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For the third time thisyear,Mounties are inves-tigating a sexual assault inBurnaby.The recent assault hap-
pened in the Heights justbefore 2 a.m.Tuesday
morning.A Burnaby wom-an was walking home froma Hastings Street bus stopwhen an unknown man ap-proached her from behind,placed one hand over hermouth, pulled her towardthe bushes and attemptedto grope her, according toBurnaby RCMP.
The victim screamed andfought to get free, whichcaused the suspect to thenflee northbound on Spring-er Avenue across FrancisStreet, police said.Mounties noteTuesday
mornings incident is thesecond sexual assault in-volving groping in the area
in the last four weeks.While investigators can-
not say definitely if the twoincidents are linked, RCMPCpl. Daniela Panesar saidpolice are asking the publicto remain vigilant, especial-ly when walking alone in thelate evenings in the area.These are all person-
al assaults.They are defi-nitely a priority for us to
solving and finding the al-leged suspect, she told theNOW, adding investigatorsare hoping someone mayhave seen something andwill come forward with in-formation.The alleged suspect is de-
scribed as a Caucasian man,taller than five feet eightinches with a medium build.He was wearing dark cloth-
ing, including a dark hood-ed jacket.Police are asking any-
one with information aboutthe incident, or who mayhave witnessed any suspi-cious activity in the area, tocall the Burnaby RCMPsat 604-294-7922 or callCrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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PROTEST:MelissaMcCannholdsa signprotesting changes tobuspasses forpeoplewithdisabilitiesduringa rally at theMetrotownSkyTrain stationWednesday.PHOTOCORNELIANAYLOR
RCMP investigating sexual assault in the Heights
WellkeeppushingonProtesters say bus passchanges will hurt peoplewith disabilitiesCorneliaNaylorcnaylor@burnabynow.com
Changes to low-cost bus passes an-nounced last month will push people withdisabilities further into social isolation, ac-cording to protesters at the Metrotown Sky-Train station in Burnaby yesterday.If they dont have the money to buy the
monthly pass, theyre going to become moreisolated and disconnected than they alreadyare, said Bernice McCann, whose 31-year-old daughter Melissa is on disability. Sur-vival?Well all keep pushing on and well fig-ure it out not in good ways, but well figureit out, even if its dumpsters or whatever but to lose the social connections with thissmall community is where the sadness isgoing to really hit.McCann and her daughter were at Me-
trotown to protest changes to the B.C. BusPass.People with disabilities currently pay a flat
$45 fee for the one-year pass, but starting inSeptember, they will also have to pay a $52monthly fee.The province announced the changes last
month at the same time it announced the
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CUTTINGEDGE From left, PrimeMinister JustinTrudeauwithMichel LabergeofGeneral Fusionwhile touring the facility lastsummer. Trudeaugavekudos to theBurnabycompany inhis openingaddressat theGLOBE2016conference inVancouver. PHOTONOWFILES
CleanenergygetsaboostPrime minister pays tribute to Burnaby company in presentationJenniferMoreaujmoreau@burnabynow.com
Canadas PrimeMinisterhighlighted a Burnaby busi-ness while discussing thefuture of clean energy at theGLOBE 2016 conferenceinVancouver.OnWednesday, Justin
Trudeau gave the open-ing address at Globe 2016,an international conferenceon clean technology, andhe gave kudos to BurnabysGeneral Fusion.He mentioned us as
one of the most excitingthings in clean energy inhis talk this morning at theGLOBE conference, saidMichael Delage, GeneralFusions vice-president oftechnology and corporate
strategy. Its fantastic. Itswonderful to see the federalgovernment and the primeminister taking the lead onclean tech.General Fusion is work-
ing on technology to cre-ate a fusion generator that
would produce clean ener-gy with no byproduct otherthan helium.Trudeau is no stranger to
General Fusion.He madea campaign stop at theBurnaby facility last sum-mer with local Liberal can-
Minister Catherine McK-enna also paid a visit theBurnabys General FusiononTuesday.McKenna was in town
for the Globe conference,andTerry Beech, the Liber-al MP for Burnaby North-Seymour, accompaniedher to the site, along withNorthVancouver MP Jona-thanWilkinson.The Burnaby compa-
ny, which has been featuredin Timemagazine and Sci-entific American, has an ex-hibit at the GLOBE 2016conference, a biennial expofeaturing environmental-ly sustainable business andtechnology.
BurnabyMPtakesaimatgenderparityBurnaby MP Kennedy
Stewart wants to put a priceon sexism in politics.The self-avowed femi-
nist has tabled a new actin the House of Commonsthat would financially penal-ize parties that dont haveenough female candidates.Despite electing a re-
cord number of 88 femaleMPs in 2015, women stillhold only 26 per cent of theseats in the House of Com-mons, Stewart said in apress release. While morethan enough women comeforward to run for office, thereal problem is that politicalparties do not ensure gen-
der equity in their nomina-tion processes.Without newmeasures, it is unlikely Can-ada will achieve parity un-til 2075.Stewart is proposing
that any party that doesnthave at least 45 per cent fe-male candidates in its rankswould lose 10 per of thepublic subsidies that cov-er election expenses. Underthe current rules, candidatesare eligible for rebates cov-ering up to half of their ex-penses.TheNOW couldnt reach
Stewart for further com-ment.
RetiredretruckndsanewlifeinNicaraguaIts been a project two
years in the making, andlast month Burnaby fire-fighters made good on apromise to deliver a retiredfire truck to firefighters inNicaragua.The delivery was part
of Operation Nicaragua, aprogram developed by a re-tired teacher in Kamloopsthat sends donated items tothe Central American coun-try, including used equip-ment and gear from fire de-partments across B.C.Theequipment is used to outfitvolunteer fire departmentsin Nicaragua that were gut-ted during a revolution 20years ago.Assistant fire Chief Erik
Vogel spearheaded Burn-
abys involvement in theproject, petitioning the firechief and city council toapprove the donation of atruck no longer in service.His request was approvedin 2014, and in February, itreached its final destination the City of Leon.The fire truck isnt the
only thing the Burnaby FireDepartment has donated toOperation Nicaragua.Thedepartment also sent 2,000feet of hose and old turn-out gear.It was great to find (the
firefighters) wearing our olduniforms and turnout gear,Vogel said in an email to theNOW.
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Fusion is the sameenergythat drives the sun. Atomsof hydrogenare forcedtogether and turned intohelium, anda lot of energy isreleased in theprocess.
Thebyproduct of fusionis helium. There are nogreenhouse gas emissions,pollutants or radioactivewaste.
It wasnt quite what theywanted, but a group ofBurnaby artists are encour-aged the city will at leastconsider a request for a fea-
sibility study for a new artgallery.OnMonday,