Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/641/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClass904656E0CBB741C0BF2EDA5BC7FA995E"><p>​Welcome back! Fall is here, the air is clear and B.C. is in the throes of municipal election campaigning. Here at Metro Vancouver, though, it's business as usual, after another hot summer brought a raft of air quality advisories due to local and wildfire smoke. Looks like this is becoming a trend and our air quality team continues to adjust their advisory procedures, especially in light of climate change.</p><p>We have several projects on the go, including construction of the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, planning for the Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant and using drones to look at the regeneration of peat in Burns Bog.  Speaking of wastewater, it's that time of year again for our annual <em>Wipe It Green Bin It</em> campaign, which reminds residents not to pour grease down the drains because it can cause costly blockages in our sewer pipes. Please keep this in mind, especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner.</p><p>Other interesting notes from around the region: Metro Vancouver residents are dropping off more reusable goods such as books and used clothing at the region's transfer stations, Tsawwassen First Nation youth got a tour of the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant and we have handed out more cultural grants to support arts and culture in the region.</p><p>Staff also got to hear a fascinating presentation on the effects of residential schools by Phyllis Webstad, who shared her story at a recent Lunch and Learn. Webstad was instrumental in helping to launch Orange Shirt Day, which is coming up on September 30 so hope to see a sea of orange out there!</p><p>And on a national scale, the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition – the National Zero Waste Council is a founding partner – was announced at the G7 Environment Ministers meeting in Halifax by Catherine McKenna, Minister for Environment and Climate Change Canada. </p><p>Happy Thanksgiving!</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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Granting new possibilities for arts and culturehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/642/Granting new possibilities for arts and cultureGranting new possibilities for arts and culture<div class="ExternalClass51FFC2DC78224EA48CBE0E58CCEA83F3"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">Metro Vancouver has awarded $120,000 in Regional Project Grants this year to more than 30 arts and culture organizations across the region.</span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-dreamrider.jpgRead more...FullThe DreamRider production of kid Planet Protectors in the H2WHOA video was one of Metro Vancouver’s grant recipients this year.
Learning About Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Dayhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/643/Learning About Reconciliation and Orange Shirt DayLearning About Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day<div class="ExternalClass3EC6E83EDE2D47E2BFAFDF488A7DBA3C"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">Phyllis Webstad still remembers how her new orange shirt was stripped off her on her first day at a residential school in Williams Lake in 1973. She shared her story at a recent Lunch and Learn, ahead of Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30.</span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-orangeshirtday.jpgRead more...FullPhyllis Webstad shared her story about residential schools at a recent Lunch and Learn
Waste not, want not: Reuse rises in Metro Vancouver http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/644/Waste not, want not: Reuse rises in Metro VancouverWaste not, want not: Reuse rises in Metro Vancouver <div class="ExternalClass2FED3C61A0D649A69B9713E9F4B6F974"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">The region’s residents are dropping off more reusable goods such as books and used clothing at the region’s transfer stations, with 24 tonnes of mostly furniture, 172 tonnes of used books and 33 tonnes of used clothing collected at transfer stations in 2017. </span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-wastenot.jpgRead more...Full
Drones and Lights: Monitoring recovery of Burns Boghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/645/Drones and Lights: Monitoring recovery of Burns BogDrones and Lights: Monitoring recovery of Burns Bog<div class="ExternalClass9CB8C2059100442FAF86A9C739879487"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">A project using drones and lights is underway to monitor the regeneration of peat in Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area.</span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-drones.jpgRead more...FullAn image showing the photo-protective pigments of sphagnum moss (Andrew Elves, 2018)
Tsawwassen First Nation youth visit wastewater planthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/646/Tsawwassen First Nation youth visit wastewater plantTsawwassen First Nation youth visit wastewater plant<div class="ExternalClassDDAF289DCDA84B409001679AF753A9CC"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">Tsawwassen First Nation youth got a tour of the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant last month as part of Matcon Civil’s Indigenous Youth Work Experience Program.</span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-tfn.jpgRead more...Full
Air quality affected by smoke from BC wildfireshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/647/Air quality affected by smoke from BC wildfiresAir quality affected by smoke from BC wildfires<div class="ExternalClassEB0C9FF95A734A46A34D90369294B4B5"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">Smoke from the B.C. wildfires resulted in poor air quality across Metro Vancouver this summer, with air quality advisories in effect for an unprecedented total of 22 days. </span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-aq.jpgRead more...Full
New Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant underwayhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/648/New Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant underwayNew Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant underway<div class="ExternalClassCB0F424C43444B0F8D8F9CD660431262"><p>​Planning is underway for a new <a href="/services/liquid-waste/projects-initiatives/iona-island-wwtp-project/Pages/default.aspx"> Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant</a> in Richmond. The new plant is being built to comply with regulations and standards adopted by the federal and provincial governments for secondary treatment for wastewater.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-iona.jpgRead more...FullExisting Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Looking west, you can see Iona Beach Regional Park and the 4km Iona Jetty, popular for walking, cycling and bird viewing.
Zero Waste Conference: Circular Economy puts money in your pockethttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/649/Zero Waste Conference: Circular Economy puts money in your pocketZero Waste Conference: Circular Economy puts money in your pocket<div class="ExternalClass97C9E55E223248EE97E60685D926E4CB"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">The 2018 Zero Waste Conference on November 8-9 will highlight the circular economy, with keynote speakers offering insights into how businesses can adapt and “close the loop” by changing the materials, design, culture and business models. </span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-zwc.jpgRead more...Full
Construction starts on North Shore Wastewater Treatment Planthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/650/Construction starts on North Shore Wastewater Treatment PlantConstruction starts on North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant<div class="ExternalClassACF07134A0B741FCBB2F9093373B343F"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">Metro Vancouver’s North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant is one step closer to reality, with construction set to begin on the $700-million project. </span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-nswwtp.jpgRead more...Full
Wipe it Green Bin It returns for Thanksgiving http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/652/Wipe it Green Bin It returns for ThanksgivingWipe it Green Bin It returns for Thanksgiving <div class="ExternalClass0E68B58816AF4F10AA830E7D1049F2C0"><p>​Metro Vancouver's <em>Wipe It Green Bin It </em>campaign is back, reminding residents around the region to put cooking grease in their green bins, not down the drain. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-wipeitgreenbinit.jpgRead more...Full
Circular Economy Leadership Coalition launchedhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/651/Circular Economy Leadership Coalition launchedCircular Economy Leadership Coalition launched<div class="ExternalClass94C3349A8EA943FD8F363913FC3F594B"><p>​The Circular Economy Leadership Coalition, involving the National Zero Waste Council, was launched this month at the G7 environment ministers conference in Halifax.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-celc.jpgRead more...Full



Check It Out!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/653/Check It Out!Check It Out!<div class="ExternalClassD0B4F10DA6C44D7CA00F216ACA34C5EB"><p>​Metro Vancouver's regional parks system protects 13,614 hectares of important natural spaces in 22 regional parks, two ecological conservancy areas, three regional park reserves and five regional greenways. </p><p>Most Metro Vancouver residents live in urban settings with less access to nature than previous generations. Regional parks protect dynamic and complex ecosystems and offer opportunities to access these natural spaces adjacent to urban areas. Park interpretation programs encourage residents to get outside – to visit regional parks and take part in nature-based programs and events that inform and inspire, deepening understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural environment.</p><p>Check out the fall/winter 2018-2019 <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/CIO-FallWinter2018.PDF" target="_blank">regional parks program guide</a>. Never miss an issue – <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx"><span lang="EN-US">subscribe</span></a> to receive the online or paper copy.</p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver videoshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/654/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/277703020" target="_blank"><img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-video-lionsbay.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a> </td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong> <a href="https://vimeo.com/277703020" target="_blank">Village of Lions Bay Summer Water Supply Research : </a></strong> The Village of Lions Bay has its own water supply and, in the face of a changing climate, is working with UBC researchers to learn more about its summer water sources. <br></td></tr><tr><td style="width:155px;vertical-align:top;"> <a href="https://vimeo.com/277373235" target="_blank"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-video-irrigation.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/277373235" target="_blank">Vancouver Irrigation Assessment : </a></strong> With water restrictions in effect, the City of Vancouver is offering free irrigation assessments to help residents learn how to care for their lawns and gardens using less water.</td></tr><tr><td style="width:155px;vertical-align:top;"> <a href="https://vimeo.com/278202178" target="_blank"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-video-traffic.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/278202178" target="_blank">Shuttles and Barges Deliver Traffic Solutions in North Vancouver : </a></strong>While building the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, project builder Acciona and host municipality District of North Vancouver wanted to limit traffic in the area. The solution: ocean barges and a worker shuttle bus. </td></tr><tr><td style="width:155px;vertical-align:top;"> <a href="https://vimeo.com/282546594" target="_blank"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-video-solargarden.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/282546594" target="_blank">New Westminster Solar Garden Now Open : </a></strong> The City of New Westminster's Solar Garden is catching rays on the roof of a community centre, delivering savings to its subscribers.</td></tr><tr><td style="width:155px;vertical-align:top;"> <a href="https://vimeo.com/277730261" target="_blank"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-video-evcharger.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/277730261" target="_blank">New Westminster Lamp Post EV Chargers : </a></strong> New Westminster has partnered with BCIT on a pilot project that uses street lamps to increase public access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. It's a new effort to help 'Garage Orphans' in the city. </td></tr><tr><td style="width:155px;vertical-align:top;"> <a href="https://vimeo.com/275914516" target="_blank"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-video-bowen.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/275914516" target="_blank">Bowen Housing Options : </a></strong> Finding housing on Bowen Island is a challenge. The municipality launched the Bowen Housing initiative to help provide long-term and diverse housing for people of varying income levels, lifestyles and age groups.</td></tr><tr><td style="width:155px;vertical-align:top;"> <a href="https://vimeo.com/277195585" target="_blank"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue46-video-ipd.jpg" alt="" style="width:155px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"> <strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/277195585" target="_blank">Indigenous Peoples Day in Vancouver : </a></strong> Metro Vancouver was honoured to be at National Indigenous People's Day, which began with breakfast and speeches at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and continued with afternoon activities at Trout Lake.</td></tr></tbody></table></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Events around the regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-46/655/Events around the regionEvents around the region<div class="ExternalClass3D2BB3638E8D4F468FCFA9EE79538322"><p><strong>National Industrial Symbiosis Program Workshop<br></strong><em>Anvil Centre, New Westminster</em></p><p>The <em>National Industrial Symbiosis Program</em> <em>(NISP), </em>with support from Metro Vancouver's Sustainable Innovation Fund, is fostering business-to-business partnerships to support a transition to a circular economy.  Through its unique business matching approach, NISP generates innovative resource management solutions – turning traditional waste by-products into valued resources – to create both environmental and financial benefits. To find out more about NISP in Metro Vancouver check out this <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/mv-video/277699619"><span lang="EN-CA">video</span></a>.</p><p>October 5</p><p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nisp-circular-economy-based-workshop-new-westminster-tickets-47718886474?aff=erelexpmlt"><span lang="EN-CA">Information and registration</span></a><strong></strong></p><p><strong>A Future Without Waste: The Journey to a Circular Economy<br></strong><em>Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver</em></p><p>Metro Vancouver, in collaboration with the National Zero Waste Council, will hold its eighth annual Zero Waste Conference. ZXC 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/"><span lang="EN-CA">Information and registration</span></a></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom