Richmond business leaders meet to discuss recovery and resilience

Richmond News

More than 100 Richmond business leaders are gathering today to explore how businesses can adapt to an evolving economy and build resilience.

Hosted by Mayor Malcolm Brodie and city councillors, the 2022 Business and Partner Appreciation Event is being held for the first time since it went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

Local business leaders in attendance will include Nancy Small, Tourism Richmond CEO; Shaena Furlong, Richmond Chamber of Commerce CEO; Mike McNaney, YVR VP and chief external affairs officer; and Paul Tilbury, chair of the city’s economic advisory committee.

The event is being held at the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University today (Sept. 27) at 12:15 p.m. …

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Canada Infrastructure Bank, Lulu Island Energy Company and Corix achieve financial close on $175 million district energy investment

Cision

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), Lulu Island Energy Company (LIEC) and Corix Infrastructure Inc. (Corix) have achieved financial close on a district energy expansion project in the City of Richmond, British Columbia.

Under the agreement, the CIB will provide $175 million in financing for the LIEC City Centre District Energy Utility project. It will enable expansion to more than 170 new residential and mixed-use commercial development sites in the area by 2050, using low-carbon heat recovered from the Gilbert Road regional sewer system. …

The benefits of this expansion will be realized not only by the residents and businesses connected to the utility, but the entire community as it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated one million tonnes when completed. District energy is a key pillar for achieving Richmond’s short- and long-term community greenhouse gas emission reduction goals as well as the delivery of efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly energy for the community.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie, City of Richmond

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Concerns raised over lack of overdose prevention sites in Richmond

Richmond News

The issue of overdose prevention services in Richmond was raised on Friday afternoon after an advocate took to Twitter to warn of a toxic drug seized in Richmond.

Karen Ward, a drug policy consultant for city of Vancouver, tweeted a screenshot of a notification with the caption, “There are no death prevention services in Richmond BC.”

The message in the screenshot read, “Round pink tablet with imprint ‘6’ seized in Richmond found to contain fluclotizolam, a benzo analog more toxic than etizolam. May cause sedation. Don’t use alone.”

The benzo analogue in question is “extremely potent” and “not legally available in Canada,” Ward told The Richmond News. It is unclear whether this was the first time the tablet was discovered in Richmond, as “relatively few findings are actually made public this way.” …

The News asked Mayor Malcolm Brodie for comment about overdose prevention sites while at an unrelated event. He said he wasn’t prepared to discuss the issue at that time but added overdose prevention services is a health question that should be directed to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). …

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Photos: Richmond dog park gets new name

Richmond News

It’s official — the No. 3 and Dyke Roads dog park is now called “No. 3 Road Bark Park.”

Instead of drum rolls, enthusiastic howls filled the air as dozens of Richmondites, two-legged and four-legged, gathered on Saturday morning to celebrate the popular dog park’s reopening and renaming.

The new name is a nod to Bark Park Richmond, a Facebook group created by park regular Judy Hutson to share information and photos about the park. Members of the group have been referring to the park as Bark Park for over a decade. …

In his opening remarks, Mayor Malcolm Brodie said Richmond’s extensive network of off-leash areas provides “stimulating opportunities” for around 7,700 licensed dogs in the city to “have a good time to play and to exercise.”

And the city is hoping to make the already-popular Bark Park even better.

“What I want to emphasize to you is this is not a completed project — not yet,” said Brodie. “We’re looking for the input from all of you as to what else you’re looking for.” …

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Richmond opens the doors to new temporary affordable housing

Business in Vancouver

Affordable housing is top of mind for many British Columbians in Metro Vancouver. As more political candidates make proposals for how to deal with housing issues, new temporary supportive housing opened its doors in Richmond yesterday (Sept. 20).

Aster Place will provide housing for 30 vulnerable people who are currently residing at Richmond’s temporary Emergency Response Centre (ERC), which has provided them with safe housing during the COVID-19 pandemic but is now closing. …

Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond, said Aster Place is another component to Richmond’s homelessness strategy.

“The City of Richmond, BC Housing, the Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing, and Community Builders have worked together on this project to connect with tenants in need, understand the supportive services required and provide a safe and stable housing environment. The City of Richmond remains committed to being a leader that works with our community organizations and partners to provide options for those who have no home,” he said. …

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Richmond dog park to get a new name on Saturday

Richmond News

An event is being held on Saturday in Richmond to officially unveil the new name for a local dog park.

In July, city council decided to rename Richmond’s No. 3 Road off-leash dog park near the south arm of the Fraser River.

Community members and their furry friends are invited to join the event at 9:30 a.m. at the entrance of the park.

“Richmond has an extensive network of off-leash dog parks where residents can go to exercise their dogs and build community with fellow dog owners,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“The new name of the park is fitting as it was put forward by Richmond’s community members.” …

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Temporary supportive housing opens next to Bridgeport SkyTrain in Richmond

Daily Hive

Tenants are now moving into the newly completed temporary supportive housing building located just south of SkyTrain Bridgeport Station in North Richmond.

BC Housing has completed “Aster Place” at 2520 Smith Street, which is a three-storey modular building with 40 units.

The opening of the new building will result in the closure of Richmond’s pandemic-time temporary Emergency Response Centre, which currently provides shelter for about 30 individuals experiencing homelessness. They will be relocated to the new temporary building. …

“Aster Place is another important component of the city’s homelessness strategy and an example of how partnerships can result in housing for those residents experiencing or at risk of homelessness,” said Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

“The City of Richmond remains committed to being a leader that works with our community organizations and partners to provide options for those who have no home.” …

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Residents move into new Richmond modular housing on Tuesday

Richmond News

A year and a half after being approved by city council, residents were moving into a second temporary modular home (TMH) in Richmond.

Tuesday, the complex, now named Aster Place, officially opened in the morning with dignitaries in attendance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Aster Place is another important component of the city’s homelessness strategy and an example of how partnerships can result in housing for some of our most vulnerable residents,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie at the official opening.

People who have been staying at the temporary Emergency Response Centre, which opened early in the pandemic, at Minoru Place will relocate to the new complex. …

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New temporary supportive housing opens in Richmond

Indo-Canadian Voice

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Richmond are moving into new safe and secure homes with the opening of a 40-unit temporary supportive housing building.

Located at 2520 Smith Street, Aster Place is a three-storey modular building with 40 self-contained units, each with a private washroom and kitchenette. The building has a commercial kitchen, laundry facilities and storage space. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said on Tuesday: “Aster Place is another important component of the city’s homelessness strategy and an example of how partnerships can result in housing for those residents experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The City of Richmond, BC Housing, the Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing, and Community Builders have worked together on this project to connect with tenants in need, understand the supportive services required and provide a safe and stable housing environment. The City of Richmond remains committed to being a leader that works with our community organizations and partners to provide options for those who have no home.”

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New temporary supportive housing opens in Richmond

BC Gov News

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Richmond are moving into new safe and secure homes with the opening of a 40-unit temporary supportive housing building.

Located at 2520 Smith St., Aster Place is a three-storey modular building with 40 self-contained units, each with a private washroom and kitchenette. The building has a commercial kitchen, laundry facilities and storage space. …

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Malcolm Brodie, mayor, City of Richmond

“Aster Place is another important component of the city’s homelessness strategy and an example of how partnerships can result in housing for those residents experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The City of Richmond, BC Housing, the Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing, and Community Builders have worked together on this project to connect with tenants in need, understand the supportive services required and provide a safe and stable housing environment. The City of Richmond remains committed to being a leader that works with our community organizations and partners to provide options for those who have no home.” …

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