City planning more community gardens

The Star

The city is hoping to add more community gardens to address the long waiting list of interested residents, and is looking for public feedback.

“These gardens build community by bringing people together to share their gardening knowledge and stories. The numerous benefits derived from community gardens deem them special places and the city would like to offer more,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Receiving residents’ feedback for the planning process means we will be able to tailor our projects to better serve our community.” …

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Richmondites can now volunteer to be part of the city’s 16 advisory committees

Richmond News

Richmondites interested in taking part in local government can now apply for a volunteer position on one of the city’s 16 advisory committees.

Richmond city council is calling on residents to apply to over 75 volunteer positions – with terms set to begin in Jan. 2022 – on committees addressing a variety of issues, such as child care, seniors, intercultural harmony, the environment, arts, agriculture and the economy.

“Our council-appointed advisory committees are an important aspect of local government,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

“Through participation and collaboration, community members provide valuable insights and expertise. Their input directly informs strategy and decisions that impact current and future residents.” …

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Massey Tunnel to be replaced by $4-billion, eight-lane tunnel by 2030

Vancouver Sun

Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Ken Baird was delayed getting to the province’s announcement of the decision for a $4.15-billion George Massey Tunnel replacement. He was caught in tunnel traffic, he said at the end of his remarks.

His anecdote highlighted the immediate need to fix one of Metro Vancouver’s most notorious commuter bottlenecks, which Baird called “critical to building a sustainable and vibrant future for the Tsawwassen First Nation.” …

A tunnel was always Richmond’s preferred option for a replacement to accommodate growth and protect agricultural land, said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who added it was first promised to the region as the province’s top priority after the new Port Mann Bridge replacement. …

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Richmondites asked to give feedback on city’s energy and emissions plan

Richmond News

Residents are being asked to share their thoughts on how the city can achieve its goal of reducing Richmond’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades.

The city aims to reduce community emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050 and is now seeking public feedback on proposed actions to achieve these goals. …

“This proposed plan builds upon Richmond’s achievements and climate action to date, providing momentum to move forward,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

“Implementing these actions will improve Richmond’s resiliency to the negative effects of climate change and support the city’s equity, affordability and sustainability goals.” …

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$3.3 million earmarked to help homeless in Richmond

Richmond News

Richmond has received about $3.3 million towards helping homeless people in the city – with a focus on lowering stigma and food programs.

In the 2020 homeless count, 85 people were found to be without permanent shelter in Richmond. …

In a statement, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said vulnerable people have had “the most severe impacts” from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This new funding will help address COVID-19-related health and safety risks for homeless residents, as well as advance several key initiatives outlined in our comprehensive Homelessness Action Plan,” Brodie added.

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Solution on horizon for Delta’s dredging dilemma

Delta Optimist

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority this week announced $1 million in funding towards what it says is a near-term dredging solution to support key Delta channels within the Fraser River communities, focusing on Ladner Harbour and Gunderson Slough.

The port authority says that for 10 years, and as a gesture of good will, it committed to providing a $7 million interim dredging solution to support the Fraser River communities. …

Delta Mayor George Harvie recently sent a letter to the provincial and federal governments, co-signed by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Ken Baird and Musqueam Indian Band Chief Wayne Sparrow, asking for a collaborative approach to develop a secondary channel dredging program for the lower Fraser River. …

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SUCCESS virtual walk raises over $230,000

Richmond Sentinel

The 36th annual SUCCESS Walk with the Dragon was a virtual event again this year, raising over $230,000.

SUCCESS offered an interactive map with suggested hiking trails in Richmond and beyond for the July 23-25 event.

“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of the sponsors, donors, participants, and staff for their hard work and dedication to make this event a success,” said Terry Liu and Jeffrey Lee, co-chairs of this year’s event.

Proceeds from the event benefit the community, going towards SUCCESS programs and services that are unfunded or partially funded by the government.

“In Richmond alone, SUCCESS provides many important programs for our residents,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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Provincial e-scooter pilot project comes to Richmond

Richmond News

Richmond is now taking part in a provincially-led e-scooter pilot project, after the city was accepted into the project by the B.C. government last month.

The pilot project, aimed at examining the safety of the devices, allows the use of e-scooters within the city as of July 27 – as long as they are in line with provincial regulations and Richmond’s bylaws, which sets out speed limits and where e-scooters can be used.

“Through monitoring and evaluation, the pilot project is an opportunity to understand the safety of e-scooters, impacts on the public realm, potential for travel mode shift, and community perceptions that in time, will help inform future active transportation initiatives,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement. …

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Richmond to study contaminated soil site on Garden City Lands

Journal of Commerce

The City of Richmond has announced it will receive $175,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund to support ongoing soil remediation studies on the Garden City Lands.

The Garden City Lands is a 136 acre greenspace in Richmond’s City Centre which is, in part, home to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University farm as well as one of the last remnants of the Greater Lulu Island Bog. Council’s approved vision for the site, as portrayed in the Legacy Landscape Plan, will see the creation of a public park.

“One of council’s goals is to ensure Richmond is a sustainable and environmentally conscious city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement. “The Garden City Lands is a special site with a sensitive habitat. We’re pleased to see the Federation of Canadian Municipalities supports our vision for the site. The ultimate goal is to develop and implement a plan which will see the Garden City Lands safely offering such functions as food production, recreation and natural interpretation.” …

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Kudos: Richmond Hospital receives $400,000 donation from Bodhi Meditation

Founder of Richmond’s Bodhi Meditation has donated a total of $400,000 to the Richmond Hospital Foundation to support frontline workers.

During the pandemic, Grandmaster JinBodhi, founder of Bodhi Meditation conducted live online teachings to help everyone worldwide with their physical and mental health. …

The donation ceremony was attended by Richmond’s Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Candance Hernandez, vice president of Richmond Hospital Foundation, and Dr. Alexiadis, co-senior medical director of Vancouver Coastal Health. …

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