Mayor says viral video not the ‘real Richmond’ as city celebrates World Festival

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One person’s bad behaviour doesn’t reflect the city. That’s what the mayor of Richmond is saying as his city celebrates diversity after a video of a racist rant in a local parking lot went viral on social media.

In the video, which surfaced earlier this month, a white woman raises her voice at a woman off-camera after what appears to be a parking dispute. The woman sticks her tongue out, repeatedly uses a racial slur, and swears at the woman off-camera.

“Go back to China where you belong,” she says. “We hate you people.”

The video was watched thousands of times online, but no charges were laid after the huge backlash. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says the woman’s actions don’t represent the real Richmond.

“The events that took place in that video were so unfortunate and reprehensible,” he says. “This was one person’s bad behaviour, and cannot in any way reflect on the city.”

Brodie says the Richmond World Festival is a much better representation of the city’s spirit.

“We have Vancouver Cantonese Opera, we have a Mexican dance ensemble, we have Coast Salish performers, Bhangra dancers, and some drum dancers from Japan.”

He says he would be upset if his city was characterized by the completely misguided approach of one person.

“This is an opportunity for us to express our understanding as a city, and to celebrate our rich and vibrant cultures of the people who live here.” …

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Homophobic posters plastered in public place in Richmond

Richmond News

Posters, in English and Chinese, warning people about so called “pedosexual right” — sex between adults and minors — have been plastered in public places around Richmond, including the rainbow crosswalk on Minoru Boulevard and Blair elementary.

The posters include a screenshot of a social media post as well as a rainbow and icons of adults and a child; at the bottom, the message reads: “A different kind of ‘love’? Resist these criminal child predators, their child abuse, and their anti-human agenda.” …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie called the posters “the height of ignorance” and a distortion of the issues brought out during the consultation of the painting of the rainbow crosswalk.

“That crosswalk is an effort to show a community that has not been included oftentimes, and has been the object of discrimination over the years, to show them that we include everybody,” Brodie said.

Brodie wants the crosswalk to show that Richmond is an “inclusive, engaged and understanding community.” …

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Lumber Mogul Asa Johal Celebrates 97th Birthday With Release Of Biography

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It was a very special day for prominent businessman, philanthropist and Chairman of India Cultural Centre of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas, 8600 #5 Road, Richmond, Asa Singh Johal. Along with his family, friends and well-wishers he celebrated his 97th birthday at Gurdwara Nanak Niwas on Saturday, August 17. Mr. Johal is a great role models for others. Despite his advancing years Mr. Johal keeps himself very active and busy. All of us at India Cultural Centre of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas are very proud of Mr. Johal’s generosity and wish him a long, productive and healthy life. …

Invited guests included Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. Mayor Brodie was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule and join the congregation in wishing Mr. Johal a happy birthday. He thanked Johal for his generosity and very valuable contribution to BC and Canada. Canada’s Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vancouver South , Mr. Harjit Singh Sajjan, was expected to attend but due to problems and delays in his flight from Ottawa to Vancouver, he was unable to make it on time. However, he sent his best wishes for Mr. Johal. …

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Surrey’s move from RCMP to municipal local force unprecedented

The Globe and Mail

A simple but effective change. That’s how a mayoral candidate in B.C.’s fastest-growing suburb presented the idea of ditching the RCMP and creating a city police force in last year’s election campaign, as Surrey residents mounted protests over crime and gang problems.

But now, Mayor Doug McCallum’s push for the change, which was officially given the go-ahead on Thursday by the province, has proven to be fraught with complications in every direction, from regional coordination to hiring issues. There seems little doubt it will cost the city more. …

In Richmond, Mayor Malcolm Brodie acknowledged that the RCMP created a lot of resentment among local politicians almost a decade ago by building an expensive new headquarters in Surrey without any local consultation. But he said the public is content sticking with the RCMP. …

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City of Richmond looking for advisory committee volunteers

Richmond News

The City of Richmond is looking for volunteers to contribute to one of over 20 advisory committees where more than 100 positions are scheduled to begin in January 2020.

“The advisory committees play an important role in helping inform strategy and decisions that impact current and future residents,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Through participation and collaboration on the committees, valuable insights are shared on a variety of areas of civic importance such as the environment, childcare, seniors, arts, agriculture and the economy.”

Council appointed roles are all voluntary with no remuneration where committee sizes and length of period varies. …

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Garlic Festival returns to Richmond

Richmond News

The smell of fresh produce and much-loved garlic is returning for the big Richmond festival.

Richmond’s Garlic Festival celebrates its 11th year at the Sharing Farm in Terra Nova Rural Park on Aug. 18. …

“The Garlic Festival is a community favourite in Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Not only does it showcase one of Richmond’s finest parks, it also serves to support The Sharing Farm Society’s incredible work in providing local produce for low-income families in our community.” …

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Canada Infrastructure Bank joins forces with City of Richmond to push utility grid to next level

Journal of Commerce

A growing region of the Lower Mainland may see a significant electrical expansion with a little help from Canada’s new infrastructure bank.

The Canada Infrastructure bank (CIB) and the City of Richmond’s Lulu Island Energy Company have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize collaboration on development of a new district energy project in Richmond, B.C. …

“The City of Richmond has received international recognition for its leadership in developing district energy systems designed to reduce carbon emissions while delivering an affordable and reliable heating and cooling source for thousands of residents, commercial and institutional users. As an important component of Richmond’s community planning, district energy systems provide sustainable and economic energy sources. Partnering with Canada Infrastructure Bank on our City Centre district energy utility is an excellent opportunity to further our energy efficiency and resiliency for many years to come,” Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie said in a statement from the CIB, Lulu Island Energy Company and the City of Richmond.

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Canada Infrastructure Bank signs Memorandum of understanding with the City of Richmond’s Lulu Island Energy Company

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Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and Lulu Island Energy Company today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing their collaboration to develop a new district energy project in Richmond, British Columbia.

This is the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s first opportunity to partner on a project in British Columbia. The CIB has specialized infrastructure expertise and this project is consistent with its mandate to advise on and potentially invest in green infrastructure projects that are in the public interest.

Lulu Island Energy Company is a municipal corporation wholly-owned by the City of Richmond established to implement and operate district energy utility systems across the city in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. The City of Richmond saw the benefits of district energy in meeting sustainability goals within its Community Energy and Emissions Plan and implemented three district energy utilities (DEU): the multi-award winning Alexandra DEU; the Oval Village DEU which services the waterfront community around the world renowned Richmond Olympic Oval; and the City Centre DEU. …

“The City of Richmond has received international recognition for its leadership in developing district energy systems designed to reduce carbon emissions while delivering an affordable and reliable heating and cooling source for thousands of residents, commercial and institutional users. As an important component of Richmond’s community planning, district energy systems provide sustainable and economic energy sources. Partnering with Canada Infrastructure Bank on our City Centre district energy utility is an excellent opportunity to further our energy efficiency and resiliency for many years to come.”

– Malcolm Brodie, Mayor, City of Richmond

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