42 sites to explore during Doors Open Richmond weekend

Indo-Canadian Voice

Fancy trying dragon boating or taking a behind-the-scenes tour of a museum as an exhibition is installed? How about adding your own creative touch to a piece of community artwork? These are just some of the options offered at 42 arts, culture and heritage sites during the ninth annual Doors Open Richmond on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5.

“The annual Doors Open Richmond celebration showcases the vibrancy of Richmond’s heritage, arts and culture,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This event also demonstrates the creative and cultural depth throughout all the neighbourhoods in our community.”

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, choose from places of interest including museums, national historic sites, parks, galleries, artists’ home studios and places of worship that are opening their doors for free to visitors. …

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Media Release: Drop-Off Your Drugs Safely and Help Combat the Epidemic of Opioid Abuse

Marketwired

Metro Vancouver residents are encouraged to safely dispose of their medications to ensure they don’t get into the wrong hands or pollute the environment.

Given the recent news that BC will likely have a record number of drug overdoses this year, the safe disposal of medication is especially critical. Prescription drugs can be effective in helping people to manage pain and other conditions, but if used inappropriately they can have deadly consequences.

During a kick-off campaign that runs from May 16 to 21, patients can bring unused or expired medications to select Vancouver police stations, community centres and London Drugs pharmacies at no charge. Medication can also be returned to community pharmacies across BC at any time of the year. …

“Metro Vancouver residents are increasingly realizing the benefits of keeping pharmaceuticals out of the garbage and our wastewater system,” said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee. “We operate innovative solid waste and wastewater systems in our region, and this program helps them to function optimally while safeguarding the environment.” …

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Plenty of activities at public works open house

The City’s Engineering and Public Works Department is dedicated to keeping the City of Richmond one of the safest and most livable in the country.

Residents and visitors are invited to look at what keeps the city running smoothly at the annual Engineering and Public Works open house on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane.

“The City’s engineering and public works team is committed to providing Richmond with sustainable infrastructure, environmental leadership and service excellence,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a news release.

“Their dedication is essential to the health, safety, mobility and quality of life for our community.” …

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Council demands redo on pipeline appraisal

Richmond News

Richmond city council is calling on the federal and provincial governments to undertake a new environmental assessment of a jet fuel storage facility and pipeline that is now partly under construction near Riverport.

Council voted 8-1 in favour of reassessing a proposed amendment to increase the size of the pipeline, citing concerns that the proponent, the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) — a consortium of airlines operating out of Vancouver International Airport — is potentially tripling fuel storage capacity to sell cheaper overseas product to nearby airports.

The potential for more jet fuel to flow from the planned marine terminal on the Fraser River and through the pipeline “would create a facility capable of delivering product far in excess of YVR’s current demand,” noted a report from Richmond’s engineering department.

“What’s happening here is a complete change from the previous environmental assessment and we want this redone,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie at a council meeting on Monday. …

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City battles invasive species

Richmond News

May the “force” (May 4th) be with the City of Richmond in battling an army of invaders that have come to seek the destruction of Lulu Island’s empire.

May marks Invasive Species Action Month across the province and the city contends it is taking proactive steps to weed out unwanted pests and plants from its unique ecosystem on the Fraser River Estuary.

“Our goal is to help people become aware of what these particular invasive species are and why they are hazardous for many reasons, including human health, ecological, infrastructure and recreation,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Early detection, then monitoring and managing strategies are important,” he added. …
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