Editorials

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. (Now-Leader file photo)

OUR VIEW: Surrey mayor’s mixed messages concerning

McCallum came out swinging on major issues during his campaign, but lately he appears to be boxing himself into a corner

  • Dec 24, 2018
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. (Now-Leader file photo)
EDITORIAL: Dogged by debate

EDITORIAL: Dogged by debate

Perhaps the pendulum has swung on this favourite topic of letter writers one final time

  • Dec 19, 2018
EDITORIAL: Dogged by debate
Councillor Doug Elford talks to reporters after voting for the controversial draft budget at Surrey City Hall Monday night. (Photo: Amy Reid)

OUR VIEW: Elford’s support of budget surprising, considering his history in Surrey

The Doug Elford we knew as an advocate would have opposed budget that doesn’t hire more officers

  • Dec 18, 2018
Councillor Doug Elford talks to reporters after voting for the controversial draft budget at Surrey City Hall Monday night. (Photo: Amy Reid)
During the election campaign, Doug McCallum stated, with a certain amount of pride, that he answered all of his phone calls. But since being elected, his evasiveness has proven otherwise. (Now-Leader file photo)

OUR VIEW: Mayor McCallum, Surrey needs you to pick up your phone

Make no mistake, readers, when McCallum ducks reporters, he is ducking you

  • Dec 13, 2018
During the election campaign, Doug McCallum stated, with a certain amount of pride, that he answered all of his phone calls. But since being elected, his evasiveness has proven otherwise. (Now-Leader file photo)
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. (File photo)

EDITORIAL: Surrey mayor’s ‘shaken to the core’ over city debt, but we’re not

Just about any time of pendular change in ideology following an election, shock is sure to follow

  • Nov 27, 2018
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. (File photo)
OUR VIEW: Don’t be accurs’d, Surrey – get out and vote!

OUR VIEW: Don’t be accurs’d, Surrey – get out and vote!

Alas, the shame you will feel, for shirking your civic duty, for letting others carry your weight

  • Oct 20, 2018
OUR VIEW: Don’t be accurs’d, Surrey – get out and vote!
Surrey RCMP had part of 138th Street, near 70th Avenue, blocked off Monday night (Oct. 1). A senior in an electric wheelchair was killed in a hit and run. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

OUR VIEW: Keep each other safe on roads

Pedestrians, motorists be ‘extra mindful’ of one another on the road

Surrey RCMP had part of 138th Street, near 70th Avenue, blocked off Monday night (Oct. 1). A senior in an electric wheelchair was killed in a hit and run. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
File photo Crews work in August to remove graffiti that was spray-painted on the new rainbow crosswalk in Uptown White Rock.

EDITORIAL: Prejudice, mixed signals mar colours of White Rock rainbow

Political correctness has diluted message of rainbow crosswalk

File photo Crews work in August to remove graffiti that was spray-painted on the new rainbow crosswalk in Uptown White Rock.
Surrey City Hall council chambers. (File photo)

OUR VIEW: Trust is clearly lacking

Surrey residents need a set of good listeners in whom they can trust

  • Sep 27, 2018
Surrey City Hall council chambers. (File photo)
Back to school can mean many things to different people but we would like to take a moment to remember the good stuff. (Cartoon: Patrick LaMontagne)

OUR VIEW: Some positivity as Surrey goes back to school

Despite big challenges, Surrey has much to be grateful for as students return to class

  • Sep 6, 2018
Back to school can mean many things to different people but we would like to take a moment to remember the good stuff. (Cartoon: Patrick LaMontagne)
Joe the cat. Photo: Facebook

DeMeer: Cats and dogs are reigning – and it’s wrong

Princeton editor Andra DeMeer tackles the issue placing pets over people

Joe the cat. Photo: Facebook
We wish the best of luck to the college prep Cloverdale Nationals, Peewee AA Surrey-Newton Canadians and Whalley Major Allstars. Win or lose, they have already made Surrey proud. (Photos contributed)

OUR VIEW: Young baseball players make Surrey proud

Whalley, Surrey-Canadian and Cloverdale teams showing baseball world what Surrey is all about

  • Aug 8, 2018
We wish the best of luck to the college prep Cloverdale Nationals, Peewee AA Surrey-Newton Canadians and Whalley Major Allstars. Win or lose, they have already made Surrey proud. (Photos contributed)
EDITORIAL: A praiseworthy first effort for city-run Sea Fest

EDITORIAL: A praiseworthy first effort for city-run Sea Fest

Kudos deserved for the 2018 edition of the White Rock Sea Festival

  • Aug 8, 2018
EDITORIAL: A praiseworthy first effort for city-run Sea Fest
Vandals spray painted the words Make S.A. Straight Again on Salmon Arm’s rainbow crosswalk on Sunday, July 29. (Photo submitted)

EDITORIAL: Vandalism shows need for rainbow crosswalk

Hateful graffiti shows Salmon Arm’s need for a symbol of inclusion

Vandals spray painted the words Make S.A. Straight Again on Salmon Arm’s rainbow crosswalk on Sunday, July 29. (Photo submitted)
OUR VIEW: Surrey’s fire hydrant plan is a smart move

OUR VIEW: Surrey’s fire hydrant plan is a smart move

What it means is an estimated 2,650 new parking spaces in the City of Surrey

  • Jul 10, 2018
OUR VIEW: Surrey’s fire hydrant plan is a smart move
People gather for a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

EDITORIAL: Maryland journalists killed in pursuit of truth

Five people were gunned down in the Capital Gazette newsroom

People gather for a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, Friday, June 29, 2018, in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Prosecutors say Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the newsroom. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Editorial: What’s all the fuss about pot?

Editorial: What’s all the fuss about pot?

Don’t worry, be happy about pot legalization

  • Jun 26, 2018
Editorial: What’s all the fuss about pot?
The Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)

EDITORIAL: All children created equal

There are still some who justify President Donald Trump’s treatment of migrant children

  • Jun 19, 2018
The Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)
OUR VIEW: Hiring more police officers is not a panacea

OUR VIEW: Hiring more police officers is not a panacea

Will having more police arrest the occurrence of gang violence in Surrey? Very unlikely

  • Jun 19, 2018
OUR VIEW: Hiring more police officers is not a panacea
People fill the plaza outside Surrey city hall during an anti-gang rally on Wednesday evening (June 14). (Photo: Ethan Reyes)

OUR VIEW: To make Surrey safer from gang violence, we all must play our part

We can’t simply look to our politicians for a be-all, end-all solution

  • Jun 15, 2018
People fill the plaza outside Surrey city hall during an anti-gang rally on Wednesday evening (June 14). (Photo: Ethan Reyes)