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From Philip Desk | What is Economic Development?

This month at Newton Talks the manager of Economic Development, Stephan Wu presented on the City of Surrey’s plan for how they are building the next metropolitan centre. Firstly, take a look at last year’s State of the City upbeat video showcasing the City of Surrey.   A quick glance through the website and you can see highlights of why so many people are excited about the future outlook of the city. City of Surrey...

From Philip’s Desk | Return of the Intern!

That magical time of the year has arrived again. Spring is in full swing and the summer temperature is right around the corner. The SFU interns have completed their first week and they have begun to do my bidding.   Labour lawyer at Sherrard Kuzz, Sundeep Gokhale confirmed that in B.C. it is illegal for companies to hire unpaid interns who do work that benefits the company, unless it is a requirement for completion of a school...

From Philip’s Desk | BIABC Conference

I attended the annual BIABC conference in Kelowna last week. This event is an opportunity for all the BIA’s in BC to get together and chit chat about the good, the bad and the ugly of their respective areas. Let me start off with how much I enjoyed Kelowna. The weather was amazing, the hotel was in the center of downtown and the lakefront provided a scenic backdrop that left me inspired. However, my positive...

From Philip’s Desk | RCMP vs Municipal Force

Another election is fast approaching, and I believe one of the main discussions should be around the RCMP. Is it time that the City of Surrey created its own municipal police force?   SFU criminology professor Curt Griffiths said Surrey needs to make a serious investment in policing. “They’re going to need four or five hundred more officers,” he said. - Global News   Communities across Canada that lack their own police depend on Mounties...

From Philip’s Desk | LRT and Newton

April 12th, 2018 marked the third Newton Talks of the year and our guest speaker was Melanie Gaboriault with the Surrey LRT Project. As usual the room was sold out as residents and businesses were eager to hear about how Light Rapid Transit was forever going to change their community.   “TransLink is leading the planning process for Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT in partnership with the City of Surrey, and with funding from the Federal and Provincial...

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