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Maria Rantanen

Maria Rantanen

Maria Rantanen covers the city hall and education beats for the Richmond News but she also enjoys delving into stories about farming and the future of Richmond.

Recent Work by Maria

Some Richmond neighbourhoods 90 per cent vaccinated

Some Richmond neighbourhoods 90 per cent vaccinated

A pop-up vaccination clinic will be held Friday (Oct. 29) at Thompson Community Annex.
Garden sign travels to Burnaby and back to Richmond

Garden sign travels to Burnaby and back to Richmond

The Ecosavers at Cambie secondary were devastated when their bee and pollinator garden was vandalized.
Fundraiser supports Richmond's transition house, women fleeing abuse

Fundraiser supports Richmond's transition house, women fleeing abuse

Shoppers Drug Mart is fundraising for Nova House until Nov. 5.
Richmond mandates COVID-19 vaccination for city staff, council

Richmond mandates COVID-19 vaccination for city staff, council

City staff have until Dec. 20 to provide proof of vaccination or medical exemption.
RCMP unionization could cost Richmond $9-11 million in backpay

RCMP unionization could cost Richmond $9-11 million in backpay

Richmond taxpayers could be on the hook for a 2.5-3.5 per cent increase in taxes for increased policing costs
Recycled mattresses, furniture in Richmond expected at million pounds in 2021

Recycled mattresses, furniture in Richmond expected at million pounds in 2021

It could cost $2.8 million over five years to recycle Richmondites' old mattresses and furniture.
Most of Richmond city council plans to run in next year's municipal election

Most of Richmond city council plans to run in next year's municipal election

The next municipal election will take place on Oct. 15, 2022 when Richmondites will elect a mayor, eight councillors and seven school trustees.
Richmond non-profit looks for city support for project amid housing crunch

Richmond non-profit looks for city support for project amid housing crunch

Richmond city council raised its requirement for affordable housing in new large-scale developments in City Centre
Sani-dumps not feasible in Richmond: City staff

Sani-dumps not feasible in Richmond: City staff

Richmond city staff have tried to find a location for dumping human waste several times, but concluded it's not feasible.
Richmond COVID-19 cases keep dropping

Richmond COVID-19 cases keep dropping

Vaccination rates in all Richmond neighbourhoods exceed provincial rates.