**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 …

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A discussion on rational, progressive ideas for solutions that’s long overdue.

Breaking news this morning that the Saanich school district will be joining the Vancouver school board in defying the provinces balanced budget requirement, to take a stand against ongoing funding cuts. It's been a long time coming,in my opinion and I applaud districts taking this firm stand,as the last line of defense between students and …

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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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Peace Arch Elementary delivers 30+ backpacks for Options Community Services via Operation Backpack

It was a cold and wet West Coast winter day yesterday, but it wasn't enough to dampen the smiling faces and warmth displayed by Peace Arch Elementary students as Joe Woodworth and I picked up the latest batch of backpacks for Operation Backpack yesterday! It was amazing to see how much the students from each …

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Operation Backpack Update #2-“Maybe a kind gesture can reach a wound that sometimes only compassion can help heal.” ~Steve Maraboli

Tis the season....not only for giving and caring,but for all sorts of lovely germs and things! Because a nasty little virus has been making the rounds of the house, this post is overdue! Now that everyone is nearly fully recovered, I've got so much to share! When I first tweeted this out there,I had no …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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