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por­tion of Rich­mond’s pop­u­la­tion that is of Chi­nese de­scent be­ing of Chi­nese ori­gin, you can’t be sur­prised to see some Chi­nese lan­guage.”

Sta­tis­tics show that 70 per­cent of Rich­mond’s pop­u­la­tion con­sists of mi­nori­ties, and 47 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is of Chi­nese de­cent.

Af­ter Brodie’s re-elec­tion in 2014, the sig­nage con­tro­versy was fi­nally put to rest last year.

“There will be no lan­guage by­law that’s go­ing to be in­voked,” he said. To achieve cul­tural har­mony, the city ex­pects to mod­ern­ize its by­laws by de-clut­ter­ing sig­nage on win­dows and ed­u­cat­ing mer­chants on the im­por­tance of in­clud­ing English on their signs.

“I be­lieve it’s just the start. It’s not the fin­ish,” Brodie said, ac­knowl­edg­ing that achiev­ing cul­tural har­mony on this is­sue will take hard work.

In his an­nual ad­dress on Feb 12, Brodie high­lighted Rich­mond’s progress in 2015, as well as the city’s progress on the coun­cil’s 2015-2018 Term Goals.

Over the years, Brodie’s com­mit­ment to the city has earned him the ti­tle “Rich­mond’s Trusted Leader.” He has ded­i­cated him­self on is­sues such as com­mu­nity safety, qual­ity of life, com­mu­nity im­prove­ments, the en­vi­ron­ment and the econ­omy, to name a few.

His in­volve­ment with the Chi­nese com­mu­nity has been a pri­or­ity since he was first elected, whether it is bring­ing moon­cakes and lanterns to the Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­vals or rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of Chi­nese cit­i­zens.

He con­tin­ues to reach out and show his sup­port to Chi­nese res­i­dents. “My hope is that the year of the Mon­key for all of you, your friends, your fam­ily, will be a time of great joy, hap­pi­ness, great suc­cess, and good health,” he said.

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