Welcome to Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/48/Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClass05DD8F0BC9364C24B0FF75CC195C5CAF"> <p>Welcome to the third edition of Metro Vancouver Update, bringing you news and information from around the region. This month we cover a visit to one of our regional parks by members of the royal family, our 2015 Operating Budget, water services and liquid waste services projects, improvements in regional recycling rates, rebates for replacing wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, and more.</p> <p>Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans and delivers services throughout the region. Our core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment, and solid waste management – garbage and recycling. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system, and provides affordable housing. Metro Vancouver is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority. </p> </div>Read more...Welcome0 0


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Metro Vancouver’s 2015 Operating Budget http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/33/Metro Vancouver’s 2015 Operating BudgetMetro Vancouver’s 2015 Operating Budget <div class="ExternalClass9D55A8F7CD4F4321918ABB4D5B577DE6"> <p>Metro Vancouver’s operating budget will increase by 0.5 percent in 2015 for a total budget of $657.1 million. Average household utility fees and property taxes will increase by $5 to $427.</p> <p>This budget increase is less than half the rate of inflation in our region. Households will pay on average an extra $3 per year for drinking water and $3 for sewerage services and $1 less for solid waste services because less garbage is being generated in the region. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Budget.jpgRead More About Metro Vancouver’s 2015 Operating BudgetOperating BudgetFull
Earl and Countess of Wessex Visit Capilano River Regional Park http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/34/Earl and Countess of Wessex Visit Capilano River Regional ParkEarl and Countess of Wessex Visit Capilano River Regional Park <div class="ExternalClass20DEFBE086AC4F1C92C0B7E79D45EAFD"><p>On a beautiful mid-September Sunday afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex experienced <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/capilano-river-regional-park" target="_blank">Capilano River Regional Park</a>, one of Metro Vancouver’s 22 regional parks. Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation offered TRH a traditional welcome, and Lieutenant Governor, Hon. Judith Guichon, and Greg Moore, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Board of Directors, offered words of welcome. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/royalVisit.jpgRead More About The Royal VisitParksFull
Heritage Barn Protected http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/43/Heritage Barn ProtectedHeritage Barn Protected <div class="ExternalClassE371133181E9458C8FF0BCE219222A70"> <p>The heritage Gerow Barn, located in Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/tynehead-regional-park" target="_blank">Tynehead Regional Park</a>, will be protected thanks to a grant from the provincial Heritage Legacy Fund. The Gerow Barn is the only agricultural outbuilding on the City of Surrey’s heritage register in the Anniedale and Tynehead communities, two of the area’s earliest settlements.</p> <p>The $10,000 grant will be used on a stabilization project to protect the barn. Stabilization work includes repairing some of the foundation, removing rotting wood, and closing gaps in the walls with a mesh screen through which visitors will be able to see the inside of the barn. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/GerowBarn.jpgRead More About Protecting the Gerow BarnParksFull
New Sapperton Pump Stationhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/35/New Sapperton Pump StationNew Sapperton Pump Station<div class="ExternalClass5C366D6D03E748E8B031CCAD4B05B5C6"> <p>The 38-year-old Sapperton Pump Station in New Westminster will be replaced with a new liquid waste pump station on the 1.9-acre site adjacent to Metro Vancouver’s Sapperton Landing property. The new facility is expected to be finished in 2018.</p> <p>Replacement of the existing pump station is required because of continued growth in the service area, which includes Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. The facility is Metro Vancouver’s largest sewage pump station and a critical component of the liquid waste system, handling about a third of the incoming flow at the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Pump.jpgRead More About the New Sapperton Pump StationLiquid WasteFull
2013 Recycling and Solid Waste Management Statistics - Regional Recycling Rate Reaches 60 % http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/37/2013 Recycling and Solid Waste Management Statistics - Regional Recycling Rate Reaches 60 %2013 Recycling and Solid Waste Management Statistics - Regional Recycling Rate Reaches 60 % <div class="ExternalClass358DEE3A86494F20A1AAA8B22630C98D"> <p>Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/solid-waste/SolidWastePublications/ISWRMP.pdf" target="_blank">Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan</a> includes a recycling target of 70 percent in 2015 and an ambitious 80 percent target by 2020. Metro Vancouver monitors the quantities of materials recycled and waste disposed by sector and reports on its findings annually.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/recycle.jpgRead the Highlights About Achievements in 2013Solid WasteFull
Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/36/Port Mann Water Supply TunnelPort Mann Water Supply Tunnel <div class="ExternalClassFF9353BE6C974D4E9D414633EB984AA8"> <p>As of late October, approximately 80 percent of tunnel boring at the <a href="/services/water/projects-initiatives/construction-projects/port-mann-water-supply-tunnel" target="_blank">Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel</a> was completed, utilizing an 80-metre-long tunnel boring machine named Squirrel.</p> <p>This new water supply tunnel under the Fraser River, west of the new Port Mann Bridge, will help ensure the reliable delivery of <a href="/media-room/video-gallery//903208003001" target="_blank">drinking water</a> to municipalities south of the Fraser. Once tunnelling is complete, a 2.1m (84 inch)-diameter water main will be installed within the tunnel located deep underneath the riverbed.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/PortMann.jpgRead More About This Complex Water Services ProjectWaterFull
Remote Alpine Weather Station Upgrade http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/41/Remote Alpine Weather Station UpgradeRemote Alpine Weather Station Upgrade <div class="ExternalClassDD6F060C2FC94450A449840E923B307F"> <p>Metro Vancouver has three remote weather stations that provide vital real-time weather data that are essential to a number of water services programs. Recently, a team of Metro Vancouver staff travelled by helicopter to the Orchid Lake station to replace a 7.6-metre tower at almost 1200 metres above sea level.</p> <p>The tower houses the weather station and after 14 years of harsh winter conditions - when the tower was sometimes completely covered in snow - the metal structure was in a weakened and unsafe condition. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/AlpineStation.jpgRead More About the Remote Weather Station UpgradeWaterFull
Rebate Available for Replacing Wood-Burning Fireplaces & Applianceshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/38/Rebate Available for Replacing Wood-Burning Fireplaces & AppliancesRebate Available for Replacing Wood-Burning Fireplaces & Appliances<div class="ExternalClass01B62D41BBF548C1AA2B7736AD65F6E0"> <p>Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/air-quality/engagement/Pages/wood-stove-exchange.aspx" target="_blank">Wood Stove Exchange Program</a> offers a rebate towards replacement of an uncertified wood-burning fireplace, stove or appliance with a new, low-emission unit because residential wood smoke is responsible for about 25 percent of emissions in the region that contribute to respiratory illnesses.</p> <p>Health threats from wood smoke are largely due to fine particulate matter, which in the respiratory system can cause short-term effects like coughing, runny nose, and asthma symptoms or can lead to chronic heart and lung diseases like bronchitis and emphysema. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/WoodStove.jpgRead More About Metro Vancouver’s Wood Stove Exchange ProgramAir QualityFull
Metro Vancouver Provides Economic & Planning Data http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/39/Metro Vancouver Provides Economic & Planning DataMetro Vancouver Provides Economic & Planning Data <div class="ExternalClass93F53F4C45E548EFA71BF6887B74F294"> <p>Metro Vancouver provides a range of services that supports the economic development mandate of our 21 member municipalities. Economic and planning data can be extremely useful for businesses already operating in our region as well as for those interested in locating here.</p> <p>Data on our <a href="/services/regional-economy/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Regional Economy </a>webpage may also be helpful for municipal staff, researchers and residents.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/RegionalPlanning.jpgRead More About Metro Vancouver’s Online Data ResourcesRegional PlanningFull
Regional Food System Strategyhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/40/Regional Food System StrategyRegional Food System Strategy<div class="ExternalClass63E949F882244599B54AF77B1B073B62"> <p>In 2011, Metro Vancouver’s Board of Directors adopted a Regional Food System Strategy. In October, a third and final roundtable was held to develop a Strategy Action Plan where participants heard from experts and took part in discussions about food in urban planning. </p> <p>Director Harold Steves, Vice-Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning & Agriculture Committee, explained that the roundtables were designed to engage regional food system stakeholders in a process to identify opportunities and priorities for the Action Plan. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/RoundTable.jpgRead More About Metro Vancouver’s Food System StrategyRegional PlanningFull



25 Cultural Grants Awarded for 2014 http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/42/25 Cultural Grants Awarded for 201425 Cultural Grants Awarded for 2014 <div class="ExternalClass76A8BBCD9C574C40AA28603FE6601E0C"> <p>Metro Vancouver has awarded its <a href="/boards/RegionalCultural/Intergovernmental_and_Administration-Regional_Culture_SubCommittee_Agenda-2014_Oct_1.pdf#page=2" target="_blank">2014 Cultural Grants</a> to 25 arts and culture groups from throughout the region.</p> <p>These grants can be used to support research, creation, production, dissemination, audience development, staff and/or administrative capacity building to a maximum of $10,000 for projects that contribute to the regional arts and culture landscape.</p> <p>A jury of three Metro Vancouver staff members judge applicants based on their past excellence and proven ability to carry out the proposed project, the quality of programming and artistic goals of the project, and its relevance to arts and culture within the region.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://maxguide.org/events/pages/index.aspx" target="_blank">MAXguide</a>, Metro Vancouver’s online arts and culture calendar, to find out what’s happening across the region. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/max.jpgRead more...Cultural GrantsSummary
The Sustainable Region TV Showhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/45/The Sustainable Region TV ShowThe Sustainable Region TV Show<div class="ExternalClass0B2D10C8AFAB425FBD68A108AABC54F6"> <p><strong>The Flame - Holiday Season Edition Show 1 Features:</strong> </p><ul> <li>Morgan Brayton – an unfortunate Christmas incident paves the way for a new tradition. </li> <li>Matt Payne – chaos ensues when LEGO, a napping father and two choice curse words are combined. </li> <li>BC Lee – experiences a Christmas Eve shaped by Hollywood movies. </li><br><strong>Airtimes:</strong> <ul> <li>Mon, December 1, 8pm </li> <li>Wed, December 3, 6:30pm </li> <li>Fri, December 5, 10:30am </li> <li>Sat, December 6, 2am </li> <li>Sun, December 7, 8am </li></ul></ul> <p><strong>The Flame - Holiday Season Edition Show 2 Features:</strong> </p><ul> <li>Beverley Elliott – describing how timing is everything, especially on New Year's Eve. </li> <li>Tetsuro Shigematsu – a touching story of the depth of a father's love. </li> <li>Charlie Demers – and his wife were expecting a December baby and a perfect Christmas. So much for planning. </li><br><strong>Airtimes:</strong> <ul> <li>Tues, December 2, 10pm </li> <li>Thu, December 4, 4:30pm </li> <li>Sat, December 6, 2:30am </li> <li>Sat, December 6, 11:30am </li> <li>Sun, December 7, 8:30am </li></ul></ul> <p> </p><img src="/SiteAssets/metro/img/close-up.png" alt="" /> <p>  </p><ul> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">The North Shore Cycling Plan - a joint cycling plan for the City and District of North Vancouver developed with valuable input from cyclists. Impressive results include bike paths in the Lower Lynn Town Centre. </li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">West Vancouver’s latest housing option - coach houses. Coach houses are contributing to one neighbourhood’s range of housing choices as well as increasing rental stock.</li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">Vancouver citizen foresters! Urban trees are part of the natural capital that supports our economic and social well-being by buffering noise and reducing stormwater runoff. In Vancouver, citizen foresters are learning how to care for local trees.</li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">The City of North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Energy project. To mark its tenth anniversary, learn about the efficiency of the small-scale Lonsdale Energy because it delivers energy short distances to nearby population nodes. </li></ul> <p> </p> <p>These episodes air on Shaw TV4, Delta Cable 4 and Novus TV4 through December.</p> <p>Shaw TV 4: Wed 7:30pm; Sat 12:30pm; Mon 3:30pm; Tues 11pm</p> <p>NVTV4: Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:30pm; Tues, Thurs, Sat at 9am & 3:30pm</p> <p>Delta TV: Sun/Mon at 8am & 2pm; Mon-Fri at 11:30am</p> <p>And they are always available <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">online</a>. </p></div>Read more...Sustainable Region TVSummaryBottom
Check It Outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/44/Check It OutCheck It Out<div class="ExternalClassF48E772EF0C7406E99ECD55C8DFBBB51"> <p>The fall edition of <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/CIO-Fall2014.pdf" target="_blank">Check It Out</a> is now available.</p> <p>Register for programs or drop in to events that Metro Vancouver offers throughout the region. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/checkItOut.jpgRead more...EventsSummaryBottom
Sustainability Community Breakfastshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/46/Sustainability Community BreakfastsSustainability Community Breakfasts<div class="ExternalClassEBE79D91AAF44250A60E2502F96EBA12"> <p><strong>Metro Vancouver's Annual Zero Waste Breakfast<br>…Storytelling, Holiday Memories and Food </strong><br>December 10, 7:30 - 9:00 am, BCIT Downtown, 555 Seymour St., Vancouver </p><a href="/events/community-breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Information & Registration</a> </div>Read more...EventsSummaryBottom
Did You Know?http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-3/47/Did You Know?Did You Know?<div class="ExternalClass7DC5BC969A074FF0B4323A517CB94519"> <ul> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">In 2014, Metro Vancouver charged less than 63 cents per cubic metre of water provided to municipalities in the regional water district. That means 63 cents for 1000 litres of water – less than what it costs for one litre of bottled water.<br></li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">Several Metro Vancouver regional parks are world-renowned birding locations. <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/boundary-bay-regional-park" target="_blank">Boundary Bay Regional Park</a></strong> is an internationally recognized <strong><em><a href="http://www.ibacanada.com/index.jsp?lang=en" target="_blank">Important Bird Area</a></em></strong> and a critical rest stop for thousands of birds using the Pacific Flyway migration route. More than 300 bird species feed and rest at <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/iona-beach-regional-park" target="_blank">Iona Beach Regional Park</a></strong> during migration, and song birds and water fowl can be observed at <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/colony-farm-regional-park" target="_blank">Colony Farm</a></strong>  and <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/kanaka-creek-regional-park" target="_blank">Kanaka</a></strong> regional parks. In the midst of a highly urban area, 200 bird species are found at <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/burnaby-lake-regional-park" target="_blank">Burnaby Lake Regional Park</a></strong> as well as 200 nest boxes built and erected by volunteers around Burnaby Lake so that many of the species survive. Read more about <strong><a href="http://www.birding.bc.ca/regions/vancouver/index.php" target="_blank">birding in Metro Vancouver</a></strong>.<br></li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">Food waste from residents, businesses (including restaurants and grocery stores), and institutions like schools and hospitals will be banned from the garbage in 2015. Currently, about 20 percent of our region's garbage is food waste. Organic material like food and yard waste decomposes in the landfill and generates methane, a gas that is 21 times more potent that carbon dioxide.  Find out about our <a href="/services/solid-waste/food-scraps-recycling/background-implementation" target="_blank"><strong>Food isn’t garbage!</strong></a> campaign.</li></ul></div>Did You KnowSummaryBottom