Welcome to Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/379/Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClassB4D6D4843E3643A0AEA3777C41668365"><p>Welcome to the Metro Vancouver Update, bringing you news and information from around the region. 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">here</a>. </p><p>In this final edition of 2016, we look back on some key initiatives including progress on a Regional Prosperity Initiative, support for the National Zero Waste Council's launch of its National Food Waste Reduction Strategy, the 2016 Zero Waste Conference and the launch of a Regional Homelessness Task Force. </p><p>You'll also find an inspiring youth leadership program, some great gift ideas, and visit some of our favourite chums - the salmon that is - returning to some of our local waterways in record numbers.</p><p>Find the holidays hectic? Go for a walk in one of our regional parks. Dress warmly, and throw a few marshmallows in your flask of hot chocolate. </p><p>Whether you deck the halls, or just look forward to some quiet time, we wish you a warm holiday season and a peaceful new year.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Metro Vancouver is a federation 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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National Zero Waste Council launches a National Food Waste Reduction Strategyhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/380/National Zero Waste Council launches a National Food Waste Reduction StrategyNational Zero Waste Council launches a National Food Waste Reduction Strategy<div class="ExternalClassE2B43513BC21420DBAF0AEA6F0C10560"><p>​Canadians waste $100 billion of food each year. This call to action supports a resource efficient food system, innovation throughout the food chain and behavior change for both households and businesses.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-nzwc-banner.jpgRead more...nzwcFull
6th Annual Zero Waste Conference: another resounding successhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/381/6th Annual Zero Waste Conference: another resounding success6th Annual Zero Waste Conference: another resounding success<div class="ExternalClass9223AD304FF34B0591548C7DB79DE578"><p>​Over 650 participants discussed innovation in the marketplace, food waste, repair and reuse, the built environment and using design principles found in nature as part of the 2016 conference. <br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-zwc-looptworks.jpgRead more...zwcFull
Advancing regional prosperityhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/382/Advancing regional prosperityAdvancing regional prosperity<div class="ExternalClass23C166474D9A4A48836C5A5E73615038"><p>​This collaboration among businesses, local governments, academia, professional associations and civic organizations aims to improve and expand the prosperity of the Metro Vancouver region.<br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-rpi.jpgRead more...prosperityFull
NEW Regional Homelessness Task Forcehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/383/NEW Regional Homelessness Task ForceNEW Regional Homelessness Task Force<div class="ExternalClassA67E2774269A45D593ED0549F2E1F30D"><p>​Metro Vancouver has created a Regional Homelessness Task Force in a bid to tackle a rise in tent cities and street homelessness across the region.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-homelessness.jpgRead more...homelessnessFull
Chum salmon return to Brunette in record numbershttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/384/Chum salmon return to Brunette in record numbersChum salmon return to Brunette in record numbers<div class="ExternalClass8879FDCC76CB4912AA1B1C6C1302C72D"><p>​Metro Vancouver’s recently completed fishway near the Cariboo Dam in Burnaby Lake Regional Park is proving itself this year with a banner chum salmon run.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-chum-salmon.jpgRead more...chumFull
Winter walks in Regional Parks http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/385/Winter walks in Regional ParksWinter walks in Regional Parks <div class="ExternalClass7C81146100C24AF59CAAA939ACA2459E"><p>​Need to catch your breath? Grab a friend and visit your nearest regional park for a winter walk to connect with nature. Tips on what to wear to stay safe and warm. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-winter-walks.jpgRead more...parksFullTake a break from holiday stresses. The more the merrier! (Capilano River Regional Park)
Deck the halls with…local berrieshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/386/Deck the halls with…local berriesDeck the halls with…local berries<div class="ExternalClassE33BFDF1514E42DF8C8A8479D9B93DB0"><p>​The Regional Invasive Species Task Force asks you to keep an eye out for some common invasive species whether you’re decorating for the holidays, or planning the next phase of your garden.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-holly.jpgRead more...berriesFull
January 2017 Transfer Stations changeshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/387/January 2017 Transfer Stations changesJanuary 2017 Transfer Stations changes<div class="ExternalClass7743515F07644C4CA32A55838FB7B317"><p>​Do you take garbage and recycling directly to the region’s transfer stations? Look for a few changes starting January 2017.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-ts-map.jpgRead more...transferstationsFull
Sustainability Toolbox inspires youth leadershttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/388/Sustainability Toolbox inspires youth leadersSustainability Toolbox inspires youth leaders<div class="ExternalClass24F41C2B959A497A90CF3907B4E52F73"><p>​This youth leadership program, recognized by the BC Ministry of Education, engages young people to develop the knowledge, inspiration and skills necessary to lead collaborative action and influence sustainability - at school and beyond.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-sustainability-toolbox.jpgRead more...y4aFull
Create Memories, Not Garbagehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/389/Create Memories, Not GarbageCreate Memories, Not Garbage<div class="ExternalClassD20B1880A31149709B6A38CDAD1A2CDF"><p>​Free coupons for friends and relations and gift and decorating ideas all at your fingertips. Now that's a festive treat for anyone pulling together Christmas celebrations. Last minute shopper? We've got you covered.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-cmng.jpgRead more...cmngFull



Check It Outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/390/Check It OutCheck It Out<div class="ExternalClass4AAF1B78EFAE4977B53B4CB7AC56FE02"><p>​Need some fresh air? The fall and winter version of the <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter51&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Check- it- Out</a> activity guide is full of events, programs and activities to connect you with nature in your local regional parks. Winter bird boxes, a Family Day campfire and walks in the forest. There’s something for everyone.</p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Christmas gift ideas from Create Memories Not Garbage. What’s your best gift ever? http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-27/391/Christmas gift ideas from Create Memories Not Garbage. What’s your best gift ever?Christmas gift ideas from Create Memories Not Garbage. What’s your best gift ever? <div class="ExternalClassD741659AA91E4116AE4EF3F2470324D9"> <ul><li>Take up a hobby together - Try yoga, hiking, mountain biking, or rock climbing. This is a great way to spend quality time with the person on your list while encouraging healthy physical activity. Create your own <a href="/services/solid-waste/reduction-reuse/create-memories/coupons/Pages/default.aspx"> custom coupon</a>.</li><li>A day off- We all know that parents work very hard. Things tend to get especially crazy around the holidays. Try giving a series of "days off" where the parent(s) don't have to cook or do anything around the house. Create your own <a href="/services/solid-waste/reduction-reuse/create-memories/coupons/Pages/default.aspx"> custom coupon</a>.</li><li>Offer your time - The gift of your time is unbeatable. Offer to help with a task: paint a deck, fix a step, or mow a lawn. Create your own <a href="/services/solid-waste/reduction-reuse/create-memories/coupons/Pages/default.aspx"> custom coupon</a>.</li><li>A shave that lasts - Reduce waste by giving a good quality safety razor. They will never have to purchase another pack of disposable razors again.</li><li>Get outdoors together- Ski, snowboard, ice skate, hike, kayak, paddleboard, play golf, sail, or mountain bike. The possibilities are endless. Create your own <a href="/services/solid-waste/reduction-reuse/create-memories/coupons/Pages/default.aspx"> custom coupon</a>.</li></ul></div>Read more...tipsSummaryBottom