Good morning everyone, and may I wish a fine, H1N1-free day to you?
Shades of SARS! Is it just me, or are you all noticing an extraordinary amount of people going about their business with little paper masks on? Come on,reality check here. Most of the masks I see people wearing are cheaper than dollar store toilet paper made in China, and gaping at the sides to boot. What, like the wee little tiny flu beasties can’t get around the side? I guess if it makes you feel safe, go ahead, but personally, I don’t go for it. I wash my hands regularly – and well – and try to maintain my sleep, vitamins etc. I tend to think the best defense is to stay generally healthy at all times not let yourself get run down. That’s my two cents on the matter. Here is the governments.
I’ve talked about the issue of illegal suites in Surrey many times over the last couple of years, and called for a crackdown on them. My posts have always attracted some haters, which I tend to think are owners of said suites who really have no interest in paying the extra taxes and utilities the city charges if you have one. Well, the issue is heating up now in Surrey, as the city holds a series of public meetings to receive feedback on the proposal to increase the size of homes to a whopping 4,550 sq.feet, allegedly to house extended family. Many community associations have come forward to protest the idea as the meetings continue( you can see a list of dates and times at that link above), and the latest news that two Surrey city Councillors have illegal suites in their homes is not sitting well with people I’ve talked to. Kevin Diakiw of the Surrey Leader, talked to both councillors, however one of the two,Barinder Rasode, doesn’t feel it is an issue:
“I pay extra utilities and taxes,” Rasode said. “I have not in any way, shape or form violated my oath of office. I understand the perception in that technically, it could be said there is not proper zoning. The zoning might not be the proper zoning, but there’s nothing illegal about it,” Rasode said.
However,Councillor Tom Gill had this to say in the article:
Do I see the problem there? I absolutely see the problem there,” Gill said. “And I was doing my darndest to get out of this situation. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get out of the predicament.”
No wonder the city doesn’t enforce the rules, they are busy breaking them themselves… Kudo’s Kevin, for finding that little gem. Kevin Diakiw, by the way, writes for The Surrey Leader, and in my opinion, is perhaps the best local reporter out here. He is never afraid to toss hardballs in his interviews, and has brought forward innumerable stories of local importance that usually don’t make it into the pages of our cities other community paper, The Now. ( a Canwest publication that often appears to be the cities personal cheerleading edition)
Talking about stories of importance, what is with the massive lakes leading up to the Port Mann on the new approaches? We drove through one recently and nearly stalled the car, not to mention that when two vehicles approach from opposite side while the lake is there, the resulting tsunami blinds the drivers completely. I’m shocked that an accident hasn’t happened already, and perhaps the contractor might want to look into that. Seems to me that the grades are off to result in that much standing water in one location. If you’ve experienced what I’m talking about, I would love to hear from you through my contact page.
Moving on, If you haven’t heard the story of how little 5 year old Mary Butler saved her mom’s life, you have to check out this story. After the vehicle her and her mom were travelling in hit a patch of black ice and crashed down a very steep, 45 metre embankment alongside the highway, the little gal discovered she couldn’t wake her injured mother up. Now, some kids might sit and cry, but little Mary unbuckled herself, climbed through the broken back window of the truck, and somehow climbed back up the snow-covered and rocky embankment to the highway, where she waved her arms and flagged down a passing sand truck! It’s truly a wonderful thing, because the slope was so steep and the truck was so far down it could not be seen from the highway. Needless to say, the little Alberta girl is being called a hero, and rightfully so, I’d say!
Last but not least, something funny to make you go Hmmmm, how about a Guinness World Record Photo Slide Show? All I can say is, some people might have just a bit too much time on their hands, but hey – Why not? Go big, or go home, I say! Enjoy.