Newton Spooktacular a testament to the power of community.

I spent the afternoon at a fabulous community event in the heart of Newton today, that brought the first hint of how incredible the future of Newton is going to be. Planned and presented by the Newton BIA, the underground parking of the Newton Save On Foods was turned into a spooktacular Halloween party venue … Continue reading Newton Spooktacular a testament to the power of community.

What community is all about.

The Grove in Newton is one of those places that for many years, was nothing more than a place you had to pass through to get to somewhere else. To get to the bus loop from the library or Newton Rec Centre, you went through 'the grove'. To get to Safeway from the bus loop, … Continue reading What community is all about.

Hepner unwittingly calls into question Community Safety Patrols done by Commissionaires.

It's been said that Surrey politics is the one to watch this year and certainly it never fails to provide fodder for ample discussion. Mayoral candidate Barinder Rasode released her crime plan yesterday,one crafted in part in consultation with soon to be retired Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford. Cessford is highly respected by many not … Continue reading Hepner unwittingly calls into question Community Safety Patrols done by Commissionaires.

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

“Communication leads to community: that is, to mutual understanding, and mutual value.” ~ Rollo May

As  I write this, it is now 11:24 on Friday June 27th, 2014. I missed the report on Global earlier this evening of an alleged swarming attack at The Grove in Newton, and over the last few hours have talked with other community members, agencies and law enforcement. It's correct to say, we are all in shock, and … Continue reading “Communication leads to community: that is, to mutual understanding, and mutual value.” ~ Rollo May

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

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