Burnaby Now October 3 2012
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Burnaby residentNia Furtadohasbeen worried about the sidewalksalong Rumble Street for nearly adecade.
Thesidewalks in theareaareoftenimpassable after it rains, accord-ing to Furtado, who lives betweenPatterson and Joffre avenues.
It was the first winter after Imoved in that I realized how bad thesidewalks really were, she said. Icalled the city a few times.
Furtado moved to the area andnoticed water puddling in front ofher home and freezing over duringthe winter.
It was like an ice rink, shesaid.
He mother fell, and Furtado con-tacted the City of Burnaby again.After that, a catch for water wasinstalled in the gravel shoulder ofthe road in front of her home, tokeep water from flowing downtoward the sunken sidewalk.
But the problem is prevalentthroughout the whole neighbour-hood, she said.
These sidewalks were built backin the 50s, Furtado explained, add-ing, they just dont work now.
Traffic increases annually, shesaid, and there are three schoolson Rumble Street, with two othersnearby.
After it rains, pedestrians walk-ing on the south side of Rumble
History time:A bus from 1957 was on display during Burnaby in Motion last weekend at the Burnaby Village Museum. For morephotos, go to www.burnabynow.com to check out a gallery of the event.
Everyday heroes make a differenceNobody nobody should die alone.This is Thea Juetts personal philosophy
and the impetus behind her work with theBurnaby Hospice Society.
We are there from the time they arediagnosed, she said. We have volunteersto live in the home, we visit in the hospitals,we do vigils and sit with people as they taketheir last breath.
Juett, one of the founders of the society,
began her volunteer work with people atthe end of their lives in England when shewas 12.
Her school required that students volun-teer, and Juett chose to volunteer at her localhospital.
She ended upworking in theward for theterminally ill.
I used to read to them and bring themtea, she said. Thats really how I started.
Juett moved to Ontario in 1965 and cameto Burnaby in 1967. She worked for homesupport services as a supervisor.
I had clients who had nobody and diedat home, she said.
It was one such client that led to thefounding of the hospice society, she added.
I got called out one Christmas evening,and I sat with the worker until the doc-tor came and pronounced this gentleman,who had died all alone on Christmas Day,Juett said. I went back to my office afterChristmas and said, Weve got to do some-thing about this.
Janaya Fuller-Evansstaff reporter
Decade-long problemhas resident frustrated
Janaya Fuller-Evansstaff reporter
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A local resident is collecting signa-tures for a petition to keep regular-sizedbuses running along two routes in NorthBurnaby.
Burnaby resident Tina Poole is peevedthat TransLink switched to smaller buseson the 134 and 136 routes, which she oftenrelies on to get around the city.
The Forest Grove resident says thesmaller vehicles are often overcrowdedand leave people behind at bus stopsbecause they are full. The smaller busesare also less accessible for wheelchairs andbaby strollers, she claims.
Im more advocating on behalf of myneighbours, she said. Ive got a lot ofneighbours with mobility issues.
Poole said the changes were made inearly September.
They say its going to be permanent,but not if I can help it, she said.
TransLink spokesperson Drew Sniderconfirmed the buses on routes 134 and135 were downsized in September, butthe smaller buses are only being used onweekends, he pointed out.
TransLink made the changes as part ofa service optimization initiative, whichincluded a study of bus routes to figureout where best to use the buses.
With 134 and 136, on weekends theridership just didnt justify having a 40-foot bus, Snider said. In the fall of 2011,ridership for the routes peaked at 17 board-ings, a third of the large buses capacity, headded.
We put the bigger buses elsewhere
and replaced them with the communityshuttle buses.
The community shuttle buses havespace for 24 seats and the same numberof wheelchairs or strollers as the regular-sized buses.
According to Snider, only one personhas formally complained to TransLink
about the downsized buses, and the transitcompany keeps an eye on public feed-back.
We always monitor the situation tosee if any changes are warranted. Lookinginto the numbers and taking into accountwe can carry just as many strollers andwheelchairs, for now, it just doesnt
make economic sense to run a big bus for17 people per trip, he said.
We do log all the complaints we getabout these things, and they are taken intoconsideration.
The 134 goes to Lake City Way andBrentwood Station, while the 136 goes toLougheed Station and Brentwood Station.
Bus changes trigger petition from residentTina Poole says smaller busesare difficult for parents andpeople with disabilities
Jennifer Moreaustaff reporter
Family still waiting for dad to be movedFamilymembers of a former city council-
lor, who is floundering in BurnabyHospitalwith Alzheimers, are still waiting for theirfather to be transferred to a care facility andare questioning the decision to give himantipsychotic drugs.
Douglas Evans, now 82, served onBurnaby city council for 15 years. He wasadmitted to hospital roughly three monthsago after he became lost while out for awalk. According to his family, his healthdeteriorated while in hospital. Hes comedown with pneumonia and C. difficile,
he has lost his ability to walk, and he wasgiven three anti-psychotic drugs, includ-ing haloperidol, which is used primarily totreat schizophrenia.
We felt the anti-psychotic drugs weredoing more damage than anything, saidEvans daughter Diane.
The family was told haloperidol (alsoknown as haldol) was the best drug forcalming down a patient, but Diane saidher father was overdosed twice and wasdrugged into a stupor.
Douglas is no longer on any of the anti-psychotic medications, Diane added.
Hes been very calm since, but of coursenow he cant walk. We feel those drugs
sped up his deterioration, she said. Werefinding so many people with Alzheimersare being medicated with antipsychotics.
Diane said the family is not looking tocast blame, just questioning what seemsto be a common practice in dealing withdementia.
I want to be clear were not blamingpeople. Were not blaming the doctors orthe nurses, Diane said. Were just sayingthere has to be a better way.
Gloria Gutman, president of theInternational Network for Prevention ofElder Abuse, said shes heard many similarstories from patients advocates, and thatthe over-medication of seniors is an issue,
whether at home, in a care facility or inhospital.
The problem is sometimes peoplesbehaviour gets disturbed, or they act outwhen they are frightened, especially thosepeople who have Alzheimers or relateddementia. (They) can get somewhat agi-tated when they are afraid, when they arein strange environment, she said. (For)virtually any of us, at any age, going intohospital is a stressful process. What hap-pens is sometimes staff will misinterpretthe behaviour and prescribe tranquilizers,sedatives, anti-psychotic medication as a
Ridership: Burnaby resident Tina Poole wants to keep regular-sized buses running along two North Burnaby routes that haveswitched to smaller community shuttles. Poole is collecting signatures on a petition to have TransLink reverse the decision.
Jason Lang/burnaby now
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Street have to walk on thebusy street to avoid largepuddles, flooding and inthe winter, ice, she said.
Traffic turning fromBoundary Road andPatterson Avenue oftenspeeds through the area,with some cars ignoringthe school zone speed lim-its, she said.
While increasing trafficis an issue, Furtado said itcould be manageable.
We arent saying, makeit go away, she said of thetraffic. Were just saying,make it safer for everyoneinvolved.
Furtado said she isafraid someone will behurt or killed if pedestrianproblems in the area arentaddressed soon.
She has witnessed anumber of accidents, shesaid, including one lastJune where a car went intothe oncoming traffic laneand hit a minivan, thenwent through a fence andhit a house.
The accident occurrednear Suncrest Elementary,where students cross thestreet, she said, adding itwas luckily on a Saturday.
In 2010, Furtado andmany of her neighboursbegan expressing theirconcerns to the city inwriting, she said, addingthat they submitted a peti-tion with 120 to 130 namesof Rumble Street residentand parents of SuncrestElementary students.
City staff told residentsthat upgrades to RumbleStreet were included in thecapital construction pro-gram for 2013 to 2014, shesaid.
But last April, Furtadosaid when she called cityhall, she was told the proj-ect had been bumped to2016 to 2018.
Thats not acceptable,she said. Its just gettingworse every year.
The citys director ofengineering, Barry Davis,confirmed the upgradesare scheduled in the 2016to 2018 budget but couldntsay why the project wasmoved from the 2013 to2014 budget, as he hasonly recently taken over asdirector.
Plans of course doget reprioritized due toavailability issues, such asfunding availability, andsometimes there are other
priorities that happen tochange things, he said.In this particular circum-stance, I dont know whatwouldve dropped it from
2013/2014, but it is still inthe plan.
The budget is reviewedannually, but Davis saidhe didnt see anything that
would change the timelinefor the project again at thispoint in time. Eroding side-walks are repaired throughcapital roadworks projects,
as in this case; redevelop-ment; and cost-sharingLASPs local area serviceprograms between resi-dents and the city, he said.
The city regularlyinspects local sidewalks toensure theyre maintainedand repaired as necessary,he added
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