• A study by the non-profit group Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. determined that the V3W postal code in the Newton neighbourhood of Surrey was the most indebted area of Metro Vancouver when factoring in what residents owe compared to their assets.
• Six young Surrey residents – Melissa Du (age 9), Stanford Guo (12), Qiyang Hong (15), Cheng Jun Li (10), Carolyne Shi (9) and Leo Sun (14) – were awarded gold medals from The Royal Conservatory of Music for scoring the top marks in B.C. on their respective conservatory exams, during a Nov. 6 event at Vancouver’s Chan Centre for Performing Arts.
• Top fundraisers during last week’s “Sleep Out Vancouver” event for Covenant House were Surrey-based Joseph Richard Group chef Matt Stowe and CEO Ryan Moreno, who raised more than $35,000 for the cause.
• Surrey Urban Mission will distribute custom-designed CITYPAK backpacks to the city’s homeless population this week, in partnership with Wolfe Auto Group and Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver.
• B.C.’s new 15 per cent foreign buyers tax on Metro Vancouver homes may be spurring more offshore real estate investors to instead snap up farmland and then build monster houses on soil that should grow food.
• The Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre has been lauded again for its design, this time as “the world’s top structural engineering project” by the Institution of Structural Engineers (iStructE) at a ceremony in London, England, on Nov. 11.
compiled by Now staff