Opinion

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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Home-sewn masks help people contain their own droplets, but before going out, ensure a secure fit and don’t fiddle with it or touch your face until you return and remove it. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

GUEST COLUMN: Take care with non-medical cloth masks during COVID-19

If you wear one, don’t touch your face, Dr. Bonnie Henry advises

  • Apr 11, 2020
Home-sewn masks help people contain their own droplets, but before going out, ensure a secure fit and don’t fiddle with it or touch your face until you return and remove it. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Economic impact of COVID-19 will be enormous and difficult to estimate

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • Apr 9, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
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  • Apr 9, 2020
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In light of the impact COVID-19 has had on the community, calls for the shelving of Surrey’s policing plan are growing louder. (Now-Leader file photo)

LETTER: With a long road of recovery ahead, Surrey must keep RCMP

To change for the sake of change shows weak leadership, inability to understand needs of community

  • Apr 8, 2020
In light of the impact COVID-19 has had on the community, calls for the shelving of Surrey’s policing plan are growing louder. (Now-Leader file photo)
Hospital staff with meals prepared by Tandoori Flame/Happy Singh Eats staff. Surrey’s business community, despite having massive challenges of its own, is coming up big for Surrey during the pandemic, argues Now-Leader editor Beau Simpson. (Submitted photo)

SIMPSON: In taking care of its vulnerable, Surrey is showing what it’s made of

Stories about people helping others have overwhelmed the newsroom since COVID-19 hit community

  • Apr 8, 2020
Hospital staff with meals prepared by Tandoori Flame/Happy Singh Eats staff. Surrey’s business community, despite having massive challenges of its own, is coming up big for Surrey during the pandemic, argues Now-Leader editor Beau Simpson. (Submitted photo)
Photo: Kathy Burton

OUR VIEW: Easter story reflected in front-line workers’ sacrifices during pandemic

Of all great things, the greatest of these is love

  • Apr 8, 2020
Photo: Kathy Burton
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents B.C. Centre for Disease Control modelling on spread of COVID-19, March 27, 2020. (B.C. government)

COMMENTARY: Knowing where COVID-19 cases are does not protect you

Dr. Bonnie Henry explains why B.C. withholds community names

  • Apr 7, 2020
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents B.C. Centre for Disease Control modelling on spread of COVID-19, March 27, 2020. (B.C. government)
COLUMN: The other graph that shows B.C. can beat COVID-19

COLUMN: The other graph that shows B.C. can beat COVID-19

Is the curve being flattened? data on hospitalizations provides a crucial answer.

COLUMN: The other graph that shows B.C. can beat COVID-19
Surrey Historical Society president Michael Gibbs (right) awards former MP John Aldag with a certificate of appreciation Feb. 8. Gibbs recently offered advice on how to stay connected during the pandemic. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Surrey Historical Society president Michael Gibbs (right) awards former MP John Aldag with a certificate of appreciation Feb. 8. Gibbs recently offered advice on how to stay connected during the pandemic. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A worker is seen closing the curtains at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Wednesday that the province’s latest death is connected to the Lynn Valley Care Centre, where a majority of deaths in B.C. have taken place. Another 42 residents along with 21 staff members from this care faculty have also been infected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

A worker is seen closing the curtains at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Wednesday that the province’s latest death is connected to the Lynn Valley Care Centre, where a majority of deaths in B.C. have taken place. Another 42 residents along with 21 staff members from this care faculty have also been infected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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  • Apr 2, 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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Image West Gallery co-owner Courtney Johnson lends a smile beside her melodious door collage of hearts. As of March 20, the Ucluelet gift shop that has been in business for 30 years closed indefinitely. (Nora O’Malley photo)

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

Image West Gallery co-owner Courtney Johnson lends a smile beside her melodious door collage of hearts. As of March 20, the Ucluelet gift shop that has been in business for 30 years closed indefinitely. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Screen shot of Surrey mayor Doug McCallum’s March 16 press conference on COVID-19 at city hall. (From City of Surrey video)

POLL: Is the City of Surrey doing enough to deal with COVID-19?

Cast your vote below and email your thoughts to edit@surreynowleader.com

  • Mar 26, 2020
Screen shot of Surrey mayor Doug McCallum’s March 16 press conference on COVID-19 at city hall. (From City of Surrey video)
COVID-19 has killed more than 20,000 people around the world.

COLUMN: Four reasons to hope that B.C. will win COVID-19 fight

Number of hospitalizations in B.C. remain low as thousands of beds freed up

COVID-19 has killed more than 20,000 people around the world.
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  • Mar 26, 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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Some of the hundreds of people queued in multiple lines wait to pay for their purchases at a Costco store, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, March 16, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the closure of Canada’s border to those who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents to slow the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. VIEWS: The good, bad and the ugly of COVID-19

Hoarding doesn’t help anyone – it is unnecessary, selfish, and promotes fear

Some of the hundreds of people queued in multiple lines wait to pay for their purchases at a Costco store, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, March 16, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the closure of Canada’s border to those who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents to slow the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Surrey councillors, from left, Laurie Guerra, Mandeep Nagra and Allison Patton. (Now-Leader file photos)

OUR VIEW: Surrey councillors must lead by example during COVID-19 pandemic

Surrey’s ironically named Safe Surrey Coalition is taking it on the chin this week

  • Mar 18, 2020
Surrey councillors, from left, Laurie Guerra, Mandeep Nagra and Allison Patton. (Now-Leader file photos)