Video: Quake Cottage rumbles into Richmond

Richmond News

Richmond residents will be among the first in Canada to experience the virtual reality of an 8.0-magnitude earthquake when Quake Cottage rolls into town next week.

To mark Emergency Preparedness Week, the mobile simulator trailer will be spending Friday, May 8 at Minoru Park. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie hopes Quake Cottage will prompt people to re-examine how well they’ve prepared their home or work surroundings for a major earthquake.

“Richmond and much of B.C. is at risk of having a major earthquake occur at any time, so it’s important that everyone take steps to protect themselves from serious injury or damage when it finally happens,” said Brodie. …

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More questions around Massey Tunnel replacement plan

Richmond Review

More questions surfaced at city hall Monday over the B.C. government’s promise to replace the tunnel with a bridge that critics say will industrialize the Fraser.

A new 10-year transportation plan from the province offers few details on the scope of the bridge project, according to city staff. The plan is also silent on removal of the George Massey Tunnel and interchange construction.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the city has also yet to receive a project definition, which it expected nearly a year ago. Without it, he said, council can’t take a clear position.

“This council has never gotten to the point of approval,” he said. “I have spoken publicly many times about my concern with this bridge—I have great concerns with it—but I’m not going to prejudge that completely. I want to get that project definition and the analysis of it.” …

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Richmond to launch new emergency notification system

Richmond Review

More questions surfaced at city hall Monday over the B.C. government’s promise to replace the tunnel with a bridge that critics say will industrialize the Fraser.

A new 10-year transportation plan from the province offers few details on the scope of the bridge project, according to city staff. The plan is also silent on removal of the George Massey Tunnel and interchange construction.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the city has also yet to receive a project definition, which it expected nearly a year ago. Without it, he said, council can’t take a clear position.

“This council has never gotten to the point of approval,” he said. “I have spoken publicly many times about my concern with this bridge—I have great concerns with it—but I’m not going to prejudge that completely. I want to get that project definition and the analysis of it.” …

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Hobbyists get time to fly

Richmond Review

… But the city’s mayor suggested a balance must be struck with pedestrians who use pathways around the field used by power-kiters, which council heard can travel up to 30 km/h.

“Everything is fine as long as you have people who are well-educated, well-intended and fly within rules—self-imposed rules. Unfortunately not everybody does,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “That’s why we need to set the parameters for the regulations in both areas.”

The bylaw prohibits all remote or radio controlled aircraft—including drones—from Richmond parks and school grounds, along with power kites. Hobbyists who flout the bylaw would face a fine of $150. …

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Tireless volunteer improved lives for people with disabilities

Richmond Review

Richmond Caring Place houses the lifeblood of the local non-profit service sector. It celebrated 20 years last fall—in large part because of one woman’s dedication to the community.

Frances Clark, who stuck with the project when there was little hope, died peacefully at her Richmond home the night of April 23. She had just celebrated her 80th birthday in March. …

Richmond’s mayor called her death a tragic loss.

“She’s been a very tireless advocate and energetic volunteer for many different issues in our city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “She was a very engaged community member who has left a really important legacy, and we will remember her.” …

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New Tool for Improving Recycling in Apartment Buildings

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Apartments, condos and townhomes typically have low recycling rates. In 2013, the regional multi-family recycling rate was only 28%, compared to 60% for single-family.

“Recycling systems vary between municipalities and individual buildings, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution,” said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee. “This new Toolkit points people to the tailored resources, signage and best practices for their particular situation.” …

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Operating daily – in a no-kill zone

Richmond News

… There’s a price to pay for having a policy of keeping animals alive whenever possible.

The price is having 10 temporary structures, attached or adjacent to the current circa 1970s shelter, to house them and relying on 106 foster homes for the majority of the dogs in RAPS’ care.

It’s such an acute situation that it even made it onto the election discussion table of Mayor Malcolm Brodie last fall, with the mayor noting the inadequacy of the current shelter. …

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Residents contend city bylaws being flouted by megahome developers

Richmond News

… Coun. Carol Day said a clearer definition on the maximum heights of homes is “critical” in limiting home sizes.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said moratoriums would impede on homeowner rights. He noted the city will look to better enforcement with the new referral. He said the existing proposed bylaw will move ahead and the new concerns could be addressed in a subsequent bylaw amendment. …

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Richmond council continues tax clash

Richmond Review

A political war of words continued at Richmond City Hall Monday over the prospect of a sweeping review of city services.

“We can always do better, that is our constant mandate. But don’t wait for a service level review to talk about how you can do better,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie told his council colleagues.

Couns. Chak Au, Ken Johnston and Carol Day opposed final adoption of the five-year financial plan Monday, reiterating their concerns of the document’s annual three per cent tax hikes beyond 2015’s 1.9 per cent increase.

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