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Surrey First mayoral candidate Tom Gill: Arts, culture and entertainment key to a vibrant city

SURREY First mayoral candidate Tom Gill on Thursday outlined his team’s plans to showcase and grow the arts, culture and entertainment in Surrey. Joined by council candidates Vera LeFranc and Narima Dela Cruz, Gill said Surrey First will create an endowment fund to kick-start plans for a world class performing arts centre, double arts and culture grants, develop a contemporary art ... Read More »

Safe Surrey Coalition campaign against proposed development in Rosemary Heights

SURREY residents are up in arms about a proposed development in Rosemary Heights and mayoral candidate Doug McCallum and the Safe Surrey Coalition (SSC) candidates visited the site on Wednesday to take a firsthand look at the property (see photo). McCallum noted: “It’s a beautiful property that is heavily treed and also borders on the Nicomekl River. I kayak along there fairly ... Read More »

Surrey municipal election: Vote in advance on October 6, 10, 11 or 13

ADVANCE voting opportunities for the 2018 Surrey municipal election will be available to all eligible voters from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 6, 10, 11 and 13 at the following six local recreation centres: Guildford Recreation Centre, 15105 105th Avenue Fleetwood Community Centre, 15996 84th Avenue Newton Seniors Centre, 13775 70th Avenue Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188 176th Street South ... Read More »

Safe Surrey Coalition will create permanent office of ethics commissioner at Surrey City Hall

THE Safe Surrey Coalition announced on Tuesday that it will create the office of a permanent ethics commissioner at Surrey City Hall to ensure transparency and fair treatment of all citizens. Safe Surrey Coalition Council candidate Jack Hundial said: “The time has come for this, we all need to know that business at City Hall is conducted fairly and that everyone ... Read More »

Civic election: Vancouver NPA’s Ken Sim vows to protect independent businesses

NPA mayoral candidate Ken Sim and his Vancouver team have released Building A Strong Local Economy, a plan to keep and attract businesses in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods. In addition, the plan will also focus on driving economic growth to raise wages. “As mayor, I’ll protect independent businesses and help them grow, by speeding and simplifying business approvals, and addressing property tax challenges so that ... Read More »

Nycki Basra is Council candidate for Vancouver First

NYCKI Basra, a Council candidate for Vancouver First, says that as a child her parents instilled in her the values of “Seva” (selfless service). Learning these values at a young age has guided her to serve Vancouver, her home and community. Basra has served many years volunteering for various organizations and these experiences have made her well versed in the issues of ... Read More »

Sonia Andhi is fourth candidate of Surrey Students NOW

SONIA Andhi is the fourth candidate of the Surrey Students NOW, a parent-led advocacy group running four candidates for School Board Trustee in Surrey. The other three candidates are Cindy Dalglish, Charlene Dobie and Mary-Em Waddington. The group said: “Sonia Andhi will bring experience to the Surrey School Board through her work as a Surrey based social worker and family counsellor. With ... Read More »

OPINION: Stage set for legal cannabis in B.C.

BY MIKE FARNWORTH Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General IT’S about a month to go until non-medical cannabis becomes legal in Canada, so here’s a quick snapshot of what to expect in B.C. as of October 17. Retail stores won’t appear overnight, but on October 17 government’s first BC Cannabis Store will open in Kamloops and the online sales platform ... Read More »

Kamloops City Councillor Arjun Singh acclaimed as new president of Union of B.C. Municipalities

THE Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) membership has selected its Table Officers for the 2018-2019 Executive Board at the close of its annual convention in Whistler. Arjun Singh, Councillor with the City of Kamloops, was acclaimed UBCM President during Wednesday’s session and officially installed this morning after serving the past year as First Vice President. Maja Tait, Mayor of the ... Read More »

Doug McCallum releases Safe Surrey Coalition’s law and order plan

SAFE Surrey Coalition’s mayoral candidate Doug McCallum says that as mayor one of his highest priorities will be public safety and that he will immediately start the process for creating a new Surrey Police Department. “My goal is to find the most innovative and effective programs from around the world and implement them. All of us on the Safe Surrey Coalition commit ... Read More »