2020 Richmond Christmas Fund Campaign kicks off

Richmond News

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

Richmond News

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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Canadians wasting less food during pandemic

Solid Waste & Recycling

A new nation-wide survey shows that Canadians are wasting less food while COVID-19 public health measures have been in place. While people are buying more food overall, 24 percent of households are throwing away or composting less uneaten food and 94 percent of Canadians are motivated to reduce their household’s avoidable food waste. …

“This new research confirms that Canadians are thinking about making the most of the food they buy. We know that 84 percent of Canadians believe that everyone has a responsibility to prevent avoidable food waste in their households,” said Malcolm Brodie, chair of the National Zero Waste Council.

“We are excited to build on this momentum and support Canadians with the tools, insights, and resources they need to make preventing food waste in the home the new normal.” …

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COVID-19 Driving Canadians to Waste Less Food: Survey

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A new nation-wide survey shows that Canadians are wasting less food while COVID-19 public health measures have been in place. Love Food Hate Waste Canada, delivered by the National Zero Waste Council in conjunction with its campaign partners, worked with the Mustel Group to understand how food purchasing, storage, consumption and waste behaviours have changed since the introduction of quarantine and physical distancing measures. …

“This new research confirms that Canadians are thinking about making the most of the food they buy. We know that 84% of Canadians believe that everyone has a responsibility to prevent avoidable food waste in their households,” said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of the National Zero Waste Council. “We are excited to build on this momentum and support Canadians with the tools, insights, and resources they need to make preventing food waste in the home the new normal.” …

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B.C. approves plastic bylaws in 5 communities, aims for provincial plan

Peace Arch News

British Columbia has approved bylaws banning single-use plastics in five communities as it drafts a regulation allowing other local governments to create their own policies without the need for provincial approval.

Environment Minister George Heyman said Victoria, Richmond, Saanich, Tofino and Ucluelet have taken action to prevent waste such as shopping bags, straws and Styrofoam take-out containers from ending up in the ocean and landfills.

The local governments will decide when the newly approved bylaws go into effect, Heyman said Saturday. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie of Richmond said the city will work with businesses to determine when the bylaw will go into effect because many with a large stockpile of plastic products could face an extra financial burden during COVID-19. …

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Richmond’s single-use plastics ban formally approved by province

Richmond News

Richmond’s ban on single-use plastics has been formally approved by the provincial government.

George Heyman, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, made the announcement in Richmond Saturday, part of a series of measures the province is introducing under its CleanBC Plastic Action Plan. …

At the announcement, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie called the new measures “critical milestones.”

He said the city estimates 35 million single-use plastic checkout bags, straws and foam take-out containers are collected from garbage in Richmond each year.

“So imagine the impact of removing 660 tonnes (of those items) annually from our landfill,” Brodie said. …

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Richmond’s $80 million new aquatic centre will open this month after delays

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After an 18 month delay, Richmond’s massive new indoor aquatic centre is set to open to the public.

The City of Richmond announced this week the aquatic centre with the Minoru Centre for Active Living (MCAL) at Minoru Park will officially open 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 Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

“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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Richmond considers masks in all city-run buildings

Richmond News

Richmond city council is considering mandatory masks in all city-owned and -run buildings.

The motion for a mask policy was brought to committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon by Coun. Bill McNulty and staff said they would bring back a report to council later. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the points brought up by council highlighted the complexity of the issue of masks.

“It’s an easy question to ask, it’s complex to answer,” Brodie said. …

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Feature: Canadian Chinese deserve credits for helping bring COVID-19 cases down

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The Canadian Chinese community in the city of Richmond of the Canadian province of British Columbia has made a great contribution to bringing down the COVID-19 case number, said Kenny Zhang, director of research for the Canada Committee 100 Society.

Canada Committee 100 Society is a non-partisan and not-for-profit community organization based in Vancouver. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie spoke highly of the Canadian Chinese community, saying that their early adoption of measures like wearing masks and staying physically distant helped keep the COVID-19 caseload relatively low in his city. …

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