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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...

From Philip’s Desk | Immigration Holding Centre

I attended an information session on the new Immigration Holding Centre which hopes to open by January of 2019. The presenters from Canada Border Services Agency maintained that the facility is for low to medium risk detainees. The community members in attendance had a variety of concerns. The main theme of these concerns was the lack of consultation and the over saturation of services in the Newton core. Other locations were considered but the low...

Merchant the Twenty-fourth: Greek Corner

Authentic Greek food in the heart of Newton. The Greek Corner brings the renowned tastes of Greece to the community. Specializing in classic Greek dishes such as moussaka, roast lamb, dolmades, spanakopita, and souvlaki, The Greek Corner has become a favourite spot for locals to enjoy authentic cuisine.   Upon entering The Greek Corner, the restaurant's atmosphere makes you feel like you have been transported to a distant place. With the classical Greek music playing...

From Philip’s Desk | Big Bike!

It was a beautiful sunny day in Newton. Twenty-five die hard volunteers showed up to support the Newton BIA at the annual Heart & Stroke Big Bike ride. As always, Amy Reid from the Surrey Now-Leader Newspaper did an excellent article on the event.   We were able to raise just over $1500. This fell short of the Surrey Fire Fighters who raised a whopping $5000. However, our team had enthusiasm. It was a eclectic...

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