Letter: City’s cannabis stance should be applauded

Richmond News

Dear Editor:

Re: “This Bud’s for you?” Feature, Oct. 20; “City council sticks by anti-pot position,” News, Oct. 25.

I take exception to the notion that because there are various vices in Richmond, which incidentally I detest, that marijuana should be accepted as well.

By this logic, if a person develops diabetes, he or she might as well get cancer too.

I applaud and support Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Richmond City Council, in particular Coun. Chak Au and Coun. Bill McNulty, for their courageous stance in defending Richmond as a safe, drug-free, family-friendly city.

Your efforts will no doubt be remembered by concerned voters come election time.

Charles Lee

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Rosewood Manor: Where the sun shines and cider flows

Richmond News

Seated at the front of Rosewood Manor’s enthusiastic choir were Mae Corbett and Eleanor Tucker, who were buzzing on sparkling apple cider to celebrate their home’s 35th anniversary.

“It’s such a wonderful place, I love it,” said Tucker, with a grin as she held Corbett’s hand with delight while clinking their glasses together. …

“Over the years, the Rosewood Manor has been the standard for this kind of facility,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie at the event. …

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B.C. city opposes cannabis legalization

The Globe and Mail

“We believe, reflecting on community values here in the city of Richmond, there’s a considerable number of people who would support an outright ban,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. Many of Vancouver’s conservative suburbs have already put a halt to illegal dispensaries. But it’s unclear whether municipalities will have the power to enforce an outright ban on retail sales once marijuana is legalized. The federal government has said online purchasing will be available for those in areas without cannabis storefronts. …

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Fall stink season back in Richmond?

Richmond News

If you awoke Monday to a rancid smell in the air, you’re not alone.

Suspected of flaring nostrils was Harvest Power, said realtor Arnold Shuchat, member of Stop the Stink Richmond, a group monitoring the east Richmond compost facility’s efforts to mitigate odours. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he is concerned the problem could arise again but stressed officials are working together to resolve it. He said a City of Richmond notice of default remains in effect and Monday’s stink could indicate Harvest Power isn’t following best practices set out in the city contract, which expires in 2019. …

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City council sticks by anti-pot position

Richmond News

Richmond city council voted unanimously to oppose marijuana legalization and send a letter to the provincial and federal governments expressing its concerns and requesting “proper” regulations.

In the letter, the city will ask for the right to regulate cannabis at the municipal level, should it become legalized. This would enable the city to impose stricter rules and regulate it through land-use bylaws.

“If you legalize it, then it’s really like saying it doesn’t cause problems when it really does,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie told the Richmond News.

“We recognize the reality that marijuana legalization is going to happen, but I think it’s best to put down our opposition and make it clear that we need proper regulations.”

Brodie said, whether marijuana should be legalized or not is a matter of personal perspective, but all of Richmond’s councillors agree it should not be. …

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Richmond, B.C., pushes back against sale of legal cannabis

The Globe and Mail

At least one Vancouver suburb wants to explore outlawing retail sales of cannabis within its city limits, even after the drug is legalized next year.

Richmond city council’s opposition to recreational cannabis underscores the balance British Columbia is trying to achieve with its coming rules as it assures communities there will not be a provincewide, one-size-fits-all approach to selling legal sales of the substance. The NDP government has established a 19-member committee of municipal politicians and bureaucrats to discuss a host of controversial issues surrounding legalization with the province, but Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said on Tuesday his community is opposed to the sale and use of recreational cannabis. Richmond will await the new provincial rules – expected next spring – before exploring its options, he said.

“We believe, reflecting on community values here in the city of Richmond, there’s a considerable number of people who would support an outright ban,” said Mr. Brodie, whose council voted unanimously on Monday to send letters to British Columbia and the federal government signalling its opposition to legalization. …

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City of Richmond council unanimous in its opposition to cannabis legalization

CBC News

While some municipalities in British Columbia are hoping to benefit from the legalization of cannabis that takes effect in July 2018, the City of Richmond is taking the opposite approach.

It’s the largest city in the province without a marijuana dispensary in operation. Mayor Malcolm Brodie has labelled Vancouver’s regulatory approach to the issue, which includes 41 legal permits for marijuana-related businesses, as “complacent”.

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Green’s Weaver takes aim at ALR speculation

Richmond News

B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver says his proposed bill to limit foreign ownership of protected farmland would not address much of the speculation occurring in Richmond.

“It doesn’t, and I acknowledge that,” Weaver told the Richmond News Tuesday.

That’s because his Oct. 6 proposal is to only ban such ownership on Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) parcels greater than five acres. According to the City of Richmond, there are 1,783 properties that are less than five acres, comprising 2,189 total acres (21 per cent of Richmond’s ALR land, according to the city). …

In May, council turfed a city staff recommendation to go with the provincial guidelines and instead listened to farmland owners who asked for larger homes in what Mayor Malcolm Brodie called a compromise.
Then, staff noted in a report to council that large homes due to relaxed building restrictions were inflating farmland prices, imperiling legitimate farm activity.

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Metro Vancouver reviewing composting rules, applying best practices

Vancouver Sun

Metro Vancouver is planning to re-evaluate the way it regulates composting facilities in the region, so that it can avoid the stinky situation it encountered with a Richmond composter last year.

The regional district’s Zero Waste Committee recently received a report on best-odour management practices at composting facilities. The report was commissioned after Metro, which regulates air quality, received hundreds of complaints about Harvest Power’s composting and biofuel facility in east Richmond.

As a result of the complaints, Metro issued a number of non-compliance notifications and violation notices and several member municipalities redirected their organics to other facilities. Harvest has since decreased the amount and types of organic material it accepts, and made some physical changes to the facility. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who also chairs Metro’s Zero Waste Committee, said those kinds of best practices informed a lot of the discussions with Harvest Power and he thinks it’s a good idea to keep them in mind going forward.

“I think they make good sense, and as a layman not a scientist, I think that probably they would do a lot to stem the odours if those kind of practices are adopted,” he said. …

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Steveston Boardwalk debate moves to compensation

Richmond News

A heated discussion took place at a public hearing Monday regarding Onni Group’s proposal to rezone the Steveston boardwalk from maritime uses to commercial retail space.

“We all realize that a marina is not on the table now,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“It’s not perfect, but we need to look at what’s on the table that can be done for the community,” he added.

City councillors voted to defer the proposal, particularly the amount Onni should pay toward community amenities, until the next public hearing on Nov. 20. …

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