Photos: Richmondites celebrated Lantern Festival in restaurant

Richmond News

An Asian restaurant in Richmond was filled with joy and laughter last week, as more than 80 people, including local politicians, gathered to celebrate the Lantern Festival, marking the final day of the Lunar New Year.

The event at the Tian Shi Fu restaurant on Alexandra Road, on Feb. 16, had a myriad of activities, such as calligraphy painting, lion dances and drum playing. …

Edward Hong, the event organizer, told the Richmond News that it’s great to meet friends again to celebrate the Lantern Festival after more than two years of hiatus.

“The event went successfully and we even gave Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie an umbrella as a gift following the event,” laughed Hong. …

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City of Richmond disputes CMHC claim of zero new rental homes

Richmond News

The City of Richmond is disputing rental data put out by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), which claimed no rental units were built in Richmond in the last three years.

According to city spokesperson Clay Adams, 344 affordable rental units were built and occupied between 2018 and 2021, of which 214 were low-end market rentals (LEMR). (A total of 761 affordable units were approved over this time period.) …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the report made it look like Richmond was doing nothing for rental housing.

“We’re doing a lot – we’re doing it constantly,” he said, pointing out city council recently increased its affordable rental requirement in city centre developments from 10 to 15 per cent. …

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Mayor’s address focuses on sustainable initiatives

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Following another challenging year, Mayor Malcolm Brodie recently reflected on local achievements in his annual address hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

Brodie, who has been a member of city council since 1996 and mayor since 2001, focused on sustainability and how its principles guide the city forward.

“Sustainability includes the development of policies, services, and supports that ensure we maintain a high quality of life and a strong economy for present and future generations,” said Brodie. “It involves many diverse areas such as ensuring safety for residents and businesses, providing adequate infrastructure, (and) supporting the local economy, as well as protecting our diverse culture.” …

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Richmond city council gets its pink T-shirts on

Richmond News

Whether fuchsia, bubble gum, salmon, magenta, coral or all of the above, the City of Richmond is encouraging everyone to wear pink next Wednesday, Feb. 23 to mark the national Anti-Bullying – or Pink Shirt – Day 2022.

“Join others on Pink Shirt Day to show that everyone has the right to feel safe, accepted and respected,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Wearing pink demonstrates commitment – on this day and all days to end discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence.” …

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Spirit of Trudeau’s Beijing Olympics diplomatic boycott not followed at home

Richmond News

In early December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canadian government would follow allies and not send politicians or diplomats to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, because of “repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.”

But Liberal MPs and other politicians in Metro Vancouver are continuing to engage with officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government on Canadian soil. Two Richmond politicians even expressed support for the Games and told a state-affiliated TV outlet that politics and sport should not mix. …

The annual Chinatown parade was cancelled due to the pandemic, but Consul General Tong Xiaoling, People’s Republic of China’s top diplomat in B.C., attended a private Jan. 30 Lunar New Year of the Tiger ceremony Chinatown. She wore a Beijing 2022 scarf and delivered a speech about the Games and the CCP’s centennial. She also posed for photos with 2021-elected Liberal MPs Taleeb Noormohamed (Vancouver Granville), Parm Bains (Steveston-Richmond East) and Wilson Miao (Richmond Centre), Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Vancouver Coun. Pete Fry, and BC Liberal MLA Michael Lee. Also in attendance were NDP Minister of State for Trade George Chow and Burnaby Coun. James Wang. A Phoenix TV clip shows an Olympic-style parade of national flags led by a large Chinese flag. Smaller Canadian flags were carried behind it. …

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Funding announced for B.C. tourism projects

Construction Business

More than 50 new tourism projects throughout B.C. are receiving a total of $21.3 million for shovel-ready infrastructure projects.

The funding aims to strengthen tourism growth and develop emerging tourism opportunities, stimulating the recovery of B.C.’s post-pandemic visitor economy.

The Richmond Olympic Oval and the Shipyards in North Vancouver are among the projects to receive funding. Both destinations will receive $1 million each.

“The Richmond Olympic Oval is an enduring legacy venue of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games for Richmond and the country,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This $1-million provincial grant will support the development of a planned sport and event plaza in front of the iconic oval that will leverage existing facilities for tourism, sport and fitness. It will expand opportunities for use through programs, public use and events, and bring more vibrancy to the neighbourhood around the Richmond Olympic Oval urban waterfront community.” …

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Updated: Some Richmond non-profits get bump in grant funds

Richmond News

The Parish of St. Albans will be getting a new commercial refrigerator, thanks to a city grant.

While city staff recommended giving about $15,600 to the charity – that serves meals and provides other services to about 12,600 Richmond clients per year – city council decided to give them the full requested $22,000 so they could buy the fridge. …

But Mayor Malcolm Brodie pointed out all groups need more money, and wondered why this one would receive more than recommended.

“My question is couldn’t the same be said of every organization here,” Brodie said, pointing out there were specific justifications for bumping up grants for certain groups, for example, mental health reasons and parity between organizations serving girls and boys.

“But don’t they all they need more money?” he added. …

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Cascade City Richmond now complete with terraced design

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The completion of Cascade City, a two-tower development in Richmond by Landa Global Properties, was celebrated last week by the developer, architects and city officials.

The striking design features two terraced residential buildings with bold yellow highlights and was inspired by the flow of the nearby Fraser River, according to architects Arno Matis (Arno Matis Architecture) and Foad Rafii (Rafii Architects). The cascading, terraced design creates large outdoor spaces for many of the residents. …

“What a great way to start off the year of the Tiger, welcoming this beautiful landmark development with 270 units, including some affordable housing,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It’s a great building that’s within walking distance to the hospital, Canada Line, the Oval, shops and restaurants. This a wonderful addition to Richmond City Centre, a place where people will call home for generations to come.” …

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Richmond receives $1M grant from province for Olympic Oval project

Richmond News

Richmond has received $1 million in provincial funding to help build a new outdoor sports and events plaza near the Olympic Oval.

The planned plaza will include an artificial turf field, basketball courts and an event staging area. …

“The Olympic Oval is an enduring legacy venue of the 2010 Winter Games for Richmond and the country,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, in a statement.

“(The plaza) will expand opportunities for use through programs, public use and events, and bring more vibrancy to the neighbourhood around the Richmond Olympic Oval urban waterfront community.” …

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Over 50 new tourism projects to receive $21.3 million

Indo-Canadian Voice

More than 50 new tourism projects throughout B.C. are receiving a total of $21.3 million for shovel-ready infrastructure projects, the Province announced on Friday.

These projects are part of the second round of the 2021 Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program’s (CERIP) Destination Development stream. …

Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond, said: “The Richmond Olympic Oval is an enduring legacy venue of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games for Richmond and the country. This $1-million provincial grant will support the development of a planned sport and event plaza in front of the iconic oval that will leverage existing facilities for tourism, sport and fitness. It will expand opportunities for use through programs, public use and events, and bring more vibrancy to the neighbourhood around the Richmond Olympic Oval urban waterfront community.” …

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