Do you agree with Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum's move to cancel RCMP service?

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  • David W Glavin - 1 year ago

    Doug Mccallum is imply None Other then Just a Simple Lame Duck.
    Hes only been Back as the Mayor of Surrey since this Last Municipal
    Election for the 1sr time in at least 20 Years. Having a Municipal Police
    Service is like Having a Minor Police Service and not a Major Police Service
    RCMP-GRC Style. I Much More would Prefer the RCMP-GRC Any Day then
    Have Minor League Service. Doug Mccallum Wake Up. Having a Minor
    League Service Police would be like Using Police as None Other Political
    Pawns. Are you Listening Mr Mccallum.? Wake Up and don't get rid of the
    RCMP-GRC. Thank you and Better Sleep tight Mccallum you,re going
    to need it. David W Glavin Burnaby BC

  • Tim - 1 year ago

    Well, seeing since Trudeau took over and removed the perquisite of Canadian Citizenship required to be a Mountie , I'm sure as hell that I no longer want to be Policed by them......Giddy up

  • Kathleen Walker - 1 year ago

    If you want to know why the RCMP should be kicked out of Surrey just visit the Palais de Versailles/Fort Knox they built themselves on Green Timbers Way and try and report something. That building must've cost a billion

  • Kathleen Walker - 1 year ago

    If you want to know why the RCMP should be kicked out of Surrey just visit the Palais de Versailles/Fort Knox they built themselves on Green Timbers Way and try and report something. That building must've cost a billion

  • Roderick Louis - 1 year ago

    IMPROPER BC GOVT BIAS, NEGLIGENCE:

    - ZERO BC GOVT FUNDING FOR BADLY NEEDED "SOUTH OF FRASER" COMMUTER RAIL PROJECTS;

    - $2 BILLION BC GOVT FUNDING FOR UN-NEEDED "NORTH OF FRASER" "BROADWAY SUBWAY"!!:

    https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2017-2021/2018MAH0112-001691.pdf -

    Page 3:

    "Broadway Subway

    "The Broadway Subway, with an estimated budget of $2.83 billion, will be funded and delivered by the Government of British Columbia... .

    "The funding breakdown is:

    - Government of Canada: $888.4 million

    - Government of British Columbia: $1.82 billion

    - City of Vancouver: $99.8 million"

    Page 4:

    "Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit

    - The Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project, with an estimated cost of $1.65 billion, will be funded and delivered by Translink, with contributions from the Government of Canada.

    "The funding breakdown is:

    - Government of Canada: $483.8 million

    - TransLink/Regional: $1.12 billion "

    ====

    Instead of providing $2 Billion dollars for the design and construction of an un-needed, sixth**** rapid-transit line (the "Broadway Subway") in Metro Vancouver's North of Fraser sub-region,

    ... the BC govt should commit these funds to pay for design and construction of commuter rail lines in the perennially neglected South of Fraser sub-region!!

    **** During the past 3 decades, Metro Vancouver's “North of Fraser” cities have benefited immensely- in terms of economic development- from having a network of 5 legitimate** rapid-transit lines (Expo, Millennium, Evergreen and Canada Lines, & the West Coast Express heavy rail line) in the NOF area…

    ** Separated-from-roadway, automated (computer-driven) lines- that are connected to formally designated "densification & economic development "Hubs" IE: "Town Centres"

  • Larry - 1 year ago

    I believe it's a mistake. The costs will be huge and the rest of us will be picking up the shortfall because Surrey itself wont have the money required. Also where will the leadership come from to bring this about? Certainly not the city council. They are in over their heads.

  • Roderick Louis - 1 year ago

    CITY OF DELTA'S RAPID-TRANSIT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEEDS- IGNORED BY TRANSLINK, BC GOVT!!:

    At the city of Delta's Feb 26-2018 council meeting, a brief report was tabled re a high-rise development and rezoning application directly adjacent to Northwest Surrey (roughly 120th street and 94th Avenue)

    https://delta.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/?preview=175821 - See Item Item F.10 or

    https://delta.civicweb.net/document/175846 (7-pages)

    Feb 26-2018 North Delta Reporter community newspaper article re the above referenced high-rise development applications:
    https://www.northdeltareporter.com/news/new-north-delta-highrise-proposal-at-council-tonight/ :

    "The project is the third 30-plus storey tower to be proposed for the Delta side of 120th.

    "The 37-storey Delta Rise, at 120th Street and 80th Avenue, was completed in May of last year, bringing 317 new units of housing to the area.

    "Another highrise is being considered for the north-west corner of 120th Street and 75A Avenue. The project, which includes a 35-storey highrise on the corner of 120th and 75A, plus 16 townhomes along 120th and 10 more bordering 119A Street, would add 294 units to the area."
    ----------------------------

    The above, and associated issues are directly relevant to Translink’s proposed South of Fraser commuter rail projects- in particular "Phase 1"-

    ... that don't include any rail lines that would serve Delta's current and future needs...

    ... ZERO lines planned along or adjacent to the ripe-for-development commercial thoroughfare of 120th Street (also known as Scott Road) in northwest Surrey/ north East Delta...

    Currently, Translink’s proposed projects consist of:

    Phase 1:

    A puny seven-mile-long line- entirely in Surrey (mostly along King George Boulevard and 104th Avenue); and

    Phase 2:

    A 12-mile-long line (from Surrey City Centre along the Fraser Highway to/ from the 2 Langleys) .

    Phase 1 should be amended to include:

    ->>> A legitimate*** separated-from-roadway rapid transit line running directly west from Scott Road Station (in north west Surrey) along 120th Street (aka “Scott Road”) and then south along 120th Street (up the hill) past the areas where Delta’s current high-rise developments (and many others) are proposed and underway.... all the way to 64th Avenue (or 72nd Ave), and then east along 64th (or 72nd) Avenue to King George Boulevard, and then north along King George Boulevard to King George Station ... at Surrey City Centre....

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/12515+110+Ave,+Surrey,+BC+V3V+3J8/@49.2047768,-122.8828745,2018m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x5485d82280fc48bd:0xde7f46d4a3e72be3!8m2!3d49.2034258!4d-122.8747211
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    Provincial government leadership is needed- to make sure that the incoming (new) Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and Translink's Mayor's Council don't repeat the mistakes of their predecessors- attempting to impose a tenth rate, grievously under-funded commuter rail system on MV's perennially-neglected "South of Fraser" sub-region... so that vast amounts of MV, BC govt and federal govt transit funding can continue to be inequitably diverted to North of Fraser cities' public transit projects every year...

  • Roderick Louis - 1 year ago

    Provincial government leadership is needed- to make sure that the incoming (new) Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and Translink's Mayor's Council don't repeat the mistakes of their predecessors- attempting to impose a tenth rate, grievously under-funded commuter rail system on MV's perennially-neglected "South of Fraser" sub-region... so that vast amounts of MV, BC govt and federal govt transit funding can continue to be inequitably diverted to North of Fraser cities' public transit projects every year...
    -----------------------

    TRANSLINK's COMMUTER RAIL PLANS FOR THE SOF SUB-REGION SHOULD BE AMENDED to include:

    ->>> A legitimate** rapid transit line running directly west from Scott Road Station (in north west Surrey) along 120th Street (aka “Scott Road”) and then south along 120th Street (up the hill) past the areas where Delta’s current high-rise developments (and many others) are proposed and underway.... all the way to 64th Avenue (or 72nd Ave), and then east along 64th (or 72nd) Avenue to King George Boulevard, and then north along King George Boulevard to King George Station ... at Surrey City Centre....

    ** separated-from-roadway, automated (computer-driven), RAPID;

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/12515+110+Ave,+Surrey,+BC+V3V+3J8/@49.2047768,-122.8828745,2018m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x5485d82280fc48bd:0xde7f46d4a3e72be3!8m2!3d49.2034258!4d-122.8747211

    Translink's officials should be required-by-the-BC-govt to consider new commuter rail lines' direct and indirect effects on the eyesore "wasteland" areas of North Surrey that border New Westminster, and how these lines- if built with sufficient ambition- could contribute to and act as catalysts for their comprehensive redevelopment.

    For decades, these areas have been off-putting and visually offensive to potential investors and other persons arriving in that part of Surrey from New Westminster...

    These areas’ hundreds of acres of offensive-looking scrap metals vendors, wood chips “mountains” and dump yards- many adjacent to the existing Scott Road SkyTrain Station- have long needed to be re-developed so that they don't continue to repel potential investors and new residents, while disgusting Greater Vancouver residents and other persons crossing the Fraser River from New Westminster into Surrey.

    Better uses for these incredibly high-potential lands would be:

    a) Hosting University and college campuses;

    b) High-tech research and development facilities;

    c) Upper market commercial and residential high-rise towers;

    d) Five-star Hotels and Conference/ Resort venues;

    e) Sports’ Stadiums;

    f) Park land, et cetera...

    The BC and federal governments should demand that Translink re-thinks all of its proposed commuter-rail mega-projects...

    Supporting and enabling South of Fraser cities' economic development and future population growth should be the number one priority...

    *** IE: NOT using 19th century human-driven, in-middle-of-roadway STREET-CAR (“LRT”) technology, and instead using: automated (computer-driven), separated from roadway, SkyTrain-like technologies…

    Technologies that are chosen for use by Translink's South of Fraser commuter rail projects should result in SOF cities receiving commuter rail that is as good as, or better than, the city of Vancouver's and "North of Fraser" cities' 5 LEGITIMATE rapid-transit lines (Expo Line, Millennium Line, Evergreen Line, and Canada Line... AND the “West Coast Express” heavy rail line…
    =======================

    Absent BC Govt actions, MV's South of Fraser cities' new councils should JOINTLY DEMAND equitable treatment from Metro Vancouver, Translink, and the BC and federal governments during the coming 2018- 2022 term, and an end to the last 2 decades of inappropriate favoritism being shown towards"North of Fraser" cities!!

  • Roderick Louis - 1 year ago

    Part 2:

    Translink's "South of Fraser" commuter rail costs estimates are unrealistically low and, seemingly, rigged to be inadequate for building proper rapid-transit lines..

    The currently-contentious $1.65 Billion dollar design/ build estimate for the (approximately) 20 kilometer long proposed street-car ("LRT") line from Surrey City Centre to/ from the 2 Langleys should be compared to

    Calgary, Alberta plans to expand its current LRT lines (Red Line and Blue Line) with a "Green Line"...

    The 20 kilometer long "first phase" of the Green Line "LRT" is projected to cost upwards of $4.65 billion:
    http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Transit-projects/Green-line/map.aspx -

    "City Council approved the full 46 km alignment and 28 stations for the Green Line LRT from 160 Avenue N to Seton on June 26, 2017. This was a major milestone for the program, and ensures that the Green Line can be built in stages as funding becomes available.

    "The first stage of construction will extend from 16 Avenue N to 126 Avenue SE and is expected to be constructed from 2020-2026 and estimated to cost $4.65 billion."

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/city-council-lrt-green-line-1.4172429 -

    "The city (of Calgary) has set aside $1.5 billion for the project. The federal government has committed a similar amount but the province has said it won't make a formal commitment until it hears precisely what the city wants to build.

    "Even if the province comes through, the city says $4.6 billion will only pay for approximately 20 kilometres of LRT..."
    ---------------------------------

    The amounts of BC and federal govts' funding that have been committed to pay for design and construction of South of Fraser commuter rail lines are substantially inadequate...

    In order rectify this situation-

    ... All of the $3 Billion funding that has been committed for "North of Fraser" commuter rail- the so called "Broadway Subway" in the city of Vancouver- should be transferred to South of Fraser commuter rail projects....

  • Roderick Louis - 1 year ago

    Translink's "South of Fraser" commuter rail costs estimates appear rigged to be in

    are unrealistically low and, seemingly, rigged to be inadequate for building proper rapid-transit lines...

    Translink's $1.65 Billion dollar design/ build cost estimate for a comparatively puny 20 kilometer long proposed (human-driven, in-middle-of-roadway) street-car ("LRT") line from Surrey City Centre to/ from the 2 Langleys

    .... compares very badly with the city of Montreal, Quebec's ambitious plans for a $6.3 Billion automated (computer-driven, separated-from-roadway) 68 kilometer long LRT project:
    https://globalnews.ca/news/4013654/montreals-6-3-billion-light-rail-network-finalized-expected-to-open-in-2021/

    https://www.cdpqinfra.com/en/reseau_electrique_metropolitain -

    "Once completed, the REM will be one of the largest automated transportation system in the world after Singapore, Dubai and Vancouver..."

    Note that the above line did not state: "Once completed, the REM will be one of the largest automated transportation system in the world after Singapore, Dubai and Surrey.."

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-funding-lrt-train-funding-announcement-1.4161618 -

    "Ottawa commits $1.28-billion to electric rail system connecting downtown to suburbs, airport..."

    The amounts of BC and federal govts' funding that have been committed to pay for design and construction of South of Fraser commuter rail lines are substantially inadequate...

    In order rectify this situation-

    ... All of the $3 Billion funding that has been committed for "North of Fraser" commuter rail- the so called "Broadway Subway" in the city of Vancouver- should be transferred to South of Fraser commuter rail projects....

  • Roderick Louis - 1 year ago

    ALL OF THE "BROADWAY SUBWAY" PROJECT's $3 BILLION FUNDING SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO SOUTH OF FRASER COMMUTER RAIL PROJECTS!!

    The "Broadway Subway" isn't even needed...

    (The proposed project would extend the Millennium Line (SkyTrain rapid transit) westward 3.4 miles from Broadway and Clarke to Broadway and Arbutus Street, and, potentially 5 miles further to UBC)

    Instead of building the "Broadway Subway" to meet current and anticipated (2018 to 2032) passenger capacities needs, the frequency of 99 B Line buses that service this route- could be simply and very cost effectively** increased by 100% or 200% by:

    - Scheduling 99 B Line buses to travel in pairs and or in threes... thereby doubling (and tripling) the current 99 B Line route's passenger capacities...;

    ** Cost effective compared to building an $8 billion dollar subway for this route:

    And,

    Before any "final" decisions are made to go ahead with the proposed "Broadway Subway",…. it would be in the public interest for all decisions to be deferred until after there has been a 2-year (or longer) trial of a "Bus Rapid Transit" line:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_rapid_transit ,

    https://nbrti.org/

    … westward (3.4 miles) from Broadway and Commercial in the city of Vancouver to Broadway and Arbutus Street, and (roughly) 5-miles farther- ALL the way to UBC...

    Such a BRT system could be up and running in a matter of months, for a small fraction of the costs of Translink's proposed "Broadway Subway"...

    BRT worked well along the city of Richmond's Number 3 Road in the early 2000s, previous to its replacement with the under-built, lacking in capacity Canada Line...

    http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/short-platforms-and-trains-is-the-skytrain-canada-line-under-built-and-nearing-capacity

    http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/surrey-light-rail-skytrain-mistakes-underbuilt

    https://globalnews.ca/video/3793703/canada-line-skytrain-stations-too-short
    https://globalnews.ca/news/3793260/larger-stations-or-more-trains-canada-line-faces-tough-choice-as-demand-increases/

  • Roderick Louis - 1 year ago

    NEEDED: BC GOVT LEADERSHIP, IMPARTIALITY!!

    During the last 30+ years, BC Govt's of all stripes have exhibited a disgraceful pattern of funding neglect of Metro Vancouver's "South of Fraser" sub-region...despite SOF cities being BC's fastest growing & most in need of new & upgraded infrastructure during most of this period...

    Some of the worst consequences are:

    a) Grievous & worsening K-12 schools shortages;

    b) Severe and worsening illicit drugs and gun crime issues;

    c) 10th rate public transit services as compared with "North of Fraser" cities;

    d) Until the last 14-months, there were tolls on almost all bridges into/ out of the SOF sub-region...;

    e) The for-decades decaying and egregiously inadequate Massey Tunnel NOT replaced...

    The lopsided funding models for Translink's 2 proposed commuter rail lines: an "LRT" line in Metro Vancouver's South Of Fraser sub-region, and a so called "Broadway Subway" in MV's North of Fraser sub-region- are yet more evidence of imappropriate BC Govt funding bias in favour of MV's NOF area- at the expense of providing adequate funding for SOF infrastructure...

    ->>> The BC Govt has NOT committed ANY funding for South Of Fraser commuter rail projects!!

    ... but BC GOVT has committed $2 BILLION!! for the UN-NEEDED "Broadway Subway"!!:

    https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2017-2021/2018MAH0112-001691.pdf -

    Page 3:

    "Broadway Subway

    "The Broadway Subway, with an estimated budget of $2.83 billion, will be funded and delivered by the Government of British Columbia, with contributions from the Government of Canada and the City of Vancouver.

    "The funding breakdown is:

    - Government of Canada: $888.4 million

    - Government of British Columbia: $1.82 billion

    - City of Vancouver: $99.8 million"

    Page 4:

    "Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit

    - The Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project, with an estimated cost of $1.65 billion, will be funded and delivered by Translink, with contributions from the Government of Canada.

    "The funding breakdown is:

    - Government of Canada: $483.8 million

    - TransLink/Regional: $1.12 billion "

    ====

    In the next BC election, should the BC NDP expect to lose votes from South of Fraser cities' residents & business owners because of ZERO BC Govt funding for SOF commuter rail projects??

  • Dirk - 1 year ago

    The cost of a municipal force will double surreys policing cost, not just the 10% increase the new mayor states. Wage increases and unionization of the force will drive the increase in costs as stated in this newspaper

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