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The Independent Investigation Office is on the scene after police shot a man in Whalley during a ‘wellness’ check on Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)

ZYTARUK: Two fatal police shootings in Surrey in 7 days a cause for concern

Either a spectacularly tragic coincidence occurred or something needs fixing, fast

  • Apr 13, 2022

 

Surrey provincial court, where spitting cases have been tried before. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)

ZYTARUK: Cops and gobbers, a Surrey déjà vu

Sadly, people have been spat on here before. Are charges on the way?

 

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ZYTARUK: When revealing vulnerability reveals courage

Courage like this goes a long way toward de-stigmatizing mental health issues

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Rita of Cascia. Image wikipedia/public domain

ZYTARUK: Former Surrey mayor lobbying council to adopt a patron saint for the city

Bob Bose is lobbying council to adopt as our own Sta Rita of Cascia, an Augustinian nun who died in Italy 564 years ago

  • Jun 4, 2021
Rita of Cascia. Image wikipedia/public domain
Surrey <em>Now-Leader</em> reporter Tom Zytaruk looks back on 30-year career
Surrey <em>Now-Leader</em> reporter Tom Zytaruk looks back on 30-year career

ZYTARUK: Surrey journalist been there, still doing that

Sunday marks Tom Zytaruk’s 30-year anniversary of being hired full-time as reporter with Surrey Now, Surrey-North Delta Now, The Now, Now Community serving Surrey, White Rock, North Delta, Surrey Now, and now, Surrey Now-Leader

  • May 21, 2021
Surrey <em>Now-Leader</em> reporter Tom Zytaruk looks back on 30-year career
Surrey <em>Now-Leader</em> reporter Tom Zytaruk looks back on 30-year career
Protesters at Cloverdale Fairgrounds show their support for farmers in India. (File photo: Jason Sveinson)
Protesters at Cloverdale Fairgrounds show their support for farmers in India. (File photo: Jason Sveinson)
An “Ideas Box” greets residents outside the entrance to the city’s first public consultation meeting, on Surrey’s policing transition, at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre on May 23, 2019. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)

ZYTARUK: The Surrey Police Service really needs to get its act together

Credibility is like sweet water in the desert, held in cupped hands. Open your fingers, and it spills onto the sand, gone forever

  • Apr 5, 2021
An “Ideas Box” greets residents outside the entrance to the city’s first public consultation meeting, on Surrey’s policing transition, at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre on May 23, 2019. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Surrey 2018 mayoral candidates Tom Gill, left, and Doug McCallum. (Now-Leader file photos)

ZYTARUK: Surrey mayor’s about-turn on banning handguns is baffling

From ‘simply foolish’ to ‘wholeheartedly support’ is one big jump

  • Feb 17, 2021
Surrey 2018 mayoral candidates Tom Gill, left, and Doug McCallum. (Now-Leader file photos)
Google Maps image of 96 Avenue and 137 Street, Surrey

ZYTARUK: If someone is down on a sidewalk, you help them for God’s sake

Surrey sisters remind us that we are all our brother’s keeper

  • Feb 3, 2021
Google Maps image of 96 Avenue and 137 Street, Surrey
View of Surrey City Hall. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)

ZYTARUK: Divided Surrey council engrossed in mutual crocodile death roll

There’s no seeing eye-to-eye in total war

  • Jan 20, 2021
View of Surrey City Hall. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
According to Facebook’s analytics department, total messaging is up more than 50 per cent over the last month in countries that have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus. (Contributed)

ZYTARUK: Speaking of the truth, and nothing but…

As timeless as the stars, the truth remains constant. It is also purity defined

  • Nov 4, 2020
According to Facebook’s analytics department, total messaging is up more than 50 per cent over the last month in countries that have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus. (Contributed)
B.C.’s parliament building, Victoria. (Photo: Tom Fletcher)

ZYTARUK: Votes come at a premium price. Time to pay the tab

Promises are rained upon the voting public much like confetti being blasted from the maw of a cannon, or particles of ash spewn from an erupting volcano

  • Oct 27, 2020
B.C.’s parliament building, Victoria. (Photo: Tom Fletcher)
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ZYTARUK: Mandatory fees make it hard on post-secondary students

Students are forced to pay a scandalous heap of fees on top of their tuition

  • Sep 28, 2020
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ZYTARUK: Public health, economic health, and the mixed messages in between

ZYTARUK: Public health, economic health, and the mixed messages in between

If you sometimes feel like you’re running Hell’s Gate on a pool noodle, you’re not alone

ZYTARUK: Public health, economic health, and the mixed messages in between
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ZYTARUK: Spanish flu offers good lesson in re-opening during pandemic

Governments are under immense pressure to ease restrictions, considering their inability to control the crowd that’s already liberated itself from the ravages of common sense

  • May 13, 2020
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Photo by Terri Czaplewski, US Forest Service

ZYTARUK: Hey Surrey, time to break out a bored game

Anyone else starting to feel like they’re an outpost?

  • Apr 13, 2020
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ZYTARUK: Hey Surrey, fill your jars with precious rocks

The sand can stay at the beach

  • Mar 30, 2020
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ZYTARUK: Step back, people. Personal space is where it’s at

These days, crowds plus cozy equals — you guessed it — COVIDiots

  • Mar 24, 2020
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Supporters stand with protesters during a rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ont. on Monday, Feb.17, 2020, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to the LNG pipeline in northern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg                                 Supporters stand with protesters during a rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ont. on Monday, Feb.17, 2020, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to the LNG pipeline in northern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

ZYTARUK: Trudeau needs to stop dithering and fix blockade crisis

Trudeau noted Canadians are asking themselves, “What is happening in this country?” He’s got that right

  • Feb 18, 2020
Supporters stand with protesters during a rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ont. on Monday, Feb.17, 2020, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to the LNG pipeline in northern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg                                 Supporters stand with protesters during a rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ont. on Monday, Feb.17, 2020, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to the LNG pipeline in northern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg