Surrey604 Staff

Surrey604 Staff

Surrey604 is an online magazine and media outlet based in Surrey, BC. Through writing, video, photography, and social media, we secure an intimate reach to the public. We promote local events and causes.
Arts and EntertainmentEvents

Potter’s House of Horrors Returns with Monstrosity 2, Devil’s Descent, and the Escape From Incineration

Potter’s House of Horrors returns for more fright inducing fun A favourite all ages Halloween attraction is back and better than ever, Oct. 5-31 Potter’s House of Horrors - one of the Lower Mainland’s largest Halloween attractions - is back for its 16th year of family-friendly screams, shivers and laughter. This is no ordinary haunted house. The “scare crew” at Potter’s spends months planning the annual maze of terror - complete with the latest high tech animatronics and digital sounds, plus trained actors. Family Hour and a special Li’l Haunters attraction (for children 12 and under) ensure everyone can be part of the fun. Partial proceeds go to Critter Care Wildlife Society. In addition, Potter’s House of Horrors is proud to support the Surrey Food Bank and will be accepting non-perishable food donations onsite. Two Ultra Scary Haunted Houses Monstrosity 2.0: The ever-popular Monstrosity house is back and better than...
Business

Local Entrepreneur Teams up with Covenant House and Youth Unlimited to Fight Homelessness

Local entrepreneur Ryan Moreno and The Joseph Richard Group are gathering together the movers and shakers from across the region to combat homelessness. To kickoff Homelessness Action Week, October 7th to 13th, The Joseph Richard Group is teaming up with Covenant House Vancouver and Youth Unlimited to launch fundraising efforts for the 2nd Annual JRG Sleep Out. Each year, Homelessness Action Week brings together communities and organizations throughout the region in an effort to raise awareness and rally together resources for one of Metro Vancouver’s most prevalent issues. Any given night, over 1000 youth can be found living on the streets across the Lower Mainland. These youth are exposed to the elements, afraid and left without hope. Ryan Moreno, CEO, and Co-Founder of The Joseph Richard Group has been committed to this cause for many years. Moreno spearheaded last year’s 1st Annual JRG Sleepout that fundraised over $116,000, supporting Covenant...
Business

Integrity Now Release Full Plan of Bold Ideas For Surrey’s Future

Surrey mayoralty candidate Bruce Hayne says this election has become a question of leadership which candidates have the ability to lead the city through the next four years with honesty, transparency, and integrity. “There is no doubt that every election matters, but for several reasons this election has come to stand for who the people of Surrey want representing their community and, more than that, the kind of city we want,”says Hayne. “After seven years as a City Councillor, I’ve come to believe that this election will determine the trajectory of our city - and when the polls close on October 20th. I am hopeful the voters have agreed with me and my incredible Integrity Now team of council candidates that our city needs to be built on a solid foundation of honesty and transparency where every single citizen is equally represented and every voice is heard. When I founded...
Politics

Proudly Surrey challenges other parties to publish donor lists

Surrey council candidate for Proudly Surrey, Kongyuy Felix said that his slate was impressed by Vancouver mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart’s pledge “to publicly release his donor list at regular intervals until election day.” “We are following his lead and adopting that policy.” Proudly Surrey believes that in order to be truly accountable to the people of Surrey, they need to be open about who is supporting them. In order to show this they have published all donations above $100. While all these donations are a matter of public record and would be published by Elections BC, this would not occur until well after voting day. "This list will be updated on a regular basis." Proudly Surrey council candidate Parshotam Goel said that they are now "challenging the other major Surrey parties and slates, Surrey First, Integrity Now and Safe Surrey to do the same. If they can’t deliver transparency on...
Politics

City recognizes long-serving Council members

Three long serving members of Surrey City Council were recognized at last week's regular council meeting. Mayor Linda Hepner, Councillor Judy Villeneuve, and Councillor Mary Martin will be stepping away from public life at the end of this term. Collectively they have served 55 years on Surrey City Council. “The bar that Mayor Hepner, Councillor Villeneuve and Councillor Martin have set for future Council members is extremely high,” said Councillor and Acting Mayor Vera LeFranc in her presentation. “Public life can be challenging and demanding, and it goes without saying that the three of them have handled it with aplomb and grace.” Mayor Linda Hepner has been with the City of Surrey for 33 years. She worked as a staff member for more than 20 years before being elected to City Council for four terms, three as Councillor and as Mayor in her final term. Under her leadership, the tremendous...
Business

Maple Organics – Canada’s First Organic Pharmaceutical Company Named Finalist for the Surrey Business Excellence Awards

Maple Organics, Canada's first organic pharmaceutical company has been recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Surrey Business Excellence Awards in the New Business of the Year Category. Organized by the Surrey Board of Trade, the awards program celebrates growing businesses in Surrey that have reached a special point in business success. The Surrey Board of Trade has celebrated Surrey businesses in this way for the past 20 years. As a Surrey-based company, Maple Organics was co-founded in 2017 by Surrey resident, Rosy Atwal, and her former MBA classmate, Ashley Ward. After seeing a gap in the marketplace of good quality organic products, Rosy and Ashley teamed up to launch the country's first organic pharmaceutical company. Maple Organics manufactures and sells organic body care, baby care, pharmaceutical and hair care products with a very unique ingredient, Kokum Butter (derived from a Mangosteen plant). The company is USDA Organic certified their...
Education

Canada Accepts Students! How Many People Come To Canada For Education

Getting an opportunity to study in Canada can have a great impact on your life. Canada offers one of the most comprehensive educational systems that cater to the needs of various students. You can find a lot of high-quality schools and universities where you can pursue your dreams and goals. When you prepare your visa application to study in Canada, you will get a key that will help you open doors to better career and professional opportunities. You can also have the chance to work for up to 20 hours per week so you can have enough money to cover your expenses. Canada is a place where students can plan for their future and work to make their dreams come true. The number of international students who pursue undergraduate studies in Canada increased from 308,000 students in 2016 to 371,000 students in 2017. This increase is attributed to the fact that...
Politics

Tom Gill: Surrey Is No Place For High-Risk Sex Offenders

Surrey First mayoral candidate Tom Gill said releasing high-risk sexual offender Jeffrey Goddard into an undisclosed Surrey neighbourhood with "just a warning" to the community shows there is something incredibly wrong with our justice system, and he wants it changed. "Children and teens make up one-third of our city's population, the exact age groups that are his targets," said Gill. "Releasing someone with Goddard's extensive criminal record into a local neighbourhood, then warning the community to watch out for him, tells me the system has this whole thing backwards. How many times do you have to offend, or breach the terms of your release, before the justice system says enough is enough? Then you add insult to injury by telling the community he's somewhere in our city, but you don't say where." Surrey First council candidate Trevor Halford, a father of three young children, said this kind of blatant disregard...
Arts and Entertainment

New Vision for Museum of Surrey Ignites Imagination

Expanded cultural campus triples capacity for kids programming while offering innovative and creative ways to explore Surrey’s past, present and future It was a day of anticipation and excitement on Saturday, Sept. 29 as Surrey residents, visitors and local dignitaries gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the expanded Museum of Surrey and surrounding cultural campus. “Today we are celebrating a re-envisioned community hub that invites connection and ignites imagination,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “This dynamic cultural space is vibrant and interactive-a place where residents and visitors can come together to discover, share, learn and most importantly have fun.” In addition to dynamic local, national and international exhibits, the 36,000 square foot museum is home to the TD Explore Zone for kids (an interactive exhibit for children developed around the theme of sustainability in Surrey), a Textile Centre (a working textile studio featuring looms, demonstrations and a...
Politics

Arts, Culture and Entertainment Key to a Vibrant City: Tom Gill

Surrey First details plans for art and culture endowment, world class performing arts centre, contemporary art gallery and new spaces for artists in community centres Surrey First mayoral candidate Tom Gill outlined his team's plans today to showcase and grow the arts, culture and entertainment in Surrey. Joined by council candidates Vera LeFranc and Narima Dela Cruz, Gill said Surrey First will create an endowment fund to kick-start plans for a world class performing arts centre, double arts and culture grants, develop a contemporary art gallery in South Surrey and use the "maker space" planned for the new Clayton Community Centre as a model for more artist work spaces across the city. "Great cities, the ones we all admire, have a strong and vibrant creative side and Surrey is no different," said Gill. "We have a very creative arts and cultural community in Surrey. We want to encourage that talent...
Arts and Entertainment

Museum of Surrey Ready to Roar

The City of Surrey invites members of the public to a free grand opening celebration for the new Museum of Surrey, located at 17710 56A Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The prehistoric party for all ages will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Linda Hepner and Surrey City Council members, an Indigenous welcome, live entertainment, stilt walkers, face painting and Surrey Firefighters barbecue (by donation). Performers will include Bobs and LoLo, Smile Band, Vancity Bhangra and Aché Brasil. “We are so pleased to unveil our newly expanded world class facility that’s right here in Surrey,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “In addition to providing a community hub for local residents and visitors of all ages to connect, it’s also a unique way to showcase Surrey’s incredible stories.” Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the brand new facility, which includes dynamic exhibits, such as the TD...
Politics

Surrey First Public Safety Platform

Surrey First mayoral candidate Tom Gill detailed the second part of his team’s public safety platform today as he called for a city-wide referendum on a local police force, introduction of Surrey’s first Police Board, a ban on handguns, the addition of 125 new officers and a complete police services review. Last week Gill introduced the first part of the Surrey First plan, including an anti-gang campaign with free access to Surrey’s pools, rinks and gyms for 125,000 children and teens, and a special 1-800 information hub for parents and families looking for programs to keep vulnerable youth out of gangs. “We’re a safe city, but it only takes a single shot to shatter that sense of safety,” said Gill. “Public safety is a priority for all of us, and that means tackling issues on a number of fronts, because there isn’t just one answer when it comes to keeping...
Business

Google Launches National Grow with Google Initiative in Surrey

Google kicked off its national Grow with Google tour in Surrey today at the City Centre Library. The one-day event came to Surrey to advance economic opportunity through digital skills training to help small business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals grow their skills, careers and businesses. Surrey was selected as the first event on the national Grow with Google tour due to the exciting business growth and educational momentum the city is experiencing. Nearly 300 local businesses, entrepreneurs and skill seekers attended the event, including local politicians John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale-Langley City, Minister Bruce Ralston, Jobs, Trade and Technology, Government of British Columbia, and Acting Mayor of Surrey, Mike Starchuk. Throughout the day, attendees took part in three workshops, one-on-one sessions, demos and various discussions highlighting the local small business community. Topics covered included introductory search engine marketing, website analytics and optimizing Google Search and Maps to drive...
Health

How to Improve Your Posture and Avoid Injury in the Office Workspace

Let’s face facts; sitting at a desk for multiple hours a day with perfect posture is an almost impossible task. From shuffling papers to looking at multiple screens to your legs falling asleep, there are many factors in the modern office that lead to our posture being less than ideal, and in some cases, dangerous for our bodies. Before we look at how and why things go wrong, let’s take a look at what medical professionals consider the perfect office posture The head and the neck should be in a neutral position and your chin should be parallel to the floor. You should be eye-level with the top of your monitor. The most common mistake made is that workers will raise their computer screen so that their head is level with the middle of the screen but this causes more strain on the neck over a prolonged period of time....
Health

SFU ImageTech Lab opens up “best possible windows” into human brain function

Housed at Surrey Memorial Hospital, new lab promises to bring rapid innovations to medical imaging. A world-class clinical research facility SFU ImageTech Lab is being unveiled today by Simon Fraser University and Fraser Health. The SFU lab is the first of its kind in Western Canada and will be a cornerstone in Surrey’s Health Technology District. The lab provides the critical combination of high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) together with high density magnetoencephalography (MEG) uniquely embedded within Surrey Memorial Hospital an emerging academic health sciences centre. The lab will advance translational brain and body research and focus on advanced diagnostics and treatment monitoring in neurology and mental health, and many other healthcare areas. The facility representing many firsts brings together a partnership between SFU and Fraser Health, to ensure British Columbia continues to be globally competitive in advanced brain and body imaging. The combination of a high field 3T whole-body...
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