Fine Choice Foods Launches Second Manufacturing Facility in Richmond

Business Wire

Fine Choice Foods, a market-leading producer of quality Asian-inspired foods, announced the opening of its second manufacturing facility, also located in Richmond, with a recent in-person celebration. The event included remarks from Honourable Lana Popham, BC Minister of Agriculture and Food; Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of the City of Richmond, BC; and Jason Longden, CEO of Fine Choice Foods. The new facility will produce spring rolls equal to the length of more than 700 football fields on a weekly basis, creating more than 70 new jobs as part of the company’s continued growth. …

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Richmond RCMP launches “Hate has no place in Richmond campaign, calls on victims to report racially motivated incidents

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The City of Richmond and Richmond RCMP has launched a call-to-action to ensure that the City continues to be a safe and welcoming community.  

In 2020 and again last year, Richmond City Council declared, “Racial and discriminatory actions have no place in Richmond, and they have no place in our society.” At the same time, Richmond RCMP declared that “Hate has no place in our community,” and pledged that all reported incidents involving hate motivated undertones would receive full attention and oversight. 

Now, Richmond RCMP and the City of Richmond are going a step further by calling upon members of the community to get more involved. They are calling on victims and witnesses to report racially motivated incidents directly to police as they occur. …

City of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie echoed this call-to-action saying, “Racial and discriminatory action have no place in Richmond nor in our society, and they will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, such attitudes exist and are in direct contradiction to the spirit of inclusion we uphold.  I urge residents to stand together to address and condemn all forms of discrimination and racism. If you experience or witness a hate incident, do not hesitate to contact the RCMP.”

Mayor Brodie added, “In 2019, Richmond was one of the first cities to adopt a Cultural Harmony Plan and we have been working diligently with community partners to deliver programs and initiatives to build meaningful bridges amongst cultures and reduce barriers to participation. We also appreciate the work of the Richmond Resilience BC Committee and other community organizations, in developing and launching the Richmond Community Protocol this past spring, which offers mechanisms and supports for the public and community to respond to hate and racist incidents.” …

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New campaign urges Richmond, B.C. residents to report racism to police in real time

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A new campaign is encouraging residents of Richmond, B.C., to report incidents of hatred and racism directly to police in real time.

While a person’s instinct may be to film an interaction and post it on social media, RCMP are calling on the public to report racially motivated incidents as they occur.

“All too often we are learning of hate-motivated incidents through second-hand reports in the news and on social media,” Chief Supt. Dave Chauhan said in a news release.

“But in order for our investigators to give these allegations the fulsome attention they deserve, we need to speak directly to victims and witnesses.” …

“Racial and discriminatory action have no place in Richmond nor in our society, and they will not be tolerated,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said in the statement.

“I urge residents to stand together to address and condemn all forms of discrimination and racism. If you experience or witness a hate incident, do not hesitate to contact the RCMP.” …

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Richmond anti-racism campaign encourages reporting, not recording

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A campaign on the Lower Mainland is aiming to target acts of racism, by encouraging victims to report the occurrences to police.

Richmond is urging people to report when something happens and is also asking others to call police rather than pull out their phones and record what’s happening.

“Whether it’s a victim or witness, if it’s posted to social media … there’s no complaint generated,” said Richmond RCMP Chief Superintendent Dave Chauhan. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie says the City of Richmond’s Hate Has No Place campaign was prompted by the rise in hateful and racist acts over the course of the pandemic. While it “faded into the background” somewhat in recent times, he notes there have been a number of incidents popping up that made him and others feel it was time to bring the campaign back.

He says it is a call to action.

“It’s important that if you’re the victim of such an incident, you witness such an incident, you don’t just leave it, you bring it to the attention of the RCMP. And whether or not it’s a criminal offence, they will deal with it and try and mediate the solution,” he said.

“Don’t ignore it, don’t just walk away, report it.” …

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Derek Dang, Kash Heed aiming for political comebacks in October’s Richmond election

Business in Vancouver

A sixth political party has registered for the Richmond civic election and it features a pair of familiar names aiming for political comebacks.

Former B.C. Solicitor General Kash Heed and former city councillor Derek Dang are running for city council on Oct. 15 under the Richmond Rise banner.

Dang and Heed’s platform is based on four elements: public safety, housing, services for senior citizens and governance.

“We need to get back to good government, one that’s not full of bureaucracy,” Heed said. “No roadblocks in place, no pointing the fingers at others, the accountability and accessibility comes right back to city council.” …

Dang was first elected to city council the same year as Malcolm Brodie, who became mayor in a 2001 by-election and is running as an independent for re-election a sixth time. …

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Call-To-Action: “Hate Has No Place” in Richmond

Richmond RCMP

The City of Richmond and Richmond RCMP are launching a call-to-action to ensure that the City continues to be a safe and welcoming community. In 2020 and again last year, Richmond City Council declared, Racial and discriminatory actions have no place in Richmond, and they have no place in our society. At the same time, Richmond RCMP declared that Hate has no place in our community, and pledged that all reported incidents involving hate motivated undertones would receive full attention and oversight.

Today, Richmond RCMP and the City of Richmond are going a step further by calling upon members of the community to get more involved. They are calling on victims and witnesses to report racially motivated incidents directly to police as they occur. …

City of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie echoes this call-to-action saying, Racial and discriminatory action have no place in Richmond nor in our society, and they will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, such attitudes exist and are in direct contradiction to the spirit of inclusion we uphold. I urge residents to stand together to address and condemn all forms of discrimination and racism. If you experience or witness a hate incident, do not hesitate to contact the RCMP.

Mayor Brodie adds, In 2019, Richmond was one of the first cities to adopt a Cultural Harmony Plan and we have been working diligently with community partners to deliver programs and initiatives to build meaningful bridges amongst cultures and reduce barriers to participation. We also appreciate the work of the Richmond Resilience BC Committee and other community organizations, in developing and launching the Richmond Community Protocol this past spring, which offers mechanisms and supports for the public and community to respond to hate and racist incidents.” …

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Richmond RCMP, city urge people to contact police about racial crimes

Richmond News

Richmond RCMP and the City of Richmond are calling on victims and witnesses to report racially motivated incidents directly to police when they happen.

The Mounties’ top cop, Chief Supt. Dave Chauhan, highlighted the growing trend of the RCMP learning of hate-motivated incidents second-hand via news outlets and social media.

“… in order for our investigators to give these allegations the fulsome attention they deserve, we need to speak directly to victims and witnesses,” said Chauhan.

“We need people to come forward to police in the first instance.” …

Richmond’s mayor, Malcolm Brodie, echoed the call-to-action saying, “Racial and discriminatory action have no place in Richmond nor in our society, and they will not be tolerated.

“Unfortunately, such attitudes exist and are in direct contradiction to the spirit of inclusion we uphold.

“I urge residents to stand together to address and condemn all forms of discrimination and racism. If you experience or witness a hate incident, do not hesitate to contact the RCMP.” …

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12 Metro Vancouver mayors running again in the 2022 civic election

Daily Hive

With the 2022 civic election day across British Columbia now just under two months away, the vast majority of the candidates vying for a local government seat have already made their intentions public.

Within Metro Vancouver, 12 mayors of 17 of the region’s largest municipal governments have confirmed their incumbency. At least four mayors will not be running again. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie: Malcolm Brodie has led the City of Richmond for two decades, after winning his first mayoral election in 2002. Prior to becoming mayor, he was a two-term city councillor. Brodie won the 2018 race with 30,452 votes, far ahead of the 7,942 votes of Roy Sakata. …

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New expanded purpose-built animal shelter opens in Richmond

Daily Hive

Lost and abandoned pets looking for a reunion with their owners or a fur-ever home in Richmond now have a new purpose-built animal shelter for their temporary needs.

The new BC SPCA shelter at 12071 No. 5 Road recently opened at a cost of about $5.6 million, funded by the City of Richmond.

With a floor area of about 6,200 sq ft, the new facility is more than one-third larger than the previous 1970s-built facility, with the ability to provide shelter for up to 17 dogs, 40 cats, and rabbits and other small animals. …

“The new Richmond Animal Shelter integrates best practices in shelter design for the safe handling of stray and abandoned animals and we are pleased to partner with the BC SPCA on its operation,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

“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.” …

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Ahoy there: Free maritime festival sails back into Richmond this month

Daily Hive

Grab your sailor cap and strap on your floaties because one of Metro Vancouver’s largest nautical celebrations is returning this month.

The City of Richmond announced today that the popular Richmond Maritime Festival will take place on Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21 at the Britannia Shipyards

The National Historic Site in Steveston will host plenty of free activities for guests of all ages, including live entertainment, heritage boats, artisan and good vendors, and more.

According to Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, the maritime festival is a highlight on the city’s cultural calendar.

“We are thrilled to share this year’s festivities in person once more, providing new and returning visitors with a chance to learn about this region’s maritime history,” said Brodie in a release.

The 19th annual festival is open from 11 am to 6 pm each day on the eight-acre Brittania Shipyards, with no advance booking needed. …

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