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About Paul Hillsdon

Paul Hillsdon

Paul Hillsdon

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

Posts By Paul Hillsdon

New City initiatives announced by Mayor

May 20, 2015 |

Mayor Linda Hepner held her inaugural State of the City address this afternoon at the Sheraton Guildford. Reading off a professional and well-written speech, she characterized Surrey as one of North America’s leading cities, far removed from its suburban ambitions … Read More

City shining new light for safety, environment

May 11, 2015 | 1

To address concerns of public safety, and meet the City’s long term energy and environmental goals, new and replacement LED street lighting will be installed in critical areas of both the downtown and Newton.

Feds, province say Yes to transit. Will we?

April 24, 2015 |

With the federal budget released, Ottawa has announced a new, dedicated fund of $1 billion per year for public transit in Canada’s big cities. According to finance officials, this new fund is expected to cover the one-third federal contribution to … Read More

Newton revitalization beginning with new lake and park

April 23, 2015 |

Four years since the revised Newton Town Centre plan was approved, work is finally beginning on one of the major civic projects in that vision: a new park and lake to anchor the southern edge of the community.

What is currently a … Read More

Stalled Fleetwood Greenway re-started

April 21, 2015 | 2

Back in 2012, when the City was undertaking an ambitious construction program of greenways (multi-use pathways), progress in Fleetwood was halted when a group of neighbours raised concerns. The greenway, which would travel through a pipeline corridor, much like it … Read More

Civic Surrey returns!

April 20, 2015 | 3

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, … Read More

How a Yes vote will be Christy Clark’s victory

March 2, 2015 |

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 … Read More

Four scenarios following a No vote

February 24, 2015 |

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 … Read More