.C. mayors call on provincial political parties for solutions to homelessness

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Mayors from 13 B.C. cities called Wednesday for provincial party leaders to provide solutions to the crises of homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction that they say have been worsened by the pandemic and simultaneously created street disorder problems in communities.

The B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus, which is described as an informal non-partisan group, includes the mayors of big cities such as Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria but also mayors in Prince George, Kelowna and Abbotsford. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said affordable, reliable and accessible public transit is critical to the economic, social and environmental future of B.C. communities. Prior to the pandemic, Brodie said, transit ridership across the province was growing faster than anywhere in North America.

“Although the pandemic has cut transit ridership by over 50 per cent and devastated the financial stability of TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries, this setback is temporary,” he said. …

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B.C. mayors call on all parties to commit to ‘new fiscal relationship’ with province

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The mayors of British Columbia’s 13 largest cities are calling on all provincial parties to commit to further action related to mental health and substance use, affordable housing, public transit and municipal finance reform ahead of next month’s election. …

The BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group of mayors from urban areas across British Columbia. Chaired by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, the group includes:

Abbotsford – Mayor Henry Braun
Burnaby – Mayor Mike Hurley
Coquitlam – Mayor Richard Stewart
Kamloops – Mayor Ken Christian
Kelowna – Mayor Colin Basran
Nanaimo – Mayor Leonard Krog
New Westminster – Mayor Jonathan Coté
Prince George – Mayor Lyn Hall
Richmond – Mayor Malcolm Brodie
Saanich – Mayor Fred Haynes
Surrey – Mayor Doug McCallum
Vancouver – Mayor Kennedy Stewart
Victoria – Mayor Lisa Helps

The initial group came together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Libs promise ‘traffic sanity’

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If the BC Liberals are elected in a few weeks’ time, they will tackle the Massey Tunnel replacement saga with an “aggressive plan” to deliver “traffic sanity on Highway 99.”

That was the pledge of party leader Andrew Wilkinson, during a campaign stop Monday in Richmond.

Wilkinson said it’s unacceptable for the city “to have the biggest traffic bottleneck in western Canada.”

“We will be putting forward a plan to quickly, effectively and dramatically solve the bottleneck at the George Massey tunnel,” he said. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie is against the 10-lane bridge, and said it would fundamentally change the area around Steveston Highway and Highway 99.

“You only have to look at the Steveston interchange, to realize the gravity of it,” he said. “It is three levels high, and as you lead up to the bridge, from north going south…there’s something like 20 lanes of highway traffic.” …

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Richmond mayor appeals to political parties to support transit, recovery, housing

Richmond News

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie joined a group of mayors from large cities in B.C. calling on provincial parties to support transit and those struggling with mental health and substance use issues, and to push for affordable housing.

The calls to action were released on Wednesday as B.C. is getting underway in a provincial election.

Brodie focused his remarks on transit issues, pointing out ridership is down 50 per cent for TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries.

“We need the incoming provincial government to support the financial recovery of transit providers while redesigning the transit funding model,” Brodie said in a statement.

Furthermore, he added, to remain competitive, the province needs to continue planning transit expansion after the pandemic, saying “affordable, reliable and accessible public transit is critical to the economic, social and environmental future of our communities.” …

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BC Liberals pledge ‘aggressive’ Massey Tunnel plan

Richmond News

If the BC Liberals are elected in a few weeks’ time, they will tackle the Massey Tunnel replacement saga with an “aggressive plan” to deliver “traffic sanity on Highway 99.”

That was the pledge of party leader Andrew Wilkinson, during a campaign stop Monday morning in Richmond. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie is firmly against the 10-lane bridge, and said it would fundamentally change the area around Steveston Highway and Highway 99.

“You only have to look at the Steveston interchange, to realize the gravity of it,” he said. “It is three levels high, and as you lead up to the bridge, from north going south…there’s something like 20 lanes of highway traffic.” …

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Expanding Richmond’s at-home business rules a ‘slippery slope:’ Mayor

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Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says expanding at-home business rules would set the city on a “slippery slope.”

Brodie was commenting on Coun. Kelly Greene’s motion to look at the feasibility of expanding at-home business use, particularly for those working in the personal service sector such as registered massage therapists or nail estheticians.

The motion was on the agenda for Monday’s general purposes committee meeting.

“I just want to make sure that we’re doing the best we can for our residents…to help make sure that we’re not creating more crises for people who are trying to put food on the table,” Greene told the Richmond News last week.

However, the motion would not be a simple referral, Brodie said Monday.

“I think this is a referral that goes to the very heart of how we organize the city, and that goes right to the Official Community Plan that contemplates neighbourhoods for people and commercial areas for businesses,” he said. …

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New aquatic facility in Richmond, B.C. boasts Canada’s largest hot tub

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The nation’s largest hot tub is just one of the many amenities at a new aquatic centre which opened in Richmond, B.C. this week.

The facility, located at the Minoru Centre for Active Living, officially welcomed visitors on Monday, September 21. …

“The Minoru Centre for Active Living is a facility that everyone in the city can be proud of and we are delighted to finally be able to showcase its many features,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “While we are only able to provide access in a controlled manner right now due to our COVID-19 safety protocols, we encourage everyone to take some time to come and experience the centre themselves.”

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2020 Richmond Christmas Fund Campaign kicks off

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The 2020 Richmond Christmas Fund campaign kicked off on Friday with the announcement that the annual auction will be moved online due to the pandemic, with bidding starting at the end of November.

The Christmas Fund served almost 3,000 people last year in Richmond, including 890 children, 337 youth and 360 seniors, a 22 per cent increase compared with the year before. …

To encourage more people to become donors this year, seven local politicians, who are also named as honorary advisors, agreed to lend their social media channels voices to support the Christmas Fund, said Wayne Duzita, co-chair of Richmond Christmas Fund.

They include Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Steveston-Richmond East MP Kenny Chiu, Richmond-Queensborough MLA Jas Johal, Richmond North Centre MLA Teresa Wat, Richmond Centre MP Alice Wong, Richmond -Steveston John Yap and Richmond South Centre Linda Reid. …

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Richmond mayor challenges councillor’s criticism

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Richmond’s mayor challenged a city councillor to give proof of his public criticism of a developer and problems with its tree planting.

City council was considering a large development in Capstan by Polygon Homes, and after Coun. Michael Wolfe claimed the developer had a bad track record on previous developments – claiming trees died after being planted – Mayor Malcolm Brodie told him to provide a list of these incidents.

“You just made a specific suggestion about a certain applicant and I think it’s only fair that you support that with an actual list where you have seen this phenomenon develop and give Polygon a chance to respond,” Brodie said. “If they don’t respond accordingly, in a positive manner, then I think your comments are probably well taken, but you’ve got to get the ball rolling and let’s see the list.”

Wolfe replied by saying many of the sites were past the point of their landscaping agreements with the city. …

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Richmond’s New $80M Aquatic Centre Is Opening This Month

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The city of Richmond is set to unveil its new state of the art indoor aquatic facility at Minoru Centre later this month.

Slated to open Sept. 21st, it will be one of BC’s largest aquatic centres—with six bodies of water.

It also boasts it will have Canada’s largest hot tub as well as a polar plunge, which it says will be a first in the country for swimmers to enjoy a refreshing temperature of 15 degrees. …

“The Minoru Centre for Active Living is a facility that everyone in the City can be proud of and we are delighted to finally be able to showcase its many features,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, in a news release. …

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