Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/303/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClass8B183F3DB2BC471AA7900C0179E5AB5F"><p> This early summer edition overviews a new strategy for affordable rental housing; an Official Community Plan under development with Electoral Area A; and a waste strategy to tackle illegal dumping, an unsightly and costly sore on our beautiful cities. You will also find a portal to access data from New Westminster’s air quality station and a feature story on North Shore Rescue.</p> <p>To celebrate summer, Metro Vancouver launched a water conservation initiative called We Love Water. You can share your ideas with a tweet into it at #waterwiseMV #welovewater. If you're an early bird, register for engaging (and free) lively discussion on water conservation in Langley (June 28), North Vancouver (June 29) or Richmond (June 30). See article for details. </p><p>Try out a different Regional Park in July in celebration of Canada's Parks Day, or use the summer 2016 Check it Out Guide to find a great variety of summer programs available across the region.</p></div>Read more...Welcome0 0


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Water Conservation in Metro Vancouver – public discussions in Langley, North Vancouver and Richmondhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/304/Water Conservation in Metro Vancouver – public discussions in Langley, North Vancouver and RichmondWater Conservation in Metro Vancouver – public discussions in Langley, North Vancouver and Richmond<div class="ExternalClass650CD6B1C5DA419E80F0ECB414DF79E2"><p>Register to join a lively discussion on water conservation in Langley, North Vancouver or Richmond, June 28, 29 and 30 respectively. Where does our water come from? How is it used? And how can we use less? </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-watersupply.jpgRead more...waterFull
New Regional Affordable Housing Strategyhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/305/New Regional Affordable Housing StrategyNew Regional Affordable Housing Strategy<div class="ExternalClass5930E5C2BDDA4A8AB1AE76199F149A6A"><p>​The new <a href="/services/regional-planning/housing-affordability/strategy/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Regional Affordable Housing Strategy</a> adopted by the Metro Vancouver Board on May 27, 2016 puts forward a vision, and key actions for Metro Vancouver and others toward goals of expanding housing supply, diversity and affordability, with a focus on increasing the supply of rental housing.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-affordablehousing.jpgRead more...housingFull
Electoral Area A Official Community Planhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/306/Electoral Area A Official Community PlanElectoral Area A Official Community Plan<div class="ExternalClass32DDB62890EC4512BB88BD75CBAEEB1D"><p>​Metro Vancouver has recently begun work on the development of an Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area A. An OCP contains land use map designations and policies that together set out the long term vision for communities.<br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-electoralmap.jpgRead more...electoralFull
Canada’s Parks Day at Metro Vancouver Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/307/Canada’s Parks Day at Metro Vancouver Regional ParksCanada’s Parks Day at Metro Vancouver Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass32E89A69EE1E4D279F2DC0BB95B75724"><p>​The third Saturday in July (July 16, 2016) is Canada's Parks Day. Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks put on a series of special events to help you celebrate, try something new, and connect to nature in your Regional Parks. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-canadasparksday.jpgRead more...parksdayFullBelcarra Beachkeepers educate visitors about crabs at Canada’s Parks Day, Belcarra Regional Park, 2015.
Region-wide strategy to tackle illegal dumpinghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/308/Region-wide strategy to tackle illegal dumpingRegion-wide strategy to tackle illegal dumping<div class="ExternalClassA1B9D5CA51F640E1A5D86D971781C2C8"><p>​Illegal dumping is a problem that is not only unsightly, but also costs about 2.5 million dollars per year to clean up. A new strategy, developed with member municipalities, targets abandoned waste, and debris left behind from dumpsters, or falling from loads en route to the transfer station. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-illegaldumping.jpgRead more...illegaldumpingFull
AirMap adds new air monitoring station http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/309/AirMap adds new air monitoring stationAirMap adds new air monitoring station <div class="ExternalClass153CFA175BDD43DF86AB5A80CFF4F497"><p>​Metro Vancouver operates the Lower Fraser Valley Air Quality Monitoring Network, which collects air data from Horseshoe Bay to Hope every hour of the day, seven days a week. Data from the newest station in New Westminster is now available. <br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-air-map.jpgRead more...airmapFull
North Shore Rescue and Metro Vancouver’s ongoing collaborationhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/310/North Shore Rescue and Metro Vancouver’s ongoing collaborationNorth Shore Rescue and Metro Vancouver’s ongoing collaboration<div class="ExternalClass56D7EAA7EDFC4386B7DFE0F66DF521E6"><p>​For over 30 years, Metro Vancouver and North Shore Rescue have benefitted from each other's resources and expertise. Each year, around 80 to 90 search and rescue operations are conducted in the local mountains, and North Shore Rescue, with assistance from Metro Vancouver, are there to help. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-nsrescue.jpgRead more...nsrescueFullNorth Shore Rescue equipment at the Capilano Reservoir. Picture courtesy of North Shore Rescue.
Environmental Achievement Award - Waste Reduction Initiativehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/311/Environmental Achievement Award - Waste Reduction InitiativeEnvironmental Achievement Award - Waste Reduction Initiative<div class="ExternalClass23C61A1BE7264C8DAD8DACE4678611D0"><p>​Each year RCBC allocated awards for waste reduction initiatives. Metro Vancouver has been recognized for leadership in founding the National Zero Waste Council, a cross-sector collaboration model that is focused on driving systems change in waste prevention. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-rcbcaward.jpgRead more...awardFull
Water Conservation Campaign launched on Summer Solstice http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/312/Water Conservation Campaign launched on Summer SolsticeWater Conservation Campaign launched on Summer Solstice <div class="ExternalClass4BD9DDB582F74778811BBFE4B46151F8"><p>​Metro Vancouver's new <em>We Love Water</em> campaign enhances water conservation year round throughout the region by connecting to the deep appreciation people have for their water supply. Small actions add up and we are encouraging everyone to use water wisely- to <em>use a little less, care a little more</em>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-welovewater.jpgRead more...welovewaterFull



Check it Outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/313/Check it OutCheck it Out<div class="ExternalClassFF88AC823F844803BC42417E1ACE333A"><p>​The <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Summer 2016 event guide</a> has great programs and events for you and your family to experience nature. From wildflowers to wetlands, find a new way to connect with your Regional Parks. There’s an <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">option to subscribe</a> to receive the online version of the Check It Out Guide.<br><br></p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver Television Showshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-22/314/Metro Vancouver Television ShowsMetro Vancouver Television Shows<div class="ExternalClassC8213215CE0243FEB578E0B1D22E29EE"><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/TSRLogo.jpg" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region" target="_blank"> <strong>The Sustainable Region TV</strong></a> series examines how Metro Vancouver manages growth, protects the environment, and delivers vital services to residents of our region.</p><p>In this episode host Candace Ng reports from Iona Beach Regional Park:</p><p> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/219175278" target="_blank"> <strong>Snow Geese</strong></a>: It’s a spectacular sight at Iona Beach Regional Park. Every year more than 100,000 Snow Geese make the 4,000 km journey from Northern Russia to spend the winter months in the Fraser River Delta. Known as the "Fraser-Skagit" flock, they move between the estuaries of the Fraser and Skagit Rivers.</p><p> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/219177889" target="_blank"> <strong>Illegal Dumping</strong></a>: Dumping household waste or garden clippings in a Regional Park might seem like it's no big deal, but these shortcuts to responsibly dealing with waste are very damaging to the environment.</p><p> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/219174969" target="_blank"> <strong>The making of the Surrey Bend Regional Park</strong></a>: A lot goes into the development of a regional park. Surrey Bend Regional Park is one of the few remaining large, non-dyked areas on the lower Fraser River and it's a balance of creating public amenities with protecting the natural environment.</p><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/metrocloseup-logo.jpg" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up" target="_blank"> <strong>Metro Vancouver Close-Up</strong></a> shows how municipalities and community groups are promoting sustainability and shared regional goals. New videos are posted each month.</p> <br style="clear:both;"> <p> <strong> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217907504" target="_blank">Regional Prosperity Forum</a></strong>: Metro Vancouver’s Regional Prosperity Forum brought together the private and public sector, academia and other agencies to start talking about a made in Metro Vancouver approach to ensuring the region’s economic prosperity.</p><p> <strong> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/219176236" target="_blank">Greening of Mountain View Cemetery</a></strong>: Ecological improvements such as no-mow zones, pollinator meadows, trees and beehives at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery has created a welcoming, peaceful green space for the community.</p><p> <strong> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217907378" target="_blank">Ridge Meadows Earth Day</a></strong>: Citizens of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows got charged up about their energy-themed Earth Day festival. The day’s festivities included a freecycle giveaway event, farmers market, entertainment and a recycled bike raffle.</p></div>Read more...tsrSummaryBottom