Malcolm Brodie and Heather Schoemaker: Moving to a zero-waste circular economy will put cash back into people’s pockets

Vancouver Sun

Next time you see a loaded garbage truck headed for the landfill, imagine that it’s packed full of your hard-earned cash. In effect, it is. Every year, local governments in Canada spend approximately $3.2 billion managing 34 million tonnes of waste. You pay for it in municipal taxes that could be used for better purposes.

It’s a global problem, but Canada leads the pack among developed nations in creating waste. According to the Conference Board of Canada, we produce more garbage per capita than 16 other OECD nations. It’s time to do something about it.

The solution is not better waste management, it’s waste prevention. We need to design waste out of our economy, but that’s not going to happen if we remain focused on our current linear economic system of “take, make, dispose.” We must start seeing “waste” as a resource with value that can be reused as part of what is known as a circular economy. …

Malcolm Brodie is chairman of the National Zero Waste Council; Heather Schoemaker is director of the council’s secretariat. More information can be found at the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition website.

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New Seasong child care centre opens in Steveston

Richmond News

A new child care centre opened in Steveston on Friday, adding 37 child care spaces to the neighbourhood.

Seasong Child Care Centre held its official opening by allowing neighbourhood parents and kids to tour the facility.

It was built as part of the Kingsley Estates on No 2 Road, and upon completion the developer turned it over to the city as a community amenity. It’s operated by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

Council voted to name it Seasong back in January because of the nearby Fraser River and historic Steveston fishing village. …

The creation of this new child care facility shows the City’s long-term commitment to building a system of accessible, affordable and quality child care for families in Richmond,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie said in the release. …

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Fred Lee’s Social Network: Treana Peake’s White Envelope Gala

The Province

As a very young child, Obakki Foundation founder Treana Peake was the recipient of a beautiful act of kindness. Peake and her mother annually received a white envelope of money that was anonymously slipped under their front door. There was never a return address or a note of explanation.

“Without the envelope of funds, there would have been no birthdays, no Christmas, and no food on the table,” she explained. …

Peake has been a powerful voice for the voiceless. To support her ongoing efforts, the humanitarian hosted her inaugural White Envelope Gala, enlisting Nickelback (her husband Ryan is the guitarist), Dan Mangan, Scott Helman, Barney Bentall and Dallas Green of City and Colour to headline her outdoor soirée. …

Luminaries making the scene included Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie, YVR Airport Authority’s Reg Krake, 3BP Solutions CEO Ian Matheson, Richmond RCMP Superintendent Will Ng, Air Transat’s Rod Ramage, Alaska Airlines Donna Sawyer and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice’s Debbie Butt, the program keynote. Since its inception, the community affair has generated more than $4 million for children’s charities.

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In age of pot shops, a new kind of ‘dry’ community looms

The Globe and Mail

Anyone wanting a drink in Cardston has to leave Canada’s first Mormon settlement and drive 45 minutes north to Lethbridge or 20 minutes south to the duty-free shop on the other side of Alberta’s border with Montana. …

In B.C., everyone who wants to open a store selling cannabis must get approval from their local government before securing a coveted licence from the province. No green light from city hall will mean no licence from the province.

Malcolm Brodie, who has been the mayor of Richmond, B.C., for the past 17 years, says his council has no plans to allow shops once the drug is legalized because of fierce opposition from his community.

“Part of it is a reaction to what has happened in Vancouver, where they have decided with the medicinal marijuana dispensaries they weren’t going to enforce the rules against them and would just allow them to proliferate,” said Mr. Brodie. He noted there’s nothing stopping residents of his city from making a short drive north to buy cannabis in person. …

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Ground broken on River Parkway

Richmond News

On Wednesday, a ground breaking ceremony launched the construction of River Parkway, a new transportation link that will aim to ease traffic flow in Richmond’s City Centre.

The $13.2 million project will extend River Parkway from Gilbert Road, along the old railway to Cambie near No. 3 roads. Completion of the project is expected by early 2020.

“The opening of River Parkway will provide a huge improvement to traffic flow throughout north Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“It will provide a great new option for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians travelling to and through the City Centre. It will also facilitate eventual development of the new Lulu Island Park, a major new 37-acre waterfront park along the Middle Arm that will serve residents, workers and tourists within the City Centre.” …

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Richmond’s civic election nomination period kicks off

Richmond News

Anyone vying for a seat on Richmond’s city council or school board can officially begin filing their nomination papers today.

There are less than 50 days until the general election day and, on Oct. 20, voters will elect a mayor, eight city councillors and seven school trustees. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie is seeking re-election and currently serves as an independent. Hong Guo, a Richmond real estate lawyer, will also run for mayor. …

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Richmond World Festival helps build a critical mass to counter xenophobia

Georgia Straight

When the Richmond World Festival was created in 2015, it seemed like it was ideally suited to the times in Metro Vancouver.

The festival showcased the rich diversity of the region. Entertainment and various exhibits reflected the world within our own community.

The first annual bash in Minoru Park was a one-day event, capped off by a performance by Matt and Kim.

Since then, it’s grown to a two-day festival every Labour Day weekend.

Last night, it wound up with a free performance by Magic! in front of a packed crowd. …

It started as a simple idea—bring people together in a park to celebrate different cultures and end it with a musical bang.

Since then, it’s blossomed into something even more important: two dates on the calendar when we can all push back, in a fun way, against disturbing global trends that most of us never anticipated back in 2015.

For that, Mayor Malcolm Brodie and his council deserve credit from those who value the region’s diversity.

That’s because they’re promoting greater intercultural appreciation. …

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Richmond’s Brighouse Fire Hall to host grand opening next month

Richmond News

After a nearly three month long delay, Richmond’s Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1 has rescheduled its grand opening to the public for Saturday, Sept. 15.

The $24.4 million hall was originally scheduled to have a public opening in late June, but was postponed due to “landscaping and other minor works” not being completed in time. The hall began operating in July. …

“The completion of construction of the new Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1 marks a significant milestone to achieving council’s commitment to a safe community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“The opening of this new facility will mean that over the last 15 years, most of Richmond’s major public safety facilities have been replaced or updated to meet community needs and modern seismic standards.” …

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City calls for applications to advisory committees

Richmond News

Richmondites looking to get more involved in local government can apply for a position on one of many advisory committees over the next month.

Richmond city council is calling on residents to apply for over 100 volunteer positions on committees that address a variety of specific, civic issues. The deadline to apply is Sept. 28.

“Richmond residents can make a positive impact on local government through Richmond’s long standing committees,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“Through volunteering one’s expertise and time on any of the City’s advisory bodies, valuable insight can be shared to address a variety of specific areas of civic importance such as the environment, arts, culture, agriculture, youth and the economy.” …

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