RITE Richmond Applauds Councillor Halsey-Brandt For Tabling Day-Wolfe Proposed Motion
For Immediate Release
October 15, 2014
RICHMOND, BC – Just 5 days after the RITE Richmond RITE Richmond City Council team announced that they would table a motion, if elected in November 15 Municipal Election, to direct city staff to study the Chinese-Only signs issue, Councillor Evelina Halsey-Brandt did just that at last night’s City Council Meeting at Richmond City Hall.
The motion tabled by Councillor Halsey-Brandt called for city staff to look into the legality of being able to regulate the language of signs on private property.
Both RITE Richmond city council candidates Carol Day and Michael Wolfe attended the City Council meeting in support of the Richmond Blue-Dot campaign and would like to thank Councillor Halsey-Brandt for the referral and for having the courage to finally address what has become a significant issue in Richmond.
“I am thrilled to see that the motion Michael and I wrote was recognized and acted on so quickly,” said Day. “This could be a first step and we can finally start a dialogue to find solutions and options to bring our community closer together.”
The motion was an unexpected item added late to the City Council meeting agenda. Wolfe cited the RITE Richmond persistence along with the efforts of many dedicated citizens who kept pushing on this issue as the main reason for the motion.
“The reason I have been so active at City Council meetings over the last decade is to be part of the change I wish to see in Richmond,” said Wolfe. “Ensuring that healthy natural areas are sustained has been a constant message during my presentations in the Council Chambers. My research study can conclude that when the people speak to mayor and councillors and they are motivated to listen, eventually something clicks. This time, Carol [Day] and I learned from the most active community members, developed policy, and here we are. We are glad to be part of a new shift and to be making waves because it’s time for change, and we want to be part of that change.”