For New Canadian Media: Rasode Could Remake Surrey Race


city hallWith the Surrey mayoral elections still four months away, a new candidate from the South Asian community threatens to shake up the race in a city whose population growth is being fuelled by immigrants and new citizens.

Although Barinder Rasode has not yet announced, her candidacy is making the rounds, with observers speculating that name recognition and her independent streak might give her a good shot to replace Mayor Dianne Watts on Nov. 15. While Watts is not running, she has backed Councillor Linda Hepner of the Surrey First Coalition. Former Mayor Doug McCallum and an independent, Vikram Bajwa, are the other two declared candidates.

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Battleground Surrey: History will be made with Rasode in race for Surrey Mayor


barinde rasodeSurrey political scene is already more heated then it is weather outside and across this great nation. Reason is of course that this year will make or break great vision in creation of metropolis of once the largest suburb in the Western Canada. These municipal elections will be historic in many ways and few of them will be explained later. At this point only three candidates  declared their intention to run, but one name is expected and wished to be seen among them. That is name of independent Surrey Councillor Barinder Rasode. 

If Rasode enters the race situation would be dramatically changed and the course of future of this city will be decided, either with or without her winning a race, but her voice will be highly important and valued. She will find herself faced with many struggles, obstacles and problems which will require solution if she wants to lead this city over the next term. Election campaign of 2014 will be of especially significance for Barinder Rasode because she will be first South Asian women with fair chances to become a mayor of a North American city in the history.  Continue reading

Battleground Surrey: Candidates and (Social) Media


(Photo: Flickr)

(Photo: Flickr)

Many politicians and parliamentary bodies, including municipal Councils, are or will take a break over the next month and half to charge their batteries and to be ready to come back to work in full force in early September. Despite their hard work over the past few months some of those will be required to work even harder than before because this is election year. Municipal elections are coming soon, numerous candidates already announced their intentions to seek support and your vote, some are still waiting to announce. No matter what they will be faced with the media and there we’re coming to highly important situation, which is how they communicate with media and public, how that will effect their run and final result later this year? I’ll try to answer of some of these questions based on current situation in Surrey, BC and candidates behaviour over the last few weeks.

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Battleground Surrey: yahoo.sry oops City of Surrey


surrey elections siteOn Tuesday City of Surrey, one of the largest municipalities in this part of Canada, decided to become media outlet. Apparently City of Surrey or someone in communications department decided that City of Surrey as municipal administration should start it’s own media platform and inform potential voters about all important elements of election process including news, tweets and link to those. This is first time in over a decade, two continents, several election cycles and work with several municipalities/councils that I saw something like this. This is absolute disaster, disgrace and wondering out of your real purpose and I’ll explain why in words that follow.  Continue reading

Od borca protiv do saradnika: Hadžiomerović za Predsjedništvo ispred SDP-a


“E onda, ne volem 
sizove i nervne bolesnike 
pre ih pustali za vikend
sad ih puste pravo pred kamere
Ne volem 
izbore, televizor, plakate 
dosta, ako Boga znate 
Ludnica je, kanda, otkljucana sirom ostala
(provert’e, molim vas)”
Đorđe Balašević, Namćor
Bakir Hadžiomerović

Bakir Hadžiomerović

Nekada davno Bakir Hadžiomerović je predstavljao jedno od najboljih novinarskih imena u Bosni i Hercegovini. To je bio čovjek koji je kroz svoj rad otkrivao i radio priče na kojima niko drugi nije želio da radi i bio je gledan kao čovjek koji se borio za građane Bosne i Hercegovine. Taj status je izgubio onog trenutka kada je odlučio da će se pridružit Zlatku Lagumdžiji i njegovom SDP-u na putu prema vlasti odnosno Predsjedništvu BiH.  Continue reading

Battleground Surrey: McCallum wants to lead?!


mccallumFormer Mayor of Surrey Doug McCallum, who already served three terms as Mayor of Surrey, announced on Monday that he will seek another term. Man who spent last decade far far away from Surrey’s political and public scene now claims that he cares that much for community and residents that he’s ready to lead once more. In statement to The Now Newspapers just before he went to make official announcement McCallum said that “it’s time for leadership and to get things done”. He also said that his campaign will be based on four key areas: crime, city finances, transportation and bringing a ward system to Surrey. If elected McCallum wants to scrap SCDC and SRES and partly I can support these two. The biggest issue after all will be his extensive baggage which is coming from his years at Council and his inactivity over the last ten years.  Continue reading