2030 Olympic games ‘worth exploring:’ Richmond mayor

Richmond News

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said while people look back at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games with fondness, it was a “mountain of work” and cost a lot of money and he doesn’t know whether the same experience could be replicated in 2030.

While celebrations are on-going to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Olympic Games, John Furlong, the president of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic organizing committee (Vanoc), threw out a suggestion Thursday morning while at a Board of Trade meeting that Vancouver should make a bid for to host the 2030 Olympics. …

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Gallery: 47th annual Steveston Karate Invitational

Richmond News

Steveston Karate Club welcomed 400 athletes to its 47th annual Steveston Invitational last Saturday at the Steveston Indoor Tennis Courts. The event attracted entries from throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as Colorado, Tennessee, California,Alaska, Ontario and Alberta. Special guests at the opening ceremonies included Consulate General of Japan Takashi Hatori, MLA John Yap, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, councilor Bill McNulty and VP and CFO of Listel Hospitality Group Kaz Kadono. …

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10 years later: Former Vancouver Olympic venues see mixed success

CTV News Vancouver

If success is measured by a surge in the number of international sporting events held at former Olympic facilities, they haven’t done well.

But those who foresaw the Winter 2010 venues becoming vibrant community hubs and tourist draws are delighted with what the past decade has brought.

Ten competition venues were built or upgraded for the Games, with several others available as practice facilities for athletes. They range from the sprawling Whistler Olympic Park, which was home to alpine events, to the Richmond Olympic Oval 120 km away on the banks of the Fraser River. …

“Last week we had an international world cup fencing championship that was right here. People from as far away as Italy, France and Russia came here to compete,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “There’s no way we could’ve generated that kind of interest without something very significant like the Oval.”

Richmond took the unusual step of accepting some funds from the International Olympic Committee, but built the rest of the long-track speed skating venue with civic funds, fundraised millions to own the venue in perpetuity and is completely in control of its future use.

“We designed the facility taking into account what would we do with it for the entire life span, so 60, 80, 100 years out,” Brodie explained. “That’s what we looked at and once we figured out what we wanted to do with it in the long run we said ‘ok, now we’ve got the first five years dedicated to the Olympics, how do we fit that in?’” …

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Two Richmond councillors head to Japan to invite vessel

Richmond News

Couns. Harold Steves and Bill McNulty as well as city staff will travel to Japan for a face-to-face meeting to invite the Kaiwo Maru tall ship to attend a 2023 maritime festival in Richmond.

The trip, estimated to cost $40,000, was approved by council, despite some councillors arguing that it’s unnecessary given 21st century communications technology. …

In their report to council, staff pointed out that the Japanese appreciate in-person meetings.

“The benefit of personal contact can’t be under-estimated,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

The year 2023, when the city hopes the Kaiwo Maru will come to Steveston, is the 50th anniversary of Richmond’s sister-city friendship with Wakayama, Japan. …

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Richmond Children’s Arts Festival returns

Richmond News

Richmond’s Cultural Centre will be transformed into a creative space for the 12th annual Richmond Children’s Arts Festival on Feb. 17.

There will be hands-on activities, live performances on multiple stages and a performance of Axis Theatre’s Th’owxiya, a tale from the Kwantlen First Nations village of Squa’lets. …

“The Children’s Arts Festival is a special reminder of the power of children at play,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“By giving children an opportunity to interact with skilled artists and push their own artistic boundaries, we open the door to many life-long benefits.” …

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Vancouver 2010: Path to Olympics built from asphalt, steel

Business in Vancouver

For anyone who commutes daily between Vancouver and Richmond or Squamish, or the Lower Mainland and Vancouver International Airport (YVR), it’s difficult to imagine, or remember, what life was like before the Canada Line and Sea-to-Sky Highway.

Both transportation projects had languished on government drawing boards for more than a decade. It wasn’t until Vancouver announced plans to bid on the 2010 Winter Olympic Games that the provincial government pushed them to the top of the priority list and determined to get both projects done in time for the Games. …

The lasting impacts of the $600 million Sea-to-Sky Highway improvement project between West Vancouver and Whistler, and the $2 billion transit line between Richmond, Vancouver and YVR are hard to overstate.

“I would characterize it as city-changing – it is that significant,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said of the Canada Line. “We have exceeded all the projections for growth in terms of residential construction.” …

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Path to 2010 Olympics built from asphalt, steel

Business in Vancouver

For anyone who commutes daily between Vancouver and Richmond or Squamish, or the Lower Mainland and Vancouver International Airport (YVR), it’s difficult to imagine, or remember, what life was like before the Canada Line and Sea-to-Sky Highway improvements.

Both transportation projects had languished on government drawing boards for more than a decade. It wasn’t until Vancouver announced plans to bid on the 2010 Winter Olympic Games that the provincial government pushed them to the top of the priority list and determined to get both projects done in time for the Games. …

The lasting impacts of the $600 million Sea-to-Sky Highway improvement project between West Vancouver and Whistler, and the $2 billion transit line between Richmond, Vancouver and YVR are hard to overstate.

“I would characterize it as city-changing — it is that significant,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said of the Canada Line. “We have exceeded all the projections for growth in terms of residential construction.” …

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Richmond council asks feds to ban birth tourism

Richmond News

Richmond city council wants the new federal minister of immigration to tackle the problem of birth tourism.

A motion by Coun. Carol Day to write to Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, urging him to end birthright citizenship for non-Canadians was supported by almost all of council at Monday’s committee meeting.

In the meantime, city staff are fining birth tourism operators on any illegal activity they may be running – but because there is no business license for birth tourism, they can’t be shut down for advertising birth tourism services, explained Cecelia Achiam, general manager of community safety.

“We do not regulate something that we could not approve, so birth tourism is not something that we could regulate at this point,” Achiam said.

This was challenged by the mayor, Malcolm Brodie, however, at the meeting, and he asked staff to find out whether it is possible to shut them down based on the fact they are an illegal business.

“If they’re doing something that’s unlicensed and not allowed, you’re telling me you can’t do anything about it – surely it’s operating a business without a license,” Brodie said. …

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Scrutiny of Richmond’s investment portfolio back on table

Richmond News

Richmond council might rethink its investment portfolio after all.

A late addition to Monday’s committee meeting agenda from the mayor, Malcolm Brodie, seemed to mirror a motion from Coun. Kelly Greene four weeks ago that suggested council scrutinize its investments. …

At Monday’s meeting, Brodie said there’s been a lot of talk about “appropriate types of investment” that the city should be making as well as “socially responsible investments.”

“So, it seemed like an opportune time to take a look at our policy – our investment policies, our portfolio and ask staff to make comments on that and recommendations,” Brodie said. …

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Jerome Indoor Games celebrates 10 years at Richmond Olympic Oval

Richmond News

The Harry Jerome Indoor Games celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday with a record number of entries at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Six hundred athletes of all ages took part in the day-long event that was co-hosted by the Achilles International Track and Field Society and Richmond’s own Kajaks Track and Field Club. The Games are overseen by meet directors Kim Young and Vincent Doyle, along with legendary BC Sports Hall of Famers Diane and Dr. Doug Clement.

It was their vision to launch the Games, a year after the Oval was converted from a long speed skating track to a multi-purpose world class facility that includes a 200-metre five lane track and a 110 metre sprint track.

“(Richmond Mayor) Malcolm Brodie was instrumental in getting this track in here. He was supportive of the opportunity with the conversion of the facility. We worked hard with him and council to get it approved. It has worked out so amazingly well,” said Doug. …

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