All Candidates Meeting

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

6:30PM-8:30PM

RCMP Neighbourhood Safety Meeting

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
6:30PM-8:30PM

Party for the Planet 2017

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!

Surrey’s Canada 150 Program Launch

Mayor Linda Hepner kicked off Surrey’s City-wide Canada 150 Program last Tuesday, February 21st at City Hall. As part of the announcement, the City had a number of performers and entertainers, including Laura Grizzly Paws, and a Canadian cover band.

Mayor Hepner announced that for Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, the City of Surrey will feature a number of special concerts and events. On April 22nd, Party for the Planet returns to Surrey City Hall with feature headliner Shawn Hook, best known for his single “Sound of Your Heart.”

On July 1st, the largest Western Canada Day Concert will take place at Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre with Canada-based group Hedley, who has garnered over 60 million video views and 17 number one MuchMusic videos.

Surrey Fusion Festival at Holland Park will be held on July 22-23rd, with the internationally successful Nelly Furtado headlining the event. Furtado has over 16 million records sold world-wide and her two-decade career has reached every part of the globe.

Canada 150 zones will be incorporated at every major event this summer, which showcase our history and include Canadian-themes activities. There will also be local performances by First Nation’s performers, hoop dancers, French-Canadian artists, and more.

The Bike Patrol

The bike patrol is part of the DSBIA’s ongoing efforts to address safety concerns in the area with the goal of creating a vibrant and livable downtown. In addition riding throughout the area each shift monitoring “hot spots”, they meet regularly with the Surrey RCMP and the DSBIA to discuss data they compile from incident reports and security responses.

The bike patrol observes the Downtown Surrey area for nuisance activity and responds accordingly. They encourage DSBIA members to be proactive regarding security of their premises and the safety of their employees, and can be easily identified by the markings on their yellow jackets.

If you have nuisance concerns on your property and need assistance from the bike patrol, please call the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association from Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm at 604-580-2321. After hours (Monday to Friday between 5-7 pm and Saturday 9 am – 7pm) please contact Concord Security and ask for the DSBIA Bike Patrol at 604-689-4005.

Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm: 604-580-2321

Monday to Friday, 5 pm – 7 pm: 604-689-4005

Saturday, 9 am – 7 pm: 604-689-4005

Explore The George

Downtown Surrey is growing at an unprecedented pace, transforming into an urban downtown core. “The George,” formally known as King George Boulevard, runs right through a community of businesses, large and small. With a wealth of restaurants and shops, a developing medical technology hub, an expanding financial district, and some of the best post-secondary education in British Columbia, Downtown Surrey is your ideal urban community to work, live, and explore.

There are so many ways you can #ExploreTheGeorge any day of the year. Visit our website to get to know our local businesses and learn how you can start exploring the George!

http://explorethegeorge.com/

Impacts on Business Round Table

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
8:00AM-9:00AM
Free

For more information, please call the DSBIA office at 604.580.2321

DSBIA Members Get Your Survey In

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is up for renewal in 2018. The current term ends March 31, 2018. As such, The Downtown Surrey BIA is surveying its members to determine the membership’s priorities over the next five years. The BIA provides a way for property owners and businesses to join together to promote and improve the economic vitality of their business district.

We have mailed out copies of the survey via unaddressed ad-mail to all BIA members. Please return the surveys to the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association at #330-10362 King George Blvd or fax to 604.580.6321 or email info@downtownsurreybia.com at your earliest convenience.

The survey is also available online and all surveys will be kept confidential. Take the survey here.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the BIA office at 604.580.2321 or email us at info@downtownsurreybia.com

Information Session

fortisbc-tag-stackedl-c-cmykFortis is planning upgrades in our area to ensure the reliability and integrity of the system to meet current and future energy needs.

Visit talkingenergy.ca/systemupgrades

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)

 

 

 

Public Responsibility During Snow and Ice Conditions

Remember that residents and businesses are responsible under City Bylaws to clear any accumulated snow from sidewalks located adjacent to their property as soon as possible to ensure the safety of pedestrians. In our temperate climate where snow can melt during the day and freeze into ice overnight, it is important to keep pathways where people could slip and fall clear of any snow or ice.

For snow shovels, salt, or anything else you might need during these winter conditions, visit a local shop such as Canadian Tire (13665 102 Ave) or Walmart (2151 – 10153 King George Blvd).