Rick Hansen Foundation announces winners of 2017 Accessible Cities Award

Today, the Rick Hansen Foundation announced the winners of its Accessible Cities Award with the cities of Winnipeg, Richmond, and Edmonton being honoured for the initiatives they are leading to promote universal access and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

The Rick Hansen Foundation launched the Accessible Cities Award in the fall of 2016 to recognize municipalities for creating and building accessible places and spaces for people with disabilities. When physical barriers within the built environment are removed, and people with disabilities can live, work and play to their full potential, the entire community benefits. …

“Richmond has a long commitment to being an accessible city,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We work closely with groups like the Richmond Centre for Disability and the Rick Hansen Foundation and strive to be both leaders and champions in incorporating accessibility into urban design across the community. We’re proud to receive this prestigious honour and pledge to continue to work to promote universal access for all and to improve the lives of people with disabilities.” …

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Seniors week events abound in Richmond

Richmond News

Richmond seniors are invited to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday during BC Seniors Week, June 5 to 11.

Engaging, fun and inspiring activities that mark the national celebrations will be offered city-wide throughout the week.

“Richmond seniors are vital contributors to the rich cultural and social fabric of our community” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“The wide variety of activities and events offered through Seniors Week are essential to promoting healthy and active aging while fostering a caring, connected and engaged community.”

Seniors province-wide are once again being publicly acknowledged for their vibrancy and the pivotal role they play in society during BC Seniors Week June 5 to 11. …

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Bye-bye Massey Tunnel replacement bridge?

Richmond News

Until a new provincial government is formed, no major construction contracts for the George Massey Tunnel replacement project will be signed.

According to the Ministry of Transportation the process to award the major construction contract, valued at close to $3.5 billion, is still underway, and it expects to have its preferred contractor by this summer, should the government choose to proceed.

But the Ministry is in a wait-and-see situation and will not sign any contract without the express consent of the government, which may enter a period of transition.

This means the 10-lane bridge to replace the tunnel may not be constructed after all, should the BC Green Party and BC NDP form government and choose to scrap the BC Liberal-favoured project. …

The mayors’ plan and the bridge proposal are mutually exclusive, according to Mayor Malcolm Brodie because building the bridge would negate efforts to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use in the region, which is critical to the plan, which foresees expanded rapid transit services.

Brodie has been a proponent of a smaller project, such as twinning the tunnel, or even looking at alternative solutions to ease congestion, such as banning truck traffic during rush hour, and/or increasing rapid bus service through the tunnel. …

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Richmond launches high school concert series featuring Good for Grapes

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All we remember from high school is terrible bathroom graffiti, finding it painfully difficult to negotiate the cafeteria, and all the sketchy things that went on behind the bleachers.

Turns out kids have it a whole lot better these days.

Creating opportunities for students far beyond the 30-second glockenspiel, recorder, or triangle solos that defined our teenage music classes, this May sees high schools in the city of Richmond open their doors for a stellar concert series. …

“This is a great opportunity for students to enjoy some original Canadian music and celebrate our country’s long tradition of producing world-class musical artists,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says. “It’s also an excellent learning opportunity as students are able to participate in the organization of the series visit to their schools and learn about event management and the music industry.” …

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Richmond farmhouse size saga ends with ‘compromise’

Richmond News

After months of consultation and four, marathon public meetings in as many weeks, the City of Richmond has finally set the limit on house sizes on agricultural land at 10,764 square-feet.

However, unlike Monday night’s six-hour, packed public hearing — which ended at 1 a.m. the next day — Wednesday’s continuation of the same culminated with veteran councillor and farmer Harold Steves walking out of the meeting in protest.

Steves’ premature exit — the first time he’s felt it necessary to do such a thing in 30 years ­— produced the 7-1 vote in favour of the new house size limitations, with Coun. Carol Day the only dissenting voice left. …

Speaking after Wednesday night’s decision, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, while acknowledging that opinion on the controversial subject was divided, said the new limit is “a maximum, not a mandatory number.

“There are reasons why some people in the farming community want bigger houses.”

The figure reached, he said, is quite a “dramatic” reduction from what is happening now, prior to the new bylaws coming in.

“There are many houses in the 18,000-square-feet range and higher and there are people who would like the house sizes to go even larger,” he told the News.

“We had to come up with a reasonable maximum that will allow people (farmers) to achieve their goals,” adding it will be reviewd in six months.

Brodie admitted there is a “third category” out there who “want majestic estates.”

The new rules will take such parties out of the equation, “to a certain extent,” he added.

The bylaw setting out criteria for people to apply for a home bigger than the new limits is an attempt, said Brodie, to “give some structure to the situation.” …

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Time runs out for Richmond farmhouse fight

Richmond News

Imagine, as a kid, you’ve waited patiently for five months for Christmas to finally arrive.

On the eve of, you stay up all night fighting sleep, counting the seconds and minutes, doing everything in your power to stay awake.

And then, boom. Santa bails.

Save for jingle bells and presents, that’s roughly how it went down Monday night at Richmond City Hall after another marathon meeting – this time a public hearing – ended with no pay-off for the 150-or-so weary souls who’d packed council chambers to vent their feelings on proposals that include setting house size limits on farmland at 10,764-square-feet. …

As with previous meetings, on Monday night, opinions expressed to council, with very few exceptions, were split down the middle; one half begging Mayor Malcolm Brodie and councillors to adhere to ministry guidelines on house sizes to “protect” farmland erosion, while the other cautioned against curtailing farmers’ flexibility and limiting their ability to house extended families. …

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Steveston Museum’s Walking Tours 2017

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Have you ever wanted to see what Richmond looked like in the 1900s?

When you join the Steveston Walking Tour Vignettes this summer, you will, in fact, travel back to 1917.

“This program will celebrate Richmond’s unique heritage and provide an immersive experience for visitors to engage with Steveston’s history,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

The guided walking tours explore the streets of historic Steveston in June and July. The tours begin from the Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. …

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King of the Sea visits

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Japan’s King of the Sea, also known as Kaiwo Maru, one of the world’s largest tall ships, spent the weekend in Richmond in a rare North American visit.

The Ships to Shore event featured tours of the vessel, music, food, culture and fireworks at Garry Point Park. It was also billed as a Canada 150 celebration.

It was the Kaiwo Maru’s second voyage to Richmond since 2004, and provided “a rare opportunity to view this majestic ship,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Richmond was the only North American port of call on this visit.

“This special visit recognizes the strong cultural ties and long standing friendship between Richmond and Japan,” added Brodie.

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New Richmond facility comes to life as Minoru Centre for Active Living

Journal of Commerce

The new Minoru Centre for Active Living in Richmond, B.C. will open for service in 2018.

The new name for the multipurpose complex, which is now under construction in Minoru Park, was officially endorsed by Richmond City Council last month.

“This new facility will be at the heart of our community and will become a major destination for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement. “It represents a significant increase in services for aquatics users, seniors and others in order to meet the needs of our evolving community.”

The facility will include an aquatic centre, seniors centre and other recreation and sports amenities. It will replace the aging and outdated Minoru Aquatic Centre and Minoru Place Activity Centre as well as the former Minoru Pavilion. …

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Documents show financing of Massey Tunnel replacement will cost $8 billion

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We’re getting a clearer picture of how much replacing the Massey Tunnel with a bridge will cost.

New documents unearthed by the NDP show interest charges alone could amount to $8 billion over the next 50 years.

That’s in addition to the estimated building cost of $3.5 billion.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie has never made a secret about his opposition to the project and says he’s not surprised by the financing costs.

“I never believed the $3.5 billion cost to begin with. I believe it’s going to cost far more, given the ground conditions.”

He’s referring to questions being raised about building on waterlogged sand and mud.

He says taxpayers should know they’re burdening their grandchildren to pay for the bridge.

“It’s going to be a very large financial burden, so it behooves us to find solutions to the congestion that won’t have a negative impact on the region and on our city.” …

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