Richmond a year away from hosting 2020 CARHA World Cup

Richmond News

The hockey world will be united in Richmond exactly one year from today for the “Olympics of Recreational Hockey.

The 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup will feature over 140 teams from 15 countries coming together. …

“We are so excited that in just one year from now we will be hosting the 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup here in Richmond, as it is recognized as the premier adult recreational hockey event worldwide,” said mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Richmond has a strong tradition of hosting outstanding sporting events at all levels.

“With a great host team, experienced volunteers, outstanding venues and the many excellent attractions and services in Richmond, we’re confident the 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup will be the best yet.” …

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Richmond city council unanimously votes to declare climate emergency

Global News

Richmond has become the latest city to declare a climate emergency in a motion that was first introduced in February.

City Coun. Linda McPhail said the motion passed unanimously on Monday night.

She said it won’t be just a symbolic gesture, but one that produces tangible results and gets the community involved — and especially younger residents. …

McPhail said the province is coming out with CleanBC programs, along with initiatives from Metro Vancouver Council (where Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Coun. Harold Steves sit) that will make a difference across the region.

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Richmond council weighs in on tunnel replacement

Richmond News

In replacing the George Massey Tunnel, Richmond council would prefer a tunnel to a bridge, an increase in transit services, reduction in truck traffic and improvements to the congestion in Steveston.

This is the message the Ministry of Transportation has heard from the City of Richmond as it undergoes an 18-month reboot of the replacement project for the perpetually congested tunnel from Steveston to Ladner. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said a “significant” part of the congestion is trucks going to the port and he wanted the port to be part of the consultation process, but also for the province to mandate that they couldn’t drive through the tunnel during peak times.

“That would go a long way to relieve congestion,” Brodie said. …

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TransLink hopes to speed up transit service upgrades

Vancouver Sun

TransLink is looking at whether it can deliver some of the services promised in the third phase of a 10-year transit plan sooner than expected.

The regional transit authority is hoping that doing so will help address overcrowding on the system.

“We’ve recognized that there are huge demands on our transit service here in Metro,” said New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté, who chairs the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. “We’re seeing record ridership growth and that’s put even more pressure on the Mayors’ Council to try and speed up the implementation of better transit service across the region.” …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he is personally in favour of accelerating Phase 3.

“I very much think we need to keep going and not wait until we get those firm commitments,” Brodie said. …

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Richmond submits final Smart Cities bid, calls for vendor partners

Richmond News

Richmond submitted its final Smart Cities proposal earlier this month in the hopes of winning $10 million and now, the city is calling on vendors, contractors or service providers to partner on the project.

Richmond is one of 10 finalists in a national competition asking cities to use data and technology to improve residents’ lives. At the heart of Richmond’s Smart Cities vision is connected technology, says the city’s spokesperson, Ted Townsend. …

“Our Smart Cities Challenge proposal would make our community more resilient and improve quality of life for all our residents,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“It will build upon Richmond’s recognized best practices leadership in flood prevention, emergency response and sustainability and our award-winning digital strategy.” …

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Over $890,000 handed out in Richmond community grants

Richmond News

Sixty-six grants totaling more than $890,000 have been handed out to Richmond organizations by the city.

The city’s annual community grants program provides funding to local non-profits to help ensure community needs are met. Grants fall into one of four categories: health, social and safety services; arts and culture; childcare and parks, recreation and community events.

“The City’s grant programs help fund hundreds of relevant services and initiatives offered by non-profit organizations throughout Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“The recipients of these grants develop, implement and sustain programs which are vital to the quality of life and diverse needs of our community.” …

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