The Independent Investigation Office has been called in to investigate a fatal police involved shooting in Surrey

The Independent Investigation Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) has been called in to investigate a fatal police involved shooting in Surrey.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday July 18, 2015, Surrey RCMP responded to reports of a suicidal male screaming just outside of the Surrey RCMP District 5 South Surrey office located in the 1800 block of 152nd Street. Police officers, who were in the District 5 office at the time, rushed outside and located the male. A physical struggle ensued and the male was shot by an officer. The individual has died. One of the police officers involved was injured as a result of the confrontation and was transported to hospital for treatment. The police officer sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound, the circumstances of which are under investigation. No other police officers or members of the public were injured during this incident.
” The Surrey RCMP are working with the IIO BC with respect to the fatal police involved shooting. Additional resources have been called in to assist, the scene has been secured and we anticipate that public access to the South Surrey office will be restricted in order to support the on-going investigation, “says Supt. Dave Attfield, Surrey RCMP Operations Officer. “Our officer has received medical treatment and is expected to be released from hospital later today.”
IIO BC has asserted jurisdiction and anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact the IIO Toll-free Witness Line at 1-855-446-8477 (TIPS).For information about the IIO BC and media updates you can visit their website at

Everything is awesome when Lego and literacy unite

VICTORIA - The sounds of creativity echoed through the Greater Victoria 
Public Library's Central Branch today as Minister of Education Peter 
Fassbender was joined by young learners for a morning of reading and Lego 
building, celebrating the BC Summer Reading Club.
 This year's club theme, "Build It!" encourages kids to use technology, 
crafts, architecture and imagination to explore books and get a head-
start to hands-on learning. Offered at public libraries throughout the 
province, the Summer Reading Club builds literacy skills and encourages 
creative discovery.
"Reading is life's essential skill. The Summer Reading Club gives kids 
the tools to explore their own literacy journey, while discovering new 
books, new ideas and new stories. I know every child participating this 
summer is reaching new reading goals, keeping their reading skills sharp, 
and getting ready for the new school year in September." says Peter Fassbender, 
Minister of Education.
 The Summer Reading Club helps kids stick to their reading goals and 
prevents summer reading loss. Voluntary reading strongly encourages and 
establishes good reading habits, and has a positive connection to future 
success in school. Improving the literacy skills of all British 
Columbians is vital to the province's social and economic development.
 The Summer Reading Club reaches over 85,000 young learners during July 
and August. All public libraries in B.C. take part in the program. Each 
year the Ministry of Education provides $50,000 in Funding to the BC 
Library Association to co-ordinate the Summer Reading Club and provide 
materials to libraries.
 To connect with a local summer reading program, parents can contact their 
local library. A list of libraries is online at

Gurupurab Radiothon raises $725,000 for Surrey Memorial Hospital


In honour of the Nov. 6 birthday of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji — the founder of the Sikh faith — South Asian communities in both Surrey and Calgary have raised more than $1.6 million for local hospitals in a single day.

According to the Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation, ethnic radio station RED-FM hosted Gurupurab Radiothons in both Surrey and Calgary on Thursday, which saw a total of $725,000 going to Surrey Memorial Hospital and $869,000 go to Calgary’s Peter Lougheed Centre.

While the radiothon marked its inaugural year in Calgary, the fundraising event dates back to 2007 in Surrey.

“Every year, the Radiothon demonstrates how deeply this community cares for our hospital,” Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation president and CEO Jane Adams said in a release. “A big thank you to everyone who donated and kudos to RED-FM for sponsoring an event that enables the South Asian community to celebrate Guru Nanak’s birthday with giving hearts.”

The funds raised for Surrey Memorial Hospital will go toward its acute stroke unit, which will be named the Guru Ram Das Stroke Unit in the South Asian community’s honour.

“We all know someone who has suffered a stroke and we understand the importance of having a world-class stroke unit in Surrey,” said South Asian Broadcasting Corporation President, Kulwinder Sanghera. “Raising funds during the Gurupurab Radiothon has become an annual tradition for our community. I am humbled and touched by the generosity of our listeners. I have the deepest regard for the faith that people have shown in RED-FM.”

Donations to the Red-FM cause can still be made at

18th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival Engages and Provokes

Vancouver, BC : The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF)  announces the countdown to its much anticipated 18th Annual celebration of Asian filmmaking this November 6th to 9th at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas in Vancouver. This year’s theme, What’s Your Perspective?, seeks to challenge the audience while setting the stage for the thought-provoking and visually stunning films right here in Vancouver from filmmakers around the world.


KimK’s trainer says Kanye West doesn’t come to gym out of jealousy

London, Oct 17 (ANI): Kim Kardashian’s trainer has revealed that Kanye West doesn’t visit his wife in gym out of jealousy.


Gunnar Peterson, who has worked with A-celebs like Angelina Jolie, Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, said that he doesn’t think the couple worry about getting jealous, the Mirror reported.


He said that what happens is their training becomes so much a part of their daily speech they want to check it out and one can’t help talking about a good session.

Peterson added that Kim just trains and is one of the hardest working people inside and outside the gym and that the work she puts in, she knows it pays off.

Avatar 2 to begin casting in LA, Wellington soon

Wellington, Oct 17 (ANI): The sequel to the 2009 blockbuster film ‘Avatar’ would soon begin to cast for the project in New Zealand and America.


According to, Miramar-based The Casting Company would be handling the casting in New Zealand for ‘Avatar 2’, which would be the first of three upcoming sequels to the James Cameron’s film.


Cameron would return to helm the project while actors Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver reprise their roles from the original film, which had grossed more than 3.5 billion dollars worldwide, and had become the highest-grossing movie of all time.


The movie would follow directly from its predecessor and would begin filming in New Zealand in 2015.

Nicole Scherzinger reveals new album was like `therapy`

Washington, Oct 17 (ANI): Nicole Scherzinger has revealed that her new album ‘Big Fat Lie’ was like “therapy.”


The 36-year-old singer said that it’s a very personal album to her and it’s a transitional album as it is very honest and authentic, People Magazine reported.


The former ‘X Factor’ judge, who for eight years felt like she wasn’t enough, wasn’t pretty, was fat and wasn’t worthy of more, added that she is in a different place in her life now and she feels a bit more confident and comfortable in her own skin to be able to talk about things that she hadn’t talked about before.


Scherzinger continued that it feels good to be truthful, because not everyone’s perfect and everyone always has these pre-conceived notions that unlike celebrities, who are supposedly glamorous and don’t have any problems and any issues, they battle with their own issues.


Movie trailers are less-shared types of film content

Washington, Oct 17 (ANI): A new research has revealed that movie trailers aren’t most-shared movie content.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, the social video advertising platform Unruly’s study showed that the prank-based viral videos or “prankverts,” stand-alone micro-movies and music videos are the most-shared types of movie content over the past 12 months.


Unruly’s U.S. president Richard Kosinski said that Consumers are also experiencing “content shock” as the smart advertisers are creating memorable content by generating intense emotional responses in viewers and breaking away from traditional trailers.


Kosinski added that the top three most-shared videos of the past 12 months are prankverts or, in the case of Frozen, a trackvert or a video based around a song, like Frozen’s ubiquitous ‘Let It Go.’


The study found that films that go beyond the trailer are generating cut-through and social buzz in a competitive, trailer-heavy media landscape.

‘Twin Peaks’ novel to fill in show’s 25-year hiatus

Washington, Oct 17 (ANI): A novel, from “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost will be releasing soon that will let fans know fans know “happened to the people of that iconic fictional town” in the 25-year hiatus.


The book’s publisher, Flatiron Books has said that the story will also delve deeper into the central mystery of the series, the death of Laura Palmer, the Verve reported.


The new series of “Twin Peaks” will air in 2016.