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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

Higher fees, new rules around soil importation coming to Richmond

Higher fees, new rules around soil importation coming to Richmond

Richmond is proposing to make it more expensive to bring in soil from outside the city.
Richmond Farm School doubles its students this year

Richmond Farm School doubles its students this year

Twice as many students are learning to farm at KPU's Richmond Farm School this year.
Bakery owner, developer Sunny Ho runs for Richmond council in byelection

Bakery owner, developer Sunny Ho runs for Richmond council in byelection

Three candidates have filed their paperwork for the May 29 byelection.
Teachers at new Richmond private school told to 'tread lightly'

Teachers at new Richmond private school told to 'tread lightly'

A company that has eight private schools in China is opening one in Richmond.
Richmond calls for more police integration, focus on organized crime

Richmond calls for more police integration, focus on organized crime

The City of Richmond has compiled feedback for the province, which is reviewing the Police Act.
Richmond council pushes back against liquor store proposed in industrial area

Richmond council pushes back against liquor store proposed in industrial area

A strip mall with home-reno retail stores is the site of a proposed liquor store.
Richmond schools give hiring priority to Indigenous teachers

Richmond schools give hiring priority to Indigenous teachers

The Office of the Human Rights Commissioner has granted SD38 the ability to prioritize hiring teachers who self-identify as Indigenous.
RTA president adds voice to call for teacher vaccinations

RTA president adds voice to call for teacher vaccinations

AstraZeneca was originally going to be used to vaccinate essential workers, but that plan was cancelled.
Richmond's Gateway Theatre tentatively plans summer events

Richmond's Gateway Theatre tentatively plans summer events

Performances at Gateway will depend on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Province allows broad mail-in voting in Richmond byelection

Province allows broad mail-in voting in Richmond byelection

The byelection for one council seat will be held May 29.