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Wayne Baldwin

Business, property owner

Former city manager

Angelo Megla

Lynne Sinclair** Lifelong resident

Business manager, producer

Management Consultant


• Transparency, accountability • Tax dollar value • Support for arts

• Business area revitalization • Fiscal management • Respectful governance

Consider rejoining Surrey? No.

Consider rejoining Surrey? Never.

• Economic growth/prosperity • Arts and culture • Continue infrastructure improvements Consider rejoining Surrey? No.

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Proactive trimming with avoiding removal.

Only to restore not create.

Yes, in accordance with policy. (Candidate emailed Peace Arch News on Nov. 4 to announce his withdrawal from race. His name is to remain on the ballot.)

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Stick to OCP.

Absolutely necessary.

Platform: Transparency at city hall, Respect for our Official Community Plan, Revitalization of Marine Drive, Support for the arts, Value for your tax dollar. Action plan: Reform city hall processes, Renew tourism, Rebuild your trust.

I see the potential, know what needs to be done, and I will make it happen. Maintain White Rock’s uniqueness. Minimize taxation. Respect for the public and democratic processes. Accountability and common sense.

Town Centre Vision. Town Centre Vision must be put into the OCP so that it is citizen-led not developer-led. Maintain debt free status. Link arts and culture/health and wellness businesses to tourism. Improved services.


Our questions Peace Arch News invited all candidates for White Rock city council to answer our brief questionnaire. We asked for names, connections to White Rock, occupations, top three issues (each three words or less), descriptions of platform (35 words) and photos. We also asked three specific questions on contentious issues:

Higher density in town centre?

Mary-Wade Anderson*

Cliff Annable

Barry Bélec

Alan Campbell*

Dave Chesney

Helen Fathers*

30 year residency


Resident 48 years

Home 38 years

My home

Family, home, work

City councillor

Self-employed businessman

Landscape designer

Projects manager construction

White Rock Sun

Market manager, mom

• Tax burden/infrastructure • Property development • Seniors’ health necessities

• Economic stability • Maintain autonomy • Infrastructure

• Governance • Transparency • Development

• Livability • Safe walking, driving • Protection of views

• Day visit tourism • Respectful governance • Promoting White Rock

• Sustainability • Vision for city • Representing community interest

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?







Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

If city arborist declares necessary.

No, not removed.

Spiral pruning may resolve issue.

Certain trees, yes.

Each situation is different.

Removed No. Maintained Yes.

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Only where designated.


Yes, with moderation.

Controlled density.


Town Center Vision.

Limited commercial investment and tax income based on homeowners, small business and tourism means we must remain prudent and fiscally responsible on how these monies are spent. I intend to continue this fiscal responsibility.

Strengthen the city’s economic base. Minimize taxation. Preserve the currently designated single family areas of the city. Maintain the autonomy of White Rock, but work cooperatively with Surrey and Semiahmoo First Nations on cross-jurisdictional issues.

My platform centers around: Honesty and accountability; Citizen advocacy; Communication and dialogue; Transparency; Environmental advocacy; Infrastructural upgrading; Development and density; Business revitalization, all as they apply to issues of city Governance and the successful application…

If re-elected I will continue to work hard to hold on to the values and lifestyle that makes White Rock our home.

When elected I will utilize 30 years working in the media to better promote White Rock and events we host. I also want employees and elected officials to never lose sight we are civil servants.

I will continue to work hard for our residents, answering their needs and being open minded, listening is the key. Together, we can build a better White Rock for now and future generations.

Brad Forster

Steven Hughes

Louise Hutchinson

Bruce McWilliam

Grant Meyer*

Larry Robinson

Graham Wood

Passionate community builder

15 year resident

35 year resident

Resident, business owner

Grew up Here

Resident, volunteer

Living, working, loving

Business consultant

Small business owner

Retired; community worker

Registered urban planner

BC Ferries employee

Realtor / Airline / Trainer


• Maintaining city’s independence • Citizen representation • Promote cohesive council • Responsible sustainable development • Keep Taxes Affordable • Emergency services

• White Rock’s future • Reduce taxpayer’s burden • Culture, community pride

• Respect citizen’s viewpoints

• Lower property taxes • More Business Employment

• Revitalization Town Centre • 20 year planning • Enhancements pier, waterfront • Protect natural assets • Map/repair infrastructure • Safe vibrant community

• Improving tax base • Smart, sustainable growth • Attracting more business

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?

Consider rejoining Surrey?







Consider rejoining Surrey?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Trees removed for views?

Only to re-establish historic vistas.

Considered case by case.

Depends on tree(s) and location.

Only topping, trimming or replacement.

If they are replaced.

Yes, if planted without permission.

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Higher density in town centre?

Yes, for quality.

With OCP compliance.

Depends on location.

Residential commercial mix.


Yes, site specific.

Brad and his wife Judy were married here in 1977, built a home and raised 2 sons. Always community focused, Brad wishes to use his 40 years in business to bring about respectful consensus building.

Give the citizens their rightful voice on council, support responsible OCP compliant development, develop a comprehensive plan to encourage business growth in WR to lessen the burden on the taxpayers. Create a vibrant, liveable city.

To really examine the issues around White Rock remaining a stand-alone city – next 3 years are crucial. To lower homeowners taxes – somehow. Provide for community input & involvement. Promote culture. Provide experienced leadership on council.

The mayor and council must work together to run the City like a business, thinking smart, using forward thinking and demanding nothing less than the best to ensure that everyone in the community will benefit.

White Rock has a unique and highly desired quality of life. I want to keep it that way, and make it even better. Thank-you for your consideration. Please call 535-0728 if you have any questions.

White Rock is a family beach town. I want a 20 year plan for Town Centre anchored by a centre for research or innovation. We need wealth creation, jobs and vitality ... attracted to our location.

• Should White Rock consider rejoining Surrey? (one word) • Should trees be removed from public land to protect residents’ views? (five words max.) • Should the city encourage higher residential density in the town centre? (three words max.) (Note: White Rock school trustee Laurae McNally was acclaimed.)

* Denotes incumbent

ote.White Rock’s your city.

No. Trees removed for views?

Removal should be safety oriented. Higher density in town centre?

Yes, per OCP. I would strive to be proactive rather than reactive. I am in favour of smart growth to enhance our business area, attract consumers, protect our tax base, and reinvigorate our community.

** Denotes incumbent councillor running for mayor

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SURREY: Race for mayor Vikram Bajwa Occupation: Realtor/mortgage consultant, senior administrator Key issues: 1. Appoint municipal auditor general in Surrey 2. Vancouver model like local Surrey police 3.Involve local taxpayers in all projects over $10 million: Transparency. Surrey is ready for a change. Forty-six per cent are looking for a new mayor to involve them to solve the major issues of development, jobs, economy, crime and balancing multiculuralism, towards the positive energy to make Surrey the global city it yearns for. Surrey’s image has been tarnished with the last economic summit, in regards to accountability, compassion and direction. If elected I will adhere by the bylaws and provide transparency for all departments.

To help Surrey voters make an informed choice at the polls during the civic election on Saturday, Nov. 19, Black Press asked all council candidates to provide their name, occupation, top three issues in order of importance and 100 words briefly describing their platform and plans if elected.

Ross Buchanan Occupation: Business and leadership consultant Key issues: 1. Out-of-control spending 2. City hall has disrespected the citizens of Surrey 3. The control and ownership of this mayor and council by big money corporate dollars. If the citizens of Surrey choose to honour me with the opportunity to serve them, I would immediately stop construction of the new city hall and review whether or not now is the best time to be making an investment that is dragging the city into serious debt. The second thing I would do is roll up my sleeves and start fighting to ensure that we receive “our fair share.” Our fair share of education dollars, our fair share of transportation dollars and our fair share of health dollars.

Sudarshan (Shan) Rana Occupation: Activist Key issues: 1. Surrey is not a village anymore. Let there be a ward system 2. Surrey is big enough to have 10 councillors now 3. Surrey’s bad governance means illegal suites Bring in a ward system and watch illegal suites. MPs and MLAs are elected out of wards, why not city councillors? Present at-large electoral system serves a few. British Columbia is the only Canadian province holding on to it, unlike rest of Canada. B.C. government in 1995 gave a mixed electoral system to District of Lake Country but rest of B.C. municipalities still vote at-large. I would like to see 10 ward councillors sharing the current salary budget.

Touraj Ghanbar-zadeh Occupation: Business owner Key issues: 1. Raising gas and property taxes in addition to tolls on bridges will have a significant negative effect on Surrey’s economy 2. There is a lack of leadership, public consultation and accountability on council 3. Over-crowding of public schools If elected I will: Cancel the new gas tax. Consult school officials, public and all level of governments to deal with over-crowding of schools immediately. Negotiate with various levels of governments to bring SkyTrain to Surrey. Extra buses and light trains are not the solution. The current Translink funding is not sustainable. A new formula needs to be considered. I advocate for the use of a single fare for using public transit. The current three-zone fare system is unfair and discriminatory. The three-zone plan penalizes Surrey residents.

Dianne Watts (SF)* Occupation: Mayor Key Issues: 1. Reducing crime 2. Jobs and new investment 3. Expanded public transit First elected mayor in 2005, I have worked to create jobs, re-define our downtown and enhance our town centres through our new Build Surrey Program. We have also adopted a Sustainability Charter and have not removed land from the ALR for residential, commercial or industrial development. Our innovative Crime Reduction Strategy is working and I am proud that Surrey was the first city in B.C. to establish a Housing and Homelessness Foundation. I also believe we need light rail in Surrey to meet our public transit needs. My husband Brian and I are raising our two daughters in South Surrey.

Clifford Inimgba Occupation: Business college professor, community leader, entrepreneur and management consultant Key issues: 1. Safety 2. Unemployment 3. The neglect of visible minorities As your mayor, I will bring integrity, honesty, and accountability to council. Make Surrey the safest city in Canada. Create jobs. Freeze tax increases. Shelter the homeless. Improve care services for the disabled, seniors, children, youths and women. Basement suites will remain grandfathered. Involve religious/community leaders in council. End racial profiling and racism. Improve transit system. Preserve farmland and parks. Develop environmental preservation strategies.

* Denotes incumbent SF – Surrey First

(Candidates for school trustee and questions for White Rock council are to appear Tuesday, Nov. 15)

Deanna Welters Occupation: Non-medical senior home care provider/small business owner Key issues: 1. Improve public transit, initiate green infrastructure 2. Develop sustainable growth initiatives in our six official communities, curbing urban sprawl 3. Protect nature spaces and create pedestrian/cycle pathway along the Fraser River shoreline I feel it is imperative, as Surrey grows, that we commit to building green infrastructure into our communities. The results of well-functioning, live, work and recreate practices in our city will provide healthy communities. Caring for our nature spaces and recognizing the wealth in maintaining the bio-diversity of such areas as the Fraser River shoreline and Surrey Bend is about providing this security for future generations.

ote. Surrey’s your city.

Researcher creates form to help citizens evaluate candidates

Who should you vote for? Kevin Mills

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hen the public casts their ballots on Nov. 19, the choices made will shape the future of municipalities for the next three years. But how do voters know if they’re supporting the right candidates? It’s a dilemma researcher Sherril Guthrie is attempting to solve. Guthrie has created an evaluation guide for voters in her city – Abbotsford – which she hopes will allow people to make more informed choices. (Her guide can be applied to any municipality). Kevin Mills photo “It’s a poorly Sherril Guthrie with her candidate kept secret that many voters base evaluation form. their decisions on criteria as flimsy as name recognition, likability, even appearance. Some voters routinely consider a candidate’s membership in a social group, church or organization as important,” she said. In order to create effective criteria for the role of mayor and councillor, Guthrie enlisted the help of 20 of Abbotsford’s community leaders. Participants were selected based on experience and knowledge of business, agriculture, education, social services, the environment, culture, the arts and politics. Each were given draft materials consisting of a list of 16 issues to rate, a list of qualifications and a sample guide. From their input, a one-page guide was created, allowing voters to rate candidates on each of the 10 job qualifications. The rating system goes from one to five (one meaning not qualified and five meaning qualified) for a total possible score of 50 points. The higher the score, the better the politician’s potential. The 10 categories are broken into three different groups – knowledge, skills, and personal strengths. In the knowledge portion, voters can rate candidates on how well they know the issues, the city (including history, diversity, trends, population growth, etc.) and legislation (community charter, municipal act, agricultural land reserve, etc.). “You can’t do the job unless you have that solid foundation of knowledge of the issues the community faces,” said Guthrie. The second section of the evaluation form features five topics focusing on skills, including communication, comprehension of finances, problem solving, diplomacy and organization. The final two evaluation points fall under the personal strengths category, including candidate qualities (honest, fair, trustworthy) and track record (related experience). Guthrie is hopeful that the public will find her project useful. It does require work on the part of each voter, but Guthrie feels it is worth it to avoid the potential consequences of having an unqualified individual in office. To view the evaluation documents created by Guthrie, go to

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SURREY: Candidates for city council Kuldip Ardawa (SCC) Occupation: (Not provided) Key issues: 1. Affordable transportation 2. Poverty and homelessness 3. Public safety As an elected councillor with the Surrey Civic Coalition team, I will positively advocate for better and affordable transportation. I will investigate and implement real solutions to our transit problems. Poverty and homelessness are important issues. The living wage strategy and prevention programs need to be supported. Nobody should be without stable accommodation. Public safety is paramount. Crime and vandalism are increasing. Neighbourhoods need to be involved. A safe environment is the strong foundation for any developing and sustainable community.

Rina Gill (SCC) Occupation: Small business owner Key issues: 1. Public consultation when city is making key decisions 2. Educating the community on benefits of a (mixed) wards system 3. Addressing basement suites, mega houses and illegal construction I am a small business owner who is active in the community through volunteer work. I launched the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) – Vancouver Business Council and became the national director of B.C. Operations. My volunteer efforts with ICCC have allowed me to work closely with the business community. I have also been involved with the YWCA Single Mothers Housing Committee, Vancouver Multicultural Society, Surrey Urban Farmers Market and the Newton Advocacy Group Society.

Bruce Hayne (SF) Occupation: Principal, thornleyHAYNE Creative Communications Key Issues: 1. Reducing crime 2. Jobs and new investment 3. Homelessness A Surrey resident since 1993, I attended Ryerson Politechnic University College. Creating new jobs, ensuring our streets are safe and building community facilities for families are key to a livable community. Community involvement includes: director, B.C. Summer Games Organizing Committee, the Mayor’s Red Tape Reduction Committee, director, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, past president of the Surrey Board of Trade, and past chair of the Surrey Methamphetamine Regional Task Force. I live in Cloverdale with my wife Joyce and two kids.

Bob Bose (SCC)* Occupation: City councillor/scientist Key issues: 1. Electoral reform 2. Protecting the environment 3. Transportation I want to: Greatly expand our park system including natural and ecologically sensitive lands; restore our roads to good condition and expand our program of traffic calming neighbourhoods; expand our bus system and introduce rapid bus and light rail; reinstate rail passenger service from Langley to Cloverdale and Newton along the existing corridor; work to relocate the BNSF heavy rail from our beaches and inland to accommodate high-speed rail between Surrey and Seattle; manage growth in a way that our schools, hospital and other essential services are not overwhelmed; and reform local city government. The existing first past the post at-large system no longer meets our needs.

Tom Gill (SF)* Occupation: Controller Key Issues: 1. Reducing crime 2. Jobs and new investment 3. Homelessness Born in Kamloops, I moved to Surrey in 1986. In 1988, I graduated from BCIT with a Financial Management Diploma, and later became a Certified Management Accountant. I am the controller of Coast Foundation Society, the largest non-profit mental health agency in B.C. First elected in 2005, I chair Surrey’s Finance and Audit committees. I have worked hard to keep Surrey’s property and business taxes the lowest in the region and ensure tax dollars are used wisely. My wife Pav and I are raising three children in Fraser Heights.

Linda Hepner (SF)* Occupation: Councillor Key Issues: 1. Reducing crime 2. Jobs and new investment 3. Expanded public transit I moved to Surrey in 1983 and worked for the City of Surrey, retiring as Manager of Economic Development prior to election to council in 2005. As chair of the Mayor’s Committee on Investment and Job Creation and the Red Tape Reduction Committee, I believe cities are important job generators, and strong communities provide good economic opportunities for their residents. I am a supporter of our Build Surrey Program, which includes an iconic new library and new city hall and important infrastructure projects in every town centre. Married to Alan, we have three sons, and three grandchildren.

Gill 22 Occupation: Truck driver, janitor Key issues: 1. Ward system 2. Income not enemies 3. Love and respect Born in Fort St. John, raised in Surrey. Thanks to family, friends, co-workers, teachers, judges and all officers for all your help. Surrey sucks, we got nothing but shootings, stabbings, drugs, dirty hookers, one-eyed politicians, street racing, piracy, cheap labour, single moms and one hospital. We need a ward system, cheaper gas, more medical services, schools not jail cells, education, communication, love, respect, time for each other and our loved ones. Vote for your rights.We need help, thanks for your time.

Judy Higginbotham Occupation: Business consultant 1. Building complete, sustainable and well-planned communities 2. A fairer deal in all transportation systems for Surrey 3. Keeping taxes and utilities low and affordable As an independent councillor, I will listen to your concerns and ensure that you have a strong voice on council. We have many solutions to the challenges of rapid growth, such as diverse housing forms, and safer streets. We can always build smarter. We can lower your taxes. We can ensure that town centres are better planned with accessible and affordable transportation options. We have to be more aggressive in ensuring schools are built when children are there and we need more cultural opportunities for families and seniors in our town centres to balance our quality recreation centres and playing fields.

Paul Griffin Occupation: Business owner Key issues: 1. Rapid transit – Surrey deserves SkyTrain 2. Tax windfall profits of re-zoning speculators 3. A truly independent voice on council Surrey’s truly independent candidate is not beholden to big unions or big developers. I believe Surrey can do better. We must manage growth more carefully, while protecting our natural environment. I am former president of the Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society and developed the motto “Surrey – City of Parks.” As B.C’.s second-largest city, Surrey must take the lead in developing creative solutions. Let’s get rid of the fancy brochures and political platitudes, roll up our sleeves and make Surrey better.

Gary Hoffman Occupation: Special provincial constable Key issues: 1. Transportation, roads and transit 2. Responsible growth and infrastructure expansion 3. Crime prevention, public safety and policing I strongly believe Surrey can continue to economically grow and become a better place. In order to achieve this we need responsible growth that will also incorporate the expansion of our infrastructure, recreational and outdoor facilities and meet the needs of citizens and business alike. I recognize vital issues such as roads and transit need to be addressed, but I believe it is essential to maintain effective, efficient government without program cuts, unnecessary tax increases, or hidden fees. I believe in spending our tax dollars responsibly.

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Doug Elford (SCC) Occupation: Environmental protection officer Key issues: 1. Protecting our parkland and environment 2. Improved transit links 3. Better neighbourhood participation in council decisions I entered politics because of the degradation of my neighbourhood. Current council is not listening. We need a system where residents are involved in decisions. Surrey needs to do a better job of planning neighbourhoods, preserving parkland and protecting our environment. If elected, I will work towards building a vibrant, involved, sustainable and safe city where all citizens have input into council decisions. My public sector background has prepared me for this role. I know the system.

* Denotes incumbent SCC – Surrey Civic Coalition SF – Surrey First


ote. Surrey’s your city.

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Marvin Hunt (SF)* Occupation: Councillor Key issues: 1. Reducing crime 2. Holding the line on taxes 3. Jobs and new investment A Surrey resident for 30 years, I have been a member of council since 1988. A vibrant downtown core emerging as part of the Build Surrey Program – this remarkable re-development will redefine Surrey, attract new investment and create an environment where businesses will thrive in our city. Given that no land has been removed from the ALR for development over the past six years shows that we have struck the right balance between growth and the preservation of farmland and green space. My wife Ruth and I raised six children in Newton and now live in Fleetwood.

Imtiaz Popat Occupation: Counsellor Key issues: 1. Revitalize the south Fraser River banks for more community access and no trucking highway 2. More accessible and affordable transit 3. More recycling programs for both residents and businesses I am a co-op radio host and a social advocate. I haves studied media communications at the Art Institute and have a certificate in counselling skills from Vancouver Community College. I am advocating against the industrialization of Surrey by the development of the South Fraser Perimeter Road, which will damage communities and ecology along its path. I would like to see more accountability of businesses and industry around waste management to make Surrey more ecologically sustainable.

Bernadette Keenan Occupation: Plan reviewer Key issues: 1. Shifting infrastructure investments from pavement projects to green job initiatives and transit 2. Social justice issues, particularly a living wage and affordable housing 3. Waterfront enhancement in North Surrey A mother, Surrey resident, union member, and environmental activist, I am passionate about healthy communities both environmentally and economically. Let’s protect unique ecosystems such as salmon habitat from damage by construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road and safeguard the health of our children, seniors and residents from increased pollution. Transfer funding from this pavement project to transit initiatives like Interurban rail for more jobs.

Barinder Rasode (SF)* Occupation: Councillor Key Issues: 1. Expanded public transit 2. Reducing crime 3. Parks and recreation I grew up in Kamloops and have been a resident of Surrey for 23 years. Prior to being elected to council in 2008, I studied at SFU and worked for the Professional Employees Association. Since 80 per cent of the commuting trips that start south of the Fraser end south of the Fraser, I strongly support our transportation plan that calls for light rail as part of the public transit choices Surrey residents have as they move in and around our community. I live in Clayton where I am raising three children.

Mary Martin (SF)* Occupation: Councillor Key Issues: 1. Reducing crime 2. Parks and recreation 3.Jobs and new investment I have lived in Surrey for 20 years with husband Tony and our three children. Since being elected in 2005, I worked for the new 94-bed sobering centre in Surrey to provide new beds for people with addictions. I am a strong supporter of our innovative Crime Reduction Strategy and, as chair of the Parks Recreation and Culture Committee, the new recreation facilities we are building in every part of Surrey.

Grant Rice (SCC) Occupation: Student and consultant Key issues: 1. Accountability – We are taking on too much debt during volatile economic times 2. Transparency – Too many decisions are taking place behind closed doors 3. Accessibility – Citizens need better access to their elected officials Surrey needs a comprehensive municipal audit. When Surrey sold phase one of Campbell Heights in 2003 for 15 cents on a dollar, they passed a resolution at 10 a.m. on a Thursday before taking their summer break. The 2010 $97-million debt for city hall? Same time of year and same vote results. Tens of millions in land transfers at book value to the Surrey City Development Corporation? Passed by resolution. I plan to investigate.

* Denotes incumbent SCC – Surrey Civic Coalition SF – Surrey First



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Continued from page 22 Gary Robinson (SCC) Occupation: (Not provided) Key issues: 1. Open and accountable city council to the public 2. No tolls, no giant garbage incinerator 3. Have council work with school board to solve crushed and overcrowded schools. If elected I will be a strong voice for Surrey. I will fight for the little guy as I have always done. I have lived in Surrey for 46 years. I believe council should represent us, not rule us. I oppose tolled bridges, I support better planning and accountability at city hall. I will not support a garbage truck freeway to a giant regional garbage burner in Surrey. I will work hard for you, the residents and I will always let you know where I stand. I am honoured to ask for your support for myself and SCC.

Stephanie Ryan (SCC) Occupation: Organizing representative Key issues: 1. Unacceptable transit service levels in Surrey 2. Getting more schools built for Surrey 3. Protecting our environment and green spaces as we grow I’ve lived in Surrey for 25 years. I have an honours degree from UBC. I work as an organizing representative for the BCGEU. I’ve served on the Public Art Advisory Committee since 2008. I volunteer with Big Sisters and Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society. I write a regular column on Surrey issues for The Georgia Straight. Surrey’s growth should respect our environment and make public transit more viable. We need to work together to build more schools and to get our share of transit dollars.

Barbara Steele (SF)* Occupation: Councillor Key issues: 1. Safer streets 2. Preserving green space and farmland 3. Expanded public transit First elected in 1998, I chair the Public Safety Committee and I have been working hard for safer neighbourhoods across Surrey through the implementation of our innovative Crime Reduction Strategy. Since 2005, 1,254 growops have been shut down and violent crime is down 20 per cent over the past three years. I am the president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities and I also chair the Focus on Seniors Committee, and serve on the Finance Committee, the Downtown Surrey BIA. A mother of three grown children with a granddaughter, I have lived in Guildford for 34 years.

Mike Robinson Occupation: (Not provided) Key Issues: 1. Voter apathy 2. Kids’ activity infrastructure 3. Planning and development My platform can best be described as electoral reform. I feel that modern technology allows for a more modern, more participatory form of democracy. I propose to build a website where voters may vote on issues before council. They may vote on every issue, select issues that affect them, or none at all. Eventually, I would like if one seat at council was strictly the “people’s vote.” I propose to be that seat in the meantime. I will vote with the people regardless of my personal views. I will be a true “Proxy for the People.”

Partap Bir Singh Occupation: Self-employed Key issues: 1. Accountability and clarity for citizens 2. Strong voice for common i.e. having fair share of services including health, education and transportation 3. Planning and fair representation for all residents of Surrey I am a common citizen of Surrey who has started from hard labour to working along international scientist. I felt that a common man’s voice was not heard in civic affairs and the democratic process was hijacked. I ran in 2008 and over 10,000 of you supported me. I promise you as I have done in last three years, I will keep your voice heard, loud and strong. Whatever it takes. I have been open to all possible means to make sure your voice is heard. Recent education funding proved that every citizen matters. Together We can do it!

Susan Thomas Occupation: Business owner Key issues: 1. A $94-million city hall construction – why were citizens of Surrey not consulted? 2. Transportation – freedom to move, traffic congestion, road maintenance and mass transit dysfunctionality 3. Re-evaluate a ward system I am a 30-year resident, award winner and business owner in Surrey. I am a Surrey Board of Trade Board director and a community volunteer for homeless and crime prevention issues. My platform is simple: accountability, representation and livability. I support responsible government – minimizing waste and red tape while maximizing resources. My common sense and budget-minded approach make me the best candidate for city council. I believe we need a fresh face and someone that thinks outside the box.

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SURREY: Candidates for city council Continued from page 23 Judy Villeneuve (SF)* Occupation: Councillor Key Issues: 1. Homelessness 2. Preserving farmland and green space 3. Reducing crime I have been a Surrey resident for 41 years and husband Michael and I have two sons and two grandsons. A member of council for 23 years, I strongly supported the development of Surrey’s groundbreaking Sustainability Charter and Ecosystem Management Strategy as well as the innovative Crime Reduction Strategy. I am proud that Surrey was the first city in B.C. to establish a Homelessness and Housing Foundation with a $9-million endowment. I am vice-chair of Metro Vancouver’s Housing Committee and Surrey’s Public Art Committee. I was the Pacific Co-ordinator for the Writers’ Union of Canada for two decades. I live in Crescent Beach.

John Milton Wolanski Occupation: (Not provided) Key issues: 1. Affordable housing. This must be first on the list. Designate mobile home parks as part of the initiative 2. Light rail serviced by fast bus connections 3. Prioritize education. An educated workforce is a productive one There’s a saying: “A good government takes care of its cities, a great government takes care of its people.” My belief is that a productive community is an inclusive one – one that stresses opportunities for all, not just for a few. I am a writer, a lifelong learner and a passionate advocate for social justice. If elected, 10 per cent of my gross compensation will be donated to the Surrey Food Bank.

* Denotes incumbent SF – Surrey First

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• Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Fleetwood Library, 15996 84 Ave. The Surrey Citizens Transportation Initiative hosts mayor and council candidates. For more information contact • Monday, Nov. 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Surrey Rotary Field House, 14600 Rotary Way. The South Surrey Residents Association hosts Surrey mayor and council

Steve Wood (SCC) Occupation: Independent consultant/ contract work Key issues: 1. Public transportation – advocate for light rail and more buses 2. Advocating for youth – more parks and recreation and sports programs 3. Improved local democracy and neighbourhood consultation I’m experienced, elected twice in Campbell River. My family and I moved here in 2000. I’ve volunteered and mentored children through Whalley Baseball, North Surrey Football and soccer. Youth represent 30 per cent of our population, they’re our future and deserve advocates. It’s not happening. We’re the fastest-growing city but without funding for school construction and too many portables. We need genuine leadership. I’m listening and offer commitment, determination and backbone to deliver results. Increased taxes, tolling bridges and failing transit are not acceptable. We can do better.

candidates. For more information, call Barb Paton at 604-575-1958, or David Cann at 604-536-0465. • Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Eaglequest Golf Course, 7778 152 St. The Surrey Board of Trade hosts a Surrey mayor and council allcandidates business dialogue. Written questions will only be accepted by emailing in advance or submitting at the event. To register, go to

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Paul Hillsdon Occupation: Student Key issues: 1. School overcrowding and funding 2. Student engagement 3. Teacher autonomy My campaign is about building education for the future. There is a global education reform movement underway that we need to be a part of. We need to shift from an industrial, one-size-fits-all approach to a personalized learning system that meets the unique needs and interests of every student. Doing so is critical for the economic competitiveness and social well-being of our city and nation. I am committed to resolving our funding issues, and being a vocal and collaborative advocate for the next generation of public education.

Terry Allen (SFE)* Occupation: President of CUPE 379 representing support staff for the Burnaby School District Key issues: 1. Securing new capital funding to build schools for students 2. Changing the Community Link funding formula 3. Supporting excellence in public educa-

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tion I was first elected to the Surrey Board of Education in 2002. I hope to be re-elected to be able to continue the progress we have made, putting the interests of parents and students ahead of all others. I currently serve as the chair of the school district`s budget committee and as the board representative on the Parks and Recreation Commission. I am active in the sports community, including soccer, baseball and basketball. I have coached girls’ softball for many years.

Black Press asked all trustee candidates in the Surrey School District to provide their names, occupations, top three issues in order of importance and 100 words briefly describing their platforms and plans if elected. Here are their responses:

Ijaz Chatha (SCC)* Occupation: Realtor Key issues: 1.Working with Victoria to secure capital funding for building new schools 2. Better liaison with council so schools are planned in new neighbourhoods 3. Getting Surrey’s fair share of special needs and Community Link funding If re-elected, I will continue challenging the provincial government for sufficient funding to meet the specific and diversified learning needs of students. The school district is in desperate need of more new schools. We need adequate ongoing funding for special needs students and increased Community Link funding. One of my daughters is special needs, giving me a greater understanding of the impact of cutbacks. Also, public consultation should be increased prior to decision making. I have lived in Surrey for 15 years with my wife and four children.

Sukhy Dhillon (SCC) Occupation: School teacher and education consultant Key issues: 1. Real schools – not portables 2. Improved two-way communication between parents and trustees 3. More assertive action to deal with bullying I am a parent of three children, a public school teacher and a parent presenter on issues such as bullying and how to support children’s learning at home. Our children deserve classrooms, not portables. We need clean washrooms and proper gymnasiums. Schools are a community asset; our playgrounds should not be locked up. I will be aggressive in securing capital funding for new schools. Children with special needs deserve equal access to all services. Communication between home and school is my priority.

Malkiat Singh Kang Occupation: Retired school administrator Key issues 1. Increase learning goals 2. Being an advocate for all parents 3. Enriching environment and love for education for all children I am a graduate of University of Calgary, bachelor of education. My past experience includes teaching all grades in the Canadian public school system for over 30 years. Part of my experience includes being a school administrator (principal and vice-principal) for 10 years. Canada has been my home for over 50 years and I have been a Surrey resident for the last 20. I am married with five adult children who are teachers, lawyers, and a doctor. My vision is to use my experience as an educator, father, grandfather and proud resident of Surrey to contribute to our school system.

Moh Chilali (SCC) Occupation: (Not provided) Key issues: 1. Work with community, parents and partners to ensure a long-term viable and sufficient funding for Surrey schools 2. Address the learning and teaching needs of the rich multi-ethnic diversity of Surrey. 3. Initiate a daycare program publicly funded for Surrey parents I have been a Surrey resident for 13 years, a parent of a son and a daughter who graduated from Semihamoo Secondary. I hold an engineering degree in oil economics, a masters of international business, a bachelor of education, a masters of education, and am finishing my doctorate in education. I worked for more than 20 years as an educator in B.C. and overseas. I held also the position of B.C. Ministry of Education Coordinator and organized training for B.C. teachers.

Pam Glass (SFE)* Occupation: Retired school teacher, citizenship judge Key issues: 1. Securing capital funding to build new schools 2. Changing the Community Link funding formula to the benefit of disadvantaged Surrey students 3. Encouraging greater parent involvement in student learning I am proud to have served on the Surrey Board of Education for the past 12 years. As a mother of four and a grandmother of nine, I have always had a passion for education. Being a parent prepared me for being a teacher. That experience and my time serving as an assistant to the premier and Members of Parliament prepared me for local government and the Surrey Board of Education.

Laurie Larsen (SFE)* Occupation: President of CUPE Local 402, representing the City of Surrey workers Key issues: 1. Securing new capital funding to build schools for students 2. Changing the Community Link funding formula 3. Better resources for special education Over the past three years, the current board has been successful in putting the interest of students before any other consideration. Because of this, five members of the current board have decided to form the Surrey First Education electoral organization. We hope to be re-elected this fall so that we can continue to meet the challenges of the largest and fastest growing school district in B.C. I have lived in Surrey since 1957 and graduated at Queen Elizabeth Secondary. I raised four children.

Charlene Dobie (SCC) Occupation: Special education assistant 1. Capital funding/overcrowded schools 2. Communication with all community partners 3. Continued and fair funding for Surrey’s most vulnerable students An SCC team on Surrey Board of Education and council means Surrey will have a voice to lobby Victoria for much-needed capital funding. I will bring that issue to the forefront at every opportunity. I will listen to and work with students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and other elected officials. Advisory committees for all partner groups and real question periods at board meetings are just two ways to improve dialogue. Adequate funding for Surrey’s most vulnerable students is crucial to our community. Occupation: School teacher and education consultant Key issues: 1. Real schools – not portables, now not later

Laurence Greeff (SCC) Occupation: Teacher, Langley Secondary School Key issues: 1. $273 million to address school overcrowding and the elimination of 290 portables 2. Chronic under-funding of Surrey schools 3. Addressing the unfair sharing of Community Link funding I currently teach at Langley Secondary School. My daughter graduated from Earl Marriott Secondary School. I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa but am proud to call Surrey my home. I will challenge the privatization of schools and new experimental reforms that are designed to devalue educational services for the children in our schools. I will lobby intensively for $273 million to address overcrowding in Surrey schools. Our schools need to be fully funded to address the needs of our students.

Reni Masi (SFE)* Occupation: Retired Surrey high school principal, MLA Key issues: 1. Securing new capital funding to build schools for students 2. Changing the Community Link funding formula 3. Supporting a new International Baccalaureate program for North Surrey The Surrey School District is the largest and fastest-growing in B.C. Rapid growth brings problems of space and overcrowding. The board has continuously pressured Victoria to meet the capital (building) requirements of the district. My years of teaching and administration have offered me insights into the school system and my involvement in provincial politics has provided an understanding of the provincial perspective. I offer you a lifetime of public service and I’m here to help you and your children.

* Denotes incumbent SCC – Surrey Civic Coalition SFE – Surrey First Education


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Continued from page 23 Ram Sidhu (SCC) Occupation: Program manager Key issues: 1. Overcrowding in schools 2. City council and school board need to work together to better plan communities 3. Not enough support staff, librarians and counsellors As a mother of two young children I am concerned about the over-crowding in our schools. As a school trustee candidate I am committed to working with parents, teachers, city council and Victoria to improve our schools, so that our children have the best environment for success. We need to start construction and fix the school crisis now. We need to adequately fund support staff, librarians, and counsellors. Also we will work together with city council to better plan neighbourhoods to prevent further overcrowding.

Anne van Rhyn Occupation: Special education assistant, Surrey Key issues: 1. Increasing graduation rates 2. Expanding opportunities for diversified learning/choice 3. Aligning community services with schools, providing timely assessments B.C’.s education community is talking of technology in schools, increasing online and individualized learning. My goal is to ensure there is a voice for those who would “fall through the cracks” that the new system is indeed personalized and learner centred. I’ll advocate for community school partnerships, and accessible learning centres, to boost student success and graduation rates. I would support teacher innovation, arts and choice programs, as well as school “greening” initiatives. With energy and passion I am committed to being accessible.

* Denotes incumbent

SCC – Surrey Civic Coalition

Shawn Wilson (SFE)* Occupation: Retired small business owner Key issues: 1. Securing new capital funding to build schools 2. Changing the Community Link funding formula 3. Improving success for aboriginal students I was elected as a school trustee in 1999. I was first voted board chair in 2001 and have been chosen as the chair or vicechair for nine of the past 12 years, including four consecutive years as chair from 2004 through 2007. As school trustee, I especially enjoy visiting schools and reading books to young students and speaking about local government. I am honoured to have served parents and students in Surrey for 12 years.

SFE – Surrey First Education

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Voters will have a second chance to meet and question Surrey school trustee candidates this Wednesday (Nov. 16) at 7 p.m. in the theatre at Clayton Secondary, 7003 188 St. The meeting, sponsored by the Parent Advisory Council of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, is only the second all-candidates meeting for trustee hopefuls for District 36 during the current campaign, following a District Parents Advisory Council event on Oct. 26. Linda Stromberg, vice-president of the Lord Tweedsmuir PAC and member of a districtwide ad-hoc committee on overcrowding, said the previous meeting impressed on her the importance of seeing candidates in person rather than judging them simply by campaign literature. “I think people need to make an informed decision when they vote, and an all-candidates meetings gives them an ❝An allopportunity to see how people candidates perform under a bit of pressure; meetings their ability to answer hard gives (voters) questions and their skills when an opportunity it comes to speaking and, even more importantly, listening,” she to see how said. people While the meeting will perform inevitably draw more people under a bit of from the Cloverdale and pressure.❞ Clayton area, it’s open to voters Linda Stromberg from throughout the district, Stromberg said. Overcrowding of schools is an issue that impacts many schools throughout the district, she added, particularly Lord Tweedsmuir and Earl Marriott Secondary, both of which have introduced a two-tier staggered schedule this year to accommodate heavy enrolment. “It’s certainly an important issue for me,” she said. “We’ve been hearing concerns from parents about the impacts the scheduling has had on family life – and it’s also a health and safety issue since there are often lineups for washrooms during breaks, as students are reluctant to visit them during class time.” Voting for trustee candidates will take place Saturday (Nov. 19) as part of the city ballot including both mayoral and councillor candidates.

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Profiles on candidates for the Nov. 19, 2011 civic election in White Rock and Surrey.