Nikitha Martins

Nikitha Martins

Nikitha Martins' ability and love for producing: articles, films, and photos; lead to her decision to be a visual journalist, all to tell impactful stories and give voices to people that haven’t gotten the chance to. She loves the multi-platform and energy of the newsroom.
Fashion

Highlights: South Asian Fashion Week 2019

Vancouver B.C. | For a city that’s usually not known for its sense of fashion, South Asian Fashion Week is here to save our fashion impaired city. Once again, co-founders Cindy Khella and Farah Hassan have come together to host an event that celebrates and recognizes South Asian designers success locally and internationally. Compared to last year's event, this year's show included a larger range of diverse contributors including, designers, stylists, models, artists, photographers and filmmakers. The show was filled with collaborations from all artistic walks of life. https://youtu.be/-8Cq5mx2NMQ This year's designers included Falguni Shane Peacock who A-list celebrities such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Priyanka Chopra Jonas have worn designs custom made to them. By popular demand, Falguni Shane Peacock was asked to walk two out of the three nights for their jaw-dropping designs.   Baynes and Baker, a dominantly male fashion line, used the SAFW runway to showcase their new women’s line. Many...
Music

Fred Penner, a children’s musician creating impact

Surrey B.C. | From playing and singing his guitar on a school bus as a young teen, to performing nationally and putting smiles on children's faces, Fred Penner's love for music and connection made him the beloved musician he is today. For the upcoming year, Fred Penner has once again packed up his guitar and hit the road. He's begun his tour travelling through the country and in early February landed in Surrey to perform at The Surrey Arts Centre. Penner's career as a children's musician has earned him four Juno Awards for Children's Album of the Year, the fourth being awarded to him in 2018. A career singing to young children and their parents was not a career Penner had predicted. After receiving his high school diploma, Penner attended the University of Winnipeg where he became the first in his family to receive a post-secondary education. He graduated with...
Fashion

South Asian Fashion Week second walk will bring more surprises

Vancouver, B.C. | The second annual South Asian Fashion Week has finally arrived in Vancouver, and this year's event coordinators and designers are coming in with all they've got. This week, Feb. 21, SAFW hosted a media launch in Yaletown's exclusive and hidden gem, the Pierre's Champagne Lounge. Media was invited to mingle alongside the co-founders of SAFW, two of the show's designers, as well as a few models of the show who wore the selected designs that introduced this year's collection. The designers invited to display their line Thursday evening were House of Raina representing women's fashion as well as Baynes and Baker, representing men's fashion. Both designers walked the runway last year and both have big plans for this year's runway. SAFW's co-founders Farah Hasan and Cindy Khella, believe that Vancouver was an obvious choice to display South Asian fashion for its diversity and fashion scene. "Vancouver may be...
Politics

BC Libertarian Party Assembles to Drive Change

Dustin Murray walked into his first BC Libertarian party meeting hoping to meet like minded thinkers for change in the province, but walked out as the parties Surrey-Delta-Langley treasurer. The party met Sunday afternoon to discuss and approve the party bylaws, as well as elect three new members for the Surrey Delta Langley location. The president, and vice president were both filled by two elected party members. Alex Joel filled the position as president and Jesse Batsford filled the position of vice president. But once the position of treasurer was open, the last member of the party present declined the offer allowing Dustin Murray to step in and hold the position. “I can't sit around and do nothing, so I'm here to do something,” said Murray. Once the member of the party voted Murray as treasurer, Murray finally handed in his application to be a formal member of the BC Libertarian...
News

Surrey RCMP claims 36% decrease in shootings in 2018

A 36% decrease in shootings in 2018 is a sign that the measures targeting gang related crimes will benefit Surrey according to Surrey RCMP Sergeant, Chad Greig. Compared to previous years, shootings in Surrey have decreased by a third. To Greig, the statistics reflect the amount of gang related crimes in the city because of the involvement shootings have with gang violence. The incidents of shots fired in #SurreyBC decreased significantly in 2018 (-36%). Combatting gangs and violence will continue to be a top priority for us in 2019, through enforcement, education and early intervention. @cfseubc @BCRCMP @SD36SafeSchools @Surrey_Schools pic.twitter.com/ns81XSpDCU — Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) January 9, 2019 “Gang violence is a very broad term. Shootings are a part of gang violence so that is a part of our plan for lowering gang violence,” said Sergeant Greig. Apart from the lowering crime as is takes place, the RCMP has initiated multiple...
Politics

TransLink Mayors Council Meeting Brings Victory for Mayor McCallum

In the first TransLink Mayors Council Meeting, mayors collectively voted to suspend the Surrey light rail transit and move forward with implementing a SkyTrain extension to Langley. Despite numerous unanswered questions and concerns in suspending the LRT, Surrey’s new mayor Doug McCallum spoke to the mayors about the impact the switch will make for Surrey. As the meeting proceeded, he was victorious. Before the votes were counted a discussion between the mayors was made where multiple mayors questioned the suspension. Mayor McCallum disagreed with a statement that Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie made during their discussion. Mayor Brodie said that the decision behind the LRT was not made lightly in previous years considering Surrey residents, politicians and transportation experts were consulted. Mayor Brodie said the previous party, Surrey First, proposed the idea and had worked on the implementation of the line for years. “I think this approach is going down a very dangerous precedent,” mayor...
Politics

VIDEO: Doug McCallum Wins the 2018 Mayoral Race in Surrey

Surrey elects Doug McCallum along with several other of his affiliating councilors, replacing the Surrey First government who've served since 2005. For the second time after his run between 1996 to 2005, McCallum wins the mayoral election by around 15,000 votes compared to his runner-up Tom Gill from Surrey First. McCallum took the stage to thank his family, friends, fellow colleagues and supporters. “We will not let you down. We will get it done,” McCallum said. The new electoral mayor went on the address the first problems he would like to tackle. “We’re going to take every parking meter on our streets or around a hospital. We’re going to have free parking,” he said as the crowd cheered. As the first council meeting is a little ways away, McCallum said his plan during the meeting is to stop the production of the light-rail-transit and end the RCMP contract. “First council...
CannabisNews

Where to buy legal cannabis in Surrey

Photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images With the arrival of legal recreational cannabis in Canada, the federal government has now implemented changes to the way cannabis is sold. Before legalization, Surrey recreational cannabis users had a few options when purchasing marijuana. While many purchases were illegal before Oct. 17, the ability to purchase cannabis legally still creates barriers for users. With the C-45 bill now in order, sellers have been asked to close their doors as they wait for the processing of a new license that can approximately take up to 18 months. But, some sellers refuse to wait. The municipal procedures still seem to be a little questionable considering the legalization was just a few days before the new cities mayor was elected. As to media spokesperson Oliver Lum, City of Surrey’s Communications Manager said that until the new mayor Doug McCallum is sworn in during the first council meeting,...
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