Battleground Surrey: Rasode is in, race is set to start


Rasode stageFollowing months of speculations, expectations and explorations City of Surrey Independent Councillor Barinder Rasode is in mayoral race. Rasode is coming in as vocal representative of the community especially on issues of public safety, transparency and domestic abuse and those will be her key areas of interest during upcoming campaign. At the start of the campaign at Surrey SFU Campus Rasode was supported by many community activists and representatives and brought in several very interesting representatives of the political world. First reactions on her announcement are still coming in and most visible is the one from her former party and colleagues in Council who will run under Surrey First banner once again. Continue reading

Battleground Surrey: Political will and reforms needed to fix problems


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As Surrey approaches one of the most important elections in last few decades media, commentators and general public are highly concentrated on search for a solution of numerous problems facing city’s transformation from suburban to urban. Top of the list is reserved for issues of crime, transportation and population growth which will need to be resolved sooner than later if this community wants to have quality and prosperous future. These are not new problems nor they are easily fixable problems but Surrey will need a different strategy.  Continue reading

Erdogan wins Turkish Presidential elections


Erdogan speaking to his supporters in Istanbul (Photo: TRT)

Erdogan speaking to his supporters in Istanbul (Photo: TRT)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won first and historic Turkish presidential election in which voters decided who will lead a country over the next term, he will serve as the 12th President of the Republic since Kemal Atatürk abolished Ottoman Empire and transformed Turkey into a republican political system. Erdogan will succeed party colleague and one of closest political allies Abdullah Gül and will continue AKP era in presidential office. According to media reports Erdogan won with 53% of votes after almost 95% of counted votes, while his opponents Ekmeleddin Ishanoglu i Selahattin Demirtas got just over 30 and 9 percent of support from Turkish voters.  Continue reading

Battleground Surrey: Almost no police on the streets, McCallum on attack but wrong


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For the last few decades crime situation and policing in Surrey are the top issues. Issues on which resolution this community still waits and will probably wait for a significant time in the future. Whoever becomes next Mayor of Surrey this November will have very though battle ahead to reach final model for this problem. According to latest data made available on Thursday current situation is worse than we expected.

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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