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February 1, 2017 | Issue No. 10


Help speed up evidence gathering by police by voluntarily registering the location of your security camera(s) with Project IRIS
As a member of the Newton Business Improvement Association, we encourage you to participate in the recently announced Project IRIS program (Integrated Resources for Investigation and Safety). This video camera registry initiative is a partnership between the City of Surrey, Surrey RCMP, businesses, and the community and is part of the City’s new Public Safety Strategy.

The voluntary program allows residents and businesses to register the location of their closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in a secure database. In the event of a crime in a particular area, the database would enable City staff to quickly identify a list of nearby cameras that may have captured potentially valuable video evidence. RCMP officers will then contact the registered camera owners to request access to recorded video footage. This helps speed up investigations instead of RCMP officers going door-to-door to request footage. You will only be contacted if there is an incident in your area and you are not obligated to share your camera footage with RCMP.

The registry does not collect any camera footage or provide direct access to the cameras. It simply records the location and contact information of cameras. Businesses and residents that sign up on IRIS can have their contact information removed from the registry at any time by contacting

Your footage could help gather evidence for an investigation. All it takes is 5 minutes to register your addresses that have security cameras. It is secure, easy and voluntarily. Play your part in making the community safe for everyone.


Have a safety concern to bring to our attention? 
The Newton Safety Unit meets every Tuesday at 3pm at the Newton BIA office to discuss safety concerns in the Newton area. Contact us at to setup a meeting date.
Stay up-to-date on the latest Quarterly Crime Statistics! 
2016 Q4 Highlights:
  • Business B&E ⬇9%
  • Theft Under 5000 ⬇39%
  • Total Crime ⬇12%


Groundhog Day 2017
A huge thank you to everyone that joined us on January 28 to celebrate an early Groundhog Day with Lou! It was a fun morning with pancakes, hot chocolate, cupcakes, live music and crafts. Thanks to our partners for helping us pull it off. See more pictures of all the fun!


Thursday, February 16 @ Newton BIA!
All Businesses and Property owners within the Newton BIA area are invited to attend (no charge). Coffee and light refreshments will be served throughout. Registration is required. 
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11:30am – Doors Open
11:30am to 12:00pm – Registration / Networking
12:00pm – Annual General Meeting
12:45pm – Economic Development Action Plan Survey
Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project Survey
The Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit (LRT) is the first of two phases in the South of Fraser Rapid Transit Network. It will be an integral new connection to the regional transportation system and will help make Surrey one of the best places to live, work and raise a family.

Stakeholder communication and engagement is an important component of the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project. Opportunities will be provided over the coming months for stakeholders and the public to learn more about the project and offer ideas related to the LRT vision.

Take the Survey
Province announces $217M in funding for Surrey schools

SURREY — The provincial Liberal government has earmarked $217 million in funding for Surrey's schools over the next three years, to accommodate 5,200 more students.

Education Minister Mike Bernier made the announcement at the Surrey Board of Education Office in Newton Thursday morning.

He also said a "Surrey Project Office" will be set up, comprised of "experts" including engineers, ministry staff and Surrey School District officials to steer the development.

"Projects like this are going to bring over 600 jobs to Surrey," Bernier said.

Surrey school board chairman Shawn Wilson said that as a result of this announcement, the Surrey School District is "now in the best position we have ever been in to get ahead of enrolment growth."

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Changing Surrey's Image, One Episode at a Time

Let’s face it – Surrey has a reputation. Just read the comments on social media under any story about Surrey. It’s the ‘burbs, it’s full of gangs and gang shootings, you might get shot while walking down the street, etc, etc.

Change comes with time and with more unaffordability around the region, more people from north of the river are now moving to Surrey and the Fraser Valley. So, how do we change this image of Surrey? Well, realtor David Smith wants to take a shot at it.

“Surrey, Langley, Delta, Abbotsford, etc… are all wonderful cities in their own right. We don’t have to spend too much time actively combating a perceived negative identity; what we should spend our time on is sharing the objectively true reality that our communities are incredible places to live and work,” says Smith.

He is hosting The Local, a new web series on Surrey604 highlighting notable people in Surrey and the surrounding places. These individuals have made an impact in the community, which helps shed positive light on the negative image of the region.

Watch Episode One: 3 Civic Plaza


Friday, February 3, 10am | Newton McDonald's
Join the Newton BIA the first Friday of every month as we work together to clean up the community! We'll be walking the streets and picking up trash while getting to know Newton. More Info & RSVP
Wednesday, February 8, 12pm | Newton Safeway
Community Coffee is a BIA initiative created to engage with the community here in Newton to discuss all issues, ideas, thoughts, projects, and everything in between. More Info & RSVP
Tuesday, February 28, 9am | Fays Family Restaurant
Newton Talks is a monthly networking breakfast for local businesses and community members to discuss topics of interest! More info & RSVP
Call: 778-873-0435
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