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  • A longtime Burnaby resident and devot-ed Conservative is at the heart of an internalsquabble that could threaten the future ofthe B.C. Conservative Party and shes notabout to back down.

    Ariane Eckardt, president of the BurnabyNorth constituency association for the B.C.Conservatives, and her Surrey-Whiterockcounterpart, Allison Patton, are two of thefigures calling for the partys leader, John

    Cummins, to resign.Cummins issuedan Oct. 7 ultima-tum insisting thatparty dissidentsget in line or quitby Wednesday, Oct.10 at noon, andEckardt and Pattonpenned a letter inresponse criticizingCummins.

    And while youmay argue that we have no right to challengeyour legitimacy as head of the party, youhave no right to challenge our legitimacyas heads of the (constituency associations)and call us dissidents and then ask us toleave the party. We are the party, the letterreads.

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

    Going blind: Its an interestingsensory experience

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    City family plugsin the new car

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    Burnabys first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 Friday, October 12, 2012

    Dissidentsbattle on

    CONSERVATIVE PARTY

    Residents united against pipeline proposalRoughly 250 people packed

    Confederation Seniors Centre Wednesdaynight for the first public town hall meetingorganized by a Burnaby residents groupopposing Kinder Morgans pipeline expan-sion plan.

    Speakers talked of widespread publicopposition to the expansion and recountedtheir experiences with Kinder Morgans2007 pipeline rupture that sprayed localhomes with oil.

    Rueben George of the Tsleil-WaututhNation opened the meeting, talking aboutthe importance of protecting the environ-ment for future generations.

    Its not just a First Nations problem, hesaid. Its all of our problem.

    Local resident Mary Hatch told thecrowd of her experience with the 2007 pipe-line rupture. The Inlet Drive resident didnot know her homewas next to the pipelineuntil it broke and sprayed her home and carwith crude.

    That was a traumatic time for our com-

    munity, she said. Our health and safetyhad been breached.

    Kennedy Stewart, the NDP member ofParliament for Burnaby Douglas, spokeof the pipeline issue from his perspec-tive as a new politician. The first call hereceived after being elected was from IanAnderson, president of Kinder Morgan

    Primate encounter: Joanne Smith took a copy of the Burnaby NOW along to Uganda, where she is volunteering usingher specialized hand therapist skills to help train doctors and health-care professionals in Africa. Here shes seen visitingsilver-backed mountain gorillas in the jungle in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. For more paperpostcards, see page 21.

    TAKING THE BURNABY NOW ON A GORILLA MISSION

    Jennifer Moreaustaff reporter

    Conservatives Page 8

    Jennifer Moreaustaff reporter

    Contributed photo/burnaby now

    BROKE Page 8

    Former MPPaul Forsethsays mediaencourages thesillinessSee pg. 10

    Its his party andhe can do whathe wants toSee Our View on pg. 6

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    5 Chocolate factory heist 6,7 Readers write 11 Plugging in the car

    For Judy Larush, the world looks likean impressionist painting.Like a Monet or Renoir, coloursblur together and shapes have soft edges.

    There are nodetails, but its verybeautiful, she said.Its an interestingsensory experience.

    Five years ago,Larush was diag-nosed with age-related maculardegeneration, adisease that causes

    slow vision loss.Today, she has only about 10 per cent

    of her vision in each eye.Frankly, I didnt really know what

    macular degeneration was, she said. Ithought of it as something I might haveto worry about when I was 75 or 85. Soto get the news at 55 was absolutely ashock.

    The disease causes damage to themacula, the central part of the retinaresponsible for seeing fine details, such asreading print or seeing faces.

    People who have it experience blurredcentral vision and a growing central blindspot.

    In 90 per cent of all cases, vision lossoccurs slowly, usually over a number ofyears, and the condition may cause few orno symptoms until its more advanced.

    As a customs officer for Canada Post,Larush had intended to retire at the endof next August, but when her eyes couldno longer handle the strain of her job ear-lier this year, she was forced to work herlast shift in