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  • WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2015 LOCAL NEWS LOCAL MATTERS

    NEWS 5 ELECTION 11 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 16

    Residents fear for their homes Meet your candidates Living RoomArt returns

    Theres more at Burnabynow.com

    ArtsadvocatesuptobatagainFor decades, artists in Burnaby have been

    pushing for a new art gallery, without muchsuccess.Now, the Burnaby Arts Council is hop-

    ing to resurrect the issue one more time inhopes of finally getting a new home for artin the city.The council is hosting a public forum to

    discuss a new public art gallery for Burnaby.The forum is scheduled for Nov. 3, at

    7:30 p.m., Room 103 at the Shadbolt Cen-tre for the Arts.BillThompson, chair of the arts coun-

    cil, suggested the current gallery located inCeperley House at Deer Lake has reacheda point where it cant accommodate largeshows.The gallery has been housed at Deer

    Lake since the late 60s, and he noted the

    population of the city has grown immenselysince that time.Theres a real need and the time is

    right,Thompson told theNOW.The city is going through a lot of chang-

    es.This is great opportunity to make astatement on how the city believes in cul-ture, its a creative city and how it needs togo forward and support its arts communi-ty.He also pointed out the current gallery

    cant hold or store the citys vast art collec-tion of 5,000-plus art works on paper fromnoted artists including RobertYoung, Syb-il Andrews, Gordon Smith and Jack Shad-bolt.Its a similar sentiment echoed by David

    Handelman, another member of the artscouncil.He said he has a great respect for the

    FORTHELOVEOFART Members of Burnabys arts community are once again pushing for a new art gallery for the city. IreneMcCutcheon, front and centre, has been a longtime advocate for a new gallery.Shes joinedby (from left) JosephTherrien,BrianDaniel, Bill Thomson,DavidHandelman, FarhadAmini andMarleneDaniel. PHOTOCHUNGCHOW

    Continuedonpage4

    Current art gallery in Burnaby is bursting at the seams,and theres a real need and the time is rightByJeremyDeutschjdeutsch@burnabynow.com

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  • CayleyDobiecdobie@burnabynow.com

    About 32 years ago, ayoung Burnaby residenthad an encounter with aMountie that changed herlife forever.Sandy Labinsky was

    about 10 or 11 years oldwhen she was followedhome by a suspicious manin a car. He first caught hereye when he slowed downto pass her as she walkedsouth on Buller Avenue.When he circled the blockto pass her a second time,she knew something waswrong. She headed downthe alley between Ewartand Carson streets, but thedriver followed, blockingthe gate to her backyard.So Labinsky ran for it. Shemanaged to slip by the car,get through the gate intoher backyard and up theback steps into her home.Labinsky told her moth-

    er what happened, andtogether they called theBurnaby RCMP.More than three decades

    later, Labinsky can still pic-ture the officer who ar-rived on her doorstep thatafternoon. He was tall,lean but strong and ut-terly professional in everymanner. He spoke to herlike an adult, rather thana child he had to tolerate.He asked questions to testher observation skills, andhe was impressed when shenearly guessed his age 29.It seemed like he real-

    ly cared to actually talk tome, like I was capable ofanswering his questions,which I really appreciated,Labinsky said. It was justone of those encountersthat you just think, Well

    thats a really cool thingbeing a police officer.Today, Labinsky is a po-

    lice sergeant for the Cityof Henderson Police De-partment in Nevada, a cityslightly larger than Burn-aby with a population ofmore than 270,000. Shehas been with the depart-ment for about 14 years.Every now and then,

    the memory of the kindMountie pops into Labin-skys head. She said she hasthought of trying to findhim before, but it wasntuntil a discussion about in-fluential people at a recentleadership course that shefinally decided to try andtrack down the officer whohad made such an impacton her life and career path.So, Labinsky sent a let-

    ter to the Burnaby RCMPexplaining the incident in1983/84 and the way inwhich it helped steer hertowards a career in polic-ing.I dont sit still well, so

    to have a job where itscontinuously different allthe time and you neverknow what your day is go-ing to be like, that is my fa-vourite aspect of (polic-ing), Labinsky told theNOW.When Labinsky was

    working as a training of-ficer in Henderson, shewould often share her storyabout the Burnaby Mount-ie. She would tell the re-cruits about his profession-alism and overall presencethat left her in awe.He just had this phys-

    ical presence that wasjust different than a regu-lar person.When we talkabout officers having com-mand presence or physi-

    cal presence, he definite-ly had that going on, and itmight have been a little bitthe fact that I was 10 or 11years old, but he was very,very impressive to me, shesaid.While Labinsky ad-

    mits its unlikely the offi-cer remembers her, she still

    wants to track him down ifonly to say thank you.I thought it would be

    cool just for him to knowthat that was somethingthat I definitely remem-bered and it made a hugeimpression on me, shesaid.Labinsky suspects the of-

    ficer is in his early 60s now,possibly retired, but be-cause she doesnt have aname, its difficult for eventhe Burnaby RCMP tospeculate on who he couldbe or if he even retiredfrom the Burnaby RCMP

    or was transferred to an-other RCMP detachment.Whether she finds the

    Mountie or not, Labin-sky was glad she finallyreached out to the Burna-by RCMP.Even if he cant be

    found, I thought this wasa nice reminder for all thepeople there that what youdo is important, and ev-ery time youre talkingto somebody it could besomething that has a longreaching effect, she added.

    NOWANDTHEN: Above, SandyLabinsky is a sergeant for theCityofHendersonPoliceDepartment. At right, Sandyas she looked inabout 1983,whenshehadanencounterwithaBurnabypoliceofficer thatwould change thecourseof her life.PHOTOSCONTRIBUTED

    Lookingfora long-lostMountieHe seemed like he really cared to actually talk to me, like I was capable of answering his questions ...

    Newsnow

    CANYOUHELPHERFINDHIM?

    ... hewasvery,very impressive

    tome ...

    Whoaretheanti-pipelineadvocatesbacking?Lynne Quarmby,who was arrested in anti-pipeline protest, looks like shes being left out in the coldByJenniferMoreaujmoreau@burnabynow.com

    Anti-pipeline advocatesare lining up behind theNDPs Carol Baird Ellan inBurnaby North-Seymour,leaving Green candidateLynne Quarmby out in thecold in the citys hotly con-

    tested riding.Key activists Sven Biggs

    and BenWest are backingthe New Democrats despiteNDP leaderThomas Mul-cairs non-committal stancefor or against the pipeline, adefining issue for the riding.Meanwhile, Quarmby, whowas arrested in anti-pipeline

    protests last fall and suedby oil giant Kinder Mor-gan, has staked much ofher campaign opposing thepipeline expansion.I am disappointed and

    a bit perplexed. I am clear-ly the strongest anti-pipe-line candidate in this riding by a long shot, Quarm-

    by told theNOW. (NewDemocrats) have candidatesin Alberta saying, essential-ly, Dont worry, the pipe-line will go through, whilecandidates here say the op-posite. One can only guesshowMulcair will instructhis MPs to vote when thetime comes.

    Mulcair has stoppedshort of picking sides on theKinder Morgan debate, in-stead criticizing the approv-al process, which is goodenough for Biggs.A fair process that in-

    cludes a climate test and re-ally listens to the concernsof impacted communities

    like Burnaby is the first stepto resolving Canadas pipe-line debate, Biggs said.Biggs is volunteering

    on Baird Ellans BurnabyNorth-Seymour campaignon behalf of a group calledForce of Nature Alliance,which is endorsing six

    Continuedonpage4

    BurnabyNOW WEDNESDAY October 14, 2015 3

  • 4 WEDNESDAY October 14, 2015 BurnabyNOW

    Newsnow

    Concerned about yoursand your neighbourhoodsproperty? If you witnessedsuspicious activity, wouldyou report it to the policeand neighbours?If you answered yes to the

    above questions, then per-haps its time you joinedBlockWatch.Burnaby RCMP is host-

    ing a BlockWatch trainingsession on Nov. 19 for any-one interested in becominga neighbourhood captain orco-captain.The session runsabout two-and-a-half hourslong.

    Joining BlockWatch hasits benefits, according to theRCMP.Neighbourhoods with

    an active BlockWatch showa significant decrease incrime in their area. Past re-sults have shown a 60 percent decrease in crime,read a notice on the Burna-by RCMP website.Other benefits include:

    learning to recognize andreport suspicious activity;access to email safety andinformation alerts from po-lice; and improved neigh-bour relationships. Perks of

    the program also includehome security assessments,BlockWatch street and win-dow signs and discounts onhome insurance with someinsurance companies.Interested parties must

    complete an application andcriminal record check pri-or to attending the Novem-ber event. Deadline to applyis Nov. 2. For more infor-mation or to begin the ap-plication process, contactthe Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7859 or email blockwatch@burnaby.ca.

    Cayley Dobie

    present gallery but suggest-ed people in the communityhave felt the City of Burna-by could have a better gal-lery.The forum will include

    brief presentations from apanel that includes mem-bers of the arts and educa-tion community. Panelistsare expected to share theirvisions for a new gallery andhow a new facility wouldprovide benefits to the com-munity.The second half ofthe forum is reserved forthe comments of audiencemembers who will be en-

    couraged to share their vi-sion for a new gallery.The members of the arts

    council said at this pointthere are no limits on thelocation, scope or cost of aproposed art gallery.Wed just like see what

    people have to say,Handel-man said.Meanwhile,Thompson is

    hoping for a good turnoutfrom the public to demon-strate the support for a newgallery, noting some citycouncillors and city staff arealso expected to be in atten-dance.Following the meeting,

    hes also hoping the city willlook at funding a strategicplan as part of a first phase.The issue of a new gallery

    has been going on since theearly 1970s, when a new artgallery was a priority andplans were made up.In 1987, a proposed art

    gallery and performing artstheatre in civic square werepart of the original plans be-side the Bob Prittie library.Then in 1998, there was an-other plan for an art galleryexpansion, and a feasibilitystudy was completed, alongwith public support.

    candidates in the region.Biggs holds nothing againstthe Greens; he just doesntthink Quarmby can win.The party that forms cab-

    inet will decide if the Kind-er Morgan pipeline goesahead, and the likelihoodof that happening for theGreens is remote at best.West, who sits on the

    Force of Nature board, saidthe Burnaby riding is partic-

    ularly tricky but hes backingBaird Ellan.(She) probably has the

    best chance of beating theConservatives in that riding,but I got to say I find thiselection pretty stressful. Ihave a lot of love for Lynne,and as a former Green orga-nizer, I definitely dont takeit lightly to overlook Greencandidates, he said, addingvote splitting is a concern.Baird Ellan is happy to re-

    ceive support from the anti-pipeline crowd.The position of the NDP

    is the Kinder Morgan appli-cation will not proceed, shesaid.According to Baird El-lan, the NDP would quashcabinets power to ultimatelydecide that fate of pipelines,something the Conservativebrought in, allowing themto override the National En-ergy Boards recommenda-tion.

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