Delta hoping Trudeau steps up with dredging dollars

Delta Optimist

Local mayors and First Nations’ chiefs are once again urging the prime minister to take action on local channel dredging in the lower Fraser River.

In a recent letter jointly signed by Delta Mayor George Harvie, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Ken Baird and Musqueam Indian Band Chief Wayne Sparrow, the leaders noted they recognize the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s commitment to continue to work with them along with other government agencies and stakeholders towards a long-term sustainable dredging program.

While they appreciate the port’s announcement of $1 million in funding for local Delta channel dredging in the coming year, they are hopeful the contribution will be a catalyst towards the development of a comprehensive, funded long-term plan for maintaining the local channels, wrote Harvie. …

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Smith Street housing project will open next year

A temporary supportive housing project will open next spring in Richmond.

To be located on Smith Street, the project will house people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It was approved by city council in March.

The building will have three storeys and 40 units, each of which will have a private washroom and kitchenette. The building will also have a commercial kitchen, laundry facilities and a storage space.

“The Bridgeport project is an important step in addressing local affordable housing needs and will provide much-needed transitional accommodation for Richmond residents experiencing homelessness,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The City of Richmond is committed to remaining a local leader and working with the province, BC Housing and community organizations to make housing and services available for Richmond’s most vulnerable residents.” …

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LETTER: B.C. mayors call for action on complex care housing

Sooke News Mirror

We’re on the brink of winter. Some of our most vulnerable residents, with the most complex needs are still out on our streets, even as the winds howl and the winter rains and snow will soon start to fall.

These residents aren’t able to live successfully in the existing supportive housing options. Their needs are too high. They require more support than what is currently available, making their housing retention rates low. In some cases, their behaviour can be so disruptive that it impacts other residents and puts housing staff in dangerous situations. Ultimately, this can end in eviction and creates a cycle where they end up back on our streets. …

Colin Basran, Kelowna; Malcolm Brodie, Richmond; Ken Christian, Kamloops; Jonathan Cote, New Westminster; Lyn Hall, Prince George; Fred Haynes, Saanich; Lisa Helps, Victoria; Leonard Krog, Nanaimo; Richard Stewart, Coquitlam; Kennedy Stewart, Vancouver

BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus

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Illegal short-term rentals complaints in Richmond drop during pandemic, but expected to increase

Richmond News

Complaints about illegal short-term rentals in Richmond have dropped significantly during the pandemic, but city staff expect these numbers to rise again.

In the meantime, the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) wants the industry to be regulated provincially in order to help local governments.

As of September, there were 41 complaints to Richmond’s bylaw department about illegal short-term rentals so far in 2021. …

While Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he thinks the issue has been restricted somewhat since the city brought in bylaws to regulate short-term rentals, he doesn’t think this “chronic problem” has gone away.

The city tackles illegal short-term rentals based on complaints but also by actively investigating.

Difficulties arise, however, because of language problems and finding information about those running these illegal operations, Brodie said.

“To find them and then be able to demonstrate in some way they are avoiding or violating your bylaws (can) be a difficult thing,” Brodie added. …

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Construction to begin on homeless modular housing near Bridgeport Station in Richmond

Daily Hive

The plan to build a temporary supportive housing building immediately south of SkyTrain Bridgeport Station in North Richmond is proceeding.

Construction is scheduled to begin soon on a three-storey modular structure at the vacant site of 2520-2640 Smith Street, which will provide 40 self-contained units — each with a private washroom and kitchenette. …

“The Bridgeport project is an important step in addressing local affordable housing needs and will provide much-needed transitional accommodation for Richmond residents experiencing homelessness,” said Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

“The City of Richmond is committed to remaining a local leader and working with the Province, BC Housing and community organizations to make housing and services available for Richmond’s most vulnerable residents.” …

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New temporary supportive housing coming to Richmond

BC Gov News

A new temporary supportive housing building with 40 safe and secure homes will soon be available for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in Richmond.

Located at 2520-2640 Smith St., Bridgeport will be a three-storey modular building with 40 self-contained units, each with a private washroom and kitchenette. The building will also have a commercial kitchen, laundry facilities and storage space. …

“The Bridgeport project is an important step in addressing local affordable housing needs and will provide much-needed transitional accommodation for Richmond residents experiencing homelessness. The City of Richmond is committed to remaining a local leader and working with the Province, BC Housing and community organizations to make housing and services available for Richmond’s most vulnerable residents.” …

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Comment: Complex care will help those with challenging needs

Victoria Times Colonist

A commentary by the mayors of Saanich, Victoria, Kelowna, Richmond, Kamloops, New Westminster, Prince George, Nanaimo, Coquitlam and Vancouver.

We’re on the brink of winter. Some of our most vulnerable residents, with the most complex needs, are still out on our streets, even as the winds howl and the winter rains and snow will soon start to fall.

These residents aren’t able to live successfully in the ­existing supportive housing options. Their needs are too high. They require more support than what is currently available, making their housing retention rates low. …

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The City of Richmond requires municipal employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 20

Vancouver Sun

The City of Richmond announced Tuesday it will require municipal workers and councillors to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 20.

All employees at city-operated facilities will be required to show evidence they have received the complete dose of COVID-19 vaccines by that date. …

“This approach is focused on further protecting the health and safety of our entire community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement, calling the new policy “another way of providing reassurance of our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of Richmond residents, customers and employees.” …

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RCMP unionization could cost Richmond $9-11 million in backpay

Richmond News

The unionization of the RCMP could cost the City of Richmond between $9 million and $11 million in backpay as well as more than $6 million more in annual operating costs.

The RCMP, who number about 20,000 nationally won the right to unionize several years ago. The increase in salaries and backpay for Richmond RCMP members will be borne by local taxpayers. …

Currently the City of Richmond pays 90 per cent of its policing costs, which amounts to about a quarter of the municipal budget.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and other regional organizations, however, are asking the federal government to kick in more money to fund the RCMP – taking the burden off individual municipalities that contract services from the national police service, explained Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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