I have reviewed the draft strategy and these are my comments.

about 5 years ago
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  • can over 6 years ago
    1. It looks like all the efforts are directed to diversity, nothing is being said of the cultural inheritance brought here by people who came from English-speaking countries, like UK and USA. I do not know the history that well, but have a vague feeling that my impression that Chinese people were the founders and first inhabitants of Richmond is wrong.Could we please have more educational programs, like exhibitions, TV, posters, booklets, etc. highliting the roots of Richmond and use those roots as the foundation for future development? For example, I would love to have a calendar with the pictures of old Richmond's landmarks with historical comments, mailed to my household, as a Christmas present from the city. I saw one for New Westminster and enjoyed it!2. Do you think the signs in Chinese only is inclusive for everyone?3. How come the amount of home owners in Richmond is more than everage, as well as the amount of children's poverty? It looks like most of the underprivileged kids have the privileged home-owners as their parents. How do you calculate income? If I live in a house, do not work, have four more houses, which I rent out, and show $15,000 as my income, am I a low-income person?
  • can over 6 years ago
    1. It looks like all the afforts are directed to diversity, nothing is being said of the cultural inheritance brought here by people who came from English-speaking countries, like UK and USA. I do not know the history that well, but have a vague feeling that my impression that Chinese people were the founders and first inhabitants of Richmond is wrong.Could we please have more educational programs, like exhibitions, TV, posters, booklets, etc. highliting the roots of Richmond and use those roots as the foundation for future development?For example, I would love to have a calendar with the pictures of old Richmond's landmarks with historical comments, mailed to my household, as a Christmas present from the city. I saw one for New Westminster and enjoyed it!2. Do you think the signs in Chinese only is inclusive for everyone?3. How come the amount of home owners in Richmond is more than everage, as well as the amount of children's poverty? It looks like most of the underprivileged kids have the privileged home-owners as their parents. How do you calculate income? If I live in a house, do not work, have four more houses, which I rent out, and show $15,000 as my income, am I a low-income person?
  • Christopher over 6 years ago
    Thank you for this document. It seems to cover the range of characteristics and concerns of our city. I'm happy to see acknowledgement of importance of faith communities and not-for-profit groups to the health and well-being of our community. Also acknowledgment that non-profits are stressed for space - consideration for space options and the need for the City to play a role in securing space as the need for programs increases alongside our growing population. Good to see acknowledgement of people who are vulnerable to isolation, poverty, and chronic illness through social isolation (eg immigrants with language barriers, and the aged). Also the high cost of living - especially housing, so critical to health and social stability. Also the importance of giving a strong and healthy start to children (and their families?). Alongside consideration for older seniors and people with mental illness, I missed reference to the rapidly increasing population who are suffering serious memory impairment and dementia and the impact on caregivers and the community as a whole. Good to see acknowledgement of food security as something not to be taken for granted. Yeah for more bicycle lanes. Such a pity that many people are (justifiably) frightened to cycle in the flat city. Rage control training for bus drivers could go a long way. As a bus-rider and a cyclist, I'm terrified by the aggressive and angry attitude of some bus drivers. Very frightening considering they are supposedly professional drivers. I believe strong neighbourhoods in themselves could address many of the issues I refer to above.Thanks to everyone who participated in this draft. I look forward to the next steps.
  • Chelsea over 6 years ago
    It's heartening that the contributions and needs of non-profit organizations (staff and volunteers) that serve marginalized groups are recognized in this strategy, given that social pressures and needs for services seem to be outpacing population growth in our city and that the density and high cost of housing that is driving much stress and poverty also affect the ability of non-profits to find affordable space to provide the services that are not offered by government or business.A clear and consistent framework for securing space can be expected to result in more efficient and productive efforts by all parties concerned.The comunity service hub seems like a model worth exploring.Thank you for this document and for welcoming community input.
  • carven over 6 years ago
    In reading Can's comment, I feel that it is extremely important for the City to always acknowledged that our society is on Coast Salish territories. The City should be aware of Richmond citizens' awareness of colonial history on this land; a fair share of Canadian immigrants take their citizenship education very seriously and critically. For example, the The Chinese Canadian Stories Project educates all Canadians, including new Chinese-speaking immigrants, on the Indigenous Nations of this land that Canada occupies and on the histories of migration that continues to shape the multicultural society of the Lower Mainland and Canada.We should bring The Chinese Canadian Stories Project to Richmond.http://chinesecanadian.ubc.ca/
  • dawn over 6 years ago
    The strategy framework is good, but City Hall always cares most about pleasing the large development companies. For example the SmartCentres video of the "Walmart mall" shows that it goes right up to the north side of Alderbridge Way. It could just as easily be set back with forest along the edge and that would keep the wellness views from the city centre around the Garden City lands. The SmartCentres video scenario would not happen if City Hall had the spirit of the Social Development Strategy but it does not and will not. It just does not care about ordinary people and most of all does not care about the city centre people who would get the most from the Social Development Strategy.
  • carven over 6 years ago
    In reading Can's comment, I feel that it is extremely important for the City to always acknowledged that our society is on Coast Salish territories. The City should be aware of Richmond citizens' understanding of colonial history on this land and the treaty negotiation of this land; particularly worth noting, there is a fair share of new Canadian immigrants who take their citizenship education very seriously and critically, and, they do a lot of research outside of the Immigration Guide. I know migrant social groups that organize trips to UBC to learn about historical injustices, Musqueam relations and alliances with migrant groups, and much more.I think it would be great to bring The Chinese Canadian Stories Project to Richmond.The Chinese Canadian Stories Project educates all Canadians, including new Chinese-speaking immigrants, on aspects of Canadian history that are often not the focus of federal heritage citizenship education. One of the goals of the Project is to inspire "a rethinking of the role of Chinese and First Nations peoples in the building of the CPR and in building Canada."Bringing this project to Richmond would serve as a rich civic education opportunity!http://chinesecanadian.ubc.ca/