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Patient care in three priority areas atBurnaby Hospital will be fast-trackedwithin the next three years, due to a capi-tal investment of $5.5 million from FraserHealth, the health organization announcedMonday.
FraserHealthwill put the funds towardsrenovation andupgrade projects at the hos-pital, including a separate super-trackarea in the emergency department fornon-urgent patient care, increased access
to, and shorter wait times for endosco-pies, and an upgraded sterile processingdepartment for surgical equipment.
Renovations of the supertrack andendoscopy units will take 18 months, andupgrades of the sterilization unit will becompleted within the nextthree years, according toa press release from FraserHealth.
Fraser Health is committed to thegrowth and expansion of services andcapacity at Burnaby Hospital. GivenBurnabys central location and population
growth, Burnaby Hospital plays an impor-tant role in our network of acute care hos-pitals, said Burnaby Hospital executivedirector Cathie Heritage, in the release.
Burnaby Hospitals ER is the third-busiest in B.C., with more than 70,000
patient visits per year,according to Fraser Health.
The organizationestimates that by 2020,
the Burnaby Hospital sterilization unitwill process equipment for more than16,500 surgeries and procedures per year.
In February 2012, Fraser Health drafted
a 10-year planning process for BurnabyHospital that involved hospital physicians,staff and regional clinical stakeholders.
The Burnaby Hospital High LevelMaster Plan is a decision-making guide forclinical services and the physical expan-sion and improvement of the hospital overthe next decade.
As part of this planning process, thethree projects listed above were identifiedas most important in the short-term toimprove patient care and safety.
Burnaby Hospital gets fast-track upgradesMarelle Reidstaff reporter
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A group of volunteers has been clear-ing invasive species along Deer Lake Brook,which seems to be the preferred habitat forthe endangered Western painted turtle.
Burnaby Lake is home to the largest knownpopulation of the turtles, but the brook, whichconnects Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake, hasbeen overrun with invasive ivy and black-berry bushes.
We cleared about 500 square meters ofarea. Its been pretty huge. Were going tocontinue working along the brook. Weregoing to add habitat features, such as bask-ing logs, and potentially another nestingbeach, said Deanna MacTavish, a habitatrestoration specialist who works for the pro-vincial governments coastal painted turtleteam. MacTavish said the turtle populationhas been doing well, and each year, morethan 20 females use the nest-ing beach the team built atBurnaby Lake.
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Pulling weeds: Volunteer Spencer Kemp pulls up ivy from the bank of Deer Lake Brook to restore habitat for theendangered Western painted turtles. Teams of volunteers have been spending the weekends clearing the brook of invasivespecies to make the habitat more hospitable to the endangered Western painted turtle, found mostly in Burnaby Lake.
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Old-time soda fountain banks on nostalgiaWhite walls, a blue-coloured curved
counter complete with stools, and a rain-bow of syrups in glass bottles sit behind thedoors of a sweet new business in BurnabyHeights.
After stepping into the 1940s-inspiredshop and pouring over the menu offeringmalts, milkshakes, egg creams, retro candy,sundaes and more, with local twists, itllbe hard to remember what year it is afterleaving.
Glenburn Soda Fountain andConfectionery opened its doors Tuesdayafter six months of hard work upgradingthe former convenience store site, which theowners described as an extreme makeover.
Burnaby locals Ron and RobertaLaQuaglia spent half of the last yearresearching potential menu items far andwide, looking for locally made products toserve and experimenting with different fla-vours, ice creams and syrups for deliciousyet simple creations.
Last September, the LaQuaglias decidedto open up their own shop in The Heightssince there are not many dessert placesopen at night for people to meet up in andRon grew up in a family that believed itwas perfectly all right to eat ice cream allyear round as a treat.
Six months ago, we stumbled acrossstories of old soda fountain style and icecream shops starting up, Ron explained.Some are going super traditional, by thebook, and some are influenced by differentthings.
We want to educate people a little bit,that its OK to have ice cream in the sum-mer or to go in the snow or rain.
The idea then sparked months of hardwork in preparation to open up the nos-talgic bar sprinkled with some good luckfinds that are now centrepieces in the newshop.
One of the staples in the shop is the1931 Walrus soda fountain, which will aidthe LaQuaglias in serving their homemade
Stefania Secciastaff reporter
Sweet: Ron and Roberta LaQuaglia pose with an eggcream and a butterscotch sundae at their new GlenburnSoda Fountain and Confectionery shop that opened in TheHeights on Tuesday.
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Burnaby and NorthVancouver councils arecalling for a fair and consis-tent energy taxation policyacross the board under thereinstatement of the pro-vincial sales tax.
Burnabycouncilreceiveda resolution from the Cityof North Vancouver askingthe provincial governmentto ensure everyone is taxedfairly from the consumerto the supplier.
North Vancouver oper-ates the Lonsdale EnergyCorporation, a districtenergy system that sup-plies heat to residential andcommercial customers inpart of the city, accordingto a staff report.
Burnaby supports thecall for tax policy under thePST to ensure consistent,supportive and fair energytaxation for district energysystems.
The (City of NorthVancouver) is generallyseeking to ensure that thecost ultimately borne byrate payers is consistentand supportive of vari-ous technologies and fair,regardless of whether theheat energy is purchasedthrough district energy
systems, building-scalesystems, or other systems,the report states.
The two cities want toensure that all suppliers
pay the same tax for distri-bution, and when purchas-ing production machineryand equipment. Burnabyand North Vancouver also
want to ensure that resi-dential customers and ratepayers purchasing heat arenot taxed at both the con-sumer level and through
the tax paid by the supplierof the heat energy, accord-ing to the report.
The resolution fromNorth Vancouver was also
sent to the Union of B.C.Municipalities and the pro-vincial government.
The PST will come intoeffect on April 1.
City supports developing energy taxation policyStefania Secciastaff reporter
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