Opinion

People sing and drum at a memorial outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

OUR VIEW: Sept. 30 will serve as solemn reminder

Assigning Sept. 30 as day to commemorate victims, survivors of residential schools is the least the federal and provincial governments can do

  • Aug 5, 2021
People sing and drum at a memorial outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Frank Bucholtz

COLUMN: Splitting opposition for Surrey mayor’s seat will benefit McCallum

If many contenders step up 2022 municipal election could be a repeat of 2018

  • Jul 29, 2021
Frank Bucholtz
Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Elliott: ‘We can all learn from her courage’: Simone Biles not alone in mental health struggle

It’s worth paying attention to people who best understand what Olympic gymnastic star is confronting

Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)
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OUR VIEW: Surrey council’s wee-hours ways a concern

‘When it creeps up to one and two in the morning, we’re not at our best,’ Councillor Linda Annis notes

  • Jul 28, 2021
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Traffic flows along 192nd Street south of 24th Avenue in the South Campbell Heights neighbourhood. The City of Surrey is seeking to re-designate 600 acres south of 20 Avenue, between approximately 186th and 196th Streets to employment lands, and to expand the urban containment boundary. A public hearing is set for July 26, 2021. (Black Press Media file)

LETTER: Campbell Heights development destroying vital natural area

Surrey is looking to expand industrial lands in the area bordering South Langley

  • Jul 25, 2021
Traffic flows along 192nd Street south of 24th Avenue in the South Campbell Heights neighbourhood. The City of Surrey is seeking to re-designate 600 acres south of 20 Avenue, between approximately 186th and 196th Streets to employment lands, and to expand the urban containment boundary. A public hearing is set for July 26, 2021. (Black Press Media file)
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LETTER: Clayton Heights letter writer calls for federal climate change action

Prime minister needs to act like green and not just sound concerned about the environment

  • Jul 24, 2021
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Vehicles travel Fraser Highway through a section of Green Timbers Urban Forest where the future SkyTrain line will be built. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

OUR VIEW: Stay cool behind the wheel during Surrey traffic delays

Work to four-lane part of Fraser Highway to accommodate SkyTrain extension means road closures

  • Jul 22, 2021
Vehicles travel Fraser Highway through a section of Green Timbers Urban Forest where the future SkyTrain line will be built. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

OUR VIEW: We salute Surrey company’s lumber donation to Lytton

Fifty homes and buildings is a lot of lumber

  • Jul 15, 2021
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Frank Bucholtz

COLUMN: Surrey has far to go in its relationship with First Nations

City’s deep Indigenous roots are barely visible

  • Jul 15, 2021
Frank Bucholtz
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Frank Bucholtz

COLUMN: Policing referendum will be an uphill battle

Surrey voters may yet have the last word

  • Jul 1, 2021
Frank Bucholtz
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COVID proved that local news is a lifeline. We’re investing in its future

‘Today, local media is as valued as it’s ever been’

  • Jun 24, 2021
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Darlene Bennett. (Submitted photo)

OUR VIEW: Surrey woman proves you can fight city hall

Darlene Bennett has scored a milestone achievement in what’s been a raging debate since city council took power in 2018

  • Jun 23, 2021
Darlene Bennett. (Submitted photo)
Frank Bucholtz

COLUMN: Bottomline, everyone is paying more this year

There is no doubt that McCallum’s claim was misleading, writes columnist Frank Bucholtz

  • Jun 17, 2021
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Surrey City Hall. (File photo)

OUR VIEW: Surrey public hearing theatrics juvenile

They are called public hearings for a reason. Not public spectacles.

  • Jun 16, 2021
Surrey City Hall. (File photo)
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OUR VIEW: Surrey residents riled over tax increases

Surrey’s taxation discrepancy is puzzling, to say the least

  • Jun 9, 2021
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ZYTARUK: Former Surrey mayor lobbying council to adopt a patron saint for the city

Bob Bose is lobbying council to adopt as our own Sta Rita of Cascia, an Augustinian nun who died in Italy 564 years ago

  • Jun 4, 2021
Rita of Cascia. Image wikipedia/public domain