Taslim Jaffer

Taslim Jaffer

Taslim combines her love of writing and social change by telling the stories that build bridges among people. Her motivating forces are her 3 children and her INFJ personality. Taslim is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Canada and Yummy Mummy Club, and a columnist for Peace Arch News. She has romantic notions of travel writing across European countrysides and historic African towns but her heart belongs to Surrey, B.C. You can connect with Taslim on Twitter and Instagram @taslimjaffer.

You’re Invited To The Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy Wrap-Up Event

It’s no doubt that climate change is a hot topic (no pun intended) and it should be. The proof we have of the planet’s rising temperature and Nature’s response to it is undeniable. We are proud to be living in a city that not only accepts our dire situation but proactively works to alleviate further destruction. One of the ways the City of Surrey is by developing a Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) through a multi-phase community driven process. Over a busy and productive 3 years, the City has been helping residents, businesses and communities prepare for a changing climate in various capacities. One of the initiatives of this program was to explore ways to increase the resilience of coastal communities, like Crescent Beach. We are happy to share that the CFAS is now complete. Over 2000 people including residents, stakeholders, partners and international experts participated in CFAS. Join fellow...
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Camera Security Systems For Surrey’s Public Safety

When it comes to protecting our home or business, most of us would agree that more eyes are better than none. Security cameras are proven deterrents of theft – much of the time. However, incidents of crime still occur even in the safest neighbourhoods, in which case having video footage available to the police increases the effectiveness of the investigation. The City of Surrey goes one step further for our communities through its public safety initiatives. Project IRIS (Integrated Resources for Investigations and Safety) is a camera registry that is essentially a partnership amongst business owners, residents, the City of Surrey and the Surrey RCMP. In the past, when a crime occurred, the police would have to go door-to-door to find security closed-circuit television cameras in the vicinity of the crime scene. With the registry in place, they can easily locate such cameras. If you register with Project IRIS, and...
Arts and Entertainment

Celebrate The Grand Opening Of Museum Of Surrey On September 29

This weekend marks an important milestone in Surrey’s journey as an evolving, thriving city - the September 29th grand opening of Museum of Surrey located at 17710 56A Ave is a bash you will want to bring the whole family to! This fun-filled day is an opportunity to become acquainted with the 36,000 sq. ft hub that is proudly accessible for all who wish to explore, engage or simply relax in an inviting space. The dynamic exhibits, the TD Explore Zone and the Indigenous Hall set the stage for hands-on learning and connection through storytelling. A long-awaited, cultural space like this is sure to enhance your experience as a Surrey resident – so join the celebration! The space will officially open at 11 am when the ribbon will be cut and an Indigenous welcome given by Mayor Linda Hepner and Surrey City Council members. Visitors will be treated to performances...
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Vancouver Queer Film Festival Celebrates 30 Years

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) is celebrating 30 years of showcasing the artistic voices of queer and trans folks from within and outside Vancouver. From August 9-19, the public is invited to join the celebration and view films, participate in Q&As and attend workshops that platform the social issues of this community. A complete list of events can be found here and include venues such as VIFF Vancity Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, The Junction Pub, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and more. Kick off the multi-day event festival with the opening gala on August 9 or bring the whole thing to a close on August 19 at the closing gala. With a priority of accessibility, VQFF issues over 500 complimentary tickets and memberships for anyone facing financial hardship, who might otherwise not be able to attend the festival. In addition, for those who need to pay for childcare to...
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Monster: Not Just Another Film About South Asian Gang Violence In Surrey

This is not your typical film about a South Asian teen involved in a Surrey gang. In fact, this isn’t your typical film at all. One conversation with filmmaker and actor Inderveer Sodhi, who created Monster, will turn every stereotype you have on its head. Sodhi describes Monster as a “socially-relevant story and burning cause that our community should be aware of. Often throughout the years, many filmmakers have attempted to tell these stories but unfortunately do not do justice to the depiction of South Asian culture, the lifestyle of first generation teenagers and their immigrant parents, and the city. Worst of all is the glamorization of the violence and abuse involved in these issues.” Sodhi’s primary motivation in creating this work was to give the community the whole story - why and how people end up in this life or on the front page of the paper. Having grown...

Lack Of Services For African Youth Immigrants In Surrey Addressed By Surrey Youth

Big dreams. When you’re an immigrant moving to a new country in search of a better future, you pack those dreams into whatever suitcases you can reasonably take with you. You carry those dreams onto the airplane, and hope with all your might that the cards will fall in your favour, that saying farewell to everything you know will one day lead to the kind of life you wish to give yourself and your family. And when you land on new soil, you pray for a guardian angel to carry you into your new life. Bienvenue Osee, a 22 year old immigrant from Democratic Republic of Congo, and his partners Blaise Kisembo and Baracka Mugisa, hope to fan some of those dreams and be that safe space for immigrants from their home continent. Osee and his partners have a mission to help African youth integrate into their new Canadian home....

Ucluelet or Tofino? This Will Help You Decide.

Ucluelet or Tofino? That is the ultimate West Coast wanderer debate. Both towns are situated only 30 minutes apart on the wild and rugged western coast of Vancouver Island. The journey to the brink of the Pacific Ocean is majestic itself; dock at Nanaimo after a scenic sail on BC Ferries from the mainland and begin an epic road trip through rainforest and mountains. With stops along the way, this 2.5 hour drive evolves into a memorable day before you arrive at your final destination. So, which town should you set your luggage down in? Because they are so close to each other, it almost doesn’t matter as you should be sure to visit both – but to help you decide where you should budget for the most time, here’s a little tour of what each has to offer. Ucluelet Ucluelet, or Ukee to locals and returning wanderlusts alike, is...

Enter To Win $500 And Learn How Surrey’s Farmers Are Affected By Climate Change

If you’ve driven by flooded farm fields or caught footage of the storm surges at Crescent Beach this winter, you’ve seen evidence of a number of things: Surrey has a large area of floodplains within its boundaries, and our current flood management system requires some updating. Surrey has over 35 km of coastline and about 20% of our land is sitting on floodplains. Boundary Bay, Mud Bay, the Nicomekl and Serpentine Rivers, through Cloverdale toward Newton, the Campbell River and Semiahmoo First Nation are areas we frequent, live in or farm. Due to climate change which is causing sea levels to rise and extreme weather conditions, the way we manage these waterways needs to be re-evaluated and updated. Keep reading for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card when you weigh in with your thoughts on the Mud Bay area. This 3-minute video does a great job highlighting...
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Visit Tulum And Xel-Ha On Your Next Trip To Mexico

While beach-bumming on the white sands of an all-inclusive resort is heaven itself, there’s a whole lot more of Mexico to discover. If you’re staying anywhere between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, we have two recommendations for you that are perfect for the entire family – and you can do both in the same day! Excursions to the historic site of Tulum and the natural ecological park of Xel-Ha can be booked right from your resort with comfortable and reliable transportation provided. You just have to sit back, enjoy the ride, look forward to creating more memories (and snap insanely gorgeous photographs). TULUM One of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayans, Tulum is situated on the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula along 12 metre cliffs overlooking breathtaking views of the sparkling Caribbean. The peak of this civilization existed between the 13th and 15th centuries, lasting almost...
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Coffee Lovers – Make Your Next Brew A Level Ground Trade

Coffee lovers – pay attention! Stacey Toews and his team at Level Ground Trading are bringing something incredible to the global economy that is lacking in most transactions - something so powerful it changes the way we think about the products we purchase and our consumer impact. They are bringing the human narrative into the story. “There is so much of the global economy that has been militantly oppositional to connecting the dots,” explains Toews, “because so much of the drive for profitability has been on keeping things and places and sources anonymous. Whether it’s a person in a field, a farmer or a factory, if you knew their name and you knew their face and you knew their lifestyle, and how your purchase of a product supported their lifestyle…in that potential connection, the economy becomes humanized.” And that is the basis of the Level Ground Trading brand – personalizing...
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The World-Wide Inspiration Behind Surrey’s Light Rail Transit

Surrey is the second largest city in British Columbia and by 2041 it is expected that another 300,000 residents will be joining our neighbourhoods. One of the top questions from Surrey residents is, "How are we all going to get around?" We want to know what will happen to our roadways and the infrastructure. And we are concerned that if something isn't put in place soon, we'll not only be bursting at the seams, but stuck in a gridlock, too. The City of Surrey has responded to this projected growth with a light rail transit (LRT) system for many reasons. Here are some that they have mentioned: Benefits of Light Rail Transit (LRT) reduces congestion increases transit capacity saves time sparks local development creates and attracts jobs meets the regional vision We know that there has been a lot of discussion in the media and on the streets about the...
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How Surrey’s Coastal Flooding Affects The Crescent Beach Community

Crescent Beach is a unique landmark, a popular destination among residents of Surrey and surrounding areas, and a community with an extensive history. Because of where it's situated, there have always been changes to its shoreline and beaches from natural forces. The first dyke at Crescent Beach was constructed in 1913 and since then other layers of protection have been added. However, due to climate change, this coastal area can expect more frequent and severe flooding from storm surges and sea level rise, making it a focus of the Coastal Flooding Adaptation Strategy by the City of Surrey. History buffs and interested residents alike will gain a lot of information from this beautiful document of Crescent Beach's history. It takes us from the Ice Age through the formation of Crescent Beach and Blackie Spit, and paints a general picture of the original Coast Salish people and European colonization. Timelines and...
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How The City Of Surrey – And You – Can Address Surrey’s Coastal Flooding

Climate change affects Surrey in a big way. With 35 km of coastline as well as natural floodplains, there’s a reason why Surrey residents and the local government have to keep one step ahead of Mother Nature’s response to human and natural influences. Even those in the know about what climate change is can be misled to believe it’s a problem geographically removed from where we are. But the truth is, climate change is not just about the glaciers and the polar bears – it’s also about flooding rivers and storm surges. Twenty percent of Surrey is floodplain; this includes Boundary Bay and Mud Bay, the Nicomekl and Serpentine Rivers, through Cloverdale toward Newton, the Campbell River near White Rock and Semiahmoo First Nation. Homes, farms, businesses and wildlife habitat are in a vulnerable situation. Beautiful Mud Bay Park and Crescent Beach, the Nicomekl and Serpentine Rivers, are just a...
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The Dangers Of Online Dating: Vancouver Web Series Launch Party!

I was ready for my interview with Vancouver filmmaker Brianne Nord-Stewart but I needed another minute to compose myself. I had just finished watching the Motorcycle Guy episode of her soon-to-launch web series, The Dangers of Online Dating, and had been laughing so hard I had teared up. Sprawled before me on the floor were my notes on the series, the November 23 launch party date, and my trusty tape recorder for catching those all-important quotes. I was still grinning when Brianne answered and I apologized for calling her a couple minutes late. “I had to finish watching the episode about the Motorcycle Guy,” I explained. And we dove into one of the most fun interviews I have had to date! Our conversation about The Dangers of Online Dating – a comedy series filmed in Vancouver about Paula (Paula Burrows - Motive, The Killing), a sexual health nurse just coming...
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The Ridiculous Darkness: A Ridiculously Funny Play About Colonization

What do you get when you cross the classic novel Heart of Darkness and the Oscar-winning film Apocalypse Now - and throw it on a stage? A large-scale adaptation of the German radio play, Ridiculous Darkness presented by Alley Theatre from November 11-19 at the ANNEX. If you’re looking for something hilarious and bold, grab your tickets now because they are going fast! This is the story of a Somali man seeking understanding after being charged with piracy – but whose case is soon interrupted by the story of two western soldiers entering a foreign (to them) land. They’ve been ordered to retrieve a fellow officer who has gone rogue and killed two of his own comrades. But on their journey ‘down the rabbit hole’, various people and local communities encounter them, and the story becomes an earnest – albeit hilarious – exploration of how difficult, yet vital, it is...
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