March 29 officially declared Once Upon a Time Day in Richmond

Richmond News

With Once Upon a Time’s final season filmed in Steveston this week, Mayor Malcolm Brodie went on site yesterday to declare March 29 as Once Upon A Time Day in Richmond.

Richmond has been a filming hub over the past three years, with major motion pictures filmed in Richmond such as Deadpool, War for the Planet of the Apes and Godzilla as well as several TV series, including OUAT, Supernatural and The Magicians. …

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Richmond council sends issue of ALR home sizes back to city staff

Richmond News

It’s the debate that never seems to end in Richmond: what to do with home sizes on the ALR. Monday night’s council meeting further proved just how complicated the topic is, as councillors voted to refer the issue back to staff for additional review.

Council chambers quickly filled to standing room only on Monday, with many attendees donning identification tags that either said “Protect farmers’ rights” or “Save our soil,” declaring which side of the debate they were on. For more than two hours, around 30 delegations signed up to speak. But at the end of the night, council still didn’t feel they had all the information they needed to make a decision.

“At planning committee last week we heard from a couple of farmers asking us to reconsider allowing secondary dwellings on farmland for farm workers,” said Coun. Linda McPhail, who put forward the motion to refer the entire agenda item back to city staff.

Following McPhail’s request, Mayor Malcolm Brodie first asked councillors to vote on whether or not they wanted to send just two issues back to staff, the possible provision of a second residence for farm workers and the city’s ability to impact and limit the size of farm structures.

While this passed, it wasn’t enough for McPhail who wanted the impact of secondary residences considered as a whole home plate issue.

“I think all the pieces of the bylaw are connected,” she said. “They impact each other.”

Brodie then brought the entire agenda item to a vote, asking council to decide if the whole issue should be sent back to staff. Couns. Chak Au, Alexa Loo, Ken Johnstone, Linda McPhail and Bill McNulty all voted for, while Brodie and Couns. Harold Steves and Carol Day voted against. …

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Three things to watch for at city council this week

Richmond News

This week at city council, topics such as further limits to home sizes on the ALR, renovations to the historical McKinney House and a final draft plan for TransLink’s southwest region will be discussed.

Richmond’s city council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 26 in council chambers at 6911 No. 3 Rd. The public is welcome to attend or watch an online broadcast of the meeting. …

Coun. Harold Steves put forward a motion to select the option which would limit home sizes to 5,382 square feet. This was seconded by Mayor Malcolm Brodie with amendments. By the end of the meeting, the vote was a tie with planning committee members Steves, Brodie and Coun. Chak Au voting to restrict home sizes and Couns. Bill McNulty, Linda McPhail and Alexa Loo voting against. …

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George Massey bridge could cost less than originally estimated

Journal of Commerce

A B.C. bridge project currently in limbo could cost less than originally estimated.

A recent report to Delta City Council by its corporate services department detailed issues surrounding the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project (GMTRP), including that the cost of the project was significantly lower than previously estimated. …

In a July 25, 2017 press release Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie urged the NDP provincial government to suspend the bridge project in favour of alternatives such as a second tunnel, but Jackson maintains the bridge would address not only current and future traffic concerns but add room for transit. …

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Richmond planning committee evenly split on new ALR home size limits

Vancouver Courier

The pressure is on for Richmond city council to make a decision on home sizes on the Agricultural Land Reserve next week, after a planning committee meeting ended in a three-three tie vote over the issue.

On Tuesday, councillors voted after a motion was put forward by Coun. Harold Steves and seconded by Mayor Malcolm Brodie to formally restrict home sizes to 5,382 square feet from 10,764. This followed a staff report outlining public feedback on ALR home sizes, which had no specific recommendation, but outlined 12 options for how home sizes could be restricted. By the end, the vote was a tie with planning committee members Steves, Brodie and Coun. Chak Au voting to restrict home sizes and Couns. Bill McNulty, Linda McPhail and Alexa Loo voting against. …

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The city wants your opinion on how to make Richmond smart

Richmond News

The City of Richmond is competing in a national Smart Cities Challenge run by the federal government and they need your help on how to make Richmond smarter through innovation, data and technology.

The nationwide competition offers a grand prize of up to $50 million, two prizes of up to $10 million each and one prize of up to $5 million to participating municipalities, governments and Indigenous communities. …

“Richmond is already committed to being on the leading edge of technical innovation through our comprehensive Digital Strategy,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“The Smart Cities Challenge offers a huge opportunity for new funding to accelerate our objectives, while also providing a chance for us to work with residents, business and other stakeholders to imagine new ways in which our City can further take advantage of the promise of emerging new technology.” …

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B.C. communities take cautious approach on modular housing projects

The Globe and Mail

Communities across British Columbia are considering temporary modular housing projects for homeless and low-income tenants, but some are taking a cautious approach after a similar proposal in Vancouver fuelled protests and legal challenges.

B.C.’s NDP government is planning to create 2,000 supporting housing spaces across the province by setting up modular units that can be assembled quickly to address local homelessness and moved if those needs change. …

The City of Richmond has proposed to build a 40-unit modular housing project on a city-owned site – a plan that quickly prompted strong opposition from nearby residents.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie stressed that no decision has been made and that the city will take public opinions into consideration, with a final decision expected in about a month.

Still, Mr. Brodie said the proposed location is ideal.

“This site has no schools in the immediate neighborhood; it is on public transportation routes; it is near the hospital. … It is near the all these services that we have in our city centre.” …

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Federal port review could air grievances in Richmond

Richmond News

A review of Canada Port Authorities by Transport Canada may provide the City of Richmond with a means to air the numerous grievances it has with Port of Vancouver, said Richmond’s Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Certainly we have had our issues with governance at the port,” Brodie told the Richmond News Monday, following an announcement in Delta from federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau to review Canada Port Authorities “to optimize their role in the transportation system as strategic assets that support inclusive and sustainable growth and trade.” …

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Bridge to SUCCESS Gala raises $650,000 for SUCCESS immigrant and Chinese programs

Canadian Immigrant

More than 800 guests attended the 40th annual Bridge to SUCCESS Gala on March 10 in support of SUCCESS, one of the largest social service agencies in B.C. The event raised an amazing $650,000 through dinner ticket sales, live and silent auctions, raffle ticket sales, sponsorships and donations, making it one of the most successful events hosted by SUCCESS Foundation. Funds raised will support essential SUCCESS programs and services, such as the SUCCESS Simon K. Y. Lee Seniors Care Home, Chinese Help Lines, Youth Leadership Millennium Program, Korean Counselling Program and the Multicultural Early Childhood Development Program. …

Some of the dignitaries in attendance included Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan; Premier of British Columbia John Horgan; Mayor of Richmond Malcolm Brodie; and Tong Xiaoling, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver. …

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