The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the Richmond World Festival

The Georgia Straight

On September 3, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Richmond World Festival takes over Minoru Park (7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond).

Of the festival, Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie says that “it’s a great opportunity to sample the sounds, tastes, colours, and other unique cultural characteristics that are all part of our community with entertainment and activities for all age groups and interests.”

Headlining the second annual festival will be Canadian alt-rock band Walk Off the Earth, accompanied by local world-fusion band Delhi 2 Dublin. …

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Vancouver businesses land lead roles in film, TV productions

Business In Vancouver

The Ovaltine Cafe is in the Downtown Eastside, but there was a time when it was a diner in Nazi-occupied America. And another time when it was a diner in a Chicago of 2035, run by robots.

“Customers will come in and tell us, ‘We saw you on TV!’” said Rachel Chen, who owns the cafe with her mother, Grace.

As Metro Vancouver’s reputation as Hollywood North continues to grow, many small businesses are getting their time in the limelight. …

Richmond’s old fishing village of Steveston has also been used regularly for television productions. Since 2011, it’s frequently redecorated to become the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine, for ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

The show celebrated its 100th episode earlier this year, with congratulations by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who thanked ABC for helping raise Steveston’s profile as a tourist destination.

“It depends on what they’re filming, but if it’s a big scene, we can have up to 300 [fans and tourists wanting to see the production],” said Sharon Gallaher, an employee of Serenity Home Decor Boutique in Steveston.

The show’s production investment in B.C. since 2011 sits at approximately $276 million, according to MPA-Canada. …

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Richmond’s mayor says agricultural land needs foreign buyers tax

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Richmond’s Mayor is standing ground that he’s no fan of the 15 percent foreign buyers tax to cool down Metro Vancouver’s Market, but Malcolm Brodie says if the government is taxing residential property then it should be taxing potential residential land as well.

“I’m no fan of the 15 per cent foreign ownership tax but if you’re going to have that you need to have that on all the residential or potential residential land in your city.”

Brodie says he believes foreign speculators are going to scoop up farms and is calling on the government to level out the playing field and apply the tax to farms. …

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Richmond mayor wants foreigner tax on farms

Richmond News

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie is calling on the provincial government to apply a 15 per cent tax on farmland purchases by foreigners, after previously being opposed to such a levy, citing a personal philosophy to see a free market for real estate.

Brodie explained, this week, that the new provincial tax applied to residential properties places an extra incentive for foreigners to buy farmland and build large homes, which, coincidently, is another matter he’s asking the province to weigh in on.

“If you have a 15 per cent tax, have it apply to all the land,” said Brodie. …

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Bog meets farm in unique design for Richmond’s Garden City Lands

Richmond News

Sphagnum moss. It may not sound sexy. Chances are, you’ve never heard of it.

But the City of Richmond is undergoing a multi-million dollar park design for the Garden City Lands that, in part, is aimed at preserving this bog-building plant by way of ecosystem engineering. …

The Garden City Lands was formerly a transmitter site for the Canadian Coast Guard.

It was deemed surplus land by the federal government, and in 2005 the City of Richmond and Musqueam Indian Band began negotiations to develop the land.

Present day councillors Ken Johnston, Derek Dang and Bill McNulty, as well as Mayor Malcolm Brodie initially supported the development concept. …

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Richmond Mayor says Massey Tunnel Replacement Project should be scaled back

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Richmond’s mayor is using the BC government’s own data showing traffic is declining at the Massey Tunnel to strengthen his case for the replacement project to be scaled back.

He says it’s more proof the 10-lane, $3.5-billion bridge is a bad idea.

The data is found in the BC government’s environmental assessment submissions for the project. It shows average traffic volume for the tunnel decreased steadily between 2005 and 2014.

Malcolm Brodie has a laundry list of reasons to oppose the project. He says the data is the latest.

“The north bound traffic is just going to have gridlock just as much as ever before except it will be a shorter line because they’ll get over the big, new bridge fast, but Oak and 70th is still going to be a problem. We’ve got problems or challenges in relation to the farm land, we’ve got challenges with the tolling policy because traffic is going to be diverted to other bridges…and of course the involvement of the port. So I think the story is far from being told in public by the government and I think it’s time that they did.” …

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