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From Philip’s Desk | What is the Newton BIA?

2018 will be the fourth year of the Newton BIA’s existence. The organization is no longer the new kid on the block as Fleetwood BIA is in its second full year of operation, with the City of Surrey now being comprised of four BIAs. Expectations have shifted away from the honeymoon period to what are the measurable results for the tax burden that has been downloaded to the local business community.   Crime is down...

Merchant the Twenty-sixth: Bladez and Fadez

When we feel groggy, tired, or even disconnected, we often hear suggestions to “take a shower or put a face mask on.” Those are great ways to freshen up, but why not take it to the next level? Taking care of ourselves lead to good personal hygiene and that can improve our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Of course self-care will be different for everyone, but just starting with the basics of grooming can help...

Merchant the Twenty-fifth: Madras Clubhouse

Madras Club House Restaurant serves authentic South Indian Cuisine in the heart of Newton’s town center. The geographical and cultural influences has been a large influence on South Indian cuisine. The four main states of South India comprise of Karntaka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, and Kerala. The climate is hot and humid, and the states are coastal, bringing an abundance of rainfall for fresh fruits, vegetables, and rice. The commonality between the cuisine in these regions...

From Philip’s Desk | Tax Freedom Day!

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.   “This year Tax Freedom Day falls on June 10. Tax Freedom Day measures the total yearly tax burden imposed on Canadian families by all levels of government: If you had to pay all your taxes up front, you’d give government every dollar you earned before June 10. This year, the average Canadian family (with two or more people) will pay...

From Philip’s Desk | Yet Another Piece of Paper

The main theme that came out of the updated Newton Town Center plan was an increase in the density allowed surrounding the proposed Light Rapid Transit – LRT line.   Thriving Mix Use Redevelopment with affordable housing The Newton BIA has been in favour of purposeful residential development within the Town Center since its inception in 2014. The updated plan provides clarity that will enhance the viability of mid-rise mix use density with buildings ranging...

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