City of Richmond rules on short-term rentals

Richmond News

Following a series of back and forth reports over the past three months, Richmond city council has approved recommendations from its licensing department “to address concerns related to illegal, hotel-like operations and other negative impacts on neighbourhoods,” according to a news release.

“The new amendments to address short-term rentals will enable us to respond to neighbourhood concerns from our residents and encourage longer-term rentals,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“With these amendments, we have a measured approach to protect our neighbourhoods with clear, enforceable requirements.” …

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B.C. vote draws Richmond’s civic leaders

Richmond News

Mayor Malcolm Brodie says his strong opposition to replace the George Massey Tunnel with a mega-bridge does not overrule his continued willingness to work with the BC Liberals on other matters.

Highlighting this point, Brodie recently helped cut the ribbon at the office opening of BC Liberal candidate Jas Johal, who is competing for an MLA seat in the May 9 provincial election in the riding of Richmond-Queensborough, where the bridge is situated.

Brodie’s gesture is one of many from members of Richmond city council, who are throwing their hats into the provincial election melee, to various degrees. …

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Stink forces Harvest Power to shut down for two days

Richmond News

A spokesperson for Harvest Power said a cease and desist order filed by Metro Vancouver last week, to halt organic waste deliveries to the company’s compost facility in east Richmond, is evidence that the “sniff test” remains “vague and unscientific.”

Stephen Bryneel said Metro Vancouver’s insistence that Harvest Power had violated the terms of its air quality permit this month is inconsistent with the declining odour complaints and emission improvements the facility has seen in the past two months. …

“We believe the sniff test is appropriate, and we’ve pressed Metro Vancouver to use it,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Meanwhile, Richmond has served Harvest Power with a second notice of default. Brodie said a mediation meeting is scheduled for this week as the deadline for the first notice is approaching. …

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Richmond city council puts moratorium on new farm houses

Richmond News

A near unanimous Richmond city council has placed a moratorium on building permit applications for houses on protected farmland.

Monday’s 8-1 vote in favour of a moratorium follows a recent flood of such applications to build large houses on the Agricultural Land Reserve.

In January, when council began a public consultation process on restricting home sizes on farmland, Couns. Carol Day and Harold Steves called for such a measure, fearing a rush of development.

At that time, council chose to wait for public consultation to conclude. Now, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, and most others, are onside with a moratorium, until staff can draw up a new bylaw.

“My belief is, having left the situation with reduced guidelines has ended up with some premises in the ALR that are larger than warranted. I believe the time has come for limitations on house size and home plate size,” said Brodie. …

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Richmond has a new top cop

Richmond News

Supt. Will Ng — who will take over from the outgoing superintendent Rennie Nesset in mid-April — started his policing career in 1995 in Surrey, where he worked multiple roles, including four years in general duty.

In 2004, he joined the RCMP undercover unit, eventually transferring to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) in 2009 where he became an accredited team commander.

His last assignment was as Acting Deputy Operations Officer at the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC), where he was also a member of the Operations Advisory Committee. …

“(Ng’s) impressive service record and knowledge of our community will be great assets as he helps lead the effort to sustain and build upon public safety in Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Community safety is a major priority for Richmond City Council, which has approved the hiring of 22 additional police officers over the past two years. We look forward to working with Supt. Ng and his team in addressing our community’s key policing priorities.” …

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Steveston’s Interurban Tram is a glimpse into the past and, maybe, the future

Richmond News

For about an hour last Saturday, long-time Richmond resident Meribeth Hardern, and a handful of other volunteers, sat inside the Steveston Interurban Tram house, meticulously peeling and scraping paint off little pieces of the heritage train — the No.1220, which ran between Marpole and the Village, from 1913 to 1958.

“I think it’s very interesting that they’re restoring the tram, and I thought it would be fun to see what’s involved in doing that,” said Herdern. …

The tram is undergoing a $400,000 renovation, thanks in large part to Mayor Malcolm Brodie’s insistence on spending the extra money on what is Richmond’s largest historical artefact.

“People appreciate an artefact like that, once it is restored. It’s a terrific reminder of our transportation history,” said Brodie.

“An item like that deteriorates over time. You preserve it best by keeping it in good shape,” he noted. …

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Letter: International Women’s Day well celebrated in Richmond

Richmond News

Dear Editor,

Just a note of congratulations to the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre for a great International Women’s Day event Saturday, March 4. A full house for their dim sum at Continental Seafoods No. 5 and Cambie. Good response to the silent and live auctions, too. City councillor Carol Day was a wonderful MC and live auction presenter. Senator Mobina Jaffer shone as keynote speaker. Congrats and greetings were given from MLA Linda Reid, MLA Teresa Wat, MP Alice Wong and Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. Councillor Chak Au also attended.

Again, congrats on a well-done IWD event and thanks to the RWRC Board, staff and volunteers for all your hard work putting it together. Hope the RWRC’s 31st year is full of good things for you and the women of Richmond.

Katharine M. Kent

Richmond

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New City of Richmond Mobile App Will Enhance Building Inspection Efficiency

Benzinga

The City of Richmond has launched a new mobile app to increase the efficiency of its building inspectors. The mobile application, based on the Metro Grove Mobile Workforce Management Service provided by Richmond-based 14 Oranges, allows inspectors to perform and file an inspection from their smartphone instead of the current mixture of paper and interactive voice response (IVR) based systems. …

“Contractors and trades will be able to get almost instantaneous feedback of the inspection results and remediate any reported deficiencies sooner,” said Malcolm Brodie, the Mayor of the City of Richmond, “Overall, this enhances the customer experience and satisfaction, demonstrating that Richmond is a business-friendly city.” …

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Lone Richmond man makes a point for women of the world

Richmond News

If you see a man frantically snapping pencils outside MP Joe Peschisolido’s office on Wednesday, don’t be alarmed or feel the need to contact the police.

Rey Ylala will, in fact, be ceremoniously breaking the lead 130 times to represent the 130 million girls and women around the world that don’t have access to education.

And with Wednesday being International Women’s Day, Ylala — on behalf of ONE, a global anti-poverty advocacy organization — will be one of 70 people making a “point” outside of MP’s constituency offices across Canada. …

In honour of CFUW Richmond’s 50th anniversary, Mayor Malcolm Brodie will proclaim March 8 “CFUW Richmond Day.”

“We are very pleased and proud that the city has recognized our club in this way, and that (it) coincides with International Women’s Day,” said club president Brenda Denchfield. …

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Council questions provincial infrastructure priorities for Richmond

Richmond News

Richmond city councillors are once again renewing their call to the provincial government to expedite the construction of a new north tower at Richmond Hospital.

On Monday, at a committee meeting, council listened, once again, to the grave concerns over the existing tower from hospital staff and members of the Richmond Hospital Foundation. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie took a shot at the provincial government for building a bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, instead.

“The government can commit to whatever it wants to,” said Brodie. …

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