Help available for Richmond residents looking for work

Richmond News

Richmondites looking for work have a new place to access WorkBC services.

A new WorkBC Employment Services Centre officially opened in Richmond on Monday, located in the Storeys building on Anderson Road. …

Attendance at the opening ceremonies included Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, as well as other dignitaries from the community. …

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New Richmond park opens on top of parking lot

Richmond News

Richmond is about to get a new park — on top of a parking lot.

Ketcheson Park, which officially opens Saturday, is situated on top of the two-storey parking lot at the new Concord Gardens development at the corner of Ketcheson Road and Hazelbridge Way, and was created by Concord. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie will officially open Ketcheson Park on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 12:30 p.m., and will plant the last tree in the park. The opening event will also feature free food from Tacofino, Japadog and Cacao 70, free face painting and live art demonstrations and prize draws. The event runs from noon to 4:30 p.m. at 3233 Ketcheson Road.

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Chinese group demands public apology for racist rant in Richmond parking lot

A group of Richmond Chinese residents, including Councillor Chak Au, are demanding to know why the Caucasian woman who was seen hurling racial slurs at a Chinese immigrant in a local parking has not been charged.

The group, which held a press conference Wednesday with the motto, “Together say no to racism,” are also urging the woman to apologize openly to the Chinese Canadian community. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie condemned the rant in no uncertain terms in the Richmond News, while other councillors including Kelly Greene expressed their disgust in posts on Facebook. …

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Transit, congestion top of mind for Richmondites in federal election

Richmond News

Congestion, unaffordable housing and foreign policy – these are some topics that are surfacing in Richmond as the federal election enters week two.

While announcement come fast and furious from the main parties – in the past few days alone the Conservatives promised a boost in education savings grants and the Liberals said they would increase child tax benefits – Greg Millard, Kwantlen Polytechnic political science instructor, called this a more “normal” election than the previous one in 2015 when voters were looking for a significant change and which Justin Trudeau then capitalized on. …

For Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, some of the most important issues he’d like to hear about from candidates include transit and infrastructure spending, especially, for the diking system of the city, as well as childcare.

But the biggest issue that he is looking forward to hearing about is the environment and steps parties plan to take to address climate change, adding those are “huge issues” he thinks will be “front and centre” for all parties.

“Probably I’m listening for that as much, or more, than anything,” Brodie said. …

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Concerns raised that municipalities will have to ‘fill the gap’ when Surrey completes police transition

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As Surrey forges ahead with plans to ditch the RCMP and switch to a city police force, other municipalities that rely on the Mounties are growing worried they’ll be stuck with higher policing bills after the transition.

Units like the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and Police Dog Services are paid for by municipalities that are policed by the RCMP. There are also various administrative costs that are shared among municipalities. …

The mayor of Richmond, Malcolm Brodie, also thinks there are many questions that have yet to be answered. He believes costs for other cities will go up — the question is just by how much.

“I think that there’s going to be an adjustment in the kind of administrative cost that you’re going to have absorb between all the parties… so the bottom line is if surrey leaves the RCMP I don’t think there’s any way to calculate yet the financial impact but there will be some kind of an impact on all the cities that pay for their police and that includes Richmond.”

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Richmond celebrates recovery this Sunday

Richmond News

Giving people a sense of belonging, no matter their circumstances and personal history – this is a big part of helping addicts and alcoholics get back on their feet.

And “belonging matters” is the theme of a Richmond festival to celebrate recovery kicking off this Sunday at noon at Minoru Park.

Vince Bulteel, who is in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, is one of the speakers at the second annual Richmond Recovery Fest.

Bulteel credits an understanding nurse at the Richmond Hospital in February 2017 for taking the time to listen to him, to make eye contact with him and to connect him with an outreach worker for helping him get back on his feet. …

Bulteel will speak on Sunday at Richmond Recovery Fest, and he’ll be joined by Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions as well as Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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80 free events during Richmond’s Culture Days weekend

Richmond News

More than 80 Culture Days events and activities will be happening in 20 locations across the city from Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29.

The three-day celebration of creativity will feature hands-on activities, cultural performances, artistic demonstrations, interactive installations and more. …

Saturday, Sept. 28:

Richmond Cultural Centre Murals and Artist Tours – Join Mayor Malcolm Brodie for the official unveiling of two new murals. The event will also include a Brazilian dance performance at 10:45 a.m., followed by a formal unveiling and walking tour with the artists from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. …

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New Richmond Museum exhibit reveals inner workings of the city

Richmond News

All the questions you ever wanted answered about Richmond and more could be on display at a new Richmond museum exhibit.

For instance, have you ever wanted to know what is beneath the manhole covers or how do the dikes work? …

“From dikes and ditches, to sewers and skyscrapers, the Richmond Museum’s newest exhibition aims to bust urban myths while providing answers about the hidden workings of our city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“The City at Work exhibition supports the Richmond Museum’s goal of contributing to a broader understanding of the concept of community in an accessible everyday setting that everyone can enjoy and understand.” …

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Richmond council wants to get rid of discrepancies in taxi, ride-hailing rules

Richmond News

If Richmond council had its way, the rules for taxis and ride-hailing services would largely be the same.

As new ride-hailing services, or Transportation Network Services (TNS), are set to be approved by the provincial government, Richmond council will lobby the government to eliminate most of the discrepancies between TNS and taxi services.

In the meantime, a group of Lower Mainland taxi companies, including Richmond Cabs, has filed a lawsuit against the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB), to quash the new rules claiming that ride hailing is a threat to the industry.

At Monday’s council meeting, Richmond council hammered out concerns it has with the proposed ride-hailing service, based on an analysis by staff on the discrepancies between the two services.

“It’s trying to level the playing field between TNS vehicles and the taxis to make it fair for everybody,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Council will send a letter to the province asking that requirements be largely the same.

They will ask for the vehicle cap, the rate structure, insurance and any geographical limitations to be the same for both services. …

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Richmond council is wondering about status of new hospital tower

Richmond News

Richmond council is going to ask the premier what the status is for a new acute tower for Richmond Hospital.

With the announcement of a new $1.3 billion to replace Burnaby Hospital, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he wanted to ask when more information about Richmond’s project would be coming.

“The fact that Burnaby has now had a $1.3 billion announcement begs the question as to the status of the Richmond acute care tower business plan and timeline for treasury board approval,” Brodie said at Monday afternoon’s committee meeting.

The letter of inquiry, if approved at Monday’s council meeting, will go to the premier, minister of health and the finance minister. …

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