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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

Two people die trapped under glass: Richmond Fire-Rescue

Two people die trapped under glass: Richmond Fire-Rescue

WorkSafeBC is investigating after two people died at a worksite in mid-October on River Road.
Richmond mom feels 'gaslit' not told about COVID cases

Richmond mom feels 'gaslit' not told about COVID cases

Parents at Homma elementary have created a 'game of telephone' to share COVID-19 information
Richmond aviation company receives grant to develop electric plane technology

Richmond aviation company receives grant to develop electric plane technology

Harbour Air has performed almost 30 test flights on its ePlane
Richmond council to consider vaccine mandate for city staff, politicians

Richmond council to consider vaccine mandate for city staff, politicians

Vaccine coverage in Richmond ranges from 83 per cent to 89 per cent.
One-day crackdown on illegal ride-hailing in Richmond nets $7,500 in fines

One-day crackdown on illegal ride-hailing in Richmond nets $7,500 in fines

A Richmond company warns international students could be vulnerable using illegal ride-hailing.
Swastika, Freemason symbol plastered on Richmond election signs

Swastika, Freemason symbol plastered on Richmond election signs

Campaign worker called defacing "absolutely unacceptable and disgusting"
Easing of travel restrictions won't open floodgates: Tourism Richmond

Easing of travel restrictions won't open floodgates: Tourism Richmond

Tourism industry is planning next year as travel restrictions ease up.
George Massey Tunnel announcement anticipated

George Massey Tunnel announcement anticipated

The province has been considering either an eight-lane bridge or tunnel to replace the George Massey Tunnel.
Warmer Fraser River temperatures stress salmon: DFO biologist

Warmer Fraser River temperatures stress salmon: DFO biologist

The salmon fishery is closed this year because of declining stocks.
Environment Canada issues 'extreme heat alert' for Lower Mainland

Environment Canada issues 'extreme heat alert' for Lower Mainland

Wildfire smoke from the Interior is expected to arrive in the Lower Mainland over the next few days, reducing the air quality.