Record year for Richmond’s street banner contest

Richmond News

It was a record year for Richmond’s street banner contest, which saw more than 650 designs submitted to the city and over 4,000 votes cast by the public to choose the winners.

Ten local artists were chosen to have their banner designs displayed along major streets throughout Richmond from the beginning of March to early 2022. The street banner contest was colourfully wrapped up at Monday’s city council meeting with the winners recognized during a virtual meeting.

“We’re fortunate to have such talented and community-oriented residents in Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, in a statement.

“In a year where engagement and gatherings have been difficult, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to safely involve the community in beautifying our city.” …

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$1 million provincial grant earmarked for Richmond park

Richmond News

The City of Richmond received a provincial grant of $1 million to build a park in city centre, the Alexandra Neighbourhood Park.

The city will contribute $900,000 for a total cost of $1.9 million.

The park will have an ecological focus, based on public consultation done in 2017, and will be co-located with the Alexandra District Energy Building.

The plan includes retaining the existing trees and improving accessibility. …

In a press release, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie pointed out the area has been growing with many multi-family homes now in the neighbourhood, so the park will help the area become “more vibrant and active.”

The park will eventually be a link between the north and south portions of the Alexandra Greenway. …

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Brodie looking forward with optimism in annual address

In his annual address today, Mayor Malcolm Brodie reflected on the challenges of 2020 and looked ahead with optimism.

A year ago, Richmond had a promising future and was celebrating a number of business successes, as well as recognizing the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. But COVID-19 was a “looming dark cloud” at that time.

“Because so many in Richmond remembered SARS, as early as Lunar New Year in January more people began to avoid large crowds and voluntarily wore face masks,” said Brodie.

During that time, city council made unprecedented decisions including declaring an emergency, closing city hall, and reducing last year’s property tax increase by more than two per cent. Beloved events including the Steveston Salmon Festival had to be cancelled or move online. But people still wanted to find ways to connect.

“The #RichmondHasHeart campaign built community spirit and brought people together with community-based stories of encouragement,” said Brodie. …

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Richmond by-election date still in the air

Richmond News

The budget for Richmond’s by-election to elect one councillor has been set but a date for general voting suggested by city staff – May 29 – was discounted by the mayor who reiterated the date would be set by council.

“May 29 is just a date – there is nothing certain or definite about that,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie after the city clerk said that was the day being targetted.

“The timing for the actual by-election will be set by council once the chief election officer is appointed,” Brodie said. “I don’t want anyone to take anything from that May 29th suggestion – that is simply one date. Council will determine that in due course.” …

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Richmond libraries celebrate in annual Freedom to Read Week

Richmond News

Supporting the freedom to choose what individuals can read, the Richmond Public Library (RPL) and libraries across Canada is celebrating Freedom to Read this week.

From Feb. 21 to 27, the annual event is raising awareness about the impacts of censorship and informing the community about how and why books are challenged.

“Richmond Public Library has a significant responsibility to support and preserve intellectual freedom and the right to choose what you read, listen to and watch,” said Jordan Oye, RPL Board Chair.

“By bringing awareness to this important week, we hope that our community will engage in dialogue about censorship and the freedom to read.” …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie issued an official proclamation endorsing the event. …

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City asks for Richmond residents’ input on new bike park design

Richmond News

Planning for the new Railway Bike Park is underway and the City of Richmond is asking residents to share their thoughts on its design.

The city has launched a public consultation which will continue until March 28. The feedback will be used to determine the bike park’s final design, including a variety of bike skill features. …

“Where parents are looking to keep kids busy with outdoor activities, and youth may want to try something new, the construction of this unique recreational park could not come sooner. It will be a place for learning new skills, getting fit and spending time outdoors,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

After mastering the planned Railway Bike Park, riders can move on to the more advanced Terrain Park at Garden City Park, which opened in 2014. …

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Richmond city council asks public to wear pink, stand up to bullying

Richmond News

The City of Richmond’s mayor and council are asking residents to wear pink on Feb. 24 to help in the battle against bullying.

Next Wednesday, Feb. 24 is ERASE Bullying Day – ERASE stands for “Expect Respect and a Safe Education.” …

“Wearing pink represents your commitment to a respectful city and not tolerating bullying on this or any other day of the year,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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HOME LOCAL NEWS Richmond residents asked to share thoughts on re-imagining Steveston Museum

Richmond News

The City of Richmond is looking at ways to revamp the Steveston Museum and is asking residents to share their opinions on the potential changes.

Possible changes include new exhibits, changes to visitor information services and Canada Post office operations.

According to the city, in-person visitor information services in the tourism industry have evolved, and fewer people are using “user-paid postal services” at the post office.

Because of this, the city is working with the Steveston Historical Society and Tourism Richmond on what the future of the museum will look like. …

“City council and staff are committed to sustaining and developing cultural heritage and a wide range of cultural experiences and opportunities for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, in a statement.

“The Steveston Museum, the surrounding Town Square Park and Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society building form an important historic destination, and we look forward to working with Steveston Historical Society, Tourism Richmond and the public to re-imagine its future.” …

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77 more child-care spaces available for Richmond families

Richmond News

A new 77-space child-care facility opened in September in the Bridgeport neighbourhood and an official celebration was held this past Tuesday.

River Run Early Care and Learning Centre, at 10277 River Dr., has a total of 11,500 square-feet of space – 6,500 square-feet indoors and 5,000 square-feet outdoors – to accommodate a broad range of children, from infants up to 12-year-olds. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said in the release the city is pleased to have a new child-care facility open to provide “quality child care” in the Bridgeport neighbourhood.

“The city is committed to being an active partner with senior governments, parents, the private sector and non-profit agencies to develop and maintain a comprehensive child-care system in Richmond,” said Brodie. …

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Richmond by-election could cost $716,000

A by-election to replace former Richmond city Coun. Kelly Greene was pegged at $716,000 by city staff, a cost one councillor called “way too high.”

Coun. Carol Day questioned the high cost of a by-election given it would probably have low voter turnout.

She suggested scaling back on the election, for example, having fewer polling stations and less communication and advertising.

“I think we should cut this budget by 50 per cent,” Day told the finance committee on Monday, adding that $360,000 should be “more than enough.”