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  • Your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! >> www.burnabynow.com

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    Burnabys first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    When Wendy Tremblay received aseemingly innocuous call from her brother-in-law George, telling her they needed tobuy bread, she was floored.

    A year ago, George didnt know howto dial a phone. To me that was mind blow-ing, she said.

    George Tremblay, who has an intellec-tual disability, is one of many people whoreceive help from the Burnaby Associationfor Community Inclusion. Hes been con-

    nected to the organization for two decades,hes learned some basic life skills howto use a phone, for instance and hesemployed in a work program where heearns somemoney. ToWendy and her hus-band Dan, the support BACI offers peoplelike George is invaluable, and local familiesare upset and worried those resources areunder threat, thanks to a funding short-fall resulting from what Burnaby MLAsdescribe as a case of bad faith bargainingfrom the provincial government.

    But the Tremblays arent the only fam-ily with serious concerns about BACI, andwhether the group is receiving proper

    funding to help what they describe as themost vulnerable people in society.

    At least five families with loved onesconnected to BACI have formed an ad hocgroup called All Families First, and they areupset at what they see as chronic under-funding on behalf of the government.

    Burnaby resident Sonya Wachowski isalso part of All Families First. Sonya hasa sister, Moordryd, who has learned tonavigate the public transit system on herown, with the help of BACI. Sonya wants afull life for Moordryd, where she can work,and share her gifts with society. But withcontinual underfunding, Sonya has serious

    concerns about BACIs staffing.Im worried that with these continued

    cuts, the staff are going to be so demoral-ized, good people are going to be lost, good people that care about my sister aregoing to leave this profession, and whatare we going to be left with? The worst casescenario is groups like BACI end up disap-pearing.

    BACIs latest funding issue is connectedto confusion around the bargaining tablewith the provincial government. Social ser-vice groups like BACI were under the

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  • Federal NDP lead-er Thomas Mulcairvisited Burnaby totalk about transitwith Mayor DerekCorrigan on Saturday.

    Corrigan describedthe meeting as veryinteresting.

    (It) was abouttransit issues, andfunding of transitand the choices forthe future, Corrigansaid, adding thatMulcair also met withNorth Vancouvermayor DarrellMussatto.

    (Mulcair) cameover to talk to meabout my take onsome of the transitissues, because theNDP is making acommitment to look-ing at an expandedfunding for publictransit across Canadaas part of their elec-tion platform.

    Mulcair said theNDP has a bill pro-posing to invest morein transit infrastruc-ture.

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    6 Opinion

    6,7 Letters

    13 Business

    15 Class Act

    26 Events Calendar

    29 Sports

    32 Classifieds

    Last weeks questionCould you live on $3.60 a day forfood?YES 24% NO 76%

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    5 Scaring up fun 11 Footlight benefit 13 Sewage to energy

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    They did the Monster Mash and we have videoPage 1

    Concerned families speakout about BACI cuts: videoPage 3

    Check out a video of thishaunted house if you darePage 5

    Synthetic Garden at DeerLake Gallery more photosPage 21

    Paper Postcards check outmore photos from the roadPage 25

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    BURNABYS MAYOR TAKES A STROLL WITH TOP NDP HONCHO THOMAS MULCAIR

    In step: From left, Thomas Mulcair, leader of the federal NDP, met with Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan to talkabout cross-Canada issues, in particular, funding for tran