Annual Seniors Week returns to Richmond

Richmond News

In-person and virtual events to celebrate Richmond’s Senior Week is starts next Monday.

Every year, Seniors Week is celebrated across Canada to recognize the contributions seniors make to their communities.

From June 6 to 12, there will be more than 20 free and low-cost activities and events for seniors 55 and over.

This year’s include dance and art classes, library tours and a pickleball tournament.

“The past two years have been challenging for many seniors in the community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Events such as Seniors Week provide important opportunities for seniors to reconnect with fellow community members, to meet new people and to participate in a variety of activities that support healthy and active aging.” …

Highlights for the week include:

  • Monday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Mayor’s welcome and opening event

Join Mayor Malcolm Brodie and special guests for the Seniors Week Opening Event on the plaza at Minoru Centre for Active Living. …

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City of Richmond appoints new leader

Richmond News

The City of Richmond has appointed a new administration leader.

Serena Lusk, who has been the city’s deputy chief administrative officer (CAO) since 2020, will take over from the retiring George Duncan in July.

The city said it searched the country for Duncan’s replacement, but ended up promoting from within with Lusk, who joined the city in 2005 and progressed through the organization within the Community Services Division. …

After an “extensive search across Canada,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie said Lusk was the “best candidate for this important role is within our existing Senior Management Team.

“Not only does this demonstrate the strength of leadership within the City but shows the importance of succession planning and Council’s commitment to recognizing and supporting the expertise and experience among City employees.”

Brodie said Lusk’s “exemplary leadership skills, vision and experience set her apart from other candidates.

“We are delighted that she will be leading the organization to address important Council priorities and continue our commitment to make Richmond a strong, safe and resilient community.”

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Richmond RCMP back pay going to non-union staff as well

Richmond News

Not only will rank-and-file Richmond RCMP officers receive significant pay increases after recently unionizing, non-unionized officers will also receive pay raises.

In addition to salary adjustments between about 5.4 and 10 per cent, commissioned officers – inspectors, superintendents and chief superintendents – will get retroactive pay of 1.75 per cent going back to 2017.

These rates are set by the Treasury Board.

The City of Richmond, however, pointed out this will have minimal impact as there are usually only three or four non-union officers at the Richmond detachment.

This didn’t stop Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, along with a group of other municipal leaders from the Urban Mayors’ Caucus, from highlighting this to Public Safety Canada as another additional cost to the city. …

“We ask a lot of our RCMP officers and I, personally, and I think our city wants them to be paid properly, because we ask them to go into a lot of uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situations,” Brodie said. “I don’t want the discussion to be taken as a reluctance to pay them properly, it’s just all of a sudden there’s this big payment to be made and that’s very difficult.” …

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Kudos: Richmond Community Foundation receives $5,000 donation (photos)

Richmond News

The Vancouver Sunshine Lions Club donated $5,000 to the Richmond Community Foundation last week.

Richmondite Wendy Yuan, Charter President of Vancouver Sunshine Lions Club, said a fundraiser gala was held to support the Richmond Community Foundation, which has helped many students over past twenty years. …

[Photo: The fundraiser features live music and dance. Performers from left to right: musician Dan Song, the city of Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie, violinist Kan Chan, and Syrus Lee.]

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Kevin Falcon’s suggestion to back 10-lane bridge plan not acceptable: Richmond Mayor

Richmond News

Richmond’s mayor called the new BC Liberal leader’s promise to bring back the 10-lane bridge plan to replace the George Massey Tunnel “disappointing.”

Newly chosen BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon, who is now the leader of the opposition, has publicly stated he would stop the eight-lane tunnel replacement project currently underway and bring back the bridge plan if elected premier in the next election.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the BC Liberals’ previous plan for the bridge was hatched “without any consultation with any city other than possibly Delta.”

“We now have a solution that has been agreed by Richmond, by Delta, by the First Nations and by almost every city in the region,” said Brodie.

“So I don’t know why he wants to resurrect something that was so unacceptable to the various cities that were involved.” …

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Falcon’s plan to cancel Massey Tunnel would hurt Richmond, delay a solution for years: NDP

Indo-Canadian Voice

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon’s plan to cancel the Massey Tunnel project would keep commuters stuck in traffic for three extra years and make our community a worse place to live, say Richmond’s NDP MLAs.

“In addition to delaying a solution by years, Kevin Falcon is rejecting the consensus reached by community leaders that the tunnel is right for Richmond,” said Henry Yao, NDP MLA for Richmond South Centre, on Thursday. “The tunnel is the right fit because it fixes the gridlock while avoiding the negative impacts that would be created by the BC Liberal bridge.” …

Falcon’s promise to cancel the project was criticized by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who told Global News: “I just don’t think it’s an idea that should go forward. To go back in time, back to the future to a 10-lane bridge which, really, very few want.” …

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Kevin Falcon’s suggestion to back 10-lane bridge plan not acceptable: Richmond Mayor

Delta Optimist

Richmond’s mayor called the new BC Liberal leader’s promise to bring back the 10-lane bridge plan to replace the George Massey Tunnel “disappointing.”

Newly chosen BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon, who is now the leader of the opposition, has publicly stated he would stop the eight-lane tunnel replacement project currently underway and bring back the bridge plan if elected premier in the next election.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the BC Liberals’ previous plan for the bridge was hatched “without any consultation with any city other than possibly Delta.”

“We now have a solution that has been agreed by Richmond, by Delta, by the First Nations and by almost every city in the region,” said Brodie.

“So I don’t know why he wants to resurrect something that was so unacceptable to the various cities that were involved.” …

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Delta residents need to speak against boundary changes: council

Delta Optimist

Delta residents need to know about major changes proposed for their federal electoral boundaries and speak out in opposition.

That was the consensus at city council on Monday, May 16 during discussion on a staff report regarding changes that could see the riding carved into three with areas lumped into Richmond and Surrey. …

At Delta council this week, Mayor George Harvie, who said he spoke with Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie who was also opposed, noted he will speak at the hearing.

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Richmond named as Canadian Bee City

Richmond News

Pollinator Partnership Canada has designated Richmond as a Canadian Bee City to recognize its efforts to support local pollinators.

The city’s ongoing pollinator program supports and protects local pollinators through habitat enhancement, environmental stewardship, and public education.

“Scientists tell us that pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Pollinators and their habitat are crucial aspects of our local ecosystem, and support a thriving local agricultural sector; enhancement of their habitat helps to keep biodiversity resilient in the face of climate change,” he added. …

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Delta council opposes proposed federal riding changes

Surrey Now-Leader

The City of Delta is formally opposing proposed federal electoral boundary changes that would see the community split between three ridings.

On Monday (May 16), council unanimously supported a report from Mayor George Harvie’s office asking that a letter be sent to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission of B.C. expressing Delta’s opposition to the proposed changes and requesting that the city remain as a single electoral district. …

Mayor Harvie also told council he has spoke extensively with Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who is also opposed to the changes, and has a call in to Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum to discuss the issue.

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