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    Burnabys first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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    For Burnabys Julie Desroches, itsnot just a pirate-themed Halloweendisplay. Its a symbol of resistance, ofhonour among thieves and living lifeas a better human being.

    Thats because the Desroches fam-ilys annual Halloween display wasinspired from a place close to death.

    Six years ago, around Halloween,Julie Desroches, a child psychologistand mother of two, was struck with apregnancy-related abdominal infectionthat left her hospitalized and nearlydead.

    The whole pirate thing for mebecame very symbolic of what I wentthrough. I was facing my own stormysea, she told the NOW.

    She saw her supporters friendsand family as her pirate crew, asshe struggled with the medical and legalsystems.

    She watched a lot of pirate moviesin the years it took to recover, and dur-

    ing that time, she came up with the ideato create a pirate-themed Halloweendisplay. Last year, she was finally wellenough, and with the help of her friendsand family (her crew), made it a fund-

    raiser to help children in Africa.Through donations collected online

    and on Halloween night, the Desrochesraised $2,500 for the Saint StephenChildrens Centre in Makondo, Uganda,

    run by a man Desroches met 15 years agowhile volunteering in Africa.

    The money went towards a roof for thecentre, and this year, Desroches wants to

    Four more throw hats into city mayors raceBoy, that escalated quickly.As the deadline to file candidacy papers

    came to a close, four independent may-oral candidates entered the political fray,announcing their interest in Mayor DerekCorrigans seat on council.

    Political newcomer Raj Gupta, formerBurnaby Greens school trustee HelenChang and formermayoral hopefuls Sylvia

    Gung and Allen Hutton have all steppedforward to run for Burnaby mayor inNovember, against Corrigan and BurnabyFirst mayoral candidate Daren Hancott.

    Chang, who was elected to schoolboard in 2005, has lived in Burnaby for 30years and has a passion for multicultural-ism. Since 2011, she has organized mul-ticultural forums to raise awareness forsuch issues as hate crimes, immigration,medical fraud and bullying. She has alsolobbied the federal government to enact a

    Hate Crime Statistics Act.On her second run for mayor, Gung has

    promised to freeze taxes, halt pay hikesand remove the school board to thwart itspolitical agenda. She has also pledged toban behaviours exhibiting sexuality, how-ever minimal, including holding hands inpublic and kissing the bride at weddings.

    With more than three decades of vol-unteer work ranging from transit to plan-ning, Hutton has an interest in ensuringthe wellness of Burnaby citizens. He wants

    to continue preserving and maintainingnatural areas in the city and expand parksand public pathways for future genera-tions. He also is calling for openness,accountability and fiscal responsibilityfrom the local government.

    Gupta, a realtor for 24 years who haslived in B.C. since 1974, ran provincially forthe B.C. Conservative Party in Vancouver-Kensington last year and is now venturinginto municipal politics. He has a laundry

    Arrrr ...RodneyHalko, JulieDesroches,Emma, 6, andBenjamin,9, aredecoratingtheir Burnabyhome in apirate themeto help raisemoney fora centre inAfrica.

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    Putting out fires a world awayBurnaby firefighters are mak-

    ing a difference a world away.Last week, they got to meet withthe man who sees first-hand howmuch of a difference they trulymake.

    Gerry Caceres, a deputynational fire chief for theFederation of Firefighters inNicaragua, was in Burnaby totour the citys Fire Hall No. 1 andmeet with the firefighters whohelped get Burnaby involved inOperation Nicaragua, an initia-tive founded by a retired teacherin Kamloops and was quicklyadopted by its local fire depart-ment.

    Fire departments acrossNicaragua were completelydestroyed during the countrysrevolution more than 20 yearsago. Since then, volunteers likeCaceres have been rebuilding,from scratch, everything that waslost. Today, the country has 11fire stations, which serves only38 per cent of the countrys 147municipalities.Helping hands: Nicaraguan deputy fire chief Gerry Caceres, left, speaks with Burnaby fire recruits

    during Caceres visit to Burnaby Fire Hall No. 1 last week. Caceres was in town to meet with city andfire department staff about Burnabys recent donation of a fire truck to Nicaragua.

    Cayley Dobiestaff reporter

    Jennifer Gauthier/burnaby now

    Nicaragua Page 4

    MDs get poor grades in handwashingHand washing among health

    care providers at BurnabyHospital is way up since twoyears ago, but doctors continueto lag significantly behind theircolleagues, according to the latestreport by B.C.s Provincial HandHygiene Working Group.

    Health-care workers handsare the most common vehicle forthe spread of potentially deadlyinfections like C difficile andMRSA (Methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus) aroundhospitals, according the B.C.Ministry of Healths best practicesfor hand hygiene.

    Hand cleaning is consideredthe best way to combat them.

    In 2011/12, when Fraser

    Health first started reporting theresults of hand-hygiene audits atits hospitals, compliance amongBurnaby Hospital personnel wasshown to be as low as 46 per centduring one quarter.

    In the latest audits, however for the period between April 1and June 19 that number is up to87 per cent five per cent abovethe provincial average and fourper cent above the average forFraser Health.

    Housekeeping, maintenanceand food services staff, along withhospital volunteers, performedthe best, with a compliance rateof 95 per cent.

    Clinical staff, including medi-cal technicians, porters, therapistsand pharmacists, were next witha 92 per cent compliance rate.

    They were followed by nurses,

    who were observed using properhand hygiene 87 per cent of thetime.

    Doctors came in a distant lastat 75 per cent.

    Still, local doctors did betterthan their counterparts aroundthe province.

    The provincial average forhand-hygiene compliance amongphysicians was 69 per cent, com-pared to 82 per cent for B.C.health-care workers overall.

    Doctors have lagged morethan 10 per cent behind otherhealth-care providers for fouryears, according to annual reportsby the Hand Hygiene WorkingGroup.

    We talk to all our care provid-ers, including physicians, abouthow to improve hand hygienecompliance, and that work is

    ongoing, Fraser Health spokes-person Tasleem Juma told theNOW. As for why doctors con-tinue to be the least compliant,thats something the College cananswer.

    While doctors have privilegesathospitals, theyarenot employedby the health authorities.

    The B.C. College of Physicians,however, declined to commenton why hand-cleaning compli-ance among doctors is the lowestamong health-care workers in theprovince.

    The College doesnt collectany data on hand hygiene compli-ance, wrote the Colleges direc-tor of communications, SusanPrins in an email. These typesof studies are usually conductedin a health authority or a specifichospital.


    Cornelia Naylorstaff reporter

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    All the fire depart-ments that we had that wereindependent, volunteer firedepartments practically dis-appeared during the revolu-tion, he said. After the freeelections, (the government)gave us back our right toreorganize again.

    When Caceres and hisfellow firefighters first setto rebuild the departments,they had nothing notrucks, no equipment, noth-ing. Operation Nicaraguahas been one way the coun-try has been slowly rebuild-ing its fire departments.

    Since its inception,Operation Nicaragua hasdonated 14 fire trucks, oldhoses, equipment and gearfrom fire departments inBritish Columbia, Albertaand Ontario.

    Weve done incrediblework together. The people ofCanada have really showntheyre interested in helpingand their good, kind hearts,Caceres said.

    This is the first time theBurnaby Fire Departmenthas participated in OperationNicaragua on such a scale.

    Spearheaded by Capt. ErikVogel, the departmentapproached the city earlierthis year about donatingone of its retired fire truckssouth to Nicaragua. The cityagreed and the truck wasplaced in storage, where itremains until its ready tobe shipped by freighter toNicaragua.

    Other items donatedby Burnaby include oldgear, uniforms and 2,000feet of hose. Both Vogeland Caceres agree, ratherthan watching equipmentbe shipped to the landfillwhen it expires, OperationNicaragua gives it a secondlife.

    Even if its old or used,discharged equipment inCanada, it becomes ourbrand new, state-of-the-artequipment for us, Caceressaid.

    The new equipmentalso provides firefighters inNicaragua with somethingthey can be proud of, whichcan make a world of differ-ence, Caceres added.

    It provides a sense ofdignity to our firefighters tosay that they do have some

    good equipment to workwith, he said. Its hard andsad when you have to fightfires with buckets of wateror sand.

    Operation Nicaraguaalso facilitates a trainingexchange program whereCanadian firefighters spenda few weeks training the vol-unteer firefighters.

    With an additional 55fire trucks still needed,Operation Nicaragua is in noway over.

    About three to four ship-ments of equipment are sentto Nicaragua each year andmost of the goods are sharedbetween the 11 departments.Soon the federation willopen a 12th fire department,and Caceres was proud tosay theres already a firetruck and equipment readyand waiting for the newteam of volunteers.

    Who would think thatan old uniform would makesomebody feel good, hesaid. When youre able toprovide a good lookinguniform to a volunteer fire-fighter that never had one, itgives him a sense of dignityin what he does, and pride.

    National Energy Board membersare now deciding whether to overrideBurnabys bylaw against tree-cuttingso Kinder Morgan can survey BurnabyMountain for a new pipeline route.

    TheNEBhearingonKinderMorgansconstitutional question took placeThursday, Oct. 9 in Calgary. The keyissue is whether the NEB has the con-stitutional power to trump Burnabysbylaws, whichmakes it a precedent-set-ting case that could have implicationsfor other cities facing pipelines.

    According to the official transcript,Kinder Morgans lawyers openedwith arguments supporting the NEBslegal authority on the issue, stating theboard can determine Burnabys bylawsinoperative in regards to BurnabyMountain but cant deem them uncon-stitutional. Kinder Morgans counselalso took a stab at Burnabys pressreleases on the pipeline.

    They are inflammatory, to say theleast. They are political. It is absolutelyclear they are opposed to the pipeline.And its our submission that this is nota bona fide attempt to apply bylaws,

    said Maureen Killoran, one of threeKinder Morgan lawyers. This is abouta grand purpose of attempting to stopthe pipeline and attempting to stop it atthis very early stage, when the propo-nent is attempting to do environmentalassessment work, and work to facilitatethe board process.

    Killoran said Burnabys actions area collateral attack on not just the pipe-line but on the boards mandate aswell.

    Burnabys lawyer Greg McDadeargued the NEB did not have theauthority to quash Burnabys bylaws.

    There is no clear power within sec-tion 12 or 13 or anywhere else in theNEB Act to say that you can declare ordetermine that municipal bylaws areinvalid, he said.

    NEB spokesperson Sarah Kileywasnt sure when the boards decisionwould be announced but said it couldbe in the next couple of weeks.

    The National Energy Board Actalready allows companies access toCrown land and private property with-out t...