Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/489/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClass411E7881302148C48089BBB052DE1021"><p>It's been a busy month at Metro Vancouver. </p><p>A raft of new initiatives have been introduced this month, including a new carbon price policy as well as a proposed new generator levy and hauler's fee that are aimed at ensuring all waste generators in the region contribute to the fixed costs of the region's transfer station network.</p><p>At the same time, plans are afoot for a new park management plan for Widgeon Marsh, a much-needed water supply tunnel under the Burrard Inlet and updating the region's water response plan to better serve our needs as weather patterns continue to change. We are also considering the disposal of expanded polystyrene and plan to hold a series of public consultations this fall over proposed changes to our Development Cost Charge program.</p><p>Improvements continue at the Iona Island Secondary Wastewater Treatment plant and our Zero Waste Conference will be held this year in November. </p><p>And as always, events continue in our Regional Parks to commemorate our 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration so perhaps you can still catch one this summer. Have a wonderful summer. We will see you in September.</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 considers levy, bylaw changes, for solid waste generatorshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/503/Metro Vancouver considers levy, bylaw changes, for solid waste generatorsMetro Vancouver considers levy, bylaw changes, for solid waste generators<div class="ExternalClass31393A92ECC74F6782125C5A1E4ED563"><p>Metro Vancouver is considering a proposed new "Generator Levy" on all residential, commercial and institutional waste generated in the region, irrespective of whether it is managed at regional facilities.</p><p>The proposed levy, coupled with a Hauler Licensing bylaw, is aimed at ensuring all waste generators in the region contribute to the fixed costs of the region's transfer station network. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue34-levy.jpgRead more...Full
Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Reserve Management Plan Underwayhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/491/Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Reserve Management Plan UnderwayWidgeon Marsh Regional Park Reserve Management Plan Underway<div class="ExternalClass88F99F96C3C54BF4A70C8A77CB4F30FF"><p>Metro Vancouver Regional Parks' staff are working on a management plan to provide a vision for Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Reserve, which sits on the largest freshwater marsh in southwest B.C.</p><p> Located along the Pitt River in northeast Coquitlam, Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Reserve protects more than 620 hectares of tidal marsh and woodlands – 1.5 times the size of Stanley Park. The marsh provides important wintering habitat for waterfowl and is home to many birds, fish and animals. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue34-widgeon.jpgRead more...FullSouth end of Widgeon Slough
Development Cost Charge Program under reviewhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/492/Development Cost Charge Program under reviewDevelopment Cost Charge Program under review<div class="ExternalClassC93F2993614E43DC9F56A37107814BF4"><p>​Metro Vancouver will hold a series of public consultations this fall over its proposed Development Cost Charge (DCC) program rate changes, which are aimed at expanding liquid waste infrastructure to serve the growing population. The proposed changes focus on the principle that 'growth pays for growth'. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue34-dcc.jpgRead more...FullLulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant
Internal Carbon Price Policy to reduce corporate emissionshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/493/Internal Carbon Price Policy to reduce corporate emissionsInternal Carbon Price Policy to reduce corporate emissions<div class="ExternalClass1ED2D501128248B9BB7103D8F5BE826D"><p>​The Metro Vancouver Board last month approved a new Carbon Price Policy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with its own projects and initiatives. The new policy requires that the value of GHG emissions is included when evaluating new Metro Vancouver-funded project options, by incorporating an internal carbon price into decision-making processes for typical projects such as construction or vehicle purchases, as well as for carbon-reduction programs. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue34-carbon.jpgRead more...FullNew Carbon Price policy aims to reduce GHGs
Metro Vancouver makes progress on climate action in 2016http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/495/Metro Vancouver makes progress on climate action in 2016Metro Vancouver makes progress on climate action in 2016<div class="ExternalClassF9299162D6F342DAB9A6C1B84086039D"><p>​Metro Vancouver reported a net carbon footprint of 3,321 tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2016, thanks to a number of significant greenhouse gas reduction projects that reduced corporate energy-related emissions by 60 per cent. The actions include installing high efficiency boilers at Metro Vancouver housing sites, increasing use of low emission vehicles, and developing a comprehensive regional water system plan to explicitly address the potential impacts of climate change. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue34-climate.jpgRead more...Full
Potential disposal ban for expanded polystyrenehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/496/Potential disposal ban for expanded polystyrenePotential disposal ban for expanded polystyrene<div class="ExternalClass8EF945388A48493095248A4AEC2FAC22"><p>​Metro Vancouver is considering banning the disposal of expanded polystyrene, often called Styrofoam, in an effort to encourage more recycling of the material. Metro Vancouver has been consulting with those who make, use, sell, transport and recycle expanded polystyrene to better understand how the material is handled today and how to increase recycling rates. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue34--Polystyrene.jpgRead more...Full
Plans underway to upgrade Iona Wastewater Treatment Planthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/497/Plans underway to upgrade Iona Wastewater Treatment PlantPlans underway to upgrade Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant<div class="ExternalClass0F2F8D94C1DE4418A3CD3DBCD37A6568"><p>Metro Vancouver continues to improve its 50-year-old Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, which provides <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/218315462" target="_blank">primary liquid waste treatment</a> to about 750,000 residents and businesses in Vancouver, UBC, the University Endowment Lands, and small areas of Burnaby and Richmond. The plant is scheduled to undergo a major upgrade to secondary treatment by 2030 and, as a result, has two projects underway that focus on the treatment and storage of biosolids -- organic matter recycled from sewage. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue34-iona.jpgRead more...Full
Metro Vancouver plans to build Second Narrows Water Supply Tunnelhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/498/Metro Vancouver plans to build Second Narrows Water Supply TunnelMetro Vancouver plans to build Second Narrows Water Supply Tunnel<div class="ExternalClassD7C9B080646742AE9035D34EE0F474F8"><p>​Metro Vancouver is planning to build a new water supply tunnel under Burrard Inlet to meet the growing demand for safe, reliable drinking water in the region. The new tunnel, slated for east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, will replace existing water mains that are nearing the end of their service lives. It is one of five new water supply crossings across the region being built to higher seismic standards to withstand a major earthquake. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue34-tunnels.jpgRead more...Full
Metro Vancouver approves new Drinking Water Conservation Planhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/499/Metro Vancouver approves new Drinking Water Conservation PlanMetro Vancouver approves new Drinking Water Conservation Plan<div class="ExternalClassF86465D998DE486D94FD8048C8E333AF"><p>​Metro Vancouver has approved a new Drinking Water Conservation Plan to promote water conservation and reduce water use across the region, particularly during the summer months when precipitation is low and water use is high, or in times of water shortages and emergencies. The plan, approved by the Greater Vancouver Water District Board on June 23, 2017, and slated to be enacted in May next year, replaces the Water Shortage Response Plan.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue34-dwcp.jpgRead more...Full
Reducing food waste and developing a Canadian food policyhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/500/Reducing food waste and developing a Canadian food policyReducing food waste and developing a Canadian food policy<div class="ExternalClass988C9B3B8E7B48E2A21A205EAA741C51"><p>​The federal government has embarked on a process to develop a framework for a national food policy.  As a first step, Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agrifoods Canada (whose mandate is to lead the development of the food policy), organized a summit of important stakeholders in Ottawa on June 22-23.   As Chair of the National Zero Waste Council, which has prepared a National Food Waste Reduction Strategy (available at nzwc.ca), Director Malcolm Brodie was invited to participate. In the breakout sessions, Director Brodie spoke to the leadership that Metro Vancouver has taken to implement an organics ban and introduce the Love Food Hate Waste campaign – two initiatives that should be adopted across Canada. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue34-NFWRS.jpgRead more...Full
Metro Vancouver’s 7th Annual Zero Waste Conference November 1sthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/504/Metro Vancouver’s 7th Annual Zero Waste Conference November 1stMetro Vancouver’s 7th Annual Zero Waste Conference November 1st<div class="ExternalClass1BCDF958D23B46E29D713881705FDBED"><p>Registration is open for Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Conference on November 1, which brings together innovative leaders and thinkers who are working towards a future without waste. Eliminating waste and creating value are essential pillars in a new way of doing business and developing policy - a new norm of addressing waste in every facet of our lives. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-zwc.jpgRead more...Full



Check It Out!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/505/Check It Out!Check It Out!<div class="ExternalClass059CEC976FD84C958A593319B8123657"><p>​​With summer comes longer days, lake swimming, backyard barbeques and the arrival of the summer edition of <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter42&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Regional Parks' Program Guide – Check it Out!</a> The newest edition is jam-packed with events and programs to connect you with nature in your local regional parks during our 50th anniversary year.</p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/506/Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional ParksCelebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass59FB33A53FC4497CAC3A0273CAA28DF9"><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Get your passport and start exploring. Download the FREE MV Passport app or pick-up a paper copy.</p><p>Collect stamps at each of the 18 participating regional parks.</p><p>Earn rewards. Win prizes! Shop our collection of commemorative T-shirts, hoodies & more. </p><p>A portion of proceeds goes to <a href="http://www.pacificparklands.com/" target="_blank">Pacific Parklands Foundation</a>, a registered charity dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Metro Vancouver's regional parks.</p><p><a href="/services/parks/celebrate-parks/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Find out more.</a></p></div>Read more...parks50SummaryBottom
The Sustainable Regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/507/The Sustainable RegionThe Sustainable Region<div class="ExternalClassD0A654939547432DA5B592BD7FACEFA0"><div><p><strong>​</strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/214059864" target="_blank"><strong>Launch of Regional Parks' 50th celebration</strong></a><br>Metro Vancouver kicked off the regional parks system's 50th anniversary at Burnaby Lake Regional Park on March 15, with commemorative events held throughout the year to showcase the 14,500-hectare network of parks and greenways.</p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/224367093" target="_blank"><strong>Land for Leisure - 50-year History of Regional Parks </strong></a><br>It's the late 1950s in Greater Vancouver. Cities provide neighbourhood parks while provincial parks are offering campgrounds, but a new type of park is needed to fill the growing popularity of outdoor leisure activities and pleasure driving. So planners set upon a radical new concept -- a network of Regional Parks. It was a race to acquire land "while it is available and before prices rise too much."</p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/216582913" target="_blank"><strong>Grand Opening Kanaka Creek Stewardship Centre </strong></a><br>The Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre officially opened May 30, 2017 in Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge. The Centre is designed to engage people in nature, watersheds, and citizen stewardship. </p></div></div>Read more...tsrSummaryBottom
Events around the regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-34/508/Events around the regionEvents around the region<div class="ExternalClass1467624554EA4591AB29830BDC029F9A"><p><strong>​Emotive still driving traffic</strong></p><p>Metro Vancouver presents <a href="http://www.emotivebc.ca/" target="_blank"><em>Emotive: The Electric Vehicle Experience</em></a>, a campaign raising awareness of electric vehicles, at events throughout the region this summer. Drop by one of the following events and sit in an EV, and meet an EV owner who can share stories of what it's like to drive electric. </p><p>Here are some events we will be attending in the next month:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.sunfestival.ca/" target="_blank">Tsawwassen Sun Festival</a> - August 7, 2017</li><li><a href="https://www.abbotsfordairshow.com/" target="_blank">Abbotsford Air Show</a> - August 11-13, 2017</li><li><a href="https://www.tourismbowenisland.com/welcome/" target="_blank">BOWFEST</a> - August 26, 2017</li><li><a href="http://metrovangarlicfest.ca/about/" target="_blank">Garlic Festival</a> - August 27, 2017</li></ul><p><strong>Metro Vancouver's Watershed Tours</strong></p><p>Every summer, Metro Vancouver offers tours of our protected watersheds to let you discover these pristine valleys firsthand. Join us, and register for an engaging and scenic guided tour.</p><p><a href="/events/watershed-tours/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter58&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom