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    Burnabys first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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    Whos going to pay for our hospitals?

    The longtime president of a local mari-na is coming out in favour of the KinderMorgan pipeline expansion, the number 1issue for Burnaby residents in the upcom-ing civic election.

    Formore than twodecadesDavidHarrishas been president of Reed Point Marina,on the boundary between Burnaby andPort Moody, and he says theres supportin the business community for the pipelineexpansion.

    Most business people I talk to arenot in agreement with (Burnaby mayorDerek) Corrigan or (Gregor) Robertson,the mayor of Vancouver, because they arenot business people. They dont recognizethat they need businesses to produce taxrevenue, he told the NOW. Whos goingto pay for our hospitals or our schools?Not more government employees.

    Reed argued theres no better tax rev-enue than that which comes from resourceindustries.

    They get huge tax dollars from these Pro pipeline: David Harris, president of Reed Point Marina, supports the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion as a way tobring more tax revenue to the city and avoid shipping by rail.

    Pro-pipeline businessmanblasts Mayor Corriganfor his stance on resourcedevelopment in the city

    Jennifer Moreaustaff reporter

    Events centre, arena proposed for Burnaby

    A handful of ambitious new facilitiesmay soon be popping up in Burnaby, fol-lowing councils approval of amendments

    to the citys community benefit bonuspolicy.

    On Monday, council made some chang-es to the policy, such as expanding theareas for location of amenities, prioritizingprojects and pooling funds gathered fromeach of the town centres to be spent in allof the citys quadrants.

    Furthermore, a presentation to coun-cil listed a half-dozen proposed proj-

    ects, including a performance and eventscentre in Metrotown, a new communi-ty centre in Brentwood, a public spacealong Willingdon between Brentwoodand Burnaby Heights, a new Edmondsarena, and replacement of the CameronRecreation Centre and library.

    I think that the linear public parkconnection is one that does show a dif-ferent way of thinking about planning a

    city, said Mayor Derek Corrigan, not-ing that walking facilities are among themost well-received projects by citizens.Weve acquired land for road, and nowwere looking at converting that land to, inessence, another urban trail.

    To date, the citys amenity bonus fundhas brought in $154 million for communitybenefits, and Coun. Colleen Jordan noted

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  • Four independents may bevying for the mayors chair,but thats not the only seatbeing eyed by partyless candi-dates.

    Former TEAM Burnaby can-didates Jeff Kuah and Tom Taohave thrown their hats into thering, announcing they are eachrunning for council. In the lastelection, Kuah ran for schoolboard under the TEAM banner,while Tao was the partys may-oral candidate.

    Prior to the 2011 elec-tion, Kuah ran for mayor inVancouver in 2008. He also ranas a B.C. Liberal for the Burnaby-

    Edmonds riding in the 2013 pro-vincial election.

    Hes giving municipal politicsanother go, riding on the 1750srevolutionary slogan No taxa-tion without representation.

    The people are sick and tired

    of this majority in Burnaby, andI need to give them my leader-ship, he said. I just want tobring the revolution, thats it. Imthat kind of guy.

    Kuah, an educa-tor and recruitmentofficer in B.C., saidhe decided to runfor council instead ofschool board becausehe feels he can domore for Burnabyresidents on council.

    In addition to hisrun for mayor threeyears ago, Tao ranagainst Corrigan forthe same spot in 2005 and alsoran as a councillor in 2002 and2008. The NOW was unable to

    reach Tao for comment regardinghis current run, but his bio on theCity of Burnabys website stateshe demands transparency andaccountability.

    Last time around,TEAM garnered 16.5per cent of the may-oral vote, 30.5 percent of the councilvote and 22.9 per centof the school boardvote.

    Kuah and Tao willbe on the Nov. 15 bal-lot, running againstcouncil candidatesfrom the incumbent

    Burnaby Citizens Associationand the opposing Burnaby FirstCoalition.

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    Jeff Kuahcouncil hopeful

    Tom Taocouncil hopeful

    Costs are slightly decreasing for the firedepartment, according to its 2013 annualreport.

    The report, which was released last month,indicates the department is doing a solid jobof keeping costs down while maintaining itslevel of service the City of Burnaby. Last year,the department cost citizens more than $35million or about $153 per capita, down $10per capita from the previous year, which sawthe departments net expenditures total morethan $37 million.

    Fire chief DougMcDonald credits the slightdecrease to the departments tracking of itsfinances in order to stay within, if not under,the budget handed down by city council.

    It is public expenditures and we do getscrutinized for it, so were very tuned into ourmoney and making sure that were providingas good a service as we can for what we have,

    he said.In general, major expenditures for the

    department include new vehicles, gear andequipment. One of the ways the departmentkeeps costs down is by keeping its vehiclesoff the road as much as possible, as fuel andmaintenan