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  • Your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! >> www.burnabynow.com

    Whowants to runagain in Burnaby?

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    Gymnast is soaringto national heights

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    Burnabys first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 Saturday, November 20, 2010

    Bloy says tax cuts not dead, just on holdGordon Campbells 15 per cent tax cut,

    announced just weeks ago, has been sus-pended, but that doesnt mean its nevergoing to happen, according to LiberalMLA Harry Bloy.

    Its not a reversal. Its being put onhold so the new leader can review it andlook at it, Bloy said. I would still expectthe tax cut would still go through.

    This Wednesday, the outgoing premier

    announced that the provincial gov-ernments executive council haddecided to suspend the 15 per centreduction in personal income taxrates for the first $72,000 of per-sonal income that same tax cuthe had dangled in front of BritishColumbians on Oct. 27, just daysbefore he announced he would stepdown as premier. The tax cut, whichwas subject to legislative approval,was set to take effect Jan. 1, 2011.

    In order to ensure the executive

    council has maximum flexibilityto set governments economic andfiscal agenda, cabinet has decidedto suspend the planned tax reduc-tion,Campbell said inWednesdayannouncement. The cabinet hasdecided that during this periodof transition, it is important thatdecisions are not made that wouldunnecessarily limit executivecouncils ability to set prioritiesand implement their agenda forgovernment.

    When asked if the tax cut would meanless government revenue for services andsocial programs, Bloy said that it wouldactually stimulate the economy by leavingmore spending money in the pockets ofBritish Columbians. Government can stillgenerate revenue, but through taxes onconsumption rather than income.

    In the long run, it puts more back intothe economy, he said.

    But New Democrat MLA KathyCorrigan isnt convinced.

    Jennifer Moreaustaff reporter

    Featheredfriends:Eric Qi enjoysa sunnyNovemberafternoon inCentral Parkas he attemptsto take somephotos of thepigeons andgulls near thepond.

    Harry BloyMLA

    Tax Page 10

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    6 Opinion

    13 Business

    17 On the Market

    19 Here & Now

    25 Postcards

    33 Sports

    36 Classifieds

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    Rants, ravesand communitysports nuggets

    In just a little more than a year from now, Burnabyresidents will once more head to the polls to cast theirvote in the municipal election.And while its clearly too early to see campaign signs

    on lawns, the current mayor and council members havealready said theyd like to be on the ballot.

    Mayor Derek Corrigan and all eight city councillorshave said they plan to run in the 2011 municipal elec-

    tion, under the Burnaby CitizensAssociation banner.

    Im thrilled to be runningagain, Corrigan said. Im hop-ing the people of Burnaby willsupport me.

    Corrigan was a city councillorfor 15 years and was first electedin 1987. He served his first termas mayor in 2002.

    The election results will showwhether or not the citizens of

    Burnaby support the BCA-led councils decisions, headded.

    The BCA won all city council and school board seatsin the 2008 election.

    There were concerns from the Independent Voicesand TEAM Burnaby candidates at the time that a councilwithout opposition would operate in secret, somethingCorrigan dismissed.

    All the councillors contacted by the NOW said theyintend to run again, though many also said it was stilltoo early to make a formal declaration.

    Yes, Ill run if theyll have me again, Coun. NickVolkow said, laughing.

    Volkow is currently serving his fifth term on council.He was first elected in 1996.

    I dont think Ive embarrassed the city, he joked.Councils record over the past term has been pretty

    good, Volkow said.Coun. Dan Johnston, who first ran in 93, said there

    are more environmental initiatives hed like to introduce.Wed like to continue working with the committee

    on those, said Johnston, who is chair of councils envi-ronment and waste management committee.

    Coun. Colleen Jordan is in her third term this year,after being first elected in 2002.

    Her experience as a director on the Metro Vancouverboard has added to her knowledge of issues affecting thecity and region as a whole, she said.

    She sees a number of regional issues coming to the

    forefront in the next couple of years, she added.Theres going to be some significant challenges for

    the region as a whole, Jordan said. Id like the oppor-tunity to see it through.

    Coun. Sav Dhaliwal is also a Metro Vancouverdirector, as well as president of the Lower MainlandGovernment Association, one of five area associations ofthe Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

    He was also first elected in 2002 and is serving histhird term.

    While he does intend to run, he also mentioned theelection is still a year away.

    I have the interest in the job and the enthusiasm, hesaid. I hope to carry on with the blessings of the votersnext year.

    All of the councillors and the mayor said they intendto run with BCA again, and most have been longtimemembers.

    I have great regard for the organization, saidDhaliwal, who is in his third term. He was first electedin 2002.

    Coun. Pietro Calendino also said it was very early tomake a formal declaration but does intend to run again.

    He was first elected in 2002, like Dhaliwal and Jordan,and is serving his third term.

    Calendino said he is proud of his work as chair of thecommunity policing committee.

    Im proud of bringing crime down in the city, hesaid, adding the committee has helped the communitypolicing offices work more efficiently with the commu-nity and has encouraged more people to take part in thecommunity policing program.

    Coun. Paul McDonell is serving his first term oncouncil, though he served on the parks, recreation andcultural commission for six years prior to that.

    Im just starting to understand it all, he said of allthe ins and outs of his newer role as councillor. It takesquite a bit, but Im enjoying it.

    He is enjoying his work on the citys social sustain-ability strategy, he said.

    I like people too, I like to get out to public events,McDonell said of his job as councillor.

    Overall, he said, Its rewarding.Coun. Richard Chang is also serving his first term as

    councillor. He has been a BCA member for four or fiveyears, he said.

    His focus when he joined council was on bridging the

    BCAS OWN TEAM IS LOOKING TO HOLD ON TO ITS POLITICAL STRONGHOLD IN THE CITY

    Theyre all feeling the urge to run again

    Clean sweep: Mayor Derek Corrigans party, theBurnaby Citizens Association, secured all the citycouncil and school board seats in the last election. BCA Page 9

    ON MY BEATJanaya Fuller-Evans

    File photo/burnaby now

    Pietro Calendino Richard Chang Sav Dhaliwal Dan Johnston Colleen Jordan Anne Kang Paul McDonell Nick Volkow

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