Richmondites invited to virtual, hands-on cooking demo to celebrate Year of the Ox

Richmond News

Richmondites will have the opportunity to put on their chefs hats and cook alongside a local personality as well as a celebrity chef in a virtual cooking event on Jan. 31.

Richmond’s Christine Brodie and cooking instructor Denice Wai, who has made appearances on multiple cooking shows in Vancouver and Hong Kong, will introduce viewers to two traditional Chinese dishes via Zoom befitting Lunar New Year, 2021 – the Year of the Ox.

The event itself is free, but participants are encouraged to make a donation. All proceeds will go towards Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG), an online hub connecting donors with people in need. …

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Richmond emergency personnel expanding thanks to tax increase

Richmond News

The City of Richmond will move ahead with a 5.68 per cent tax increase despite some councillors arguing now is not the time to hire new RCMP officers and firefighters.

City Coun. Chak Au pointed out Richmond’s RCMP contingent is higher per capita than some major cities in the Lower Mainland, including Coquitlam and Burnaby.

Statistics from 2019 show Richmond had one officer for every 766 Richmond residents. In comparison, Burnaby had one for every 799 residents and Coquitlam had one for every 829 residents. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie, arguing for both more RCMP and firefighters, said the city is catching up on commitments that were made to fund these positions.

“We are making our commitments to having a safe community, which is the foundation of a healthy community,” Brodie said. …

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Richmond pushes for education to stop cats from killing birds

Richmond News

Richmond won’t be changing its bylaws any time soon to stop cats from killing birds, but the city will try to educate the public on this threat to wildlife.

Richmond council wants RAPS and the BC SPCA to help educate residents on keeping cats safe and preventing them from killing birds.

A motion by Coun. Michael Wolfe at Monday’s committee meeting to change Richmond’s cat-related bylaws was rejected by the majority of council.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he’d rather work on the issue with RAPS and BC SPCA, which will be taking over the contract for Richmond’s animal shelter.

“Just because it happens in Richmond doesn’t make it a city responsibility,” Brodie said. …

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Richmond 2021 budget includes 39 new emergency personnel

Richmond News

Richmond municipal property taxes will increase by 5.68 per cent in order to include hiring 39 new emergency personnel staff, which translates into an average tax increase of about $99 per home.

This includes 16 new RCMP officers, 11 municipal employees to support the RCMP and 12 new firefighters. …

The firefighter budget was dealt with separately as Au declared a conflict of interest on that budget item.

On the firefighter budget, Day and Wolfe voted against the 0.95 per cent increase, which would pay for 12 more firefighters, and Mayor Malcolm Brodie, McNulty, Steves, McPhail and Loo voted in favour. …

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