It was a cold and wet West Coast winter day yesterday, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the smiling faces and warmth displayed by Peace Arch Elementary students as Joe Woodworth and I picked up the latest batch of backpacks for Operation Backpack yesterday!
Initiated by Nicole Hurtubise, a teacher at the school, each class had collected items for these backpacks with care and attention to what refugee children from Syria or elsewhere, would need and like.
Taking part in this initiative was an extension of the other ways the school community gives back and helps those less fortunate, in learning to be socially responsible for themselves and those around them.
These backpacks, like the others already collected and delivered, will be distributed through Options – a front line agency that is and will continue to assist Syrian and other refugees coming into Surrey.
The most desperate need is still housing – basement suites, rooms, apartments etc. You can call the Immigrant Services Society to register if you have housing you can help with. http://www.issbc.org/
Sexual assault in Whalley
Surrey RCMP is releasing a composite sketch of the suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted and stabbed a woman on February 2nd in the City Centre area.
On February 2nd at approximately 2:00 am, residents in the 13200 block of 105th Avenue called police after hearing a woman screaming. The investigation indicates a woman met an unknown male and together they walked into a secluded walkway. The suspect then allegedly sexually assaulted the victim and stabbed her before fleeing the scene. A nearby Good Samaritan drove her to the hospital where she is recovering from serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The victim was able to provide a detailed description of her attacker resulting in the preparation of a composite sketch (see attached).
The suspect is described as a black male with a slight build, 5’10” to 5’11” in height, and approximately 30 years old. He speaks with a slight accent and was wearing black pants and a black hoodie.
Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit (SVU) is spearheading this investigation and is requesting anyone with more information to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
Back row FATHERS and teachers
White Rock councillor HELEN FATHERS on Tuesday hosted an elementary class from White Rock elementary at her place of work, city hall.
FATHERS has taken time out of her busy schedule over her past two terms to introduce the youngest members of our community to city council and the council chambers.
Local MP DIANNE WATTS Receives Major Committee Appointment
The Prairies are represented on the transportation, infrastructure and communities committee by Conservative Kelly Block from the Saskatchewan riding of Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek and the NDP’s Linda Duncan from Edmonton Strathcona.
The other Conservative members are Luc Berthold of Megantic-L’Erable in Quebec and Dianne L. Watts from South Surrey-White Rock in B.C. With two major items on the table for Surrey (light rail) and White Rock ( moving the rail line) this news is very welcome to both communities.
February 04, 2016
Please Sign The Petition
The City of Surrey Council is considering a proposal to rezone an agriculture property on the banks of the Little Campbell River to “Light Industry” The developer intends to construct a truck parking and
maintenance facility on the site. This property is only 2,400 meters upstream from the Little Campbell Hatchery. It is inevitable that petroleum and other contaminants will enter the river from this site.
This could very well lead to the loss of the salmon and trout in this river that has taken club volunteers 59 years to restore. The development site is located on the south side of 16th Avenue between 192nd & 194th
The river runs through the northern section of this property. If you are opposed to the proposed development please make the City of Surrey Mayor and Council aware of your position.
Surrey will be one of the first cities in Canada to embark on a full conversion of street lighting to LED. Council endorsed the five year implementation strategy at Monday's Regular Council meeting to replace 28,000 existing street lights with LED roadway lighting technology. The first phase of the plan will see the conversion of 7,100 street lamps to LED lighting in Guildford and City Centre.
“The move to convert our street lighting to LED is another example of Surrey being at the forefront of Smart Cities,” says Mayor Linda Hepner. “For motorists, cyclists and pedestrians the LED lights will enhance visibility and safety. LED lights also consume less power than the current sodium lights, which will result in significant cost savings to the City once the conversion is complete.”
Compared to sodium lights, LED lights make it easier for road users to see pedestrians and signs, and the lighting quality of LED’s also result in reduced eyestrain and fatigue.
Once the street lighting upgrade has been completed city wide, the high efficiency and life expectancy of LED lights will result in approximately $1,000,000 in annual savings in reduced power consumption and maintenance costs. The cost of replacing the City’s lighting fixtures to LED lights is estimated at $11,000,000.
EVE LEES our resident health columnist offers several options and practical tips to reduce or eliminate chlorine in our drinking water
A man called home to his wife and said, "Honey I have been asked to go fishing up in Canada with my boss & several of his friends. We'll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I've been wanting, so could you please pack enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and fishing box? We're leaving from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up" "Oh! Please pack my new blue silk pajamas."
The wife thinks this sounds a bit fishy but being the good wife she is, did exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend he came home a little tired but otherwise looking good. The wife welcomed him home and asked if he caught many fish?
He said, "Yes! Lots of Salmon, some Bluegill, and a few Swordfish. But why didn't you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?"
The wife replied, "I did. They're in your fishing box!"
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Amazing healing sessions between humans and a resident wolf with a neurological disorder. One of many interactions at Earthfire Institute that deepens our understanding and connection with wildlife. For more information visit Amazing healing sessions between humans and a resident wolf with a neurological disorder. One of many interactions at Earthfire Institute that deepens our understanding and connection with wildlife. For more information visit www.earthfireinstitute.org
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