City of Richmond’s 2017 street banners unveiled

Richmond News

The City of Richmond’s 2017 street banner collection was unveiled at city hall on Monday.

This year, 11 winning banners (pictured) were selected from just under 300 entries reflecting Richmond’s Canada 150 tagline: “One nation, hundreds of cultures, thousands of communities, millions of people and limitless stories. Inspiring Richmond to welcome our future.”

“The annual street banner contest provides residents a grassroots opportunity to become more involved in the beautification of their city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Entries received in the contest showcase the places, activities and experiences that make Richmond beautiful and unique.” …

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Richmond breaks box office records

Richmond News

The City of Richmond had a record breaking year in 2016 for both the number of filming days and the amount of revenue generated.

Production of major motion pictures, War for the Planet of the Apes and Power Rangers, along with the continued success of ABC’s popular series Once Upon A Time helped ensure that Richmond will continue to be featured on both the small and big screens in 2017.

“The film industry provides good, well-paying jobs for local people, boosts economic activity within the community and even brings more tourists to Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“The Richmond Film Office has worked closely with local residents and businesses to establish our reputation as a film-friendly community and we are seeing the results of that collaborative approach.” …

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Year of Rooster kicks off in Richmond B.C. with celebrations

CBC News

People across Metro Vancouver came to Richmond B.C. on Saturday to usher in the Lunar New Year.

“Everybody wants to get the good luck, especially at the beginning of the year,” said Frank Zeng, a store owner at the Aberdeen Centre. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says his city welcomed people to the celebrations from around Metro Vancouver and the world

“We welcome people here to our celebrations and New Years as we do all year long,” he said. “People of all ethnicities, cultures and religions.

“Richmond is a place that is open and diverse and multi-cultural.” …

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Photographer Of The Century

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Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie honoured LINK-Indo-Canadian Media Pool photographer Chandra Bodalia as the Photographer Of The Century as he has been very integral to the community and especially anything to do with South Asians at the Richmond city hall Wednesday. Well known Indo-Canadian realtor Kal Rangi introduced Chandra to Malcolm Brodie almost 15years ago and since then almost all of the annual and other Richmond city events have been covered by Chandra.

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Richmond city council votes to crackdown on short-term Airbnb rentals

Georgia Straight

In an unexpected change of course, Richmond city council voted unanimously to prohibit illegal short-term housing rentals.

Despite a report last week from city staff that recommended regulating and licensing short-term rentals, including those found on Airbnb, the City of Richmond voted on January 9 to make amendments to limit rental activities by homeowners for short duration visits.

City council asked staff to make recommendations on changing current regulations to ban rentals for less than 30 days.

“We’ve heard clearly from the community that they want action on short-term rentals and Council has responded,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie stated in a news release. “We are concerned by the loss of affordable housing options created by the proliferation of short-term rentals as well as the disruption to quiet neighbourhoods and quality of life created by many of these operations. We are moving towards a more focussed regulatory and enforcement approach to address these concerns.” …

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Richmond moves to prohibit short-term rentals

Metro

Richmond has become the latest B.C. municipality to crack down on short-term rentals, but it’s taking a stricter approach than Vancouver, Nelson and Tofino, which have all proposed or passed motions to regulate, but allow, short-term rentals.

“The original staff approach was to regulate and control (similar to Vancouver),” said Malcolm Brodie, mayor of Richmond.

“But where we ended up as a council on Monday night was to recommend prohibition of short-term rentals unless they can fit into one of the exceptions, the biggest one which would be bed and breakfasts.” …

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Richmond city council looks to ban house-hotels

Richmond News

The brakes have been applied to a City of Richmond report that recommends legalizing and regulating short-term rentals in condos, townhouses and detached homes.

After six of seven city council members endorsed the recommendations at committee last week, Coun. Bill McNulty joined the one dissenting voice, Coun. Harold Steves, in calling for a ban of the practice.

At one point in the council meeting, Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he thought people had misunderstood council’s intentions that a decision was to be made Monday. Brodie said what was recommended by staff was public consultation. …

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Letter: Why add bylaws that can’t be enforced?

Richmond News

Dear Editor,

Re: “City staff urge legalizing illegal hotels,” News, Jan. 3.

In a proposal by the City of Richmond to regulate short-term rentals and the conversion of houses to mini-hotels, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, recently stated that “We are better off to try to regulate and go forward rather than just ignore the issue, and letting a bad situation get much worse.”

Proposed regulations could include requiring a business licence to operate, a restriction on the number of persons in the rental units, and the onsite presence of the owner. …

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Richmond to enforce ban on short-term Airbnb rentals, says mayor

CBC News

The City of Richmond, B.C. is still working out how it will enforce a ban on unlicensed short-term housing rentals — such as those found on Airbnb — after a surprising vote earlier this week.

City council voted unanimously in favour of the ban on Monday evening, despite a report from city staff last week that recommended regulating the short-term rentals instead of banning them outright.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the move came after council heard significant public input about the negative impact short-term rentals are having on Richmond neighbourhoods.

“We said as a council, okay, we want to move forward,” Brodie said.

“We’re going to prohibit these, and we want greater rigour around the bylaws that will talk about enforcement and provide a better program in terms of how we go forward.” …

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Richmond, B.C. votes to ban short-term rentals after approving plan to regulate them

CBC News

The City of Richmond, B.C. is still working out how it will enforce a ban on unlicensed short-term housing rentals — such as those found on Airbnb — after a surprising vote earlier this week.

City council voted unanimously in favour of the ban on Monday evening, despite a report from city staff last week that recommended regulating the short-term rentals instead of banning them outright.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the move came after council heard significant public input about the negative impact short-term rentals are having on Richmond neighbourhoods.

“We said as a council, okay, we want to move forward,” Brodie said.

“We’re going to prohibit these, and we want greater rigour around the bylaws that will talk about enforcement and provide a better program in terms of how we go forward.” …

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