Richmond animal shelter and control handed back to BC SPCA

Richmond News

The City of Richmond is switching its animal shelter and control contractor from no-kill charity RAPS back to the BC SPCA.

The surprise announcement was made Friday morning, with RAPS (Regional Animal Protection Society) set to end its 13 years of service on Jan. 31 next year. …

“Continuity of care and service for stray, abandoned and in-need animals in our community is important, especially during this construction phase,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“The BC SPCA brings considerable experience, expertise and resources to the City in the area of humane and respectful animal welfare and the City looks forward to working with them.” …

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Richmond partners with Red Cross for emergency response

Richmond News

The Canadian Red Cross has entered into an agreement with the City of Richmond to provide support in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

The partnership will come into effect Feb. 1 to help residents who are displaced by fire, flood, an earthquake or other emergencies. …

“The core of this program is the offering of necessary supports to help with people’s recovery needs and preserve their emotional and physical well-being,” said Richmond’s Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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50 years on city council

Castanet

Harold Steves may have served more time as a city councillor than any other politician in B.C.

Steves was congratulated at Monday’s Richmond council meeting for 50 years of service.

He was elected to council in 1968, but left in 1973 to serve for one term as the NDP MLA.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie thanked Steves for his years of service, explaining Steves was a “young school teacher” when he was first elected as a Richmond “alderman,” as councillors were referred to then, and went on to a “long and industrious career.” …

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Richmond ‘alderman’ congratulated for 50 years on council

Richmond News

Harold Steves was congratulated at Monday’s council meeting for 50 years of service as a Richmond councillor.

Steves was elected to council in 1968, but left in 1973 to serve for one term as the NDP MLA. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie thanked Steves for his 50 years of service on behalf of council and Richmond residents.

Brodie explained Steves was a “young school teacher,” when he was first elected as a Richmond “alderman,” as councillors were referred to then, and went on to a “long and industrious career.” …

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Richmond joins Delta in opposing T2

Delta Optimist

The City of Richmond has joined Delta in opposing the proposed major container terminal expansion at Roberts Bank.

In a recent letter to Delta’s mayor and council, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, noting the findings of an independent review panel, wrote that despite the potential economic benefits the Terminal 2 project in Delta may offer, Richmond is concerned with the report’s findings which list numerous potential significant adverse environmental and human effects.

“The City relies on the Fraser River estuary to reduce the impacts of flooding and improve the community’s quality of life. Our vision of a healthy, safe island community is at risk from the expansion of industry in the Fraser River estuary and the impacts of climate change,” Brodie wrote.

Brodie, also noting his council voted to convey opposition, sought the City of Delta’s support to do the same “due to the extraordinary adverse impacts that a project of this magnitude may cause.” …

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Know how to reduce food waste? You could win up to $1.5-million

Lethbridge News Now

The Food Waste Reduction Challenge has commenced.

Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says they are looking for innovators who can come up with new ways of “doing business” that can prevent or divert food waste at any point from farm-to-plate.

“Reducing food waste is necessary for so many reasons: it can help save consumers money, improve food security, support efficiency in the agriculture and food sector, and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through this exciting challenge, our Government is finding new ways of reducing food waste across the supply chain.” …

“The National Zero Waste Council congratulates AAFC on introducing the Food Waste Reduction Challenge, which will help address food loss and waste by giving our nation’s small and medium companies a chance to scale up their innovative business models while also encouraging leadership from the biggest players,” says Malcolm Brodie, Chair of the National Zero Waste Council. …

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Letters: Richmond mayor responds to former police chief’s money laundering testimony

Richmond News

Dear Editor,

Re: “‘Monster is growing’ police warn in 2004; Former Richmond RCMP head warned city hall about River Rock Casino,” News, Oct. 29.

In 2007, the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of Richmond RCMP submitted a proposal to council to add two illegal gaming constables to address casino crime. Council approved those two officers and an additional 10 plus a crime analyst. Four were funded directly from casino proceeds. The other eight, the crime analyst and a further three officers in 2008 were supported by property tax funding.

Under the Municipal Policing Unit Agreement, the OIC exercises complete discretion in deploying operational resources. Decisions to deploy police resources to combat organized crime or otherwise are solely determined by the OIC. If extra strength is required to maintain essential public safety, the RCMP can decide to deploy more officers. That cost is borne by the city.

Between 2003 and 2013, we saw the introduction of the River Rock Casino, the Canada Line and overall population growth in the city. Statistics Canada indicates the incidence of serious, violent and non-violent crimes in Richmond in that period declined between 39 and 47 per cent.

Over the past decade, the city has taken numerous steps to combat organized crime and money laundering. The acceptance of cash payments for taxes has been eliminated; we worked with BC Lotteries and RCMP to combat the exploitation of bank drafts to launder money; and funded 59 new police officers. We advocated for governments to increase resources to stem illegal gaming while developing a comprehensive plan to combat organized crime. Richmond has also pushed for disclosure of the ownership of land and corporations.

Richmond has been proactive because it is challenging to address organized crime, illegal gaming and money laundering. Richmond City Council and Richmond RCMP are committed to improving public safety as the foundation of a safe and resilient city.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie

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Recycled road paving project unveiled in Richmond

REMI Network

The City of Richmond has unveiled a recycled road as part of its continued commitment to sustainability, greenhouse gas and waste reduction.

The city has laid an 800 metre stretch of paving over four lanes of road along the 7000 block of No. 5 Road that is made up of 40 per cent recycled asphalt paving. Part of Richmond’s High Recycled Asphalt Pavement Project, it is hoped this section of road (3.2 kilometres in total) will pave the way for more sustainable paving work in years to come.

“Road construction and maintenance is an important and necessary reality of municipal operations and it’s not an area that has seen great strides in environmental improvements,” said Malcolm Brodie, mayor of the City of Richmond and chair of the National Zero Waste Council. “Guided by our zero waste commitments and our drive to be a change leader, the City of Richmond is paving the way – literally – for a sustainable future in road construction.” …

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TransLink opens new bus loop at Richmond-Brighouse Station

Mass Transit

TransLink has opened a new bus loop at Richmond-Brighouse Station to help ease traffic on Number 3 Road, provide customers with more space and allow for future bus service expansion in Richmond.

The new loop serves five bus routes in addition to the N10 NightBus and has the space to accommodate articulated buses in the future.

“The Canada Line has made a profound impact in Richmond. The further fostering of transit use through projects such as the much-anticipated bus loop supports Richmond’s mobility and environmental goals,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The Richmond-Brighouse Bus loop will enhance and consolidate transit connections between the Canada Line with many of the routes that feed in and out of the rapidly growing city center, keeping our local economy moving.” …

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Richmond councillor plans to step aside next Monday

Richmond News

MLA-elect Kelly Greene will get one more committee meeting under her belt as a Richmond city councillor before she steps down.

Nov. 16 will be her last meeting, the general purposes committee meeting, to which she is bringing her last two initiatives: looking at wider sidewalks in Richmond and inclusion of U.N. sustainability goals into the city’s annual reporting. …

Her resignation from council will leave an even number on council.

Some contentious votes on council were split 5-4, with Couns. Greene, Harold Steves, Carol Day, Michael Wolfe and, at times, Chak Au, forming a voting bloc.

Split 4-4 votes will mean a motion fails.

Although it’s harder to get a 5-3 win than a 5-4 win on a motion, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he believes council is “well-functioning” and the work will get done, although councillors may disagree and bring different perspectives.

Brodie estimated a by-election would be held in early spring to replace Greene, but he said there is a lot to consider, from when it can be held to how polls will be set up, given it will most likely be held during the on-going pandemic.

“COVID will be a factor that will exacerbate the timing of the (election),” he said.

Brodie said he wished Greene the best in her role as MLA, and called her a “thoughtful and hardworking” councillor.

“I’m sure she’ll take that with her to the provincial legislature,” Brodie said. …

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