Richmond mayor asks for regional approach to re-open outdoor spaces

Richmond News

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is encouraging municipalities to re-open playgrounds, parks and other outdoor recreational facilities, but Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he’d like to see a coordinated approach between cities on how this is done.

VCH sent a letter to municipalities within its health region last week to point out these recreational facilities haven’t been ordered shut by the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Dr. Meena Dawar, medical health officer for Richmond, pointed out at Monday’s Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force, that transmission in outdoor spaces is rare.

“So, we do think it’s time to think ahead … of how they can be safely operated without increasing the risk of transmission,” Dawar said.

Brodie said there is no question about the accuracy of the letter, but he said there’s a need for “very heavy” coordination between the municipalities and other authorities, including provincial and federal authorities, “so everyone has the same information and everyone is taking the relatively same approach.”

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Richmond takes annual Youth Week online

Richmond News

The pandemic is not stopping Richmond from hosting their annual Youth Week celebrations, and this year, youths can participate in a full-week of activities online.

Every year, BC Youth Week is celebrated during the first week of May to highlight the connection between youths and their communities.

The City of Richmond and community associations and societies decided to keep youths active and connected by holding Youth Week events virtually.

Activities this year will include an online dance party with a DJ, D.I.Y activities, webinars with prizes and contests on Instagram.

“Richmond’s youth are resilient and contribute greatly to the community,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a release.

“In light of COVID-19, staff has once again worked with our community partners to offer a variety of unique and creative Youth Week activities that still allow for socializing and connecting with peers while being physically distant.” …

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Richmond celebrates Earth Day’s 50th anniversary

Richmond News

The City of Richmond is taking Earth Day celebrations to social media for its 50th anniversary.

Earth Day is celebrated every April 22 to bring global awareness and action to issues related to climate change, environmental sustainability and protecting nature.

This year, the city is encouraging residents to “discover nature in their own front and back yards and immediate neighbourhoods” by sharing their nature photos on social media.

“Earth Day is a powerful reminder that our attitudes and our actions constantly affect our planet,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Now, more than ever, is a great time to celebrate the nature that is in our backyards and outside our front doors. Being in nature is known to reduce stress and promote individual well-being, which is important for all of us in these challenging times.” …

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Richmond launches ‘spirit campaign’ during COVID-19

Richmond News

Colourful artworks have taken over Richmond’s sidewalks and windows in support of frontline workers during COVID-19 and the city is stepping up to help community members broadcast their creativity.

The City of Richmond announced a new campaign, #RichmondHasHeart, is being launched to encourage everyone to share their thoughts, ideas and images through social media posts in support of those working to fight the pandemic.

“One of the elements of being a safe and resilient community is people coming together during difficult and challenging times to support each other and focus on the positive outcomes,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“With the #RichmondHasHeart campaign, we want to support and promote the wide range of initiatives many people are already taking across the city that are connecting and engaging residents, as well as showing support for our front line, essential services and health care workers and first responders.” …

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Richmond property taxes lowered, deferred to September

Richmond News

Richmond will lower property taxes by two per cent and not expect payment until Sept. 2 – deferred from the original date of July 2.

City council will ask the province to make a ruling to allow all municipalities in B.C. to defer property taxes, but if it doesn’t, Richmond will invoke the community charter and do it themselves.

“We’re going to do it ourselves in any case,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie at council on Tuesday evening.

The two per cent decrease will mean there will be no money going into capital reserves this year, and the planned hiring of 12 new RCMP officers and five RCMP municipal staff won’t happen this year.

Brodie said the hope is the RCMP officers will be hired next year. …

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Richmond city revenues dropping amid COVID-19 crisis

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business is obvious in the streets of Richmond with many sectors paralyzed, but the crisis is also taking a toll on municipal revenues.

Civic facilities like pools, arenas, the Oval and community centres remain closed with no revenue from programs, but other sectors, like gaming and tourism, could also have an impact on the city’s bottom line.

Nevertheless, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said, despite not knowing what the “total picture” will be, he’s confident the city will manage if the crisis continues for two to three months or even longer.

“I think we have the resources to weather the storm – depending on a lot of things, including how long it goes on,” he said.

But much will depend on what tools the province gives the city, for example, running a deficit, borrowing or dipping into reserves, he said.

“The biggest single factor we’re looking towards is exactly what is the approach of the province,” Brodie added. …

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We will get through this together, says Richmond mayor

Richmond News

We are living through extraordinary and challenging times. Your city government is committed to helping our community stay healthy and supported through this crisis.

While city hall and many of our public facilities are currently closed, we are working hard to maintain all the essential services you rely on from the city.

We are also making key adjustments to ease the financial burden on our residents in these trying times such as extending the payment deadline for flat rate utility bills.

While city hall is closed, you can still access many of our services online and we will continue to keep the community informed of new updates through our website and our social media channels.

We will get through this together. To do so, it
 is critical that everyone follows the direction of public health authorities by staying home as much as possible and maintaining physical distancing.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Malcolm Brodie, Mayor

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COVID-19 forces cancellation of 55+ BC Games in Richmond

Richmond News

The 2020 55+ Games have been cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and protocols put in place by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Seniors Games Society and Richmond Host Society announced.

The games were set to run Sept. 15 to 19 at various venues throughout Richmond. …

While we are disappointed to not host the 55+ BC Games this year, it is of the utmost importance to keep all participants, volunteers and spectators safe,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“We thank everyone for their hard work in organizing this year’s Games and wish everyone success in 2021.” …

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