Tensions high as Richmond council votes in favour of jet fuel pipeline

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Richmond, B.C. Mayor Malcolm Brodie told an audience member at Monday’s council meeting to put down his phone and listen to council.

While it wasn’t necessarily breaking a fourth wall in a theatre performance, Brodie’s admonishment of an audience member broke from the normal deliberation between council members and consultation with city staff.

Tensions were high as councillors expressed their frustration at a jet fuel pipeline from southeast Richmond to the airport and a tank farm on the Fraser River being proposed by a consortium of airlines, the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation.

Brodie pointed out that nobody on council wanted the pipeline, but he was willing to support the agreement to access some Richmond roadways because it would bring significant benefits to the city and, also, because of legal advice that a rejection would most likely be over-ridden in the courts. …

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Mayors’ Council votes to proceed with planning for Surrey-Langley SkyTrain

Vancouver Sun

TransLink staff will move ahead with preparing a detailed business case for the proposed Surrey-Langley SkyTrain.

On Thursday, the Mayors’ Council voted in favour of advancing the project, despite some reservations about the budget and whether building the line will have an effect on other regional priorities.

“I think it’s a tremendous win for all of the region, and certainly a big win for South of the Fraser, Surrey and the two Langleys,” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. “I think it’s a reflection that the Mayors’ Council has looked at this issue, had a lot of discussion on it, there was a lot of good points expressed in there, but in the end they recognized that this project is a big part of our region.” …

“As far as I’m concerned, they have to work within that $3.55 billion, and there’s no guarantees after that,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

That amount includes the $1.65 billion that was previously approved for a now-suspended light rail line, plus $1.9 billion that hasn’t yet been funded. …

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‘Keep the planes on the ground’: Richmond councillor vows to fight airport fuel supply line

Alaska Highway News

A Richmond city councillor says it’s “time to keep the planes on the ground” at the ever-growing Vancouver airport, and that he plans to fight his colleagues’ approval of a new pipeline to supply the facility with more jet fuel.

Tensions were high Monday as councillors expressed their frustration at a jet fuel pipeline from southeast Richmond to the airport and a tank farm on the Fraser River being proposed by a consortium of airlines, the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie pointed out that nobody on council wanted the pipeline, but he was willing to support the agreement to access some Richmond roadways because it would bring significant benefits to the city and, also, because of legal advice that a rejection would most likely be over-ridden in the courts.

Near the end of the meeting, when dealing with the development permit for the marine terminal and tank farm, Brodie said if he could, he’d vote against it.

“I see that there are people here from the airport and VAFFC here tonight and I hope you carry that message back to wherever you came from,” he said, adding that council didn’t want the project in Richmond. …

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New Massey crossing still years away from completion

News 1130

Construction of a new tunnel or bridge linking Delta with Richmond over the Fraser River won’t start anytime soon to reduce traffic congestion through the existing George Massey tunnel.

Before a final choice is made, up to a dozen options must now be reviewed and assessed by Metro Vancouver mayors on a task force set up earlier this year.

The preliminary short-list of scenarios include crossings which range from four to eight lanes with –or without– the current tunnel remaining active.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says a deeply-bored tunnel is the likely choice, but he doesn’t think it should include designated lanes to speed up the movement of commercial goods.

He’s suggesting restrictions on truck traffic would encourage more deliveries during quiet times.

“Have the Port open 24 hours a day. The big hesitation is those receiving the goods, they have to be there during the night,” he says.

Brodie says the people of Richmond have always supported building a new tunnel or twinning the old one, so he’s relieved the provincial government is not forging ahead without input from local leaders. …

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Richmond council expresses frustration with pipeline, but votes in favour

Richmond News

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie told an audience member at Monday’s council meeting to put down his phone and listen to council.

While it wasn’t necessarily breaking a fourth wall in a theatre performance, Brodie’s admonishment of an audience member broke from the normal deliberation between council members and consultation with city staff. …

Brodie pointed out that nobody on council wanted the pipeline, but he was willing to support the agreement to access some Richmond roadways because it would bring significant benefits to the city and, also, because of legal advice that a rejection would most likely be over-ridden in the courts.

Near the end of the meeting, when dealing with the development permit for the marine terminal and tank farm, Brodie said if he could, he’d vote against it.

“I see that there are people here from the airport and VAFFC here tonight and I hope you carry that message back to wherever you came from,” he said, adding that council didn’t want the project in Richmond. “I see that guy with his iPhone all night – why don’t you stop, why don’t you listen to us for a while, this is important to the City of Richmond and we don’t want this. It’s just a question of whether we have any choice. So at least you could have the courtesy to listen to us for a change.” …

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Group urges Richmond council to oppose pipeline

Richmond News

Opponents of a pipeline through Richmond are hoping council will change its mind on the issue at Monday’s council meeting.

Vapor, the local group opposed to a new pipeline through Richmond that will deliver jet fuel to the airport, is joining up with Fraser Voices in a last-ditch attempt to convince council to reject access on city road right-of-ways for the pipeline as well as permits for a terminal and tank farm. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said council has consistently opposed this pipeline, but he believes the city has lost the fight now that other permits in are in place, and should accept the benefits being offered.

“They will be lost if we stand on principle and reject the access agreement and development permit,” he said.

He said the funds being offered by VAFFC are “almost irrelevant;” rather what is more important are the better environmental protections and better routing.
Brodie agreed with Vapor that the consultation with the public on the 13-kilometre pipeline was a “joke.” Once, he attended a public open house and there wasn’t even any paper to write comments on.

“It was a pretext of consultation as far as I was concerned,” he said. …

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Where’s Derek Corrigan when you need him? Fleetwood SkyTrain cost cries out for a mayor with a backbone

The Georgia Straight

In recent years, it became fashionable to bash former Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan.

We’ve published some of the complaints about him ourselves before he was defeated in the 2018 election.

People were upset that he wouldn’t allow a homeless shelter in his city during his 16-year tenure in the mayor’s chair.

Corrigan’s critics used to say he was too rigidly attached to the city’s town-centre planning process, leading to evictions of tenants in Metrotown.

Some thought the former lawyer was too quick to verbally rip into his political opponents.

But this weekend, after reading TransLink’s newest details about the so-called Surrey-Langley SkyTrain project, I’m feeling a little nostalgic about Corrigan.

That’s because he would most certainly be raising hell about this “Fleetwood SkyTrain” if he were still the mayor of Burnaby. …

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Bedouin Soundclash, The Strumbellas headline fifth annual Richmond World Festival

Richmond News

Bedouin Soundclash and The Strumbellas are set to rock this year’s Richmond World Festival.

The Canadian bands will headline the festival, with reggae-pop Bedouin Soundclash taking the stage Friday night, and Indie-band The Strumbellas on Saturday. …

“Richmond’s cultural diversity and harmony is something to celebrate,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“The Richmond World Festival has been bringing people together for five years through music, food, dance and art which is why it has become a can’t-miss date on everyone’s summer events calendar.” …

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Men-only shelter in Richmond replaced by more inclusive space

CTV News Vancouver

The doors of a brand new homeless shelter in Richmond opened last week, and unlike the facility it replaced, the new space is open to both women and men.

The shelter, which opened July 10 on Horseshoe Way near Ironwood Mall, was built to replace the Salvation Army shelter on Shell Road.

That facility, however, had only been open to men.

Now the new shelter has 36 beds with spaces for both men and women and options for couples. This is the first emergency, drop-in space for women in the city.

“The City of Richmond continues to evaluate and respond to the needs of residents experiencing homelessness throughout the community,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a news release.

“The city works in partnership with senior levels of government and the private and non-profit sectors to develop the right mix of housing to support the needs of all residents. By working together, we offer residents experiencing homelessness a safe space and the opportunity to take the first step toward achieving stability in their lives.” …

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B.C. municipalities intent on banning single-use plastic bags asking province to take decisive action

The Globe and Mail

Some B.C. municipalities intent on banning single-use plastic bags are asking the province to take decisive action following a recent court ruling that concluded such a ban is out of a city’s jurisdiction.

The City of Rossland on Monday adopted a bylaw to prohibit businesses from giving customers plastic bags, four days after the B.C. Court of Appeal struck down a similar bylaw in Victoria.

Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore said council would be writing to Minister of Environment George Heyman to inform him of her city’s actions and to ask that the province move on the issue as well. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the Court of Appeal ruling threw a wrench into his community’s plans and that he has introduced a resolution at the Union of B.C. Municipalities asking for the province to adopt a B.C.-wide single-use item reduction strategy.

Richmond was set to begin consultation and education campaigns in advance of a Jan. 1, 2020, ban on plastic bags, polystyrene foam products and straws, but will now first seek ministerial approval.

“Had we passed this a month ago, we probably would have just let it go and ride it out,” Mr. Brodie said. “But given the fact that we know about the Court of Appeal decision … I’d be rather uneasy about just saying we’re going to go ahead without anything further.” …

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