Kudos: Richmond’s Bodhi Meditation donates PPE to frontline workers

Richmond News

Bodhi Meditation has donated a total of 2,000 gowns, 1,000 goggles and 100,000 non-medicals masks to support Richmond healthcare and frontline workers in their fight against COVID-19.

The donations were presented to Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Fire Chief Tim Wilkinson and will be distributed to the Richmond Fire Rescue, frontline workers and Richmond Hospital healthcare workers. …

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Richmond’s Seniors Week goes virtual amid COVID-19

Richmond News

Seniors Week will kick off next week – but the annual Richmond event will look a little different this year due to COVID-19.

From Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 7, seniors aged 55 and up can participate in over 13 virtual activities at home, such as a steel drum performance on Instagram, a relaxation retreat session on Zoom, and a greeting from Mayor Malcolm Brodie on YouTube.

“Seniors Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the contributions that are made by seniors throughout the city every day of the year,” said Brodie in a release.

“While Seniors Week will look a little different this year because of COVID-19, staff have been working closely alongside community partners to offer a variety of recreational and educational opportunities to keep seniors in Richmond active and connected during this unprecedented time.” …

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Timeline to reopen playgrounds still unclear for many Metro Vancouver municipalities

News 1130

Don’t expect playgrounds around some parts of Metro Vancouver to reopen right away.

As we adjust to a little more freedom with Phase Two of B.C.’s reopening plan, parents are likely looking forward getting their kids out and playing again. …

While there’s no specific date for reopening of Richmond’s playgrounds, Mayor Malcolm Brodie says they’ll likely be open for use when kids head back to school next month.

He tells NEWS 1130 many of the city’s playgrounds are on school grounds.

“So it just makes sense that we would have a coordinated city and school board approach to the reopening of the playgrounds,” Brodie says.

Despite uncertain timelines from other mayors, Brodie believes other municipalities will also reopen playgrounds around the same time. …

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First step launched to re-open Richmond’s public amenities

Richmond News

Step one of re-opening Richmond public spaces started Wednesday morning with bike and skate parks, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts as well as some other outdoor recreation facilities open for use.

This doesn’t include, however, playgrounds – these will remain closed and behind caution tape for the time being. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie called the plan a “cautious, step-by-step approach” to allow the community to access services in a “controlled, staged and responsible manner.”

“We know the past few months has brought uncertainty, frustration and even fear and that there is a desire to restore services and facilities to where they were before the pandemic,” he said. …

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Letter: Finance borrowing bylaw a ‘safety net,’ says mayor

Richmond News

Open letter to Richmond residents:

Further to a recent Richmond News article, residents should note that on Monday, May 4, Richmond City Council’s Finance Committee recommended adoption of a Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw.

With final council approval next Monday, this bylaw will enable the city to temporarily borrow a maximum of $36.5 million with repayment of any outstanding monies out of this year’s property taxes.

Such a bylaw, albeit in a lower amount, has been in place for decades. It has never been used. It enables temporary borrowing should the city require funding to meet lawful expenditures or obligations to other government bodies that are due before sufficient property taxes are received.

Although council has extended the date for payment of property taxes without penalty this year, we do not expect to use the approved credit facilities. Rather, council would first draw on city reserves.
This bylaw simply provides a useful safety net should there be a need for short term borrowing during these unusual times. We believe this to be a prudent precautionary measure.

As the result of careful financial practices over the years, our city enjoys a strong financial position. Though the global pandemic significantly impacts our community, city council and staff will maintain strong fiscal leadership as well as the programs and services necessary to ensure a safe and resilient city. This Revenue Anticipation Borrowing bylaw supports our goals.

Malcolm Brodie

MAYOR, CITY OF RICHMOND

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Suspect apologizes for racist taunts in Richmond, RCMP say

CBC News

Richmond RCMP say a man who hurled racist taunts at a woman and her mother last weekend has apologized.

Police also acknowledged that discussions with the officer who responded to the initial report “could have been better” and offered an apology. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie also addressed the incident on Friday, and said an apology without criminal charges is “the best case scenario.” …

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Three-month emergency shelter to open in Richmond

Richmond News

A shelter with self-isolation measures in place for Richmond’s homeless population – along with health and personal support – will open at the former Minoru Place Activity Centre on Tuesday.

The Emergency Response Centre (ERC) will operate 24/7 and is a part of the provincial COVID-19 strategy to allow people, including those without permanent homes, to remain healthy and safe during the pandemic.

It will house up to 45 people at anyone one time, however, entry will be done gradually, for example, five people per day. …

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Richmond mayor wants to know number of COVID-19 cases in the city

Richmond News

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie would like Vancouver Coastal Health to inform the public of the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Brodie has penned a letter to the health authority to that effect, and he told the Richmond News he’d like that information to be available to residents and businesses for “general awareness.”

“We communicated with Vancouver Coastal Health about the challenge that the information coming out isn’t city-specific,” he said. …

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Richmond creates plan to re-open facilities, services

Richmond News

Richmond city council approved a “restoration plan” to bring back services, but details, for example, the timing, are still being worked out and the plan is not being made public at this time.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie made the announcement at the end of Monday’s council meeting, saying any decision on restoration of city programs and services shouldn’t compromise efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

“We know the past few months have brought uncertainty, frustration and even fear, and there is a desire to restore services and facilities to where they were before the pandemic,” he said.

Brodie said the plan provides a “framework” for access to services that have been closed for a couple months; however, the focus still remains on maintaining and protecting public safety, he added. …

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City of Richmond lays off 900 staff, redeploys another 50

Richmond News

Around 900 City of Richmond staff have been temporarily laid off and another 50 have been “redeployed” to cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city said the 900 is the “approximate total staffing impact” which includes a number of frozen vacancies, while most relate to staff laid off due to the closures of facilities and the loss of recreational programs. …

The News reported last month how the city has $9.5 million in credit with its bank.

Dal Benning, president of CUPE 718 Local which represents city staff, said his union made a “mutual agreement” with the city in relation to the redeployment.

Civic facilities like pools, arenas, the Oval and community centres remain closed with no revenue from programs, but other sectors, like gaming and tourism, could also have an impact on the city’s bottom line.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said last month that, despite not knowing what the “total picture” will be, he’s confident the city will manage if the crisis continues for two to three months or even longer.

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