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WTS – What the Surrey #26: Link Fest Hodge Podge

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 — 6:35pm PDT
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The WTS and a link fest? Combining two of my patented blog features? Yes, daring I know.

  • Surrey decided to one-up Vancouver’s smoking restrictions near entrance ways with their own 7.5 meter rule. [Surrey Leader]
  • White Rock (South Surrey Junior) will build their $500,000 Spirit Square right along the main strip, between the museum and the pier [Surrey Now]

  • Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr
  • “The number of street homeless in Surrey climbed by 15 per cent in the last three years.” [Surrey Leader] But isn’t it great that they’re bringing Yaletown to Whalley?
  • The Vaisakhi Parade will be taking place this Saturday April 12th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. “The Vaisakhi Celebration in Surrey celebrates more than just the birth of the Sikh identity. Gathering crowds of more than thousands, the Vaisakhi Parade symbolizes diversity and multiculturalism.” Expect traffic detours and road closures from 124st to King George and 72nd to 88th. [City of Surrey]

  • Photo credit: Stephen Rees on Flickr
  • You know there’s something wrong when your city has almost a half a million people and yet you can’t get a bus from point A to point B after 6 o’clock at night (regardless of said city’s area). “Surrey is “severely underserviced” by public transit and desperately needs more buses to provide an alternative to driving on congested roads, according to NDP MLA Jagrup Brar. Surrey has 83 buses to serve a population of 400,000. When Vancouver had 400,000 people there were 400 buses, the representative for Surrey-Panorama Ridge said.” [Metro Vancouver via Stephen Rees]
  • To wrap up on a brighter note, despite the need for more buses at least those doing the daily grind aren’t discouraged. “Of workers commuting to Surrey, 12.2 per cent (up from 9.5 per cent) used a sustainable transit mode.” [Surrey Leader]

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    1. Tyler Ingram says:

      The girlfriend and her coworkers are going to the Vaisakhi Celebration and invited me along. Should be fun

      Out transit system sucks, well except for the downtown core. But everywhere else in Metro Vancouver it takes a long time to get anywhere if you take transit

    2. Jen says:

      Apparently Mayor Watts is boycotting the Vaisakhi Celebration, on purpose, and as a statement.

    3. Miss604 says:

      Jen, yeah I read that in the Province this morning. Apparently she’ll be there, she just won’t take part in any of the staged events.

      She says the parade should be about community, religion etc. but not politics. It seems like a sticky situation.

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