Letter from a reader: “Is there anyone looking out for the interests of the general public here???”

Catching up on the emails from my contact page here on the site today, and received this letter from a reader in Delta, who has cancer and is forced to travel to Surrey for treatments - via transit. I rarely post letters from people here, but this one really struck me. He has noticed something …

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If a tree falls in the forest, does anyone in the city hear? * UPDATED April 3/2015

* Update April 3rd,2015 I received a reply from Jess Dhillon, head of Acquisitions & Development at Redekop Development  Corp and I followed up with a phone call where we talked more in depth. This is his response: "Hi Laila, Regarding your comments, in response to neighborhood complaints, we received a notice from the City …

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Countdown to Surrey Votes 2014: “The only people truly bound by campaign promises are the voters who believe them.” ― Christopher Hitchens

I admit it, I'm more than a bit cynical when it comes to elections in general. Why? Because while countries overseas will riot,march by thousands in the streets and overthrow governments simply to have a free election and exercise the right to a free vote, here in Canada many can't even be bothered to make …

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Update: The Little Pop Up Soup Kitchen…that couldn’t

An update to the story I posted yesterday that warmed everyone's hearts is developing. In speaking with Erin Schulte just now, she said a member of the group received a phone call from Fraser Health this morning to contact them. Erin did call back and spoke with a Fraser Health Inspector, Nimret Rai, who said …

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Life on 135A street, or, The little Pop-up Soup Kitchen that could

"Compassion is not just feeling with someone, but seeking to change the situation. Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action!" Desmond Tutu The story last week that bylaw officers from the city of Surrey had told a …

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Newton residents left in the dark over proposed community court in Surrey with no response from Attorney General Susan Anton

It was back in January 2014, following the death of Julie Paskall, that both Mayor Watts and the NDP renewed calls for a community court in Surrey. Watts met with Attorney General Susan Anton in February, where it was agreed that a steering committee would be set up to gain input from the judiciary, the …

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Bringing community pride and respect back to the streets of Newton.

The wonderful Jude Hannah of ReNewton Nation posted a blog post recently that has been picked up by the Surrey Now and run as a column: "Newton's crisis is now an opportunity" . In her column, Jude speaks to the horror and outrage every Newton resident felt, and the small beginnings of hope and change that …

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With more opportunity, comes more opportunists… ~Amy Gardener

I know many of you are waiting impatiently for my new post on a major issue involving one of my favorite contractors, but after reading something in a news story here in Surrey, I couldn't let this pass. Former Liberal MLA and frequent political candidate Brenda Locke, has announced that she is going to run …

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City staff recommend third reading be granted to draft Official Community Plan Monday March 31st as development continues at a breakneck pace.

City staff have now completed the corporate report Surrey council asked for following the recent public hearing of the Official Community plan (referred to as the OCP) , and are recommending that council grant third reading. http://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/CR_2014-R048.pdf While city staff acknowledged merit to many of the speakers comments and suggestions at the public hearing, regarding concerns on …

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RCMP take lumps along with praise at community meeting – Newton residents look forward to next step.

I apologize for the lateness of this post - it's been a hectic week with back to school, followed by immediate return of stomach flu as a result. I still haven't posted my weekly 24Hrs column here yet - which was published Monday - and I'm not nearly caught up on emails.I'm hoping this quick post will …

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