Surrey BC | Surrey City Council has voted to dissolve Surrey City Development Corporation (SCDC), a for-profit development company owned by the City, and transfer its assets and operations over to the City of Surrey.
“Council believes the time is right to bring these activities back under the purview of the City and have the work done in house,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation of the staff, the board members, and President and CEO of SCDC for their efforts and contributions to Surrey.”
As directed by Council, SCDC is working with City staff to plan a smooth transition process. “SCDC is immensely proud of its work in advancing the City of Surrey,” said Michael Heeney, SCDC President and CEO.
“I am encouraged that the City will continue work on many of SCDC’s initiatives and we will work with them to ensure a seamless transition.”
SCDC was formed with its own management team and board of directors in 2007 to optimize the value of surplus city-owned lands. The City of Surrey has been the sole shareholder of SCDC.
“As we work with the best interests of our citizens in mind, Surrey City Council will continue to sharpen its focus on core city mandated services and how best to streamline them,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.
Spring Dates Announced For City’s Popular Tree Sale Event
Surrey – The City of Surrey is excited to announce the first dates of its expanded 2021 tree sale program, which enables residents to purchase quality trees at an affordable price.
The first tree sale opens February 26 and closes March 10, with a pickup date of March 14. The second opens on April 23 and closes May 5, with a pickup date of May 9. There will be more opportunities to buy a tree as two additional dates have been added for the fall.
“Our tree sale program was so popular last year that we have decided to hold it four times in 2021,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Residents will have the first two windows to participate in our tree sale beginning this week, with the second round in late April. I encourage everyone to buy and plant a tree. By doing so you are helping to keep our City green and grow our urban forest.”
All trees are $20. Varieties include maples, dogwoods, magnolias and assorted fruit trees which all grow well in Surrey. Inventory is limited. Residents can purchase and register for tree pickup using their MySurrey account, on a first come, first served basis.
“Investing in tree planting supports the City’s priority to be a leader in Green initiatives, which include increasing our tree canopy coverage across Surrey,” said Councillor Allison Patton, Chair of the Agriculture, Environment and Investment Committee.
“I am delighted to see this program expanding this year as the tree sale also helps support the City’s Climate Adaptation Strategy and Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.”
The tree sale program is managed by Surrey Parks Division. It provides Surrey residents access to quality trees, at an affordable price, to help grow the City’s tree canopy coverage. More information is available at surrey.ca/trees.
Surrey Receives $400,000 For Construction Of Indigenous Carving Centre
Surrey, B.C. – The City of Surrey has received a $400,000 grant from the Government of BC for the construction of an Indigenous Carving Centre at Elgin Heritage Park/Historic Stewart Farm.
The grant, through Heritage BC, will help to build a one-of-a-kind venue that fulfills objectives of the City’s vision for reconciliation, while supporting the protection of Indigenous cultural heritage in Surrey.
“This is an important project for Surrey and I want to thank the Province and Heritage BC for their support,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.
“The new Carving Centre will be a showcase venue to come learn and explore the art and history of Indigenous carving. I look forward to welcoming everyone when we officially open the doors of the Indigenous Carving Centre at Elgin Heritage Park next year.”
Project development has been guided by ongoing consultation with the Katzie, Kwantlen and Semiahmoo First Nations and best practices for carving venues.
Ongoing dialogue will ensure project goals, interpretation opportunities, and programming models are grounded in Indigenous cultural knowledge. In addition to this project, the City of Surrey is also planning a second venue in North Surrey.
“Surrey is such a large City that two venues will help to ensure greater opportunities for the many talented Indigenous artists in Surrey,” said Mayor McCallum. “I am pleased that we will have two new dedicated spaces for the teaching and sharing of Indigenous cultural heritage in our City.”
The one-time funding was received as part of the BC Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP). The projects supported by CERIP will improve community economic resilience, develop tourism infrastructure, support unique heritage infrastructure, and support economic recovery in rural communities.
Funding for the carving centre was received through the Unique Heritage Infrastructure component. Project construction is set to begin this fall, with completion in mid-2022.
Surrey Moving Ahead With Ban On Disposable Plastic Shopping Bags And Foam Food Containers
The City of Surrey has led the way on many green initiatives within the Metro region and is now taking action to address the negative impacts of disposable plastic shopping bags and foam takeout containers. With today’s bylaw approval by the provincial government, the City of Surrey will start finalizing its plan to ban plastic checkout bags, foam cups and takeout containers.
“Today’s bylaw approval by the province paves the way for Surrey to put into place a city-wide ban to eliminate single-use plastic shopping bags and foam cups and containers as soon as possible,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.
“As we work our way through the pandemic, City Council has not lost sight of the importance of our environment. That is why we are placing such a top priority on initiatives such as a plastic bag and foam food container ban for our City. It’s a simple and effective way for us to curb our waste and make a positive environmental impact on Surrey.”
The use of disposable and non-compostable items result in increased:
- energy and resource consumption
- litter and illegal dumping
- costs to collect from public spaces
- landfill waste
“We all want to do our part to help our environment and reducing the number of plastic bags and foam containers that end up in landfills is something that we can all easily do,” said Cllr Allison Patton, Chair of the Agriculture, Environment and Investment Committee.
“As we move toward a city-wide ban of these items, I want to thank the Surrey businesses which have already taken the initiative to do away with single-use plastic shopping bags and foam takeout containers.”
Grandview Aquatic Centre & Clayton Community Centre Limited Opening
Surrey, BC – The Clayton Community Centre and the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre will open to the public on a limited and gradual basis starting on February 10th and 11th with strict health and safety protocols in place. The opening dates are as follows:
- Clayton Branch – Surrey libraries: opens February 10th at noon
- Clayton Community Centre weight room only: opens February 11th
- Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre weight room: opens February 11th
- Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre public swims/Lane Swimming: opens February 13th
The Clayton Community Centre, located at 7155 – 187A Street, is Surrey’s newest state-of-the art Community Centre that integrates recreation, library, park, arts and community amenities into a sustainable building standard achieving Passive House design. Passive House buildings use up to 90% less energy, thus reducing the city’s carbon footprint.
At the same location, the Clayton branch of Surrey Libraries will open at noon with limited services including browsing of materials, book returns, holds pick-up, 45-minute computer and Wi-Fi access, printing and photocopying, and limited patron assistance. Registration is not required to visit the library but capacity limits are in place, therefore, patrons may have to wait to enter the library.
All recreational activities for both facilities are by advance reservation only online at surrey.ca/register or by phone at 604.501.5100. Currently in-person registration is not available for recreation services. To monitor the status of facility closures, re-openings and learn about safety plans visit surrey.ca/COVID19.
Surrey Art Gallery Media Release – Art Appreciation (March 4)
Local artist wants to help people appreciate visual art
SAGA Thursday Artist Talk with Lalita Hamill
March 4 | 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Surrey, BC – Surrey Art Gallery Association announces their March Thursday Artist Talk with Lalita Hamill on March 4 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. titled “Art Appreciation: A Simple Method to Reach Deeper Understanding.” This live event takes place on Surrey Art Gallery Association’s Facebook page.
Using a range of artworks, local artist Lalita Hamill wants to teach people how to assess and appreciate visual art. She will discuss several paintings (some well known and some not), including her own.
Hamill says, “Visual art can remind us of what is important yet hard to put into words. It can challenge us to learn and grow, show us what we need to re-balance, and prompt us to be present and curious.
Art appreciation becomes a balance between trusting your own interpretation, experience and feelings, while understanding how to recognize a quality piece of artwork.” Her illustrated talk is aimed at those who have an interest in visual art and would like to improve their ability to interpret or “read” paintings.
After hearing from too many people about their fears in going to galleries because of looking or sounding ignorant, Lalita is on a mission to change this. She hopes to help people develop their interest and confidence in understanding visual art, leading to more meaningful and enjoyable art experiences.
About the Artist
Lalita Hamill is a professional artist who explores the human condition through art. She was classically trained at the Vancouver Academy of Art and is a Signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America.
She paints primarily in oil, yet is accomplished with acrylics, watercolours, and all drawing media as well. Lalita has a degree in Philosophy and is a sought-after instructor and juror who has inspired hundreds of artists to create, challenge themselves, and apply what they have learned in the studio to their everyday lives. www.lalitahamill.com
About Surrey Art Gallery Association
Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) is a non-profit society that offers its members the opportunity to participate in and respond to contemporary art and be part of a community that actively supports Surrey Art Gallery.
About Surrey Art Gallery
Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery, located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey, is the second largest public art museum in Metro Vancouver.
Founded in 1975, the Gallery presents contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, including digital and audio art. Its extensive public programs for children through to adults aim to engage the public in an ongoing conversation about issues and ideas that affect our communities and to provide opportunities to interact with artists and the artistic process. Admission is free.
Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, Province of BC through BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Surrey Art Gallery Association.
Surrey Art Gallery continues to present Art Together, a series of online programs that began in March 2020 and explore art and artists in the community, spark the imagination, and celebrate the ways that art can impact our lives.
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