June, 2020

Desi Today Politics

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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First turbaned Sikh in US President’s security team

INDIAN media are reporting that India-born Anshdeep Singh Bhatia has become the first turbaned Sikh to join US President Donald Trump’s security team. The news was first reported by Zee News (zeenews.india.com) on Sunday. According to these news outlets who apparently got the story from Bhatia’s grandparents in India, Bhatia’s family moved to Ludhiana in Punjab state from Kanpur in Uttar …

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Dr. Sarwan Singh Randhawa, well-known champion of diversity, seeks nomination as Conservative candidate in Surrey Centre

DR. Sarwan Singh Randhawa announced on Friday that he is seeking the nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada in the Surrey Centre riding for the 2019 federal elections. The incumbent MP is Randeep Sarai of the Liberals who won in 2015 with 45.07 per cent of the vote, defeating then-MP Jasbir Sandhu of the NDP, who got 30.08 per cent …

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SURREY CIVIC ELECTION SCENE (updated)

New team: Independent Surrey Voter’s Association INDEPENDENT Surrey Voters Association (ISVA) on Thursday officially declared their five-member team that is running in Surrey’s municipal election: Asad Syed, Bernie Sheppard, Derek Zabel, Nasima Nastoh and Saira Aujla. In a press release they stated: “Being a committed group of long-term Surrey residents, individually, we have worked tirelessly to make a positive change …

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