Richmond Food Security Society awarded for meal program

Richmond News

The Richmond Food Security Society (RFSS) has been recognized provincially after its meal program provided hundreds of meals each week to at-risk community members during the pandemic.

According to a statement from the City of Richmond, the society was awarded the 2021 British Columbia Recreational and Parks Association (BCRPA) Provincial Award for Community Leadership virtually on May 5. …

The city formally partnered with RFSS in 2010, which has “played a key role in expanding the food security system across our city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, in a statement.

“This award is an acknowledgement of the positive impact working together has in strengthening our community and its resources.” …

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Richmond embraces diversity, recognition, resilience during Asian Heritage Month

Richmond News

Asian Heritage Month is here and the City of Richmond is encouraging everyone to learn and celebrate the rich diversity and various Asian cultures its residents have to offer.

The month of May is a time for British Columbians to reflect and celebrate the contributions Asian-Canadians have made to Canada’s growth.

According to a city release, Richmond is one of the most diverse cities in Canada where two-thirds of its residents born outside the country and the majority having connections to Asian cultural roots.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie highlighted importance of how diverse cultures and the achievements Asian-Canadians have contributed to the growth of Richmond.

“This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic when we have seen increased incidents of anti-Asian racism. Everyone should stand up against all forms of racism and hate and stay true to our shared values of respect, inclusion and diversity,” said Brodie. …

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Steveston Cafe racial slur suspect charged with mischief

Richmond News

One of the individuals involved in a racially charged Steveston coffee shop incident has been charged with mischief by Richmond RCMP.

However, the individual was not charged with a hate crime — much to the frustration of anti-racism organization Stop Asian Hate Crimes Advocacy Group (SAHCG), which launched an online petition demanding police lay such charges.

SAHCG’s Ivan Pak, who launched the petition, said he felt relieved charges have been laid, but takes issue with the RCMP’s definition of a hate crime.

On March 29, Richmond RCMP officers were called to Rocanini coffee shop after the store manager reported an assault and racial slurs.

The victim, a worker at the shop, asked two customers to social distance since they were sitting too close to the washroom.

However, the couple apparently refused to move. When the victim asked again, one customer, according to the staff member, yelled racial slurs at her and poured their coffee on the floor. …

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Richmond byelection candidates draw support from mayor, MLAs, labour council

Richmond News

Byelection candidates are getting big names behind them leading up to the May 29 general voting day.

Karina Reid, running under the Richmond Independent Team of Electors (RITE) banner, has been endorsed by the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC) as well as Richmond’s three BC NDP MLAs.

Meanwhile, Richmond’s long-serving mayor, Malcolm Brodie is backing Andy Hobbs, who is running independently but has run under the Richmond First banner in the past and served as a Richmond First school trusteee.

Brodie said he’s backing Hobbs this time because of his long public service as a former Vancouver police and superintendent, his volunteer work and the fact he’s a long-time Richmond resident with family in the community. …

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Help document Richmond plants, wildlife in this weekend’s City Nature Challenge

Richmond News

Richmond residents will have the chance to contribute to science this weekend, by documenting local plants and animals in their own community for this year’s City Nature Challenge.

The challenge, which sees cities around the world take part and share information about their local ecosystems, launched Friday, April 30 and runs until Monday, May 3. …

“Participating in the City Nature Challenge is an opportunity for residents to learn more about Richmond’s incredible biodiversity while connecting with other citizen scientists online,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement. …

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