Access Parental Controls From Anywhere with #app for #iphone and #android @linksys #wifi #router

Linksys WiFi smart router

Linksys today announced a whole new user interface, design layout, navigation experience, and new innovative features for its Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app. The newly designed app for Apple and Android smartphones provides a more intuitive layout with simple-to-navigate options that enable millions of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi users to simply monitor, manage and control their home networks while at home or away.

New and improved features launched today:
· New contemporary user interface
· New organization for simpler feature discovery and use
· Intelligent router offline notification (Initially available on EA9500 router)
· Easily share guest Wi-Fi name and password – tap and text or email
· Guest access now supports up to 50 guests
· Prioritize internet bandwidth to chosen devices
· Parental controls to block specific sites and internet access for selected devices on a schedule
· More device icons to associate with client devices
· Easily view how much external hard drive space is available

Parental controls for WiFi router
Parental controls for WiFi router

“Being first to market with a router app for managing and monitoring a home network, we wanted to continue to advance the software for a more intuitive approach to make it easier to use and find tools that will make managing and sharing a home network easier,” said Dan Albertson, Linksys senior product manager. “What separates good routers from great routers is the software. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app clearly differentiates its home router solutions by providing all the basic and advanced management and control features but also continues to add new features that leverage the intelligence of the home router.”

The app has been completely updated and redesigned, providing simple utility, such as looking up and sharing the wireless credentials for up to 50 guests with a few taps on a mobile device. The app will also enable users to change bandwidth prioritization quickly and easily on the fly, ensuring your bandwidth-sensitive video calls and gaming sessions never slow down.

In addition to dozens of new icons to assign to clients’ devices, the app shows how much hard drive space has been used and how much is still available on external hard drives connected to the router.

Parental Controls

Parents can block websites or shut off Wi-Fi entirely for individual devices. Parents can also set up a schedule for blocking access for each device (available in an app update coming later this year). These parental control features will aid in making sure children use the internet appropriately, providing parents with peace of mind that there is also an ample amount of homework time without the distraction of the internet.


A home network is dynamic, and notifications can alert users and provide insight on changing conditions. The new router offline notification feature (initially supported with the Linksys EA9500 router) is the first notification feature available that will detect when the router has lost its connection to the internet for any reason, and alert users with a notification on a mobile device. This feature is useful when users are away from home and could be an early warning system for:
· Phone calls from upset household Internet users that the router went offline and there could be a potential issue with the internet connection.
· Ensuring access to critical wireless devices remotely, such as door locks, IP cameras and smart thermostats
· A potential problem with the users’ internet provider

Manage parental controls from your iPhone or Android mobile device
Manage parental controls from your iPhone or Android mobile device

Other Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Features

The main dashboard provides an immediate glimpse into the current status of the home network. It shows the current connection to the internet and the number of connected devices, as well as quick access to the wireless password and options to reset it or share it. Parental control options from the main dashboard make it easy and fast to change settings as well as the device prioritization features and external storage visibility.
· Devices
· Wi-Fi Network
· Guest Access
· Parental Controls
· Device Prioritization
· External Storage (if any external hard drives are plugged into the router)

Advanced settings

· Single Port Forwarding
· Port Range Forwarding
· Port Range Triggering
· MAC Filtering



Zus – the smart car charger @nondainc #cool #tech for #cars #acura #honda #gm #ford #toyota #subaru #audi #mazda #nissan

Zus is a device for charging your smartphone quickly on the go. The vendor tagline calls it “the smart car charger” because it can be connected to your smartphone via an app which can be used to locate your vehicle using GPS technology. I’ve used the device and found the vendor’s claims hold true – the device and app do work in tandem to record your vehicle’s location. And the charging technology worked as claimed – my iPhone 6 charged in about 3.5 hours, which is much faster than other car chargers I’ve tried.

Where the GPS location technology would really come in handy is if you’re a travelling consultant or sales-person and frequently have to leave your vehicle for work related reasons. I could see this working particularly well if you’re in an unfamiliar or foreign city as a mobile worker. Another scenario where the location technology might assist is at a large sporting event, for example when you need to leave your vehicle in an enormous parking lot.

There’s an app for both Apple iOS and Android platforms. Additionally, the device is made from military grade materials and will continue to work well even on the hottest summer days when the interior of your vehicle gets extremely hot. The vendor claims the device will work up to 100 degrees Celsius –  however I haven’t had the chance to test that out here in Metro Vancouver this winter. The temperature hasn’t gone much above 10 degrees Celsius over the past few months.

If you’ve bought a Zus please let me know how its worked out for you and leave a comment below.

I would really appreciate it if you could like and share this post on the social networks so I can get the word out about my blog!

Thanks – Jay





VIPole Secure Messenger for Teams and Enterprises Is Now Available on iOS

VIPole Secure Messenger with strong AES-256 encryption is now available for iOS users and there are plenty of reasons to try it before flinging into the New Year.  Alongside with the never-ending encryption debate that involves enterprises, governments and tech enthusiasts, there is a solution for secure communications developed with respect to customers’ privacy. VIPole messenger encrypts all types of transmitted and stored data and provides a unique set of features for extra protection of identity and sensitive data.

Today many messaging apps are pitching about user privacy and security priority but upon closer inspection, they are either tracking customer’s general whereabouts or storing deleted messages that can be retrieved anytime. VIPole demonstrates a fundamentally different approach to privacy, handing over the encryption keys ownership directly to its users. With end-to-end encrypted chats, calls and file transfer, VIPole is not just an IM app; it’s the ultimate privacy tool.screen322x572 (1)

The iOS release has topped up the list of available platforms and now in addition to Mac OS, Windows, Linux and Android devices it supports iPhones. The safety of communications is essential to VIPole, thus  the app entails a number of special security settings for privacy management and history editing. Besides advanced security settings, the current iOS version has limited functionality that includes instant messaging, group chats, calls and a password manager. iOS users will soon be able to enjoy a full experience as VIPole features will increase with each update.

VIPole is equally advantageous for both personal and business use providing the extensive secure system that connects communications in one cross platform app. In addition to regular communication features and productivity tools, VIPole offers extensions for team management. VIPole group chats bring together an unlimited number of participants, encrypted data storage ensures safe document circulation and files exchanged among users are seamlessly synched across all devices.  With full-featured video and audio conferences, VIPole distinguishes itself from those corporate messengers that provide only IM and file exchange.

VIPole is a UK company that provides secure business communications for teams and enterprises. With enhanced security and extended functionality, VIPole unites teams and ensures privacy for those who don’t want their personal data to be in public ownership. For more information, please visit the website

Intel Security Battery Optimizer for Android Devices

I came across something very cool today. It’s a battery optimizer for Android devices made by Intel Security. I wanted to share as I think its something that would be super helpful for everybody. This app actually monitors device performance in real-time meaning that it can find app issues and alert you to them.

You can also use this to clean up temporary files and downloads that have been lingering around which is nice. And probably the best thing is that you can extend battery life. The optimizer will identify apps that drain the battery and stop them if you request.

The product is made by Intel so you can be confident that there will be a high degree of quality involved here. Intel is one of the largest computer chip makers in the world so they have a reputation they need to uphold.



Jabra Sport Life app provides in-ear audio coaching

Jabra Sport Coach

For fans of burpees, lunges, squats and planks who want the added motivation of individual coaching while listening to music, the world’s first wireless cross-training audio solution has arrived. The Jabra Sport Coach Wireless earbuds combine personalized in-ear coaching with premium Dolby sound to get the most out of cross training workouts. The launch of the Sport Coach extends Jabra’s sport audio product line, and follows the award-winning Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds that introduced in-ear heart rate monitoring for the very first time.


Key features of the new Jabra Sport Coach Wireless headset optimized for cross training include:

  • Best music experience with premium Dolby sound quality
  • Integrated motion sensor and advanced Sport Life app provide real-time in-ear audio coaching
  • Secure fit, lightweight and compact design
  • Extends Jabra’s sports audio product range, pioneered by the award-winning Sport Pulse wireless earbuds for runners


Developed to meet the needs of cross training enthusiasts, the Jabra Sport Coach Wireless creates customized workouts based on over 40 different exercises – either time or repetition-based training – via the Sport Life companion app. The app lets users plan, track, and analyze cross training workouts, choosing exercises from beginner to advanced, with in-the-moment, personalized in-ear audio coaching. To ensure you achieve optimal performance and your overall fitness goals, the integrated TrackFit motion sensor provides advanced tracking of pace, distance, step count, cadence and calories to make every workout count.


“For sports, we are committed to delivering innovative audio solutions designed to enhance the training experience for fitness enthusiasts,” says Jabra CEO René Svendsen-Tune. “We started by specifically targeting runners, and now we are taking the next step by delivering a solution optimized for cross trainers. We see clear possibilities for in-ear audio solutions combined with biometrics.”


Jabra Sport Coach Wireless will be available in July for $169.99 at select Best Buy Canada stores, and

Mojio Launches New Mechanic and Car Alarm Apps for Android


Mojio, the leading open platform for connecting cars, today announced the mojioavailability of two new apps for Mojio – Gauge and Cloak. At this time, both apps are available for Android devices. With this update, Mojio brings an authentic connected car experience to Android devices everywhere, demonstrating its commitment to making cars part of people’s everyday connected experience.

“The Internet of Things holds great promise but most people don’t know how they can experience it,” said Jay Giraud, CEO, Mojio. “With Mojio, you can now put any car’s status, health and location in the palm of your hand.”

Mojio Gauge – a virtual mechanic app for Android gives drivers the power of having a car mechanic in their pocket, providing them with real-time vehicle health alerts and status updates. Gauge provides quick access to a vehicle’s overall health, as well as fuel level readings, diagnostic alerts and current location. Other features include:

  • Reads the unique VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to provide drivers with contextual information specific to their make, model, and year, such as important recall notices from the NHSTA and recommended maintenance schedules
  • Runs diagnostic scans in the background and on-demand, instantly alerting drivers about car trouble and informing them of exactly what the problem is before seeing a mechanic
  • Monitors battery voltage and fuel levels, providing timely notifications if either is getting low
  • Provides drivers with mileage, and fuel efficiency readings
  • Helps drivers plan for routine vehicle maintenance and service milestones
  • Locates nearby dealers and mechanics based on a driver’s current location and vehicle make, model and year
  • Keeps a record of DTC (diagnostic trouble code) faults and service history
  • Coming soon: provides drivers with instant access to on-demand roadside assistance, allowing you to book and pay for nearby tow trucks, or speak directly with a nearby mechanic
  • Coming soon: provides drivers with estimated repair costs for specific diagnostic trouble codes, helping to avoid any unpleasant surprises at the mechanic

Mojio Cloak – a connected car alarm app for Android that immediately alerts car owners with text and audio notifications if their car is being stolen, providing owners peace of mind knowing where their car is at all times – something that is currently unavailable via traditional car alarms. Other features include:

  • Single-tap activation and deactivation of the car’s alarm
  • Uses the cellular connection of the Mojio 3G+GPS device to monitor a car’s exact location in real-time, whether it is parked or in motion
  • Instantly alerts drivers if their car is moving, or if the ignition has been turned on, so appropriate action can be taken against a potential theft
  • Helps drivers locate their car’s parking spot to make sure it’s exactly where it should be
  • Coming soon: enables custom geo-fencing and provides instant notifications if a driver’s car leaves the pre-defined geo-fence zone

“Since Mojio’s launch seven months ago, we have built a community of passionate drivers who readily share their experiences and feedback with us,” said Jay Giraud, CEO, Mojio. “We know that people want their car to behave more like their smartphone, intuitively sharing information that is important and personal to them. Gauge and Cloak are new apps with richer features that provide immediate value out of the box and ongoing peace of mind for anyone who ever worries about their car’s health and status.”

Both apps require the Mojio 3G+GPS device which is $149 USD ($169 in Canada), including the first year of cellular service, and connects almost any car to the Internet of Things through premium cellular networks – AT&T in the US and TELUS in Canada. Subscriptions after the first year are $4.99 USD per month ($6.99 in Canada).

For more information and to download Mojio Gauge, please visit: For more information and to download Mojio Cloak, please visit:

For more information about Mojio and its open platform for connecting cars, or for details on purchasing the Mojio device, please visit

About Mojio
Founded in 2012, Mojio delivers unparalleled insights on what’s happening under the hood and behind the wheel. Apps powered by Mojio provide accurate, near real-time, contextual information to drivers and enterprises to keep them better informed on and off the road. Mojio’s open platform for connecting cars makes it easy for developers to create apps that solve problems for road warriors and businesses alike. With a plug-and-play device for the car and mobile apps for the smartphone, Mojio improves the driving experience by helping drivers to plan and record trips, share driving information with friends and family and better understand their car’s health. For the enterprise, Mojio is a fully scalable, customizable and cost-effective option for resource management that can host multiple web and smartphone based applications.

For more information, visit


The Bell Fibe TV app: Watch the best television service in Canada


fibeOn Tuesday Bell launched the Fibe TV app, a revolutionary new way to watch Canada’s best television service. Recreating the full Fibe TV experience on any screen, with access to hundreds of live channels at home or on the go, and over 7,000 hours of on-demand programming, the Fibe TV app is available to all Bell Fibe TV customers as a free iOS and Android download.

“The Fibe TV app truly changes the game in television by bringing the full power of the Fibe experience to your mobile devices,” said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential Services. “With more channels than any other app and a feature-rich, easy-to-use interface, the Fibe TV app means watching television just got better.”

With the app, Bell Fibe TV customers can watch broadcast or on-demand content on a smartphone or tablet and switch to viewing on their TV set with the tap of a button. The app also doubles as a remote control, providing access to the Fibe TV programming guide and the ability to manage recordings at home or on the go. Other features include integrated Rotten Tomatoes ratings, filters to easily select content, favourite channel setting, parental controls and more.

In addition to smartphones and tablets, Bell customers can use the Fibe TV app on the Apple Watch to control their television, navigating the menu, selecting a channel from the favourites list, or calling up the on-demand store, guide or PVR. Fibe TV customers can also start, pause and record a program, skip back and skip send, and change channels, all from their Apple Watch.

For more information including a complete list of channels, please visit

Leadership through TV innovation
Since its launch at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, Bell Fibe has introduced non-stop innovation to Canadian television. Wireless TV lets customers watch HD TV anywhere in their home from up to 5 more TVs. The exclusive Restart feature lets customers rewind and watch TV shows already in progress from the beginning on more than 170 channels, including CBC, CTV, Global, HBO Canada, Super Channel and TSN. Bell continues to see its TV subscriber numbers grow, adding more than 150,000 net new customers in 2014, and another 26,990 in the first quarter of 2015. With 2.65 million total TV customers, Bell is now the second-largest television provider in Canada.

Bell is keeping the momentum rolling forward with plans to invest $20 billion from 2015 to the end of 2020 to expand both its broadband fibre and 4G LTE mobile networks. Bell invests more in the nation’s communications infrastructure than any other provider, ensuring Canada remains competitive at a global level in next-generation broadband communications.

About Bell
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone and business communications services. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home, and digital media. Bell is wholly owned by Montréal’s BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For more information, please visit

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk and Bell Let’s Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit

Videotron’s new illico app for Apple Watch offers users the ability to control their TV experience


illicoOn Monday Videotron released illico for Apple Watch, an app that gives Apple Watch customers a new way to explore content and control their TV experience at the touch of a finger.

“Created entirely by our product development team, our new illico app for Apple Watch anticipates our customers’ needs and offers them a new and unique way to enhance their television experience,” commented Manon Brouillette, President and CEO of Videotron. “The release of this app again demonstrates Videotron’s innovation leadership and shows why it has become the telecommunications provider with the highest customer satisfaction rate over the past 10 years.”

FLIP function for TV addicts
The illico app for Apple Watch includes a Flip function which lets users flip between channels within a given genre (music, sports, children’s, movies, etc.). Whether they are looking for a TV show or the perfect background music, the Flip function will help users find the right content from Videotron’s vast selection of live channels.

“Our goal in developing this app was to complement the traditional remote control experience right from Apple Watch,” said Manon Brouillette.

CONTROL function for one-click control
Tech-happy users can also use the app to fast forward, rewind or pause any show, on a live channel or video on demand.

The illico app for Apple Watch is available free download from the Apple Watch App Store. The illico app for iPhone is available now from the App Store.1

Videotron (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of March 31, 2015, Videotron was serving 1,770,600 cable television customers, including 1,555,500 Digital TV subscribers. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,543,100 subscribers to its cable service as of March 31, 2015. As of the same date, Videotron had 662,100 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,344,600 Québec households and organizations. For the tenth consecutive year, Videotron was ranked as Québec’s most respected telecommunications company, based on a Léger survey.

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The Weather Network launches new version of iPhone app

The Weather Network has proudly launched an updated version of its popular  screen568x568weatherwarningiPhone application for weather fans.  The sleek new design, made specifically for iOS 8, features new push notifications for weather warnings and public safety alerts to make it easier for users to use their favourite weather content and keep up to date on important news in their region.

With over 4.5 million downloads, The Weather Network app for iPhone provides Canadians with the weather news they depend on. As part of the new app, users now have access to even more detailed information, capturing up-to-the-minute weather and news headlines.

“The Weather Network team is dedicated to bringing users the most robust mobile experience possible and with the re-design of our iPhone app, we’ve delivered on this with no exception,” said Ken Headrick, SVP, Content, Product & Corporate Marketing, Pelmorex Media Inc.  “Our revamped interface provides real-time access to even more content, bringing the information users need, immediately on their smartphones.”

The updated app includes brand new features such as: Precip Stop Start, which forecasts the start and stop times of precipitation within a 10-minute period; push notifications of weather warnings; public safety alerts and a brand new iOS 8 widget. In addition, The Weather Network’s iPhone app has undergone significant design and performance enhancements, including:

  • Detailed weather forecasts including current, short-term, hourly and 14-day periods
  • Animated icons and weather-triggered backgrounds
  • Severe weather and storm alerts to let know when a storm is imminent. Users will see a red banner on the affected cities and regions and can click-thru for more information
  • Satellite and radar maps including past, present and future views
  • Follow-me functionality, automatically detecting the forecast within 1km
  • At-a-glance weather data with  iOS8 widget
  • More news and video than ever before

The Weather Network App for iPhone devices is available for free at

About Pelmorex Media Inc.

Celebrating 25 years, Pelmorex Media Inc. is the parent company of The Weather Network, MétéoMédia, and Pelmorex operates in Canada, the US, Spain and the UK. The Weather Network and its French counterpart MétéoMédia are Canada’s most popular weather and information services on TV, web and smartphone apps. Eltiempo is Spain’s leading multi-platform weather information provider. Pelmorex also operates Canada’s National Alerting Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAADS) which aggregates and distributes emergency alerts issued by authorized government agencies.  Pelmorex has been named Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for nine consecutive years.

Air Canada Digital Strategy Leaps Ahead with Apple Watch App

Air Canada app

apple watchAir Canada announced last week that it has developed an app for the recently unveiled Apple Watch that will make it even more convenient for customers on-the-go to get important travel information and start tasks such as checking-in.

“Air Canada is excited to offer customers the convenience of our new Air Canada app for Apple Watch. The app will allow customers to easily check their flight status and boarding times. They will also be able to save precious time with notifications that prompt them to check-in and board. The app further advances Air Canada’s mobile strategy of innovating with the latest technology to offer customers a lot of options for managing their travel using their preferred personal device,” said Craig Landry, Vice President of Marketing at Air Canada.

With our Glance feature, the Air Canada app for Apple Watch readily provides customers with personal and relevant information about flights departing within a 24-hour window. Essential information can be displayed on the user’s Apple Watch and is often updated during the day of travel, including Actionable Notifications for check-in and boarding. The app also includes a hand-off feature to enable customers to begin more complex tasks, such as checking-in, that can then be completed either on an iPhone or Mac computer.

The Air Canada app for Apple Watch will be available in the Apple Watch App Store on April 24th. The Air Canada app for iPhone is available today from the App Store.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 190 destinations on five continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 Canadian cities, 52 destinations in the United States and 78 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. For more information, please visit:

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Guusto makes gift giving social and easy to do

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Being social has been a big thing for a while now so when I read about Guusto I wasn’t really surprised that you could send gifts this way.

It’s easy to download for iOS and Android and works like this. You choose the gift and its value and then send it via email or text message. You don’t need the app to receive the gift but simply open the link and choose any partner venue to redeem it.

We asked Joe Facciolo the Co-Founder of Guusto why the app is a good choice for people. “Guusto is for busy people who need to strengthen relationships…Unlike plastic gift cards, Guusto Gifts are instant, thoughtful products (like a beer, dinner or dessert) that can be redeemed at ANY partner restaurant across Canada (~1000 locations in 250 cities), using any smartphone. Physical gifts, while thoughtful, are time-consuming and difficult to choose. Gift cards, while more convenient, can often come off as impersonal and are rarely in hand when the gift recipient actually needs it.”

Giving back is also a focus for Guusto as everytime Guusto is downloaded or a gift is sent, one day of clean drinking water is donated to someone in need through the One Drop Foundation.iphone

“My co-founder, Skai Dalziel, and I had the opportunity to travel a great deal back in our twenties says Facciolo. While it was an exciting time of life, it exposed us to a great deal of human suffering. We returned to Canada with a heightened social conscience and a wish to build a purpose driven company. There are about 800 million people world-wide that do not have ready access to clean water. We were introduced to the One Drop Foundation through a colleague of ours, and our values were clearly aligned. It was at this point we made the decision to support them.”

User adoption has become more of a focus for the company now that they have seen increased interest from retailers such big brands like The Keg, Cactus Club, Milestones and small local venues coming on board as well.

“In a few short months we have seen amazing uptake, almost entirely by word of mouth. That’s great for us says Facciolo.”

So the next time you are stuck for ideas for a gift for someone, consider downloading Guusto and save yourself both the time and money in selecting a special gift for someone.

Evolve by Weststone has its own 3D App

Evolve by Weststone, a condominium development in Surrey, is being billed as one of the most affordable luxury projects in the province. With prices starting at just under $94,000, it’s hard to argue.

Evolve isn’t just getting attention because of its price. The sales centre is billed as being theevolve first to offer augmented reality technology allowing visitors to essentially walk around inside a virtual version of one of the suites using the Evolve 3D app on their own phone. The app, which people can use outside of the sales centre by pointing their phone’s camera at the Evolve brochure, was designed using gaming and haptic technology, digital imagery and geo-tracking.

Head over to the iTunes store to download the app or find it on the Google Play Store as well.

There’s a range of homes to choose from – with 406 units which span between 316 and 1,294 square feet. Floor plans in the 35-storey concrete highrise include studios, and one- and two-bedroom suites, with 300 of the suites priced under $250,000. For people who need more space, penthouses and townhome lofts are available as well.

“We are ever-conscious of the market demands and want to encourage both home ownership and investment at Surrey City Centre,” explains Weststone president and CEO Brian Regehr.

The development, slated to be finished by 2018, is nestled on 103 Avenue and 133 Street among many amenities. “Its location is a two-minute walk from [Surrey’s] main library, from city hall, from the rec centre, and a mere five minutes from SkyTrain and a shopping mall,” said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. There’s also parkland and schools less than five minutes away.

Each suite is finished with large, bright windows, spacious balconies, 8.5-foot ceilings, a choice of two design schemes, some hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops.