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Friday, July 23, 2010 Surrey Leader

Friday, July 23, 2010 Surrey Leader

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Complete July 23 issue of The Surrey-North Delta Leader newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.surreyleader.com.
Complete July 23 issue of The Surrey-North Delta Leader newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.surreyleader.com.

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by Dan Ferguson
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onnie Shortreed o Surrey has been given a choice o waiting threeyears or three weeks or surgery to correct a persistent and extremely painul sinus inection.Te diference is $5,000.Without that much money to pay in advance or the procedure at aprivate clinic in Vancouver, Shortreed said a specialist told her she acesa wait o three years to get the operation done at St. Paul’s Hospital inVancouver.Te 46-year-old widowed mother o three has been in near-constantpain or 22 months.Medical records provided to Te Leader show she has chronic sinusdisease with opacication [blockage] behind both eyes and a mastoidbone inection.Shortreed has developed vision and breathing problems and suferscontinual pain in her skull and ace “that makes you want to slit your ownthroat,” she says. One ear is leaking uid and blood.She’s been on intravenous antibiotics or six weeks and oral antibioticsor 13 months since the inection developed. Her medical records showthe inection has become resistant to antibiotics.
Doctor confirms Surrey woman faces lengthy wait for surgery
Tree years of pain orpayment up front
 
BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
Bonnie Shortreed has been told she will have to wait three years for an operation to address a chronic, painful sinus disorder, orpay $5,000 to attend a private clinic for the surgery.
by Sheila Reynolds
FOUR YEARS
aer they resignedunder mysterious circumstances,two ormer Surrey School Districtemployees have been charged withraud and the.Robert (Bob)Chadwick, aormer associ-ate superinten-dent, and hisadministrativeassistant Bar-bara Chadwick (neé Moore)were sued lastApril by theschool district,which claimsthe pair pocketed thousands o dis-trict dollars through raud and kick-back schemes over several years.Te two resigned in October2006, with the school district unableto reveal why due to condentiality rules.Both are now acing chargeso the over $5,000 and raudover $5,000. Robert has also beencharged with breach o trust by apublic o cer.In a statement o claim last spring,the school district alleged chequesrom San Diego State University 
Formerschooldistrictemployeescharged
Robert andBarbara Chadwickfacing theft, fraudallegations
Delta display ofdancing tulips
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Rams start seasonSaturday
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July 23, 2010
Serving Surrey and North Delta
 
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Robert Chadwick
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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.
EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER
Surrey veterans’centreclosing
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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 preerred 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 inAbbotsord, 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 aer 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.
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by Dan Ferguson
DON ROBERTSON
is puzzled by theecision to close the Surrey Veteransairs 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 Aairs 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 VeteransAairs oce, said the Surrey o ceis being merged with Vancouverto improve eciency. 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 aer one doctor thought they might becontributing to her constant pain.It didn’t help.Te other procedure was an unsuccessul attempt tounclog her sinuses with a dierent 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. Painul 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 aninteramily 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 perorm 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 aord 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.”
dferguson@surreyleader.com
Doctor:
Wait time would be 13 weeks in an ‘ideal world’
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Surrey North Delta Leader
 
Friday
 
July 23
 
2010
 
3Don Robertson
“In five years, wewill be laughing atthe concerns that wehad.”
Mary-Wade Anderson
Office beingrelocated toVancouver

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