Photos: Steveston Block Party a huge success

Richmond News

The Steveston Block Party was a great success, according to the event organizer Alex Sagert.

Sagert handed out almost 300 free ice-cream bars throughout the day at Lord Byng elementary.

“It was so awesome to see families of all ages show up with a blanket and a picnic and play cards or get to know their neighbours better,” said Sagert.

“That was the point of this, and I look forward to planning this again next year.”

Sagert was joined by members from Richmond RCMP, Richmond Rugby Football Club, BC Lions and their cheerleaders.

Also there were Mayor Malcolm Brodie, city councillors Bill McNulty, Alexa Loo, Andy Hobbs, Richmond-Steveston MLA Kelly Greene and Richmond MP Parm Bains. …

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Second early childhood development hubs opens in Richmond

Richmond News

A second city-owned Seedlings Early Childhood Development (ECD) hub has officially opened in Richmond.

The facility is located at 6380 No. 3 Rd. in the Brighouse area and provides 107 licensed child care spaces for infants, toddlers and children up to 12 years of age.

This 19,000 sq. ft. indoor and 11,300 sq. ft. outdoor hub space has a large multi-purpose room, ancillary office space, commercial kitchen and outdoor amenity area.

Licensed child care programs, child development services and family-strengthening programs are being offered at the new ECD hub. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said ensuring families have access to high-quality and affordable child care service is an “ongoing commitment” for the city as it is highlighted in Richmond’s 2017-2022 Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy.

“Child care and support for families is vital for the social and economic well-being of the entire community, and the City continues to work in partnership with developers, not-for-profit agencies and other levels of government to provide this much needed and valued service,” said Brodie.

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Richmond earns title of ‘B.C.’s most active community’

Richmond News

Richmond has been named British Columbia’s most active community in the 2022 ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, along with a $15,000 prize.

Richmond joined more than 280 communities in B.C. to take part in the 2022 ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge to earn the title. The goal of the nationwide challenge is to get Canadians moving, virtually and in person, in their community. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie also congratulated the community on the achievement.

“The City of Richmond is delighted to receive this honour which reinforces that we are one of Canada’s most active communities,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …

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New Richmond animal shelter opens doors to public

Richmond News

Richmondites will finally get to check out the BC SPCA’s rebuilt animal shelter on No. 5 Road, south of Steveston Highway, this weekend.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie, local politicians, and community members attended the opening ceremony of the Richmond Community Animal Shelter today, along with their furry companions.

“We know that many animals are more than just pets to people, so it is essential that we have a safe and comforting environment for animals while we seek to rehome them. This new shelter achieves that,” said Brodie, as his dog Sophie eagerly tried to join him on stage.

The shelter was previously run by the Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS), before BC SPCA took over last year. The city began the $5.6 million rebuild and expansion in 2021. …

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Richmondites invited to celebrate opening of Aberdeen Neighbourhood Park

Richmond News

Aberdeen Neighbourhood Park will finally be fully open, and Richmondites are invited to celebrate its completion with a night of festivities.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie and city council will open the park, followed by a free, family-friendly celebration on July 27.

Community members can enjoy an evening of fun activities such as music, face painting, chalk art, and food trucks. …

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Richmond mayor mum on discussion with CSIS

Richmond News

Richmond’s mayor said he’s confident in the city’s ability to ensure the integrity of the upcoming municipal election.

In fact, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie doesn’t think municipal councils are really of interest to outside influence.

“I’m not sure any city council is all that important in the global sense that would merit some kind of … cyber attack,” he added.

Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), met with him recently, but Brodie said he couldn’t divulge what was discussed at that meeting. …

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Work set to begin on new five-lane Highway 99 interchange in Richmond

Surrey Now Leader

Ground was officially broken Thursday morning (July 7) on the new five-lane Steveston interchange, the latest in a series of improvements along the Highway 99 corridor in preparation for replacing the aging George Massey Tunnel.

The new interchange, which replace the existing two-lane overpass at Steveston Highway and Highway 99 with a five-lave structure that accommodates two eastbound lanes and three westbound lanes (including a left-turn lane) will improve public transit, shorten travel times for drivers, and improve active transportation connections, according to a government press release. …

“The Steveston Highway interchange project is an important infrastructure upgrade and a critical component of the overall Highway 99 improvements, which will ultimately improve the lives of those in Richmond and commuters through the corridor,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said in a press release.

“The Steveston overpass and interchange design, including three extra lanes along with dedicated pedestrian and cycling paths on both sides of the twinning overpass, will improve safety and increase efficiency in moving business and commuter traffic, while reducing congestion and vehicle emissions.” …

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Richmondites to see a new city centre garden in the next three years

Richmond News

Richmondites might see a new garden being installed at Garden City Community Park in the next three years, according to Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie.

On Sunday, Brodie was joined by city councillors, local MPs and members of Richmond’s four Rotary Clubs to welcome the arrival of Jennifer Jones, the Rotary International’s president.

At the gathering, members of the Rotary Club revealed their plans to create a new Rotary Peace Garden through collaboration with the city.

And, in honour of Jones’ arrival, Brodie presented her a proclamation by announcing that July 10 will be Rotary Peace Day in the city.

Brodie said the concept behind the garden is to not only remind people of the importance of peace in our local community and peace in the world, but also to provide a tranquil and passive experience for people who are using the park. …

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Rental advocate John Roston running for Richmond mayor’s chair

Richmond News

Rental housing advocate and FarmWatch member John Roston will challenge long-time Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in the October municipal election.

The Steveston resident has been named as the RITE Richmond mayoral candidate.

Roston ran in the May 2021 by-election to replace Kelly Greene, who was elected as an NDP MLA in the previous fall’s provincial election.

Roston placed eighth in the by-election, won by retired VPD superintendent Andy Hobbs. …

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Falcon would cancel Massey tunnel project, says NDP

Indo-Canadian Voice

The NDP pointed out on Thursday that as the government takes the next big step to build a new Massey crossing project, B.C. Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon has made it clear that he would halt construction, keeping commuters stuck in traffic another three years.

“That tunnel is going to get cancelled if we form government,” Falcon told Radio Red FM.

Falcon’s plan to go back to a toll bridge would require a new environmental assessment and take nine years to complete. …

It noted that 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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