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Finding my Purpose in Recovery from Heroin Addiction

In northwest Arkansas there is a tunnel that runs straight through a mountain in the Ozarks. When you approach the tunnel going 60 mph, you can hear the wind rushing past the car. You hear the tires spinning and creating traction on the road below you. The radio signal isn't very good in this area, so it is an obnoxious mixture of broken up country music and static. When you enter the tunnel, all of this suddenly changes. The orange fluorescent lights are dim. There is no wind rushing by. The radio completely cuts out and everything seems dark, still, and calm. This is how I felt the first time I tried heroin. I grew up in a cookie-cutter neighborhood where all of the brick houses look the same. The Home Owners Association requires that each house have one tree on each side of the sidewalk approaching the homes. Your...
Business

7-Eleven Launches Tree Planting Program for Gas Customers

7-Eleven Launches Program to Offset Tailpipe Emissions All of Surrey’s 10 locations chosen to pilot the green program Surrey, B.C. (October 2018)  | With a goal of planting 20,000 trees across Canada by October 2019 with Tree Canada, 7-Eleven, Inc. has launched RENEW, 7-Eleven’s emissions offset program. RENEW is now available at sixty-one 7-Eleven fueling locations in the Lower Mainland with hope that it will expand across Canada. Customers at participating 7-Eleven fueling stations across the lower mainland can offset their tailpipe emissions by purchasing the same high-quality fuel. There is no other program like it in Canada. For every litre of fuel purchased as a part of the 7-Eleven RENEW program, an investment will be made in reforestation, green-scape projects, wildlife protection and/or renewable energy projects designed to help offset tailpipe emissions. Depending on the amount contributed, tailpipe emissions may be offset by up to 30 percent. In addition...
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My Dissolution of Prescription Drug Abuse to Full Blown Cocaine Addiction

My whole life I was told to sit pretty and keep my mouth shut… little girls were meant to be seen not heard. I was pretty good at my job of doing this and was the little girl that dreams were made of. Sugar, spice, and everything nice. I smiled, said please and thank you, wore pretty pink dresses, and never disobeyed. Little did anyone know I was slowly dying inside. My little brother was born when I was 3 years old, from the day he came home he was not easy, and that’s putting it nicely. As he got older he was always getting into trouble and my parents were always dealing with him and I became invisible. Because he was so difficult even more pressure was put on me to be perfect, and not rock the boat. I was put in every extra curricular activity you can think...
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OPINION: Reflections on Surrey’s 2018 Municipal Election

By Cindy Dalglish This campaign was eye-opening, enthralling, difficult, and fun. It was exhausting, disgusting, invigorating, and disappointing. Many times, over the past several months, I heard from people that they ‘aren’t into politics’, or ‘I don’t get political’. My, what a privileged stance. I know many that just didn’t bother to vote, too. Not only did many die for the privilege, here is what you need to know. Unless you are a hobbit living in the forest, completely off the grid and eating food you catch yourself, you are political. Have a bank account? Political. Eat food from a store or a restaurant? Political. Walk on sidewalks? Did you go to school? Kids in school? Drive a car? Take a bus? Go to a movie? Play a sport? Have your kids in sports? Are you older and needing medical care? Are you younger and broke a bone? Do I...
Arts and Entertainment

The Art of Art: A Westcoast Formal

Indigenous carver Zachary George has come full circle. On Saturday, November 3rd he returns to a once familiar place, the Downtown Eastside, but this time as a strong and thriving adult, creating art live at the Imperial. Zachary is helping raising funds for at-risk and vulnerable youth, as part of Youth Unlimited’s Art of Art: Westcoast Formal Fundraiser. When Zachary was young, he knew there was something different about him. He recalls not being able to leave his bed as a kid, wanting to sleep and hide from the world. He self-medicated, using drugs as early as 12 and lost himself on the Downtown Eastside. Though he grew up in a supportive family who noticed something wrong, they did not know how to help. At 19 Zachary was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. He replaced drugs with medication that helped keep his life steady. Out of this balance, Zachary discovered...
Music

Emily Williams’s Vocal Strength and Message Display her Distinctive Sound in her Debut EP Unbreakable.

Emily Williams, a pop singer-songwriter from Surrey, B.C., releases her debut EP Unbreakable on Friday, November 9th 2018. Unbreakable will be Williams’s first release since she started performing at the age of 9. Williams writes all her own music and draws from her own life experiences. The EP was recorded, produced, and mastered by local musician and producer Graham Gomez (Good For Grapes, Groove Saloon). The EP will feature guitar and vocals by Williams in combination with energetic pop instrumentals. The produced pop tracks are a new development in Williams’s sound and she is excited to get to show off her new sound to the public. Emily Williams is a strong advocate for mental illness in the community and this is evident in Unbreakable. She references her own struggles, experiences, and triumphs with mental health in her songwriting - a topic that many people can relate to. When talking about...
Politics

Surrey DPAC Organized ‘All Candidates Meeting 2018’ For Board of Trustees Candidates

An All Candidates meeting for Surrey School Board of Trustee candidates was organized by the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) on October 16. The event was held at the Surrey Schools District Education Centre. A video recording of this event will be available on the Surrey DPAC's website (surreydpac.ca) until after the election. Candidates checked in at 6:20 pm and drew numbers to determine seating arrangements. Candidates were able to display their materials and mingle with attendees before the meeting. Surrey DPAC’s acting President Jyotika Jasuja called the meeting to order and began by welcoming parents, guests and 21 of the candidates running for the Board of Trustees. Jasuja also appreciatively introduced the current DPAC Board of Directors, Secretary Amanda Grimson, Treasurer Anissa Riemer Ly and Directors Robert Ran, Jagwinder Mahal, Peter Johal (absent), Nicole Cook (absent). Jasuja was proud of this new team’s efforts for their contributions towards this event and regular DPAC activities. She...
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Local Filmmaker & Musician Need Votes in Local Contest

Local Filmmaker, Shelby Wilson & Musician Jason Goodman (thisisgoodman), are looking for support in votes as they compete in a Telus driven competition called Storyhive. They have the chance to win a $10,000 grant from Telus to make a music video for thisisgoodman. Their project is called Need U and its a beautiful project that touches base on how love transcends to the afterlife. It’s about finding the silver lining within grief, death and afterlife with love and how its always there and that we can cherish it.   If Jason and Shelby were to win the Storyhive grant they would like to make a donation to the Surrey Hospice Society which is a local non profit organization that provides social, emotional, and spiritual support for individuals and their loved ones as they face a life-ending experience.   Shelby & Jason attended  high school together at Ecole Panorama Ridge, and...
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Hey Surrey, it’s time to incorporate gun and gang violence into the education system

By Marah Arif Bang. All it took was one finger on the trigger and two teenage boys were gone forever. What was left? Heartbroken parents who would never see their sons smiling again, living with constant reminder that their child was a victim to gun and gang related violence. This is a reality that families have been facing for the past ten years. Although investigations are still ongoing it has been confirmed the shooting was targeted. Local authorities have set a verdict as an incident related to gun and gang violence. The family of the victim is urging parents whose children are involved in gangs to no longer hide and reveal the truth. These families not only need justice, they also want to change the community we live in so that no child could ever be robbed of their future again. Such changes can be made a reality by incorporating...
Politics

Proudly Surrey to Eliminate Barriers to Youth Sports

Felix Kongyuy, a long-time program designer and organizer with at-risk and marginalized youth in Whalley began laying out the practicalities of Proudly Surrey’s signature policy, city-wide barrier-free youth activities. “Every September, when young people return to school, they don’t just encounter the formal curriculum of our school system. They confront a hidden curriculum that tells them who is destined for success and who is not. In my work, I try to undo the effects of that hidden curriculum that separates students by class, income and parental employment,” stated Kongyuy.“Surrey, as the municipality with the largest number and proportion of children and youth in Metro Vancouver, has the most comprehensive, robust and diverse program of extra-curricular sports taking place in our parks,” Kongyuy explained, “But even though these parks belong to all of us equally, they are not enjoyed equally. Some parents can afford the uniform, equipment and travel costs to...
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Why I, Kuldip Pelia, want to become a Councillor for the city of Surrey

Why I, Kuldip Pelia, want to become a Councillor for the city of Surrey I understand that the City of Surrey has ignored the "common man" for 20 years. I am running as a Councillor for the city of Surrey. I was born and brought up in Punjab. I came to Canada 32 years ago. I have been watching for the last many years the way city has been spending taxpayers' money. City of Surrey's revenue was $323 Million in 2002, and in 2017 it was $1024 Million, an increase of 217% in 15 years, yet the "common man" hasn't been benefitted. 1. No Skytrain extension since 1994. Population of Surrey is increased by 90% since 1994 2. No bus service improvement. On some routes, the frequency of buses is hourly or half hourly, and hasn't been improved in a long time. On some routes service stops too early in...
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The FYM Foundation Aid For Humanity Project Supports the Fight against Hunger and Poverty

The FYM Foundation Aid For Humanity Project Supports the Fight against Hunger and Poverty According to the latest census released in 2016 by Statistics Canada, 4.8 million people live below the poverty line. 17 percent of persons younger than 18 are living in low income situations. 14.5 percent of seniors 65 years of age or older were also living below the poverty line, which went up from 12 percent in 2005, based on census data taken in 2015. Through the Aid For Humanity Program of the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation, over 3000 care packages were prepared for the homeless, refugees, new immigrants, as well as clients at local shelters. Filled with winter wear items, including blankets, mittens, socks, as well as food items and hygiene products, these care packages were given out along with free food and entertainment at an event at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place...
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Dhahan Prize Announces 2018 Winners For Best Punjabi Fiction

Vancouver, BC (September 13, 2018) – The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature proudly announces the 2018 winners awarded for excellence in the Punjabi literary community. The Dhahan Prize promotes Punjabi literature on a global scale by awarding $25,000 annually to the best book of fiction published in either Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi scripts, along with two additional finalist prizes of $10,000 CDN. In addition, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union as presenting sponsor for the Dhahan Youth Awards together with the Dhahan Prize in partnership with BC secondary schools, announces that the 2018 winners for the 2018 Youth Awards have been chosen. The contest was open to all British Columbia grade 11 & 12 high school students for short stories written in Punjabi and English. The winners will be announced at the October 20th, 2018 Prize Award Ceremony. 2018 Winners of the Dhahan Prize in Punjabi Literature are: First Prize ~ $25,000: Sooraj...
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About Surrey Students NOW

Surrey, BC - Surrey Students NOW is pleased to announce the addition of a fourth candidate to our team. Sonia Andhi will bring experience to the Surrey School Board through her work as a Surrey based social worker and family counsellor. With over 30 years experience, she understands our youth and families. She is knowledgeable about our schools, experienced with our youth, and has worked closely with community partners. Sonia is a welcome member of the Surrey Students NOW team and will make an outstanding trustee. Surrey Students NOW has already committed to support ALL students. As a credible and strong candidate, Sonia adds strength to the work we want to accomplish as trustees to support ALL students. While Surrey First Education trustees have noted that they “do the best for the most,” Sonia agrees that supporting most is not enough and has proven it through her grassroots initiatives. Sonia’s leadership within the Shakti Society - a non-profit society dedicated to empowering individuals, families and communities - demonstrates her ability to...
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Surrey – Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure

The Canadian Cancer Society #CIBCRunfortheCure is a 5k or 1k walk or run that raises funds for breast cancer at the Canadian Cancer Society. We invite you to run or walk with us on Sunday, Sept 30, 2018 for the CIBC Run for the Cure in Surrey. Whether it’s your first time, or you’ve participated for years, we look forward to having you join the movement! Help make this year’s event inspirational and memorable, all while you help the Canadian Cancer Society create a future without breast cancer. LOCATION: Bear Creek Park, 13820 88 Ave, Surrey, BC  V3W 3L1 DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 30 from 8:00 am—Noon EVENT SCHEDULE: Registration: 8:00 AM Opening Ceremonies: 9:00 AM Survivor Parade:  9:30 AM Warm Up:  9:45 AM Start: 10:00 AM (5k or 1k walk or run) Awards & Closing Ceremonies: 11:00 AM Contact Information:  604-644-9934 Email: SurreyRunRD@cbcfcloud.org Sign up to Volunteer:  https://cbcf.volunteerhub.com/lp/surrey/events Sign up to run/walk...
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