Letter: I love living in Richmond

Richmond News

Dear Editor,

On July 6, I attended the Richmond Community Day event held at the Richmond Olympic Oval with my family and friends.

I am lucky to live in a wonderful city that offers many opportunities for all of us to get together – to communicate, to connect and to contribute.

At this event, I did fun things such as holding a rat from Mike’s Critters’ booth and talking with an RCMP officer. As a bonus, I even got to take a picture with Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

The many volunteers and community leaders at this event have inspired me.

As a Richmondite, I, too, want to make a difference by helping out around our city. After all, we ALL live in this beautiful city where diversity is a human right.

Phoenix Wu

Won’t raise seniors discount

castanet.net

City council will take a “sober second look” at a previous decision to raise the age of seniors discounts at Richmond recreation facilities from 55 to 65.

The change was set to roll out throughout the month of July to offset a new low-income subsidy program for all ages. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie noted the fee subsidy and age change have been in the works for two years.

“If we haven’t communicated properly, it’s not for want of trying,” Brodie said.

In the end, the moratorium was supported by all of council and more information is expected back in September. …

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Keep dreaming: TransLink says no to later SkyTrain service

CTV Vancouver

Despite decades of demand, TransLink has no plans to extend SkyTrain hours.

A team has been studying the feasibility of later service and determined it’s just not possible – again.

Instead, a report released Thursday by TransLink recommends a NightBus express service. It would potentially shadow the SkyTrain system, though where it would stop and how long it would take is still undecided. …

Vancouver mayor Kennedy Steward introduced a motion to fast-track the proposed late-night bus service, but other mayors were skeptical.

“Does it really make sense?” asked Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We have all this expensive infrastructure and we’re not using it.”

Instead the proposal will now undergo even more review.

What’s not clear is where the proposed busses would stop, or how frequent service would be.

Richmond council halts seniors discount age change

Richmond News

City council will take a “sober second look” at a previous decision to raise the age of seniors discounts at Richmond recreation facilities from 55 to 65.

The change was set to roll out throughout the month of July to offset a new low-income subsidy program for all ages. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie pointed out at Monday’s meeting the fee subsidy and age change have been in the works for two years and, now, when it’s being implemented and the public has been informed about the changes, that’s when council hears about it.

“If we haven’t communicated properly, it’s not for want of trying,” Brodie said.

In the end, the moratorium was supported by all of council and more information is expected back in September. …

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$15K rainbow crosswalk approved by Richmond council

CTV News

After a lengthy meeting, Richmond city council voted in favour of installing a rainbow crosswalk on a prominent street on Monday night.

The vote passed almost unanimously, with only Coun. Chak Au against the project.

“I think it’s important that we engage the public in making a decision like this,” he said during the council meeting.

However, before Au spoke and the vote was taken, around 30 members of the public shared their thoughts with council. Most of them were against the crosswalk.

“Can someone paint a big Buddha on the crosswalk? Can someone paint a big cross? Can a Muslim paint Allah on the crosswalk? So if every group comes and ask you, would you entertain them,” asked one Richmond resident early in the meeting who said she has been a part of the community for 40 years.

“I am asking you to stay neutral in this matter. Otherwise there will be … chaos when all the interest groups come to council.”

Her comments were quickly met by applause from members of the public. This prompted swift criticism from Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie who reminded those attending that “this is a city council meeting” and “there will be no applause.”

The discussion then continued with most speakers opposed to the crosswalk, with many saying they did not feel there was adequate consultation.

However a handful of speakers expressed their support. …

The crosswalk, which will cost $15,000, is planned for a busy intersection on Minoru Boulevard near the Richmond Public Library and city hall.

China-backed UBCM event in Vancouver still on, despite mounting opposition

News 1130

The mayor of Port Coquitlam is gathering support for his push to have the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) cancel a reception at its upcoming conference over its connection to China.

In a letter to the UBCM executive, Mayor Brad West argues some of the actions taken by the Chinese government are hostile to Canada’s interests, and China’s continued involvement in the conference reflects poorly on the union and its members.

“I think it’s completely unethical and wrong for the UBCM to accept cash from the government of China to provide access to mayors and city councillors. It’s cash for access,” says West. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie — whose community is over 50 per cent Chinese — also supports the continuation of the reception.

“With the focus being on trade and economic development as opposed to geopolitics, I think that it shouldn’t be offensive that China would host a reception, and people can make their own decisions about whether they want to attend that or not,” he says. …

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City of Richmond launches new Mural Program

Richmond News

The City of Richmond’s Public Art Program will launch a new community mural project to bring artists, students, community groups and local businesses together and brighten up public spaces.

“Mural projects also offer tremendous opportunities for [everyone] to work together to create [a] welcoming and beautiful environments that foster civic pride and appreciation of art and culture,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Property owners can contribute to the program by providing a wall that can be easily seen in public. …

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Rainbow crosswalk likely coming to Richmond

News 1130

It looks like some more colour is coming to Richmond: council is expected to approve painting a rainbow crosswalk in the city at their meeting next week.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie says it’s about making everyone in the city feel welcome.

“They really promote Pride week, they also promote the idea and emphasize that Richmond prides itself on being an inclusive community,” he says. “Historically, the LGBTQ community has not felt particularly included in a lot of our activities.”

If the city does put one in — it will cost about $15,000 — it wouldn’t be the first city in B.C. to do it.

“In cities across the province, there’s over 40 of them by our counts, that have one way or the other have painted something in the rainbow colours,” he says.

The crosswalk is likely to go up at Minoru Boulevard near the city’s Library.

It’s expected to be finalized by council next week.

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Richmond Community Foundation event raises $35,000

Richmond News

In just two hours on Saturday, the Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) raised $35,000 to help create scholarships for students. …

City councillor Linda McPhail and former councillor Derek Dang both spoke at the event about giving back to the city where they have raised their children and where their families have prospered. Both have established funds in their family names.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie and MLAs Jas Johal and Teresa Wat also spoke in support of the foundation and its work. …

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Diplomatic row with China not impacting birth tourism

Delta Optimist

While a broiling diplomatic row between China and Canada is ruffling commodities trading, it has yet to have an impact on birth tourism in B.C.

The prevalence of births from foreign, non-resident mothers in B.C. hospitals this year is holding steady from last year’s record pace, according to new data provided to Glacier Media by local health authorities. …

City of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie publicly stated during the civic election period last November he opposes the practice.

The city has had no correspondence with senior levels of government on the matter between Jan.1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018, based on a freedom of information request filed by Glacier Media earlier this year.

The city has maintained that it can enforce accommodation-related bylaws and business licensing.