Richmond will implement mask policy in city buildings

Welland Tribune

Richmond city council has approved a mask policy for civic buildings, including city hall and community centres.

Councillors voted in favour of the policy at last night’s council meeting. The idea was first presented at general purposes committee on Sept. 8 by Coun. Bill McNulty, who said at the time that he wanted Richmond to “lead and set an example” when it came to measures that could help curb the spread of the virus. …

Staff will begin implementing the policy as soon as possible, and it will be fully in place by Nov. 1. Staff working in city buildings will also be provided with reusable masks, a consideration Lusk said fits into the current budget.

“While it’s put forward as a mask policy, and that’s what it is, I think that it’s a broader program than just mandating that every single person who comes into city hall or city facilities is going to have to wear a mask,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Home Sports International hockey tournament in Richmond postponed again

Richmond News

An international adult hockey tournament to be hosted in Richmond – slated for last March, then postponed until 2021 – has been put on hold until 2022.

Organizers of the CARHA Hockey World Cup say the ongoing pandemic means the event simply can’t be planned for until March 27 to April 3 in 2022. …

Although disappointed, Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the city “looks forward to hosting this world-class event and welcoming the many athletes, visitors and spectators to our wonderful city in 2022.”

Masks could be mandatory in city buildings in Richmond, similar motion coming in Vancouver

CTV News Vancouver

The City of Richmond is looking at making masks mandatory inside all municipal facilities, such as recreation centres and libraries, and CTV News has learned the idea is also going to be raised in Vancouver.

Richmond’s proposed mask requirement for city buildings was approved unanimously at a committee meeting on Monday. There would be exceptions in some cases, including children under five and people engaged in strenuous exercise.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said people who don’t have a mask would be offered one. Refusal of service is possible for those who won’t comply.

“With the prevalence of people wearing masks in Richmond, it should prove not that difficult to introduce,” Brodie said. “Because social distancing is so imprecise, we think it’s better to say just wear the mask.” …

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Masks could soon be mandatory in all City of Richmond facilities to reduce risk of COVID-19

CBC News

Anyone paying a parking ticket at city hall or attending an activity at a community centre in Richmond, B.C., could soon have to wear a mask while doing so to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Richmond city councillors unanimously supported a motion Monday that will make it mandatory for face masks to be worn in all city buildings — which also include libraries, museums, pools, police facilities, arts facilities and the Richmond Olympic Oval.

There have been 271 cases of COVID-19 in Richmond since the pandemic began, which, according to data released by the province in August, was the lowest number of cases per capita in the Lower Mainland.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie wants to keep it that way.

“Where the numbers are low and we are just reopening the facilities, now is the time to step [up] the expectations,” said Brodie on CBC’s The Early Edition on Tuesday. …

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B.C. Liberals promise to ‘immediately’ build new Massey bridge

Vancouver Sun

The B.C. Liberals hope to lure frustrated Metro Vancouver commuters away from the NDP by resurrecting a plan to build a 10-lane bridge to ease gridlock at the Massey Tunnel.

Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson seized upon the Lower Mainland’s most notorious traffic jam Monday to promise “immediate” construction of a bridge to link Delta and Richmond over the Fraser River, potentially shaving serious time off morning commutes to battleground ridings. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie called the resurrection of the project “a terrible idea.”

“There’s huge urban impacts, there’s significant agricultural impacts, the scale is almost beyond belief, there is environmental implications to it,” he said. “I think it is very unwise, and while I would like to have the solution in hand right now, that is not the solution to the replacement of the Massey Tunnel.”

If the NDP ultimately chose an eight-lane bridge, that would be almost as bad, said Brodie. “I would suspect our council would have serious reservations about an eight-lane bridge,” he said. …

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.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

Chek News

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’

Castanet

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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