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<ul><li><p>FRIDAY JULY 31, 2015 LOCAL NEWS LOCAL MATTERS.</p><p>NEWS 3 NEWS 5 COMMUNITY 10</p><p>Local riding heats up Candidate passes away Top 5 things to do this long weekend</p><p>Theres more at Burnabynow.com</p><p>DistrictshowsitsprideCorneliaNaylorcnaylor@burnabynow.com</p><p>Around 30 volunteers are at the SchoolDistrict No. 41s maintenance shop today(Friday) putting the finishing touches on theBurnaby school districts first-everVancouverPride Parade float.The local school district has participat-</p><p>ed in the parade for the last two years, butits entries consisting of groups of trust-ees, teachers, students and parents march-ing beside decorated school district vehicles werent exactly fabulous.Shortly after the last year, we got a lot of</p><p>comments from all of our partner groupsthat we should have maybe a better presence</p><p>than what we had last year and the year be-fore that, trustee GaryWong told theNOW.Most people felt it was lacking.The outcome of those discus-</p><p>sions is this years float: a 20-foot trailer decorated in thestyle of a traditional classroom,complete with two rows of stu-dent desks, a teachers deskand a chalkboard with the linesDiversity is a beautiful thingwritten on it.District parent advisory coun-</p><p>cil chair Jennifer Mezei came up with class-room idea, according toWong, and DPACvolunteers will pitch in decorating the floatand walking in the parade.</p><p>CUPE has also donated time haulingdesks and other old classroom equipmentout of storage for the parade entry.Trustees, meanwhile, have donated 5,000</p><p>Frooties candies to hand out during the pa-rade.All that remained Friday was to jazz upthe float with banners, bunting and flags.</p><p>Involvement in the parade isa way to showcase what thelocal school district stands for,according toWong.I think it demonstrates our</p><p>commitment to human rightsand that Burnaby schoolswelcome all students and wedont screen our student for</p><p>things like sexual orientationand everyones welcome and we provide asafe and caring learning environment for allour students,Wong said.</p><p>Burnaby school district has created its first-ever floatfor theVancouver Pride Parade this weekend</p><p>BACKTOSCHOOL? From left, trusteeGaryWong,CUPEpresidentPaul Simpson, assistant superintendentRobertoBombelli, communicationsmanagerJodieWilson, student safety coordinator SuzanneVardyandboardchair RonBurton rideSD41s first-ever VancouverPrideParade float. PHOTOCORNELIANAYLOR</p><p>BurnabywonthelpwithNEBpolicing</p><p>JenniferMoreaujmoreau@burnabynow.com</p><p>The National Energy Board has askedthe City of Burnaby to help provide po-lice for the September Kinder Morganhearings, but the city has said no.The board asked for seven RCMP of-</p><p>ficers and one field supervisor and of-fered to cover the costs, but Burnaby de-clined in a July 29 letter.It is with regret that the City of</p><p>Burnaby will not be able to authorizethe reallocation of police resources fromthe Burnaby detachment for the servic-es requested, wrote Lambert Chu, thecitys deputy manager. The reassign-ment of seven police officers plus onesupervisor to the hearings would reducethe operational strength of the Burnabydetachment and compromise its abilityto respond to major emergencies and tomaintain public safety during these situ-ations.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan and</p><p>the RCMP could not be reached for im-mediate comment, but city lawyer GregMcDade criticized the NEBs police re-quest.The reason why they need the po-</p><p>lice is to keep the public out, he toldtheNOW, adding that the NEB issued aruling banning the public from sitting inon the hearing.The only people allowedto attend will be actual intervenors, andtheyve limited them to two people perintervenor, he explained.What kind of a public hearing is it</p><p>where you are keeping the public outand you are so afraid of the public at-tending, youre asking for police pres-ence, youre asking for armed guardsto keep the public away from the boardpanel? he said. What are they afraidof?</p><p>City refuses policeresources for NationalEnergy Board hearings</p><p>JESSE ROPER SET</p><p>TOROCKAT</p><p>BLUES FEST</p><p>SEE PAGE 9</p><p>Itdemonstratesourcommitmenttohumanrights</p><p>Continuedonpage4 Continuedonpage8</p><p>REALTOR</p><p>BJELICAMaking Transitions Smooth</p><p>604-619-6263 Cell604-435-9477 Office</p><p>vidabjelica@hotmail.com</p><p>JustPlay!golfburnaby.ca</p><p>#2055066 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2E7lloydhearingsolutions.ca</p><p>604.434.2070</p><p>Hearing is a priceless gift.Dont take it for granted.</p></li><li><p>2 FRIDAY July 31, 2015 BurnabyNOW</p><p>Shop Safeway during our Customer Appreciation Daythis Tuesday, August 4th and choose either 10% off or</p><p>20x your base AIR MILES reward miles!on a minimum $35 grocery purchase!</p><p>Oer valid Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at your Safeway Stores. Minimum grocery purchase of $35 required. 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Conflictingpolls show the Liberals, Conservatives andNDP all have a decent shot at winning.</p><p>LIBERALS</p><p>According to the Liberals internal poll-ing for the riding, conducted roughly sevenmonths ago, the Grits were in the lead with33 per cent, trailed by the Conservativeswith 31 per cent, the NDP with 26 per cent,while the Greens, who did not have a candi-date at the time, had 11 per cent.Liberal candidateTerry Beech said his</p><p>campaign has looked at the voting historyin the new riding (from superimposing thenew boundaries over past election results),and never in the history of that riding wouldthe area have gone to the NDP.When you look at the numbers, they</p><p>cant take any more votes from the Liberalsthan they al-ready did inthe last elec-tion, Beechsaid. In 2004and 2006,this riding with the votescounted as</p><p>they have been would have been Liberal, and in 2008 and2011, it would have been Conservative.Al-though the NDP does consistently well inthe riding, it seems to be theres 4,000 or5,000 votes that switch between the Liberalsand the Conservatives that the NDP wouldhave to go after in order to have a chanceat winning.As of the last election, the onlypoints those could come from is the Con-servative base.The Grits are already zeroing in on Burn-</p><p>aby North-Seymour, and leader JustinTrudeau has made two Burnaby visits re-cently the last on July 23 to thank volun-teers.Beech also pointed out that the ridings</p><p>candidates are all newcomers and theToryand NDP incumbents have decided to runelsewhere.</p><p>CONSERVATIVES</p><p>Conservative candidate Mike Little hasbeen door-knocking since January, but hehas not done any riding-specific polling.What weve mostly been focusing on</p><p>is re-identifying the vote that we identifiedin 2011, Little said. In 2011, obviouslythere was a campaign with Ronald Leung,and they identified quite a few Conserva-tive supporters, so our focus is to re-identi-fy support.Little also noted PrimeMinister Stephen</p><p>Harper came to the riding. (Harper went toa North Shore secondary school in April.)Hopefully, well have him back before</p><p>the election, but its obviously going to be afocus riding for us, he said.</p><p>NEWDEMOCRATS</p><p>NewDemocrat Carol Baird Ellan, a re-tired judge, started door-knocking in ear-nest two months ago. She said her par-ty has not done any internal polling, butshe pointed to an InsightsWest poll in May,commissioned by the Dogwood Initiative.The results put the NDP in the lead with35 per cent, the Greens second with 19 percent, and theTories third at 15 per cent.(The Liberals barely registered with just sixper cent.)We see polls from time to time. Its in-</p><p>teresting to see how they vary almost basedon whos conducting them sometimes. Cer-tainly, what were hearing at the door is agroundswell of support behind the NDPandTomMulcair, she said.Baird Ellan said she wasnt nervous the</p><p>new riding would tip to the right.Were not concerned about that, partic-</p><p>ularly given what were hearing on the door-step in NorthVancouver, she said. Wehear people saying all the time, Ive alwaysvoted Conservative, and Im voting for youthis time.</p><p>GREENS</p><p>SFU professor Lynne Quarmby said theGreens have done some internal polling.</p><p>She declined to discuss specifics but saidthe results were close to the InsightsWestpoll, which put the Greens in second with19 per cent of the vote, much higher thantheir typical four per cent.If you look at my trend line, Im going</p><p>up,Quarmby said. This is going to be atight race. I think its going to be really hardto call.Quarmby, whos been door-knocking</p><p>since spring, is up against voters who dontwant to split the left and letHarper back in.The strongest message</p><p>Im getting on the door-step is: I think youre great.I think youre the strongestcandidate. I love what youstand for, but Im not sure Ican vote for you, because Imworried about Harper gettingre-elected, she said. I thinkIm strong enough that itsnot about splitting. Im a seri-ous contender.Quarmby said the riding would be inter-</p><p>esting and difficult to call, even in the elev-enth hour.</p><p>ONE EXPERTSOPINION</p><p>But who believes polls anymore?DougMcArthur, head of SFUs school</p><p>of public policy, noted Burnaby North-Sey-</p><p>mour is a swing riding, but he takes all pollswith a grain of salt.The Liberals internal poll used interac-</p><p>tive voice response technology, meaning re-spondents never spoke to an actual human.McArthur said thats the least reliablemethod because its hard to know how rep-resentative the sample size is.The smallerthe sample size, the less reliable the resultsare, he noted. (The InsightWest poll onlyhad 301 participants in the riding.)</p><p>I think what you can sayis we know the Liberals areclaiming theyre doing quitewell, the NDP claims theyredoing quite well. I wouldguess that fits the notion ofthis as a competitive constitu-ency, he said.Nationally, the Liberals and</p><p>the Conservatives have beenon the decline since January,while the NDP has pickedup considerably, accordingto CBCs poll tracker, which</p><p>combines all major public opinion polls.TheTories made gains in July, but they</p><p>were tied with the NDP at press time; bothhad 31.6 per cent and neither with enoughseats to form a majority government.</p><p>BurnabyshapingupasabattlegroundFEDERALELECTION2015</p><p>Tight race is unfolding as new riding boundaries have changed the face of a former NDP stronghold</p><p>NDP:CarolBairdEllanwithNDP leaderTomMulcair, right, duringaMarchvisitbyMulcair, in town to talk abouthis small business strategy.PHOTONOWFILES</p><p>Liberal:TerryBeech (withmicrophone)duringa recent visit fromLiberal leaderJustinTrudeau (rear left) tohisBurnabycampaignoffice. PHOTOCONTRIBUTED</p><p>Conservative:MikeLittle (centre)withPrimeMinister StephenHarper andhiswife, Laureen. PHOTOCONTRIBUTED</p><p>Green:LynneQuarmbysaysher support is trendingupwards inBurnabyNorth-Seymour. PHOTONOWFILES</p><p>Itsobviouslygoing tobeafocusriding</p><p>Iwouldguessthatts the</p><p>notionof thisasacompetitiveconstituency.</p><p>COMMENTON THIS STORY</p><p>www.burnabynow.com</p><p>BurnabyNOW FRIDAY July 31, 2015 3</p></li><li><p>4 FRIDAY July 31, 2015 BurnabyNOW</p><p>Newsnow</p><p>Vancouver and Burna-by are the only districts withentries in the parade, butthats not because theyrethe only ones committed tocelebrating diversity relat-ed to sexual orientation, ac-cording toWong.There are a lot of oth-</p><p>er school districts that dohave similar policies to whatwe have, he said. I wouldthink that, because werein the Lower Mainland, itmight be a little bit easierfor us to participate in theparade as opposed to some</p><p>that arent as close to whatsgoing on. But I certainlywould welcome more school</p><p>districts to participate.Costs for the districts in-</p><p>volvement will be minimal,</p><p>Wong said, with $200 forthe parade entry fee andabout $75 for a barbecueFriday for volunteers.Anyone interested in join-</p><p>ing the school district entryin the parade can meet thegroup onThurlow Streetbetween Haro and Robsonstreets by 10:30 a.m.Dont expect a ride on the</p><p>float, though. School districtinsurance doesnt cover any-one who might be injuredriding on the float, so thedesks will remain as emp-ty as they usually are duringthe summer months.</p><p>Burnabycelebratesdiversity, inclusion</p><p>Fab float:TheBurnaby schooldistricts first-ever float for theVancouverPrideParade featuresa traditionalclassroom, completewithdesksandachalkboard PHOTOCORNELIANAYLOR</p><p>I certainlywouldwelcomemoreschooldistrictstoparticipate.</p><p>Continued frompage1</p><p>Lifes better here</p><p>There are so many areas to explore.Paddling local waterways. 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He resur-faced three months later atthe Seattle-Tacoma Interna-tional Airport on Dec. 10,2014, when he was detainedby U.S. Customs and Bor-der Protection officers andturned over to Canadianauthorities.</p><p>Police are treating his kill-ing as targeted but h...</p></li></ul>