Richmond mayor highlights growth, cultural diversity in annual address

Richmond News

Calling city council’s strategic plan “visionary,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie delivered his annual address to a business audience on Wednesday.

At the luncheon at the Pacific Gateway Hotel, Brodie zeroed in on the eight key areas of council’s four-year strategy – this plan was approved by council in June.

Brodie told the chamber audience the strategic plan provides a “visionary agenda” for the city’s direction.

“It reflects council’s desire to provide proactive and forward-thinking leadership that recognizes our unique identity and rich history,” Brodie said at the luncheon. …

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Richmond launches free repair fair

Richmond News

Richmond residents who have small appliances that need repairing can get them fixed for free starting next month.

The City of Richmond is partnering with Repair Matters, a Vancouver-based initiative, to bring people with different skills together and offer their repair expertise for residents who need help fixing small household items.

“We’re hosting this event as a service for our residents that also supports our goal to be a sustainable and environmentally conscious city that shows leadership in addressing climate change and promoting circular economy principles,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, adding that the fair makes it convenient for residents to get household items fixed. …

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Museum precinct proposed for Steveston

Richmond News

The vision of a museum precinct in Steveston was narrowly supported by Richmond council on Monday evening.

Coun. Harold Steves suggested, with the Phoenix Net Loft deteriorating and in need of repairs, that it be rebuilt and dedicated as a “museum-style interpretive centre” that would become the centrepiece of several historical buildings in Steveston. …

The cost of rebuilding the Phoenix Net Loft will be $19.44 million, and this will create a replica of the building using as many salvaged pieces as possible.

Voting against the plan were Couns. Linda McPhail, Alexa Loo and Bill McNulty and Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

Brodie questioned why this project needed to be pushed forward now. While he said he’s not against a museum, more information as well as a public consultation is coming back on options for the Net Loft.

“Why are we afraid of getting more information?” Brodie said. …

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Richmond events to support ERASE bullying day

Richmond News

The City of Richmond is hosting events and activities at community centres to raise awareness about bullying prevention this week.

Expect, Respect and a Safe Education (ERASE) Bullying Day, also known as Pink Shirt Day, is on Feb. 26 and the city, school district and public library are encouraging “pink shirt” behaviour all year round.

“Reducing and ultimately eliminating bullying is a priority of our city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement, adding that all youth, adults, city members and organizations have a “role to play in identifying and eliminating bullying in Richmond.” …

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Richmond mayor gives annual address

Richmond News

The mayor of Richmond will talk about council’s strategy at his annual address next week, entitled “Richmond: Our Path to a Bright Future.”

Mayor Malcolm Brodie will give his 2020 Annual Address during a lunch meeting hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The event takes place at the Pacific Gateway Hotel, 3500 Cessna Dr.

Registration and networking is from 11:30 a.m. to noon and the lunch and keynote speaker’s address is from 12:05 to 1:45 p.m. …

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2030 Olympic games ‘worth exploring:’ Richmond mayor

Richmond News

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said while people look back at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games with fondness, it was a “mountain of work” and cost a lot of money and he doesn’t know whether the same experience could be replicated in 2030.

While celebrations are on-going to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Olympic Games, John Furlong, the president of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic organizing committee (Vanoc), threw out a suggestion Thursday morning while at a Board of Trade meeting that Vancouver should make a bid for to host the 2030 Olympics. …

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Gallery: 47th annual Steveston Karate Invitational

Richmond News

Steveston Karate Club welcomed 400 athletes to its 47th annual Steveston Invitational last Saturday at the Steveston Indoor Tennis Courts. The event attracted entries from throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as Colorado, Tennessee, California,Alaska, Ontario and Alberta. Special guests at the opening ceremonies included Consulate General of Japan Takashi Hatori, MLA John Yap, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, councilor Bill McNulty and VP and CFO of Listel Hospitality Group Kaz Kadono. …

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10 years later: Former Vancouver Olympic venues see mixed success

CTV News Vancouver

If success is measured by a surge in the number of international sporting events held at former Olympic facilities, they haven’t done well.

But those who foresaw the Winter 2010 venues becoming vibrant community hubs and tourist draws are delighted with what the past decade has brought.

Ten competition venues were built or upgraded for the Games, with several others available as practice facilities for athletes. They range from the sprawling Whistler Olympic Park, which was home to alpine events, to the Richmond Olympic Oval 120 km away on the banks of the Fraser River. …

“Last week we had an international world cup fencing championship that was right here. People from as far away as Italy, France and Russia came here to compete,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “There’s no way we could’ve generated that kind of interest without something very significant like the Oval.”

Richmond took the unusual step of accepting some funds from the International Olympic Committee, but built the rest of the long-track speed skating venue with civic funds, fundraised millions to own the venue in perpetuity and is completely in control of its future use.

“We designed the facility taking into account what would we do with it for the entire life span, so 60, 80, 100 years out,” Brodie explained. “That’s what we looked at and once we figured out what we wanted to do with it in the long run we said ‘ok, now we’ve got the first five years dedicated to the Olympics, how do we fit that in?’” …

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Two Richmond councillors head to Japan to invite vessel

Richmond News

Couns. Harold Steves and Bill McNulty as well as city staff will travel to Japan for a face-to-face meeting to invite the Kaiwo Maru tall ship to attend a 2023 maritime festival in Richmond.

The trip, estimated to cost $40,000, was approved by council, despite some councillors arguing that it’s unnecessary given 21st century communications technology. …

In their report to council, staff pointed out that the Japanese appreciate in-person meetings.

“The benefit of personal contact can’t be under-estimated,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

The year 2023, when the city hopes the Kaiwo Maru will come to Steveston, is the 50th anniversary of Richmond’s sister-city friendship with Wakayama, Japan. …

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Richmond Children’s Arts Festival returns

Richmond News

Richmond’s Cultural Centre will be transformed into a creative space for the 12th annual Richmond Children’s Arts Festival on Feb. 17.

There will be hands-on activities, live performances on multiple stages and a performance of Axis Theatre’s Th’owxiya, a tale from the Kwantlen First Nations village of Squa’lets. …

“The Children’s Arts Festival is a special reminder of the power of children at play,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“By giving children an opportunity to interact with skilled artists and push their own artistic boundaries, we open the door to many life-long benefits.” …

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