Monthly Archive:: May 2014


Interesting debate is forming around the notion that Surrey RCMP should have been notified that a man accused of killing a hockey mom here was found to be a risk of reoffending stemming from an assault five years ago.
Yosef Jomo Gopaul, 27, has been charged with the killing of hockey mom Julie Paskall on Dec. 29 last year. He remains not guilty of that offense unless proven otherwise in court.
It’s come to light this week that Gopaul was determined to be on the high end of medium risk of reoffending after attacking a woman in Brampton, Ontario.
Seems that might have been valuable information for police to have.
But Gopaul served his entire term for the assault in Ontario, and as such, was free to move about the country as he wished, without fear the Parole Board of Canada would send out relocation warnings to local police.
Surrey RCMP tell me this to be the case, and the Parole Board of Canada confirms it.
Some are now suggesting local police authorities should be warned when an offender at risk of reoffending relocates to their jurisdiction, whether they’ve served their full term or not.
Let’s forget for a moment the fact such a system wouldn’t likely stand up to Constitutional challenge.
What exactly would be the benefit?
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Courtesy of Boaz Joseph/The Surrey Leader

You can get a Surrey RCMP officer for 95 cents and a study suggests if you spend it, you’ll triple your return on that investment.
The 95-cents per officer is the financial impact annually for the owner of the average Surrey home worth $643,600.
It doesn’t seem like much, but when you’re dealing with an RCMP force the size of Surrey’s, those numbers start to add.
For instance, if the city were to commit to hire the 45 officers called for by Coun. Barinder Rasode, it would cost $42.75 per year.
Rasode is the mayoral candidate in waiting, a fact she’s only made public through the Surrey Leader.
Odds on favourite many people in Newton, where crime is skyrocketing, would be more than happy to spend that much.
It’s going to cost that same taxpayer $667.85 for the 703 members detachment this year (that’s after 30 more come in the fall).
For perspective, that’s 42 per cent of that taxpayer’s total annual property tax bill of $1,590.
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Somewhere in the blue area of this map will be home to a residential waste drop off centre.


After decades of pestering Metro Vancouver for one, Surrey is going to finally get a drop off station for residential waste (RDO).

It will be located in West Newton.

The news of a waste facility in Newton hit the twitterverse on Tuesday morning, when blogger Laila Yuile posted an audio file of Surrey Coun. Bruce Hayne talking about it with CKNW.

It’s been quite the storied journey getting to this point.

The facility was called for in the 1995 Solid Waste Management Plan of which Surrey is a signatory.

Not having one in Surrey has been expensive.

It’s costing taxpayers almost $1 million annually to haul away waste that’s been illegally dumped, city officials saying that it’s largely due to the lack of a local place to drop off household waste.

“Forcing people to drive to Port Kells to get rid of a mattress as an example, (when they live in) South Surrey or Newton, is problematic for some people,” Hayne said. “Or at least it’s a little more difficult, so it’s easier to dump it.”

For decades, Surrey has been pushing Metro Vancouver for a local Waste Transfer Station (which the city now has in North Port Kells) and a residential drop off.

The 1995 Solid Waste Management Plan noted that “given the large land area of (Surrey), it may be advisable to locate a smaller satellite transfer station in the Cloverdale/South Surrey area of the municipality.”

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Photo credit: Evan Seal/The Surrey Leader

Seven years ago, this city vowed to maintain a police per population level equivalent to the national average, at the time, one officer per 700 people.

The promise was enshrined in the much-touted Crime Reduction Strategy, a lead item on page 11 of the document.

It stated that we need to keep policing at a “minimum of one officer per 700 residents or better.”

This city has fallen behind that promise.

In fact, Surrey would have to hire 45 officers right now to catch up to that cop-per-pop ratio.

Price tag: $6.75 million (this year, and every year following)

Is it necessary?

According to Terry Smith, who was the officer in charge of the Surrey detachment in 2001, not so much.

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Once again, Newton is the one of the most dangerous places in Surrey, and it’s getting worse, according to crime statistics obtained by Post Deadline on Sunday.

Half of the sex assaults in this city so far this year occurred in Newton, and people were almost as likely to be assaulted or robbed in that community as they were in Whalley, over the first three months of this year.

Surrey’s police committee will consider the first quarter crime statistics for Surrey on Monday morning.

Murders are way down in this city, dropping from 11 in the first three months of 2013 to just one in the first quarter of this year.

City-wide, the number of total criminal code offenses in the first quarter of this year were up 21 per cent in the first quarter of this year.

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Two woman have been found dead inside a home in north Surrey, have now been identified.

Kathleen Maximuik, 61, and her mother Anne Shouchuk, 81, were found dead in their 13665 111A Avenue home at about 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.

The quiet, family neighbourhood was rocked Thursday when the bodies of the two women were found inside a Bolivar home.

A family member, believed to be a son, arrived at the 13665 111A home at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to find the pair dead in the home.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken custody of the investigation, and says they don’t believe there is a third party involved.

That suggests either a murder suicide, or a suicide pact.

More will be known after the coroner conducts an autopsy.

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Surrey First must select three candidates for council seats.

Linda Hepner tells me they have 20 people lined up for those spots. She also tells me none of them have run for council before.

I’ve heard some of the buzz, as I’m sure many of you have.

Here’s your chance to chime in with who you think will be running with them.

Who would you love to see run with them?

Place your ideas in the comments section below. (Sorry, you have to register once to post comments)