As a result of recent gang violence in the Lower Mainland that has been making headlines across Canada, Trevor Loke and Paul Hillsdon are taking action with a rally for peace on Sunday, Feb. 22 at Central City Plaza.
The idea to organize a rally came about when Loke, formerly a Kwantlen student, and Hillsdon were looking for events in the Surrey area that were against gang violence. When they couldnâ€™t find anything, they thought a rally was a good place to start.
The main idea behind this rally is to bring the Surrey community together to show that it will not be divided on the issue of violence. â€œWe will come together, we will show the strength of our spirit and we will accomplish things,â€ said Loke.
Loke, a Newton residen,t thinks that the media has portrayed Surrey as an unsafe place. â€œSurrey is a really great place,â€ said Loke. â€œItâ€™s not a place where people need to be living in fear.â€
Loke is a candidate for the Green Party in the provincial Surrey-Newton riding.
Itâ€™s important for students to show up for the rally, he said, because they are the next generation.
The rally will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 across the street from Surrey Central Sky Train Station. Participants are asked to take banners, posters and noise-makerâ€™s to show support as they march together to Holland Park.
Loke expects more than a couple hundred people to show up to the rally, which is organized along with the RCMP, the City of Surrey and all major political parties.
Reporter David Pires was on his way to a soccer game when something else broke out — an exuberant, street-smart demonstration in favour of public play in public spaces.