Mayor Malcolm Brodie announces bid for re-election

Richmond News

Malcolm Brodie, who has been in the municipal office of Richmond for 22 years and the mayor for 17 years, announced Tuesday he is seeking re-election.

“I’m running for mayor because of the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead,” said Brodie during his announcement.

“I have experience as a mayor and a city councillor, and I also have a lot of community experience, as has my family. I think this puts me in a position to help guide good decisions, decisions that maintain our good quality of living.”

Brodie said if re-elected, he will continue to address challenging issues Richmond faces, such as housing affordability, densification, farmland protection and ethnic and cultural differences. …

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Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie to seek re-election

Vancouver Sun

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie has announced he will run in the municipal election this fall for a sixth term.

In a statement Tuesday, Brodie said it has been an honour to serve as mayor since 2001 and welcomed the challenges ahead.

“I am running for mayor because of the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. There is so much more work to be done,” he said.

He said Richmond has become more complex and diversified, with a population growing to almost 220,000.

“There is more variety of housing, an increasing diversity of jobs, culture, ethnicity, business connections and more pressure on us to maintain aging facilities, a greater need for civic services, along with the need to address concerns over traffic congestion, affordability, flood-proofing the city, waterfront expansion and more,” he said. …

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New 3-km-long public trail opens in Richmond’s new Garden City Lands Park

Daily Hive

One of the first elements of the park space on the Garden City Lands in Richmond opened to the public this week.

The City of Richmond says a new 2.9-km-long perimeter trail loop can now be used by both pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy the natural beauty of the 137-acre park, located slightly east of Lansdowne Centre and immediately south of the Central at Garden City shopping centre in the city core area. …

“The Garden City Lands will become the green heart of our city,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

“This spectacular open space on the edge of our City Centre is unique in supporting community farming and environmental preservation and providing tremendous recreational opportunities for the entire community. Opening of the trails is an important step in fulfilling the vision for this incredible jewel.” …

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Metro Vancouver mayors concerned about tight timeline on pot legalization

Global News

With just under four months until Canadians can legally spark up a joint, some officials in B.C. say they’re worried about how much work is left to do under such a tight timeline.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that recreational cannabis will be legal as of October 17.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie has been a vocal advocate for delaying the rollout of legal pot, and said there are still huge unanswered questions.

“The important thing is not only when the deadline is, but the kind of information that we need in order to do what we need to do at the local level,” said Brodie. …

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Health officials propose trampoline park regulations for B.C.

Richmond News

Vancouver Coastal Health officials are calling for provincial and municipal regulations and standards for trampoline parks following a fatality at Richmond’s Extreme Air Park and a rising numbers of trampoline-related injuries reported at local hospitals.

Richmond’s Medical Health Officer Meena Dawar wrote to Mayor Malcolm Brodie on April 24 asking his government to require trampoline parks comply with ASTM International standards, which govern design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, inspection and major modification of commercial or institutional trampoline devices found in parks. …

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Richmond’s latest trail opens to the public

Richmond News

Richmond’s latest trail – at Garden City Lands – is now open to the public.

The 2.9-kilometre public trail is multi-use and works as a loop around the lands, which is accessible for both pedestrians and cyclists. …

“The Garden City Lands will become the green heart of our city,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“This spectacular open space on the edge of our city centre is unique in supporting community farming and environmental preservation and providing tremendous recreational opportunities for the entire community.

“Opening of the trails is an important step in fulfilling the vision for this incredible jewel.” …

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Richmond politicians mingle at Guangdong trade event

Richmond News

It was a who’s who of Richmond politicians lined up to greet and speak to Chinese business people and members, at the 9th Conference of the World Guangdong Community Federation in Vancouver from May 27-29.

About 1,800 attended the conference at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. Richmond attendees included Richmond Centre MP Alice Wong, local MLAs John Yap and Teresa Wat, Coun. Chak Au, school board trustee Jonathan Ho, council candidate Peter Liu and Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who gave welcoming remarks on behalf of the City of Richmond. …

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Delta MLA sounds off over bridge

Delta Optimist

Delta South MLA Ian Paton is once again sounding off on the transportation minister over the fate of the suspended George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.

Paton yesterday wasted no time criticizing Claire Trevena when she said she expected to have the independent technical review of the project on her desk by the end of this month and she’d need the entire summer to properly review the findings. …

Metro Vancouver mayors had voiced opposition to multi-billion dollar bridge project including Richmond’s Malcolm Brodie. In a statement he noted his city recognizes the urgent need to address traffic congestion around the Massey Tunnel.

“But the bridge project, as currently proposed, is not the best way to achieve these objectives.”

Richmond engineering staff last summer put forward two alternatives, both of which involve retaining the existing crossing.