The Surrey-Whalley All Candidates Meeting will take place Thursday, April 27th at SFU Surrey (13450 102 Ave) beginning at 6:30PM for the upcoming Provincial Election (May 9th, 2017). The election for MLA of Surrey-Whalley is held every few years. NDP have held the Surrey-Whalley area since 1986, apart from 2001.
The current incumbent is MLA Bruce Ralston of the NDP, who is running for re-election. Other candidates in the running include Rita Fromholt of the Green Party, Sargy Chima of the Liberal Party, Kristian Sullivan of the BC Libertarian Party, and George Gidora of the Communist Party of BC.
Each of the candidates will be forwarded a list of questions from the Downtown Surrey BIA to be answered at the All Candidates Forum. Each candidate will give a short opening statement and be asked a series of questions from the DSBIA and SFU. The forum will take no longer than two hours.
In attendance at the All Candidates Meeting will be MLA Bruce Ralston of the NDP, Rita Fromholt of the Green Party, Sargy Chima of the Liberal Party, and George Gidora of the Communist Party. All candidates have been asked to answer questions pertinent to our area. Here are their answers.
George Gidora – Communist Party of BC
SFU Surrey (13450 102 Ave)
April 27, 2017
Join the Surrey RCMP and partners for a Neighbourhood Safety Meeting to learn more about crime trends in your neighbourhood. You will have an opportunity to discuss your concerns and make recommendations on ways to improve safety in your neighbourhood. Pre-registration is not required.
For more information, please visit the RCMP’s website.
Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre (13548 107A Ave)
Thursday, April 13
Businesses and non-profit organizations in the Downtown Surrey BIA area are invited to attend a round table event to provide feedback on the issues and concerns in the area.
The BIA has invited Surrey RCMP, Social Planning, Lookout Society, Bylaws, Fraser Health, and more to attend the round table to listen to the concerns of businesses and non-profits.
There will be a light breakfast of fruit, muffins, and coffee for those who attend.
Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre (13548 107A Ave)
Thursday, April 6
For more information, please call the DSBIA office at 604.580.2321
Join us on Saturday, April 22nd at City Hall Plaza for Party for the Planet. This free event will take place from 10:00am – 6:00pm and consist of activities, performances, and headlining artist Shawn Hook. Shawn Hook is best known for his single “Sound of Your Heart,” which has over 17 million worldwide streams on Spotify and is certified platinum in Canada.
Party for the Planet is BC’s largest Earth Day celebration. In 2016, approximately 20,000 people attended! The DSBIA will be doing the Kids World eco-friendly arts and crafts booth. There will also be a tree and plant sale, including apple, cherry, pear, fig, plum trees, and many more. Be sure to check out the enviro bungee, rock climbing wall, and Safeway’s bike-powered smoothie stop!
Fortis is planning upgrades in our area to ensure the reliability and integrity of the system to meet current and future energy needs.
Want to attend the information session? Visit talkingenergy/infosessions now to register for the following information session:
January 24, 2017 from 6-8pm at City Centre Library (room 120 – 10350 University Drive)
Christmas is coming early to King George Boulevard! From now until December 12th 2016, celebrate #ChristmasOnTheGeorge, a chance to #EatLocal, #ShopLocal, and win one of many fabulous gift baskets valued at over $400.
To enter, all you need to do is go into a participating business and ask for your Christmas on the George entry form! Participating businesses will have the above sign displayed outside their storefront, and there is a list of them below. No purchase is required (however we would love if you chose to support our local businesses) and each person is allowed ONE entry per store. The winners of the contest will be announced on December 12th at our Mugs and Mingle event, which will take place inside our office at 10362 King George Blvd from 4-6 pm. This event will provide free coffee and hot chocolate, and serve as an opportunity for members of the community and local businesses to mingle and talk with each other. The winners will also be announced on our social media channels following the Mugs and Mingle event.
We encourage you to follow our social media channels for updates on the Christmas on the George contest, business promos from shops participating in the contest, as well as sneak peeks at some of the prizes included in the gift baskets! You can follow us at:
Facebook – @downtownsurreybia | Twitter – @dtsurreybia | Instagram – @dtsurrey
If you have any questions or comments about the contest, you can contact us at 604-580-2321. Thanks for choosing to celebrate #ChristmasOnTheGeorge with us this holiday season!
List of Business Participating:
- African Cultural Village (10679 King George Blvd)
- Blenz (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
- Browns Social House (9666 King George Blvd)
- Bros BBQ (13652 Grosvenor Rd)
- Bozzini’s (13655 104 Ave)
- Canadian Tire (13665 102 Ave)
- Craving for a Game (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
- Fukuda Sushi (10537 King George Blvd)
- Lorenzo Clothing (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
- Mucho Burrito (9666 King George Blvd)
- Nahm Thai (13650 102 Ave)
- Northwest Eye Doctor (13737 96 Ave)
- Pharmasave (10654 King George Blvd)
- Past Time Sports (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
- Pet Solutions (10602 King George Blvd)
- Round Up Café (10449 King George Blvd)
- Safeway (10355 King George Blvd)
- Save-On-Foods (10312 King George Blvd)
- Staples (10136 King George Blvd)
- Starbucks (10362 King George Blvd)
- Sprite Computers (13597 King George Blvd)
- Shoppers Drug Mart (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
- Tandy Leather (13624 108 Ave)
- Taste of Punjab (10009 Whalley Blvd)
- Whalley Optical (10706 King George Blvd)
From The City of Surrey:
Across Canada, cities are increasingly turning to social innovation to address complex community-based issues including poverty, addiction, unemployment, affordable housing, health and safety. In Surrey, we’re also seeing that new ideas, more creativity and greater collaboration between government, agencies, academics, and the community can have dramatic positive impacts on people and organizations. On November 23rd, some of Canada’s most effective and inspiring social innovation leaders will come to the 2nd Annual Surrey Social Innovation Summit to share their unique experience and insight, along with social innovation success stories from their communities. It’s a chance for us to carry on the conversation from last year’s inaugural Summit and to explore new ways to build better communities. Please join us at this exciting event and add your voice to this exciting dialogue for change. To register and learn more, please visit http://www.surrey.ca/community/19760.aspx.
On Saturday November 19th, watch the magical 55 foot Christmas tree in City Hall Plaza twinkle with lights at Surrey’s annual Tree Lighting Festival.
Every year, the City of Surrey decorates an enormous Christmas tree and holds a full day of fun events in the plaza at New City Hall. Come down this year from 12-7 pm to enjoy some free activities, get a head start on your Christmas shopping, and watch as the Christmas tree springs to life with dazzling lights.
While the tree isn’t officially lit until the evening, the fun begins long before that and it will be easy to make a full day of the event. There will be tons of ways to get into the Christmas spirit, such as festive crafts, games, and local entertainers. There will be a craft table inside City Hall, as well as stations set up with face painters and a balloon animal artist. There will also be events held inside City Centre Library. Those children who have been good all year may even get a chance to meet the one and only Santa Claus! Santa will be in the plaza throughout the day picking up letters and Christmas wish lists from children and posing for photos. You can check the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival’s website on November 1st for more news about fun events and local performers that will be appearing on that day.
If you’re in the giving mood this holiday season, show some support for the Surrey Christmas Bureau by stopping by their booth at the festival. They will be holding a sucker pole, where you can purchase suckers for 25 cents each. If your sucker has a black dot at the bottom, you win a prize! They will also be accepting donations to make sure every child wakes up to a present this Christmas.
As always, the festival is free of charge, so enjoy a festive day out with family and friends and join us at City Hall Plaza for a celebration of Christmas Spirit!
Saturday, November 19th 2016
The Plaza at New City Hall and Atrium
13450 104th Avenue, Surrey, B.C., V3T 1V8
On Wednesday November 2nd, Dr. Terry Waterhouse, the Director of Public Safety Strategies for the City of Surrey, will be speaking about the City of Surrey’s new Public Safety Strategy at our Community Safety Breakfast. His talk will include topics such as keeping your business safe online and updates on safety initiatives.
The breakfast will run from 7:30 am till 9:00 am at Knight & Day Restaurant, and is free for all Downtown Surrey businesses. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call us at 604-580-2321.
Date: Wednesday November 2nd 2016. 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Location:9677 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC