municipal politics

Deb Jack, of Surrey Environmental Partners, stands in front of a Sequoia near city hall. Jack says she wonders where the Safe Surrey Coalition’s petition to save the tree will be submitted, considering it’s the SSC majority on council that makes development decisions. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Petition to save Surrey tree raises eyebrows

Safe Surrey Coalition says it collected 10K electronic signatures to save Sequoia from developer who says it is not at risk

 

Surrey council chambers at city hall. (File photo)

Surrey council opts to hold virtual meetings at its discretion

No hybrid model – a mix of in-person and electronic participation – was considered under the amended bylaw

 

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum presenting his State of the City address on June 1. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Safe Surrey Coalition promises to bring SkyTrain to Newton if re-elected

Brenda Locke, of Surrey Connect, calls the promise ‘a re-announcement of a re-announcement’

 

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Surrey mayor’s slate asks people if board of trade CEO should resign, and to sign petition

‘Our current political state in Surrey is such an embarrassment,’ Anita Huberman says

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Surrey Coun. and mayoral candidate Brenda Locke, pictured in 2021, and Surrey Mayor and mayoral candidate Doug McCallum, pictured in 2022. (File photos: Lauren Collins)

Locke says if she were on Surrey Police Board she’d resign

Councillor filed complaint with Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner concerning McCallum’s chairmanship with criminal charge against him

Surrey Coun. and mayoral candidate Brenda Locke, pictured in 2021, and Surrey Mayor and mayoral candidate Doug McCallum, pictured in 2022. (File photos: Lauren Collins)
Safe Surrey Coalition Councillor Mandeep Nagra. (File photo)

Surrey residents ‘disappointed’ complaints against councillor dismissed

Coun. Mandeep Nagra was the subject of complaints dismissed by Surrey Ethics Commissioner Office

Safe Surrey Coalition Councillor Mandeep Nagra. (File photo)
Surrey Coun. and mayoral candidate Brenda Locke and Surrey Mayor and mayoral candidate Doug McCallum. (File photos: Lauren Collins)

Surrey Mayor brings back vote to defeat motion related to his public mischief charge

Coun. Doug Elford was present for this second vote. Coun. Linda Annis questioned the ‘urgency’

Surrey Coun. and mayoral candidate Brenda Locke and Surrey Mayor and mayoral candidate Doug McCallum. (File photos: Lauren Collins)
A view of Surrey City Hall in Whalley. (File photo)

Surrey council votes to amend Election Procedures Bylaw

Mail-in voting to be expanded to all eligible voters

A view of Surrey City Hall in Whalley. (File photo)
Surrey Coun. Steven Pettigrew. (File photo)

Steven Pettigrew back on the job at Surrey council after medical leave

The city councillor was granted a three-month medical leave until April 30

Surrey Coun. Steven Pettigrew. (File photo)
Veteran politician Gordon Hogg said he is considering requests that he run for mayor in either  Surrey or White Rockin October. (Black Press file photo).

Former White Rock mayor Gordon Hogg mulls a return to civic politics

Veteran politician approached to enter mayoralty races in White Rock, Surrey

Veteran politician Gordon Hogg said he is considering requests that he run for mayor in either  Surrey or White Rockin October. (Black Press file photo).
Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver courthouse. (File photo)

Judge hears Surrey political sign bylaw staff-driven, not by ‘animus,’ council or mayor

Lawyer representing Surrey argues constitutional challenge brought forward for ‘political purposes’ and is a ‘manufactured dispute’

Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver courthouse. (File photo)
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Surrey’s political sign bylaw being challenged in court Tuesday

Lawyer for group of Surrey residents to argue amended bylaw not constitutional

File photo submitted by Walter van Halst.
Frank Bucholtz

AND FRANKLY: There’s plenty for Surrey voters to consider before Oct. 15

Next six months should prove interesting, writes Frank Bucholtz

  • Apr 21, 2022
Frank Bucholtz
Surrey council chambers inside city hall. (File photo)

OUR VIEW: A dark age for civic politics in Surrey

Can anyone deny that this council’s term has not been an all-out circus?

  • Apr 20, 2022
Surrey council chambers inside city hall. (File photo)
Hockey fans load up on beer at a bar in Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2011. The southern Alberta town of Raymond — dry since it was founded more than 100 years ago — is asking residents if they are for or against restaurants serving alcohol. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

‘We’ll see where it goes’: dry Alberta town surveys citizens on its alcohol ban

Raymond, about 240 kilometres south of Calgary, does not allow alcohol service in any establishment

Hockey fans load up on beer at a bar in Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2011. The southern Alberta town of Raymond — dry since it was founded more than 100 years ago — is asking residents if they are for or against restaurants serving alcohol. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Frank Bucholtz

AND FRANKLY: It’s time for a referendum on Surrey police transition

Public consultation on the issue has been lacking since the beginning

  • Mar 9, 2022
Frank Bucholtz
Surrey mayoral candidate says Surrey exchanging control of policing from Ottawa to Victoria but police board executive says that’s not the case. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey’s trading cop control from Ottawa to Victoria, mayoral candidate Brenda Locke says

Melissa Granum, executive director of the Surrey Police Board, says board members are ‘independent’ of government

Surrey mayoral candidate says Surrey exchanging control of policing from Ottawa to Victoria but police board executive says that’s not the case. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
An example of Surrey Mounties and Surrey Police Service officers patrolling the city’s streets together. (File photo: Shane MacKichan)

FOCUS: Can the Surrey policing transition be stopped?

We explore that question in this second of a two-part series examining mayoral candidate Brenda Locke’s pledge, if elected mayor with a supportive majority on Oct. 15, to put the brakes on the controversial transition

An example of Surrey Mounties and Surrey Police Service officers patrolling the city’s streets together. (File photo: Shane MacKichan)
Surrey city Councillor Brenda Locke announcing her intention to run for Surrey mayor, on July 21, 2021. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

FOCUS: Brenda Locke renews pledge to stop Surrey policing transition if elected mayor

To do this, she says she will need sufficient support on council after the Oct. 15 civic election

Surrey city Councillor Brenda Locke announcing her intention to run for Surrey mayor, on July 21, 2021. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey City Hall. (File photo)

Surrey council bursts motion to suspend restaurant bag fees

Safe Surrey Coalition majority votes down Coun. Brenda Locke’s motion

Surrey City Hall. (File photo)