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  • Parts of Alpha Second-ary School could meet thewrecking ball in a matterof weeks with the start ofa $27.2-million partial re-placement of the school.School officials and Burn-

    aby North MLA RichardLee were at Alpha Mon-

    day morning for the offi-cial ground breaking on theproject and to unveil designplans.The project, scheduled

    for completion in fall 2018,involves the replacement oftwo classroom wings andseismic upgrades to the restof the school.The district had origi-

    nally hoped to see 60-year-

    old Alpha replaced entirelybut was told by the provincefunding wasnt available.Its not a new school, but

    given the limitations of thebudget, its the best possibleoutcome, principal PaulFester told theNOW.The project will increase

    the schools student capaci-ty from 1,025 to 1,100.Besides a new classroom

    block, the school will alsoget a new science superlab six classrooms thatwill open up onto a large labfor experiments and a newlearning commons to re-place the current library.Unlike a traditional li-

    brary, the learning com-mons will have fixed shelvesonly along the walls, whileall the shelves in the mid-

    dle of the space will be onwheels.You can actually re-cre-

    ate the space for whatev-er kind of learning oppor-tunities you need, Festersaid. Im not even goingto predict what were go-ing to do in it because wewant it to be very flexible, so especially as the new cur-riculums coming up we

    can go ahead and use it inwhichever way our teacherscan imagine.The project will also bring

    much needed technologi-cal upgrades to the school,including a proper fibre-op-tic backbone and improvedWi-Fi.In the next two to four

    WEDNESDAY JUNE 22, 2016 LOCAL NEWS LOCAL MATTERS

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    Alphagetting$27.2milmakeoverEDUCATION

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    theEstonianmethod, apopularcarryingposition.Wife-carryingasa competitive

    sport originated inFinland.

    Morephotosonpage3andatwww.burnabynow.comPHOTOJENNIFER

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    WINNINGWAYS:Above, crowdscheer as thiscouple runs thecourseat theannualwife-carrying contest attheScandinavianMidsummerFestival. At left,Burnabys ShalynandTimLinklaterwon this year andreceivedShalynsweight inbeer. Atright, these twoareusing theEstoniancarryingmethod.PHOTOSJENNIFERGAUTHIER

    PressingfornewrulesByJeremyDeutschjdeutsch@burnabynow.com

    Its a problem that boththe construction industryand work safety organiza-tions have been trying to geta handle on for years.Exposure to asbestos

    is not only dangerous forworkers in the constructionindustry, but also the gener-al public.In light of the dangers,

    Burnaby city council is hop-ing to put pressure on theprovincial government bypassing a resolution callingfor mandatory certificationand licensing of asbestosand hazardous material re-

    moval contractors.Along with the resolution,

    the city is sending a letter tothe provincial governmentand the Premier with the re-quest.Asbestos was a popu-

    lar building material for de-cades, but exposure to thefibre is linked to several dis-eases, including lung cancer.Coun. Sav Dhaliwal, who

    made the motion at Mon-days council meeting, saidcertification for asbestos re-moval is a longstanding is-sue, adding there isnt ade-quate protection for workersin the industry.I think the situation has

    become so serious, when welook at the stats, the numberof deaths and other illness-es, we need to have someaction on it, he said, not-

    ing asbestos exposure is theleading cause of work-relat-ed deaths in B.C.The city councillor also

    pointed out there is current-ly no provincial certificationor licensing in B.C. to en-sure standards or allow forthe suspension of non-com-pliant contractors.Dhaliwal did suggest

    there should be time andreasonable notice for the in-dustry to adjust to any regu-lations.An association that rep-

    resents the construction in-dustry said it welcomescertification for asbestos re-moval contractors, but ar-gued it may not be enoughto address the issue.Dave Baspaly, the presi-

    dent of the Council of

    CITYNEWS TapwatergettingbetterBurnaby residents will

    be happy to know the H20that comes out of their tapsevery day is pretty darngood.OnMonday, the citys

    annual drinking wa-ter quality monitoring re-port for 2015 was present-ed to council, which foundoverall the water quality inBurnaby continues to im-prove over previous years.In 2015, a total of 2,900

    routine drinking water sam-ples were obtained in Burn-aby for bacteriological anal-ysis; 1,617 samples weretaken by city staff and an-other 1,283 samples col-lected by MetroVancou-ver staff.According to the report,

    there was no E. coli detect-ed in any of the potable wa-