district hit the $100,000 mark for salaries in the 2010 fiscal year, it was announced in March 2011. According to the district’s annual statement of financial information, 82 people – mostly district staff, principals and vice-principals – earned six figures.

The Burnaby school board passed a draft version of Policy 5.45 in February. The policy was intended to deal with homophobia and heterosexism in schools, and the main objective was to ensure all school community members learn to work together in an atmosphere of respect and safety “free from homophobia, transphobia, antigay harassment and exclusion, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Darlene Gering, president and chief executive officer of the Burnaby Board of Trade for six years, announced she would be leaving the position in the spring.

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city refused to reconsider allowing backyard chickens in Burnaby. World later ran for school board with Parents’ Voice in the civic election, the political party formed in opposition to Policy 5.45. A Burnaby parent took a complaint over a local teacher to the B.C. College of Teachers, alleging his child was force fed a piece of fruit in class. The alleged incident happened in 2010, when the child was in Grade 3. Premier Christy Clark appointed BurnabyLougheed MLA Harry Bloy as the minister of social development and multiculturalism. Bloy was the only MLA to back Clark in the

Liberal leadership race. Burnaby firefighters rescued seven people who were trapped by fire on a balcony on the 27th floor of a high-rise building near Metrotown on Mar. 14. The fire was considered suspicious.

Hot time in the city:

Mercedes-Benz announced it would be starting fuel cell stack production in Burnaby. The aim of the new facility is to cover the entire scope of fuel cell development and production in Burnaby.

Fire crews rescued seven people after a fire broke out in March on the 27th floor of a city highrise.

For more of the year’s top headlines, watch out for the next part of our 2011 Year in Review, coming in the Friday, Dec. 30 edition of the Burnaby NOW.

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Best holiday movies: Our top picks


h, the holidays. What better time to curl up in front of your TV with a good movie? The question is, what to watch? We here in the newsroom put our heads together and brainstormed ideas about the best Christmas movies – and, since we don’t particularly trust ourselves (and we couldn’t stop the arguments that erupted over whether Michael Caine or Alastair Sim was a better Ebenezer Scrooge), we also called for ideas from readers on our Facebook page. Putting it all together, here are our picks for Top Holiday Movies: ◆ It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): Even the most cynical amongst us has to admit that our hearts melt just a little every time we watch this Frank Capra classic. Starring the incomparable Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, the movie journeys through the life of small-town businessman George Bailey and explores what would have happened if he’d never existed. A warm, engaging and unabashedly sentimental charmer for the whole family. ◆ White Christmas (1954): If you don’t love this classic musical, then bah humbug to you. Yes, the story is as 1950s cheesy as they come, about a song-anddance pair who become romantically involved with two singing sisters and team up to save the failing Vermont inn that’s run by their former commanding general. But come on – it’s got Bing Crosby, it’s got Danny Kaye, it’s got Rosemary Clooney, it’s got some of the best tunes of all time and it’s got just about the most heartwarming ending of any film ever. Indulge, and enjoy. ◆ Elf (2003): He may not be Jimmy Stewart, but Will Ferrell brings a charm all his own to the role of Buddy, the ungainly, overgrown man-raised-as-elf who leaves the North Pole to seek out his real family. His childish enthusiasm for Christmas and zest for life gradually win over the humans he encounters – and, with plenty of silly humour mixed in among gentle messages about love, tolerance and the true spirit of Christmas, it’s bound to appeal to kids and adults alike. ◆ A Christmas Carol (also released as Scrooge, 1951): Alastair Sim turns in the defining performance as Charles’ Dickens famous miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, in this classic tale of greed and redemption. You haven’t felt the spirit of Christmas move you till you’ve heard him say: “I haven’t taken leave of my senses. I’ve come to them.” A classic for all, and a must watch for every Christmas. ◆ The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992): Michael Caine and a bunch of puppets? It may not seem like a recipe for a holiday

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Best Christmas movies: From the classics of the silver screen to some less traditional options, Burnaby NOW newsroom staffers offer up their top picks for best holiday movies. classic, but the skeptics have been proven wrong, time and again, by the freshness of this retelling of the Dickens classic. With all the familiar muppet favourites on board – most notably Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit, and Gonzo as the narrator, Charles Dickens himself – it’s full of memorable songs and powered by the inspired performance of Caine, and it’s kept fun for everyone by an injection of humour throughout. (“Light the lamp, not the rat!”) ◆ Love Actually (2003): With a cast list that reads like a Who’s Who of favourite British actors, Love Actually is a romantic comedy – or, more accurately, several romantic comedies in one – that just can’t help stealing hearts. Among the standouts are Hugh Grant as the prime minister of England (gotta dig that dance sequence), Colin Firth as a writer betrayed by his wife who falls in love with a woman who doesn’t speak his language, Bill Nighy as a washed-up old rockstar on the comeback trail and Liam Neeson as a grieving widower coming to terms with life as a stepdad. It’s Emma Thomson, however, who steals the show with perhaps the single most heartwrenching wordless scene ever filmed in a movie (no spoilers here; we’ll only tell you the music of Joni Mitchell is playing in the background). You will laugh. You will cry. And you will, despite yourself, come out believing that love actually is all around us.

◆ The Sound of Music (1965): Purists may point out (quite correctly) that this isn’t strictly a Christmas movie. But since this classic musical makes its way repeatedly onto television screens around the country at this time of year – and since its sugar-and-spice messages about love and goodness are really what Christmas is all about – we’ll adopt it as one for the sake of this list. And come on, what’s not to love? If you don’t adore Julie Andrews in the role of Maria, the would-be nun who heads off to serve as nanny to Captain von Trapp’s seven children, then your heart is too hard for Christmas. Just watch, sing along, and enjoy. ◆ A Christmas Story (1983): Seeping nostalgia from every pore and hilarious in almost every scene, A Christmas Story follows the iconic Ralphie remembering a 1950s “traditional, 100 per cent, red blooded, two fisted, all-American Christmas” with his happy but somewhat chaotic family. The movie covers all the bases of Christmas as seen from the eyes of a child, from a little brother eagerly hopping into Santa’s lap and bursting into tears to the disappointment of getting pajamas for Christmas. The movie has been bringing about audible belly laughs from viewers year after year since it quietly debuted in 1983. This is the movie to watch if you want everyone to go to bed laughing.

◆ Miracle on 34th Street: Whether you choose to watch the original 1947 classic or the 1994 remake, this one’s simply a winner. Is Kris Kringle (played by Edmund Gwenn in the original and Richard Attenborough in the remake) a crazy old man, or is he really Santa Claus? When a skeptical, precocious child asks that question, the results combine humour, love and a lot of good oldfashioned shmaltz for a heartwarming Christmas family film. ◆ National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989): For everyone of us who has ever struggled with a string of Christmas lights, overbearing relatives and ungrateful children, Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold is here to remind us of why it is all worthwhile. Griswold has every intention of having the perfect Christmas for his family, but despite (and occasionally because of) his best intentions, the holiday swiftly goes awry. From his Sisyphean struggle to adorn his house in lights to his fight for a decent Christmas bonus, Griswold represents the best and worst in all of us at this time of year. When you find the holiday stress is getting to be too much, sit down with the Griswolds and get a good dose of hilarious perspective.

For the less traditional

For those who prefer their Christmas movies with a little less mistletoe and happy-ever-after, here are a few alternative suggestions: ◆ The Ref (1994): For many, a family Movies Page 12

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Christmas feels a bit like being taken hostage. The Ref simply takes that feeling to its logical conclusion. A dysfunctional (of course) family finds itself held at gunpoint by a second-rate cat burglar who seems to be the only sane one in the bunch. It stars Denis Leary when his career was just starting to bud and lots of other familiar actors delivering lines people only wish they could say to their in-laws. It’s an early ’90s jocular comedy and it’s no classic, but it’s the cynic’s Christmas movie and the cynics deserve to be entertained this time of year too, dammit. ◆ Home Alone (1990): This is the movie that immortalized one of the most famous facial expressions of all time – who can forget the wide eyes and dropped jaw of Macaulay Culkin’s character upon realizing he’d been left behind by his big family on their Christmas vacation? This flick tapped into the ultimate fear-and-fantasy of almost every kid: the joy of

being able to do whatever you want combined with the horror of having no one around to protect you. Mix in some bumbling crooks, panicked parents, and plenty of holiday cheer, and this is one from the vaults to bring back for a re-watch this holiday season. ◆ Die Hard (1988): Oh, come on, what says Christmas more than guns, blood and Bruce Willis? This action-packed film – set against the backdrop of a Christmas party in the Nakatomi Plaza highrise – created one of the best movie villains of all time in the person of Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and one of the best action heroes in Willis’s cynical New York City cop, John McClane, who sets out to take down a band of apparent terrorists. Nonstop action, wisecracking one-liners and a happy ending (well, if you don’t count the bodies) make it a perfect Christmas alterna-

tive for those nights you just can’t handle more shmaltz. ◆ Scrooged (1989): With Bill Murray in the lead spot of this modern retelling of the classic Scrooge tale, can anything less than over-the-top behaviour, unconventional story lines and plenty of comedy be expected? Murray, as cold-hearted TV executive Xavier Cross, is the nightmare boss who has alienated family, friends and even his one true love in his career-focused, selfcentred effort to avoid his unpleasant childhood and make a name for himself. But when three equally unconventional ghosts – heralded by the grisly skeleton of his former TV network boss – come to visit him, Cross comes to some startling realizations about life and love. It’s impossible to watch his post-ghost rebirth and not smile all the way through – or to join in at the sing-along aimed at the audience during the clos-

ing credits. A comic heartwarmer in every way. ◆ Gremlins (1984): While the ’80s special effects may not impress contemporary audiences, this classic Spielberg-produced film was freaky enough to make sure many a child and young teen didn’t leave their ankles exposed to the underside of the bed for a long while. The plot: a young man gets a special furry critter for Christmas, which ends up multiplying and turning into evil little monsters because he breaks the rules on how to care for them. The gremlins terrorize the town of our hapless protagonist, who has to kill them all by exposing them to light. There are some comedic elements, but there are also some rather violent scenes – a gremlin getting fried in the microwave comes to mind, while another meets his maker after falling into an electric mixer. Gremlins was a success in its time, and the storyline is somewhat original, but the film is half horror, so bear that in mind if you’ve got small children.

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irst a disclaimer: I’ve tried retiring from buffet eating, and my “retirements” seldom last long. That’s because I’ll hear of a great one opening up not far away and there I go, trying to relive past glories when, sadly, age has caught up with me. I know I’ll never be able to top that US Thanksgiving turkey buffet in Kansas City where I had three plates of whip cream as my dessert, that sushi all-you-can-eat in Richmond where one of my buddies still is banned from returning, and the American casino buffet where I spent the last hour just eating coconut and coffee ice cream. So when Brenda Smith, executive marketing manager at the Grand Villa Casino, asked me to try out one of their buffets, I came out of “retirement,” knowing that my expectations of greatness would never be fulfilled, but my stomach would certainly be filled. I brought along my “designated eater,” Chris Grewcutt, who I know as my mechanic, football friend and all-around good guy. When Chris and I got to the Scala Lounge one recent week-

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“For people who don’t want the buffet, the lunch and dinner menu has a little bit of everything,” said Smith. “You can enjoy filling favourites such as our Grand Villa burger, clubhouse sandwiches, perogies and the flatbread.” Yes Brenda, hard to argue that logic, but we’re in buffet heaven as I go back for some chili and some more brisket. There are three other themed buffets available at the Scala Lounge, and they include the $9.99 Taco & Fajita Wednesday; the $12.95 Flavours of the World buffet on Friday, with a new theme every week; and the $11.49 Scrumptious Brunch buffet on Sunday. “The Friday buffet is always interesting,” said Smith, who said the themes have included Mediterranean, Caribbean, French, Asian and everything in between. “We have a very multicultural cooking staff so when we do something like Indian food, we can draw upon our staff for authentic dishes,” said Smith. We actually skip dessert – the flatbread had to be eaten – but for $13, you won’t find a more affordable meat buffet in the city. I almost want to ask Brett and Smith to carry me to the car because I’m stuffed by the end of my meal. And yes, I have gone back into “buffet retirement.”

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Burnaby’s burgeoning super-star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins skated away with our hearts after becoming the first-ever junior hockey player from B.C. to be taken No. 1 in the NHL entry draft. The 18-year-old slick-skating centre for the Red Deer Rebels was taken first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in June. “It’s been a whirlwind,” said NugentHopkins following the draft. “I’m trying to enjoy it all. You only go through it once.” Well maybe not. The following month, the former Burnaby Winter Club product inked his first pro contract with the Oilers reportedly worth a cap hit of $3.775 million. Nugent-Hopkins proved his worth to the Oilers’ brass, remaining with the team past the 10-game trial period after garnering 11 points in his first nine games as a pro. He currently leads the Oilers with 32 total points and is tied for sixth in NHL scoring with 13 goals and 19 assists. Nugent-Hopkins began the year as the player of the game for his team at the Canadian Hockey League’s Top Prospect game in Toronto in January.


Burnaby’s centre of excellence was as good as its name implied in national and international figure skating in

2011. Burnaby’s Nicole Orford and partner Thomas Williams skated their way to a Canadian junior ice dance title in Victoria in January. Orford and Williams led an impressive showing by centre of excellence coaches and former Olympic dance team couple Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing. In just eight months together, Orford and Story Page 18

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The real deal: 18-year-old Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made the jump to the NHL in 2011.

Toughest ticket in town Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the new poster boy for local ticket brokers. The 18-year-old first overall draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers was sending available ticket prices for Edmonton’s Boxing Day game against the Vancouver Canucks into rarely seen numbers outside those of the original six NHL teams like the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. “Of all the games at Christmas time, this is the one that everyone wants to see,” said Burnaby ticket broker Kingsley Bailey. “This particular game they are selling at $135 each and going for as much as $550 at centre ice.” Prior to this season, Edmonton had been a tough sell for local brokers, said Bailey. “We had to pay people to take them away,” he said. Nugent-Hopkins tallied an assist in Edmonton’s 53 loss to the Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday, garnering his 35th point of the season. – tberridge@burnabynow. com

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The Burnaby Winter Club Bruins won their second straight Burnaby AAA bantam hockey tournament in a shootout. The Bruins defeated Kamloops 4-3 on Jonathon McPherson’s game-winner. American Bobby Lea won the elite men’s overall omnium at the Burnaby 4 Days of Cycling at the Burnaby velodrome. Jordan Pink won the skills competition at the 30th annual Richmond International midget hockey tournament. Kamil Pajkowski partnered with former University of New Mexico teammate James Bugby to win a pro tennis doubles title in Cuba. Goalie Brian Stewart was named the American Hockey League’s play-

er of the week for the Adirondack Phantoms. The St. Thomas More Knights finished second at the school’s Chancellor boys’ basketball tournament. Legendary women’s softball coach Adrian Lavigne passed away one day short of his 76th birthday on Jan. 17. The Burnaby South Rebels fell out of top spot in the province following a third-place finish at the Legal Beagle boys’ basketball tournament. Simon Fraser University wrestling coach Mike Jones was named to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fell to third place in the mid-term rankings by NHL Central Scouting. Briannah Tsang, Tamara

Kuno and alternate Helen Cheung were named to the B.C. team for the Canada Winter Games.

Brian Gillis was named to the Irish national lacrosse team for the world indoor championships.

SFU lineman Matthias Goossen was named to the under-19 world team for the U.S.A. versus the world football game.

Christine Sinclair signed on for a third season in the Women’s Professional Soccer league with the Western New York Flash.

Saheel Khan and Amar Dhesi won their weight classes at the Western Canada age class wrestling championships. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was named player of the game for Team Orr at the Canadian Hockey League’s Top Prospect game in Toronto. Douglas College won its sixth B.C. colleges’ badminton title. Junior Burnaby Laker

Kristina Rody and Herb Phillips won B.C. Athletics road running awards. Nam Nguyen won his fourth national figure skating title in five years, earning a junior men’s title at the Canadian championships in Victoria. The Burnaby Lakers lacrosse club traded No. 1 overall draft holdout Kevin Crowley to the New Westminster Salmonbellies for Pete McFetridge and

two first-round draft picks. The Burnaby Canadians finished second in the Metro Women’s premier soccer league. Mark Olver was added to the Western Conference team for the American Hockey League All-Star Classic.

world championships in Switzerland. Zhao Kai Pang and Madeline Edwards won the Canadian novice ice dance gold medal in Victoria. Tumai and Raymond Baptiste both won gold medals at the junior national taekwondo championships.

Middle distance runner Helen Crofts was named the Great Northwest conference female athlete of the week.

TheBurnabyLakeRugby Club won the Palmer Cup aggregate over Meralomas for the first time.

The junior A Burnaby Lakers lacrosse team named John Wilson as its new head coach.

Alexander Marrello signed a pro soccer contract with second tier BV Veendam in Holland.

Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams won the junior ice dance title at the Canadian figure skating championships.

Victoria Anthony, Helen Maroulis and Danielle Lappage each won national wrestling titles at the Women’s College championships.

Ryan Walter was named head coach of the women’s hockey team for the

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No. 7: Burnaby South played some of its best basketball of the season in its final game against Pitt Meadows at B.C. championships.

Story: Teams earn third to fifth spots continued from page 17

Williams have won two national titles and three top-five finishes on the Grand Prix circuit, including a recent gold medal in Australia in September. Another Lowe and Wing team of Madeline Edwards and Burnaby’s Zhao Kai Pang won the Canadian novice ice dance title. In men’s singles, Burnaby’s Nam Nguyen, a Grade 7 Brentwood Park Elementary student, won the national title in Victoria in the junior men’s division, his fourth such title in the past five years.


The Burnaby-based Northwest Giants did what few provincial hockey teams have ever achieved. The Giants became the first B.C. midget hockey team to earn its way to the Telus Cup national championships in decades. The three-time defending B.C. major midget playoff champions knocked off the Red Deer Optimist Rebels with two straight wins in the best-of-three

regional championship in April. The Giants placed fourth at the Telus Cup after advancing into the medal rounds as the No. 1 seed. Alex Kerfoot was named most valuable player of the tournament, while Sam Reinhart was the top forward, collecting seven goals asnd 20 points in the competition.


The Burnaby South Rebels survived a roller-coaster season in high school boys’ basketball to finish in seventh place at the B.C. championships in March. The Rebels carried the load of a No. 1 provincial AAA ranking for all but a few weeks during the 2010/11 season, losing it one week and then earning it back the next at elite high school tournaments. The team also weathered an untimely code of conduct complaint charge against the coaching staff for illegal recruitment that occurred just prior to the provincial playdowns. The charge was later ruled without grounds by B.C.

High School Sports. It was the Rebels’ second consecutive top-eight finish at the B.C. championships.


After a season in the post-season wilderness, Burnaby high schools closed out 2011 in the finals of the B.C. boys’ soccer championships in December. The Cariboo Hill Chargers finished with the silver medal at the B.C. AA championships in its firstever provincial final after advancing into the tournament as the No. 2 Burnaby/ New Westminster/North Shore zone seed. The Chargers dropped a 2-0 final to Glenlyon Norfolk, which made the successful jump from single A this season. Burnaby South also made it to the final four of the B.C. AAA championships despite losing out in the zone final. South, making its first appearance at the provincials in 11 seasons, lost 4-2 to eventual champion Enver Creek in the semifinals.

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The Burnaby Girls Canadians Rush won the Metro Women’s Soccer League Division 2 Central league title. The Burnaby South Rebels regained the No. 1 provincial ranking with a win over Kelowna and a tournament title at the Western Canada tourney. STM qualified for the B.C. high school curling championships for a second straight year. Briannah Tsang won the gold medal in vault in artistic gymnastics at the Canada Winter Games. She also won the vault in the all-around and was third in floor exercises at the Games. Emilio Ditrocchio won the West Coast MMA featherweight title at the Seeing Red II show. B.C.’s under-16 boys’ hockey team won its firstever gold medal at the Canada Winter Games. SFU super heavyweight Gurjot Kooner won the 285pound title at the NAIA West region wrestling


I baseball.

Joey LaLeggia was named the B.C. Hockey League Interior conference top defenceman and MVP.

RuiLin Huang was named the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association female badminton player of the year for a third straight season.

Shirley Fu won a gold medal in singles and doubles table tennis at the Canada Winter Games. Fu also shared bronze medals in mixed doubles and team play.

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe was named to the Great Northwest conference women’s basketball all-star first team.

B u r n a b y Central boys placed third at the B.C. high school wrestling championships.

The Burnaby South Rebels won the Vancouver and District junior boys’ basketball title.

Douglas College won a bronze medal in men’s volleyball at the B.C. Colleges’ provincial championships.

The No. 5-ranked STM Knights were upset at the Lower Mainland AA girls’ basketball championships.

Tyler McNeely tallied his 100th career point in NCAA Division I hockey for Northeastern University.


The Burnaby Lakers got better with four solid picks in the WLA draft, No. 1 Matt Beers, and firstrounders Colton Clark and Scott Jones. Goalie Dan Lewis proved a steal in the third round. Alex Calbick was named the America East rookie of the week in NCAA Division

SFU’s women’s softball team christened its new Beedie Field with a doubleheader win over Western Oregon. The Burnaby Winter Club won both the Tier 1 bantam and peewee provincial hockey banners. BWC’s bantam A2 team also won a Tier 2 title. More Year in Review in Friday, December 30 NOW

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CENTRAL LOCATION ABBOTFORD 4 level split, 3 BR., 2 ½ baths, double att. garage, large dble. lot fully landscaped with large work/garden shed. Updated throughout incl. oak floor and pot lights in the kitchen, new en suite, new window coverings, new paint inside and out, new roof and completed basement with wet bar plus intercom/ radio system up and down. Great for medium to large family – lots of room to install pool or play area in the backyard. Good neighbors who have lived on this street for years – well looked after properties. $479,000 (this price includes all appliances) and some furniture negotiable. Call for appointment to view 604-855-7033 or cell. 604-807-8441. For sale by owner. No realtors


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552 Dansey Ave, Coq


Large Units. Near Lougheed Mall. Transportation & S.F.U.

1030 - 5th Ave, New West Near Transportation & Douglas College. Well Managed Building.

office: 604- 939-2136 cell: 604-727-5178

office: 604- 524-8174 cell: 604 354-9112

555 Cottonwood Ave, Coq

Large units some with 2nd bathroom or den. On bus routes, close to S.F.U. & Lougheed Mall.

office: 604- 936-1225





1010 6th Ave, New West 1 BR & 2 BR Available. Beautiful atrium with fountain. By shops, college & transit. Pets negotiable. Ref required.




1 BR Apt, Large balcony, updated, near transit & amens. Available Now. Small pet ok with pet deposit.

Call (604) 518-5040

Burnaby NOW • Wednesday, December 28, 2011 • A23




COQ • Austin Heights Clean quiet Apt available. N/P. Family owned & operated for 39 years. • 604-936-5755



1 BR in Surrey, elev, nr transit, shopping onsite, no pets, from $670, incentives. 604-589-7040




22588 Royal Crescent Ave, Maple Ridge Large units. Close to Golden Ears Bridge. Great view of River

JUNIPER COURT 415 Westview St, Coq

Close to Lougheed Mall, all Transportation Connections, Schools & S.F.U.

NEW WEST. Bachelor or 1 BRs. $650 - $800/mo. Nicely upgraded building. Professional management. Jan 1st. 604-724-8353

office: 604- 939-8905 cell: 604- 916-0261

POCO 2 BR apt $765 & $785/mo. Quiet-family complex, No Pets! Avail Now. Call 604-464-0034


POCO, 2 BR Apt, in very quiet 6 unit bldg. Coin laundry. $875/mo incls heat. Feb 1. N/P. 604-941-4877 or 604-240-2562

1300 King Albert, Coq Close to Transportation, Schools & S.F.U.

office: 604-937-7343 cell: 778-829-3567

VILLA MARGARETA 320-9th St, New West

Bach & 1 BR Available. All Suites Have Balconies. Undergrd Parking Available. Refs Required. Small Pet Ok.


SKYLINE TOWERS 102-120 Agnes St, N.West

Hi-Rise Apartment with River View & Indoor Pool. 1 BR & 2 BR Available. Rent includes heat & hot water. Remodelled Building and Common area. Gated undergrd parking available. References required.


PORT MOODY 651 Klahanie Dr, Nahanie Tower, 15th flr. Fabulous view, 1225 sq ft, 2 BR, 2 baths, all appls, prkg, Canoe Club, amens, $1650. N/s, n/p. 604-469-1985 VANCOUVER MODERN 1 BR & 2 BR Apartment Rentals at Collingwood Village. Steps to Joyce skytrain. Low-rise/Highrise buildings. 1-888-830-4232

BONSOR APTS Renovated high rise, concrete building. Penthouse, 1 BR & 2 BR available. Very close to Metrotown, Skytrain & Bonsor swimming pool. Rent includes heat, hot water. Refs req’d.

Contact Alex 604-999-9978

or Bayside Property Services Office: 604-432-7774

office: 604- 463-0857 cell: 604- 375-1768


1 BR $775. 2 BR $950. 3 BR $1200. Rent incls heat, hot water & prkg. Family Living. On site daycare available. Near Cottonwood Park, Basketball Court & Skytrain. No pets.

604 939-0944


Houses - Rent

4250 Victory St, 1900sf, 3 br, 1.5 ba, lease, n/p n/s, dbl gar. $1750, Dec 1, Eric K. Property Management Royal Pacific 604-723-7368

3BDRM/2BTH 4568 Grafton st Burnaby centre location.detached single garage. newly painted 3 bdrm with 2 baths.mountain view at livroom. available immediately. Pets OK $1,400 Monthly Call: (604) 780−2426


Miscellaneous Rentals



To place your ad call


Shared Accommodation


Coq./Poco/ Port Moody

ROOMMATE NEEDED to share 1800 sqft Townhouse in Port Moody, w/d, laminate floors, $550 incls utils, cable & internet, parking, indoor pool, nr SFU & Lougheed Mall. Suits professional working person or student. Refs Req. Avail Jan 1. 778-846-5275


Suites/Partial Houses

BBY, GOV’T Road area. Huge 2 BR. 1,300 sq ft. Full bath, shared w/d, alarm. $1,050/mo + util. Ns/ np. Immed. 778-991-7058 BBY, HIGHGATE. 2 BR. Ns/np. $900/mo incl utils. No w/d. Suits students. Immed. 604-726-0719

BBY, S. 2 BR. F/yard. Nice area! $850 incl hydro/cbl. Ns/np. Move in today, for Jan.! 604-307-4075 COQ, RIVER HEIGHTS, Lrg 1 BR ste, quiet & bright, laundry, gas f/p, hardwood, sep entry, priv yard. Near schools, transit, shops $825 incls utls & cable. Avail now/ Jan 1. N/S, no pets. 604-722-2294

COQ WW Plat. 2 BR, own W/D. Avail now. $800 + 1/3 utls. N/S. Nr schl. Sm pet ok. 604-323-6392


Warehouse/ Commercial

POP UP STORE available fully serviced for $50 a day, no lease, easily fulfilled contract. Open to show 2-4pm, Christmas week. 778-848-9808

Time to Get Your Own Place? Find your answer in the Classifieds – in print and online!



* RENOS * Bsmt refinish * Drywall * Bath Tiles * Windows * Doors * Stairs. Call Norm 604-437-1470



A QUALITY CLEANING 7 days/wk Res/Comm. Low rates! Senior’s’discount. Experienced. 778-998-9127 or 778-239-9609 A.S.B.A. ENTERPRISE. Comm/ Res. Free Est. $25/hour includes supplies. Insured. 604-723-0162



1-BEDROOM A PT. Move in tomorrow. Affo rdable monthly rent.

Go to or call 604-444-3000.

Moving & Storage

BAJ MINI EXCAVATING: Water leak, sewer, oil tank, retain’g wall, concrete removal. 604-779-7816

DRAINAGE, SEWER & WATER video inspections & jack hammer Call Tobias 604.782.4322

Mia Casa − Drain Tile/Sewer Line Water Line Repairs / Replacement & Cleaning. Vince 604-941-6060, Al 604-783-3142




one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865

Flooring/ Refinishing


INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508



HEATING EXPERT!!! Boiler, Furnace, Fireplaces, Plumbing & Heating Repairs. 604-722-4322



★ AMAZING TOUCH LAND’G ★ Bobcat, paving, retaining walls, turfing, planting. 604-889-4083


Lawn & Garden

Winter Services Same Day Service, Fully Insured


• Yard Clean-Ups • Pruning • Gutters • Landscaping

• Xmas Lights • Hedges • Rubbish Removal • Odd Jobs

310-JIMS (5467) BOOK A JOB AT WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING Tree & Hedge Pruning & Removal. Fall Cleanup. 604-893-5745

Renovations & Home Improvement

HANDYMAN, Reno’s, Carpentry, H/W Flrs, Home Repairs, etc. Rob 604-307-6715 (Bby/New West/Coq)

1, 3, 5, 7 or 10 Ton $ From

HOME IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry, Drywall, Handyman, 30 yrs exp. David • 604-825-4072

Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance

MATCO DESIGN - Renovations *Additions*Quality Work *Ref’s 604-720-1564

1 to 3 Men

45 We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac FREE ESTIMATES Seniors Discount

604-537-4140 Moving, Storage, Free EST 604-628-7136. Visa, OK


Oil Tank Removal

● Oil Tank Removal ● Recommended ● Insured ● Reasonable Rates


Painting/ Wallpaper

3 ROOM Paint Special! $299. Includes paints & labor. Great Scott Ptg. 604-807-3708

DVK PAINTING LTD. Call Dave Int/Ext. Res/Comm. Quality work. Great rates. WCB. 604-354-2930





“We Keep you Dry”


DRAIN TILES & WATER LINES Without Digging a Trench 604-294-5300




★ OPERA LANDSCAPING ★ Bobcat, retaining walls, irrigation, paving, fences. 778-688-2444




Anvil Plumbing & Heating Ltd.

• Licensed Plumber • Gas Fitter 24 Hour Emergency Service

15% off all plumbing & heating calls


$69/HR Lic’d/Ins. Exp & friendly Clogged drains, plumbing, small jobs OK! Call 24/7! 604-805-2488

Don’t get caught by the rain! We also provide professional ‘Blown in Insulation’ FREE EST. NO HST!


25 Years in Business 25 Years workmanship warranty

604-984-9004 604-984-6560


Tried & True Since 1902

Call for a free estimate:


Visit us online to receive a special discount:


Rubbish Removal

DISPOSAL BINS: All bins are $149 + dump fees. 604-306-8599



A to Z CERAMIC TILES Installation, Repairs, Fair Prices Free Est. 444-4715 cel 805-4319


Tree Services


Dangerous tree removal, pruning, topping, hedge trimming & stump grinding. Fully insured & WCB

Jerry 604-618-8585 Andrew 604-618-8585



Water Lines (without digging) Sewer Lines (without digging) Install. Drain tiles. 604-294-5300


Renovations & Home Improvement


Interior / Exterior • New construction/Renovations/ Additions • Drywall hanging/ taping • Foundations/ Framing • Flooring: laminates/ tiles •Licensed & Insured • Free Estimates Call 604-220-7422 or 778-960-4004


Interior Finishing Ltd

Renovation & Remodelling Residntial & Commercial ❏ Bathroom ❏ Kitchen ❏ Basement Finishings ❏ Flooring ❏ Drywall Guar’d • Insured • Bonded Free Estimate • 604-377-2995

Treeworks 15 yrs exp. Tree/ Stump Removal, Prun’in & Trim’in & View Work 291-7778, 787-5915 Wildwood Tree Services, Exp Hedge Trimming and Removal & Tree Pruning. Free Est. 604-893-5745


Window Cleaning

BOB’S WINDOW Gets that Clean, Clear Shine No Drops, No Drips, No Streaks Right into the corners! Serving you for over 20 yrs. Also do Gutters 604 588-6938

Need a Gardener? Find one in the Home Services section




2001 FORD Taurus SE, 105k kms, new tran, AC, aircared, 1 owner, $3200 obo. 604-522-5596


Scrap Car Removal

#1 FREE Scrap Vehicle Removal Ask about $500 Credit!!! $$ PAID for Some 604.683.2200 ★ FREE TOWING ★ up to $500 CASH Today!

604-728-1965 John


Scrap Car Removal



604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC 2H


AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash paid for full sized vehicles. 604-518-3673



Aluminum Boat Wanted, 10, 12 or 14 ft, with or without motor or trailer. Will pay $. 604-319-5720

A24 • Wednesday, December 28, 2011 • Burnaby NOW

BACK ALLEYS DON’T RECYCLE UNWANTED ELECTRONICS But we do. Here’s where you can recycle them safely and free of charge in Burnaby:

Kitchener Bottle Depot 3931 Gravely Street, Burnaby (604) 294-2827

Lee’s Burnaby Bottle Depot 7385 Buller Avenue, Burnaby (604) 435–3432

Regional Recycling 2961 Norland Avenue, Burnaby (604) 299–3121

Salvation Army – Burnaby 5665 Kingsway, Burnaby (604) 433-6550

WHAT IS THE ELECTRONICS STEWARDSHIP ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (ESABC) PROGRAM? ESABC is a not-for-profit extended producer responsibility program set up by the producers and retailers of electronics in British Columbia to provide a province wide recycling system for unwanted electronics.

WHAT ARE THE ACCEPTABLE ELECTRONIC ITEMS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM? Effective July 1, 2010, the following items can be recycled free of charge at any Encorp Return-It Electronics™ Collection Site: display devices, desktop computers, portable computers, computer peripherals, computer scanners, printers and fax machines, non-cellular phones and answering machines, vehicle audio and video systems (aftermarket), home audio and video systems, and personal or portable audio and video systems.

Burnaby Now December 28 2011  
Burnaby Now December 28 2011  

Burnaby Now December 28 2011