Apparently their’s someone impersonating Doug McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition on Twitter and YouTube. I’m not buying it. There are 2 Twitter accounts called “Safe Surrey”. The official one is @Safe_Surrey and the alleged imposter is @safesurrey. The alleged imposter is quite active on Twitter, has 1100 more followers than the “real” Safe Surrey account, they quite aggressively show crime and homelessness on their feed, and according to CTV they’ve had the Twitter name @safesurrey for far longer than the “official” one has existed. The other account is pretty bland as you’d expect a political social media account to be. Safe Surrey’s campaign is based around crime and fear, coincidence? Here’s a video the “fake” Safe Surrey released that made it all the way to this evenings 6 o’clock news on CTV Vancouver.
Someone put A LOT of time and effort into this video, it’s actually better than most other candidates videos as far as production goes. Why would an imposter go to this kind of trouble? Simple, they’re not an imposter. Doug McCallum and his merry band of fear mongers at Safe Surrey want you to be afraid of Surrey. They want you to vote for them based on their tough talk on crime and homelessness. This video puts real pictures of Surrey’s darkest places out into the public. If you live in Surrey you’ve seen these places. McCallum can only benefit from this publicity. It gets his message out while simultaneously making him look like the victim.
The media has jumped on this and it has McCallum’s name front an centre saying Safe Surrey didn’t release the video. Here’s a story from CBC Vancouver. Here’s another from The Huffington Post. There’s also this little gem of a website that popped up out of nowhere showing subliminal messages in the YouTube video. Someone wants you to feel sorry for McCallum while you cower in your home afraid to go where “no god fearing man would dare to step”. That’s a pretty awful way to scrounge up votes.
The only thing that makes me question my theory? I’m not sure McCallum or anyone in his camp are intelligent enough to pull this off. From what I’ve seen over the past few weeks I wonder how their shoes get tied every morning. Either way it’s another twist in an already bizarre civic election.
What a great night. The first ever Surrey Beer Club Tweetup went down last night at Big Ridge Brewing Company and I couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome. We raised over $700 for the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, drank some great hand made beer from Big Ridge and Dead Frog and proved that the craft beer scene in Surrey is thriving. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Rebecca Bollwitt, aka Miss604, Big Ridge Brewing’s brew master Tariq Kahn, Beerthirst and every single person who came out to support this cause.
If you have a goal. a vision in your head about something you want to achieve you have no choice but to make it a reality. My life’s mission is to promote this city and to be a good father, Surrey Memorial Hospital played a large part in my daughter’s life and there’s no better feeling than giving back. Thanks for all of the support, I think we should do this more often.
I’ve recently been faced with some tough choices in my life and one of them involved my blogging life. I felt that I was stretching myself too thin and needed to focus on one project that was more inclusive of my family. The easy choice would have been WhatsForLunchBC.com as that blog has a large following and a solid social media foundation to build from. Instead I chose this blog. I live in Surrey, I love it here and there’s a ton of family friendly things to see and do.
Stepping away from WFLBC wasn’t an easy decision and it wasn’t a popular one either but it was the right choice. I believe that this blog will eventually be more successful and much more rewarding than a food blog could ever be. Thanks for supporting me and thanks for loving Surrey and all it has to offer. I look forward to posting more in the near future. Stay tuned for lots of daddy daughter adventures 🙂
Surrey put on quite the show for Canada day. There were food trucks, a full scale model of a potential LRT train on display that could be hitting our streets, great music and tons of things for people of all ages to enjoy! My highlights were the entire Peak Performance Stage show with 20 great YVR bands pumping out amazing music (Redgy Blackout is going to win…), The LRT display and the main stage featuring local music phenom Hannah Georgas and Canadian rock music icons Sam Roberts Band.
Sorry about the mid song spin-o-rama, it’s a little fast…(barf)
I had an amazing time with my family and friends, this event was a huge success and really helped reinforce why I put all of this time into promoting Surrey. I’m already looking forward to next year! Check out the picture of the huge crowd watching Sam Roberts!
When the sun comes out I hit the streets of Surrey with camera in hand! This time I wandered around Downtown Surrey, aka City Centre, aka Whalley and took some shots of the big changes that have happened/are going to happen to the most urban part of our city.
I walked the area around the City Centre Library, the construction sites around it slated for our new City Hall and 3 Civic Plaza. I walked over to check out Ultra, a new residential highrise that’s a block off of University Drive. I also took a bunch of pictures of the Central City Tower because I think it’s a gorgeous piece of architecture. In 4 or 5 years this neighbourhood is going to look very different, I can’t wait to see it. Check out all the pictures!
Surrey Doors Open 2012 has come and gone, did you get out to any of the 30+ venues around the city? I decided to check our the Surrey Engineering Department’s open house at the main works yard on 148th street in Newton. There were tons of families there enjoying free pony rides, a hot dog bbq (by donation), a balloon making clown, and much more! My friend Clint, who works for the city as an excavator operator, was on hand giving kids rides in the big machines including his son.
There were tents set up from various city departments showing how the guts of Surrey work and what it takes to run the hidden infrastructure under our feet. There were several alternative fuel vehicles on hand that the city uses in day to day operations to reduce emissions. It was pretty awesome to see this much heavy machinery in one spot, it’s a great reminder of where our tax dollars are spent. I hope you were following along on Twitter and had a chance to come down and see the yard for yourself, if not don’t fret I took lots of pictures! Check them out!
Do you like to ride your bike? Do you like to ride it all over town? Check out this awesome bike route map I found on The City of Surrey’s webpage, Surrey.ca.
Click on the link and go exploring!!