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Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May. WITH recent polls indicating that it will be a close race between the Liberals and the Conservatives, everybody’s wondering what the results will be on Monday, October 21. So, here we go: PoSSIBIlITy 1: The Liberals manage to garner a Jinny Sims. Official photo “On the advice of counsel, I will not be making any further statements.”

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Liberals. That is becoming pretty obvious now because in spite of all the uproar about Trudeau’s blackface / brownface blunders, the SNC-Lavalin scandal and other controversies, Trudeau and the Liberals have maintained their support. It’s like ‘yes, we


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CITIZEN’S Services Minister Jinny Sims has resigned from cabinet following the appointment of a special prosecutor, Premier John Horgan announced on Friday evening last week. Horgan said in a statement: “This afternoon, I was advised by the Attorney General of the appointment of a special prosecutor for an RCMP investigation related to MLA Jinny Sims. “Jinny Sims has resigned from cabinet during the investigation. I accepted her resignation as appropriate under the circumstances. We take any such investigation very seriously. “While we await the conclusion of the matter, I have asked Minister Selina Robinson to temporarily assume responsibility as Minister of Citizens’ Services.” Sims said in a statement: “This afternoon I offered my resignation as Minister of Citizens’ Services upon learning of the appointment of a Special Prosecutor. I have not been given details of any allegations but there was no credibility to previous public allegations. I am confident that my name will be cleared but do not want to distract form the important work of government in the meantime. “For that reason, I have decided to step away from my duties while the matter is resolved.

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CONTIUNED FROM 1 know politicians are hypocritical to some extent or the other, but one has to choose the lesser evil in politics!’ There is also deep distrust among the majority of younger voters about the Conservatives on issues such as abortion (or free choice) and LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer). The possibility of the Liberals getting a majority is bolstered by the fact that they have an advantage in vote-rich Ontario and Quebec (at least for now), whereas the Conservatives’ huge support in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan translates into fewer seats by comparison. So, the “neck-and neck” scenario does not mean equal number of seats. Possibility 2: The Liberals end up with a minority government – and depend on NDP

and/or Green Party support. At least, that’s what the NDP and the Greens are hoping for so that they can influence government policy much as the BC Green Party has succeeded in doing so with the NDP government in BC. The NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said that he will not support the Conservatives, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she has no problem with also supporting the Conservatives. Some feel that Trudeau has been too immature and/or arrogant and needs discipline – and a minority government will keep him in check. There is also the question of whether the Bloc Quebecois (BQ) would support a Liberal or a Conservative minority government. Possibility 3: The Conservatives get to form the next government with a slim majority. There are many reasons that Canadians may decide to elect a Con-

servative government – and many of them may not tell pollsters the truth about their intentions for fear of being labelled racist or bigoted in some circles. There are many conservative Christians - including many of Chinese origin in particular - and people of other religions who are against abortion and LGBTQ2 rights, for example, but still not all of them will automatically vote for the Conservatives - or the People’s Party of Canada. There are also those immigrants who feel that Canada is letting in too many immigrants too fast. The Conservatives took full advantage of the murder of a 13-year-old Chinese girl, Marissa Shen, in Burnaby in which a Syrian refugee (a Muslim) was charged and arrested. The Conservatives went out of the way to use that one unfortunate incident in their campaign in the Burnaby South by-election earlier this year, but the NDP still ended up winning there. Also, there are many Canadians

who believe, rightly or wrongly, that the Conservatives are more fiscally responsible than the Liberals. Possibility 4: The Conservatives end up forming a minority government with the support of the Green Party. May told the media that it’s important for all parties to speak with each other and be open to negotiations. She said that the Greens would only support a party if it takes the necessary steps to respond to climate change. But that could well backfire if voters feel the Green Party is just a one-issue one and an opportunist. Also, for the Conservatives it will be real test of the future of their party. Will they get more or significantly more votes than their traditional ones? If they don’t, then their party’s future will look rather dim with the older generation members passing away and most younger generation Canadians rejecting what it stands for.

Jagmeet Singh wins Canadian debate on Twitter: Ipsos ACCORDING to the Ipsos Political Atlas Debate Dashboard, an online tool that measures Twitter volume and sentiment, Canadians were active online during the debates. Total volume per minute about the election increased from approximately 60 mentions per minute to over 300 during the debate. According to Twitter, federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was the biggest winner. His volume of mentions and positive sentiment steadily increased throughout the debate. While Conservative Party Leader Andrew Sheer and Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau had the most volume overall, People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier also attracted significant volume at various

times in the debate. Sentiment about Bernier was net neutral, and the leaders were on the negative side within a few points of one another. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois Leader YvesFrançois Blanchet attracted very little mention throughout the debates. Ipsos points out that it is worth noting that sentiment and volume are separate measures. Sentiment measures attitudes towards the parties and leaders. A sentiment rating over 50 is “net positive,” while a sentiment rating of less than 50 is “net negative.” A small group of dedicated supporters or detractors on Twitter can drive sentiment into the positive or negative territory. Overall, Trudeau’s net senti-

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By contrast, Singh’s net sentiment moved from 62 to 68 and stayed consistently high during the debate. The main issues according to volume were energy and climate, and cost of living, consistent with Ipsos public

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we are on that.” “[The Oppositions] continues to come into this House with some trumped-up charges…” “My chief of staff did what I directed him to do…” “The chief of staff reviewed it. We discussed it.” “We found the allegations to be unfounded, and we carried on.” * May 29, 2019 – House Leader Mary Polak writes to Peter Juk, QC, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, BC Prosecution Service and RCMP”E” Division with information for consideration and review. * May 31, 2019 – Peter Juk responds, confirming receipt of May 29th letter and that it is up to the RCMP to decide if they will investigate. * September 11, 2019 – Mary Polak writes again to Peter Juk asking for confirmation of the appointment of a Special Prosecutor given an active and ongoing RCMP investigation. * September 18, 2019 – Peter Juk responds that no Special Prosecutor has been appointed. * September 30, 2019 – Peter Juk receives a formal request from the RCMP that he consider the appointment of a Special Prosecutor. * October 4, 2019 • 2:30 p.m.: – David Eby informs John Horgan of the appointment of a Special Prosecutor, which leads to NDP MLA conference call. • 4:30 p.m.: – Meeting held of all DMs and ADMs across government. – All-staff meeting held of NDP political staffers. • 5:15 p.m.: – John Horgan issues statement announcing the appointment of a Special Prosecutor but not what the allegations relate to. • Evening: – BC Prosecution Service tells reporters that Richard Peck, QC, has been named the Special Prosecutor. – BC Prosecution Service confirms Special Prosecutor assigned, “…to provide legal advice in relation to an investigation into criminal wrongdoing involving the Minister of Citizens’ Services, Jinny Sims, and others.”









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National race remains deadlocked, final outcome highly uncertain: EKOS Poll The Conservatives, meanwhile, have the firmest vote and its supporters are among the least likely to change their minds (though its supporters express some receptivity to the Liberals and People’s Party). However, the party lags well behind all other parties in terms of second choice and has the least room to grow.

Bottom line: What was already a tight race has become tighter and more unpredictable. Conservatives have a more committed constituency, but little room to grow. Despite strong reviews, the NDP has yet to make any significant movement upwards with no apparent breakthrough looming.

Our current numbers would suggest a Liberal minority, but the election is still highly uncertain. Ontario will be the critical factor shaping the final outcome. Canadians may well be staying up late seeing how the fourway races in British Columbia play out before we’ll be able to determine who will form government.



WE remain in a deadlocked national race, with the Conservatives enjoying a one-point, statistically insignificant lead., according to EKOS Poll on Friday. Results suggest that there may have been some effects from the debates. The most important finding is the diminution of the Liberal Party’s Ontario lead. The 13-point advantage the Liberals enjoyed in Ontario has sharply eroded since the debate (though there appears to have been a modest recovery in the later part of the polling period). Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer appears to have strengthened this party’s support with working class and non-university educated voters. The Conservatives own the working class segment (39 per cent, compared to 22 per cent for the Liberals) and their strength is dramatically higher among college edu-

cated and high school educated. Indeed, social class and education are now the principal fault lines dividing Liberals and Conservatives. Despite Jagmeet Singh’s performance, the NDP has not seen much progress. Their vote has stiffened and the party has opened up an advantage with second choice but, so far, this has not elevated them above their current position of 13 points. The NDP also seems to be doing better with visible minorities (which may be a result of Singh’s performance in the debates). So far, the debates have had no clear impact on the Green Party’s fortunes, but they continue to do well in British Columbia, where they are now second. The Bloc Québécois appears to have benefited from the TVA debate and they are now at 25 per cent in Quebec. There is no clear evidence that the People’s Party was

helped by the debates. However, the party has a surprising overrepresentation with millennial and universityeducated voters. Indeed, the party is doing twice as well with those under 50 as it does with those over 50. Regionally, the Liberals continue to do well in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. British Columbia remains a highly unpredictable four-way contest. The Prairies are clearly voting Conservative, but the Conservative Party seems to have faltered in Quebec. There is still evidence of considerable fluidity, particularly among non-Conservatives. Green Party supporters are the most likely to say they may change their minds, with the NDP and Liberals being the potential beneficiaries, in that order. Similarly, NDP supporters still have potential to change their minds, and the primary beneficiaries would be the Liberals and Greens.




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Labelled: Caught In The Crossfire KIDS Play Foundation is presenting an event - Labelled: Caught In The Crossfire – on Sunday (October 13) at Abbotsford Civic Plaza. Jessica Sherman, Director of Operations, Abbotsford Chapter, says: “The format of this event will be different - we will be creating a safe space for families to share stories about their lost loved ones

and trying to understand the crossfire of the many external factors, such as cultural, social and economic differences, that put them on the path of no return. One of our speakers, Ken Dosanjh, is the brother of Ron and Jimmy Dosanjh from the Bindy Johal era. I believe Ken, as well as other speakers who have suffered a similar fate, have a

powerful message to share which will be integral in understanding the effect that labels have on young people, as well as in effectively combating the drug and gang epidemic. “Additionally, [slain SFU student and aspiring model] Maple Batalia’s family will also be in attendance and sharing some words. MPs and MLAs

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It has been said charity is taught at home IT has been said charity is taught at home, and Mia Gill’s family in Abbotsford exemplifies that. From on early, Gill’s parents instilled in her the importance to give back to the community. Since 2013 she has been donating the money she receives for her birthday to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital Pediatrics unit. In Mia Gill and Gavin Nahal. Photo submitted

surviving to work? I ask myself, would I have acted on an opportunity to make easy money? The impact of the global economic crisis has been a dangerous one on the lives of young people. Simply put, if I’m asking myself these questions, what is our incentive to deter impressionable youth from a life of easy money and crime? When vulnerable youth find a sense of belonging amongst a group, all they can comprehend is the feeling of security from the intensity of this newfound brotherhood, knowing that there are people watching over them, protecting them, people that will fight for them. These blinders of loyalty prevent them from distinguishing right from wrong or detecting any underlying motives of this group of people. Harwin came from a family that promoted kindness and empathy, where values of hard work, generosity and taking care of one another were upheld and demonstrated by example. I am the sister of an innocent kid wrongfully labelled a gangster, and can empathize with the circumstances that led him to associate with these individuals. Does this make him a gangster? No, it does not. A young man may be sent off to prison for a minuscule offence, but spat out on the other end as a hardened criminal. He is labelled as a drug dealer, a criminal, and will likely never be all that he aspired to be. When we dismiss the deaths of these young men as failed parenting, their brown bodies, as criminal, as foreign, it becomes easier to label them, to allow policies that neglect them, incarcerate them, kill them. We have suffered, and we continue to suffer as we cry for our dead brothers and sisters and feel helpless for the ones we struggle to keep alive. But every day we rise with the hope that the morning paper’s headline will not be reporting another youth’s demise. As the leaders of our nation, I look to you, and so does every parent that lays awake at night out of helplessness and fear of losing their son or daughter; so does every educator that can already predict the fate of a disengaged student, so does every first responder that’s left to pick up the pieces of a failed community, and most importantly, every youth that can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. We all look to you with eyes full of hope. The time for change is now. We can’t afford to wait for tomorrow. As a result of the ‘gangster’ label, impacted families were robbed of the opportunity to grieve their lost children with dignity. In this spirit, Kids Play Foundation will be presenting Labelled: Caught In The Crossfire at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 13 at the Abbotsford Civic Plaza located at 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. This event will provide a safe place for these families to speak their truth, share their sorrow, and celebrate the lives of their lost children. This conversation will be integral in removing the labels, shifting the narrative, and revisiting the usage of the word ‘gangster’. As such, I humbly request your attendance at this event to gain an informed perspective of the drug and gang epidemic so we can combat it before another youth falls victim. Please

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NDP lays out fiscal plan for Pharmacare, dental care, more affordability for families WITH the NDP’s New Deal for People, families will get the medicine and dental care they need, lower cell phone bills, homes they can afford, an end to interest on student loans, and concrete advances on the climate crisis. And to pay for it, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and the NDP say they will stop letting the super-

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Surrey RCMP host Public Safety Fair ON Saturday, November 2, Surrey residents, businesses, youth and families are invited to join the Surrey RCMP and partners at a Public Safety Fair during National Crime Prevention Week. The event will showcase the Surrey RCMPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collaborative prevention and intervention programs with local partners, and inform the public on how they can get involved in public safety. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of two new presentations that discuss gang involvement and ways of building resiliency in youth. The Public Safety Fair will

feature a number of familyfriendly activities including: * Free barbecue prepared by Surrey RCMP police officers and staff (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) * Free on-site shredding of your personal documents with Super Save Shredding (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Donations for the Surrey Food Bank are welcome. * Mini-presentations of the new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shattering the Imageâ&#x20AC;? module, and the brand new Project Lavender for youth (launching soon). * Information on Surrey RCMP programs and services including gang prevention,

youth services, community programs, victim services, property / auto crime, and more. * Mini-Blue fitness sessions for children and youth facilitated by police officers. Community partners will also be on hand to demonstrate the collaborative programming that has been designed to foster a holistic approach to safety in Surrey. The following organizations will have information booths at the Public Safety Fair: * Safe Schools / School District 36 / Welcome Centre * Crime Stoppers

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ciety â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look forward to welcoming Surrey residents, business owners, youth and families at this event so they can learn more about the wide variety of programs the Surrey RCMP and its partners offer to help strengthen our communities,â&#x20AC;? says Inspector Wendy Mehat, Community Support and Safety Officer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are also excited to show attendees some of our newer youth engagement initiatives including the Family & Youth Resource Support Team, Project Lavender, and a new module of our Shattering the Image anti-gang pre-

sentation.â&#x20AC;? This Public Safety Fair is a continuation of the Surrey RCMPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to proactively engage with Surrey residents to promote public safety as a shared responsibility. Event Details: Surrey RCMP Public Safety Fair Saturday, November 2 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ă&#x2030;cole Salish Secondary School 7272 184th Street, Surrey Admission is free and registration is not required.

Hidden camera in tanning bed at Chilliwackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planet Fitness unnerves South Asians SOME South Asians in Surrey have expressed their nervousness and concern to this newspaper about the gyms that they regularly use after reports of a hidden camera being discovered in a tanning bed at a Planet Fitness gym in Chilliwack. More and more South Asians, including women and girls, are joining gyms in order to keep fit especially in view of the high risk of diabetes and hear disease associated to people of that ethnicity. Now, they wonder if they could have been victims of such perverted tactics in their gyms. Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail told The


VOICE in an email: â&#x20AC;&#x153;On August 8, 2019 the Chilliwack RCMP received a report that suspicious electronic devices -cameras â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were discovered in a business in the 45000-block of Luckakuck Way. The Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crime Section has conduct of the investigation.â&#x20AC;? He added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We understand peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns and Chilliwack RCMP are actively pursuing our investigation of the report. As police move forward with our investigation the integrity of the investigation, the evidence obtained, and the privacy of those who might be potential victims remains a high priority to us.â&#x20AC;?

He said that anyone who believes they may have been the subject of videoing or has any information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611. A Chilliwack couple expressed their anger to CTV New about why neither the gym nor the RCMP informed members about the incident. CTV News quoted Becky Zirlen, senior public relations manager of Planet Fitness: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can confirm that a recording device was found in one of the tanning beds in our Chilliwack location. It was immediately removed and reported to the Royal Canadian Mounted

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Conservatives unveil fully costed platform they say will eliminate Trudeau’s deficit by 2024 THE Conservatives on Friday released Andrew Scheer’s ‘Plan for You to Get Ahead,’ a fully costed platform that details how a new

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In his remarks, Scheer offered examples of how typical Canadian families will get ahead under a new Conservative government: * Under a new Conservative government, an average retired couple living in Tsawwassen will save $2,580 a year. * Under a new Conservative government, a family of four – soon to be five – in Montreal will save $4,642 a year. * Under a new Conservative government, a family of four in Markham will save $3,264 a year. “Under Justin Trudeau, Canadians are working harder and harder, but they’re just not getting ahead. Everything keeps getting more expensive and if Trudeau is re-elected, it will only get worse,” Scheer said. “My Plan For You To Get Ahead is filled with achievable and tangible ways that a new Conservative government under my leadership will put more money in your pockets so you can get ahead.” The Conservative platform also shows a costed and independently verified path back to a balanced budget by 2024-2025. This will be done through a combination of spending restraint and reductions to both corporate handouts to profitable corporations and foreign aid to relatively wealthy countries. “My plan eliminates Justin Trudeau’s damaging deficits because Conservatives know a balanced budget is the only way to make sure services like health care are protected,” Scheer said. As Prime Minister, Scheer will provide: 1. More money for you, for your kids, and for your retirement By scrapping Trudeau’s carbon tax, providing a Universal Tax Cut, taking the GST off home heating, making maternity benefits tax-free, boosting the RESP, increasing the Age Credit, bringing back tax credits for children’s arts, fitness, and learning, and introducing the Green Home Renovation Tax Credit. 2. More good jobs By reversing Trudeau’s tax hikes on small business, creating a National Energy Corridor to generate opportunities, boosting innovation and commercialization, supporting economic immigration, promoting interprovincial trade, building infrastructure projects

Andrew Scheer that reduce commute times and lower emissions, and more. 3. More innovation to fight climate change By taking the fight against climate change global and incentivizing industry to develop emissions-reducing technology that can be shared with the world’s highest-emitting countries. 4. More help at home By supporting our veterans, improving our correctional system, securing our neighbourhoods, strengthening border protection, reducing health care wait times, and more. 5. More strength abroad By confronting the global complexities of climate change, human migration, cybersecurity, and national defence, renewing relationships with important allies, and standing up for Canada on the world stage. “It’s time to turn the page on four years of broken promises. As Canadians, it’s time for Canadians to look to the future once again with confidence,” Scheer said. The platform was verified by Jack Mintz, President’s Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. “I conclude, therefore, that the Conservative Party fiscal plan is reasonably estimated, resulting in a budgetary balance in five years subject to uncertainties that impact any economic forecast including those of the PBO,” Mintz said.


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A Delta Police Department officer was on Highway 17 outside his unmarked police car, speaking with a driver who he’d just pulled over on the edge of a turning lane on September 30. A driver weaving in and out of traffic, speeding excessively, narrowly avoided colliding with the officer and his vehicle. The officer never got a look at the driver, but felt the wind at his back as the driver sped by. Another driver, concerned by what they witnessed, happened to catch the incident on his dashcam and turned the video in to Delta Police. The DPD officer had his red and blue flashing lights activated during the stop, but the dashcam video is of lower quality and doesn’t capture the police lights well. “Our officers were able to isolate the license plate of the car in question from the video, and the officer who was nearly struck decided to pay a visit in person with the registered owner of the vehicle,” said A/Inspector Ryan Hall, who oversees the Traffic Unit. The registered owner, who lives in Delta, received a $368 ticket for drive without due care and attention. However, because the driver is unidentified, the ticket does not come with its typical six points. “This type of driving behaviour is so reckless,” said Hall. “This is exactly how fatal collisions happen. Less than a second of difference and we could have had a significantly different outcome. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. It takes just one person, with selfish or unthinking driving behaviour, to cause unbelievable carnage and pain. We would also ask people to slow down and move to the opposite lane as dictated in the Motor Vehicle Act for their and the officers’ safety.” In British Columbia, motorists are required to slow down and move over for all vehicles stopped alongside the road that have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. This includes first responders, maintenance workers, tow trucks, Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement personnel, land surveyors, animal control workers, garbage collectors and other roadside workers. For the video, visit our website

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St. Paul’s Foundation announces $225 million fundraising goal for new St. Paul’s Largest-ever hospital fundraising campaign in Western Canada will support BC’s first purpose-built health campus delivering provincial programs ST. Paul’s Foundation announced on Monday its $225 million fundraising goal to support the build of the new St. Paul’s Hospital at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre. This campaign is the

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B.C. experiencing highest rates of infectious syphilis in the last 30 years While syphilis continues to disproportionately affect gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in B.C., infections are also increasing among women WITH B.C. experiencing ongoing increases of syphilis infections, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) are reminding British Columbians to speak with their health care professional about testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), especially those with new sexual partners, or people who are pregnant. Syphilis is an infection that can be acquired through oral, vaginal and anal sexual contact with a person who has infectious syphilis or skin-to-skin contact with a syphilis lesion (chancre) or rash. Syphilis can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to their unborn child in pregnancy or during childbirth. There were 919 new cases of infectious syphilis in B.C. in 2018, a rate of 18.4 per 100,000. This represents a 33 per cent increase from 2017. In B.C., the majority of infections occur in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. “After seeing syphilis infections decrease for several years, rates of syphilis began to climb again earlier this decade,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer. “We’ve been working to address syphilis in B.C. and raise awareness about testing among men who have sex with men. We are currently working with our partners to see what more we can do to reduce the number of infections but we also need the public to be aware of the risk and to be proactive about testing and treatment.” While syphilis continues to disproportionately affect gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in B.C., infections are also increasing among women. There has been a nearly 40 per cent increase of infectious syphilis among women 15 to 49 years old from 2017 to 2018. Syphilis and pregnancy In response to the increase in cases among women, B.C. has implemented a temporary change to syphilis screening guidelines during pregnancy. In addition to the routine screening that already takes place during the first trimester of pregnancy and ongoing screening during pregnancy for individuals at higher risk of syphilis, it is now recommended that all pregnant individuals get tested again around the time of delivery. Treating those infected with syphilis during pregnancy helps prevent congenital syphilis, where the infection is passed from the mother to the baby during pregnancy or delivery. If left untreated, syphilis during pregnancy can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, long-term neurological issues, bone deformities, deafness, or even stillbirth. After many years of no cases of congenital syphilis in the province, B.C. identified two cases in 2019. “This is an interim measure in response to an outbreak and aligns with actions taken by other provinces to prevent a serious infection that can harm both mother and baby,” said Dr. Mark Gilbert, medical director for Clinical Prevention Services at the BC Centre for Disease Control. “The additional screening will help us detect and treat maternal and congenital syphilis infections and understand the prevalence of maternal and congenital syphilis in the province.” Many Canadian provinces are experiencing significant increases in syphilis and some are also responding to increases in congenital syphilis. Alberta and Manitoba have reported over 10 cases of congenital syphilis each in the last year, and also recommend prenatal syphilis screening to include testing at delivery. Syphilis is a bacterial infection that can be cured with antibiotics. If left untreated, syphilis can lead to serious complications including damage to the brain, heart and other organs, and can be associated with a greater risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV. A blood test will diagnose a syphilis infection. Quick Facts about syphilis: * You can get syphilis through oral, vaginal and anal sexual contact or close skin-to-skin contact with a syphilis lesion or rash. * Syphilis infections can have no symptoms and so a person may not know they have it. Symptoms can include a hard painless sore usually on the genitals or other sites of contact such as the mouth or anus. Other symptoms can include a

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THE Surrey Board of Trade on Thursday hosted the 23rd Annual Police Officer of the Year Awards, an event that recognizes the commitment and contributions of Surrey RCMP police officers, staff, volunteers and partners. Finalists were nominated by the community or by their peers, and winners were announced in eight different categories at the gala dinner. * Constable Richard Wright (see photo below) was named Police Officer of the Year (nominated by the community) for his dedication to mentoring youth in the community. One of the youth, Brahmroop Sandhu, was in attendance at the awards dinner to cheer on the officer who inspired him to make positive life choices. Wright is also a well known face at many community and youth events across Surrey. * Constable Karen Baker was named Police Officer of the Year (nominated by peers) for developing creative solutions to public safety concerns. She initiated several projects to combat crime near transit hubs and an education campaign to lock out auto crime in parking lots. Most recently, Baker has found her calling in the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit participating in anti-bullying initiatives and programs like Mini-Blue. She also devel-







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oped a school zone safety project where students helped build a “fairy lane” to encourage Walking Wednesdays. * The Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) received the Arnold Silzer Community Policing Initiative for their work enhancing public safety through a combination of enforcement, youth education, outreach and partnerships. SGET handles over 1,000 investigations a year that result in a large volume of criminal charges, as well as drugs and weapons seizures. Their anti-gang presentation, Shattering the Image, has been viewed by thousands of Surrey youth and parents. * Marnie Neal was named Municipal Employee of the Year for her role assisting victims of crime who have experienced trauma. Marnie worked tirelessly to get an Accredited Facility Dog to join the Victim Services Unit. Last year Marnie became the handler to a beautiful LabradorGolden Retriever cross named Cambria from the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society. The pair has helped hundreds of victims, many of them children, to provide witness statements and testify in court. * Steve Gyorny was named Volunteer of the Year for volunteering over 700 hours

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Indo-Canadian Voice him a trusted source for both detachment staff and his fellow auxiliaries. * E Watch Frontline was named the Police Team of the Year for their proactive patrols targeting hot spots and nuisance areas during peak policing times in Surrey. Officers with E Watch began a community policing profile that targets areas with high property crime with overt, intelligence-led policing. This enhanced visibility has resulted in strong results and positive feedback from Surrey residents. * Save-On-Foods at 10312 King George Boulevard received the Police and Business Partnership Award for their generous donations of food that help feed individuals in the community who are


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TIRE TECHNICIAN NEEDED Work Location: 9718 188 Street, Surrey BC, V4M 3M2 Languages: English Positions: 2 Wage: $19.00/hour Education: No degree, certificate or diploma Experience: 7 months to less than 1 year Own Tools/Equipment: Steel-toed safety boots Security and Safety: Bondable, Basic security clearance Transportation/Travel Information: Own vehicle Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: Physically demanding, Overtime required, Standing for extended periods, Ability to distinguish between colors, Handeye co-ordination, 20/20 vision, Fast-paced environment, Bending, crouching, kneeling, Attention to detail Work Location Information: Willing to relocate Work Site Environment: Noisy, Odors, Dusty, Confined spaces Personal Suitability: Judgement, Team player, Flexibility, Reliability Installation Specialization: Tires, Commercial vehicle wheels Specific Skills: Add or replace hydraulic and transmission fluids, Replace oil, air and fuel filters on motor vehicles, trucks and heavy equipment, Change engine oil and lubricate running gears or moving parts of automobiles, trucks or heavy equipment, Assist mechanics and perform other duties as directed, Install replacement mufflers, exhaust pipes, shock absorbers or radiators, Provide on-site services, Repair and balance tires, Grease booms, pulleys, buckets and other components of heavy equipment. Weight Handling: Up to 23 kg (50 lbs) PLEASE SEND RESUME BY EMAIL AT INTENDED JOB POSTING AUDIENCE : Anyone who can legally work in Canada can apply for this job. If you are not currently authorized to work in Canada, the employer will not consider your job application. Newcomers and Aboriginal communities are also welcome to apply.

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JK AGRO INDUSTRIES INC. is looking for Permanent, Full time Farm Supervisor. The details are given below:Position: Farm SupervisorPositions Available: 5 Wage: $19/Hour, 40 hours per week Job Type: Permanent/ Full Time, yearround work Anticipated Start Date: as soon as possible English (Oral and written) Location: 88 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford BC V2T5W9Job duties Co- ordinate and supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers. Supervise and oversee growing and other crop related operations and train farm workers. Supervise harvest operations.· Develop work schedules and establish procedures. Ensure farm safety procedures are followed. Maintain quality control and production records. May perform general farm duties when required.Heavy lifting required. Ability to work long hours, early mornings and weekends as required. Ability to work outdoors in ALL weather conditions.Completion of Secondary school is required. Minimum 1 year of related experience is requiredWe welcome Indigenous persons, vulnerable youth, newcomers, and persons with disabilities to apply.Email your resume to .


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670372 BC ltd DBA ESSO gas station is urgently looking for a fulltime/ permanent bookkeeper. Duties include: To maintain client accounts using manual and computerized bookkeeping systems. Maintain general ledgers and prepare final financial statements. Calculate and prepare cheques for payroll, tax and other bills. Complete and submit tax remittance form, workers’ compensation forms. Prepare tax returns, accounting, financial and other reports. Number of position(s): 1 (one)Education: Minimum high school is required. Courses in accounting or bookkeeping is preferred. Experience: Minimum two years of experience is required. Language at work: English (oral and written)Hours: 40 per week. Salary $24 per hour + 4% vacation paid every two weeks. Work location: 160 Tapton Avenue, Princeton, BC V0X1W0 We welcome indigenous people, vulnerable youth, newcomers and persons with disability to apply. Please email your resume: essoprinceton@gmail. com

manent full- time Ironworker- Reinforcing Rebar to join their constructive team. Salary: $ 24/hr. Hours of operation: 8 hours per day – 40 hours per week. Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible. Location: 6158 143 Street, Surrey, BC V3X0E5 ( Various Locations through Lower Mainland ) Language at work: English. Job Duties and Responsibilities: Read blueprints and specifications to lay out work. Put up and install scaffolding. Signal crane operator to position steel units according to blueprints. Align and weld or bolt steel units and Position and secure steel bars or metal mesh in concrete forms. Assemble and settle prefabricated metal structures. Position and secure steel bars or metal mesh in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures. Examine structures and equipment for defects and dismantle structures and equipment when needed. Education Requirements: Completion of secondary school is required. Experience Required: Minimum experience of 3 years is required. We welcome youth, new comers and aboriginal people. How to Apply:

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looking forward to hire one permanent full- time construction supervisor to join their constructive team. Salary: $32/hr. + 4% vacation pay. Hours of operation: 8 hours per day – 40 hours per week. Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible. Location: 6158 143 Street, Surrey, BC V3X0E5 (various locations throughout Lower Mainland). Language at work: English. Job Duties and Responsibilities: Plan, organize, direct, control construction projects from start to finish according to schedule and specifications. Generate and plan construction schedules. Monitor progress against the regulated progress sheet. Prepare the contacts. Handle purchase of building materials. Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who operate construction, paving, drilling and other similar heavy equipment. Ensure company policy and adherence to safety standards. Requisition of supplies and needed materials. Education Requirements: Completion of secondary school is required. Experience Required: Minimum experience of 2 years in similar role is required. We welcome youth, new comers and aboriginal people. How to Apply Email- hurricanedamproofing@gmail. com

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Jumpstart Playground officially opens in Surrey’s Unwin Park THE City of Surrey and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities officially opened the Jumpstart Playground in Unwin Park on Tuesday. Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, along with Scott Fraser, Presi-

dent of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, and Stephanie Dixon, 19-time Paralympic Medallist, welcomed over 100 local children to experience Surrey’s largest accessible playground.

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(L-R) Paralympic Medallist Stephanie Dixon, Councillors Laurie Guerra and Linda Annis, John Furlong, Chairman, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Mayor Doug McCallum, Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, and Councillors Mandeep Nagra, Doug Elford and Allison Patton celebrate the official opening of Jumpstart Playground.

“Creating spaces where residents of all ages and abilities can enjoy active play together is at the centre of our vision to advance as a thriving, healthy community where everyone feels welcome,” said McCallum. “We thank Jumpstart Charities for their partnership in bringing this inclusive playground to Unwin Park. It is a welcome addition that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come.” “By playing, whether through organized sport or with friends on a playground, kids are given the opportunity to develop valuable life skills such as confidence, courage and teamwork,” said Fraser. “Today, we are celebrating more than the new Jumpstart Playground in Unwin Park; we’re celebrating the learning and growth opportunities it will foster for kids of all abilities in Surrey.” At 12,000 square feet, Jumpstart Playground is the largest inclusive playground in Surrey and provides an imaginative and accessible play space for kids of all abilities to play together. The space includes unique accessible features and equipment, including double-wide ramps, seamless rubber surfacing, a quiet play space, a wheelchair-accessible We-Go-Round and more. The Jumpstart Playground is a gift to the City of Surrey as part of Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project and is the sixth Jumpstart Playground to be built in Canada to-date. Through a five-year, $50 million fundraising commitment from Canadian Tire Corporation, Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project is helping Canadian kids overcome physical barriers to sport and recreation. In addition to building universally accessible playgrounds, Jumpstart supports accessible programming and infrastructure across Canada through Jumpstart Accessibility Grants and the Para Sport Jumpstart Fund. “I expect the leadership contest will culminate at the party’s 2020 convention to be held in Nanaimo from June 26-28, but details regarding the leadership contest, including a launch date, will be released in the coming weeks and months as they are approved by Provincial Council.”

Yasin Rashid charged in West End murder

A 23-year-old Vancouver man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kyle Vincent Gabriel, following an investigation by the Vancouver Police Department. Yasin Rashid was formally charged on Friday, and will make a brief appearance in Vancouver Provincial Court later this morning. VPD officers were called to 1125 Pendrell Street, in the city’s West End, shortly after 8 p.m. on September 10, following an incident between two males. Gabriel, 29, was found injured in the residence and later died at hospital. Rashid was arrested the next day on unrelated charges and has remained in custody since that time. This was Vancouver’s seventh homicide of 2019.

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DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair The fourth annual DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair is being held during Small Business Week, on Wednesday, October 23, 5–8 p.m., at Surrey City Hall. It is a great starting point for not only newcomers, but any other emerging or new entrepreneur looking for information and inspiration to succeed. Free admission. Inspiring speakers and practical workshops, including keynote speaker Harry Narang. Exhibitor booths of organizations who offer selfemployment and small business information and resources, including Small Business BC, Newton BIA, Beta Collective, Community Futures, Futurpreneur, Telus, Neil Squire Society and more. One-on-one advice to help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey. Business showcase of local immigrant entrepreneurs. Presentation of three Immigrant Entrepreneur Grant Awards (value of $1,000 each) (chosen through an independent judging process after an application process). For more information, see South Asian Seniors Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey is going to celebrate the Festival of Lights (Diwali) with a get-together and a group birthday of 30 senior members on Thursday, October 24 at Ultimate Banquet Hall, 8072 120th Street in Surrey at 6 p.m. There will be live entertainment program with jokes, Bollywood music, a cake-cutting ceremony, appetizers, dinner and desserts. They have invited prominent musicians of the South Asian community to entertain. Prior registration is required. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator / Organizer at 604-507-9945. Muriel Arnason Library: Diwali Celebration Saturday, October 26, from 1 to 3 p.m., Muriel Arnason Library and the Township of Langley are celebrating their 16th annual Diwali (Festival of Lights). Everyone is invited to experience diversity of culture through crafts, face painting, henna, Indian music and dance, displays, and refreshments. The library is located at 20338 65th Avenue. Phone: 604-532-3590. 2019 Dhahan Prize Awards Ceremony Saturday, November 2 at 6 p.m. at The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia. Join in celebrating excellence in Punjabi literature. Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. followed by a catered reception. Tickets can be purchased at: The keynote speaker will be Balli Kaur Jaswal, author of four novels, including Singapore Literature Prize finalist Sugarbread, and the bestselling Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, which was a selection of Reese Witherspoon’s book club. Her debut novel Inheritance won the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist award. She teaches creative writing at Yale NUS College. Her latest novel The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters was released internationally earlier this year. PICS Society: Zeenat Aman at Golden

Glam-ma Pageant 2019 Famous Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman has agreed to be a part of PICS Society’s first Beauty Pageant for Grandmothers: “Golden Glam-ma Pageant 2019” as a judge. The Golden Glam-Ma Pageant is a platform to empower seniors by showcasing their talent and giving them an opportunity to have their voices heard in the community. This fundraiser is on November 16 at 5 p.m. at Taj Park Convention Center in Surrey. The fundraiser will consist of a fashion show, prizes, silent auction, face painters, photo booth, henna artists, dinner, dancing and the inaugural Golden Glam-ma Pageant. Buy your tickets today by calling 604596-7722. Learn more: events/golden-glam-ma-pageant-2019/ (For more events, visit the “Events” section of our website at voiceonline. com)



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