Hate has no place in Richmond, say RCMP

Indo-Canadian Voice

Richmond RCMP said on Wednesday that recent incidents suggest a possible growing trend of racially motivated incidents in the City, and they are taking action to address it. The multifaceted approach includes updated training for frontline investigators, creation of a specialized unit, mental health considerations, and consultation with local partners.

On March 31, Richmond City Council declared, “Racial and discriminatory actions have no place in Richmond, and they have no place in our society.” In the media release from that day, Mayor Malcolm Brodie stated, “The City of Richmond does not tolerate hateful nor racially motivated behaviour. We acknowledge such attitudes unfortunately exist and are in direct contradiction to the spirit of inclusion we uphold. We must stand together to address and condemn all forms of discrimination and racism.” …

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Richmond asks for feedback on Steveston food trucks

Richmond News

Richmond city council is looking for strategies to create better synergies between food trucks and local businesses.

A motion passed at council this week calls for city staff to look into the food truck activity in Steveston, with an emphasis on displaced business from local restaurants and the potential for an area specifically for food trucks. …

The motion was supported by council, including Mayor Malcolm Brodie who said the issue also included the money involved with renting private properties.

“The merchants who are located in Steveston pay top dollar for the rental of their premises,” Brodie said.

“They pay taxes and support the community in many different ways. […] The argument is whether it’s fair that the mobile food trucks should be able to go in like that, with no contribution to anything, very low overhead and pick off some of the best business opportunities for the restaurant merchants.” …

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Update: Virtual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival starts Sunday

Richmond News

Richmond’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival is returning in a virtual format to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

This year’s festival will take place online with activities and events available to the public starting April 11.

The theme for this year’s festival is hope, or 希望 (Kibou) in Japanese, which represents of the country’s resilience during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. …

“The City of Richmond is the proud home to one of Canada’s largest and oldest communities of Japanese-Canadian immigrants, dating back almost 140 years,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate our region’s Japanese heritage through the Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival, and to have the opportunity to share the event to even more people this year with the virtual format.” …

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Property taxes a ‘blunt instrument:’ Richmond mayor

Richmond News

Businesses in Richmond continue to carry a heavier tax burden than residential properties.

About 8.5 per cent of properties are classified as “commercial,” but they pay about 34.6 per cent of all taxes collected by the city.

In an analysis of the city’s taxes on different property classes, a city staff reports Richmond has the lowest ratio when looking at residential-commercial breakdown of taxes compared to other large Lower Mainland municipalities.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie pointed out, historically, this split between business and residential used to be about 50/50.

Over the years, the tax burden has shifted more to residential properties.

Brodie said he thinks the amount of tax currently being collected on businesses and residential is “about the right place.”

“Nobody likes to pay taxes, everybody wants less taxes but you’ve got to to land on something,” he said. …

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City of Richmond speaks out against racism and hate

Richmond News

Richmond’s city council is reiterating racism and discriminatory actions are not welcome in Richmond and have no place in society.

In a statement released Wednesday, Mayor Malcolm Brodie said hateful and “racially motivated behaviour” will not be tolerated in Richmond.

“We acknowledge such attitudes unfortunately exist and are in direct contradiction to the spirit of inclusion we uphold,” says Brodie.

“We must stand together to address and condemn all forms of discrimination and racism.”

Brodie added council is supporting the RCMP’s focus on tackling hate crimes and building public awareness. He said the public should not hesitate to call the RCMP when they experience or witness “racially- or hate-motivated action.” …

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Richmond adds new hybrid trucks to fleet

Richmond News

The City of Richmond is the first B.C. municipality to incorporate the new Ford F150 PowerBoost Hybrid—the first full hybrid truck—into its growing sustainable fleet.

“This is the first truck of its kind in Canada and the city is proud to be leading the charge for more environmentally friendly work vehicles,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The city worked with Ford Canada to develop requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles that meet the realistic needs for work trucks in municipal environments, and we are pleased to see progress in this area and introduce them to our fleet.”

Richmond has received two streamlined hybrid trucks, which will replace current fleet vehicles with fuel engines. The battery is charged by both the regenerative braking system, which recaptures energy normally lost during coasting or braking, and the gas engine. When the truck comes to a complete stop, everything from the radio to the heat runs off the hybrid battery, which means zero emissions. …

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Richmond asks for extension of landfill operations in ALR

Richmond News

The Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is suggesting the owners of 150 acres in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in east Richmond apply to have it permanently removed from this provincially protected land reserve.

The reaction from Richmond’s mayor to this suggestion from a commission tasked with protecting farmland was it was “ridiculous” while the landowner thinks the ALC is just being “pragmatic.”

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the city’s aim is to keep land in the ALR, that should be what the ALC wants to do and that’s what EcoWaste originally planned to do with their property located west of No. 8 Road along Blundell.

“What are they doing suggesting they should take it out? What kind of an ALC are they?” Brodie said. …

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Letters: Richmond mayor explains tax hike

Richmond News

Dear Editor,

Every year, Richmond city council has proposed property tax increases that are amongst the lowest in the region.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, taxes were reduced by 2.01 per cent, from 4.98 per cent, when council deferred the addition of RCMP officers as part of our three-year Safe Community Program.

We also delayed several other important safety projects such as the Neighbourhood Walkway Program and the Steveston Highway Multi-Use Pathway, as well as flood protection and dike improvement initiatives. We also cancelled the 1 per cent transfer to the Capital Building Reserve — funds earmarked to reduce civic borrowing for facility construction such as the Steveston Community Centre and Branch Library. …

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City of Richmond asks building managers to divulge energy use

Richmond News

Local businesses are being asked to come clean (literally) and divulge the carbon footprint of their buildings.

Building Benchmark BC is a program that collects information related to energy consumption that hopes that large municipal and private buildings share their reports and assess themselves alongside the “green” standard.

In a news release, Mayor Malcolm Brodie said that the city strongly advocates using building energy benchmarking to work towards being a low-carbon community.

“As a proud municipal participant in Building Benchmark BC, we encourage building owners and property managers of larger residential, commercial and industrial buildings to register with the program in order to help build on the momentum that’s already underway, and to receive the benefits the program offers,” he said. …

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Richmond goes green with sustainable city trucks

Richmond News

The City of Richmond will be transitioning to a sustainable fleet of vehicles with their new hybrid trucks.

Richmond has received new Ford F150 PowerBoost hybrid trucks to replace their current fuel engine vehicles as part of its Green Fleet Action Plan.

According to Mayor Malcolm Brodie, the truck is the first of its kind in Canada and Richmond is the first city in B.C. to receive them.

“The city worked with Ford Canada to develop requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles that meet the realistic needs for work trucks in municipal environments, and we are pleased to see progress in this area and introduce them to our fleet,” said Brodie in a media statement. …

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