Author Archives: Paul Hillsdon

About Paul Hillsdon

Paul Hillsdon is the Founder and Editor of He lives in Surrey and is proud urbanist championing light rail, separated bike lanes, mid-rise walk-ups, and third places. He tweets @paulhillsdon

Civic Surrey returns!

Great news everyone! After two long years on hiatus, I’m excited to announce that Civic Surrey is returning to the internet, in the format you know and love. I will be leaving my job with the Government of Saskatchewan soon, … Continue reading

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How a Yes vote will be Christy Clark’s victory

Say what you will about Premier Christy Clark, but she seems to have a knack for pulling a victory out of imminent collapse. In the 2013 provincial election, she surprised everyone when she secured the Liberals’ fourth straight majority against a … Continue reading

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Four scenarios following a No vote

1. Status quo With a failure to secure a Yes vote, the political class is rebuked and loses its legitimacy in the public sphere. TransLink’s management and board recoil even further, with communications to the outside world effectively eliminated. The … Continue reading

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Gamechanger: It’s time to talk Plan B

With news today that the ‘No’ side has taken the lead with 53%, leaving only 38% supporting the ‘Yes’ side, it’s clear that the ‘No’ side has the momentum. While this data is from an online poll, which have been … Continue reading

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12 tactics to win the transit referendum

The mood is shifting as advocates begin to recognize that winning the transit referendum is not just theoretically plausible, but is a realistic likelihood. However, as in any electoral process, the outcome is never secure until voting day. That means … Continue reading

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Why the transit referendum will succeed

Transit is the talk of the town, with the question for the referendum approved by the Mayors last week. Not unsurprisingly, many have argued that it is bound to fail. While the plan may be good, folks would never vote … Continue reading

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