Richmond residents approach council with petition targeting ALR mansions

Business in Vancouver

A crowd of more than 60 Richmond residents gathered outside Richmond’s city council chambers February 26 to deliver a petition requesting limits to mega-homes on the ALR. …

The petition’s proposed maximum home size follows provincial guidelines. However, some council members felt that limiting only the size of a house wasn’t enough. …

“To focus just on house size is avoiding a lot of the point,” Brodie said during the council meeting. “It’s a more complex issue than just saying 5,300 square feet, make that the max, it’s not addressing the question in my mind if you’re trying to maximize farming.” …

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Richmond residents gather to deliver farmland petition to council

Richmond News

A crowd of more than 60 concerned citizens gathered outside Richmond’s city council chambers Monday evening to deliver a petition requesting limits to mega-homes on the ALR.

Approximately 5,500 signed the petition, which called upon council to reduce home sizes on the ALR to a maximum of 5,382 sq. feet and place a moratorium on new applications until the new home size is adopted as a bylaw. …

The petition’s proposed maximum home size follows provincial guidelines. However, some council members felt that limiting only the size of a house wasn’t enough.

For example, Mayor Malcolm Brodie suggested the entire farm home plate needs restrictions. This “home plate” is defined by the city as “including the principal dwelling unit, any residential accessory buildings or residential accessory structures, including the driveway, decorative lawns and landscaping, artificial ponds and sewerage septic tanks, in one contiguous area.” …

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TransLink speeding up purchase of 28 new SkyTrain cars

The Province

Relief will come a few years sooner for riders on Metro Vancouver’s crowded Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines.

TransLink, the regional transportation authority, announced Friday that an infusion of federal cash has allowed it to speed up the purchase of 28 new SkyTrain cars. The cars, which were supposed to be delivered sometime between 2022 and 2024, are now expected to be in service by the end of 2019. …

“This is a truly great day for the region as well as for the hundreds of thousands of people who rely daily upon public transportation,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, speaking for the TransLink’s Mayors’ Council.

He noted that the Canada Line is extremely popular and often overcrowded, and said he is glad to see more capacity coming for a service that has shaped Richmond’s downtown centre. …

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Canada Line to gain 24 additional cars

Richmond News

Those traveling on the crowded Canada Line might soon get a little extra elbow room.

In an announcement made in Richmond on Friday, TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond shared that 24 cars will be added to the Canada Line by the end of 2020, increasing capacity on the trains by up to 30 per cent. …

“This is a truly great day for the region as well for the hundreds of thousands of people who rely daily on public transportation,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie at the announcement. “You just have to look to Richmond to see the effect on urban development and redevelopment that a very effective transportation system will have.”

Brodie also praised the combined efforts of all levels of government.

“I don’t ever recall a time when all the parties were so focused on the need for public transportation in order to improve the livability of our cities now and going into the future,” he said. …

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TransLink speeding up purchase of 28 new SkyTrain cars

Vancouver Sun

Relief will come a few years sooner for riders on Metro Vancouver’s crowded Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines.

TransLink, the regional transportation authority, announced Friday that an infusion of federal cash has allowed it to speed up the purchase of 28 new SkyTrain cars. The cars, which were supposed to be delivered sometime between 2022 and 2024, are now expected to be in service by the end of 2019. …

“This is a truly great day for the region as well as for the hundreds of thousands of people who rely daily upon public transportation,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, speaking for the TransLink’s Mayors’ Council. …

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Annual Address: Mayor Brodie talks about building safe, lively community

Richmond News

As he moved towards the end of the council term, Mayor Brodie reviewed the work the city has done in the past three years, and shared his vision for building a secure and vibrant community in 2018.

His annual address, hosted recently by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, began with the city’s decision to invest more resources in police this year.

“In 2018, city council will direct about 37 cents of every tax dollar received towards police and fire-rescue services, as well as emergency programs,” said Brodie.

“Altogether, the council approved the hiring of 40 additional police officers and six municipal police support employees during the current term.”

He added the city also expects to continue investing in closed-circuit cameras at major intersections.

By the end of this year, Richmond’s population should surpass 220,000 residents, according to Brodie. …

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Metro Vancouver could see massive turnover of mayors in fall election

Vancouver Sun

At least half of Metro Vancouver’s 21 mayoral seats could be vacant going into this fall’s municipal election, according to many of the region’s mayors.

“It’s probably going to be one of the largest turnovers of mayors this region has ever seen,” said New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté. “That’ll be a really interesting dynamic.” …

The lengthening of municipal terms from three to four years, which began with the 2014 election, is also a factor.

“Everything has to be right because you’re making a four-year commitment,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who is intending to run for a sixth term. “It does make a noticeable difference.” …

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Just say no: How some communities are fighting pot legalization

CBC News

… The city of Richmond, B.C., has come out as “strongly opposed” to legalization. Council there voted to send letters to the provincial and federal governments expressing their opposition.

Richmond, home to 220,000, is B.C.’s largest city without a marijuana dispensary in operation. When one opened, the city moved swiftly to shut it down.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the dispensary was operating illegally and his city wouldn’t tolerate that. He said nearby White Rock has a similar mindset.

“One leads to two leads to many more,” said Brodie. “If you do not have a license to operate in our city, you are not to operate.”

It’s a far different stance than in Vancouver, where dispensaries are abundant and largely go unchecked.

“I feel that the approach of throwing it wide open is fraught with difficulties,” said Brodie. …

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Town Talk: Richmond animal hospital opens with Year of the Dog

Vancouver Sun

PET PROJECT: The Year of the Dog started off encouragingly for Richmond cats. Dogs, too. What began in the 1990s as the Richmond Homeless Cats organization and grew into the Richmond Animal Protection Society or RAPS, recently opened RAPS Animal Hospital in a place known for horsepower. That’s the Richmond Auto Mall where Applewood Auto Group CEO Darren Graham donated a van and then six years of rent-free occupancy for the 6,000-square-foot hospital on its property. Mayor Malcolm Brodie and other politicos joined RAPS executives Fearn Edmonds and Eyal Lichtmann to open the facility. RAPS also operates the City of Richmond’s no-kill City Animal Shelter, with a further $8-million shelter pending. …

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New Richmond animal hospital officially opens

Vancouver Sun

After their original plan to open in January hit a snag, a new animal hospital in Richmond held their grand opening Monday.

The RAPS Animal Hospital is a “full-service, community-supported veterinary hospital,” officials wrote in announcing their opening.

Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie and other dignitaries were on hand for the ribbon cutting at the new hospital, which will offer care for all kinds of animals. …

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