There’s something happening here… what it is… is in this agenda

Yes, I think we can all safely say that is the worst attempted use of a lyric in a post headline ever. You’re welcome – now you’re all free to write only second or third-worst lyrical headlines.

But here it is – Monday night’s council agenda (click on 2012 – Feb. 6 version).

I know all you bodacious Burnabyans are squealing with glee just like you used to when Tiger Beat arrived in your mailbox, but this is even better than Tiger Beat, because it contains newsworthy information. Trust me – no photo of a brooding Johnny Depp can bring you the personal empowerment that true knowledge of the inner workings of your city brings.

And the best news? Things are happening, people! This means Monday’s live-tweeting and blogging will be less “that jacket looks great on him” and more “important news” type stuff. Yay!

So what’s up, buttercup, you ask? Well, let me tell you.

The Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table – also known as BIPT –  is asking that Burnaby declare Feb. 8 Embracing Cultural Diversity Day. I don’t know what this will entail, but I do know that saying “BIPT” is fun. Try it out for yourself. Here’s hoping there’s lots of “BIPT”ing at the beginning of the meeting.

Next, CUPE is bringing up the proposed Canada European Union Trade Agreement (CEDA) to council. It’s a topic that’s challenging to cover when you have to have a Burnaby focus in all your articles, as I do, but it’ll be interesting to hear what they have to say. I know Mayor Derek Corrigan has spoken about it in the past.

It isn’t easy to wade through trade agreement documents/coverage, I know, but it is definitely worth keeping an eye on, and I’ll do my best to pinpoint exactly how it might affect you (yes, you – the guy to the left, wearing the green… no, not you. The other guy…)

Okay, I’m not going to go through everything on the agenda – I know you’re all brilliant Burnabyans who can read the agenda yourselves – but other topics include the Building Canada – Flood Protection Program, and then the big one…. the rezoning proposal for two Dow Avenue properties – rezoning reference #11-24.

This has been a contentious issue with coverage dating back to last fall, here and here. Council will be receiving a report from the director of planning and building, Basil Luksun, addressing concerns brought up at the public hearing.

I’ll be on hand Monday night, tweeting away. Please keep in mind that this is actually not me as a reporter covering council for a pay cheque – I watch the meetings to keep up on things, and I am a compulsive sharer of information (which is why you probably shouldn’t tell me your most embarrassing moment, etc.) I’ll respond to tweets as I can, but I’ll also be corralling a seven-year-old into bed, so if I don’t get back to you, I apologize. I’m probably busy removing an embedded piece of Lego from my foot.

Till Monday!


About East of Boundary

I'm the civic affairs and business reporter for the Burnaby NOW. I also write about transit and Metro Vancouver. This is my personal blog on issues relating to Burnaby.
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