YVR jet fuel pipeline in the news again with Councillor Bill McNulty leading the charge in an interview with Global BC.

Click here to watch Councillor McNulty’s comments on this important issue for the future of Richmond.

Posted by: richmondfirst | May 27, 2013

Active on Richmond’s “Move for Health Day”

Councillor Bill McNulty participates in Richmond's "Move for Health Day" with Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Councillor Bill McNulty participates in Richmond’s “Move for Health Day” with Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Posted by: richmondfirst | April 19, 2013

‘Bells and whistles’ museum idea is outlandish

Editor:

There have been a lot of letters to the editor lately regarding a city staff proposal to build a new museum in Richmond. Council recently clarified this issue, but I feel it’s important to extend the conversation for all our residents.

Firstly, let me say I feel the $59-million projected price tag of a full “bells and whistles” museum to be completely outlandish during these difficult economic times. People are having trouble making ends meet and taxes have been edging upwards. Is this the right time to build such a facility? I think common sense says no.

What I will say though is that a museum, of some to be determined price tag and scope, may have a place in the future of our growing city. That doesn’t mean tomorrow, but down the line a facility could provide benefits. That’s why the city keeps a list of capital projects for future consideration. It’s a laundry list of capital projects, from roads to dykes, from public safety to fire protection and from parks to a yes, a museum.

What I do believe is that we need to set priorities for this list responsibly. My first priority is a new seniors centre. The one we have now is old, small, and outdated. Another priority would be to renovate and add to the pool facilities at Minoru that have served us so well these many years and are now in need of reinvestment. In addition, of course, our fire and police investments must remain a top priority, such as the No 1 Fire Hall. A museum? That’s way down the list for me.

In saying all that, these are your tax dollars. That’s why I’ve always supported asking the public for your priorities. Whether that’s through a referendum, or broad based public consultation, you deserve to have a say in where your tax dollars are being spent.

So feel free to continue voicing your opinion on a museum in Richmond. In my view, it’s a long way off given the other critical priorities we need to
address in our city.

Bill McNulty
Richmond First Councillor

As published in the April 19, 2013 edition of the Richmond Review

Posted by: richmondfirst | February 24, 2013

Air Cadets take flight in Richmond

Air Cadets take flight in Richmond

Councillor Bill McNulty supporting the Richmond Air Cadets in their annual fund raiser. Bill made the first donation to the Steveston 609 Air Cadet squadron this past weekend for their annual campaign.

Posted by: richmondfirst | February 21, 2013

We support eating as a family!

We support eating as a family!

Supporting Touchstone Family Association’s eating as a family initiative. We live busy lives – take some time to catch up with your loved ones!

Posted by: richmondfirst | February 10, 2013

Gong Hay Fat Choy! Welcome the year of the snake!

Gong Hay Fat Choy! Councillor Bill McNulty is the God of Fortune at Aberdeen Centre tonight to welcome the Year of the Snake!

Gong Hay Fat Choy! Councillor Bill McNulty is the God of Fortune at Aberdeen Centre  to welcome the Year of the Snake!

 

 

Posted by: richmondfirst | November 11, 2012

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day 2012

At Richmond City Hall in Remembrance of our heroes.

Posted by: richmondfirst | November 10, 2012

Councillor Bill McNulty receives the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Congratulations to Councillor Bill McNulty on receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal! Presented here by Richmond MP Alice Wong.

Starting next fall, of course, fare gates for SkyTrain finally will be in operation. But there’ll still be no fare gates for TransLink’s buses. And fare cheating will undoubtedly continue to rile the public.

Just ask long-serving Richmond Coun. Bill McNulty, who remembers that, when he first championed fare gates six years ago, saying they were needed both for fairness and safety, he was shouted down by TransLink representatives.

“I persisted at every opportunity to speak out for them and each time, despite strong public support, I was told I was on the wrong side of the argument,” he wrote in a letter to the Richmond News.

McNulty, a former track coach, has three tips for TransLink: “Ensure everybody pays their fares, don’t hammer motorists just because they need to drive a vehicle and offer services that people want.”

Let’s hope TransLink finally is ready to listen …

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/hope+TransLink+finally+ready+listen/7510596/story.html#ixzz2Bbykw8WX

Posted by: richmondfirst | November 3, 2012

Translink’s House far from in order

As Published in the Richmond News, November 2, 2012:

It’s been almost six years since I championed Translink focusing on what I hear citizens talk about the most – getting value for money, ensuring fairness, and having proper safety checks in place.

I remember when I first championed the cause of faregates in 2006 saying they were necessary for both fairness and safety. Translink representatives shouted me down saying turnstiles were neither wanted nor were they efficient. Now due to public pressure they’re finally coming.

With recent whistleblowing from TransLink bus drivers saying more than 2.1 million riders did not pay their fares last year – that’s a good place to start for municipal and provincial leaders squabbling over who should pay the Translink bill. This fare evasion alone has cost more than $5-million a year, and it should be addressed before trying to ding taxpayers again. It’s a simple concept – stop the leaks in your pipes before paying to fix your roof.

Bill McNulty
Richmond First Councillor

Read the letter online at: http://www.richmond-news.com/opinion/editorials/About+time+TransLink+gets+faregates/7488345/story.html

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