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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

    Funding shortfall frightens families

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    Families Page 3

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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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    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

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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 transit infrastructure.

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    impression that the provincial governmentwould fund a three per cent wage increase fortheir employees.

    But after the contract was signed, the organi-zations learned they would have to find savingsout of their own budget, without cutting services,to cover the wage increase.

    For people like Wendy and Sonya, its justmore erosion of an already underfunded resourcethey rely on to help their loved ones.

    The families are reaching out to other familiesand are considering approaching the govern-ment, once the provincial legislature is back insession.

    OnMonday, All Families First visited BurnabyNDP MLAs Jane Shin, Kathy Corrigan and RajChouhan to discuss their concerns.

    I dont think its a communication prob-lem, its a classic case of bad-faith bargaining,Chouhan told the NOW.

    To get involved, email aallfamiliesfirst@gmail.com. (Note that all is intentionally spelled withtwo As.)

    For a longer version of this story, see our websiteat www.burnabynow.com.

    Families: Funding a major concernFamilyties:WendyTremblay isconcernedfor herbrother-in-law George,who getshelp fromthe BurnabyAssociationforCommunityInclusion,which isnow facinga fundingshortfall.

    continued from page 1

    Burnaby NOW Wednesday, October 30, 2013 A03

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    Fright nights: Francesco Quarto, in the midst of his familys annual NorthBurnaby Halloween display, which attracts hundreds of spectators every year. Thisyear, the Quartos have created a haunted house, complete with ghoulish charactersthat spring to life. Admission is free, but the Quartos accept donations for the B.C.Childrens Hospital.

    No ghouls left undisturbedfor fright night in this home

    Families looking for a good fright onHalloween night should not miss the spec-tacular display in North Burnaby.

    Every year, Francesco Quarto and hisfather, Tony, put on an extravagant dis-play at the family home that attracts hun-dreds of spectators.

    The annual tradition startedwith a display in front of thehouse, but Francesco has alsocreated a haunted house in theback.

    This years display includes amyriad of horrid attractions, fromsevered heads, to devilish charac-ters, and ghouls that come alivearound every dark corner.

    Its frightening, excitingandveryevent-ful, Francesco said. Were all excited. Itsthe one night weve all been waiting for.Thats the one night we have to put ona show. Its a frightening experience, butits good.

    The more family-friendly display atthe front of the home features two tomb-stones that were used on a movie set, andFrancesco describes them as heavy dutyand realistic. Theres also a 12-foot scare-crow with eyes that light up.

    Behind the home, the Quartos have cre-ated the haunted house as a fully enclosed,covered structure, so the show can go on,rain or shine. The wood-framed hauntedhouse measures roughly 1,200 square feet,and the walls are covered in black paper.

    The space is filled with gory, horror-inspired props, a torture chamber, a pris-on, and a room with a Friday the 13ththeme. The Quartos also have a crew of

    roughly eight or nine actors,who help animate the display,but theres no touching of thespectators, so you wont haveto worry about some devilish

    character grabbing your anklesin the dark.

    Francesco recommends kidsbe at least 12 to 13 years old to go

    through the haunted house display at theback of the home.

    We want people to have fun, but wedont want to terrify a child for the rest oftheir life, he said.

    The Quartos have been running thedisplay for about seven years, and forthe past three, theyve added a charitabletwist.

    I said, You know, while we are hav-ing fun, why dont we raise money for

    Haunted Page 8

    Jennifer Moreaustaff reporter

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    Burnaby NOW Wednesday, October 30, 2013 A05

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