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Hot Weather in Store for Southwestern BC

Posted July 13, 2018

While hot and sunny conditions are welcomed news for most, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Medical Health Officers are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat. Keep cool by:

  • Spending time in an air-conditioned facility (such as a shopping centre, library, community centre or restaurant) for at least several hours every day.
  • Dress for the weather by wearing loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Avoid sunburn, stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car.
  • Check in on others - People living alone are at high risk of severe heat related illness.  
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Intercultural Policies and Initiatives

In embracing diversity, the City is guided by the civic Equity Policy and Multicultural Policy. The implementation of these policies is supported by the City Language Bank, a volunteer group of City staff who provide interpretation services in a wide range of languages, as required.

As well, Burnaby has implemented the Safe Harbour program in all City facilities. The City was awarded the Canadian Safe Harbour Champion Award in 2009 from the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (AMSSA) for these efforts. Burnaby is also a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination.

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The City is a founding member of the award-winning Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table (BIPT), which works to share resources, identify service gaps and  support new immigrant and refugees in Burnaby, including work on inter-faith bridging.  One key resource provided by the Table is the BIPT Inventory of Community Resources.