The Georgia Straight presents the Richmond World Festival

Georgia Straight

On September 1 and 2, the Richmond World Festival takes over Minoru Park (7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond).

The free celebration of music, food, and culture will feature over 75 music and dance performances from around the world on nine stages, showcasing traditional artforms, cultural mashups, and multimedia performances.

At the centre of the festival is the Mosaic Main Stage, with headlining concerts by Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club, Korean hip-hop star Verbal Jint, and Canadian electronica band Dragonette. …

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Celebration of life planned for Richmond pioneer Jennifer Larsen

Richmond News

A tireless advocate for Richmond’s tired, poor and huddled masses has passed away at the age of 85.

Jennifer Larsen — who volunteered for a number of local social service agencies and churches and could often be found pounding the pavement helping the homeless in her spare time — will be remembered by family, friends and the public at a celebration of life at Minoru Senior Centre on Aug. 31 (1 p.m.). …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie described Larsen as someone with a “lively sense of humour” and “determined to make life better for those facing real difficulties.” …

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Metro Vancouver takes steps to tackle illegal dumping

Indo-Canadian Voice

New research from Metro Vancouver shows that while most people hate seeing couches, mattresses and appliances littering the streets, many still engage in illegal dumping and often consider it a valid form of recycling.

Illegal dumping is a costly problem for local municipalities, who are saddled with $5 million per year in costs associated with clean-up and the operation of bulky item pick up programs. In an effort to reduce illegal dumping throughout the region, Metro Vancouver is teaming up with its members to better educate residents on how to properly dispose of unwanted items.

“Our residents all want to keep their communities clean, but many aren’t aware of the options available for properly disposing of bulky items,” said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee. “Our aim is to provide residents with information to help them properly recycle or dispose of their old items, eliminating a common eye-sore and reducing costs for their community.” …

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Affordable housing units coming to Richmond

Richmond News

A new 80-unit subsidized apartment building will be constructed at the foot of No.2 Road Bridge near Dover Park beginning in spring 2018.

The provincial government announced the project is in partnership with the City of Richmond and housing provider Pathways Clubhouse Society.

The units are intended to house low-to-moderate-income residents as well as adults with mental health challenges.

“This will make an enormous difference in the lives of those living with mental health issues to have access to community, hope and a future that is rich with purpose and respect,” said Dave MacDonald, Pathways executive director in a statement.

The province will contribute $12 million in cash and $10.4 million in financing while the city will be contributing $2.2 million in cash and providing the land, which is valued at $5.8 million.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the project is reflective of the city’s Affordable Housing Strategy, which aims to leverage development fees to create partnerships with senior governments and non-profit housing providers. …

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Delta mayor has hope for bridge

Delta Optimist

Mayor Lois Jackson remains hopeful the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project won’t be killed following what she describes as a productive meeting last Thursday with new Transportation Minister Claire Trevena.

Joined by CAO George Harvie and police Chief Neil Dubord, Jackson met Trevena in downtown Vancouver to discuss the $3.5-billion project. The six-term mayor said it was a good discussion about traffic congestion, transit improvements and traffic safety issues.

The Delta delegation provided a recently assembled large volume of third-party studies that outline the need for a new crossing and how the bridge is the most cost-effective and will have the least environmental impact. …

In a recent letter to the Optimist, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie noted his staff plan to meet with Trevena to present those alternatives.

“He (Brodie) seems to feel he has to continue to dig at Delta for unknown reasons. He’s got more people than we are that are affected and I just don’t understand his vociferous attitude toward us. It’s quite unbecoming, in my opinion,” Jackson added. …

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Richmond Pride Week 2017

Richmond News

Richmond is the latest city in metro Vancouver to join in on Pride Week celebrations.

From Monday, July 31st – Sunday, August 6th, 2017, Richmond has in store a number events (see schedule below). They will take place across the city at various venues.

Furthermore, Mayor Malcolm Brodie has issued a proclamation, declaring July 31 to August 6 as Pride Week.

“The City of Richmond values diversity as one of its fundamental strengths and understands that the work of creating a fully inclusive society is ongoing and there is need to expand people’s ideas about gender and sexual expression”. …

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14th annual Maritime Festival gets a boost for Canada 150

Richmond News

The 14th annual Richmond Maritime Festival returns to the Steveston waterfront on Saturday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13.

This year the festival is bigger than ever in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. The festival will include a wooden boat festival within the site, roving characters, visual artists, puppets, storytellers and more. From performances on multiple stages to spontaneous encounters, the festival aims to provide a unique and engaging summer experience.

“The Richmond Maritime Festival has become one of the highlights of the summer in our community,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It’s full of fun for the whole family with surprises around every corner. It is also an engaging celebration of the fishing and other maritime industries that helped build Richmond and B.C.

“This year, we’re expanding the festival’s focus on the wooden boats that have played such a vital part in the history of Richmond and all of the B.C. West Coast.” …

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WWII vet honoured with “The Glory of Chinese” award

Richmond News

A theatre performance was held last Thursday in Richmond to celebrate more than 150 years of Chinese-Canadian history, followed by an awards ceremony to commemorate Chinese-Canadian veterans who fought in World War II.

Five Chinese-Canadian veterans, including Richmond’s 99-year-old veteran Tommy Wong, were granted “The Glory of Chinese” award by the Richmond-based Canadian Community Service Association (CCSA) in recognition of their contribution towards winning full citizenship for all Chinese-Canadians.

About 1,000 guests, including MP Joe Peschisolido and Mayor Malcolm Brodie watched the show at the River Rock Theatre, which covered the founding of Canada to the present day, using a combination of dance, mini-plays, monologues and videos, taking the audience on a journey through time. …

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City Centre’s re-opened Lang Park features reflexology path

Richmond News

New life has been breathed into a small but popular City Centre park at the corner of Buswell Street and Saba Road, next to Richmond Public Market.

On July 20, city council members, including Mayor Malcolm Brodie, re-opened Lang Park, which is considered an important space for area residents – especially children.

“Lang Park is well used, particularly by those who live in the surrounding City Centre community where park space is limited,” said Brodie in a news release.

“The Lang Park redesign addresses the needs of our growing and diversifying community and the need to improve aging infrastructure,” he added. …

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City of Richmond names future iconic waterfront park

Richmond News

The City of Richmond has chosen the name Lulu Island Park for its future City Centre park along the Fraser River’s middle arm.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie announced the name at a council meeting July 24.

Lulu Island Park will begin immediately north of the Dinsmore Bridge and extend to near Cambie Road, along the river’s dyke trail. The city is in the tail-end of purchasing 28 acres of light industrial land and will demolish the existing buildings to make way for the likes of a large festival field, a native forest and wetland and an observation hill for rowing and Dragon Boat competitions. …

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