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As the film industry exodus continuesin B.C., a local movie props businessowner is being forced to sell off half hisstock to make rent.
Paul Pincott, owner of Can AmImportique, will be holding a live auc-tion online and in-house at his ware-house location at 3188 Thunderbird Cres.this weekend.
Pincotts been in business in the LakeCity area for more than 30 years.
He said he will be sad to downsizeand lose many of his unique items usedon more than 400 movie and TV sets.
Everybody in the industry is really
upset because Im one of the few aroundthat can supply this stuff, he said, not-ing his business is one of the biggestof its kind in the Lower Mainland anddownsizing will put a dent in the shrink-ing film industry here.
Pincott has been an activeparticipant in the Save B.C.Film movement, aimed atlobbying the provincial gov-ernment to give more incen-tives to production companies to stay inHollywood North.
Because we have it all, he said. Wehave the infrastructure, weve got the cli-mate, weve got the natural landscapes,we have prop houses and studios galore,but its all about the almighty buck.
Just three years ago, Can AmImportique employed seven people.
Today, its down to one.With about 25,000 film and TV
employees out of work in this province,according to Pincott, he says its impor-
tant to get this segment of theeconomy back up to where itwas just a few years ago.
For him, its also a personalmission.
Im going to be bawling on Saturday;theres so much sentimentality here, hesaid. Everything (here) has a story.
From Coca-Cola signs and auto-graphed movie memorabilia, to early
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Lamenting the loss: Paul Pincott, owner of Can Am Importique is selling half his stock of movie props and memorabiliato help pay the rent at his business warehouse in the Lake City area. Pincott is an active participant in the Save B.C. Filmmovement aimed at lobbying the provincial government to give incentives to filmmakers to stay in this province.
Props on block to pay the rent
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A local health program for seniors atConfederation Centre is facing an uncertainfuture, now that funding from Fraser Healthis dwindling.
The volunteer-run Seniors Active inLiving program is appealing to the publicfor donations to keep the sessions going.
Were starting a major fundraiser in thecommunity, asking people. We need theirhelp because we can no longer count on thehealth-care system to fund us, said long-time volunteer Doreen Player.
The program runs every Tuesday, from9:30 to 11:45 a.m., at Confederation Centre.Seniors can get their blood pressure, heightand weight checked, enjoy massages andpartake in energy healing. There is alsoa health information presentation, followedby chair exercises.
Confederation is not the only commu-nity centre to host the program. Burnabysother three centres Bonsor, Edmonds andCameron also run the program, but theyvefound alternate sources of funding, accord-ing to Player.
Fraser Health spokesperson Roy Thorpe-Dorward said the funding was a one-timegrant for the 2011/12 fiscal year for $30,000.The money was earmarked for the programsin all four community centres.
Its one-time funding, so the commit-ment is only a year, but we have providedit several times in a row, he said. It hasntbeen renewed for this fiscal year.
Thorpe-Dorward also said the healthauthority gave notice in 2009 that the fund-ing would not continue forever, giving thevolunteers advance notice to find moneyelsewhere.
Even though this program supportedoverall wellness for seniors, the healthcare component was fairly limited, he said.
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City drivers second only to Surreyfor distracted driving violations
The man involved in the altercationwith a seven-month pregnant woman atMetrotown SkyTrain station last month hasstepped forward.
On Feb. 20 at 4:10 p.m., a report wasmade of a man in an electric wheelchairwho got into an argument with twowomenin the elevator at the Burnaby SkyTrainstation.
One of the women, whos pregnant, wasreportedly sent to hospital after receivingnumerous cuts and scratches to her face,hands and legs from the altercation. Shewas released from hospital that evening.
Transit police sent out a press releaseearlier last week asking for help in identify-ing the man involved in the incident.
As a result of media attention to arelease earlier this week the man hascome forward and provided transit policeinvestigatorswith a statement,TransLinkspress release states. We thank him for hisattention to this matter.
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Burnabydrivers came in second only toSurrey last month during a push to ticketdistracted drivers in the Lower Mainland.
February was dedicated to spending alittle bit more time, when possible, doingdistracted driving, said Sgt. Dave Bell ofthe Burnaby RCMP traffic services unit.
Bells unit brought in more than 460violations. In a population of more than227,000 people, 464 distracted driving tick-ets may seem like a small number, but itdoes mean that there are some people outthere still not following the new legisla-tion legislation that could save their life,according to Bell.
But thats nothing new. Much likeimpaired driving and even seatbelts, itsgoing to take time to educate people thatthis new legislation is for their own good,Bell said.
Its a new technology that people havebecome accustomed to using, but theydont necessarily equate it with being dan-
gerous, he said.Proving a cellphone is the cause of a car
accident is difficult because police cantseize the devices as evidence at a sceneunless there are reasonable grounds orevidence, Bell said.
Theres no provision in law for us toseize a cellphone as evidence and searchfor text messages that may have been sentor received at the time of the accident,he said.
While police may never be able to seizeelectronic devices, the B.C. Chiefs of PoliceAssociation came out last week calling forlegislation that would see distracted driv-ers cellphones taken away as a deterrentagainst re-offending.
This idea was quickly shot down bypoliticians Monday, which leaves offend-ers simply paying out the fines for dis-tracted driving tickets; fines Bell thinks aregood enough.
Every distracted driver found guilty issubject to a $167 fine, and this fine doesntincrease with added offences, he said.
While the February blitz shone a light
on distracted driving, its still an issueduring the rest of the year. Bell and hisunit have noticed some trends in theBurnaby area.
School zones can be a problem, hesaid. And the malls.
These two areas are problematicbecause drivers are distracted, either latedropping kids off or coming out of shop-ping centres and rather than stopping andusing their devices, theyre using themwhile they drive to save time. This can bea major problem because both areas havehigh pedestri