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Thurs, May 9, 2024 edition: Burnaby Lake Recreation Complex Phase Two

Plus, new parent info sessions for healthy digital habits, a bus engulfed in flames and a new film screening to commemorate the centennial of the Chinese Exclusion Act

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This week, we’re taking a look at one of the city’s largest projects to date: the Burnaby Lake Recreation Complex. According to a report submitted to council, a design-build contract will be awarded to Ventana Construction Corporation for a total cost of $156,439,423. In other news, the Burnaby School District recently launched parent info sessions for healthy digital habits, and a new film at Connect Fest Burnaby addresses Chinese-Canadian reconciliation in a unique way.

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Council approves phase two of the Burnaby Lake Recreation Complex

Rendering of the exterior design of the Burnaby Lake Recreation Complex. Photo: City of Burnaby

At council’s April 29 meeting, council members approved the second phase of the Burnaby Lake Recreation Complex project, one of the largest projects the city is currently undertaking. 

According to a report submitted to council, a design-build contract will be awarded to Ventana Construction Corporation for a total cost of $156,439,423, including $7,449,497 in GST. The report also mentioned a budget contingency allowance of $12,505,577, including $595,505 in GST.


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Burnaby Bulletin

Suspected of sexual assault. Burnaby RCMP have released a sketch of a man accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman in Central Park last February. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the RCMP. [Global News]

Bus in flames. A transit bus was seen partially consumed by flames last Friday near Hurst Street and Sussex Avenue. While the fire did damage some nearby property, no injuries were reported for passengers aboard. [Global News]

B.C. rejects petition from Burnaby homeowners. The provincial government recently rejected a petition made by homeowners in Burnaby’s Brentwood Park for an exemption from new legislation that could see up to 12-storey apartments built in their neighbourhoods. [Business in Vancouver]

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A family-friendly viewing party. The City of Burnaby will be hosting a series of free, family-friendly viewing parties for the Stanley Cup playoff games against the Edmonton Oilers.

Seized drugs and weapons. Burnaby RCMP have recently reported to have seized drugs and weapons from three houses in Burnaby and Coquitlam between March and April of this year. Three people were arrested and released with a court date. [City News]

Library relocated. Burnaby Public Library has just opened their temporary Cameron library branch at Lougheed Shopping Centre. It is expected the stand in for the Cameron Community Centre for the next few years as it undergoes a major redevelopment. [Burnaby Now]

A lucky winner. A lottery ticket worth more than $101K was revealed at Lotto 6/49’s draw on April 27, belonging to either a Burnaby resident or someone who purchased the ticket within Burnaby. They have not yet come forward to receive their prize. [Burnaby Now]

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School district launches parent info sessions for healthy digital habits

Lucky Saini (right) and Nick Christofedes (left) speak at a parents’ information session at Burnaby South Secondary on May 6. Photo: Dana Bales/Burnaby School District

The Burnaby School District recently launched information nights to educate parents on building healthy digital habits with their children. The sessions aim to provide guidelines for safe and healthy technology use among children, regardless of technological advances. 

Three sessions have already taken place at several schools in Burnaby, with the last session scheduled for May 13 at Burnaby Central Secondary from 6:30 to 8:30pm. More than 250 parents have attended the first three sessions where topics such as creating a digital plan at home, sleep hygiene, social media, online games, applications such as Discord, and online relationships were discussed. The sessions also tackle the effect of technology on mental health. 


‘All Our Father’s Relations’ and the importance of stories

The Grant family in a still from ‘All Our Father’s Relations’

Last year, to commemorate the centennial of the Chinese Exclusion Act, the City of Burnaby launched its reconciliation efforts with the Chinese-Canadian community in Burnaby.

Reconciliation does not happen overnight; it involves facing difficult truths, redressing wrongs, and reaching a new understanding. Part of the reconciliation process involved discussion sessions with members of the Chinese-Canadian community in Burnaby, the publication of the book Rooted, and a concerted effort by the city to listen to and collect the stories of the community and its history. 

On Tuesday, April 30, the City of Burnaby held a screening of All Our Father’s Relations at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts as part of Connect Fest Burnaby. The screening was followed by a panel with three of the main people featured in the film: Howard and Larry Grant, and Edmond Leong. The film follows the journey of the Grants and Leong—their cousin—to visit China for the first time.

Where to eat & drink

🍲 Lhy Thai Restaurant. This homey Thai restaurant located in Loonie House Market offers a rich variety of fragrant curries, noodles and regional dishes like papaya salad and pineapple fried rice. An ideal stop for a quick and easy workday lunch.

🎂 L’OTUS Cake Boutique. This dessert shop is an essential stop for anyone with a sweet tooth in Burnaby, especially for cakes – options range from stacked crepes smothered in perfumed cream to old fashioned sponge cake rolls. They offer gelato too, in unique flavours like white peach oolong and guava. 

🍕 Viva Sue Pizza. A mom and pop shop dedicated to making cheesy, thick crust pies and baked pastas. Classics like pepperoni with green peppers and mushrooms, pineapple and double cheese are perfect for serving a large crowd.

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🗓 Things to do


  • Fundraising Concert: Paul Pigat & Daily Special ft. Cory Weeds. 7:30pm. Brentwood Presbyterian Church.

  • Power Reading: Boost Your Reading Skills Webinar. 11am. Student Hub Live.


  • New Moon Sound Bath with Breath Work and Meditation. 7:30pm. Reina Ray Fitness.

  • Canlan Cammi Granato Showcase. 10:30am to 7pm. Scotia Barn.


  • Walk with your Doc. 9:30am. Confederation Park.

  • Hot Mama’s BBQ Dinner and Dance. 6pm. Slovenian Society Hall.

  • Community Cleanup. 9:45am. Christine Sinclair Community Centre.

  • Rosemary Brown Recreation Centre Grand Opening. 12pm. Rosemary Brown Recreation Centre.


  •  Mother’s Day Geode Crystal Candlemaking Workshop. 3pm. 3871 N Fraser Way #6.

  • Japanese Rakugo. 2:30pm. Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.

  • Food Truck Festival. 11am. BCIT Parking Lot.


  • Improv Karaoke. 6pm. Brentwood Presbyterian Church.

  • Burnaby Healthcare Virtual Job Fair. 11am. Online via Zoom.


  • Small Business Networking Event. 6pm. 6550 Bonsor Ave.

  • Kicker Off; Kindergarten Readiness Program. 10am. Down Syndrome Resource Foundation.


  • FoodSafe Level 1. 8:30am. ProSafe Training School.

  • Bike Ride: Burnaby Lake / Lost Lagoon / New Brighton Park Loop. 10am. 3760 Sperling Ave.

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