Water restrictions back in effect for Metro Vancouver

North Shore News

It’s that time of year again. On Wednesday, May 1, Metro Vancouver’s annual lawn watering regulations will come into effect, part of an effort to conserve drinking water supplies during the dry, heat of summer.

The stage one regulations are implemented as part of the Drinking Water Conservation Plan, and will remain in place until Oct. 15. …

“Lawn watering regulations have resulted in significant reductions in peak summer water demand and we encourage people to continue respecting these seasonal regulations, especially as we experience hotter and drier summers,” stated Malcolm Brodie, chair of Metro Vancouver’s Water Committee in a release. …

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Rail link for Massey crossing on the horizon

Richmond News

Future rapid rail transit at the George Massey crossing is one of the goals set down by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, as outlined in a document being dealt with by the Metro Vancouver board on Thursday.

As the province moves ahead with its plans to replace the George Massey Tunnel – after cancelling the previous government’s 10-lane bridge plan – it has asked Metro Vancouver to endorse the goals and principles it has developed through this process.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he doesn’t have a prioritized list of what’s most important for Richmond on the list of goals and priorities – although a tunnel is preferable to a bridge – but he added the previous iteration of replacing the tunnel had several big problems.

“The fact was the project was absolutely massive, there were environmental concerns, concerns about the river, agriculture concerns, certainly the urban impact was going to be felt by the people in Richmond southeast Richmond, and on it goes,” Brodie said. …

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Delta mayor named to Metro Vancouver’s Massey Crossing task force

Cloverdale Reporter

Delta Mayor George Harvie has been appointed to Metro Vancouver’s new George Massey Crossing Task Force.

The task force will be responsible for reviewing project-related materials and providing feedback to provincial representatives, and considering project-related impacts to Metro Vancouver assets, plans, and infrastructure. The task force will also provide the Metro Vancouver board with advice and recommendations about the project via the organization’s finance and intergovernment committee. …

The Task Force includes mayors Malcolm Brodie (Richmond), Doug McCallum (Surrey), Jack Froese (Langley Township), Val van den Broek (Langley City), Darryl Walker (White Rock), Kennedy Stewart (Vancouver) and Jonathan Coté (New Westminster, representing the TransLink Mayor’s Council on Regional Transportation) as well as Chief Ken Baird of the Tsawwassen First Nation. Metro Vancouver board chair Sav Dhaliwal (Burnaby) will also serve as chair of the task force.

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Metro Vancouver mayors want Massey Tunnel replacement sooner than estimated

Global News

A group of Metro Vancouver mayors are calling on the province to get moving on a replacement for the Massey Tunnel.

The project was delayed in December after a B.C government-commissioned review determined more consulting needed to be done on how best to replace the aging and heavily congested tunnel. …

“What happened before was a lack of consensus amongst the mayors prior to the last municipal election,” Delta mayor George Harvie said. …

In addition to Harvie, the letter is signed by Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker and Chief Wayne Sparrow of the Musqueam Indian Band. …

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Richmond’s dikes to get $13.7M upgrade

Richmond News

Richmond is getting $13.7 million in federal funding to upgrade its dike system to protect against flooding, Canada’s infrastructure minister announced Wednesday.

Dikes are walls or embankments that guard against flooding, and Richmond’s will be raised so they can withstand rising sea levels due to climate change. In all, the project allows for 4.3 kilometres of the dike system to be upgraded. …

“As an island community, flood protection is a critical priority for the City of Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

The federal money comes from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, which helps communities build the infrastructure they need to be resilient to natural hazards like floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts. …

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Check out one of these Richmond events for Youth Week

Richmond News

Youth Week is coming up on May 1 and Richmond has several days of activities planned in celebration.

BC Youth Week is an annual provincial celebration held during the first week of May with the hope of highlighting the connection between youth and their communities.

“Richmond’s youth contribute greatly to our community’s vibrancy,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“We are proud to offer, alongside our community partners, a variety of Youth Week activities for young people to connect, be creative, have fun and experience something meaningful.” …

Over a dozen activities are scheduled, ranging from archery tag, to a BBQ, to an awards ceremony recognizing youth contributions.

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Here are the finalists for this year’s Richmond Arts Awards

Richmond News

This year’s Richmond Arts Awards finalists have been selected for their commitment to local art.

Now in its 11th year, the awards are put on by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition to recognize local artists, educators, business leaders and residents who have contributed to the arts.

New this year, the Richmond Arts Coalition will give the winner of the youth arts category a $200 cash prize. The category “recognizes a performing, literary or visual artist, 24 years of age or younger, who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the Richmond arts community.”

Artistic Innovation

  • Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc.
  • Ming Yeung

Arts Education

  • Mike Booten and Donna Wilson
  • Shelly John
  • Sudnya Mulye

Business and the Arts

  • Clarkson Events
  • Lipont Place
  • TD Bank Group

Cultural Leadership

  • Jovanni Sy
  • Thomas Cannell
  • WS Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society

Volunteerism

  • Glenda Johnson
  • Ray Chin
  • Textile Arts Guild of Richmond

Youth Arts

  • Rotem Levy
  • Shawn Chang
  • Tal Mader

Seventy-five nomination applications were collected in February and winners will be announced in a ceremony hosted by Mayor Malcolm Brodie in May.

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Media Advisory – Infrastructure Announcement in Richmond

Benzinga

Members of the media are invited to attend an important infrastructure event with the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and His Worship Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond.

  • Date: Wednesday April 24, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. [PDT]
  • Location: No. 2 Road North Pump Station on the West side of No. 2 Road Bridge near north end of No. 2 Rd. and River Rd., Richmond, BC

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Richmond eyes ban on single-use plastics

News 1130

It looks like Richmond is inching closer towards banning single-use plastics in the City, but the Mayor insists nothing is imminent.

The issue was brought by a committee at a meeting on Monday, following a motion to explore the idea from a councilor in February.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie says City staff will report to council with some options for how they could accomplish the lofty goal.

He says they’ll likely study Vancouver’s bylaw, passed last year, which saw the banning of plastic straws and foam take-out containers effective this June.

“And also looking at what exceptions should be made, what timelines could be introduced, how to educate the people, how to enforce, and how to consult.”

They’ll also study other municipalities in the area.

He says the issue should be back on the council table by the beginning of May.

“I think if you go to the federal level, to the provincial level, to the local level, I think the issue of plastics, and the single-use plastics, and the pollution that is being caused is far more significant than people realize.” …

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Lukfook Group Opened a New Shop in CF Richmond Centre in Metro Vancouver, Canada

rasia.com

Luk Fook Holdings (International) Limited (“Lukfook” / the “Group”) (Stock Code: 00590) is pleased to announce that the debut of its new shop in CF Richmond Centre in Metro Vancouver, Canada. The new shop is the first oriental jewellery shop in the mall. To celebrate the grand opening, the Group has hosted an official grand opening with ribbon-cutting ceremony officiating by Mrs. Alice Wong, MP – Richmond Centre Constituency, BC, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond, Mrs. Catherine Yuen, Principal Consultant, Western Canada, Toronto ETO of The Government of the HKSAR Commerce and Economic Development Bureau Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch, Mr. Joseph Chan, President of Fairchild Media Group, Ms. Manisha Narang, Property Manager of CF Richmond Centre, together with Miss Pauline Yeung, co-founder of the Group and the Miss Hong Kong Pageant titleholder and applauded by a lion dance performance. …

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