Letters

Surrey councillors, from left, Brenda Locke, Jack Hundial and Steven Pettigrew. (Now-Leader file photos)

LETTER: Behaviour of Surrey’s turncoat councillors is shameless

Doug McCallum’s platform was quite clear to establish Surrey police force – and so we should

  • Oct 3, 2019
Surrey councillors, from left, Brenda Locke, Jack Hundial and Steven Pettigrew. (Now-Leader file photos)
A frustrated reader in Surrey wants to know why seem to be more worked up about Trudeau’s past dress-up antics than we are with the sorry state of our health care system. (File photos)

LETTER: Forget Trudeau’s face-painting, let’s talk about our dysfunctional country

My pregnant daughter was turned away from jam-packed Surrey hospital, yet we focus on silliness

  • Sep 27, 2019
A frustrated reader in Surrey wants to know why seem to be more worked up about Trudeau’s past dress-up antics than we are with the sorry state of our health care system. (File photos)
LETTER: Sources in cannabis cultivation story could be better balanced

LETTER: Sources in cannabis cultivation story could be better balanced

A reader responds to part of Black Press Media’s special series on cannabis agriculture in B.C.

  • Sep 19, 2019
LETTER: Sources in cannabis cultivation story could be better balanced
Surrey’s mayor has been taking heat over his stance on ride sharing in Surrey. (Photo: Black Press Media)

LETTER: Surrey mayor exists in political silo when it comes to issues like ride hailing

Like Trump, McCallum is pandering to small majority of supporters for political gain

  • Sep 18, 2019
Surrey’s mayor has been taking heat over his stance on ride sharing in Surrey. (Photo: Black Press Media)
Surrey mayor Doug McCallum, left, is taking fire for his staunch opposition to ride-sharing services. (Black Press Media file photos)

LETTER: Mayor’s ride-sharing stance is embarrassing for Surrey

Doug McCallum should think put public’s needs ahead of his taxi driver friends, reader argues

  • Sep 13, 2019
Surrey mayor Doug McCallum, left, is taking fire for his staunch opposition to ride-sharing services. (Black Press Media file photos)
Wildfire near B.C.-Yukon border, August 2018. After two summers of widespread fires, 2019’s fire season has been mild with significant rain in July and August. (Jackie Hong/Yukon News)

LETTERS: B.C. Views column downplays urgency of climate change

‘Tom Fletcher should propose real solutions to climate crisis’

  • Aug 13, 2019
Wildfire near B.C.-Yukon border, August 2018. After two summers of widespread fires, 2019’s fire season has been mild with significant rain in July and August. (Jackie Hong/Yukon News)
Youngsters lay down as they take part in a student climate protest at the bottom of Westminster Bridge in London, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. The coordinated ‘school strike’ was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Youngsters lay down as they take part in a student climate protest at the bottom of Westminster Bridge in London, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. The coordinated ‘school strike’ was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
LETTER: Residents of North Surrey deserve a recreation centre where we live

LETTER: Residents of North Surrey deserve a recreation centre where we live

‘Does anyone out there share my concerns?’

  • Jul 3, 2019
LETTER: Residents of North Surrey deserve a recreation centre where we live
Louisiana Pacific has announced it is temporarily shutting down its oriented strandboard mill at Fort St. John B.C., while continuing production at its Grande Prairie, Alberta plant. Norbord has announced its 100 Mile House OSB plant is closing indefinitely. (Wikimedia Commons)

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

  • Jun 15, 2019
Louisiana Pacific has announced it is temporarily shutting down its oriented strandboard mill at Fort St. John B.C., while continuing production at its Grande Prairie, Alberta plant. Norbord has announced its 100 Mile House OSB plant is closing indefinitely. (Wikimedia Commons)
Port Mann Bridge replacement nears completion, August 2012. The province said the Port Mann-Highway 1 project came in on budget, $2.46 billion for the design-build contract, $3.3 billion for the total cost. (TI Corp)

B.C. Building Trades, not taxpayers, financed my Red Seal training

Union representative responds to Tom Fletcher’s column

  • Jun 5, 2019
Port Mann Bridge replacement nears completion, August 2012. The province said the Port Mann-Highway 1 project came in on budget, $2.46 billion for the design-build contract, $3.3 billion for the total cost. (TI Corp)
Replacement of the Pattullo Bridge between Surrey and New Westminster is one of the projects designated for 19 international unions affiliated with the B.C. and Yukon Building Trades Council. (Black Press Media)

LETTER: Fletcher ‘blurs reality’ on B.C. union public construction

Bridge, highway projects awarded to companies, not unions

  • May 21, 2019
Replacement of the Pattullo Bridge between Surrey and New Westminster is one of the projects designated for 19 international unions affiliated with the B.C. and Yukon Building Trades Council. (Black Press Media)
B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming at a funding announcement for new school playground equipment, March 2019. (B.C. government)

Building a better learning environment for B.C. students

Minister’s message for Education Week, April 23-27

  • Apr 20, 2019
B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming at a funding announcement for new school playground equipment, March 2019. (B.C. government)
LETTER: B.C.’s speculation tax is a wealth tax when it comes to second properties

LETTER: B.C.’s speculation tax is a wealth tax when it comes to second properties

Ingrid Rice is a cartoonist who lives in North Vancouver

  • Apr 15, 2019
LETTER: B.C.’s speculation tax is a wealth tax when it comes to second properties
Dokie Ridge wind farm near Chetwynd B.C. in 2010. B.C.’s existing wind energy is mostly near the Peace River dams in northeastern B.C. (Black Press files)

LETTERS: Student demand to stop carbon fuel use can’t be achieved

Nuclear power is the only technology that would do it quickly

  • Apr 2, 2019
Dokie Ridge wind farm near Chetwynd B.C. in 2010. B.C.’s existing wind energy is mostly near the Peace River dams in northeastern B.C. (Black Press files)
Cellphones provide an important connection for youth in Surrey, as issues such as a lack of transit make it hard to facilitate face-to-face conversations with friends. (Jessica S. Irvin / Unsplash)

YOUTH VOICE: Surrey teens on the biggest challenges they face today

Demonization of social media, lack of housing, tackling social isolation and more

  • Mar 28, 2019
Cellphones provide an important connection for youth in Surrey, as issues such as a lack of transit make it hard to facilitate face-to-face conversations with friends. (Jessica S. Irvin / Unsplash)
These flowers in the lobby of a mosque on 124th Street and 72nd Avenue show Surrey residents are warm and sympathetic, the congregation says. (Photo submitted)

LETTER: Flowers for New Zealand mosque shooting victims show Surrey cares

Congregation thankful for residents’ warmth and sympathy after heartbreaking tragedy

  • Mar 21, 2019
These flowers in the lobby of a mosque on 124th Street and 72nd Avenue show Surrey residents are warm and sympathetic, the congregation says. (Photo submitted)
Chilliwack grad says modest dress codes don’t protect girls from assault

Chilliwack grad says modest dress codes don’t protect girls from assault

Sardis alumni was ‘catcalled, harassed, and groped by my male classmates’ despite modest clothing

  • Mar 18, 2019
Chilliwack grad says modest dress codes don’t protect girls from assault
A “Be Kind” message is printed on the 2019 Pink Shirt Day T-shirts available at London Drugs stores. (submitted photo)
A “Be Kind” message is printed on the 2019 Pink Shirt Day T-shirts available at London Drugs stores. (submitted photo)
Rendering of an apartment building that’s part of a planned development at 8205 King George Blvd., formerly home to the Beladean Motel in Newton. (Photo: surrey.ca)

LETTER: Bravo to Pettigrew for stance against redevelopment plan on King George Blvd.

Re: ‘Plan to redevelop old motel site too dense, Pettigrew says,’ Feb. 22.

  • Feb 25, 2019
Rendering of an apartment building that’s part of a planned development at 8205 King George Blvd., formerly home to the Beladean Motel in Newton. (Photo: surrey.ca)
B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson and MLAs at the B.C. legislature. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

LETTER: Fletcher forgets B.C. Liberals’ ‘weasel party’ at legislature

Salary escalation occurred under Gordon Campbell’s watch

  • Feb 12, 2019
B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson and MLAs at the B.C. legislature. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)