Council candidate proposes $100 voucher to Richmond households to stimulate local economy

Richmond News

Richmond byelection candidate Jonathan Ho was a no-show at his party’s press conference Friday.

The Richmond News was contacted Tuesday by Ho’s campaign communications person, Grant Hsu, about the press conference, saying Ho would be there for an announcement.

The Richmond Community Coalition (RCC) called a press conference to make what sounded like an election campaign promise but, in the end, fellow RCC member Coun. Chak Au made the announcement, promising $100 stimulus voucher to all Richmond households.

The goal of the proposal is to boost the local economy by encouraging people to spend money, explained Au at the press conference. …

However, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie thinks this proposal is problematic and some figures are being used inaccurately.

According to Brodie, from a legal perspective, the city isn’t allowed to designate a household to give a $100 voucher and use the reserve in that way since there are many spending restrictions regarding the reserve funds. …

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Metro Vancouver: Stage 1 lawn watering regulations come into effect on May 1

Indo-Canadian Voice

The onset of spring weather is a reminder that hotter and drier days are ahead, and it’s time to increase efforts to conserve the region’s drinking water.

Seasonal lawn watering regulations come into effect on May 1 and will remain in place until October 15. Residents and businesses will be permitted to water lawns up to two mornings per week, with designated days determined by property address. Trees, shrubs and flowers may be watered in the morning when using a sprinkler, or any time when hand watered or using drip irrigation. Edible plants are exempt from the regulations. One hour of rain or watering per week is all a lawn needs to remain healthy. …

“Water demand increases by as much as 50 per cent in the summer and early fall. Metro Vancouver is fortunate to have abundant fresh water sources, but our ability to capture, store and distribute all of the water is limited. Like all natural resources, drinking water must be managed and used wisely,” said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Water Committee. …

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City of Richmond installs CCTV cameras at 110 intersections

Richmond News

New traffic cameras have been installed at more than half of Richmond’s intersections, but video footage that identifies facial or license plate data won’t be collected.

The cameras will also not be used for “generic surveillance or operation,” according to the City of Richmond, which said in a statement that it has been working with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to make sure the cameras comply with privacy regulations. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the cameras are important for road safety and traffic management.

“By providing the city with more accurate data, traffic planning to increase safety and potentially mitigate vehicle congestion will increase,” he said in a statement. “The cameras will also enhance community safety as camera footage will be available for up to 30 days, to assist in vehicle-related incidents.”

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Metro Vancouver water restrictions take effect May 1, ahead of year’s driest months

Surrey Now-Leader

Spring lawn-watering regulations will come in effect across Metro Vancouver as of May 1.

In an effort to conserve the region’s drinking supply, residents and businesses will be able to water their lawns two mornings each week.

Even-numbered home addresses ate permitted to do so Wednesdays and Saturdays and odd-numbered addresses Thursdays and Sundays, both between 4 and 9 a.m. …

The Metro Vancouver region relies on snowmelt and rain to support three reservoirs involved in delivering drinking water to 2.7-million residents and businesses.

Water demand increases by as much as 50 per cent in the summer and early fall, said chair Malcolm Brodie of Metro Vancouver’s Water Committee.

“Metro Vancouver is fortunate to have abundant freshwater sources, but our ability to capture, store and distribute all of the water is limited.” …

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Richmond recycling depot gets a new makeover, upgrades

Richmond News

Richmondites won’t have to worry about getting soaked while sorting their recyclables at the city’s recycling depot thanks to its recent makeover.

New tent coverings, steel awnings and a classroom for future environmental programs are a few of the improvements the City of Richmond has made to its recycling depot thanks in part to a grant from Western Coast Insurance Services.

The depot has also increased its waste material collection and purchased new equipment for moving recycled materials. …

“Our goal in upgrading Richmond’s recycling depot is to improve user experience and broaden its scope of services,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

The City of Richmond spent a total of $1.58 million to make improvements, of which $5,000 came from the insurance company’s foundation.

“The (Western coast Insurance Services’) community infrastructure grant aided in these upgrades, aimed to promote greater recycling as well as support the city’s established waste diversion targets and council’s commitment to the environment.” …

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Richmond city councillors sidestep move to prioritize hate crimes

Richmond News

Richmond city councillor Chak Au said he feels like he’s fighting racism alone on council.

When the majority of council didn’t support him at Monday’s meeting in adding “hate crimes” as a priority to the RCMP’s upcoming work plan, Au voted against the plan saying it was sending the wrong message.

“We may say we would like to ask the RCMP for more information but without making it a priority, or even considering making it into a priority, I think this is sending the wrong message to the public. It’s insulting the public,” Au said.

Au asked for hate crimes to be included as the fifth priority on the work plan, but only Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Coun. Michael Wolfe supported sending the plan back to staff to explore this. …

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Food fight brewing in Steveston over food trucks

Global News

Food trucks are among the many businesses that have been hard hit by the pandemic but they are now running up against new challenges in one Metro Vancouver community.

The City of Richmond is cancelling the licences of a pair of food trucks, Shameless Buns and Salty’s Lobster Shack, that have set up in Steveston on the weekends. …

The City of Richmond says it is aware of a bylaw that prohibits sales on private land.

“The situation is pretty much unprecedented,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “What’s the alternative? They shouldn’t have been given a business licence in the first place. They contravene the zoning bylaw and the other bylaws, and so we have to do something about it. It just isn’t fair to others.” …

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Massey Tunnel replacement plans noticeably absent from B.C. Budget 2021

News 1130

Despite saying the George Massey Tunnel replacement is a top priority, the B.C. NDP did not include any big plans for the crossing in its latest budget.

Budget 2021 includes $7.6 billion in transportation investments over the next three years — that includes the Massey replacement. However, there’s little other mention of the project, other than the province is still in the process of “obtaining a final decision on the scope, budget, delivery and schedule” for the project. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie notes there are a number of positives in the budget. However, when it comes to the lack of mention of the Massey Tunnel replacement, he’s not surprised.

“Mention was made of the replacement for the Massey Tunnel, at least that indicates that it’s top of mind for the governing party,” he said Wednesday. “We’re disappointed — we’ve been disappointed — that no announcements have been made to choose the tunnel option over a bridge, and to go forward with it. But you take these things in steps and we’ll continue to speak to the government about that entire project.” …

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City of Richmond creates plan for 3,700 additional childcare spaces over 10 years

Daily Hive

By 2031, the number of licensed childcare spaces within Richmond will grow by 50%, adding 3,741 spaces across the city.

The municipal government says this newly approved target addresses current and future needs for childcare, and builds on the city’s 21% increase in spaces since 2016. As of 2020, there were 7,022 childcare spaces within Richmond.

Over the coming decade, the childcare capacity will grow to 25 spaces per 100 children under the age of 36 months, 55 spaces per 100 children aged 30 months to school age, and 25 spaces per 100 school aged children.

For school age children, the plan will create facilities that are on-site or within walking distance from all elementary schools.

“Access to child care remains an issue for many families across the country,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Richmond has worked hard to significantly increase the number of child care spaces for families in our community with over 1,200 new spaces created in the past four years.” …

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Hate has no place in Richmond, say RCMP

Indo-Canadian Voice

Richmond RCMP said on Wednesday that recent incidents suggest a possible growing trend of racially motivated incidents in the City, and they are taking action to address it. The multifaceted approach includes updated training for frontline investigators, creation of a specialized unit, mental health considerations, and consultation with local partners.

On March 31, Richmond City Council declared, “Racial and discriminatory actions have no place in Richmond, and they have no place in our society.” In the media release from that day, Mayor Malcolm Brodie stated, “The City of Richmond does not tolerate hateful nor racially motivated behaviour. We acknowledge such attitudes unfortunately exist and are in direct contradiction to the spirit of inclusion we uphold. We must stand together to address and condemn all forms of discrimination and racism.” …

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