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    Sacred journeysbeyond Burnaby

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    Stoney Creekstill too salty

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    Burnabys first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 Friday, October 21, 2011

    Bedbugsfound inlibrary

    The Cameron branch of theBurnaby Public Library is reopeningtoday after bedbugs were detectedthere on Monday.

    The library is having all of itsbranches inspected after dead bed-bugs were found at its main branch inMetrotown at the end of September.

    Cameron was the first branchto be inspected, and bedbugs weredetected there Monday morning.

    There were hits in a number ofareas throughout the branch, EdelToner-Rogala, chief librarian of theBurnaby Public Library, said in aphone interview Wednesday morn-ing.

    We made the decision to dealwith the problem quickly and effi-ciently.

    The branch reopened onWednesday at 10 a.m., according toToner-Rogala.

    Books in the affected areas werebagged and boxed, and sent to theMetrotown branch to be heat-treated,she said, and books that had beenverified as clean were sent over fromMetrotown.

    A pest control company wasbrought in to steam clean the furni-ture and the bookshelves, she said.

    But patrons may notice some ofthe shelves are empty at Camerontoday, Toner-Rogala added.

    The other branches in the city McGill and Tommy Douglas willalso be checked, thoughToner-Rogaladid not give a timeline for that, say-ing the detection companies are busy


    The walk of life: Burnaby parks, recreation and cultural services director Dave Ellenwood, front, leads members of theConfederation Park walking group on the new rubberized track. A grand unveiling will take place this Saturday, but people arealready marvelling at the new community amenity in North Burnaby.

    Janaya Fuller-Evansstaff reporter

    For all the recreational walkers in NorthBurnaby who got used to big puddlesand rock dust, a new rubberized trackat Confederation Park will be a welcomechange.

    When the city unveils the track onSaturday, nobody will be more proud thanBurnaby parks, recreation and cultural ser-vices director Dave Ellenwood.

    This is huge, said Ellenwood. Thepark and its facilities have been so popular

    and well-used and were so happy to beable to get this new rubberized track.

    The rubberized track, which lies on topof new asphalt and is encircled by a con-crete border, was budgeted for $620,000,but came in under budget at $560,000,according to Ellenwood.

    Ellenwood said while the old graveltrack served the community well, constantmaintenance costs were starting to grow tothe point where Burnaby councillors askedif replacing the track with a new surfacewas economically feasible.

    The cost came in at a number that peoplewere comfortable with, said Ellenwood,who added that the rubberized surfaceactually only accounted for between 20 and

    25 per cent of the final cost.Theres a Metro Vancouver water main

    thats under the track so we had to exca-vate and then put structural fill and thenasphalt. We added the concrete border andthen the rubberized surface. Its a rec-reational grade surface that will be a greatcommunity amenity.

    Also as part of the renovation is recre-ation-quality lighting more for securityand to increase community usage duringshorter light hours in the winter monthsand even some improvements near theadjacent cenotaph, including widening themain path, repaving the asphalt walks andimproving the drainage.

    Theres a new bounce in their stepsConfederation Park gets brandnew rubberized trackAlfie Laustaff reporter

    Larry Wright/burnaby now

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    Kinder Morgan is testing the waters for an expansionof the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would mean moretanker traffic in the Burrard Inlet.

    The pipeline runs oil from Alberta to Burnaby, home tothe Westridge Marine Terminal, which ships oil abroad.The 1,150-kilometre line is already twinned in some areas,but to meet rising demand, the company would have totwin more sections to increase shipping capacity. Thepipelines maximum capacity is now at 300,000 barrels aday, but the most it could handle if fully expanded is upto 700,000 barrels.

    Kinder Morgan is holding an open season from Oct.20 to Jan. 19, to figure out if shipping customers will com-mit to using an expanded pipeline.

    In some aspects, it is like a request for proposals,said Kinder Morgan spokesperson Lexa Hobenshield.We propose a package of terms for a potential expan-sion project and solicit bids from potential customers forcontracting capacity on the project. Weve been discussingthe possibility of expansion for some time now, and thisprocess is meant to formalize commitments from poten-tial customers.

    Hobenshield said the open season is not a projectannouncement, but it is an important step in movingtowards an expansion project.

    We have always said that we would not proceed witha project unless we had the commercial support of cus-tomers, she said. If we have support, our next step willbe to initiate a thorough and comprehensive consultationprocess, environmental and socio-economic assessments,etc. to develop a regulatory application.

    Hobenshield said there are indicators that the openseason will be successful.

    The most important being that we have been over-subscribed on a month-to-month basis for many monthsrunning, she added.

    Wilderness Committee spokesperson Ben West tookissue with the open season and the possibility of expan-

    sion, saying it will mean more oil tanker traffic in theBurrard Inlet and greater risks of an oil spill for Burnaby.

    The thing I find strange is they are not talking to thegeneral public. They are just asking oil companies, Westsaid. They continue to do all of this without public con-sultation.

    Ninety per cent of the gasoline in the Lower Mainlandcomes from oil products shipped via the pipeline, butWest said an expansion would mean more unrefinedproducts going overseas rather than increased local refin-ing capacity.

    According to the oil industry, pipelines are safer thantrains, trucks and tankers for transporting oil, but that stilldoesnt it well with West.

    You are talking about a whole bunch of bad ways ofmoving poison around, he said, adding we need to moveaway from our dependence on fossil fuels given the threatof climate change.

    Hobenshield said the advantages of expanding theTrans Mountain pipeline are many.

    The project has an existing footprint, capacity can beadded incrementally, which makes it cost effective. Wehave operating expertise with existing relationships alongthe pipeline and excellent response capability, she said.

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    Simon Fraser University may havemoved its salt shed further from the head-waters of Stoney Creek, but volunteerstreamkeepers still found high levels of saltthroughout the summer.

    There is more salt in the groundthan there was in the shed, said AlanJames, spokesperson for the Stoney CreekEnvironment Committee.

    The salt is used to clear snowy roads inwinter, but the runoff from the old storagearea was contaminating Stoney Creek. Theuniversity was prompted to move the shedbecause salt levels were high enough to belethal to aquatic life in some areas.

    Its still that bad, James said, referringto water quality test done by volunteersthroughout the summer.

    The results were that salt contamina-tion was increasing over the period wewere measuring, he said. Were not surewhether or not its something that hashappened around the salt shed area, orwhether its just the natural increase in saltas you would expect when theres no rainto dilute the groundwater.

    James said the old salt shed was notsealed.

    Whenever the salt got rained on, andfor many years there was no cover on it, saltdissolved and then went into the ground,

    he said.James suspects it will take 10 to 15 years

    to rid the area of salt.Even though we know its contami-

    nating the creek, there isnt going to be

    any way to turn off the salt for the creekinstantly. Thats just not going to happen,James added.

    SFU hired an environmental engineer-ing company to analyze the problem and

    come up remediation options.Stoney Creek is home to salmon and the

    Nooksack dace, an endangered minnowfound in only a handful of B.C. streams.

    No one returned calls from SFU.

    Salt in Stoney Creek concerns streamkeepersSFU salt shed moved - butsalt still leaching into creek

    Jennifer Moreaustaff reporter

    Salty:JonathanHill, avolunteerwith theStoney CreekEnvironmentCommittee,monitors thecreeks waterquality. Eventhough SFUhas movedits salt shedaway fromthe creeksheadwaters,the runoff isstill turningthe StoneyCreek salty.

    Kinder Morgan looks at expanding pipeline

    Jennifer Moreaustaff reporter

    Company holds open season in aneffort to find out if theres enoughinterest from potential clients to justifyshipping more oil through Burnaby

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    Burnaby residents will get the chanceto hear from municipal candidates at all-candidates debates being set up by com-munity groups in the next few weeks.

    Burnaby Community Connections hasorganized an all-candidates meeting onWednesday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. atStride Avenue Community School, at 7014Stride Ave., for those candidates runningfor mayor and city council.

    The organization has also set up an all-candidates meeting for those running forschool board on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6to 8:30 p.m. at the Burnaby Association

    for Community Inclusions office at 2702Norland Ave.

    The Burnaby Heights NeighbourhoodAssociation has set up an all-candidatesmeeting on Thursday, Nov. 3 at GilmoreCommunity School, 50 S. Gilmore Ave.Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and there will bea question-and-answer period from 7 to8:30 p.m.

    Topics covered will include traffic,policing, parks and recreation, Brentwoodredevelopment and density, according tothe association.

    Burnaby residents will be electing amayor, eight councillors and seven schooltrustees in the election, which takes placeon Saturday, Nov. 19.

    Dave Taylor, presidentof Branch 148 of the RoyalCanadian Legion, suggest-ed the improvements nearthe cenotaph and the citywas happy to be able to dothe work.

    Taylor and the Legion,which help organize ele-

    mentary school trackmeets,may be able to use the newtrack for those meets, butno final decisions havebeen made at this point.

    On Saturday, the officialgrand opening ceremonywill start at 10 a.m. andinclude a 10:30 a.m. com-munity walk and refresh-

    ments.The public is encour-

    aged to bring their walkingshoes and participate in thecommunity walk.

    The park and track arelocated at 240 WillingdonAve.


    because of the escalating bedbug problemin the region.

    The challenge is booking them, shesaid. The companies are very much indemand.

    This is the first time the Burnaby librar-ies have had a bedbug problem, accordingto Toner-Rogala, and protocols are beingput in place to stay on top of it.

    We do knowwe have to do these kindsof checks more frequently now, she said.

    The first bedbug was found at theMetrotown branch during the week ofSept. 19, when a reader told staff there wasa dead bug in a book. The book was put ina plastic bag, and the insect was identifiedas a bedbug.

    A pest control company was broughtin and used a sniffer dog, finding moredead bedbugs were in the thriller-mysterysection. The library decided not to issue apublic alert at that time, to avoid creating apanic, according to Deb Thomas, the man-ager of the Metrotown branch, who addedthe bugs are annoying but not dangerous.

    This time, the library put up an alertbanner about the Cameron branch on itswebsite, www.bpl.bc.ca, which stated thebranchwas closed due to bedbugs. But thatbanner had been taken off the website byWednesday, when the branch reopened.

    The banner linked to an advisory on thewebsite, which contained links with infor-mation on bedbugs and how to treat them,according to Toner-Rogala.

    Candidates debates onJanaya Fuller-Evansstaff reporter

    Bugs: Bloodsuckers in bookscontinued from page 1

    Track: Grand opening this Saturdaycontinued from page 1


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