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OUTDOOR POOLS

By | Neil Morrison, News

Warm weather is here! And although some of us love the heat and this time of year, for a portion of the population ( seniors for example ) the heat can be a little too much. That said keep in mind Surrey has 8 outdoor pools and offer a variety of options for you to beat the heat. If you can’t swim, the city will teach you. If you just need to cool off or keep the kids occupied for the afternoon here’s the locations of all 8 outdoor pools in Surrey:

Bear Creek Outdoor Pool 13820 – 88 Avenue

Greenaway Outdoor Pool 17901 – 60 Avenue

Cloverdale Sunnyside Outdoor Pool 15455 – 26 Avenue  

Hjorth Road Outdoor Pool 10277 – 148 Street

Holly Outdoor Pool10662 – 148 Street

Kwantlen Outdoor Pool 13035 – 104 Avenue

Port Kells Outdoor Pool 19340 – 88 Avenue 

Unwin Outdoor Pool 6845 – 133 Street

Stay cool!

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nmorrison@pulsefm.ca 

Either You Get It Or You Don’t Get It

By | Neil Morrison, News

The staff here at Pulse FM almost called an ambulance for me this afternoon. Loving the game of football (soccer) can be a very stressful, emotional, heart attack inducing sport. Especially for a month every 4 years when the greatest football teams get together and play for the World Cup. For many in this country, this is the greatest sports tournament. But just how I feel about Drakes music, many don’t get football at all. That’s great. Not a problem. But for those who do, when I tell you my nerves are absolutely shot after today’s game between England and Croatia…kinda wish I didn’t get it either. 

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nmorrison@pulsefm.ca

CANADA DAY UP CANADA WAY

By | Neil Morrison, News

Sunday we celebrate the 151st birthday of this country. Canada Day was known as Dominion day until 1982 –  when – according to Readers Digest, 13 sleepy members of Parliament voted in the name change at 4pm on a Friday. They were the only people left in Parliament that day. You have to go way back to 1879 to remember a time when it wasn’t a national holiday. On a side note, It’s a very bizarre day in the Province of Quebec. That province only allows people to move on July 1st. Can you imagine trying to find movers? I know that’s a bizarre concept but what is also bizarre in this province is that undercover police cars have tags on the license plate that always have the same date on them…February 28th. Or, at least that’s what I’ve been told. Anyway, I digress. Canada Day is a great day to celebrate this country. It’s people, it’s diversity, and the fact that we aren’t American – no matter how many Europeans ask us if we are when we visit, eh.

@neiltalks 

nmorrison@pulsefm.ca

Happy International Body Piercing Day

By | Neil Morrison, News

Body Piercing to me is like tattoos, you either love them or you hate them. While tattoos have become widely accepted by society, body piercing has not seen the same acceptance. Ears are probably the exception. As Canadians we don’t see a woman with pierced ears we are taken back. Pierced ears on a man – once looked at with a sort of disdain – looks today like the norm. But whereas everyone had a piercing(s) say 20 years ago, men have seemed to have gone more towards tattoos. Again, with ears being the exception, piercing of other body parts seems to still show society that the person sporting a pierced eyebrow, or nose, or anything other body part – it signals to a lot of people a sense of rebellion and even perhaps a liberal mindset. Still, like a tattoo there’s good piercings and there’s bad ones. It’s up to the individual to differentiate the two.

nmorrison@pulsefm.ca

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The Real Problems

By | Neil Morrison, News

A recently study done by the University of Victoria shows that while the Opioid Crisis is just that – a Crisis, it doesn’t kill the way two perfectly legal substances do. Contributing to 15 thousand deaths in 2014? Alcohol. The other substance that is at the top? Tobacco. The study at UVIC concluded that alcohol and tobacco kills 10 times more than any Opioid has. 10 times. And the great news continues when the report also says that the cost associated with alcohol abuse in 2014 was $15 Billion Dollars. Tobacco, $12 Billion dollars. The Opioid Epidemic doesn’t even come close in comparison at $3.5 Billion dollars. If you were wondering why government doesn’t outright ban tobacco and alcohol if it kills the way UVIC’s research says it does, perhaps some of those dollar figures will make it easier for you to understand why.

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LEGALIZED LOAN SHARKS

By | Neil Morrison, News

Earlier today the province announced tougher rules on payday loans, and cheque cashing fee’s. The reason why the Minister Of Public Safety Solicitor General Mike Farnworth made the announcement is to protect people – poor people – from excessive fee’s. Starting September 1st, the maximum fee a payday-loan business can charge is $15 per every $100. It was $17. And before that it was $23. They also announced extending the payday-loan agreement cancellation period, prohibiting payday lenders from requiring, requesting or accepting consent from a borrower, to use or disclose their personal information for anything other than for arranging or providing a payday loan, and other measures as well. What the Province should have done was offered to payback everyone’s loans, and kicked these businesses out of this Province. All payday-loan companies do is put the majority of their customers in a perpetual spiral of pay back, and borrow again. Not to mention the ridiculous fee’s. Once caught up in the vicious cycle it’s impossible top get out, leaving the customer to either file for bankruptcy, of get bailed out by some form of credit counselling. What theses companies really are are legalized loan sharks. Manitoba has banned them. We should too. 

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nmorrison@pulsefm.ca

What’s The Rush?

By | Neil Morrison, News

I jokingly refer to Highway 10 between 152nd and 168th as the, ‘Autobahn’ due to the speeds you can see people hit along that stretch of highway. In fact it’s not funny and people could kill with speed along that stretch. That said, for the past week or so I have been re-routing my commute due to construction on 152nd between 36th and 40th avenues. My re-route has me driving north on King George Boulevard from 152nd to Highway 10. This week i’ve been doing something I admit I sometime don’t always do…I set my auto-cruise at the speed-limit of 70kms and hour between the stretch of the 99 overpass and Highway 10. I have learned a valuable lesson about driving in BC this past week –  the speed limit seems just to be a suggestion. Today for instance – after I set the cruise at 70km/hr – not one vehicle stayed behind me. Every single one passed me. Some doing 10-20-30kms over what I was doing. So, I have an idea. Rather than raising insurance rates year after year for drivers who – for the most part – stick to the speed limit, why not just have Surrey RCMP set up daily somewhere on that stretch of road? Without certainty, it would be a steady cash cow for the government and police services. What’s the rush?

nmorrison@pulsefm.ca

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National Selfie Day Struggle

By | Neil Morrison, News

I’ll never quite understand the Selfie and it’s enormous popularity. To me, taking a picture of yourself using your phone makes no sense. What is the point? Why do a selfie? What is it’s purpose? On this National Selfie I day I find myself confused and wondering, ‘Is it a generational thing?’ How about this – How about we create a place to go to see all the selfies we want to see via an app, or a website, and the rest of us can blissfully return to our lives, Selfie-free.

October 17th

By | Neil Morrison, News

The Prime Minister says October 17th is now the date Marijuana becomes legal in this country. He made there statement in the House Of Commons today just before MP’s go on their summer break. (When are you going on yours?) Mr Trudeau announced the government will push back the original legalization date of July 1st so that the provinces and territories will have more time to be ready and to have everything that needs to be set up, set up. In case you missed it earlier this week the senate backed down on wanting individual provinces to decide whether growing personal marijuana would be legal or not. One amendment of a few they have since backed down on. It will be legal to grow for personal use. The Justice Minister says legalizing Marijuana will protect young people and keep organized crime out of the Pot Market. In the state of Colorado it has done nothing to curb the underground economy. Evidence shows this. There is more to understand and so much more to learn. From the perspective of those in chronic pain – this may finally be a way to end their suffering. Good thing. But if the stoners cause the price of a bag of sour cream and onion chips to go significantly due to lack of supply…bad thing. 

@neiltalks 

nmorrison@pulsefm.ca

Something Fishy…

By | Neil Morrison, News

A study by the University of BC has shown that up to 25% of the fish being sold in the greater Vancouver area, is incorrectly labeled. Researchers collected 281 different samples from various grocery stores and restaurants and did some testing. What they found was 70 of their samples – just under 25% – were completely mislabelled. Snapper was the big mistake. 31 of the 34 samples weren’t Red Snapper at all – Tilapia and other cheaper fish. The UBC study fails to point fingers saying instead that depending on where the fish is caught and processed, it could be incorrectly mislabelled at any point on it’s journey from the ocean to your plate. Still, a rather disturbing study none the less. 

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nmorrison@pulsefm.ca