SNAP (SurreyNatural AreasPartnership)employee ChelseaEnslow, along withstaff from SHaRP(Salmon HabitatRestorationProgram), removesinvasive spartinagrass from MudBay on Wednesdayafternoon. Theremoval of theinvasive plantshelps restore thehabitat for localand migratorybirds that utilizethe area.
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Incinerators get early OK
by Kevin Diakiw
A PLAN TO
build controversial waste-to-energy incinerators in the regionhas been endorsed by Metro Vancouver’s Waste Committee.Te 14-member committee gathered Wednesday to weigh the pros andcons o waste-to-energy by way o a large incinerator.Te construction o the $470-million newwaste-to-energy plant in the region is the com-mittee’s preerred option to deal with up to500,000 tonnes o additional garbage per yearthat can’t otherwise be recycled.Te decision comes at the end o a long andtumultuous public process, and will go to theMetro Vancouver board next week.Metro recently wrapped up the 60-day publicconsultation process, where the public over-whelmingly supported initiatives to reduce andrecycle garbage.However, the notion o burning the waste that can’t be recycled got acooler response, both rom the public and politicians.Opposition to incineration was hot in the Fraser Valley, particularly inAbbotsord, where ears o damage to the airshed caused concern.On Wednesday, director and Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said hespeaks rom a unique perspective as his is the only city with an incinerator.Corrigan supported the waste-to-energy proposal and said it should becreated in the Metro region.“I have not received any complaints rom our community (about incin-eration),” Corrigan told the committee.Director Wayne Wright agreed, stating he lives right on the air path o the Burnaby incinerator.“It’s not our job to get re-elected by not doing the right thing,” saidWright, mayor o New Westminster.Vancouver’s Heather Deal said it’s time to evolve, using conversion tech-nologies rather than incineration.She believes there are fnancial benefts toconversions that create other uels that canbe sold.White Rock Coun. Mary-Wade Andersonsaid there’s been an overreaction to incinera-tion.“In fve years, we will be laughing at theconcerns that we had,” Anderson said.Surrey’s Linda Hepner supported theincineration idea, but didn’t rule out puttingthe acility outside the region.“I discount the argument that we need to look aer our own garbage,”Hepner said. “We’re looking at a commodity.”Now that the concept o a local incinerator has been supported by thecommittee, the Metro Vancouver board will vote on it Friday, July 30.From there, it goes to the provincial ministry o the environment. Teminister has the option o approving it, amending it and approving it, orsending it back to the board with recommended changes.
by Dan Ferguson
is puzzled by theecision to close the Surrey Veteransairs Service Centre.Te Surrey resident, an 82-year-ld decorated army major, oundut a ew days ago when he went inor a medical review o his disability.Robertson, who picked up someshrapnel in one knee during theSecond Word War, likes the con-venience o the Surrey location on7337 137 St., where parking is reend easy to fnd.He was disturbed to see the signannouncing the o ce would be“relocating”on Sept. 20 to605 RobsonSt. in the hearto downtownVancouver,where thetravel time or veterans likeRobertson,who lives onthis side o theFraser River,will be much longer.While Veterans Aairs compen-sates clients or bus and parkingcharges, it’s still “bloody inconve-nient,” Robertson commented.“I couldn’t understand why thiso ce is being closed at a time whenwe’re creating more and more vete-rans with more and more problems,”he added. “I can’t see the point o it.”Ed Cheung, the acting districtdirector in the Vancouver VeteransAairs o ce, said the Surrey o ceis being merged with Vancouverto improve e ciency. He said thedowntown o ce has new responsi-bilities, including an initiative orhomeless veterans and responsibility or northern B.C. and the Yukon.Cheung said service levels willnot be hurt.“We’re just a phone call away.”
Metro Vancouver committee endorses burning garbage
Shortreed has been through two operations so ar, one toremove healthy teeth aer one doctor thought they might becontributing to her constant pain.It didn’t help.Te other procedure was an unsuccessul attempt tounclog her sinuses with a dierent kind o surgical proce-dure. It didn’t work, either.Te intense pressure build-up in her skull creates cripplingheadaches that have le Shortreed unable to work. At times,she said she has been reduced to lying on a couch in a dark-ened living room while her youngest son, who still lives withher, takes care o her, even cooking her meals.By her estimate, Shortreed has had 10 X-rays, as many C scans and three MRIs since 2008. Painul are-ups haveresulted in dozens o trips to the ER at Surrey MemorialHospital. She has made the rounds o other doctors only to be told that the best choice or the delicate surgery sherequires is the specialist at St. Paul’s.Te private clinic the specialist suggested he will not takepayments, Shortreed said, and most o the people she knowsdon’t have that kind o money. She was recently widowedand her husband’s modest estate has been tied up by aninteramily legal dispute.Dr. Robert Irvine, Head o the Division o Otolaryngol-ogy at St. Paul’s hospital, said the three-year wait is the resulto a severe backlog.Tere are 500 patients on the waiting list or the surgeonShortreed went to see, Irvine told Te Leader.Currently, the surgeon gets enough operating room timeto perorm 220 procedures a year.“[He] is just one guy and he’s got one pair o hands,” Irvinesaid.Irvine confrmed Shortreed’s surgeon has been bookingpatients who can aord it into a privately owned operatingroom in a bid to reduce the backlog.“We got behind several years ago,” Irvine said. “In an idealworld, the wait time or sinus surgery would be 13 weeks.”Irvine said provincial government unding or sinus sur-gery has been increased in recent years and more operatingroom hours will become available in September.Te only advice he was able to give Shortreed was toadvise her doctor i her condition worsens.NDP health critic Adrian Dix called the delay “unconscio-nable,” saying it shows the wait or less common proceduresis even worse than the Liberal government claims.“It’s insane,” Shortreed umed. “I don’t have a criminalrecord. I’m a contributing member o society and I can’t gethelp.”
Wait time would be 13 weeks in an ‘ideal world’
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Surrey North Delta Leader
“In ﬁve years, wewill be laughing atthe concerns that wehad.”
Ofﬁce beingrelocated toVancouver