Richmond fire hall boosted by grants

Richmond News

Fire Hall No. 1 received a $5,000 grant towards its construction from Western Community Foundation. Richmond was one of 20 recipients that received an infrastructure grant from the non-profit in a lottery.

“Western Communities Foundation’s financial contribution further complements council’s commitment to provide service excellence in prevention, education and emergency response for Richmond residents,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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Richmond council stands up to bullying

Richmond News

The mayor and council of Richmond are asking residents to wear pink on Feb 27 to show support for eradicating bullying.

Feb. 27 is ERASE Bullying Day – ERASE stands for “Expect Respect and a Safe Education.” The pink-day initiative is about more than raising awareness, but also a pledge to be part of the solution and show support for diversity.

ERASE is a partnership between the city and the school district to encourage “pink shirt behaviour” all year.

“We are committed to building a respectful, safe, caring and connected community that values individual differences,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We ask Richmond residents to proudly wear pink on the last Wednesday in February to show their commitment to and support of erasing bullying in the community.” …

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Old Minoru pool to be repurposed

Richmond News

The vote was tight but in the end Richmond council decided to not demolish the Minoru Aquatic Centre and to repurpose it for community use.

While some councillors argued for keeping it as it was a city asset, others felt the cost of fixing it up and the limited activities that could take place there didn’t make it worthwhile saving. Council decided last year to spend more than $3 million to demolish the building in anticipation of the Minoru Centre for Active Living, which is opening in March. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he never thought when the Minoru Centre for Active Living was planned that the old pool would be saved.

Keeping the building will be “very damaging” to the environment, he said, adding that it is “inefficient in every single way.” With the densification happening in the city centre, Brodie said there’s a need for greenspace, something that is as important as the agricultural land the city works to protect.

“We need not an old building where people can go and play their table tennis and darts and carpet bowl because they have plenty of other places to go and do that,” Brodie said. “What we need to do is to make a statement that we want greenspace, we want this to go back to greenspace.” …

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‘Cross-partisan’ group renews call for B.C. money-laundering inquiry

Global News

Municipal leaders and prosecutors have joined forces to call for a public inquiry into money laundering.

The group includes Vancouver Coun. Christine Boyle, who will put forward a motion Tuesday asking that the city endorse the call.

A recent poll found 77 per cent of the public support an inquiry.

B.C. Premier John Horgan has previously said a full inquiry would be too expensive.

Boyle is asking council to vote on pressuring the province to call an inquiry. …

“I think a public inquiry could have a certain benefit but really we need action, we need action now,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. “We need regulations, we need resources, we need more enforcement.” …

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Brodie to talk transportation at annual mayoral address

Richmond News

Mayor Malcolm Brodie’s annual address this year will focus on enhancing local transportation, the city announced Friday.

“Keeping our local economy moving is critically important,” said Brodie. “To address transportation concerns and support the new growth, council has placed a big focus on the mobility of people and goods throughout Richmond.”

According to the city, about 70 per cent of jobs in Richmond are tied to the transportation of people or goods. Think sectors like aviation (with the Vancouver International Airport being a major employer), shipping and warehousing.

The address is called “A City on the Move,” and it’s happening at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 at the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport. It’s hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and tickets can be purchased online. …

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It’s time to cast nominations for the Richmond Arts Awards

Richmond News

Richmondites who know a star cultural leader or arts supporter are invited to submit their nominations for this year’s Richmond Arts Awards.

Now in its 11th year, the awards are put on by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition to recognize local artists, educators, business leaders and residents who have contributed to the arts. …

Three finalists in each category will be identified in April and winners will be announced in a ceremony hosted by Mayor Malcolm Brodie in May.

For more information on the awards, including how to nominate someone, visit www.richmond.ca/artsawards.

How to celebrate Family Day in Richmond

Richmond News

Family Day is coming up this month and over 65 local events are planned for Richmondites to celebrate.

B.C. changed its Family Day this year to line up with Canada’s other provinces. Previously, Family Day fell on the second Monday of February. Now it falls on the third Monday, which is Feb. 18 this year.

Three days of events are schedule from Saturday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 18 across Richmond.

“The city and its community partners have always offered many community-building events and programs,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“With many of these events offered for free, the Family Day weekend is an excellent opportunity for families to discover these activities together.”

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