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Mayor reflects on local pandemic changes

By Don Fennell

Published 3:59 PDT, Fri May 28, 2021

In the 20 years during which he’s become Richmond’s longest-serving mayor, Malcolm Brodie says he’s never seen anything like the past 14 months.

“It’s been absolutely unique. There’s been nothing like it certainly in my lifetime,” he says of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dramatically altered the lives of people around the world.

Locally, Brodie says his duties as mayor were typically non-stop until they suddenly ground to a halt in March 2020. That was followed by a number of months of city council working from home, with most events being held virtually but even then only a trickle of what had been the norm.

But while the traditional in-person council process was compromised, technology has enabled council to deal with matters at hand.

Now, the goal is for a return to some form of a new normal.

“The ambition is to get as many vaccinated as we can as quickly as we can,” he said in a recent interview with the Richmond Sentinel.

To see more of the interview, click here.

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