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Depressed That Game of Thrones is Over? We Have a Cure

Tonight was the season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the consequence of which will be months of Westeros-withdrawl for many of us. The hit show is based on George RR Martins book series A Song of Ice and Fire, a yet to be completed fantasy series originally published in the mid 90s. There is no denying that Martin has created a special world which, like the world of Tolkein before it, will continue to produce fans for generations. As you watch the season finale you may want to ask yourself whether you find yourself obsessing over the intrigues...

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Assad’s Pyrrhic Victory: What the Fall of Aleppo Means for Syria

The Fall of Aleppo The recapture Syria’s second city by Syrian forces now seems all but inevitable. The Syrian army, along with Russian airpower and regional allies have managed to take control of large swathes of the city’s Rebel-held eastern-half. Russian involvement in the operation, which has proven to be decisive, is fueled by Russia’s ambition to keep Bashar al-Assad in power. Russia’s clear strategy stands in stark contrast to the rest of the international community, who have been scrambling for years trying to cope with the Syrian conflict and its various ramifications. Logan Masilamani, a Political Science lecturer...

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Fentanyl – Are We Asking the Right Questions?

Much like heroin in the 1960s, Fentanyl is ripping through Surrey and Vancouver’s East side, leaving law makers, emergency responders, and police in a highly reactive state. Makeshift safe injection sites, bicycling first responders, and millions of dollars in government funding are just a few of the ways this province has worked to deal with the crisis. Recently the RCMP announced a deal with Chinese authorities to help halt the flow of fentanyl into Canadian ports. I feel that the bulk of the media coverage, so far, has missed on two key questions. Who is Doing Fentanyl? Conversations with...

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What Does Fidel Castro’s Death Mean for Canada

Fidel Castro, one of the 20th century’s most influential and divisive figures, passed away today. At 90 years old, the passionate left-wing revolutionary stood in defiance of what he viewed as American imperialism. His iron grip on the island nation ensured his government’s survival decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union. While his legacy will continue to be a matter of debate for years to come, his death may have very real implications for Canadian-Cuban economic and political relations. Trudeaus and Castros Castro’s death occurred less than two weeks after Justin Trudeau concluded a historic visit to Cuba....

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Why a Trump Presidency May Not Be as Bad as you Think

I hate Donald Trump. I hate him with a visceral, deep passion. With that said, I am not all that disappointed that he won this election. There are a handful of things that Canadians can look forward to from a Trump presidency (If you are American you can stop reading now, because the next four years will not go well for you). Cheaper American Imports The American markets took a massive tumble upon discovering that the world was going to wake up to a Trump presidency. Canadians – the majority of whom live within ear-shot of the US border...

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Raasleela Trends TV for Surrey604: “Amazon India Fashion Week” Episode 2

Published 1/14/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey604 in collaboration with Raasleela Trends TV, brings you the best in fashion and updates on the latest international trends.

In this series, we are bringing complete coverage of Asia’s biggest Fashion Week “India Fashion Week” home to Surrey. More than 100 selected fashion designers participating and more than 50 showcasing on the runway. The crew of Amazon India Fashion Week consists… read more ❯

Funding for Homes for the Homeless – No longer just a promise – Now a solution.

Published 1/12/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey has 650 homeless people and 470,000 residents.

As Whalley continues to develop, the local clash between the haves and the have-nots is becoming more evident. Businesses are growing impatient with the RCMP’s three year plan. They can’t afford to wait three years. They are tired of promises. Residents and business owners want solutions and answers now.

The business community in… read more ❯

Raasleela Trends TV for Surrey604: “Amazon India Fashion Week” Episode 1

Published 1/9/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey604 in collaboration with Raasleela Trends TV, brings you the best in fashion and updates on the latest international trends.

In this series, we are bringing complete coverage of Asia’s biggest Fashion Week “India Fashion Week” home to Surrey. More than 100 selected fashion designers participating and more than 50 showcasing on the runway. The crew of Amazon India Fashion Week consists… read more ❯

DFSIN – Richmond South Excellence awards on Saturday, January 6th

Published 1/8/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

DFSIN Richmond South Excellence Awards were held on January 6th at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall in Surrey, BC. The event was held in order to celebrate the achievement of all the advisors of DFSIN – Richmond South, the night started off with a VIP reception which included many staff along with some well-respected community members. It was night full of entertainment, great food, some very well deserved… read more ❯

SURREY DOMINATES LGBTQ YOUTH AWARDS

Published 1/4/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Three out of the five awards went to Surrey youth including one award going to a gay activist from Albania who recently moved to Surrey. Winner of the January Marie Lapuz Youth Leadership Award for 2017 is Prachi Khanna of Surrey with Runner-Ups Erjon Tela of Albania, Grace McDonell of North Vancouver, Serene Carter of Burnaby, and Ran Ya Chib of… read more ❯