Current Affairs

Winding Down for the Holidays

Pretty much everything is set for Xmas, and I seem to be entering ‘holiday mode’.

I went out to finish off a couple of errands today, but after that, things disintegrated to an afternoon of gaming with Call of Duty – World at War and then Angry Birds.

I’m going to try and keep the entries up here over the holidays, but there may be a day or two where I’m remiss. But you know what, that’s ok.

As an old friend and coworker once said, “It just doesn’t matter”. in the big picture, that’s so true of most things if you think about it.

So if I miss it on the day – Merry Christmas all. See you on the other side.

Oh My

The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) could be passed soon down in the states, and, according to reports, end the internet as we know it. It’s scary that the folks in charge of passing it freely admit knowing nothing about the internet. Some seem rather proud of that fact. Sick, don’t you think?

Dear Leader has died in Korea and his son, a total unknown, is now in power, getting guidance from who knows who in the army. Oh well, what’s to worry. It’s just another rogue nation (with a nuclear bomb) trying to find itself in the world.

And last but not least, the angry birds are losing out to the pigs in this house lately, causing no end of angst. Those three star levels are getting harder and harder, and two stars just doesn’t seem to cut it anymore.

Hopefully we can change things around to where saner folks are heard and the pig resistance isn’t quite so strong.

In the meantime, I really need to get out and take some pictures soon. #listeningtotoomuchnews

Taxing Dilemma

Patullo Bridge From Browsville Park

This is a photo of the Pattullo Bridge that connects Surrey to New Westminster BC. It was build in the 1930’s and has served the connection well. It’s narrow by today’s standards, but at least it has 4 lanes, unlike the Lions Gate from Vancouver to North Vancouver which has 3.

Wikipedia has a nice page on the Pattullo Bridge here

There is a plan in progress to replace this bridge in the not too distant future. It handles an incredible amount of traffic in and out of Surrey, so it will be interesting to see how they handle that during the construction/destruction when it happens.

There are rumours that they’ll decide to toll the new bridge. That’s not sitting well with folks that live south of the Fraser River in Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Langley, Aldergrove, etc. As it is we’ll have tolls on the Golden Ears and Port Mann bridges by the end of next year and if those crossings are used, it will cost close to $1200-$1500 a year more for a daily commute into Vancouver, New Westminster, Burnaby, Coquitlam, etc. That’s a lot for a struggling family that has to commute to survive.

Not sure that’s really fair either, given that we’ve all contributed to the lovely rapid transit and bridges north of the Fraser. Now the only ones getting dinged extra to get around are the folks south of the Fraser, and they don’t have adequate transit either.

Matter of fact, they managed to re-built the entire highway up to Whistler and didn’t toll that. So…from my perspective, where there is a will there is a way. I’m just glad it’s not me making the decisions 😉

SBofT Sizzles for Food Bank

The Surrey Board of Trade (SBofT) gathered up over 700 lbs of food and raised $2876 for the Surrey Food Bank on Wednesday night, during their annual Seasonal Sizzle event at EagleQuest Golf Course in Surrey.

Over 450 people attended what is one of the Board’s most popular events of the year, and the place was packed all night. People networked with new and old friends, and enjoyed a trade show put on by various services and suppliers as well.

It’s amazing what a few peeps can do when they get together to have fun and help out a good cause.

Unfortunately the need never ends, so the Surrey Food Bank is open for donations all year. Fortunately, there are also lots of other community events where we can help at this time of year. Keep an eye on the Food Bank website for more info.

Surrey’s New Council Now Sworn In

That was interesting. I watched the inauguration of Surrey’s new council via live stream tonight. Not as intimate as being there, but the view was great. That’s the first live stream event I’ve watched of the city council.

What was really good was that they had a separate feed for mobile devices. I tried it on my iPad and it came up without a hitch. Just had to press the word “Play” and off it went.

If they hadn’t had that working on the iPad, I would never have tried again to get it up on my iMac. Seems there was a strange looking, unnamed button you had to push on a regular browser to get the stream to go active – and no, the button wasn’t all that intuitive like on the iPad.

Still, it was good to see the folks getting started for another term. I wish them the best of luck. It’s a job not many are willing to take on and they deserve as much support as we can give them.

Election Day – Update

Well the usual suspects were elected in Surrey yesterday, so I guess they’ve been doing a fairly good job.

I can’t say as much for the voters though. According to the BC Gov’t website, there were 279,051 eligible voters (out of about 400K citizens in Surrey) and only 70K of those took the time to vote. 25%???? Twenty-five percent???

People all over the world are dying for the right to vote and only 25% of our population can give up half and hour of their day every three years to express that right? Sad.

What more can I say….

Election Day in BC

I got out to vote around 9:00am, and when I sent my ballot through the counter, there were about 120 people that had voted all ready.

Later in the afternoon, I saw a tweet that said that about 50K people had voted in all of Surrey and there was only 4 hours to go in the polls. It will be pretty sad if voting doesn’t pick up. 50-60K/400K citizens in Surrey is not a great turn out.

Fingers crossed that people will vote. If they do, at least they have a right to whine too. If they don’t, they won’t. Period.