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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

Ambulance union wants more community paramedics in cities like Richmond

Ambulance union wants more community paramedics in cities like Richmond

Community paramedics are in rural and remote B.C. communities, but not in urban settings
Swastika, Freemason symbol plastered on Richmond election signs

Swastika, Freemason symbol plastered on Richmond election signs

Campaign worker called defacing "absolutely unacceptable and disgusting"
Richmond Hospital COVID-19 numbers drop slightly

Richmond Hospital COVID-19 numbers drop slightly

Weekly cases detected in Richmond have dropped for the past two weeks
Richmond gets one more ambulance

Richmond gets one more ambulance

There will be eight more paramedics hired in Richmond this fall.
LaFarge plant in Richmond fined almost $340,000 by WorkSafeBC

LaFarge plant in Richmond fined almost $340,000 by WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC fined a Richmond cement plant for not assessing hazards in a confined workspace.
Richmond COVID-19 cases drop for second week running

Richmond COVID-19 cases drop for second week running

Vaccination rates in Richmond are higher than provincial rates, according to BCCDC data.
Private school in Richmond asks for extension to run in industrial area

Private school in Richmond asks for extension to run in industrial area

The Ministry of Education found City Vancouver Academy to be operating outside the proper zoning last year.
Richmond chamber hosts election debate Wednesday

Richmond chamber hosts election debate Wednesday

The federal election will take place on Monday, Sept. 20.
All-candidates meeting: Steveston-Richmond East candidates spar over climate, housing (video)

All-candidates meeting: Steveston-Richmond East candidates spar over climate, housing (video)

Richmond News hosted an all-candidate meeting on Zoom on Monday with four out of five Steveston-Richmond East candidates participating.
Richmond non-profits challenge candidates on social justice issues

Richmond non-profits challenge candidates on social justice issues

Six candidates responded to questions, but one candidate only directed voters to her party's platform.