Alex Sangha
Alex Sangha is an award-winning author and social worker. He has an MSc in public administration and public policy from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and a master of social work from Dalhouise University.

Alex has worked as an instructor, clinician, social worker, and youth counsellor. He is the founder of Sher Vancouver, which is a social, cultural, and support group for South Asians and friends. In addition, he initiated the Dignity House project which is a proposal to develop affordable housing for vulnerable seniors in Vancouver.

Alex is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for social work and community service and his third social discussion book, Catalyst, was a finalist in the current events and social change category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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Entries by Alex Sangha

6 Electoral Reforms For A More Democratic B.C. Election

(9) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 12:17 PM

The provincial election is around the corner. Is it going to be a fair election? Is there going to be a level playing field for all the candidates and the political parties?

I would say no!

Premier Christy Clark has already stated she is open to campaign finance reform...

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Tap Into Youth And Nurture The Next Big Idea

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2016 | 1:07 PM

Many people argue that the best way to help someone and improve their quality of life is to give them a job. This may be true, however, I would also argue that one of the best ways to help someone is to teach them and give them the skills and...

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Five Great Men And Women That I Have Actually Met In My Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 11:21 AM

Why do people come into our lives? Is it random or was it meant to be? For some reason I have always believed that people cross paths for a reason. The interaction could be positive or negative, or seem meaningless.

I believe in fate to a certain...

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Proposal for Justin Trudeau: A New National Social Inclusion and Social Mobility Charter

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 2:26 PM

Incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau has an amazing opportunity to leave his mark on Canada just like his father who ushered in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Perhaps our new federal leader can introduce a new national "social inclusion and social mobility charter" to ensure that everyone...

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A Vision To Create The Royal Canadian Principality of Surrey

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 1:14 AM

In 1995 I did a presentation before Surrey City Council about my vision for the future of the city as the "Royal Canadian Principality of Surrey."

This document made many recommendations including for political leaders to call a referendum on a ward system on the next civic ballot. I proposed...

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5 Key Factors That Helped Me Go From Welfare To Work

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Many people often ask me how did I not only go from welfare to work, but in doing so end up with a great career that I love?

I started to reflect on this and came up with five key factors in my life that led to my current...

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My Top 15 South Asian Role Models

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Did you know that nearly one in four people in this world have roots from South Asia? This includes the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives and their diaspora worldwide.

South Asians are starting to have a real impact on the world in all...

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A Message To People Who Bash Surrey, B.C.

(46) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 2:02 PM

Surrey has social problems and challenges like any growing metropolis. It has been the butt of jokes for decades. Time for that to change! Surrey is soon to be the largest city in B.C. and one of the best places in Canada to invest.

It is interesting that people...

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Domestic Violence In The South Asian Community Needs To Stop

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 2:30 PM

There have been a number of high-profile murders in the South Asian community in Surrey, B.C. over the years. Even one is too many as far as I am concerned.

As a Punjabi male born into a Sikh family I am really disgusted by these acts...

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Don't Know Who To Vote For In Surrey? Check Out This List!

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Surrey, B.C. is on the verge of an historical election. After decades of the same people with the same agenda in power, the city has an opportunity to elect some fresh faces with new ideas and enthusiasm. We have a chance to make Surrey a better place for all whether...

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5 Ways To Enhance Local Government And Democracy In Surrey

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 6:07 PM

I love civic elections and good governance. Not surprisingly, I am quite excited about the election in Surrey because there is a tight three-way race for mayor between Barinder Rasode of One Surrey, Doug McCallum with his Safe Surrey Coalition, and Linda Hepner of Surrey First.

It is difficult...

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My Top 10 Dream Wish List For Surrey

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 2:06 AM

Now that the civic election is around the corner, here is my top 10 wish list of everything I dream of having for my hometown of Surrey. Let's see if our political leaders can actually work with all levels of government to make it happen.

Public transportation - I would...

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How To Keep Big Money Out Of B.C. Municipal Elections

(9) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:48 PM

Local elections for mayor and council are around the corner in British Columbia. The more I learn and read about elections and government, the more I feel the political process needs to radically change.

The political system at every level is held hostage by big money, partisan politics, and...

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Depression: You Can Win The Battle And You Can Win The War

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Millions of people like Robin Williams suffer from depression. Williams was believed to have lived and suffered from bipolar disorder. This may in part explain his creative genius but also his deep depressions. Mixing alcohol which is a depressant will lower your mood even more. The end result on your...

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Can Surrey Learn From A British System Of Local Government?

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:56 AM

Surrey Councillor Barinder Rasode's idea of a community hub is a brilliant idea moving our city in the right direction. It is very similar to the British ward system of local government.

I was born in Gravesend, Kent, England. Many years ago I volunteered for a local government...

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How To Fix Canada's Welfare System And Create Jobs

(6) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:21 PM

As a social worker, I am exposed to a variety of people from many different backgrounds. Many need assistance with the most basic things including paying for food and shelter.

In my experience, the shelter and support portion of welfare programs in most jurisdictions are shamefully inadequate. One thing...

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Is It Time For An Aboriginal Parliament For Canada?

(8) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 1:01 AM

Self-government is a right the aboriginal people of Canada never surrendered and that they want to exercise again. I believe it's time for the establishment of an aboriginal parliament. The points below are some of the ways in which I think the parliament would benefit the aboriginal people and how...

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Let's Shake Up Civic Elections, Starting With Surrey

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:51 AM

Now that the civic election is coming up, I would like to propose electoral reform of local government for all big cities in British Columbia, especially my hometown of Surrey.

Surrey is the ideal place for a mixed "at-large" and "ward system" of electing city councillors and the mayor....

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How to Strike a Better Deal For Punjab and India

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Punjab has a rich history and has contributed a lot to India.

My ancestors originate from Punjab which is the land of five rivers in northern India. Punjab has been consistently ranked as having the best quality of life, best infrastructure, lowest hunger level, and status as the best overall...

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A Simple Proposal To Create A Powerful Senate For Canada

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:30 AM

Canada needs a Senate for "sober second thought." So said Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. I agree and here's why:

Without the Senate, Ontario and Quebec MPs in the House of Commons would dominate decision-making in Canada. The rest of Canada's provinces would be under-represented.

Canada needs...

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