Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/627/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClassE3D8A89980A04D5DB48C8BCA5F62BE89"><p>Welcome to summer: it's getting hot out there and everybody's heading for the beaches to cool off – even the bears. With so much activity outdoors, black bears are becoming more prevalent in our regional parks, and even stealing food from picnic baskets, so make sure you're bear aware out there, especially since we're seeing an increase in the number of people visits year over year.</p><p>Speaking of food, the National Zero Waste Council launched the national Love Food Hate Waste Canada campaign, with three simultaneous events in Metro Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Metro Vancouver is proud to be a founding member of the campaign - we hope this campaign will help educate Canadians to reduce food waste, which in turn will save them money and reduce harmful greenhouse gases across the region.</p><p>Metro Vancouver is already taking action to reduce GHGs and managed to balance our carbon footprint in 2017 with two projects -- a landfill gas capture optimization project at the Coquitlam Landfill and an "avoided forest conversion" project at Kanaka Creek Regional Park. A small step, but we're making progress.</p><p>Our second Metro Vancouver Update – delivered directly to your home - should have hit your mailboxes last month. This special spring newsletter edition is full of great information on the Metro Vancouver budget and some of the projects we are working on over the next few years, such as water and sewer infrastructure.</p><p>In other news, we provided an extreme makeover to our Minato West Housing site in Richmond and participated in B.C.'s largest National Indigenous Peoples Day at Trout Lake in Vancouver, which will help us to strengthen our ties with the region's First Nations. We're also working to try and stem the spread of a new Japanese beetle, which is wreaking major havoc in the City of Vancouver.</p><p>And as always, we're plugging away on preparations for our Zero Waste conference in November! Enjoy the rest of the summer and 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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Extreme Makeover: The Richmond Editionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/628/Extreme Makeover: The Richmond EditionExtreme Makeover: The Richmond Edition<div class="ExternalClassFBA25469453847B9A77E6FA436ED3A92"><p>​Metro Vancouver Housing staff rolled up their sleeves this month to provide an “extreme makeover” to its Minato West housing site in Richmond. It’s become an annual tradition within Metro Vancouver Housing to dedicate one day each year where staff grab a rake, paintbrush or shovel and help residents of one of the Metro Vancouver’s 49 housing sites give the place an extreme makeover.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-makeover.jpgRead more...Full
Hey Canada: Love Food Hate Wastehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/629/Hey Canada: Love Food Hate WasteHey Canada: Love Food Hate Waste<div class="ExternalClass1DF86559E04447FEB09729327477CF52"><p>​Metro Vancouver participated this month in the national launch of the <a href="http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/" target="_blank">Love Food Hate Waste Canada</a> campaign, which aims to change Canadians’ behaviours around food and dramatically reduce the significant amount of food wasted across the country every day.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-lfhw.jpgRead more...Full
Be Bear Aware in Metro Vancouver Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/630/Be Bear Aware in Metro Vancouver Regional ParksBe Bear Aware in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClassD1DF8DCE0F8C44F1972AFC1AEFCDC6A9"><p>​Metro Vancouver has precautions in place to guard against human-bear interactions after several reported sightings of black bears in areas such as Belcarra Regional Park.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-bearaware.jpgRead more...FullA bear raids a picnic basket at White Pine Beach
Visitor numbers on the rise in Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/631/Visitor numbers on the rise in Regional ParksVisitor numbers on the rise in Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClassC0A67F846AF84C198898BEC9FB774970"><p>​Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks continue to be a huge draw, with 11.9 million visits in 2017 – up seven percent from a year earlier. Programs and attendance were also up in 2017, while volunteers donated more 29,000 hours last year.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-parkvolunteers.jpgRead more...Full
Grow Green: Stop the spread of the Japanese Beetlehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/632/Grow Green: Stop the spread of the Japanese BeetleGrow Green: Stop the spread of the Japanese Beetle<div class="ExternalClass3B89C96F633846B7BBCA18A7E1CC079E"><p>​The European chafer beetle has become renowned for destroying lawns around Metro Vancouver. But now there’s a new beetle in town – Japanese beetle -- and it’s posing an even bigger threat, especially in the City of Vancouver.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-japanesebeetle.jpgRead more...Full
Building relations by celebrating indigenous culture and heritagehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/633/Building relations by celebrating indigenous culture and heritageBuilding relations by celebrating indigenous culture and heritage<div class="ExternalClass7ADCD2865B5C46E59D737E93D155AA74"><p>​Metro Vancouver recently participated in -- and celebrated -- several Indigenous culture and heritage events: National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 and a Community-to-Community Forum with Kwantlen First Nation in Fort Langley on July 5.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-celebratingculture.jpgRead more...FullChief Marilyn Gabriel, Kwantlen First Nation
We Love Water - Use a little less, care a little morehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/634/We Love Water - Use a little less, care a little moreWe Love Water - Use a little less, care a little more<div class="ExternalClass2F778C5831F04544B7C02E43D90EBB25"><p>​Do you know where your water comes from or how it gets to your tap? When it comes to water conservation, small actions really add up, and it’s easy to underestimate how much water is wasted on excessive lawn watering or hosing down our cars, patios and driveways. Metro Vancouver’s We Love Water campaign has the answers.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-welovewater.jpgRead more...Full
Metro Vancouver tackles GHG emissionshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/635/Metro Vancouver tackles GHG emissionsMetro Vancouver tackles GHG emissions<div class="ExternalClass3429AF31C6074D0CAD86B9B0176B0927"><p>​Metro Vancouver and its member jurisdictions continue to show climate action leadership -- both within their own operations and through programs that reach the region’s residents and businesses. In 2017, Metro Vancouver was able to balance about 10 percent of its energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, reporting a net carbon footprint of 10,705 tonnes CO2e.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-ghg.jpgRead more...Full
Spring Metro Vancouver Update hits regional mailboxeshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/636/Spring Metro Vancouver Update hits regional mailboxesSpring Metro Vancouver Update hits regional mailboxes<div class="ExternalClassBAB2163530BC4666B3D40B2E36A7E946"><p>​Metro Vancouver published its spring newsletter mail-out late last month, informing residents about the link between Metro Vancouver services and the region's quality of life.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-mvupdate.jpgRead more...Full
Zero Waste Conference goes full circlehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/637/Zero Waste Conference goes full circleZero Waste Conference goes full circle<div class="ExternalClassF009DC12508045BA855C1525EC907289"><p>​Don’t waste time searching for answers to circular economy questions, learn from the experts at the 2018 <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/" target="_blank">Zero Waste Conference</a> (#ZWC18), Nov 8 - 9, 2018 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-zwc.jpgRead more...Full



Check It Out!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/638/Check It Out!Check It Out!<div class="ExternalClassFDA4CB4160434C0994EF61F8772C83C2"><p>​<span aria-hidden="true"></span>The summer edition of <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Regional Parks' Program Guide – Check it Out!</a> is jam-packed with events and programs to connect you with nature in your local regional parks.<span aria-hidden="true"></span></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver videoshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/639/Metro Vancouver videosMetro Vancouver videos<div class="ExternalClass4A840F60DDFF4235A41D76D4DDC04E57"><table width="100%" style="background:none;border:0px currentcolor;"><tbody style="background:none;"><tr><td style="width:155px;vertical-align:top;"> <a href="https://vimeo.com/273420574" target="_blank"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-video-grousegrind.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a> </td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/273420574" target="_blank">Grouse Grind Hiking Safety : </a></strong> Preparation and planning are 'musts' for anyone wanting to hike in Grouse Mountain Regional Park. Here is a basic list to help hikers stay safe on the park's steep trail. <br></td></tr><tr><td style="width:155px;vertical-align:top;"> <a href="https://vimeo.com/274597159" target="_blank"><img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-video-turtles.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong> <a href="https://vimeo.com/274597159" target="_blank">Baby Turtles Released in Turtle Recovery Program : </a></strong> Every spring, the Coastal Painted Turtle Project group releases endangered baby Western Painted turtles onto protected nesting beaches in several of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks – more than 400 turtles to date.</td></tr><tr><td style="width:155px;vertical-align:top;"> <a href="https://vimeo.com/274985527" target="_blank"><img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-video-flood.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong> <a href="https://vimeo.com/274985527" target="_blank">Regional Flood Preparations : </a></strong> Spring 2018 brought flooding to many areas along the Fraser River. Several regional parks were affected by the river's high levels. But Metro Vancouver has a new tool to fight back against floods. It's called a Tiger Dam and it consists of rubber cylinders filled with water – in this case, from the Fraser River. The dam can be set up in just a few hours, compared to sand barriers, which take several days to install.</td></tr></tbody></table></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Events around the regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-45/640/Events around the regionEvents around the region<div class="ExternalClass61C81B39360B4CBE91E26BE11C8CE5BD"><p> <strong>Emotive: The Electric Vehicle Experience</strong></p><p>Metro Vancouver will be presenting <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 upcoming events to sit in an electric vehicle (EV), and meet an EV owner who can share stories of what it's like to drive electric.</p><ul><li>August 6 – <a href="https://sunfestival.ca/" target="_blank">Tsawwassen Sun Festival</a> - WW, Delta</li><li>August 18 - <a href="https://veva.ca/electrafest-2018/" target="_blank">ElectraFest 2018</a>, Vancouver</li><li>August 25 – <a href="http://www.discoverwesbrook.com/posts/barn-raising-2017#.W1JDL4WcEpE" target="_blank">Old Barn Community Centre</a>, UBC</li><li>September 1 - <a href="https://www.richmondworldfestival.com/" target="_blank">Richmond World Festival</a>, Richmond</li><li>September 8 – <a href="/countrycelebration" target="_blank">Country Celebration</a>, Township of Langley</li><li>September 9 – <a href="http://www.cohosociety.com/coho-festival/" target="_blank">Coho Festival</a>, West Vancouver</li><li>September 15 – <a href="https://www.bcsea.org/events/energy-connections-2018" target="_blank">Energy Connections</a>, Burnaby</li><li>September 22 – <a href="https://fraserriverdiscovery.org/riverfest" target="_blank">Riverfest</a>, New Westminster</li></ul><p> <strong>Metro Vancouver’s Watershed Tours</strong></p><p>Metro Vancouver offers tours of our protected watersheds every summer to help people 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" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></p><p><strong>A Future Without Waste: The Journey to A Circular Economy</strong><br><em>Vancouver Convention Centre</em></p><p>Metro Vancouver, in collaboration with the National Zero Waste Council, will hold its eighth annual Zero Waste Conference. ZWC 2018 offers global perspectives with a Canadian context as thought leaders from around the world highlight the successes, pitfalls, and opportunities they see – as the shift to a circular economy gains momentum. You'll learn how Canadian businesses, communities, and governments can embrace and accelerate their transition to this new model. </p><p>November 8 & 9</p><p><a href="http://www.zwc.ca/" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom