Surplus not a ‘slush fund’ for Richmond building projects: Steves, Greene

Richmond News

Several councillors opposed using money from the city’s surplus as a “slush fund” to partially pay for a new lawnbowling club in Minoru Park.

While Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie called a financial item at Tuesday’s council meeting to update the city’s books an “administrative” task, Couns. Michael Wolfe, Kelly Greene, Carol Day and Harold Steves argued against using $1.21 million from the city’s surplus for a capital project.

hanges to the five-year capital plan, that was originally approved in March, needed to be adopted by council to reflect different projects that have been approved by council and other changes to the plan.

Both Steves and Greene argued the surplus is not a “slush fund” for buildings. …

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Halloween events happening in Richmond

Richmond News

Richmond is spooking up the month with a list of Halloween-themed events leading up to the special day on Oct. 31 .

The events range from children activities, family-friendly parties and even a special party for seniors.

“Richmond is once again providing family-friendly and safe Halloween experiences for all ages,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“These low cost or free fun events offered by the city and its partners continue to build a great sense of community spirit.” …

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As Richmond bans vaping ads, province urged to take action amid illnesses

Global News

As the province comes to terms with the news of at least one probable vaping-related illness, Richmond has become the first B.C. city to take matters into its own hands.

City council unanimously agreed Tuesday to ban advertisements of vaping products in all public spaces, including transit shelters and street furniture, in order to help curb use among young people specifically.

“We don’t want there to be advertising, we don’t want there to be a presence of vaping, we don’t want to suggest the city is in any way condoning it, and we’ll stop it if we can,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie said Thursday. …

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Richmond Council votes to ban vaping advertising on city property

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The City of Richmond is following through with a ban on vaping-related advertisements on city property.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie was in full support of a motion calling for the change at the council’s meeting on Tuesday night.

“This vaping situation has come along very quickly,” he said. “You just have to look at the news to see the kinds of dangers that people are running.”

Brodie says as the health concerns surrounding vaping increases, the city has to step in and discourage that type of advertising.

“I don’t think the city wants to have bus shelters that have this type of advertising in it, so I’ll be supporting this.” …

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Richmond receives Climate and Energy Action award

Richmond News

The City of Richmond was recognized for its unique electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure requirements and was awarded the Climate and Energy Action award.

The award – from the Community Energy Association – recognizes climate leadership of BC local governments and was presented by the provincial Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference on Sept. 25. …

“To the best of our knowledge, the City of Richmond was the first city in North America to implement this type of policy,” said Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“In the past 18 months, Richmond’s leadership has influenced many of the region’s large municipalities to also adopt similar EV charging infrastructure requirements for 100 per cent of new residential parking spaces.” …

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Metro Vancouver moves forward with new taxes for housing and parks

CBC News

Metro Vancouver approved two additions to its 2020 budget that could add around $8 to the average property tax bill of every home in the region.

By a unanimous vote, the board approved including in its draft budget an extra $4 million for regional parks and $4 million for affordable housing for next year.

If passed in the final budget later this year, around a million homes in Metro Vancouver will see the increase reflected in their tax bills — part of about $500 that Metro Vancouver collects from the average household each year. …

But not every director was fond of the proposed new levies.

“I don’t care how good your idea is, we don’t go outside the budget process,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

He ultimately voted for both proposals, but said the discussion should take place in the official budget planning process, where all revenues and expenditures are considered at the same time, rather than in individual committees.

“We can’t see it in a vacuum. Almost anything you bring forward here is going to be a good idea in a vacuum … you have to see it in the context of the full budget.” …

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Immersed Tube Favoured For Massey Tunnel Replacement

Tunnelling Journal

An eight-lane immersed tube tunnel has been chosen as the preferred option to replace the four-lane, 629m long George Massey Tunnel, a 60 year old highway traffic tunnel located approximately 20km south of Vancouver.

The decision was taken by a Metro Vancouver committee which has been examining several options put forward to deal with the controversial congested crossing. …

In the meeting it was reported in local media that Committee members Delta Mayor George Harvie and Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the immersed tube would be a better overall option than a scaled-down eight-lane bridge that would have noise pollution and be a visual eyesore, and that both options would cost roughly the same. …

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Tunnel versus bridge: Massey replacement question still creating division

CTV News

Even though an eight-lane tube tunnel is now the focus of further discussion surrounding a replacement for the George Massey tunnel in the lead-up to a final decision, the preferred option of a Metro Vancouver Task Force isn’t sitting well with everyone.

Former Delta Mayor and current councillor Lois Jackson she’s not against the tunnel – she just still favours a bridge.

“I stick with the bridge. I think it’s going to be a lot easier, a lot better,” Jackson said. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who moved forward the motion supporting the endorsement of the tube tunnel option, said the environmental impact of the tunnel will be less than a bridge in the long term.

“There is a certain amount of short-run pain, but in the long run it works out very well,” Brodie said. …

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Metro Vancouver task force recommends eight-lane tunnel for Massey crossing

Surrey Now-Leader

A task force of Metro Vancouver mayors have recommended an immersive-tube tunnel as the best option for a new Massey crossing.

At a meeting at Metro Vancouver headquarters Wednesday afternoon, nine out of 10 members voted for an immersive tunnel with a focus on rapid transit.

Three general types of crossing were considered: a six- or eight-lane bridge, a deep-bore tunnel or a immersed-tube tunnel. A previous Liberal government proposal to build a $3.5 billion 10-lane bridge was struck down by the NDP government.

“There’s every disadvantage to the smaller bridge that there was with the 10-lane bridge,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. …

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New eight-lane tube to replace George Massey Tunnel endorsed by Metro Vancouver

Tri-City News

An eight-lane immersed tube tunnel replacing the four-lane George Massey Tunnel is the preferred option of a Metro Vancouver committee examining the controversial congested crossing.

The endorsement came Wednesday following a presentation by the Ministry of Transportation of alternative crossing options to the previously planned 10-lane bridge, which was scuttled in 2017 by incoming BC NDP Transportation Minister Claire Trevena.

The tunnel connects Delta to Richmond along Highway 99, a major trucking route between Vancouver and the U.S. border. Committee members Delta Mayor George Harvie and Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie both said the immersed tube would be a better overall option than a scaled-down eight-lane bridge that would have noise pollution and be a visual eyesore. This is in spite of the fact a new environmental assessment will be needed to dig a new trench in the salmon-bearing Fraser River to accommodate the dropped concrete tubes. Both options would cost about the same, the committee was told. …

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