Richmond, B.C. Mayor Malcolm Brodie told an audience member at Monday’s council meeting to put down his phone and listen to council.
While it wasn’t necessarily breaking a fourth wall in a theatre performance, Brodie’s admonishment of an audience member broke from the normal deliberation between council members and consultation with city staff.
Tensions were high as councillors expressed their frustration at a jet fuel pipeline from southeast Richmond to the airport and a tank farm on the Fraser River being proposed by a consortium of airlines, the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation.
Brodie pointed out that nobody on council wanted the pipeline, but he was willing to support the agreement to access some Richmond roadways because it would bring significant benefits to the city and, also, because of legal advice that a rejection would most likely be over-ridden in the courts. …