Proposed Sikh School in Vancouver Could Seat Nearly 2,000

March 15, 2006

Source: Vancouver Sun

On March 15, 2006 The Vancouver Sun reported, "An educational organization founded by one of two men acquitted in the Air India bombing has asked Surrey city council for approval to build a Khalsa school and a daycare centre on vacant land near Old Yale Road and 104th Avenue. The Satnam Education Society of B.C. has been looking for a site for a new Sikh religious school for several years because the existing school in West Newton is full and has a long waiting list. The proposed new facility would accommodate 1,000 elementary students, 600 secondary students and 250 pre-school children. The society was founded by Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was acquitted in March 2005 of conspiracy and murder charges in connection with the 1985 Air India bombings. The application for permission to build a new school was made by his son Jaspreet. Coun. Judy Higginbotham said council voted unanimously in favour of the concept last month and referred it to staff for further study. When that's finished, staff will present a rezoning amendment to council for approval... She said she expects to support the rezoning which would allow the proposal to proceed. The society also plans to build a sports complex, two gymnasiums, assembly halls, a track and field area, and field hockey enclosure, all of which would be available for public use."