McCartney tickets, golf tournaments among 2012 gifts to mayor

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan disclosed five gifts he received in 2012 through his post as mayor, including tickets to the sold-out Paul McCartney concert.

The Community Charter requires civic politicians to declare any gifts or personal benefits they receive while in office.

Corrigan was the only council member to declare any such gifts last year.

The biggest ticket item was two tickets to the McCartney concert held at B.C. Place last November, plus parking and hosting, which was all valued at $650. The gift was from entertainment company Live Nation, which with Burnaby city hall produces the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival held at Deer Lake Park each August.

The remaining gifts were all tickets to golf tournaments: the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Institute of Technology Golf Tournament, valued at $375, from BCIT; the Burnaby Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament, valued at $261, from the foundation; and the Michael J. Fox Golf Tournament, valued at $300, from the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel.

The file also includes a note that Corrigan received a ticket to the Pacific Blue Cross Charity Golf Classic but that the gift was valued at less than $250 so no disclosure form was completed.

Only gifts valued at $250 or more need to be declared, but Corrigan has said in the past that he tends to record all gifts in case a cumulative total of smaller items exceeds that figure.

Items such as pins and plaques presented by delegations are not included since they're considered to not have any monetary value.

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