**updated: Why not much will ever really change in the oligarchy of Surrey…until the council does

Its amazing what a difference a few weeks and a lack of press coverage makes when it comes to making hard decisions that will permanently impact an entire neighbourhood in Surrey. Just weeks ago, parents and residents in West Panorama/Sullivan were celebrating a short lived victory after council voted to send a contentious proposal to … Continue reading **updated: Why not much will ever really change in the oligarchy of Surrey…until the council does

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.

Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver City Hall: Take big money out of civic campaigns

Forgive me for the lack of recent posts other than my columns; summer is here and there are many other things to do in the warm summer evening than sit and blog on a hot sweaty desk chair....I'll post soon and there are several things I want to write about. For now, this was Thursday's … Continue reading Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver City Hall: Take big money out of civic campaigns

Countdown to Surrey Votes 2014

Nothing gets the blood pumping like the last couple of days leading up to any election, and this years vote in Surrey is no exception. A wise man once said if someone promises you the moon, you better ask to see the ladder. Never was this more true than in this years election where promises … Continue reading Countdown to Surrey Votes 2014

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.

And so it begins.

It was of no surprise to anyone in Surrey yesterday that Barinder Rasode finally announced that she is running for mayor. After months of meeting with residents from every community in the city, she had already been acknowledged as a contender and had already been targeted by her opponents Doug McCallum and Linda Hepner. But … Continue reading And so it begins.

Guest post: “Vote Wisely in the next election”

Because  schools out for summer, that means I am juggling summer vacation along with my other commitments... and finding concentrated time to blog is difficult at best. So, over the summer I promise I will find time to do an occasional blog here and there, but will also be inviting others to do guest posts … Continue reading Guest post: “Vote Wisely in the next election”

As you heard here first, Surrey to host office of new municipal Auditor General

Yes indeed, delayed somewhat by the embarrassment of being caught with their hands in the cookie jar, the announcement was finally made of the creation of a new auditor generals office. However, as I mulled over in my earlier post, there indeed is little tooth to this legislation since the auditor will have no enforcement abilities despite whatever … Continue reading As you heard here first, Surrey to host office of new municipal Auditor General

Breaking news: Announcement imminent for creation of Municipal Auditor General.

So,  I have on good authority, that on /or around 9: 30 am tomorrow, Christie Clark will be making an announcement at SFU, heralding the creation of a Municipal Auditor General. I would hope, for all our sakes, the position actually comes with some feasible authority as well as legislation with teeth -  or the move will be simply window dressing. For … Continue reading Breaking news: Announcement imminent for creation of Municipal Auditor General.

” Evil triumphs when good people do nothing. ”

Well, David  Carrigg never minces words and todays post on the Province is no exception - evil does  triumph when good people do nothing. And when good people don't vote, they elect bad politicians, and they lose any chance to have a say in what happens in their community at a level that really matters. … Continue reading ” Evil triumphs when good people do nothing. ”