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Surrey First crushes challengers Mayor Dianne Watts’ team sweeps city council by Kevin Diakiw MAYOR DIANNE Watts’ Surrey First team has completely swept city council as they took a huge lead at the beginning of election night Saturday (Nov. 19) and never let go. On council, Surrey First’s Bruce Hayne replaced longtime incumbent Bob Bose, who trailed by almost 8,000 votes by the end of the night. All other incumbent councillors kept their seats. Watts took back the mayor’s chair with a convincing win, taking 80 per cent of the vote, trouncing closest competitor Ross Buchanan by 48,000 votes. It’s a historic result for Surrey, marking what’s believed to be the first time city council will be governed by a single civic organization without opposition. See COUNCIL / Page 4


Rev. Michael McGee and Evelyn Tapio are helping celebrate St. Helen’s Anglican Church’s 100th anniversary this weekend. Tapio was baptized at the church in 1922.

A century of spiritual service St. Helen’s Anglican Church honours its 100-year history

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Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts celebrates her election win on Saturday night.

n the beginning, early in the last century, the South Westminster area was a place of hard-working dock men, millers, fishermen and their families. One hundred years ago this week, those pioneers, after clearing the thick woods in the area, began their spiritual services at a new church, St. Helen’s Anglican, at what is now 108 Avenue and 128 Street. The first celebration worship took place on Nov. 26, 1911. Evelyn Tapio (nee Pawson), 89, was there just over a decade later. The New Westminster woman was baptized at St. Helen’s in 1922,

89 years before this weekend’s newest baptism and celebration of the church’s 100th anniversary. “I was born in 1922 and had two brothers and two sisters and we all got dressed up and came to church every Sunday morning at 10 o’clock,” she recalls. Over the years, she met her husband at a church basketball game, took her kids there (the three Sunday school buses in the 1950s were named Faith, Hope and Charity), and now visits her late husband’s gravestone in the church cemetery. See SPECIAL SERVICES / Page 3

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‘Falconridge rapist’ lands in Surrey Police issue public warning about high-risk sex offender who has relocated here by Kevin Diakiw

A month later on May 10, a 35-year-old woman institutional charges and twice failed to finish sexual offender counselling. was grabbed by the neck as she was leaving a A HIGH-RISK sex offender has made Surrey his home, 7-Eleven store, dragged to a footpath and raped. Jefferson must report to the Surrey RCMP detachand RCMP are warning the public he has a high likeJefferson was convicted in 2007 of three separate ment daily and will be monitored by a probation lihood of reoffending. officer. attacks. Andrew Aurie Jefferson, 26, has a He was sentenced to six He has several conditions of his parole: criminal record involving sexual-related • Have no contact with the victims or years in prison after being offences against adult females. convicted for sexually assaultfamilies; Jefferson terrorized a Calgary neighing two women with knives in • No possession of knives except to bourhood in 2006 with a series of armed April and May 2006, as well as prepare and consume food; street attacks, gaining the nickname the assaulting another woman in • Shall not carry, own, or possess any “Falconridge rapist”. weapons; March. Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is infuriAccording to the RCMP, Jef• No alcohol or controlled substances; ated that Jefferson has been allowed to • Shall not enter any place where alcoferson’s method is to randomly relocate here. grab a female from behind hol is the primary commodity for sale; “This type of thing just infuriates me to who is walking down the street • Must remain in his home between 10 no end,” Watts said Friday. “The safety of p.m. and 7 a.m. daily except for work. and threaten to kill her with a the residents and the community should knife if she screams. Jefferson is a Caucasian male, 5’9” and Andrew Jefferson always trump those of a convicted sex Just eight months ago, Jeffer- Mayor Dianne Watts weighs 183 lbs. He has brown hair and offender.” son was deemed a high risk to green eyes. Watts said as his crimes occurred in reoffend by the Parole Board If you see Jefferson violating any of Calgary, he shouldn’t even be in this province. of Canada and was denied an application for early these conditions, do not approach him. Call Surrey On April 8, 2006, a 19-year-old woman was RCMP at 604-599-0502. release. grabbed as she was walking along a street, dragged That report showed Jefferson had racked up five behind a condo and raped.

Special services: Nov. 26-27 From page 1

Although Tapio and her family moved away after she got married, they came back to the Lower Mainland in September. “We decided right way to come back to St. Helen’s Church – it was one of our first drives back into the community,” says her daughter Marie Matzhold during visit inside the church. “It has so many memories. “I remember sitting in the pew right there looking at the stained-glass windows. Mum remembers her brother (now 91) who was an alter boy here.” Over the years, while there have been major changes to the rectory and hall, the church building has remained largely the same – an Anglican design used by the architect of St. Diane Richards Oswald’s Church in Port Kells. The only major structural change was the beacon, a lighthouse-like fixture at the top of the building that was changed to a bell tower in the late 1940s. “St. Helen’s has a unique place in Surrey, says Anglican minister Rev. Michael McGee. “We’re actually one of the four congregations that worship here.” The other groups that use the building are Mar Thoma (an East Indian church), a Presbyterian-Korean church and a Mennonite-Japanese church.

“It’s like a new beginning as well as a celebration of something that has happened.”


St. Helen’s Anglican Church in its first decade (left) and as it is today.

About 100 people come for Anglican services each Sunday nowadays – a multicultural and younger mix that is bringing numbers up from the 50 or so when McGee arrived in 2003. (The peak of more than 200 was several decades ago.) McGee says Tapio represents the foundation of the church, which was largely Caucasian. “It’s not really the ethnic makeup of the congregation anymore,” he says. Anglican congregants have immigrated from Africa, Sri Lanka, the Philippines

Jamaica the former Burma. Diane Richards, who works in the lay ministry, says that although the congregation has taken the time to appreciate its first 100 years, the church is looking forward to its second century, particularly when it comes to doing community outreach and charity work. Examples she gives are the church’s Karen refugee sponsorship drive and helping the Surrey Food Bank’s Tiny Bundles program. “It’s like it’s a new beginning as well as

a celebration of something that has happened. We’re doing good things when we can find them,” says Richards. St. Helen’s Anglican Church (10787 128 St.) will hold a candlelight prayer service on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m., followed by a celebration of baptism and 100th anniversary of the church on Nov. 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. Bishop Michael Ingham will be a guest preacher. For more information, email

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Council: ‘Lost its soul’ with Bose gone From page 1 By the time the numbers rolled in, the party mood was high at Central City, where Watts and her team were celebrating. It wasn’t that way an hour before polls closed. Coun. Linda Hepner said she had no idea how things were going to work out, adding it was a very hard campaign. Couns. Mary Martin and Barinder Rasode agreed, saying the Surrey Civic Coalition campaign was particularly nasty. Couns. Judy Villeneuve and Marvin Hunt seemed a little more sure-footed when commenting about the possible results. At 9 p.m., Watts and her team took the stage, as complete victory was assured. Watts thanked all the people who put their name forward for office.

And she pointed out sit on our laurels.” the sweep didn’t come Coun. Bob Bose, easy. who has been on Surrey “We ran a clean camcouncil for 28 of the last paign, took the high road 33 years, was in disbelief and discussed the issues,” watching the night Watts said. “We put unfold. Surrey First. We agreed He said he would to put petty politics aside have been quite happy and discussed the issues.” to lose if it meant one of She said the residents Bob Bose the Surrey Civic Coaliof Surrey have given her tion candidates got on group the mandate to finish work council. that was started six years ago. “Enormous sadness is we have The mayor’s race saw Watts these bright young candidates,” crush her opponents. Next closest Bose said. “Maybe they’ll get on was second-place Ross Buchanan with their lives.” with nine per cent of the vote and He said this will be his last foray Vikram Bajwa with six per cent. into politics. “It is quite humbling when you “I’m not going to run again,” look at the mandate people give Bose said. “It makes no sense.” you,” Watts said Saturday night. SCC’s Gary Robinson said Sur“Obviously they want to see the rey council has “lost its soul” with city evolve and the city change. the loss of Bose. There’s a lot of work to do and a lot See ELECTION / Page 5 of issues. We can’t just sit back and

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Election: Fifth term for Jackson From page 4 He said he fears what this council will do without opposition. “It’s a train heading to some unknown destination without any brakes,” Robinson said. Voter turnout was 70,253, or a 25-percent turnout, up just one percentage point from 2008. Here are the results:

Mayor Dianne Watts, 55,826 Ross Buchanan, 6,267 Vikram J.S. Bajwa, 4,481 Clifford Tamuno Inimgba, 1,183 Deanna Welters, 1,147 Shan Rana, 330 Touraj Ghanbar-zadeh, 298.

Councillor Judy Villenueve (SF) 45,523 Linda Hepner (SF) 42,172 Barbara Steele (SF) 40,837 Mary Martin (SF) 40,433 Marvin Hunt (SF) 40, 404 Tom Gill (SF) 39,917 Bruce Hayne (SF) 36,480 Barinder Rasode (SF)33,616 Bob Bose (SCC) 25,832 Judy Higginbotham 16,279 Rina Gill (SCC) Stephanie Ryan (SCC) 11,791 Doug Elford (SCC) 11,316 Steve Wood (SCC) 11,054 Gary Robinson (SCC) 10,948 Paul Griffin 10,278 Grant Rice (SCC) 9,765 Kuldip Ardawa (SCC) 8,911 Susan Thomas 6,315 Gary Hoffman 6,182 Partap Singh 5,925 Gill 22 5,064 Lawrence Chen 4,715 Mike Robinson 4,415 Bernadette Keenan 3,668 John Wolanski 2,726 Imtiaz Popat 2,339

Board of Education Pam Glass (SFE) 42,718 Shawn Wilson (SFE) 41,900 Terry Allen (SFE) 41,814 Laurie Larsen (SFE) Reni Masi (SFE) 37,593 Charlene Dobie (SCC) 19,390 Laurae McNally (acclaimed in White Rock) Sukhy Dhillon (SCC) 17,022 Anne Van Rhyn 15,563 Paul Hillsdon 15,451 Ram Sidhu (SCC) 14,083 Laurence Greeff (SCC) 13,611 Ijaz Ahmed Chatha

(SCC) 12,212 Moh Chelali (SCC) 11,107 Malkiat Singh Kang 10,710 SF denotes Surrey First SFE is Surrey First Education and SCC represents Surrey Civic Coalition. Candidates in bold won a seat in their respective contest.

Sylvia Bishop 12,229 Bruce McDonald 12,132 Scott Hamilton 11,770 Jeannie Kanakos 10,314 Robert Campbell 10,078 Anne Peterson 9,507 Fabian Milat 7,321 Neil Corbett 6,425 Scott Broderick 5,403 Andrew Conley 5,036 Garth Cuthbert 4,573 Ranjit (Ranj) Heer 4,268

trustee Laura Dixon topped the polls. Fabian Milat was reelected, but fell short of scoring a “double” with his bid for Delta council. Incumbents failing to get re-elected were Janet Shauntz and Brenda Bennet-Schneider. Longtime trustee Gord Masi did not run for reelection. Nick Kanakos, one of the new faces on the board, said it was an honour to serve the public. Wife Jeannie Kanakos, a former Delta councillor (2005 to 2008), also succeeded in her bid for Delta council, making them the first husbandand-wife team in Delta to serve on the two elected groups. Of the 69,328 registered voters in Delta, 23,457 ballots were cast for a 33.83-per-cent voter turnout. Here are the results:

Delta’s Lois Jackson re-elected by Christine Lyon LOIS JACKSON was voted

in for her fifth term as mayor of Delta. Jackson finished with 10,044 votes, or 43.17 per cent of the ballots cast. “I’m just delighted,” she said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the grindstone and getting the work done for the people of Delta.” Meanwhile, her entire slate of DIVA (Delta Independent Voters Association) council candidates were re-elected. Incumbent council candidate Anne Peterson lost her seat. For the Delta Board of Education, incumbent


Board of Education Laura Dixon 9,602 Fabian Milat 9,088 Dale Saip 8,801 Val Windsor 8,485 Nick Kanakos 8,136 Simon Truelove 7,993 Donna Burke 7,087 Janet Shauntz 5,940 Brenda BennettSchneider 5,544 Carol Johnson 5,458 Carroll Allan 4,843 Andy Basi 4,544 Julie Sanders 4,295 Sue Lloyd 3,919 Malcolm Smillie 3,809 Pat Dyer 3,542 Brad Sherwin 3,091 Carleen Bazowsky 2,663 Andrew Maas 2,335 Michael Patrick Macumber 2,093

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n many counts, it was a disappointing election night Saturday in Surrey. While Mayor Dianne Watts and her Surrey First team cruised into a crushing victory over her challengers, it’s not all thumbs-up for the city. For the first time in history, there is no voice of opposition on Surrey council. Astonishingly, longtime Surrey Civic Coalition councillor Bob Bose, who has been on Surrey council for 28 of the last 33 years, lost his seat, effectively ending his career in politics. “I’m not going to run again,” Bose said. “It makes no sense.” SCC council candidate Gary Robinson said he fears for the future, wondering what council will do with a free rein. “It’s a train heading to some unknown destination without any brakes,” he said. We don’t know if things will be that dire, but having no dissenting point of view on council is certainly not healthy. The official opposition is now the public – and the media. Also disappointing was the failure of many bright, passionate, youthful candidates to make inroads into civic politics. SCC candidate Stephanie Ryan comes to mind. So does Surrey Board of Education hopeful Paul Hillsdon. With an endorsement from Watts and a spot left open on the Surrey First Education slate, the independent Hillsdon looked like sure bet for a seat on the Surrey school board. In the end, he came in ninth place for the elected board of six. Hopefully, the results won’t dissuade promising candidates from running for civic office in the future, as fresh perspectives in politics are most welcome. Last but not least there was the appalling voter turnout in Surrey of just 25 per cent. Despite the fact decisions made at the municipal level are the ones that have the greatest impact on ordinary citizens, just one-quarter of the city’s registered voters bothered to cast their ballots. The other 75 per cent will have the next three years to reflect on their decision to stay mute on voting day.


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continue upward. governments are forced to buy carbon offsets. The Pacific Carbon Trust then funds Industry representatives gave the legemission-reduction projects for big emitters islature finance committee the view from such as gas plants in the northeast. ground level. Take farming. So five years on, that’s the upshot of “None of our competitors have a carbon tax,” Garnet Etsell of the B.C. Agriculture Gordon Campbell’s lofty goal to lead the world in climate action. We’re Council told the committee’s hurting our own agriculture Chilliwack hearing. “This has and manufacturing, and cost us, to date, with the last increase, $45 million a year. With transferring scarce funds from hospitals, senior care homes the increase that’s anticipated and schools to subsidize profitin 2012, that’ll be $65 million. able energy corporations. And Keep in mind that the agriculture emissions are still rising. industry last year had a cumulative net loss of $80 million.” It’s no wonder the finance committee has recommended B.C.’s biggest greenhouse gas major changes to Finance emitters are the petroleum and cement manufacturing indusKevin Falcon. He Tom Fletcher Minister tries. They only pay the tax on should cap the carbon tax fuel while significant process at the 2012 rate. He should “address the inequity for emissions are tax-exempt. But B.C. cement producers,” and also “consider even that is stimulating demand for cement immediate carbon tax exclusions for agriculimported from outside B.C., This not only hurts domestic producers, it adds emissions ture, including the greenhouse sector, and public institutions.” via trucking or rail shipping. Then there is B.C.’s “carbon neutral Falcon allowed last week that B.C.’s competitive position must be considered, public sector,” where provincial and local

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.C.’s carbon emission trading plan died last week at the age of four. No service was announced. The end came as the B.C. capital hosted politicians from neighbouring U.S. states and western provinces for their annual economic conference. Washington, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico followed through with plans to withdraw from the Western Climate Initiative, leaving California, B.C., and theoretically Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec to come up with a trading system to put further costs on greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel kingpins Alberta and Saskatchewan wanted nothing to do with the WCI from the beginning, when it set a goal of 15-per-cent reduction in emissions by 2020. This leaves B.C. as the only jurisdiction in North America with a carbon tax, and an emission reduction target twice as ambitious – 33 per cent by 2020. Because of that tax, all B.C.’s border states and provinces have an economic advantage for emitting industries. And with natural gas development booming and population growing, B.C.’s emissions

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Crime bill will be too costly

THE NEW Conservative crime bill is what you get when you mix Conservative and religious ideologies that are totally bankrupt of any other progressive ideas to grow the Canadian economy. Other than the tar sands and turning the penal system into a Canadian growth industry, what do the Conservatives have going for them? At least the tar sands, in spite of the fact that it is environmentally costly, makes money. The crime bill will be a huge financial as well as humanitarian drain on the Canadian taxpayer. Every person you put in prison has many costs. First, a direct monetary cost for incarceration, next comes all of the collateral costs: fathers, mothers and children can no longer provide for their families so they end up on welfare, and children can no longer go to school and learn so they can become a productive member of society. Instead they are incarcerated into a school for crime and their future from that point is fairly predictable. If you want to fix something you don’t give a mandatory jail sentence for smoking or growing a few pot plants and then give people suspended sentences for violently beating someone to the point of incapacitating them for life. It is not as though this hasn’t been tried before. The last 30 years in Texas they took toughon-crime to the maximum and that includes capital punishment. Texas not only has had more than double the crime rates of other states but the costs literally bankrupted the state and resulted in the state having to put one out of 20 of its citizens in jail, executed, on parol or on probation. The indisputable fact is that this draconian law accomplished quite the opposite of making Texans safe. Since Texas has changed course away from mandatory sentencing and incarceration to treatment, harm reduction and probation, it has seen a double-digit decline in not only incarceration rates but more importantly crime rates and this was all accomplished at one-tenth the previous cost. Premier Christy Clark needs to tell Mr. Harper that B.C. shall not pay for this ridiculous return to the days of Charles Dickens and Texas’ failed costly travesty. Canadians want things to be better, not return to the bad old days. Wayne Clark Maple Ridge

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Investing in City Centre is wise CRITICISM OF MAYOR Dianne Watts and council of the plan to create a new city hall as part of the revitalization of Surrey City Centre went as far as a rival mayoralty candidate declaring he would “shut down the project.” As a developer involved in City Centre and with plans for further construction, I felt compelled to provide a more encouraging perspective. As Surrey grows, so will city hall grow to provide the services its citizens expect. City halls once formed important icons in the centre of civic life, together with town squares, libraries and post offices. City staff were not distant bureaucrats but frequented the same coffee shops on the same “Main Street” as the citizens they served. The decision long ago to create the current Surrey City Hall was an unfortunate break from this tradition and, in its current location and with its many employees, adds nothing to the life and economy of any of Surrey’s existing town centres. I would suggest the plan to start fresh as part of the transformation of Surrey City Centre is a unique opportunity and the commitment to build it has already paid large dividends for Surrey. And construction has only just begun. Following Surrey’s lead, a number of public entities are reinforcing Surrey’s investment in the City Centre. Consider the growth of Simon Fraser University’s City Centre campus, the soon-to-open RCMP E-Division and the Jim Pattison Outpatient Clinic. Surrey Memorial Hospital’s new Critical Care Tower alone is the largest single investment in health care in the history of the province of British Columbia. All of these investment decisions by provincial and federal agencies benefit the citizens of Surrey with recession-proof employment and important services close by. In attracting these investments in jobs and public infrastructure, Mayor Watts and council understand that if you want federal and provincial tax dollars invested in your community, Surrey must itself be willing to invest to create the conditions for success – the kind of City Centre business and public institutions will be proud to call home. I have no doubt the commitment to invest in civic infrastructure such as for city hall and the new library provided the framework for those other investment decisions in Surrey City Centre. Mayor Watts and council should be congratulated, not condemned, for that leadership. FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER

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comments on Dozer the Sulcata tortoise and his friend Sisi being used as a “cheap spectacle” as she put it, while it is true that the Sulacata tortoise is native to the Sahara desert I would like to point out that the temperature of the Sahara can drop below freezing over night. The tortoises at Cinemazoo are fed daily and they are fed the best produce money can buy which includes 23 types of vegetables, hay and dandelion (when in season). Once a week, volunteers rub their shells with lotion fortified with calcium. Dozer, the tortoise in question, has two close friends, a Siamese cat and Sisi the Chihuahua. To watch these friends out for a walk it is easy to see that they love it and each other. Anyone who has any basic knowledge of turtles and tortoises would know that if they were afraid or unhappy

with the situation they would hide in their shells and not come out. Dozer does not come out to shows very often, unless he is specifically requested (as he was for the Halloween parade) and in situations like that, the time that he is out is very limited and supervised at all times. I would also like to clarify that the animals that Cinemazoo represents in the film and television industry are mainly cats and dogs that people have willingly registered with us because they want their pets to be in movies. The animals housed at our facility are rescued abused and abandoned exotic pets that are brought out to schools and daycares to educate children about responsible pet ownership. The fact is that the Vancouver Humane Society frequently get their facts about exotic animals very wrong. Perhaps they are simply trying to sway public opinion and have

Dozer the tortoise, pictured with Safi the Siamese cat, is healthy and happy at Cinemazoo says a company spokesperson. organizations such as mine shut down. However, if rescue organizations for these exotic animals did not exist, beautiful creatures such as Dozer would simply just be put to death when the owners no longer wanted them. If the VHS is trying to sway public opinion about my organization all they are doing is hurting the animals by discouraging people from helping us care for and love these creatures. I

firmly believe that they should stick to what they know, which is cats and dogs and if they are truly concerned about exotic animals living in this climate they should concentrate on sales of these pets and breeders. I have included for you a picture of Dozer happy in his habitat with his friend Safi the Siamese Cat here at Cinemazoo.

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Pursuant to Sections 40 and 94 of the Community Charter TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of The Corporation of Delta “A” has given first, second and third readings to a bylaw cited as “Delta Road Closure and Cancellation (Portion of 104th Street) Bylaw No. 6944, 2011”, and intends to finally consider and adopt this bylaw at a future regular Council meeting. The intent of this bylaw is to Dedicated by plan 1180 Area = 0.3531ha stop up and close to traffic and cancel the dedication as road of a 0.3531 ha portion of 104th Street outlined in bold and marked as parcel “A” on the Reference Plan that accompanies this Notice. This portion of 104th Street fronts Dunlop Road to the north, Nordel Way to the south and was created by Plan 1180. Following final consideration and adoption of Bylaw 6944, parcel “A” will cease forever to be a public highway and title shall be vested in The Corporation of Delta. Copies of the relevant documents and plans may be inspected at the Municipal Hall at 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, B.C. Any inquiries should be made to Samien Safaei, Lands Solicitor, (604)946-3234, Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. If you feel that you may be affected by Bylaw 6944, you may write to the attention of the Lands Solicitor. Please note that only comments received by 4:30 pm on December 1, 2011 will be considered. Dated this 9th day of November, 2011. DU NL O P

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Conviction in 2006 crack shack beating Steven Iyoupe found guilty of manslaughter by Sheila Reynolds

A FOURTH person has been found guilty in connection to the fatal beating of a man in a Surrey crack shack in 2006. Steven Iyoupe, 28, was convicted of manslaughter in New Westminster Supreme Court on Thursday (Nov. 17) for helping kill 45-year-old Garry Glen Harder. Harder, who police say was a professional kick boxer who became involved in the drug trade, was found lying in a ditch near 103A Avenue and 144 Street on Jan. 29, 2006. Investigators said he was beaten during a drug-related dispute and then dumped in the ditch. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Harder had left a crack shack in Surrey with money that wasn’t his and the theft was reported to the dealers who ran the house. The victim was taken back to the house where police say he was met by a group who “repeatedly and horrifically� beat

him for several hours. “Homicide investigations can be very lengthy...� said IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Jennifer Pound about Iyoupe’s conviction. “Justice is sought for those who have died unfairly.� Three other people – two men and one woman – were arrested in May of 2008 in connection with Harder’s murder. William Thomas Walker of Langley was convicted of forcible confinement and aggravated assault and sentenced to seven years in prison. Lauretta Marie Stevens of Surrey was convicted of unlawful confinement and assault with a weapon and given three years. Jordon Vojkovic of Calgary was arrested in Alberta and returned to Surrey to stand trial. He was convicted of unlawful confinement and manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Iyoupe’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 27.

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in Maple Ridge, outshooting the Flames 48-23 and scoring four powerplay goals on seven chances, but they were playing catchup all night. The Devils fired 20 pucks at the Flames goal in the opening period, but Ridge Meadows scored once on their six shots for a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Flames were held to just nine shots in the second period, but found the net three more times for a 4-2 advantage. Darren Asuncion and Christian Rodriguez with his second of the game connected on the powerplay, pulling the

visitors even 4-4. But the Devils couldn’t hang on. The Flames got the winning goal on a powerplay with 98 seconds to play. Michal Urbaniak scored North Delta’s first goal, and Julius Ho collected three assists. In the Sungod Arena Saturday, the Devils were in control for much of the game. Outshot 16-11 in the first period, the Devils still led 1-0 on a goal from Gregory Howard. The home team took over in the second, outshooting Grandview 17-4. Jacob Wensley made it 2-0 for North Delta, and after the Steelers tallied

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“This year...the standings are so tight.” Matt Erhart seconds into the final frame, and Robert Lindores made it 3-1 two-and-half minutes later. Vernon made it close as the clock ticked down – Darren Nowick made it 3-2 with 1:09 left in the game – but the Eagles managed to escape with the win. On Saturday, Hunt again earned first-star honours after stopping 38 of 39 shots on net. Mulcahy gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead near

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that many (offensive) chances when we’re killing penalties, but sometimes you get the opportunity, and we’ve been taking advantage of them by scoring shorthanded.” With two Eagles, Michael Stenerson and Brandon Morley, now returned from the World Junior A’ Challenge, Erhart is looking forward to having a full lineup together for an extended period. “The biggest thing for us is to get all the guys back, and get some lines combinations sorted out,” he said.


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clawed back atop the B.C. Hockey League’s Coastal Conference on the weekend, after winning both games of a two-game homestand. On Friday, Surrey edged last year’s Royal Bank Cup finalist Vernon Vipers – national champions in 2009 and ’10 – 3-2, and followed that with another lowscoring, one-goal victory, beating the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 2-1. One third of the way through the 60-game regular season, the Eagles now sit one point up on the Cowichan Valley Capitals for first place in the conference, with 29 points and a record of 13-5-0-3 (won-losttied-overtime loss). “This year, more than any other it seems, the standings are so tight. After every weekend, you look at the standings and you could be first, could be third, or fifth – it’s pretty crazy, how close it is,” said Eagles coach Matt Erhart. “But that said, we’re in first place right now, and got a couple wins at home, so there’s not much to complain about.” Surrey goaltender Andrew Hunt was the star Friday, backstopping the Eagles to victory despite the fact the home team was outshot 35-22 by the visiting Vipers. Hunt’s 34-save performance earned him first-star honours. Hunt also benefited from the team’s tighter defensive approach – allowing just three goals in two games – which Erhart said has been the team’s game plan all season. “We got away from it there a little bit the last few weeks, but this weekend, that’s more of the style we want to play,” he said. The lone goal Hunt did let slip past him came on the powerplay 8:55 into the second period – off the stick of Marcus Basara to briefly give Vernon a 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later, however, Colton Mackie tied the contest with a powerplay goal of his own. “Colton’s been playing really well lately, both he and Brett Mulcahy have really stepped up their games and taken advantage of some bigger opportunities,” Erhart said.

the end of the second period, with assists going to Charles Orzetti and Brandon Morley, and the lead was extended to 2-0 early in the third, when Orzetti scored his seventh of the season, with Brandon Morley again picking up an assist. Bulldogs’ Brandon Halls scored the lone goal for the visitors midway through the third period, on the power play. The power-play marker was a rare one against the Birds, who own the BCHL’s best penalty-killing percentage at 86.4 per cent. They’re also second in the league with eight shorthanded goals. One-third of the way through the season, Erhart said that has been among his team’s best qualities. “It’s definitely been a major strength of our team so far,” he said. “It’s never our game plan to take

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N OT I C E O F P U B L I C H E A R I N G - M O N DAY, N OV E M B E R 2 8 , 2 011 The Council of the City of Surrey will hold a Public Hearing pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act, in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 14245 - 56 Avenue, Surrey, BC, on Monday, November 28, 2011, commencing at 7:00 p.m. Surrey Land Use Contract No. 38, Authorization By-law, 1973, No. 4153, Partial Discharge By-law, 2011, No. 17506 Application: 7911-0225-00 CIVIC ADDRESS: 17902 and 17903 Roan Place APPLICANT: 0728939 B.C. Ltd. c/o Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. (Bill Hobbs) #700, 700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1A1 PROPOSAL: To discharge Land Use Contract No. 38 from the properties to allow the underlying “Light Impact Industrial Zone (IL)” to regulate the site. B. Permitted Uses for By-law 17506 Land and structures shall be used for the following uses only, or for a combination of such uses: 1. Light impact industry. 2. Recycling depots provided that: (a) The use is confined to an enclosed building; and (b) The storage of used tires is prohibited. 3. Transportation industry. 4. Automotive service uses. 5. Automobile painting and body work. 6. Vehicle storage and parking facilities including truck parking and recreational vehicle storage. 7. General service uses limited to the following: (a) driving schools; and (b) industrial equipment rentals. (c) taxi dispatch offices; (d) industrial first aid training; and (e) trade schools. 8. Warehouse uses. 9. Distribution centres. 10. Office uses limited to the following: (a) Architectural and landscape architectural offices; (b) Engineering and surveying offices; (c) General contractor offices; (d) Government offices; and (e) Utility company offices. 11. Accessory uses including the following: (a) Coffee shops provided that the seating capacity shall not exceed 35 and the said coffee shop is not licensed by the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, chapter 267, as amended. (b) Recreation facilities, excluding go-kart operations, drag racing and rifle ranges; (c) Community services; (d) Assembly halls limited to churches, provided that: (i) the church does not exceed a total floor area of 700 square metres (7,500 sq. ft.); (ii) the church accommodates a maximum of 300 seats; and (iii) there is not more than one church on a lot. (e) Child care centres; and (f) Dwelling unit(s) provided that the dwelling unit(s) is (are): i. Contained within the principal building; ii. Occupied by the owner or a caretaker, for the protection of the businesses permitted; iii. Restricted to a maximum number of: a. One dwelling unit in each principal building less than 2,800 square metres [30,000 sq. ft.] in floor area; b. Two dwelling units in each principal building of 2,800 square metres [30,000 sq. ft.] or greater in floor area; and c. Notwithstanding Sub-sections B.11 (f) iii.a. and iii.b., the maximum number shall be two dwelling units for lots less than 4.0 hectares [10 acres] in area and three dwelling units for lots equal to or greater than 4.0 hectares [10 acres] in area. iv. Restricted to a maximum floor area of: a. 140 square metres [1,500 sq. ft.] for one (first) dwelling unit on a lot and where a lot has been subdivided by a strata plan then there shall only be one 140-square metre [1,500- sq. ft.] dwelling unit within the strata plan; b. 90 square metres [970 sq. ft.] for each

additional dwelling unit; and Notwithstanding Sub-sections B.11 (f) iv.a. and iv.b., the maximum floor area shall not exceed 33% of the total floor area of the principal building within which the dwelling unit is contained. Sales of rebuilt vehicles less than 5,000 kilograms [11,023 lbs.] G.V.W. provided that: i. it is part of an automobile painting and body work business; ii. the number of rebuilt vehicles ready for sale shall not exceed 5 at any time; iii. the business operator holds a current and valid Motor Dealer’s certificate; and iv. the business operator is an approved Insurance Corporation of British Columbia Salvage Buyer. c.


Surrey Official Community Plan By-law 1996, No. 12900, No. 305, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17515 Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17516 Application: 7910-0292-00 CIVIC ADDRESS: 17108 - 4 Avenue APPLICANT: 4th Avenue Developments Inc. c/o Elkay Developments Ltd. (Leigh Sully) #101A, 15252 - 32 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 0R7 PROPOSAL: By-law 17515 To redesignate the property from Suburban (SUB) to Urban (URB). By-law 17516 To rezone the property from “One Acre Residential Zone (RA)” to “Comprehensive Development Zone (CD)”. The purpose of the redesignation and rezoning is to permit subdivision into two suburban lots on Block A and four urban single family lots on Block B. B. Permitted Uses for By-law 17516 The Lands and structures shall be used for the following uses only, or for a combination of such uses: 1. One single family dwelling which may contain 1 secondary suite. 2. Accessory uses including the following: (a) Bed and breakfast use in accordance with Section B.2, Part 4 General Provisions of Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000, as amended; and (b) The keeping of boarders or lodgers in accordance with Section B.2, Part 4 General Provisions of Surrey Zoning Bylaw, 1993, No. 12000, as amended.


Surrey Official Community Plan By-law 1996, No. 12900, No. 304, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17513 Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17514 Application: 7911-0098-00 CIVIC ADDRESS: 376 - 171 Street APPLICANT: Zora S. Dhaliwal, Jaswinder S. Brar, Nachhattar S. Dhaliwal, Gurcharan S. Tiwana, Manpreet S. and Jasdeep K. Grewal c/o Elkay Developments Ltd. (Leigh Sully) #101A, 15252 - 32 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 0R7 PROPOSAL: By-law 17513 To redesignate the property from Suburban (SUB) to Urban (URB). By-law 17514 To rezone the property from “One Acre Residential Zone (RA)” to “Single Family Residential (12) Zone (RF-12)”. The purpose of the redesignation and rezoning is to permit subdivision into nine single family lots.


Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17508 Application: 7911-0167-00


CIVIC ADDRESS: Portion of 10566 Scott Road APPLICANT: Angelo Testa c/o Aplin & Martin Consultants Ltd. (Maggie Koka) #201, 12448 - 82 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 3E9 PROPOSAL: To rezone a portion of 10566 Scott Road (Block B shown on development location map) from “General Agriculture Zone (A-1)” to “Business Park 1 Zone (IB-1)”. The purpose of the rezoning is to permit subdivision into two lots and permit future industrial development in South Westminster. B. Permitted Uses for By-law 17508 Land and structures shall be used for the following uses only, or for a combination of such uses: 1. Light impact industry including wholesale and retail sales of products produced within the business premises or as part of the wholesale or warehouse operations provided that the total floor area used or intended to be used for retail sales and display to the public shall not exceed 20% of the gross floor area for each individual business or establishment or 460 square metres [5,000 sq.ft.] whichever is less. 2. Warehouse uses. 3. Distribution centres. 4. Office uses excluding: (a) social escort services; (b) methadone clinics; Continued on next page

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offices of professionals including without limitation, accountants, lawyers, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists and related health care practitioners and notary publics, and the offices of real estate, advertising and insurance. Accessory uses including the following: (a) General service uses excluding drive-through banks; (b) Eating establishments limited to a maximum of 200 seats and excluding drive-through restaurants; (c) Community services; (d) Child care centre; and (e) Dwelling unit(s) provided that the dwelling unit(s) is (are): i. Contained within a principal building; ii. Occupied by the owner or a caretaker, for the protection of the businesses permitted; iii. Restricted to a maximum number of: a. One dwelling unit in each principal building less than 2,800 square metres [30,000 sq. ft.] in floor area; b. Two dwelling units in each principal building of 2,800 square metres [30,000 sq. ft.] or greater in floor area; c. Notwithstanding Sub-sections B.4(e) iii.a. and iii.b., the maximum number shall be two dwelling units for lots less than 4.0 hectares [10 acres] in area, three dwelling units for lots equal to or greater than 4.0 hectares [10 acres] in area, and where a lot has been subdivided by a strata plan then there shall only be one 140-square metre [1,500-sq. ft.] dwelling unit within the strata plan. iv. Restricted to a maximum floor area of: a. 140 square metres [1,500 sq. ft.] for one (first) dwelling unit on a lot; b. 90 square metres [970 sq. ft.] for each additional dwelling unit; and c. Notwithstanding Sub-sections B.4(e) iv.a. and iv.b., the maximum floor area shall not exceed 33% of the total floor area of the principal building within which the dwelling unit is contained. For the purpose of Subsections B.1 and B.2 of this Zone, parking, storage or service of trucks and trailers on any portion of the lot not associated with the uses or operations permitted thereof shall be specifically prohibited.

c/o Crescent Creek Homes Inc. (Berinderpal Singh) 7231 - 120 Street, Delta, BC V4C 6P5 PROPOSAL: To rezone the property from “Single Family Residential Zone (RF)” to “Multiple Residential 30 Zone (RM 30)”. DEVELOPMENT VARIANCE PERMIT To vary “Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000”, as amended, Part 4, Section F, as follows: (a) To reduce the minimum north yard setback from 7.5 metres (25 ft.) to 5.0 metres (16 ft.) to the building face and to 4.0 metres (13 ft.) to the roof overhang; (b) To reduce the minimum south (103 Avenue) yard setback from 7.5 metres (25 ft.) top 4.7 metres (15 ft.) to the building face and to 3.8 metres (12.5 ft.) to the edge of the landing and to 2.8 metres (9 ft.) to the edge of the first stair riser; (c) To reduce the minimum west yard setback from 7.5 metres (25 ft.) to 3.7 metres (12 ft.) to the building face and to 2.7 metres (9 ft.) to the roof overhang; and (d) To reduce the minimum east (142 Street) yard setback from 7.5 metres (25 ft.) to 4.5 metres (15 ft.). The purpose of the rezoning and development variance permit is to permit the development of 16 townhouse units.

Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000, Text Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17517 APPLICANT: City of Surrey 14245 - 56 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3X 3A2 PROPOSAL: “Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000”, as amended, is further amended in Part 22, Sections B, D and E as referenced in Planning Report 7911-0095-00. 1. In Section B.1 delete “or” and replace with “and”. 2. Delete Section D.3 and insert the following in its place: “3. Multiple Unit Residential Buildings and Ground-Oriented Multiple Unit Residential Buildings: The density shall not exceed a floor area ratio of 0.9 and and 75 dwelling units per hectare [30 u.p.a.].” 3. Delete Section E in its entirety with the exception of the heading, and replace with the following: “The maximum lot coverage shall be 45%.” This change will amend the Density and Lot Coverage provisions.

Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17507 Application: 7911-0186-00


CIVIC ADDRESS: 17333 Abbey Drive APPLICANT: Elizabeth Kedrosky c/o H.Y. Engineering Ltd. (Lori Joyce) #200, 9128 - 152 Street, Surrey, BC V3R 4E7 PROPOSAL: By-law 17509 To redesignate a portion of the property from Suburban (SUB) to Urban (URB). By-law 17510 Block A To rezone a portion of the property from “One Acre Residential Zone (RA)” to “Single Family Residential Zone (RF)”. Block B To rezone a portion of the property from “One Acre Residential Zone (RA)” to “Half Acre Residential Zone (RH)”. The purpose of the redesignation and rezoning is to permit subdivision into 3 single family lots.

Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17518 Application: 7911-0095-00 CIVIC ADDRESS: 10325 - 142 Street APPLICANT: 0885838 B.C. Ltd.

Application: 7907-0187-00 CIVIC ADDRESS: 9061 - 156 Street APPLICANT: Michael Fournogerakis 9061 - 156 Street, Surrey, BC V3L 5V1 PROPOSAL: To rezone the property from “Single Family Residential Zone (RF)” to “Single Family Residential (12) Zone (RF-12)”. The purpose of the rezoning is to permit subdivision into two lots.


Surrey Official Community Plan By-law 1996, No. 12900, No. 303, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17509 Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17510 Application: 7911-0119-00


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CIVIC ADDRESS: 13453, 13463 - 76 Avenue, 7630, 7646 - 134A Street and Portion of Road Allowance APPLICANT: Amarjit Masson, Balwinder Sidhu, Parampal Jaura, Parvinder Jaura, Bachittar S. Dhaliwal and Kulwant K. Dhaliwal c/o Barnett Dembek Architects Inc. (Maciej Dembek) #135, 7536 - 130 Street, Surrey, BC V3W 1H8 PROPOSAL: To rezone the site from “One Acre Residential Zone (RA)” to “Comprehensive Development Zone (CD)”. The purpose of the rezoning is to permit the development of a 1,859 sq. m. (20, 000 sq. ft.) industrial building. B. Permitted Uses for By-law 17507 The Lands and structures shall be used for the following uses only, or for a combination of such uses: 1. Light impact industry. 2. Recycling depots provided that: (a) The use is confined to an enclosed building; and (b) The storage of used tires is prohibited. 3. Transportation industry. 4. Automotive service uses. 5. Automobile painting and body work. 6. Vehicle storage and parking facilities including truck parking and recreational vehicle storage. 7. General services uses limited to the following: (a) Driving schools; (b) Industrial equipment rentals; (c) Taxi dispatch offices; (d) Industrial first aid training; and (e) Trade schools. 8. Warehouse uses. 9. Distribution centres. 10. Office uses excluding the following: (a) Social escort services; and (b) Methadone clinics. 11. Community services. 12. Child care centres. 13. Coffee shops provided that the floor area does not exceed 150 square metres [1,615 sq.ft.] and the said coffee shop is not licensed by the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, Chapter 267, as amended. 14. One eating establishment, provided that: i. The eating establishment is not a drive-through restaurant; ii. The eating establishment does not exceed a total floor area of 150 square metres [1,615 sq. ft.]; iii. There is not more than one eating establishment on the lot and where a lot has been subdivided by a strata plan then there shall be not more than one eating establishment within the strata plan. Continued on next page

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One retail store, provided that: i. The retail store does not exceed a total floor area of 93 square metres [1,000 sq. ft.]; ii. The retail store is operated by a non-profit enterprise. iii. There is not more than one retail store on the lot and where a lot has been subdivided by a strata plan then there shall be not more than one retail store within the strata plan. One assembly hall limited to a church, provided that: i. The church does not exceed a total floor area of 700 square metres [7,500 sq. ft.]; ii. The church accommodates a maximum of 300 seats; and iii. There is not more than one church on a lot or where a lot has been subdivided by a strata plan then there shall be not more than one church within the strata plan. Accessory uses including the following: (a) Recreation facilities, excluding go kart operations, drag racing and rifle ranges. (b) One dwelling unit, provided that the dwelling unit is: i. Contained within the principal building; ii. Occupied by the owner or a caretaker, for the protection of the businesses permitted; iii. Restricted to a maximum floor area of 140 square metres [1,500 sq.ft.]; and iv. There is not more than one dwelling unit on a lot or where a lot has been subdivided by a strata plan then there shall be not more than one dwelling unit within the strata plan.

The Watershed Artworks Gallery Shop (11425 84 Ave.) features paintings by Lana Hart throughout the month of November. For more information, call 604-596-1029 or visit the gallery’s Facebook page.

CHILDREN Salsa Kids are coming to the George Mackie Library (8440 112 St.) on Nov. 25 from 2-2:45 p.m. Visiting families can play games, sing songs and dance to this unique salsa celebration. For more information, call 604-5948155.

Submissions for Datebook should be emailed to Datebook runs in print on Wednesdays and Fridays – with more events available online 24/7.

DONATIONS Surrey Alliance Church (13474 96 Ave.) is open for Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes until Nov. 26. Hours vary daily, so call 604-584-7617 before you deliver your boxes.

EVENTS St. Andrew’s Pub and Ceilidh Night takes place Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. at Sullivan

Hall, 6306 152. Enjoy an evening of Scottish fare, ceilidh dancing, bar, a Christmas craft sale and Celtic folk band Doghouse. Hosted by the Tam o’Shanter Scottish Country Dancers. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 604536-7660 or 604-535-8949.

Ole! Warm up for a late fall day with a lively and colourful celebration of Mexican culture at the Surrey Museum (17710 56A Ave.) on Nov. 26 from 1-3




Surrey Zoning By-law, 1993, No. 12000, Amendment By-law, 2011, No. 17512

TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to sections 24 and 26 of the Community Charter, S.B.C. 2003, c. 26 as amended, the City of Surrey (the “City”) hereby gives notice of its intention to provide assistance and of a proposed property disposition under a partnering agreement between the City and the Surrey City Development Corporation (the “Development Corporation”) dated April 30, 2007 (the “Agreement”).

Application: 7910-0204-00 CIVIC ADDRESS: 14815 - 76 Avenue APPLICANT: Khalid Syed and Nadya Hirani c/o Jatinder Grewal 6260 - 132A Street, Surrey, BC V3S 0P3 PROPOSAL: To rezone the property from “Half Acre Residential Zone (RH)” to “Single Family Residential Zone (RF)”. The purpose of the rezoning is to permit subdivision into 3 single family lots.

DEVELOPMENT LOCATION MAP BY-LAW 17512 Additional information may be obtained from the Planning & Development Department at (604) 591-4441. Copies of the by-law(s), development variance permit(s), supporting staff reports and any relevant background documentation may be viewed in the “Notices” section of the City of Surrey website at or inspected at the City Hall, Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Tuesday, November 8, 2011 to Monday, November 28, 2011. All persons who believe their interest in property will be affected by the proposed by-law(s)/ development variance permit(s) shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing on matters contained in the by law(s)/development variance permit(s). Should you have any concerns or comments you wish to convey to Council, please fax to 604-591-8731, email, or submit in writing to the City Clerk at 14245 56 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3X 3A2, no later than Monday, November 28, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Please note that Council may not receive further submissions from the public or interested persons concerning these applications after the Public Hearing has concluded. Jane Sullivan City Clerk

AND THAT the Agreement as approved by Council is part of a strategy to maximize the financial returns through development and provide an annual revenue stream to the City from the City’s wholly owned Development Corporation. The form of assistance is the transfer of beneficial interest in lands more particularly described below (the “Lands”) from the City to the Development Corporation, valued at $6,000,000.00, in exchange for a promissory note payable on demand. The Lands are more particularly described as follows: Strata Lots 1-6 Section 28 Block 5 North Range 1 West New Westminster District Strata Plan NW3234 together with an interest in the common property in proportion to the unit entitlement of each strata lot as shown on Form 1. The common property Strata Plan NW3234. (15399 – 102A Avenue) (15375 – 102A Avenue) (10277 – 154 Street) AND THAT the Agreement and any relevant background documentation may be inspected at the City Hall, Office of the City Clerk, 14245 – 56th Avenue, Surrey, BC, Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jane Sullivan City Clerk

p.m. For more information, call 604-592-6956.

MEETINGS Bolivar Heights Community Association’s AGM is tonight (Nov. 22) at 7 p.m. at the Bolivar Park baseball diamonds conference room. A potluck event.

Out in Surrey Rainbow Cultural Society (OISRCS), behind 12 successful Surrey Pride festivals, is now working towards Surrey Pride 2012. They are holding their annual AGM to elect a board of directors on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Kalmar Restaurant, 80 Avenue and King George Blvd. Memberships available starting at 6:30 p.m. for a fee of $5. For more information, visit

PARENTS The workshop Emotion Regulation takes place on Nov. 23 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Reach Child and Youth Development Society, #3, 3800 72 St. To register or for more information, call 604-946-6622, Ext. 343 or email caroly@

THEATRE White Rock Players Club is holding auditions for its February production, Drinking Alone, by Norm Foster. Director Susanne dePencier is looking for “one man in his 30s, and one man, late 50s to mid60s; plus two attractive women, late 20s to mid30s; and one woman late 40s to mid-60s.” Auditions (cold readings from the script) will be held tonight (Nov. 22) 7-9:30 p.m. at Centennial Arena, 14600 North Bluff Rd. Contact the director at

The comedy At First Glance has been extended to Nov. 26 at Surrey Little Theatre, 7027 184 St. For tickets, call 604-576-8451 or email reservations@

Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents Beauty and the Beast for its annual pre-Christmas pantomime, taking place Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 at the Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave. Tickets are available by calling 604-501-5566 or online at tickets.surrey.c

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CHRISTMAS at Fort Langley 9167 Glover St Friday, Nov. 26, 10am - 8pm Saturday, Nov. 27, 10am - 6pm Sunday, Nov. 28, 11am - 4pm

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DRIVERS Royal City Trucking Ltd. req’s Long Haul Truck Drivers. Wages $23.00/hr + Ben, 50 hrs/week. Apply By Fax: 604591-9313


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DRIVERS WANTED: Terrific career opportunity outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Experience Needed!! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 wks. vacation & benefits pkg. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time Valid License w/ air brake endorsement. High School Diploma or GED. Apply at under careers, keyword Driver. DO NOT FILL IN CITY OR STATE


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Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door.


Marquise Group is looking for a P/T Night Cleaner for Tsawwassen Quay. Must be able to work evenings & weekends. Janitorial exp. req. Duties include waxing, burnishing & auto - scrubbing the floors. Candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check.

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D RECEPTIONIST D OFFICE WORKER D SALES PERSON D ACCOUNT MANAGER D SHOP WORKERS Required by Door Company. English/Punjabi an asset. Computer experience necessary.

Call 604-562-9853 or fax resume to: 778-564-4450 DRYWALL BOARDER REQUIRED $10 - $12 / hour to start. Call 604-306-9424. GUTTER & WINDOW CLEANER HELPER Required Part-Time. Must have own vehicle. Wage Negotiable w/ experience. (778)773-5730

HUGHSON TRUCKING INC. is looking for Class 1 Super-B flatdeck drivers. Safety and Performance Bonuses, benefits package, drug & alcohol policy. 2 years experience preferred. We will provide transportation to Southern Alberta. Call 1-800-647-7995 ext 228 or fax resume to 403-6472763 Indian Dressmaker Req’d w/exp. for Ghunghat Fashions Ltd. Salary: $15/hr. Duties: Make women’s garments; fit, mark, cut, sew fabric; alter, repair garments; select, modify patterns to customers. Basic English, Punjabi an asset. Contact Mohinder @ E-mail: Fax: 778-218-2585 Location: Surrey, BC

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Warehouse Supervisor (Full Time) in Quality natural foods ltd. in Delta Sal$22/hr. Req. 2-3yrs exp. Duties; supervise & co-ordinate day to day duties of the warehouse. Assign and review work of warehouse workers and clear stock. Order supplies & make work schedules. Train staff in job duties. Fax res: 604-5258710 or e-mail We are still hiring - Dozer & excavator operators required by a busy Alberta oilfield construction company. We require operators that are experienced and preference will be given to operators that have constructed oilfield roads and drilling locations. You will be provided with motels and restaurant meals. Competitive wages, bonus and transportation daily to and from job sites. Our work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call 780-7235051.

COME JOIN OUR TEAM! Drive Products’s is Canada’s leading supplier of Truck Mounting Equipment to the mobile transportation industry. We currently have the following openings within our Vancouver Branch:

Welders & Fabricators Truck Shop Technicians Administrative Assistant We offer competitive wages, comprehensive benefit plans and the opportunity to advance within the company. Must be able to multi-task in a fast paced environment. Pease fax your resume to: 604-888-2029 attn: Careers OR email to jobs




Kal Inspection & Truck Repair is hiring a f/t motor vehicle mechanic with 4 to 5 years experience. Duties are: engine repair, alignment, steering & suspension, brake system, fuel & emission systems, transmission, repair or replace parts, test & adjust repaired systems. 40Hrs/wk . Salary: $23.70/hour. Email resume to:


FREE College English Language Preparatory Program - For prospective students with identified ESL needs, this free program prepares students to be successful in their coursework, practicum and in the workplace.

THE LEMARE GROUP is currently seeking: • Chaser • Hook Tender • Off Highway Logging Truck Driver • Boom Man • Loader Operator • Hoe Chucker • Heavy Duty Mechanic • 2nd Loader Bucker man All positions are camp-based for the Northern Vancouver Island area. Full time, union wages. Fax resumes to : 250-956-4888 or email


/ COOKS Mahek Restaurant & Lounge Ltd. (Surrey) is hiring for Food Service Supervisor ($12.60/hr); Kitchen Helpers & Dishwashers ($10.50/hr) Cooks (East Indian & Tandoori) ($18.00/hr); All 40 hrs/week+ben. Apply by fax (604) 585-3332.

NIKKO SUSHI(Surrey) Cook Wanted for Kor/Jap Cuisine 604-5760231

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ABC Country Restaurant is looking for a Part - time Server immed. for their Surrey location. Experience is an asset. Apply in person @ 600-7380 King George Blvd. Email

Restaurant Manager Maharaja Sweets & Restaurant Catering in Surrey is looking for an Experienced Restaurant Manager. Duties include: * To plan, organize, control, direct & evaluate daily operations. * Implement operational procedures, control inventory, monitor revenue and modify procedures & prices. * Respond to customer complaints, ensure health & safety regulations are followed * Negotiate arrangements with suppliers for food and other supplies, negotiate with clients for catering * Set staff schedules, recruit & hire staff. Knowledge of Punjabi & Hindi is an asset. Salary $21 per hour. Please fax resume to: 604-592-3003 or email:



SANDWICH ARTISTS Impact Plaza - Guildford & Panorama Village

All Shifts Full-Time & Part-Time No experience nec. Uniform and training provided. 1 FREE meal incl’d daily. SUBWAY. Call Harjeet 604-360-0667 Please No Calls Between 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.




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Stewardship, Grants & Donor Development Coordinator Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley is seeking a community minded individual with a passion for children and work in the charitable sector. The position will have lead responsibilities in donor development and stewardship including with individuals, foundations and corporations. The Stewardship and Development Coordinator will have a proven record as a fundraiser with speci¿c knowledge of and networks across the Fraser Valley, will provide assistance to effectively implement tools, create proposals and provide presentations to accomplish agency objectives in grants and development initiatives which includes working with grantors, title, presenting and corporate sponsors as well as individual donors to secure and steward external funding for organizational programs and initiatives and to emphasize the long term sustainability of BBBSFV. The position will support internal operations by collecting information for progress reports, grant proposals and solicitation documents. This is a full time position based in the Abbotsford of¿ce providing service throughout the Fraser Valley. The applicant must have reliable transportation and provide proof of clear criminal record. Wages to be negotiated. To apply for this position please provide a cover letter with resume to Brenda Bertin, Of¿ce Manager by e-mail at or by fax 604-852-2518. Deadline for applying is November 25, 2011. We would like to thank all applicants however only quali¿ed candidates will be contacted for the interview process.

MERCHANT LAW GROUP LLP Receptionist/ Legal Assistant for busy Surrey office. Pleasant manner & organizational skills essential. Legal Assistant course or law office experience an asset. F/T. Competitive salary & benefits available. Email resume to:

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A-Class Autobody & Paint Ltd. 2 Motor Vehicle Metal Repairers needed in Delta, BC; Completion of high sch; 1-2 yrs of exp; $21/hr full time; Motor Vehicle Body Repairer Trade Certification req’d. Knowledge of Punjbai an asset; email resume:


Required for Hazelmere Roofing Company. Full-Time opportunity available. Must have own vehicle. Excellent Wages! Start Now! Andy 604.808.1655 E-mail :


Journeyman or 3 /4 Year

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View Details at: Call: Brian Musgrave 1.877.624.8207 or e-mail: bmusgrave@ C TICKET WELDERS required. Must have own truck & tools. Short term contract. Call 604-946-5414 or email: WELDERS WANTED. Journeyman 2nd and 3rd year apprentices with tank manufacturing experience. Automated Tank Manufacturing Inc. Located in Kitscoty, Alberta. 20km West of Lloydminster is looking for 15 individuals that want long term employment and a secure paycheque. Journeyman wages $33. $37.50/hour. Wages for apprentices based on hours and qualifications. Benefits, training programs, full insurance package 100% paid by company, savings plan for retirement, profit sharing bonus. Join a winning team. Call for appointment or send resume to: Joe Bowser 780-846-2231 office, or Jamie Flicek 780-846-2241 fax;




EUROPEAN INSTALLER *Ceramic Tile *Hardwood/Laminate Floors. Call Roman 604-722-8432.

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CLEANING SERVICES GARDEN & LAWN MAINT. Fall cleanup, prune, hedge trim, topsoil, mulch. Reas Rate. 604-282-1793


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EXP. CARPENTER / HANDYMAN All types of work! No job too small! Over 20 yrs exp! Ed 778-888-8603 FINISH CARPENTER Finish Carpentry-Mouldings, sundecks, stairs, siding, painting, drywall. Refs. Rainer cel 604-613-1018

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Call 604-614-3340 EXPERIENCED invoicing clerk required,20-30 hours per wk (possibly leading to full-time), for Langley/Surrey based wholesale lumber company. Duties will include all aspects of A/R, A/P and office admin. Suit a take-charge individual with strong interpersonal skills who is seeking a challenge in a sometimes fast paced working environment. Computer skills are necessary. Previous lumber experience / Simply Accounting, an asset. Please fax resume to 604 576-4906 or e-mail


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SEASONAL labour Mar to Oct Must be able to work long hours of heavy labour (lifting bags of animal manure). Must be able to deal with animal manure and organic fertilizers in a dirty and dusty environment and withstand VERY strong rancid ordours eg: fermenting blood, fish guts, rancid milk and eggs. Forklift and tractor experience a plus. Starting wage $10/hour. Email resumes to



MEDICAL SECRETARY Scottsdale Medical Clinic req’s an English/Punjabi speaking Medical Secretary on a F/T, perm. basis. Must have 2-3yrs exp in the field and/or 1-2yrs college diploma of medcial secretary. Duties: book appts, keep patients’ files up to date, follow office procedures, work under pressure. Wages $21/hr. Email resume to

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Administrative Careers in Healthcare Hospital Support Specialist: train to work as an Admitting/Registration Clerk; Health Records Clerk; Diagnostic Imaging Clerk; Hospital Switchboard Operator; Medical Secretary. Entry level wages from $18.16 - $21/hr. • Nursing Unit Clerk: Nursing Unit Clerks are the coordinators of patient care departments. The average wage for Stenberg grads is $20.77 plus 12.2% in lieu of benefits. • Medical Office Assistant

Call today: 604-580-2772 · Over 94% of our grads are employed in their field of study within 6 months of graduation.




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AFFORDABLE MOVING Local & Long Distance



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Newly Renovated! Don Caster 1 Bdrm from $850/mo; 2 bdrm from $1050/mo. 4 Appl’s. Inste storage, fireplace, large patio. Family oriented. Senior friendly. Secure parking avail. Laundry on each floor. Heat & hot water. No pets. Well worth your inspection.

Call 604-589-1805


SURREY: Newton Industrial 1800 sf- Warehouse - good for mechanic bodyshop, or any other bus. Avail. now. $1600 plus triple net. For more info Ravi 604-724-5369



N. DELTA, 11856-72nd Ave. 3 bdrm grd flr. $1000 Incl hydro, heat, W/D. Avail now. 604-329-7858. SURREY, 132/104. 2 bdrm duplex Avail. Nov. 15 or Dec. 1 N/P. $950/mo. + utils. 604-710-1763.





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KICK BACK & RELAX IN SOUTH SURREY Short term - Weekly - Monthly accommodation. Seeking professional visitors to rent throughout the year. Deluxe, fully furnished & equipped 2 bdrm. + rec. rm. + 2 bath T/House. Crown Mouldings, H/W laminate flooring and slate. Gas F/P, Alarm, Netflix, Cable & WiFi. 1 car garage parking. No Smoking inside, covered patio & outdoor seating. Amenities rm. incls. full gym, outdoor hot tub & pool. $2600/Mo.


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1, 2 & 3 Bdrms available. Close to shopping, bus, school, park. Small pets welcome.

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DELTA, 7445 Scott Rd. Brand new 1 bdrm condo with balcony &secure u/g pkng. N/S, N/P. Avail now. $850/mo. 604-616-5799 or 604-551-5050

GUILDFORD, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, newly reno’d, like new, $1,000/mth. Dec. 1. (604)328-2725

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CLOVERDALE. Updated 1 bdrm $765 incl heat / ht.water / prkg. N/P. 604-576-1465 or 604-612-1960.

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CLOVERDALE. SHERWOOD APT. 5875-177B St. 1 bdrm - $775, 2 bdrm - $950. Lndry facility. NP/NS. Avail immed. LEASE. Member of Surrey Crime free Multi-Housing Program. Call Lloyd at 604-5751608. ascentpm. com

Spacious 1 & 2 bedroom & Bachelor Suites Balconies, rent incl heat & h/w. Prkg avail. Refs req’d, N/P

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Own with $3,300 down & $38K comb’d income O.A.C. $983/MO incl tax & mnt fees. $770/MO w/ $9,900 down. Dlx studio & den, walking dist to skytrn. Granite counters, tile flrs, stnlss steel apps, pets ok. Be in b4 Christmas. Several to choose from. Jodi Steeves Re/Max Treeland 604833-5634.




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MALTESE pups, 2 males, 1st shots, vet ✔, dewormed. Family raised. 604-464-5077.


ALLAN Const. & Asphalt. Brick, conc, drainage, found. & membrane repair. 604-618-2304; 820-2187.


LABRADOODLE PUPPIES Family Based Hobby Breeder. $750 604-595-5840. Avail Nov 20th.




GERMAN SHEPHERD Pups & young adults. Quality German & Czech bloodlines. 604-856-8161.



CLOVERDALE Apts: 1 Bdrm $750; Incl heat, h/w & prkg. N/P. Secure bldg. Lndry facilities. 604-576-8230

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CHOCOLATE LAB puppies, dew claws removed, vet ✔, dewormed, 9 weeks. $600. (604)850-0573


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BORDER Collie/Springer Spaniel X. Vet checked, dewormed, first shots. $300. Call 604-746-6728

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CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

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2 P/B MALE Yorkies, vet ✓ 1st shots, 11 weeks old, $900. 604820-7053. BORDER COLLIE PUPPIES P/B. Males $400, fem. $450. Vet chk, 1st shots Call 604-250-4360

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Call: 604-585-1966. Guildford Mall / Public Library

EVERGREEN APARTMENTS Crime Free Multi-Housing Certified Ask About Incentives! Spacious Suites, very competitive prices. Extra large 1 & 2 BDRM ste’s, lots of storage. Heat/hot water incl. Access to Vancouver via freeway, 1 bus to Skytrain. No pets.

CLEAN 1 & 2 BDRM SUITES (some w/ensuites) in Park-like setting. Cable, heat, & hot water incl. Laundry rest area on each floor.

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Brookmere Gardens 14880 108th Ave. Surrey

SPACIOUS 3 bdrm 1150 sq ft, $920. Quiet family complex with garden-like courtyard, bordering Holly Park. Prime Location. Near schools, shops, transportation. 1 bus to Skytrain. N/P. Heat, H/W incl. Security.

604-582-1557 LANGLEY

CLAYMORE APTS 1 & 2 Bdrm Apts Avail $200 Move-In Bonus!! Close to shopping & schools. Seasonal Swimming pool, and tennis court. 3 Appliances (fridge, stove dishwasher), blinds hot water and parking included. Carpeted throughout. Some pets welcome.

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Call 604-533-9780 CEDAR COURT & CEDAR LODGE


NEWTON 1 bdrm apt, no pets. $600/mo incl heat, light, h.water. Avail Dec 1st. Call 604-597-4787. NEWTON. 2 BDRM, adult bldg. Heat, h/wtr, sec prkg. Near amens. NS/NP. Avail now. 604-572-4675.

NEWTON - Glencoe Estates

2 Bdrm Apartment 2 Appli’s, 950 sq/ft. $875/mo incl heat & HW. Spacious Units, great park-like setting nr shops & bus. No pets. BAYWEST Mgmt Corp. To view 604-501-4413 NEW WESTMINSTER

Large newly renovated 1 & 2 bdrm apts available in well-kept concrete building. New floors and appl’s. Freshly painted. Patio and large storage room inste. 3 laundries in bldg. Rent incl’s heat & hot water. Sauna & jacuzzi. 5 min. walk to skytrain, Douglas College & New West Quay. Close to all amenities. Please call 604-834-1756

.Rent - Encore 604.293.2421 $850 to $1225/mo

SOMERSET GARDENS (S. Sry) Family housing, 1851 Southmere Cres. E. 2bdrm appt. starts at $825. Pet friendly, nr all amen, heat, Community garden. 604-451-6676


DELTA 88/Scott Rd. 2 Bdrm rancher avail Dec 1st. $1100/mo + utils. 604-781-6658 or 604-594-2725. FLEETWOOD 156 St/81 Ave. Newer 4Br, 2level, 3baths, 5 appls, fenced yrd, alarm, near all amens, NS/NP. Avail now. 604-507-4807 FLEETWOOD, 164/86B. Newer 7 bdrm., 4.5 baths, 2 kit., 6 appl., triple gar. $2585mo. 604-716-3844 ..

SUNCREEK ESTATES * Large 2 & 3 bdrm Apartments * Insuite w/d, stove, fridge, d/w * 3 floor levels inside suite * Wood burning fireplace * Private roof top patio * Walk to shops. Near park, pool, playground * Elementary school on block * Clubhouse, tennis court * On site security. Sorry no pets

Office: 7121 - 133B St. Surrey 604-596-0916 SURREY, 126/72 Ave., 2 Bdrm apt, $825/mo, quiet-family complex, no pets, call 604-543-7271. SURREY 92/120. 3 Bdrm, 2000 sf PENTHOUSE modern, quiet 2 baths 5 appls, $1585 604-951-7992 SURREY 9278 120 St. Newer 2 bd, 2 ba, luxury 1100 s/f 3rd flr Penthse with view, 5 appls. $1175/mo. Avail immed. Pets neg. 604-951-7992. SURREY, Gateway, Large 2/bdrm, 2/bthrm, $1050.00, 1050 sq ft clean, quiet, easy access to bus & skytrain, util. xtra., f/p (gas incl) np, ns, refs. DD. $550. 604-980-0221 SURREY: Guildford - 2 bdrm totally reno’d. Across fr T&T Market. $1100/mo. Avl. now. 604-312-5666

NEWTON 14105 72 Ave. 3 Bdrm rancher. NS/NP. $1200/mo. + utils. Avail immed (604)599-4506 NEWTON 142/69. 5 Bdrm, 2 kitch, 4 full bath, nr schls/amens. Immed. NS/NP. 604-590-3637 / 339-1796. NEWTON 6464 144 St. 2 Bdrm + den. Newly reno., h/w floors. Nr schls/amens. $1300/mo incl. utils. & lndry. N/P. Immed 604-507-4640 NEWTON, 71/140 St. 2 bdrm rancher, new flrs/blinds, 1 bath, 5 appls, det. garage, NS/NP, $1100 /mth.ProCan Realty (604)813-0440. Surrey: 4 bdrm 2 level home. Close to transit and schls. N/P N/S. Avail Dec 15. $1600/m. 604-589-3660



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Park Place in Surrey City Centre has it all! Steps to Central City Mall, Holland Park, Big Box Retail, SFU & Surrey Memorial Hospital, Park Place Plaza Retail and Services at your doorstep and connected to Vancouver via SkyTrain in 35 minutes

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PORT KELLS. Large 6 bdrm house, 2 living rms, 2 bths, laundry, 2 storage sheds on 5 acres. $1800/mo. 604-518-5298 or 778-387-3028. SURREY 133/78. Reno’d 5 bdrm house (2 down & 3 up), 2 baths, 2 kitchens, ns/np, avail now. $1600. 604-597-2324 or 604-760-8135. SURREY-3bdrm. up, 2 bdrm. down, 3 bths, 2 kitchens, gar., $1450mo. n/p Avl. now 604-671-0455 SURREY 88 Ave/128 St. 3 bdrm. rancher, 2 baths, dble. garage. Now. $1300 mo. 778-552-3901 SURREY, 9683-162A St. 5 bdrms. 1½ baths. N/P. $1500/mo. + utils. Avail. now. Call 604-581-8392. SURREY Panorama, 5 bdrm. + bsmnt. 5 appl. 1/2 acre, view, $2000 mo. Avl now 604-725-4443 SURREY Panorma Ridge 4 bdrm. 2.5 baths, 5 appl., gas f/p, h/w floors, bsmnt. Lge. patio off master bdrm. $1800 mo. Dec. 1. N/S N/P. 604-535-2044



LINDA VISTA Motel Luxury Rooms w/cable, a/c & kitchens. 6498 King George Hwy. Mthly, Wkly & Daily Specials. 604-591-1171. Canadian Inn 6528 K.G.Hwy. 604-594-0010



Whalley. Room/Board for mentally & physically disabled. Seniors welcome.778-891-5163, 604-583-5948



SURREY, Tynehead. Room for rent on aceage. $500 incl utils. Pet neg Smoking outside ok. 778-394-1114.

748 SHARED ACCOMMODATION BOLIVAR HEIGHTS. Female preferred. Private deluxe home. $325 incl all utils. 1 block to bus stop. Avail Dec 1. 604-786-7977.



134/80 2 BR suite includes utilities & cable N/S N/P washer only. Near school/bus. 604-596-8309 BEAR CREEK 2 Bdrm ste, nr schl & skytrain & shops. NS/NP. Avail Dec 1. $650/mo 604-591-9438 BEAR CREEK. 2 lrg bdrms, grd lvl. NS/NP. Nr amenities. No lndry. $675 incl utils. Immed. Suitable for couple or w/1 child. 604-594-5536. Cedar Hill. 91/122. 2 bdrm. Nr all amens. N/P. N/S. $700/mo incls utils, cable, no lndry. 604-537-9774 CEDAR HILLS, 2 bdrm, priv. entr, $725 incl utils & net. Avail. Dec. 1. Cls. to amenties. (604)715-6968. CEDAR HILLS, 97/122. 2 bdrm newer house. Cls to all amen/skytrain. $700. NS/NP. 604-790-8076 CHIMNEY HEIGHTS 2 bdrm avail Dec 1. $625/mo incl cable & utils. NS/NP no ldry. 778-878-2028 aft 4 CHIMNEY HTS. 2 bdrm suite. $675 incl utils/cable. Avail Dec 15. N/S, N/P. (604) 507-2945 or 355-2960 CHIMNEY HTS. 2 Bdrm suite in newer home, priv entry. NS/NP. Avail now. Call 604-501-0487. CLAYTON HTS, 2 bdrm suite, avail now. NS/NP. $875/mth. incl utils. W/D. Phone (604)725-4594. Cloverdale 175B/60. 2 Bd ste. N/P N/S, no lndry. $750 incl utils. Avail now. (604) 576-9580 or 218-4028. CLOVERDALE 1 Bdrm avail Dec 1, $500 incl hydro/cable. Suit single, NS/NP. (604)576-6484 after 6pm.



CLOVERDALE 2 Bdrm ste. $750 incl utils & cable. Avail now. NS/NP 604-728-8391 or 778-322-8548 DELTA, 2 bdrm, shrd lndry, $800 incl. utils. Avail. Dec. 1st. NS/NP. Phone (604)590-1403. DELTA, 7445 Garfield Dr. 3 bdrm bsmt. NS/NP. Lndry h/up. $1000 +1/3 utils. Avail now. 604-590-0772. FLEETWOOD 156/81. Newer gr/lvl 2bdrm, 4appli’s, full bath, fenced, nr amens. NOW. Ns/np. 604-507-4807 FLEETWOOD, 157/82. 1 bdrm grnd level ste. $550 incl utils. No lndry N/P. N/S. Avail now. 604-507-6575. FLEETWOOD - 158/89A 2 bdrm. Incl utils. ns/np. $650 Avail now. 604-951-2985, 778-882-1648 FLEETWOOD 1 bdrm, lrg g/lvl ste. $550 incl util & cbl. Avail now. N/S. N/p. Call 604-726-0068. FLEETWOOD 85/156, 1 bdrm ste Nr ament. $580 incl util H/W flr. No pets. 604-572-9467, 604-317-7543 FLEETWOOD 92/158. 2/bdrm bsmt suite, clean, quiet area. Close to all amen. No laundry, $700/mo incl util/cable. Now (604)727-2080 Fleetwood. Lrg bright 2 bdrm exec ste. ½ acre view lot. lndry incl. Dec 1. Cat ok. 604-219-7171, 575-3692. FRSR Hts Large bsmt 2bdrm .avail now . incl hydr , net , nr bus ,schol . N.P $850/mon 7788826422 Sue NEWTON 133/78A Ave. 2 Bdrm nr bus/schl. $550/mo incl utils. N/P, N/S. Dec 1 or 15. (604)599-6574 NEWTON 143A/71A. 2 bdrm +den. Newer paint, 2 car prk. Ns/np, avail now $700 incl utils. 604-543-6397 NEWTON AREA. Brand new 2 bedroom suite at ground level for $680 located, very clean and oriented neighborhood walking distance from bus stop,schools, and shopping centre no laundry or pets please! to contact please call: 778388-5787 NEWTON. Brand new 2 bdrm suite. Sep kitchen. Alarm. N/S. N/P. No laundry. $700 cable & utils incl. Avail Dec. 1 or 15. 604-780-2879. PANORAMA 127/61. 2 Bdrm suite. $650/mo incl utils, sat, alarm. Avail now. Np/ns, n/ldry. 604-375-2250. PANORAMA 130/61, 3 bdrm newly reno g/l ste, nr schl/bus. $950 incl util no ldry. ns/np 604-780-2608 PANORAMA, 60/126. Clean 2 bdrm suite. N/P. N/S. Nr school & transit, Quiet. 604-808-7654. PANORAMA. Lrge 2 bdrm. full bath lam. flrs. granite. Nr amenits. ns/np. $650/mo. incl utils. 604-771-6392. SURREY 157/92A Ave., 2 BR Grnd level. $780 mo. incl. util. N/S, N/P, no laud. 604-307-0059 SURREY, 15931-95A Ave. 2 bdrm. Nr schl/bus. $670 incl hydro, cble & washer. No dryer. NS/NP. Avail now. 778-387-2097, 604-580-2051. SURREY. 3 bedrm 1 bathrm 1250sq ft basement suite for rent in Fraser Heights area w/elementary & high schools nearby. Rent is $1200 utilities included (Wash/dryer). Call 778-394-1786. SURREY, 64/136A St: 3 bdrms, 2 full bath, in-ste W/D. Sep ent. N/P. N/S. $995. Dec1. 778.869-4342. SURREY: 66/122nd. 2 bdrm suite. $700 incl utils. N/S. N/P. Prefer single or couple. 604-597-9875. Surrey -Boliver Hts 2bdrm, bright, cln bsmt. Incl utils, cbl, int. n/s, n/p. $800: Avl now. 604-771-7803 SURREY: Central - 2 bdrm brand new bsmt suite, lndry, cbl, int incl. Avail. now. (604)710-7825 SURREY, Chimney Hgts spac 2 bd, 2 full baths. Incl lndry/utils/cbl/net, near all amens $850. 604-787-5891




SURREY Chimney Hill area. 2Bdrm suite, nr bus stop, walk to all level schools. NS/NP, no laundry, avail now. $700/mo. Call 778-593-7784. SURREY clean 1 or 2 bdrm. suites, Dec. 1. N/P N/S. Incl. hydro & cable. No ldry. $500 & $600 mo. (778)878-6615 SURREY east Newton 2 bdrm bsmt ste in 2 yr old hse, nr bus, avail now. $650 incl utils. (604)805-2407.

SURREY Fleetwood, Guildford, 3 bdrm. suite, 3 baths, priv. ldry., all utils. incl. $1100 mo. (604)728-6257




Quiet, Clean & Spacious 2.5 bath, patio, storage, d/w, w/d, f/p, N/S, N/P, 2-car garage, next to high school. Avail. Now!!



BEAR CREEK, 90/137A main flr, 3 bdrm, 2 ba, liv & fam/rm, grge, 1600 s.f. $1350 + 2/3 utils. 604-835-0951 CLOVERDALE, spotless 3 bdrm upper flr. 1.5 baths, eat in kitch. 4 appls, own lndry, gas F/P, sun rm, patio, lrg b. yrd. Dec. 1. $1600 incl utils. Cat ok. Call 604-574-3141 DELTA, 120 St. & Hwy. 10. Upper suite in 4 plex. 3 bdrms, laundry, carport. N/S. $1250/mo. incl’s utils. 604-596-1791 or 604-220-3925. GUILDFORD. Lrg 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, inste lndry, fncd yard, 1 car garage. Nr bus. NS/NP. Dec 1. Refs. $1075 + utils. (604) 951-6416, 961-6531. SURREY, FLEETWOOD, 2 bdrm above grnd lvl suite, nr elem & high school. N/S N/P. No ldry. Avail now. 604-507-1010 or 604-828-0055



EPSOM DOWNS 13699 76 Ave. 3 bdrm T/H with w/d hook-up, car port $1000-$1020/m. Close to all amen’s, schls & transit. Avail. Sept 1. Call 604-451-6676 GUILDFORD GLEN 14860 101 A Ave. 2-3bdrm T/H. Family housing. Avail. Apr 1. $860-$985 Near all amen’s, bus stop. 604-451-6676.

KINGSTON GARDENS 15385 99 Ave. 2-3 bdrm T/H $815/m $960/, nr Guildford mall, schls & transit . nr amen’s 604-451-6676 LANGLEY

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SURREY, 75/120A, 2 Bdrm apt, $870, quiet family complex, no pets, Call 604-501-0505. SURREY/CLOVERDALE. 2 bdrm T/H. 1½ baths. 5 appls. $1250/mo. Dec. 1. N/S. N/P. Close to school & shopping. REFS a must. 604-5439146 or 604-716-4557. SURREY / Delta Border

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2003 21’ WILDWOOD 5th wheel, light weight, a/c, awning, beautiful cond. $16,500 obo. 604-287-1127

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FOCUS: THE OF IMMIGRATION Surrey’s immigrant population is the fastest growing in Metro Vancouver. The Leader explores how increased ethnic diversity has changed and challenged the community.

November 2011

2 Surrey/North Delta Leader Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Our students Our students Our students deserve better deserve better Teachers are worried. Since guaranteed services for students with special needs were stripped from our contracts, many children are not receiving the support they need. Illegal contract stripping has meant almost 1,500 fewer specialist teachers in BC. In our community, we have lost 262 specialist teachers.

Restore guaranteed services. BC kids just can’t wait.

A message from the Surrey Teachers’ Association

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Surrey/North Delta Leader 3


Changing places – A city transformed by newcomers Measuring the tide of immigration rolling into Surrey

What’s inside Region in 2031 6 City services 7 Multiculturism 8 Building a nation

by Jeff Nagel


steady flow of newcomers has already changed the face of Surrey. More than 150,000 immigrants have settled here so far and more are choosing the city as their home all the time. From business to politics, to entertainment and housing, the influx of foreign-born residents has profound implications for the city’s future. And this is just the beginning. Surrey’s immigrant population is the fastest growing in Metro Vancouver, climbing from less than 30 per cent of the population in 1996 to 38 per cent in 2006 (the latest census numbers available). More than 60,000 newcomers arrived in the city during that period.

Where they come from


or the largest group of immigrants who settled in Surrey, home was originally India. More than 52,000 Surreyites were born there – making up more than one-third of all immigrants in the city. (All numbers are from the 2006 census unless otherwise noted as the 2011 census results have not yet been released). For those leaving India, Surrey is their number-one destination in the Lower Mainland, accounting for half of all ethnic South Asians in Metro Vancouver. Of the newest immigrants, arriving in 2001-2006, those born in India number more than 12,000, or about 40 per cent of the 29,000 who arrived most recently. Asian-born residents overall account for two-thirds of immigrants in

Surrey (more than 100,000) and 82 per cent of the most recent arrivals in 2001-2006. More than 27,000 immigrants in Surrey were born in Europe – the next largest group – including 11,000 from Britain. But Europeans make up few of the newcomers. The Phillipines was the birth country of nearly 13,000 Surrey immigrants and Filipinos account for 3,700 of the most recent arrivals. Census data shows Surrey’s immigration surge didn’t really get rolling until the 1990s, a decade that saw 52,000 immigrants arrive – twice as many as during the 1980s. Another 29,000 settled here from 2001 to 2006, a further increase in the rate of immigration. But to population experts such as Urban Futures demographer Andrew Ramlo, the immigration levels paint an incomplete picture. Some foreign-born residents who arrived here decades ago – whether from Europe or Asia – have had plenty of time to integrate. And looking only at those born outside Canada ignores the children of recent immigrants, who also exert cultural influence, particularly as the number of Surrey residents of South Asian heritage grows. Ramlo says a different measure of the changing face of Surrey is the proportion of residents who count themselves as visible minorities. That number hit 46 per cent in the 2006 census and Ramlo said it’s certain to top 50 per cent when the latest count is tabulated. That means Asians and other non-Caucasians will form a “visible majority” in Surrey, as has already happened in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby. 10

Food bank evolution 11

Inspired to paint 12

From the Green Isle 13

Mixed marriages 14

In Surrey, on the air 16

ESL students 18 Ethnic enclaves 19


A pair of new Canadians listen to proceedings during a citizenship ceremony in North Surrey last month.

Social conscience 20

Cant’ get enough 22

Helping refugees 24

A fresh retail idea 26

Employment challenges 27

Becoming a citizen 28

Cultural connection 29

Fun on and off the field 30

Surrey in Focus was written by Leader reporters Kevin Diakiw, Boaz Joseph, Rick Kupchuk, Jeff Nagel and Sheila Reynolds, and contributor Tricia Leslie. Photographs by staff photographers Evan Seal and Boaz Joseph Cover and layout design – Glory Wilkinson EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

Editor – Paula Carlson

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Opportunities: Success and difficult times From page 3

Parlez vous Punjabi?


mmigration levels affect how many residents can speak English. Census statistics show there are large sections of Newton where 10 to 15 per cent of residents don’t speak English (as of 2006) – double to triple the Metro Vancouver average rate of just over five per cent. In contrast, the proportion of non-English speakers drops to less than two per cent in much of Cloverdale and less than one per cent throughout South Surrey. For all of Surrey, about 21,000 residents or 5.5 per cent of the population speak no English, compared to a provincial average of three per cent. According to 2006 census figures, 70.7 per cent of Surrey residents speak English at home, while 15.4 per cent speak Punjabi and 3.3 per cent speak Chinese, followed by Korean, Hindi and Tagalog (the language of Filipinos) at less than two per cent each. Put together, 215,000 Surrey residents list English as their mother tongue, compared to 174,000 who list languages other than English or French. The growing language diversity is making the job of planning community services more complex, Ramlo notes. Businesses, hospitals, schools, libraries and recreation centres all find themselves dealing with non-English clientele more often than in the past. “Catering to all that diversity is not a simple thing to do,” Ramlo said. “It’s easier to serve a community if you only have to communicate with them in one language.” While immigrants themselves may fail to learn English or at least favour their birth language, their

Canadian-born children invariably speak English, Ramlo noted. “You do become Canadian relatively quickly, if language is any indicator of that.” Arriving South Asians are also becoming less homogenous, with more Hindi speakers immigrating here than before.

Feeling at home


ome neighbourhoods of Surrey are highly populated with immigrants. Those not born in Canada make up 50 to 60 per cent of residents in some parts of Surrey, primarily Newton. That’s significantly more than the Metro Vancouver average of 40 per cent. The Scott Road and King George corridors are dotted with Indian restaurants, sweet shops, fabric stores, temples – and immigration lawyers. The ethnic clusters also mean bigger houses because Indo-Canadian families are often multigenerational, with grandparents living under the same roof. While South Asians from India are prominent in certain neighbourhoods, other ethnicities have added to the diversity in Surrey. Filipinos have tended to cluster near Guildford, where they make up 10 to 15 per cent of the population of much of the surrounding neighbourhood – close to triple the Metro average. It’s no wonder immigrants with a common language, culture and religion tend to settle together. Life is easier when you have better odds of speaking your own language with your next-door neighbour or when the temple or specialty grocer is a short walk away because earlier immigrants from your homeland blazed the trail. But does the preference for familiarity

breed division? Some research argues the formation of ethnic enclaves can mean newcomers, while feeling more protected and comfortable, are less likely to integrate or be as connected to Canadian society. “There are significant tensions in Surrey masked over by the fact South Asians are concentrated in certain areas and not in others,” says SFU economics professor Don DeVoretz. Highway 10 forms one of the clearest dividing lines between the Indian-influenced northern neighbourhoods and South Surrey, where visible minorities are less common. But that border is fast blurring, Devoretz said, adding South Asian influence will soon be felt in neighbourhoods across the city where it’s so far been negligible. “South Asians are becoming more affluent,” he said. “And they’re going to decide, ‘We like areas like Cloverdale and South Surrey just fine, thank you very much.’ It’s going to make Surrey a different place.”

By the numbers: Top visible minorities in Surrey ■ South Asian – 108,000 ■ Chinese – 20,000 ■ Filipino – 16,500 ■ Southeast Asian – 9,200 ■ Korean – 7,600 ■ Black – 5,000 ■ Latin American – 3,800 Top mother tongues ■ English – 215,000

What they bring


usiness leaders and politicians hope Surrey’s growing connection with India amounts to a cultural pipeline that plugs the city directly in to the world’s biggest democracy and one of its fastestgrowing markets. The opportunities aren’t lost on entrepreneurs who embark on trade missions to India with the mayor and other local politicians. But in terms of immigrants themselves, DeVoretz said their ability to boost the local economy is often overrated. “For every successful immigrant here there are a lot of foreign-born having a hard time,” DeVoretz said. See SURREY / Page 5

■ Punjabi – 73,000 ■ Hindi – 11,600 ■ Tagalog – 10,000 ■ Korean – 7,300 Citizenship in Surrey ■ Canadian citizens – 346,500 ■ Non citizens – 46,000

DIVERSITY IN OUR CITY “Mayor Dianne Watts and Surrey City Council embrace diversity as one of our city’s greatest strengths. We are proud of our residents’ countless contributions to the social, cultural and economic growth of Surrey and look forward to continuing to partner with you.”

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Surrey: A South Asian mayor someday, professor says From page 4 Immigrants in Surrey have a slightly higher unemployment rate than the broader city population and are slightly more likely to be low income. Immigrants employed full-time in Surrey on average earn $41,640 per year, less than the city average of $48,700. Sales and service are top occupations for immigrants here, followed by trades and transportation, business and administration, and manufacturing. In pure economic terms, Devoretz said new immigrants tend not to be a net financial benefit to the country, but added their Canadian-born children are major contributors. One trend that concerns him is that too few South Asian young men seem to go on from high school to post-secondary education. He hopes that’s temporary. But DeVoretz said a “phenomenal” number of South Asian women go to university and get degrees. Most immigrants arrive on the points system that rates their foreign vocational training and the skill set they offer EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER Canada. Rayyan Shafqat, 5, gets a high-five from Surrey-North MP Jasbir Sandhu during a A small minority are approved as Canadian citizenship ceremony last month in North Surrey. entrepreneur or investor immigrants who come on the promise of providing jobs and investment. The aim is to take in fewer older members still in India. The federal government has immigrants who are considered a drain India’s vibrant politics means South increasingly clamped down on the family on social services and more young Asians arriving here quickly fit in and category of immigration, particularly the can readily play roles at all levels of the ability of immigrants here to bring elderly people – policy that has angered South Asians trying to reunite elderly family political system. parents and grandparents to Canada.

“They’ve become substantial players in politics here,” Devoretz said. Surrey city council remains largely Caucasian – so far. “It’s going to change,” he predicted. “Dianne Watts will someday be replaced by a South Asian mayor.” Surrey has already passed other major milestones in terms of cultural change. The first Sikh RCMP officer to wear a turban as part of the uniform was stationed here. Surrey Memorial Hospital has grappled with cultural issues, such as ensuring staff respect the Sikh rule against cutting hair when preparing patients for surgery. Looking forward 20 years, Ramlo sees an older Surrey population – that’s a given – but also one that increasingly hails from Asia. “We’ll have a lot more coloured faces – a lot more cultural and ethnic diversity.” It may be too optimistic to count on a creative fusion of cultures to supercharge Surrey’s future. But experts doubt the city is heading for a dangerous period of trouble or division stemming from the challenges of ethnic change. Instead, expect a sometimes bumpy middle road, where Surrey continues to evolve as an overwhelmingly tolerant, diverse, multi-ethnic society, where people of different cultures increasingly mix well and inter-ethnic romances often bloom.

6 Surrey/North Delta Leader Tuesday, November 22, 2011



A diverse crowd of new Canadian citizens took their Oath of Citizenship last month. Visible minorities will soon be the majority in most of Metro Vancouver, according to projections from Statistics Canada.

Ethnically rich region to have ‘visible majority’ by 2031 No surprise in areas such as Surrey, demographer says by Jeff Nagel


thnic Chinese, South Asians and other visible minorities will form a solid majority in Metro Vancouver by 2031, according to Statistics Canada projections. So-called visible minorities who made up 42 per cent of the region’s population in the 2006 census should account for 59 per cent by 2031, the study shows. The proportion of foreign-born immigrants in the region is likewise expected to climb from 40 to 44 per cent over the same period. The concept of a “visible majority” is already a reality in major swaths of Metro Vancouver. Richmond’s concentration of Chinese Canadians means 65 per cent of residents there were already counted as visible minority in the 2006 census. Burnaby at 55 per cent in 2006 and Vancouver at 51 per cent also count as “visible majority” cities already, with Surrey (46 per cent in 2006) expected to soon join their ranks. “It’s a no-brainer to most of us here,” said Urban Futures demographer Andrew Ramlo. “This is not a new process at all.” But he said many people wrongly assume the trend entirely stems from immigration. “In part, it’s home-grown,” he said. The number of children born in Canada to visible

include Filipinos (204,000 or 5.9 per cent), Koreans minority families, some of whom have been here for (136,000 or 3.9 per cent), West Asians (89,000 or 2.6 generations, is rising all the time, he said. per cent), followed by blacks, Southeast Asians, Latin Ramlo also noted seven per cent of marriages in the Americans and other groups. Lower Mainland are interracial. The projections mean Metro Vancouver “It’s not just bringing more people here would continue to hang slightly behind through immigration,” he said. “The diversity Toronto as the country’s second most ethniof people already here is going to breed more cally diverse metro area. diversity.” The study also forecasts changes in reliHe said the changes raise workplace gious faith. issues such as publishing safety manuals in Christians made up just under half of more languages or considering the needs the population in 2006 but are forecast to of employees who might celebrate different decline to 46.6 per cent in Metro Vancouver religious holidays. by 2031. While there may be some challenges, Non-Christian religious denominations, Ramlo said a more diverse labour force also adds up to a major strategic advantage on the Andrew Ramlo at 16 per cent, are to grow to 20.8 per cent, due in part to an expected increase in Musworld stage for many employers. lims in Canada. The projections are based on Metro VanMetro Vancouverites who claim no couver’s population growing from nearly 2.2 religion are expected to be 32.6 per cent in 2031, down million in 2006 to 3.5 million by 2031. from 34.2 per cent in the latest count. The current 396,000 residents of Chinese ancestry The Abbotsford-Mission area is also becoming more are expected to more than double to 809,000 over the diverse, with the study projecting growth in the visible 25-year period, bringing them to 23.2 per cent of the minority population from 23 to 39 per cent. The numMetro population, up from 18.2 per cent now. ber of residents there born outside of Canada is forecast The South Asian population in the region is to grow to grow from 24 to 29 per cent. from 215,000 now to 478,000, or from 9.9 to 13.7 per cent of the Metro population. Other leading ethnic groups here by 2031 are to

“The diversity of people already here is going to breed more diversity.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Surrey/North Delta Leader 7


Bracing for even more cultural change Civic services and community events just part of plans by Kevin Diakiw



Members of the Goh Ballet Academy performed at Surrey’s Fusion Festival at Holland Park this past July.

ith a growing number of different cultures in the city, it was inevitable someone would throw a party that would cater to them all. And that’s what the City of Surrey did with Fusion Festival, an annual event which showcases the food and music of 40 different cultures each July. Created four years ago, the event now draws 90,000 people. It’s a far cry from where Surrey was 20 years ago, with a growing number of South Asians taking part in various events such as Miri Piri (a religious celebration) and Vaisakhi (welcoming the harvest) throughout the city. Vaisakhi is now one of the city’s biggest events, drawing more than 100,000 people during the oneday festival. The parade route, which begins and ends at the Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar on 85 Avenue near 129 Street, and closes roads to automobile traffic along 125 and 128 Streets and 76 and 82 Avenues. The event was marred by controversy in previous years when images of Indian martyrs were put on a parade float, including people who belonged to groups Canada now considers terrorist organizations. That practice was brought to a halt this year. Along with the parades are a growing number of signs that South Asians are becoming a prominent percentage (now estimated at more than 33 per cent) of the population in Surrey. There is an increasing number of ethnic media – print, radio and TV. Other cultural events are becoming more promi-

nent, with festivals run by the Greek, Fijian and Jamaican communities gaining popularity. “We permit 110 events that the community itself puts on,” said Mary Rukavina, who oversees the permit process for special events in Surrey. And Ramadan plays a significant role in the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, when participants fast during the daylight hours for a month. At the end of the fast, Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated. At city hall, several events are officially recognized, including Vaisakhi, World Refugee Day, Rakhi, National Aboriginal Day, Eid, Diwali and Hanukkah, as well as Easter, Canada Day and Christmas. The mix of cultures is now so rich that some events have become a fusion of ethnic and non-ethnic activities. The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition has long included a First Nations element, but now also features South Asian celebrations. Laurie Cavan, head of Surrey’s parks division, now aptly called Parks, Recreation and Culture, said the city has implemented several new strategies for the large number of people arriving from around the world. Key among them is getting the message out to new immigrants about the resources that are available. “They are a part of our community and we want them to access our services,” Cavan said. “We’ve seen an interest in sports like cricket and kabaddi,” Cavan said, as well as a boom in soccer, which is popular across many cultures.


8 Surrey/North Delta Leader Tuesday, November 22, 2011

THE CITY’S CHANGING FACE Multiculturism: ‘What Surrey is all about’ New, younger people needed to keep moving forward: Business leader by Tricia Leslie


nown for its diverse nature, the City of Surrey celebrates multiculturalism in a variety of ways, from the popular annual Fusion Festival, to its Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, to participating in the province’s Multiculturalism Week. According to the last census (2006), Surrey had the second-highest number of foreign-born people of all the municipalities in Metro Vancouver. (Only Vancouver had more). “Multiculturalism is absolutely working in Surrey – that’s what Surrey is all about. We are so diverse,� said Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association executive director Elizabeth Model. Immigrants not only help with population growth, but also with keeping the local economy strong by opening up businesses in Surrey, whether retail, restaurant or other small businesses. “We certainly need new, younger people coming in to keep our country moving forward,� Model said. “(Immigrants) make us a more diverse Canada, with a blend of cultures and ideas... we seem to embrace it all and still not lose our true Canadian identity.� See VILLENEUVE / Page 9

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Villeneuve: Improvements are still needed in Surrey

The total loan depends on the size of the family, according to an Immigration Services Society of B.C. report. Model points to the several excellent For example, the transportation loan restaurants and speciality grocery stores for one individual in 2009 was $1,563; for in the city that celebrate different ethnic a family of five headed by a single mother backgrounds, as well as things such as tai chi and yoga classes – things many may now with at least one child less than six years take for granted in Surrey, but weren’t always old, it was $7,010. Thirty days after arrival, each GAR is available. required to begin repayment of “There are so many different the loan. There is an interestcultural components in our free period from one to three everyday lives, yet we don’t years, based on the size of the even think about it any more.” loan. With a current population Immigration advocates note of more than 462,000, Surrey is Canada is the only country growing by 800 to 1,000 people in world that provides an a month, and while multiculinterest-bearing loan for its turalism and diversity are celGARs, and Surrey Coun. Judy ebrated, that doesn’t mean there Villeneuve said that eliminating aren’t challenges, Model said. the payback of that loan is an “I think government has to important focus for the city. find a balance – there has to “We’ve been trying for a be a balance of those who will number of years to get that truly embrace Canadian culture eliminated. Many (GARs) are and those who are unwanted, Elizabeth Model desperately working two to or trying to get into Canada for three jobs – if they can find the wrong reasons,” she said. them – to try to support their “We want people who underfamily and pay back this loan,” she said. stand that we are tolerant, but we are first Villeneuve said Surrey is a welcoming and foremost, Canadian.” and diverse community, but in order to She knows some may have trouble intekeep it that way, the transportation loan grating into a new way of life, and for some immigrants, especially Government Assisted payback needs to be eliminated and the city needs to also look at improving its Refugees (GARs) who come to Canada with transportation system, infrastructure and little or nothing, there is the added stress of institutions. paying back a transportation loan given to them by the federal government.

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Newcomers needed to build a nation, SFU professor argues Immigration: ‘Surrey’s population growth is right there’ by Tricia Leslie


ith glowing hearts, many Canadians are heartily proud of living in a country that is beloved around the world; a country known for its politeness, its love of hockey, and its welcoming and industrious nature. Canada is also a world leader on the national stage in many ways, from medical advances and technological discoveries to renewable energy efforts and competitive business strategies. Its major institutions are recognized, respected and imitated by other countries around the globe. Whether it be the friendly reputation or the amazing opportunities offered under the maple leaf flag, several hundred thousand citizens from other countries are choosing to make Canada their home every year, with many – more than 5,000 in 2006 alone – selecting Surrey as a settling point. In total, Canada receives a range of 225,00 to 250,000 new permanent residents each year, with last year (2010) showing a spike, with a total of 280,681. That equals about 38,000 to 42,000 new permanent residents in B.C. each year. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) spokeswoman Nancy Caron noted that, since 2006, the federal government has welcomed the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history. EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER Immigration has been Students fron Regent Christian Academy sing the Canadian national anthem during a citizenship court ceremony in October. At this important in the building particular ceremony, 79 new Canadians from 34 countries were sworn in as citizens. of this country, she said, as immigrants bring their skills, culture, traditions and people to support long-term economic growth and meet curworkers,” she said. knowledge. rent labour market needs,” Caron said. In Surrey, new permanent residents come primarily from “They innovate and contribute to the social and economic Simon Fraser University retired economics professor Don India, Asia, the Middle East and the Philippines, according to success of Canada,” she said, adding 2006 census data shows the DeVoretz agreed with that, although he disagreed with other 2006 statistics. proportion of Canada’s population who were born outside the immigration policies, including a recent announcement made With a current population of more than 462,000 and growing country reached its highest level in 75 years (6,186,950 foreignby Immigration Minister Jason Kenney means Canada will by the hundreds each month, the City of Surrey is one of the born). fastest-growing cities in Canada, and while the expansion is More importantly, immigration is needed to keep the country no longer accept applications from people who want to join their children or grandchildren, saying the purpose is to clear a definitely needed, it can pose challenges to the city in terms of financially viable. pressure on its health care system, infrastructure, schools and “During CIC’s most recent consultations on immigrant levels backlog. “I see it as out-and-out racist,” he said, noting the largest two community facilities, DeVoretz said. and mix, stakeholders all indicated that Canada still needs entry gates for grandparents are South Asia and China. He also said the government needs to address people getting Despite that, DeVoretz said Surrey and Canada need immia “passport of convenience” at “Hotel Canada.” gration in order to grow. “If they hold a Canadian passport but live abroad, (govern“That’s Surrey’s population growth right there,” he said. ment) should make them pay taxes and for their own private “I think what we need to do is build a nation and that takes health care.” immigration. If we didn’t have immigration, the population But many of them stay and live in the country as proud would decline... Canadians don’t have (enough) babies.” Canadians – and Canada has long been a destination of choice Children really are the future, he said, as they will be future for immigrants, Caron said, adding immigrants represent virtustudents, labourers, parents and professionals. ally one in five of the total population, the highest proportion SFU sociology professor Wendy Chan concurred. since 1931. “It seems obvious to me that without immigration, we will “Much of Canada’s success with and public support for immifind ourselves in a serious dilemma in another 10 years time gration is based on the positive outcomes of immigrants and Nancy Caron when the population continues to age, the birth rate remains their contribution to our economy and society,” she said. steady or likely declines, and there is a massive shortage of

“They innovate and contribute to the social and economic success of Canada.”

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New offerings at the Surrey Food Bank Food preference, language and diversity transforming both clients and social services by Boaz Joseph


ecently, the Surrey Food Bank (SFB) purchased two skids of canned chick peas at a cost of $3,500. The problem: The clients that food was intended for aren’t biting. “They’re giving it back,” says operations manager Rick Benson. “They want the real (dry) chick peas, not in a can. They keep handing it back.” The purchase, well-intended as it was, is part of an ongoing learning process for the food bank as it deals with a changing clientele. The transformation began some years back, when the food bank began to replace staples such as pork and beans with beans in tomato sauce, and more recently chick peas, to agree to the dietary restrictions of many new Muslim residents who do not eat pork. The SFB, which provides food for more than 14,000 people each month, has documented 37 different languages while registering new clients. The diversity is so prevalent now that the food bank has written its pick-up guidelines in 16 languages, says executive director Marilyn Herrmann. “We see people coming from countries that I haven’t even heard of.” If they can’t communicate, some clients will bring in relatives – sometimes children – to help with translation. Many of the newcomers are from East

Africa (mainly Somalia and Ethiopia) and Nigeria, says Feezah Jaffer, coordinator of volunteer resources. Some are also from Iraq, Iran and the Philippines. While some immigrants in Surrey, notably from India, don’t use the food bank because they rely on their families or temples, people from other countries or smaller communities have little choice. One woman who has lived in Canada for less than two months told Herrmann that since her family has no income or immediate job prospects, they must rely on the charity to survive. Herrmann says many new immigrants don’t know about other support services such as Progressive Intercultural Services Society (PICS) or DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. “It takes time for them to find their way.” The food bank has also made efforts to organize a community kitchen (with the help of DIVERSEcity) to help immigrant families learn how to make meals from the food in their hampers. Some don’t know what to make out of a can of tuna, explains Herrmann. Others are confused by canned food in general, but they do appreciate fresh BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER fruits and vegetables. Many are vegetarians, says Kris Hay- Many newcomers to Canada are not familiar ward, who works the registration desk. with canned food.

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and giving lectures. Singh was honoured with Surrey’s Civic ince emigrating to Canada from India Treasures award in 2008 for his cultural 11 years ago, Jarnail Singh has made his contributions. mark in Surrey – mostly with a paintExamples of his work can been seen in brush. murals throughout Surrey, including one on The son of a renowned Indian artist, Singh the outside of the PICS (Progressive Interculhad no formal training as an artist and gained tural Community Services Society) seniors his knowledge and ability solely centre in west Newton of the by watching and helping his Komagata Maru incident of 1914 father. Soon, Singh was doing and another depicting the hishis own paintings, incorporating tory of Sikhism at the Gurdwara everything he had absorbed Singh Sabha. about composition and colour. “My paintings tell about the His first painting sold when history and culture of Punjab and he was in his early 20s. And Sikhs. In a multicultural society there was no turning back. they play an important part in He completed portraits cross-cultural understanding, and community scenes and which is very crucial in a diverse documented historical events, society. They are building bridges attracting followers with an everbetween communities.” growing body of work. Still, much of his art also Jarnail Singh A decade after his father reflects his current home – his passed away in 1990, Singh, his broad collection including wife and two children moved to works that depict the local Surrey. The artist had already earned an inter- parks, mountains and forests. He recalls the national reputation and the bulk of his comnatural beauty of Surrey and the surrounding missions were coming from North America, area spurring him to pursue painting more so a move seemed natural. landscapes. Once in Surrey the demand for his work “It inspired me to paint nature as I have continued and he quickly became immersed always wanted to.” in the local arts community, exhibiting his art



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Love in a new land Barbados native, Canadian wife wait for word from immigration officials


Tennyson and Angela Vaughn were married in Ocean Park in 2009. Tennyson is still navigating the bureaucratic process of becoming a Permanent Resident in Canada.

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e remembers what she was wearing when they first met. She knew she wanted to marry him within weeks. Busy in their cozy South Surrey kitchen creating a scrumptious meal – open-faced sandwiches layered with fresh veggies, onion, cheese and salmon salad on freshly baked bread – Tennyson and Angela Vaughn have travelled a long and often difficult road for several years because of their love for each other. Born in two different countries, the married couple is waiting for word on Tennyson’s application to become a Permanent Resident of Canada, which will allow him to live and work here. Tennyson, 27, grew up in Bridgetown, Barbados with a passion for music and his faith, which led to a lot of mission work abroad. Angela, who grew up in White Rock, is a piano teacher with the same beliefs and love of music. Now 23, she recalls first meeting Tennyson in 2006, while the two were working for a music missions organization in California. “It was not love at first sight,” she quips, smiling. “I have an issue with authority ...” “...and I was a team leader,” Tennyson

chimes in, also grinning. their 11-month engagement, when Angela “I was intrigued with her the minute I laid was in California and Canada and Tennyson eyes on her. She was wearing a white flowwas in Barbados. ered skirt and a lime green shirt. She looked Despite the stress of living in different radiant.” countries, love prevailed and they were marJazz standards play softly in the backried in Ocean Park in 2009. They decided to ground – live show recordings – while live in Barbados, where Tennyson had a job as Tennyson puts the finishing touches on the church musical director. But living in Barbasandwiches before they go into the toaster dos, Angela soon found, is far different from oven. The overhead light gleams on the red being a tourist there. formica-topped 1950s-style Known for its tropical table and retro turquoise beauty, tourism and sugar chairs, lending their small but cane, the island country clean home a timeless quality. of Barbados is located in Leaning on the counter, the Lesser Antilles, is only Angela remembers how her 431 square kilometres and aunt died about three weeks has a population of nearly into the three-month mis300,000. Locals speak Bajan, sions tour. an English-based creole Tennyson asked her if she language with a Caribbean Angela Vaughn wanted to talk about it, and flair that non-locals can find that question led to a fateful hard to understand. conversation that sparked a “I did not understand the neighbours for the first few committed relationship. months,” Angela says. “I trusted him... I knew at that point, that “We had a pet lizard behind the coffee beans this was a good thing,” Angela says, noting and a bird who would fly in every morning she had never trusted any other man the and feed herself with whatever we were having same way. for breakfast. The relationship was largely long distance The differences between Canada and Barover the next few years, however, with work and/or missionary commitments keeping the bados were immediately apparent to Angela, from the warm, humid weather to the cane couple anywhere but together, even during

“I trusted him... I knew at that point, that this was a good thing.”

fields to the goats and chickens wandering freely around. Central air conditioning is mainly found in tourist areas, although window units for the bedroom are common everywhere. While signs and information can be plentiful in populous areas, Angela notes it was extremely difficult to find her way around the more rural areas due to a lack of signage. “The locals just know,” Tennyson says. “The cost of living there is pretty high. There’s a 15-per-cent tax on everything. Fuel is very expensive and you don’t find central air conditioning in a lot of Bajan homes because of energy expenses.” The average person in Barbados makes about $40,000 Bajan a year; the ratio is approximately 2:1 when compared to U.S. dollars, so $1 US is worth about $2 in Barbados, he notes. Because of the “three Cs” – climate, culture and church – the couple decided to move to Canada to live and work, returning to the area where Angela grew up. She got a job as assistant bakery manager at Cobs Bread in Ocean Park and is currently the family’s sole provider, as Tennyson cannot work while he is waiting for his application to be processed and the answer as to whether he can stay in Canada as a Permanent Resident. See TENNYSON / Page 15

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Tennyson: Eager to work; waiting is the hardest part From page 15

His papers were filed more than three months ago and the first of the required fees paid – Angela is his sponsor – but there are still likely several more months to wait and, should the first part of the process go smoothly, more fees to pay. Tennyson is eager to work. With an associate’s degree in music and experience in leadership positions since 2003, he’s raring to find the right job. “There are more opportunities here. There’s more opportunity to do a job you love and get paid well,” Tennyson says. “Here, there’s bigger business and bigger budgets.” While the waiting is the hardest part in a financially stressful process, the couple still enjoys dabbling in their own interests (swing dancing, music, high-tech multimedia – sound, lighting, etc.) and count Crescent Beach as a favourite place to visit. Surrey has been a welcoming community, Tennyson says, noting he hasn’t had any problems (other than not being able to work). If all the news is good and Permanent Resident status is granted, the couple are ready. “After the paperwork hopefully goes through, it’s wide open. We’d like to eventually start a family,” Angela says. Tennyson, taking the perfectly toasted sandwiches from the toaster oven after the timer goes off, mentions they may try to travel a little – together, for a change. “Overall, it’s been a great experience,” Tennyson says of moving to Canada, as he and Angela prepare to eat – together, in the same country, where they hope to settle for good. “I think it’s only going to get better.”

Mixed marriages on the rise Half of region’s South Asians live in Surrey by Jeff Nagel


ove is blossoming across ethnic groups as B.C.’s cultural mosaic grows ever more complex. Statistics Canada says mixed marriages – where couples are from two visibly different backgrounds – made up 5.9 per cent of all B.C. couples counted in the 2006 census, up from 4.9 per cent two years earlier. The province is home to the highest proportion of mixed union couples in Canada, and is followed by Ontario with 4.6 per cent and Alberta at 4.2 per cent. Nationally, the rate is now 3.3 per cent. Mixed marriages were most likely among ethnic Japanese – three quarters of their pairings included a non-Japanese partner. Latin Americans and blacks were next most likely to form a union outside their own culture. The phenomenon was least common among South Asians (12.7 per cent married nonSouth Asians) and Chinese (17.4 per cent). Nationally, the number of

mixed unions climbed by onethe city – now with 46 per cent third. counted as visible minority Demographers say it’s another – will likely also join the “visible example of our largely tolerant majority” ranks. society. Chinese Canadians More than 200 now make up 30 per different ethnicities cent of the populawere reported in the tion in Burnaby and count. Vancouver. “It’s an increasing Half of all South diversity of diverAsians in Metro Vansity,” said Urban couver live in Surrey, Futures demograpthe stats show, and her Andrew Ramlo. make up 27 per cent Visible minorities of that city’s populamade up nearly 42 tion, as well as 16 per per cent of Metro cent of Abbotsford’s. Vancouver’s populaFilipinos are B.C.’s tion in 2006. third largest visible The Chinese minority, making up population still grew nearly 8.7 per cent of fastest – by 11 per the population. Ramlo also noted cent from 2001-2006 Andrew Ramlo growing numbers of – but that was half each ethnic group the rate of growth are Canadian born of the previous five years. – 36 per cent of B.C.’s South Asians and a quarter of Visible “minorities” are now Chinese. a majority in Richmond – at 65 “People automatically think per cent – as well as in Burnaby (55 per cent) and Vancouver (51 immigrants,” he said. “But a per cent.) relatively good share are people actually born in Canada.” “Surrey is just a short, short step behind,” Ramlo said, noting

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he government of Canada will continue to provide B.C. with a record amount of space in the country’s immigration program in 2012, James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced earlier this month on behalf of Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. In 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) plans to welcome 42,00045,000 people under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), including nominees themselves, their spouses and dependants. CIC is on track to welcome a record number of provincial nominees this year and could set another milestone in 2012 if provinces submit enough nominations early on to fill their allotted space in the program. B.C.’s proportion of nominations was 17 per cent this year. The PNP allotments for 2012 are still being finalized and will be released later. B.C.’s PNP has jumped more than eight-fold in recent years, from approximately 600 people admitted in 2004 to 4,900 people in 2010. Provincial nominees accounted for 16 per cent of economic class admissions and 11 per cent of total immigration to B.C. in 2010. “The government of Canada recognizes the valuable contributions of immigrants to British Columbia’s communities and economy,” said Moore. “We are committed to working with provinces and territories to meet local labour market needs.” Today, the PNP has become the second-largest source of economic immigration to Canada. The PNP gives provinces and territories an active role in immigrant selection by authorizing them to nominate for permanent residence individuals who meet specific local labour market needs. Each jurisdiction is responsible for the design and management of their respective program, including the development of nomination criteria. CIC conducted a national evaluation of the PNP last year and expects to release the results in 2012.

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ping the film from the offending camera and Singh escorted the shaken BBC crew to safety. ournalist Harpreet Singh came to Surrey Then he went back to covering the story. after a colourful career as a newspaper His father, a brigadier-general in India, had reporter in India. some doubts about his youngest son’s choice The well-known broadcaster and talk of career. show host at Radio India first developed They had reached a compromise of sorts his rapid-fire interview where Singh would not follow his style as a reporter for the Hinfather into the military but would dustan Times of New Delhi, the instead study at university and largest English-language paper enter the civil service. in India with a circulation of His mother had to intercede 1.2 million and a reputation for when Singh switched to studying independent reporting. journalism instead. He was willing to work long It was more fun than managehours and had a habit of heading ment studies and it was a chance towards the sound of gunfire, to change things for the better, he covering the often-bloody fightsays. ing between government forces His father came around after and Sikh insurgents. reading Singh’s articles. Only once did he have a gun When Singh immigrated to Harpreet Singh pointed directly at him. Canada and couldn’t find a news“It was a misunderstanding,” he paper job, he quickly switched to says, during a secret meeting he radio, first at Radio Punjab. had brokered between a British news team and When he switched to Radio India, most some of the fighters. on-air debates in the South Asian community When one of the Brits tried to sneak some concerned events in India. photos, the furious gunmen drew their weapSingh, with the encouragement of the staons. tion’s owner, went after local B.C. stories. There was a moment, he says, when he wonPoliticians have learned to respond quickly dered whether that might be his last day. when Singh raises a ruckus about an issue. Fortunately, the gunmen settled for


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Living – and learning – in a new city Diversity in the classroom reflects the multicultural community around it by Sheila Reynolds


ou would hardly know it by speaking to her, but Navpreet Ghuman has only been living in Canada for about six months. Hailing from Haryana, a state in northern India bordering the Punjab region, the 17-year-old and her family moved to Surrey in April. “It’s not so difficult for me,” the smiling teen says of her transition to a new country and new home. “It’s really been easy for me.” Easing her adjustment is the fact that she already has a firm grasp of the English language for someone who’s only been in the country such a short time. Though her family speaks Punjabi at home, at school in India, all of Navpreet’s subjects were taught in English. Still, she says, she wasn’t able to hone her conversation skills because she and her friends didn’t speak English outside of the school’s walls. Now in Grade 11 at Frank Hurt Secondary, she takes English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) class instead of a regular high school English class, but all her other classes are with the rest of her peers and new friends. “Now, my English is much better,” says Navpreet, who also speaks Hindi. Speaking fluent English, 15-year-old Nicole Agpalo is in a similar position. Agpalo was born in the Philippines and lived there until about a year-anda-half ago before moving to Surrey. Her mom, dad and three siblings left their homeland in their search for “better living,” Nicole says, admitting she misses her homeland but is looking forward to exploring Canada. Navpreet Ghuman “I wanted a new experience,” she says. Like Navpreet, many of Agpalo’s school subjects in the Philippines were also delivered in English, so the language wasn’t new to her when she immigrated. Now in Grade 10 in Surrey, she is also in an ESL class to improve her Nicole Agpalo conversation skills

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There are approximately 14,870 English-as-a-Second-Language students in the Surrey School District. – and is taking a Spanish course as well. Some of her family still speaks Tagalog at home, but the teen is helping her dad with his English. The girls are just two of about 14,870 ESL students in the Surrey School District. With Surrey’s general enrolment growing at a steady pace – approximately 1,000 students per year – the diversity in the classroom is expected to continue to reflect that of the multicultural city around it. The most recent statistics show there are 114 languages other than English spoken in the home of students in the Surrey School District. The top ten are Punjabi, Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Mandarin, Chinese, Urdu, Spanish and Arabic. If current trends continue, there will be an estimated 134 languages represented by Surrey students by 2015. While a different language spoken at home doesn’t necessarily label a student an ESL learner, there are several elementary and high schools in the city where more than half the student population is from non-English-

speaking homes. About $15 million is alloforms to taking transit and finding a doctor cated to ESL programs by the Surrey School or other community resources. District this year. But often a parent’s first concern is Like all learners for whom English is not how they can get their children settled in their first language, new school. school-aged residents are While there are multicultural tested prior to enrolling at and settlement workers who ususchool to determine what ally work on-site in schools with level of language instruction students and staff, the Welcome or other unique assistance Centre functions as a hub for they require. staff and newcomers. About 8,000 While some are tested English Language Learner stuat their schools, many are dents and families are served at also evaluated at the English the Welcome Centre annually. Language Learner (ELL) WelStudents are assessed prior to come Centre, near 75 Avenue going to school, so that before Nicole Agpalo they arrive, there is time for and King George Boulevard, which opened in 2008. With school staff to prepare and coorstaff members who speak dinate any special support that more than two dozen lanparticular pupil may require. guages, the federally funded centre helps new So far, Navpreet and Nicole have everyCanadians – whether they be immigrants or thing they need. Almost. refugees – navigate their new lives, assisting Now they’d like to learn French. with everything from filling out government

■ ESL students are those whose primary language is not English, and who require additional services to help them reach their full potential.

Settlement workers in schools:

■ ESL is not an actual subject, but a transitional service where students are in the process of learning the language of instruction and, in many cases, the content matter of subjects appropriate to their grade levels.

■ Reach out to new arrivals, including visiting ‘hard to reach’ families. ■ Provide orientation about Canadian culture and services.

My mom, dad and three siblings left our homeland for “better living.”

■ Refer students or families to appropriate school and community programs. ■ Provide cultural interpretation and help school staff, parents and children communicate

Multicultural workers:

■ Facilitate communication between home and school. ■ Enhance cross-cultural understanding by providing information to schools about family/cultural background. ■ Assist school staff with conducting multicultural education activities.

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Ethnic pockets – support or segregation? Immigrants creating micro-communities not a new phenomenon by Tricia Leslie


ifferent parts of Surrey house different kinds of people. Most neighbourhoods have a mix of nationalities and races and a variety of beliefs and cultures. In some areas, however, people of the same ethnic backgrounds have settled together, creating ethnic neighbourhoods or pockets throughout Surrey. Surrey’s South Asian enclave, perhaps most obvious near the Scott Road Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, stretches from Strawberry Hill to Kennedy Heights, and from Bear Creek Park to Newton. Here, it is common to see men with turbans and women wearing colourful tunics and saris going about their business, with children and/or grandchildren in tow. Alongside big-box stores and franchise chains of restaurants, there are several South Asian business large and small, from jewelry stores to excellent South Asian restaurants. And if anyone was around this neighbourhood during the Stan-


ley Cup Playoffs earlier this year, they would have been impressed with the enthusiasm with which the entire community has embraced hockey culture and the Vancouver Canucks NHL team. In the Guildford area, Filipino residents are more noticeable, and other parts of Surrey are also emerging as areas where people of certain ethnic backgrounds are settling, such as Whalley, City Centre and central Newton, according to an Immigration Settlement Services of B.C. (ISSBC) report entitled Changing Faces, Changing Neighbourhoods. “People of the same background settling and forming ethnic ‘pockets’ is not new,” said ISSBC Settlement Services Department Director Chris Friesen. “Think Little Italy. Chinatown. It’s not a recent, contemporary phenomenon – it goes back to the same reasons as when immigrants first arrived in Canada, to create a community of support with the same cultures and values that will support you and your family as you settle.”

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Surrey: Leadership of the city is ‘amazing’ From page 19 Friesen says the same continues today, especially with people arriving from other countries as refugees, who often don’t have any money, literacy or language skills when they come to Canada. Between 2005 and 2009, the majority of Government Assisted Refugees (3,743 in Metro Vancouver) settled in Surrey (33 per cent), Burnaby (22 per cent) and Vancouver (16 per cent). The Karen and Somali people are increasing in number as choosing Surrey for their hometown, with the Karen most noticeable in the Whalley neighbourhood of 128 Street and 96 Avenue (Cedar Hills). Friesen said there are pros and cons to people of one background settling into the same general community. “On the pro side, it can make it easier to target newcomer communities and help newcomers integrate into Canadian life,” he said. “On the con side, there is the impact on the local school system, community centres,

infrastructure, etc. It can create significant challenges to local service providers and institutions. It can also create more marginalization... if we are not reaching out to them and they’re not using the resources available to them, it can lead to isolation and anxiety.” It is also important for newcomers to embrace Canadian culture as well as the culture of their home country, and living in an insulated enclave may not help with that integration, he noted. “It’s about how well we respond to these impacts,” he said. “The leadership the City of Surrey has shown in being a welcoming and inclusive society is amazing.” Friesen, along with other advocates who help newcomers settle in Surrey, is especially pleased with the city’s efforts to call on the federal government to end the need for Government Assisted Refugees to repay the interest-bearing transportation loans provided to them by the government, which can be as high as $10,000.


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A safe haven from hardship 36% of Canada’s Government Assisted Refugees choose Surrey as their new home by Tricia Leslie


he sits cross-legged on the floor playing with her two-year-old son in the childcare centre, surrounded by colourful blocks and boxes, paints and toys. Shouts, laughter and the sounds of other youngsters playing with their parents and grandparents fill the room at a regular dropin at Surrey’s UMOJA Compassion Society – bells, whistles, music, joyful yells and the occasional unhappy wail. Some adults chat quietly amongst themselves and several different languages can be heard, as UMOJA helps new immigrants to Canada settle into their new lives in Surrey. Amid the cheerful play, clutter and noise, Shell Aye patiently hands her son, Ehtawnee Oo, the toy he is after. Just last year, Aye, her husband Mya Oo, and their son came to Canada for a better life, as Government Assisted Refugees (GARs), to escape the refugee camps and violence in Myanmar (Burma), which shares a border with Thailand, where they came from. Aye and her family are Karen, a SinoTibetan language-speaking people who live mainly in southern and southeast Myanmar and Thailand. Many Karen refugee camps dot western Thailand’s border with Myanmar, with most refugees being forced to flee their homes because of the violence and human rights abuses in Myanmar. Life in Canada, although still challenging, is much better than struggling to survive in Thai refugee camps, Aye said. “In Burma there was so much fighting, so much war, all the time,” she said, speaking English precisely but sometimes searching for the right word. (Aye keeps a notebook and pencil on hand at all times, to write down new English words she doesn’t understand and wants to learn). “In Canada, everything is good and everything is clean. I like the law – it is a democratic society and I am glad we are here.” Life in Myanmar and Thailand was much different. Every day was a struggle to survive – a struggle to find enough food and water


each day, and not being able to leave the refugee camps to do so. There was no way to look for jobs or to make money while in a refugee camp; finding enough clothes for the family to wear was difficult. “Life in Canada is so easy,” Aye said with a smile, when talking about hot showers or washers and dryers for doing laundry. “I used to have to clean clothes by hand, in the river. All the water – for drinking, for cooking, for laundry, for bathing – came from the nearest stream.” Aye and her family are among many GARs who choose Canada as their new country and Surrey as their new home. According to the city, 299 GARs settled in Surrey in 2009 (36 per cent of all GARs arriving in Metro Vancouver) and in 2010, 212 GARs settled in the city (36 per cent again). Aye’s husband Mya Oo works at a potato farm and Aye has already worked at one job, but hopes to put her green thumb to use earning a living as a greenhouse gardener, working with the flowers and plants she loves. The couple also has a son to raise – he will learn English and the Karen language, Aye said – and other challenges, but compared to what their daily life used to be, they much prefer Canada, which they chose because some of their relatives and neighbours are already here. “My first year here I was very cold – I wore three jackets!” Aye said. She loves the mountains, but misses the bamboo, and said noodles are her favourite food, along with many vegetables. But some food... not so much. “I smelled a smell and someone told me it was pizza? The smell was not good to me,” she said, wrinkling her nose, but it quickly returns to her natural, friendly smile. “Everyone has been nice. I like living here and want to stay here.”

Shell Aye, 23, and her son Ehtawnee, 2, are Karen refugees who came to Surrey to escape violence and the refugee camps in Myanmar (Burma).

Settling in Surrey – immigrant services help Starting a new life can be exciting, but also stressful and overwhelming by Tricia Leslie


mmigrating to a new country is likely an exhilarating experience. But it can also be scary and difficult, especially if you don’t know the language or customs or even how to use everyday devices and appliances you’ve never seen before. “It can be extremely overwhelming,” said Amos Kambere, who founded UMOJA Operation Compassion Society in 2002 with his wife, Edith. “They come from villages or refugee camps – an uneducated life. There is no electricity or running water or even telephones.” That’s why UMOJA was founded – to help new African immigrants and other minorities integrate into their new community. The organization offers a wide range of programs and services for newcomers to B.C., with help from all levels of government as well as sponsors. Staff members run programs at the UMOJA newcomer family services centre in Surrey six days a week, including ESL (English as a Second Language) and life skills classes, parent-child drop-ins, youth and children’s programs

attends programs to learn English and life skills – and to such as Homework Club, conversation classes and sewing classes. Child-minding and bus passes are provided for volunteer. Bundled up in a black winter coat and warm gloves, those who need them. Kambere, who immigrated to Canada from Uganda in Mbambu admitted with a wide smile that she has never 1992, said newcomers to the country seen snow but is looking forward to the experience. are first taught the basics (if needed), such as what a telephone is and how So far, people have been friendly to her but she misses her home to use it, emergency numbers, and other skills that most people take for country’s warm climate. granted, before they start on ESL and “It is so cold here,” she said, clapping her gloved hands together. other related skills, such as using a computer. Cradling a doll used by youngsters in UMOJA’s childcare centre, When immigrants have built up their language capability, UMOJA Mbambu said she hopes to evenhelps them on the job hunt, from how tually work with kids and loves volunteering with them at UMOJA, to search for jobs to getting Social but needs to improve her language Insurance Numbers to preparing Amos Kambere resumes. skills first. One new Surrey resident who is She likes many of the luxuries Canadians enjoy every day, including clean running working toward finding a job is Juliette Mbambu, 20, who immigrated to Canada from Uganda just two months water, and some foods she never got to try in Uganda. ago. She is being sponsored by a family here that she See FUTURE / Page 25 knew back home, and found help at UMOJA, where she

“They come from villages or refugee camps – an uneducated life. There is no electricity or running water or even telephones.”

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Future: ‘Depends on immigration’

Resources include:

From page 24

■ Citizenship and Immigration Canada Coming to Canada online info package, Living in Canada info packages, resources, links, etc.

“I like apples. The red ones. They are so sweet,” she said, noting she had never tried an apple before she came to Canada. ‘But I miss beans. The beans here are not the same (as in Uganda)... there are no fresh beans.” Kambere is proud of the many services UMOJA offers but said that of course, with additional funding, more could be done to help new Canadians settle in Surrey. At the Immigration Services Society of B.C., now the largest multicultural immigrantserving society in western Canada, ISSBC Settlement Services Department director Chris Friesen said government started investing more in such services about four to five years ago, in response to growing numbers of immigrants settling in Surrey. But he doesn’t deny that more funding is always welcome and the need is on the rise. “Immigrants play a vital role in B.C. and Surrey and this role will only increase,” Friesen said. “Our future depends on immigration. How well we support and integrate our immigrants into the community and the labour market will determine our own success.” In 2006, the city’s immigrant population was 150,230, or 38 per cent of the then-total population of 394,976. With Surrey’s current total population at more than 462,000 and with 800 to 1,000 people (immigrants and nonimmigrants) moving to the city each month, both Kambere and Friesen noted that Surrey already does a fairly good job supporting immigration, with initiatives such as the city’s multiculturalism committee, intended to build a more welcoming and inclusive society.

■ Welcome BC Provincial government online resource ■ Immigration Services Society of B.C. 604-684-2561 Surrey office (multilingual employment resource centre): 604-595-4021 ■ UMOJA Operation Compassion Society 10025 Whalley Blvd. 604-581-5574 www. ■ PICS – Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society


UMOJA Operation Compassion Society founder Amos Kambere with Juliette Mbambu, who immigrated to Canada from Uganda just two months ago. Staff members run programs at the UMOJA newcomer family services centre in Surrey six days a week, including ESL (English as a Second Language) and life skills classes, parent-child drop-ins, youth and children’s programs such as Homework Club, conversation classes and sewing classes.

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From small store to $100M in sales Fruiticana owner found success in fresh produce by Rick Kupchuk

Singh would visit farms in the Fraser Valley searching for the freshest produce. He would also import products from India, Pakistan, Thailand, Dubia, Australia and the Philippines. Realizing he was on to something, Singh opened a second outlet in Richmond less than a year later. Eight years later, Fruiticana was doing business in Alberta, where there are currently two stores in Calgary and another in Edmonton. The company now does more than $100 million in sales annually, and its success has been recognized. Singh has won the Surrey Board of Trade’s Businessperson of the Year Award, and a Cultural Diversity Award from the SurreyDelta Immigration Services Society. Fruiticana also gives back to the community, staffing the annual telethon for B.C. Children’s Hospital.

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Career challenges Many new immigrants have difficulty finding work in their chosen professions by Rick Kupchuk


anada is viewed by many as a land of opportunity and equality. But for new immigrants seeking work here, it doesn’t always work out that way. Having a solid work history, or a university degree, doesn’t guarantee immediate employment in a chosen profession. In many cases, it’s not enough for a job at all, and many newcomers to Canada find themselves in that distressing situation. “They come to this country with experience, a degree or other credentials and expect they will get jobs in their area of training,” said Satbir Cheema, director of employment programs and planning with PICS (Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society), adding that “quite a few” immigrants are surprised to find they are suddenly not qualified to continue in their profession. “Canada has its own requirements in regulated professions, particularly in health, engineering and education,” Cheema said. But while the odds are stacked against them, they are not impossible to overcome. And sometimes, it all comes down to chance. “It often depends on who they meet, or if they have family when they get here,” said Cheema. “If they go to a resource centre and get guidance, they navigate the process quite easily. There are quite a few courses set up by the government to upgrade skills and meet the requirements to get work in their profession.” Many will accept jobs as labourers, which isn’t a bad thing, Cheema noted. “They end up in jobs requiring less skills than what they are trained to do. But that’s better than sitting

around in depression. It’s better they learn the Canadian way of life and work by interacting. “And some will work in a warehouse to support a spouse who is upgrading his or her skills.” But even after going through the process to meet Canadian standards, the lack of work experience in this country is a second barrier. A 2008 Statistics Canada report stated “42 per cent of immigrant workers aged 25 to 54 had a higher level of education for their job than what was normally required, while 28 per cent of Canadian-born workers were similarly over-qualified. Regardless of period of landing, immigrants had higher shares of overqualification.” The report also noted immigrants tend to earn less than Canadian-born workers, with 45.5 per cent of all landed immigrants earning $10-20 per hour, compared to 38 per cent of all Canadian-born workers. The number is higher among recent arrivals (in Canada for less than five years), with 52.8 per cent in the $10-20 bracket, a number that drops to 42.4 per cent among those in the country for more than 10 years. Cheema said making it easier for immigrants to upgrade their credentials and work would be of benefit to workers and their chosen country. “Some programs are available only to people on EI (employment insurance),” he said. “They should be made available to new immigrants as well, people who will take a job short term then go on EI to qualify for the program. It’s a waste of time, and doesn’t add anything to the economy. “It’s a loss to the Canadian economy when these immigrants can’t work in areas where they are trained.”


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Above: New Canadian citizens share a laugh during proceedings at a recent citizenship ceremony in Surrey. Among those sworn in were (below left) Surrophine Chambers and (below right) Shih Chen Huang.

Becoming Canadian – a long process Processing time can take anywhere from 70 days to 49 months, depending on the type of application by Tricia Leslie


he red maple leaf represents so much to so many. For those immigrating to Canada from other countries, the symbol on the country’s flag can mean freedom from oppression, or freedom to freely express one’s thoughts, or the right to follow – or not follow – any religion one chooses. Canada also represents opportunities for many: to work, study, travel, learn or to join family members who are already settled in the country. To become a Canadian citizen, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), an applicant must follow these steps: • Determine if you are eligible to become a citizen; • Apply for citizenship; • Take the citizenship test, if you are between the ages of 18 and 54; and • Attend a citizenship ceremony, if you are 14 or older. Anyone who applies for Canadian citizenship must be at least 18 years old; to apply for citizenship for a child under 18, certain conditions must be met, such as one parent being a Canadian citizen, or applying to be one at the same time. Applicants must have permanent residential status in Canada and that status cannot be in doubt. Adults must have lived in Canada for at least three of the past four years before applying; have adequate knowledge of English or French; not have any criminal history prohibitions; and must also demonstrate they understand the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. People already living in Canada may choose to apply to live in Canada permanently under several statuses, from Federal Skilled Worker Class to Canadian Experience Class, an application for temporary workers and graduates with Canadian credentials who are already in Canada and wish to apply for permanent residence. Those living outside Canada can apply to immigrate to Canada permanently under several classes as well, from

Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Business Class, Family Class and Provincial Nominees to humanitarian-designated classes (such as those applying for refugee status). A Quebec-selected skilled worker category allows people who have been selected by the Quebec government to settle and work in Quebec, while the CEC allows people who have recent Canadian work experience or have graduated and recently worked in Canada a chance to immigrate. Investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed people can apply under a different economic class if they want to start a business in Canada, each with different criteria (i.e. investors must show they have business experience, a minimum, legal net worth of $1.6 million and make an $800,000 investment

that CIC will return, without interest, about five years after payment). When applicants decide how they’ll apply to become a citizen of Canada, they must fill out an application package, include any required supporting documents and pay all related application/processing fees, which vary from $75 to more than $1,000 depending on the age and category/class the person is applying under. Processing time – including the assessment of any sponsors – can take anywhere from 70 days to 14 months to 49 months, according to CIC, depending on the type of application (i.e. whether it’s an economic class application or a family class sponsorship). For more information, visit

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Newcomer of note:

Could you pass the quiz?

Filipino fun

Newcomers tested on knowledge of Canada by Tricia Leslie


ne of the basic requirements of citizenship is for newcomvers to show they have adequate knowledge of Canada. The citizenship test is used to assess knowledge of Canada and the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen in Canada. The questions below are similar to the questions that are found on the citizenship test. Test your knowledge against what new Canadians have to learn to pass the citizenship test. (The correct answers are highlighted in red).

What are three responsibilities of citizenship? a. Being loyal to Canada, recycling newspapers, serving in the navy, army or air force. b. Obeying the law, taking responsibility for oneself and one’s family, serving on a jury. c. Learning both official languages, voting in elections, belonging to a union. d. Buying Canadian products, owning your own business, using less water. What is the meaning of the Remembrance Day poppy? a. To remember our Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II. b. To celebrate Confederation. c. To honour prime ministers who have died. d. To remember the sacrifice of Canadians who have served or died in wars up to the present day.

How are Members of Parliament chosen? a. They are appointed by the United Nations. b. They are chosen by the provincial premiers. c. They are elected by voters in their local constituency (riding). d. They are elected by landowners and police chiefs. Other study questions (answers can be found in the citizenship study guide Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship online at Citizenship Guide, online at english/resources/publications/discover/ index.asp): • Name two key documents that contain our rights and freedoms. • Identify four rights that Canadians enjoy. • Name four fundamental freedoms that Canadians enjoy? • What is meant by the equality of women and men? • What are some examples of taking responsibility for yourself and your family? • Who were the founding peoples of Canada? • Who are the Métis? • What does the word “Inuit” mean? • What is meant by the term “responsible government”? • Name two Canadian symbols. • What provinces are sometimes referred to as the Atlantic Provinces?

Diversity = Enrichment

Busy volunteer celebrates her roots “We love the noise I guess.” She started the independence day event when she realized there were urrey’s growing Filipino com- 17,000 Filipinos in Surrey and there munity has a strong champion in was no good reason for them to go to Narima Dela Cruz. Vancouver to celebrate. The mom and local realtor “I thought ‘Why not bring it to founded the Surrey PhilSurrey?’ So that’s how it lipine Independence Day started.” Society, which hosts an The three-year-old gathannual celebration of their ering has become so big it homeland’s independence now happens at Holland each year in June. Park. She was partly inspired Lately, the organizaby the annual Folkorama tion has been branching multicultural festival in out into other assistance Winnipeg, where she first services or events to help lived when she immiFilipino immigrants and grated to Canada from the seniors. Phillipines in 1998. “I always have a soft spot A few years later Dela for the new immigrants Cruz moved with her husbecause I know how hard band to the West Coast it is for them to start,” she Narima Dela Cruz and they have lived in said. “I want them to feel Surrey since 2005. they belong and that they “I just like it here – I have a welcoming gesture feel at home,” she said. here, some company that belongs to Like many other Filiipinos in Surrey, the same culture.” they live in Guildford. Dela Cruz was recognized for her “We love being in an urbanized volunteer efforts with an honourable environment, where the mall is, where mention in the Leader’s 2011 Commuthe traffic is – we’re used to that,” Dela nity Leader Awards. Cruz said. by Jeff Nagel


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Newcomer of note:

Having a ball in Surrey CFL all-star excels on the field and in the community by Rick Kupchuk

finished second all-time in receptions with 185, and receiving yards with or more than a decade, Geroy Simon 2,059. has been catching passes from B.C. After a two-year stint in Manitoba, Lions quarterbacks. playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, And recently, he’s Simon tried to earn a roster been doing a little more. spot with the Kansas City Simon and fellow B.C. Chiefs of the National FootLion Barron Miles are ball League. members of the Cloverdale He was cut in the sumCommunity Football mer of 2001, and joined the Association, coaching Lions for the last half of the their sons and close to 30 season, playing as a backup other young children with in six games. In his first full the Cloverdale Bobcats season in 2002, he led the team in the Pee Wee diviteam with 50 receptions, he sion of the Vancouver start of a career that would Minor Football Associasee him finish the curtion. rent season ranked second A year-round resident of all-time in receiving yards Surrey, Simon also partici- Geroy Simon (just 66 yards away from pates in several commuthe career record), fifth in nity programs run by the pass receptions and third in B.C. Lions, including Lions Pride, Lions touchdown receptions. in the Hour, and Read, Write and Roar. He has been a CFL all-star five times, Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in and won the 2006 CFL Most outstand1975, Simon went on to play football at ing Player award. the University of Maryland, where he


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