Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/239/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClass893FC86D5936443E96C7EB46831E2C74"><p>Metro Vancouver works with our member local governments to provide a coordinated voice on many issues important across the region. Current initiatives include feedback on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, a presentation to the CRTC in support of community television, and Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore’s presentation to the Vancouver Board of Trade on a vision for a livable region. </p><p>This edition introduces new green infrastructure resources, provides an update on our solid waste tipping fees, and invites you to register for a winter watershed tour – on snowshoes. Or if you are dreaming of spring, look ahead to April for the official opening of the new Surrey Bend Regional Park. </p><p>Many people felt the earthquake December 29, 2015. <a href="http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc" target="_blank">Emergency Management BC</a> has great information on preparedness. Also read the new <a href="http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/provincial-emergency-planning/irp.pdf" target="_blank">B.C. Earthquake Immediate Response Plan</a> (2015). Metro Vancouver works continuously to upgrade and design our infrastructure for an earthquake or other emergency situation.</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


In this issue



Metro Vancouver submits its written argument on the Trans Mountain Expansion Projecthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/241/Metro Vancouver submits its written argument on the Trans Mountain Expansion ProjectMetro Vancouver submits its written argument on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project<div class="ExternalClass7F8026AEE1214785A141437B95F4DBEB">On January 12, Metro Vancouver filed its written argument to the National Energy Board (NEB) regarding the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (sometimes shortened to TMX).</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue17-tmx.jpgRead more...tmxFull
Green Infrastructure - a natural fit for Metro Vancouverhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/243/Green Infrastructure - a natural fit for Metro VancouverGreen Infrastructure - a natural fit for Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass93A4298A189547AF954B1101901524A6"><p>A fresh way to think about the natural services that trees, soil, vegetation, natural and planted spaces (often called green infrastructure) offer our communities, and when combined into a network, how they improve our region. Fresh air, cleaner water, habitat for pollinators and more. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue17-greeninfrastructure.jpgRead more...greenFull
Metro Vancouver input to the CRTC to support local programminghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/240/Metro Vancouver input to the CRTC to support local programmingMetro Vancouver input to the CRTC to support local programming<div class="ExternalClass2B1ECAE6DE304C139F1757BF0CEF8ADE"><p>Community broadcasting is a key information vehicle and an important way for local governments and others to engage with residents. It plays a vital role in Canadian communities and should be protected.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue17-CRTC.jpgRead more...crtcFull
Surrey Bend Regional Park opens Aprilhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/244/Surrey Bend Regional Park opens AprilSurrey Bend Regional Park opens April<div class="ExternalClassE3017A197DD2410F87E7327A982B0D7B">If you live or travel through North Surrey, get ready to visit Surrey Bend Regional Park, opening this April. </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue17-surreybend.jpgRead more...surreybendFull
New Tipping Fees effective January 1, 2016http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/245/New Tipping Fees effective January 1, 2016New Tipping Fees effective January 1, 2016<div class="ExternalClass9FF04C06E5D249048426D02B7D093660"><p>​​Each year, Metro Vancouver sets tipping fees for disposing of garbage at regional waste management facilities. The 2016 fees were approved at the Board meeting of October 30, 2015 and are effective as of January 1, 2016.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue17-TransferStationFees.jpgRead more...tippingFull
Winter watershed snowshoe tours on offerhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/246/Winter watershed snowshoe tours on offerWinter watershed snowshoe tours on offer<div class="ExternalClass1ED47AB15E93445FABE88D0308A8E46A">Registration is open now for Metro Vancouver’s unique winter watershed tours. A great opportunity to snowshoe, and learn more about your region and where your water comes from. </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue17-watershed.jpgRead more...watershedFull



Check it outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/247/Check it outCheck it out<div class="ExternalClass75F9FB0E564D4236AD2F92C97752238D"><p>The <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx">Spring 2016 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">option to subscribe</a> to receive the online version of the Check It Out Guide.</p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver Television Showshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/248/Metro Vancouver Television ShowsMetro Vancouver Television Shows<div class="ExternalClassA8EB02B3A8D448FF94A59CA5050B178F"><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/metrocloseup-logo.jpg" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a><strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Close-Up</a> </strong>shows how local governments and community groups are promoting sustainability and shared regional goals. New videos are posted each month.</p><p> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/219175548" target="_blank">Birds in Delta</a>: A naturalist group draws attention to Delta’s wetlands and birds with a call for a civic birding strategy, and the city steps up with printing of bird ID guide.</p><p> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217902955" target="_blank">Surrey Biofuel Facility</a>: Construction is underway on a facility that will compost Surrey’s food scraps and in turn generate biofuel to be used in municipal vehicles.</p><p> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/219193362" target="_blank">Annacis Research University Collaboration</a>: Several university-associated research projects are underway thanks to research and work space in Metro Vancouver’s unique wastewater-connected building. </p><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/TSRLogo.jpg" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region" target="_blank"><strong>The Sustainable Region TV </strong></a> series examines how Metro Vancouver manages growth, protects the environment, and delivers vital services to residents of our region.</p><p>In the February edition of The Sustainable Region, we're featuring an inspiring talk delivered at Metro Vancouver’s 2015 Zero Waste Conference by food waste activist Tristram Stuart. Stuart's compelling presentation quantifies the massive amounts of food waste created by our existing supply chains and retail practices. His remarks go beyond finger-pointing. Tristram also offers concrete examples of immediate solutions and compelling reasons why a food revolution could be the secret ingredient in meeting the looming challenge of feeding a global population of more than 9 billion people by the year 2050.</p></div> Read more...tsrSummaryBottom
Fast Facts about Green Infrastructurehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-17/250/Fast Facts about Green InfrastructureFast Facts about Green Infrastructure<div class="ExternalClass4F8C69FF002344E888D20D0E1DFCC8D4"><ul><li>Green infrastructure is a broad term that describes the integration of natural and semi-natural components in land use planning, engineering, and urban design. </li><li>Natural green infrastructure includes: grasslands, forests, fields, wetlands and riparian areas </li><li>Man-made infrastructure includes: street trees, rain gardens, green roofs, porous pavement and bioswales </li><li>Green infrastructure projects can range in size from small, street or lot-level interventions, to a neighbourhood scale </li><li>When different green infrastructure components are connected, the resulting framework is referred to as a green infrastructure network </li><li>A local example is the daylighting of Thain Creek in North Vancouver, creating a creek corridor, salmon habitat, and offering improved flood protection </li><li>Green infrastructure provides us with ‘free’ ecosystem services; clean air and water, pollination of crops, and carbon sequestration </li></ul><p><em>(information sourced from Metro Vancouver’s Connecting the Dots a Regional Green Infrastructure Network Resource Guide)</em></p> </div>Read more...infrastructureSummaryBottom