“Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependent upon popular opinion?” ~ William Lloyd Garrison

This is the ship my grandparents and mother came to Canada on,according to the immigration documents I've found on my mother and grandparents. My maternal grandparents, were a huge part of my life growing up. My poppa, was my everything.Both immigrants who had overcome big challenges in their lives in Germany and Denmark, they came to … Continue reading “Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependent upon popular opinion?” ~ William Lloyd Garrison

Your amuse-bouche for the day. A prime example of why you should never,ever pay any attention to campaign promises.

This is the pre-election campaign sign used by Surrey First and Hepner during the municipal election campaign in November 2014. Note, it states LRT will be complete in 2018,not started by 2018. This promise shocked many Surrey residents familiar with the reality of major transportation projects,because the planning stage alone can take years. But the promise … Continue reading Your amuse-bouche for the day. A prime example of why you should never,ever pay any attention to campaign promises.

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

“Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.” Ambrose Bierce

Normally at this time of year, political chatter dies down as politicians and media take their vacations and give everyone a much needed break. In Surrey however, the political scene just keeps heating up, as former Surrey mayor Doug McCallum tossed his hat officially into the ring again today. To the thousands of new Surrey … Continue reading “Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.” Ambrose Bierce

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

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~ Herman Melville

A wise man once said that as soon as you see a mistake and don't fix it, it becomes your mistake. Surrey city mayor and councillors would do well to hold this proverb close to their hearts. Never could that be more true than when looking at the ongoing state of affairs in the community … Continue reading We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~ Herman Melville

“You are what you do…not what you say you will do.” ~ Carl Jung

"We tend to treat politics as a game, as if the people living and dying by the policies set by those in power are less important than the stories generated by colorful characters..." ~ Tyler Clark I'll never profess to know everything about politics, but there is one thing I feel I do know with … Continue reading “You are what you do…not what you say you will do.” ~ Carl Jung

“We don’t need more task forces, we need results” -Esmir Milavic

Strong words from Community Relations Strategist at @Surrey604, Esmir Milavic, on how to address the issue of violence and safety in Newton, as the community copes with the tragic death of Julie Paskall. I agree with Esmir completely. And this is why.                                         What happened to the Newton Town Centre Plan? As I detailed in … Continue reading “We don’t need more task forces, we need results” -Esmir Milavic

The price to pay is far more than Newton residents should have to.

My heart stopped at news today that a woman had been severely beaten in what appears to be an attempted robbery outside of the Newton Arena. http://www.thenownewspaper.com/woman-not-expected-to-live-after-savage-beating-near-surrey-s-newton-arena-1.774064?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_campaign=hootsuite Foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with her, her family and her friends - this was a senseless crime that in my opinion, should never have occurred. While … Continue reading The price to pay is far more than Newton residents should have to.

“Political Incompetence Kills.”

As a community of students, families, teachers and friends mourns the loss of a teenage girl killed in the horrific accident yesterday in Surrey, questions are rising as to why this happened in the first place. Yes, the girls were crossing outside of a controlled intersection- the question should be,why is that? For many years, … Continue reading “Political Incompetence Kills.”