Gateway Theatre’s Chinese outreach gets funding boost

Richmond News

Richmond city council has agreed to fund a new outreach program for Gateway Theatre that aims to better understand its Chinese audience.

The $30,000, taken from an excess gaming revenues reserve account, dubbed the Council Community Initiatives Account (CCIA), will fund new “dialogue mechanisms” with Richmond residents.

“Gateway recognizes that two-way dialogue with their audience, both English and Chinese-speaking, is key to ongoing success,” notes a City of Richmond report. …

“What [Richmond Gateway Theatre Society] is asking for is absolutely central to the future success of Gateway Theatre,” added Brodie. …

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Letter: Please be thankful, Richmond

Richmond News

Dear Editor,

The year, 2016, is just about over and a brand new year will be on the horizon soon.

This year has been rather exceptional for Richmond.

There have been many issues, celebrations and controversies. The debate and discussion on most of these issues has been mostly respectful and productive.

Unfortunately, our intercultural harmony was challenged by some individuals who dwell in the past of an imaginary Canada that never existed. Since its founding days, Canada has been a country inhabited by a variety of ethnicities.

Now, more than ever, and especially in Canadian cities, our country has evolved into a truly multicultural and multilingual country. People from every corner of the world representing more than 200 countries call Canada home. …

Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS) is very proud of the diversity and harmony we have in Richmond. This was very evident at its year-end pot luck dinner held at the Caring Place Dec. 16.

The large number of attendees was a true reflection of this diversity. Richmond Steveston MLA John Yap, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, councillors Derek Dang and Bill McNulty, along with school trustees Jonathan Ho and Alice Wong were there. …

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Fire training centre unveiled in east Richmond

Richmond News

Richmond firefighters have a new training facility in east Richmond to practise combatting infernos under live-fire scenarios.

The City of Richmond is leasing 1.6-acres of land from Lafarge Canada Inc. until 2024. Nearby to the Lafarge cement plant, the city has constructed a portable burn building that will light on fire under controlled circumstances, so firefighters can practice various firefighting techniques. Also on site is a fire truck driver training course.

Firefighters can practise forcible entry, extraction, confined space rescues and ground survival techniques.

“The city is committed to ensuring a safe community for all Richmond residents,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, via a news release.

“This new site complements our fire department’s existing training program in providing our fire fighters with the skills and education essential to properly respond to the emergency needs of our community,” added Brodie. …

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Fred UnLEEshed: Dec. 13, 2016

Vancouver Courier

Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie, flanked by Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Pitcairn and chair Rob Akimow, helped celebrate the city’s game changers at the municipality’s annual Business Excellence Awards.

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Property taxes to rise 3% in Richmond but not everyone pays more

Richmond News

Property taxes are set to rise three per cent after a majority of city councillors tentatively approved the City of Richmond’s 2017 operating budget.

Initially, director of finance Jerry Chong proposed a 3.5 per cent increase, but Mayor Malcolm Brodie suggested taking $1 million out of a $13 million rainy day fund that is open to council’s discretion, for one-time expenditures.

The tax hike is expected to impact owners of detached homes more than condo and townhouse owners, who will likely see a decrease in their overall tax bill due to some drastic changes in how property values will be assessed next year. …

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