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  • A02 Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Burnaby NOW

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    Last weeks questionAre you concerned about oiltankers in Burrard Inlet?YES 54% NO 46%

    This weeks questionAre waste-to-energy incinerators agood way to deal with garbage?

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    Burnaby residents will haveone final chance to speak toMetro Vancouver representativesregarding the regional wastemanagement draft plan tonight.

    The meeting takes place atMetro Vancouvers office at 4330Kingsway, in the second-floorboardroom at 7 p.m. Registrationis at 6:30 p.m.

    The issue of whether a landfill

    or incinerator would be best forthe region has been a hot topic asMetro Vancouver has conductedpublic consultations in its inte-grated solid waste and resourcemanagement plan.

    Metro Vancouvers initialmanagement plan draft favours awaste-to-energy incinerator, andthe regional government bodyhas responded to worldwide crit-icism of the incinerators on itswebsite.

    Burnabys waste-to-energy

    incinerator has not been a prob-lem for the city, Mayor DerekCorrigan said.

    Its had a relatively lowimpact, he said. There havebeen no problems.

    He pointed out the city hashad the incinerator for about 20years, and it has not been a healthhazard.

    It is generally an acceptedtechnology, he said.

    Landfills, on the other hand,create long-term problems and

    adversely affect air quality,Corrigan said.

    However, an eight-monthreview of the waste plan, writtenby seven University of BritishColumbia environmental sciencestudents, states that adding awaste energy project that wouldtake in approximately 500,000tonnes of garbage per year, assuggested by the waste plan,would increase emissions of mer-cury, lead, cadmium and dioxins,as well as nitrogen oxides, which

    can generate smog.The Waste Solutions for Metro

    Vancouver review recommendeda different approach, primarilya waste reduction and diversionsolution, with increased recyclingand composting in the region.

    They also recommend a PayAs You Throw disposal system,which would charge residentsto dispose of waste, and anextended producer responsibilityapproach, which would pressure

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    Summers back and thatmeansits time to enjoy the bounty of theBurnaby farmers market.

    The market runs Saturdays inthe north parking lot at BurnabyCity Hall, 4949 Canada Way, from9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturdayuntil the end of October.

    The market features producefrom farmers, with both conven-tional and organic offerings, aswell as a selection of jams and pre-serves, other foods, crafts, plantsand more.

    A kids play area, a communitytent for non-profit groups, a usedbook exchange and a games tableare all part of the fun, and enter-tainers are also on hand to offer uplive music for the Saturday shop-pers to enjoy.

    For more on the market, visitthe website at www.artisanmarkets.ca.

    Summertime: Above, Andrew Gangte plays for the crowd at the Burnaby farmersmarket. Top left, Stan Yuen teaches his kids, Rex (left) and Max how to playChinese checkers. At left, some of the produce on sale at the market.

    Photos by Jason Lang/burnaby now

    To market,to market

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  • A04 Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Burnaby NOW

    Corrigan is now the fourth best-paidmayor in the region, coming in belowVancouver, Coquitlam and Surreysmayors.

    Vancouvers mayor, Gregor Robertson,makes $140,001, Coquitlams RichardStewart makes $118,945 and SurreysDianne Watts makes $115,178.

    In previous years, the mayors pay ratehas been determined as city councillorsraises are, by taking inflation, provincialwage increases and union wage increases

    into account.The indemnities are traditionally calcu-

    lated by averaging the amount of the con-sumer price index increase, the B.C. aver-age weekly wage increase and increasegiven to the citys unionized employees,members of the Canadian Union of PublicEmployees, Local 23.

    Corrigan made $95,029 in 2008 and$92,857 in 2007.

    The indemnity committee also suggest-ed each councillor get a vehicle allowance,which council approved.

    Previously, only the mayor received an

    annual vehicle allowance.The committee has suggested a month-

    ly allowance of $300, or $3,600 per year, foreach councillor.

    The allowance is taxable, the reportsaid.

    Vancouver, Coquitlam and Delta alsoprovide councillors with annual vehicleallowances, the report noted.

    Vancouver councillors annual allow-ance is $3,700.44, Coquitlams is $3,542.76and Deltas is $7,248.48.

    Surrey provides its councillors with amileage provision of 53 cents per kilome-

    tre, up to 5,000 kilometres, after which theyare reimbursed 47 cents per kilometre.

    Councillors also saw a pay increase,though at the more modest rate of 1.66 percent, as calculated by averaging the threeprovincial increases, noted above.

    Councillors now make $44,017, alsoretroactive to Jan. 1 2010, up from $43,298last year.

    The next indemnity review is slated forthe spring of 2011, and recommendationsfrom that review will be effective for thenext mayor and council, following the2011 election.

    Local teachers are taking CPR lessons sothey can teach their students how to savelives.

    On June 21, 34 Burnaby teachers fromaround the district spent the day learningCPR as part of an Advanced CoronaryTreatment Foundation program. The foun-dation partnered with the B.C. AmbulanceService and the provincewide paramed-ics union to bring the program to schoolsacross the province.

    B.J. Chute is the paramedics unionspokesperson and a volunteer instructorwith the program.

    First we brush them up on their CPRskills ... then we run them through scenariosso they can both practise their CPR skillsand teach the skills ultimately to their stu-

    dents, he said.The training means teachers can deal

    with emergencies like choking, severe aller-gic reactions and heart attacks. The programis tremendously helpful for the students,Chute added.

    It gives students lifesaving skills theywill have with them for the rest of theirlives, he said. We know, as paramedics,the earlier CPR is performed, the better thatpatients chance of survival is.

    Having the Burnaby teachers trainedmeans they can pass the knowledge onto 1,700 local students. The CPR trainingis aimed at Grade 10 physical ed