Welcome to Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/203/Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClass97C6FAFBC1AF4A95A723BE3C0CAE4699"><p>We're celebrating green angels –  are you one? Our <em>Create Memories Not Garbage</em> campaign is a friendly reminder to give memories that last. </p><p>Find updates on Metro Vancouver's utilities, and also recent input into the Provincial BC Climate Leadership Plan. Closer to home we have new winter air quality bulletins, and the launch of an air quality monitoring station in New Westminster. </p><p>Finally, the <a href="http://metrovancouverblog.org/" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Blog</a> features some free, family-friendly events you can enjoy coming up on Sunday, Dec. 6.  Grab a toque and a flask of hot coffee and visit your regional parks this winter.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Metro Vancouver is a partnership 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>Welcome0 0


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Water Shortage Response Plan review occurring nowhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/205/Water Shortage Response Plan review occurring nowWater Shortage Response Plan review occurring now<div class="ExternalClassF87720A6267341CDA079CB0333A188F6"><p>The summer of 2015 was particularly hot and dry, and came on the heels of a record low snow pack and unusually dry spring. The hot weather drove up the demand for water at a time when our supply was lower than average. Metro Vancouver is currently reviewing the Water Shortage Response Plan.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-watershortage.jpgRead more...watershortageFull
Highbury Diversion Chamber Maintenancehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/206/Highbury Diversion Chamber MaintenanceHighbury Diversion Chamber Maintenance<div class="ExternalClass634EDDC7EF5343FCB9E35671D3FA7BD3"><p>The Highbury Interceptor is a large sewer that carries over 90% of the sewage flows from the City of Vancouver and parts of Burnaby (over 600,000 residents) to the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Find out what recent maintenance to an underground valve chamber has to do with a seafaring canoe. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-highbury.jpgRead more...highburyFull
Iona Island Waste Water Treatment Plant – Solids Handling Upgradeshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/207/Iona Island Waste Water Treatment Plant – Solids Handling UpgradesIona Island Waste Water Treatment Plant – Solids Handling Upgrades<div class="ExternalClass5157EE96255A493E9225D56CD921F00F"><p>The Iona Island Waste Water Treatment plant, located in Richmond just north of the Vancouver International Airport, is undergoing some scheduled upgrades from now until 2019.  </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-iona.jpgRead more...ionaFull
Update on replacing the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Planthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/208/Update on replacing the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment PlantUpdate on replacing the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant<div class="ExternalClassEF4C8D273F864CCE9E650EF01F98818C"><p>Metro Vancouver is continuing through a multi-year work plan to replace the existing Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in North Vancouver near the Lions Gate Bridge. Find updates on funding, procurement contracts and engagement within the community. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-lgwwtp.jpgRead more...lgwwtpFull
Input to the BC Climate Leadership Planhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/209/Input to the BC Climate Leadership PlanInput to the BC Climate Leadership Plan<div class="ExternalClass5B23EF8DDD1D428EAC10063A401552D2"><p>The Province is engaging on the development of a new BC Climate Leadership Plan. Metro Vancouver has recommended the inclusion of four policies, and some additional suggestions. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-bcclimate.jpgRead more...bcclimateFull
Winter Air Quality Bulletinshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/211/Winter Air Quality BulletinsWinter Air Quality Bulletins<div class="ExternalClassA701EF491BD548A798884D7FA79E3A6B"><p>​Metro Vancouver is piloting an initiative to add winter air quality bulletins to supplement our existing air quality advisory service which is typically used during the summer months. During our cooler weather months, calm and stable weather conditions can trap air pollutants close to the ground. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-winter-aq.jpgRead more...winteraqFull
New Air Quality Monitoring Station in New Westminsterhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/212/New Air Quality Monitoring Station in New WestminsterNew Air Quality Monitoring Station in New Westminster<div class="ExternalClass66C02381C03A49DAA8D235CDB0B7A0E2"><p>Metro Vancouver operates a series of permanent air quality monitoring stations throughout our airshed, from Horseshoe Bay to Hope. Our newest permanent station (our 29th) is in New Westminster's Sapperton Park near the Royal Columbian Hospital.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-newwest-aq.jpgRead more...newaqFull
Be a green angel this Christmas – here’s howhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/213/Be a green angel this Christmas – here’s howBe a green angel this Christmas – here’s how<div class="ExternalClassB24077088BE642FF8C0E8025583F72C5">Metro Vancouver and our member municipalities are running our <a href="/christmas" target="_blank"><em>Create Memories, Not Garbage</em></a> campaign now through December. Find out how you can be a green angel, by creating a memorable holiday, with less garbage.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-greenangel.jpgRead more...greenangelFull
Zero Waste Conference 2015 - a future without wastehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/214/Zero Waste Conference 2015 - a future without wasteZero Waste Conference 2015 - a future without waste<div class="ExternalClass0F961F5365494B548FA48804ECB6113D"><p>Metro Vancouver's held the 5th annual Zero Waste Conference in October. Over 500 participants heard presenters from around the globe deliver key insights into zero waste principles and the circular economy. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-zwc.jpgRead more...zwc2015Full
A tax incentive to prevent food waste in Canadahttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/215/A tax incentive to prevent food waste in CanadaA tax incentive to prevent food waste in Canada<div class="ExternalClassA2BEA44FE22E4F9B9FD987320B43C3D0"><p>​The National Zero Waste Council recently launched a <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/food/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Tax Incentive to Prevent Food Waste</a>, an incentive aimed at increasing the diversion of edible food away from landfills, and into Canadian charitable organizations.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-foodwaste.jpgRead more...taxincentiveFull
National Zero Waste Council – milestones and an update for 2015http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/216/National Zero Waste Council – milestones and an update for 2015National Zero Waste Council – milestones and an update for 2015<div class="ExternalClassC9EF9671584E4219A5975AC09045B101"><p>The National Zero Waste Council is a cross-sectoral waste prevention leadership initiative that was formally launched at the 2013 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference. Metro Vancouver is a founding member, along with Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Find current initiatives, and information on how to get involved. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-nzwc.jpgRead more...nzwcFull



Check it outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/217/Check it outCheck it out<div class="ExternalClassB4DD0235D02D4DBCB9B3390EF67FD41C"><p>​The <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/CIO-Fall2015.pdf">Fall 2015 event guide</a> has great programs and events. Christmas bird counts, nature house Christmas drop-ins, and a sing-along at beautiful Minnekhada Lodge. Grab your toque and come on out. </p></div>Check It OutSummaryBottom
Regional Arts & Culturehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/218/Regional Arts & CultureRegional Arts & Culture<div class="ExternalClassE89DFF4F5A0840999BBEA0749865D32E"><p style="text-align:left;"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/maxguide-logo.PNG" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="http://www.maxguide.org/" target="_blank">​MAXguide.org</a> Metro Vancouver’s regional arts and culture calendar, is a collaboration of regional culture stakeholders, providing free listings of arts and culture events for arts organizations, individuals and selected art businesses<span lang="EN-US">.  Check out what’s happening across the region.</span></p> </div>Read more...MAXSummaryBottom
Events Around Our Regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/219/Events Around Our RegionEvents Around Our Region<div class="ExternalClass18F2BDE3A3ED408F99603EFC71C3111A"><p>​<strong>A morning for storytelling … Create Memories, Not Garbage</strong></p><p>As part of the Create Memories Not Garbage Christmas campaign, hear two of the region's premier storytellers share their entertaining holiday memories</p><p>Wednesday December 9, 2015 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM</p><p><a href="/events/community-breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx"><span lang="EN-US">Information</span></a></p></div>Read more...EventsSummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver's Television Showshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/221/Metro Vancouver's Television ShowsMetro Vancouver's Television Shows<div class="ExternalClass465DCF2B77BA49D4BD63454D2FD9CF65"><p><strong>The Sustainable Region</strong></p><p>TSR Host Vanessa Timmer reports from Capilano Suspension Bridge for the opening of their 10<sup>th</sup> Annual Canyon Lights festival. Our Christmas TV special features:</p><ul><li>For the past 5 years, staff at the outdoor gear company Arc'teryx has been donating their time to sew leftover fabric into waterproof capes for the homeless.</li><li>Plastic toys cost less. But as we discover in this look at the life cycle of a plastic toy car, our kids and the environment end up paying the full price of its 50,000 km journey to your child's toy box.</li><li>Making the most eco-friendly choice for a Christmas tree is a bit complicated. We outline the issues you should consider before you buy an artificial tree and explain how to minimize GHG emissions when you recycle a natural tree</li></ul><p>This program airs 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><strong>Special programming for The Flame: Holiday Edition 2015</strong></p><p>Local performers tell their best holiday season stories  - from hilarious to heartbreaking - during a public performance which celebrates memoires of time spent with family and friends. <em>The Flame – Holiday Edition</em> is presented in collaboration with Metro Vancouver's solid waste reduction campaign, <em>Create Memories, not Garbage</em> that encourages gift-givers to give experiences and gifts that last.  Special Music Guest: Molly & Anton </p><p><strong>The Flame Holiday Edition (Show 1), hosted by Deborah Williams</strong></p><ul><li>Patrick Lukas convinces his mom to invite the local priest home for Christmas dinner. </li><li>Eleanor Lipov's adventure begins when a boyfriend dumps her while they're on the plane halfway to a kibbutz in Israel. </li><li>Raugi Yu begs his mom to buy a Christmas tree so they can celebrate a Buddhist Christmas.</li></ul><p><strong>The Flame Holiday Edition (Show 2), hosted by Deborah Williams</strong></p><ul><li>Laura Drummond was not expecting live gunfire while working in a mall during Christmas.   </li><li>Adam Pateman's New York story involves footwear lost and found, and how karma caught up with him one holiday season. </li><li>Emelia Symington-Fedy finally has a joyful family Christmas with the help of cookies baked with a very special spice.</li></ul><p><strong>Showtimes:</strong> The Flame: Holiday Edition 2015 airs on Shaw Television in 30 time slots throughout December, and is available online at metrovancouver.org/Christmas. </p></div>Read more...TSRSummaryBottom
Fast facts about Metro Vancouver's Liquid Waste Programhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-15/220/Fast facts about Metro Vancouver's Liquid Waste ProgramFast facts about Metro Vancouver's Liquid Waste Program<div class="ExternalClassA07EEB5AC0F746BF87B2835B3FB117EA"><ul><li>Metro Vancouver collects and treats the region's wastewater. </li><li>Our <a href="/services/liquid-waste/LiquidWastePublications/IntegratedLiquidWasteResourceManagementPlan.pdf"> <span lang="EN-US">Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan</span></a> identifies what the region and its member municipalities intend to do to use liquid waste as a resource, minimize treatment costs and better protect the environment and public health</li><li>We operate five wastewater treatment plants, and maintain a region-wide network of sewers and pumping stations.  </li><li>Three of the wastewater treatment plants provide secondary treatment, and two provide primary treatment. </li><li>Over 500 km of Metro Vancouver trunk sewer mains are connected to 1000s of kilometres of municipal sewers which link 100,000s of homes and businesses to a core public health service: sewage collection and treatment.</li><li>We conduct regular environmental monitoring to ensure that the system is working well.</li><li>Every two years, Metro Vancouver reviews and <a href="/services/liquid-waste/LiquidWastePublications/2015LWMPBiennialReport-Summary.pdf"> <span lang="EN-US">reports</span></a> on what progress has been made towards the region's goals. </li></ul></div>Read more...Did You KnowSummaryBottom