Public meeting 7pm tonight, YMCA lounge,hosted by developer of 5750 Panorama Drive

***UPDATED IN COMMENTS BELOW POST-FULL REPORT ON LAST NIGHTS MEETING* On the heels of more headlines on how bad the impact is in overcrowded schools last week (playground time is rationed out for young children in some schools), a community meeting hosted by a developer tonight in the Sullivan area of South Newton promises to … Continue reading Public meeting 7pm tonight, YMCA lounge,hosted by developer of 5750 Panorama Drive

Petition to support the extraordinary request of Surrey School District trustees

It's just not working. The formula and policy used to determine when and how new schools are planned for, approved and built is just not working in Surrey and both parents and trustees have had enough. Currently school capacity numbers must be significantly over what a school population should be to prove over capacity - … Continue reading Petition to support the extraordinary request of Surrey School District trustees

The million dollar question in Surrey.

( More to come on Hydro this week,but today,recent events & conversation prompts this)   Earlier this year I had an admittedly uncomfortable conversation online with a long time Surrey advocate who would send me every link to every news story about every shooting or violence in the city, particularly in Newton. As someone who's … Continue reading The million dollar question in Surrey.

“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.

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

Last weeks City Hall column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Surrey LRT plans scary expensive!

In the iconic movie Field of Dreams, farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice whispering every time he walks through his corn field: “If you build it, he will come.” But only in the movies could a farmer plow a cash crop, build a baseball field for ghosts and have everything turn out OK. In reality, … Continue reading Last weeks City Hall column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Surrey LRT plans scary expensive!

Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Transparency hit new low during plebiscite

 http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/06/17/transparency-hit-new-low-during-plebiscite Twenty-three is the number of elected representatives in Metro Vancouver who are members of the Mayors’ Council on Transportation — 21 members are mayors, one represents Electoral area ‘A’, and another is the chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation. Collectively, they are supposed to represent the views and interests of the citizens of the … Continue reading Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Transparency hit new low during plebiscite

When growing pains become intolerable, the community needs to act.

This... is my Surrey. Beautiful, yes? We have beaches and sunsets to take your breathe away, parks and trails, farms that grow incredible local produce and fruits and fields of daisies to lay down and dream in. "Communities in fear"  And with summer upon us and school out the end of next week, thousands of … Continue reading When growing pains become intolerable, the community needs to act.

“Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith aka “The day politicians closed a bridge to do yoga.”

It was hot yesterday in the suburbs. So hot that when I first heard the Burrard street bridge was being completely closed for 7 hours on the first day of summer to do yoga....I went and poured a glass of ice water to make sure I wasn't suffering the first signs of heat  stroke. The … Continue reading “Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith aka “The day politicians closed a bridge to do yoga.”