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 …

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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 …

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Politics must not trump public safety – It’s time for government to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to Surrey.

*story updated below After another Detroit style rolling shoot-out yesterday in Newton,the last thing Surrey residents wanted to wake up to was news of more gun violence this morning- this time in North Surrey. It is little solace to anyone that todays shooting appears not to have been linked to the 'low-level turf war' some …

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Did you see anything?

*******UPDATED 9/21/2014 http://www.news1130.com/2014/09/21/arrest-made-in-connection-with-death-of-surrey-teen/ SURREY (NEWS1130) – An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a Surrey teen. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the identification of the accused can’t be released due to a publication ban. It will be providing an update tomorrow morning.   Police say it appears to have been …

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A bit of history on politics and the Surrey RCMP

If there is anything that bothers me immensely, it is any kind of political interference or influence in any form of policing. A wise man once told me : " Tell the truth, tell it all, and tell it quick." I'd like to think that applies to politicians and policing as well, sensitive investigations and strategic …

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Access to Information documents show an average of 46.3 founded “shots fired” calls per year between 2007 and 2012 in Surrrey BC

The news yesterday out of Surrey BC was no surprise to anyone who lives here, or to the many people who are now following politics in the city : Surrey is once again, home to the most violent crimes in the region. More concerning to many Surrey residents last night, was that the  Surrey RCMP …

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“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 …

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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 …

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A tale of two cities.. or.. ‘Perspective is everything’

The city of Surrey's version: https://www.surrey.ca/community/6803.aspx Today, Whalley, also known as North Surrey, is a thriving urban centre, home to SFU Surrey, major shopping and recreational facilities, Surrey Memorial Hospital and destination parks including Green Timbers Urban Forest, Bear Creek Park and Holland Park. North Surrey is a culturally vibrant community, playing host to the …

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“Brightening deadly road wasted effort” ~ Michael Booth, Surrey Now.

While two weeks of spring break is taking my attention elsewhere, I'll be spending less time blogging, and concentrating more on a number of stories needing investigation. The BC Liberals seem to be up to more than a few of their old tricks with the Massey Tunnel replacement issue- I'm working on this story currently -  and of course, SNC Lavalin is …

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