City of Richmond hosting Smart Cities Ideas Fair at KPU

Richmond News

The City of Richmond’s Smart Cities Ideas Fair is being held in Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) this afternoon, which aims to showcase collaboration between businesses, governments and academia on connected technology.

This connected technology is at the heart of Richmond’s Smart Cities vision, where the city is vying for one of two $10 million prizes in a national competition to use data and technology to improve residents’ lives. Richmond is one of 10 finalists in its category.

The Smart Cities Ideas Fair features displays, demonstrations, presentations and hands-on activities at KPU’s Richmond campus – all with a focus on the city’s bid to create an “Intelligent Operations Hub” through the Smart Cities challenge.

“Richmond has long been home to some of the world’s leading technology companies and many of our local government agencies and academic institutions are leading the way in embracing Smart Cities thinking,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“The Smart Cities Ideas Fair is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the exciting advances being made right here in Richmond and our province.” …

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Richmond hiring more Mounties and firefighters

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The City of Richmond is going on a hiring blitz of police and firefighters.

Richmond’s 2019 proposed operating budget and five-year plan call for the hiring of 107 police officers and firefighters.

Broken down, that’s 51 additional RCMP officers, 20 support staff, and 36 more firefighters over the next three years.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie says Richmond has the lowest police officer-to-resident ratio in the region, and he wants to see more “boots on the ground.”

“We’re looking at areas like having more officers on general duty to be proactive, especially when you talk about property crime and the like.” …

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Richmond looking to increase taxes as city moves to hire more first responders

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It’s still a long way from a final decision but it looks like tax-payers in Richmond could be looking at a more than a five per cent increase to taxes this year.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie says that’s mainly because council wants to make community safety a priority, looking at bringing in 51 new police officers, 36 firefighters, and 20 support staff over the next three years.

“When we did the RCMP study a couple of years ago, it showed that we have the lowest police-to-population ratio in the region,” Brodie adds. “We have one officer for about 970 or so people in our city.

He says Richmond is a growing city, and they need to keep up with its growth.

“There’s been no substantial hiring for probably 20 years in terms of our firefighters, so that’s why we decided we had to be bold as far as that goes,” Brodie adds. …

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Richmond expands recycling, includes tires, more large items

Richmond News

The City of Richmond will now pick up your old tires – and more of your furniture.

The city’s recycling depot is expanding its pickup services, it’s accepting a wider variety of items and it has increased its hours of operation at the recycling depot on Lynas Lane. …

The city is two per cent away from its goal of diverting 80 per cent of household waste from the landfill by 2020, said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“Instead of going to different recycling locations, residents can simply drop off multiple items at our Recycling Depot or have them collected with the Large Item Pick Up program,” said Brodie. …

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Richmond’s bid for $10M prize the focus of local ‘ideas fair’

Richmond News

Next week, the City of Richmond and Kwantlen Polytechnic University will co-host an “ideas fair” to showcase collaboration between businesses, governments and academia on connected technology.

This connected technology is at the heart of Richmond’s Smart Cities vision, where the city is vying for one of two $10 million prizes in a national competition to use data and technology to improve residents’ lives. Richmond is one of 10 finalists in its category. …

“Richmond has long been home to some of the world’s leading technology companies and many of our local government agencies and academic institutions are leading the way in embracing Smart Cities thinking,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“The Smart Cities Ideas Fair is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the exciting advances being made right here in Richmond and our province.” …

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Metro task force to target Lower Mainland industrial crunch

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A new Metro Vancouver industrial lands strategy task force was appointed in December, setting the stage for members to begin work in earnest under chairman George Harvie of Delta this month.

Struck in spring 2018 by former Metro Vancouver chair Greg Moore, the task force’s voting members are representatives of the region’s municipal councils. Civic elections in October required its dissolution and reappointment with representatives from the new councils. The reconstituted task force has nine voting members, up from the former seven.

Harvie and vice-chairman Brad West of Port Coquitlam may be newcomers, alongside members Linda Buchanan and Jordan Back of North Vancouver city and district (respectively), Sarah Kirby-Yung of Vancouver and Brenda Locke of Surrey. Continuity comes from mayors Malcolm Brodie of Richmond and Richard Stewart of Coquitlam, as well as Bryce Williams of Tsawwassen First Nation. …

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Richmond council responds to salary increase

Richmond News

Mayor and council salaries are going up significantly this year to compensate for the loss of a federal tax exemption. A motion was passed, however, at the last council meeting of 2018 that allowed members of council to waive the increases, which are estimated at $9,000 to $12,000 for councillors and $35,000 to $39,000 for the mayor.

At the time, Mayor Malcolm Brodie called the increase an “adjustment,” not a “raise.”

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Richmond Tennis Club honours mayor

Richmond News

A number of city dignitaries took time out of their busy schedules to help the Richmond Tennis Club celebrate the holiday season with its annual Christmas Party.

Special guests included MPs Alice Wong and Joe Peschisolido, Mayor Malcolm Brodie and councillors Alexa Loo and Chak Au. …

The highlight of the evening was a presentation made by RTC president Kim Jensen to Mayor Brodie — a former RTC member — for his continued support of tennis in Richmond. …

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Year in review: Election surprise

Richmond News

It wasn’t quite the seismic city council shift caused by the Terra Nova furor of the 1990s, but the 2018 municipal election heralded a significant changing of the guard, nonetheless.

Out went veteran incumbents Derek Dang and Ken Johnston and in came the fresh faces of Steveston resident Kelly Greene and school teacher Michael Wolfe. …

Malcolm Brodie, once again, cruised to victory in the so-called “race” for mayor, brushing aside his nearest challenger, Roy Sakata, with consummate ease and a more than 22,000-vote margin. …

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Council salaries to increase significantly in 2019

Richmond News

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie’ salary will go up between $35,000 and $39,000 in 2019 to compensate for losing a federal tax exemption for one-third of his salary.

A motion by Coun. Kelly Greene to cancel large pay increases for mayor and council was defeated at last Wednesday’s council meeting but another motion to allow councillors to waive their increase passed. …

taff is recommending the increase to the mayor’s salary as well as an increase between $9,000 and $12,000 for councillors after their federal tax exemption of one-third of their salary was cancelled.

Brodie called the decision by the federal government to cut the one-third tax exemption, a subsidy to municipalities, “regrettable.” He added that the previous salary levels were based on having the tax exemption, and this is a salary “adjustment,” not a “raise.” …

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