Burnaby council salaries on rise

Burnaby Coun. Nick Volkow is the biggest user of telecommunications services, including cellphones, while Coun. Sav Dhaliwal travels the most on city business.

That's according to a city report on council salaries and expenses for 2011.

While Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan gets paid the largest salary ($117,532), retiring allowance ($10,918), car and transportation allowance ($10,339), his telecomĀ  expenses ($1,561) were less than half of Volkow's.

Volkow's expenses for cellphones, telephones, fax and Internet expenses totalled $3,083 in 2011. Coun. Pietro Calendino came in second at $2,344 and Coun. Colleen Jordan third at $2,073.

Corrigan attended conferences for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in Victoria ($290), the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA) in Whistler ($521), the FCM board meeting in Halifax ($3,296 of which $1,148 was reimbursed by FCM for Burnaby receiving the Green Champion Award), and Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Vancouver ($112).

Dhaliwal, meanwhile, attended the FCM board meeting in Corner Brook, Nfld. ($1,939), LMLGA conference in Whistler ($978), FCM board meeting in Halifax ($3,575), FCM board meeting in Nelson ($892), UBCM convention in Vancouver ($756), and the FCM board meeting in Ottawa ($1,953).

Burnaby councillors received salaries of $45,368 with extra pay for serving as acting mayor of $756 each for councillors Calendino, Dhaliwal, Richard Chang and Dan Johnston, and of $378 each for councillors Jordan, Volkow Anne Kang, Paul McDonell.

All councillors also each received $4,549 in retiring allowance and $3,600 in automobile and transportation allowance.

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