Mayor’s Statement on Transit Violence

  • Page Views 524
  • No one should have to fear for their physical safety or life when riding our transit system. In the last two
    weeks we have seen three shocking incidents that have caused serious bodily harm and in one case
    ended the life of a 17yearold. On behalf of Surrey City Council, my deepest condolences to the family
    and friends of Ethan Bespflug. As a mom, I cannot imagine the pain Ethan’s family is going through.

    There is no place for the continuing violent acts that are taking place on our regional transit system.
    What makes this situation all the more alarming is that it puts so many innocent people at risk, as the
    attacks are often perpetrated in a confined space of a SkyTrain car or a bus. As it has been said,
    everyone has the right to feel safe on our regional transit system.

    I’ve been in regular contact with both the Surrey RCMP and the Metro Vancouver Transit Police as both
    agencies work together on increasing joint patrols. In addition to an increased police and security
    presence on transit, we are looking at a range of sustainable, longterm solutions to ensure everyone on
    Transit feels safe, and is safe. This includes the high visibility police patrols occurring now; however, that
    is only part of the solution. We need to look at all potential tools at our disposal, including better use of
    technology, safety education and outreach, all forming part of a comprehensive approach.

    I will be reaching out to the Premier, Solicitor General and Minister of Mental Health to ask for
    additional resources in policing and to make better use of technology to deter these crimes and identify
    the perpetrators.


    Mayor Brenda Locke

    (
    amy.jugpal@surrey.ca)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 29 February 2024
      3 days ago No comment

      Minimum wage increases to $17.40 an hour on June 1 VICTORIA

      For Immediate Release Feb. 26, 2024 VICTORIA – B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will get a pay raise when the general minimum wage increases from $16.75 to $17.40 per hour on June 1, 2024. This represents a 3.9% increase, consistent with B.C.’s average rate of inflation in 2023. The alternate minimum ...

    • 29 February 2024
      4 days ago No comment

      BC Cabinet Minister Lana Popham declares Filipino Cultural Centre project a “Go!”

      February 21, 2024 Mabuhay House Society PRESS RELEASE For more information, please contact Sammie Jo Rumbaua at chair@mabuhayhouse.ca BC Cabinet Minister Lana Popham declares Filipino Cultural Centre project a “Go!” Vancouver – The Filipino-Canadian community’s decades-long journey for a provincial Filipino Cultural Centre took another historic step forward recently ...

    • 22 February 2024
      1 week ago No comment

      Canada to open Indo-Pacific Agriculture and Agri-Food Office in Manila

      Canada is opening its new Indo-Pacific Agriculture and Agri-Food Office (IPAAO) in the Philippines. The IPAAO is expected to be inaugurated in Manila in February 2024 in a development coinciding with this year’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The ...

    • 15 February 2024
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Canada, Philippines ranked in global corruption index

      February 16, 2024 — Transparency International has released its latest Corruption Perception Index, which scores 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public-sector corruption. The Berlin-based anti-corruption group’s 2023 CPI scores 180 countries and territories, using a scale from 0 to 100, with 100 being very clean ...

    • 08 February 2024
      3 weeks ago No comment

      Marcos-Duterte alliance splinters

      The rift between Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte, has taken a turn for the worse. Philippine political analysts say in media reports that this may be end of the political alliance that swept Marcos Jr. to the presidency and Duterte’s daughter Sara as ...

    %d bloggers like this: