Massive new $80-million Richmond aquatic centre to open March 11

Daily Hive

The City of Richmond has announced an opening date for its largest new recreational facility since the construction of the Richmond Olympic Oval a decade ago.

Minoru Centre for Active Living at 7191 Granville Avenue — just southwest of CF Richmond Centre shopping mall — is slated to open to the public on Monday, March 11. An official grand opening celebration event will follow in early-April. …

Artistic rendering of Minoru Centre for Active Living. (HCMA Architecture + Design)
“This spectacular facility will provide a major expansion of seniors services, aquatics and other sport and recreation services for our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

“With its outstanding array of services, iconic design and prominent location in the heart of Richmond, the Minoru Centre for Active Living will quickly become one of the jewels of our community.” …

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Metro Vancouver voters value issues more than ethnicity

Burnaby Now

Byelection campaigns can be extremely complex events.

Voter turnout tends to be lower than in a regular electoral contest, when all the seats in a particular legislative body are at stake. Potential voters are often disengaged and disenchanted, and the lack of deep media coverage leads to citizens not even knowing that they have a chance to exercise their franchise. …

In first-past-the-post elections, the futility of this misleading analysis becomes evident. There is more to a community than the origin of its residents. In Richmond, where 53 per cent of residents are of Chinese descent, three Chinese-Canadian candidates garnered 4,794 votes together. Incumbent Mayor Malcolm Brodie was re-elected with 30,452 votes. …

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Unilever, Kraft Heinz sign Canada food-waste pledge

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Unilever and Kraft Heinz are among eight companies operating in Canada to pledge to cut food waste in their operations in half.

Canada-based meat company Maple Leaf Foods also features in the list of businesses to sign up to the commitment, which has a deadline of 2025.

Retailers Loblaw, Metro, Sobeys, Walmart and Save-On-Foods are also signatories.

All businesses will report on their progress annually, two organisations, the National Zero Waste Council and Provision Coalition, which will work with the companies, said in a joint statement. …

Malcolm Brodie, chair of the National Zero Waste Council, said the issue of food waste could be better tackled through collaborative moves. “Food loss and waste present social, environment and economic challenges for communities, governments and businesses across the country. These challenges demand bold, collaborative action. Though many food waste reduction activities are already underway, they are mostly happening in isolation from each other. We can achieve far greater success through collaboration and a unified vision for change such as that being demonstrated today by Canada’s leading retailers and manufacturers.”

Food industry leaders commit to tackle food waste in Canada

Food In Canada

Canada’s National Zero Waste Council and Provision Coalition applaud the formal commitment made today by eight leading Canadian companies — Kraft Heinz Canada, Loblaw Companies Ltd, Maple Leaf Foods, Metro Inc, Save-On-Foods, Sobeys Inc, Unilever Canada and Walmart Canada – to take measurable action to prevent and reduce food waste in their own operations by 50 per cent by 2025. …

“Food loss and waste present social, environment and economic challenges for communities, governments and businesses across the country. These challenges demand bold, collaborative action,” says Malcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste Council.

“Though many food waste reduction activities are already underway, they are mostly happening in isolation from each other. We can achieve far greater success through collaboration and a unified vision for change such as that being demonstrated today by Canada’s leading retailers and manufacturers. We are pleased to be supporting these industry leaders and look forward to working with them to accelerate real change to reduce food loss and waste.” …

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City monitors donation bins

Richmond News

As the City of Richmond pulls dangerous donation bins off public property, one local charity has pointed out there are other ways to donate clothes and used household items, which helps support the organization’s activities.

Earlier in January, after the death of several people who got trapped in donation bins, the city ordered five local charities that had bins on public property to remove them or lock them up – the five charities were: Richmond Society for Community Living, Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital, Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA), Canucks Autism Network and National Diabetes Trust (Canadian Diabetes Association). …

Richmond city spokesperson Ted Townsend said the city could regulate bins on private property through zoning bylaw but this might require a bylaw amendment.

“Our first approach has been to work with bin operators to encourage them to voluntarily remove the bins that have the design issue from private property and so far most seem to be complying,” Townsend explained in an email.

“Frankly, I would be surprised at a charity who is not concerned with the safe use of their bins,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

City of Richmond hosting Smart Cities Ideas Fair at KPU

Richmond News

The City of Richmond’s Smart Cities Ideas Fair is being held in Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) this afternoon, which aims to showcase collaboration between businesses, governments and academia on connected technology.

This connected technology is at the heart of Richmond’s Smart Cities vision, where the city is vying for one of two $10 million prizes in a national competition to use data and technology to improve residents’ lives. Richmond is one of 10 finalists in its category.

The Smart Cities Ideas Fair features displays, demonstrations, presentations and hands-on activities at KPU’s Richmond campus – all with a focus on the city’s bid to create an “Intelligent Operations Hub” through the Smart Cities challenge.

“Richmond has long been home to some of the world’s leading technology companies and many of our local government agencies and academic institutions are leading the way in embracing Smart Cities thinking,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“The Smart Cities Ideas Fair is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the exciting advances being made right here in Richmond and our province.” …

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Richmond hiring more Mounties and firefighters

Global News

The City of Richmond is going on a hiring blitz of police and firefighters.

Richmond’s 2019 proposed operating budget and five-year plan call for the hiring of 107 police officers and firefighters.

Broken down, that’s 51 additional RCMP officers, 20 support staff, and 36 more firefighters over the next three years.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie says Richmond has the lowest police officer-to-resident ratio in the region, and he wants to see more “boots on the ground.”

“We’re looking at areas like having more officers on general duty to be proactive, especially when you talk about property crime and the like.” …

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Richmond looking to increase taxes as city moves to hire more first responders

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It’s still a long way from a final decision but it looks like tax-payers in Richmond could be looking at a more than a five per cent increase to taxes this year.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie says that’s mainly because council wants to make community safety a priority, looking at bringing in 51 new police officers, 36 firefighters, and 20 support staff over the next three years.

“When we did the RCMP study a couple of years ago, it showed that we have the lowest police-to-population ratio in the region,” Brodie adds. “We have one officer for about 970 or so people in our city.

He says Richmond is a growing city, and they need to keep up with its growth.

“There’s been no substantial hiring for probably 20 years in terms of our firefighters, so that’s why we decided we had to be bold as far as that goes,” Brodie adds. …

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Richmond expands recycling, includes tires, more large items

Richmond News

The City of Richmond will now pick up your old tires – and more of your furniture.

The city’s recycling depot is expanding its pickup services, it’s accepting a wider variety of items and it has increased its hours of operation at the recycling depot on Lynas Lane. …

The city is two per cent away from its goal of diverting 80 per cent of household waste from the landfill by 2020, said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“Instead of going to different recycling locations, residents can simply drop off multiple items at our Recycling Depot or have them collected with the Large Item Pick Up program,” said Brodie. …

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Richmond’s bid for $10M prize the focus of local ‘ideas fair’

Richmond News

Next week, the City of Richmond and Kwantlen Polytechnic University will co-host an “ideas fair” to showcase collaboration between businesses, governments and academia on connected technology.

This connected technology is at the heart of Richmond’s Smart Cities vision, where the city is vying for one of two $10 million prizes in a national competition to use data and technology to improve residents’ lives. Richmond is one of 10 finalists in its category. …

“Richmond has long been home to some of the world’s leading technology companies and many of our local government agencies and academic institutions are leading the way in embracing Smart Cities thinking,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“The Smart Cities Ideas Fair is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the exciting advances being made right here in Richmond and our province.” …

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