Metro Vancouver to invest over $1 billion to secure region’s water supply for next century

CBC News

The Metro Vancouver region uses almost 400 billion litres of water per year. By 2120, as the population grows, demand on the region’s three watersheds is expected to increase to more than 600 billion litres per year.

To ensure there’s enough water — and the capacity to support that demand — Metro Vancouver is investing more than $1 billion to increase access to the region’s largest water reservoir, Coquitlam Lake. …

“Once operational, this major infrastructure project will help meet the region’s water needs well into the next half-century while increasing our system’s resilience to climate change,” said Malcolm Brodie, chair of Metro Vancouver’s water committee. …

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Richmond library centre upgrades reduce GHGs six-fold

Richmond News

It will cost $1.5 million more than originally budgeted to replace the heating and cooling system in the Library Cultural Centre, but this is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions almost six-fold.

The total project will cost $3.5 million while the original plan was to spend about $2 million replacing the system that city staff say is on its last legs. …

City staff had recommended the less expensive system, just over $1 million, which would have reduced GHG emissions by 10 per cent – the option chosen by council will reduce emissions by 60 per cent but, in addition to costing $3.5 million, it will require $53,500 per year in maintenance costs.

The staff recommendation was based on the cost impact to taxpayers, especially given that “revenues are uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a report to council.

While he supported the more expensive system, Mayor Malcolm Brodie pointed out it’s hard to look at one project in isolation. He added city staff noted the money could be better spent on other projects to reduce GHG even further, for example, at a new Steveston Community Centre.

“We get a better environmental bang for our buck in other ways,” Brodie said. …

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Richmond is not really OK with jet fuel or LNG terminals on the Fraser

Delta Optimist

Editor:

Re: Richmond council OK with jet fuel, just not LNG, letter to the editor, July 16

The letter claims that Richmond council opposes expansion of FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG plant yet allows a jet fuel terminal across the river in Richmond.

According to Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, nobody on Richmond council wants the jet fuel pipeline and terminal but he was willing to support it because of legal advice that a rejection would be legally over-ridden.

The issue was controversial with half the councillors voting in opposition. Brodie cast the decisive vote in favour. …

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Finalists for the Richmond Arts Awards announced

Richmond News

This year’s Richmond Arts Award finalists have been selected for their contribution to the city’s arts community.

The 12th annual arts awards, presented by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition, recognize local artists, business leaders, educators and residents who have contributed to the arts.

“The arts are vital to the overall health and resiliency of our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“This has been demonstrated now, more than ever, as we see artists and arts organizations put their creative talents towards everything from supporting our front line workers to lifting our spirits in a time of uncertainty.” …

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Steves plans to hang up Richmond council hat

Richmond News

Harold Steves campaigned 50 years ago for a new museum for Steveston — he’s hoping before he ends his last term on council in 2022, it will finally be well underway.

With original plans for a museum in Steveston waylaid for several years by more grandiose ideas for a destination museum closer to the current city centre, Richmond council has now approved reconstructing the former Phoenix Net Loft with preliminary plans to make it into a museum. …

ichmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said Steves’ work on council and his contribution to community life has been “immeasurable,” with him regularly bringing interesting initiatives to the table “mixed with a very good dose of pragmatism.”

“Harold will bring in actual ideas… that impact on the evolution of our city, with an environmental flavour, but solid in many, many different ways,” Brodie said. …

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Richmond Pride Week goes virtual with free events

Richmond News

Richmond is celebrating Pride Week with a list of virtual events leading up to and throughout Pride Week this year.

Thirteeen events including dance parties, singers, artists, drag queen story time, a DJ and more will be hosted on various media platforms. …

“Pride Week is a great opportunity to celebrate our LGBTQS+ community in Richmond and demonstrate the city’s commitment to building a welcoming and inclusive city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“While Pride Week will look different this year because of COVID-19, the city will continue with Pride Week celebrations in a new and creative way that captures the spirit of Pride and ensures the safety of residents.” …

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BCRPA presents awards for recreation excellence

Design Quarterly

BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) has presented two projects with Facility Excellence Awards. A restoration of a century-old cottage and a new multi-use recreational facility were recognized for outstanding innovation in facility concept, design development, maintenance or operation in a facility.

The Edwardian Cottage at Terra Nova Rural Park in Richmond won for a project with a capital cost of less than $1 million. The Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre (ACUCC) in Langley won for a project over $1 million. …

“The outstanding work at the Edwardian Cottage is just one example of our commitment to creating one community together to celebrate Richmond’s unique and diverse heritage.” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The building is a heritage asset not only for the City of Richmond, but for the entire country. It reflects the industry and socio-economic realities of the early twentieth century which are significant not just to Richmond, but to all Canadians.” …

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Metro Vancouver mayors divided on 24/7 school zone, playground speed limits

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It doesn’t seem like all municipalities will be following in the footsteps of Vancouver implementing playground and school zone speed limits around the clock.

The approval for some trial runs around Vancouver came Wednesday, reducing speed limit in school and playground zones to 30 km/h 24/7. But some mayors of other Metro Vancouver municipalities aren’t making the same move, yet. …

“Our approach in the city of Richmond is more general,” Malcolm Brodie says. “If we feel that an area of the city needs more traffic measures, whether it’s speed humps, raised crosswalks, traffic circles, or reductions in speeds, then we’ll do it for a particular area or particular corridor.”

“I’m not sure why you would, as a blanket policy, reduce these speed zones around schools and playgrounds at night and early in the morning,” Brodie adds, pointing to areas like Steveston, where the speed has been reduced and other traffic measures were introduced. …

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Resources and support for Richmond businesses impacted by COVID-19

Richmond News

Richmond’s Economic Development Office (EDO) has implemented several initiatives to help support businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Resources for business owners and workers including a support centre, a job board for displaced workers, a list of locally made personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers and alternate product distribution platforms are available for owners and entrepreneurs are now available or underway. …

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on our economy as actions necessary to mitigate risks to public health forced businesses to close and people to stay at home,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Along with ensuring public health and community safety, supporting local businesses and boosting economic recovery remains a top priority for the city.” …

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Century-old Richmond cottage restoration wins parks award

Journal of Commerce

The careful restoration of a century-old cottage has netted Richmond, B.C. an award from the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA).

The Edwardian Cottage at Terra Nova Rural Park was recognized by the BCRPA’s provincial Facility Excellence Award for projects with a capital cost of less than $1 million. …

“The outstanding work at the Edwardian Cottage is just one example of our commitment to creating one community together to celebrate Richmond’s unique and diverse heritage,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release. “The building is a heritage asset not only for the City of Richmond, but for the entire country. It reflects the industry and socio-economic realities of the early 20th century which are significant not just to Richmond, but to all Canadians.” …

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