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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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    Projects tied to communitybenefit bonus policy

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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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    Last weeks questionAre you concerned about doctorshand-washing habits?YES 68% NO 32%

    This weeks questionDo you support the new tougherpenalties for distracted driving inB.C.?Vote at: www.burnabynow.com

    5 Court date set for mayor 9 Open house this weekend 14 Donations still needed

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    Watch a trailer for Hafu: themixed-race experience ofJapan, playing at the NikkeiCentre on SaturdayPage 17

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    NEWSBreak-ins a problem forresidents

    OPINIONEditors view on SylviaGungs mayoral bidand subsequent mediacoverage

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    VOTESBurnaby

    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 andmaintenance costs are high.

    Most of the departments big-ticket items, including fire trucks,command vehicles and ladder trucks,are on a 15-year lifecycle that deter-mines when the vehicles need tobe replaced. The lifecycles are dic-tated by government guidelines andindustry standards, and once thedepartment determines a vehicle hasreached its end, it is sold at an auctionfor a small profit.

    The department prepares to pur-chase new vehicles years in advanceso when the time comes, they donthave to go to city council asking for moremoney, McDonald said.

    Every year, the department saves about$300,000 to $400,000 for future equipmentcosts. The funds are divided by the financedepartment into accounts for vehicles andgear to ensure theres enough money available

    down the road.The money sits in those accounts until we

    need to repurchase, he said. Its tough to goback to council, or the public for that matter,and say, Oh by the way we need a new firetruck, we need a million dollars. We have allthat money sitting and ready to go when our

    trucks are due for replacement.The department typically pur-

    chases one new vehicle each year.This year, the department bought anew ladder truck, and a new com-mand vehicle is scheduled for nextyear, McDonald said.

    But when it comes to staffing, thedepartment has been hiring fewerand fewer recruits because therehave been fewer retirements in thepast few years, McDonald said.

    Were actually in the end of agreat big group that was hired back

    in 1979. Theyre kind of ending their 35 years,so most of those people are actually alreadyretired, he said.

    Nine recruits were hired in 2012 while onlysix were hired in 2013. This year, the depart-ment hired seven new recruits and next year,

    #whyIvote

    So why do you vote?Burnaby residents have been weighing in with their

    #whyIvote thoughts on Twitter and Facebook and inresponse to a reader survey on our website.

    Heres what some of them have to say so far:

    Independents join the council fray

    Calm waters ahead for fire service

    Jacob Zinnstaff reporter

    Mary-Ann Gordon:People fight and die for the privilege of hav-

    ing a say in selecting the governing body Whywould I dishonour them by not voting?

    mark @mtopy14:I vote for my daughters future and I vote cause I

    love the city of Burnaby.

    survey respondent:Want my say in the happenings of Burnaby.

    So what about you? Share your #whyIvote and #bbyelxnthoughts with us. Find us on Twitter at @BurnabyNOW_newsor on Facebook, www.facebook.com/BurnabyNOW.

    Costs for Burnaby FireDepartment are on the decline,according to annual reportCayley Dobiestaff reporter

    Doug McDonaldfire chief

    Fire Page 5

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    people, and they use noservices. I am not keen (on)oil in the harbour anymorethan anyone else is, but thisport is a federal jurisdictionthats meant to ship out thecountrys goods, includingpetroleum products, hesaid.

    Harris also claimedCorrigans opposition tothe Kinder Morgan expan-sion could encourage moreoil transportation by rail.

    They dont needanybodys approval toship more oil by rail. Theapprovals are already inplace, and thats what hesencouraging, Harris said.Id like to see them goahead with the KinderMorgan pipeline. Its by farthe safest thing to do.

    Harris seemed some-what dismissive of climatechange, stating he dis-agreed the science is settled,although NASA states 97per cent of climate changescientists agree globalwarming is happening andhumans are to blame.

    Theres too muchalarmists t u f f , Ha r r i ss a i d .We l la d a p t ,a n da fewm o r et a n k -ers willmake itout ofthe har-

    bour. It will get there any-way, and this is the safestplace to ship it out.

    Kinder Morgan wants toexpand the TransMountainpipeline, increasing vol-umes nearly three-fold,from 300,000 barrels of oilper day to 890,000. Themove would increase tank-er traffic on the BurrardInlet from roughly fivetankers a month to 34.

    According to KinderMorgan, the current pipe-line contributes $7 mil-lion annually in tax rev-enue to Burnaby, while theexpansion is expected tobring in $13 million. LastNovember, Kinder MorganCanada president IanAnderson told the BurnabyBoard of Trade the compa-ny would prioritize hiringlocally whenever possibleand that there would beopportunities for Burnabycontractors, but the data hepresented showed most ofthe jobs would not be localhires.

    The Burnaby workforcewould peak at about 600jobs, but there would onlybe an estimated 50 perma-nent post-construction jobsin all of B.C., according toAnderson.

    Burnaby Board of Tradepresident Paul Holden said

    his organization has not yettaken a stance on the pipe-line, although the boarddoes have commenter sta-tus for the National Energy

    Board hearing.The board put together

    a task force on the issueand met with roughly10 stakeholder groups to

    come up with a statementfor the hearing. Holdensaid a position has yet tobe reviewed and approvedby the board, but it should

    be ready fairly soon.The City of Burnaby

    recently conducted its ownpoll, through Insights Westand found opposition to the

    expansion was growing,from 61 per cent in June to68 per cent in September.

    Follow Jennifer Moreauon Twitter, @JenniferMoreau

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    Pipeline: Its by far the safest thing to do, says marina owner

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