Welcome to Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/77/Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClassF3F5EBD8B2AC4F4B959A230DA2802BBE"><p>Welcome to the Metro Vancouver Update, bringing you news and information from around the region. This month we bring you important information on emergency preparedness, and a report on Metro Vancouver's annual address to the Vancouver Board of Trade. Board Chair Greg Moore discussed how we can create a livable and prosperous future in our region. There is news on cycling infrastructure on the North Shore, a major sewer project along Lougheed Highway, a Water Services pump station as well as information on Metro Vancouver TV programs and events.</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>Welcome1.00000000000000 1


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Metro Vancouver Annual Address to Vancouver Board of Trade: Creating Our Future – Working Together for a Livable and Prosperous Regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/78/Metro Vancouver Annual Address to Vancouver Board of Trade: Creating Our Future – Working Together for a Livable and Prosperous RegionMetro Vancouver Annual Address to Vancouver Board of Trade: Creating Our Future – Working Together for a Livable and Prosperous Region<div class="ExternalClass1552B3036CAC44B98570E445829A3EA4"><p>​On February 25, Board Chair Greg Moore delivered the second annual Metro Vancouver address to the <a href="http://www.boardoftrade.com/events/overview/1196281968.aspx" target="_blank"> Vancouver Board of Trade</a>. <em>Creating Our Future – Working Together for a Livable and Prosperous Region</em> outlined some of the strategic priorities for the region, and highlighted how local governments and the business community can work in partnership to build a strong and resilient regional economy.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue6-a1.jpgRead more...Metro Vancouver BoardFull
Cycling Infrastructure: North Vancouver City & Districthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/79/Cycling Infrastructure: North Vancouver City & DistrictCycling Infrastructure: North Vancouver City & District<div class="ExternalClassC76FB0D143554EE89AC7DBA14E2351AF"><p>​Thanks to a joint cycling master plan by the <a href="http://www.cnv.org/" target="_blank">City</a> and <a href="http://dnv.org/" target="_blank">District</a> of North Vancouver, the number of cycling commuters on the North Shore has tripled in the last three years!</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue6-a2.jpgRead more...Regional PlanningFull
Metro Vancouver Lowers Tipping Fees For Large Waste Loads http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/87/Metro Vancouver Lowers Tipping Fees For Large Waste LoadsMetro Vancouver Lowers Tipping Fees For Large Waste Loads <div class="ExternalClassE143C5F62F5C401799E7A87AADBC771D"><p>In order to better reflect the costs of service delivery, the Metro Vancouver Board has <a href="/media-room/media-releases/solid-waste/387/metro-vancouver-lowers-tipping-fees-for-large-waste-loads" target="_blank">revised the tipping fees</a> at all regional waste disposal facilities.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/a6-sw.jpgRead more...Solid WasteFull
Lougheed Highway Sewer Projecthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/80/Lougheed Highway Sewer ProjectLougheed Highway Sewer Project<div class="ExternalClassEF66C380FEF4465AA25C6D7BAA350F25"><p>​Phase One construction on the new <a href="/services/liquid-waste/construction-maintenance/lougheed-highway-sewer" target="_blank"> Lougheed Highway Sewer Project</a> is underway in north-central Burnaby along Lougheed Highway. The new sewer will roughly parallel an existing sewer called the Burnaby Lake North Interceptor which serves central Burnaby. Both sewers flow through Burnaby and New Westminster before going to the <a href="/services/liquid-waste/treatment/treatment-plants-processes/annacis-island/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> Annacis Island Waste Water Treatment Plant</a> in Delta.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/SewerHeat-970.jpgRead more...Liquid WasteFull
Barnston Maple Ridge Water Pump Station http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/88/Barnston Maple Ridge Water Pump StationBarnston Maple Ridge Water Pump Station <div class="ExternalClassBEC4267D486340E49C29542656ED8FBF"><p>​The new Barnston/Maple Ridge Pump Station, which will help meet the growing water demands for Maple Ridge, Surrey, and the Township and City of Langley, is approximately 80 percent complete.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/a6-water.jpgRead more...WaterFull
Emergency Preparednesshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/81/Emergency PreparednessEmergency Preparedness<div class="ExternalClassF44616F41ADD4627B1D608BDABDC1F4E"><p>​<a href="http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/ep-wk/index-eng.aspx" target="_blank">Emergency Preparedness Week</a> is the first week of May, but it's never too early to start preparing!</p><p>In addition to a major emergency like an earthquake, significant incidents like weather events, flooding, fires, hazardous spills, or disease outbreaks could affect our region and require community- and region-wide responses.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue6-a4.jpgRead more...Emergency PreparednessFull



Metro Vancouver’s Television Programs: The Sustainable Region & Metro Vancouver Close Uphttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/82/Metro Vancouver’s Television Programs: The Sustainable Region & Metro Vancouver Close UpMetro Vancouver’s Television Programs: The Sustainable Region & Metro Vancouver Close Up<div class="ExternalClass38EC3D51023E487A8393B171EFA32E25"><p>Through February, programs on <strong>The Sustainable Region</strong> will focus on drinking water, one of Metro Vancouver's major utility services. We provide high-quality drinking water to our member municipalities by acquiring and maintaining the water supply, treating the water to ensure it meets the highest standards, and then delivering it to the municipalities. Municipalities convey the water to residences and businesses in their areas. In March, programs focus on our Regional Parks with stories about opportunities for youth, last October's EcoBlitz in 10 Regional Parks, and wonderful tours of some of our wetlands reserves.</p><p> <strong>Metro Vancouver Close Up looks at:</strong></p><ul><li><p>Delta's Rain Gardens, where community members and municipal staff are working together to re-direct water flow. Water is an important component of soil along with minerals, organic matter and air.  However, paved roads and structures limit water's contact with soil. Learn about the solutions in Delta's Rain Gardens.</p></li><li><p>The District of North Vancouver's Geoweb, which features a map that provides a range of fascinating information from a property's suitability for solar hot water heat to what the property's landscape has looked like over the last 100 years.</p></li><li><p>The expansion of car sharing in Richmond. Richmond's 50 new car share parking spots are reflective of a trend supported by Metro Vancouver that recently published a <a href="/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/1507_PPE_MV_Car_Share_Study_14Oct20HR.pdf" target="_blank"> comprehensive study</a> on the issue.</p></li> </ul><p>These episodes air back to back on Shaw TV4, Delta Cable 4 and Novus TV4.</p><p>Shaw TV 4: Wed 7:30pm; Sat 12:30pm; Mon 3:30pm; Tues 11pm<br> NVTV4: Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:30pm; Tues, Thurs, Sat at 9am & 3:30pm<br> 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>Sustainable Region TVSummaryBottom
Upcoming Eventshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/83/Upcoming EventsUpcoming Events<div class="ExternalClassC690508012704C00BE8A72B44AB6A1CB"><p> <strong>Sustainability Community Breakfast   </strong><strong></strong></p><p> <strong>Planning for Cycling in Cities</strong><br> March 26, 7:30-9 am, BCIT Downtown, 555 Seymour St., Vancouver</p><p> Speakers:</p><ul><li> Dr. Kay Teschke, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health, to address cycling in cities research projects.</li><li> Stu Ramsey, Manager, Transportation Planning, City of Burnaby, to address cycling infrastructure in Burnaby’s town centres.</li><li> Heather Reinhold, Manager, Waterfront, City of North Vancouver, to address the North Shore Spirit Trail.</li></ul><p> <a href="/events/community-breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Information & Registration</a></p><div class="ExternalClassDFE3D2DC64EB415DB630DC131D8A6604"><p> <strong>Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours @ Mt. Seymour</strong></p><div class="ExternalClass636F9121E4C84F84A8D2CA3A5C0DF1DD"><p>Enjoy a moderately strenuous snowshoe tour while learning about the role our mountains play in collecting and storing our drinking water. Learn about plants and animals that call the Seymour watershed home. Must be physically capable of hiking up and down steep terrain with snowshoes.</p><p>Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at the end of the tour. </p><p> <strong>Sundays: 9:30 am – 1 pm</strong><br>March 8, 15</p><p> <strong>Thursdays: 6 - 9:30 pm</strong><br>March 12 </p><p>Ages 18+. $18 with own snowshoes; $25 includes snowshoe rental. <br><a href="/events/watershed-tours/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Registration required</a></p></div></div></div>EventsSummaryBottom
Did You Know?http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-6/86/Did You Know?Did You Know?<div class="ExternalClass239BE011AB1F4EAA8716BA80D3DF2ABB"><ul><li><p>We have videos in seven languages to explain the new ban on putting food waste in the regular garbage. Take a few minutes to learn how Metro Vancouver and your local municipality manage the region's waste and why it's important not to send food waste to the landfill. Watch in <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/3897434104001" target="_blank"> English</a>, <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/3932641575001" target="_blank"> Mandarin</a>, <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/3932719627001" target="_blank"> Punjabi</a>, <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/3926760479001" target="_blank"> Filipino</a>, <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/3924463422001" target="_blank"> Japanese</a>, <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/3932641643001" target="_blank"> French</a>, and <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/3978287422001" target="_blank">Korean</a>.</p></li><li><p>Any type of receptacle from a plastic container to an ice-cream bucket can be used to collect food waste and scraps in your kitchen. The Metro Vancouver website has lots of <a href="/services/solid-waste/food-scraps-recycling/residents3/tools-resources/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">information</a>, including how to make a newspaper food scraps kitchen catcher liner, on separating and recycling food waste from your garbage. Some people prefer containers specifically sold for storing food waste on countertops, however any container with a lid will do!</p></li><li><p>To help with your health-related New Year's resolutions, our <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">22 regional parks and four regional reserves</a> offer possibilities for extensive outdoor activities from walking, running and hiking to snowshoeing, cycling and horseback riding. A number of parks are excellent bird watching and wildlife viewing sites including <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/boundary-bay-regional-park" target="_blank">Boundary Bay</a>, <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/iona-beach-regional-park" target="_blank">Iona Beach</a>, and <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/burnaby-lake-regional-park" target="_blank">Burnaby Lake</a>. </p></li></ul></div>Did You KnowSummaryBottom