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Battleground Surrey: yahoo[.]sry oops City of Surrey (Update)

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City of Surrey election website on Aug 2, 2014

Just two weeks ago City of Surrey made crucial mistake when it comes to the election process which will mark this year in the world of municipal politics. Back then City opened sub site on their main website which is entirely devoted to upcoming elections and informations needed about it but there was a catch. Municipal administration decided to add specific section on that site where they were supposed to publish news, tweets and to cover all candidates for upcoming elections. Public outrage especially on social media went after the city asking numerous questions regarding who will serve as editor, which editorial standards will be used and how City will maintain neutrality in this case? Well looks like that City of Surrey listened public.  Continue reading “Battleground Surrey: yahoo[.]sry oops City of Surrey (Update)”

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

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 “Battleground Surrey: yahoo.sry oops City of Surrey”

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 “Battleground Surrey: McCallum wants to lead?!”

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Battleground Surrey: Suicide by Hepner Campaign – Done and over!

Linda Hepner glassesElection campaigns are the most stressful and most important moments in the life of any politician. Those few month every few years can elevate you to the next phase of your career or destroy you forever. Whatever is going in your life at that time you need particular profession, journalists, to enable you to reach your goal. Their work will give you either positive or absolutely negative picture in public and your chances will be that much better or worse on voting day. You might like or dislike them but there’s one rule: never lie on journalists. Especially don’t do it in today’s world of modern technology where every word, sound, picture or movie is preserved, protected and archived for the future. Or let me put it like this, as I usually say: Politicians are they’re own worst enemies and they often use boomerang to hit their own noses. Surrey mayoral candidate Linda Hepner and her campaign team did particularly that. It is a time to leave political scene! Continue reading “Battleground Surrey: Suicide by Hepner Campaign – Done and over!”

Guest Post: The Future Lives Here??? by Martin Rooney

Martin Rooney and Jen Marchbank
Martin Rooney and Jen Marchbank


This could be an expose of many other underlying issues affecting our municipality. An historic first for North America with Toronto having just hosted the first ever WorldPride in North America. The scenes of Canada’s largest city embracing millions of people proud of who they are, was amazing. The economic impact of the willingness to fly the Pride flag on municipal flag poles has served many many Canadian cities well. From Halifax to Victoria the Pride Flag flies on municipal buildings for at least one day during the pride season. Some tend to embrace the GLBT community even further by flying the flag for the whole week surrounding their Prides. Continue reading “Guest Post: The Future Lives Here??? by Martin Rooney”

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