Youth Week events return to Richmond

Richmond News

Connection-building events for youth are returning to Richmond for Youth Week in May.

BC Youth Week celebrates the connection between youth and their communities every year.

Events are planned to highlight the interests, accomplishments and diversity of youth.

This year, a list of 13 activities such as scavenger hunts, sports and media arts are scheduled from May 1 to 7.

“Richmond’s youth have shown great resilience and passion as demonstrated by their participation and contributions to the community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“The City of Richmond continues to work with our community partners to provide exciting and connective Youth Week activities that celebrate, inspire, and highlight the youth of today.”

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New fire chief has long history in Richmond

Richmond News

Richmond will have a new fire chief on May 1.

Jim Wishlove, who has most recently served as the deputy chief of Richmond Fire-Rescue, takes over the top job from long-time chief Tim Wilkinson who recently announced his retirement.

“Jim Wishlove has been a long-serving member of the Richmond Fire-Rescue team with a dedicated commitment to our community and emergency services colleagues,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a media release. “Not only does he bring extensive experience and expertise to the position, but his knowledge and awareness of Richmond and our dedicated fire-rescue teams will be invaluable in their ongoing commitment to keep Richmond safe.” …

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Richmond’s Trutch Avenue will be renamed after Steven Point

Richmond News

A name associated with colonialism will be removed from Richmond’s Terra Nova neighbourhood.

Trutch Avenue will be renamed to Point Avenue to honour former B.C. lieutenant-governor Steven Point, who was the first Indigenous person to hold this office. …

Point was a resident of Steveston and has close ties to Richmond, explained Mayor Malcolm Brodie when he made the announcement at Monday’s council meeting. …

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Richmond’s sporting wall of fame welcomes 8 new inductees and 2 teams

Richmond News

Eight more outstanding Richmondites and two teams will be getting recognized by being inducted into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame.

According to the City of Richmond, the new honorees – who have “demonstrated extraordinary commitments and achievements in sport” in the categories of athlete, builder, coach, official and team – will be inducted on Saturday, May 7 at the Gateway Theatre. …

“The Richmond Sports Wall of Fame induction ceremony is a unique day that brings together Richmond sporting heroes, community members and their beloved guests, and we get to thank them for their remarkable careers at this special ceremony,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“These individuals and teams have shown us firsthand the power of sport and the important role sport can play in shaping our community. It is a great honour to recognize all their achievements.” …

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UBC SkyTrain stations identified but ‘elephant in the room’ remain

Vancouverisawesome.com

A SkyTrain extension to the University of British Columbia should include four or five stops and be largely built underground, the region’s mayors agreed at a meeting Friday.

However, many at the Mayors’ Council meeting — held to recommend a “base scope” of the UBC extension — alluded to concerns TransLink was putting the cart before the horse by not assessing costs of the plan and various alternatives. …

A third factor is the university’s yet-to-be-determined financial contribution to the line, which is partly predicated on land value lift from the line.

Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie said this “third-party funding” is important to understanding how the line will work. …

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New affordable homes open for women and children

BC Gov News

Twenty-seven new affordable and safe rental homes are available for single women and women with children in Richmond.

Located at 6320 and 6328 No. 3 Rd., the studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom rental homes are part of the Paramount development. Monthly rents are below market rate and range from $860 for a studio unit to as much as $1,569 for a three-bedroom unit. …

Malcolm Brodie, mayor, City of Richmond –

“Increasing the supply of housing remains a priority for the City of Richmond, and council continues to make significant progress in creating new rental housing units across Richmond. These 27 units in Paramount are just a few of the almost 1,220 rental units approved in recent years as we continue to work in partnership with BC Housing and other stakeholders to provide more affordable rental housing options in our community.” …

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Governments of Canada and BC Support 27 New Affordable Rental Homes

Cision

Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Affordable housing is key to Canada’s pandemic recovery, especially for communities across the country, including in Richmond.

Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, along with the Honourable David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing in British Columbia, Malcolm Brody, Mayor of the City of Richmond, and Michelle Sing, Interim CEO, YWCA Metro Vancouver, announced the grand opening of a 27-unit affordable rental housing project for low-income individuals and families in Richmond. The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Government of British Columbia, through BC Housing, is jointly contributing $2.7 million in BC Priorities Housing Initiative bilateral agreement grants. …

“Increasing the supply of housing remains a priority for the City of Richmond, and Council continues to make significant progress in creating new rental housing units across Richmond. These 27 units in Paramount are just a few of the almost 1,220 rental units approved in recent years as we continue to work in partnership with BC Housing and other stakeholders to provide more affordable rental housing options in our community.” – Malcolm Brodie, Mayor, City of Richmond …

Opinion: Province should give cities authority and resources they need to build housing more quickly

The Province

People who work in our cities can’t afford to live in them. Young people cannot buy homes. Families are living in spaces too small for their needs because that’s what they can afford. Students are living in vans. Too many people are experiencing homelessness. All this is not new, it’s been years in the making. And now it’s a crisis. …

As mayors, we see too many of our residents still experiencing homelessness. And we hear about the impact of people living in public spaces on our small businesses. The local, provincial, and federal collaboration developed during the pandemic, where the federal Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) saw supportive housing built quickly in almost all our communities is the foundation to build on. Budget 2022 shows good intentions that must be followed with concrete actions to be successful. …

David Eby has made headlines recently with the need to see local governments approve more housing more quickly. We’re ready for the challenge. In 2019 the provincial government adopted legislation requiring local governments to do Housing Needs Assessments every five years. The province should put forward legislation requiring that we build the number of homes in our communities that we need. They should provide the additional authority, resources, and tools required, and — along with investments from the federal Housing Accelerator Fund — leave it to us as to how to get there. …

This “great national effort” of a post-pandemic housing boom will take commitments from all of us. The federal budget signals that cities are key partners in addressing this challenge. The B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus is up for it, for our residents and businesses now, and for future generations.

Mayors Colin Basran, City of Kelowna; Henry Braun, City of Abbotsford; Malcolm Brodie, City of Richmond, Ken Christian, City of Kamloops, Jonathan Cote, City of New Westminster; Lyn Hall, City of Prince George; Fred Haynes, District of Saanich; Lisa Helps, City of Victoria; Mike Hurley, City of Burnaby; Leonard Krog, City of Nanaimo; Doug McCallum, City of Surrey; Richard Stewart, City of Coquitlam, Kennedy Stewart, City of Vancouver

Mayors of B.C. cities: With help from $4 billion federal fund, we can move to action in addressing housing crisis

Victoria Times Colonist

FRED HAYNES, LISA HELPS, COLIN BASRAN, MALCOLM BRODIE, KEN CHRISTIAN, JONATHAN COTE, LYN HALL, MIKE HURLEY, LEONARD KROG, DOUG McCALLUM, RICHARD STEWART and KENNEDY STEWART

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

People who work in our cities can’t afford to live in them. Young people cannot buy homes. Families are living in spaces too small for their needs because that’s what they can afford. Students are living in vans. Too many people are experiencing homelessness.

All this is not new, it’s been years in the making. And now it’s a crisis. …

Housing Minister Eby made headlines recently when he cited the need to see local governments approve more housing more quickly. We’re ready for the challenge.

In 2019 the provincial government adopted legislation requiring local governments to do housing needs assessments every five years. The province should put forward legislation requiring that we build the number of homes in our communities that we need. They should provide the additional authority, resources, and tools required, and — along with investments from the federal Housing Accelerator Fund — leave it to us as to how to get there.

This “great national effort” of a post-pandemic housing boom will take commitments from all of us. The federal budget signals that cities are key partners in addressing this challenge. The B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus is up for it, for our residents and businesses now, and for future generations.

Work on the new five-lane Steveston Interchange begins this year

BC Gov News

Improved transit reliability, travel-time savings for drivers and more effective active transportation connections are on the way in Richmond.

Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited has been confirmed as the contractor for the new Steveston Interchange Project.

“A new Steveston Interchange is key to improving the flow of traffic and transit around the Massey Tunnel,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “As we replace the old Massey crossing with a new eight-lane, toll-free tunnel, the new interchange and other corridor improvements will result in travel-time savings and better options for everyone — whether they prefer to walk, cycle, take transit or drive.” …

“The Steveston Interchange Project is an important step in improving travel reliability, reducing travel time and alleviating congestion along this key transportation corridor,” said Malcolm Brodie, mayor, City of Richmond. “The selection of Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited moves us closer to construction and solutions to the challenges associated with this interchange, which is a major priority for Richmond and neighbouring communities.” …

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