SURREY — Looking forward, there are many things we’d like to see come to pass in 2017.
Last year at this time we published a wish-list of headlines we’d hoped to write — that is, if they came true — over the course of 2016. Unfortunately, they didn’t materialize so we’re hoping they might in the new year.
These were, and are, in no particular order:
• Surrey Eagles win the Royal Bank Cup
• Surrey Innovation Boulevard scientists discover cure for cancer
• Surrey records lowest homicide rate in 58 years
• Fraser Health removes pay parking at hospitals
• Delta’s new Massey Bridge won’t be tolled after all
• Food Bank closes for lack of clients
• Everyone who resolved to quit smoking succeeds
This year, we hope also to see an end to all these fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths.
We hope we will be reporting that the best candidates were elected or re-elected in May’s provincial election.
We would also love to see an end to the drive-by shootings that plagued our city in 2016 and 2015.
More affordable housing for families and fewer issues surrounding homelessness – not to mention more support and services for people with mental illness – would make for a great 2017 in our books.
We would love to report on real solutions that help ease the pressure on Surrey’s overcrowded schools – and that includes Surrey city council actually saying ‘no’ to a developer every now and then.
Finally, we would love to report that the Surrey Knights Junior B hockey team – who are still winless this season – smite their on-ice foes with all kind of victories in 2017.
Here’s to 2017, happiness and prosperity for all!