Celebrating Canada Day on the Lower Mainland through the coronavirus pandemic

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Canada Day celebrations are going to look a little different this year due to COVID-19.

Most — if not all — in-person civic events have been cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus, meaning many are taking place online.

And don’t forget: at 7:00 p.m., people across the Lower Mainland are encouraged to get outside and sing the national anthem in support of frontline and essential workers.

Here’s a list of ways you can still celebrate Canada’s birthday, either from home or while safely physical distancing:

Richmond is hoping you’ll join the city in celebrating Canada Day online on Wednesday starting at 9:45 a.m.

“We hope everyone will join in Canada Day at Home and participate in any way they are able,” Alan Sakai, President of the Steveston Community Society and the Richmond Agricultural and Industrial Society says. “Decorate, sing, dance, dine and reflect. We want everyone to stay healthy and safe so next year, we can celebrate in person at the 2021 Steveston Salmon Festival.”

Usually held in Steveston, Richmond’s celebration aims to “capture some of the magic” that usually fills the village.

The 7:00 p.m. O Canada sing-along will be followed by a quick message from Mayor Malcolm Brodie, and the event will end with a virtual fireworks show that you can watch from your backyard with an app!

Be sure to tag @FunRichmond in your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts! …

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Food Loss and Waste: Answering the Packaging Question


Paper or plastic? Glass or tin? Or no packaging at all? A new research report from the National Zero Waste Council reveals the relationships between food waste, packaging and GHG emissions. …

The research report, Less Food Waste, Less Packaging Waste, was commissioned by the National Zero Waste Council in partnership with RECYC-QUÉBEC, Éco Entreprises Quebec and PAC Packaging Consortium – with funding provided by Vancity, RECYC-QUÉBEC and Éco Entreprises Quebec. It was prepared by Value Chain Management International, a global consulting firm specializing in the agriculture and food industries. …

Reducing food waste and advancing the circular economy must be a top priority in our collective fight against climate change because preventing one tonne of food waste prevents four tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions, said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of the National Zero Waste Council. Rather than eliminating packaging, the industry must choose packaging materials and designs that keep food from spoiling and support the circular economy in Canada. …

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Richmond launches virtual Canada Day

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Canada Day at Home — a virtual event — will replace the normally well-attended Steveston Salmon Festival on July 1, the biggest event usually put on by the Steveston Community Society and the Richmond Agricultural and Industrial Society.

While organizers are disappointed they can’t create the “old-time pioneer feeling” this year in-person — including the annual parade, salmon barbecue and myriad other community activities — Alan Sakai, president of the society, said everyone understands health and safety come first. …

The day will start with an online address from the city’s mayor, Malcolm Brodie, singing of O Canada led by Steveston resident Audrey De Boer and a video about the Steveston Salmon Festival starting at 9:45 a.m. …

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Richmond library opens registration for summer reading club

Richmond News

The Richmond Public Library (RPL) will be opening up the registration for their annual Summer Reading programs virtually on Wednesday.

“Summer Reading at RPL will provide Richmond residents of all ages with opportunities to have fun learning and connecting with others in their community, while experiencing the joy of reading,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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Richmond heritage restoration recognized provincially

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The restoration of the Edwardian Cottage in Terra Nova was recognized provincially for its design.

The historical building, dating back to about 1920, received the Facility Excellence Award for projects less than $1 million from BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA). …

“The building is a heritage asset not only for the City of Richmond, but for the entire country,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a release. “It reflects the industry and socio-economic realities of the early 20th century which are significant not just to Richmond, but to all Canadians.” …

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Richmond plans virtual Canada Day celebrations

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Canada Day at Home – a virtual event to ensure physical distancing – will replace the normally well-attended Steveston Salmon Festival/Canada Day celebration on July 1.

Richmond residents are encouraged to decorate their front lawns and driveways and to dress up in red and white to create a “virtual parade.” …

There will also be an online address from the city’s mayor, Malcolm Brodie, singing of O Canada led by Steveston resident Audrey De Boer and virtual fireworks using a web-based application. …

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Richmond celebrates 2020 grads with photo stations

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The City of Richmond has installed commemorative signs that double as photo stations around the community to congratulate the graduating class of 2020.

Six photo locations have been installed to give grads a safe and fun space to take their graduation photos with their friends and families.

“In a year of unprecedented challenge and change, the City of Richmond congratulates the graduates of 2020,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“We hope that adding these commemorative backdrops in some of our city’s most beautiful parks will help to create family memories that last a lifetime.”

The signs are also part of the city’s #RichmondHasHeart campaign that has been providing ways to bring the community together during COVID-19. …

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Richmond launches free program to help local businesses amid COVID-19

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Richmond business owners now have access to a newly-launched program to help them recover and adapt to the impacts COVID-19 has made to their businesses.

The Richmond Business Resilience Program was launched by the city in partnership with Richmond’s Economic Development office and Spring Activator – a company that designs programs to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses – and will be available for all Richmond-based businesses starting June 10. …

“The Richmond Business Resilience Program builds on a number of city initiatives that are helping local businesses as they transition into recovery during this very difficult and uncertain time,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“By providing resources that are specifically tailored to the Richmond community, we are ensuring our businesses have the proper framework necessary to overcome the pandemic.” …

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Richmond looking to restrict vehicles in Steveston for summer

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The City of Richmond is considering a proposal for Steveston Village to limit vehicle traffic to help businesses bounce back from the pandemic.

Under the proposal, Moncton Street would become car-free between No. 1 Road and Third Avenue. A block each of Bayview Street, First and Third avenues would also be converted to one-way.

“Pedestrians would basically be in the middle of the road. The parking lanes would be taken out. There would be more room for cyclists,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Businesses would also have room on sidewalks to expand, such as patios for restaurants, he added.

Brodie said the proposal was introduced to businesses Tuesday, and while the one-way-road suggestion was popular, most were against restricting vehicles on Moncton St. …

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Police defunding not on the table in Richmond

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While a movement to defund or even abolish police forces is gathering momentum in cities throughout North America, it appears to be a non-issue here in Richmond.

Cities across North America have seen widespread protests over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was pinned under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis for nine minutes and died. …

In Vancouver, there are calls to “defund” the police force ­and transfer some of their budget into social services. And in Burnaby the RCMP were heavily criticized for posting a photo on social media of an armed officer in a school in the wake of North America-wide Black Lives Matter protests.

However, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he’s “content” with the service provided by Richmond RCMP, saying the city has other social and diversion programs that complement work done by the police.

“I don’t think there’s any comparison to what’s happening in the United States. While nobody can claim perfection in terms of policing, I think they do a pretty good job,” he said. …

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