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Burnaby taxpayers foot $41,904 bill for VIP golfers


In 2013, Burnaby officials charged nearly $42,000 of golf at the two city-owned courses to taxpayers, under the city’s complimentary pass system that gives certain members free access to city services.

The City of Burnaby spent nearly $42,000 last year for councillors, commissioners and other local dignitaries to golf at Burnaby Mountain and Riverway.

In a breakdown obtained by the NOW, 18 current and former city officialsand one freeman used the city’s complimentary pass system to waive $41,904.59 in charges, including green fees, at the two Burnaby golf courses.

Wayne Peppard, who sits on the parks commission, racked up $7,898.24 between both courses, though the vast majority was spent at Riverway. Former commissioner Jim Kozak wasn’t far behind, with $6,354.51, though he opted to spend more time on Burnaby Mountain.

Mayor Derek Corrigan had the highest golf usage out of all of city council, charging $5,717.65 to the city for some tee times. He did not respond to an interview request by the NOW.

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Dropkick Murphys @ Commodore Ballroom

Jacob Zinn

ISO 2500 | ƒ/2.8 | 1/200 | 70mm

Dropkick Murphys frontman Al Barr jumped into the security pit for a closer look at the front row during the Boston Celtic punk group’s first of two sold out shows at the Commodore Ballroom.

See more photos of Dropkick Murphys at Shot @ the Show.

Zendaya @ PNE

Jacob Zinn

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American pop singer Zendaya lit up the PNE on the weekend, performing songs from her self-titled debut album. The 17-year-old is a rising star in the music industry, having segued from television where she established herself on the Disney sitcom Shake It Up.

See more photos of Zendaya at Shot @ the Show.

Aerosmith @ Gorge Amphitheater

Jacob Zinn

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Aerosmith’s lead axeman Joe Perry brought the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers’ legendary riffs to the scenic Gorge Amphitheater on Saturday during the band’s Washington stop of the Let Rock Rule tour.

Q+A: Imelda May

[ It must be hard for record store owners to categorize Imelda May’s music. The Dublin-born songstress has a niche genre all to herself, fusing sultry jazz with upbeat rockabilly and traditional blues into a uniquely modern sound that fits her quirky ’50s look, powerful contralto voice and onstage spunk. Just a few weeks out from the Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival, May chatted about performing as a teenager in pubs and clubs, sharing the stage with her classic rock influences and how she lost a boyfriend to the blues. ]


Tell me about your upbringing. I understand your interest in music came from your older siblings.

I’m the youngest of a biggish family – we had a two-bedroom house for all seven of us, including my parents, and one record player. I was brought up listening to everything from Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to The Carpenters, The Specials, David Bowie, Meat Loaf – a huge amount of different, great music.

One of my brothers was into rockabilly – Elvis, Gene Vincent, Wanda Jackson – and I just went crazy for it, but then I also went crazy for what came after. Ian Dury, Adam Ant, The Clash, The Ramones and all these bands that made sense to me in my world.

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Tori Amos @ Orpheum Theatre

Jacob Zinn

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Red-haired songstress Tori Amos treated the Orpheum Theatre crowd to an intimate performance on the opening night of her latest tour. The setlist included numerous beloved songs, including “Caught a Lite Sneeze” and “Cornflake Girl.”

See more photos of Tori Amos at Shot @ the Show.

Three Burnaby ‘heathens’ filming their spiritual journey

Jacob Zinn

From left, Will Ross, Devan Scott and Daniel Jeffery – three graduates of SFU’s film program – are heading to Spain in September to film their 800-kilometre trek on the Camino de Santiago, a Christian pilgrimage to St. James’ supposed burial site. The secular filmmakers are eager to meet others taking the journey and see how the trip impacts their own opinions on religion.

The Camino de Santiago. An 800-kilometre spiritual pilgrimage across northern Spain to a far-off cathedral, the supposed gravesite of apostle St. James the Great.

In search of enlightenment, thousands of Christians annually make the extensive walk to what the Romans called “Finisterrae,” Latin for “the end of the world.”

So why would a secular trio of Burnaby 20-somethings want to embark on such an arduous trek across the land of the setting sun? To make a film, of course.

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