•  Burnaby residents are used to waking up with rain slamming into their windows, it’s a little bit weird when that water is flooding the inside of your house.


    B.C.’s Residential Tenancy Branch only gave partial compensation to a Burnaby tenant who suffered damage and massive inconvenience from a flood that was not their fault.

    The flood was caused by a burst City of Burnaby water main, forcing the tenant to immediately move out into temporary accommodations and damaging some of their furniture and personal items. The tenant also had to rent a storage unit because the temporary accommodation was smaller than the place they were renting at the time of the flood.

    This writing exercise is based on an article by Chris Campbell of Burnaby Now. Read it here.

  • “I wasn’t planning on going”. Even during covid, Vancouver Fan Expo still let’s locals unwind.

    “I wasn’t planning on going”. Even during covid, Vancouver Fan Expo still let’s locals unwind.

    “I got the tickets the night before.” Vancouver fan expo is up and running after a 2 year break.

     After a two year break due to covid and all the restrictions put in place will fan expo still be the same. “I wasn’t planning to go,” said  Elija Smith, a Burnaby student and fan expo attendee, “but my friend was worried about the pandemic”. 

     This years fan expo was a welcome escape from the stressful pandemic life, a now scarce opportunity to make new friends with similar interests.”I wish I had talked to more people” said Elija “they were all really hot and cool and they were the type of people that I would get along with.”

    The tickets which cost roughly 25 dollars seemed expensive to some. “I think it’s worth the money but I would expect to spend more than just the ticket because of its artist’s work ” reported Elijah  “There was a lot of anime. And pins posters and keychains and stickers being sold” 

    While the stands were not exactly distanced, they were separated into “blocks”.

    Elija, who stayed for five hours of the 11 to 5 convention said that “ if they [I] had the chance to go again they [I] would prepare more beforehand, like learn about the stuff” remembering the time there, “it was very niche.”

    The convention focuses on “fandoms” and “the ultimate playground for comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming”, according to the fan expo website. “You kinda just look at peoples art and stuff because there were a lot of people and stands that were cool” said Elija when asked what they did there. Panels with authors and voice actors were also made available  “I would have spent more time talking to the authors or watching the conferences if i was more ingrained with the culture”

    The culture of the convention and different “fandom” communities is one of many things that attract people to this event according to Elija and their friends. People get to meet others that they have met online and new people with the same interests at a convention specifically meant for them.

    “Basically if you go to fan expo you have got to talk to people, it’s the right place to make friends.”

    All image credit: flickr/Justin Biehler

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    What the federal government’s new powers might mean for the Ottawa protest


    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet have triggered the Emergencies Act — a decades-old law that gives sweeping powers to the federal government to establish order during a crisis. The law, which has never before been invoked, gives the federal government substantial short-term powers.

    Here’s a look at some of the biggest questions about the act and what it might mean for the protest in Ottawa:

    What can the federal government do now?

    In the context of the Ottawa protest, Trudeau said the federal powers will be used to prohibit people from illegally gathering in the city’s downtown core and to order tow truck companies in the area to help remove big rigs used in the protests.

    The RCMP, which normally doesn’t carry out many policing functions in Ontario, will be empowered to enforce all municipal bylaws and provincial offences.

    The cabinet is also directing banks and financial institutions to halt the flow of funds to protest organizers through amendments to the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the corporate accounts of truckers participating in the Ottawa blockade will be frozen and their insurance will be suspended.

    Is there a role for the military?

    The Emergencies Act itself is silent on the role of the military during this sort of emergency. Trudeau said the government is “not using the Emergencies Act to call in the military,” so a role for the Canadian Armed Forces is off the table for now.

    How long would these powers be in effect?

    As soon as the cabinet declares an emergency, the powers go into effect immediately. The act stipulates, however, that Trudeau and his ministers also must go before Parliament to seek approval from MPs and senators within seven days. The act says that these extraordinary powers are time-limited to just 30 days, although they could be extended.

    What do experts think?

    Reaction is mixed. Wesley Wark, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and one of the country’s top intelligence experts, said invoking the Emergencies Act against the blockades is “long overdue.” The occupation of downtown Ottawa has been mishandled by local authorities and law enforcement, and one level of government should be “clearly in charge of the situation,” Wark said.

    Leah West, a former national security lawyer with the federal Justice Department, takes a different view. West told CBC News she’s not convinced that the ongoing protests rise to the level of a public order emergency. “As someone who studies the law very carefully, I’m kind of shocked, to be honest, that the government actually believes this meets the definition to even invoke the act,” she said.

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    Last year there were only 14 cases of Guinea worm in humans on the planet, a colossal public health victory against a scourge of the human race that has been decades in the making. That’s down from 27 cases reported in 2020, and the rapidly-approaching end of 40 years of international organizations ridding the developing world of the parasite. As recently as the 1980s, Guinea worm was in over 20 countries and infected 3.5 million people per year. There’s a reservoir for the parasite to survive in animals — it spreads through contaminated drinking water, and leaves a body painfully — so eradication may be a little further off than hoped, but just 14 cases on a planet of 7 billion is a tremendous score for the good guys.

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    What’s on the menu: New Burnaby restaurants on our radar

    New Burnaby restaurants keep popping up and we’re here to keep you updated. From desserts to Korean fried chicken, pho and so much more, here are some newly opened and soon-to-open restaurants and cafes in the city worth checking out.
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     New West man arrested for string of SkyTrain assaults, including 4 in Burnaby: Transit Police say a 35-year old New Westminster man is facing five counts of assault after a spate of random assaults on board SkyTrains over the past several months. Four of the incidents, between Jan 26 and Feb 3, happened in Burnaby—near Royal Oak, Metrotown, and Patterson Stations. In all of the incidents, police say the victims were unknown to the suspect and the assaults were unprovoked.

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    Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen, of Canada, perform their routine in the ice dance competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Monday. Follow CBC’s Olympic coverage by clicking the header above. (Bernat Armangue/The Associated Press)

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  • Censorship of movie ‘fightclub’ in China sparks debate.

    The chinese streaming platform Tencent recently released the movie Fightclub to their audience however, upon watching it people noticed a slight difference. Instead of the main characters succeeding in their plan to blow up credit card records to rid America of debt, the screen went black and text appeared explaining that the authorities had captured the criminals and sent Tyler, the main character to a mental hospital.

    Social media platforms erupted with debates on Chinese censorship causing the company to shorten the part that was censored. While the author of the original book seemed less phased by the changes saying that the ending was more similar to what he had written, the public did not share his opinion.

    The censorship of movies is quite common in China, anything not aligning with their “socialist” values is quickly changed, this time it was brought to the attention of many people around the world and has started a conversation about censorship in China.

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  • Who I am

    I am a student in a new media journalism class, the name I write under doesn’t have a deep backstory but it came from somewhere. Robbie Pines, the last name Pines is the last name that the main characters from the TV series “Gravity Falls” have ,the name Robbie is the name of a singer that I sometimes listen to.

    My main goal for topics will be covering current events that I think aren’t in the news enough or that aren’t receiving enough coverage. Anything from politics to articles about other places.

    I want to take time on what I write and share that with people in an easy to read way so that we can all form opinions that are informed and based on facts.