City of Richmond researching municipal police force

Richmond News

Richmond residents may soon be asked if they want to cut ties with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Last week, Mayor Malcolm Brodie announced the City of Richmond was continuing to research the feasibility of forming its own independent municipal police force.

At issue for Brodie is costs and governance.

“We’ve got issues on the governance side of things, consisting of the difference between having an Ottawa-based police force that interacts with council through a community safety committee …compared to the controls you can set with a police board, appointed by the mayor,” said Brodie.

A major thorn in the side of the city, according to Brodie, has been the RCMP’s decision to build a $1 billion E-Division headquarters in Surrey named Green Timbers.

Brodie said the facility wasn’t necessary and, furthermore, local municipalities were not properly consulted, particularly when it came to the bill.

Brodie said to the best of his knowledge, the dispute over the bill is ongoing between the RCMP and the Province of B.C.

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“C” is for controversy in Richmond

CKNW

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie isn’t all too impressed with his city right now after the latest sign debacle.

“I am really disappointed to hear of such items being sold anywhere in Richmond.”

This coming in after he found out about Super Garage in Aberdeen Centre selling yellow “C” decals that say Chinese Driver–much like you would see on the back of a learner or new driver’s car. …

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Hazy future as dredging wraps up

Delta Optimist

As the port authority and all three levels of government marked completion of the dredging of the Fraser River’s secondary channels last week, others were left wondering what will happen next. Port Metro Vancouver president and CEO Robin Silvester, MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay, provincial Transportation Minister Todd Stone, Delta Mayor Lois Jackson and Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie all touted the work done by $10-million program to clear local waterways, which had been filling with sediment for more than a decade. …

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Richmond townhall highlights transit service shortfalls

News 1130

People calling into a Richmond phone-in townhall say service in their city is a major concern when it comes to transit.

The city needs the transit infrastructure for many reasons according to Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who admitted more lines going east-west are a priority. …

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Au challenges tax policy

Richmond News

For the second time in just four weeks Richmond councillors debated the merits of an annual one per cent tax increase that is dedicated for a reserve account for infrastructure…

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