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Busy Surrey travel corridor gets faster and more frequent service with RapidBus

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Busy Surrey travel corridor gets faster and more frequent service with RapidBus

With the launch of TransLink’s new King George Blvd RapidBus, Surrey transit users have a new bus service that will offer faster and more frequent travel options between Guildford Town Centre, Surrey Central and Newton Exchange. During the morning and afternoon rush hours, the new R1 King George Blvd RapidBus will come every 8 minutes. The R1 King George Blvd RapidBus service will also result in a 20 per cent increase in rider capacity compared to the 96 B-Line which it replaces.

“I want to congratulate TransLink for bringing in the RapidBus at a fraction of the cost and time it would have taken to build LRT on this exact same route,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “The service connecting Guildford, Surrey Central and Newton will have immediate positive impacts for Surrey riders. The new King George Blvd RapidBus delivers fast, frequent and reliable service on one of Surrey’s busiest travel corridors.”

The R1 King George Blvd is one of four new RapidBus routes launched by TransLink this week. More information about this historic new bus service can be found here.

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Misinformation by City Exposed by Surrey Resident

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Flaws in the City of Surreys Own Consultation Process Revealed by Local Resident
Qualitative Review Of The Policing Transition Citizen Engagement Survey

SURREY: “The entire Corporate Report CR2019 – R164 with the accompanying Final Policing Transition Citizen Engagement Strategy report is “UNSUBSTANTIATED GARBAGE! The “Strategy” Report provides a minuscule collection of survey respondents’ inputs, amounting to some 2,306 unique tabulations in the supporting excel
spreadsheets to this review. Where are the other 9,977 survey respondents’ inputs / comments which would add up to 12,283? I advise the reader of this review to question every single number stated and presented in this review. To draw his/her own conclusion of the validity, honesty and disingenuousness of both the Corporate Report and the “Strategy” Report, the lack of transparency and correlations between surveys, results and why are their such discrepancies between the excel spreadsheet tabulations and the corporate report.”

Long-time Surrey resident Richard Landale challenges the City of Surrey to defend the errors and omissions in its own reports and states that the city misrepresented the facts to the public on the level of public support for a police transition.

“Of the 2,306 comments tabulated, categorized and totaled there is absolutely no correlation to the assertion that 93% of the population surveyed support the proposal for an SPD. At best of the Commentary Cards gave 43.9% varying degrees of support.”

Councillor Brenda Locke from Surrey Connect highlights the lack of credible evidence in having public support for this police transition. “Despite the Mayor trying to force his agenda and direct how this report was conducted, Surrey citizens have risen up and are seeing the folly of this report and consultation process. Citizens are demanding the facts and honest engagement in this process. As a former Minister, in the provincial government it is shocking to me that the process to date has been so obviously manipulated. Surrey residents deserve better.”

As the process is now in the hands of the Provincial Government, it is their responsibility to ensure that the process moving forward is fair, transparent and truthful. The Minister has the responsibility to ensure that public safety in Surrey and in all of Metro Vancouver is not compromised by this transition. It would serve all parties, especially the public, to hold a proper third party feasibility study, similar to that done in every other community.

Deliberately in an attempt to hide the raw data from the public, the report was quietly released at 4:23 pm on December 23, 2019 and buried in the City of Surreys website without any explanation.

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Death of Democracy Protest in Surrey City Hall

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United Citizens of Surrey state that DEMOCRACY HAS DIED IN SURREY and call on the Mayor and Council to listen to and address citizens’ concerns.

January 13, 2020, Surrey, B.C. – The Surrey-based group “United Citizens of Surrey” gathered for a “Death of Democracy” protest in the City Hall foyer and to attend the City Council meeting. This was a protest against democratic procedures not being followed by the Mayor at Council meetings and Councillors’ voices being silenced by the Mayor.

In the foyer, “Death of Democracy” protesters, wearing black, had a skeleton in a casket…….we will likely see their continued presence at upcoming Council meetings. (see photos) “City staff attempted to get protesters to go outside the foyer into the -7 degree weather, but they were adamant about staying as precedents exist; i.e., those supporting McCallum’s budget were allowed to keep their signs at the December 16th meeting.” according to Mahwish Yousaf of United Citizens of Surrey.

At to-night’s Council meeting of January 13th, Councillors Pettigrew, Locke, Hundial and Annis each spoke to the Council about the procedures at December 16th meeting; and, subsequently declined their support of minute approval.

McCallum cautioned crowd about clapping for these Councillors; however, in his Mayor’s report, when he spoke to proceeding to by-laws on plastic bags, he surely did not ask for clapping to desist.

According to Citizen/taxpayer Annie Kaps, “At the December 16th meeting,

  • McCallum pushed through 33 motions (#11 and #15 to 47);
  • not only did Mayor McCallum not follow correct meeting procedures—ignoring point-of-order submissions—the minutes incorrectly recorded (when video viewed) a Councillor’s vote regarding Metro representation;
  • since Mayor does not appear to count Councillors’ votes—never turning his head—it’s almostimpossible for the City Clerk to properly record hands which appear ever so briefly;
  • Mayor urged taxpayers to leave, stating budget item was finished and that other items on theagenda had to be dealt with. Media and a few attendees in the chambers knew differently, as theydidn’t leave until after final reading. Truly an undemocratic move.

The divide in City Council was visible in December 16th meeting, where separate groups rallied for and against a city police force. The meeting was delayed at several points, especially when the Mayor and the remaining four Councillors of his coalition left the chambers. The budget was passed, providing no funding for additional police officers or fire fighters, but earmarking $130 million for transition to a city police force. In August, the provincial government approved Surrey’s plan to transition to a municipal force. The Mayor has stated that the force will launch in the spring of 2020.

The United Citizens of Surrey is an advocacy group dedicated to bringing awareness of Surrey issues and the seeking of solutions through democratic means, all for the betterment of our community.

DETAILS:

WHAT: Death of Democracy Protesters
WHEN: Monday, January 3, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Inside City Hall and during City Council meeting

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Single-use plastic shopping bag ban in the works for Surrey

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The City of Surrey has led the way on many of the green initiatives in the Metro region. Our Biofuel Facility is the only closed loop operation in North America where 100% of our curbside green bin organic waste is converted into renewable natural gas and high-quality compost. 115,000 tonnes of organic waste is diverted annually from the landfill as a result of Surrey Biofuel.

The next logical step for Surrey is to ban single-use plastic shopping bags.

“This is a simple and effective step that will have an immediate beneficial impact on our city,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “In this day and age where we all can play a role in curbing waste and consumption, there is no reason not to have a reusable shopping bag close at hand for bagging groceries or other goods. I have asked City staff to immediately begin work on developing the proper bylaws so such a ban can be enacted by January 2021.

My Council colleagues are fully in support of this initiative and a Corporate Report will be brought forward within the next month for Council action. I want to encourage Surrey businesses, and some of have already done so, to take the initiative to eliminate single-use plastic shopping bags before the city-wide ban comes into effect on January 1, 2021.”

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City Centre: The Future of Surrey

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BC’s Largest Growing City Takes A Leap Forward in Innovation

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