Comment: Complex care will help those with challenging needs

Victoria Times Colonist

A commentary by the mayors of Saanich, Victoria, Kelowna, Richmond, Kamloops, New Westminster, Prince George, Nanaimo, Coquitlam and Vancouver.

We’re on the brink of winter. Some of our most vulnerable residents, with the most complex needs, are still out on our streets, even as the winds howl and the winter rains and snow will soon start to fall.

These residents aren’t able to live successfully in the ­existing supportive housing options. Their needs are too high. They require more support than what is currently available, making their housing retention rates low. …

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The City of Richmond requires municipal employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 20

Vancouver Sun

The City of Richmond announced Tuesday it will require municipal workers and councillors to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 20.

All employees at city-operated facilities will be required to show evidence they have received the complete dose of COVID-19 vaccines by that date. …

“This approach is focused on further protecting the health and safety of our entire community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement, calling the new policy “another way of providing reassurance of our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of Richmond residents, customers and employees.” …

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RCMP unionization could cost Richmond $9-11 million in backpay

Richmond News

The unionization of the RCMP could cost the City of Richmond between $9 million and $11 million in backpay as well as more than $6 million more in annual operating costs.

The RCMP, who number about 20,000 nationally won the right to unionize several years ago. The increase in salaries and backpay for Richmond RCMP members will be borne by local taxpayers. …

Currently the City of Richmond pays 90 per cent of its policing costs, which amounts to about a quarter of the municipal budget.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and other regional organizations, however, are asking the federal government to kick in more money to fund the RCMP – taking the burden off individual municipalities that contract services from the national police service, explained Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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Most of Richmond city council plans to run in next year’s municipal election

Richmond News

With less than a year to go, the Richmond News canvassed current council members about whether they were planning to run in the October 2022 election.

Most current Richmond councillors as well as the mayor are planning to run again for office in the next municipal election, less than a year away. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie told the News he plans to run again – he has been on council since 1996, first as a councillor. He was first elected as mayor in 2001 in a by-election and has been re-elected five times as an independent. …

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With Mounties due for a pay bump, cash-strapped municipalities seek reprieve from Ottawa

CBC News

Mounties are due to receive a chunk of retroactive pay after negotiating their first-ever collective agreement. Some municipalities say the looming salary bump will stress their finances — and they want Ottawa to step up.

This summer, the federal government and the union representing RCMP members ratified an agreement to deliver a sizeable pay increase to nearly 20,000 members. …

Malcolm Brodie, mayor of Richmond, B.C., said his municipality estimates the retroactive pay lump sum will cost it something between $9 million and $11 million, plus the annual pay increase itself.

“What that means for us is to cover that the amount going forward on our budget, that’s about a one-time 2.5 to 3.5 per cent tax increase,” he said.

“We certainly have stayed with the RCMP for a good reason. We think that they’ve done a good job for our community. Having said that, you know, it’s getting a whole lot more expensive.” …

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Richmond council to consider vaccine mandate for city staff, politicians

Richmond News

Richmond city council will be discussing whether to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for city staff as well as for mayor and council.

The discussion, however, will take place in a closed council meeting next Monday, and depending on what is decided, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie expects an announcement will be made shortly thereafter.

Brodie himself supports a policy mandating vaccines for city staff as well as for all of council, saying the policy shouldn’t be any different for council members.

“I think it’s a matter of safety, not of just the person, but the people around that person,” Brodie said. “There’s very high rates of vaccinations in Richmond and so I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to do everything we can do to protect, not only ourselves, but those around us.” …

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City of Vancouver says staff must be vaccinated, but order does not cover councillors

Vancouver Sun

While the City of Vancouver is telling all staff to get vaccinated by Dec. 6, elected officials are not included in the order.

On Tuesday, city councillors insisted there is no double standard.

Coun. Pete Fry said a vaccination mandate would be a “moot point” as all members of council have voluntarily disclosed that they are fully vaccinated. “We could consider a motion, but that seems unnecessary.” …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said his council will consider the matter at its meeting Monday after discussing it at a closed committee meeting earlier this week. He said he personally supports a vaccine order that encompasses both staff and elected officials. “I don’t see any reason why mayor and council would be any different.” …

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Richmond to ban foam containers, plastic straws and bags starting March 2022

Daily Hive

At a recent public meeting, Richmond City Council approved a bylaw that bans all businesses from using foam food takeout containers, plastic straws, and plastic shopping bags.

“It is crucial that we address single-use plastics as a significant cause of environmental damage in our oceans, local waterways and other natural areas by reducing this type of unnecessary waste as we support a more sustainable, circular economy,” said Malcolm Brodie, mayor of Richmond, in a statement.

“Richmond is a recognized leader in sustainability, and we look forward to working with our local businesses and consumers to transition away from single-use plastics to more acceptable alternatives.” …

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Richmond’s single-use plastic ban to come into effect next year

Richmond News

As of next year, you won’t find any plastic straws or bags at Richmond businesses.

Under the new “Single-Use Plastic and Other Items Bylaw,” adopted by city council last week, foam food containers, plastic straws and plastic checkout bags will be banned in Richmond as of March 27, 2022. …

“It is crucial that we address single-use plastics as a significant cause of environmental damage in our oceans, local waterways and other natural areas by reducing this type of unnecessary waste as we support a more sustainable, circular economy,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, in a statement. …

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‘Lynn Marie’ completes tunnelling journey

Journal of Commerce

A historic tunnel excavation has been completed on the Second Narrows Water Supply Tunnel in Vancouver.

The infrastructure project aims to make the region’s drinking water system more earthquake resilient and help meet growing demand for safe drinking water. …

“The new tunnel and watermains will replace three existing shallow buried watermains that went into service between the 1940s and 1970s, which are vulnerable to damage during an earthquake and are nearing the end of their service lives,” said Malcolm Brodie, chair of Metro Vancouver’s water committee. “Metro Vancouver is constantly upgrading its water supply system to maintain the quality and reliability of the region’s excellent drinking water, and to make the system more resilient.” …

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