Old Minoru pool to be repurposed

Richmond News

The vote was tight but in the end Richmond council decided to not demolish the Minoru Aquatic Centre and to repurpose it for community use.

While some councillors argued for keeping it as it was a city asset, others felt the cost of fixing it up and the limited activities that could take place there didn’t make it worthwhile saving. Council decided last year to spend more than $3 million to demolish the building in anticipation of the Minoru Centre for Active Living, which is opening in March. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he never thought when the Minoru Centre for Active Living was planned that the old pool would be saved.

Keeping the building will be “very damaging” to the environment, he said, adding that it is “inefficient in every single way.” With the densification happening in the city centre, Brodie said there’s a need for greenspace, something that is as important as the agricultural land the city works to protect.

“We need not an old building where people can go and play their table tennis and darts and carpet bowl because they have plenty of other places to go and do that,” Brodie said. “What we need to do is to make a statement that we want greenspace, we want this to go back to greenspace.” …

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‘Cross-partisan’ group renews call for B.C. money-laundering inquiry

Global News

Municipal leaders and prosecutors have joined forces to call for a public inquiry into money laundering.

The group includes Vancouver Coun. Christine Boyle, who will put forward a motion Tuesday asking that the city endorse the call.

A recent poll found 77 per cent of the public support an inquiry.

B.C. Premier John Horgan has previously said a full inquiry would be too expensive.

Boyle is asking council to vote on pressuring the province to call an inquiry. …

“I think a public inquiry could have a certain benefit but really we need action, we need action now,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. “We need regulations, we need resources, we need more enforcement.” …

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Brodie to talk transportation at annual mayoral address

Richmond News

Mayor Malcolm Brodie’s annual address this year will focus on enhancing local transportation, the city announced Friday.

“Keeping our local economy moving is critically important,” said Brodie. “To address transportation concerns and support the new growth, council has placed a big focus on the mobility of people and goods throughout Richmond.”

According to the city, about 70 per cent of jobs in Richmond are tied to the transportation of people or goods. Think sectors like aviation (with the Vancouver International Airport being a major employer), shipping and warehousing.

The address is called “A City on the Move,” and it’s happening at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 at the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport. It’s hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and tickets can be purchased online. …

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It’s time to cast nominations for the Richmond Arts Awards

Richmond News

Richmondites who know a star cultural leader or arts supporter are invited to submit their nominations for this year’s Richmond Arts Awards.

Now in its 11th year, the awards are put on by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition to recognize local artists, educators, business leaders and residents who have contributed to the arts. …

Three finalists in each category will be identified in April and winners will be announced in a ceremony hosted by Mayor Malcolm Brodie in May.

For more information on the awards, including how to nominate someone, visit www.richmond.ca/artsawards.

How to celebrate Family Day in Richmond

Richmond News

Family Day is coming up this month and over 65 local events are planned for Richmondites to celebrate.

B.C. changed its Family Day this year to line up with Canada’s other provinces. Previously, Family Day fell on the second Monday of February. Now it falls on the third Monday, which is Feb. 18 this year.

Three days of events are schedule from Saturday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 18 across Richmond.

“The city and its community partners have always offered many community-building events and programs,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“With many of these events offered for free, the Family Day weekend is an excellent opportunity for families to discover these activities together.”

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Massive new $80-million Richmond aquatic centre to open March 11

Daily Hive

The City of Richmond has announced an opening date for its largest new recreational facility since the construction of the Richmond Olympic Oval a decade ago.

Minoru Centre for Active Living at 7191 Granville Avenue — just southwest of CF Richmond Centre shopping mall — is slated to open to the public on Monday, March 11. An official grand opening celebration event will follow in early-April. …

Artistic rendering of Minoru Centre for Active Living. (HCMA Architecture + Design)
“This spectacular facility will provide a major expansion of seniors services, aquatics and other sport and recreation services for our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

“With its outstanding array of services, iconic design and prominent location in the heart of Richmond, the Minoru Centre for Active Living will quickly become one of the jewels of our community.” …

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Metro Vancouver voters value issues more than ethnicity

Burnaby Now

Byelection campaigns can be extremely complex events.

Voter turnout tends to be lower than in a regular electoral contest, when all the seats in a particular legislative body are at stake. Potential voters are often disengaged and disenchanted, and the lack of deep media coverage leads to citizens not even knowing that they have a chance to exercise their franchise. …

In first-past-the-post elections, the futility of this misleading analysis becomes evident. There is more to a community than the origin of its residents. In Richmond, where 53 per cent of residents are of Chinese descent, three Chinese-Canadian candidates garnered 4,794 votes together. Incumbent Mayor Malcolm Brodie was re-elected with 30,452 votes. …

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Unilever, Kraft Heinz sign Canada food-waste pledge

just-food.com

Unilever and Kraft Heinz are among eight companies operating in Canada to pledge to cut food waste in their operations in half.

Canada-based meat company Maple Leaf Foods also features in the list of businesses to sign up to the commitment, which has a deadline of 2025.

Retailers Loblaw, Metro, Sobeys, Walmart and Save-On-Foods are also signatories.

All businesses will report on their progress annually, two organisations, the National Zero Waste Council and Provision Coalition, which will work with the companies, said in a joint statement. …

Malcolm Brodie, chair of the National Zero Waste Council, said the issue of food waste could be better tackled through collaborative moves. “Food loss and waste present social, environment and economic challenges for communities, governments and businesses across the country. These challenges demand bold, collaborative action. Though many food waste reduction activities are already underway, they are mostly happening in isolation from each other. We can achieve far greater success through collaboration and a unified vision for change such as that being demonstrated today by Canada’s leading retailers and manufacturers.”

Food industry leaders commit to tackle food waste in Canada

Food In Canada

Canada’s National Zero Waste Council and Provision Coalition applaud the formal commitment made today by eight leading Canadian companies — Kraft Heinz Canada, Loblaw Companies Ltd, Maple Leaf Foods, Metro Inc, Save-On-Foods, Sobeys Inc, Unilever Canada and Walmart Canada – to take measurable action to prevent and reduce food waste in their own operations by 50 per cent by 2025. …

“Food loss and waste present social, environment and economic challenges for communities, governments and businesses across the country. These challenges demand bold, collaborative action,” says Malcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste Council.

“Though many food waste reduction activities are already underway, they are mostly happening in isolation from each other. We can achieve far greater success through collaboration and a unified vision for change such as that being demonstrated today by Canada’s leading retailers and manufacturers. We are pleased to be supporting these industry leaders and look forward to working with them to accelerate real change to reduce food loss and waste.” …

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City monitors donation bins

Richmond News

As the City of Richmond pulls dangerous donation bins off public property, one local charity has pointed out there are other ways to donate clothes and used household items, which helps support the organization’s activities.

Earlier in January, after the death of several people who got trapped in donation bins, the city ordered five local charities that had bins on public property to remove them or lock them up – the five charities were: Richmond Society for Community Living, Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital, Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA), Canucks Autism Network and National Diabetes Trust (Canadian Diabetes Association). …

Richmond city spokesperson Ted Townsend said the city could regulate bins on private property through zoning bylaw but this might require a bylaw amendment.

“Our first approach has been to work with bin operators to encourage them to voluntarily remove the bins that have the design issue from private property and so far most seem to be complying,” Townsend explained in an email.

“Frankly, I would be surprised at a charity who is not concerned with the safe use of their bins,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.