Richmond RCMP unionization final bill still unknown amid budget talks

Richmond News

The City of Richmond still doesn’t know how much the unionization of the RCMP will cost Richmond taxpayers.

Despite this, the majority of council voted Monday to go ahead with a 3.86 per cent budget increase for 2022, of which one per cent will go into capital reserves. …

Given the unknown final bill for the RCMP retroactive pay, Coun. Carol Day suggested at Monday’s finance committee meeting, putting only .75 per cent into capital reserves and the other .25 per cent into a reserve for the anticipated retroactive payment going to Richmond RCMP officers as far back as 2017.

Day’s motion to reduce the capital budget was defeated, with Mayor Malcolm Brodie saying it was “short sighted” given all the buildings and facilities in Richmond.

“We go through this every year talking about the benefit of the one per cent,” Brodie said. …

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Richmond ranks 5th in Canada for its Culture Days festivities

Richmond News

The City of Richmond has once again claimed a spot in Canada’s top 10 cities for its annual Culture Days activities.

Richmond ranked fifth among mid-size cities across the country.

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture and was founded in 2011.

“Richmond has a proud history of supporting a vibrant arts and culture community and has placed among Canada’s Top 10 cities every year since 2012,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“This ranking once again highlights the quality of our events and creative festivities and demonstrates our city’s commitment and support to engage the community in the arts scene.” …

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‘Significant increase’ in toy donations at Richmond Christmas Fund Toy Drive

Richmond News

Over $22,000 was raised and 1.5 tons of toys collected at this year’s Richmond Christmas Fund Toy Drive.

This marks a “significant increase” in toy donations, while cash donations nearly doubled due to a $10,000 donation, according to Richmond RCMP.

In total, $22,400 in cash was raised at the event, now in its seventh year. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie was the first to take aim at Ng, dunking him into the water with one well-aimed throw. …

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Video and photos: Richmond RCMP chief superintendent takes the plunge at Christmas Fund toy drive

Richmond News

A sizeable crowd gathered at Lansdowne Centre Saturday morning to watch Richmond RCMP’s Chief Supt. Will Ng be plunged into a dunk tank at the seventh annual Richmond Christmas Fund toy drive.

The toy drive began at 8 a.m. at the Lansdowne Centre parking lot and runs until 1 p.m.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie was the first to take aim at Ng, dunking him in the water with one well-aimed throw.

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Updated: Richmond council pushes province to keep crisis lines local

Richmond News

Richmond city council doesn’t want to see crisis lines contracted out to private companies.

They will send a letter stating as much to the provincial government, which is in the process of requesting proposals to increase centralization of services as it upgrades its technology.

CHIMO Community Services appealed to Richmond’s mayor in a letter to put pressure on the province to stop this process.

The fear is the 1-800-SUICIDE line and other “distress lines” will go to a private for-profit corporation, explained Kathy Nakhleh, manager of new initiatives and crisis lines with CHIMO, in her letter.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, at Monday’s general purposes committee meeting, pointed out some call centres are located 10,000 miles away.

He wanted to see the service, which deal with people in mental health crises or contemplating suicide, kept local and pointed out CHIMO has done a good job providing this service thus far.

“Where it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” Brodie said. …

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From the archives, 2007: Fear on the Fraser — Inside B.C.’s Big Flood Threat

The Province

“Fear on the Fraser” was a 2007 series that exposed the threat of floods on the Fraser River. Following its publication, the B.C. government announced a $33-million upgrade to dikes on the river and a total of $100 million over the next 10 years on flood mitigation measures in the province. The series was was honoured with a citation at the Governor-General’s Michener Awards. …

In Richmond, the local government is trying to take responsibility for dike work with a special utility tax that brings in $600,000 each year specifically for dike maintenance.

“I think it’s a reflection of how important the dikes are for us,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

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City of Richmond seeking Snow Angel volunteers to help elderly

Richmond News

Richmond volunteers are being sought out to help elderly residents clear snow and ice around their homes.

Every year, the City of Richmond offers the Snow Angels Program, which is volunteer-driven, to make sure the area around the homes of the elderly, ill or those with mobility concerns are safe during the winter season. …

“The Snow Angels Program exemplifies the importance of community connection,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“This program has been giving volunteers an opportunity to make a difference in their neighbourhood for years with this vital service that helps to ensure that Richmond residents remain safe and active throughout the winter season.” …

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Richmond councillor flips vote to push for more affordable housing

Richmond News

Unanimous support for Richmond’s increase in affordable housing requirements dropped by one vote as city council tallied its final vote on the issue.

Coun. Michael Wolfe reversed his original support for raising the affordable housing requirement from 10 per cent to 15 per cent in City Centre after listening to delegates at a public hearing on the issue, saying it wasn’t moving fast enough to address the need.

This elicited criticism from Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie at the negative feedback on the issue, saying “I think that Richmond is doing more than any other city out there.”

“If others care not to support that because somehow the world isn’t changing fast enough, that’s up to them,” he added. …

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Richmond group frets crisis lines could be run for profit

Richmond News

A Richmond non-profit is worried crisis line services – whose technology is being centralized in B.C. – will be farmed out to a private corporation, putting them in “jeopardy.”

CHIMO Community Services has written to Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie asking him to appeal to the provincial Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and to the Ministry of Health to stop a request for proposals (RFP) to run these operations that they say is currently underway.

The fear is the 1-800-SUICIDE line and other “distress lines” will go to a private for-profit corporation, explained Kathy Nakhleh, manager of new initiatives and crisis lines with CHIMO, in her letter. …

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Richmond mayor to star in RCD talent show

Richmond News

The second annual RCD Got Talent fundraising show is only a week away and the organizers have a stellar cast lined up.

One of the top attractions at the online show – broadcast on Richmond Centre for Disability’s YouTube channel on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. – will Richmond’s mayor, Malcolm Brodie, on piano accompanying RCD’s Elsa Wong on vocals. …

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