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  • His dreams beganin Disneyland

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    Saving the bigone for last

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    Burnabys first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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    Living with the tragic consequencesOne choice can forever change a persons life

    or end it.Alyssa Alanis survived a horrific crash more

    than four years ago in Burnaby, and Friday shespoke with media about her experience in thehopes that itll discourage others from drinkingand driving.

    I think this is a common message that every-ones hearing: dont drink and drive, Alanis toldthe NOW.

    Alanis was one of seven youths involved ina serious crash on Feb. 27, 2010 in Burnaby. Thedriver of the vehicle was impaired and lost con-trol of his car while speeding down WillingdonAvenue near Still Creek Drive shortly after 1 a.m.The car struck a lamppost causing it to becomeairborne and flip several times.

    Before you make that choice, dont forget, youneed to think about the consequences of the choicethat you make, Alanis said. The consequence ofone simple choice that you can make can changenot only your life but it can change others. Notonly change it but it can end it.

    The driver and front passenger of the vehiclemanaged to escape the crash unscathed, but thefive people sitting in the back of the car, includingAlanis, werent as lucky.

    Three female passengers, two from New Westand one from Vancouver, were severely injuredwhile two male passengers, also from New West,died including Alanis boyfriend. Remembering: Alyssa Alanis was one of three youths severely injured in a car accident in February 2010. Two people

    were also killed in the accident, while two others walked away unscathed. An impaired driver was driving the car shewas riding in.

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    Cayley Dobiestaff reporter

    Cayley Dobie/burnaby now

    Consequences Page 4

    Growing and sharing in the cityWhen Sonya Govahicame to Canada in2006, she found theproduce tasteless nothing likethe fresh tomatoes, eggplantand herbs her family grew backhome in Iran. Govahi figuredthe lack of flavour was becausemuch of the produce found inCanadian grocery stores was notorganic, so she planted a few

    things on her apartment balconyin Burnaby, but space was at apremium.

    Meanwhile, Luci Baja, wholives in the D.C. Pattersonheritage house on 18th Avenue,wanted to turn her yard intoa community garden, but shewasnt much of a green thumb.

    The two belonged to differentcommunity groups EPIC resi-

    dents association and BurnabyFood First. They learned abouteach other through a mutualconnection and became the firstmatch in a new program calledSharing Backyards. BurnabyFood First, a local food securitygroup, created the program toconnect gardeners with resi-dents who have surplus yard

    Growingconnections:Luci Baja andSonya Govahiare the first pairset up throughSharingBackyards, anew programfrom BurnabyFood First.

    Sharing Page 5

    Jennifer Moreau/burnaby now

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    Last weeks questionDo you think the teachers willsettle before summer endsYES 24% NO 76%

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    He picked the big one for lastBurnabys Ravil Chamgoulov

    has conquered Mount Everest,completing his mission to scalethe seven highest peaks on allseven of the worlds continents.

    The Burnaby mining engineeris now one of roughly 350 peoplewho have conquered all seven,Everest being the mother of themall.

    Its kind of a once-in-a-life-time experience, because its veryexpensive and time consuming,Chamgoulov told the NOW. Itsbeen my dream and goal foryears. Now I am very happy, andIve completed my seven-sum-mits quest.

    Everest, which stands at 8,848metres above sea level, was thelast notch in Chamgoulovs belt,and he reached the peak on May25 at 7 a.m., after a night of climb-ing. He returned from his two-month expedition on May 31.

    Chamgoulov said it was a dif-ficult climb, but he felt a sense ofrelaxation and achievement whenhe reached the top.

    Sometimes you feel excite-ment on the summit, this time Ifelt responsibility for my spon-sors. I had to do a lot of pictures,Chamgoulov said.

    Chamgoulov spent about halfan hour at the peak, which isconsidered long because the airis so thin.

    Everest is a particularly dead-ly climb, and while many havereached the peak over the years,

    hundreds have perished. Causesof death range from falling intocrevices, heart attacks, strokes,avalanches and altitude sickness,while many have simply disap-peared.

    Chamgoulov organized spon-sors to help pay for his trip and

    raised roughly $55,000 for the$65,000 climb. He is also raisingmoney for Mining for Miracles,which helps the B.C. ChildrensHospital.

    With Everest behind him,Chamgoulov now plans toclimb local mountains around

    Vancouver.(Everest) was the highest

    mountain, but it wasnt the mosttechnical mountain Ive everclimbed. There are many moun-tains around that are interestingto climb, he said. This is not theend for me.

    On top of Mount Everest: Burnabys Ravil Chamgoulov atop the highest peak in the world MountEverest, which he reached on May 25.

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    The Burnaby school district hopes some ofits at-risk students take a hike next year liter-ally.

    Last month, the district entered into a part-nership with the Take A Hike Youth at RiskFoundation, a Vancouver-based non-profit thatworks to engage at-risk youth through a combi-nation of adventure-based learning, academics,therapy and community involvement.

    Starting next fall, Burnaby Grade 10 to 12students who have struggled to find success inregular classroom settings will get a chance tolearn in the great outdoors, during multi-dayexpeditions that could include hiking the WestCoast Trail or kayaking off the northern tip of

    Vancouver Island.Its potential is huge, assistant superin-

    tendent Roberto Bombelli said of the new pro-gram. Basically, the way we look at it is thatits another option for our students.

    The program will start in September at theCanada Way Learning Centre with 20 spots.

    Students will tackle between two to fourmulti-day expeditions a year.

    Back at the learning centre, a typical weekwill see them engaged in one day of adventurelearning, a half-day of community volunteerwork and the rest of the week in a classroom.

    The program will also feature group andindividual therapy facilitated by a full-timetherapist provided by Take a Hike.

    Theorganizationalsopays for theadventure-based learning activities, and CEO Matthew

    Coyne estimates his organization will spendbetween $100,000 and $120,000 annually on theprogram.

    We do it because we believe that not allstudents can learn in the conventional way,he said. We believe that the program we offertruly makes a difference.

    The school district, meanwhile, will providethe classroom space, a teacher, a family youthworker and a job description new to the dis-trict an adventure-based learning specialist.

    The half-time CUPE employee (the positionwas posted last month) will be responsible forgetting kids up to speed on the outdoorsy skillstheyll need for their expeditions.

    They come with an awful lot of experience

    New program gets students out hikingCornelia Naylorstaff reporter

    Hiking Page 4

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    According to Cpl. RobertMcDonald of E Divisiontraffic services, Alanis wasnear death and wasntexpected to survive it isa miracle she recovered, hesaid.

    A story like this one,again for me Ive been 30years with the RCMP, andweve gone to several acci-dents. We always hear ofpeople that sometime sur-vive, most of them dontsurvive, he said. We weretold there was zero chanceof survival.

    McDonald said doctorsoriginally told Alanis fam-ily that she would likelynever walk or talk again soher progress over the pastfour years is remarkable.She still suffers from lin-gering brain damage andshe has a shunt to removeexcess fluid from her brain.Alanis mother Gigi toldthe NOW that the injuryto her daughters brain hasaffected her decision-mak-ing abilities, which meansshe cant attend school orhave a job.

    Prior to the accident, the18 year-old (now nearly 22years old) was a buddingmusician with a promisingcareer ahead of her. Thesinger, songwriter, guitar-ist and pianist had touredwith local band the BoomBooms the summer beforethe crash. Since that nighthowever, she struggles toremember events, she canno longer play music, andonly recently did she beginto sing again.

    For us, when we see

    something like that, its verypowerful, McDonald said.

    The driver of the carthat Alanis was riding inpled guilty to numerouscharges including three

    counts of impaired drivingcausing bodily harm, twocounts of impaired drivingcausing death, three countsof dangerous driving caus-ing bodily harm and two

    counts of dangerous driv-ing causing death. He wassentenced to three years inprison and handed a 10-year driving ban.

    While the driver serves

    jail time, the pain andanguish of that evening inFebruary 2010 will foreverhaunt Alanis and her fam-ily.

    Because of the choice

    I made to be a passengerin this car, I have to sufferwith the consequences, shesaid. I have been wonder-fully improving but its noteasy.

    Consequences: Drivers poor choice left devastation in his wakecontinued from page 1

    and certification in outdooreducation, Bombelli said.Theyll be responsible forensuring that all the equip-ment is in place, all the train-ing on the equipment.

    There is already stronginterest in the program,Bombelli said.

    Intake will be ongoing,he said, and students canapply through their schoolcounsellors.

    Parents who think theprogram could be a goodfit for their kids can contactdistrict manager of youthservices Sue Dorey over thesummer at 604-296-6900,sue.dorey@sd41.bc.ca.

    Hikingcontinued from page 3

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  • space.I like to garden because it makes me feel connected

    to the earth, Govahi says, seated on Bajas porch swing.I dont have the knowledge, and its a big space,

    Baja adds. I just wanted to share it. The way of thefuture is community gardens, growing food ourselves. I just thought it was selfish, all this land we werentusing.

    Burnaby Food First facilitates the Sharing Backyardsmatches, and the pairs come up with an agreement onhow and when the space will be used and what will bedone with the harvest.

    So far, Govahi has planted kale, lettuce, swiss chard,tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, beets, peas, beans, pars-nips, squash, onion, garlic, chives and marigold. The twowomen have been working together, digging the earthside by side, and Baja is learning a lot from Govahi, whoplans to share her harvest for the privilege of using theland. There are no rules with Sharing Backyards; eachagreement is tailor-made for the pair involved.

    Sonya can come anytime she wants, but she lets meknow, Baja says. Its up to the homeowner to set thoserules.

    Govahi would like to see the program catch on inBurnaby, so people meet their neighbours and growtheir own food. Burnaby is very multicultural, she says,and there are a lot of people from different places.

    This will build a stronger community, she says.To get involved in the program, go to burnabyfood-

    first.blogspot.ca and click on Sharing Backyards. Thenregister for the groups online forum, and post a descrip-tion of what youre looking for or what youre offer-ing. Or, email Leanne Zmud, project coordinator withBurnaby Food First at burnabyfoodfirst@gmail.com.

    continued from page 1

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    Lost in the increasingly bit-ter fight between the B.C.government and the B.C.Teachers Federation is the factthat a genuine crisis seems to bedeveloping in many classroomsaround the province.

    And its a crisis that is notabout how much a teacher earnsor how many kidsare in the classroom(although that can bea contributing fac-tor) or whether there are enoughschool supplies to go around.

    No, this is about the mentalhealth of students.

    Teachers and physicians havenoticed a significant rise in anx-iety among young people, forexample. According to Dr. SteveMathias, the head of youth men-tal health program for VancouverCoastal Health Authority, thiscan result in kids self-medicat-ing themselves with drug use bytheir mid-teens.

    Mathias, in a presentationto the legislatures child andyouth committee last month,noted about 14 per cent of youngpeople aged 12 to 17 will havea mental health problem in anygiven year. He also said thenumber of young people goingto emergency rooms with mentalhealth issues has almost tripledsince 2008.

    Anxiety and depression aretwo dominant mental healthissues for young people, Mathiassaid, and he noted there simplyare not resources (i.e. funding)deployed to deal with this rising

    problem.Last week, I asked teachers

    (via Twitter) to send me theirstories about what they see intheir classroom when it comesto issues like anxiety and othermental health challenges. Theirresponses were eye-opening andworrying.

    About two dozenteachers all told me theyhave noticed a signifi-cant rise in anxiety and

    depression among their studentsin recent years. Most said thiswasnt a case of one or two kidsin a class showing signs of anx-iety, but more like a half dozen.

    They attribute this growthin anxiety to several factors, themost notable and prevalent beingthe rise of social media. Schoolshave long been challenging forkids trying to conform or fit in, orto stand out among their peers.

    Social media, particularlyFacebook and Instagram, haveraised those challenges to awhole new level. Some teachersalso pointed to the fact that kidshave much more rigid routinesnow and are pushed into moreactivities by so-called helicopterparents, who pressure them inways not seen as much in thepast.

    One teacher, who has taughtelementary school for 12 years,said she notices students spendless time reading and less timeplaying. Their problem-solvingskills have eroded, which lead to

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    Can transit woes be fixedwith a referendum?To the surprise of no one,

    Transportation Minister Todd Stonehas told the Lower Mainlands mayorstheir transit plan is a non-starter if itmeans dipping into the provinces car-bon tax to pay for it.

    The carbon tax wasmeant to be an incentive toget people out of their cars because people tend to takemore notice of climate-friendly poli-cies when they are hit in the pocket-book but what good is collecting the

    tax if youre not going to reinvest it inbuilding an efficient transit system asa viable alternative?

    So were left with the prospect of areferendum if the mayors want to payfor trains and buses with new forms

    of funding.A referendum is question-

    able in several respects.The mayors who came up

    with the plan are already duly electedto represent their constituents.

    The B.C. Liberals, more than any-

    one, should know what happens whenyou put higher taxes to a vote, as wesaw from the HST fiasco. Somehow,we dont think Bill Vander Zalm isgoing to swoop in and campaign thisone to success.

    We also note that multi-billion-dollar bridge and highway projectshavent had to clear the same hurdle.

    Even though Stone agreed the stat-us quo is not acceptable for a regionexpecting a million more residents inthe next 40 years, he has had nothing

    to say about what the contingencyplan is if the vote fails.

    If we thought the teachers versusgovernment is a tough circle to square,it might look like childs play com-pared to coming up with a resolutionto the ongoing transit turf battles andhow to balance needs versus resour-ces.

    Lower Mainland voters will haveplenty of time to consider that pros-pect as they sit in gridlock or wait fora bus with room for more passengers.

    What about the kidsin the classroom?

    Mayor is out of touchDear Editor:

    Re: Should new SkyTrain renos include wash-rooms? Friday, June 27, Burnaby NOW.

    I would like to ask Mayor Corrigan how oftenhe takes SkyTrain and how often he takes SkyTrainwith young children or disabled persons in tow? Orif he knows what it is like to be homeless and con-stantly be denied the dignity of relieving themselvesin private? After reading his comments: WhileI understand that people can have emergencieswhile theyre out on the SkyTrain, I also think itsimportant that people plan their trips and try toavoid having to utilize public washrooms if at allpossible. I am guessing he knows nothing of being

    in any of those situations, nor does he relate at allto the citizens of Burnaby who do. Mr. Corrigan,your job is to stand up for the rights of the peopleof Burnaby and standing in the way of requiringTransLink to provide basic necessities for its ridersgoes against your mandate.

    Heidi Cogan, Burnaby

    Mayor is right on SkyTrainDear Editor:

    Kudos to Mayor Corrigan in regard to his dis-agreement on the proposed SkyTrain expansion.

    Officialdomshould take avary largebreathbeforeconsidering any further expansion of SkyTrain. A

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    THE BURNABYNOW LETTER: Education underfunding must stopnow June 26Comment via BurnabyNOW.com I Margo Donovan: BC has one of the lower corpo-rate tax rates. We know where the money that should have been in student sup-ports/composition since 2002 went-to win, woo, wine, and dine those corporationsso beloved of the Liberals. Yup, all those pie-in-the-sky deals over the last 12 years,those chummy hand shakes, those toothy photo opportunities. And those chortlingsabout the balanced budget-which usually means more hundreds of millions stolenfrom ICBC instead of the surplus being used to bring down driver insurance rates.But, oh happy day. the news just gets better and better-the government raised yourhydro and driver insurance rates so that they would have more $ to steal and popinto general revenue. Yup, over the next 3 years they plan to skim 1.7 billion fromHydro and ICBC-480 million of it will come from the ICBC surplus. The BC shell gamecontinues-the government motto should be Flim, Flam, Skim, Scam and lets notforget those wild wonderful wallowings in luxurious living paid for by the Ministersgovernment Visa cards. For every dollar MLAS contribute to the their pension plan,the taxpayer contributes 4. Nice deal, hey. How about things change, and the taxpay-ers demand that there be a change to this unholy expense plan-how about taxpay-ers pay $2.00 each to that pension plan, and the other 2 bucks go into an educationfund so that kids-all kids, can have adequate support in the classroom.

    Twitter I @sissiboo_smith: Always the same, and teachers always say we`re shortchanging kids, when really they mean themselves.

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    thorough public accounting should beconducted of SkyTrains structure beforeany expansion is considered. Taxpayersare thoroughly disgusted with the myriadof excessive taxes that they have to endurefor the operation of SkyTrain. SkyTrainemployee costs are astronomical with thepolice being paid $100,000 (plus excellentbenefits)annually, and administrative staffare laughing all the way to the bank withtheir overly generous salaries.

    From the very beginning, the planningfor the SkyTrain operation has been short-sighted. The failure to introduce fare gateshas cost taxpayers millions of dollars, andat this late date the cost of installing faregates has exceeded the original estimatesby millions of dollars.

    The shortsightedness continues, as Iunderstand the length of the SkyTrain

    platforms will have to be increased inorder to accommodate six train carriages.All of which will be required to handle theexpected large number of passengers inthe very near future.

    Once the public accounting has beenconducted and evaluated, there is an onuson the provincial government to releasethe necessary funds from the carbon taxrevenues. Primarily the carbon tax wasintroduced in order to encourage the auto-driving public to leave their auto at homeand ride SkyTrain. This being the case itis incumbent upon the provincial govern-ment to release the necessary carbon taxrevenues to finance any strictly screenedSkyTrain expansion.

    Incidentally, when the gates areinstalled, surely there will be less require-ment for police fare checkers to monitorpassengers. Can we therefore expect areduction in these staff members?

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    more stress.I find students ability to problem

    solve in the classroom has declined signifi-cantly over the course of my career andI feel that adds to their stress levels, shewrote to me. They are used to parentssolving things for them and feel stressedwhen they need to solve things for them-selves.

    A teacher in Richmond says he hasnoticed significant rise in anxiety amongteenage girls and puts a lot of blame onsocial media.

    They check Facebook often, are textingmore and more between classes, at lunch,at home, etc. I think because their brainsare still forming, they literally cant handlethe over-stimulation technology creates,he wrote.

    As a result, he said, he sees more eat-ing disorders, more self-mutilation, higherrates of sexual promiscuity and what hesays is an inability to handle boringmoments.

    Some mental health issues can be evenmore severe in school. One teacher (nonames here, as I promised all anonymity)wrote to me that one of her seven-year-oldstudents was so violent that it had turnedher classroom into a nightmarish situation,where all kids became anxious and fright-ened.

    This violent child is in a classroomwith 20 other children. Seventeen areELL, of which one child has two words(bathroom and no) and a second child hasabout 150 words. I have two ADHD, oneADD and four seeing the school counsellorbecause of problems at home, she wrote,adding the whole situation has madeeveryone tense and anxious.

    Obviously, whats going on in class-rooms these days is far different than 10or 20 years ago. The result is that teachingappears to be a more difficult and challen-ging job than ever before.

    Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter forGlobal B.C.

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    From would-be lawyer tosinging donkey? No, itsnot a lawyer joke (althoughtheres probably a good onein there somewhere). Its KenOverbeys life in a nutshell.

    Overbey, you see, was sup-posed to be a lawyer. He wasstudying at the University ofSouthern California with that aimin mind. But it turned out thatan elective class in dance and asummer job as a performer atDisneyland would conspire totake his career in an entirely dif-ferent direction.

    Overbey is getting set to staras Donkey in the Theatre Underthe Stars production of Shrek: TheMusical.

    Its a homecom-ing of sorts for theBurnaby resident, whofirst performed withTUTS in Sweet Charityback in 1993, shortlyafter moving northfrom California.

    Im very fortunate,very happy that I wasgiven this chance,says the affableOverbey, chatting overtea about his life andhis career. Its kind ofa nice welcome back.

    Overbeys happy tobe on stage in his home base infact, hes happy to have a homebase these days, after a career thathas included about 15 years oftravelling around the world, fol-lowing his performing dreams.

    Those dreams started tostir during that summer job atDisneyland which would, inthe end, stretch to six years in thetheme parks entertainment divi-sion, performing in parades andstage shows.

    Its probably the best job Iever had in my life, Overbeysays with a fond smile.

    He points out that a lot ofthe big Disney musicals actu-ally began as stage shows at thetheme park, so it was the perfecttraining for life in musical theatre.

    Overbey did actually start alaw career, working as a clerk fora law firm. But when he foundhimself confronted with handlinga case he wasnt comfortable withfrom an ethical standpoint, hefound himself drawn to a life inperformance instead.

    He spent years performing on

    stages from L.A. to Las Vegas toLondon where he landed a partin the West End production ofWest Side Story. He laughs at thatmemory, recalling that he justshowed up for an audition call inone of the most prestigious the-atre districts in the world.

    Because I didnt go to theatreschool, there were certain thingsI wasnt afraid of, he says with asmile. I just went in and did it.

    Much as he loved the years oftravel and performance, he foundhimself ready to stop living fromhotel to hotel and instead stay inone place for awhile.

    On his move back to theLower Mainland, he was able toget work in film, in television,as a choreographer, and workingwith high school drama pro-grams, among others.

    Hes loved all of it and hehas a special love for workingwith students. Hes spent the pastsix years working with the musi-cal theatre program at MageeSecondary in Shaughnessy.

    Its like a rejuvena-tion for me to workwith those kids, hesays with a smile.

    It was, in fact,through his work atMagee that he foundhis way to Shrek. Themusic director forMagees musicals,Christopher King, alsohappens to also bethe music director forShrek, and he suggestedOverbey audition forthe Donkey role.

    Overbey has neverseen the DreamWorks

    movie on which the musical isbased, so he didnt really know alot about the part beyond that itwas voiced by Eddie Murphy inthe movie.

    He chose to keep it that way,too, noting hed rather not findhimself influenced by someoneelses performance.

    Instead, hes taken the scriptand worked out his own charac-ter finding himself influencedby the work of such performersas Flip Wilson, the first African-American to have his own varietyTV series, and comedian-actorChris Tuckers work in the 1997film The Fifth Element.

    And the part itself, he says,has more meat than youd sus-pect on first glance for a talkinganimal.

    His part is so well-written.It needs such an open, gregari-ous, fun-loving person, but thereare also shades of such caring,Overbey says. He really, reallywants friendship more than any-thing.

    Like the old Bugs Bunny

    cartoons, Overbey says Shrekoffers something for both kidsand adults while kids willunderstand the surface actionand humour, older viewers canappreciate some adult banter anddeeper themes in the musicalsmessages of acceptance andinclusion.

    Its so layered, he says.For the parents that are therewith their kids think they aregoing to find they enjoy it just asmuch.

    Overbey is greatly enjoyingthe TUTS experience, especiallyworking alongside Matt Palmeras Shrek hes worked with

    Palmer before and describes himas a very giving, open actor.

    The performance has particu-lar meaning to Overbey becausehes dedicating it to the memoryof Denis Simpson, the belovedVancouver-based actor whopassed away in 2010.

    Overbey credits Simpson withhis success in the musical theatreworld, noting Simpson reallyopened a lot of doors for him andput a lot of work his way. Andhe notes that Simpsons spirit his spiritual sense and his abil-ity to maintain his inner calm inthe face of all lifes trials wasan inspiration to the people who

    met him.He was so beautiful,

    Overbey says.And he adds, with a grin, that

    there will be no slacking on stageat TUTS because he knows justhow much Simpson would haveloved the part of Donkey.

    I think he would have eatenthe role up, Overbey says.Thats the Denis incentive.

    Theatre Under The Stars is pre-senting two shows this summer atMalkin Bowl in Stanley Park: Shrekand Legally Blonde. Shows run onalternating nights from July 11 toAug. 23. See www.tuts.ca for all thedetails and to buy tickets.

    17 Hart House chef 19 Living the dreamSECTION COORDINATOR Julie MacLellan, 604-444-3020 jmaclellan@burnabynow.com

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    Welcome back: Burnabys Ken Overbey stars as Donkey in the Theatre Under the Stars productionof Shrek: The Musical this summer, starting July 11 at Malkin Bowl.

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    What: Theatre Underthe Stars presentsShrek: The Musicaland Legally Blonde,onstage at MalkinBowl in Stanley Park

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    Giro di Burnaby: bigger and betterStrong women: Female racers in the 2013 womens criterium at Giro di Burnaby head into a turn during the 30-lap race through the Heights. This years Giro will be held on

    July 10 and features both mens and womens races starting at 6 p.m. The races are part of B.C. Superweek, an annual cycling competition.

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    Heights gets set for speedby Shem Navalta

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    Skill, force, and high speed are just someof the elements that can help cyclists comeout on top of a race. Add some sweat,tactics, and team work and youhave yourself a true contender forBurnabys seventh annual cyclingevent of the summer, Giro diBurnaby.

    Tour of Burnaby, or Giro diBurnaby, is once again on theHeights and will bring back thousandsof spectators ready to cheer on thecyclists coming from all around theworld on Thursday, July 10. The cyclistswill complete in 1.2 km laps aroundthe Heights, while sprinting extra hardto win cash lap prizes known as primes(pronounced preems). This adrenaline-filled criterium race is part of B.C. SuperWeek, one of the most prestigious pro-cycling events in North America runningfrom July 4 to 13.

    Starting and finishing at the intersectionof Hastings Street and Carleton Avenue andcovering blocks between Madison Avenueand MacDonald Avenue, family-friendlyspectators will get a chance to be up closeto all the action-packed moments of therace. There will be a womens race starting

    at 6 p.m., where they will go for 30 laps,while the mens race will start at 7:15 p.m.and cover 45 laps. The races will then befollowed by a special awards ceremony.

    Theres nothing quite like whippingdown a road on a bike, feeling a rush ofintense energy flowing as fast as the wind.As soon as I got my first bike when I was12, a late start as some might say, andbecame a confident rider, I would always

    rally my friends to ride down theempty streets in my Vancouverneighbourhood, seeking thrill andexcitement. The streets becamemy race tracks.

    When seeing cyclists reachup to speeds of 60 km/hr in races likeGiro di Burnaby, it brings me back to myadrenaline-seeking adolescent self goingdownhill on my bike. But, I can only imagehow the cyclists feel when going full forceto reach the finish line. Though their skillsand training well surpass my own ability,it is their passion and determination tocompete that gets me excited for the race,even as a spectator.

    Get ready as the Heights will be filledwith high energy with competitive racesand enthusiastic crowds for Giro diBurnaby on July 10.

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    nizers cant wait for visitors to check out the

    activities they have lined up for this year.

    The annual Giro criterium race in the

    Heights, one of jve races that make up B.C.

    Superweek, has continued to grow year after

    year, and 2014 is no different. In addition to

    the races, this year there will also be a Kidz

    Zone for the younger Giro fans.

    Race organizer Rainy Kent says the event

    has grown into a true community outing for

    Burnaby residents.

    The ride is dejnitely the show but the com-

    munity involvement is huge. All the way

    from the little Valley Bakery wheels to now

    the Kidz Zone to all the Heights merchants

    being the contributors of the primes, she

    says. The Giro is really community.

    Kent says organizers were aware that watch-

    ing the bike races might not be enough

    excitement for the younger crowd, so they put

    together a new event that will run prior to the

    races on July 10.

    The idea was just to try and inspire the

    kids and have them involved in the sport of

    cycling in their own, she says. It was just a

    great step for the Giro.

    From 3 to 5:30 p.m. kids can bring their bikes

    down to Fountain Square at MacDonald

    Avenue and Hastings Street.

    The Kidz Zone, hosted by Giro sponsor Ap-

    pia Developments, Burnaby Parks and Rec-

    reation, HUB, Pedalheads and the Burnaby

    Neighbourhood House, will feature a number

    of activities for children aged four to 12.

    There will be bike decorating, safety checks,

    bike ID engraving, face painting, a skills and

    obstacle course and a riding area.

    The kids can come out with their bikes and

    theyre not going to miss the race at all. They

    can do their activity, maybe have a hotdog at

    the Burnaby Neighbourhood House (booth),

    kind of make it a little bit of a family event,

    Kent says.

    But the fun doesnt stop there.

    Just before the criterium races get started to

    kick off the Giro, Kidz Zone participants will

    take part in a Parade of Champions. The

    parade will ride past special guests in the VIP

    section, including Mayor Derek Corrigan.

    Kids who ride in the parade will be entered

    to win a brand new bike donated by Dandy

    Horse Cycles.

    It just provides a little bit of entertainment

    for the kids but still within the bike theme,

    Kent says.

    Participants in the Kidz Zone require parental

    supervision at all times and must be able

    to ride a two-wheeled bike for four blocks.

    Helmets are also mandatory, both at the kids

    event and during the parade. Participation

    in the Kidz Zone cost $2.10 per child. To

    register, call the Eileen Dailly Pool at 604-

    298-7946 or visit online at www.burnaby.

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    More fun for kids at Giro di BurnabyBy Cayley Dobie

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    The Giro di Burnaby is part of B.C. Superweek andtakes place on Thursday, July 11. The womens racestarts at 6 p.m. and the mens race starts at 7:15 p.m.

    What is a Criterium?Criterium racing is the most action-packed,

    spectator-friendly form of bicycle road racingconsisting of many laps on a course no longer than twokilometres in length and rarely lasting more than 90minutes.

    The race is a chess match of strategy played athigh speeds. Teams must decide whether their bestchance of a victory is in keeping the field togetherfor a mass sprint to the finish line on the last lap, orwhether they are best served by getting a strong riderinto a smaller breakaway group of racers. Of course,rival teams have different strategies and must adaptto the tactics and counter-tactics around them all atspeeds of up to 60 km/h.

    View this high speed, high intensity race from acorner to see more than 100 riders lean their bikesinto a sharp turn while riding shoulder-to-shoulderor watch at the start/finish line to see the ultra-fast sprint specialists go for cash lap prizes (calledprimes). Many other locations on the course will putyou within a few feet of the riders at full speed, justkeep your hands behind the barriers.

    How to watch the Giro di Burnaby CriteriumDuring a Criterium race you are close to the action.

    You can see the sweat on the riders faces and hearthe hiss of their tires as you feel the pack blow by.

    Watch the race from different points along therace course and see how the racers brake hard, thennegotiate the turns and accelerate down the straights.You will want to get to your spot early to get the bestview possible of this amazing race.

    Why is everybody racing in a tight bunch?Bicycle racers go faster and save energy by

    drafting one another, benefiting from a similar kindof pull that Nascar racers get by drafting each other.When the cyclists are stretched out that means thatthe racers at the front of the pack are really goingfast and that the rest of the field are drafting offthose riders, while struggling to stay together. Whenthe racers are bunched up, that means that the packhas slowed down, but that is when a breakaway ismost likely to happen!

    Whats going on in a breakaway?Racers will use this tactic of riding away from

    the pack, to keep the outcome of the race frombeing determined by a dangerous mass sprint.Many breakaways fail because the main pack workstogether to chase them down. Corners, however, canhelp a breakaway survive because they generallyslow a pack down more than they do a small group.Either way, breakaways typically include some riderswho are going for the win as well as support ridersmaking sure their team is represented in case thebreak stays away.

    Regardless of who wins, you can be sure thewinner is an exceptionally conditioned athlete. Thevery nature of the sport requires years of intensetraining for the top level racers. Cyclists mustpossess speed, strength, and endurance to win a race.

    Are there team tactics?Yes. Riders are part of a team with one or two

    designated leaders, or riders capable of winningthe race. The rest of the team protects the leadersfrom crashes, keeps them at the front of the pack andpositions them for the final sprint.

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    How do I knowwhos winning?The winner is the first rider across the line at

    the end of the race. So nobodys really winningunless theres a breakaway group of riderspulling away from the pack.

    Whats the bell-ringing all about?The bell signals to racers and spectators

    that there will be a sprint contest (or prime,pronounced preem) for money or prizes whenracers cross the start/finish line on the nextlap. Spectators, including local businesses thatwould like some exposure, can donate a prizeby handing the announcer cash during therace. Primes dont have an effect on the finalstandings, but racers love to compete for them.It creates a sprint within the race and causes thespeed of the whole pack to increase, making itmore exciting and challenging.

    Is it safe to watch?Very safe! There is a dedicated team of

    volunteers and professionals to keep thingsrunning smoothly and safely. Bales of hay areused to protect the riders in the event of a fall;secure fencing is set up around the course tokeep the race contained; and we have a fullytrained, on-site medical team (just in case).

    Spectator safety at the Giro di BurnabyHere are a few common sense tips to keep in

    mind on race day: For the safety of the spectators and racers,please obey the race marshals at all times.

    Cross at the designated crossing points alongthe course and only cross when a designatedrace marshal indicates it is safe to do so.

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    Giro di Burnaby is an exciting

    event, both for racers and specta-

    tors, and this year businesses have

    put together a crowd prime that is

    sure to impress.

    Pronounced preem, the primes are

    sprinting contests within the race

    that dont affect the jnal outcome

    but allow racers to compete for a

    bonus prize or cash. Sponsored by

    local businesses, the primes are

    announced by ringing bells, which

    indicates to racers that the sprint

    is about to start and according to

    organizers, this years crowd prime

    is dejnitely a bell ringer.

    This year, Dandy Horse Cycles, Felt

    Bicycles, the Burnaby Velodromes

    Aboriginal Youth Cycling program

    and Fortius Sport & Health have

    all contributed to the crowd prime.

    People who donate $5 or more to

    the crowd prime will be entered to

    win a prize package worth more

    than $1,500. The package features

    a brand new Felt bike, a learn-to-

    ride package from the Velodrome, a

    cycling jersey, a lab cycling assess-

    ment from Fortius and some swag.

    Its a pretty wicked prize package,

    Mike Grant, manager at Dandy

    Horse Cycles, told the NOW.

    Dandy Horse Cycles opened in

    April 2013 and while they were part

    of last years Giro, this year Grant

    said they wanted to do more.

    Its dejnitely something were

    super excited to be involved in,

    he said. Were a really heavily

    community-involved shop. Its a big

    thing for us to be involved with a

    lot of volunteer stuff.

    Employees at Dandy Horse Cycles

    volunteer a lot of their time in the

    community, visiting local schools,

    offering tune-ups to riders at the

    Burnaby Velodrome and different

    bike clubs, Grant said.

    Giro is just another way the local

    bike shop is helping out its commu-

    nity, he added.

    Being heavily involved in the com-

    munity is of big importance to us,

    Grant said.

    Last year, Dandy Horse set up a

    bike valet for spectators who rode

    their bikes to the Giro, while Grant

    said the experience was fun, this

    year will be much more exciting.

    Were really excited for this year.

    Its going to be a lot different. This

    year, well actually be right on one

    of the corners of the racecourse,

    he said.

    The Dandy Horse booth, at Madison

    Avenue and Hastings Street, will fea-

    ture information on services the shop

    offers and brands it carries. In addi-

    tion to donating a brand new Felt bike

    for the crowd prime package, Dandy

    Horse is also donating two more

    bikes a childrens bike to be rafied

    off at the Kidz Zone and a Brodie

    hybrid bike, which will be rafied off

    to one lucky Giro volunteer.

    Ten per cent of the crowd prime

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    Now that hes back on the mainland,Genest corresponded with NOW reporterJacob Zinn about taking over the kitchenat the 13-acre Burnaby historical estate.

    Jacob Zinn: What inspired you to becomea chef?

    Michael Genest: Ive enjoyed cook-ing since I was a little boy, helping mymother out in the kitchen, and I knew at avery young age that I wanted to be a chef.I never wanted to work a nine-to-fiveoffice job; I wanted to do something thatallowed me to be creative on a day-to-daybasis.

    JZ: Describe your West Coast cookingstyle.

    MG: To me, West Coast cooking isabout using local and seasonal products.Its about incorporating classic techniquesfrom various cultures, with a moderntwist.

    JZ: What other types of cuisine influencethe way you cook?

    MG: I get inspired by all types of cui-sine Italian, French, Spanish, Indian,Japanese, the list goes on. Thats thebeauty of Vancouver, theres such a widevariety of cultures and cuisines.

    JZ: What new ingredient are you usingthat you really like?

    MG: I recently did a prix fixe menuwith stinging nettles. I made a ragout

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    JZ: Tell us more about your three-courseprix fixe.

    MG: The three-course prix fixe chang-es weekly. Together with my two souschefs, Ryan and Colin, we come up with anew appy and main course that is a littlemore adventurous than the regular menu.Guests choose from two appies, twomains and dessert. The prix fixe is offeredat $36 and you will leave happy!

    JZ: What local foods do you like to use inyour dishes?

    MG: Lots of seafood: salmon, halibut,mussels, clams, oysters. Local mush-rooms, beets, tomatoes. Pretty much any-thing my suppliers have to offer.

    JZ: Whats your favorite meal time?Breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?

    MG: Dinner. I love enjoying wine andgood food with friends. Nothing makesme happier.

    JZ: What kitchen gadget do you love?MG:My knives are the thing I cant

    work without.JZ: What is your favourite comfort food?MG: Fried chicken.JZ: Is there a fast food you secretly enjoy?MG:Wendys Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger.JZ: What are your plans at Hart House?MG: I plan on continuing to serve

    great food. When people attend a wed-ding or business event, I want to blowthem away with the food and have themcome back with friends to eat in the res-taurant. I like to change my menus fairlyoften. I want everyone who dines here tocome back and be able to try somethingnew each time.

    JZ: What would you order at the HartHouse?

    MG: Everything! All of the dishes aredelicious. If I have to pick, the halibutduo or brome lake duck breast.

    New chef: Michael Genest, the new chef at the Hart House, uses local andseasonal products for West Coast inspired dishes.

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    In a pot, slowly browncloves of garlic until softand golden.

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    Add the can of toma-toes and the roasted redpeppers. Once the zucchiniand eggplant are roasted,use a spoon remove theflesh from the skin anddiscard the skin. Add theflesh to the soup.

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    Next stop Brazil for lucky middieDamiano Pecile will be follow-

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    The12-year-oldmidfielderfromBurnaby will represent Canada atthe 15th edition of the DanoneNations Cup in November.

    The Burnaby Selects under-13Metro league player is the onlyplayer from the district to benamed to the Western Canadarepresentative team that defeatedEastern Canada 3-1 in overtime towin the right to wear the mapleleaf in Sao Paolo in five monthstime.

    I feelgreat. Itslike a dreamcome truegoing toBrazil andrepresent-ing Canada,and playingin front ofthousandsof fans,said Pecile.

    The St.H e l e n sElementarySchool stu-dent, whowill play hisfinal set ofgames for

    the Selects at the Provincial ACup championships at BurnabyLake Sports Complex-West thisweek, will continue his soccerwith Mountain United FC in thehigh performance league.

    My job is to assist and scoregoals, said the attacking centremidfielder. I didnt score (againstthe East), but I got an assist.

    The Canadian Danone Cupfinal was played at MontrealsSaputo Stadium, home of theMajor Soccer Leagues MontrealImpact.

    Both teams exchanged goalsearly in the contest, including the

    Easts game-opening goal at just28 seconds, before playing a chessmatch the rest of regular time. The

    West broke the log jam with twogoals in extra time.

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    the game, my stomach almostdropped. We really had to stepit up, said Pecile, who pickedup an assist on the Wests secondgoal in overtime.

    I think both teams were tiredin overtime, but maybe our play-ers were in better condition. (TheEast) were a good team.

    Now, Canada will look to haveits best-ever finish when it takesto the field at the centre of the soc-cer universe at the worlds largestyouth soccer tournament.

    Since the competitions incep-tion in 2000, Canada has finishedin the top eight in three previousinternational Danone NationsCup.

    In 2011, Canada had its best-ever finish in Madrid, Spain, plac-ing sixth behind eventual cham-pion Brazil.

    The Canadian 11 to 12 champi-ons also placed eighth in 2001 andagain in 2007 in France.

    Last year, France came out ontop, defeating Brazil in the Cupfinal played at Wembley Stadiumin London, England.

    Every year, approximately 2.5million children aged 10 to 12from 32 countries take part inlocal and regional tryouts.

    A lucky few are chosen to rep-resent their region at the nationallevel.

    The nationalDanone finalwas ahighlight for the promising youngBurnaby player.

    Yeah, he said, I couldnt geta smile off my face.

    Thinking ahead to Brazil andthe Danone Nations Cup com-petiton from Nov. 11 to 16, Pecilecant quite get his head aroundhow much more exhilaratingplaying in the soccer-rich SouthAmerican locale in the aftermathof the FIFA World Cup will be.

    It will be crazy, he said. Icant wait. Im so excited.

    To follow Canada on its jour-ney to the Danone Nations Cupgo to https://www.facebook.com/danonenationscup.

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    Brazil bound: Damiano Pecile will representing Burnaby onCanadas 12-and-under youth team at the Danone Nations Cup inBrazil in November.

    I feel great.Its like adream cometrue going toBrazil andrepresent-ing Canada,and playingin front ofthousands offans.DAMIANO PECILECanada centre midfielder

    Canadian captain to show off skills in Burnaby

    Canadas national senior wom-ens field hockey captain KateGillis will be holding a skills ses-sion for junior players this week.

    The 24-year-old University ofBritish Columbia arts student willleada skills session for theBurnabyLake Field Hockey Clubs aspiringunder-10 to -12 girls at Cariboo

    Oval today (Wednesday) July 2between 6 and 8 p.m.

    Gillis has earned more than 100senior caps representing Canadain international matches. Shescored her first international goalagainst Argentina in 2010.

    Its very important to havehigh-profile mentors interact withthe younger players and to showthem how far hard work and com-mitment can take them, said local

    junior national team hopeful EllenColbourne.

    I remember watching (thenational team) and it inspired meto continue to play, Colbournesaid.

    This season, Colbourne, aNew Westminster SecondarySchool grad, earned a field hockeyscholarship to NCAA Division ILafayette College.

    I hope that having seen a play-

    er off the national team wouldinspire some girls to have a goaland where they can take fieldhockey, said Colbourne, whohelps coach the Burnaby Lakeclub u-11 girls team.

    As one of the initialrecruits for the incomingnew Lafayette head coach,Colbourne is eager to get the sea-son started.

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    The Burnaby Lakersmissed an opportunityto distance themselvesfrom the pack in WesternLacrosse Association play.

    The senior A Lakerssurrendered a 10-8 deci-sion to the visiting NewWestminster Salmonbellieson Friday, but reboundedwith a stingy 8-2 victoryover the Timbermen inNanaimo a day later.

    Dan Lewis earned hissecond win in as manystarts in Nanaimo, stop-ping 38 shots

    Lewis, who stood on hishead in an early win overCoquitlam this month, cur-rently leads the league withan .899 save percentage.

    Burnaby jumped out to4-0 first-period lead andextended the advantageto 7-0 after two periods,before Nanaimo found away to get the ball pastLewis after more than 46minutes of play.

    Robert Church, who ledall scorers with four goalsand one assist in the lossto New West, was the heroagain with another fourgoals, including a naturalhat trick in the openingframe.

    Scott Jones, with back-to-back markers to start themiddle period, and AlexGajic at the midway markput the visitors up 7-0 after40 minutes.

    Church increased thelead with his fourth ofthe game to start the thirdperiod.

    At home, Burnaby wasforced to play catchup formost of the game and neverquite found its rhythmwith Salmonbellies rookieAlexis Buque between thepipes.

    Tyler Richards took theloss, stopping 32 of 41 shotsfor Burnaby.

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    Burnaby Open: Burnabys Ian Del Carpio, 16, competes in the mens 5.0 divisionon the opening weekend of the Burnaby Open tennis championships at the SprottStreet and Kensington Avenue courts. The Burnaby Open, part of the B.C. Tennissummer series, continues all this week until July 6. Top open womens seed isKaterina Boiko of Burnaby.

    Lakers hang in againstJunior Salmonbellies

    The junior A BurnabyLakers hung around for twoperiods against the first-place New WestminsterSalmonbellies.

    The juniorAleague lead-ers defeated the BurnabyLakers 12-5 at the BillCopeland Sports Centre,despite outshooting thehome team by more thanthree to one.

    Johnny Pearson led theSalmonbellies withtwo goals, includ-ing his 41st of theseason, in a five-point outing.

    U.S. fieldlacrosse productMatt Shields led the Lakerswith a goal in each of thesecond and third periods.

    The New West jun-iors will have to do bettertonight when they meet thesecond-place CoquitlamAdanacs for a third andfinal time in the regularseason.

    For us, we have to treatit as a playoff game, saidthe 6-4 lefthander, comeout prepared and carry onour momentum.

    In Burnaby, New Westgradually shook off theplucky Lakers, who weremissing four key playersfrom their starting lineup.

    New West led 4-3 afterone period, despite rain-ing 29 shots on goal onBurnabys David Mather,who made 56 stops andhas a respectable 78.19 savepercentage for the 4-14-1

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    Burnaby captain andNew Westminster productPeyton Lupul said the jun-ior Lakers resurgent sea-son has made the club feellike a family again.

    It needed to be done,said Lupul, who was oneof the injured players notin the lineup Sunday. The

    difference is wehave a lot more ofthe guys who wantto play and notjust go through themotions.

    Earlier at thePoCo rec centre, Burnabyshutout the hometownSaints 6-0 in the first twoperiods en route to an 8-4victory on June 27.

    Captain Tyler Lupul ledall scorers with a six-pointnight, while rookie phenomTyler Vogrig chalked upfive points, including hisfourth hat trick this season.

    Xander McDonald made32 saves, including 20 inthe middle stanza, in twoperiods of shutout lacrossebefore giving way to back-up Aiden Yorke midwaythrough the final frame.

    Burnaby is in Victoriathis Saturday before fin-ishing up the 2014 sea-son at home against themuch-improved NanaimoTimbermen.

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