Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/436/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClass049A409B06A34E2391435C615E5CC597"><p>Welcome to the Metro Vancouver Update newsletter, April edition. It's been a busy month: we awarded a contract for the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant – the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant from this point forward – and are opening a new 75-hectare regional park on the southern slope of Grouse Mountain - all as we continue to celebrate our Regional Parks' 50th anniversary.</p><p>We've also got our first inkling of the 2017 Homeless Count numbers, which show we are indeed facing a crisis in Metro Vancouver. Since the last count in 2014, there's been a 30 per cent rise in the number of people living in shelters or on the streets.</p><p>On the education and behaviour change front, we launched our Unflushables campaign, aimed at keeping unwanted items out of the municipal sewers, while it seems more people are getting revved up about electric cars.</p><p>And it seems spring is here. But despite the wet start to the season, don't forget we are launching our lawn watering restrictions on May 15. When in doubt, remember the drought, and conserve water.</p><p>The Metro Vancouver Update brings 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" target="_blank"> here</a>. </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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Metro Vancouver opens new park in Grouse Mountainhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/437/Metro Vancouver opens new park in Grouse MountainMetro Vancouver opens new park in Grouse Mountain<div class="ExternalClass3CB0B8C55BF34970B82C39186C071560"><p>​The southern slope of Grouse Mountain is set to become Metro Vancouver's 24<sup>th</sup> Regional Park, effective May 1. The 75-hectare park will include the popular Grouse Grind, BC Mountaineering Club (BCMC) trails and portions of the Baden Powell trails within its boundaries.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/grouse-park.jpgRead more...Full
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to sparehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/438/Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to spareWater, water everywhere, but not a drop to spare<div class="ExternalClass291DED2E895F413AA2D0E2E205FFFDCD"><p>Even though it has been a wet start to spring, Metro Vancouver residents are reminded to conserve water this summer, with the region's annual Stage 1 lawn water restrictions set to launch on May 15. Until October 15, lawns may only be watered in the mornings.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-wlw.jpgRead more...Full
Contract awarded for new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Planthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/439/Contract awarded for new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment PlantContract awarded for new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant<div class="ExternalClass556D692E858044B1B6F87BB19F5A77AF"><p>​Metro Vancouver has awarded a $525-million contract to Acciona to design and build the new North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will provide secondary sewage treatment services to 200,000 residents of three municipalities and two First Nations on the North Shore.  Construction is expected to start this spring and be completed in December 2020.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-newlgwwtp.jpgRead more...Full
Interest revving up for electric vehicles at auto showhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/440/Interest revving up for electric vehicles at auto showInterest revving up for electric vehicles at auto show<div class="ExternalClass12B2BE4A38A244308A55FC3E54EBE584"><p>​The Emotive electric vehicle campaign recorded more than a thousand test drives – nearly triple the number in 2015 -- at the Vancouver International Auto Show last month, suggesting the public’s interest in electric vehicles is on the rise.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-emotive.jpgRead more...FullMetro Vancouver’s Ali Ergudenler arranges an EV test drive at the Vancouver International Auto Show.
Homeless count numbers up in Metro Vancouverhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/441/Homeless count numbers up in Metro VancouverHomeless count numbers up in Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass9DB4037A964C4A4D94E7A3066F2D39FC"><p>​Initials numbers from the 2017 Homeless Count found 3,605 people were homeless in Metro Vancouver – a 30 per cent over 2014. The findings were collected by nearly 1,200 volunteers during a cold and snowy 24-hour period on March 7-8.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-homelesscount.jpgRead more...Full
More recycling, fewer surcharges on banned material at transfer stationshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/442/More recycling, fewer surcharges on banned material at transfer stationsMore recycling, fewer surcharges on banned material at transfer stations<div class="ExternalClass39230F58D73C4421A3DB98C78AD56D8C"><p>​Metro Vancouver issued fewer surcharges for banned materials at its regional transfer stations over the past two years, suggesting residents are getting better at recycling items rather than throwing them in the trash.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-recycling.jpgRead more...Full
Unflushables campaign targets hair, medications and other ‘cloggers’http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/443/Unflushables campaign targets hair, medications and other ‘cloggers’Unflushables campaign targets hair, medications and other ‘cloggers’<div class="ExternalClassE3EFDCC4C5B1427F9BBF7A2DD1EC0D92"><p>​Metro Vancouver has launched a region-wide campaign to stop “unflushable” items from being dumped down the drain. The Unflushables campaign, which started on April 19, builds on the successful 2016 “Never Flush Wipes” campaign and uses a similar light-hearted approach to bathroom issues.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-unflushables.jpgRead more...Full
Metro Vancouver calls for changes to tax regimehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/444/Metro Vancouver calls for changes to tax regimeMetro Vancouver calls for changes to tax regime<div class="ExternalClassDEB64C197ACB487D8C260D2B0F14702B"><p>​Metro Vancouver has called on the candidates in the B.C. provincial election to pledge substantial changes to the B.C. Home Owner Grant, Property Transfer Tax and School Property tax to make them fairer and more equitable to residents and businesses across the region.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-propertytax.jpgRead more...Full
Belcarra Beachkeepers bring beach to life for visitorshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/445/Belcarra Beachkeepers bring beach to life for visitorsBelcarra Beachkeepers bring beach to life for visitors<div class="ExternalClass5CB32DDA2CA34054A7FF68F8FF67C067"><p>​The Belcarra Beachkeepers - a group of 20 to 25 volunteers – will be back at Belcarra Regional Park this summer to educate park users about the creatures living on the beach while promoting stewardship of the marine ecosystem.  The volunteers are on hand from Canada Day through the Labour Day weekend.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-belcarra.jpgRead more...FullLily (Yi Chen) Men and Dejan Brkic help educate the public as volunteers with Belcarra Beachkeepers
Metro 2040 Performance Monitoring Dashboard sets goals for 2040http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/446/Metro 2040 Performance Monitoring Dashboard sets goals for 2040Metro 2040 Performance Monitoring Dashboard sets goals for 2040<div class="ExternalClass065664D172C94014943F2EFE3395667E"><p>​Metro Vancouver has launched a new website to help the public map the region's future growth through to 2040. The website, <a href="/metro2040" target="_blank">www.metrovancouver.org/metro2040</a>, will allow people to learn about Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future, the regional growth strategy that defines a vision and goals for the future of the region. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-metro2040.jpgRead more...Full
Measuring Air Quality in Lions Bayhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/447/Measuring Air Quality in Lions BayMeasuring Air Quality in Lions Bay<div class="ExternalClassFC2BF5EE591244DC8036B3952558E458"><p>​Air monitoring study conducted in Lions Bay in the winter of 2015/2016 found air quality in that area was generally better than at other air quality monitoring stations in the Lower Fraser Valley, according to recently published results.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-mamu.jpgRead more...Full
Grow Green this spring: a gardening website for green thumbshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/448/Grow Green this spring: a gardening website for green thumbsGrow Green this spring: a gardening website for green thumbs<div class="ExternalClass670C2613CFAE4178B0C4D068A1C33151"><p>Want to grow waterwise plants but don’t know what to look for? Care about supporting pollinators and nurturing native plant species? Get started on your spring planting with <a href="http://www.growgreenguide.ca/" target="_blank">Grow Green</a>, a guide to creating and maintaining a sustainable garden or lawn space using non-invasive plants that are readily available in Metro Vancouver.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-growgreen.jpgRead more...Full



Check It Outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/449/Check It OutCheck It Out<div class="ExternalClassF536DAD7B7064AA699D00484C2482F48"><p>The <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Check it Out!</a> program guide has great events and activities for you and your family to learn about, connect with and enjoy nature in regional parks. The Spring edition is out now, full of events Celebrating 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.​​</p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver television showshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/450/Metro Vancouver television showsMetro Vancouver television shows<div class="ExternalClass5EC388F06EDE46D5AE441E817FCC1E5E"><p>​<strong>The Sustainable Region</strong> TV series examines how Metro Vancouver manages growth, protects the environment and delivers vital services to residents of our region. The next episode of The Sustainable Region examines the homelessness crisis. Five people become homeless in Metro Vancouver every week with health issues and poverty being two of the main pathways into homelessness. We also look at pathways out of homelessness with providing supportive housing as a very cost-effective solution.</p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/215057999" target="_blank">Watch the Episode</a></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Events Around Our Regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-31/451/Events Around Our RegionEvents Around Our Region<div class="ExternalClassC404621D05B14EC6A8A326D6E81B409D"><p> <strong>Metro Vancouver Sustainability Community Breakfast</strong></p><p> <strong>More than a Pipe Dream: Tackling Unflushables and Grease in our Wastewater</strong><br><strong> </strong> <em>BCIT, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver</em></p><p>Join Darrell Mussatto, Chair of Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee, and speakers to hear about regional education and regulation source control programs, including Metro Vancouver's latest humorous approach to encourage behaviour changes at home to help keep the regional wastewater system running smoothly.</p><p>Thursday, May 4, 7:30-9am</p><p> <a href="/events/community-breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Information and registration</a><br></p></div><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span> </p><p class="ExternalClassC404621D05B14EC6A8A326D6E81B409D"> <strong>Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum</strong><br> <em>Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia St., Vancouver</em></p><p class="ExternalClassC404621D05B14EC6A8A326D6E81B409D">Join leaders from local governments, the private sector, utilities, and the NGO and research communities to participate in a solutions-focused dialogue on the transition to 100% renewable energy in cities.</p><p class="ExternalClassC404621D05B14EC6A8A326D6E81B409D">Wednesday, May 17 to Friday, May 19</p><p class="ExternalClassC404621D05B14EC6A8A326D6E81B409D"> <a href="http://www.renewablecities.ca/dialogues-projects/global-learning-forum-2017" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></p>Read more...SummaryBottom