Burnaby Now October 16 2013
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DESCRIPTIONBurnaby Now October 16 2013
The manhunt continues for the ren-egade dentist who practised illegallyin Burnaby and throughout the LowerMainland, as Tung Sheng (David) Wu wasfinally sentenced on Oct. 15.
Early Tuesday morning, B.C. Supreme
Court Associate Chief Justice AustinCullen sentenced Wu to three months jailtime for being in contempt of court for hisillegal dental practice. Wu has not beenpresent to any court proceeding and is stillin hiding.
He is a person without honour orregard for Canadian civil society, saidJerome Marburg, CEO of the College ofDental Surgeons of B.C. He preyed on the
vulnerable and put many peoples lives atrisk.
Last August, the court found Wu inbreach of a 2003 court order prohibitinghim from practising dentistry and issueda warrant for his arrest and a permanentinjunction.
I understand upwards of 450 peo-ple approached the health authorities,Marburg said about Wus former clients.
Thats not nearly the amount of folks hewas preying on.
The investigation and legal proceedingshas cost in excess of $140,000 to the col-lege, but that does not include the ongoingcosts, according to Marburg.
Weve got to get him first, he saidabout recovering the cost to the college.That is the problem. Weve got to find
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As you read this, families aroundBurnaby are packing their bags toget their little ones ready for musicor dance class. And we do mean little:many of them cant even walk themselvesto class, never mind carry their own bags.
Music and dance classes for babiesand toddlers arebecoming popularwith local families.Private studios andcity-run parks andrecreation programsoffer programs thatbear such namesas Mini Music andBabys First Dance.
So whats with the boom in baby arts?Arts reporter Julie MacLellan herself
the mother of a 15-month-old thoughtshed do a little investigating and find out.
As it turns out, were not on a questto turn out a new generation of babyBaryshnikovs and mini Mozarts. But we areincreasingly embracing the notion that earlyexposure to the arts is good for our kids.And it seems science is on our side.
In todays Burnaby NOW, MacLellantakes a closer look at babies, toddlers andthe arts. See pages 3 and 11.
Fun times:SarahMcPherson,aged 20months,playswith momJenniferMcPhersonduringToddlersFirst Danceclass atCameronRec Centre.The classis one ofmany localofferingsfor familieswho wantto get theirbabies andtoddlersinvolved indance andmusic earlyin life. Ina specialreporttoday,assistanteditor JulieMacLellanlooksat whatthis earlyexposure tothe arts doesfor kids.
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Hear the words dance class, and youmight envision a row of tiny balleri-nas, hair pulled back into neat buns,pink tutus and ballet slippers at the ready asthey reach for the barre with small hands.
You might not think of a room full of gig-gling, running, spinning munchkins, playingwith instruments, dancing with scarves andputting themselves through an obstacle course more often than not going off course andhaving to be steered back to the task at handby mommy or daddy.
Then again, most of these tiny dancersarent quite two years old yet. And noneof them have any idea how many benefitstheyre getting out of being here at Cameron
Recreation Centre on aMonday morning.
This is ToddlersFirst Dance, a Burnabyparks and recreationprogram taught byMarcia Jones.
It exposes littlepeople from the timetheyre confidently
walking up to age two-and-a-half to the fun-damentals of movement and music.
Its a cause near and dear to Joness heart.Shes a dancer and teacher who specializesin using movement to enhance early childhooddevelopment. And by early, she means trulyearly from infancy onwards. Long beforekids can walk, or even crawl, they can join adance class and learn, alongside their care-giver, ways to stimulate their development.
We know now, the research is showing us,early movement is crucial for the developmentof certain parts of the brain, Jones says, not-ing that the lower brain and mid-brain regionsare all developing rapidly in the early months.
Those parts of the brain really get cement-ed in the first year. The first year of life iswhen its really crucial, she says.
Ideally, she says, all children cycle through
six fundamental movement patterns as theirbrains develop and neural pathways areopened in the brain. What needs to happen foroptimum physical development, she says, isthat kids have the freedom to move throughthose patterns naturally not to be confinedin carseats, swings and bouncy chairs toomuch of the time.
They need to be able to mobilize them-selves and work it out for themselves, shesays.
Thats why she stresses independent move-ment on the floor, especially on the tummy, forthe two-month-to-crawling set in her Babys
First Dance classes.If they dont get a chance to work all those
things out in the first year, Jones says, kidsbrains are resilient: they will find a way tocompensate. But it may lead to movementthats not efficient or other problems that cropup later on.
She points out that the young brain is con-stantly forming and changing, and as thebabies move into toddlerhood like this batchof youngsters creating organized chaos in theCameron Centres Hemlock Room theyreworking hard on balance and coordination.
Its also important for toddlers to stimulatetheir vestibular systems the inner ear thatregulates the sense of balance and other pro-cesses related to movement and spatial orien-tation.
Toddlers especially like to tumble andtwirl and fall all over the place, Jones says.Theyre trying to find a way to get all the flu-ids moving in their brain.
That movement in turn helps them learn,especially for those who are kinetic learners.They need that movement to think.
Setting a solid foundation in the early yearsis important, Jones says, because the strongerthe foundation, the more naturally learningwill continue to flow.
It sets up the foundation for the rest of thechilds life, she says.
As intimidatingly academic as that maysound, Toddlers First Dance is anything but.It opens with a welcome song each child hastheir moment in the spotlight to stand up,
Building baby bodies and brainsJulie MacLellanassistant editor
First Danceclass. In thebackgroundare nanny
Kelly Pickfordand her twin2.5-year-old
Shake it: Dad Conrad Kim and two-year-old Hannah Kim enjoy Toddlers First Danceclass at Cameron Recreation Centre.
Photos by Larry Wright/burnaby now
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Dentist:manhuntcontinueshim. Weve got to get himand go from there. Yes,its cost us a lot of money, (but) were much moreupset people like this existand prey on the public.
A former patients com-plaint about Wus treat-ment sparked the initialinvestigation in late May,and the college hired a pri-vate investigator to deter-mine if the unregistereddentist was in fact illegallypractising from his homeon Southwood Street, inBurnaby.
Wu was illegally prac-tising on about 1,500 clientswho were all warned toget tested for hepatitis Bvirus, hepatitis C virus andHIV, because his practicedid not meet the collegesinfection prevention andcontrol requirements.
The college has alsocontacted Canada RevenueAgency, after it found outWu has been sending a sig-nificant amount of moneyoverseas. The agency is alsoinvestigating the case.
The judge gaveWu untilOct. 9 to appear in courtand plead his case butdelivered the sentence inhis absence on Oct. 15.
Marburg says the col-lege is renewing its plea tothe public to bring forwardany information aboutWus whereabouts.
Anyone with informa-tion on Wu is asked to callthe colleges investigatorsat 604-209-1708.
Theres no shame inhaving been a client of Mr.Wu, Marburg said. Andthere is no reason to pro-tect him or hide him. Itstime for him to be found.
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City awards Burnabywoman as local heroBurnaby has yet another
hero in its midst, and thatis Dr. Carol Matusicky,who has volunteered for35 years.
At a recent meeting,city council nominatedMatusicky to be the eighthresident to receive the LocalHeroes award.
Currently retired, shededicates her time in a vari-ety of different volunteercapacities, including beingthesecretaryof theboardforBurnaby Family Life, mem-ber of the Burnaby Boardof Trades social develop-ment committee and theimmigrant integration sub-committee, and as a mem-ber of the Burnaby EarlyChildhood DevelopmentCommittee Policy Actionteam, according to her
nomination letter.Matusicky has also sat
on many provincial min-istry task forces, as wellas national and interna-
tional advisory commit-tees and boards. The otherlocal heroes nominatedwere Verna Adamson,Georgette Leduc, Gulshan
Megji, Velma Pallen, LarrySmith, Ken Tunnicliffe andMelanie Walkus.
Its the 17th year in arow that the city has nomi-
nated local heroes. Since thefirst year, about 225 peoplehave been nominated forLocal Heroes awards. Theeight heroes are expected
to attend the Nov. 4 meet-ing where they will be rec-ognized for their variousaccomplishments.
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