Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/222/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClassD880D7425AA644F3982FFA8A2B1B058F"><p>As we move toward the New Year, look for great recipes for leftovers (or share your own) on the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Be a Green Angel all year round with the <em>Create Memories Not Garbage</em> campaign which encourages thoughtful and creative gifting. Need a break from the festivities? Our Regional Parks are delightful all through the winter (make sure to dress warmly). </p><p>As we try to demonstrate with this newsletter, we are all fortunate to live in a place that is beautiful, peaceful and well taken care of. Some stories also allude to our role in the global community; climate change, migration, housing and the economy are just some issues that don't end at our municipal boundaries. </p><p>If you enjoy reading the Metro Vancouver Update, share it with a friend, and welcome them to subscribe <a href="/events/sri-mailing-lists/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">here</span></a>. Happy Holidays! </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><em>Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing</em></p></div>Read more...Welcome0 0


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Lights, cameras, action - videos highlights of 2015http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/224/Lights, cameras, action - videos highlights of 2015Lights, cameras, action - videos highlights of 2015<div class="ExternalClassC698EB26620B45D388C279D2FA2C7B21"><p>​Metro Vancouver has a small and effective video production office, which we use to capture the milestones and moments that make our region a great place. Find some favourites from 2015 here</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-videos.jpgRead more...lcaFull
Metro Vancouver’s 2016 Budgethttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/204/Metro Vancouver’s 2016 BudgetMetro Vancouver’s 2016 Budget<div class="ExternalClass542A58B0E6154ADB8478C535D193E0DC">Metro Vancouver's Board recently approved the budget for 2016, at $669.4 million - a $9 increase for the average household in the region. Read about major revenues and expenditures, decision making criteria and long range planning. </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-budget.jpgRead more...budgetFull
Food Scraps Recycling - first anniversary approachinghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/226/Food Scraps Recycling - first anniversary approachingFood Scraps Recycling - first anniversary approaching<div class="ExternalClass75C5225B087042E98C7427101959A752"><div><p>​​Food scraps are becoming more and more common in homes and businesses. The regulation has been in place for a full year now. How are we all doing? Really well! </p></div></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-food.jpgRead more...foodscrapsFull
Update on Metro Vancouver's Waste to Energy procurement processhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/227/Update on Metro Vancouver's Waste to Energy procurement processUpdate on Metro Vancouver's Waste to Energy procurement process<div class="ExternalClass971EBB33DD7D43DDBF70FC6B3F60FEF3"><p>​Metro Vancouver is responsible for disposing of the solid waste generated across our region. The Board recently made a decision to end the current process to add additional waste-to-energy capacity to our system. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/wte1.pngRead more...wteFull
UBC and Metro Vancouver Strategic Collaborationhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/228/UBC and Metro Vancouver Strategic CollaborationUBC and Metro Vancouver Strategic Collaboration<div class="ExternalClass7DB2C779F4EA4FC79FB42094E4F88ADE"><p>​Metro Vancouver and UBC have a history of working together (over 80 projects in a recent tally) and have recently entered into a joint agreement on further research, collaboration and learning. <br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-arc.jpgRead more...ubcmouFull
Regional transportation - Board endorses Legislative Change - Policy Decisions to reside with Mayors' Councilhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/229/Regional transportation - Board endorses Legislative Change - Policy Decisions to reside with Mayors' CouncilRegional transportation - Board endorses Legislative Change - Policy Decisions to reside with Mayors' Council<div class="ExternalClassE4BBF1745EAF47A48D811FA0A16ABF4D"><p>​The Metro Vancouver Board recently concurrred that legislative change is essential to fully address the concerns that exist as a result of TransLink's current governance structure, and is requesting changes to the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act be pursued beginning in the first quarter of 2016. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-transportation.jpgRead more...tf-transportationFull
New AQ Bulletin initiative put to the test in late Novemberhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/231/New AQ Bulletin initiative put to the test in late NovemberNew AQ Bulletin initiative put to the test in late November<div class="ExternalClass24FC8F3409884A459D11443963E30353"><p>​In late November, Metro Vancouver issued an Air Quality Bulletin due to intermittent high concentrations of fine particulate matter, partially caused by wood burning. Find out what you can do to reduce wood smoke from your fire place. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-aq-bulletin.jpgRead more...winteraqFull
Where's MAMU?http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/232/Where's MAMU?Where's MAMU?<div class="ExternalClass49B5D0D0ED3043C383B2E5938DDCF3C3"><p>Our mobile air monitoring unit (MAMU) has been very busy this year. Find out where it's been and read about the next location- the Village of Lion's Bay. ​</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-mamu.jpgRead more...travelling-aqFull
Regional Parks well worth a winter visithttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/233/Regional Parks well worth a winter visitRegional Parks well worth a winter visit<div class="ExternalClass27DB3D81825B4ED98597237E3EB98CD6"><p>If you need a break this winter, make a visit to a Regional Park, where you can spend quality time with family and friends, reduce your stress, and see some beautiful places, right near where you live. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-parksphoto.jpgRead more...parksFull
Last minute shopper? Save time and be a green angelhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/234/Last minute shopper? Save time and be a green angelLast minute shopper? Save time and be a green angel<div class="ExternalClass3AF3BE1A82494614A07E3CA0E80F15D5"><p>​If you're still wracking your brain for last-minute gift ideas check out some of our <a href="/christmas"> #GreenAngel suggestions</a>. Use these gift ideas all year round, to create memories. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-greenangels.jpgRead more...greenangelFull
'Tis the season to share your leftovers fa la la lahttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/235/'Tis the season to share your leftovers fa la la la'Tis the season to share your leftovers fa la la la<div class="ExternalClassA25D6BD230F94F7E93E4937B2F3484B5"><p>​If you are hosting a holiday meal, encourage your guests to bring a container to pack some leftover food in. Less fridge clutter for you, and no one has to cook the next night. Visit Love Food Hate Waste for ideas. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-lfhw.jpgRead more...lfhwFull
Metro Vancouver's Blog - subscribe and stay informedhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/236/Metro Vancouver's Blog - subscribe and stay informedMetro Vancouver's Blog - subscribe and stay informed<div class="ExternalClass7B407DCDD8154D23AB41FFC7B4518C30"><p>The <a href="http://metrovancouverblog.org/" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver blog</a> is an ideal way to stay up-to-date on Metro Vancouver's activities and events. Subscribe, so you don't miss a post.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue16-blog.jpgRead more...blogFull



Check it outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/237/Check it outCheck it out<div class="ExternalClassBB757FD97D1E40EAA321C4A7B13C1A6D"><p>​The <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter40&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Fall (and winter) 2015 event guide</a> has great programs and events for you, and your family, to learn about, connect with and enjoy our Regional Parks. There’s an <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter40&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">option to subscribe</a> to receive the online version of the Check It Out Guide.</p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Fast facts about our regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-16/238/Fast facts about our regionFast facts about our region<div class="ExternalClassE97582A5CA4E41DD9BA803C4D1881E44"><p>Here are some census highlights (2011 data)</p><ul><li><p>Metro Vancouver’s Census population increased by 197,000 (from 2,116,583 in 2006 to 2,313,328 in 2011.</p></li> <li><p>In this 5 year period, there was 50% more growth than the previous 5 year period from 2001 to 2006 the region’s population grew by 130,000).</p></li><li><p>Metro Vancouver had the second highest population growth among Metropolitan areas in Canada (Toronto had the highest, adding 470,000 residents – from 5,113,149 in 2006 to 5,583,064 in 2011).</p></li><li><p>As of 2011, Metro Vancouver remained the third largest Metropolitan area by population (behind Toronto at 5,583,064 and Montreal’s 3,824, 221).</p></li><li><p>Metro Vancouver absorbed about 69% of provincial growth, increasing the region’s share of provincial population from 51.5% to 52.5%.</p></li><li><p>Within Metro Vancouver, Surrey absorbed the largest share of regional growth (73,275 additional residents, representing about 37% of the region's growth). The City of Vancouver took the second largest share with 25,461 additional residents, about 13% of the region's growth.</p></li></ul></div>Read more...factsSummaryBottom