municipal politics

Pardeep Kooner, Surrey city councillor. (Photo: PerlaFaschowayPhotography)

Pardeep Kooner looking at the long term

Rookie councillor wants to focus on developing 30-year-financial plan

 

Newly elected Surrey city councillor Gordon Hepner outside his notary public office in South Surrey on Nov. 16, 2022. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

An ‘old soul’ new to the political arena, Hepner follows mother’s footsteps to Surrey City Hall

Manitoba-born notary public wants to steer the city away from ‘the last government’s reputation’

 

The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Nativity scene banned from B.C. town’s city hall after decades-long run

Volunteer group hoping to get Terrace to change its mind after annual tradition rejected

 

Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke and former mayor Doug McCallum. (File photos)

Locke apologizes to 7 residents banned from council chambers on McCallum’s watch

‘These individuals had to endure the adversity of standing up for their rights to participate in the decision-making process of the City of Surrey,’ Locke said

Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke and former mayor Doug McCallum. (File photos)
First-term Surrey city councillor Mike Bose on his family’s turkey farm, on 156 Street. “There are very few turkey farms left in Surrey now, we’re talking about four,” Bose said on Nov. 2, 2022. “This is one of the largest now. Total, there’s 9,400 (turkeys) in one and over there, 9,000 birds, right now. The big birds go to market tonight.” (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Mike Bose knows farming and politics, and ‘now the real work starts’ at Surrey City Hall

At ‘the big table’ now, he’s the latest family member elected in Surrey, and gets advice from uncle Bob, former mayor

First-term Surrey city councillor Mike Bose on his family’s turkey farm, on 156 Street. “There are very few turkey farms left in Surrey now, we’re talking about four,” Bose said on Nov. 2, 2022. “This is one of the largest now. Total, there’s 9,400 (turkeys) in one and over there, 9,000 birds, right now. The big birds go to market tonight.” (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Abbotsford city hall on Nov. 26, 2021 after catastrophic flooding hit the area on Nov. 15. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

Flooding and a pandemic: Henry Braun reflects on his 8 years as Abbotsford mayor

‘You have to be there for the good and the bad,’ says outgoing mayor

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Abbotsford city hall on Nov. 26, 2021 after catastrophic flooding hit the area on Nov. 15. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
Harry Bains, Surrey city councillor-elect. (Submitted photo)

Surrey Councillor-elect Harry Bains wants to ‘do the right thing’

‘There’s a lot we have to fix in the city and I’m up for the job,’ Bains says

Harry Bains, Surrey city councillor-elect. (Submitted photo)
Linda Annis, Surrey city councillor. (File photo)

Ever-busy Linda Annis says she’ll put experience as Surrey councillor to good use in 2nd term

‘The big one for me to start with is getting city hall open for the residents again,’ Councillor Annis says in first of eight councillor-elect profiles

Linda Annis, Surrey city councillor. (File photo)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘I’m so excited to be out of this room’: Departing BC councillor laments experience as elected official

Morgan Pulsifer said he was disappointed by the way city staff, elected officials and service workers were treated in Fernie

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Tiny Home Village in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood welcomed 30 residents in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tiny home villages as solution to homelessness? 3 B.C. mayors say yes

Sites up and running in Victoria and Duncan, Port Alberni on its way to do the same

The Tiny Home Village in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood welcomed 30 residents in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains, left, and Harry Bains, Surrey council candidate, right.

Harry Bains (not the MLA) running for Surrey council

Lawyer Harry Bains joins Surrey Connect Team in city’s election race

Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains, left, and Harry Bains, Surrey council candidate, right.
Tofino expects to break ground on a $78 million sewage treatment facility this month. (Westerly file photo)

B.C. tourism mecca finally poised to stop pumping raw sewage into the ocean

Shovels expected to hit the ground this month on Tofino’s much-delayed $78M sewage treatment facility

Tofino expects to break ground on a $78 million sewage treatment facility this month. (Westerly file photo)
Daybreak Farms general manager Kieran Christison thanked the community for their “eggstraordinary” support as the farm can now get started on upgrades. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard).

City of Terrace backs northwest B.C.’s biggest egg producer to double output

Daybreak Farms wins big with approval to expand and modernize egg production

Daybreak Farms general manager Kieran Christison thanked the community for their “eggstraordinary” support as the farm can now get started on upgrades. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard).
Surrey city hall. (File photo: Anna Burns)

Surrey council refuses to apologize to 7 residents who were barred from meetings

‘We sure as hell weren’t vindicated,’ said Annie Kaps, one of the residents

Surrey city hall. (File photo: Anna Burns)
Langley City mayor Val van den Broek has made allegations of bullying and harassment against unnamed councillors, saying she has endured “name calling, intimidation, personal attacks and facial mocking and mimicking during council meetings, events and community meetings, by other Langley City council members.”(file)

Langley city mayor claims bullying and harassment by other council members

Claims she has endured ‘name calling, intimidation, personal attacks and facial mocking and mimicking’

Langley City mayor Val van den Broek has made allegations of bullying and harassment against unnamed councillors, saying she has endured “name calling, intimidation, personal attacks and facial mocking and mimicking during council meetings, events and community meetings, by other Langley City council members.”(file)
Frank Bucholtz

AND FRANKLY: As many questions as candidates in Surrey municipal race

‘Best thing to do at this point is simply ask them’

  • Jul 28, 2022
Frank Bucholtz
Surrey city hall. (Photo: Anna Burns)

Three of Surrey’s 35 declared civic election candidates live outside the city

‘Surrey left me, I didn’t leave Surrey,’ Surrey First mayoral candidate Gordie Hogg points out

Surrey city hall. (Photo: Anna Burns)
A view of Surrey’s city hall. (File photo)

Surrey civic election 2022 gearing up to be ‘mother of all elections’

With nine weeks to go to fall election, there’s already seven mayoral candidates, six slates and 28 candidates for councillor champing at the bit

A view of Surrey’s city hall. (File photo)
United Surrey team in front of city hall. Left to right, Jeff Bridge, Julie Tapley, Sukh Dhaliwal, Becky Zhou, Jasbir Sandhu. (Image: YouTube)

Surrey MP Sukh Dhaliwal enters race for mayor, reveals new United Surrey slate

Julie Tapley, former Surrey NDP MP Jasbir Sandhu, Becky Zhou and Jeff Bridge are running for a council seat with United Surrey. More candidates will be announced over the summer, Dhaliwal says

United Surrey team in front of city hall. Left to right, Jeff Bridge, Julie Tapley, Sukh Dhaliwal, Becky Zhou, Jasbir Sandhu. (Image: YouTube)
Deb Jack, of Surrey Environmental Partners, stands in front of a Sequoia near city hall. Jack says she wonders where the Safe Surrey Coalition’s petition to save the tree will be submitted, considering it’s the SSC majority on council that makes development decisions. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Petition to save Surrey tree raises eyebrows

Safe Surrey Coalition says it collected 10K electronic signatures to save Sequoia from developer who says it is not at risk

Deb Jack, of Surrey Environmental Partners, stands in front of a Sequoia near city hall. Jack says she wonders where the Safe Surrey Coalition’s petition to save the tree will be submitted, considering it’s the SSC majority on council that makes development decisions. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)