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Stay out of Surrey, McCallum tells Uber ‘Luring’ Uber drivers to issue them $500 fines is ‘completely wrong,’ Surrey councillors say Tom Zytaruk tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum says the gloves are off. “We gave Uber a grace period over the weekend by issuing warning tickets for non-compliance,” he said. “I felt that was only fair to give them an opportunity to comply.” On Monday, he said 18 warnings had been issued to Uber drivers to date. “For those who continue to operate in Surrey,” McCallum said during a press conference at city hall, “there will no longer be any warning tickets and any violators caught will be ticketed and face a fine of $500.” McCallum said a business license is required. “Until that happens,” he said, “Uber is operating illegally in Surrey.” Meantime, Surrey city councillor Linda Annis dismisses as “completely wrong” the city bylaws

effort. This is just pure silliness.” Michael van Hemmen, in charge of Uber for Western Canada, says his company does not believe the City of Surrey has the authority to block it from doing business here. “Premier Horgan has been clear that municipalities do not have the authority to prevent ridesharing companies from operating,” he Annis van Hemmen stated. “Uber and drivers have all the required approvals from the provinenforcement department’s tactic over the weekend of “luring” Uber cial government and the Passenger drivers into Surrey only to hit them Transportation Board to operate with a warning and the ride-hailing in Metro Vancouver. We do not believe there is any legal basis for company with a $500 fine. Councillor Brenda Locke echoed drivers to be fined by the City of Surrey.” that. Annis said Monday that city staff z See OUR VIEW, page 10 told her three bylaws enforcement officers were directed to hail Uber drivers. “What I do know is that “I think it’s an entrapment,” the bylaw officers that were calling Locke said. “There are literally the ride-hailing services were ishundreds of businesses in Surrey suing warnings only to the drivers that operate without a business but were fining Uber at $500 per licence. “It seems pretty obviously direct- trip into Surrey.” Rob Costanzo, the city’s general ed at the mayor’s project, which I manager, did not return requests think is unfortunate,” she said. for comment. Nor did Kim Maros“Surrey is not an island in all evich, Surrey’s bylaws enforcement this. We are part of Metro Vancouver, we should be working with manager. Asked if she thinks this is city all of the other communities, cities business, or political business, in Metro Vancouver to make sure Annis replied, “I think this is politthere’s some kind of co-ordinated

The City of Surrey’s tactics in combating Uber are being described as “pure silliness.” ical business.” “I feel it’s a very bad use of bylaw officers’ time – they should be focusing in on enforcing public safety issues in our city, not calling Uber drivers to come out to the city only to issue them a warning for coming here,” she said. “The direction to city staff I don’t feel was appropriate. I don’t think this is proper utilization of city staff or resources, to bring in drivers only to issue them a warning. I think that is completely inappropriate,” she said. “To me it is completely wrong.” Annis said there is a process

set in place to approve how Uber will be operating in this city and “we should be letting the proper process to take shape, not luring Uber drivers or other ride-hailing services into Surrey only to issue infraction notices.” McCallum told reporters Monday, “I want to state very clearly is I support ride hailing. I’ve said that from day one, I support ride hailing,” and that he thinks a majority on council do as well. “But it has to be on a level playing field with the taxi industry.” Continued on A4

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Surrey man’s extensive report calls city’s policing claims ‘unsubstantiated garbage’ Tom Zytaruk tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Surrey’s Richard Landale has taken public engagement to a whole new level, ironically, concerning public engagement in this city. A vast number of Surrey residents have voiced strong opinions about city hall’s plan to swap out the RCMP for a homegrown police force, and how it has handled public consultation so far in the process. But not everybody produces a slick-looking 14-page treatise on the topic, like Landale has. The 71-year old Fleetwood resident was employed as a senior electrical design draughtsman in the oil and natural gas industry before he retired in 2004. He has a wife, three daughters, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He says he worked in a profession where attention to detail was a “key prerequisite” and he continues draw on those skills as the need arises. “Transparency is my Mantra,” Landale declares at the end of his report, entitled “Qualitative Review of the Policing Transition Citizen Engagement Survey,” in which he subjects related city documents to microscopic examination. Landale wants Wally Oppal to review it and then forward it to Solicitor General Mike Farnworth “for his review, deliberations and assistance.” “It would be lovely if he would.” The Fleetwood resident dismisses as “unsubstantiated garbage” City of Surrey corporate report CR2019-R164 on the proposed policing transition and its accompanying Final Policing Transition Citizen Engagement Strategy Report. “Whether Mr. Oppal agrees with the contents or not, the City of Surrey’s undertaking to 23 Consultation Events and the resulting lack of data transparency is highly questionable, and does not reflect the majority of 570,000 citizens living in the City of Surrey,” Landale concludes. Landale told the Now-Leader that nobody paid him to do his

A quick look at some of the news in the community you might have missed. Send your news items to edit@ surreynowleader.com “An announcement in support of Surrey’s students,” was planned at Surrey City Hall on Tuesday, past Now-Leader press time, with Minster of Education Rob Fleming, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum and Surrey Board of Education chair Laurie Larsen in attendance (check surreynowleader.com for the latest).

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An Ideas Box greeted attendees of Surrey’s first public consultation session on the policing transition plan in Cloverdale, held May 23, 2019. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk) Oppal told the Now-Leader report. “All my work for the last on Wednesday that he would be few years is entirely voluntary,” happy to read Landale’s report, he said. He said it took 60 hours to pro- with the caveat that it’s not really in his mandate to deal with citiduce. Why’d he do it? zen engagement. “It’s very simple – my work experience is all about detail, and “You know, I spend over an I’ve never believed the mayor hour a day just fielding calls from saying 93 per cent supported him people from Surrey, not to menin having a Surrey police depart- tion the number of emails that I ment,” Landale said. get,” he said. “But I take “And when the so-called the time to read it, it’s full disclosure report my job to do that. You was released on Dec. know this idea of citizen 23rd, I went at it. It’s just engagement and all that, as simple as that. I stand I just can’t, it’s not a part behind every single of my mandate. I respect number I reproduce and the people in Surrey who behind the Excel spreadhave taken an interest sheets and the graphs.” in this issue, and that’s The former B.C. Sureally good that there’s Richard Landale preme Court judge and this much public interest attorney general is in but our starting point charge of overseeing the plan. is that the Province has given the Oppal told the Now-Leader on city the green light to go ahead. Dec. 23 that it will take him But before you can take the next roughly a month to review the step, they need to have informareport from the joint provincial tion, they need to have evidence government-City of Surrey com- that would justify Surrey having mittee on the proposed transiits own police force. tion, “to see if it passes muster.” “I can’t go behind the decision He has now finished his review of city council,” Oppal said, but of that report and has sent it on added, “You know, I read the to Brenda Butterworth-Carr, material and if the guy wants to B.C.’s director of police services, send it to me I’d be more than for further consideration. pleased to read it. I just want the

people of Surrey to know that everything they’ve sent to me, I read.” Oliver Lum, the City of Surrey’s communications manager, said Mayor Doug McCallum “will not be commenting” on Landale’s report or a related press release that was issued by Surrey Connect on Wednesday. McCallum’s one-time Safe Surrey Coalition running mates and now rivals Jack Hundial and Brenda Locke, city councillors who recently formed the Surrey Connect slate, brought Landale’s report to light Wednesday in a press release entitled “Flaws in the City of Surreys Own Consultation Process Revealed by Local Resident.” “Despite the Mayor trying to force his agenda and direct how this report was conducted, Surrey citizens have risen up and are seeing the folly of this report and consultation process,” Locke states in the press release. “Citizens are demanding the facts and honest engagement in this process. As a former Minister, in the provincial government it is shocking to me that the process to date has been so obviously manipulated. Surrey residents deserve better.”

Canada’s first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus has been officially confirmed, Ontario health officials said Monday as they announced the patient’s wife has also contracted the illness. In the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of China’s coronavirus outbreak, British-expat teacher Tom Williams, his pregnant wife Lauren and their White Rock-born son, James, are among those quarantined in the city. Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp prayed and wept as they marked the 75th anniversary of its liberation on Monday. The helicopter carrying basketball legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, who died Sunday when it crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles, was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded other choppers.

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Uber shrugs off city’s letter in Surrey, Richmond and the City of declined. Vancouver.” But Laurie Fletcher, a McCallum argues that the taxi senior account executive with Citizen industry “meets the needs of all its He said cabbies have to pay Relations, said Lyft is not operating passengers by having vehicles for $27,000 in insurance whereas Uber in Surrey yet; however, we will operators pay only $100. “That’s not hire that can accommobe continuing to expand the date people of all abilities. fair,” he said, “that’s not fair what operating area. “Until I am assured the government has done to allow “We do have a hub there (in that a level playing field that to happen.” Surrey),” she said, “but we aris established, I will not Mayor Doug McCallum has said en’t operating it there yet.” it’s “no secret that a large percentage be supporting the issuing “I can’t comment on the of cab drivers live in Surrey and the of ride hailing business exact time,” she added. “We licenses and, if there is a modest wages they earn go to supdon’t have an official time port their families. As residents and need, I will be asking for frame.” an increase in taxi licenses as my constituents, it is my duty to Annis said that if this for operation in Surrey,” do what I can to ensure that these McCallum ride-hailing business was not he said. jobs are not lost due to an unfair dealt with at Monday night’s “I look forward to hearadvantage that has been arbitrarily meeting, “certainly if it’s not coming about how the region will work put in place.” ing up I will ask that this be dealt with the province to ensure there is Meantime, there was uber confuwith at the next council meeting in fair competition in the marketplace sion over the ride-hailing company operating in North Surrey on Friday, between ride hailing companies and terms of how we’re going to position ride-hailing for the city. It’s not been the taxi industry.” despite McCallum vowing to deny MacInnis said that “when it comes voted on by council yet, and it’s not such ride-hailing companies business been discussed by council, so I think to business licences, there is a inlicences here. Matt MacInnis, vice that’s the very obvious next step for ter-municipality business licence president of corporate communicaus to do.” tions for Uber, told the Now-Leader process that the mayor’s council is Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita going through now, and Uber is parthat pick-ups and drop-offs were Huberman, who has been a vocal ticipating in the process.” available in parts of Surrey as of 8 A Lyft press release issued by public advocate of ride-hailing, said the a.m. Friday. board is pleased with Lyft and Uber relations company Citizen Relations On Friday night, the City of Surbeing approved to operate in the indicated on Friday that there “are rey sent a letter to Uber to cease Lower Mainland and Whistler. currently three driver hubs located its operations by 9 p.m. but Uber

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much has changed, really. “I think you caught us at one of our very first markets. I think it was the second event we ever did, Marissa Bergeron was on the and that was at that Kwantlen winSkyTrain, going through Columter market. So, since doing those bia Station in New Westminster “where there’s no reception,” when markets where we sold about 10 to maybe 20 meals, we’ve (now) she got the call from Small Busicatered for the City of Surrey and ness BC about their upcoming done 450 meals for them.” awards. Bergeron said travelling around “I was like, ‘I’ll call you back in the world as a flight attendant for five minutes,’ and sure enough, I eight years, trying different food couldn’t get through to them for the rest of the day, so I was pacing trucks and street vendors made her aware of something all the vendors the house,’ said Bergeron, who is had in common – waste. the founder and CEO of Surrey’s “There’s always Styrofoam conEat The Dishes. “The anticipation tainer, there’s always a plastic cup was killing me the whole day.” Eat The Dishes is a finalist in the or whatever that you’re throwing Best Youth Entrepreneur category out, literally, five minutes after its use.” for Small Business BC Awards. So Bergeron began brainstormBefore the awards, finalists have ing ideas that would eventually to pitch their business to a panel become Eat the Dishes, which uses of experts Feb. 3 to 6. The awards are set for Feb. 21 at the Vancouver “a basic recipe, kind of like pizza dough,” as its soup bowls. Convention Centre. Shaped like a cup, she said, the The Now-Leader first spoke with Bergeron, who lives in Whalley, in dough uses different spices and January of 2019 during one of Eat herbs based on which types of soups will be served. The Dishes first market events. Bergeron, who had been living Since then, Bergeron said, “So

that does a “closed-circle economy” where they sell their product in a glass jar, which customers can then return to them so they can be reused. Bergeron said Eat The Dishes decided to try out the concept and it’s been “well-received” so far. The jars, she said, are available at Vegan Supply where they “started small, just to see if the demand is there.” People can return their jars to Eat The Dishes at any event and the company will refund the customers $1 deposit. She said she hopes they’ll be able to branch out to a couple of other select stores in the next six months. Eat The Dishes founder and CEO Marissa Bergeron, right, with the company’s director of “We already have customers reoperations Jean-Michel Lajoie. Eat The Dishes is up for a Small Business BC Award for the turning the jars to us, so it’s nice Best Youth Entrepreneur. (Photo: Submitted) to see that because we really want to stay as low waste as possible,” And the newest venture, Bergeron Bergeron said. in Dubai for eight years, said she “That was the only way we were moved back to Surrey in March of said, is that people can now buy going to do it if there was some their soups. 2018 and “kind of came up with kind of closed-circle economy at “We started to realize there was the concept (for Eat the Dishes) a demand for our soups. When we play because we really don’t want around then.” don’t have events, people say, ‘Well, to sacrifice our values around During the past year, Bergeron said Eat The Dishes has improved where can we find you guys? Where waste.” For more information on Eat The can we buy the soup?’” its recipes, added new recipes and Dishes, visit eatthedishes.com. She said she knew of a business more toppings.

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‘A large majority of our residents do not support ride-hailing in Surrey’ Those are Doug McCallum’s words, but what do ‘Now-Leader’ readers say? The Editor, Living in Surrey for many years (since 1975) I have enjoyed the multi-cultural aspect, the many events and the friendliness of its people. Surrey is a great place to live, though we hide it well. I have watched mayors come and go and policies shift and wane. Some I liked and some I didn’t. That’s life. I’m getting a strange feeling at this point in time. First, McCallum moves to change police forces, then he denies the sale of marijuana and its offshoots, now he tries to insist that Uber cease in Surrey. It is feeling slightly dictator-ish and I am getting McCallum’s claims on ride-hailing don’t seem to be supported by readers. (Flickr) quite creeped out by this. The U.S. has many problems and sounds more like Donald of restrictions emerging through Trump every day – twisting facts fear. It is also feeling a little like and outright lies. that as well. Maybe he’s quoting “alternaRemember, Doug – you are not tive facts” when he says no one an emperor or a king. You are wants ride-hailing in Surrey. an elected official who is there in Everyone that isn’t a taxi driver place to serve the people of Surwants ride-hailing in Surrey. rey and allow Surrey to progress. McCallum is clearly far rePlease, tell me how your choices moved from reality. are serving the people of Surrey. surreynowleader.com I wonder if the remaining Surrey council members that Marie Orton, Surrey are loyal to his dictatorship are sharpening their knives in ••• ••• expectations of a coup because The Editor, The Editor, All I have to say to you, Doug McCallum has got to go. Doug McCallum continues his McCallum, is damn you for tryopposition to the issuance of Dan Riordan, Surrey ing to keep Uber out of Surrey. business licences to ride-hailing The majority of people in companies. ••• I disagree with his position on Surrey want Uber, and how dare The Editor, this and urge him to reconsider. you say we don’t. This is in response to Doug You don’t have the guts to I believe taxi owners have long McCallum’s claim that the malobbied the Transportation Safe- stand up against the taxi comjority of Surrey voters are opmunity, because they voted for ty Board to limit the number of posed to ride-hailing services. you. And, let’s not forget the taxi licenses and enable municiWhere are the numbers to suppalities to become dependent on massive amount of money spent port this claim? Neither my wife collecting licensing revenue in a to get our own police force, nor I, or any of my neighbours “cozy” relationship that is not in which is ridiculous. What we need are more officers, not a new were asked, so where does he the public interest. McCallum’s get this information from? Thin logo. offer to look at asking for more air? Or arrogance? This is how The people of Surrey should taxi licences from the Passenger Trump operates. be outraged that this individual Transportation Board is too litI am in favour of ride-hailing is misrepresenting us. You need tle and far too late. services, as it offers many opto be removed from office. Please respect the interests of tions for those seeking rides in all residents of Surrey, who both Yvette Sommers, Surrey the event they cannot drive due need and can benefit from better to ability or because they may alternatives. We are adults that have been out drinking. ••• should have the power of choice. The Editor, Harold Kiesewetter, Ocean Park Mayor Doug McCallum looks Ernie Mannering, Surrey

••• The Editor, I have lived in South Surrey for 20 years now and know thousands of Surrey residents. You, Mr. Mayor, must have your own driver if you think we don’t want and desperately need ride-sharing out here. No one even goes out anymore as it’s impossible to get a cab. The cab companies are the only ones who don’t want ride-sharing out here. I wonder why. We recently had a party and the one couple who couldn’t drive home and who were wanting to cab home had to wait an hour-and-a-half to get one. But you don’t think we need ride-sharing. And this doesn’t even include all the poor restaurants and bars and pubs that are seriously suffering as people don’t want to drink and drive. Mayor McCallum, we voted you in to get these kind of things done and you don’t even care. I can’t believe it – I travel the whole world and every country I’ve been to has ride-sharing and apps to get them, and it’s amazing. Leslie Ford, South Surrey ••• The Editor, I am so done with Doug McCallum and his “my way or the highway” attitude. Now he doesn’t want to ‘allow’ ride hailing into Surrey. It seems very clear he is definitely only supporting one part of the population of Surrey. Although, it appears he may not have a choice according to The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, but he will probably make the licensing requirements unattainable for these drivers. McCallum is acting like a dictator and a bully and he needs to go. Wake up, Surrey. Can you not see what he is? I hope the next election gives us a better mayor. Bev Fenton, Surrey

Uber support on FB Find us at /surreynowleader Telly Seabrook Yes we all want options ! There should never be a monopoly service of taxi cabs, especially when people wait over a hour for a cab on a Friday or Saturday night. Allan Byard An out-of-touch mayor who is beholden to the Surrey taxi cartel. That is not the kind of politics that the residents of Surrey deserve. Vote yes and have access to the modern conveniences of society and the world. Bernie Sheppard Amazing – about the same numbers of support for new police force (two to one against) shows Doug’s funding buddies are consistent. Jennifer Miller Fletcher Talk about not wanting what’s best for the city. This guy needs to go. He’s done nothing good. This will help prevent drinking and driving. Half the taxis won’t even drive you home from Vancouver to Surrey. Or is he going to ask all cities around us to build canals and we all buy canoes? Joanne DeVries If the residents of Surrey want access to the same services as residents of the other Lower Mainland cities there is only one way to send that message prior to the next election. Call the office of every councillor and the mayor every day we go without the ability to use Uber and Lyft in Surrey. Call. Every. Day. Brett Barden Can we send McCallum a letter to cease operations? The next election can’t come soon enough. Natalie Colleen No thank you. I prefer the safety and security of a professional taxi service. Debbie Fee Theilmann Maybe McCallum’s buddies might start supplying rides and picking up people on time and being a little more pleasant. Joe Foley McCallum, with all due respect, you’re wrong on this one. Just admit it and move on. Bernie Sheppard The mayor must have had a lot of help from his taxi company buddies to get elected to be this wrong and shortsighted.


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War with Uber is embarrassing “Completely wrong.” “Entrapment.” “Pure silliness.” Indeed, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum’s tactics to keep Uber out of Surrey – not to mention his crusade against ride-hailing in the first place – were being met with scorn and ridicule Monday. McCallum told media Monday that 18 infraction warnings were handed out to Uber drivers since Friday. He also said there will be no more warnings – if caught operating in Surrey, they will be fined $500. All this tough talk comes after the city sent a letter to Uber Friday telling it to cease its operations, which Uber shrugged off and “declined.” It’s no secret who the mayor is

looking out for here. We all know his supporters in the taxi industry played a big role in putting him in office a second time in Surrey. While it’s understandable that McCallum would act to protect the jobs of an industry that helped land him the mayor’s seat, it’s also easy to see why he would be criticized for ignoring the wishes of the city as a whole. But if you ask him, he would tell you he isn’t ignoring residents at all, rather, he is listening to them. “A large majority of our residents do not support ride-hailing in Surrey,” McCallum has previously stated, even being quoted as saying he knows this because he has been out in the community speaking to residents. We have to wonder, which commu-

nity was that? Read page 7 in today’s issue and then try to tell us Surrey doesn’t want ride-hailing. Furthermore, of the many letters we have received, not one has been in support of McCallum’s ill-advised war with Uber. And among the hundreds of comments on our Facebook and Twitter, we could only find a few that didn’t want ride-hailing. Finally, while hardly scientific, 80 per cent of people who took our web poll said they want ride-hailing. For a slate that promised to listen to residents, it’s clear Safe Surrey is tone deaf – or is plugging its ears – when it comes to ride-hailing in Surrey. Either way, it’s not a good look. – Now-Leader

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Ontario ride-hailing experience has implications for Surrey ion is not based on facts. Public opinion surveys show there is a Frankly strong demand for such a service Speaking here. McCallum has also stated that the city will not issue business Frank Bucholtz licences to ride-hailing companies, but that will be unnecessary. The Ride-hailing is now operating in region’s mayors are already workB.C., in a lightning-quick response ing on a mobile regional business licence for the ride-hailing comto the Passenger Transportation panies, which could be available Board’s approval Jan. 23 of applications by ride-hailing giants Uber as early as February. McCallum is and Lyft. The next day, both com- opposed – but he is outnumbered. The decisions by the PTB to appanies were already offering rides in a number of areas of Vancouver. prove Uber and Lyft (and deny the application of Kater, a ride-hailing The two companies have been company funded by the taxi indusgranted permission to operate across the Lower Mainland and in try) make for fascinating reading. They can be found at ptboard. Whistler. Pick-ups and drop-offs were also bc.ca. The board spent a lot of time reportedly available in parts of digging into ride-hailing operations Surrey as of 8 a.m. Friday. in other parts of Canada and its Mayor Doug McCallum has reference to Mississauga, Ont. is claimed that Surrey residents do not want ride-hailing, but his opin- particularly relevant to Surrey.

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“In the City of Mississauga, approximately 10 million dispatched vehicle-for-hire trips (ride-hailing and taxi) were reported in 2017. The City reported that the 7.7 million increase in trips indicated that a new vehicle-for-hire market had emerged. Notably, the report concluded that TNS (ride-hailing) did not simply capture 15.3 per cent of the existing market share but rather it capitalized on a previously untapped market that before consisted of individuals walking, taking buses, and using personal vehicles,” the decision on Uber’s application stated. This is exactly what will happen in Surrey. Mississauga, like Surrey, is the “second city” in the Toronto region and it also home to Pearson International Airport. Unlike Surrey, it is quite well-served by public transit – yet the number of overall trips skyrocketed after ride-hailing

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was introduced. Taxi companies, who have fought Uber and Lyft tooth-and-nail, do have a point – their businesses could be significantly damaged by the competition. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. The industry must adapt to the changing circumstances and embrace change. One of the first things that must happen is that taxis based anywhere in the Lower Mainland must be free to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere else. Vancouver taxi companies have resisted this – but it must happen, or those Vancouver-based companies will be out of business first. Surrey residents who are often left waiting when they call for a taxi need to be able to get prompt service. Surrey residents who go to downtown Vancouver entertainment hot spots need to be able to

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get home with a taxi or ride-hailing service after SkyTrain shuts down. There are political consequences to this decision, which is why McCallum has made threats about business licences. There are many taxi drivers and licence holders living in Surrey, and they have political clout. However, this is less likely to be a municipal challenge than a provincial one. The quick start of Uber and Lyft service is likely to cause Premier John Horgan to shelve any ideas of a 2020 election, if he was thinking along those lines. The six Surrey seats the NDP hold and the additional one in North Delta would be threatened by a shift in support away from NDP candidates. Frank Bucholtz writes weekly for the Now-Leader, as well as at frankbucholtz.blogspot.ca – email frank.bucholtz@gmail.com

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Surrey RCMP say an ‘emotionally elevated’ person has been taken into custody following reports of an explosion at a Whalley home. Around 5:50 p.m. Friday (Jan. 24), Surrey RCMP frontline officers and Surrey Fire Service responded to a report of an explosion in the area of 124th Street and Iona Place, according to a release from Surrey RCMP. A Black Press Media freelancer on scene said “multiple residents in the area heard a large explosion that shook their homes.” Police said witnesses were able to direct investigators to a specific home. The surrounding homes were evacuated “as a precaution and specialized response teams were brought in to ensure everyone’s safety.” A person was then taken into custody, “without any harm to people or property.” Surrey RCMP said that officers were continuing to interview neighbours looking for witnesses and possible CCTV video footage.

Surrey RCMP say an ‘emotionally elevated’ person was taken into custody Friday night following reports of an explosion at a Whalley home. For more photos from the scene, visit surreynowleader.com. (Photo: Shane MacKichan) Anyone with information about the incident or who was in the area that may have dash cam

video, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous

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Police say a video showing a Surrey RCMP officer apparently punching a driver in the Morgan Creek area Friday morning does not show the whole picture. “It does look concerning, obviously,” Cpl. Elenore Sturko told Black Press Media. “Even when force is justified… it is still disturbing to see.” Following a tweet sharing a 15-second video – captured at 32 Avenue and 160 Street just before 11:30 a.m. by a TikTok user – of the altercation, police tweeted “some context.”

In a second tweet, Surrey RCMP explained that the driver fled the scene after backing into the officer’s vehicle. Efforts to track the individual using a police dog were unsuccessful, and the suspect vehicle “was found abandoned a short time later,” the tweet SEE VIDEO ONLINE states. AT SURREYNOWLEADER.COM Sturko told Black Press the subject vehicle was found near 143A Street and 82 Avenue, The video shows the officer has been seized by police and leaning inside the driver-side door of a dark-coloured vehi- that investigation is ongoing. She described the incident as cle. He then backs away, closes the door and punches through “quite a dangerous situation for our member to be in,” and the open window three times before the vehicle can be seen said it was “very fortunate” that no one was injured. backing away. “Our officer was responding to a report of an erratic/possibly impaired driver this morning when he came across the vehicle, driver slumped over,” the tweet states. “When officer tried to wake the driver he became combative and began to fight…”

A screen shot from a TikTok video that shows a Surrey RCMP officer appearing to punch a driver after police say the driver became “combative.”

Two men have been charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 11, 2019 homicide of Andrew Baldwin, 30, in Surrey. Baldwin was pronounced dead in hospital after police found him unresponsive after receiving a call for assistance from a residence in the 10700block of 124th Baldwin Street. Jordon Bottomley and Jagpal Hothi were expected to appear in Surrey provincial court Monday (Jan. 27). Sergeant Frank Jang, spokesman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said Bottomley and Hothi were arrested on Jan. 24. “There was a great deal of coordinated effort by our investigators and many partners this past weekend that has resulted in charge approval,” he said. “No further information will be released as the matter is now before the court.” Tom Zytaruk

Police arrest man in Surrey online cell sales robberies Surrey Mounties say a 20-year-old man is facing robbery charges related to online sales. Joseph Peake, of no fixed address, is charged with two counts of robbery and three counts of breaching court orders. Surrey RCMP Corporal Elenore Sturko said this is related to two incidents, one day apart. On Jan. 18, just after 5 p.m. near the Surrey Public Library, she said, the alleged victim arranged to meet with a potential buyer for a cell phone advertised on social media. “While the meeting took place the victim was allegedly assaulted, and their phone was stolen.” Sturko said the following day, just before noon, “a similar incident took place outside a Surrey shopping centre, but the victim was able to run away and their phone was not stolen.” Peake was arrested that same day. Sturko advises buyers and sellers to meet in “heavily populated” public places, do not meet at your home, and take a friend with you. Tom Zytaruk


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ager would get back to Black Press at a later date. Black Press had not heard back from the City by publication time (several days). Foulkes has fought to save heritage trees in the past. In 2012, he fought – and won – a battle to save another Royal Oak on King George Blvd. The Royal Oak at the Regent Road school site is 67 centimetres in diameter. According to City of Surrey bylaws, any tree 30 centimetres in diameter or greater, at chest level, requires a permit to be cut down. According to the City of Surrey website, the Royal Oaks were sent over as seedlings from England’s Great Windsor Park. The trees were planted in various parts of Surrey, but most were planted along Peace Arch Highway. In 1940, the arterial road was renamed King George VI Highway to commemorate the monarch’s brief visit to Surrey in 1939. It was renamed King George Boulevard in 2010.

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was her first job and she enjoyed it so much that she has now been with the business for more than 20 years, having owned it for the last 11. Progressing from an employee to now an owner, Tina truly enjoys her work at Sub Garden, insisting that it is her customers that keep her coming back every morning with a smile. She is involved in every aspect from operating the business to serving to dealing with customers, the latter of which she says is the best part of her job. Some of her adult customers having been coming back for decades, going back to when they were school children. Tina fell into the business without planning, a fact for which she is now grateful about. Her sister used to work for the previous owner of Sub Garden and when they were looking to open up a sandwich shop, her sister suggested she come to meet the manager and he hired her on the spot. Her personable quality shone through then as it does now. In Trinidad, where Tina is from, social gatherings for women are a common occurrence and groups

of women would often take cooking classes as a bonding experience. Reflecting back on it years later, she says it was what sparked her interest in cooking and wanting to become involved with Sub Garden. Taking care of her family prior to working, Tina also cooked regularly for her relatives and learned to make healthy and satisfying meals, but also ones that were time efficient. She says this is what drew her to Sub Garden; the ease of preparation of the food meant that she had more time to engage in conversation with her customers. The popularity of Sub Garden and the success they have achieved here in Newton means that the business would have

a large following if they opened another location. However, Tina states that she likes actively engaging her customers and opening up more locations would take away this aspect. The food industry can be gruelling work, especially with the long hours, so it is admirable that Tina makes an active attempt to be present for every part of her business. Operating the restaurant has become a part of her routine and she insists that she would not have it any other way. It has become a “piece of cake” for her now. The homemade quality of the restaurant is translated in everything from the ingredients to the atmosphere and of course Tina’s personality. All their ingredients are bought from local suppliers and vendors and they really

NEED IDEAS? steer away from buying in bulk because their restaurant is founded on the idea of quality food. All the food is usually bought every two days to ensure freshness. Being as busy as she is does not stop Tina from cooking and preparing most of the food herself, such as the soups and lasagna. Their menu is simple but satisfying, including sandwiches, wraps, rice bowls and various hot side dishes. The recipes and majority of the menu have not changed in the past 24 years because they have been so popular with her customers. She has however added some of her hometown Trinidadian flavour with the Cajun and jerk chicken options. The quality and make of the food gives it a feeling of being homemade which is what keeps bringing customers back. Tina plans to retire in a few years to spend time with her grandchildren and travel back to Trinidad. She hopes that the next person to take over her business is as interested in it as she is. “Best Wraps and sandwiches in Surrey. I have been going to this

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Established in 1995, the Sub Garden has been a staple in Surrey, B.C.’s Newton area ever since. It is an independent, familyowned and operated business that believes in providing quality food that doesn’t cut corners. Tina Baggoo began working for Sub Garden in 1994, when the business first opened. Ever the exceptional worker, she managed the night shift (back when there was a night shift) until 1996. In 2005, Tina decided it was time to take another leap forward and bought the establishment from the previous owner. And the rest, as it is said, is history. Sub Garden has played a huge role in Tina’s life. It

was her first job and she enjoyed it so much that she has now been with the business for more than 20 years, having owned it for the last 11. Progressing from an employee to now an owner, Tina truly enjoys her work at Sub Garden, insisting that it is her customers that keep her coming back every morning with a smile. She is involved in every aspect from operating the business to serving to dealing with customers, the latter of which she says is the best part of her job. Some of her adult customers having been coming back for decades, going back to when they were school children. Tina fell into the business without planning, a fact for which she is now grateful about. Her sister used to work for the previous owner of Sub Garden and when they were looking to open up a sandwich shop, her sister suggested she come to meet the manager and he hired her on the spot. Her personable quality shone through then as it does now. In Trinidad, where Tina is from, social gatherings for women are a common occurrence and groups

of women would often take cooking classes as a bonding experience. Reflecting back on it years later, she says it was what sparked her interest in cooking and wanting to become involved with Sub Garden. Taking care of her family prior to working, Tina also cooked regularly for her relatives and learned to make healthy and satisfying meals, but also ones that were time efficient. She says this is what drew her to Sub Garden; the ease of preparation of the food meant that she had more time to engage in conversation with her customers. The popularity of Sub Garden and the success they have achieved here in Newton means that the business would have

a large following if they opened another location. However, Tina states that she likes actively engaging her customers and opening up more locations would take away this aspect. The food industry can be gruelling work, especially with the long hours, so it is admirable that Tina makes an active attempt to be present for every part of her business. Operating the restaurant has become a part of her routine and she insists that she would not have it any other way. It has become a “piece of cake” for her now. The homemade quality of the restaurant is translated in everything from the ingredients to the atmosphere and of course Tina’s personality. All their ingredients are bought from local suppliers and vendors and they really

NEED IDEAS? steer away from buying in bulk because their restaurant is founded on the idea of quality food. All the food is usually bought every two days to ensure freshness. Being as busy as she is does not stop Tina from cooking and preparing most of the food herself, such as the soups and lasagna. Their menu is simple but satisfying, including sandwiches, wraps, rice bowls and various hot side dishes. The recipes and majority of the menu have not changed in the past 24 years because they have been so popular with her customers. She has however added some of her hometown Trinidadian flavour with the Cajun and jerk chicken options. The quality and make of the food gives it a feeling of being homemade which is what keeps bringing customers back. Tina plans to retire in a few years to spend time with her grandchildren and travel back to Trinidad. She hopes that the next person to take over her business is as interested in it as she is. “Best Wraps and sandwiches in Surrey. I have been going to this

place since 1995 (25 years). This place is healthy, tasty and locally owned. The jerk chicken is a must have and keeps me coming back. You have to try it” Philip Aguirre – ED Newton BIA Sub Garden. 13482 72 Ave. Surrey, 604-572-9311

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Surrey-Panorama NDP MLA Jinny Sims says she still doesn’t have a clue why the RCMP is investigating her and looks forward to it all being “over.” “I just hope it’s soon.” More than three months have passed since she resigned from cabinet, as minister of citizens’ service, on Oct. 4 after a special prosecutor was appointed in relation to an RCMP investigation, the nature of which has not been publicly disclosed. “My life is an open book,” Sims told the Now-Leader at the time.

“I have nothing to hide.” Sims told the Now-Leader on Monday she’s heard “not one word from anybody” why she’s being investigated. And she’s perturbed about it. “Of course it’s going to bother anybody who’s in my position,” she said. “It’s very slow, but I’m told this is normal. Everybody tells Sims me I’ve looked at some of the past cases where they were unsubstantiated, everything, or whichever way it goes, it just seems to take them a long, long time. “When you’re in the position, you don’t know anything,” she said. “Nobody has heard, as John Horgan said. He hasn’t heard. I haven’t heard. Nobody has heard.” After Sims resigned her cabinet post, Premier John Horgan appointed Selina

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A proposed Surrey-Langley SkyTrain business case will be going to the Mayor’s Council on Regional Transportation on Thursday (Jan. 30). Project director Jeff Busby, along with vice-president of transportation planning and policy Geoff Cross, gave a technical briefing on the business case to media last Friday. If the mayor’s council endorses the business case on Thursday, it will then be submitted to senior government. TransLink then expects final approval this summer, with construction beginning in roughly two years, sometime in 2022. That timeline, however, only applies to the first phase of the project, which will be built out to 166th Street in Fleetwood. The first phase would take about five-and-a-half years from the approval date, with the anticipated opening date in late 2025. At the Jan. 30 meeting, the mayor’s council will also be asked to endorse a “Supportive Policies Agreement” that “commits the City of Surrey to policies and initiatives which will help ensure the project’s success” such as

For testing, Pattullo Bridge closed overnight this weekend

A SkyTrain car in Surrey. (File photo: Black Press Media) land-use planning, urban design, housing and transportation near the corridor. It’s meant to “increase certainty” on the corridor growth to “maximize the investment performance of SkyTrain.” Cross said the agreement is an “important aspect” for this particular project because of the change in priorities: the switch to SkyTrain to Langley, instead of LRT in Surrey. “A number of the efforts that the City of Surrey has already started along the corridor to ensure that the growth, which has long been predicted to be supportive of rapid transit, is now appropriate for the level of intensity of investment for a SkyTrain project. It’s TransLink staff’s opinion that it is,” Cross said. “It’s similar or higher than what we’ve seen in recent expansions of the SkyTrain, whether it be into the Tri-Cities or down

The Pattullo Bridge will be temporarily closed overnight Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. The closures, to run from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, are for TransLink to test

along the Canada Line.” Busby said the business case “really sets out the benefits of delivering” the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension. By 2035, he said, 80,000 people will live within a short walk of the proposed stations. It would connect people to 380,000 jobs and 23,000 post-secondary education spaces, Busby said. “This is twice the number of jobs and about 10 times the number of post-secondary educational opportunities that are available without the project.” As for the environment, Busby said it will have a reduction of greenhouse gases by more than 17,000 tonnes through the diversion of people in vehicles and diesel bus service. “People in Surrey actually drive 11 million kilometres per day in single-occupant vehicles,” he said. “This is 64 per cent more vehicle kilometres than residents drive in

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Vancouver, even though Surrey is three-quarters of the size. Because the trips in Surrey are very long and they don’t have the type of transportation alternatives, it means that it’s difficult to get around without a car. “This project will help to address that deficiency.” Busby said that while there aren’t highrises along the Fraser Highway corridor, it is a “very dense community.” “There are almost 70,000 people that live in Fleetwood near the proposed four stations. That’s similar to the size of New Westminster… Already there are a lot of people in the Fleetwood community that would benefit from the project.” Currently, there is about $1.63 billion in available funding which is enough to construct the extension from King George Station to 166th Street and Fraser Highway. The full line, TransLink previously noted, would cost about $3.1 billion. However, if TransLink is unable to secure that funding within the next year, that cost would go up. “Costs go up with time, so as more time elapses, we’ll need to update our cost estimates,” Busby said.

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Indecent act reported in North Delta next to Mackie library James Smith Black Press Media

At a luncheon on Thursday (Jan. 30), the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) will present the results of its 2020 Our Surrey Vision community engagement project. The report includes input gathered from local residents in an effort to identify “key opportunities for the growth of Downtown Surrey,” according to an event advisory from Laura Ballance Media Group. The survey generated more than 5,000 engagements and 168,000plus impressions, according to a media release. The project, posted online at oursurreyvision.com/survey, was launched last summer. “Your unique voice is essential to the future of Downtown Surrey,” says a post on the website. “Let’s continue to make Downtown Surrey an ideal place to live, learn, work and play.” Thursday’s event will be held at Civic Hotel (13475 Central Ave., Surrey). Tom Zillich

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Theatre

Events guide

Sold-out in Surrey: Delamont’s ‘God is a Scottish Drag Queen’

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‘The title tends to scare a few people away,’ Victoriabased performer says of his hit show

THEATRE “The Late Christopher Bean”: Surrey Little Theatre stages the Sidney Howard play until Feb. 22. “A family who rented a room to a struggling artist finds out that his art is posthumously valuable.” Show times Thursdays to Saturday at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets $20, surreylittletheatre. com. At 7027 184th St., Surrey.

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Mike Delamont’s God is a Scottish Drag Queen series is a hit in Surrey – and elsewhere for that matter. The “Second Coming” of his scripted comedy plays Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage next Friday night (Jan. 31), and it’s a sold-out show. “We were sold out last time too, with the original production, but it was in the smaller venue at city hall, so it’s nice to move to the big theatre and sell out there too,” Delamont, a Victoria-area resident, told the Now-Leader. “It sells out most of the time, which means people like it,” he continued. “The title tends to scare a few people away, and the title is by far the most blasphemous part of the show, but the show itself really isn’t. What I always tell people about the show is, God isn’t the punch line, God is the comedian. So by now there’s a fan base that gets it and knows what it’s about, and it’s nice that once people get in the door they know what’s going on, and they bring their friends.” The show finds Delamont dressed in a “floral power suit” to share new rants, and reply to questions only God might be able to answer. “When I wrote the first show I thought, ‘I think I’ve got all the answers people will want to know from God, that’s it, that’s done now,’” Delamont explained. “But it turns out I wasn’t even close, and people wanted to know everything else, so a sequel came very quickly and so did a third one, and a Christmas one too. So it’s this continuation of God looking at everything from Adam and

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developmental potential.” Tickets are $15.75, 604507-6355.

BUSINESS 2020 Surrey Entrepreneur Showcase Series: The Entrepreneurial Journey - What Worked and What Didn’t: Surrey Board of Trade and StartUp Surrey present the first event of the series, featuring Surrey business leaders in different industries and business sizes, 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at Civic Hotel (13475 Central Ave., Surrey). Panelists include Charan Sethi (Tien Sher Group of Companies), Dr. Ryan D’Arcy (HealthTech Connex) and Sara Forte (Forte Law). To register, call 604-581-7130.

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Lunar New Year event at the Museum of Surrey (17710 56A Ave.) on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Free admission. “Because We Are Girls”: “Cheer on the dragon and lion dances, sample food Acclaimed documentary and make festive crafts. about abuse of B.C. girls Sample Chinese Lunar New to be screened at KPU Year cuisine and sip from Surrey on Thursday, Jan. the Teapressu Bubble Tea 30, at the Conference Food Cart. Performances Centre, 3:30pm to 7:15pm. will take place at 1 p.m. “This is a free screening and 2 p.m. There will also and open to the public but be craft tables for children. attendees must reserve a This event is in partnership seat.” Special guests to with the Chinese Village include Jeeti Pooni, Kira Club.” Info: 604-592-6956. Pooni, Salakshana Pooni and documentary director Baljit Sangra, plus keynote speaker Karen Snowshoe. Info: kdocsff.com. World Wetlands Day Celebration at Surrey Nature Centre (Green Timbers Park, 14225 Green Timbers Way), on Saturday, “Dr. Gordon Neufeld: Feb. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Hypersensitivity” Free admission. “Learn event presented by BC about the importance of Association of Clinical our urban wetlands with Counsellors will offer presentations by local “Fresh Insights on a experts. Take a guided walk Neurological Condition to Green Timbers Lake and Affecting a Growing discover their value for Number of Our Children,” yourself. Finish with a chat on Feb. 6 at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre. “Dr. and warm drink.” Keynote Neufeld will put the puzzle speakers are Neil Fletcher (Manager of the Wetlands pieces together to make sense of the hypersensitive Education Program with BC Wildlife Federation) brain. He will also provide and Megan Winand (Ducks suggestions for how Unlimited Canada). Event parents, teachers and presented by Surrey Parks helping professionals can and Friends of Semiahmoo help the hypersensitive Bay Society. child realize their full

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Mike Delamont in costume for his “God is a Scottish Drag Queen” series of shows. (submitted photo) Eve to Zeus, Disney movies and Pocahontas and why the platypus exists, turkeys, a whole range of stuff.” For Delamont, the “God” series is among several of his diverse shows, including his oneman drama Mama’s Boy, based on a true story of a young man growing up with a mother who struggled with an addiction to alcohol. Then there’s The War of 1812, about a young boy who doubts “the awesomeness of Canadian history until the ghost of Pierre Burton appears to him in a Birch Bark Time Canoe and takes him all the way back to The War of 1812,” according to a description at mikedelamont.com. “Right now we’re in Burnaby doing Mama’s Boy, which I don’t get a chance to do very often so it’s nice to stretch that muscle,” Delamont said on Fri-

day (Jan. 24). Then it’s on to Salt Spring with The War of 1812, which is four guys in a wacky show where we play probably 15 characters each, and it’s go, go, go. My wife got me to wear a Fitbit for the show once and in the hour and a half it’s a four-kilometre jog, so that’s what the show is for me – like going to the gym, and it’s a blast. And it’s one of the rare shows I do where you can bring your kids to.” Delamont also does standup comedy, and on Saturday, Feb. 1 will bring his Hell Yeah: An Evening with the Devil to Maple Ridge’s ACT Arts Centre. “That’s the other side of the God coin, the next night after Surrey,” he said. The “God” series is co-written by Delamont’s wife, Chantelle. “What’s nice about them is they’re stand-alone shows,” Delamont insisted, “so if you didn’t

see the first one you can just walk in the door and see it and you’ll be just fine. And if you’ve seen the first one, you can come in and it’s an entirely different show, nothing repeated.” Every so often, he said people get upset with the God is a Scottish Drag Queen title. “But very rarely it’s from people who’ve actually seen the show,” Delamont said. “So yeah, some people are horribly offended by the title but on the other end, we have preachers and pastors and nuns and people of the cloth who come to the show and have a really great time. I always tell people that if you have any kind of a religious background, like Sunday school or you grew going to church, there’s a whole secondary part to it that you’ll really enjoy. But it’s also fun for somebody who’s never opened the Bible, too.”

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Outdoor skating rink, snow globe, food trucks at free Winter Festival Tom Zillich tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

The 58th annual Vancouver International Boat Show sails its way into the Lower Mainland from February 5-9, and as always there’s a ton to see and do. The ve-day event features an exciting offering of over 250 exhibitors, informative seminars and more. But where does one nd their sea legs at such a show? For starters, this year’s showcase of boats features the widest range and best selection of vessels, and watercraft accessories. From canoes, kayaks and paddle boards, to run-abouts, shing boats, surf, wake and water sport boats, to the ultra-luxurious mega yachts, there’s something for recreational boaters, professionals and hobbyists to appreciate. The 2020 Show also features an aquatic athlete unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Twiggy, the word famous water-skiing squirrel promises to dazzle spectators during daily live performances at the event. But Twiggy is much more than just a superior athlete, she’s also a safety advocate. As a proud partner of the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), Twiggy helps to promote boating and life jacket safety. Show-goers can enjoy Twiggy’s performance on the water, while also coming away from the fun having learned some important water safety tips. For those eager to hear about the ups and downs of a life at sea, there’s no better place to start than with the Shaw Family. Embarking on an epic, sevenyear adventure around the Pacic Ocean, the Shaw’s began their journey as a family of four but added a fth crew member along the way. Raising children on dry land can be tough enough as is, but when you have a raging ocean to contend with, that’s enough to leave any parent feeling seasick. Guests will be able to hear the Shaw’s story rsthand onSaturday, February 8th at 1pm an 3pm and Sunday, February 9th at 1pm in the seminar rooms on the main eld level of BC Place.

As in previous years, an important highlight of the Vancouver International Boat Show is Women’s Day on Saturday February 8th. Featuring an experienced roster of professional mariners, the program includes a full day of informative boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire women who are looking to learn more about the boating lifestyle, while also expanding the existing on-board knowledge of those who already have an active interest. The Vancouver International Boat Show will be hosted in two locations, indoors at BC Place and the oating show at Granville Island. Free shuttle buses and water ferries will also be operating continuously between the two venues. Visit: www.VancouverBoatShow.ca for further details.

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For seven days in February, a free Winter Festival in Surrey will feature “some old-fashioned fun” in the form of an outdoor skating rink, food trucks, a life-size snow globe and more. The “Skate for a Cause” festival will be set up in the north parking at Guildford Town Centre from Feb. 7 to 17, according to event details posted to the shopping mall’s website. On the synthetic-surface rink, people can use their own skates at no charge, or rent some for $5 (cash only) with proceeds to Surrey Hospital Foundation. Helmets are mandatory for kids 12 and under and are provided at no charge. “Due to a limited supply

of helmets we recommend bringing your own,” says the website post. Skate rentals end 30 minutes prior to close. The snow globe is there to “grab your friends and family and step (in) for the perfect photo op.” In partnership with Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival, food will be sold from trucks include Reel Mac N’ Cheese, Salty’s Lobster Shack, and also Street Dogs, drinks, mini doughnuts, funnel cake and more from Next Gen Concessions. Face painting will be done on the Family Day long weekend (Feb. 15-17) from noon to 4 p.m. daily, and Virgin Radio will broadcast live from the festival on Saturday, Feb. 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

at 152nd Street. At a link posted to guildfordtowncentre.com, couples can book a Valentine’s Skate Date on Feb. 14: “Your date night will include a gift of a complementary professional photo at the kissing booth taken by the popular Photobooth Vancouver, two long stem roses, and a $10 food voucher for the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival trucks at the event.” To start, from Feb. 7-9, hours of operation are 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon (Photo: facebook.com/ to 8 p.m. on Saturday and woodgrovecentre) Sunday. Over the Family Day weekend, from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17, hours are The festival will be set up next to the Life In Style from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 8 p.m. furniture store (former on Saturday, Sunday and Sears location), on the north side of 104th Avenue Monday.

Black History Month celebration at city hall on Saturday Daniel (artist and scholar), Tajah and cultural diversity of Black CaOlson (body decoration, dance, cosnadians, other Black people and all tumes), Arami the Corrector (rap individuals who associate with the lyricist), Afro Van Connect (youth Tickets are free but space is limited cultures of the African diaspora in performers with roots in Jamaica, Canadian society.” for a Black History Month celebraUganda and Burundi), Paul Choisil The event in Surrey will feature tion in Surrey. (saxophonist), Kassa Jones both live performances and An organization called Unity (reggae/hip-hop performdisplayed artwork, accordCentre Association for Black Culer), Ashley Tendesai (Kening to Tasha Clarke, public tures (UCABC) is planning an yan-born vocalist) and King relations rep for UCABC. event at Surrey City Hall called Fish (Jamaican native and “This showcase of talent is “The Black Experience Expressed limbo guru). guaranteed to provide an through the Arts,” on Saturday, Also at the event, the afternoon full of feel-good Feb. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. UCABC will present awards vibes,” she said. “We will recognize and celebrate to two local organizations, Last fall, in advance of the talents, achievements, and historEyes For The World (estabthe event, UCABC posted a ical contributions of B.C.’s diverse lished in 2016 to provide Tajah Olson Black community,” promises a post at call for artists on the group’s essential eye care to develeventbrite.ca, where people can regis- website, ucabc.ca, and social oping countries around the world) media channels. ter for free tickets. and UMOJA Operation Compassion An updated list of featured perDonations are welcomed to help Society of British Columbia (formed the association “to continue fulfilling formers at the event in Surrey includes Stephanie Amadasun (female in 2002 to work with newcomer its commitment to building a ‘Hub’ immigrants and refugees living in vocalist), Phyllis Adelyne (singer/ to enable programs that reflect and songwriter from Halifax), Dr. Henry Surrey). acknowledge the history, heritage,

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Cloverdale hosts B.C. wheelchair championships starting Friday Tom Zillich tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

A pair of Surrey athletes will be in the house when the 2020 BC Wheelchair Curling Championships come to Cloverdale this weekend. From Friday to Sunday (Jan. 31-Feb. 2) at Cloverdale Curling Club, the top wheelchair curling teams in the province will battle for the chance to represent B.C. at nationals, to be played from April 25-30 at Club de curling de Boucherville in Boucherville, Que. B.C. is home to some of the most decorated wheelchair curlers in the world, including Canadian Paralympic gold medalists Darryl Neighbour, Ina Forrest and Sonja Gaudet. Neighbour (Richmond), the winner of last year’s event in Langley, is back to skip his team of third Ellis Tull (Nanaimo), second Frank LaBounty (Prince George), lead Janice Ing (Vancouver) and fifth Ina Forrest (Armstrong). Neighbour and Forrest have both won gold at the Paralympics, while LaBounty has been to nationals 10 times previously. Ing has gone to nationals for the past four years, and Ellis Tull has been on the world stage as part of the Canadian wheelchair curling team that represents Canada abroad. Vic

In 2019, Langley’s Tracy Boyd takes a shot for Team Austgarden in the final game of the BC Wheelchair Curling Championship at Langley Curling Centre. (Black Press Media file photo) Shimizu is coaching the team. Team Austgarden features Gerry Austgarden (Kelowna, a six-time B.C. champion), Rick Robinson (Surrey), Marney Smithies (Delta) and Tracy Boyd (Langley). They are joined by coach Sharon Morrison. Team Macdonald features Bob Macdonald (Tunnel Town/Delta, a three-time

B.C. champ), Allison Duddy (Quesnel, a five-time B.C. champion), Gary Cormack (Surrey, a seven-time B.C. champion), and Vince Miele (Marpole/Richmond, a fourtime B.C. champion). Team Plan B-C is skipped by Zosia Ettenberg (Langley), with Robert Pullen playing third and Jeff Smithies (Delta) at second. Mildred Thomas

plays lead. Compared with the other teams, this team is relatively new to the sport, with Jeff Smithies in his first season of competitive curling. The draw and scores for the tournament will be updated at curlbc.ca. Anyone interested in trying wheelchair curling should check out the Friday sessions at Delta Thistle Curling Club.

Manitoba teams sweep junior nationals at curling centre in Langley It was almost exactly 12 months ago that Jacques Gauthier made one of the toughest decisions of his life. Fresh off losing to his cousin, Cloverdale’s Tyler Tardi, in the men’s gold-medal game of the 2019 New Holland Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships, Gauthier was asked if he would serve as the alternate for Team Tardi at the 2019 World Juniors – a role he had in 2018, resulting in a gold medal. But Gauthier told his cousin “thanks, but no,” because if he was going to win another world junior championship, he wanted to do it as a player, not an alternate. Gauthier will now get that chance. Backed up by viceskip Jordan Peters, second Brayden Payette, lead Zack Bilawka and coach John Lund, Gauthier skipped the Manitoba #2 team from Winnipeg to an 8-6 win over Newfoundland/Labrador’s Daniel Bruce in the men’s

gold medal game at the 2019 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships Sunday at Langley’s George Preston Recreation Centre. Sunday afternoon’s victory capped a magnificent day for Gauthier and the province of Manitoba. Earlier, Mackenzie Zacharias skipped Manitoba to victory in the women’s gold-medal game, with Gauthier’s girlfriend, Karlee Burgess, throwing third rocks for the winners. It was an 11th Canadian junior men’s gold medal for Manitoba, behind only Alberta with 16 and Saskatchewan with 14, and the province’s first since Matt Dunstone won in 2016. The last time one province swept both the men’s and women’s titles was in 2012 when Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher and Jocelyn Peterman claimed gold. The 2020 World Junior Curling Championships get underway Feb. 15 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Black Press Media

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Surrey-area Bantam players will compete for new WHL U.S. Challenge Cup from Feb. 20 to 23. The schedule for the 18 round-robin games was anWith Delta Hockey Acade- nounced Thursday (Jan. 23) my’s Bantam Green team and by the WHL. Three Surrey-based playothers, several Surrey-area ers are on the DHA team, players will battle for the inaugural WHL U.S. Challenge including 2005-born defenseman Carter Savage and 2006Cup in February. born forwards Jordan Gavin Twelve of the top-ranked and Thomas Mrsic. The Bantam teams from the Milan Dragicevic-coached Western United States and Canada will play at the tour- roster, posted to deltahocknament in Kent, Washington eyacademy.com, includes

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players from across B.C. and as far afield as Alberta, Oregon and Manitoba. The 11 other teams in the WHL U.S. Challenge Cup are Dallas Stars Elite ‘05, Greater Vancouver Canadians, Los Angeles Junior Kings, Okanagan Rockets, Phoenix Junior Coyotes, San Diego Saints, San Jose Junior Sharks, Seattle Junior 14U Admirals, Team Alaska 14U, West Vancouver Warriors

and Yale Academy. Yale’s roster includes Cloverdale’s Brady Smith, a 2005-born goaltender, while the West Van team boasts ‘05 forward Grayden Slipic, of South Surrey. At the Cup, games will be played at the 6,500-seat ShoWare Center – home of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds – and Kent Valley Ice Centre. The players will be given a first-hand look at

the WHL player experience when they attend a WHL regular-season game between the Thunderbirds and visiting Portland Winterhawks on the Saturday night. The tournament is planned by the WHL in partnership with NHL Seattle and Visit Kent. “The 2020 WHL U.S. Challenge Cup will present an opportunity to showcase the next generation of American-born stars while also fos-

tering grassroots-level growth in the game in the Pacific Northwest,” says the WHL release. “Many of the clubs competing at the (tournament) have produced WHL and NHL stars, including the likes of Seth Jones (Dallas Stars Elite/Portland Winterhawks), Scott Gomez (Team Alaska/Tri-City Americans) and Kailer Yamamoto (Los Angeles Jr. Kings/Spokane Chiefs).”


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Robert Fred Langford July 21, 1931 – November 11, 2019 Bob Langford passed away on Remembrance Day, and will be fondly remembered. Bob was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised during the post-depression and war years in Wells, Quesnel and Prince George. He came from humble circumstances with an intelligent work ethic that saw him rise from a railroader, through the ranks of union offices to a labour relations career in the Provincial government, the Federal government and upper management of the mining industry. He is survived by his sons, their wives and his grandchildren: Ross, Dena, Arden and Owen; Rob, Vickie, Damon and Braden; his sister, Nancy (Garry); and his special friend, Rita. He began his work-life on the railroads, and allthings-railroads was his passion. He knew the most obscure facts regarding railways big and small, and his family will all remember travelling with him to find unique trains or remnants of abandoned railway lines all over the world. He will be fondly remembered any time a game of crib or canasta are played, though he has taken the bragging rights with him when he departed. As requested, there will be no public service, and in lieu of flowers, consider making a gift in his memory to the Canadian Railroad Historical Association. A full life well lived.

The spark of love we lit and all the world felt new. My heart told me I’d known you, in times so long ago, Something deep inside me had set my soul aglow. Soul-mates re-united, bound by the ties of past, Through each and every age this perfect love will last. So at our journey’s end and the time has come to part, An endless cord of love will link us heart to heart.

Lillian Margaret Barclay (nÊe Frost) It is with great sadness we announce that on January 11th 2020 at the age of 89, the spirited and compassionate heart of Lillian Margaret Barclay (nÊe Frost) came to rest. Lillian was born in Brokehead Manitoba, on September 25, 1930 to Edgar and Winifred Frost. Lillian was predeceased by two husbands, William Henry Grose, David Wesley Barclay and her thirteen siblings.  Lillian’s love and laughter will be deeply missed by her surviving children Christine Grose, William (Bill) Grose, Diane Kelleher, her 4 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Lillian touched countless lives in her time on this earth.  She was a selfless caregiver to all.  We have been truly blessed to have had her in our lives.  She was a bright light, a beacon of hope and love.  We all hold the light of her love within us. May that light give us comfort in our sorrow?  Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15 2020 at 1:00 PM Sunrise Banquet Centre 5640 188 St, Surrey, BC

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Born in Scotland, Janet passed away quietly at the age of 98 in Elim Village in Surrey, BC. She grew up in Woodnorth, Manitoba and married Gordon Walker (deceased 1986) in September of 1943. Janet had a wonderful career as a florist and entrepreneur. She was active in curling and lawn bowling. Sadly missed by her daughters Linda Uebergang and Gayle Hall, her grandchildren Janet, Krystie, Brian, Allison and great grandchildren Braidee-Jane, Madilyn and Ashyla. She is survived by many loving relatives and friends.

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Canadian Farms Produce Inc. located at 16185 48th Ave. Surrey, BC, V3Z 1E8, urgently requires full time, seasonal farm workers to work year round on their vegetable farms. Wages offered are $13.85/hr Duties incl; planting, maintaining, harvesting, washing, grading vegetables. This position requires no education, formal training or work experience. Accommodation is available if required. Interested candidates should be available to work anytime in different weather conditions & must be able to lift up to 55 lbs of vegetable boxes. Please fax resume: 604-574-5773.

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