Dianne Watts

Dianne Watts’ last motions: Trees and veterans

Outgoing Surrey mayor says she wants an end to the planting of 'stick trees' in the city

In her final act as mayor of Surrey, Dianne Watts is asking city staff to plant more significant trees in public spaces.

“It’s always been my pet peeve when we take down evergreens and put up stick trees,” Watts said last Thursday.

“I’ve continually harped on this issue, so one of the last motions I will make is to reverse that trend and ensure there’s a combination of maple trees and evergreens.”

She says it’s a missed opportunity not to plant large trees.

“It’s us (the city) as well – you look in the medians or the boulevards,  you’ve got all the stick trees,” Watts said. “Plant some evergreens.”

Another order of business Watts said she wanted to take care of is the renaming of a Cloverdale public space near the museum.

She wants to change the name of Heritage Square to Veterans’ Square.

“It needs to be done,” Watts said. “For some reason there’s been pushback on that, but it’s going to be named Veterans’ Square.”

 

Just Posted

Man facing seven charges after alleged threats at Surrey restaurant

Surrey RCMP say incident at Whalley business was ‘very traumatic’ for customers and employees

Record turnout for Five Corners concert in White Rock

Abba/Elton John/Billy Joel salute attracts an estimated 4,500 people

Witchazel rocks again with CD of ‘Lost Tapes’ from band’s ’80s glory days

Surrey bar a stage for ‘Cancer Killer Rock Party’ on Aug. 30

Delta police secure 94 charges in dial-a-dope bust

Seven people with ties to the Red Scorpion gang are facing drug and firearm charges

Early success sees Clayton farmers’ market looking to grow

The first half of the season exceeded expectations, and now the market could go to once a week

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Hot, dry conditions forces drought rating to highest level on Vancouver Island

The province says Vancouver Island is under Stage 4 drought conditions

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

B.C. creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada, sources say

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides used by farmers and hobby gardeners alike

Wildfire smoke blankets B.C. and Alberta, prompting air quality advisories

About 25 new wildfires were sparked between Monday morning and midday Tuesday

Most Read