The mystery continues about the relationship between Surrey’s mayor and the councillor he appointed last year to the Metro Vancouver board.
At the end of June, a reader of theBreaker.news spotted Mayor Doug McCallum at the Big Ridge brewpub with Coun. Allison Patton.
On July 11, McCallum was spotted outside Patton’s naturopathic clinic, Ardour Wellness.
Just four days earlier, on July 7, theBreaker.news contacted McCallum’s spokesman, Oliver Lum, after several sources said that McCallum had been hospitalized. Lum did not deny that McCallum had suffered symptoms of a stroke. He issued this vague three-sentence statement attributed to McCallum.
“I had a health concern over the weekend that required medical attention. While the issue has been addressed, on the advice of my doctor, I will be taking a few days off to rest and recuperate. I am glad to say that I will be returning to my duties in time for the regular council meeting [on July 13]. I appreciate the concern and well wishes expressed by all.”
McCallum has more than two years left in his term. He relies on Patton’s vote to continue the Safe Surrey Coalition’s slim majority on council and to proceed with next year’s replacement of the RCMP with a municipal force. Patton is paid $397 per Metro Vancouver board meeting. If meetings exceed four hours, she is paid $794.
McCallum and Patton have refused to respond to theBreaker.news, which began asking questions about their relationship in January.
As theBreaker.news exclusively reported May 6, RCMP officers were called to Patton’s Mountainview Wellness Centre in South Surrey on April 30 due to an alleged breach of peace.
theBreaker.news reported that both Patton’s business partnership and marriage broke down. Husband Caleb Ng opened the competing West Coast Center for Regenerative Medicine across the parking lot in the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre complex. In an odd twist, McCallum’s Buick was photographed last week parked outside Ng’s clinic, instead of in front of Patton’s.
McCallum was spotted inside Mountainview on May 1, when he opened the door and popped his head inside a room where Patton was on a Zoom conference call with members of the South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Last December, Patton moved from White Rock into a Surrey condo. Neighbours have told theBreaker.news that McCallum frequently visits Patton’s residence.
On May 22, the Vancouver Sun reported that McCallum told Mounties on April 30 that “we just signed a lease here.”
McCallum said those words while one of Mountainview’s other ex-naturopaths, Galina Bogatch, recorded the scene outside Mountainview with her smartphone. CTV News Vancouver reported that a locksmith had changed the locks at the clinic on April 30 and that McCallum accepted the new keys on behalf of Patton.
Mountainview is no more, it is now called Ardour Wellness.
A month-and-a-half before the police were called, Patton quietly incorporated Ardour on March 13, using the services of Paperclip Law Corp. in North Vancouver as the registered office. She is the only officer of the company.
March 13 was, coincidentally, two days after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus pandemic emergency.
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