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  • Burnaby has recorded itsfirst homicide of 2016, af-ter the body of a man wasfound by police on the By-rne CreekTrail.BurnabyMounties were

    called out to an area aroundthe 7300 block of Sand-borne Avenue Sunday nightaround 8 p.m. when a res-

    ident heard shots ringingout.After searching the area

    through the evening, po-lice discovered the body of aman along the trail.The man has not been

    identified, and Burna-by RCMP are saying littleabout the homicide.RCMP Sgt.Derek

    Thibodeau said the po-lice dont believe the case is

    connected to any ongoingBurnaby investigations, not-ing the file has been passedon to the Integrated Homi-cide InvestigationTeam.He also couldnt say if

    the shooting was targeted,or where along the trail thebody was found.There is not a concern

    for public safety, the mat-ter is being investigated,Thibodeau told the media,

    noting police will be look-ing to speak to witnesses inthe area.Not far from the trail are

    a handful of highrise build-

    ings. ByMonday afternoon,a section of the area alongSandborne and Station HillDrive was blocked off bypolice tape.Meanwhile, residents had

    gathered near the scene toget information.A young woman who lives

    nearby, but did not want tobe identified, said she heardtwo shots around 8 p.m. butthought it was firecrackers.

    It was about an hour laterthat she noticed five policecars. She said shes lived inthe neighbourhood for yearsand has never seen a murderin the area.It was a similar sentiment

    from other residents, someof whom thought the policetape was part of movie film-ing.The area was behindpolice tape well into Mon-day evening.



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    Grade12 studentSapphireSo rehearses forBurnaby

    Central SecondarySchoolsproductionofTheDiaryofAnneFrank. The school isbringing theproductionto the stageApril 13 to16 inaunique staging

    that includesa cast of 29students including seven

    youngwomensharingthenarrationof Anneandaperformanceby

    the schoolsResonanceChoir. Studentshavealso

    contributed their ownwritings tobe included intheperformance.Drama

    teacherCarolMannis leading the student

    production, and she tooktimeoutof her scheduleto chatwithour reporterabout theproduction.For a closer lookat thiscontemporary staging

    of a classic story, seeourfeature storyon thecoveroftheentertainment section,




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  • The world of firefightingin a developing country isquite a bit a different thanwhat youd see in Burnaby.Just ask Burnaby assistant

    fire chief ErikVogel. Forthe last few years, hes beenspearheading a local effortto get used gear and equip-ment for donation to firedepartments in Nicaragua.And as he tells it, theres

    people running aroundfighting fires with mis-matched gear, half the gear,or just jeans and aT-shirt.So any help the countrysfirefighters can get is wel-come.Which makes the oppo-

    sitionVogel has come upagainst in getting cities andfire departments in MetroVancouver to part with theirold or expired equipment allthe more surprising.Hes called out cities

    like Surrey, Richmond andLangley that he said havebeen reluctant to donatetheir fire departments oldequipment, suggesting in-stead the gear is ending up

    in a landfill or sold for pen-nies on the dollar at auction.Vogel explained while the

    gear may be condemnedin Canada because of thiscountrys high standards,its still perfectly suitable forfirefighters in Nicaragua.This year, he helped send

    a retired fire truck from theBurnaby department to theCity of Leon, as part of Op-eration Nicaragua, a pro-gram developed in Kam-loops that sends donateditems to the Central Amer-ican country. He said theolder fire trucks are prefera-ble because they dont havea lot of new technology andcan be repaired easier.Vogels reached out to

    other local departments fordonations, but instead ofhelp