Every year, NOW reporters get a modest gift from the company to give to our best sources. While there were many this year, and it's difficult to choose, I've decided to give my present to Paul Cipywnyk of the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers.
Paul is always available for a phone interview, and he has posed countless times over the past year (and in previous years) for photos related to all the salmon stories we've done. He's kept us abreast of the latest developments within the stream-keeping community, and he was the one who forwarded us the email from Otto Langer regarding the leaked documents about the Conservative changes to the Fisheries Act. That was a national story, and we got it online before any other news outlet, but we wouldn't have done so if it weren't for him.
So thank you, Paul. Your efforts have made my job easier, and it's been a pleasure reporting on all the hard work the volunteer streamkeepers have done to make our waterways a healthy habitat for salmon.
CADETS PINCH PENNIES FOR CHARITY
A South Burnaby Cadets group has donated $500 to Canuck Place, a charity that runs a hospice for children. Members of the 637 Arrow Royal Canadian Air Squadron have been collecting pennies since September as part of a friendly competition between squadrons. The 637 Arrow Royal Canadian Air Squadron is the same group that has been searching for years for a suitable and large enough venue to practise their drills.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national organization, for youth aged 12 to 18, that aims to develop citizenship and leadership among its members.
The program is sponsored by the Canadian Forces in partnership with the civilian Air Cadet League of Canada. For more on the cadets, go to www.cadets. net/pac.
TAR SANDS FLICK
A local residents' group opposing Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion is hosting a free screening of White Water, Black Gold, a documentary about the Albert tar sands. BROKE, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, includes people whose homes were coated in oil during the 2007 Kinder Morgan pipeline rupture.
Filmmaker David Lavallee will be at the screening to introduce the film. The event is set for Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at Capitol Hill Community Hall, at 361 Howard Ave. Admission is by donation.
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