Lauren Collins

Surrey Fire Service on scene at a fire in the 9900-block of 121st Street Thursday morning (Jan. 14, 2021). (Photo: Shane MacKichan)

Fire damages Surrey home

House is in the 9900-block of 121st Street

Surrey Fire Service on scene at a fire in the 9900-block of 121st Street Thursday morning (Jan. 14, 2021). (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Loretta Hibbs, Founder and President of City Dream Centre and Jodie Reimer who is a key volunteer.

Surrey-wide food program delivers 1,000 hampers with help of $20,000-grant

SurreyCares Community Foundation provides funding to City Dream Centre initiative

Loretta Hibbs, Founder and President of City Dream Centre and Jodie Reimer who is a key volunteer.
An overnight windstorm caused power outages throughout the Lower Mainland, including in Surrey. BC Hydro says crews are working on the outages this morning (Jan. 13, 2021). (Map: BC Hydro)

Wind storm causes power outages in parts of Surrey

A few thousand are without power, mostly in Cloverdale and South Surrey

An overnight windstorm caused power outages throughout the Lower Mainland, including in Surrey. BC Hydro says crews are working on the outages this morning (Jan. 13, 2021). (Map: BC Hydro)
Police on the scene of a homicide in Morgan Heights in South Surrey on Jan. 6, 2021. It’s one of the six recent shootings in the Lower Mainland in a little more than two weeks. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Surrey RCMP continues ‘targeted enforcement’ after multiple gang-related shootings

Since Dec. 27, there have been six reported shootings in the Lower Mainland, with three in Surrey

Police on the scene of a homicide in Morgan Heights in South Surrey on Jan. 6, 2021. It’s one of the six recent shootings in the Lower Mainland in a little more than two weeks. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Nelson Mendonca teaching someone how knit a toque by looming. Mendonca has been teaching people at Phoenix Society how to knit and the “toquers” are knitting to help fundraise for the Surrey-Whalley 2021 Coldest Night of the Year virtual fundraiser. (Photo submitted: Amy Reid)
Nelson Mendonca teaching someone how knit a toque by looming. Mendonca has been teaching people at Phoenix Society how to knit and the “toquers” are knitting to help fundraise for the Surrey-Whalley 2021 Coldest Night of the Year virtual fundraiser. (Photo submitted: Amy Reid)
Guildford Seniors Village, located in Surrey. (Image: Google Maps)

Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreaks at two Surrey long-term care homes

Outbreaks at Suncreek Village and Guildford Seniors Village

Guildford Seniors Village, located in Surrey. (Image: Google Maps)
The Ministry of Health announced Jan. 7, 2021 that it would begin releasing weekly updates on COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term case, assisted living and independent living facilities. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

MAP: COVID-19 outbreaks in Surrey, White Rock, Delta care homes

Interactive map shows active, archived outbreaks at local facilities

The Ministry of Health announced Jan. 7, 2021 that it would begin releasing weekly updates on COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term case, assisted living and independent living facilities. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A Surrey transport truck driver has been arrested for impaired driving and driving while prohibited after North Vancouver RCMP said the driver “left the roadway and collided with an overpass support structure on Highway 1. (Photo: RCMP handout)

Surrey transport truck driver arrested for impaired driving after crash on Highway 1

Police say driver ‘left the roadway and collided’ with overpass support structure

A Surrey transport truck driver has been arrested for impaired driving and driving while prohibited after North Vancouver RCMP said the driver “left the roadway and collided with an overpass support structure on Highway 1. (Photo: RCMP handout)
Central City Brewing Co. pub in Whalley in Whalley has closed. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey’s Central City Taphouse location listed for sale

A Nov. 4 release said the company’s restaurants would be closing ‘temporarily’

Central City Brewing Co. pub in Whalley in Whalley has closed. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, Surrey had 16,109 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while South Surrey/White Rock had 1,131. (Map: BCCDC)

In 2020, Surrey had at least 31% of B.C.’s total COVID-19 cases

Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, there were 16,109 cases

Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, Surrey had 16,109 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while South Surrey/White Rock had 1,131. (Map: BCCDC)
Surrey Fire Service, BC Ambulance Service and Surrey RCMP were on scene in the 13600-block of 94A Avenue in Whalley Wednesday after a man reportedly fell into a creek and had to be rescued. A Black Press Media freelancer said the man was in “grave condition” after being rescued. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)

Man suffering from ‘severe hypothermia’ after fall into Surrey creek

Incident happened in the 13600-block of 94A Avenue, near Surrey Memorial Hospital

Surrey Fire Service, BC Ambulance Service and Surrey RCMP were on scene in the 13600-block of 94A Avenue in Whalley Wednesday after a man reportedly fell into a creek and had to be rescued. A Black Press Media freelancer said the man was in “grave condition” after being rescued. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
According to an information bulletin Tuesday (Jan. 5), the COVID-19 outbreak at CareLife Fleetwood is over. (Photo: fraserhealth.ca)
According to an information bulletin Tuesday (Jan. 5), the COVID-19 outbreak at CareLife Fleetwood is over. (Photo: fraserhealth.ca)
A 2019 photo of the site of what is now The Cove Shelter, which is operated by Surrey Urban Mission Society. Crews were working inside of this corner unit just days before it officially opened. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Fraser Health says COVID-19 outbreak over at Surrey shelter

The outbreak was first declared on Dec. 2

A 2019 photo of the site of what is now The Cove Shelter, which is operated by Surrey Urban Mission Society. Crews were working inside of this corner unit just days before it officially opened. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
Police on scene of a shooting in the 11000-block of 148A Street in Surrey on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. On Tuesday, police confirmed the shooting was believed to be targeted and the victim was a 14-year-old boy who was “known to police.” (Photo: Curtis Kreklau)

‘One too many’: Gang education, awareness is key after teen killed in targeted shooting in Surrey

In less than 24 hours, a 14- and 19-year-old were killed in separate targeted shootings

Police on scene of a shooting in the 11000-block of 148A Street in Surrey on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. On Tuesday, police confirmed the shooting was believed to be targeted and the victim was a 14-year-old boy who was “known to police.” (Photo: Curtis Kreklau)
Surrey’s first baby of 2021 was born at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Rehmat Pangli was born at 12:29 a.m., weighing seven pounds one ounce. (Photo: Fraser Health/Instagram)

Surrey’s first baby of 2021 born 29 minutes after midnight

Rehmat Pangli was born at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Surrey’s first baby of 2021 was born at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Rehmat Pangli was born at 12:29 a.m., weighing seven pounds one ounce. (Photo: Fraser Health/Instagram)
The Community Thrift Store, a partnership between the Surrey Hospice Society and the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society, in Newton has taken another blow. The store’s van, which transports donations, was stolen from Fire Hall 17 in South Surrey on Dec. 29, 2020. (Submitted photo: Dylan Van Rooyen)

Theft of Surrey firefighters’ thrift store van ‘disheartening’

Vehicle recovered, but charitable society vice-president says it wasn’t driveable

The Community Thrift Store, a partnership between the Surrey Hospice Society and the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society, in Newton has taken another blow. The store’s van, which transports donations, was stolen from Fire Hall 17 in South Surrey on Dec. 29, 2020. (Submitted photo: Dylan Van Rooyen)
People wait to board a bus at Newton Exhange on Dec. 17, 2020. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
People wait to board a bus at Newton Exhange on Dec. 17, 2020. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
One-year-old baby Aryan Singh Deol with his father Gaganpreet Singh Deol and mother Harpreet Kaur Deol outside the family’s home in Newton in August. Aryan, who has a rare genetic disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), will get the treatment he needs thanks to the $2.8 million collected during an online fundraising effort during the spring and summer months. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Despite the pandemic, it wasn’t all sad stories in Surrey

Here is some of Surrey’s most heartwarming news

One-year-old baby Aryan Singh Deol with his father Gaganpreet Singh Deol and mother Harpreet Kaur Deol outside the family’s home in Newton in August. Aryan, who has a rare genetic disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), will get the treatment he needs thanks to the $2.8 million collected during an online fundraising effort during the spring and summer months. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Advocates are pushing for more diverse-language messaging when it comes to education and prevention around the COVID-19 pandemic. Some there has been some messaging around holidays, but it needs to be more frequent. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Advocates call for more multilingual messaging for education, awareness about COVID-19

The second in a two-part series looks at why pandemic has hit Surrey so hard

Advocates are pushing for more diverse-language messaging when it comes to education and prevention around the COVID-19 pandemic. Some there has been some messaging around holidays, but it needs to be more frequent. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Shoppers stand in line to pay for their purchases at a Costco store, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in March. (File photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Surrey’s most-read online stories from 2020

These are some of the stories you clicked on the most this year

Shoppers stand in line to pay for their purchases at a Costco store, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in March. (File photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)