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    Officer Kilpatrickhas his eye on you

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    Burnabys first and favourite information source Delivery 604-942-3081 Friday, September 7, 2012


    Corrections workers joinedthe picket line outside the pro-vincial youth prison in Burnabyon Wednesday.

    Were looking for a reason-able contract, and were look-ing to keep ourselves up withthe cost of inflation. Were look-ing for a fair and equitable payraise, said Brandon Thistle, acorrections officer represented bythe B.C. Government and ServiceEmployees Union, whose con-tract negotiations with the pro-vincial government have gonesideways. We havent had araise in six years. Our talks wentoff a month and a half ago. Thejob action is a move in hopesof returning to the bargaining,Thistle said.

    According to Thistle, about100 people showed up at thepicket line throughout the day.Because of security concerns, thecorrections officers were sub-ject to an essential service order,

    so those who joined the picketdid so on their day off. Theywalked alongside striking courtclerks and sheriffs during a one-day government workers strikeacross B.C.

    In all, an estimated 27,000

    BCGEU workers walked offthe job Wednesday. They werejoined by two other unions:the Professional EmployeesAssociation and the CanadianOffice & Professional EmployeesUnion Local 378, which repre-

    sents ICBC workers.The BCGEU has not had a

    wage increase in the past twoyears and is now seeking a 3.5 percent increase plus a cost of livingallowance. The other two unionsalso want wage increases.

    Thistle, who spent the day onthe picket line after a graveyardshift at the prison, is hoping thegovernment will return to the bar-gaining table.

    And lets hope we go to medi-ation on a fair contract, he said.

    On the picket line: Strike captain Brandon Thistle on the picket line outside the provincial youth prison in Burnaby. Correctionsofficers, like Thistle, were subject to an essential service order, but some came out on their day off.

    Workershit bricksfor a dayJennifer Moreaustaff reporter

    Larry Wright/burnaby now

    City MP backs Chevrons case for oil supplyMayor Derek Corrigan and Burnaby-

    Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart will havea say at a National Energy Board hear-ing, as the local Chevron refinery pleadsits case for priority access to oil comingdown Kinder Morgans Trans Mountain

    pipeline.As an intervenor, you get to present

    your evidence, you get to cross-examineall the other intervenors, and you makea closing statement, said Stewart. Myhope is the National Energy Board willgrant Chevrons application because Ithink we need to keep this refinery open,and I really think if they arent granted this

    status, theres a good chance theyll close,and I dont think we can afford this in theLower Mainland.

    Chevron provides about a third of theLower Mainlands gasoline, and Stewartthinks the refinerys closure would leavethe region more susceptible to priceshocks. Stewart also wants to questionChevron about the communitys environ-

    mental concerns regarding the refinerysongoing oil seep and emissions.

    Im thinking if Chevron is grantedthis priority designation to get guaranteedflow of oil, there may be some cost savingsfor them. Im hoping the money they savewill be put into raising the environmental

    Jennifer Moreaustaff reporter

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    With school back in session, whatbetter time is there to reminddrivers to slow down, andBurnabys David Kilpatrick has a story ortwo to explain why. Officer Kilpatrick,is a well-known character around Burnabyschools. Hes been with the city for 31years, and for 12 of those, hes worked as

    a bylaw enforce-ment officer mostlyat local elementary,secondary and inde-pendent schools.At 6-6, dressedin uniform, oftenwearing a reflectivejacket, hes an easilyrecognizable figurewith parents. He

    has a friendly disposition towards whatsoften an emotionally charged issue. I firstmet Dave years ago, when he was salvag-ing some old wood from my dads lawnin Burnaby. Dave collects old types ofinteresting and rare wood for woodwork-ing projects in his free time, when hes notcanoeing. He was writing a ticket, whenthe Burnaby NOW caught up with him onthe phone Wednesday.

    Jennifer: Hi Dave, how are you?Dave: I am fine. Im looking forward to


    J: Tell us a bit about yourself and whatyou do?

    D: Sure, Im 55 years old this October.Ive lived in British Columbia since 1962. Icame from Quebec. I deal with all kinds ofissues throughout the city. When schoolsare closed, I do general enforcement workall over the city. I focus primarily on theelementary schools.

    J:What are the worst driving habits yousee around schools?

    D: Everything from distracted driv-ing, talking on cell phones. Basically it allcomes down to one thing: they are in toomuch of a hurry. Speed is a concern, andpeople are under stress. They tend to gettunnel vision when they are trying to gettheir kids to school. Afternoons tend tobe worse. Parents in the afternoon tendto come early. They look for curb spaceand want to stay until the child comes. It(creates congestion) aside from tempersflaring from driveways being blocked, andrisking rear-end collisions if they are rear-end parked if they are waiting to pick upa child.

    J:Whats your advice to counteractthat?

    D: One program is the walking schoolbus. Parents look at days they are availableto escort children. You may have one par-ent on one day, escorting 12 kids to school.

    J: So you have parents taking turns

    walking kids to school?D: Yes.

    J:Which schools are the worst for trafficproblems?

    D: We have possibly thebiggest elementary schoolin Western Canada inBurnaby, that is MarlboroughElementary. Because of thepopulation and the size of theschool, because its a Frenchimmersion school, parentscome from further away, andits surrounded by arterialroads. Then you get childrenfiltering between cars, insteadof using the crosswalks, whichis so dangerous.

    J: In your many years doingthis job, have there been anyfatalities or close calls?

    D: Second Street School had a childknocked down in the crosswalk with amarked signal. (It was) a car coming offthe flanking street. (It) was also a student

    going to a secondary school who struckthe child on the marked crosswalk. Thechild sustained minor injuries but wasshaken up. Nelson Elementary had twokids hit in a marked crosswalk. In one

    case, the mother was one ortwo steps behind her child andwatched her child get hit.

    This one is burned into mybrain: when you see some-thing thats horrific, it leavesa certain feeling from within.I was at Windsor ElementarySchool, probably about eightor nine years ago, school hadgotten out. They have a mid-block cross walk on Imperial there was an adult cross-ing guard that was standingon the school side (who)didnt see this child runningout of the school grounds,

    and we were both shocked. The crossingguard screamed stop as the little guystopped in the middle of the road. Therewas a mini van doing close to 50 miles anhour. The mirror missed the childs head

    by less than a foot. The child would havesustained fatal or serious injuries if thatvan had struck him.

    J:What about non-school days?D: I know one case where a child was

    struck and killed. Its my understandingthey ran out from (behind) a parked carwhen it was raining. The vehicle struckthem. When a child comes out frombehind a parked car, its so inherently dan-gerous. Not only can the child not see thecar coming, the driver cant see the child.The child was from 12th Avenue school. The principal was almost in tears when wewere talking about it.

    J:Whats the solution to make trafficsafer around schools? Whats your bestadvice for drivers?

    D: If the parents do have to drive toschool, they have alternatives to parking infront of the school. They can park a blockaway and walk to the school. Part of thechallenge with what I do around school

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    Playing it safe: Dave Kilpatrick is a bylaw enforcement officer with the city. He spends a lot of time around local schools,ensuring traffic is safe for children. With class back in session, Kilpatrick has a few words of advice to keep the roads safe.

    Larry Wright/burnaby now

    ON MY BEATJennifer Moreau

    Speed is a con-cern, and peopleare under stress.They tend to gettunnel visionwhen they aretrying to get theirkids to school.DAVID KILPATRICKBylaw officer

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