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    RCMP are turning to the publicfor help piecing together who wasbehind a violent altercation outsidea bowling alley in Burnaby earlySunday morning.Investigators believe two parties

    got into a fight outside REVS bowl-ing on Lougheed Highway over ataxi cab around 1:30 a.m. on Sept.27.The fight quickly escalated andshots were fired, injuring a 20-year-old man who was standing nearby.The Burnaby RCMP is ex-

    tremely concerned about the vio-lent nature of this incident. It tookplace in a busy parking lot outside apopular entertainment centre overwhat is believed to be a dispute overa taxi ride, Staff Sgt.Maj. JohnBuis told reporters at a press con-ference onMonday.Police wouldnt say much about

    the victim, but they confirmed hewas taken to hospital and is expect-ed to make a full recovery.As for suspects, its believed the

    groups fled the scene quickly. Onevehicle seen leaving the scene lostits licence plate, which police re-covered. Investigators are nowsearching for the registered vehicle a 2011 dark-colouredMaseratiGranTurismo.We are also appealing to wit-

    nesses at the scene who took cell-phone video to please turn that vid-eo over to the police, Buis said.The video footage will help in-

    vestigators identify suspects, Buisadded. Its unknown at this timewhether the two parties knew each

    SILENTSTATEMENTMore than60Burnaby firefighters stageda sit-in atMondaynights city councilmeeting to sendamessage: theywantanewcontract.The firefightershavebeenwithout a contract for nearly four years. After a failedattemptatmediation, thedispute is heading toarbitration. PHOTOCORNELIANAYLOR





    More than 60 firefighterssporting bright yellowT-shirtsthat read We support those whosupport usmarched into councilchambers onMonday.They went there to send a mes-

    sage to city council that enoughis enough they want a new con-tract now.The City of Burnaby and the

    firefighters union have been try-ing to negotiate a new contractfor more than a year.After afailed mediation session last Feb-ruary, the parties chose to meet

    again for arbitration.It took nearly six months to

    choose an arbitrator the city andthe union could agree on, butbecause of the arbitrators busyschedule, its unlikely the twoparties will meet for arbitrationbefore June 2016 a glum pros-pect for a union thats been with-out a contract since 2011, saidRob Lamoureux, president of theInternational Association of Fire-fighters Local 323, which repre-sents 281 firefighters in Burnaby.Were the third biggest local in

    the province and still dont have(a contract), he said.Mondays silent sit-in at city

    council was organized to showcity council the firefighters arefed up with what Lamoureux be-lieves is a city council and mayorwho are deliberately stalling ne-gotiations between city staff andthe union.I think it showed our solidar-

    ity, our support. It showed ourmembers are engaged to want tocome in on their own time to dothis, just to let mayor and councilknow its been 1,366 days todaywithout a collective agreement,and counting, Lamoureux saidafter Monday nights meeting.Councillors and staff looked

    surprised when the firefighters

    abruptly entered council cham-bers just as a public meeting wasgetting underway.After the initialshock, however, the meeting wenton as scheduled.Mayor Derek Corrigan was

    away on holidays and instead,Coun.NickVolkow led the meet-ing as acting mayor.It didnt make a difference to

    me. Oh sure, it would have beengreat for the mayor to be there,but I think were very happy howthings went. Our message wassent, Lamoureux said.Across the province, more than

    30 fire departments haveContinuedonpage4


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    If you ask principalHalWall, the biggest sto-ry of Morley Elementa-ry Schools 60-year historyisnt that Michael J. Fox wasa student there.For him, its the way the

    school has evolved to meetthe needs of students in aneighbourhood that hasseen dramatic change.The school, which cele-

    brates its 60th anniversaryon Friday with a communi-ty carnival, first opened itsdoors in 1955 in a brand-new subdivision, full ofwhite, middle-class familiesand a lot of young, Baby-Boom children, accordingto Morley alumna HeatherCrichton.

    Crichton was at theschool the day it opened going into Grade 4 in MissLewiss class.In the 70s and 80s, her

    two sons went to the school,and two of her grandchil-dren are students there now.It wasnt as big as what it

    is now,Crichton said of theschool in her day. It wasprobably just grades 1 to6, and we each had a class-room.While the Morley grew,

    the demographics hadntchanged much by the timeWall, the current princi-pal, attended there a few de-cades later.When we first started,

    we were all Caucasian, aswere so many schools,Wallsaid.The first Asian student

    he remembers seeing at the

    school was in his youngerbrothers class.It was so unusual, even

    though the child spoke Eng-lish,Wall said.Today,Morleys student

    population could hardlybe more diverse or moredifferent from what it wasthen.Now, I would say, about

    95 per cent of our popula-tion learns a language oth-er than English as their firstlanguage,Wall said.And language isnt the

    only challenge many of to-days Morley students face.We have a lot of refu-

    gees,Wall said. Last yearI think we had about 60 ei-ther current or former refu-gees out of a population ofabout 135.Fifteen years ago, what-

    ever the school was doingwasnt working with thisnew demographic.Morley saw about 150

    suspensions a years, accord-ing toWall.These days, he said, there

    are about five.According toWall, things

    changed after former Mor-ley principal Steve Cairnswent to the district for helpand started working withdistrict counsellor Bev Ogil-vie.She said, Its about at-

    tachment; its about rela-tionships.Wall said, Andthat is the biggest storyabout Morley.Since then, the school has

    focused on building rela-tionships in the neighbour-hood, andMorleys 60thanniversary celebrations willbe no exception.This is to build and

    strengthen communityties,Wall said. The stron-ger families are tied to theirschool, the more successfulkids are.The approach seems to

    be working for at least onefamily thats been tied to theschool from the very begin-ning.My grandsons seem to

    think its a good school,said Crichton.

    Morleys 60th anniversarycelebrations featuring vin-tage photos andmemorabiliafrom the schools past, carni-val games, concession, raffle,

    dunk tank, nail booth, hairstriping and a chance tomeetwith former students andstaff take place at the school(7355Morley St.) from 4 to

    7:30 p.m.onOct. 2.As for the schools most

    famous alumnus MichaelJ. Fox wont be on hand inthe flesh, but he has signed

    some memorabilia for theschool to raffle off.For info, visit morley.

    sd41.bc.ca or call the schoolat 604-664-8774.

    Thenandnow:TwogroupsofMorleyElementarySchoolGrade1 studentspose for classphotos. Picturedat the top is the schools firstGrade1class 60years ago.Below isMs. JarvissGrade1class this year. Third fromthe left in theback row is LucasCrichton,whosegrandmotherHeatherCrichton startedat the school inGrade4on the first day it opened its doors in 1955. PHOTOSCONTRIBUTED


    Gilmore CommunitySchool celebrates 100 yearsthis week with a two-dayopen house.Families, alumni and

    community members can

    visit to check out displays,pictures, artifacts and stu-dent displays of the histo-ry of Gilmore and Burnabyover the last century.The school is inviting ev-

    eryone to meet up with oldfriends and staff membersand walk the halls of thenewly renovated brick-stylebuilding.The open house will run

    onThursday and Friday(Oct. 1 and 2), from 4 to8 p.m. at the school (50 S.Gilmore Ave.).Alumni are encouraged

    to attend Friday, when the

    grandson of Gilmores firstprincipal, Stanley Griffiths,will make a special presen-tation of the original schoolhand bell to the currentschool staff.

    For more information,visit gilmore.sd41.bc.ca orthe Gilmore Celebrates 100Facebook page.

    Cornelia Naylor

    Communityschoolmarksacentury inthecity

    Morley Elementary has seen a great deal of change in the 60 years it has served an evolving neighbourhood

    Thestrongerfamiliesaretied to their

    school, themoresuccessfulkidsare.

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    ratified new contracts, mostwith the annual 2.5 per centwage increase over fouryears that Lamoureux wantsfor Burnaby, but he said thecity wont agree.Were fine with the

    terms and wages that areout there, he said, addingthe city wants them to giveup some things in exchangefor the pay raise.What thosethings are, Lamoureuxwouldnt say.But the city sees things a

    little differently.Coun. Paul McDonell

    told theNOW prior toMondays meeting thatmuch of the delay was be-cause the firefighters unionwouldnt negotiate with thecity. He said the union de-layed bargaining, letting thecontract sit in limbo.They waited and waited

    until others (locals) settled,so it was almost three yearsbefore they even came tothe table, he said. Its notunusual. Sometimes you getcontracts settled, sometimesyou dont, and if you cant,then theres a way under thelabour code that you canhave it settled.

    When asked about the al-legation that city counciland the mayor are purpose-ly delaying the negotiations,McDonell said theyre to-tally false.Bargaining is a two-way

    street, and weve reached animpasse, and they went tomediation, and the media-tor was unable to break thedeadlock and suggested wego to arbitration, he added.While neither party would

    say what the sticking pointsare,McDonell said the cityis open to an eight-year con-tract to catch up.But until a contract is ar-

    bitrated, firefighters contin-ue to work in limbo, whichhas left many feeling frus-trated and disappointed,Lamoureux said.Ill be honest.Theres

    tough days at work with themorale, and I think theyrefeeling like theyre kind of

    underappreciated, and theyreally just cant understandwhy our employer, our city,our mayor and council inparticular, dont think thatwere worth what other de-partments are worth, andthey want us to accept less,work for less to be a Burn-aby firefighter, which wethink is unacceptable, headded.Both parties will now

    have to agree on the datesfor arbitration, which isquickly becoming anoth-er contentious issue for thecity and union.Lamoureux said the

    union thinks only one day isnecessary, considering howlong it took other locals atthe arbitration table.But Lambert Chu, the

    deputy city manager and li-aison for the Burnaby FireDepartment, said the citywants to err on the side ofcaution and book two days,just in case the arbitrationruns long.In the meantime, Chu

    said, the city is open to be-ing put on a cancellation listin case any other dates be-come available before nextsummer.

    When firefighters and thecity finally do come togetherwith the arbitrator, the deci-sion will be binding.

    Its just a process you gothrough. Sometimes its likemarriage.You agree whenyou have a dispute and

    sometimes you have to goto counselling,McDonellsaid.


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    Hastings Street has thefeel of a highway, runningthrough Burnabys mostpedestrian-oriented neigh-bourhood, the Heights.The two different func-

    tions a major thorough-fare with buses, trucks andcommuters rushing in andout ofVancouver, alongsidea walkable shopping district make Hastings Street inBurnaby a conflicted area,according to a study re-leased by Slow Streets.The study, conducted by

    theVancouver-based urbandesign and planning group,suggests some solutions forthe neighbourhood that is atodds with itself.Burnaby Heights itself

    features a lot of the great el-ements of a very good retail-oriented streetscape, Sam-uel Baron, one of the studysauthors, told theNOW.But we knew that this pos-sibility and the quality ofthat retail and street-orient-ed space was underminedby the fact that over 30,000vehicles travel through thatarea per day. Its essential-ly trying to do two things atonce.The study pointed to the

    HOV lanes during peakhours as a particular issue,with noise reaching 78dB(equivalent to garbage dis-posal) on the south sidewhen parking is removedand the HOV lane is in use.The study offered poten-

    tial solutions to managingissues such as noise levels,proximity to moving vehi-cles, and the amount of traf-fic in the area.Managing parking on and

    around Hastings Street was

    one suggestion, particularlymaking sure parking is well-marked, the study stated.Lowering the speed lim-

    it to 30 kilometres per hourinstead of 50, as well as cre-ating thinner traffic lanes,would reduce noise and cre-ate more space for the side-walk and patio areas alongHastings Street, the studyadded.Traffic calming mea-sures would need to be in-troduced in the neighbour-hood to prevent rat running.Maximizing side streets

    was another suggestion, withsome side streets as pedes-trian-only zones, with retailand outdoor space.

    In the short term, theopening of the EvergreenSkyTrain line may reducesome of the traffic that usesHastings Street as an East-West connector, accordingto Baron.Baron and his co-au-

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