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Surrey councillor Barinder Rasode quits Dianne Watts’ party, says “systemic failure” at city hall

April 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments

This is erupting all over. Here is Rasode’s actual email, courtesy of the Surrey Now.    

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Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts make heavy bet on new downtown — but it won’t come instantly

February 24th, 2014 · 35 Comments

Surrey’s efforts to remake itself as an urban place, rather than just a bedroom suburb, are exciting and have generated a lot of media coverage. What that coverage (some of it mine) doesn’t always convey is the reality of what a big job this is. Surrey doesn’t even have a vestigial version of a downtown […]

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Surrey to test out a new way of talking to the public with Vision Critical

April 5th, 2013 · 5 Comments

I’ve heard any number of bureaucrats and politicians express alarm at the state of public dialogue these days, as citizen groups start social-media campaigns at the drop of a hat to oppose casinos, funeral parlours, traffic going by their front windows, and more. As a result, many are looking for new ways to talk. Surrey […]

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What would happen if everyone got together and decided to come up with the money for transit utopia?

April 1st, 2013 · 54 Comments

This was a deliberately provocative article, so I’m expecting lots of challenges. Yes, there are many other futures that can be detailed (built $23 billion in transit and had no money left for anything else, is one I’m sure will turn up here). I found out a lot more about some of the details as […]

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Surrey casino, Chapter 3: Surrey councillors speak out about the botched process, why they supported a casino, and the tough conversations ahead for the Surrey First party

January 25th, 2013 · 31 Comments

And …. more fallout. As some councillors noted, casino decisions really strain a marriage. Here’s what they had to say. Story also attached below

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TransLink and province: Back to square one re funding?

October 13th, 2010 · 51 Comments

Okay, I officially give up trying to understand what is going on between TransLink and the province or among TransLink’s mayors. They signed a memorandum of understanding just weeks ago that seemed to pave the way for an agreement between Victoria and TL on how to fund future transit projects. And now they’re back this […]

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NPA to become “Vancouver First”?

June 22nd, 2010 · 29 Comments

Members of Vancouver’s oldest civic political party get to vote June 29 on whether they want to change their name from the Non-Partisan Association (or Civic Non-Partisan Association legally) to Vancouver First. (Full wording of the motion here.) This is the follow-up to a membership meeting a couple of months ago where there was extended […]

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Planner fired in Surrey after fraud investigation

May 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

I remember an editor of mine long ago saying there had to be some kind of kickbacks or fraud going on in a city with so many construction cranes on its skyline. My response was that I had never heard a whisper of that because developers were too preoccupied with the city’s form of institutionalized […]

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Husband of other driver in Surrey mayor’s crash disputes police version

April 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This little story just keeps going on. Latest info here.

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Watts offers new incentives for clean-tech businesses to come to Surrey

April 1st, 2010 · 18 Comments

Cities all over the Lower Mainland are falling over themselves these days to attract businesses, but Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is the champ at delivering her message the loudest and clearest that the door is open in her city — complete with property tax holidays and fee breaks. Yet again, she gets lots of attention […]

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