City of Richmond puts Harvest Power on notice

Richmond News

The City of Richmond has issued a notice of default to composter Harvest Power, which now has 30 days to remedy its ongoing odour issues or face early termination of its contract with the municipality.

And while there has been a significant drop in odour complaints in Richmond during the past month, the jury is still out as to whether or not Harvest Power’s stink has truly been vanquished.

“We have [definitely been] seeing improvements with respect to odours. They are a result of all the operational changes we have put in place over the past several months,” said Harvest Power spokesperson Stephen Bruyneel. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said Tuesday that the notice of default should apply to any subsequent complaints this year.

“We are not prepared to assume that the reduction in odour complaints is the result of Harvest Power having fixed the problem. We are assuming the problem is ongoing and must be rectified,” said Brodie. …

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Richmond issues notice of default to Harvest Power over odour issues

Vancouver Sun

Richmond has given a local compost facility 30 days to clean up its act and deal with its chronic odour issues, or the city could send its organics elsewhere.

The city issued a notice of default to Harvest Power, which runs an east Richmond facility that receives green waste from across the region and has been the subject of numerous odour complaints to Metro Vancouver — the regional body that regulates air quality.

The city said Harvest is violating its service agreement to process organic waste. If something isn’t done about the smell within 30 days, the city could terminate its service agreement and divert its almost 20,000 tonnes of organic waste to another facility, such as the one in Delta where it already sends a small amount of organic waste.

“We are absolutely committed to eliminating the foul odours that have plagued Richmond and other communities,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a news release. “We will continue to use all avenues available to us until we achieve our objective.” …

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To Critics, Massey Bridge Is an Environmental and Planning Disaster

Seated in his sunny city hall office, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie slides a realistic photo-shopped aerial image of a massive highway intersection toward me and asks, “Where’s this?”

I look. “Los Angeles?”

“No, not Los Angeles,” he says, laughing. “Richmond. It’s what’ll happen to the Highway 99/Steveston Highway intersection once the new Massey replacement bridge is built. Twenty lanes wide,” he says, pointing at Highway 99 as it cuts through southernmost Richmond. “Twenty lanes wide!” And his face acquires a slack-jawed, dinner-plate-eyes expression at the horror of it. …

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Richmond cherishes the old, welcomes the new

Richmond News

If you’ve been a Richmondite for at least 50 years, the City of Richmond has a very special invitation waiting just for you.

Long-time residents are being invited by the city to register for the “Pioneer Luncheon,” one of the signature events being held as part of Richmond’s Canada 150th birthday celebrations this year.

The free luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the north plaza at Richmond City Hall and will include a catered lunch and live entertainment, featuring a combination of programmed stage performances, roving entertainment and interactive displays and activities.

“The Richmond Canada 150 program will leave lasting legacies that foster both national and civic pride about our past, present and future,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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Metro Vancouver mayors concerned about provincial commitment to mobility pricing

The Province

An independent commission is set to start work on a region-wide mobility pricing strategy this spring, but Metro Vancouver mayors are concerned that the commission’s work won’t be supported by the provincial government.

Mobility pricing — which includes road use fees — has been proposed as a way to help fund the upcoming second and third phases of the mayors’ 10-year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he is uncomfortable embarking on the process without provincial support.

“We’ve seen this scenario before at least twice in the last two provincial elections, where the province basically kicks the can down the road so there’s no controversy before an election about a hopeless situation, only to pull the rug out from under the mayors’ and TransLink’s feet after the election,” Brodie said. …

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Double whammy of bad bridge news for Richmond

Richmond News

On the heels of receiving a letter from Canada’s Minister of Environment stating that the federal government would not conduct an environmental assessment of the proposed bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, Mayor Malcolm Brodie was hit with more — albeit expected — bad news.

On Thursday, Brodie stated he was disappointed yet unsurprised that the provincial government issued environmental approval for the 10-lane, $3.5 billion bridge.

“The concerns raised by Richmond about this project have continually been ignored throughout the public consultation and environmental assessment processes,” stated Brodie.

One of those concerns is the removal of the tunnel, which the City of Richmond contends will further industrialize the Fraser River, by allowing bigger ships to pass up and down the south arm, and increase pressure on development of farmland. …

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Lower Mainland mayors voice concern over proposed transit levy

The Globe and Mail

Lower Mainland mayors are expressing concern about the B.C. TransLink Minister’s proposal to create a new provincial development tax that would be applied to construction around transit lines to help finance new subways, light lines or even rapid buses.

They say Minister Peter Fassbender’s idea for a “transit-supporting levy,” which he started describing publicly for the first time last week, is one worth discussing, but comes with many challenges.

The biggest one is that the mayors will resist any attempt from the province to take away a source of money for transit funding that the mayors see as theirs. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he is worried the province is kicking off this kind of complex discussion at a time when local cities need some clear commitments on other issues. …

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New Massey Bridge gets environment assessment approval

BC Local News

The province has issued an environmental assessment certificate for the Massey Bridge.

According to an Environment Ministry release, the certificate was issued because the new bridge’s construction shouldn’t cause any significant adverse effects. …

“They talk about changing the on and off ramps so that there will be some property reclaimed by the adjacent farmers,” Brodie said. “We’ll have to wait and see how much of that and is actually usable. We are still very concerned about agricultural impacts.” …

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George Massey tunnel awarded environmental assessment certificate

News 1130

The bridge that will replace the Massey Tunnel has received its environmental assessment certificate – meaning it’s cleared another hurdle towards its completion.

The certificate was issued after considering a review led by BC’s Environmental Assessment Office.

The assessment included assurances that the bridge development wouldn’t have an impact on fish or fish habitat and that tunnel decommissioning would not result in changes to the size of vessels using the Fraser River.

The project milestone, however, illustrates why it’s such a contentious undertaking for the province.

“It’s going to make a huge negative impact on the City of Richmond and on the region,” says Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who recites a long list of what he thinks is wrong with the project.

“There is no solution for northbound traffic going through to Vancouver. There is no improvement to the other bridges. There’s the issue of impact on farm land. There’s a lack of a tolling policy.” …

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